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Traditional Bowhunters Expo & Stick and String 3D Shootout this Weekend

Traditional Bowhunters Expo & Stick and String 3D Shootout this Weekend

Bowhunter enthusiast are invited out to Kalamazoo County Expo Center located at 2900 Lake Street this weekend to check out the nation’s top Traditional Bowyers, Dealers & Traditional Craftsmen.

The entire Expo Center gives guests the opportunity to check out new bows and traditional archery supplies. New this year is the 1st annual Stick & String 3D Shootout with cash prizes. Pre-registration is required for the tournament. Register at potawatomibowmen@yahoo.com or visit: www.facebook.com/potawatomi.bowmen.

Visit the Expo Center on Friday, January 29 from 4pm-8pm, Saturday, January 30 from 9am-5pm or Sunday, January 31 from 9am – 12pm. 

Admission is $10.00 for all weekend, kids under 12 are free.

Indoor Flea & Farmers Market, Reptile & Exotic Expo & Family Wellness Expo on Saturday

Indoor Flea & Farmers Market, Reptile & Exotic Expo & Family Wellness Expo on Saturday

To change up your hum-drum winter days, the community is invited to experience all these events in one location.

Bring the family to this special weekend at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center located at 2900 Lake Street in Kalamazoo. There will be a Flea & Farmers Market in the Main Expo Center, offering 75 booths of used & hand crafted items, along with fresh & local foods plus so much more from 8:00am-2:00pm. The Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo in the North Expo Center offers the chance to buy, sell or trade reptiles, small mammals & other exotic pets from10:00am-3:00pm. And the free Southwest Michigan Family Wellness Expo features vendors with everything your family needs to help improve your physical & mental health from10:00am-3:00pm.  

Visit www.kalamazooexpocenter.com.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

A special movie screening is offered by the Kalamazoo State Theatre with the Griswold’s!

See thousands of lights at the Kalamazoo Mall and come indoors to experience holiday merriment. KST will be offering a full bar with festive Holiday drinks. Every ticket sold, $1 is donated to WMU’s Seita Scholars Program. Tickets Price is $8.00

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation takes place on Saturday, December 18 from 7:00pm – 11:50pm at the Kalamazoo State Theatre located at 404 S. Burdick St. in Kalamazoo.

Visit www.kazoostate.com to purchase tickets.

Battle Creek Air Show and Balloon Festival July 1 - 5

Battle Creek Air Show and Balloon Festival July 1 - 5

Battle Creek will play host to the Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo team July 1-5, 2015. This is only 1 of 19 events during this time.

The Air Show will show the best of the best when civilian performers fill the sky July 3 – 5 with aerobatic maneuvers that make the fastest roll-a-coaster seem like a merry-go-round.

“Even more excitement has been added to this year’s Air Show,” stated Barbara Haluszka. “We are not only going to have pyro during the Night Air Show but during the actual Air Show itself,” she said. Spectators will love the explosions and the 750 ft. Wall of Fire!

Air Show at its best! Join us at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival.

For more info, contact the Battle Creek Field of Flight Office at 269-962-0592 or go to www.bcballoons.com

Free Day at the Kalamazoo County Parks on June 17, 2015

Free Day at the Kalamazoo County Parks on June 17, 2015

The regular county park fees are only $5 per vehicle or $25 for an annual pass but on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at all the Kalamazoo County Parks, it’s a free day for everyone. The county is trying to encourage people to get outdoors and explore nature. You can even enter for a chance to win a 2015 Annual Vehicle Entrance Pass.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will also be held at River Oaks County Park on this special day at 11am to celebrate the grand Opening of the new splash pad and dog park.

“Many people don’t realize all the opportunities for recreation at the parks in Kalamazoo and this is a great way to kick off summer and see what all the parks have to offer,” said David Rachowicz, Parks Director.

For additional information, including park locations and maps, go online at www.kalamazoocountyparks.com

My Town Kalamazoo: Attractions offer free admission deal during May

My Town Kalamazoo: Attractions offer free admission deal during May

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Enjoy some of Kalamazoo’s top attractions for free next month, as the Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange returns. 

The program is open to members of The Air Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center or Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.  Throughout the month of May, these five organizations will team up to welcome each others’ members. Each attraction will also be offering additional activities, however there may be additional costs for special activities and programs.

Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange was created last year as a way to celebrate the region’s cultural richness while introducing community members to new experiences. 

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves: