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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:

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

Whether learning online or in a traditional classroom, keeping your student motivated is important—it offers the opportunity for innovation and powerful learning experiences.

Alexandra Negrete, a teacher at statewide virtual public high school Great Lakes Cyber Academy, shares three tips to help challenge students to reach their highest potential.

The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan raises awareness through random acts of kindness

The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan raises awareness through random acts of kindness

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day that is officially observed by the United Nations and will be celebrated on Saturday, March 21, 2015. WDSD was established to help raise awareness of exactly what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how those with Down syndrome are an important part of our communities.

To celebrate, the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan will be committing random acts of kindness on March 21 in three West Michigan communities:  Grand Rapids, Holland and Kalamazoo.  Random acts of kindness are selfless actions performed with the intention of assisting or lifting the spirits of a stranger.  Some examples include paying for someone’s fuel at a gas station, baking cookies for a local fire station, or handing out bubble gum in a public park. 

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

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Daylight Saving Time, the weekend of March 7-8, when everyone turns their clocks ahead, the American Red Cross reminds them to also take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

The Red Cross and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department have formed a partnership for preparedness and prevention to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed. On March 7-8 teams will be canvassing Muskegon Heights neighborhoods from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Please contact (231) 733-8893 to schedule a home visit.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said La Forice Nealy, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Region. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”