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Touch-A-Truck event lets kids touch police cars, construction equipment and more

Touch-A-Truck event lets kids touch police cars, construction equipment and more

The Junior League of Kalamazoo is announcing its inaugural Touch-A-Truck event!  This event will give kids, young and old, a chance to see, learn about, and touch an assortment of vehicles, including police cars, National Guard vehicles, construction equipment, and many other unique vehicles. 

“With a goal of 50 vehicles for our first Touch-A-Truck event, there is certain to be something for everyone!” states Christy Peterson, JLK Special Events Co-Chair.  In addition to the vehicles, there also will be face-painting, a bounce area, raffle drawings, fun physical activities, and the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen interactive healthy eating station.

“The local support has been fantastic, and we are delighted to have Eaton as our presenting sponsor. The League is excited to provide this community event!” says Sara Burhans, JLK President.

St. Patrick's Day plunge to benefit the Special Olympics

News Release:

KALAMAZOO--The Western Michigan University community is invited to plunge into the icy waters of a makeshift glacial pool in Lawson Ice Arena on St. Patrick's Day Saturday, March 17, to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics Michigan, which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 20,600 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

This will be the fifth Polar Plunge held at WMU. Members of the University and Kalamazoo communities have been securing donations to participate in the event. WMU President John M.

First Saturday at KPL

First Saturday at KPL

Saturday, March 3, 2 pm - 4 pm, Central Library

On March 3, 2012, Kalamazoo Public Library and Kalamazoo Public Schools will launch First Saturdayat the Central Library, a new initiative to encourage families to make regular library visits an important part of their lives.

On the first Saturday of each month, KPL's Youth Services staff will offer a special family time between 2-4 pm. This first event will feature Singalong Storytime, building with LEGOs, origami crafts, and other activities. Families that participate will receive a raffle ticket and may win one of three Meijer gift cards for $100, $50, or $25, or other door prizes.

Find a 2012 Lenten Fish Fry

Find a 2012 Lenten Fish Fry

Here's a running list of the 2012 Lenten Fish Frys around West Michigan.  If you have a Fish Fry to tell everyone about, click HERE.


 


Share your 2012 Fish Fry Information

Share your 2012 Fish Fry Information

Got a great West Michigan Fish Fry for the 2012 Lenten season? Let everyone know about it!

See the complete list HERE.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake Fundraiser Lets Community Have Fun While Helping Vulnerable Children

Bowl for Kids’ Sake Fundraiser Lets Community Have Fun While Helping Vulnerable Children

Kalamazoo County residents are invited to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and have a great time in the process. The 2012 Kalamazoo County Bowl for Kids’ Sake is slated for March 3 and 4 at PINZ, 4500 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo. The five bowling fundraising events that will take place over these two days are among the 16 Bowl for Kids’ Sake events that Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring will hold this spring throughout their five-county region. 

Bowl for Kids’ Sake isn’t really about bowling – it’s about helping kids. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is one of the agency’s biggest annual fundraisers and the money raised by the bowlers allows the agency to match more vulnerable children with adult mentors. This means that more friendships will grow, more lives and perspectives will change, and more children will start to have improved outlooks on life.

Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center Receives $1,000 OMNI “Gives Back” Grant

Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center Receives $1,000 OMNI “Gives Back” Grant

OMNI Community Credit Union has awarded the Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center (KDCCC) with a $1,000 OMNI “Gives Back” Grant to help them continue to provide free part-time child care, parental education and support to low income families in Kalamazoo.  By providing this service, parents are able to attend classes, search for housing and obtain employment while knowing their child/children are in a safe, developmentally appropriate and well-supervised environment.

“This is a great opportunity to help low-income families provide a better life for their children.  When a parent knows they have a place they can take their child for proper child-care, they are able to better focus their efforts of finishing school or finding employment.  This is a wonderful organization and we are proud to support them,” said Ted Parsons, OMNI CEO.

Kathy McNinch, Executive Director of KDCCC said “We are so pleased to receive this grant from Omni Credit Union.