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Lunchtime Live Returning to Bronson Park

Lunchtime Live Returning to Bronson Park

Lunchtime Live, a series of City of Kalamazoo sponsored, lunchtime parties that center around Food Trucks in Bronson Park. These events will return this summer beginning Friday, June 12, 2015 and continue throughout the summer ending on September 11, 2015.

Not only will there be Food Trucks but also live music and pop-up retail shops along with other activities.

WMU supervisor honored for mentoring, customer service, leadership

WMU supervisor honored for mentoring, customer service, leadership

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A Western Michigan University student supervisor was recognized this spring by a regional organization for his mentoring, professionalism and leadership.

Tyler Payne, student employment supervisor at the University's Help Desk, was named Student Employment Supervisor of the Year for Michigan by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators, representing the 14-state region.

Kalamazoo Arts Council grant takes WMU dancer to Panama

Kalamazoo Arts Council grant takes WMU dancer to Panama

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A passion for dance, a commitment to serve and an idea that began as a class assignment have taken one Western Michigan University dance major to Panama to explore the joy of movement with children in that nation's orphanages and centers for at-risk youth.

 

Housing Leader Marvin D. Veltkamp Receives Top Industry Award/Building Michigan Communities Conf.

Housing Leader Marvin D. Veltkamp Receives Top Industry Award/Building Michigan Communities Conf.

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Marvin D. Veltkamp of Kalamazoo, a statewide leader in affordable housing and community development for more than 35 years, today was named this year’s Duvernay Award winner at the Building Michigan Communities Conference.

Veltkamp was honored during a luncheon awards ceremony at the conference, which began Monday and wraps up Wednesday at the Lansing Center. Celebrating its 17th year, the BMCC brings together individuals from across the state working to create and preserve affordable housing, serve the homeless and revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods.

My Town Kalamazoo: $2 million gift means upgrades, scholarships for art school

My Town Kalamazoo: $2 million gift means upgrades, scholarships for art school

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Studio upgrades and a new series of scholarships are coming to the Kirk Newman Art School, thanks to a $2 million gift from a Kalamazoo couple.

Rosemary and John Brown announced their donation to the school during a reception at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts earlier this month.  Kirk Newman, who was a longtime director of the art school, was in attendance.

"Our decision to give to the Kirk Newman Art School at the KIA is based on our admiration of Kirk as a person and on our desire to validate his legacy," said Rosemary Brown. "Our hope is that the school will continue to thrive and to have an ongoing positive influence on the cultural life of the Kalamazoo area."

City of Portage Winter Blast Half Marathon and 5K

City of Portage Winter Blast Half Marathon and 5K

---NEWS RELEASE---

The 3rd Annual Portage Winter Blast Half Marathon and 5K will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015. The event is organized in partnership by the Kalamazoo Area Runners and the City of Portage. We encourage you to join in the celebration by participating or volunteering, or just coming out to cheer on the runners and walkers.

While the course was designed to limit impact on vehicular traffic, several street closures and detours throughout the city will be in place on race morning. See attached map for a complete course map. The following streets will be closed or have limited access during the estimated times indicated below the morning of Sunday, March 1, 2015:

• Full closure (barricades) on South Westnedge Avenue between East Centre Avenue and Bacon Avenue (7:45 – 9:30am)

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”