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My Town: Kalamazoo Marathon expected to draw thousands downtown

My Town: Kalamazoo Marathon expected to draw thousands downtown

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—One of the top 14 spring races all runners should try will unfold in Kalamazoo this weekend.

Thousands of runners are expected to take part in the Kalamazoo Marathon this Sunday, May 4.  The race starts at 8 a.m. and will take athletes through parks, trails, neighborhoods and the downtown mall.  The Kalamazoo Marathon is a Boston qualifying race.  For more information, visit the event website here.

The Kalamazoo Marathon was named one of the top 14 spring races all runners should try by USA Today.  You can find the full story here.

My Town: A snapshot of the library love in Kalamazoo

My Town: A snapshot of the library love in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—What do Americans love more than apple pie and baseball?

According to The Atlantic, it’s libraries.  And Kalamazoo Public Library is among the most loved ones in Michigan. 

So far this fiscal year, KPL has circulated 673,268 books; 520,431 movies and 68,031 music CDs.  The library is also responsible for 7,427 Freegal music downloads and 3,630 Hoopla media streams. 

When compared to other Michigan libraries of its size, KPL ranks:

My Town: Kalamazoo County health groups offer free Healthy Michigan enrollment help

My Town: Kalamazoo County health groups offer free Healthy Michigan enrollment help

PARCHMENT, Mich.—Health officials throughout Kalamazoo County will host two more events this month to help people sign up for Michigan’s new low-cost health plan designed for low-income residents.

Nearly half a million Michigan adults are eligible for the Healthy Michigan Plan, which became available April 1.  The plan covers residents between the ages of 19 and 64 whose yearly income is roughly $16,000, or an income of $33,000 for a family of four.  Eligible Michiganders cannot be enrolled in other Medicaid programs or Medicare.

Enroll Kalamazoo County is hosting free enrollment events to answer questions, help people navigate their options and enroll in the Healthy Michigan Plan.  The schedule is as follows:

My Town Kalamazoo: City to begin ticketing trash-filled yards April 21

My Town Kalamazoo: City to begin ticketing trash-filled yards April 21

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The snow has melted away, exposing months of litter on many residential and commercial properties.

The City of Kalamazoo wants to remind residents of a city ordinance requiring all garbage be properly stored in trash bins, to prevent rodents and other unsanitary situations.  The city is giving residents a grace period to clean up the litter on their property; starting Monday, April 21, city workers will begin citing properties in violation of the Trash Ordinance.    Violators will receive a ticket and a $74 bill, then get another 10 days to clean up the mess.  If the trash remains, city crews will be called in to clean up the property, and the property owner will be billed for their work.

Kalamazoo Public Library offering thousands of free movies through digital partnership

Kalamazoo Public Library offering thousands of free movies through digital partnership

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Thousands of movies, television shows and audio books are now available online for free through the Kalamazoo Public Library’s new partnership with hoopla digital.

KPL card holders can download the free hoopla mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin borrowing thousands of titles, including movies from major Hollywood studios.

Reminder for residents: Clear your sidewalks

Reminder for residents: Clear your sidewalks

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The city wants to remind residents about an ordinance requiring property owners to remove snow and ice from sidewalks running along their land.

All snow and ice should be removed from adjacent public sidewalks within 48 hours of a storm.  The city also recommends treating sidewalks with sand, salt or another substance to prevent it from being slippery.  Residents are also encouraged to assist neighbors and relatives who may have difficulty clearing sidewalks on their own. 

Anyone with concerns about a snowy sidewalk is encouraged to call Public Services at (269) 337-8660 during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday).

The city says clear sidewalks are important for the safety of pedestrians, including children and those who are physically challenged who rely on the paved pathways.

Newest children's chorus to hold inaugural performance December 8

Newest children's chorus to hold inaugural performance December 8

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The newest youth choir in Kalamazoo will make its on stage debut in just six days.

The Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus Eastside Choir will perform at St. Mary’s Church at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 8.  Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and admission is free.

The Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association and St. Mary’s Church teamed up with the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus to create the Eastside Choir.  The group began rehearsals in October under the direction of Julie Davis.

“It was our vision to create a choral opportunity for children living in the Eastside that would rehearse and perform in their own neighborhood,” said artistic director Fred Sang. “We hope to bring added pride to the neighborhood and the children who participate.”

Sunday’s performance will also include performances by the Preparatory Choir and Concert Choir.  A reception will follow the concert.