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Library reopens after storm knocks out power

Library reopens after storm knocks out power

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--  The temperature is rising inside the Oshtemo branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library, now that the power is back on.

The library, located at 7265 West Main, will reopen at 4 p.m. Tuesday, after shutting down because of the outage. 

According to Consumers Energy, approximately 107,500 customers were still without power as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.  That number is down from 286,000 Consumers Energy customers who lost power because of Sunday's storm.

When to trick-or-treat in your community

 When to trick-or-treat in your community

Halloween is Thursday, and many communities have set times for children to trick-or-treat.

Although the weather may not be pleasant, children are encouraged to visit homes and businesses at the following times:  

Ada Township

  • No designated time
  • Fire station #1 trick or treating: October 31,  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Alpine Township

  • October 31 until dark/candy runs out

Belding

  • October 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Halloween Open House: October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the fire station

Cannon Township

  • No set time; fire department will hand out treats October 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Cascade Township

  • October 31, 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

Kalamazoo City Commission candidate forum set for Oct. 29 at WMU

Kalamazoo City Commission candidate forum set for Oct. 29 at WMU

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Western Michigan University)--A city commission candidate forum later at Western Michigan University will bring issues facing the city of Kalamazoo to the forefront.

The forum, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Fetzer Center's Kirsch Auditorium, is sponsored by the Stewart and Vine neighborhood associations and the WMU Institute of Government and Politics. The opportunity to hear from Kalamazoo City Commission candidates is free and open to the public.

Gordon Evans, "Morning Edition" anchor for WMU's public radio station WMUK-FM, will be the moderator. Evans has moderated similar events over the last several years. WMUK also will record the forum, broadcasting it later in the week and archiving it on the station's website, wmuk.org.

New hotel slated to open in October

New hotel slated to open in October

PORTAGE, Mich.—A new hotel will soon open in Portage.

Courtyard by Marriott Kalamazoo Portage will begin welcoming guests in October.  The four-story, 90-room hotel is part of the Trade Centre development along Interstate 94, near south Westnedge Avenue.  The facility features meeting rooms, a fitness room, pool, restaurant and bar.  Each room is equipped with a mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board.

According to Discover! Kalamazoo, the Trade Centre development is expected to include a second hotel, a four-story office building and three restaurants, at a total investment of more than $12 million.

Art Online: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts introduces eMuseum

Art Online: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts introduces eMuseum

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Art lovers no longer need to travel to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts to see its entire collection.

Last month, the KIA launched its eMuseum, giving online visitors access to more than 4,200 works of art.  The database is located under the “collection” tab on www.kiarts.org.

"The KIA can now provide access to all of the artwork in our collection, not just the pieces that are on display in our galleries at a given time,” said Robin Goodman, museum registrar. “This is an excellent educational tool for students, scholars and the general public to learn more about our collection, as well as a resource for other museums seeking to borrow works from the KIA for exhibitions."

Animals take over final Parkapalooza Park Party August 8

Animals take over final Parkapalooza Park Party August 8

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The final Parkapalooza Park Party is guaranteed to be wild.

Join the staff of East Grand Rapids Library at John Collins Park for the “Animal Extravaganza”, featuring wildlife from the John Ball Zoo, the Kalamazoo Nature Center and the Critter Barn of Zeeland.  Children of all ages are also invited to take part in crafts during this free event.

 The Animal Extravaganza runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, August 8.  John Collins Park is located at 650 Lakeside Dr. SE. 

Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

National Night Out is August 6, providing community members a free and fun opportunity to meet neighbors and local police officers.

National Night Out started in1984 as a way to encourage the community to get involved in crime-prevention, sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  Organizers often fold food and family-friendly activities into the event.  This year’s participating communities include:

Kalamazoo County

·         Kalamazoo: Arcadia Neighborhood Assoc., Arcadia School, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Eastside Neighborhood Assoc., Rockwell Park, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Edison Neighborhood Assoc., 816 Washington, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.