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Concerts in the Park: Tad Robinson July 21

Concerts in the Park: Tad Robinson July 21

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Tad Robinson takes the stage July 21 for “Concerts in the Park.”

Robinson’s 4 p.m. performance is free.  Families can watch this Indianapolis Blues Artist on the Bronson Park stage.  Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for the concert, as well as a picnic meal. No grilling is allowed.  If inclement weather occurs, the concert will be moved to First United Methodist Church, located at 212 S. Park Street, across from the band shell.

Concerts in the Park is program of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, supported by the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, City of Kalamazoo, WMUK 102.1 FM and Adams Advertising.  For more information, click here.

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.

Fly in the world's first mass-produced airliner starting July 18

Fly in the world's first mass-produced airliner starting July 18

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--   Now is your chance to fly in a historic 84-year-old airliner.

Starting July 18, visitors to the Air Zoo can take a ride in a restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor.  The Ford Tri-Motor was the world’s first mass-produced airliner.  Between 1925 and 1933, Ford Motor Co. built 199 Tri Motors.  However, only 12 remain today.

Visitors can reserve a seat aboard the Ford Tri-Motor through July 21.  Tickets are $70 per person in advance, $75 at the gate and $50 for children 17 and younger.  The flight will last about 15 minutes.  To purchase tickets, visit www.flytheford.org or call 1-877-952-5395.

War veterans climb back into the cockpit at the Air Zoo

War veterans climb back into the cockpit at the Air Zoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—WWII and Korean War veterans are climbing back into the cockpit this summer, courtesy of the Air Zoo.

Now through August 20, the Air Zoo is offering free flights for older veterans every Tuesday, weather permitting.  WWII and Korean veterans will be allowed to fly in a Boeing-Stearman N2S-5 Kaydet with pilot/sponsor Alan Wright.  The Kaydet is an open cockpit aircraft used in U.S. Naval training during World War II.

“This is the Air Zoo’s eight consecutive year offering free veteran flights,” said Troy Thrash, Air Zoo president and CEO.  “It is our way of saying thank you to those who have sacrificed so much serving our country.”

City approves new fireworks restrictions in time for holiday weekend

City approves new fireworks restrictions in time for holiday weekend

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—If you’re lighting off fireworks this weekend, beware: the City of Kalamazoo has new rules.

On July 1, the Kalamazoo City Commission approved banning consumer fireworks from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. the day before, the day of and the day after a national holiday.  The only exception is New Year’s Day, when fireworks are prohibited from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.  The new ordinance took immediate effect.  Violators face a fine of up to $500.

 The new ordinance is in addition to previously approved restrictions, prohibiting consumer fireworks from being used on every day of the year except the day before, after and of a national holiday.  Consumer fireworks are not allowed on school, church and public property without permission.

 

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit