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Kalamazoo in Bloom is looking for volunteer gardeners

Kalamazoo in Bloom is looking for volunteer gardeners

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The non-profit organization behind the flowers you see in Bronson Park and outside the Portage District Library needs your help.

Kalamazoo in Bloom is looking for volunteers to take part in community planting days, which are May 17 in Portage and May 23 in downtown Kalamazoo. Last year, more than 300 people took part.

In honor of Portage’s silver anniversary, Kalamazoo in Bloom is designing a “50” made out of flowers at the corner of South Westnedge and Old Westnedge.

Volunteer registration for the community planting in Portage will take place May 17, at 8 a.m. on Library Lane.  Parking is available at the Portage District Library.

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons

Local businesses offering freebies for moms this Mother's Day

Local businesses offering freebies for moms this Mother's Day

West Michigan businesses are honoring moms this Mother’s Day by offering freebies.

In Grand Rapids, moms can get in free to the Grand Rapids Children Museum on Sunday, May 12.  Admission is also free for moms who visit the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek with children or grandchildren in tow.

When it comes to food, Hooters has moms covered Sunday, offering free entrees (up to $10)  for mothers who bring a kid along and buy any drink.  Hooters has 10 locations in Michigan, including a restaurant in Portage.

And don’t forget dessert!  TCBY is offering a free six ounce ‘Fro-Yo’ to mother’s this Mother’s Day weekend.  Muskegon has a TCBY stand at the K-Mart Shopping Center on Henry Street.

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Visitors are encouraged to enjoy food, fun and fiber as the Michigan Fiber Fiesta returns to Greenville May 11.

The event will feature the latest yarns, wools and textiles, as well as a spinning cirle, demonstrations and live animals. More than 30 vendors will attend the Michigan Fiber Fiesta, including:

Two Kalamazoo organizations receive arts grants

Two Kalamazoo organizations receive arts grants

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs is giving more than $12,000 in grants to organizations and projects in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

The New Leaders Arts Council of Michigan, an advisory council for the MCACA, approved $57,380 in grants to support young leaders.  In Grand Rapids, ArtPrize will get $2,380.

Western Michigan University singer wins opera competition

Western Michigan University singer wins opera competition

GRAND RAPIDS (Opera Grand Rapids & WZZM 13) – A record number of students entered Opera Grand Rapids’ annual Collegiate Vocal Competition, but only nine though made it to the competition’s Final Round Concert on Sunday, April 14.

At the end of the parade of opera arias, Chelsea Helm, a soprano from Western Michigan University, took first place.   Andrea Fleming of Grand Valley State University claimed second place, and Hope College’s Jenna Buck took home third place.


Nearly 200 people turned out for the free final round concert at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center. Divided into two divisions, the annual competition provides an opportunity for regional vocal students to compete in a professional atmosphere, while gaining valuable feedback from the judges. This was the first year Western Michigan University was eligible for the regional competition.


Final round judges:
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Cast Your Monday Vote and Win Made In Michigan Products!

Cast Your Monday Vote and Win Made In Michigan Products!

Join us in celebrating Michigan products with the Made in Michigan Bracket Challenge. Click HERE to download the bracket.

Each day we'll have four matchups, one from each bracket, as we go through some of our great Made in Michigan products.