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Community coming to life with flowers

Community coming to life with flowers

News Release:

KALAMAZOO, MI – This is a busy time for Kalamazoo in Bloom, who is getting ready to plant flowers in Kalamazoo and Portage as part of their annual planting season. Since 1984, Kalamazoo in Bloom has highlighted the area’s world renowned hot bedding industry, first with flower festivals under the name of Kalamazoo County Flowerfest, and now with community planting days.

Hundreds of volunteers are recruited from schools to garden clubs, to help plant over 90,000 flowers across the community, and to plant familiar structures, the peacock in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park and the canoe on S. Westnedge, across from Old Westnedge Avenue in Portage.

A Swinging Sixties President's Performance

A Swinging Sixties President's Performance

News Release:

Kalamazoo, MI - April 10, 2012 The most anticipated event of the year at The University Theatre has arrived: Western Michigan University's President John M. and Mrs. Linda Dunn, with the University Theatre Guild, invite you to join them for a very special benefit event: The President's Performance featuring a production of the iconic and Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray will be held Saturday, April 21st at 5:30pm.

The Theatre Guild invites you to join John and Linda Dunn for hors d'ourves, provided by the Epic Bistro, and dinner provided by The Wine Loft, Oakwood Bistro, Full City Café, and Chinn Chinn. Following a performance of Hairspray, guests will finish the night with a dessert after-party with the cast of Hairspray.

As the largest fundraiser of the year for the University Theatre Guild scholarship fund, the support of Kalamazoo is crucial.

Science Olympiad to bring 400 youngsters from five counties to WMU

Science Olympiad to bring 400 youngsters from five counties to WMU

News Release:

KALAMAZOO--More than 400 middle and high school students from a five-county area will flock to Western Michigan University this month for the Region 10 Science Olympiad competition.

The competition will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in various campus locations, culminating in an awards ceremony from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Ballroom. Competitive events will take place in Wood Hall, Rood Hall, the Chemistry Building, Dalton Center, Bernhard Center and the Student Recreation Center. About 150 WMU students, faculty and staff volunteers will be involved in some aspect of the Olympiad.

Forty-five different events in the competition are designed to test competitors' knowledge of the physical, applied and health science areas.

St. Patrick's Day plunge to benefit the Special Olympics

News Release:

KALAMAZOO--The Western Michigan University community is invited to plunge into the icy waters of a makeshift glacial pool in Lawson Ice Arena on St. Patrick's Day Saturday, March 17, to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics Michigan, which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 20,600 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

This will be the fifth Polar Plunge held at WMU. Members of the University and Kalamazoo communities have been securing donations to participate in the event. WMU President John M.

DNR looking for volunteers in West Michigan

DNR looking for volunteers in West Michigan

From the Michigan Department of Resources:

Join in the effort to Go Get Outdoors and protect critical dune, prairie and forest habitats stretching from Berrien to Muskegon Counties! State recreation officials announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of February as part of the new Volunteer Steward program in Southwestern Michigan state parks and recreation areas.  Volunteering for these workdays is a great way to GO-Get Outdoors in many of our cherished state parks, breathe some fresh air, have fun and get a bit of exercise while enjoying beautiful scenery and precious landscapes. 

Volunteers can make a big impact by removing invasive, non-native shrubs in natural areas within state parks and recreation areas. Targeted invasive species include:  honeysuckle, autumn olive, barberry and Lombardy poplar.

Portage Creek and Willard Street Non-motorized Trailways Open House

From: http://www.kalamazoocity.org

Kalamazoo, MI – In the City’s non-motorized master plan two sections of trailway have been identified for their preferred routes. The first is a 4.6 mile trailway along the Portage Creek Corridor from Kilgore Road northerly to the Kalamazoo Valley River Trail in Sutherland. The second is a trailway along the existing Willard Street Right of Way between Harrison Street and North Westnedge Avenue. The trail way will start at Harrison Street just north of the Amtrak railroad tracks and continues westerly to Westnedge Avenue connecting two existing trails on each side. The City is entering into the design phase of both projects and would like to invite you to an open house.