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City extends free favorite event

City extends free favorite event

KALAMAZOO, Mich.– The City of Kalamazoo is extending a free favorite at Bronson Park.

“Lunchtime Live!” will return September 13 through September 27.  Lunchtime Live! runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays.  Visitors to Bronson Park can enjoy live local music,   shop retail vendors and dine from several food trucks.  There are also outdoor activities like cornhole, giant chess, checkers, badminton and yoga.

New book rental program promises to save WMU students money

New book rental program promises to save WMU students money

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—College students in Michigan graduate with an average $28,021 in debt.

But a new partnership between bookstore operator Follett and WMU Bookstore should save Western Michigan University students money this school year.

The new program will allow students to rent any textbook available at WMU Bookstore.   WMU is one of only 13 campuses in the country with this program, which is expected to save students more than 50% on textbooks. 

At the end of the semester, students simply return their book to the WMU bookstore.  They can also decide then if they would like to buy the book. The rental service does not apply to one-time use materials like workbooks. For more information on the program, visit WMU Bookstore Shops’ website here.

Michigan Works! hosts job fairs in Kalamazoo

Michigan Works! hosts job fairs in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--  If you’re looking for a job in the Kalamazoo area, now’s your chance.

 Michigan WORKS!  will hold two job fairs this month to find workers for Onstaff and Employment Group.  Both companies are looking to hire multiple employees.  Onstaff’s job fair will be August 14 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Employment Group’s job fair is August 20 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Both events will take place at the Kalamazoo Michigan WORKS! Service Center, located at 1601 S. Burdick St. in Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Michigan WORKS!  also offers resume review services, mock interviews and basic computer workshops.  For more information, click here.

Kalamazoo Expo Center attracts lizard lovers and antique pickers June 22

Kalamazoo Expo Center attracts lizard lovers and antique pickers June 22

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--  Lizard lovers and antique pickers will fill the Kalamazoo Expo Center Saturday, June 22 for two drastically different events.

The Super Summer Flea & Antique Market will take place 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the main expo area.  The event features 75 booths filled with new and used items, handcrafted products, antiques and collectibles.  For more information, call (269) 383-8761.

The Kalamazoo Reptile & Exotic Animal Show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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: