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My Town: Kalamazoo Children's Choir to sing during Tigers game

My Town: Kalamazoo Children's Choir to sing during Tigers game

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—West Michigan will be well-represented during the Detroit Tigers’ opening weekend at Comerica Park.

During the game against the Orioles Saturday, April 5, the 120 children that comprise the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus will sing the national anthem.  Taylor Stevens, an alumna of KCC, will be directing the chorus.

"This is so exciting for the children and for me," Stevens said.  "We've never done anything like this before."   

During the game, Mona Shores High School’s ball teams will also be accepting a $10,000 Grand Slam Grant check.  Coach William Lent will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

My Town Kalamazoo: Growlers plan a 'Salute to Selfies'

My Town Kalamazoo: Growlers plan a 'Salute to Selfies'

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—It’s a term you probably didn’t even know five years ago: the selfie.

Now the Kalamazoo Growlers are preparing to honor the social media meme with a Salute To Selfies night during their July 24 home game against the Wisconsin Woodchucks.  The team will wear special jerseys filled with fan “selfies”  submitted to the Growlers via social media.  To submit, follow the instructions below:

Facebook

  • Take your selfie!
  • Like the Growlers Facebook page here by clicking the link
  • Find and click “Share Photo”
  • Choose your selfie
  • Tag the Growlers and use the hashtag #SaluteToSelfie

Twitter

My Town Kalamazoo: Growlers kick off mascot naming contest

My Town Kalamazoo: Growlers kick off mascot naming contest

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The community gave the Kalamazoo Growlers their name; now the minor league baseball team is tapping fans again to name the new mascot.

The Meijer #NameYourMascot competition is underway.  Everyone is encouraged to submit their best name idea for the newest member of the Growler’s family by filling out the online contest form here or through social media by using the Meijer #NameYourMascot hashtag or mentioning the Growlers on Twitter (@kzoogrowlers).

The team will hold a vote to determine the winner, who receive the following benefits:

  • Mascot lawn mowing services for a day
  • Mascot driveway snow removal appearance
  • Mascot Valentine’s Day flower delivery to your sweetheart
  • Mascot birthday party appearance
  • $100 Meijer shopping spree with the new mascot

The mascot’s new name will be announced during an official unveiling event later this spring.

USA Curling Championship will return to Kalamazoo

USA Curling Championship will return to Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A sport playing out on the ice in Sochi will be coming to Kalamazoo next year.

The city is opening up its home ice to the 2015 USA Curling Men’s and Women’s National Championships.  The competition will take place Feb. 14-22 at Wings Stadium.

USA Curling decided to bring the event back to Wings Stadium after a successful run there in 2010.

Runners to get dirty for clean water during Mud Run

Runners to get dirty for clean water during Mud Run

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--  Snow is on the ground but Kalamazoo is already getting ready for lots of mud during its third annual Mud Run.

More than 2,000 runners are expected to splash in the mud during the event on Saturday, June 7 at Kalamazoo Community Church.  This year, organizers are making the Mud Run a single loop 5K course with up to 20 unique obstacles. Teams can be any size and awards will be handed out to the top fund-raising competitors and best costumes.

The Kalamazoo Mud Run is open to runners age 12 and up.  Children ages 6-12 can take part in a shorter Kid’s Mud Run. To register, visit the Kalamazoo Mud Run page here.

Traditional Bowhunters Expo comes to Kalamazoo Jan. 24-26

Traditional Bowhunters Expo comes to Kalamazoo Jan. 24-26

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Embrace your inner Katniss this weekend when the Traditional Bowhunters Expo comes to Kalamazoo.

This is the 19th year for the expo, which features nearly 100 of the nation’s top traditional bow hunting bowyers, dealers and crafters.  The expo runs Jan. 24-26 at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds.

“If you’re a hardcore traditional archery person, you wouldn’t want to miss it,” says show organizer Sharon Brumm. “There’s traditional archery equipment, wood arrows, many custom-built bows and self bows, which is a bow made from one piece of wood. There are leather goods, wool hunting clothing, broadhead displays, and so much more.”

Ottawa Hills hosts Floyd Mayweather Classic Jan. 18

Ottawa Hills hosts Floyd Mayweather Classic Jan. 18

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Ottawa Hills High School will host Saginaw Arthur Hill  this Saturday, Jan. 18 as part of the Floyd Mayweather Classic.

Five games will play out on the basketball court, starting with Lansing Sexton vs. River Rouge at noon.  Kalamazoo Central will take on Lansing Eastern at 2 p.m., followed by East English Village vs. Flint Southwestern at 4 p.m. and the Muskegon Big Reds vs. Chicago Orr at 6 p.m.  Ottawa Hills will close out the classic at 8 p.m.

Tickets to the Floyd Mayweather Classic are $10 and are good for all five games.  Children age 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door or at the Ottawa Hills Athletic Office Wednesday through Friday, from 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.   OK Conference, Golden Age and Grand Rapids Public Schools staff passes will not be accepted at the event.