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My Town: Massive burger graces Kalamazoo Growler's inaugural menu

My Town: Massive burger graces Kalamazoo Growler's inaugural menu

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The West Michigan Whitecaps have the Fifth Third Burger; now the Kalamazoo Growlers are rolling out their own mammoth menu item.

The Bear Claw Burger is a half-pound Angus hamburger topped with Michigan-based Ebel’s barbeque pulled pork, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw.  The mix is served between two Sweetwater’s Donut Mill bear claw doughnuts.  The beastly burger serves two people, comes with two bags of chips and is $12.

The Growlers inaugural menu will also include chicken satay, bacon-wrapped shrimp kabobs, Angus beef sliders, specialty bratwursts, flatbreads, brownies, brownie sundaes, specialty cookies and Grand Traverse pie.  The ballpark will also offer beer, wine, pop and water.

The Growlers’ home opener against the Battle Creek Bombers is Friday, May 30 at Homer Stryker Stadium.  For ticket information, visit the team’s website here.

My Town: Kalamazoo Marathon expected to draw thousands downtown

My Town: Kalamazoo Marathon expected to draw thousands downtown

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—One of the top 14 spring races all runners should try will unfold in Kalamazoo this weekend.

Thousands of runners are expected to take part in the Kalamazoo Marathon this Sunday, May 4.  The race starts at 8 a.m. and will take athletes through parks, trails, neighborhoods and the downtown mall.  The Kalamazoo Marathon is a Boston qualifying race.  For more information, visit the event website here.

The Kalamazoo Marathon was named one of the top 14 spring races all runners should try by USA Today.  You can find the full story here.

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.