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Name game narrows for new Kalamazoo team

Name game narrows for new Kalamazoo team

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— Kalamazoo’s newest baseball team is closing in on a name.

Kalamazoo Baseball narrowed down 386 different name suggestions to just five, which were recently announced.  They include:

  • The Kalamazoo Cabbies
  • The Kalamazoo Clutch
  • The Kalamazoo Growlers
  • The Kalamazoo Kangaroos (K-Roos)
  • The Kalamazoo Krakens

Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite name on kzoobaseball.com.  Each person gets one vote, and the deadline is October 7.

Kalamazoo Baseball accepted more than 750 name submissions for the new addition to the Northwoods League.  The winner will get season tickets for life along with a jersey, hat and the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the home opener on Homer Stryker Field next summer.

Come Kayak down the River

Come Kayak down the River

Kayak the Kalamazoo River with DeGraaf Nature Center in Holland, MI on Saturday, September 28th, from 10:30am – 3:30pm.

This three hour paddle begins within the Allegan State Game Area and ends at New Richmond, a beautiful 9-mile stretch of water on the Kalamazoo River with lots of wildlife sightings. This is a great time to see and hear migrating songbirds too.

The nature center will provide transportation from DeGraaf for kayaks, life jackets, paddles and guide. You provide the energy, snacks, waterproof lunch, (no coolers please), hats, sunscreen & insect repellant.

Fees for this trip are $25 but only $20 if you are a Friend of DeGraaf.  If you have your own boat, transfer fee is $15. Please call 616-355-1057 to register.

DeGraaf is located at 600 Graafschap Rd. in Holland, Mi. Website: www.degraaf.org

Zombies invade Kalamazoo for night race August 10

Zombies invade Kalamazoo for night race August 10

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Zombies will take over Kalamazoo this weekend, trying to stop “survivors” racing through Spring Valley Park.

The Zombie Dash on Saturday, August 10 is one of the only night races of its kind in the nation.  Participants who finish the 3.1 mile race with one or both “life strips” attached to their waist receive a time bonus.  Zombies will be hiding throughout the course, trying to yank the strips away. All runners will be required to wear a headlamp or carry a flashlight for safety.

Registration for Kalamazoo’s Zombie Dash is closed to runners, but zombies are still invited to come and “eat” for free.  Zombies must check in before 7:45 p.m. with a signed waiver from the race website.  Friends, family and community members are welcome to cheer on the survivors.

Georgetown Little League heads to World Series

Georgetown Little League heads to World Series

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—  Georgetown’s 50-70 Little League team is on its way to the World Series.

Tracie Lang says the District 9 All Stars won their first game against Minnesota Saturday, 5-4.  Georgetown closed out the central region championship at Milwood Park in Kalamazoo, with a second game score of  9-1.

The 2013 Intermediate 50-70 World Series will take place July 30 to August 5 in Livermore, California.  Georgetown takes on California’s Pleasanton National Little League at 6 p.m. Tuesday. You can find the standings by clicking here.

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.

Corvairs invade Kalamazoo July 16 through July 20

Corvairs invade Kalamazoo July 16 through July 20

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—If you love Corvairs, Kalamazoo is the place to be this week.

The 43rd annual Corvair International Convention will take place at the Four Points Sheraton July 16 through July 20. Organizers estimate more than 250 Corvairs of all makes and models will be on display in the hotel’s lot.  The four-day convention is expected to attract more than 600 enthusiasts from all over the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands.

“This is only time that the general public will have the opportunity to view over 250 Corvairs of every make, model or year built in one place at one time,” said convention chair Dave Dykwell. “This is truly a unique event, and we encourage anyone who has an interest in the most uniquely-built American-made car to stop by the Four Points by Sheraton Tuesday through Friday.”   

Model Rocket Day at the Air Zoo postponed

Model Rocket Day at the Air Zoo postponed

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Air Zoo and Southwest Michigan Association of Spacemodeling Hobbyists are postponing Model Rocket Day.

The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, June 22, but organizers are postponing the event because of the weather forecast and the size and scope of the rockets.

For an update on the event, visit http://www.airzoo.org/.