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NFL's Greg Jennings and Larry Fitzgerald are coming to Kalamazoo

NFL's Greg Jennings and Larry Fitzgerald are coming to Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Former Super Bowl champion Greg Jennings and his wife Nicole will return to Kalamazoo June 7 for the 2013 Greg Jennings Celebrity Golf Event.

Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), EJ Biggers (Washington Redskins), Chastin West (Detroit Lions) and other celebrities are slated to attend the event, which runs from June 7 to June 8 at the Kalamazoo Country Club.

Proceeds from the event will support non-profit programs provided by The Greg Jennings Foundation, including the BE GREAT Youth Initiative.  Last year’s celebrity golf event generated more than $220,000.

Fish for free June 8 & 9

Fish for free June 8 & 9

All anglers can fish for free June 8 and 9.

As part of Free Fishing Weekend, the state is waiving all fishing license fees for residents and out-of-state visitors. Free Fishing Weekend applies to all species of fish in inland waters and Michigan’s Great Lakes.  All other fishing regulations still apply.

Michigan is home to more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, over 11,037 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams.  To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

Relay for Life a success

Relay for Life a success

Rockford Relay For Life raised $318,000 for the American Cancer Society, making it one of the most successful fundraisers in the state.

Other West Michigan communities are doing their part.  During the Wyoming-Grandville Relay For Life on May 10, participants raised at least $54,857.  That same day, participants in the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Relay For Life collected at least $45,984 for the American Cancer Society.  Runners and walkers in East Grand Rapids raised at least $56,531 during their Relay For Life May 17.  On May 18, the Relay For Life of White Lake generated at least $43,211 for the American Cancer Society, while Relay For Life of Comstock Park raised at least $42,815.

And don’t count local colleges out.  In April, Grand Valley State University raised at least $85,263 during its Relay For Life, Western Michigan University collected at least $32,083 and Aquinas College raised $5,670.

Plenty more communities are planning Rel

Blues Community Challenge pits Kalamazoo against two other cities

Blues Community Challenge pits Kalamazoo against two other cities

 

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Blues Community Challenge is pitting Kalamazoo against Marquette and Traverse City.

The city is encouraging residents to get out and walk, run, jog, etc.; the city whose residents log the most activity will win the biggest prize.

The eight week challenge began April 27, but you can still register and log activity by visiting www.walkingworks.com.

The Blues Community Challenge is sponsored by the Michigan Recreation and Park Association, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Teams battle cancer with bats

Teams battle cancer with bats

 

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—  Comstock High School’s  varsity softball team will take on Allegan High School Friday, but the real battle will be off the field.

Both teams are taking part in a special double-header to raise money for local families dealing with cancer. 

The games start at 4 p.m. on May 3 at Softball Field #1 at Allegan High School.

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

(Detroit Pistons) – Does your library or gym need a new look?

Here’s your chance to win a makeover in the School Makeover contest from the Detroit Pistons and NBA Live, Learn or Play, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The School Makeover, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance and the Detroit Pistons, is accepting submissions from elementary and middle schools in the state of Michigan, through June 1. Submissions at www.nba.com/pistons/farm-bureau-school-makeover should include at least four images of the school’s library or gymnasium to be considered in the selection process.

“Farm Bureau Insurance agents are involved in their local communities all across the state. Michigan isn’t just a market for us, it is our home,” said Vic Verchereau, Farm Bureau Insurance vice president of Marketing. “We firmly believe in supporting safe and clean learning environments for our youth.

Celebrate Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day!

The Earth Day Celebration runs from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, April 20th. Register by April 1 for an official Run shirt to participate in the Earth Day 5K Trail Walk/Run taking place on Saturday, April 20 at 10am. This is the chance to experience the beautiful trails of Kalamazoo Nature Center located at 7000 North Westnedge Avenue. Registration Fee is $25.00 & includes the official Run shirt, if registered by April 1.

Kids, ages 8 & under can take part in the 0.6 mile Raccoon Run at 11am & is a stroller-friendly walk/run around the Habitat Haven Trail.