TODAY
    Sunday Sep 24 @ 9:30 AM
Blind Draw Scramble
Ridgeview Golf Course
 
TODAY
    Sunday Sep 24 @ 12:00 PM
Art & Wine Festival
The Henderson Castle – Sip & Stroll through the Castle grounds and Henderson Castle. Enjoy Fine Art and Fine Wine as we celebrate our 2017 harvest. Musical Guest Kyle Jennings (Performances throughout the festival). Access to the art fair with artists curated by Flash Gallery in Kalamazoo Ticket price $25 presale/$30 at the gate. DD Tickets $15. Children 15 and under are free. Wine Tasting ( must be 21+ and have I.D.) 10 wines to taste Cheese and Crackers provided by D&W Fresh Market Tours of Henderson Castle Grape Harvest & Grape Stomp (tools provided by Castle Foundation) Chef's Garden Grill will be Open!
 
TODAY
    Sunday Sep 24 @ 12:00 PM
Kfirst Foster-Care Adoption Ministry Care Group
Kalamazoo First – Please join us for a potluck lunch in the Connection Café and then a time for foster/adoptive/prospective moms and dads to gather for an informal time of support and prayer. We'll have helpers available to play with your kiddos (all DHS background cleared) so you can have some time to be refreshed in the company of other adults who "get it." You don't have to attend KFirst to join us - come one and all! Please share this with as many foster, adoptive and interested families as you can. <3 Please RSVP and include the ages of your children, so we can plan appropriate childcare. Thank you! P.S. We're looking to grow our list of child care providers for these meetings. If you've been looking for a way to contribute to orphan and foster care in our community but weren't sure where to start, this is it! You won't just be babysitting - you'll be investing in the lives of vulnerable kids and families
 
TODAY
    Sunday Sep 24 @ 1:00 PM
Bronson Children's Hospital 5k Run & Walk
Bronson Methodist Hospital – Join the Bronson Children's Hospital Run & Walk, Sunday, September 24. This annual event supports child life, art and music therapy and other programs and services for our young patients. The event is designed for both competitive runners and families who prefer a casual stroll. Visit www.bronsonhealth.com/runwalk for more information and to register. 11:00 AM Late Registration and Children's Activities 1:00 PM Run/Walk Begins
 
TODAY
    Sunday Sep 24 @ 1:00 PM
Fall Fest
Kalamazoo Nature Center – Celebrate the bountiful harvest season by exploring all that DeLano Farms has to offer! Browse and shop artisan booths, visit the homestead and blacksmith shop, take a horse-drawn wagon ride (weather permitting), and enjoy fun games, live music, cooking demonstrations, and activities for the whole family! This event is included in the cost of KNC admission. Members: Free Adults: $7.00/ Seniors $6.00 Children and Students (4-17): $4/.00 Children 3 & under: Free
 
TOMORROW
    Monday Sep 25 @ 10:30 AM
4th Annual Arcadia Ales Classic
Arcadia Ales – GATHER YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND COWORKERS AND JOIN US FOR A FUN DAY OF GOLF AND GOOD BEERS! The format is an 18-hole, four-person scramble at the beautiful Moors Golf Club in Portage. Individuals and teams are welcome! There will be awards and prizes for the top three teams, closest to the pin, longest drive, as well as great Arcadia Ales and swag. A portion of the proceeds will go towards scholarships for Kalamazoo Valley Community College and WMU College of Arts and Sciences Sustainable Brewing Program students! Help us raise even more funds by purchasing a tee or hole sponsorship, making a direct donation, or donating items to the silent auction and live auction which will be hosted by our very own Timothy Suprise. A portion of your donation is tax deductible. SCHEDULE: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH at The Moors Golf Club 10:30 AM: Check-In at The Moors and use of the Driving Range, plus a Whitsun Bratwurst lunch 12 NOON: Shotgun Tee Off 5:00 PM: 19th Hole Party, sponsored by @gordon food service Gordon Food Service and catered by The Grill at The Moors with awards, prizes, and live auction items! REGISTER HERE! All single and foursome registrations, as well as tee sponsorships, hole sponsorships, and direct donations, are being conducted through Arcadia’s SquareUp.com site (https://squareup.com/store/arcadiaales). To donate physical items to the silent and live auctions please contact our Marketing Coordinator at khassell@arcadiaales.com. Golfer Registration deadline is Friday, September 22nd and the Tee Sponsorship Deadline is Friday, September 15th. If you have any questions or would like to register or pay in another format please contact us! The Arcadia Ales Classic is proudly brought to you by: Arcadia Ales, The Moors Golf Club, Gordon Food Service & Treystar! Learn more about the KVCC and WMU Sustainable Brewing Programs: https://www.kvcc.edu/Full_Story/SustainableBrewingDegree https://wmich.edu/brewing Arcadia Ales Classic Website Link: http://www.arcadiaales.com/aaclassic SquareUp Payment Site: https://squareup.com/store/arcadiaales YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/tgTVNEophck
 
TOMORROW
    Monday Sep 25 @ 12:00 PM
Meet & Eat - Kalamazoo/Portage
Michigan Museums Association – Hosted by the Air Zoo Kalamazoo Area (Portage) Join local museum colleagues, MMA members and MMA board members for lunch. Share challenges and successes, find resources, and learn about what's happening with MMA. Lunch is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Registration closes September 17. Participants are welcome to tour the museum after the luncheon.
 
TOMORROW
    Monday Sep 25 - Dec 18 @ 2:00 PM
Free Sports Injury Clinic
Bronson Methodist Hospital – No appointment necessary. Do you have an injury from training, exercising, or participating in your favorite sport? We can help. On-site services: • Athletes seen on a first-come, first-served basis • Evaluation of a sport or exercise-related injury • Recommendations for exercise, stretching techniques, or use of other reconditioning methods • Consultation with your personal trainer or coach • If necessary, assistance with physician referrals Questions? Call (855) 618-2676, ext. 4581. www.bronsonhealth.com/sportsinjuryclinics
 
TOMORROW
    Monday Sep 25 @ 3:00 PM
Entering a Listing in flexmls
Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS – ***This training is near capacity. Please contact Sam Bartlett at SamB@gkar.com to register. ENTERING A LISTING...AND ALL THAT GOES WITH IT This training will provide GKAR Members with a deeper understanding of the how to enter a listing and the MLS Policies that govern the information you enter. Gain a deeper understanding of: -Efficiently entering listing information in the MLS system -Attaching external documents (i.e. required disclosures, inspections, legal descriptions, etc.) -Uploading property photos -Adjusting the map pin placement on a property -MLS deadlines for entry of listings and changes -Required listing information -Linking Virtual Tour and Videos Training class size is limited to thirty (30) Members. Laptops are welcomed for those attendees who would like to follow along during instruction. This is not a mobile training, so tablets should not be used.
 
TOMORROW
    Monday Sep 25 - Oct 23 @ 5:30 PM
Master Rain Gardener Training Course
Kalamazoo River Watershed Council – A 5-week in-person class that will teach you everything needed to create a living rain garden at your home or place of work. The class will lead you through all phases, from locating and designing to planting and maintaining a beautiful and functional rain garden. Is "rain garden" a new term for you? Not to worry, it's a simple landscape feature design to capture rain runoff from your roof, driveway, or sidewalk and help soak water into the ground with specialized hearty plants. Instructors from the Kalamazoo Nature Center and Kalamazoo River Watershed Council will help you develop your own rain garden design plan and an optional rain garden tour will take place in early October. Class held Mondays 5:30 - 7:30 PM from 9/25 - 10/23/17. Students who attend all 5 classes and plant their own rain garden will receive their Master *Rain* Gardener certificate! Plus a sign for your garden. Students from Stuart, West Main Hill, Oakland-Winchell, Vine, and Central City neighborhoods may be eligible for free starter kit of rain garden plants. Register online through Kalamazoo Valley Community College, our program partner (discounted price of only $45 due to grant funding): https://p2.kvcc.edu/morp/client/mtecreg.plx?action=showInfo&eventID=1093&
 
TOMORROW
    Monday Sep 25 @ 5:30 PM
Relax with Yoga and Pottery Painting
Art Bayou – Start your week off right with a 60 minute vinyasa flow yoga class followed by an opportunity to paint your own "one of a kind" pottery piece. Yoga will start at 5:30 pm promptly, so please try and arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign in. Bring your own yoga mat. Register online or call the studio at 269-375-2600. • Cost: $15 (includes yoga class and studio fee) Note: you must also pay for the price of your chosen piece to paint. Our class will begin with a dynamic and flowing warm-up to build heat in the body and foster a mind-body connection to the breath. We will flow through a series of sun salutations and standing, balancing and seated postures. Open to all levels, this yoga sequence will provide a full-body workout with a concentrated focus on strengthening the core muscles that support the spine, as well as lengthening and building strength in the body. You'll leave class feeling relaxed and renewed, ready to take on your week!
 
TOMORROW
    Monday Sep 25 @ 6:00 PM
Beer Manic Mondays Reserve Bottles
The Beer Exchange – Join us for 1/2 off Reserve Bottles, snatch up your vinatage North Coast Brewing Company's Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Rasputin or Stone Brewing's Arrogant Double Bastard. Grab your server for a sneak peak!
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Sep 26 @ 11:00 AM
Express Vote & Voter Training
Disability Network Southwest Michigan – Join us for the FREE training and be one of the first people in Kalamazoo County to try out the new accessible voting equipment! New Express Vote machines will replace the old AutoMark voting machines in Kalamazoo County. Disability Network Southwest Michigan is partnering with the Kalamazoo County Clerk’s office and the City of Kalamazoo Clerk’s office to offer this hands-on training to teach people how to use the new Express Vote machines and answer questions about your voter rights. RSVP to Leatrice at fullertonl@dnswm.org or 269-345-1516 x118. For more info visit: http://www.dnswm.org/event/express-vote-voter-training/
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Sep 26 @ 12:00 PM
Battle Creek - New Location
Oceanside Seafood – Seafood Sale at the Promenade Square Mall 1791 W Columbia Ave Battle Creek, MI 49015
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Sep 26 - Oct 10 @ 6:00 PM
Glass Blowing Essentials Workshop: Bubble, Shape, & Form
Glass Art Kalamazoo – This class is ideal for beginners and intermediate students alike. We will work to develop our skills over 6 sessions. Beginning with techniques to correctly gather glass from the furnace and moving on to discussions of shape and form we will cover a wide variety of glass blowing basics. The instruction will focus on a team approach to glassblowing, with an emphasis on safety, proper tool use, and smart ways to approach classic glass forms. Lessons are tailored to individual needs or interests and can cover a range of glass blowing topics in a laid back atmoshpere with ample time to practice! Join us for a special time with Glass Blowing Essentials: Bubble, Shape, and Form. 6 classes, 3 hour sessions. COST: $480 for nonmembers, $432 for members. DATES: 1st class September 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. 2nd class September 28, from 6. to 9 p.m. 3rd class October 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. 4th class October 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. 5th class October 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. 6th class October 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. LOCATION: Glass Art Kalamazoo 326 W Kalamazoo Ave #100 Kalamazoo, MI 49007 For more informaiton and to register, please click here: http://glassartkalamazoo.org/product/level-2-3-glass-blowing-class-pack-sept/
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Sep 26 @ 6:30 PM
LIT for Social Justice Youth Program
Center for Diversity and Innovation – 3 Years of CDI Summer Youth Retreats are expanding to a year-round program! CDI staff have loved working with so many area youth over the past three summers at Sherman Lake. They are talented, engaged, knowledgeable, and ready to move! They now have another opportunity to continue their learning and action toward racial equity by participating in our year-round youth program. Group sessions will be held on campus at KCC on Tuesday nights twice monthly. Participants will also have an opportunity to participate in Great Lakes PeaceJam and attend other social justice conferences. To register please use this link: https://goo.gl/1xWDsw Join us September 26 to learn more details about the program and meet other interested students and families. Please RSVP to Sara Johnson at johnsons@kellogg.edu or 565-2107
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Sep 27 @ 11:00 AM
2017 WMU Study Abroad Fair
WMU Haenicke Institute for Global Education – 2017 WMU Study Abroad Fair attendees will have a chance to speak with WMU students who have studied and interned abroad, as well as with WMU professors who coordinate programs and courses around the globe. Study abroad specialists from the University will be available to answer questions, as will representatives from non-WMU organizations providing more than 100 study and work programs conducted worldwide. The 2017 Study Abroad Fair will be held in the atrium and on the outside covered walkway in front of Sangren Hall. The Fair will also offer free pizza and give-aways to students, faculty and staff, and the community at large.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Sep 27 @ 5:00 PM
Kalamazoo Activist Night
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan – Volunteers are needed to help with data entry from our successful time at Bronco Bash! Come join us at the Kalamazoo Healthcare Center for a night of networking with fellow activists and working on data entry (bring a laptop if you can!). Don't like data entry/want to work on something else? No worries! In addition to data entry we will continue to prep materials for upcoming community outreach events. We will also be discussing ways that we can strengthen our presence in the Kalamazoo community and build our network. This is a night of brainstorming and strategizing. All are welcome, no RSVP required.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Sep 27 - Dec 20 @ 6:00 PM
Crafts & Craft at Arcadia Brewing Co!
Arcadia Brewing Company Kalamazoo – Looking for something fun and creative to do on a week night? Look no further! Join Arcadia Brewing Company and local artist Amy Tarbell during the first semester of "Crafts & Craft". Every Wednesday night come down to Arcadia Brewing Company Kalamazoo from 6-8pm and for only $10 get a 10oz Tier 1 Beer and all the supplies you need to make a new craft every week! The event is open to all ages and there are plenty of great non-alcoholic beverages available including Faygo and house-made Root Beer on draft. Tips for the artist are appreciated. Please RSVP in the comments to ensure there are enough materials for everyone. Drop-ins are welcome if supplies are available. Sign up for our email blast at www.arcadiaales.com or follow us on Facebook @arcadiakalamazoo for class project notifications and updates! Dreamcatchers - Sept 20th Nail & String Art - Sept 27th Fall/Halloween Themed Sharpie-decorated Coffee Mug - Oct 4th Pumpkin Painting (kid friendly) - Oct 11th Slime (kid friendly) - Oct 18th Pumpkin Carving- Oct 25th Infinity Scarf Hand Knitting- Nov 1st Watercolor Marbled Coffee Mug or Love Painting- Nov 8th Geometric Stencil Painting- Nov 15th Questions? Email Amy Tarbell directly at shining.sky.woman@gmail.com PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON 10/18 AS WE WILL BE HOSTING KALAMADOODLE FROM 6:30-8PM! THIS IS A COMMUNAL DOODLING EVENT AND FREE TO THE PUBLIC.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Sep 27 @ 7:00 PM
Communities of the Kal-Haven Trail
Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones – Wild Ones events are free and open to the public. Communities of the Kal-Haven Trail Wednesday, September 27: socializing at 6:30; program starts promptly at 7 First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park St., downtown Kalamazoo Wild Ones’ scheduled speaker for September, Gretchen Hooker, is leaving the Kalamazoo area to return to Montana for her work with the Biomimicry Institute. Long-time Wild Ones member Sue Hodapp will take her place with a program on the Kal-Haven Trail, “The Cultural and Natural History of a Most Unnatural Nature Trail.” Since 2011, Sue has led a group of Master Gardeners and Conservation Stewards in efforts to preserve and restore native plants on one of the most natural, unnatural sections of the Kal-Haven Trail. The project focuses on the area between F and G Avenues, where there are remnants of over 150 species of plants, including many spring ephemerals such as trillium, wild blue phlox, and false rue anemone, with some red elder and alternate-leaved dogwood. Sue is also interested in the area from 48 ½ St. to about a half mile west on the trail, with wetlands that include skunk cabbage and a wide variety of ferns. Sue’s study of the cultural history of the area helps her to understand the plant communities along the way—the peculiar mix of natural and unnatural. An old railroad line, the trail corridor was heavily disturbed by construction of the railroad, then largely left alone after that, to recover as best it could. As she walks or bicycles the path, she can now read an unfolding story along the way. In her presentation for Wild Ones, she’ll share some of the trail’s stories—both natural and unnatural. She’ll also share what she and her crew of volunteers have done to protect and restore some of the species remnants on the trail. One of her success stories is the long struggle to remove garlic mustard and the consequent return of native species from the seed bank. One of her frustrations is with the trail “maintenance” crews who mow down or uproot species she’s been working to restore. If you use the Kal-Haven Trail, Sue will help you to experience more fully what’s along the way. She’s currently working with the DNR to designate the Kal-Haven Trail as a Michigan Heritage Trail, with informative signage about the towns along this 34-mile linear park, as well as its history and its natural features. **************************************************************** Sue Hodapp has been a member of Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones for ten years. She’s been a Master Gardener since 2005 and a Conservation Steward since 2011. She has a passion for history, natural history, and railroads.