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Notable News: City of Portage Installs New Playgrounds

Information for this article is from a Press Release provided by the Portage Parks, Recreation & Senior Citizen Services.   The City of Portage Parks is excited to announce the installation of two new playgrounds – one at Central Park (7800 Shaver Road, located behind the City of Portage Public Safety complex) and the other at West Lake Nature Preserve (9001 S. Westnedge, parking off South
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Notable News: Family Fishing Fair Set for May 20th!

Graphic courtesy of Portage Department of Parks & Recreation. The City of Portage Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the 7th annual Family Fishing Fair on Saturday, May 20th from 10:00 am-1:00 pm at Ramona Park, 8600 South Sprinkle Rd. Family Fishing Fair is part of the Angling Adventures program which was developed to engage youth with boating and fishing opportunities. The Family Fishing Fair will
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Notable News: KAS Presents Astronomy Day: “The Great American Eclipse of 2017” This Weekend!

  The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society (KAS), in partnership with Kalamazoo Valley Community College, presents Astronomy Day, “The Great American Eclipse of 2017,” on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Texas Township Campus, 6767 West O Avenue, Kalamazoo, 49003. Astronomy Day will focus on the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse that will cross the United States from coast to
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Notable News: Dinosaurs are Coming to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum This Summer!

  Photo: Triceratops with young from Dinosaur Discovery   *Information for this article is from a Press Release provided by the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.  Dinosaurs are coming to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum this summer! “Although dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago, you can still adventure through this exhibit and see dinosaurs come alive through the use of animatronic creatures,” said Kalamazoo Valley Museum
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Notable News: Dog Park Coming to Portage

In the latest issue of the Portager Newsletter, the City of Portage recently announced the development of a new, safe, off-leash dog park now being constructed at South Westnedge Park. South Westnedge Park is located at 9010 South Westnedge and has a large softball complex, a skate park and an in-line hockey rink, among other amenities. The new dog park is located on the
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Notable News: Binder Park Zoo Opens for Its 42nd Season

Binder Park Zoo reopens for the season on Thursday, April 13th! Excitement and anticipation fill the zoo as staff and animals alike celebrate the arrival of spring and welcome the public back for the 42nd season. This season promises to be one of the most exciting ever with the unveiling of the African Lion and African Painted Dog exhibits later this spring. For the
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Notable News: City of Kalamazoo to Expand Summer Youth Programming in 2017

  On April 3, the Kalamazoo City Commission unanimously approved $883,000 to fund the expansion of three youth development programs offered by the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. The programs that will benefit are Supervised Playground, All Things Possible, and Summer Youth Employment programs. The Supervised Playground Program and All Things Possible were offered as pilot programs in 2016, and the Summer Youth
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Notable News: Otsego Public Schools Rolls out Summer Literacy Bus

Otsego is excited to roll out the Bulldogs Bookin’ Bus – Reading Den of the Dogs mobile library. Parents and staff members collaborated to create this initiative that will provide a summer literacy opportunity for students within the Otsego school district. Photo courtesy of Otsego Public Schools The Bulldogs Bookin’ Bus will provide children easy access to books because the library comes to them. The
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Notable News: Five Area Attractions Offer Free Admission in May to Members

  Five local institutions will offer free admission during May to each other’s members. The Air Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center, and Kalamazoo Institute of Arts are partnering for a fourth year as part of the Southwest Michigan Cultural Membership Exchange. Guests presenting a membership card from any of the organizations will enjoy free admission to all of them
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Notable News: Saturday Morning Art (SMArt) at WMU

Did you know the Western Michigan University Frostic School of Art opens its doors to young artists in the community every fall and spring semester, offering Saturday Morning Art (SMArt) classes to area children and adolescents? Photo courtesy of Christina Chin, PhD, Associate Professor of Art Education, WMU Designed for young people ages 7 to 18 who enjoy art and wish to develop their
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