by Jill Piwko

This is one weekend that you’ll want to make sure that you’re staying around Kalamazoo!

There are so many events and activities that we had a difficult time choosing our top five Weekend Picks. Make sure you check out our Events Calendar for the full listing of events. For this weekend, consider…


Green-a-thon 2014

Saturday, April 26 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Celery Flats Historic Area in Portage. 

  • The Youth Advisory Committee, in cooperation with the Environmental Board and Park Board, will host Green-a-thon 2014 as way to raise awareness of environmental issues that affect the citizens of Portage and to provide opportunities to become more ecologically friendly.
  • Providing a forum for such opportunities is a critical step to ensuring a sense of social responsibility in participating and encouraging “green” behavior. This family-friendly Earth Day festival is open to all and includes live music, exhibits, games and giveaways such as seedlings. Food will be available for purchase. Numerous local vendors and organizations will be present.

6th Annual Grow-It-Yourself Day!

Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the People’s Food Co-Op in Kalamazoo.

  • This fun-filled community event and plant sale is free and open to the public. It will feature a variety of workshops, live music and dancing, hands-on gardening demonstrations in PFC’s Willard Street Garden, as well as organic/heirloom seeds and locally-grown organic plant starts for purchase.
  • A family-friendly event, there will be a variety of children’s activities, including garden story time offered by Kalamazoo Public Library. Local organization participation includes the Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones, Tribal Revival, and Organic plant starts from Cinzori Farms!


Earth Day Celebration at the KNC!

Saturday, April 26 from  9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Kalamazoo Nature Center in Kalamazoo.

  • Check out a full day of Earth Day Celebration activities.  Programs run from 9 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Kids Raccoon Run at 9 am. The Raccoon Run for ages 8 and under is a stroller friendly run/walk around the Habitat Haven Trail. $10 Kids’ Raccoon Run registration fee includes a short sleeve t-shirt with logo (while supplies last).
  • Start off your day and run in the Earth Day 5K! Run begins at 10 am This fun and challenging run/walk will feature some of KNC’s most beautiful trails. The course includes steep hills, forest views, and a variety of terrain. $25 Earth Day 5K registration fee includes an official Run shirt (while supplies last).

Global Youth Service Day

Saturday, April 26. See Volunteer Kalamazoo website for location and times to volunteer. 

  • Volunteer Kalamazoo and the Youth Service Council are sponsoring Global Youth Service Day activities on Saturday, April 26th 2014 in Kalamazoo! Join us for this amazing event empowering youth to organize and do good in their communities!
  • Organizations around Kalamazoo County provide opportunities for area youth to get involved in this global initiative. Participants join volunteers across the world to give back and sow the seeds of positive change in their neighborhoods, cities, and landscapes

Gilmore Family Concerts

Friday, April 25 at 7:00 pm at Harper Creek High School in Battle Creek and Saturday, April 26, 10:30 am and 1:00 pm at the Kalamazoo Public Library,  Oshtemo branch. 

  • Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Roe seek to meld two seemingly different styles of music – classical music that can sound like pop and pop music that sounds classical. This presentation features performances from Anderson & Roe’s eclectic repertoire and a discussion on musical inspiration, personal taste, and the fads of musical terminology – classical to pop to crossover and fusion.


These events and more can be found on our Events Calendar at KZOOkids. What fun things will you be doing this weekend?



By | 2014-04-25T05:24:29+00:00 April 24th, 2014|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Weekend Picks|Comments Off on Weekend Picks For The Kalamazoo Parent – April 25, 2014

About the Author:

Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.