• road-salt-ruining-urban-lakes-kalamazoo-encore Salty Lakes Is road salt ruining Kalamazoo's urban lakes?
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    Jack, one of two of her donkeys, adoringly receives a kiss from author Bonnie Jo Campbell.

    Bonnie Jo Campbell The successful novelist who ‘failed to give up writing’
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    Comics and graphic design artist Paul Sizer created this special art for the September issue of Encore

    Get Serious Kalamazoo has a thriving comics scene
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    Bain in an upstairs room of his Black Owl Cafe; a room he is hoping to open to the public soon.

    Creativity Unbound Is there anything Black Owl Café’s Darren Bain hasn’t done?
  • Steven Van Antwerpen and his 2-year-old son, Derk, check out vintage toys and tools at the Allegan Antiques Market.

    Antiquing We Will Go Treasure hunting at the Allegan Antiques Market
  • Renee Newman and Derek Theil

    Renee Newman and Derek Theil in the doorway of “Felix,” the 1964 Airstream trailer they lovingly restored.

    Camping, Old Style Vintage Trailers are becoming trendy, but it takes a special breed to love them
  • Bob Kettemen of Taco Bob’s in downtown Kalamazoo shows his appreciation for Kevin Seckler, the KDPS officer who patrols downtown.

    Getting to Know You KDPS' Canvassing Program has officers getting to know those they serve
  • Get Ready to Roll Local bike gurus are getting folks ready to hit the road
The Bridge of Friendship Kalamazoo’s 25 year relationship with Russia is still being celebrated
The Dean of DiversityKVCC's Felix Brooks is working to create a more inclusive campus

What's Happening in SW Michigan

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    Saugatuck Shorts Film Competition
  • Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars
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    Kalamazoo Improv Fest
  • Great Pumpkin Soiree, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 4

Up Front

District office provides a link to Lansing and more

Good Works

FOCUS Kalamazoo aims to treat volunteers ‘like royalty’


The drink’s enthusiasts are brewing their own


RNS Packaging has a better, safer way to protect packages


Conrad Kaufman, Susan Harrison team up on book project

Back Story

Director of Entertainment Wings Event Center