Global Events and Newsletter

Get Globally Engaged this Week!—a weekly email of opportunities to get globally engaged.

 july 2018

Friday, July 20

  • Drum Beats—2 to 3 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Alma Powell Branch, 1000 W Paterson St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Experience an engaging and memorable introduction to West African musical culture at this hands-on drumming workshop. Registration required; free.

Saturday, July 21

  • 45th Annual Richland Art Fair—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Richland Village Square, downtown corner of M-89 and M-43, hosted by Gull Lake Area Community Volunteers. Up to 100 artists from all over Michigan and beyond exhibit in beautiful Richland Village Square Park. Free and open to the public.  

Monday, July 23

  • Life Cycle presents: A Tea Program—6 to 7 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Eastwood Branch Community Room, 1112 Gayle Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Come, join Tony from Life Cycles at Eastwood to sample, and learn about Organic Asian teas. Free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, July 24

  • Urban Fiction Book Discussion—6 to 7 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Alma Powell Branch, 1000 W Paterson St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library.  The book discussion group will discuss August Snow written by Stephen Mack Jones. Free and open to the public. 
  • Reading Race Book Group—6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Kalamazoo Public Library Oshtemo Branch Community Room, 7265 W Main St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Society for History and Racial Equity and KPL's Antiracism Transformation team. Book topics focus on race and racism in American society. Free and open to the public.

Friday, July 27

  • Global Art—3 to 4 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch, 315 S Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Explore history, geography, language, and culture by creating art inspired from around the world. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, July 28

  • Ramona Park Luau—3 to 9 p.m. at Ramona Park, 8600 S Sprinkle Road, Portage, hosted by the City of Portage. Enjoy carnival games, inflatables, magic shows, balloon animals, music by a local DJ, Island Dancers with a fire show, a watermelon eating contest, and a limbo contest! Food truck concessions will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public. 

Sunday, July 29

  • Historical tours and Speaker Series—2 p.m. at the Celery Flats, 7335 Garden Lane, Portage. Hear fascinating stories about the trials and tribulations of the boys from Kalamazoo County serving in the 13th Michigan Infantry during the Civil War. Free and open to the public.

Monday, July 30

  • Meg Tang Jewelry—4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch, 315 S Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Local jewelry artist, Meg Tang, will help you craft a one-of-a-kind piece using found items, wire, and more! Supplies provided. Registration Required. 

Tuesday, July 31

  • Mystery Writer Stephen Mack Jones visits Kalamazoo—6 to 7 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Alma Powell Branch, 1000 W Paterson St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Stephen Mack Jones, poet and writer, will join us at the Alma Powell Branch and share his story and tidbits from his book August Snow. Free and open to the public.

August 2018

Friday, August 3

  • Art Hop—5 to 8 p.m. in Downtown Kalamazoo, hosted by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. An evening of art exhibits and events held on the first Friday of every month that’s fun, interactive, and a great way to explore our downtown. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 4

  • Reptile Weekend 2018—9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Binder Park Zoo, 7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek, hosted by Binder Park Zoo.  One of Michigan’s largest reptile events, Reptile Weekend encompasses a full weekend of fun, entertainment, and hands-on encounters with over 100 different reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Regular admission required. 

Sunday, August 5

  • Reptile Weekend 2018—9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Binder Park Zoo, 7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek, hosted by Binder Park Zoo.  One of Michigan’s largest reptile events, Reptile Weekend encompasses a full weekend of fun, entertainment, and hands-on encounters with over 100 different reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Regular admission required. 

Monday, August 6

  • Jennifer Pharr Davis, The Pursuit of Endurance—6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch, 315 S Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Listen to Jennifer Pharr Davis, a hiker, author, and speaker who has covered over 14,000 miles of long-distance trails on six different continents, discuss her new book. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, August 8

  • Global Art—4 to 5 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Alma Powell Branch, 1000 W Paterson St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Explore history, geography, language, and culture by creating art inspired from around the world. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 18

  • Learn to Speak Mandarin Chinese—2 to 3 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch, 315 S Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Come to this introductory program and receive a free workbook to help you learn some basic words in Mandarin Chinese. Registration required; free. 

Monday, August 20

  • Australian Didgeridoo workshop—2 to 3 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Oshtemo Branch Community Room, 7265 W Main St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Explore Australian Aboriginal history, art, culture and music, then create your own Didgeridoo instrument and learn how to play with award-winning Australian singer & songwriter Peter D. Harper. Registration required; free.

Tuesday, August 21

  • Global Art—4 to 5 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Eastwood Branch, 1112 Gayle Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Explore history, geography, language, and culture by creating art inspired from around the world. Free and open to the public.
  • Meg Tang Jewelry—4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch, 315 S Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Local jewelry artist, Meg Tang, will help you craft a one-of-a-kind piece using found items, wire, and more! Supplies provided. Registration Required.

Wednesday, August 22

  • Cultivating an Inclusive Work Environment—9:15 to 11:45 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch, 315 S Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library.  This workshop will assist you in crafting a work environment that is inclusive for your current staff, volunteers and those you wish to attract. Registration is free. 

Saturday, August 25

  • Kalamazoo Scottish Festival—9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Flesher Field, 3664 S Ninth St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Scottish Festival Association. Join the celebration of the 26th annual Scottish Festival with face painters, country dancing, the Kirking of the Tartan ceremony, Clan Tents, Harpers, Weavers and more. Free and open to the public.

September 2018

Wednesday, September 26

  •  2018 Study Abroad Fair—11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sangren Hall, hosted by the WMU Study Abroad. WMU Study Abroad Fair attendees get the 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. Free and open to the public. 

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