Tar Sands panel discussion
Join Dr. Steve Hamilton, of Michigan State University, and other noted professionals in a panel discussion entitled "Life Amongst the ‘Tar Sands’ Oil Pipelines: Impacts on Rural Communities and the Environment". More info>
WHERE: Lee Honors College, WMU, Kalamazoo
WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 22

Volunteers Needed
WMU's BioClub, Students for a Sustainable Earth and friends will be removing invasive species from the oak savanna site near the corner of Howard and Stadium Drives. The site is home to the biggest dwarf hackberry tree in the state and one of the biggest in the world. Guided by a naturalist and a botanist from WMU, it will be a great learning experience. More info>
WHERE: the oak savanna near Stadium and Howard streets, Stadium Drive Apartments, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Saturday, October 25

Volunteers needed to help OpenRoads bike program sort bike parts and tools in preparation for moving into their new space at Riverview Launch. No experience necessary. Stop by, help out and enjoy the company of OpenRoads staff serving eggs, bagels, donuts, and OJ. Please RSVP by emailing More info?
WHERE: 1523 Riverview Dr., Kalamazoo
WHEN: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Saturday, October 25

100-Mile Market Co-optoberfest
Co-optoberfest is a celebration of the end of the harvest season, with a family-friendly, night market vibe. Festivities will include trick-or-treating and other kids' activities, an all-ages costume contest (with celebrity judges!), beer sampling, and of course, all the best local food producers! Be there! More info>
People's Food Co-op, 507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 29

Michael Pollan to speak in Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Community Foundation presents Michael Pollan, author of best-selling books about food, in a discussion about the importance of and access to quality food for a healthy community. Bookbug will have Mr. Pollan's books available for sale and signing at this event. Please contact for more information.
WHERE: WMU Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m, Thursday, November 6
COST: FREE (RSVP required)

People's Food Coop : Cooking on a Budget
Join Heather Mitchell to create a delicious, healthful meal for the whole family, without breaking the bank! This class includes tips for shopping on a budget, recipes, and a PFC store tour. More info>
WHERE: Can-Do Kitchen, 511 Harrison St, Kalamazoo
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 11
COST: $5 per person

Vibrant Vegetable Gardens - Plan it today
Thinking of having a garden next year?  Let us help you plan your garden while last year’s experience is still fresh in your mind. Learn innovative ways to make the most of your home gardening space.  We will discuss: common mistakes, site choice, design techniques, building better soil and choosing the best plants for your design. More info>
WHERE: Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo
WHEN: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 18

Call for submissions, Re:Solution Envisioning Sustainability
WMU's Frostic School of Art and Environmental Studies in and Sustainability programs are pleased to announce a WMU student art competition. Re:Solution: Envisioning Sustainability is a competitive exhibit for current WMU students to share their creative vision on how they convey, express, and visualize sustainability. Submissions due by October 15th. More info> 
WHERE: (Reception) Gallery Room K1206, Kohrman Hall Gallery, WMU, Kalamazoo
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Thursday, November 20

Kalamazoo Farmers' Market
Connecting customers to food sources through honest learning relationships and supporting local food related businesses through a vibrant market culture. More info>
WHERE: 204 Bank St, Kalamazoo, MI
WHEN: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Saturdays, Tuesdays, Thursdays


Letter to the Editor: Buy Nearby

October 3, 2014 |

Buy Nearby campaign is a reminder of the good that can come when we chose to buy local and invest in our community and state.

Honors college home earns LEED silver certification as 'green' building
September 30 | WMU News
WMU's Lee Honors College has been awarded LEED silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.With 20 buildings either completed or going through the certification process, WMU is a leader in the state and region for LEED-certified buildings 

MDOT looking at potential changes in Kalamazoo's Stadium Dr. and Michigan Ave. corridor
September 29, 2014 |
State and local officials are launching a Stadium Drive & Michigan Avenue Corridor Study to get a vision for what the community would like to see.