Global Events and Newsletter

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MAY 2018

Tuesday, May 15

  • "Establishing a Daily Spiritual Practice" class—7 to 8:30 p.m. at The People's Church, 1758 N 10th St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Jewel Heart. Learn Tibetan Buddhist meditative techniques including concentration, contemplative analysis, visualization, mantras and prayer applied daily in a structured format. Free and open to the public.

Friday, May 18

  • "WMU: Higher Education at the Crossroads" speaker series—7:30 a.m. in the Fetzer Center room 1035, hosted by the Haworth College of Business. The talk will be given by President Edward Montgomery as the final speaker for this season's Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series. Registration required; free. 
  • Stulberg International String Competition—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, hosted by the Stulberg International String Competition. Twelve semifinalists from around the world compete for a chance to win cash prizes and performance opportunities. Daytime semifinals free; evening finals $20/adults and $5/ students. 

Saturday, May 19

  • Seita Scholars Foster Care Awareness walk—9 to 11 a.m. at Kanley Track, hosted by the Seita Scholars Program. Join the Seita Scholars in their third annual Foster Care Awareness Walk; walk ten laps to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Seita Scholars Program. Registration $15 for adults, $10 for students and free for children 12 and under. 

Sunday, May 20

Monday, May 21

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Michigan, My Michigan: A History of the State- British Control to Territorial Michigan" discussion—7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Van Deusen Room, 315 S Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Join Lynn Houghton for a multi-session journey looking at all aspects of Michigan's growth. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 22

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • Reading Race Book Group—6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Alma Powell Branch Barnabee Gallery, 1000 W Paterson St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. This book group, co-sponsored by the Society for History and Racial Equity (SHARE) and KPL’s Anti-racism Transformation Team, focuses on race and racism in American society. Free and open to the public. 

Monday, May 28

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 29

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

June 2018

Friday, June 1

  • 2018 KIA Arts Fair—3 to 8 p.m. in Bronson Park, 200 W South St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Nearly 190 jury-selected artists from across the country will offer beautiful artwork in Bronson Park. Free and open to the public. 
  • 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, June 2

  • 2018 KIA Arts Fair—9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Bronson Park, 200 W South St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Nearly 190 jury-selected artists from across the country will offer beautiful artwork in Bronson Park. Free and open to the public. 
  • Ice Cream Social at the Ladies' Library Association—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 333 S Park St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Ladies' Library Association. Come to The Ladies’ Library as they showcase their historic building constructed in 1878 with tours by their member volunteers. The LLA is the first women’s club in Michigan and the third in the nation. Free and open to the public. 

Sunday, June 3

  • Family Discovery Hikes—2 to 3 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Nature Center. These guided hikes held each Sunday at 2 pm will explore new themes and trails throughout the month. Some weeks we may even have visits from live animals! Regular KNC admission applies. 

Monday, June 4

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 5

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Establishing a Daily Spiritual Practice" class—7 to 8:30 p.m. at The People's Church, 1758 N 10th St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Jewel Heart. Learn Tibetan Buddhist meditative techniques including concentration, contemplative analysis, visualization, mantras and prayer applied daily in a structured format. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 9

  • Wild Edibles Workshop—9 a.m. to noon at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Ave., Augusta, hosted by the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. Guests will explore the Lake Loop trail for tasty plants as a team and learn about the plants that they encounter. Informational materials are included, and a wild edible picnic will be provided! Registration required by June 1; $35 for non-members.

Sunday, June 10

  • Family Discovery Hikes—2 to 3 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Nature Center. These guided hikes held each Sunday at 2 pm will explore new themes and trails throughout the month. Some weeks we may even have visits from live animals! Regular KNC admission applies. 

Monday, June 11

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 12

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Establishing a Daily Spiritual Practice" class—7 to 8:30 p.m. at The People's Church, 1758 N 10th St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Jewel Heart. Learn Tibetan Buddhist meditative techniques including concentration, contemplative analysis, visualization, mantras and prayer applied daily in a structured format. Free and open to the public.

Friday, June 15

  • Pride Night at the Kalamazoo Growlers—6 to 9:30 p.m. at Homer Stryker Field, 251 Mills St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Growlers and OutFront Kalamazoo. We are hosting a Tailgate Party that includes all-inclusive food/drink and 3 beers. Use the code "kzoopride", proceeds will benefit OutFront Kalamazoo. The first 100 people through the gates will receive rainbow swag from Bell's Brewery, and Sparkleberry will be on tap! Stick around for fireworks after the game! Tickets are $17. 

Sunday, June 17

  • Family Discovery Hikes—2 to 3 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Nature Center. These guided hikes held each Sunday at 2 pm will explore new themes and trails throughout the month. Some weeks we may even have visits from live animals! Regular KNC admission applies. 
  • Historical Tours and Speaker Series—2 p.m. at the Celery Flats, 7335 Garden Lane, Portage. You may have heard of national leaders such as Susan B. Anthony advocating for national woman suffrage. Suffrage activities existed on the local and state level as well. Learn about these local leaders in the suffrage movement, which operated out of West Michigan. Free and open to the public.

Monday, June 18

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 19

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Establishing a Daily Spiritual Practice" class—7 to 8:30 p.m. at The People's Church, 1758 N 10th St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Jewel Heart. Learn Tibetan Buddhist meditative techniques including concentration, contemplative analysis, visualization, mantras and prayer applied daily in a structured format. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 24

  • Family Discovery Hikes—2 to 3 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Nature Center. These guided hikes held each Sunday at 2 pm will explore new themes and trails throughout the month. Some weeks we may even have visits from live animals! Regular KNC admission applies. 

Monday, June 25

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 26

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Establishing a Daily Spiritual Practice" class—7 to 8:30 p.m. at The People's Church, 1758 N 10th St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Jewel Heart. Learn Tibetan Buddhist meditative techniques including concentration, contemplative analysis, visualization, mantras and prayer applied daily in a structured format. Free and open to the public.

 july 2018

Friday, July 6

  • 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.

Sunday, July 8

  • Zion Lion Reggae Band at Oshtemo's Music in the Park—6 to 7 p.m. at Flesher Field, 3664 S Ninth St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Zion Lion. Back by popular demand, Zion Lion Reggae Band will perform reggae, African zouk, mucosa, zoukous and Afro-Latin influenced songs.  Hands-on art tent available for kids during the concert. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, July 10

  • "Pilchuck, A Dance With Fire" Artbreak Video—noon to 1 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S Park St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Through firsthand accounts, this film looks back at the people and events that mark over forty years of Pilchuck's history. Free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, July 11

  • Wild Wednesdays Family Programs—6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Avenue, hosted by the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. The Sound Vibrations program will have you find nature’s sounds and investigate how people and animals use sounds to communicate. $5 adults, $4 students, $3 children. 

Friday, July 13

  • Movies in the Park: Coco—9 p.m. at the Celery Flats Historical Area, 7328 Garden Lane, Portage, hosted by the city of Portage. Come and watch "Coco", the story of Miguel, who dreams of becoming an accomplished musician despite his family's generations-old ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. Free and open to the public.

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.  

Wednesday, July 25

  • Wild Wednesdays Family Programs—6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Avenue, hosted by the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. Explore the beauty of metamorphosis of butterflies and moths. $5 adults, $4 students, $3 children.

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.

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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