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Something Musical

Enjoy a "Soul-Filled Sunday" Arcadia Ales is helping to keep weekends going just a

little longer with its “Soul-Filled Sundays” music series. Each Sunday, the brewery and restaurant, at 701 E. Michigan Ave., features local talent performing early evening shows. Enjoy a brew or two and a bite to eat while taking in the acts scheduled for April:

April 3, 5–7 p.m.: The Bee’s Knees, a trio that plays creative arrangements of music, from pop and indie hits to classical.  pril 10, 4–6 p.m.: Singer/songwriter Mechele Peters with A special guest The Perilous Cats.  pril 17, 5–7 p.m.: Flylight Gemini playing original folk, A rock and blues music.  pril 24, 5–7 p.m.: Poncho Eco & Friends, an eclectic mix A of blues and Americana with Latin and reggae rhythms. For more information, visit The Brass Rail performs at Arcadia Ales

Something Bookish

Ladies’ Library tells all You can learn and see all about one of

Kalamazoo’s most storied historical structures — The Ladies' Library Association building, at 333 S. Park St. — in a new book that will be released at a launch celebration April 16. The Library Ladies of Kalamazoo: Their Home and History was written and researched by seven members of the Ladies Library Association, along with consultant Sharon Carlson, director of the Archives and Regional History Collections at Western Michigan University. The 220-page book includes numerous photos detailing the history of the Ladies’ Library building and its art and other contents. The launch celebration will be held from 9 a.m.–3 p.m., and not only will the books be available for sale, but so will the LLA’s homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee and tea. Tours of the building are free, but donations will be accepted. The price of the book is $64 for the hardcover edition and $38 for the paperback. For more information or to order the book, visit the organization’s Facebook page at

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Something Good

Green-a-Thon celebrates Earth Day

Encore April 2016  

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