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Beth Bradfish Sound Sculpture — Manipulate wire–mesh screens and sounds for an auditory experience that blends arts and sciences.

Portage Farmers Market — 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 24, Portage City Hall, portagemi.gov/643/Farmers–Market.

a.m. at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N. Westnedge Ave.; check kasonline.org for possible weather–based cancellations.

The Walker Brothers — A virtual exhibit about Ryan and Keith Walker, who were afflicted with the rare genetic disorder Hunter syndrome, and their lasting impact on family, friends, inclusive education and civil rights in Kalamazoo, kvmexhibits.org/2020/ walkerbrothers.

Sunflower Days — Enjoy five acres of sunflowers, wagon rides, a petting farm and family activities, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Aug. 1, 8 & 15; 2–8:30 p.m. Aug. 6 & 13; and 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Aug. 7 & 14, Gull Meadow Farms, 8544 Gull Road, Richland, 629– 4214, gullmeadowfarms.com.

Kalamazoo Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo — Buy, sell or trade a variety of reptiles, amphibians and small mammals, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Aug. 21, Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake St., kalamazooreptileexpo.com.

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Geo Mystery Tours — Geocaching experience with the theme "Insect: 006," Aug. 1; for location and to register, visit mypark.portagemi.gov.

Binder Park Zoo 7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek, 979–1351, binderparkzoo.org Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday. Reptile Weekend — Annual two–day event for all ages designed to replace the myths and fears that people sometimes have about snakes and lizards, Aug. 7–8.

Workout Wednesdays — Free socially distanced workouts offered by local fitness organizations: Counterpoint Pilates, Aug. 4; YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo, Aug. 11; Kalamazoo Athletic Club, Aug. 18; Kalamazoo Barre, Aug. 25; Guess Who’s Dancing, Sept. 1, all sessions 5:30–6:30 p.m.,Bronson Park, downtownkalamazoo.org.

Chillin’ on a Summer Day Animal Play Date — Come see how the zoo's animals stay cool on a hot day, Aug. 14.

Parade of Homes — In–person or virtual tours of newly constructed homes, 6–9 p.m. Aug. 5, 6, 12 and 13; 1–7 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14; and 1–5 p.m. Aug. 8; kalamazoohomepage.com/paradeofhomes.

Kalamazoo Nature Center 7000 N. Westnedge Ave., 381–1574, naturecenter.org

Friday at the Flats — Local food trucks and vendors, 4–8 p.m. Aug. 6, Celery Flats Pavilion, 7335 Garden Lane, portagemi.gov.

Celebrating Global Environmental Leadership Lecture and Musical Trail — Lecture on "Race, Class, Gender, and Environmental Justice: A Global Perspective," by Dr. Mariam Konaté, associate professor of the Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies at Western Michigan University, 5:15 p.m.; drinks and music, 6:30 p.m.; musical trail experience with Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra musicians, 7 p.m.; Aug. 7; registration required.

Movies in the Park — Watch movies from your car: Raya and The Last Dragon, 9 p.m. Aug. 6; E.T. The Extra–Terrestrial, 9 p.m. Aug. 27; Ramona Park, 8600 S. Sprinkle Road, portagemi.gov.

For the Butterflies Tea Time — Join a guided butterfly hike through KNC’s Habitat Haven wetland, 1:30 p.m. Aug. 14; registration required. Guided Butterfly Hike — 1:30 p.m. Aug. 26, the KNC’s Willard Rose Prairie; registration required. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary 12685 East C Ave., Augusta, 671–2510, birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu Birds and Coffee Chat Online — Grab your morning beverage and learn about a new bird species in Southwest Michigan, 10 a.m. Aug. 11; registration required. MISCELLANEOUS Kalamazoo Farmers Market — Local vendors selling fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and farm– fresh meats and cheeses, 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 20, Mayors’ Riverfront Park, 251 Mills St., pfcmarkets.com/market–at–mayors.

Healing Body and Spirit Expo — Psychics, mediums and more, Aug. 21–22, Wings Event Center, 3600 Vanrick Drive, wingseventcenter.com. Portage Cornhole League — Join an eight–game season with game times running from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Aug. 26–Oct. 14, Schrier Park, portagemi.gov. Paw Prints — Make one–of–kind paw print art with your dog, 5–7 p.m. Aug. 26, South Westnedge Dog Park, 9010 S. Westnedge Ave., portagemi.gov. Mom to Mom Sale — Gently used baby and children’s clothes and other items and maternity clothes, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Aug. 28, Wings Event Center, wingseventcenter.com. Kalamazoo Black Business Expo — Business vendor event showcasing black entrepreneurs and those intentional in supporting people of color, 1–5 p.m. Aug. 28, Kalamazoo Expo Center, all are welcome; blackwallstreetkalamazoo.org.

Hop Harvest Beer Tour — A bus tour in celebration of the hop, or Humulus lupulus, noon–6:15 p.m. Aug. 7, beginning at Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, 100 W. Michigan Ave.; for tickets, visit westmichiganbeertours.com. Ramona Beach Bonfire — Enjoy a bonfire and make s’mores, 8 p.m. Aug. 7, Ramona Park and Beach, portagemi.gov. Ride 'Round the Town — Learn about bike safety, how to ride in a group, and how to utilize Portage's bikeway and trails, 6 p.m. Aug. 12, Schrier Park, 850 W. Osterhout Ave., portagemi.gov. Shop 2nd Saturdays — Outdoor market featuring local businesses, entrepreneurs and makers, and vintage wares, noon–7 p.m. Aug. 14, Kalamazoo Mall. Pig Out with Public Safety — Free back–to– school event providing kids with backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming school year, 2–6 p.m. Aug. 14, Ramona Park and Beach, portagemi.gov. Public Sky Observing Sessions — Kalamazoo Astronomical Society events: The Moon, Jupiter & Saturn, Aug. 14; Jupiter, Saturn & Summer Nebulae, Aug. 28; both sessions are held from 9:30 p.m.–1

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