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Southwest Michigan Living is ©2019, published annually. Copyright ©2018, Newcomers’ Guides of Michigan, L.L.C. All rights reserved. 1346 Floral Drive, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008. Additional copies of this publication are available at chambers of commerce, welcome centers, and many area business locations. For advertising information or to order a copy, call Kaye Collins (269) 344-7438.

Welcome to a unique corner of the beautiful state of Michigan. Our magazine coverage stretches on the west from the vacation coast of Lake Michigan to the prosperous metropolitan center of Kalamazoo County. Southwest Michigan has always enjoyed a diverse economic base and spirit of entrepreneurship that has grown into major businesses that have evolved with the times. The population is characterized by a higher-than-average education level, while the cost of living is lower than the national average. Explore with us all of its many benefits as a great place to live, work and play.

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Southwest Michigan Seasons Weather Facts Southwest Michigan lies on the far western edge of the Eastern U.S. Time Zone. Consequently, sunrise and sunset times are later than many other places in the U.S.

January is typically the coldest month, July the warmest and September the wettest. October traditionally stands out with the brightest autumn colors and a warm spell called Indian Summer.

“Lake Effect” The moderating effect of Lake Michigan causes temperatures along the lakeshore regions to be warmer in winter and cooler in summer than the rest of the region. This creates an ideal climate for growing fruit crops. The lake drives winter storms, as well, and can create a phenomenon known as “lake effect” snow closer to the shoreline. In Southwest Michigan, US 131 tends to divide this effect, with heavier snow falling west of the highway.

n Spring in Southwest Michigan is colored by budding trees; crocus, daffodils, hyacinth, and tulip displays favored by the Dutch settler influence here.

nThe long days of summer in Southwest Michigan are filled from sun-up to well after sundown with activity. The many lakes are havens for water sports and relaxation. An increasing number of trails are available for hiking, biking and horseback riding. It’s the time to visit the farmers markets, roadside stands and u-pick farms where you can savor the fruits of the earth straight from the vine or tree.

n Fall arrives just after Labor Day to the sounds of marching bands practicing and local football and soccer teams scrimmaging. Soon the colors soften and the leaves turn crimson and gold, auburn and brown. Color tours include a stop at local apple orchards offering real, freshpressed apple cider and hot, crispy doughnuts. n Come December, the snow flies and covers the earth in soft white. It is time to break out the skis, snowshoes and ice skates as winter’s playground comes to life.


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nnovative educational opportunities, extraordinary arts and cultural pursuits, nature’s beauty, an active citizenry and continual community developments with a vital urban core are all hallmarks of Kalamazoo County.

s: County Fact County seat: City of Kalamazoo County Area.....................562 square miles Density.......................... 463 people/sq. mi. Size by population.....9th largest in Michigan Population: (2017 Census est)..........262,985 Median age: ...........................................34 Sex ratio (females)............................... 51% Persons age 60+ ................................. 18% Married...............................................46% Caucasian............................................78% Black or African-American.................... 10% Hispanic or Latino..................................5% Asian.....................................................2% Median Household Income..............$52,164 Persons below poverty line................16.1% Households.....................................101,228 High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+....................... 93.6% Bachelor’s degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+ ........................................36.1% Post-graduate...................................... 17% Persons with language other than English spoken at home......................7% Housing units.................................110,505 Owner-occupied housing . ...................64% Median value of owner-occupied housing units ............................$148,500 Mean travel time to work ..........21 minutes Moved since previous year................ 19.7% Total employment 2015..................105,691 Employment change 2014-2015........+1.9% Sources: U.S. Census Bureau

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Unique among most metropolitan areas in the U.S., Kalamazoo County enjoys the enhancement of virtually all aspects of society through generous philanthropic contributions from family foundations investing heavily to revitalize the urban core, develop a strong arts and culture infrastructure, support education, social services and continued economic development. The county boasts more live theater per capita than anywhere else in the state, plus the variety of cultural attractions that you would expect to find in larger metropolitan communities. Live music of all kinds can be found in clubs, outdoor festivals and concert halls. Residents and visitors participate in spectator sports, concerts and plays, festivals and outdoor recreation. With 17 breweries and counting, Kalamazoo has become a craft beer destination. Southwest Michigan is beautiful year round. Athletes and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy our fourseason climate, parks, lakes, trails and extensive Lake Michigan shoreline. A major state university, respected liberal arts college and community college add to the vitality of the community. The region benefits from the leadership and influences of Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College, offering lifelong learning opportunities and business training partnerships. A new medical college and two of the region’s largest hospital systems are based here. As a place to work, short commutes and a broad range of professional organizations and specialized training options add to working life and job advancement. A wide variety of industries and businesses call Kalamazoo home, including major players in the pharmaceutical, medical science, and craft beer industries.

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City of Kalamazoo Kalamazoo is the county’s seat of government and home to Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. The presence of institutions of higher education influence the culture and skew the population to be younger and more highly educated. The lively downtown area is known for its stylish, art-deco-era architecture, beautifully renovated historic buildings and sleek, new structures. Its amenities include an eclectic mix of restaurants, clubs, microbreweries and retail shopping. Beautiful Bronson Park, with its stately trees and flower beds, provides a gathering place and a focal point for the central business district. A growing downtown residential community resides in upscale loft condominiums near the many art galleries, libraries, and eateries. New residential developments are in the works. In fact the entire urban center is feeling the spark of new life as new and renovated buildings are housing business, retail, education and health services ventures such as the new Western Michigan

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University Stryker School of Medicine building, Bronson Health Living Campus and new ventures in the city’s craft brewing industry. Recent grants have been made to renovate and redesign Bronson Park with new plantings and redesign of the large fountain water feature to increase space for people enjoying concerts in the park and daily use. Larger events take place at Arcadia Festival Site alongside Arcadia Creek, where new trailways are also planned. There are many options for living in the city within diverse neighborhoods. Like larger metropolitan communities, Kalamazoo is a compilation of smaller neighborhoods with their own personalities and cultures. Some are historic Victorian-era neighborhoods with lovingly restored homes and others are well-planned neighborhoods from decades past, featuring tree-lined streets, boulevards and sidewalks. The city is surrounded on all sides by separately incorporated cities and townships.

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The restaurants, nightclubs, microbreweries, and specialty shops downtown create the kind of energy that only a vibrant city center can offer. Downtown Kalamazoo is home to five live-stage theatres which draw more than 150,000 people downtown each year.

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City of Portage Adjacent to Kalamazoo, spreading along I-94 and southward, is a well-planned city with major retail, recreational and residential sectors. Portage is a progressive community of just over 46,000 residents; it is similar in size to the City of Kalamazoo but home to only half as many residents. Its designers have carefully carved out green space that includes over 2,000 acres of park and recreational space including seven lakes, a state game area and a variety of public and private golf courses, family-oriented recreational

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facilities and connected parks, hiking and biking trails. Portage was a leader in the creation of its bikeway system, established in 1989. The Portage Creek Bicentennial Trail now encompasses more than 50 miles of paved trailways. The municipal government offers an abundance of services for the community. These amenities combine to create a unique community with affordable housing, low taxes, well-maintained neighborhoods, its own school system and enriching activities for all ages.

Portage enjoys a robust economy, with future job growth expected to be 41.55 percent over the next 10 years, according to a Sperling’s Best Places report. Portage is also home to the Kalamazoo/ Battle Creek Regional Airport, hub of air transportation for Southwest Michigan, and nearby Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum, a nationally renowned aircraft museum and a major tourist attraction. www.portagemi.gov Surrounding the sister cities of Kalamazoo and Portage in Kalamazoo County are The Air Zoo


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Parchment Population 1,804 (2010). Tree-lined and side-walked, this once-factory town offers vintage homes, great schools, friendly residents, and moderately priced housing. Highlights: Kindelberger Park —with a covered sound stage— and Kindleberger Festival, a free, week-long summer concert series in the park. www.parchment.org

Richland In this picturesque, New-England-style village, a local business district surrounds the village square. Richland serves as the commercial center for the large Gull Lake community. Upscale homes and a country club with golf course and yacht club surround the deep, 2,030-acre lake. www.richlandtwp.net Highlights: Summer sailing regattas and winter ice boat races on Gull Lake, Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Gilmore Car Museum, a July 4th festival and wassailing on the village green at Christmas.




Population 885 (2010). Located between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, Augusta is surrounded by recreational amenities. Its schools are combined with Galesburg (Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools).

Population 1,587 (2010). Historically important as a “station” on the Underground Railroad, which aided slaves escaping to Canada. Schoolcraft is south of Kalamazoo and a great place to find local antiques.

Highlights: Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort; Barn Theatre; W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest for hiking, picnicking, trout fishing, horseback riding and crosscountry skiing; Fort Custer Recreation Area and Fort Custer National Cemetery, the state’s only federal cemetery for veterans.

Galesburg Population 2,009 (2010). On rolling countryside east of Kalamazoo, near the Kalamazoo River, there are several parks offering ample recreation. Highlights: River Oaks Park; Morrow Lake; antique markets. www.galesburgcity.org

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Population 2,906 (2010). Historic Vicksburg lies south of Kalamazoo along scenic Sunset Lake in an agricultural area. It hosts a famous antique car show each summer.

Highlights: Antique stores year round; a summer Old Car Festival; Vicksburg Rotary Showcase; Beer & Bratwurst Annual Summer Festival; Vicksburg Performing Arts Center; Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center www.vicksburgmi.org

Highlights: a public library; McGinnis and Potter lakes; Indian Run Golf Course; historic Scotts Mill Park. Card playing


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Comstock is the center of the region’s $100 million bedding plant industry.

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Population 14,854 (2010). Comstock Charter Township, adjacent to Kalamazoo on the east side, is the center of the region’s $100 million bedding plant industry. It is also home to the 340-acre Midlink Business Park featuring more than 1.6 million square feet of space across two multi-tenant buildings, a retail corridor and 61-acre industrial campus. www.comstockmi.com

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smaller towns and villages offering a more laid-back lifestyle. Each has its own unique character and personality.

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he Arts Council Of Greater Kalamazoo is a non-profit organization to support, promote and fund the arts and arts education in Kalamazoo County. It sponsors a monthly Art Hop, a summer art festival and concerts in the park and a radio drama theatre. It manages the Epic Center, home to arts organizations, a retail store and restaurant in downtown Kalamazoo. www.kalamazooarts.org The Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts (KIA) is an art museum and community art school founded in 1924. It offers changing exhibitions, programs and art education at the Kirk Newman Art School, which offers a certificate program. The KIA hosts art lectures, gallery talks, youth programs and sponsors a major summer Art Fair. www.kiarts.org The Kalamazoo Valley Museum in Downtown Kalamazoo with free general admission, has ever-changing exhibits for all ages focusing on science, technology, and history plus a schedule of planetarium

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO) is the third largest professional orchestra in Michigan and offers more than 200 performances each season, including its Symphonic Series and KSO Pops at WMU’s Miller Auditorium plus family concerts and chamber music in smaller venues. Outdoor summer concerts and school programs are offered throughout Southwest Michigan. www.kalamazoosymphony.com

shows, hands-on crafts, lectures and musical performances. www.kalamazoomuseum.org

Theatre and Music Kalamazoo Civic Theatre is an awardwinning community theatre, offering outstanding local productions, as well as classes for youth and adults as part of their Academy of Theatre Arts. Its productions take place at three venues; the art-deco Civic Auditorium, the Carver Center Studio and the Suzanne D. Parish Theatre. www.kazoocivic.com The State Theatre is a restored vaudeville-era, historic landmark that offers a full calendar of performances by national, contemporary and international artists. One of Southwest Michigan’s premier concert venues, the theatre has been a fixture in downtown Kalamazoo since 1927. www.kazoostate.com

Miller Auditorium, on the campus of Western Michigan University, with a seating capacity of 3,497, is the third largest theater in Michigan. It attracts a regional audience for symphony performances, local productions and major touring shows. www.millerauditorium.com Fontana Chamber Arts presents traditional, jazz and contemporary music performed by small ensembles in a variety of settings. www.fontanachamberarts.org The Barn Theatre is Michigan’s oldest professional, equity summer stock theatre company. Each summer the company features celebrated shows with nationally-recognized actors. Season is Memorial Day to Labor Day. www.barntheatre.com The New Vic Theatre offers live productions in an intimate, cabaret-style setting in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo. The New Vic plays to more than 10,000 patrons annually, and its production of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” sells out a year in advance. www.thenewvictheatre.org Other Organizations: All Ears Theatre live-audience radio theatre. www.kalamazooarts.org

Grace Christian Reformed Church SERVICES: Sunday 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. •Bible-centered preaching •Traditional worship style •Friendly people 1724 Whites Road, Kalamazoo 345-2864 • www.gracecrc.net


your community music school Music Instruction for All Ages & Abilities Study and learn in a positive and supportive atmosphere with professional, enthusiastic, experienced, university-trained teaching artists. Need-based financial assistance available. Private Instruction • Group Classes • Chamber Ensembles Crescendo Fiddlers • Crescendo Community Voices Orff Studio • Music Together® 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Epic Center, Suite 12 information@crescendoacademy.com www.crescendoacademy.com 269/345-6664

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includes supporting emerging artists and conducting community youth education programs. The next Festival will be held in 2020. www.thegilmore.org The Kalamazoo Bach Festival is a year-long celebration of music by Johann Sebastian Bach plus other composers, highlighted by a oneweek intensive of Bach events in June. www.kalamazoobachfestival.org

Festivals Events and festivals fill the calendar, particularly in the summertime. The largest gathering place for the biggest of these events is the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in downtown Kalamazoo. Each year more than 150,000 attend more than 20 festivals over the course of 50 festival days. The summer season kicks off the first weekend in June with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ Art Fair in Bronson Park, Art on the Mall, Kalamazoo Pride and the Doo Dah Parade. Another popular downtown event is a family-friendly New Year’s Fest with entertainment at multiple venues, culminating with fireworks at midnight in Bronson Park.

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Early Music Michigan www.earlymusicmichigan.org Farmers Alley Theatre www.farmersalleytheatre.com Wellspring Dance Academy www.wellspringdance.org

The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Presented biennially over three weeks in April and May, the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival is recognized as America’s most prestigious piano festival. The Gilmore’s nearly 100 Festival events and off-season concerts highlight the most notable pianists and keyboard musicians in the world. Its mission

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Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts in Parchment, is a weeklong event that features a family musical production and youth play, a juried arts and crafts fair, antique car show and more. It also presents a Summer Concert Series. All events are sponsored by Kindelberger Arts Commission and are free to the public. www.kindleberger.org

See our festivals and events calendar for more information about these and other local celebrations.


Fun... Fish, swim, water ski, sail or boat in one of Kalamazoo County’s 83 lakes with public access. Around every corner here, there is a park or trail with areas for family picnics, biking, hiking, or horseback riding.

Parks The City of Kalamazoo operates 33 parks, green spaces with lake or river access and tot lots, including a large outdoor swimming pool, two major sports parks, a skateboard park, a dog park and recreation programs for all ages. www.kzooparks.org The City of Portage has an expansive parks system with beaches, hiking and biking trails and dedicated recreational space for team sports, skiing, ice skating, skateboard and other activities. Portage Creek Bicentennial Park is a four-mile, year-round trail corridor connecting to Milham Park in Kalamazoo. The Portage Bikeway System has more than 55 miles of dedicated lanes and off-road trails.


Other park properties include the Overlander Bandshell at Central Park. www.portagemi.gov Combined, Kalamazoo County parks and recreational areas cover more than 6,000 acres of public recreation land and 32 inland lakes consisting of 11,712 acres of water area. The 90,000-sq. ft. Kalamazoo County Expo Center hosts more than 100 events in indoor and outdoor spaces on its 120-acre site. www.kalamazoocountyparks.com

Kal-Haven Trail Kal-Haven Trail State Park, built on the abandoned Kalamazoo & South Haven Railroad, is a 34-mile linear park stretching from Kalamazoo to South Haven. It includes wooded trails, a covered bridge and an 11mile, parallel section for horseback riding. www.swmpc.org/smart.asp

Sports & Fitness Events The Borgess Run for the Health of It has been sponsored by Borgess Health

System for more than three decades to focus on fitness. It has training programs and multiple races, including the annual Kalamazoo Marathon, a half marathon and 10K and 5K races and walks. wwwborgessrun.com The Kalamazoo Klassic is an annual 5K/10K running/walking fitness event organized by the Kalamazoo Area Runners, which also has organized training programs, the Winter Blast Half Marathon and fun runs.. www.kalamazooarearunners.org

Spectator Sports The Kalamazoo Wings, nicknamed the K-Wings, are a mid-level professional ice hockey team. A member of the ECHL’s Western Conference, Central Division, they play in the 5,113-seat Wings Event Center to enthusiastic crowds. They are affiliated with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League and Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. www.kwings.com For college athletics, see Higher Education. See more activities in our Events Calendar.

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he Kalamazoo community was recognized as the 2011 Champion for Children by the Michigan Association for School Administrators, the superintendents’ state association. On its 2011 list of 100 Best Communities for Young People, America’s Promise Alliance named Kalamazoo one of the top 100 places for young people to grow and live.

Kalamazoo Public Schools The largest school district in Southwest Michigan with some 12,000 students, Kalamazoo Public Schools is home to the Kalamazoo Promise, an unprecedented scholarship program funded by private philanthropists. Thanks to the Promise, students who attend Kalamazoo Public Schools from kindergarten through high school graduation can receive full-tuition scholarships to earn a college degree or certificate at any of Michigan’s public colleges or universities, plus 15 of the state’s

private liberal-arts colleges. The district has earned state and national recognition. www.kalamazoopromise.com The district has also been enriched by other community partnerships and grants. Included in the Kalamazoo Public School District are 17 elementary schools, including nine traditional, seven magnet and one duallanguage; five middle schools, including two traditional, two magnet, and one alternative;

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Portage Public Schools

Known for its outstanding faculty and involved parents, Portage Schools serves the City of Portage and adjacent areas and has approximately 8,700 students. It is the first area district to offer online learning, parent internet viewing, and campus-wide wireless. It began offering an Early-Middle College program in the fall of 2017, in partnership with Kalamazoo Valley Community College. PPS has outstanding results in student achievement in all testing measurements. Half of all high school juniors and seniors take International Baccalaureate classes. PPS enjoys wide support from the Portage Community, with many partnerships with public and private entities. The system has three high schools, three middle schools and eight elementary schools with special programs in early childhood learning, special education and enrichment for all ages. www.portageps.org

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science and technology to selected students in grades 9 through 12. Students in Kalamazoo County can apply to the program in the eighth grade and, if accepted, spend a half day at KAMSC in intensive mathematics, sciences and/or computer courses. KAMSC students receive a four-year, integrated and accelerated curriculum, including opportunities for mentorships, research, academic competitions, numerous electives and Advanced Placement courses. Its programs serve public and private school districts in Kalamazoo and St. Joseph Counties. www.kamsconline.com

Climax-Scotts Community Schools This rural district serves the people of two small towns and covers some 61 square miles. Located between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek just off I-94, it includes an elementary school, combined junior/senior high school and alternative education in excellent facilities, as well as sports and extra curricular programs. www.csschools.net

Comstock Public Schools Comstock Public Schools serves a broad area with two elementary schools, a middle school and two high schools, one of which is an alternative high school called Compass. The district’s K-8 STEM Academy had the highest level proficiency scores of any school in Kalamazoo County. Comstock also has College and Career Academy to help prepare students of every grade level for life beyond high school. www.comstockps.org

Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools Serving about 1,200 students in the communities of Galesburg and Augusta, this district includes a high school, a middle

School; Central, North and Northwood Elementary Schools, Barclay Hills Education Center alternative school and the Parchment Early Learning Center. www.parchmentschools.org

Schoolcraft Community Schools school and elementary school. It offers special education, an online learning program and a strong athletics program while participating in EFE/EFA and Early/Middle College programs offered throughout the county’s nine districts. www.g-aschools.org

Gull Lake Community Schools Gull Lake Community Schools has high academic standards and active community support with a grants and scholarships foundation. Schools include Gull Lake High School, a middle school, intermediate school and two elementary schools. Other programs include Gull Lake Virtual School, Homeschool Partnership, Gateway Academy alternative education, and a rigorous five-year high school program called Early College, in which students can earn a high school diploma and 60 college credits. The system also offers fine arts, an Early Childhood Center, Community Education and before-andafter-school programs. www.gulllakecs.org

Parchment Public Schools The Parchment School District includes Parchment High School and Parchment Middle

Schoolcraft Community Schools has a high school, middle school and elementary school, as well as preschool, before/after-school program, athletics and fine arts programs. www.schoolcraftschools.org

Vicksburg Community Schools With strong parental involvement, the Vicksburg school district includes a high school, middle school and three elementary schools. Before-and-after-school childcare is offered, along with continuing education, physical fitness and recreation programs. www.vicksburgcommunityschools.org

Charter Schools

Parents may choose from five publiclyfunded charter schools in Kalamazoo County. Typically, charter schools offer a high teacherto-student ratio, small class sizes and strong involvement with parents and family. Four charter schools are managed by the Foundation for Behavioral Resources. They all emphasize core academics and may be found at the website. www.1amazingclass.org Paramount Charter Academy (K-8, Kalamazoo), managed by National Heritage Academies, has an emphasis on academic excellence, moral focus, parental partnership, and student responsibility.

FBR Public Charter Academies FREE Public Schools with Small Class Sizes Visit OneAmazingClass.org to find the nearest FBR Academy!


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KRESA (Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency) The agency serves school districts in Southwest Michigan with a multitude of programs that serve educators and families “from cradle to career.” For example, its Education for Employment (EFE) is a career and technical education center without walls that offers a wide range of programs for high school students. Education for the Arts (EFA) enhances arts education through partnerships between school districts and professional arts institutions in Southwest Michigan. Its Great Start, Early On and Head Start programs support early childhood education readiness. www.kresa.org

Private Schools

There are 23 private schools in Kalamazoo County, including parochial schools and preschools.

Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo offers grades pre-K through 8th grade at St. Monica Catholic School and St. Augustine Cathedral School and 9th-12th grades at Hackett Catholic Prep. www.csgk.org

Kalamazoo Christian Schools Kalamazoo Christian Schools offer academic and extracurricular programs centered on Christian values. Its fullyaccredited schools include Kalamazoo Christian High School, Elementary School, Middle School and Preschool. www.kcsa.org

St. Michael Lutheran School St. Michael Lutheran School and Christ for Kids Preschool/Childcare Center offers strong academic programs for preschool through eighth grade. Education with Christ at the heart. Open to all. www.stmikeschool.org

Libraries Kalamazoo County has two major library systems and several smaller libraries. Kalamazoo Public Library offers an extensive collection and year-round events for all ages. Dozens of public computers and WiFi offer high-speed access to the Internet. Special programs include ONEplace@kpl, a management support organization for nonprofits; Reading Together and a countywide community reading program. The library serves a district population of 124,000 through five locations: the main library in downtown Kalamazoo and four neighborhood branches. It conducts multiple outreach ventures and has reciprocal agreements with neighboring libraries. www.kpl.gov The Portage District Library is a state-of-the art, progressive public library with a friendly atmosphere serving 50,000 residents in southwest Michigan. It offers an award-winning dynamic facility with wireless Internet access, community meeting rooms and exhibit space. www.portagelibrary.info Community libraries are also located in Comstock, Parchment and Richland. They all offer a wide variety of materials in your choice of format - paper, CD, DVD or digital. The Parchment Community Library has fun activities for all ages such as crafting, cooking, discussion and exercise groups.

www.parchmentlibrary.org At the expanded Richland Community Library, you can join the book club, Family History Roundtable, Writers’ Circle and a host of family activities. www.richlandlibrary.org Comstock Township Library has a story time for kids and a homebound service. www.comstocklibrary.org

(For more schools, both public and private, please see our School Connections directory at the back of this guide.)

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Van Buren C s: County Fact County seat..................................Paw Paw County Area...................607.8 square miles Density........................123.5 people/sq. mi. Size by population: 26th largest in Michigan Population: (2017 Census est)............75,353 Median age: ........................................ 41.8 Sex ratio (females)............................ 50.2% Persons age 65+ ................................. 17% Caucasian, not Hispanic.................... 81.4% Black or African-American................... 3.9% Hispanic or Latino............................. 11.5% Median Household Income.............. $47,141 Persons below poverty line............... 15.5% Households...................................... 28,564 High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+....................... 86.5% Bachelor’s degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+ ....................................... 20.3% Post-graduate........................................6% Persons with language other than English spoken at home......................9% Housing units...................................36,718 Owner-occupied housing, 2016 . ....... 77.5% Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2012-2016 . .........$121,400 Mean travel time to work .......24.5 minutes Total employment 2015....................15,912 Employment change 2014-2015.........-0.5%

ombine a relatively low cost of living with abundant recreational resources, along with convenient access to nearby metropolitan areas, and you have the formula for a good place to live. Whether you prefer the quiet pace of rural living or a lakeside lifestyle next to the vast Lake Michigan shoreline, Van Buren County offers both—and so much more. The county’s lush soil produces some of the finest fruit in the country. You’ll find thriving wineries in Paw Paw, Mattawan and South Haven. Food processors in Lawrence, Lawton, Bangor and Hartford produce canned fruit, juice and pie fillings. In Mattawan, adjacent to the Kalamazoo metro area, manufacturing, research and development bring more jobs and drive local infrastructure. Van Buren County towns and villages are easy commutes along convenient major highways to larger metropolitan communities in nearby Kalamazoo and Berrien counties. Residents also travel to Chicago via automobile or rail for business or cultural life. Tourism and retirement living are also strong, drawing newcomers and visitors who seek the quiet solitude of the county’s green rolling landscape and ocean-like Lake Michigan shoreline.

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Communities... Waterfront dining and four municipal marinas for yachts and fishing boats The South Haven Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Keeper’s Residence are owned by the South Haven Historical Museum. www.historyofsouthhaven.org

the North Pier. The 37-foot lighthouse towers above crashing waves and is a focal point in every season.

City of South Haven Strategically located on Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Black River, South Haven is a major, regional tourist draw. A charming city of beautiful homes and historic buildings situated around a recreational harbor, marina and beaches, it is Van Buren County’s largest lakeside community. The year-round residential population of just over 4,400 also enjoys the activities and beauty of the lake in its varying shades of Michigan’s four seasons. An easily accessible Harborwalk runs from the signature South Pierhead Lighthouse to

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Summertime activities include charter fishing, golf, boating, water sports, swimming and sunbathing. Festivals and events keep the calendar full. Art shows, concerts and festivals are among planned activities. Harborfest is an annual, four-day community event to celebrate Southwestern Michigan’s maritime history. The National Blueberry Festival in August recognizes South Haven as the world’s Blueberry Capital. Michigan produces more than 220,000 tons of blueberries each year and most of that comes from the South Haven area. Not just a summer destination, South Haven offers year-round activities and beauty to enjoy. A winter highlight is the Icebreaker Festival each February, featuring professional

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and amateur ice sculpting. A popular winter activity is ice skating at the groomed and refrigerated downtown ice rink. The beauty of Lake Michigan and rural lifestyle has attracted more and more residents to the area. Planned developments such as Lighthouse Village, The Boardwalk and Harbor Club South Haven offer luxury living seasonally or year-round. Continued on page 18

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The Wine and Harvest Festival is a major event for the whole family, with winery tours, a 5k run, grape stomping competition, kayak race, live music, carnival rides, fireworks, and parade.

Chicago and Grand Rapids. It is home to three parks and is a trailhead for the Heritage Water Trail. Nestled along the banks of Maple Creek and Black River, its industries are tourism, manufacturing and fruit production. The community has an active schedule of family activities. www.bangormi.org

Village of Paw Paw The county seat of Paw Paw is fashioned around picturesque Maple Lake. It is home to several wineries and Friends Good Will, tall sailing ship in South Haven surrounded by an abundance of fruit orchards. Its location next to I-94 makes it SOUTH HAVEN ARTS, continued..... convenient for commuters who enjoy country living.

Arts and Culture

South Haven Center For The Arts is located in a 1905 Neoclassical Revival-style Carnegie Library where national and regional art exhibits are held and where the South Haven Art Association makes its home. It organizes art fairs, events and art classes. www.southhavenarts.org Blue Coast Artists is a collective of arts and antique shops along Blue Star Highway near South Haven. A highlight is the group’s fall color tour. www.bluecoastartists.net Our Town Players’ theatre offers community and youth productions, as well as a drama camp. www.ourtownplayers.org Michigan Maritime Museum is a storehouse of maritime research, preservation and education. It offers sailing cruises on the Friends Good Will tall sailing ship and the Lindy Lou, a replica of early 1900s river launches. www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org

Highlights: Roadside fruit and vegetable markets; Paw Paw Days Car Show; Van Buren County Youth Fair; Sunday summer concerts; Wine and Harvest Festival. www.pawpawchamber.com

Lawrence The Village of Lawrence is a small, hometown community nestled at the center of Van Buren County with direct access to I-94 and is a short drive to Kalamazoo or Lake Michigan. Lawrence hosts many familyoriented annual celebrations and festivals. Highlights: Labor Day Weekend Ox Roast & Homecoming Festival.

City of Bangor

Highlights: Memorial Day Parade, Fourth of July parade and fireworks, community-wide Summer Yard Sale, the Michigan Flywheelers Museum and its annual Antique Engine and Tractor Show each Labor Day Weekend, Festival, Lights on Christmas Parade.

Bloomingdale Located on the Kal-Haven Trail at the junction of County Roads 665 and 338, Bloomingdale’s business district surrounds its town square. Highlights: Bloomingdale Train Depot and Museum; Oktoberfest; Memorial Day parade.

Mattawan Mattawan is an expanding residential development near Kalamazoo. It is known for its outstanding schools. Mattawan is also home to a growing industrial business community that specializes in manufacturing and research and development. www.mattawanmi.com Highlights: Mattawan Days Festival in August features a parade, fireworks, car show, stage with entertainment, children’s area, food and amusements.

Bangor offers small-town living just a short drive from the Lake Michigan shoreline. The Bangor Train Depot is an Amtrak stop with daily runs to

The Kal-Haven Trail links Kalamazoo to the lakeshore in South Haven. A converted railway bed, it offers 34 miles of hiking, biking and cross-country skiing recreation.


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Kal-Haven Trail links Kalamazoo to the lakeshore in South Haven. It is the oldest— and among the most popular—converted railway beds in the region. Its limestone/ slag surface is open to non-motorized bicycles and hiking, as well as snowmobiling when there is a four-inch snow base. There are 14 miles of equestrian trails alongside the route. www.michigan.gov/kalhaven Water Trails: Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail is a canoe and kayak trail along the south branch of the Black River between Bangor and South Haven. The southwest portion of the Lake Michigan Water Trail is from the Michigan/Indiana state line to Holland, Michigan. You will paddle along spectacular sand dunes, wilderness areas and quaint beach towns.

Schools: Bangor Public Schools

Bangor Schools offer K-12th grade with secondary enhancement and family support programs. Virtual Vantage Academy is a tuition-free online school option for homeschoolers, early-college credits and adult education. (www.virtualvantage.org) The district has an excellent sports program and stadium facility. www.bangorvikings.org

Bloomingdale Public Schools

The Paw Paw River Water Trail is 68 miles long starting at Briggs Pond/Maple Lake in Paw Paw, flowing through Van Buren and Berrien Counties to Benton Harbor. www.michiganwatertrails.org

Four district schools provide K-12 grade education: two elementary, a middle school and a high school. www.bdalecards.org

Lake Michigan Dunes offer some of the most unique landscapes in Michigan. Reaching 200-300 feet high, they were carved from the earth during the last ice age, over a period of thousands of years. Located along Blue Star Highway in Covert Township, the 84-acre Dunes Parkway preserve is maintained by the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy. www.lakemichigansanddunes.com

Hartford Public Schools provides K-12th grade education at three schools. www.hartford-schools.org

Van Buren State Park is a popular, 400-acre Lake Michigan shoreline park just three miles south of South Haven. It offers a mile of sandy beach, high dune formations and wooded trails for hiking, camping and communing with nature. In the winter, it is open to cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Other activities include swimming and camping. www.michigan.gov/dnr

Hartford Public Schools

Lawrence Public Schools

Lawrence Public Schools operates a K-6 elementary school and a 7-12 junior/senior high school including special education offerings. www.lawrencetigers.com

Lawton Community Schools

Lawton Community Schools has elementary, middle school and high school programs and Accelerated Academic Center. Its high school has 15 varsity sports and partnership with the Van Buren Technology Center to provide career and early college opportunities. www.lawtoncs.org

Mattawan Consolidated Schools

Mattawan Consolidated Schools is a semi-rural/suburban school with a rigorous academic program located on the fringe of Kalamazoo/Portage. In addition to its

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traditional K-12 program, students may have dual-enrollment options for vocational-technical training, special education and many extracurricular activities, sports and performing arts activities, all with strong parental support. Schools in the district include Mattawan High School, Middle School, Early Elementary and Later Elementary Schools. www.mattawanschools.org

Paw Paw Public Schools

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Parks, Trails and Waterways

Paw Paw Public Schools include a highly-ranked high school, middle school, and early and later elementary schools plus the Cedar Street Community and Family Center. Academic programs are enhanced by offerings at the nearby Van Buren Technology Center and college dual enrollment programs. www.ppps.org

South Haven Public Schools

South Haven Public Schools provides a comprehensive K-12 curriculum. The district has excellent academic scores, award-winning fine arts and athletics program. Schools in the district include a high school, middle school, three elementary schools and a preschool. www.shps.org

Van Buren Technology Center

The Van Buren Technology Center (VBTC) serves 15 partnering school districts throughout Southwest Michigan with programs that prepare students to immediately enter into the workforce. Students can leave the Technology Center with up to 60 college credits and/or advanced employment skills. www.vbisd.org/techcenter


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s: County Fact County seat...................................................Allegan County Area..................................825.2 square miles Density...................................... 138.9 people/sq. mi. Size by population: .............26th largest in Michigan Population: (2017 Census est)........................ 115,548 Median age: .......................................................39.6 Sex ratio (females)..............................................50% Persons age 60+ ................................................21% Married..............................................................57% Caucasian.......................................................... 89% Black or African-American.....................................1% Hispanic or Latino................................................ 7% Asian....................................................................1% Median Household Income............................ $55,250 Persons below poverty line.............................. 11.4% Households..................................................... 42,079 High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+...................................... 90.1% Bachelor’s degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+ ......................................................21.4% Post-graduate...................................................... 7% Persons with language other than English spoken at home..................................5.6% Housing units.................................................50,002 Owner-occupied housing . ..................................81% Median value of owner-occupied housing units .......................................... $144,600 Mean travel time to work ..................... 24.2 minutes Total employment 2015..........................36,120 Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 est. where available


City of Allegan awardwinning riverfront Music at the gazebo on the lawn in Saugatuck


llegan County is a natural wonderland bordered on the west by a Lake Michigan coastline that’s renowned for its recreational amenities. Its interior is dotted with small communities surrounded by woodlands and natural forests. Here, you’ll find friendly communities that offer affordable housing, great schools, jobs and a low cost of living. Close by are the larger metropolitan areas of Holland to the north, Grand Rapids to the northeast and Kalamazoo to the south—each just a short drive on well-maintained freeways. These give Allegan County residents the convenience of nearby shopping, employment, entertainment venues and access to a host of colleges and universities. Among Allegan County’s many scenic wonders is the Allegan State Game Area—known to locals as the Allegan forest—with nearly 50,000 acres of pristine, untouched and forever-protected nature. It assures residents of year-round access to fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, horseback riding and bird watching. Lake Michigan’s sandy shoreline contains beaches, marinas and leisure communities plus orchards and vineyards with award-winning wines.

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Communities... Star of Saugatuck cruising on the Kalamazoo River at Saugatuck

City of Allegan The City of Allegan was founded on a horseshoe bend in the Kalamazoo River, and an 1886 iron bridge still crosses there. The river remains a center of transportation and commerce in the city’s business district. A boardwalk adds welcoming charm to the picturesque river view that is beautiful all year long. Along the streetfront lie historic buildings of architectural interest in many styles: the craftsman-style Allegan District Library, built in 1914, stands near Gothic Revival and Romanesque style churches erected a generation earlier. Close by, the 1929, artdeco style Griswold Auditorium is a cultural and community gathering place. Allegan Public Schools offer broad educational programs. A state-of-the-art community hospital and other community resources show an actively-involved community and add to Allegan’s outstanding quality of life. Indoor and outdoor fun can be found yearround at Allegan parks. Jaycee Park, along the Kalamazoo River in the heart of the city features a lighted baseball field, fishing pier, picnic facilities and basketball and volleyball courts. Other parks include Rossman Esplanade, Sue Lange Memorial, Hanson, Riverfront, Mahan, and the Allegan Wellness and Sports Complex. The 50,000-acre Allegan State Game Area is adjacent to the city.

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Each August, Allegan is home to the Allegan County Fair, a local tradition since 1852. This nine-day extravaganza begins the first Friday after Labor Day. Its all-star lineup of big name entertainers is a regional draw that brings thousands to the county from near and far. More Highlights: Michigan Fiber Festival, Allegan Antique Market. www.cityofallegan.org

Plainwell Known as “The Island City,” Plainwell is almost entirely surrounded by the waters of the Kalamazoo River and Mill Race, a tributary to the river. It is also known for outstanding schools and meticulously maintained Victorian homes. Nearby, Lake Doster and Pine Lake provide lakeside living. Plainwell lies only 10 miles to the north of Kalamazoo and 35 miles from Grand Rapids, making an easy commute on major highways. Other features include Ransom District Library and the Plainwell Community Center. Parks include Fannie Pell, Hicks, Thurll Cook, Sherwood, Riverwalk, Darrow and Kenyon Recreation Park/Softball Facility. Highlights: Island City Festival, Arts Council public arts project. www.plainwell.org

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Otsego Otsego is sister city to Plainwell, located on the other side of US131 and alongside the Kalamazoo River. A rural oasis with excellent schools and welcoming residents, it boasts a Youth Center that’s located at the Community Center/Scout House and a District Library. Major employers include USG and Parker Hannifin. Highlights: Christmas Cards in the Park, annual Creative Arts Festival and City Celebration, Bittersweet Ski Resort, historic walking tour. www.cityofotsego.org

Saugatuck/Douglas These sister-villages situated on the Lake Michigan shoreline offer world-class resort living combined with old-world charm. Together, they’ve been acclaimed by the New York Times, Midwest Living magazine, Condé Nast Traveler and National Geographic Traveler as must-see communities. They are also known as the “Art Coast of Michigan,” a welldeserved moniker as they are filled with art galleries and studios.


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Bittersweet Ski Resort

Shopping in Glenn

Summer must-see events include the Chamber Music Festival and professional summer stock theater at the Mason Street Warehouse in the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. In the fall, the Gallery Stroll is an annual tradition. Cross country skiing, ice skating or simply walking along the frozen shore are favorite winter pastimes. Stop in at one of the many charming, downtown cafés or restaurants. Ride the unique Chain Ferry across the Kalamazoo River or take a dinner cruise on the Star of Saugatuck paddlewheeler. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride under a cozy wrap on weekends. Highlights: Saugatuck/Douglas Historical Museum, picnics in the vineyards, horse-drawn carriage rides, Star of Saugatuck boat cruise, Chain Ferry, Venetian Festival, shops and galleries. www.saugatuckdouglas.com


Fennville offers the best in arts, agriculture, year-round family-friendly events and popular eating spots. Relax and enjoy the best of Mother Nature’s abundance. October marks a celebration of

the Canadian Geese migration. The Forever Curious Children’s Museum creates an interactive learning experience for toddlers to middle schoolers.

Pine Point Campgrounds boasts 29 miles of trail and more overnight equestrian campsites.

Highlights: Winery tours, farm markets, summer concerts at various venues, Tuesdays in the Park summer outdoor music series, orchards, Holiday Celebration and annual Goose Festival celebrating the migration of Canada Geese in the fall. www.fennville.com


Glenn Glenn is a haven of beaches, parks, u-pick fresh fruit and berry stands, art galleries and more. Don’t miss the winter markets. Glenn School is a two-room schoolhouse that still operates a kindergarten-through-sixth-grade program. It is the state’s oldest continuously operating rural school. Highlights: Summer Pancake Sundays once a month, free movies, antique shops and farm markets.

Allegan County Recreation Allegan County Parks offer recreational choices for every taste: day-use parks, overnight camping, horseback riding trails, biking, hiking and picnicking areas, swimming, boating and fishing and so much more.

Equestrian Trail System The Allegan County Equestrian Trail System is a network of more than 50 miles of marked and mapped, designated riding trails that crisscross the county. The largest trail is just over 25 miles long and connects the popular Silver Creek Equestrian Park and Campground. A trail connecting Ely Lake and


State Parks

Allegan State Game Area This nearly 50,000-acre state park features hiking trails, camping sites, streams and rivers for canoeing, kayaking and naturewatching. Known locally as the Allegan Forest, it was once the home of the region’s first Native American settlers. The area also has seasonal hunting permits.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park A 2.5-mile secluded strip of Lake Michigan shoreline, this state-operated day-use park has fresh water coastal dunes that are more than 200 feet tall. The park’s terrain varies from steep slopes to rolling hills.

Other Recreation Skiing Most parks have trails or open fields for cross-country skiing. Bittersweet Ski Resort offers skiing, snowboarding, and trails for snowmobiling. www.skibittersweet.com

Auto Racing The US 131 Motorsports Park offers drag racing, hot rod racing and motorcycle racing events. https://us131msp.com

Hunting and Fishing There are hunting seasons and public game areas for deer, wild turkey, pheasant, duck and geese, managed by the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources. www.michigan.gov/dnr

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County Facts: County seat................................................St. Joseph County Area...................................567.7 square miles Density....................................... 272.4 people/sq. mi. Size by population: ..............18th largest in Michigan Population: (2017 Census est)......................... 156,817 Median age: ...........................................................42 Sex ratio (females)...............................................51% Persons age 60+ .................................................21% Married...............................................................49% Caucasian.........................................................79.8% Black or African-American................................. 15.1% Hispanic or Latino...............................................5.3% Asian.....................................................................1% Median Household Income.............................$46,649 Persons below poverty line..................................17% Households......................................................64,279 High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+........................................ 89.1% Bachelor’s degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+ .......................................................26.8% Post-graduate......................................................12% Persons with language other than English spoken at home..................................7.8% Housing units..................................................76,856 Owner-occupied housing . ...................................70% Median value of owner-occupied housing units ..........................................$137,000 Mean travel time to work ...................... 18.5 minutes




estled alongside the Lake Michigan shoreline and the Indiana border, Berrien County’s rich natural resources and proximity to Chicago and northern Indiana make it an ideal place to live or visit. Berrien County has been a natural gathering place for more than 300 years. It’s on the southern end of what’s known as the “Riviera of the Midwest,” with its string of resort towns, beautiful beaches and marinas. For this issue, we focus on the northern Berrien communities of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, where life includes an economically healthy manufacturing base, rich cultural offerings and resort amenities along a breathtaking coastline.

Michigan’s Fruitbelt The western shoreline of Silver Be ach Caro Lake Michigan is ripe with an usel abundance of fresh fruit, but nowhere is there more variety or a greater abundance than in Berrien County, Michigan’s Fruitbelt. The weather patterns here provide ideal conditions for agriculture, and Berrien County leads the state in the production of many seasonal fruits. The county is also home to one of Michigan’s prime wine producing areas. The natural abundance of the area, plus excellent parks and facilities make the area a popular summer playground. Locals enjoy the changing seasons of the lakeshore year round.

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John E. N. Howard Band Shell in St. Joseph hosts the Municipal Band concerts; St. Joseph Today sponsored Brown Bag and Friday Night concerts, as well as a variety of other public events.

St. Joseph and Benton Harbor The twin cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph make up the largest urban center in Berrien County. Located at approximately the midpoint of the county along Lake Michigan, they are separated by the St. Joseph River. Benton Harbor is home to major manufacturing and agricultural businesses. Its core downtown has an arts district with a variety of art studios and galleries, eclectic shopping and dining. The world’s largest ‘cash-to-grower’ wholesale produce market is open year-round here and features 1,000 farm family vendors. Lake Michigan College’s main campus is also in Benton Harbor, including its Mendel Center for Arts and Technology with two theatres, conference and meeting facilities.

Dramatic stainless steel sculpture, “Rising Crossing Tides,” at the Krasl Art Center outdoor sculpture garden is seen as the symbolic gateway to the region.

The county seat, St. Joseph, features an attractive downtown with many restaurants, shops and parks overlooking the lake. The brick paved roads and summer trolleys there give it historic charm. Nearby is Silver Beach, which offers an unparalleled summer shoreline experience. A state-of-the-art park features a boardwalk, the Whirlpool Compass Fountain and the Silver Beach Carousel, with 48 one-of-a-kind, handcrafted carousel animals.

Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph


Mendel Center for Arts and Technology (See calendar of events for some of its performances)

St. Joseph and Benton Harbor Area Highlights:

celebration of the local agricultural industry. It is the longest-running festival in the state.

• Family Activities—St. Joseph: Curious Kids Museum and Discovery Zone; Krasl Art Center; Howard Ice Arena; YMCA Family Center. Benton Harbor: Hidden Pointe Fun Park; Slacker’s Family Fun and Laser Tag.

• Museums—St. Joseph: Heritage Museum & Cultural Center. Benton Harbor: Mary’s City of David Museum and the Morton House Museum.

• Festivals— St. Joseph: Magical Ice Carving Festival, Chalk the Block, Tri-State Regatta & Sailing Festival, Harvest Festival and Luminary Festival; Benton Harbor: the Blossomtime Festival is a multi-community Harbor Shores is a beach, golf and residential waterfront community in Benton Harbor and the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course on Lake Michigan. An annual Senior PGA tour event is hosted there.

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• Special Events — St. Joseph: BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass; Chalk the Block; Antiques on the Bluff. Benton Harbor: Annual Easter Egg Hunt; Gene Harris Coming Home, Coming Together Concert; Fandom Fest. • Theatre—St. Joseph: Twin City Players Playhouse. Benton Harbor: Mendel Center for the Arts. For more information: www.sjcity.com www.bentonharborcity.com

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Recreation and Nature

Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy fishing, canoeing, camping and hiking on five rivers and many inland lakes. Marinas, beaches, parks and public access facilities, biking trails—and a bike museum— snowmobile trails and cross-country skiing all serve adventure seekers year round. www.berriencounty.org/parks For additional parks and details: www.michigantrails.us/berriencountymichigan

State Parks

Grand Mere State Park is a National Natural Landmark with three inland lakes and a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline. Warren Dunes State Park is located six miles southwest of St. Joseph and offers magnificent high-relief dunes, unmatched views and experiences.


Higher Education B         oasting one of the oldest private colleges in the nation plus a major university, Southwest Michigan has always valued education and the pursuit of lifelong learning. 

Western Michigan University Western Michigan University provides the resources of a globally engaged national research university, plus the reputation for preparing students to immediately enter graduate school or today’s changing workplace. Two-thirds of all classes have fewer than 30 students and most are taught by full-time professors. WMU is listed as a top-100 public university by U.S. News & World Report. Its 23,000 students choose from 145 undergraduate and 102 graduate programs. WMU’s main campus is close to downtown Kalamazoo, where, in a major community partnership, the university established a college of medicine in 2014. Its highly-rated engineering campus and Business Technology and Research Park are located three miles away, while its nationally recognized aviation college is based in Battle Creek. WMU also has seven regional locations in Michigan.  The popular Western Michigan University Broncos NCAA Division I football team plays in the 30,000 seat Waldo Stadium and earned an invitation to the Cotton Bowl in 2017. The Broncos also compete in various other collegiate sports and have a flight team, the SkyBroncos, who have won the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) National Championship award five times. www.wmubroncos.com


Kalamazoo College

Michigan’s first private college, founded in 1833, Kalamazoo College is located close to downtown and sits on a picturesque, tree-shaded campus. It is listed in Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives. In 2012, Forbes rated it 65th of America’s Best Colleges, the highest ranked private college in Michigan. Kalamazoo offers 30 majors in the liberal arts. Additionally, the college offers 22 minors, 5 special programs, and 13 concentrations. Seventy percent of students participate in a meaningful, immersive international and intercultural experience — often characterized by home stays and an Integrative Cultural Research Project — in 56 programs in 28 countries on six continents. Kalamazoo College has been home to a prestigious, week-long national championship since 1943. The U.S. Tennis Association Boys 18s and 16s Tennis Championships takes place in the 1,500 seat Stowe Stadium, which is open to spectators throughout the August event. Kalamazoo College is also a perennial winner in NCAA Division III collegiate men’s tennis competition. www.ustaboys.com

Kalamazoo Valley Community College With four Kalamazoo County campuses, Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) offers certificate programs in more than 20 areas of study and associate degrees in 25 others. These include business, healthcare, human and public service, and technical

occupations. A fully accredited institution, KVCC offers day and evening, online and weekend classes for its 14,000 students. A brand new $46.1 million Healthy Living Campus on 14 acres donated by Bronson Healthcare, includes three new structures. The Kalamazoo Valley Food Innovation Center offers courses focusing on food sustainability and food industry careers. It includes a greenhouse, hydroponic and aquaponic growing systems, and a vertical growing rack system fit for dense urban areas.  On the same campus is the new Kalamazoo Valley Culinary/Allied Health Building, housing the culinary arts program, a studentrun restaurant and a teaching brewery. The building is also the new home for Kalamazoo Valley students enrolled in nursing, emergency medical technology and respiratory care programs with state-of-theart simulation labs and a teaching ambulance. Also in downtown Kalamazoo is the KVCC Arcadia Commons Campus with the Kalamazoo Valley Museum and the Center for New Media.  KVCC partners with local business to provide employment training at The Groves Center on Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s fourth campus, The Groves Campus.

Lake Michigan College Lake Michigan College is a two-year community college based in Benton Harbor with other campuses in South Haven and Niles. It offers associate degrees, certificates, and a wide range of continuing education and business and industry training.

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College Connections CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY 1080 N. 10th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 Phone: (269) 353-6523 cornerstone.edu DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY Davenport University Kalamazoo Campus is located at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 6767 West O Ave., P.O. Box 4070. Kalamazoo, MI 49003 (800) 632-8928 www.davenport.edu

Kalamazoo College campus

Michigan Technical Education Centers and Workforce Development Michigan Technical Education Centers or M-TECs ensure highly trained talent to meet the changing needs of business and industry. As part of their charter they are attached to community colleges.

M-TEC at Lake Michigan College provides training for industry and their employees in Benton Harbor. Kalamazoo Valley Groves Center, a unique alignment with Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) and a wide range of area industries, is located in a 248-acre Business, Education and Technology Park.


Broncos are Prepared. Today. Tomorrow. Forever.

KALAMAZOO VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE Main Campus: 6767 West O Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49003 (269) 488-4400 www.kvcc.edu The Groves Center: 7107 Elm Valley Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 (269) 353-1253 www.kvccgrovescenter.com Arcadia Commons Campus: Kalamazoo Valley Museum 230 North Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI 49003 (269) 373-7990 kvm.kvcc.edu Center for New Media 100 East Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 373-7920 cnm.kvcc.edu Bronson Healthy Living Campus: Culinary/Allied Health Building 400- 440 E Walnut St., Kalamazoo, MI (269) 548-3205 www.kvcc.edu/healthyliving Food Innovation Center 230 E Crosstown Pkwy., Kalamazoo, MI (269) 548-3300 LAKE MICHIGAN COLLEGE 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, MI 49022 (800) 252-1562 www.lakemichigancollege.edu

In just three months, graduates are employed in jobs they like that are in their field. Here, students connect their passions with deep learning in their major, and critical thinking, reasoning, writing and communication.

SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY 950 Trade Center Way #300, Portage, MI 49002 Phone: (269) 372-9754 arbor.edu

It’s a great day to be a Bronco.


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KALAMAZOO COLLEGE 1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo, MI 49006 (269) 337-7000 www.kzoo.edu

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WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY Kalamazoo, MI 49008 269-387-2000 www.wmich.edu



Health Care

he healthcare industry has undoubtedly enriched the economic and cultural foundation of life in Southwest Michigan. Consequently, the region enjoys a quality and level of care not typically available outside of major metropolitan centers. Southwest Michigan is home to more than 200 health science companies—with more than three dozen successful start-ups added in the past 15 years alone. This has helped create a region that attracts top physicians and researchers. In 2011, a major $100 million endowment was made to Western Michigan University (WMU) for the formation of a medical school in downtown Kalamazoo. The Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is a collaboration involving WMU and the city’s two teaching hospitals, Borgess Medical Center and Bronson Methodist Hospital. The campus, in downtown Kalamazoo, sits on the original plot of land acquired by W. E. Upjohn to begin the Upjohn Co. www.med.wmich.edu As a primary/tertiary center, Kalamazoo is the referral site for Southwestern Michigan. The two hospital campuses are ten minutes from each other and draw from a patient population

Main entrance of Bronson Methodist Hospital in downtown Kalamazoo,flagship of Bronson Healthcare.

of more than one million. The proven commitment to postgraduate training by these two hospitals has resulted in a quality of care that rivals university medical centers elsewhere.

Regional Health Networks Bronson Healthcare is a not-for-profit, community-governed health system serving nine counties in southwest and south central Michigan. With more than 9,000 employees, more than 1,300 medical staff members, and 846 licensed beds, Bronson is one of the largest employers and the leading health care system in the region. Its services range from primary care to critical care across more than 70 locations. Key member organizations include: Bronson Methodist Hospital, Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, Bronson LakeView Hospital, Bronson South Haven Hospital, Bronson Medical Group, Bronson at Home, Bronson LakeView Outpatient Center, Bronson Lifestyle Improvement & Research Center, Bronson Athletic Club, Bronson Commons and the Bronson Health Foundation. www.bronsonhealth.com

Bronson Methodist Hospital, the flagship of Bronson Healthcare, is located in downtown Kalamazoo. With 434 licensed beds and allprivate rooms, Bronson Methodist Hospital provides care in virtually every specialty with advanced capabilities in critical, neurological, and cardiac care; obstetrics; and pediatrics, as one of only six children’s hospitals in the state. It is the region’s only Level I Trauma Center. www.bronsonhealth.com In Calhoun County, Bronson Battle Creek Hospital is a 228-bed, all-private room community hospital providing a full range of outpatient and inpatient acute care with specialized services in cancer care. www.bronsonhealth.com In Van Buren County, Bronson Lakeview Hospital in Paw Paw, is a full-service, community hospital. As a 35-bed critical access hospital, it offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services. This includes emergency care, which is available 24/7. www.bronsonhealth.com Based in Kalamazoo, Borgess Health, a corporate group of facilities, is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic health system. Borgess serves nearly one million residents with a comprehensive continuum of services. Facilities include Ascension Borgess Hospital, its flagship hospital in Kalamazoo, and numerous owned or affiliated care providers with access to more than 40 medical specialties, including nationally recognized cardiac, orthopedic and neurologic care. www.borgess.com Continued on page 30

Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo


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NEED CARE NOW? NO PROBLEM. If you’re sick or hurt, we can help. Bronson offers walk-in care at nine locations across southwest Michigan. If you have a minor condition, it’s important to call your doctor first. If you cannot see your doctor that day, choose a walk-in location based on your needs. If your needs turn out to be greater than the location you selected, our staff will direct you to the right care within the Bronson system. And no matter what location you choose, your care is always connected through Bronson MyChart.

FASTCARE Bronson Fastcare can help with minor conditions such as: • Laryngitis • Allergies • Minor burns, rashes • Athlete’s foot • Poison ivy • Cold sores • Ringworm • Infections • Sore throat • Flu symptoms • Sports clearance • Insect bites 6220 W. Main St. Kalamazoo, MI (269) 276-4744

5121 S. Westnedge Portage, MI (269) 552-4212

970 S. Bailey Ave. South Haven, MI (269) 639-2916

5623 Gull Rd., Suite 500

24 /7 EMERGENCY CARE If you have a serious medical need, you should call 9-1-1 or visit the nearest emergency department. Common life-threatening conditions include: • Chest pain • Difficulty breathing • Heart attack • Seizures • Severe burns • Stroke symptoms • Traumatic injury

URGENT CARE Bronson Urgent Care treats minor conditions plus added laboratory and diagnostic capabilities to treat: • All conditions listed to the left • Broken bones • Dental pain • Minor cuts • Sprains and strains 5352 Beckley Rd. Battle Creek, MI (269) 979-6888

Bronson Battle Creek Hospital 300 North Ave. Battle Creek, M (269) 245-8000

Bronson Methodist Hospital* 601 John St. Kalamazoo, MI (269) 341-7654

Bronson LakeView Hospital 408 Hazen St. Paw Paw, MI (269) 657-3141

Bronson South Haven Hospital 955 S. Bailey Ave. South Haven, MI (269) 637-5271

*Region’s only Level I Trauma Center

For more information or if you need help finding a primary care provider, call (269) 341-7723 or visit bronsonhealth.com.

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HEALTH CARE, continued..... Ascension Borgess Hospital is nationally recognized for specialty services in cardiovascular, pulmonary, orthopedic, bariatric, stroke, rehabilitation and spine care, among others. Borgess is also a major referral center regionally for emergency and trauma services; a behavioral health crisis center; a diabetes and endocrine center; sleep medicine; women’s health; a birthing center, and sports medicine. Borgess physicians offer primary care services at more than 120 locations offering a complete continuum of services to nearly one million people living in 10 counties in southwest Michigan. www.ascension.org/michigan

Lakeshore Region Bronson South Haven Hospital is a 49bed community hospital serving Allegan and Van Buren counties. It provides a continuum of care through its main campus in South Haven and clinics in South Haven and Bangor. Its facilities offer specialized care in women’s health, cardiology, orthopedics, general surgery, wound care, sleep disorders, rehabilitation, testing and diagnostics, occupational medicine, emergency and urgent care, and home care. In addition to the hospital, the Bronson Wellness Center offers an array of health and wellness opportunities including group exercise classes, personal trainers, massage therapy, and wellness programs.

Senior Connections General Services Support The nonprofit organization Senior Services of Southwest Michigan is one of the largest and most comprehensive organizations serving older adults and persons with disabilities anywhere. It is a resource as well as service provider with the goal of integrating care needs to keep its clients living safely within their own homes. Senior Services operates the Coover Senior Center offering social, recreational and educational activities. www.seniorservices1.org The Portage Senior Center, operated by the City of Portage, also offers activities for active seniors, volunteer opportunities and information services.



Aging Services, Western Michigan University www.wmich.edu/agingservices

Van Buren County Senior Services www.seniorservices-vbc.org

CentraCare, Kalamazoo www.mycentracare.com

(269) 488-5460 or (800) 488-5860

Portage Senior Center www.portagemi.gov

(269) 329-4555

Senior Services, Kalamazoo www.seniorservices1.org

(269) 382-0515

Long-Term Care Ombudsman www.kalcounty.com/aaa Ecumenical Senior Center www.ecumenicalsc.com Kalamazoo County Advocates for Senior Issues www.kalcounty.com/aaa Oakland Centre www.oaklandcentre.org


(269) 373-5161 or (866) 485-9393 (269) 381-9750

(269) 655-8000

North Berrien Senior Center (269) 468-3366 www.northberrienseniorcenter.org Benton Harbor Senior Services

(269) 927-2497

St Joseph-Lincoln Senior Center www.sjlsc.org

(269) 429-7768

Senior Nutrition Services www.snsmeals.com

(269) 925-0137

ALLEGAN COUNTY Allegan County Commission on Aging (269) 673-3333 www.allegancountycoa.org FEDERAL AREA AGENCIES ON AGING

(269) 373-5147

Allegan: AAA Region 8 www.aaawm.org

(269) 373-3200

Berrien and Van Buren: AAA Region 4 (269) 983-0177 www.areaagencyonaging.org or (800) 442-2803 Kalamazoo: AAA Region 3a www.kalcounty.com/aaa

Lakeland HealthCare is a not-for-profit, community-owned healthcare system serving Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties. Lakeland provides clinical and support services at locations throughout Southwest Michigan and partners with more than 500 affiliated primary and specialty care physicians and other licensed providers. The largest employer in Berrien County, its flagship is Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph (LRMC), a 254-bed hospital. www.lakelandhealth.org

Allegan Community

A host of products, programs and services are available in Southwest Michigan to meet the living, healthcare and educational needs of today’s senior population.

(269) 459-8465

Bronson Healthcare Group says it plans to spend up to $22-million dollars to replace their hospital and medical offices in South Haven. They plan to spend the next two years building a new facility in a health village setting. www.bronsonsouthhaven.com

(616) 456-5664 or (888) 456-5664

Allegan General Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care community hospital that employs a multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals who provide emergency and urgent care to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Its services include home health, bariatric services, cardiac rehabilitation, CPR training, diabetes education, endoscopy, infusion center, orthopedics, outpatient psychological medicine, laboratory, occupational health and a wellness program. www.aghosp.org

Specialty Facilities Several facilities offer specialized care exclusively. A few of the larger facilities are listed here. Battle Creek VA Medical Center, serving over 42,000 Veterans in 22 counties of the southwestern lower peninsula of Michigan. www.battlecreek.va.gov The West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders is a collaborative alliance between Borgess and Bronson Hospitals, serving approximately 4,000 new patients annually. Through continuing investments in technology and clinical excellence, the program aims toward earlier detection and more effective treatment procedures. www.wmcc.org

(269) 373-5147

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SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN LIVING 1346 Floral Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49008 Kaye Collins (269) 344-7438 Cell: 269-580-3144 FAX: 269-344-9760 www.southwestmichiganliving.com kayecoll@iserv.net Call for advertising and listing rates. Rates also online.

SERVICEMASTER CLEAN KALAMAZOO 3344 Ravine Rd. Kalamazoo, MI 49006-1423 (269) 344-3600 www.smkazoo.com Residential, commercial, janitorial and carpet cleaning. Water extraction & structural drying. See our ad on page 7.

ANIMAL WELFARE KALAMAZOO HUMANE SOCIETY 4239 S. Westnedge Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (269) 345-1181 www.kazoohumane.org Promoting animal welfare/protection, cruelty prevention, pet population control & humane education. See our ad on page 6.

ART CENETERS/GALLERIES KRASL ART CENTER 707 Lake Blvd. St. Joseph, MI 49085 (269) 983-0271 www.krasl.org Open to the public 7 days a week. See our ad on page 25.

CHILD CARE/PRE-SCHOOL CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER 600 S. Lincoln Augusta, MI 49012 (269) 731-5775 www.cdc-mi.org Full Day - 7 locations 2 wks.-2 yrs. Balanced pre-school program. See our ad on page 13.

CHILDREN’S APPAREL ONCE UPON A CHILD 643 Romence Road Portage, MI 49024 (269) 903-2823 www.OnceUponAChildPortage.com We pay cash for kid’s stuff. Romence Village See our ad on page 13.

CHURCHES GRACE CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH 1724 Whites Rd. Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (269) 345-2864 www.gracecrc.net You are appreciated and welcome at Grace Church! See our ad on page 10.

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COMMUNITY COLLEGES KALAMAZOO VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 6767 West O Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4070 (269) 488-4100 www.kvcc.edu KVCC: Quality academic & occupational degrees and certificates.

COUNTY FAIRS ALLEGAN COUNTY FAIR 150 Allegan County Fair Dr. Allegan, MI 49010 September 6-14, 2019 (888) 673-6501 www.allegancountyfair.com Large County Fair with Big Name Entertainment.

DRIVERS LICENSES/ VOTER REGISTRATION SECRETARY OF STATE OFFICES Toll free: 888-767-6424 www.Michigan.gov.sos ALLEGAN: 430 Western Ave. Allegan, MI 49010 269-673-6836 KALAMAZOO AREA: 5316 West Main St. Kalamazoo, MI 49009 3298 Stadium Drive Kalamazoo, MI 49008 603 Romence Road, Shoppes at Romence Village Portage, MI 49024 VAN BUREN COUNTY: 1037 E. Michigan Ave. Paw Paw, MI 49079 NORTHWEST BERRIEN COUNTY: 1960 Mall Drive, Orchards Park Shopping Center Benton Harbor, MI 49022 (269) 925-1328


ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS KALAMAZOO COUNTY EXPO CENTER 2900 Lake Street Kalamazoo, MI 49048 (269) 383-8778 www.kalamazooexpocenter.com Over 100 national, regional & local events each year! See our ad on page 6. KALAMAZOO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Ste. 100 Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 349-7759 www.kalamazoosymphony.com Professional orchestra offering world-class performances year round. See our ad on page 11.

FARM & FRUIT MARKETS LEDUC BLUEBERRIES Paw Paw, MI 49079 Two locations: 30th St. (269) 657-3871 M-40 3 miles N. of Paw Paw www.leducblueberries.com Quality blueberries. Fresh season July-early August. See our ad on page 17.

FLORISTS VANDERSALM’S FLOWER SHOP & GARDEN CENTER 1120 S. Burdick Street Kalamazoo, MI 49001 (269) 343-2171 www.kalamazooflorist.com Kalamazoo’s premier florist & garden center for over 100 years. See our ad on page 6.

FUNERAL HOMES LANGELAND FAMILY FUNERAL HOMES Kalamazoo · Westside · Portage Climax · Comstock · Galesburg 622 S. Burdick St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 343-1508 www.langelands.com Funeral and cremation services with dignity and compassion. See our ad on page 6.

GARDEN CENTERS SCHRAM’S GREENHOUSE 7313 S. Westnedge Ave. Portage, MI 49002 (269) 327-5347 Annuals. Perennials, Herbs, Bulk Seed, Seed Potatoes, & Baskets. Cash or Check only. See our ad on page 6.

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HEALTH SERVICES HEALTH SERVICES & PRODUCTS See also PHYSICIANS WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY HOMER STRYKER M.D. SCHOOL OF MEDICINE 1000 Oakland Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (269) 337-4400 www.med.wmich.edu Medical School Campus. Comprehensive subspecialty teaching clinics open to the public. See our ad on inside front cover.

HOSPICE ALLEGAN COUNTY WINGS OF HOPE HOSPICE 530 Linn Street Allegan, MI 49010 (269) 686-8659 www.wingsofhopehospice.com No-expense care for those living with terminal illness. See our ad on page 22.

HOSPITALS BRONSON BATTLE CREEK HOSPITAL 300 North Ave. Battle Creek, MI 49017 (269) 245-8000 www.bronsonhealth.com Your source for health and wellness. See our ad on page 29. BRONSON LAKEVIEW HOSPITAL 408 Hazen St. Paw Paw, MI 49079 (269) 657-3141 www.bronsonhealth.com Your source for health and wellness. See our ad on page 29. BRONSON METHODIST HOSPITAL 601 John St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 341-7654 www.bronsonhealth.com Your source for health and wellness. See our ad on page 29. BRONSON SOUTH HAVEN HOSPITAL 955 S. Bailey Ave. South Haven, MI 49090 (269) 637-5271 www.bronsonhealth.com Your source for health and wellness. See our ad on page 29.

INVESTMENT ADVISORS CLIFFORD J. MULDER RETIREMENT & INVESTMENT PLANNING OF RAYMOND JAMES 7995 Moorsbridge Rd. Portage, MI 49024 269-775-3163 www.cliffordmulder.com Financial Advisors: Cliff Mulder & Stacy Caudill - Retirement & Investment Planning, Certified Divorce Financial Analysis

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RESOURCE DIREC TORY INVESTMENT ADVISORS, continued ... OSSEWAARDE ANDERSON SANBORN & PETERSON WEALTH MANAGEMENT GROUP OF WELLS FARGO ADVISORS 7900 Moorsbridge Rd. Portage, MI 49024 (269) 323-4800 (877) 854-6728 www.ossewaardeandersoninvestments. wfadv.com/ Financial Advisors: Steve Ossewaarde, Adam Anderson , Jonathan Sanborn & Kimberly Peterson: Retirement, & investment planning. Wells Fargo LLC Member SIPC

LIBRARIES KALAMAZOO PUBLIC LIBRARY 315 S. Rose St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 342-9837 www.kpl.gov Kalamazoo Public Library champions reading, ignites imagination, and ensures access to information and ideas. See our ad on page 12.

MEDICAL SCHOOLS WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY HOMER STRYKER M.D. SCHOOL OF MEDICINE 1000 Oakland Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (269) 337-4400 www.med.wmich.edu Medical School Campus. Comprehensive subspecialty teaching clinics open to the public. See our ad on inside front cover.

MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS KALAMAZOO VALLEY MUSEUM 230 N. Rose St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 373-7990 www.kalamazoomuseum.org KVM: Education & entertainment for all ages. Free admission.

MUSIC INSTRUCTION CRESCENDO ACADEMY OF MUSIC 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Ste. 12 Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 345-6664 www.crescendoacademy.com Music instruction for all ages and abilities. See our ad on page 10.

NEWCOMERS SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN LIVING 1346 Floral Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49008 Kaye Collins (269) 344-7438 Cell: (269) 580-3144 FAX: (269) 344-9760 www.southwestmichiganliving.com kayecoll@iserv.net Call for advertising and listing rates. Rates also online.


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SHARON’S QUILTS & MORE, INC. 128 Hubbard Street Allegan, MI 49010 (269) 686-9579 www.sharonsquiltsandmore.com Experience the art of quilting. Fabrics, notions & classes .

KALAMAZOO METRO RIDESHARING Carpool/Vanpool Information (877) 951-POOL www.kmetro.com Available to individuals & employers. See our ad on page 6.


COMSTOCK COMMUNITY CENTER 6330 King Hwy. Comstock, MI 49041 (269) 345-8556 www.comstockcc.org Senior programs, travel & special events. Family preschool, day-care & camps. See our ad on page 9.

JAQUA REALTORS 221 S. Drake Rd., Kalamazoo (269) 341-4300 15150 Helmer Rd., Battle Creek (269) 704-1000 302 S. Main St., Plainwell, MI (269) 685-6858 414 W. Milham Ave., Portage (269) 381-7653 5235 Portage Rd., Portage (269) 226-2996 513 Broadway St., South Haven (269) 637-6537 4233 Red Arrow, Stevensville (269) 983-8051 www.jaquarealtors.com Southwest Michigan’s Premier Real Estate Company See our ad on the back cover.

RESALE SHOPS ST. LUKE’S THRIFT SHOP 432 South Burdick Street Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 343-3194 www.stlukeskalamazoo.org Gently used clothing & household items at great prices. See our ad on page 8.

RESTAURANTS BLINKERS 54462 M-43 Hwy. Bangor, MI 49013 (269) 427-7100 “Classic Diner” Drive-thru Service Available. Open 7 Days! See our ad on page 17. GRILL HOUSE RESTAURANT 1071 32nd St. (M-40 South) Allegan, MI 49010 (269) 686-9192 www.grillhouse.net “Grill Your Own Steakhouse” as seen on the Travel Channel. OAKWOOD BISTRO 3003 Oakland Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (269) 344-5400 www.oakwoodbistro.com Casual sophistication in a neighborhood atmosphere. See our ad on page 6.


UNITED WAY OF THE BATTLE CREEK AND KALAMAZOO REGION 709 S. Westnedge Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 343-2524 www.changethestory.org Mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good by improving the quality of life. See our ad on page 6.

SPORTS AND RECREATION YMCA OF GREATER KALAMAZOO 1001 West Maple (269) 345-9622 2900 West Centre (269) 324-9622 912 N. Burdick (269) 345-9845 www.kzooymca.org For Youth Development. For Healthy Living. For Social Responsibility. LEE’S ADVENTURE SPORTS 311 West Kilgore Portage, MI 49002 (269) 381-7700 www.LeesAdventureSports.com For all your adventure gear and clothing! See our ad on page 6.

STOCKBROKERS OSSEWAARDE ANDERSON SANBORN & PETERSON WEALTH MANAGEMENT GROUP OF WELLS FARGO ADVISORS 7900 Moorsbridge Rd. Portage, MI 49024 (269) 323-4800 (877) 854-6728 www.ossewaardeandersoninvestments. wfadv.com/ Financial Advisors: Steve Ossewaarde, Adam Anderson , Jonathan Sanborn & Kimberly Peterson: Retirement, & investment planning.

KALAMAZOO METRO TRANSIT 530 N. Rose St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 337-8222 www.kmetro.com Fixed-route bus service in Kalamazoo County. See our ad on page 6. METRO COUNTY CONNECT 530 N. Rose St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 Information (269) 337-8477 Scheduling (269) 350-2970 www.kmetro.com County-wide demand/response service including ADA transport for certified individuals with disabilities. See our ad on page 6.

UNIVERSITIES WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY 1903 West Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (269) 387-1000 www.wmich.edu A top-100 national research university focused on student success. See our ad on page 27.


SOUTH HAVEN VISITORS BUREAU Toll free: (800) 764-2836 www.southhaven.org ST. JOSEPH TODAY 301 State Street St. Joseph, MI 49085 (269) 985-1111 www.sjtoday.com Explore the jewel of Southwest Michigan. DISCOVER KALAMAZOO 141 E. Michigan Ave., Ste. 100 Kalamazoo, MI 49007 269-488-9000 800-888-0509 www.DiscoverKalamazoo.com

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Education for Employment

Public Schools:

(269) 250-9300 www.kresa.org/efe

Allegan Public Schools

Education for the Arts

(269) 673-5431 www.alleganpublicschools.org

(269) 250-9244 www.kresa.org/efa

Fennville Public Schools

Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center

(269) 561-7331 www.fennville.org

(269) 337-0004 www.kamsconline.com

Glenn Public Schools


(269) 227-3411 www.glennpublicschool.org


Hopkins Public Schools

(269) 793-7261 www.hpsvikings.org

Martin Public Schools

(269) 672-7194 www.martinpublicschools.org Otsego Public Schools

(269) 692-6066 www.otsegops.org

Public Schools: Climax-Scotts Community Schools

Plainwell Community Schools

(269) 685-5823 www.plainwellschools.org Saugatuck Public Schools

(269) 746-2400 http://www.csschools.net Comstock Public Schools

(269) 250-8900 www.comstockps.org

(269) 857-1444 www.saugatuckps.com

Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools

Wayland Union Schools

(269) 484-2000 www.g-aschools.org

(269) 792-2181 www.wayland.k12.mi.us

Additional Resources: AAESA-Allegan Area Educational Service Agency (269) 512-7700 www.alleganaesa.org


Gull Lake Community Schools

(269) 488-5000 www.gulllakecs.org

Kalamazoo Public Schools

(269) 337-0100 www.kalamazoopublicschools.com Parchment School District

(Partial list, including the northern portion of the county)

(269) 488-1050 www.parchmentschools.org

Public Schools:

Portage Public Schools

Benton Harbor Public Schools

(269) 605-1000 www.bhas.org

Schoolcraft Community Schools

Lakeshore Public Schools

(269) 428-1400 www.lakeshoreschools.k12.mi.us St. Joseph Public Schools

(269) 488-7390 www.schoolcraftschools.org

Vicksburg Community Schools


Berrien RESA

(269) 471-7725 www.berrienresa.org


ARBOR, AUGUSTA, EVERGREEN, FOREST & OAKLAND ACADEMIES (269) 731-5796 www.1AmazingClass.org K-6. Student/teacher ratio 10:1. FREE public school See our ad on page 14.

ST. MICHAEL LUTHERAN SCHOOL 7211 Oakland Drive Augusta Academy Portage, MI 49024 (269) 731-5454 (269) 327-0512  www.oneamazingclass.org www.stmikeschool.org Christ-centered. Open to all.  Proven Academics. See our ad on page 14.

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(269) 488-6324 www.oneamazingclass.org Forest Academy

(269) 488-2315 www.oneamazingclass.org

Public Schools:

Oakland Academy

Bangor Public Schools

(269) 324-8951 www.oneamazingclass.org

(269) 427-6800 www.bangorvikings.org

Paramount Charter Academy

Bloomingdale Public Schools

(269) 553-6400 www.nhaschools.com/schools/ paramount

(269) 521-3900 www.bdalecards.org

Private Schools:

(269) 764-3701 www.covertpublicschools.org

Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo

(269) 381-2646 www.csgk.org Gagie School

(269) 342-8008 www.gagieschool.com Kalamazoo Christian School Association

Covert Public Schools

Decatur Public Schools

(269) 423-6800 www.raiderpride.org

Gobles Public Schools

(269) 628-5618 www.gobles.org

Hartford Public Schools

(269) 381-2044 www.kcsa.org 

(269) 621-7000 www.hpsmi.org

Kalamazoo Country Day School

Lawrence Public Schools

(269) 329-0116 www.kalamazoocountryday.org

Kazoo School (269) 321-1000 www.vicksburgcommunityschools.org (269) 345-3239 www.kazooschool.org

Charter Schools:

(269) 926-3100 www.sjschools.org


(269) 323-5000 www.portageps.org

Evergreen Academy

MATTAWAN CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL 56720 Murray St. Mattawan, MI 49071 (269) 668-3361 www.mattawanschools.org “A family-oriented, education-minded community meeting the needs of  all learners.” See our ad on page 19. _________________

(269) 674-8233 www.lawrencetigers.com

Lawton Community Schools

(269) 624-4931 www.lawtoncs.org

The Montessori School

Mattawan Consolidated School

(269) 349-3248 www.themontessorischool.org

(269) 668-3361 www.mattawanschools.org

St. Michael’s Lutheran School

Paw Paw Public Schools

(269) 327-0512 www.stmikeschool.org

(269) 657-8800 www.ppps.org  

Additional Resources:

South Haven Public Schools

Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency

(269) 637-0500 www.shps.org

(269) 250-9200 www.kresa.org

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2019-2020 Events...

This is a partial listing of events for 2019-2020. We’ve tried to include a variety of activities for all ages, along with websites you can search to discover even more.

April 2019 19-28 Harvey, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre www.kazoocivic.com 20 Kalamazoo Earth Day Festival, Bronson Park, Kalamazoo www.discoverkalamazoo.com 24-May 6 Bach Festival Week, Kalamazoo Concerts in various locations www.kalamazoobachfestival.org

4 Grand Floral Parade, Blossomtime Festival, St. Joseph www.blossomtimefestival.org 5 Vintage in the Zoo Market, Kalamazoo Farmers Market www.vintageinthezoo.com 5 Kalamazoo Marathon and Borgess Run for the Health of It, Kalamazoo. www.thekalamazoomarathon.com and www.borgessrun.com

18 BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass: A Taste of Michigan, Whirlpool Centennial Park, St. Joseph www.stjoetoday.com 24 Memorial Day Parade, St. Joseph www.stjoetoday.com 24 Blessing of the Fleet & Season Kick-Off BBQ, South Haven www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org 30 4th Annual Harbor Walk, South Haven www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org

June 2019

27-28 2019 Kalamazoo Expo Art & Craft Sale, Expo Center www.discoverkalamazoo.com

May 2019 3-4 Kalamazoo Rock, Gem, Fossil & Mineral Show, Expo Center www.kalamazoorockclub.org/rock-gemshow 3-19 War Paint, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre www.kazoocivic.com


1 Hippie Fest, Kalamazoo County Expo Center www.hippiefest.org 1 Lake Bluff Artisan Faire, St. Joseph www.stjoetoday.com 7-8 KIA Arts Fair & Do-Dah Parade, downtown Kalamazoo www.kiarts.org 7-8 Kalamazoo Pride 2018, Arcadia Creek Festival Place, downtown Kalamazoo www.dki.org 8-9 Vicksburg Old Car Festival. www.discoverkalamazoo.com 14-15 Mermaid Megafest, South Haven www.southhaven.org 10 KSO Classics on Tap Spring Evening, 14-15 South Haven HarborFestival Kalamazoo Bell’s Brewery southhaveharborfesti.com www.kalamazoosymphony.com 11 Kalamazoo Humane Society Annual K9 14 thru Aug 23 Kzoo Parks Summer Cinema Series, Hays Dog Walk, Vicksburg Park, Kalamazoo http://khsdogwalk.org www.kzooparks.org 16 Jersey Boys, Mendel Center, 15 38th Annual Antique & ClasBenton Harbor sic Boat Show, South Haven www.themendelcenter.com www.michiganmaritimemu17-25 Pippi Longstocking, seum.org The Parish Theatre www.kazoocivic.com

21 thru August Friday Night Concert Series, Howard Bandshell, St. Joseph www.stjoetoday.com 21-22 17th Annual Irish Festival, Old Dog Tavern, Kalamazoo. www.kalamazooirish.org 22 Fenn Valley Wine Festival, Fennville www.fennvalley.com 29 Broadway’s Jason Robert Brown in concert, GhostLight Theatre, Benton Harbor https://ghostlightbh.com/events/ 29-30 61st Annual Fine Arts Fair, Stanley Johnston Park, South Haven. southhavenarts.org

July 2019 3 Light Up the Lake fireworks, South Haven www.southhavenmi.com 7 Mad Dogs & Englishmen British Car Faire, Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners www.gilmorecarmuseum.org

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10-14 Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Arts, Parchment. www.kindlebergerarts.org 12-14 Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Arcadia Creek Festival Place, Kalamazoo. www.kvba.org 15-19 Van Buren County Youth Fair, Van Buren County Fairgrounds, Hartford www.vanburenyouthfair.com 19 Mike Yore Memorial Car Show, St. Joseph www.stjoetoday.com 20 46th Annual Richland Art Fair, Richland https://glacv.org/

August 2019 1-3 Kalamazoo Ribfest, Arcadia Creek Festival Place, Kalamazoo. www.kalamazooribfest.com 2-4 Annual Chalk the Block sidewalk art and sales, downtown St. Joseph www.stjoetoday.com 3 Red Barns Spectacular Car Show & Swap Meet, Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners www.gilmorecarmuseum.org 4-11 USTA Boys 18 & 16 Tennis Nationals, Kalamazoo College. www.ustaboys.com 6-10 Kalamazoo County Youth Fair, Kalamazoo County Expo Center www.kalcounty.com 8-11 Blueberry Festival, South Haven. www.blueberryfestival.com 30-Sep 2 Village of Lawrence Ox Roast & Homecoming Festival www.lawrencemi.com 31 Lake Bluff Artisan Faire, St. Joseph www.stjoetoday.com

September 2019 6-8 Wine & Harvest Festival, Paw Paw. www.wineandharvest festival.com

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6-14 Allegan County Fair, Allegan. www.allegancountyfair.com 13-14 South Haven Jazz Festival, South Haven www.southhaven.org 13-15 40th Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals North, Kalamazoo County Expo Center www.nsra-usa.com 21 Fall Festival, St. Joseph www.st.joetoday.com

October 2019 18-19 Haven Harvest Festival, South Haven www.southhaven.org

November 2019 15-17 Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo www.millerauditorium.com 9 Kalamazoo Holiday Parade, downtown Kalamazoo. www.downtownkalamazoo.org TBA Luminary Festival, St. Joseph. www.st.joetoday.com Holiday parades and tree lighting ceremonies begin in late Nov. and early December throughout the region.

December 2020 TBA Reindog Holiday Parade, St. Joseph. www.st.joetoday.com 31 New Year’s Fest, Kalamazoo. www.newyearsfest.com

January 2020 TBA Kalamazoo Beer Week, Kalamazoo www.kalamazoobeerweek.com TBA Kalamazoo Restaurant Week, Kalamazoo Including Downtown Chili Cook Off www.kalamazoorestaurantweek.com 28-Feb 2 Les Misérables, Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo www.millerauditorium.com

February 2020 TBA Icebreaker Festival, South Haven. www.southhavenmi.com TBA Maple Sugar Festival, Kalamazoo Nature Center http://naturecenter.org 16-18 SW Michigan Home & Garden Show, Mendel Center, Benton Harbor www.themendelcenter.com TBA Shipshewana on the Road, Kalamazoo County Expo Center www.shipshewanaontheroad.com TBA Winter Blast Half Marathon plus 5k and 10k, Portage https://portagewinterblast.wordpress.com/

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March 2020 TBA Wine Not? Winter Wine Festival, Downtown Kalamazoo www.discoverkalamazoo.com TBA St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Downtown Kalamazoo www.kalamazooirish.org TBA Maple Sugar Festival, Kalamazoo Nature Center www.naturecenter.org TBA 2020 Home Expo & Garden Expo, Kalamazoo County Expo Center www.kalamazoohomeexpo.com 27-29 Waitress, Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo www.millerauditorium.com

April 2020 TBA Classics Uncorked & Classics On Tap, Kalamazoo www.kalamazoosymphony.com TBA Gilmore Keyboard Festival, various locations, Kalamazoo & Battle Creek www.thegilmore.org

May 2020 1-3 Blue Man Group, Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo www.millerauditorium.com 15-17 CATS, Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo www.millerauditorium.com


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