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RememberWhen Andrew Cunningham founded Cunningham Drug in October 1889. Cunningham opened its first store in Detroit and eventually became the largest drugstore chain in the state of Michigan. Cunningham Drug came into the Kalamazoo market in the summer of 1960, with its largest store in the Cunningham chain - over 10,000 square feet of space in the Southland Village located on South Westnedge Avenue. When Cunningham Drug opened in Kalamazoo, they had more than 225 stores. The chain operated primarily in Michigan, with some also in Ohio, Florida and California. The Kalamazoo store had 40 employees and sold prescription drugs along with a wide variety of self-serve merchandise. They also had a lunch counter and soda fountain. Their slogan was, “A Drug Store And A Whole Lot More.” The store was open long hours from 8:30am- 10pm, Monday through Saturday and 10am-9pm on Sunday. Some Cunningham Drug stores

were open 24 hours, 365 days a year, which was unusual at that time. In 1969 Cunningham Drug opened their second location in Kalamazoo on the west side of town when the West Main Plaza opened for business at 124 North Drake Road. In August of 1971, Cunningham was approved to sell package liquor, followed closely by Meijer Thrifty Acres on South Westnedge and Harding’s in the Southland Plaza who also retained permits. Some fond memories of Cunningham Drug shared on the popular Vanished Kalamazoo Facebook page, include: “One of the things I loved was the hot apple pie that they used to serve with a slice of cheddar cheese and hot cinnamon sauce.... it was to die for.”

Worked at Cunningham’s when the opened the new store at West Main Mall. For something like.... $1.25 an hour...Thought I was raking it in!! “Loved going into Cunningham’s for a hot fudge sundae at the soda bar.” “Remember the Cunningham Drug Store at Southland Mall in the 70’s, always had cassette tapes and records from K-tel and merchandise from Bronco.” “Cunningham’s Drug Store and penny/nickel candy laid out on a table.” “Cunningham’s drug store that sold pixie sticks the length of a yard stick and sweet tarts the size of hockey pucks. That’s back when candy was

CANDY!!!” “ I loved that place when I was little not sure why. Probably the candy.” Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Twenty-eight of its Michigan locations were sold in 1982 and reopened the same year as Apex Drug. Three years later, most Apex locations were sold to Perry Drug Stores, another chain that was based in the Detroit area. The rest of the Cunningham stores were gradually sold off or closed down; by late 1991, the last five in operation, all in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area were sold to Walgreens. Jackie Merriam


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gardening deterring deer Deer may be beautiful and elegant, but they aren’t always welcome in the garden. Even just a few visiting deer can tear up a landscape, eat an entire crop, destroy a carefully cultivated bed and cause other havoc, such as creating a traffic hazard, damaging bird feeders or leaving behind unwanted “gifts” on sidewalks and pathways. But how can you keep deer out of your yard and away from your garden and landscape?

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People try all sorts of home-grown methods to keep deer from destroying their landscape and gardens. Some of the more common tactics include… • 8 ft. fencing, including wire or electric fences • Big, loud dogs on guard in the yard • Deer repellents, like Repellex Repellex ideally should be applied once a month • Predator urine or other anti-deer scents, like Shake-Away • Shake-Away granule packets last about 90 days • Motion detectors connected to lights or sprinklers All of these methods work but are limited in their effectiveness. Fenc-

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ing is costly and unsightly. Repellents and urine eventually wash away. Sprinklers or lighted areas can be easily avoided. So what can you do to keep deer away permanently? Deer are creatures of habit and they are easily scared. Anything you can do to mix up their habits or make them think there is danger nearby might be enough to make them go elsewhere in search of food. But deer aren’t foolish and if they realize the danger isn’t real, they will return. Therefore, you must rotate any scare tactics you try and reapply repellents frequently. This can be a lot of work to keep your garden safe, but you can make your garden do the work for you.

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While deer in large herds with insufficient food will eat almost any garden vegetation, particularly in harsh winters, you can opt for plants that aren’t popular with deer to minimize deer damage. At the same time, avoid planting favorite deer plants, such as azaleas, rhododendrons, yews, roses, Japanese maples, winged euonymous, hemlocks and arborvitae, as well as any edible garden produce. So what can you plant in your landscape to discourage deer? There are many attractive plants deer will avoid. The following are rarely damaged by deer.

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How sweet it is! Taste of Heaven is celebrating 20 Years of helping area youth through the production and sale of delicious drizzled caramel corn. This one-of-a-kind popcorn shop is known for their handmade drizzled caramel corns, cheese corns and confections. What is very unique about Taste of Heaven is that all of their proceeds go directly to fund ministry efforts; positively impacting the lives of young people through these delicious treats. Over the years, they have linked arms with the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission and local churches to provided fundraising and job skills training. In 2005, Taste of Heaven connected with Youth for Christ of Kalamazoo (YFC) and continues to

contribute all proceeds to the programs and the ministry impact that YFC has in and around Kalamazoo. In 2019 Taste of Heaven touched the lives of 1,500 students ages 11-19 through YFC. The volunteer staff at Taste of Heaven is made up of area youth, community service workers, students, senior citizens and church groups. They partner with local youth organizations by welcoming a variety of volunteers. From local schools to the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Justice System, they provide a place where young people learn job readiness skills. Their mission is to help young people gain job-training skills and find encouragement. This amazing venture began In January 1999, when Richland Bible


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Hi friends! Hope your Fall was fantastic, now time for the Holiday rush! We have been busy with the close of market season- Vintage In The Zoo hosted 10 Market events in 2019! We are so thankful for our vendors, food trucks, and DJ’s who made each event great. We loved seeing all the happy shoppers come out in style to find vintage and modern craft treasures! Thank you for experiencing VITZ and supporting these awesome businesses!! That being said, 2019 isn’t done! Let’s get Holiday shopping! We are so very excited to announce that the incredible folks at Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership (@downtownkalamazoo) will be presenting the “Downtown Kalamazoo Pop-Up Program” featuring two Holiday PopUp stores on the Kalamazoo walking mall this ENTIRE Holiday Season! Find “Vintage In The Zoo Holiday Pop-Up” at 356 South Kalamazoo Mall, featuring 8 of the best VITZ vendors rotating weekly (all the fresh finds!) and an awesome local business from the Black Wall Street Kalamazoo (@blackwallstreetkzoo) small business network. Music and fun times will be there to get you shopping in the holiday spirit while finding the coolest gifts for friends and family. Don’t forget to grab a pic


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Perhaps Darden’s most important contributions to the Kalamazoo community are his works related to local people, places, and events—most of which are undocumented elsewhere. Paintings of the Van Avery Drugstore boycott and the local neighborhood band, the Bombardiers, were based on small newspaper clippings with poorquality photographs. He brings both subjects back to life with his colorful renditions. His scale models of several African American landmarks are the only things that remain of these historic buildings. The artist has created them in perfect proportion without the use of physical measurements. Darden’s artistic pursuits started as a young boy, although he says his access to proper supplies was always very limited because of his family’s limited means. It was not until he left Mississippi and took up residence in Kalamazoo in the 1940s that he was able to better explore his talents.


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The evergreen is one of nature’s most aromatic air fresheners. This invigorating scent is prominent in my home during this time of year. Obsessed not only with the fragrance, the pine tree has coincidently become my winter muse as well. Nothing reminds me of the holiday season more than meandering through one of our local tree farms, evoking fond memo-


seem to make more and more. Ever present in my home, they are just so darling and festive. Displayed in a group or on their own and miniature in size, I am going to show you how to start your own tree collection. Supplies needed: paper . wood . skewers . glue . awl . scissors Everything I used to make these trees I found at home. For the paper I chose an assortment of book pages, music sheets, wax, kraft, parchment, tissue and gift wrap. I had a variety of blocks, wood scraps and tree branch discs to use for the bases. You can also get all of your supplies from any of the local craft stores. Step 1. Poke a hole in the center of the wood base with the awl. Make it wide and deep enough to hold

ries of childhood nostalgia. It is also awe-inspiring to walk through the tall magnificent pines on a snowy trail, umbrellaed in all their majestic glory. Creating everlasting paper trees is something I have enjoyed doing for years. Each December, I

the skewer. Glue the blunt end of the skewer into the hole in the base. Wood, hot or white glue will all work. My smallest tree is 3 inches tall and my largest is 9. Use your best judgment and eyeball it to your liking. Step 2. Cut your paper. I’m pretty fond of my deckled edge scissors for this project. For the larger trees, you’ll need to start with 4-inch squares. The small trees will begin with 2-inch squares. You will gradually decrease the sizes as you build up to the top. Generally I use 4 to 8 squares per size for the small trees and 8 to 12 for the larger ones. I don’t measure anything and just trust my eyes for aesthetics. Crinkle the paper to give dimension to the tree. Starting with the largest square, poke the top of the skewer through the middle of the paper and slide to bottom. Quarter turn every piece as you layer. Continue this until you are satisfied with the fullness of the tree. Step 3. Once you near the top of the tree, decide if you would like a topper or leave it as is. If no tree topper is desired, you can add one more paper square and glue in place covering the top of the skewer. You are now on you’re way to creating your own little winter wonderland. From my heart to yours, Merry Everything and Happy Always! xo ~ Bridget

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Signature Gallery celebrates 40 years of bringing artistic variety to our community through their annual Seasonal Gallery. Each December, just in time for the holiday season, Signature Gallery transforms an empty storefront into a vibrant art gallery featuring work in glass, metal, clay, wood, fiber, handmade paper, mixed media, paint, photography, pastel and jewelry. This year the gallery is located in the Portage Carillon Center, at 6800 S. Westnedge - next to Qdoba. The annual opening of this Kalamazoo area gallery has become a highlight for the artistic community and for many of their customers. The location of the Signature Gallery may change each year, but one thing stays the same – they offer incred-


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ible handmade gifts and artwork by local artists at affordable prices. Sign up on their email list found on their website, so they can let you know where to find them each year. In 1979 the inaugural Signature gallery opened in the Haymarket Building in downtown Kalamazoo and remained in the downtown area for three years. The gallery moved inside the Crossroads Mall and around that area for ten plus years before heading to the west side of Kalamazoo, inside the former Maple Hill Mall. The gallery has been in various spaces in the West Main and Drake area, including a variety of storefronts in the Westwood Plaza, for more than 20 years. Signature Gallery, founded in 1976, is a juried co-operative of professional artists and craftsmen. The group is comprised of 28 members, represent-

ing a variety of media. The mission of the group is to make art an integral part of the Southwestern Michigan community and maintain a positive relationship between artists and the community. Many Signature artists that you know and love are back this year plus a few new artists. Opening day for the gallery this year is Sunday, December 1st from Noon-5pm. Also, please join them for their Artist’s Reception on December 8th from Noon until 5pm - meet the artists, see their beautiful artwork and enjoy refreshments. Opening day is Sunday December 1st from Noon-5pm. The gallery will be open daily through December 27th. Hours are Mon.-Sat. 10am7pm, Sundays, Noon-5pm, Dec. 24 Noon-3pm, December 26, 10am7pm and the final day December

27th from 10am-5pm. Signature artist members staff the gallery. Don’t miss these Signature artist gallery family-friendly demonstrations: Saturday, December 7th, 1-3pm – Melody Allen, Pastels Saturday, December 14th, 1-3pn – Susan Badger, Watercolors Sunday, December 15th, 1-3pm – Felted Wool Thursday, December 19th, 6-7pm – Tamara Hirzel, Printmaking Saturday, December 21st, 2-6pm – Paul Mergen, Coppersmithing Sunday, December 22nd, 1-3pm - Martha Rosenfeld, Hand Hooked Rugs For more information, visit their website at or call (269) 323-3633.

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PARENTING helping the holidays be more joyful With the winter holiday season upon us, it is a good time to get prepared for children to transition from the routine of school time to something different. When school lets out for the holidays children are already in highagitation mode. They are bombarded with television advertisements and store displays for must-have toys and electronics. School schedules have been altered to accommodate special programs. There are family parties and festive celebrations. The list of activities is long, and the coping skills of kiddos are often not up to the challenge. Parents find they are faced with emotional meltdowns, pushback, talk-back, whining, and crying when the holidays are meant to be joyful. Often, they are at a loss for what to do the manage the children’s overwhelming behavior.

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coming. “Forewarned is forearmed,” as they say. So fill up your ‘arsenal’ with good ideas and plans, not just good intentions. Remember to keep the traditions in place. Holidays are a time for traditions, and children look forward to them. If traditions are not followed, they may be disappointed – yet another holiday stress to cope with. Remember that children are not behaving badly because they lay awake at night thinking of ways to make you crazy over holiday vacation.

Instead, if they are acting out, it is because they are overwhelmed by the change in routine and their own emotions. A dos know what to expect. Make sure that everybody – you included – gets a good night’s sleep, and if not (because you have been up late at a holiday party) include some rest time the next day to catch up. Be active and eat in a healthy manner. The more exercise you and your children have the more able you will be to cope with change and transition. Don’t forget the balance when faced with holiday sweets and

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little leadership, proactivity, sensitivity, and ultimately understanding of their way of communicating (through their behavior) and helping them manage better will go a long way to keeping the holidays happy. Dr. Susan M. Carter is a clinical child psychologist and play therapist, with 25 years in helping stressed parents and their children at the Center for Change and Growth, PLC in Kalamazoo.

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Caregiver of the Year

Langeland Family Funeral Homes hosted the Fourth Annual Hospice Caregiver Award Banquet on October 9, 2019. The twelve-monthly award winners were invited to an evening of gratitude for their service and to select the Langeland Hospice Caregiver for 2019. Wendy Miller an RN with SouthernCare Hospice was selected as the Langeland 2019 Hospice Caregiver of the Year. She attended the banquet with her husband, Matt and two friends and co-

workers from SouthernCare, Jenny Henley and Julie Gimbel. Wendy lives in Portage with her husband and three children. She was very honored to receive the award and expressed how this award shows validation for the work of hospice and a connection with our community. Wendy sees it as a special way to pass the love along. This is what Wendy shares about her work in hospice: “When I tell people what my job is, I am often greeted with sad faces

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Center: Wendy Miller, surrounded by the Langeland Family. and words of “oh how sad” or “your job must be so hard”. But I do not find my job to be hard. It is sad from time to time, this is true. But mostly, especially after I have spent many hours with families, and my patients have passed peacefully and comfortably surrounded by loved ones; I find an overwhelming sense of calming reward and inner peace by helping these families find understanding

and acceptance of their loved ones passing.” Langeland Family Funeral Homes expresses their sincere thanks for Wendy and all the Hospice Caregivers for the service they provide to those who going through these most difficult times of their lives as a patient and as a family member.

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Remember the TV commercial where a feisty granny asks the fast food worker behind the counter “Where’s the beef ?” It was intended to tout a larger sized beef patty at another fast food restaurant. Well, that question takes on an entirely different meaning now that a plant-based meat substitute has hit the market. Hardly a week goes by where there isn’t news about an alternative meat product that claims to be better for the planet and farm animals, not to mention for the humans that eat it. One meat substitute is getting a lot of attention. It’s the Impossible Burger from a San Francisco Bay Area startup company called Impossible Foods. The company’s aim is to replicate the meat-eating experience, including offering a similar nutrient profile similar to red meat. The vegan patty cost $80 million to develop with investors, such as Bill Gates, supporting the initial development costs. The Impossible Burger is available at more than 10,000 restaurants in the U.S. and Asia. Burger King’s test launch was the Impossible Whopper in St. Louis in April 2019. It was so successful that the company began rolling out the plant-based burger nationwide over the summer, with plans to offer it in more than 7,000 loca-



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tions. In August of this year, Impossible Foods received a green light from the FDA to sell Impossible Burger at retail outlets. So, what’s in the Impossible Burger? Originally it was made primarily from textured wheat protein and potato protein. The revised recipe is mostly soy in the form of protein along with coconut and sunflower oils, so now it is gluten free. Among other ingredients are small amounts of potato protein, modified food starch, and added vitamins and minerals, including zinc, vitamins C, E and B-12, as well as thiamine. A 4-ounce Impossible Burger (with no bun or condiments) has 240 calories. It also has 19 grams of protein, 14 grams of total fat (8 grams of saturated from the coconut oil), no cholesterol, 3 grams of fiber and 370 milligrams of sodium. While the calorie content of a regular beef patty is roughly the same, the regular hamburger has no fiber and some cholesterol. Another difference is that the animal-derived saturated fat in a regular burger is known to have adverse effects on cardiovascular health while the saturated fat in coconut oil may have a neutral effect. As one would expect, there are other companies competing in the alternate-meat market. One is Beyond

Meat, which offers its products in burgers, sausages, and beef crumbles. This product gets its protein from pea protein combined with canola oil, rice, coconut oil, and other ingredients. Beyond Meat is GMO, gluten and soy free. Other entries into the alternativeto-meat market are Tyson Foods. It announced the launch into pea-based “chicken nuggets” marketed under its new Raised and Rooted brand. Shortly after, Kellogg announced its entry into the meatless meat product line under the name “Incogmeato”. Clever. It looks like companies are betting heavily on the meatless meat market. Some are even “growing”

meat in laboratories. Whether made from plants or grown in the lab, these “high-tech meats” provide protein sources that take a much smaller toll on the environment and can reduce the number of animals killed for food. Some may even be safer and healthier than traditional meats. If technology continues to develop such foods may indeed come the wave of the future. By the way, Happy Holidays to all those who are clever enough to read “The Good News”. Till next time, Ken Dettloff ACE Certified Personal Trainer

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Recipes Exotic, earthy and oh-so-aromatic, the flavor of chocolate is one that is sure to add extra cheer whenever it’s served! Whether your family is all redcheeked from a well-spent day outside or you’re simply seeking something warm to offer guests as they wander in from a cold ride, the rich rewards that come from a cup of hot cocoa are sure to be greeted with arms opened wide.  Exotic, earthy and oh-so-aromatic, chocolate is indeed a wonderful way to help us feel warmer. Throughout its long history, chocolate was not known as a bar but rather a drink and, it was considered invaluable, sacred and even magical by our ancestors who, though lacking our modern technology, somehow knew it was of great benefit to our body.


A COCOA CHRISTMAS! Containing up to 500 different compounds, true chocolate does indeed offer many mind and bodyboosting benefits. Touched with just a tad of caffeine, chocolate offers two better ways to stimulate and energize us - theobromine, which is a mood enhancer that dilates blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, relaxes the lungs and helps us breathe better; and phenylethylamine, which helps release norepinephrine, that in turn increases alertness and decision-making abilities, and elevate dopamine levels, which are endorphins (natural painkillers) that elevate our mood. True chocolate also features flavonoids, which improve blood flow to the heart and brain, prevent clots, improve cardiac health and act as an anti-inflammatory; and tryptophan, which helps release serotonin - the feel-good neurotransmitter - and helps explain why consuming choco-

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late does make us feel so amazingly good! While the terms, “hot chocolate” and “hot cocoa” are often used interchangeably, they are actually two different animals in that hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder - either Dutch or natural - and hot chocolate is made using solid chocolate. That said, if you put both in a recipe then you get to call it whatever you like! When selecting ingredients, keep in mind that solid dark chocolate has as much as three times more flavonoids than wine or green tea. However, cocoa powder offers more flavonoids than solid dark chocolate but, because of the alkalizing process that Dutch cocoa undergoes, 60-80% of the flavonoids are lost. Therefore, if you plan to use cocoa, be sure to look for a natural cocoa powder that has not been “Dutched.” Additionally, with studies showing that dairy may inhibit antioxidant

absorption, a non-dairy option such as almond or coconut is worth considering. Coconut milk from Thailand (not Sri Lanka) will whip up wonderfully if the cream is chilled overnight and separated from the water in the can. You can also buy straight cream. However, be sure to chill 24 hours before whipping. Adding a little salt to your recipe will also help boost flavor because salt blocks our ability to taste anything bitter while also allowing other flavors in the chocolate to come through more strongly.  Here now are some simple ways to make an ever-so-spectacular sipper out of chocolate or cocoa – ENJOY! 

1 quart of milk (any kind) 1/3 cup cane sugar or similar 3 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa (I prefer dark cocoa) 1/2-teaspoon pure vanilla extract Smidgen of salt Garnish: marshmallows and chocolate syrup (Optional) In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring milk up to heat

until scalding, not boiling, stirring occasionally. Whisk in sugar, cocoa, vanilla extract and salt until well-combined. Serve hot topped with marshmallows and chocolate syrup, if desired. Recipe makes about 4.5 eightounce cups. Nutrition is dependent upon type of milk used.  

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Christmas Cocoa 12-ounces Guinness or other stout beer 1/4-cup natural cocoa powder 2 tablespoons cane sugar or similar 1 pinch fine sea salt 3 cups milk (any kind) 8 ounces chopped dark chocolate 4 ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream 4 ounces Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey In a saucepan over medium-high heat, cook Guinness until it becomes syrupy and reduced down to about 1/2 cup of liquid, about 10 minutes. then set the syrup aside.

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Winter weather is in full force! Were you prepared or were you wishing for a few more days of fall? At my university, I noticed that the groundskeepers apply inordinate amounts of salt. I know it’s to keep the staff and students safe, but there are environmental consequences. Thinking about the effects of our winter decisions, I found a helpful article from the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) on protecting the environment in winter weather. I wanted to share some of their wonderful suggestions. Remove snow before it turns into ice: When the weather warms up just enough to allow snow melt (or if you’re already dreaming of spring, when the weather warms up permanently), any ice present on asphalt or concrete will simply runoff into storm drains and waterways, carrying pollutants with it. Moving the snow to a permeable surface, such as your lawn or planter, will allow the water to seep into the ground. Choose the right deicer: If you like to use salt for deicing, look for eco-friendly versions to prevent water contamination in your local waterways. Look for instructions on your deicing product to apply the right amount and to prevent overapplication. Calibrate your mechanical applicator, if you use one, and pick up any spilled particles. Want to

be super environmentally friendly? Instead of using a deicer, use small amounts of sand or sawdust to provide traction. Sand and sawdust don’t add chemicals to the environment and they can be swept away after the snow melts. Use eco-friendly snow blowers: Battery, electric, or hybrid-powered snow blowers reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, as well as preventing gasoline spills and leaks. What’s even better? Getting the kid down the street to shovel instead! Minimize your emissions: This one is a bit tough. I’m a sucker for a cozy wood-burning fire and I run my car for a little bit before heading to the grocery store. However, the DOEE recommends idling your car for three minutes or less and to build fewer wood-burning fires. Keeping your home at a slightly lower temperature and wearing warm clothing instead can also reduce emissions. Ice-free designs: For the really ambitious, you can use porous asphalt and other permeable paving options for your driveway, patio, and other paved surfaces. Permeable surfaces absorb rainwater and snow melt, preventing the water from pooling and forming ice. Permeable paving is not only better for the environment, but it is safer and less labor intensive too (no more deicers!).

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How do I stay green during the winter? My apartment has draft sealers, plastic window covers, and insulation added to the outlets on outside-facing walls. The electric heater is old and inefficient, so we keep the thermostat lower, wear warm clothing, and use an efficient space heater instead. There’s no point in keeping the whole apartment warm when we’re in only one or two

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Friday, December 6 Memory Café-for individuals with memory loss & their caretakers Paw Paw Library, 10:30am-Noon

Sunday, December 8 Talk: Preparing for the Holidays Tools for holiday peace & calm Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 1:30pm

Fri., Dec. 6 – Sun. Dec.8 K-9 Fanciers Dog Show Kalamazoo County Expo Center Fri. 3-11pm, Sat. 8am-5, Sun. 8am4

Sunday, December 8 Music: Kalamazoo Saxophone Quartet Parchment Library, 343-7747, 2pm

Friday, Dec. 6 – Sat. Dec. 7 Vintage Market & Crafts Kalamazoo County Expo Center Fri. 4-8pm, Sat. 9am-4pm

Monday, December 9 Essential Tremor Support Group First Congregational Church, Kalamazoo, 7:30pm, 808-0155

Friday, December 6 Art Hop – Dwtn. Kalamazoo & Vine Neighborhood, 5-8pm

Tuesday, December 10 Talk: Paul Robeson, Sinter/actor Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Noon

Friday, December 6 Art Hop Party, 5-8pm Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Wednesday, December 11 Thriver- Health Talks, 5:30-7pm Ascension Borgess Health Club

Wednesday, December 11 Music: Jimmy Bennett O’Duffy’s Pub, 8-10pm Thurs., Dec. 12 – Sat., Dec. 14 Scholastic Book Fairs Warehouse Sale Kalamazoo County Expo Center Thurs.11-7, Fri. 9-7, Sat. 8-4 Thursday, December 12 Music: Tom Duffield O’Duffy’s Pub, 8-10pm Friday, December 13 Music: Hired Hands Old Dog Tavern, 5pm Fri., Dec. 14 – Sat., Dec. 15 Holiday Flea Market Kalamazoo County Expo Center Sat. 8am-3pm, Sun. 9am-3pm Monday, December 16 Mystery Book Club: The Twelve Clues Of Christmas by Rhys Bowen, 6:30pm Parchment Library, 343-7747 Tuesday, December 17 Talk: I Finally Saw the Italian Renaissance Theatres, Noon Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Wednesday, December 18 Book Discussion: Optic Nerve By Maria Gainza, KIA, Noon Wednesday, December 18 Live Music: Out of Favor Boys O’Duffy’s Pub, 8-10pm, 344-5666 Thursday, December 19 Live Music: Strange Country O’Duffy’s Pub, 8-10pm, 344-5666 Saturday, December 21 Donuts & Discussion: Stories Postcards Tell, 10:30am Parchment Library, 343-7747 Thursday, December 26 Music: Bog Road O’Duffy’s Pub, 8-10pm Friday December 27 Family Performance: Benjammin Sing, dance & play instruments Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Noon Monday, December 30 Family Performance: Gemini Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Noon Tuesday, December 31 Family Performance: Joe Reilly Sing along songs about nature/peace Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Noon

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