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night routine to celebrate the end of a busy week with a take-out pizza and a trip to Blockbuster to pick out a few movie videos and an occasional video game. American-based, Blockbuster Video, provided home movie and video game rental services, offering a large quantity and selection of titles - stocking many copies of the most popular new-release titles. They charged a meager yearly membership fee (I recall $9.95) and an additional fee for each rental. Blockbuster had the greater Kalamazoo area covered with three video rental locations. There was one on the west side at W. Main St. and Drake Rd., on the East side on Gull Rd. at Sprinkle and another centrally located on South Westnedge near Milham Rd. Blockbuster began in 1985 when its first store opened in Dallas, Texas by David Cook in October 1985. It began with an inventory of 8,000 VHS and 2,000 Beta tapes. Cook never set out to open a video store, the goal of his company Cook Data Services, was to provide
software services to the oil and gas industries throughout Texas. Sandy Cook, David’s wife, was the one who wanted to get into the video business. They decided to buy into Video Works a video store franchise When Video Works wouldn’t allow him to decorate the interior of the store with a blue and yellow design, he left the franchise and opened Blockbuster Video. The Blockbuster name was derived from the Hollywood term for a successful film, and in literature, was the term for a best selling novel. When Cook realized the potential of video rentals, he abandoned the oil industry and began franchising the Blockbuster store, which grew to 19 stores in 2 years. In 1987, the Waste Management co-founder, Wayne Huizenga, agreed to purchase several of the Blockbuster stores. Additionally, John Melk, Huizenga’s associate became interested in the family-friendly no porn image and business model. Huizenga & Melk used techniques from their waste business and Ray Kroc’s model of expansion, which is credited for the McDonald’s global expansion, to rapidly expand Blockbuster, and soon they were opening a new store every 24 hours! They took over many of the existing Blockbuster franchise
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stores and spent much of the late 1980’s acquiring many of Blockbuster’s rivals, including Major Video. Blockbuster expanded internationally throughout the 1990’s and continued to acquire many video chains and entertainment outlets as they expanded into music. During this time other video competitors came on the scene, such as Family Video and Dollar Video. At their peak in 2004, Blockbuster had 9,094 stores and employed approximately 84,300 people. By 2010 Blockbuster experienced a major decline. Poor leadership, the impact of the Great Recession and the growing competition form Netflix’s mail-order service, Video on Demand and the Redbox automated kiosks. In 2010 they filed for bankruptcy protection and the following year, its remaining 1,700 stores were bought by Dish Network and by 2014, the last 300 company-owned stores were closed. Dish retained a small number of franchise agreements, enabling some privately owned franchises to remain open. Sadly, Blockbuster Video closed its final stores in this area in 2012. I continued the tradition of wandering the aisles of the local video store with my grandchildren, which they loved,
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until Family Video closed just last year. We now hit the local library to satisfy our video search, and you can’t beat the price - it’s free! Be Kind, Rewind! Jackie Merriam On a side note: At this time, there is only one Blockbuster store that remains and is located in Bend, Oregon. Last fall, the Bend Blockbuster store partnered with Airbnb to offer 3 separate sleepovers for local residents to register for a chance for their household of up to 4 to have free rein of the stores entire film collection, plus be treated to pizza, Pepsi and popcorn. The event was a “thank you” from longtime store manager, Sandi Harding, for local supporters who kept the store running despite competition from Netflix, Redbox and video on demand services, and now coronavirus. A 1990’s living room was re-creation within the video store, with a hide-a-bed sofa, beanbag chair and a Sony VHS player. Some Information was gathered from Wikipedia, MLive.com (5/18/12) and OregonLive.com (8/17/20). Jackie Merriam
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Good soil preparation is the first step to successful bulb gardening. Make sure the soil is loose and porous. Well-drained soil is a must or else bulbs will rot. The soil should be turned over and organic matter, peat moss or a bulb nutrient (such as Espoma Bone Meal) worked through to encourage root development.
The depth of planting for bulbs depends on their size. A good rule of thumb is that the depth should be three times the diameter of the bulb. Small bulbs should be covered with 1-2 in. of soil while large bulbs should be planted 6-8-in. deep.
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Spring flowering bulbs do not have to be dug and stored in most Hardiness Zones. To store summer flowering bulbs, dig the bulbs when the foliage has withered or turned brown by a light frost. Air dry in a well-ventilated area for a week. Then remove all soil from the bulbs. Bulbs must be dried before storing or they will rot. Dust the bulbs with a fungicide and store in dry peat moss or wood shavings in a brown paper bag, open crate, netted bag or even old pantyhose. Store at 50-55-degrees in a dry location until time to replant. Terrie Schwartz Wedel’s Nursery, Florist & GardenCenter
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to achieve. The most effective planting technique is to plant most bulbs in clumps rather than in individual lines. Space bulbs according to color with the softer colors in the front and the more vibrant in the background. Group bulbs according to height and in sequential bloom pattern for a long-lasting show of color.
Color and time of bloom are two of the most important elements to consider when planning your bulb and garden planting. It can be very helpful to make a sketch of your garden before planting. Consider which bulbs to plant and where based upon height, sunlight, color and blooming time. Remember, most of the bulbs you plant in fall are hardy and can remain undisturbed for years while most of the bulbs you plant in spring are tender and must be dug up and
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No other types of plants will give the gardener more beauty, or a wider range of variety, color and flowering times than flowering bulbs. They produce flowers of incredible colors from one end of the growing season to the other. Nothing else will reward you with so much pleasure for so little effort...at least in your garden.
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We chose our daughters’ names with the idea that they needed to use them their entire lives, not only when they were cute and tiny. As my cousin would say, “Think about how it will look on the tombstone if their name is Sweetiepie.” Naming a pet bears a similar gravity. Whenever I meet a dog named “Princess” or “Queenie” or “Rex,” I
am wary. Obviously, this dog is leader of the pack and the owner decided this early-on. My friend owned a rabbit that he named “S.” It was a good name for a bunny. When my friend addressed their pet, no one in the room ever mistook who was being addressed—it wasn’t a human name, and it wasn’t a title of grandeur, either. “S” was a well-adjusted, house-broken rabbit, beloved by all. I credit his good name. Choosing someone’s name is a big responsibility; it’s best to be kind and make it easy to spell then, stick with the original. When Ellen’s little sister was born, we named her Martha. People would look at the curly-headed tike and say, “Is her name really Martha? What do you call her?” “Martha,” I answered. Ellen: Naming has always been an event in our family. Whether it is a stuffed animal, a doll, or a pet, the steps to getting the moniker right are carefully respected. Some names are obvious, such as “Bronco” for a beloved horse toy, and some are a bit more obscure: “Seven” for a pretty plush mouse in a blue dress. Martha and I never rushed it, always preferring to let the process take its course. Some objects took longer. A year after purchasing my car, my dad idly inquired as to whether it had finally gained a name.
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Zoo Flea (It’s almost Holiday time!) Good News Paper readers hope the warm days have treated you well! As Fall sets in, it’s time to shift our minds to all things harvest, pumpkin, and HOLIDAY! Want to get an early jump on our gift shopping? We always try to – but never seem to! Let’s change that this year. Giving a gift that has a special handmade touch really resonates, and for this article we will highlight some amazing artisans from Zoo Flea Handmade Market. Find these folks selling their handcrafted treasures during the next Shop 2nd Saturday event on October 9th in Downtown Kalamazoo, or online. Support local this holiday and give a gift that they will truly cherish J Notions of Lovely - Marie Kappenman IG: www.instagram.com/notionsoflovely/ Website: www.notionsoflovely.com About me: Notions of Lovely was born in a pink bathtub. The idea come together from years of conversations about Marie’s making “pretty little things.” Jewelry, knitting, candles, lanterns, sculpture and a hundred other things. I loved the idea that any “pretty little thing” could be a Notion. A lovely Notion. It’s a creative company devoted to the little details that make a moment special. I’m Marie, the creator behind Notions of Lovely. After a decade making Notions on the West Coast, I’m back in the Midwest and excited to jump into the Kzoo makers community, selling my jewelry and getting to know my new town.
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Relationships The Importance of Human Connection
Many people are feeling the effects of isolation because of COVID and reporting feeling lonely and sad or depressed.
At certain ages, people feel that it is not as easy to connect with others. The good news is that Kalamazoo has a wealth of areas where people can find ways to connect with others. Humans are social, but everyone has a specific comfort level with connecting with others. Studies have shown that people feel happier when they have the ability to connect with others. Quality relationships can allow you to have deeper, more satisfying
conversations which lead to an overall feeling of happiness. Increasing social interactions can improve your overall mood on a daily basis. Here are a few suggestions to find ways to increase your daily social interaction: chatting it up with your barista, putting down your mobile devices and interacting with those around you, creating a greeting ritual with your friends, and calling a friend to check up on them. You could also volunteer in your community or join a gym. Another source of social interactions in the Kalamazoo area is meetupkalamazoo. If you don’t live in the Kalamazoo area, chances are that your community has a meetup(insert your town
here). Strong social connections are good for your health. It increases dopamine, a feel-good chemical in your brain that increases your overall mood. Lack of social interactions can affect your body and may leave you feeling ill. Face-to-face interaction has been known to decrease depression, however, having any kind of social interaction can make you feel more connected and less isolated. Social interactions can cause some stress. Understanding your boundaries when interacting with your groups is important in taking care of you. In addition to social connections, we need psychological connections,
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They have flown the nest. It is a normal time for parents to go through an identity crisis. Some people feel a sense of pride and accomplishment that they have raised little humans into successful young adults, while others may feel anxious, sad, and lonely. Empty Nest Syndrome is not a diagnosis, but it can be a very difficult time in people’s lives as they transition from being a caregiver in a house, once full of noise and laughter, to all alone. While some may be experiencing loss, loneliness, worry, or sadness, others may feel a sense of relief as this phase of life may open up doors of opportunities, time to do what they have always wanted to do but didn’t have the time for, fostering other relationships, or finding new
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Come and spend a fun and festive afternoon on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at Constantine High School to take part in the long-awaited return of the 4th Annual Happy Holidays FREE Community Expo + LIVE Cooking Show! “This event, which is presented by The Constantine Township Library and Area Fitness Center, as an early Christmas gift to the public, will kick off at 11:30 a.m. with an awesome expo featuring an eye-catching assortment of ideas, crafts, items, products and treats from an array of local crafters and area businesses,” Kurella said. “I am thrilled to once again be a part of it, most especially because it supports our local economy, and this year includes a voluntary donation of a non-perishable item for the local food bank and soup kitchen.” A nationally-known, award-winning recipe developer, Food Channel contributor, and a local favorite magazine and newspaper food columnist, Kurella said this year’s fourth annual event is being planned to be bigger and better than ever! “The expo, which is being planned
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Recipes Add some goodness to your day with the aroma of pumpkin spice! I find it so fascinating that the changing of seasons brings about such a change in the things we crave, most especially when autumn comes round. That sweet smell and tantalizing taste of pumpkin spice triggers such a nostalgic, emotional response in most all of us, and according to scientists, especially men, that its almost impossible to resist anything pumpkin spiced this time of year. I recall reading a piece many years ago that attributed our desire for such things to having had pleasant encounters with the pumpkin spice combination early in life. That the pumpkin spice combo wired our brains as children to equate its aroma to “good things” when we were very young, so its aroma now, whether real or a synthetic version from China,
Pumpkin Potions can subconsciously trigger the happiness we felt when we were children eating Mom’s pumpkin pie. What’s funny about this is that pumpkin by itself will render no such response because it does not offer up that magically-spiced plume that enchants us, but rather, according to nursery rhymes, what little girls are made of: Sugar and spice, and everything nice! Typically, the magic mix that goes into pumpkin is cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove (or allspice). From what I’ve been told by insiders in the food industry, food companies often develop a synthetic version with various compounds and aromas designed to trick your brain into thinking you are consuming a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. They often include “top notes” that mimic the aroma of butter browning with sugar to help create an olfactory illusion of a freshly baked pumpkin pie, as well. Likewise, similar mixtures of these
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The Gull Lake Area Rotary Club (GLARC) is pleased to announce their 31st annual all-you-can eat Spaghetti Dinner at the Gull Lake High School on Monday, October 4th from 4:30pm – 7pm for dine-in. Take-out is available from 3:30pm – 7pm. Bring the whole family for a delicious spaghetti dinner including drinks and dessert, video films, booths and more. Kids under 5 eat free, children (5-12 yrs.) are just $5 and the adult minimum donation is $10. “The community really gets behind this event,” said, Don Deibler, President of the GLARC Rotary. GLARC receives several community contribu-
tions in support of this annual event. In addition, the Gull Lake High School donates the cafeteria space, use of the kitchen, dishwashing and coolers. The cafeteria and maintenance staff support the evening event as well. All leftover prepared food is donated to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission the day following the event. Gull Lake High School student Volunteen volunteers work in the dining room bussing tables, refilling drinks, etc. and work alongside the GLARC members and participating spouses. “This is one of our main fundraisers that allows GLARC to make a difference in the community,” says
Marketing Chairman, Donna Tellam. Unfortunately, last year’s event was cancelled due to Covid 19, which makes this year’s fundraising event even more important to continue to make a local impact. GLARC donates money to the local food pantry and provides backpack food for students. In addition, they sponsor four $1,000 scholarships, two for college bound high school seniors and two for those going into the trades. They have also recently provided funding and assembly labor for the new playground at Ross Township Park and replaced all of the picnic tables in the Richland Township Park, to name a few of the ways they make the community a better place to live. Tickets for the Spaghetti dinner can be purchased at the door or are available at the Richland Community
Center or from any member of the GLARC Rotary. The Spaghetti dinner is held at the Gull Lake High School, located at 7753 North 34th St. Golf cart service is available from the ample parking lot to the cafeteria. GLARC will be sponsoring their 2nd Annual Holiday Pie Sale. The dates for the pie sale are from October 29th – November 9th. Rotarians will deliver your pies on November 22nd & 23rd, just in time for Thanksgiving! If you would like to help with this community event or learn more about becoming a Rotarian, visit their website at gulllakearearotary.org, or contact Don Deibler at email@example.com Jackie Merriam Photos courtesy of Jilisa Williams, local Rotarian
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What can I say about the summer that is just past? I miss it already! It seems there were a lot of extremes. Early heat and unusual dryness gave way to more heat and substantial rain. But that doesn’t really paint an accurate picture, does it? Meteorological averages place this past season as slightly above usual for temperature and rainfall, but that is based on climate averages. In these crazy times, we seem to have lost the concept of average. My water bill was unusually high this quarter from the endless watering needed to maintain my gardening efforts. When we did get rain, it was a deluge – for about fifteen minutes! My Consumers Energy account tells me that I am using more electricity this year than last, even though I have signed up for the “Energy Rush Hour” plan. Once again, hidden in the “averages,” I’m finding that the weather is fraught with extremes. Once Labor Day is over, like many of you, I begin to think about autumn. Will recent weather fluctuations distort the fabulous fall colors we’ve come to love? To understand how weather affects autumnal color, we need to think about the biology of the tree. The green pigment that we associate with leaves is, of course, chlorophyll. It is the most efficient of the leaf pigments responsible for photosynthesis, allowing plants to capture sunlight’s energy and convert it into carbohydrates that provide the plant with the chemical energy needed to survive and thrive. But there are other accessory
pigments at work as well. Carotenoids and xanthophylls access wavelengths of visible light different from chlorophyll to produce photosynthetic products and provide the yellows, golds, and oranges typical of some deciduous trees such as birches, aspens, and some maples. These compounds are always present in leaf structures, but their colors are hidden by the abundance of chlorophyll during the active growing season. As daylight and temperatures wane and plants prepare for dormancy, the veins in their leaves begin to constrict to provide a more efficient transfer of carbohydrates to storage structures. The rate of production of chlorophyll begins to dwindle, and the other photosynthetic pigments become more evident. Although the plant’s significant energy production “season” has ended, it will continue to produce sugars and convert them into storage compounds to sustain it during the coming winter months. The intense reds evident in sugar maples, oaks, and sumacs are due to another group of pigments, anthocyanins. These same pigments give us the reds and purples of grapes, cherries, blueberries, as well as many flower colors. They are also important nutritionally as powerful antioxidants. Anthocyanins are not always present in deciduous tree leaves but are produced in response to warm days with cool evening temperatures. Daytime temperatures result in a buildup of sugars in the leaf. Nighttime coolness promotes the constriction of veins in the leaves. These conditions bring
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together the sugars necessary for the biochemical pathways that produce anthocyanins. The result is brilliant scarlets that are amazing! Rainfall and temperature are critical to a tree’s color change dynamics. If drought has stressed the tree during the growing season, it is likely shut down early, reserving whatever has been stored and dropping leaves, perhaps even before they change colors. Fall storms featuring heavy rain and strong winds will, of course, cause leaves to drop prematurely since they are already in the process of being shed. The “best” recipe for fall color is adequate rainfall, warm days, and cool nights. So, can we expect a colorful autumn? Like so much else about the
environment, it depends… Meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict that our temperatures will continue to be above average through the end of November. They also expect that our rainfall will be “normal”. These factors bode well for a beautiful color season. Of course, only time and Mother Nature will tell, and by the time you are reading this, we should be well into our (hopefully) beautiful fall season. Cheryl Hach Retired Science Teacher Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center
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Due to Corona virus be sure to call or look online for possible event changes or cancellations. Through October 24 Exhibit: The Global Language of Headwear, 373-7990 Kalamazoo Valley Museum Fri., Oct. 1 – Sun., Oct. 31 Skeletour – 65+ skeletons Downtown Kalamazoo Friday, October 1 Memory Café on Zoom for those with Mild dementia & caregivers, 10am-Noon pawpaw.lib.mi.us, 657-3800 Friday, October 1 Art Hop – Dwtn. Kalamazoo & Vine Neighborhood, 5-8pm Saturdays, Oct. 2,9,16,23,30 Kalamazoo Farmers Market 7am – 2pm, New Location: Mayors Riverfront Park
Wednesday, October 6 Mystery Club- Take & Solve Kits, ages 16+, Richland Library Wednesdays, Oct. 6,13,20,27 Wednesday Wigglers, ages 3-5, Stories, songs & dancing, 10am Register ahead, Richland Library Wednesdays, Oct. 6,13,20,27 Toddler Storytime 10:30am, Comstock Library Wednesdays, Oct. 6,13,20,27 Bike Night, 6-8pm, Big Tommy’s Pizza & Ice Cream in Richland Thursdays, Oct. 7,14,21,28 Musical Mayhem Storytime 10:30am, Comstock Library Thursdays, Sept. 2,9,16,23,30 Kalamazoo Farmers Market at Mayors Riverfront Park, 12-5
Saturdays, Oct. 2,9,16,23,30 Texas Corners Farmers Market 8am-Noon, 375-1591
Thursdays, Oct. 7,14,21,28 STEAM Storytime, Register ahead, 1pm, Comstock Library
Saturdays, Oct. 2,9,16,23,30 Otsego Farmer’s Market 9am-2pm, 112 Kalamazoo St.
Thursdays, Oct. 7,14,21,28 Preschool StoryTime, Ages 0-4 1pm, Richland Library
Saturday, October 2 Guest Artist Recital: Dan Mattson, Trombone, 8pm,WMU Dalton Center Recital Hall
Thursdays, Oct. 7,14 Plainwell Farmers’ Market 3:30-6:30pm, 554 Allegan St.
Mon., Oct. 4 – Mon. Nov. 1 Spooky Treats & How to Make Them, comstocklibrary.org Mondays, Oct. 4,11,18,25 Outdoor Story Time for Children With an adult, Paw Paw Library Mondays, Oct. 4,11,18,25 Preschool Storytime 10:30am, Comstock Library Mondays, Oct. 4,11,18,25 Parchment Interview Series Parchmentlibrary.org Mondays, Oct. 4,11,18,25 Drop-in Youth Gaming 5:30-7:30, Comstock Library Monday, October 4 Parchment Book Group 6:30pm, Parchment Library Tuesdays, Oct. 5,12,19,26 Wee Ones Storytime (0-24 mos.) 10:30am, Comstock Library Tuesday, October 5 Visual Thinking Strategies Noon-1pm, Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts Tuesday, October 5 WMU University Jazz Lab Band 7:30pm, Dalton Recital Hall
Thursday, October 7 The History of Faygo, ages 12+ 7-8pm, Richland Library, register ahead 629-9085 Friday, October 8 Kids Craft: Spooky Ceramics 11am & 2pm, register ahead Comstock Library Fri., Oct. 8 – Sat. Oct. 9 Friends Book Sale 9am-5pm, Paw Paw Library Saturday, October 9 Internet Users Group on Zoom, 10am-Noon Pawpaw.lib.mi.us Sat., Oct. 9 – Sun. Oct. 10 Fall Stamp & cover Show Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-3 Kalamazoo County Expo Ctr. Saturday, October 9 Art Detectives: Have You Ever Seen a Flower? 11-11:45am, for children ages 4-8 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Saturday, October 9 John Angevine’s Pumpkin Carving, Kalamazoo Mall, 12-4 Saturday, October 9 University Symphony Orchestra 8pm, Miller Auditorium
Saturday, October 9 Vintage in the Zoo & Zoo Flea Handmade Market on the Kzoo walking mall 12-7pm, VintageInTheZoo.com Sat., Oct. 9 – Sun., Oct. 10 Farm Days Open House 2-5pm, Shalom Woolery 3191 Van Buren St., Kal. Sunday, October 10 Record & CD Show, 11am-4pm Kalamazoo County Expo. Ctr. Sunday, October 10 WMU University Wind Symphony 3pm, Miller Auditorium Monday, October 11 WMU University Symphonic & Concert Bands 7:30pm, Miller Auditorium Wednesday, October 13 Birds & Coffee Chats on Zoom: Waterbirds, 10-11am, register: Birdsanctuary.kbs.msu.edu Wednesday, October 13 Adult Craft: Paint Scrape Canvas, 5:30pm, register 10/4, Comstock Library Thursday, October 14 Chinese Art: Rock, Paper, Scissors 6-7pm, Register 349-7775 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Thursday, October 14 Team Game Night:, The Price Is Right, ages 18+, 7-8pm, Richland Library, Register 629-9085 Friday, October 15 Ladies Leaves & Laughter Night 3-8pm Downtown Plainwell, Gift bags, specials, market in park, more! Friday, October 15 Spooktacular Fall Festival Stories, games, crafts & more! 6-8pm, Paw Paw Library Sunday, October 17 WMU Choral Showcase 3pm, Miller Auditorium Monday, October 18 Mystery Book Club 4pm, Parchment Library Tues. Oct. 19- Thurs. Oct. 23 Pumpkin Contest, drop off your Decorated pumpkin, pumpkins Displayed on lower level patio. Oct. 26-28 Vote on Pumpkins Oct. 28, 6pm, winners announced, Hot chocolate & treats too! Richland Library, 629-9085
Tuesday, October 19 Chinese Decorated Letter Papers Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Noon Tuesday, October 19 Teens: Manga Mania, 3-4pm, Paw Paw Library Wednesday, October 20 Book Discussion: Braiding Sweetgrass, 2-3pm, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Wednesday, October 20 Astrology Program, Ruth Nodel 6-7pm, Paw Paw Library Thurs., Oct. 21 – Sun., Oct. 24 Hot Tub & Swim Spa Sale Thurs. 11-7, Fri.-Sat.10-7, Sun.11-4 Kalamazoo County Expo Ctr. Thursday, October 21 The Heartbreak Book Club, 6:30-7:30pm, Paw Paw Library Thursday, October 21 Books With Friends Book Club 7-8pm on Zoom, ages 18+, Register: Richlandlibrary.org Wednesday, October 27 Cruise-In @ Great Lakes Pondscapes, Paw Paw, 4-6pm Mon., Oct. 25 – Fri., Oct. 29 Adult Pop Up craft: Styrofoam Chalk-Painted Pumpkin Comstock Library Mon., Oct. 25 – Sat., Oct. 30 Trick or Treat at the Library Comstock Library Thursday, October 28 Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses With Dianna Stampfler 7pm, Parchment Library Sunday, October 31 Kzoo Baby & Family Expo 10am-3pm, Kal. Expo Ctr.