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Illustrator and Author
1:54 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Fantastic Rumpus: Illustrators in the vein of Maurice Sendak

From 'The Monster Who Ate My Peas' by Danny Schnitzlein. Illustration by Matt Faulkner.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is showing an exhibit called “Fantastic Rumpus” featuring more than 30 illustrators influenced by the late Maurice Sendak—the author of the popular children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. The exhibit is up until February 9th. 

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Holidays
1:29 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Pearl Harbor parachute becomes beautiful Christmas gift

Mary Gansen's granddaughter Angela Keene-Kennedy in the parachute robe in 1989

On Christmas Eve, 1959, in a small apartment in Cleveland, Ohio, the foot pedal on Mary Juratovac Gansen’s old treadle sewing machine was steadily being rocked forward and back, driving the belt that made the needle go up and down into the night. Some women would get fancy electric sewing machines that Christmas. Each of Mary’s two young daughters would be gifted a priceless heirloom made out a WWII parachute. 

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Juvenile crime
8:23 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Kalamazoo Gazette explores drop in juvenile crime in Kalamazoo County

The Kalamazoo Gazette series doesn't find concrete evidence that the Kalamazoo Promise has led to a drop in juvenile crime
Credit WMUK
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Food and Drink
7:53 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Canning beer: The new trend in craft brewing

Brewery Vivant's stored cans and kegs of beer
Credit Josh Hirsch

At the Bell's Brewery facility in Comstock, Bell's is putting the finishing touches on a new canning facility. Jeff Carter is the facilities manager for Bell's. He says the brewery hopes to start canning its most popular seasonal beer, Oberon, by next summer.

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Religion & Culture
7:51 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Be part of pagan traditions at the Winter Solstice celebration

The 2001 Winter Solstice altar at People's Church in Kalamazoo
Credit courtesy of Diane Melvin

Saturday is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. To celebrate, People’s Church of Kalamazoo will do a solstice ritual based on pagan traditions. The event is Friday night at 7 p.m., with a potluck at 6 p.m.

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