Kalamazoo, MI

Located in Southwest Michigan, the city of Kalamazoo offers a mixture of urban and natural environments. The city is approximately two hours from Chicago and offers dining, shops, galleries, lakes, and outdoor recreation areas. According to the 2010 census, the city has a population of 74,262. Kalamazoo is home to Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. It has two women’s professional sports teams: West Michigan Mayhem Women’s Tackle Football and Kalamazoo Outrage Women’s Soccer. Kalamazoo’s name is Native American, and the meaning is often disputed. Some people think it means “the mirage of reflecting river” while others believe it to be “bubbling” or “boiling water”. Top attractions in the city are Air Zoo, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Gilmore Car Museum, and Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Annual Kalamazoo events include Kalamazoo Ribfest, Kalamazoo County Fair, Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Black Arts Festival, and Restaurant Week.

Monday, December 17th 2018

9:15am
Building Resiliency: Guided Meditation

Specifically for nonprofit leaders or service providers.�Join us for an iRest� yoga nidra practice. This guided restorative meditation practice focuses on self-regulation and self-care. No prior experience required. You will…

Kalamazoo Public Library
315 South Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
11:00am
Little Scientists

Early literacy and STEAM activities for preschoolers and their caregivers. Best for ages 3-6. Registration required.

Kalamazoo Public Library
315 South Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Story Place
2:30pm
Handmade Gift Studio

Craft a handmade gift for a loved one this winter! Choose from four different gifts or make one of each! Come once or come every day! All supplies provided including…

Kalamazoo Public Library
315 South Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Teen Studio
6:00pm
Merry Monday - Holiday Wine Tasting Class

Enjoy an evening filled with new wines at this casual seated tasting event. Learn about the origin of the wines, about the winery and their winemaking techniques. Discover your new…

Food Dance
401 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Tuesday, December 18th 2018

2:30pm
Handmade Gift Studio

Craft a handmade gift for a loved one this winter! Choose from four different gifts or make one of each! Come once or come every day! All supplies provided including…

Kalamazoo Public Library
315 South Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Teen Studio
4:00pm
Reading with Tucker

Enjoy a ""pawsitive"" reading experience. Read to Tucker, the very friendly Golden Retriever. To register, call the Washington Square Library at 269-553-7960.

Kalamazoo Public Library
1000 West Patterson, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Children's Area
6:00pm
Urban Fiction Book Club

If you like reading Urban Fiction then you probably like talking about it! Come and join Erika's Urban Fiction Book Discussion. We've have 2 great titles that will warm up…

Kalamazoo Public Library
1000 West Patterson, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Barnabee Gallery
6:00pm
Workshop: Fall & Winter Maintenance*

The weather outside might be frightful, but there are still lots of home maintenance tasks that need done now to prevent costly repairs in the future. Attend our Fall &…

Community Homeworks
812 Bryant St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001, East end of building
7:00pm
GLAMA Community Sing

Come and sing along with folksinger and songwriter Patricia Pettinga and her GLAMA Community Sing co-hosts. Lyric sheets are provided.

Kalamazoo Public Library
315 South Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Van Deusen Room

Wednesday, December 19th 2018

10:30am
1-2-3 Play with Me

Spend time together, play, make friends, and talk one-on-one with specialists on child development during this enjoyable one month workshop. For children 1 to 3 years and their parents and…

Kalamazoo Public Library
315 South Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Story Place
2:30pm
Handmade Gift Studio

Craft a handmade gift for a loved one this winter! Choose from four different gifts or make one of each! Come once or come every day! All supplies provided including…

Kalamazoo Public Library
315 South Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Teen Studio
4:00pm
Handmade Gift Studio

Craft a handmade gift for a loved one this winter! Choose from four different gifts or make one of each! All supplies provided including festive treats for teen gift-makers.

Kalamazoo Public Library
1112 Gayle Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49048, Community Room
4:00pm
Gingerbread Houses

Create a masterpiece with graham crackers, frosting, and candies. Supplies provided. Best for grades K-5. Registration required.

Kalamazoo Public Library
1000 West Patterson, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Barnabee Gallery
6:30pm
Kalamadoodle Drink & Draw at Bell's Eccentric Cafe

Doodle at Bell's Eccentric Cafe in the Back Room with you best buds and enjoy a beer or two. There will be drawing, drinks, giveaways, and a whole lot of…

Bell's Eccentric Cafe
355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Thursday, December 20th 2018

10:30am
Play and Learn

Come to the Story Place and engage in play for early learning. For children ages 1 to 5 with caregiver, siblings welcomed.

Kalamazoo Public Library
1112 Gayle Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49048, Children's Area
10:30am
Family Storytime

Storytime for the whole family! Stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun activities designed for preschoolers from birth to age 5, but younger and older siblings welcome. Children must be acompanied by…

Kalamazoo Public Library
7265 West Main, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, Community Room
2:30pm
Handmade Gift Studio

Craft a handmade gift for a loved one this winter! Choose from four different gifts or make one of each! Come once or come every day! All supplies provided including…

Kalamazoo Public Library
315 South Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Teen Studio
3:30pm
Play and Learn

Come to the Story Place and engage in play for early learning. For children ages 1 to 5 with caregiver, siblings welcomed.

Kalamazoo Public Library
1244 Portage Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49001, Children's Area
4:00pm
Santa's Workshop

Santa's Workshop is open November 24 - December 23. Regular Hours Thursdays 4pm-8pm Fridays 4pm-8pm Saturdays 11am-6pm Sundays 12pm-4pm Special Hours December 24 12-4 p.m.

Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated (DKI)
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Event Series
4:00pm
Gingerbread Houses

Create a masterpiece with graham crackers, frosting, and candies. Supplies provided. Best for grades K-5. Registration required.

Kalamazoo Public Library
1112 Gayle Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49048, Community Room
5:00pm
Holly Jolly Trolley

Take a ride through beautiful Downtown Kalamazoo on the Holly Jolly Trolley! The Holly Jolly Trolly runs November 25 - December 30. Normal Hours of Operation are as follows: Thursdays 5-10 p.m. Fridays 5-10…

Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated (DKI)
Downtown Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Event Series
6:30pm
French Holiday Chef's Table

In the month of December we've upgraded our public Chef's Tables to include six courses that are as festive and cheerful as the holiday season itself! Bring your loved ones, closest…

Zazios
100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Chef's Table
Event Series
7:00pm
Classics Revisited

Sept '18: Dante's Inferno Oct. '18:� Shelley's Frankenstein Nov. '18: Austen's Emma Dec. '18: Zola's Germinal Jan. '19:� Selected essays of Montaigne Feb. '19: Apuleius' The Golden Ass Mar. '19:…

Kalamazoo Public Library
315 South Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Boardroom

Friday, December 21st 2018

10:30am
Play and Learn

Come to the Story Place and engage in play for early learning. For children ages 1 to 5 with caregiver, siblings welcomed.

Kalamazoo Public Library
1000 West Patterson, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Children's Area
10:30am
Family Storytime

Storytime for the whole family! Stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun activities designed for preschoolers from birth to age 5, but younger and older siblings welcome.Children must be accompanied by an…

Kalamazoo Public Library
315 South Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Story Place
4:00pm
Santa's Workshop

Santa's Workshop is open November 24 - December 23. Regular Hours Thursdays 4pm-8pm Fridays 4pm-8pm Saturdays 11am-6pm Sundays 12pm-4pm Special Hours December 24 12-4 p.m.

Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated (DKI)
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Event Series
4:00pm
Official WMU Bowl Game Watch Party!

The WMU Broncos have worked hard all year and it's time for one last ride at the Potato Bowl! Call it an early Friday at work and grab your seat…

Old Burdick's
100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
4:00pm
Official WMU Bowl Game Watch Party at Old Burdick's at Wings West

The WMU Broncos have worked hard all year and it's time for one last ride at the Potato Bowl! Call it an early Friday at work and grab your seat…

Old Burdick's
5076 Sports Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
5:00pm
Holly Jolly Trolley

Take a ride through beautiful Downtown Kalamazoo on the Holly Jolly Trolley! The Holly Jolly Trolly runs November 25 - December 30. Normal Hours of Operation are as follows: Thursdays 5-10 p.m. Fridays 5-10…

Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated (DKI)
Downtown Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Event Series
5:30pm
Kwanzaa Celebration: KPL and the Black Arts Cultural Center

Please join us for a night of fun. You will hear the story of Kwanzaa told by Sid Ellis and enjoy performances by Rootead drum and dance and Face Off…

Kalamazoo Public Library
1000 West Patterson, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, Douglass Community Center