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Spring is around the corner! Get some great ideas to spruce up your property and home at this eye catching EXPO!

The Kalamazoo Expo Center located at 2900 Lake Street is the place to be this Thursday, March 9 Sunday, March 12 for inspirational ideas and knowledge through businesses offering products and information.

The entire Expo Center will be filled with something for everyone.

If you enjoy shopping, there is the Indoor Flea Antique Market taking place from 8am 3pm in the Main Expo Center. There will be 75 booths with antiques, handcrafted plus new use items and more or the Winter Expo Craft Show from 9am 4pm in the South Expo Center where admission is free. There will be big giveaways and fun for everyone.

The chance to give your support for 4 H is possible at the 4 H Leaders Council Benefit Auction taking place in the North Expo Center starting at 10am, where admission is free. Plus the famous Kalamazoo Reptile Exotic Pet Show in Room A from10am 3pm. Interested, patrons can buy, sell or trade small mammals, reptiles, amphibians or buy supplies food.

With a new year underway, the Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is looking back and celebrating another successful year. In 2016, HSWM helped more than 3,700 animals find their forever homes a record setting number for the organization.

The new record surpasses the more than 3,000 adoptions that took place in 2015. The increase in adoptions can be attributed to community support of adopting shelter animals, families embracing multiple shelter animals, and the variety of ages and breeds of animals up for adoption at HSWM.

“We cannot thank our team of staff and volunteers, as well as our generous donors, enough for another successful year,” said Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM. “They are the backbone of our organization and we are blessed to have them assist HSWM with saving lives, raising awareness and educating the community.”

For many people, young and old alike, a pet for Christmas is the top desire for the season. For a long time, it was assumed that pets as gifts were a really bad idea, increasing adopted animals being returned to the shelter after the excitement of the holidays is over. Data supports just the opposite.

“It’s a myth,” states Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM, “that giving a pet as a gift is a bad idea. In fact, with the right research, identifying the needs of the new pet, and knowing the person you are gifting to, helps make the right decision for both the pet and the person.”

A 2013 study by Dr. Emily Weiss says, “There is no increased risk of relinquishment for dogs and cats received as a gift.” In her research, Dr. Weiss found that over 87% of the pet owners in the study still had their pet in their home or had kept the pet in their home for the pet’s lifetime, even when the pet was given as a surprise or a gift, according to the ASPCA.

The Kalamazoo Parks Recreation Department invite community children up to 8 years old to take part in this hunt for nearly 5000 candy canes.

Bring the family out to Homer Stryker Field located at 251 Mill Street in Kalamazoo from 12:00pm through 2:00pm on Saturday, December 3. Along with the candy cane hunt, there will be an opportunity to do arts crafts, write letters to Santa, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate coffee provided by Tim Horton’s and visit with Santa Claus.

Bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program here in West Michigan. All children that donate a toy will receive an additional 2 entries for the Santa sack drawing. (1 prize per child).

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