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My Town: West Michigan Archery Center hosts landscaping weekend May 16-17

My Town: West Michigan Archery Center hosts landscaping weekend May 16-17

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Volunteers are needed to help put the finishing touches outside the West Michigan Archery Center.

The new recreational hub is hosting a landscaping weekend May 16-17.  Employees from Herman Miller will be helping plant the banks and hillside adjacent to the building, but additional volunteers are needed.  The landscaping work will also include spreading stone, planting shrubs, grasses and wildflowers as well as planting rain gardens.

The West Michigan Archery Center is located at 3500 10 Mile Road and is utilized by Rockford, and Sparta and Plainfield townships.  For more information, visit the West Michigan Archery Center website.

My Town Sparta: Party For A Purpose at Sparta Lanes May 3

My Town Sparta: Party For A Purpose at Sparta Lanes May 3

SPARTA, Mich.— Enjoy a game of bowling while helping in the battle against cancer during “A Party For A Purpose” this Saturday, May 3 in Sparta.

Daughters For A Cure is hosting the event at Sparta Lanes Bowling Center & Garden Patch Restaurant, 125 N. State Street.  People who donate $15 will be treated to four hours of bowling.  Shoe rental is included.  The event will also include a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and a euchre tournament with an additional $15 donation. 

A Party For A Purpose will run from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.  Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.  For tickets, contact Tracy Wilson at (616) 293-6197 or Kendra Wylie at (616) 240-4533.

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

By Zinta Aistars
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Delight Lester, 53, sits comfortably spread out in the corner of the soft couch, her long pale blonde hair draped over her shoulders. She is surrounded by crayons and pastels, colored construction paper and paint brushes.

My Town: Sparta Recreation Park plan final public hearing April 3

My Town: Sparta Recreation Park plan final public hearing April 3

SPARTA, Mich.—Community members are encouraged to come out one last time to comment on the master plan for the Sparta Recreation Park project on Thursday, April 3.

The Sparta Recreation Authority hopes to finalize the park's master plan that night, clearning the way to begin creating construction documents and start accepting bids for work.

The Sparta Recreation Park and Sports Complex is located on North State Street and will include trails, restrooms, and athletic fields. Village officials would like to begin construction in late 2014 or early 2015. For more information, visit the Sparta Area Recreation Association’s website.

Thursday’s public hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sparta Township Meeting Room, located at 160 E. Division in Sparta.  If you cannot attend, written questions or comments can be sent to:

DDA Director

156 E. Division

My Town Sparta: Education Foundation gives away computers to bowlers

My Town Sparta: Education Foundation gives away computers to bowlers

SPARTA, Mich.-- Sparta Lanes has been the site of the Sparta Education Foundation’s RetroBowl fundraiser for the past 12 years, but this year there will be some changes.

Organizers of the event, which takes place on Saturday, March 15, decided to make participation more affordable and offer better door prizes. Five Chromebook computers, donated by Michigan Appraisal and Information Systems Intelligence, will be given away to bowlers as door prizes!

Candlelight Snowshoe Walk on Valentine’s Day

Candlelight Snowshoe Walk on Valentine’s Day

Howard Christensen Nature Center and North County Trails are offering the young and old an opportunity to experience a romantic tour-guided snowshoe hike on Valentine’s Day.

The approximately two-mile candlelit hike begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m.  About one-mile through the hike, participants can take a break around the campfire at Camp Lily to enjoy romantic stories, roast marshmallows and more.  Hot refreshments will be provided, along with snowshoe equipment, if you don’t have your own.

Donations are encouraged; $5 per person or $15 per family (four or more).  Howard Christensen Nature Center is located at 16190 Red Pine Drive.

For more information, contact  cperski@lilysfrogpad.com or visit www.lilysfrodpad.com.

West Michigan Archery Center nears completion

West Michigan Archery Center nears completion

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP,  Mich.--   The heat is on and the finishing touches are being made to the West Michigan Archery Center in Kent County.

The $1.15 million facility is located on 10 Mile Road in the Art Van Sports Park.  Crews with Rockford-based McIntyre Builders began construction last September. They’ve just completed drywall and trim, and hope to obtain occupancy permits within the next couple months.

The facility, which will serve as a Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) site, will be open to the public at minimal costs.  The grounds will also include outdoor and 3D fields.