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Arts and Entertainment

Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo

The one site to locate local information about the Kalamazoo Art Hop, learn about the mission of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, and explore the diverse art community.

Barn Theatre

Explore the theatrical world of The Barn Theatre in Augusta, the oldest resident summer stock theater in Michigan.

Be In the Know Film Series

Local free film series sponsored by WMU Progressive Student Alliance and K.N.O.W.

Binder Park Zoo

This site gives information about Binder Park Zoo exhibits, events, a photo gallery, programming, and employment listings.

Bookbug - A Bookstore for Kids

Bookbug is Kalamazoo’s only independent children’s bookstore!

Kalamazoo Civic Theater

Explore the history and future of the theatre via the Kalamazoo Civic Theater's web site.

Kalamazoo Film Society

Get film, links to reviews, showing time, and price information.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

This site provides an overview of KIA's art collections, exhibits, educational programs, events, gallery shop, library materials, and outreach services.

Kalamazoo Nature Center

The Kalamazoo Nature Center's site features information about programming, events, current exhibits, conservation literature, and web links.

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Find information pertaining to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum's collection, current exhibits, fees, hours, and community programming.

Kazoo Books

Search the used and rare book collections of a local, independent book seller.

Miller Auditorium - WMU

Find out what's playing at Miller Auditorium, premier entertainment venue located on the Western Michigan University campus that features film, dance, and theater events.

New Vic Theatre

The New Vic Theatre's web site includes a historical overview, a schedule of events, donation opportunities, and an online newsletter.

State Theatre - Kalamazoo

Home to musical concerts and films, the Kalamazoo State Theatre site provides basic information about events, seating, and its history.

Theatre Kalamazoo

An information source for live theatre in the Kalamazoo area.

Community Development

Discover Kalamazoo - Kalamazoo County Convention & Visitor Bureau

The Kalamazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau, strives to increase revenues for Kalamazoo County and positively impact the economy of Kalamazoo County by marketing the community as a popular meeting and tourism destination.

Fetzer Institute

The Fetzer Institute is a private operating foundation that supports research, education, and service programs exploring the integral relationships among body, mind, and spirit.

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

This site will provide you with important and helpful information about scholarships available through the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. Includes information about the different types of scholarships and applications.

Volunteer Kalamazoo

The center for volunteerism in Kalamazoo.

Economic Development

DKI - Downtown Kalamazoo

Locate information about business and residential projects affecting downtown economic development and preservation issues.

Kalamazoo - Business & Commerce on the Internet

From art to wine, computers to home repair, the most complete and easy to use listing of web sites related to Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce

Locate visitor and relocation information, employment links, a business directory, and a local events calendar.

Southwest Michigan First

Stimulating growth across the Kalamazoo Region. Whether you’re a site selector, an investor, an entrepreneur or part of an existing company looking to grow, Southwest Michigan First has the resources and expertise to assist you.

West Michigan Business Outlook - W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Find information and online essays about the local business composition and issues of Southwest Michigan. 


Disability Network Southwest Michigan

Information about the organization's services, including benefits planning, advocacy, employment, independent learning, and peer support.

Kalamazoo 4-H

Michigan 4-H Youth Programs is a youth development program that involves volunteers in providing positive, experiential, educational opportunities for and with youth.

Kalamazoo Public Schools

Kalamazoo Public Schools' site includes information about K-12 curricular objectives, a school directory, listing of departments, job opportunities, library resources, a district map, and educational programming.

General Information

American Cities - Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, Michigan MI - Real Estate, Restaurants, Shopping, Clubs, Schools, Government, Sports, News and everything for Kalamazoo, ...

Kalamazoo County Humane Society

The mission of the Kalamazoo Humane Society is to serve animals and the community by promoting animal welfare and protection.

Kalamazoo Gazette

Locate local news headlines and classifieds.

Kalamazoo Neighborhoods and Townships

The Greater Kalamazoo area consists of many neighborhoods, cities, townships and villages. Here are links to their web sites or links to information about the community.


From art to wine, computers to home repair, the most complete and easy to use listing of web sites related to Kalamazoo.

KPL's - Kalamazoo Local/Community Information Database

Find the indexing of the Kalamazoo Gazette, other local newspapers, and local magazines. Information on area people, businesses, agencies, organizations , and other news. Also find contact information for agencies and organizations connected with aging, business, children, handicapped, etc. In the catalog search under Local Information. 

Metro Transit Bus Schedules

Locate local bus schedules and fare information.

NAMI of Kalamazoo

Local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Senior Services

Dedicated to the well being of older adults in Southern Lower Michigan.

Vine Neighborhood

Information about living and doing business in the Vine neighborhood of Kalamazoo.


City of Kalamazoo

Locate local city government information from the City of Kalamazoo's web site, featuring job postings, city commissioners, community links, farmers market, and more.

City of Kalamazoo - Property Information

The Assessor's Division features information about the values of homes and buildings.

City of Portage

Kalamazoo's neighboring city to the south! The City of Portage's web site, features government information, job postings, city commissioners, community links, farmers market, and more. 

Kalamazoo County Government

Locate local government information from the Kalamazoo County's web site, featuring job postings, city commissioners, community links, farmers market, and more.

Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department

Health services provided by Kalamazoo County.

Kalamazoo County Road Commission

Get news updates about road construction projects, maps, policy information, and commissioner profiles here.

Michigan Property Tax Assessment

Links to Michigan communites for searching property and land assessments.

State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker

Tonya Schuitmaker was elected to the 20th District of the Michigan Senate in 2010 after serving three terms in the House of Representatives. The 20th Senate District includes all of Kalamazoo County and Antwerp and Paw Paw Townships in Van Buren County.

U.S. Representative Fred Upton

U.S. Representative Fred Upton's web site contains up-to-date information about legislation, his political views, and more. 

Historic Preservation

Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission

Advises the City Commission on historic preservation issues including the establishment of historic districts and landmarks and the nomination of such districts and landmarks to the National Register of Historic Places and the state register. The HPC encourages and promotes historic preservation through publications, education, the collection of historical materials, and the identification of historical resources which warrant preservation.

Western Michigan University - Friends of East Campus

A historical preservationist group, this site features information about the group's project to protect the buildings and land space of East Campus.

WMU Archives & Regional History Collections

The Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections consists of historical University, regional, and local governmental records. The holdings total over 17,000 linear feet, making the WMU Archives the largest facility of its type in southwestern Michigan and one of the largest in the state.

Kalamazoo River

Allied Paper, Inc - Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund Site

EPA – Site description and cleanup progress.

Allied Paper, Inc - Kalamazoo River Superfund Site - MI DEQ Site

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality page for Allied Paper, Inc/Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund Site

Kalamazoo River Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Find out about environmental, legal, conservation issues and those current projects involved with the Kalamazoo River Environment Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Kalamazoo River Project

Environmental Protection Agency - Background/Site Updates/Legal Agreements and Public Meetings.

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Downtown directory sign

Find information about business
and residential projects in and
around downtown Kalamazoo.

Photo: Keith Howard