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  1. Parks & Recreation Photo Contest Open

    October 1, 2021 - June 14, 2022

    Along with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Portage Parks & Recreation is seeking submissions of photos from all seasons. Winning photos will be selected from four categories: Seasonal Changes; Outdoor Recreation; Flora, Fauna & Wildlife; and Youth (14 years and under). Photos must be taken in a City of Portage park by June 14, 2022. Limit three entries per category, per person. Photos will be judged by a panel of area photography professionals with prizes awarded for first, second and third place in each category. Entry costs are $10 for up to three entries per category, except Youth, which are $5 for up to three entries (i.e., maximum $30 for nine entries). Prizes: 1st - $75; 2nd -$35 and 3rd -$25 for each of the four categories. Visit the Parks & Recreation “Events” page at for full category descriptions and complete contest rules.

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  2. 16th Annual Kalamazoo Bicycle Club Bike Camp

    May 5, 2022 - May 16, 2022
    Portage Senior Center

    Bike Camp is an award-winning educational and training program for beginning cyclists, as well as those who wish to get back to the sport. Designed for adults and minors, ages 12 and older, Bike Camp provides many opportunities for families and adults to learn safe and efficient road cycling. The camp consists of a series of five classroom and on-the-bike sessions led by League Certified Cycling Instructors of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club, held at the Portage Senior Center (320 Library Lane). KBC Bike Camp includes free entry to KalTour, KBC’s annual bike tour offering various routes around Kalamazoo County as well as a one-year membership to the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club.

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  3. City Hall Exhibition: History Of Portage Pioneer Families

    May 6, 2022, 8:00 AM - June 24, 2022, 5:00 PM

    City Hall Atrium 

    These rotating exhibitions are featured in the lobby at Portage City Hall (7900 South Westnedge Avenue) throughout the year and focus on local arts and history. The exhibitions are FREE to the public and are open Monday through Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM. Immerse yourself in Portage’s history and discover what life was like for pioneer families during the 1800s. Learn about the founding families who settled the north west corner of Portage. Explore the family trees of the Brooks and Howard families and find out what compelled them to hang their hats in Portage. Examine the previously unpublicized historical map of the north west corner of Portage and compare it to life today. For a deeper look into the fascinating history of Portage, please join the Historic District Commission for their May 21 Preservation Month Presentation. This event will be located at the Grain Elevator in Celery Flats Historical Area.

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  4. Garlic Mustard Pull

    May 15, 2022, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    South Westnedge Park

    Garlic mustard is the most destructive invasive plant in Portage, with its rapid growth impeding native plants. Volunteer with the City of Portage Environmental Board to learn how to identify garlic mustard, remove it and properly dispose of it. All ages are welcome to participate. All garlic mustard pulls take place from 9 AM - 12 PM. Subscribe to Environmental Board updates, including weather cancellations and additional volunteer opportunities. Visit and select "NotifyMe" from the home page.

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  5. Portage Farmers Market

    May 15, 2022, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    City Hall Parking Lot (7900 South Westnedge Avenue)

    The Portage Farmers Market opens May 1 and runs through October 16, every Sunday from 9 AM – 1 PM. Browse local vendors offering fresh produce, meat, eggs, fruits, baked goods, flowers, crafts, gifts, and more! Vendors interested in participating may contact Portage Parks & Recreation at (269) 329-4522. For more information or to check vendor offerings, go to or visit us on Facebook @PortageMarketMI and Instagram @PortageMarket.

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  6. Ranger Hike: Migration Station

    May 15, 2022, 2:00 PM
    West Lake Nature Preserve

    Take a hike with our Rangers through West Lake Nature Preserve, a pit-stop for an array of migratory birds. Learn about their migration journey throughout the year and how to identify different species. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, notebooks, pens and dress appropriately for the weather.

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