Have a holly jolly time in Calhoun County

From carriage rides to giant Christmas trees, Calhoun County is ready to get you into the holiday spirit. LIGHTS Downtown Battle Creek is festooned with decorations for the Festival of Lights. Check out classics, such as the 12 Days of Christmas along the Battle Creek River. Or visit Mill Race…

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Gift Guide: How to shop local in downtown Battle Creek

Skip supply-chain headaches by shopping close to home. Downtown Battle Creek is constantly growing, with unique items and experiences that make great gifts. Here are some recommendations: Bread & Basket We’re all in need of a little soothing. Bread & Basket has self-care gift boxes, with items…

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Spend a spooky October in Marshall

The small town of Marshall leans into spooky fun this October. Here are some suggestions for a Halloween adventure: American Museum of Magic The museum has a number of events this month, but the spookiest tickets will be for the haunting history tours. Explore the museum by candlelight, while…

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When dinosaurs ruled the zoo

The dinosaurs have arrived at Binder Park Zoo. You have a chance to see them until Oct. 24 – the zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Follow the trails to discover a T-rex or a parasaurolophus. Take a picture with the three allosaurus – like the dinosaurs Chris Pratt trains in “Jurassic…

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Air boss plans spectacle for Field of Flight air show

Ryan Seiler’s feet are on the ground, but his head is in the clouds -- he has to be, as the air boss of the Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival. He’s the eyes and ears for around a dozen acts, as performers swoop, zoom, fall and set off fireworks. “I’ll plan the show, set the line…

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A visitors guide to Field of Flight

Battle Creek’s Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival starts only one week from today! We have put together a guide for the entire festival to make it easier to know what days you may want to go. Community Kick-Off Day & Kids Day – June 30 The festival opens its gates on June 30 with the…

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5 things to know about giraffes

Meeting giraffes is one of the best parts of a trip to Binder Park Zoo. These gentle giants live on the savanna in Wild Africa with zebra, addax, bontebok, ostriches and other grassland animals. Stand on Twiga outlook with a lettuce leaf and the giraffes might come over and eat it out of your…

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Dear Battle Creek: Zoo Day Edition

Dear Battle Creek, Standing on Twiga outlook, zookeepers rustled branches of leaves. They called out to the giraffes, who were grazing nearby. For Binder Park Zoo’s biggest attractions (at least the tallest), it was opening day and their time to shine. The first to arrive was...an addax…

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Happy Plan for Vacation Day!

Time is a precious resource. On average, American workers don’t use 33% of their paid time off. That’s why there is a National Plan for Vacation Day. Put travel planning on your calendar for the last Tuesday in January. People who plan ahead are more likely to use their PTO days. And even if…

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