Summer 2016
Spotlight on...Kentwood


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From the Office of the Mayor

Summer Greetings!
“Fun in the Sun” is how I would describe summer in Kentwood! Our residents are able to enjoy an incredible line-up of concerts, movies, summer programs , an expanded Farmer’s Market, and a new mobile recreation program called PLAY!, coming to a park near you. Please visit our website to learn more about our upcoming events.

As we enjoy our summer days and much needed family time, I encourage you to invest in your loved ones by spending time outdoors. You can join us for the many family friendly events or spend time in our parks or on our trails. It is quality time spent outdoors that helps us forget the previous wintry months, brings us closer together as a family, and reminds us of the beauty that is Michigan. Please enjoy the summer and be safe!

Mayor Stephen Kepley

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Your City Elected Officials


Stephen Kepley
Steve Redmond
Robert Coughlin
1st Ward Commissioner
Betsy Artz
Michael Brown
2nd Ward Commissioner
Erwin Haas
2nd Ward Commissioner
Gerald (Jerry) DeMaagd
1st Ward Commissioner
Dan Kasunic
City Clerk
Laurie Sheldon
City Treasurer

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Happenings At The Richard L. Root Kentwood Branch Library


Creating Local Herbal Remedies: July 18, 6:30 pm
Join local plant enthusiast Rachel Potter for a discussion and demonstration of how to gather and use medicinal plants to make salves, teas, tinctures and other natural remedies that nourish and heal the body and keep it healthy year round.

DIY Drywall and Plaster Repairs: August 29, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Become a rookie renovator as you learn to make your own repairs to drywall and plaster. All necessary supplies will be available for hands-on participatory demonstrations of drywall and plaster repairs. Pre-registration (and appropriate clothing) required.

The Village Puppeteers: July 6, 10:00 am
It’s a raucous comic romp, packed with silly antics and featuring a cavalcade of colorful puppets.

Going for Gold! July 12, 10:00 am
Check in at the athlete registration table and dive in! Participate in Olympic-inspired games, then exercise your brain with themed crafts to become a medalist.

Farm on the Go! July 13, 10:00 am
Petting zoo with the Critter Barn of Zeeland. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library.

Celebrate Curious George’s 75th Anniversary with a Day of Discovery! July 19, 10:00 am
Make a yellow hat to wear as you learn about space, rainbows, the senses, the sun and the ocean through various crafts and hands-on activities.

A Hooping Good Time with Audacious Hoops: July 20, 10:00 am
Watch a lively, interactive hula hoop show. There will be hula hoops available for everyone to give it a whirl.

Know your Park: July 26, 10:00 am
Visit your local park! A librarian will be there with croquet, bocce ball, horseshoes, or experience KUBB otherwise known as Viking Chess. Be sure to go on the Trail Tale to tour your local park while reading a story! East Paris Park at 5995 East Paris Ave.

Stormy the Magician: July 27, 10:00 am
Stormy’s magic is created by weaving stories, laughter and tricks into a show that the audience will remember for a lifetime!

Parent & Child Yoga: August 3, 10:00 am
Yoga Instructor, Wellness Coach and Healthy Mama Mentor Amber Kilpatrick will be hosting a special Parent & Child Yoga session, perfect for young children. Come learn about yoga and try a few poses. Please bring your own yoga mat if possible.

End of Summer Reading Bash! August 10, 10:00 am to noon
End Summer Reading 2016 with a bang! Join us for music, balloon animals, face painting and more. This is the perfect opportunity to finish Summer Reading and collect your prize.

Tap your toes with The Porters: August 10, 10:00 am
Come swing and dance to the toe-tappin’ sounds of The Porters, a four-piece band that will captivate and entertain even the youngest audience.
Preschool Storytime: Tuesdays, June 7 – June 28, 10:00 am
For children ages 3 to 6.

Toddler Time: Tuesdays, June 7 – June 28, 10:00 am
For children ages 3 and younger with a caregiver.

KDLville Play Outdoors: Tuesdays, June 7 – June 28, 10:30 am

Family Storytime: Tuesdays, June 7 – July 26, 7:00 pm
For children ages 6 and younger with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome to attend as well.
Wii U Mario Kart Tournament: July 21, 10:00 am
Join us for a Wii gaming tournament on the Wii U featuring Mario Kart. Many will enter and there will be champions crowned in two divisions! Pre-registration is required.

Shrinky, Stretchy and Silly Science: August 8, 6 – 7:30 pm
Get creative as you shrink, stretch and learn about polymers. Design your own original shrinky dink creations, experiment with balloons and learn the science behind it all.

Light Up Your Life with Paper Circuits: Monday, August 15, 6 – 7:30 pm
Make simple or complex electrical circuits on a piece of paper. Use your imagination to turn copper tape and LEDs into a light-up greeting card or flashlight.

Keva Planks: August 22, 6 – 7:30 pm
Channel your inner architect, and get ready to stack, build and balance. Then knock the planks down and start over -- the creative possibilities are endless!
DIY Spa for Teens: July 6, 2:00 pm
Make a variety of spa products from simple ingredients that you can take home. Preregistration is required.

Crazy in the Kitchen with Mandy Thompson: July 13, 2:00 pm
Teens will learn kitchen basics and create fun snacks or dishes that they will be able to eat. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library. Pre-registration is required.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament Wii U: July 20, 2 – 4:00 pm
Kick off Kentwood gaming week with a Super Smash Bros. tournament for teens. Preregistration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library.

Henna with Harsha Gohil: July 27, 2 p.m. and 4:00 pm
Experience the intricate art of henna tattooing with Harsha Gohil. Choose your own design for application and learn how to apply the henna yourself! Pre-registration is required.

Human Foosball: August 3, 2:00 pm
Get your team together and play life size foosball!

Rock n’ Roll Mini Camp with Luc James Music Studio:
August 8 − August 10, 1 – 4:00 pm

Ready to Jam? Come to this three day camp and learn what it takes to be in a band. Participants will have the opportunity to perform at Kentwoodpalooza on August 10. Preregistration required. Attendees should have a basic knowledge of their instrument and be able to attend each of the three hour sessions.

Kent County Teen Film Festival Rockumentary Camp:
August 9 − August 11, 3 – 6:00 pm

Get an introduction to behind the scenes filmmaking. On day one you’ll get instruction on using various equipment and planning the next day’s film shoot. Day two, you’ll be filming Kentwoodpalooza. Day three involves editing that footage into a Kent County Teen Film Festival submission. In partnership with Luc James Music Studio. Pre-registration required. Participants should be able to commit to all three days.

Kentwoodpalooza: Wednesday, August 10, 4 – 9:00 pm
Celebrate the end of Summer Reading at KDL with live teen rock bands, food and more! Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library.
Please call 784-2007 for information on library programs and services.
Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Richard L. Root Kentwood Branch
4950 Breton, SE
Monday –Thursday 9:30-8:00 pm
Friday, Saturday 9:30 -5:00 pm
Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

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Kentwood Parks & Recreation Department


Kentwood Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, from 9am-1pm until October 8. There are a variety of vendors that have produce, meat,
bread, cheese, coffee, and flowers. The Market accepts many different forms of food assistance:
SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH and Senior Market FRESH.
Location: Kent District Library (4950 Breton Rd. SE)
Kentwood Dog Park
Visit our new Dog Park area to exercise and socialize your pooch! There are separate areas for small
and large dogs. Please make sure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccines and to follow the posted rules.
Location: Kelloggwoods Park (245-56th St)
Kentwood Summer Entertainment Series
The Kentwood Entertainment Series is a family friendly event designed to bring the community
together. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair, and are welcomed to bring their own
beer or wine to the show. Food trucks will also be available. Join us on the lawn behind the
Kentwood City Center (4900 Breton Rd SE) for Thursday evening fun!
July 14: 7:00 pm        Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys
July 21: 9:00 pm        Movie: Frozen
July 28: 7:00 pm        Bigfoot Buffalo
August 4: 9:00 pm     Movie: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
August 11: 7:00 pm   The Accidentals
Park Programs
REACH Park Program 11am-5pm Monday-Friday through August 5. Free recreational
activities. Parks: Jaycee Park (1088 Gentian Dr SE), Old Farm Park (2350 Embro St SE).

NEW! P.L.A.Y. Mobile Recreation 11am-5pm through August 5. A free mobile recreation
program at a different park every day! Parks: Veteran’s (Monday), Northeast (Tuesday), Home Acres
(Wednesday), Kelloggwoods (Thursday), Pinewood (Friday). Call for details.
For further information, please call (616) 656-5270
Check out our Summer Brochure at

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City Planning and Engineering

44th Street Rehabilitation: Broadmoor Ave to Patterson Ave.
Beginning July 5, 2016, the City of Kentwood, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Hearthside Food Solutions, will rehabilitate 44th Street from Broadmoor Avenue (M-37) to Patterson Avenue. The work will include milling out the full 8 inches of asphalt and replacing it with a new concrete surface. An extended right-turn lane will be added on westbound 44th at Broadmoor Ave. and irrigation will be added to the existing median islands.

The $1,875,471 project received $64,444 in Category A Transportation Economic Development Funds (TEDF) from MDOT thanks, in part, to contributions by Hearthside Food Solutions, and $1,052,744 from the FHWA in Surface Transportation Program funds. The remaining $758,283 will be paid by the City of Kentwood.

“I am proud of our team and our community partners who successfully gained the necessary capital which will allow for a major corridor within our community to be greatly improved,” noted Mayor Stephen Kepley.

The project will not require traffic to be detoured. One lane of traffic, in each direction, will be maintained at all times. Access to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will also be maintained. Kamminga & Roodvoets, a Kentwood based contractor, was awarded the work by MDOT as the low bidder. The project is scheduled to be complete in September of 2016.

Non-Motorized Plan
Planning staff is developing a non-motorized facilities plan that will aid in efforts to secure state and federal funding to expand the network of trails, sidewalks and bike lanes in the community. A subcommittee of the Planning Commission will begin reviewing the draft plan this summer. A map of existing and planned non-motorized facilities is posted in Planning Department section on the city’s website. Please take a look and share your thoughts on improving our non-motorized trails!

Tree Grants
DTE and Consumers Energy have annual grant programs that enable local units of government to secure monies to install street trees within public rights-of-way. Joe Pung, Senior Planner, is preparing this year’s grant application to DTE to install street trees in the landscaped median located in 44th Street between Patterson and Broadmoor. This street is being reconstructed this summer and the project will include the installation of underground irrigation in the median.

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Kentwood Newsletter Archive

5/12/2015 - City of Kentwood Newsletter - Spring 2015
6/24/2015 - City of Kentwood Newsletter - Summer 2015
12/9/2015 - City of Kentwood Newsletter - Winter 2015
7/18/2016 - City of Kentwood Newsletter - Summer 2016
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