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Glen Oaks invites community to “Summer Kickoff”— in celebration of 50 th anniversary

Glen Oaks Community College invites the community to “Summer Kickoff” this Saturday, June 13, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the college. A day-long schedule of activities are planned both at the college and the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds with the finale being a free concert at the fairgrounds featuring Blue Moon Swamp, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band at 8 p.m. in the band shell. The audience is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets; the fairgrounds will provide picnic tables and bleachers.

The day kicks off with a United Way pancake and sausage breakfast and the Viking 5K Run through the trails of campus.

There will be activities for everyone including inflatable fun for all ages provided by Jazzy Jumpers, of Goshen, Indiana. The Kalamazoo Nature Center will present “Birds of Prey”; and the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary and Zoological Gardens, from Athens, Michigan, will bring out a few alligators, a large tortoise, some snakes and a few other reptiles for guests to touch and hold.

Local radio personality Mike Stiles, WBET Sturgis, will broadcast live in the morning and will serve as the DJ for the activities of the day.

Alumni and friends are invited to the Dresser Business Development Center to check out historical memorabilia, reminisce with former Glen Oaks administrators, faculty and fellow alumni. Visitors can view the video “Early Beginnings” which will be shown periodically and features administrators, faculty members and several students from that historic first year of Glen Oaks, where they shared what it was like in 1967 when the college first opened its doors in the old White Pigeon High School.

Two musical groups will be performing at the event. The Kalamazoo Concert Band, led by Three Rivers’ own Brian Shetterley, will perform on the lawn of the college and the Brandenburg Concert, a talented acapella group based out of Three Rivers will perform in the Nora Hagen Theatre.

Visitors can take guided or self-guided tours of the college and faculty and staff will provide demonstrations and share information about their programs.

The Glen Oaks Community College Foundation will launch the new Alumni and Friends Plaza brick campaign. The public will be able to see the rendition and pick up order forms for pavers to leave their legacy.

The St. Joseph County Fairgrounds will hold tractor pulls in the morning and farm truck pulls in the afternoon. Also during the afternoon will be a Car/Bike Cruise-In.

The Nikky Platinum Band, a local Three Rivers band, will perform in the band shell prior to the featured band Blue Moon Swamp who will take the stage at 8 p.m.

Further information is available at, or by calling the college at: 269-467-9945. Detailed times are as follows:

Glen Oaks Activities
7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. – United Way Pancake Breakfast
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – The Oaks Store will be open for business.
9 a.m. – Viking 5K Run (7:45 Check-in begins)
9 a.m. to noon – WBET 99.3 Live Remote
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – RE/MAX Elite Group Hot Air Balloon
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Historical Exhibit/Early Beginnings film
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Jazzy Jumper Inflatable Fun for all ages
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Dunk Tank
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Golf Chipping Contest
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary and Zoological Gardens
10:30 a.m. and Noon – Kalamazoo Nature Center Birds of Prey Demonstration
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – United Way Food Tent – Hamburger and Hot Dog Lunch
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Face Painting
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – College Open House (Guided tours at 11 a.m., Noon and 1 p.m.)
1 p.m. – Brandenburg Concert
2 p.m. – Kalamazoo Concert Band

St. Joseph County Fairground Activities
8 a.m. – Tractor Pulls
4 p.m. – Farm Truck Pulls
4 p.m. – Car/Bike Cruise In
5:30 p.m. – Nikky Platinum Band
8 p.m. – Blue Moon Swamp – Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band
Camping is available at the fairgrounds.