The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm effective from 7 pm Saturday until 6 am Monday. A strong storm will be crossing the Ohio Valley Sunday, bringing snow to West Michigan, with some areas perhaps seeing as much as 10-12" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so near/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 8-12" possible. However, Eaton, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 4-7". Additionally, gusty winds will be blowing the snow quite a bit, causing drifting on roads along with poor visibility. Travel is discouraged from late Saturday night through Sunday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 4 am Monday: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Van Buren,  St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. A strong winter storm moving into/across the Ohio Valley will bring periods of heavy snow to the Warning area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 8 and 12" of accumulation are possible. Additionally, strong winds will cause blowing and drifting snow. Driving conditions will be hazardous Sunday. Travel is not encouraged.

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Ukulele enthusiasts a growing group in Kalamazoo

Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – You may not have known Kalamazoo is home to a growing group of ukulele enthusiasts, known as the KalamazUkes.

The group formed about a year and a half ago and has grown to include up to 35 ukulele players at every "strum."

“There's always somebody like you, you just have to find them,” says Marion Koleski, founder of the KalamazUkes. “There are a shocking amount of ukulele players in Michigan. People love the ukulele because ukulele players aren't known for taking themselves too seriously. What the ukulele does is magnify joy.”

The KalamazUkes are always looking for new members, whether you’re a ukulele professional or brand new to the strings.

Koleski says the KalamazUkes are all about fun, friendship and making a mark on the world, one chord at a time.

“In your life, you have the choice of being a consumer or a creator. And if you could choose to be a creator, why wouldn't you?” Koleski adds. “What reason is there to bask in what everyone else has produced when you have the opportunity to add something to the world yourself?”
The KalamazUkes meet the last Saturday of every month at 2pm at Old Dog Tavern in Kalamazoo.

If you'd like to try your hand at it, they have ukuleles on hand for new players.

To learn more about the KalamazUkes, click here or join the Facebook group by clicking here.

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