2017 Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce Community Expo Details Announced

2017 Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce Community Expo   On Saturday, October 7th, the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their 13th Annual Community Expo from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Wayland Union Middle School, 701 Wildcat Drive in Wayland.  The purpose of the Expo is to highlight area businesses, products and services available in the Wayland and immediate surrounding area, while offering some fantastic entertainment and educational opportunities for visitors. Attractions for 2017 Educational Presentations 10:30am and 12:30: Critchlow Reptile Sanctuary Presentations – Enjoy an up close educational presentation with reptiles who will be on hand with plenty of slithering creatures including tortoises, lizards, snakes, frogs/toads, and some small alligators during this extremely energetic presentation. The two presentations will take place at the end of the hallway by the school cafeteria. Musical Entertainment Enjoy the music of the jazz band Mood Swings who will be playing in the cafeteria from 10:30am-1:30pm. DJ Service Provided by New Age Entertainment View Historic Wayland Photos By: Jay L Smith Meet with 2007 WUS Grad Ryan Kaminski After graduating from Wayland High School in 2007 Ryan Kaminski found himself in Uganda teaching at several different schools over the summer. That first semester at Grand Valley State University he couldn’t stop thinking about Uganda! Several trips back and forth, the purchase of land, accumulating ministry partners, financial resources and construction of several buildings the doors to Rising Star were open to over 280 students in February 2012. Children continue to be on a waiting list to be able to attend the school. Ryan will be back in Michigan in October and looks forward to meeting guests at the Expo. Returning in 2017 Meet with area business owners and key employees from area businesses and organizations – all at the same time and under one roof! The extremely popular “Taste of Wayland Area” food court. The food court will be offering free samples of food from restaurants, bakeries, delis, and vendors around the area. Vendor Bingo: Available to the first 500 adults. Pick up a vendor bingo card from the Chamber Welcome Table and then take it to the vendors on the card to mark. When you have a “Bingo,” return the card back to the Welcome Table and you will be entered to win one of six $25 gift cards sponsored by Koval Construction. Reusable Canvas Bags – FREE to the first 500 adults. Grocery Guess Game: At the entrance to Expo, a vehicle from Ed Koehn Ford will have a trunk full of groceries. Guess the total cost of the groceries to be registered to win. The closest...

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WAYLAND COMMUNITY QUILTERS SUPPORTS HOSPICE CARE

After 6 months of quilting bees, Wayland Community Quilters have made 40 lap quilts for patients and families of Wings Home, a program of Wings of Hope Hospice located in Allegan, MI. The group has met monthly since February with their sewing machines in tow at the United Church of Wayland. A service to bless those who will receive those quilts and those who have made them will be held at the church on Sunday, August 27 at 11 am. All are welcome to attend. There are approximately 30 persons who have been directly involved in this effort, either by quilting or donating supplies like material or batting. The Gun Lake Women’s Club quilters have also actively supported the project since its beginnings. Wings Home is a four bed home-like residence where those at the end of life receive around the clock care at no charge to the patient or their family. Wings Home serves approximately 80 patients and families each year. Those with questions about the service or who wish to help support this project through sewing, quilting, donating fabric and batting or financial support are  welcome to contact Nancy Whitley at whitley.tn@gmail.com or Gail Hollinger at gailhollinger@ earthlink.net....

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Ground Breaking Held for Green Acres

On July 11th, the chamber held a Ground Breaking Ceremony for Phase 2 of Green Acres located at 298 Kay Lane in Wayland. Phase 1 currently has 20 apartment homes. Phase 2 will add an additional 20 apartment homes in both studio and deluxe one-bedroom homes. Ten of the new homes will be memory care and the other ten will be assisted-living. Designed for retirees and seniors, Green Acres of Wayland provides the very best in retirement living. They focus on personalized living spaces within a community atmosphere. All of the apartment homes are located on “Park Avenue.” The beautiful interior streetscape is lined with trees, park benches, canopies, and old-fashioned street lights. Residents can take part in exercise classes, picnics, arts & crafts, games, gardening, worship services, as well as enjoying our elegant dining atmosphere. For additional information on Green Acres, contact Administrator Jennifer Osentoski at...

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for Simply Celias

Simply Celia’s located at 142 S. Main in downtown Wayland. Formally known as Vibrant Grains, owner Celia Gleason took a bit of time off to refocus her business and prepare for the opening of Simply Celia’s. The focus of Simply Celia’s is breakfast during all of their open hours.  In addition to typical breakfast items, Simply Celia’s offers more unique items including breakfast pasties, breakfast frittatas, quiche and baked oatmeal. In addition to breakfast items, soups, lunch pasties, and flatbread sandwiches are on the menu. Gleason, well known for her personal touch and making everything from scratch, thrilled many residents in Wayland when she opened Simply Celia’s.  Simply Celia’s is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For additional information on Simply Celia’s, please like their page on Facebook or call...

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19th Annual Chamber Golf Outing – Friday, August 4, 2017 – Public Welcome

19th Annual Chamber Golf Outing  Save-the-Date for the BEST Golf Outing in West Michigan! Friday, August 4, 2017 – Yankee Springs Golf Course Prizes, games, door prizes, breakfast, lunch & a steak dinner is all included! Public invited!  The 2017 Chamber Golf Outing will be held on Friday, August 4th at Yankee Springs Golf Course. Registration begins at 8:00am with a 9:00am shotgun start. Based on past years, the event will conclude approximately 3:30. If you would like to sign up a team, sponsor a hole, or donate for a door prize, please contact the chamber office. You can also download the Golf Outing Registration Form. Not a golfer? Come for the post event dinner for a nominal...

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Play Ball! Chamber Night at the Whitecaps! – June 23, 2017 – PUBLIC WELCOME

Chamber Night at the West Michigan Whitecaps – Public Welcome   Enjoy a night of baseball on a private deck with the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce. Ticket price includes game admittance an All-You-Can eat buffet grilled on our deck for 90 minutes. Chamber Whitecaps Night – Friday, June 23, 2017 Community Event – All Ages Crush the Nuts Series Cheer on the Whitecaps as they take on their rival- the Lansing Lugnuts. Tiger Friday – Former Detroit Tiger Pat Sheridan Appearance Tigers Painters Cap Giveaway for the First 1,000 Fans Through the Gates 50/50 Raffle: Tonight’s 50/50 raffle will benefit Little Horses Big Smiles. The winner will walk away with half the total pot and will be announced after the 8th inning. This event is generously sponsored by: Title Sponsor: Hopkins Propane 3rd Base Sponsor: The Laurels of Sandy Creek Please use the online registration to RSVP by June 9, 2017 – http://waylandchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/west-michigan-whitecaps-chamber-night-public-all-ages-welcome-2094 Payment – Chamber members can request to be invoiced. All others must prepay (check or credit card). Credit card payments can be made on our website www.waylandchamber.org – look for the Paypal link on the bottom, right side of the homepage. Please contact the chamber with any questions – denise@waylandchamber.org or 269-792-9246. $25 per adult $20 per child (ages 3-12...

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