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Parks & Recreation

  1. City Hall Exhibition: World Holidays

    November 21, 2022, 8:00 AM - December 30, 2022, 5:00 PM

    City Hall Lobby

    Rotating exhibitions that focus on local arts and history are in the lobby at Portage City Hall throughout the year. The exhibitions are FREE to the public and are open Monday through Friday from 8 AM - 5 PM. Did you know that winter is a cause of celebration around the world? Find out how different cultures and countries celebrate to bring families together, to honor and create traditions.

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  2. Adopt-A-Critter - Holiday Critters, Muskrat or Squirrel

    December 1, 2022, 8:00 AM - December 30, 2022, 5:00 PM
    Portage Parks & Recreation Building

    Looking for a unique gift idea? Support Portage park wildlife with the Adopt-A-Critter program. The adoption package costs $35 and includes a plush critter, an adoption certificate, a carrying case, and a trading card. These critters make the PERFECT gift for those close to your heart. The proceeds go towards supporting park nature programs that advance Portage's role as A Natural Place to Move! For more information or to adopt, call Portage Parks & Recreation at (269) 329-4522 or visit the office at 320 Library Lane.

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  3. Portage Holiday Market

    December 3, 2022, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Zhang Portage Community Senior Center (203 East Centre Avenue)

    Are you looking for the perfect holiday gifts for friends or family? Shop local this year from a large variety of vendors selling crafts, food, artisan products, and more. Admission is FREE and is open to the public. For the first time, Kalamazoo Garden Council will host its 69th Annual Holiday Greens Sale during the market. Greenery will include wreaths, holiday floral arrangements, seasonal gifts, and more. For more information or to register, visit

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  4. Traditional Holiday and Tree Lighting Celebration

    December 3, 2022, 6:00 PM

    The City Centre and Celery Flats Historical Area (7335 Garden Lane)

    Experience the spirit of the holiday season. Festivities begin at the City Centre Mayor’s Tree with caroling and a tree lighting ceremony. Sing carols as you stroll down Bicentennial Trail behind a horse-drawn wagon with Santa and Mrs. Claus to Celery Flats. Children can share their Christmas wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Stuart Manor or mail their letters to Santa inside the Schoolhouse. Watch ice sculpture demonstrations and enjoy local musical talent performing traditional holiday favorites. Complimentary desserts will be available in the Grain Elevator and the Portage Community Center will offer seasonal beverages. Bring non-perishable food and clothing donations to benefit the Portage Community Center. Parking is available at the Celery Flats Historical Area, the Zhang Portage Community Senior Center, the Portage Parks & Recreation building, and Portage City Hall.

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Public Works

  1. Brush and Leaf Drop

    December 3, 2022, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    The City of Portage Compost Facility will be open on Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Portage residents may drop off leaves bagged in biodegradable paper bags and brush. Brush and leaves must be separated or they will not be accepted. Public Works staff will be on-site to direct residents to the appropriate location to deposit materials. The compost facility is located on Oakland Drive, just south of West Osterhout Avenue.

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