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Discover America: Jackson, Michigan: Discover Rich History and Hospitality

By Shannon Doe Ewing (reposted from Discover America)

There are many interesting communities surrounding Detroit; one in particular that I was rather curious about was Jackson. It’s only about an hour’s drive from the big city. I was excited to get some fresh air and check out some local history.

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Hike it Baby: Never Too Young to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Local organization encourages families to get out on the trails

Jackson - Hike it Baby, a national organization that encourages women and families to get out into nature and be active as soon as possible after the birthing process, launched a branch in Jackson in June 2015. Hike it Baby hosts free hikes for families to help minimize the effects of postpartum depression in new mothers (and fathers), create a network of like-minded individuals, help families discover new parts of their cities, and teach children an appreciation for nature from birth and beyond. The organization was founded by Shanti Hodges in 2013 in Portland, Oregon. It has since grown branches in over 135 cities with over 43,000 members in 3 countries from Anchorage to Austin to Asheville and now to Jackson. 

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Airport Lanes Bowling Fall Hours Have Started!

Airport Lanes Hours of Business: Please call ahead for open bowling! Lanes are not always available during open bowling times!

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Holiday Pop-Up Shop in Downtown Jackson, Mich.

Opening Again...November 19 through December 29, 2015. Call for Artists!

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Downtown Jackson Michigan Welcomes Swedish Folk Singer, Sofia Talvik

Jackson Michigan is the destination for great internationally touring indie bands and singer/songwriters. If that statement feels foreign to you, it shouldn’t be. With Jackson’s strategic location between Detroit and Chicago, we have long been a stop for touring bands and musicians. Jackson Symphony Orchestra’s Steve Trosin has been instrumental in bringing great music back to Jackson for the Affinity Series at the downtown concert hall of the JSO also known as The Wax or Weatherwax Hall.

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Ella Sharp Museum's Outdoor Sculpture with the Midwest Sculpture Initiative and Dawn Foods Foundation

Ten new outdoor sculptures are on display on the grounds of the Ella Sharp Museum, thanks to the Dawn Foods Foundation, sponsors of this community art

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City Receives Statewide Grant to Begin Downtown Jackson Walking Trail

Jackson, MI - Jackson is one of 16 communities to receive a portion of roughly $250,000 from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to connect a 1,300-mile-long hiking trail in the state. 

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Music, comedy, dance & more in store in 2015-16 Potter Center season

Great music for all ages, comedy, dance and something for the kids – all are on tap in the 2015-16 season at the Potter Center, Jackson College.

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Miss Jackson County Teen USA and Rosebud Pageant 2015 Results

11 young ladies competed for over $10500.00 in scholarships and prizes and the honor of being crowned Miss Jackson County Teen USA 2015. The pageant took place on Friday, August 14th at the Western Community Arts Center in front of a large crowd

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Stories from Cell Block 7: Firm but Fair

By Stephanie Baker, Visitor Services Staff, Originally posted in the Cell Block 7 email newsletter

Sitting down once again with one of our wonderful volunteers and retired Corrections Officer Mike Finch, he has more insight on what life was like as a Corrections Officer and the life of a prisoner. Mike is a very respectful person and he was that same way when he was a corrections officer on duty. Here is a story he told me about how he got the reputation that he had, and how he handled issues that arose in his cellblock:

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