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Register now for 'Dudes and Diamonds Night' at Fifth Third Ballpark August 24

Register now for 'Dudes and Diamonds Night' at Fifth Third Ballpark August 24

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—A group of husband hopefuls will fill a Fifth Third Ballpark suite August 24 for “Dudes and Diamonds Night.”

Siegel Jewelers is hosting the event, which will include information sessions on understanding and financing diamonds, as well as engagement proposal ideas.  Participants can get free food and beer, all while enjoying the game.  Siegel Jewelers will also be giving away gifts.

Space is limited, so registration is required.  To sign up, email Dean Exoo at dexoo@whitecapsbaseball.com.

The dog days of Fifth Third Ballpark

The dog days of Fifth Third Ballpark

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.— Tuesday is the final day to enjoy a Whitecaps season favorite.

The last Dime Dog Night at Fifth Third Ballpark is August 6.  Gates open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m.

The dog days of summer aren’t completely over at the ballpark.  Dog Day, presented by Ferris State University, is Sunday, August 11.  Before the game, baseball fans can get their pup cleaned at the World’s Biggest Dog Wash, which benefits Gilda’s Club.

Crews complete new Performing Arts and Athletic Center

Crews complete new Performing Arts and Athletic Center

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Comstock Park High School’s Performing Arts and Athletic Center is ready for the new school year.

Work on the new center and adjacent parking lot wrapped up Friday, August 3. The facility, designed by GMB A&E out of Holland, is a hybrid of an auditorium and gymnasium. It features a full-size stage and retractable theater-style seating for approximately 740 people, with a parquet wood floor.  The center also includes two locker rooms, a trainer’s office, a computer lab, a school store and a large lobby.

The project is being paid for by an $8 million bond issue approved by Comstock Park voters in February 2011.

Whitecaps don special jerseys for cancer research July 31

Whitecaps don special jerseys for cancer research July 31

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Whitecaps will sport special jerseys Wednesday as they try to knock out cancer in one swing.

 The Whitecaps will host a Purple Community game against the Great Lakes Loons July 31.  A portion of each ticket sold will go to the Van Andel Institute for cancer research.  A dozen of the Whitecaps’ specialty jerseys will also be auctioned off to support VAI’s mission.

Gates to the Fifth Third Ballpark open at 6 p.m.; the game starts at 7 p.m.   The first 2,500 kids under age 12 who are inside the park will receive foam fingers.  For more ticket and event information, click here.

Whitecaps players visit Spring Lake District Library

Whitecaps players visit Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.-Spring Lake District Library will be hosting two of the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball team on Wednesday, July 31, at 10:30 a.m.

Fans of all ages, children and adults alike, are invited to meet the players. Members of the team will talk about what skills are needed to become part of a professional ball club. Autographs by the ball players will be available, and attendees are invited to bring their cameras and take a photo with the Whitecaps. Drawings will be held during the program for two autographed baseballs.

For more information about this program, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 134.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

Is Crash the River Rascal Minor League Baseball's best mascot?

Is Crash the River Rascal Minor League Baseball's best mascot?

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The West Michigan Whitecaps’ mascot is in the running for the title of Minor League Baseball’s best mascot.

Officials of MiLB launched 2013 Mascot Mania July 18. Crash the River Rascal is among 16 mascots up for vote in the Midwest League.  The winner of the league vote will go onto the championship round, which runs August 1 to August 8.

To cast your vote, visit MiLB’s website here. 

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.