This month, Willard will debut the Love Where You Live Series with the goal of fostering "A proud, inspired Battle Creek."

We hope you'll enjoy these fascinating programs:

  • A Special Evening With Richard Rothstein: The author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America will discuss how American governments in the 20th century imposed residential racial segregation. This program is sponsored by the Battle Creek Area Association of Realtors. 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15
  • Kalamazoo River: Revealing the Past: Lisa DeChano-Cook and Mary Brooks, authors of the Kalamazoo River, will highlight the river's role in history. 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24
  • Using Photography to Tell the Story of Your Community: New York City photographer Clarence Sheppard will describe how to use photography to tell the story of a community. This event includes a soul-food dinner, and tickets are required. 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17, Maranatha Original Church of God
  • Forest Therapy Workshop: Cayla Samano will explain the popular Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, or forest bathing. 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27
  • The Long Haul With Author Finn Murphy: With wit, candor, and charm, Murphy's book gives a behind-the-scenes look at the moving industry. This is a Battle Creek Reads selection. 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, Holiday Inn
  • This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick: The author offers concrete tips on how to make the place we live become the place we want to stay. The book is a Battle Creek Reads selection. 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21
  • Love Where You Live Story Time will feature local partners February.

In the spring, Love Where You Live will offer volunteer opportunities to help our community.

Please join us on this journey for a great experience in loving our community.

Matt Willis is reading "Shinrin Yoku: The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing" by Yoshifumi Miyazaki.