September 23: Robert T. Christensen

Tuesday, September 23
7 PM @ Parkview

Christensen_Robert_6824_xret copyWelcoming the author of Out of the Darkness and into the Blue. Robert T. Christensen worked for the Lawrence Police Department in southwest Michigan before the city of Kalamazoo hired him as a public safety officer in 1991. He spent his entire career in the patrol division, working as a police officer, firefighter, and EMT.

During his career, Christensen served with the SWAT team, Community Policing Unit, Explorer Post, Field Training Unit, Honor Guard. He also taught at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College police academy. Christensen earned multiple awards on the force, including the Life Saving Medal, Chief’s Award of Excellence, Professional Excellence award, Award of Merit, and two City of Kalamazoo All-Star Employee awards.

During his peace officer career, Christensen was a Drill Sergeant for the US Army at Fort Benning, GA, instructing infantry basic trainees. A combat veteran, Christensen was deployed to Afghanistan as a combat advisor from 2009 to 2010, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

Christensen lives in Paw Paw, Michigan and Los Angeles, California. He is currently teaches in the Police Academy at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Out of the Darkness and into the BlueOut of the Darkness and into the Blue

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New Arrival: 2015 Painted Sanctuary Calendars

CalendarCalendar SeptemberThe 2015 Painted Sanctuary calendars have arrived! These beautiful calendars display paintings created as a part of the ongoing partnership between the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, Sanford Financial Services, and the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan. The artwork is “a visual tribute to the generosity of area land donors, whose desire to protect the land they love has made it possible for all people to enjoy a rare gift — unspoiled protected land. Just another reason to love our Pure Michigan.

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Mindfulness Drop-In Class


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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

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Ambition and Upbringing

Shirley After Reading

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