Upcoming Events 2024-07-11T12:57:53+00:00

Upcoming Events

Mother & Son Dance 

Charlies Place event at Western Michigan University

May 11, 2024

Location: The Radisson Plaza Hotel 

Time: 6-9:00 PM 

Join us for our annual Mother & Son Dance which will be held  Saturday, May 11th at The Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, MI. Come enjoy a special date night for mothers and sons to bond and create fun memories. This Night includes dinner, dancing, and more. For more information or to purchase tickets


Memorial Day Parade

May 27, 2024

Downtown Kalamazoo 

Time: 10 AM 

The annual Kalamazoo County Memorial Day Parade is back. Join us for a day of celebration and recognition of those who served our country, the memory of deceased veterans, and others who sacrificed their lives for the country. If you or your organization are interested in participating please register below.

Parade Registraion Link 

YBL Mini Camp

June 2-4 2024

Linden Grove Middle School

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The annual co-ed YBL mini-camp will be taking place in June 3-4, 2024 at Linden Grove Middle School. The two-day mini-camp will help teach young people basketball fundamentals and sportsmanship. You can pre-register your youth by clicking here. Onsite registration will be available.

Mini-camp registration

YBL Season

June-August 2024

We are excited to bring back our signature Youth Basketball League. This year we will be offering a co-ed league, boys league, girls league, and middle school league. 2024 season of YBL will be played at the Douglass Community Association. If you are interested in becoming a coach, volunteer, referee, or participating in our community resource corner please feel free to reach out to ybl@kzoocharliesplace.com! More information to come about the 2024 league soon.

Apply to be a coach

YBL Game Schedule 2024

Youth Track Meet 

August 2024

Location: K-Christian High School 

The Kalamazoo County Youth Track and Field Meet is a recreational meet to help encourage youth to keep active and moving. No experience is required, and youth ages 5-14 are welcome to participate. The event is free for participants. Registration opening soon.

Beyond The Backpack

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Location: Bronson Park

Time: 11 AM – 3 PM 
Beyond the Backpack is an event to help prepare youth for school. Emotional health services will be provided, along with backpacks, Kalamazoo Promise, swag bags, free food boxes, books, and more. This event is powered by Collaboration Kalamazoo, of which Charlie’s PLACE is a proud partner.  To learn more, click HERE 

Trunk of Treats

October 31, 2024
Location: 1900 Block of Krom Street
The Trunk of Treat safe Halloween neighborhood event draws over 1,000 community members to the 1900 block of Krom St. located on the Northside of Kalamazoo. If you would like to participate by bringing a vehicle to hand out “treats” we ask that you complete the Trunk of Treat vehicle registration form.  If you would like to volunteer or if you have questions, please contact our volunteer coordinator by email at volunteer@kzoocharliesplace.com.
Trunk of Treat Contest Rules 2023
 Vehicle Registration Form

Family Support Program


The family support program is designed to connect, resources, and assist families who are in need. Through this program, we provide ongoing activities, resources, outings, and community connections to families in the program. This is a collaborative program with Mothers of Hope as we believe it takes a village! For more information or to learn more contact, Charles Parker, at judocp@hotmail.com

Martial Arts


Charlie’s PLACE provides beginners judo classes and self-defense workshops, teaching techniques of balance, leverage, and movement. If you are interested in having a judo class and or self-defense workshop please email Charles Parker at judocp@hotmail.com.