Spring Activities

Published May 10, 2017

C&G Newspapers

FRASER — When Matthew Dantes was 9 years old, he started to experience physical ailments most children his age couldn’t comprehend. Today, Matthew, 18, has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

The gamut of aches, pains, joint stiffness, rashes, fevers and difficulty walking originally confounded doctors. Matthew’s mother, Christine Dantes, said her son was misdiagnosed for three years because doctors couldn’t connect a 9-year-old’s symptoms with a particular disease.

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Published May 10, 2017

FRASER — Sports like baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey and football tend to dominate the youth athletic scene, but a couple of local individuals are looking to Fraser to change that.

Starting May 20, boys and girls in grades five through eight will be able to explore a new area of athleticism: rugby. The noncontact session is being offered by Fraser Parks and Recreation from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings at Steffens Park, 33000 Garfield Road in Fraser.

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Published May 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local business is hoping to grow some community camaraderie and support for veterans with a new garden to be planted this month.

Kaul Funeral Home is looking for green thumbs, and those who just want to help, to install and maintain a community garden on the north side of the VFW Bruce Post 1146 property west of Lake St. Clair. 

Stephanie Kiras and Danielle Girard are funeral directors at Kaul who are looking for ways to engage the community and the younger people who live here.

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Published May 10, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Macomb Mall and the Roseville Police Department will host the fourth annual Heroes Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13 at the shopping center, 32233 Gratiot Ave.  

The free event will consist of indoor and outdoor fun for the community with local first responders, federal agencies and civilian organizations displaying equipment and explaining how they keep the neighborhood safe. 

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Published May 10, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Most people’s lives have been touched by cancer in some form, either directly or indirectly. Raising money to research cures and help families battling the disease is a way that many choose to take action.

The Relay for Life of Greater Shelby Township, which also encompasses Sterling Heights and Utica this year, will return to River Bends Park from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, to 8 a.m. Sunday, May 21. 

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Published May 10, 2017

UTICA — The city of Utica is ramping up for its bicentennial celebration June 22-25 in the heart of its downtown district.

The four-day event will kick off with opening ceremonies — including a historical highlight video presentation, a performance by the Utica High School marching band, and old-fashioned and regular-season baseball games — at Jimmy John’s Field on Thursday, June 22.

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Published May 9, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Last Friday, as the cold rain continued to fall across metro Detroit for the third day in a row, members of the Cranbrook Native Plant team were outside digging in the dirt.

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Published May 9, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — The popular Birmingham Farmers Market not only opened this past weekend, it celebrated its 15th birthday.

The market, which will be open through October, returned Sunday to Municipal Parking Lot 6, on North Old Woodward. The 9 a.m.-2 p.m. market has plenty of old favorites and some new vendors who will make appearances every week throughout the summer and fall.

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Published May 3, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — It’s all about fashion.

And bringing together a community of history buffs, style aficionados and Warner Mansion supporters.

The ninth annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon will take place May 18 at Glen Oaks Country Club, 30500 W. 13 Mile Road in Farmington Hills. Doors open for the event at 10 a.m. and a pre-show will be held at 11:45 a.m.

“We do a little pre-show that is usually a lot of fun,” said Jean Schornick, mansion volunteer coordinator.

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Published May 3, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Department of Public Services open house will return to the DPS center on Eton Street Saturday, May 13, and there’s more to see than just cool work trucks and equipment.

OK, that’s probably the highlight for most guests who come out to the annual event, now in its 25th year. But there’s plenty to do and see for visitors of all ages, according to Birmingham Public Services Director Lauren Wood.

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Published May 3, 2017

FRANKLIN — The Hank Greenberg Golf Invitational is fast approaching, and the Franklin tradition is offering a special treat this year: tickets to the 2018 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

The Hank Greenberg Golf Invitational will take place Monday, June 12, at the Franklin Country Club in Franklin, and it is organized by the Jewish Sports Foundation.

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Published May 3, 2017

UTICA — From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14, families are invited to participate in a Mother’s Day brunch event at the Packard Proving Grounds.

The event will feature a custom-made menu by Vince & Joe’s Fruit Market, live classical music and tours of the historical site. The cost is $35 for adults, $12 for kids ages 12 and younger, and free for kids ages 5 and younger.

Packard Proving Grounds Event Coordinator Mary Anne Demo said many of the events held at the site are private weddings or car shows.

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Published May 2, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Pulling trash and debris from the banks of the Rouge River will always be a necessary part of keeping the water that runs through Birmingham healthy and beautiful.

But litter isn’t the only problem plaguing the delicate ecosystem of the Rouge — Mother Nature is causing some trouble of her own with invasive species.

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Published May 1, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Gail Boledovich took her own life May 1, 2005, after battling schizophrenia.

Since that day, Royal Oak resident Julie Farhat and her siblings — Boledovich’s children — have been doing what they can to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

For Farhat and her siblings, that meant creating the charitable organization Mind Over Matter — or MOM, as many refer to it — along with an annual fundraising run.

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Published April 26, 2017

PLEASANT RIDGE — A Pleasant Ridge Foundation fundraiser will be held in mid-May to benefit the city with park and community center upgrades. 

The 57th annual Auction & Gala of Historical Pleasant Ridge will be held from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center, 4 Ridge Road.

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Published April 26, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Get ready to be dazzled with spins, jumps and plenty of sequins this weekend at the community ice rink.

“Extra! Extra! Skate All About It!” will hit the ice April 29 and 30 at John Lindell Ice Arena, 1403 Lexington Blvd.

This year marks the 38th annual performance of the City of Royal Oak Ice Show, and performances will feature numbers representing various sections of a newspaper, including headlines, sports, weather and entertainment.

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Published April 26, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Walkers, runners, skaters, parents of kids in strollers — if you live in Grosse Pointe Shores, you’re invited to don the active footwear of your choice for the city’s 13th annual Arbor Day Fun Run.

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Published April 26, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The seventh annual McLaren Let’s Move Festival of Races will take off in downtown Mount Clemens April 29 with a series of challenging runs for people of all skill levels.

For the first time in its seven-year history, proceeds from the McLaren Let’s Move Festival of Races, organized by the Macomb Health and Fitness Foundation, will be donated to deserving and worthwhile local charitable causes — the Macomb Food Program and CARE House of Macomb County.

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Published April 26, 2017

FRANKLIN — Franklin is welcoming all runners, walkers and pancake lovers to join in with the community’s annual 5K and pancake breakfast to benefit the Franklin Krieger Community Center.

The event is organized by the Franklin Historical Society. The festivities will include a Kids Dash, a Strut Your Mutt walk — where entrants can walk the course with their pooch — and a run/walk across a 5K course through the village.

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Published April 25, 2017

CENTER LINE/WARREN — On a day set aside to offer prayers on topics including veterans and members of the military, educators, government officials, first responders and the media, the cities of Warren and Center Line will host gatherings at their respective city halls. 

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