Spring Activities

Published March 22, 2017

WARREN — Over the last decade, the “Taste of Hope” auction and taste fest has been about raising the funds that fuel the annual Summerfest outreach. Now, organizers said it will power a series of programs aimed at personalizing the connections that Summerfest made between Warren’s associated evangelical churches and the population they serve. 

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Published March 22, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Scheduled for rain or shine at 11 a.m. May 29 at Eastpointe City Hall, the Eastpointe Memorial Day parade will take place to honor those who gave their lives for this country.

During the Eastpointe City Council meeting March 7, Mayor Suzanne Pixley explained what the committee is looking for.

“We’re looking for people who are descendants of the Civil War. Memorial Day was set aside as a day to recognize people who lost their life during the Civil War,” said Pixley.

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Published March 22, 2017

WARREN — After JD Marshall lost his 13-year-old daughter, Stephaine, to cancer in 2015, he turned his grief into action and immediately set about accomplishing a list of goals in her memory.

He turned her website into a charity, made that charity fly and used it to promote four comedy fundraisers aimed at easing the burdens faced by the families of pediatric cancer patients. 

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Published March 15, 2017

TROY — The West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society invites people who wish to learn the customs and traditions of Easter to attend the Easter Basket Social and Luncheon at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy March 25. 

The West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in February 2006.

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Published March 15, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Art historian Wendy Evans had the crowd oohing and aahing over her slides at the Spicer House March 6.

The crowd of about 20 people gasped at a 1790 painting of a bouquet of spring flowers.

“Gorgeous. That is gorgeous,” an attendee said.

The Farmington Garden Club hosted the program, “The Art of Flowers,” which featured pictures of art in the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection.

Evans encouraged the audience to go to the DIA to see the art in person. 

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Published March 8, 2017

It’s time again to fire up the bagpipes and don whatever green you can get your hands on, because Utica’s fifth annual Lucky Leprechaun Race will return to the city Saturday, March 18 — the day after St. Patrick’s Day.

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Published March 8, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Combining a great time with an even better cause was the catalyst for a grass-roots party happening again this year at the Royal Oak Farmers Market.

“The entire event is very homemade, and that is the cool thing about it,” said event founder and organizer Paula Messner. “It’s not corporate at all. It’s very hand-painted — we put this together, we baked these cookies, we tapped that keg. It’s very hands-on and I’m proud of that.”

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Published March 8, 2017

ROCHESTER — A local sign that spring isn’t too far away is Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve’s annual Daffodils for Dinosaurs fundraiser, which is coming to town this month.

“The biggest reason we host this fundraiser in spring is because we are sick of all the gray out there all winter long, so we try to brighten up everyone … just by selling daffodils,” said Joel Miller, the preserve’s tuition program director.

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Published March 8, 2017

METRO DETROIT — When Michigan students start their vacations for spring break, travel will be part of many of their schedules.

AAA Michigan Public Affairs Specialist Gary Bubar said he didn’t have any predictions yet on how much road travel will take place this spring compared to the past, though he noted that Easter comes later this year.

“A lot will depend on gas prices and lodging prices during that time,” he said.

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Published March 6, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Lads and lasses from miles around are invited to what organizers are calling the biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day parade to date this weekend throughout the downtown.

This year marks parade Chairman Steve Zannetti’s final fête before his retirement, and he plans on going out strong.

“I’m trying to make it a good one,” Zannetti said. “It looks like it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.”

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Published January 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With gray days the norm and temperatures flirting with freezing or below, it’s tempting to start making spring garden plans, and local experts say now is a good time.

The Michigan State University Extension is offering a plant propagation class from master gardener Karen Burke Jan. 26 to teach various ways you can start growing your outdoor plants now. 

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Published September 13, 2016

FERNDALE — Chris Burkeybyle worked as a cook at Inn Season Café in Royal Oak when he noticed that a waitress he had a crush on had a collection of wooden rings.

In his spare time, Burkeybyle, a Ferndale resident, made homemade kitchen knives with wooden holders. It was from the wood scraps in his workshop that he decided to make his crush a wooden ring.

“I had some scrap wood at home, and so I made her a ring,” he said. “Nothing really came from that gift except for everyone else wanted to know where their jewelry (from me) was.”

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Published July 27, 2016

TROY — It’s a worldwide scavenger hunt, not for treasure, but for bragging rights, and there are 3 million objects to find. 

Geocaching started in 2000.

Using GPS coordinates, geocachers search for containers, which can be as large as paint cans or as small as pill bottles, sign a log to prove they have found it, and put it back. 

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Published July 16, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The area’s most fun fundraiser for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen is returning to Harrison Township for its 23rd year.

Benefit on the Bay will be held Friday, Aug. 26 at MacRay Harbor.

The family-owned Shelving Inc., of Auburn Hills, is once again putting on the event, and Vice President of Sales Mike Schodowski said this year’s benefit, by looking at the trends, should be the most successful to date.

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Published July 11, 2016

UTICA — The Old Mill Arts & Crafts Festival is a community favorite, with vendors spread along a looping bike path shaded by trees. New this year will be a beer tent, along with live music and entertainment.

The 26th annual event will return from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

Many new vendors will join tried-and-true artisans, although the overall show will be slightly smaller, festival chairwoman Nancy Carter said.

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Just in time for summer wedding season, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is sharing mementos and memories from several generations of Ford family nuptials.

“Down the Aisle: 100 Years of Ford Family Weddings” is a new exhibition in the South Cottage that features a number of wedding gowns, personal photos and other wedding memorabilia. Running June 26 through Nov. 6, it was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s November 1916 wedding.

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Published May 31, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Police Department will conduct its annual open house June 4 with activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

The free event — to be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the department, 400 Sixth St. — will feature tours, demonstrations and a number of other attractions.

Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm said the event is a full experience of everything that happens on a daily basis at the police station.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to see all the different facets of the Police Department,” he said.

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Published May 30, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The big parade has passed and Memorial Day is behind us. Finally it’s summer in the city.

One of Birmingham’s favorite summer traditions returns this weekend with the 53rd annual Birmingham Village Fair in Shain Park June 2-5. The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce will host the four days of entertainment, carnival rides, games and food — for a cause.

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Published May 25, 2016

FRANKLIN — Since its move from Scenic Drive to Franklin’s village green in December 2008, the historic Kreger Farmhouse has long been envisioned as a centerpiece of the community.

Eight years later, the vision is a reality. The 1850s Greek revival farmhouse is restored and can be rented out. The property’s pigsty is now public restrooms.

Now the Franklin Historical Society is moving on to phase three: repurposing and renovating the barn.

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Published May 24, 2016

ROCHESTER — Families can travel back in time Memorial Day weekend during the Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival.

The festival, according to event steering committee member Liz Golding, is designed to provide entertainment for the community and educate people on the heritage of the area, and it also serves as a fundraiser for many local nonprofits, which benefit from various sponsored food and vendor sales.

“There are really so many events that are going on. It’s a really family-friendly festival,” Golding said.

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Upcoming Events

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State of the Cities address
7:30-9:30 a.m.
Hazel Park Community Center
Macomb Township
Macomb group seeks scholarship nominees
ongoing
Friends of Macomb Township
Mount Clemens
League of Women Voters meeting
7 p.m.
Mount Clemens Public Library
Sterling Heights
Sterling Heights celebrates 50 years
9-11 a.m.
Sterling Heights Senior Center
Rochester Hills
Rochester PTA centennial celebration
6 p.m.
Rochester High School

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