Spring Activities

Published May 18, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington resident Betty Poole is proud of the shrub that sits just beyond the edge of her rock-encircled pool.

The Farmington resident and green-thumb’s small lilac topiary was planted by her husband about 15 years ago in their front yard. The bush originally came from a seed that she picked up after attending a local gardening event.

“I got (that) at the very first plant swap,” she said. “It’s about 7 to 8 feet tall.”

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Published May 17, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS — The Friends of the Clinton River Trail are kicking off the start of the official trail season with a spring open house event May 24.

Friends President Fred Phillips said the event is a chance for the public to learn more about Detroit’s comeback as a bike city, as well as the many things happening locally on the Clinton River Trail.

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Published May 17, 2016

FERNDALE — The city of Ferndale will host multiple events in the next several weeks that residents can be on the lookout for.

One event hitting the field is bubble soccer, a game where people get inside large, inflatable bubbles to play a game of soccer. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at Ferndale High School, 881 Pinecrest Drive. It is for people 18 years old and older.

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Published May 17, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Tri-Community Coalition will be holding its 18th annual Golf Classic to benefit its Y.O.U. Youth Coalition to prevent substance abuse.

The golf outing will take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 24, at the Rackham Golf Course, 10100 W. 10 Mile Road.

The charity event will include a round of golf — $125 for an individual or $500 for a group of four — food and the ability to network with others in attendance.

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Published May 16, 2016

PLEASANT RIDGE — The Pleasant Ridge Historical Commission will hold its 12th annual Home and Garden Tour, showing off homes built in the 1920s to homes newly built, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

Attendees will meet behind City Hall, 23925 Woodward Ave., where they can pick up the tour booklet and information about the homes and gardens.

There are eight homes on the tour — some exhibiting only the homes, some only the gardens, and some both. The styles include 1920s English Tudor, 1930s Art Deco and the current trends in the industry.

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Published May 12, 2016

ORCHARD LAKE — Each year, Orchard Lake’s summer season begins with the nation’s largest high school fair.

St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair — which is sponsored by the St. Mary’s Preparatory Moms and Dads Club — offers a range of entertainment mixed with a Las Vegas-style gambling tent, authentic Polish cuisine and carnival rides. 

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Published May 11, 2016

CLAWSON — It is no surprise that historical museum curator Melodie Nichols loves fashion. She is often seen about town mixing her love for vintage apparel with current appeal.

During a signature fundraising event for the Clawson Historical Society, Nichols will bring her classic flair to the community and combine it with the widespread love for that certain PBS TV show that takes place in the 1920s.

The society will host a “Downton Abbey” themed fashion show and tea at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, in the Clawson City Hall community room, 425 N. Main St.

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Published May 11, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kids and adults should have an entertaining summer.

That is what administrators from the Clinton Township Parks and Recreation Department are saying as they gear up for another fun-filled season of games, camps and activities.

The department’s preschool day camp program is aiming to reel in youngsters ages 3 to 5 in a social environment that features games, craft projects, songs and themed activities.

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Published May 11, 2016

A free program at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center will help people find ways to help children understand the natural world.

Early childhood educator, child day care provider and Baker College instructor Seema Ibrahim will talk about children and nature and the importance of nature in learning at a program 7-8 p.m. May 16 at the nature center, 6685 Coolidge Highway. Registration is not needed.

Ibrahim uses the Reggio Emilia philosophy to teach about nature and outdoor play. She explained via email that the philosophy encourages child-led curriculum and lesson plans.

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Published May 11, 2016

Wondering how to start your garden or make it pop this year?

Professional gardener and designer Janet Macunovich will share her 30 years of experience at “Plant it Well, Enjoy it Forever: Complete How-To for Planting” 7-8:30 p.m. May 24 at the Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road.

“She was very popular last year,” Margaret Forrest, adult information librarian, said of Macunovich. “She knows so much about plants. She’s really going to give some really great tips.”

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Published May 11, 2016

ORCHARD LAKE — Just in time to see the trilliums in bloom, residents are invited to join the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society for a three-hour tour of Apple Island May 21-22. 

The island’s deep roots date back to the Potawatomi Indians, and the historical society has offered the tours since 1968. 

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Published May 10, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The eighth annual Shelby Farmers Market will roll back into town Saturday, May 14, at the Packard Proving Grounds. The market is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through October, rain or shine.

This year, the popular Amish booth will expand to three booths, and a new chef will serve up samples of items available at the market and hand out recipes.

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Published May 9, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Spread the word far and wide: The hounds are back.

The annual Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade will return to the streets of downtown Birmingham this Sunday with plenty of sights to delight parade-goers of all ages. Some features of this year’s parade will be new, and others will be back by popular demand.

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Published May 9, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Huntington Woods Women’s League will host its 24th annual home tour throughout the city next month, which will give attendees glimpses of some remarkable homes with differing styles.

The tour will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5. Attendees will meet at the Huntington Woods Public Library, 26415 Scotia Road, where they’ll receive a map of the homes they’ll tour.

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Published May 9, 2016

Construction work will not deter the city of Sterling Heights from paying its respects to fallen members of the armed forces this Memorial Day.

According to city officials, this year’s Memorial Day Parade will be the city’s 37th annual one. Memorial Day falls on May 30 this year, and the parade activities will start at 10 a.m. that day.

Officials say residents can expect to see Mayor Michael Taylor at a 9 a.m. pre-parade ceremony event that will take place near City Hall.

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Published May 6, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Members of North Star Sailing Club are getting the season afloat with a series of events planned along the shores of Lake St. Clair.

North Star Sail Club Director Nickie Kowal said things will set sail with a Boater to Boater Sale, a sort of swap meet for boating enthusiasts, May 14-15.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, shoppers will be able to peruse an array of used boating equipment for sale. Table rentals are still available for $25.

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Published May 4, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — For the third year in a row, Madison Heights City Councilman David Soltis is inviting seniors to join him on a bus trip to the Capitol building in Lansing, where they will have a chance to share their concerns with lawmakers.

The idea is to cut out the middle man. Rather than calling your representative and possibly being lost in the shuffle due to the sheer volume of calls, why not meet them face to face?

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Published May 4, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Bees may soon be buzzing at Cranberry Lake Park, thanks to a new beekeeping program slated to begin on park grounds in May.

The program will include hives and a regular schedule of beekeeping classes, led by Preston Zale, of Popz Beez.

“There is plenty of room to put bees in, and it just seemed like a natural fit to give people an educational opportunity,” Zale said at the April 26 Oakland Township Board of Trustees meeting. “It would be a good way to mesh the whole Cranberry Lake experience.”

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Published May 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — The 17th season of the Downtown Rochester Farmers Market comes to town May 7, bringing fresh Michigan fruits, plants and vegetables to the corner of East Third and Water Street.

The outdoor market will continue from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 29.

Downtown Development Authority Marketing Coordinator Kelly McMahon said the market is a place for the community to shop for fresh, locally grown foods and spend time with friends and family.

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Published May 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan will be hosting its 20th annual Kidney Walk on Sunday, May 15, at the Detroit Zoo.

The foundation hopes to raise $600,000 to fight kidney disease.

The walk will commence at 8:30 a.m., with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. at the zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road. In its 20th year, organizers expect the walk to attract more than 8,000 participants.

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Upcoming Events

Grosse Pointe City
League of Women Voters discussion
7-9 p.m.
Grosse Pointe Public Library Central Branch
Rochester Hills
Annual River Day logo contest
ongoing
Clinton River Watershed Council
Sterling Heights
Free dementia workshop
6:30-9 p.m.
SarahCare Daytime Senior Care and Activities

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