Spring Activities

Published April 24, 2017

NOVI — What began as a humble event with a community of like-minded folks has morphed into a star-studded happening that includes thousands who embrace a vegan lifestyle.

“Eighteen years ago, we had a small hall in Ferndale and 300 people showed up, and throughout the years, it’s just evolved, and now we’re anticipating 5,000 attendees,” said VegMichigan President Paul Krause. “It’s really become our premier event and one of the major one-day events at the facility.”

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Published April 24, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Last year, The Community House hosted a small event on the terrace in celebration of the annual Kentucky Derby race.

But why throw a small party when you can throw the best Kentucky Derby bash in town?

That’s the plan this year as The Community House holds its inaugural Birmingham Downs event 5-9 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Guests will be able to enjoy strolling food stations; beer, wine and cocktails; live entertainment with music and dancing; and the 143rd Kentucky Derby on the big screen.

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Published April 19, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Girls Scouts, zombies and “Hunger Games” enthusiasts are invited to learn how to use a bow and arrow at Marsh View Park this spring.

“We’ve got a lot of really cool archery programs all spring and summer,” Oakland Township Recreation Manager Becky McLogan said. Drop-in sessions and lessons are also available. “We’ve expanded our programs. We have a new extended range and a new parking lot. Some new ideas to get folks out to the range.”

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Published April 19, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — The village of Beverly Hills will be the setting for two returning events both for runners and for those who just want to get outside for a bit of exercise.

The 5K run/walk hosted by the Berkshire Middle School Dads Club will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at the middle school. The Beverly Hills Lions Club will host its own 4-mile run and 2-mile walk at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Beverly Elementary School.

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Published April 19, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Who says shopping has to be a selfish endeavor? During Tau Beta’s 14th annual Spring Market — a fundraiser for The Children’s Center of Detroit — you can help local children and families while helping yourself to some snazzy new clothes, accessories or home décor items.

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Published April 19, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — For Earth Day, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is going to the birds — and it couldn’t be prouder of that fact.

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22, the historic estate will again be hosting Welcome Back Birds, an event that celebrates the property’s important role as a temporary home to dozens of migratory bird species and a permanent home to countless native species. Visitors will have opportunities to go on guided bird walks, see a hawk or owl up close during a birds of prey demonstration, and learn more about what makes birds tick.

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Published April 19, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — This year marks the 11th annual Community Kite Day event in Clinton Township, and it continues to celebrate the Month of the Young Child.

Since 1971, one week in April has been designated to celebrate the rights and needs of young children. In 1985, Michigan expanded outreach, devoting the entire month toward the cause.

This year’s event takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at its long-standing location of Prince Drewry Park, 21845 Quinn Road in Clinton Township.

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Published April 19, 2017

FARMINGTON — Ladies, bring your wallet and your appetite — the Farmington Downtown Development Authority is ready for you with its annual Ladies Night Out event 5-9 p.m. April 27 in downtown Farmington.

“This is our fifth time (doing) Ladies Night Out — the promotion gets bigger and better,” said Annette Knowles, assistant to the city manager and Farmington Downtown Development Authority executive director. “We have more business partnerships this year.”

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Published April 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Like the temperature, the Nautical Mile is heating up, and its restaurants are ready to show visitors what they have on tap for the summer season.

Eight restaurants will participate in the 2017 spring Nautical Mile Restaurant Week April 24-30, offering a wide variety of menu choices and cuisines.

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Published April 18, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — After a short hiatus, the annual Southfield Flower Day event will return this year in a new location.

According to Community Relations Director Michael Manion, the event will return 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20 on Nine Mile Road, just west of Telegraph. The event was formerly held on the front lawn of City Hall, 26000 Evergreen Road.

Southfield Mayor Ken Siver said the event did not return last year due to low attendance, which in turn did not provide much profit for the vendors involved.

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Published April 18, 2017

ROCHESTER — Spring is in the air, which can only mean one thing in Rochester — the MI Earth Day Fest is drawing near.

This year’s event will be held 4-8 p.m. April 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 22 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23 at Third and Water streets in downtown Rochester. Last year, it was held in Rochester Municipal Park’s south parking lot.

“It’s a much larger area that will allow us to do some things in a bigger area this year,” Festival Manager John Batdorf said of this year’s location.

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Published April 18, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Police and Fire departments are ready to face off once again in the seventh annual Guns & Hoses charity hockey game this weekend.

The puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at John Lindell Ice Arena, 1403 Lexington Blvd.

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Published April 18, 2017

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods is giving residents the chance to take a stroll through its Walking Group.

The Walking Group meets at 10 a.m. on Saturdays at Salter Park in Harper Woods. The organizers described it as a casual outing where people can try to get some light exercise, take in the outdoors and get some worthwhile time socializing with their neighbors.

The program gets some assistance from the local Advantage Healthcare office, a nursing and health care service.

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Published April 17, 2017

HARPER WOODS — Earth Day is a single day each year devoted to helping clean up and protect the Earth. The city of Harper Woods is aiming a bit higher and wants to expand it to a whole week through its Clean Up, Paint Up and Fix Up Week.

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Published April 12, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A popular Harrison Township Fire Department tradition is returning the day before Easter.

After a two-year hiatus, the Firefighters Local 1737 is bringing back its free Easter egg hunt to the L’Anse Creuse High School football field on April 15. Events including children’s activities, crafts, and visits and photos with the Easter Bunny and Sparky the Fire Dog begin at 10 a.m.

The Easter egg hunt begins promptly at 11 a.m.

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Published April 12, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Make plans to hop on over to Veterans Memorial Park April 15, the new site of the annual St. Clair Shores Easter egg hunt.

The event, which has been going on longer than most firefighters can remember, has moved to a larger location this year after increased participation in 2016. 

“We planned for more people just because last year we had such a big showing,” said firefighter/paramedic Ian Griffin. 

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Published April 11, 2017

ROYAL OAK — From recycling to gardening to renewable energy, Earth Day events in the city will provide knowledge and know-how this Saturday.

Earth Day in Royal Oak, presented by the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board, will take place 7 a.m.-1 p.m. April 22 in the west porch of the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road. 

Rain barrels will be available for $60, and the event will serve as a sneak peek of the new 65-gallon recycling cart for residents.

Information will be provided during the event on what can and cannot go into the new bins.

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Published April 10, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 8:15 p.m. Friday, April 21, the Run the Creek 5K will return for its second year to Shelby Township’s Cherry Creek Golf Course.

The route will be highlighted by glowing tube lights, and runners are encouraged to don as much glow swag as they like. Afterward, a pizza and cash bar after-party will take place inside the golf club’s banquet center.

The event began when Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel challenged race director Michael Ward to come up with a creative and unique 5K, given the prevalence of 5K events in the area.

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Published April 5, 2017

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Local kids are gathering up their baskets and bags this season in preparation for a few favorite annual springtime events.

One of the first signs that spring has sprung is the annual Southfield Parks and Recreation Department’s EGGS’travaganza. This year’s event is slated for 2-4:30 p.m. April 8 at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.

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Published April 5, 2017

FERNDALE/BERKLEY — The cities of Ferndale and Berkley will be holding Easter-related events this Saturday.

The Ferndale Recreation Department is hosting the Ferndale Community EGGstravaganza, and the Berkley Parks and Recreation Department is helping to host Breakfast with the Bunny. Both events are scheduled for April 8.

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