Spring Activities

Published May 3, 2016

FERNDALE — Jordan Gagnon is no stranger when it comes to stage fright. She isn’t afraid of it, but she does embrace it.

“It’s good. I look forward to it. The adrenaline gets me going,” she said. “It’s one of those things I like most about performing. It’s the risk of knowing that you might screw up and people might see, but that’s just kind of the thrill of live theater.

“I always try to take that nervous energy and channel it into the performance.”

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Published May 3, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley School District will be hosting its ninth annual Read in the Park event this weekend, with three authors presenting some of their works to the community and students.

The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Berkley High School Collaborative Center, 2325 Catalpa Drive, and is co-sponsored by the Book Beat.

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Published May 3, 2016

DETROIT — An iconic landmark on the Detroit River will be getting some much-needed repairs, thanks to an upcoming fundraiser.

The Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle, designed in 1923 by the George D. Mason Co., will be the focus of “Restoring the Grandeur: City Lights Gala” at 6:30 p.m. May 20 at the DYC. Put on by the DYC’s nonprofit arm, the DYC Foundation, this event will feature auctions and raffles, music, a strolling dinner and more. 

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Published May 3, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights officials and volunteers hope that May flowers will be accompanied by May followers of a monthlong campaign to make the city’s outdoor beauty shine.

At an April 19 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool introduced a presentation on the full schedule of May activities for what is now called Pride and Shine Month, or Sterling Pride Month. The council approved the activities unanimously in a resolution.

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Published May 3, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — As if a mild winter wasn’t great enough in itself, now we get to enjoy the side effects: flourishing, early blooming plants.

“Lots of plants had a very good winter, so they’re looking very good,” said Rhonda Thede, a Cranbrook gardens volunteer.

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Published May 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Whether you come for the flora or the fauna, Royal Oak in Bloom is a tradition for thousands who visit the downtown during the annual event.

Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Director of Events Jennifer Clark said the happening began 23 years ago as a way to beautify the city. It has grown to the point that it attracted about 3,500 people last year.

“It’s just become this annual event that people plan for and mark their calendars for, and vendors set aside time for, on Mother’s Day,” she said.

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Published May 2, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It’s a sure sign of spring, a Mother’s Day tradition and a Birmingham staple: Art Birmingham returns to Shain Park this weekend.

The two-day outdoor art fair, presented by the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, will fill downtown with more than 150 juried artists selling a huge array of work in mediums like jewelry, ceramics, photography, glass, fiber and more. Each artist was selected by an independent jury to ensure the quality of items — and not too many repeats.

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Published April 27, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Vehicles will roll into Drake Sports Park for the second annual Touch-A-Truck event 6-9 p.m. May 6. 

In preparation for the event, which is hosted by the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission, the park will be closed 3-6 p.m., and participants will not be permitted in the park prior to doors opening. Touch-A-Truck costs $5 per car, and all proceeds will fund the commission’s camp financial aid program. 

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Published April 27, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Bowers Farm recently welcomed some new members to its animal family.

One-week-old lambs traipse in the hay under the watchful eye of their mother. One-month-old kid goats frolic in the barn and play with one another. Young calves arrived from Michigan State University in late February and early March, and they gaze at visitors through the barn’s fences.

These animals are not only adorable; they’re also educational.

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Published April 26, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS — Bike enthusiasts can enjoy a morning ride along local trails next month while raising money to support updates to the Paint Creek Trail.

Motor City Bike & Brew Tours owner Steve Johnson is hosting the fourth annual Cruisin’ for the Trails spring charity bike ride Saturday, May 7, to support the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail.

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Published April 25, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Let’s Move Festival of Races is coming back to Mount Clemens, Harrison Township and Clinton Township as runners of all ages compete in various events on April 30.

Tracey Moro, one of the organizers, said the race is the culmination of the two-day Health and Fitness Expo, which is being held this year April 28-29 at the ConCorde Inn, 44315 N. Gratiot Ave. in Clinton Township.

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Published April 20, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Not all of the visitors to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House grounds this spring are of the human variety. The wooded estate on Lake St. Clair also is home to more than 150 species of birds, at least for part of the year.

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Published April 20, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Cindy Matuszak hopes to see a lot of green soon.

As a Team Farmington Bowl-a-thon Committee member, she is looking to garner donations through an annual bowl-a-thon, to be held this year at 11 a.m. April 23 at Drakeshire Lanes, 35000 Grand River Ave. in Farmington, to support Farmington-based Team Farmington’s Special Olympics team.

As the parent of a team member, she said the financial support will help her son and the roughly 180 other athletes involved. 

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Published April 20, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Woodstock could take a few notes.

During the World Laughter Day Community Celebration and Pot Luck Lunch, the city will laugh to support Flint via Flintstock  — a fundraiser for the children of Flint dealing with the water crisis.

“We’re bringing the music, bringing some information, and letting everybody know this could be your water too,” Mike Pritchard, Flintstock creator and director, said. “The problem is that our cities are falling apart.”

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Published April 20, 2016

Earth Day is Friday, April 22, this year, and more than 1 billion people in 192 countries are expected to celebrate, according to Earth Day Network, an organization founded by organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970.

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Published April 20, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the temperatures beginning to climb and the grass greening, it can only mean one thing: It’s almost time for summer in the Shores.

Parks and Recreation Director Greg Esler said that boat slip rentals are up about 5 percent from this time last year. He attributed the increase to improvements made at the pool — an amenity offered with rental at Lac Ste. Claire Harbor — lower gas prices and higher water levels.

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Published April 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Gear up for the pro-Israel demonstration of the season. 

The annual Walk for Israel is right around the corner, and this year the event is bigger than ever as coordinators have introduced a family bicycle ride that will take place just days before the walk and 5K run. 

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Published April 19, 2016

ROCHESTER — Thousands of green living enthusiasts will head to Rochester Municipal Park this weekend for the annual MI Earth Day Fest to learn about healthy living and to peruse earth-friendly products, services and programs.

Festival Manager John Batdorf said the event was created 11 years ago to spread awareness of green living and wellness practices in an effort to help the environment.

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Published April 19, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville Community Schools currently is taking registrations for its third annual Dream Dash, with this being the second year that the event has been dedicated to the late Joe Manfreda.

According to Kaiser Elementary Principal Teresa Tomala, the event is scheduled for May 7 and will see participants starting at Roseville High School — located at 17855 Common Road — before following a 5K route along Common and residential streets. New this year is a section for participants to take photos.

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Published April 13, 2016

While Christopher Hillier has hiked over 10,000 miles since 2011, he knows he has to be careful when he talks about his passion and experiences on the trail.

Hillier will present “Taking the Walk: Long Distance Hiking with Christopher Hillier” at 7 p.m. April 26 at the Troy Public Library.

“He’s spoken at other libraries, and we thought this would be a good opening to our summer reading, of which the focus is wellness,” said Lauren Bartell, adult information librarian, who is also a hiker.

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Annual River Day logo contest
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Free dementia workshop
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