Spring Activities

Published April 5, 2017

CLAWSON — The hunt will begin this weekend when the Easter Bunny hops into town and greets local children with a treat and a smile.

The annual Clawson Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 10 a.m. April 8 in City Park, located at 935 N. Custer Ave., at Bywood Avenue.

“It looks like April 8 will be a dry and sunny day,” said Mayor Penny Luebs, encouraging everyone to come out.

Last year’s mid-March happening was chilly, and organizers are hoping for a warmer temperature this year.

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Published April 5, 2017

DETROIT — The Hantz Foundation, a Detroit-area nonprofit, is inviting residents from Detroit’s east side to join the foundation for its annual 5K run/walk and tree planting initiative May 6.

Proceeds from the run/walk will benefit three local schools: Southeastern High School, Detroit Enterprise Academy and Hutchinson Elementary-Middle School. The day is designed to improve the areas around the schools and increase a feeling of community.

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Published April 4, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Lions Club is inviting the public to join the club for its spring pancake breakfast April 9 to raise money for the organization and increase public togetherness.

The breakfast has become an annual tradition for many in Harper Woods and is one of the Lions’ biggest fundraising events. There will be giveaways and raffles that accompany the breakfast.

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Published April 4, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Local parents have arguably hit the Easter event jackpot: Four Easter events will take place the weekend of April 8-9 in the Shelby-Utica News’ coverage area.

On Saturday, April 8, the Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center, Shelby Township and Utica will all host Easter egg scrambles. On Sunday, April 9, the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center in Shelby Township will host its annual ‘Egg’-citing Easter event.

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Published April 3, 2017

FARMINGTON — Spring is here, which means one of many things for Farmington denizens, and that includes the opening of the Governor Warner Mansion. 

During an April 2 afternoon, museum guests stepped back in time to the Victorian era as the Warner Mansion celebrated its spring open house.

The mansion event featured tours, with costumed docents answering questions on the mansion, built in 1867. Buzz of the 150th celebration of the historical Victorian Italianate home of Michigan’s 26th governor, Fred Warner, was in the air.

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Published March 29, 2017

NOVI — Great Lakes Art Fair event director Jackie McMahon has a show for you.

McMahon is looking for veteran and new lovers of art to join her at the eighth annual event, set for April 7-9 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.

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Published March 29, 2017

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — The Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe will hold its annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. April 8 at the Huron Park ballfields located at Frazho and Kelly roads.

In the event of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be held at the same time April 9.

Everyone is encouraged to arrive a few minutes early to witness the “special guest” arrive with the Roseville Fire Department at 9:55 a.m., according to RARE Assistant Director Bobbie Wilson.

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Published March 29, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Back in 2009, amid the throes of the Great Recession, the city of Madison Heights made many painful cuts, among them the Memorial Day Parade. But the community rallied together to save the parade via private fundraising, and they’ve done it again every year since. 

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Published March 29, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Those ready for warm weather and itching to flex their green thumb may want to consider signing up for a plot of land at the local community garden.

Hazel Park has two of them: the Kennedy Park Community Garden, inside Kennedy Park on Merrill Street between East Otis and East Pearl avenues, near Nine Mile and Dequindre roads; and the Merrill Street Garden Club, on Merrill Street between East Elza and East Milton avenues, across from the Ford Administration Building. 

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Published March 28, 2017

CLAWSON — Spring has sprung, and for many, that portends one thing — garage sales.

The weather may not be quite warm enough for the neighborhood sales to begin, but the Hunter Community Center will be welcoming eager shoppers this Saturday.

“We see it as a kind of kick-off to garage sale season, which so many people enjoy,” said Clawson Director of Recreation and Senior Services Kathy Leenhouts.

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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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