Spring Activities

Published April 7, 2016

NOVI — The state’s premier plant-based tastefest and exposition is back. 

Presented by VegMichigan — a nonprofit organization that promotes the health, environmental and ethical benefits of a plant-based, vegan lifestyle — VegFest will be held at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 24. 

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Published April 7, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — Sarah DeDonatis, of St. Clair Shores, has been a member of the Michigan Orchid Society for more than 15 years. 

“My husband’s aunt invited me to come and work, actually, on the show all those years ago, and I just fell in love,” she said. “It’s just a way to really get to work as a community, (and) get to look at these amazingly beautiful flowers from all over the world, and meet some amazing growers.”

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Published April 6, 2016

NOVI — Beth Anderson wants you to go for the gusto.

Anderson, the executive show manager of Southern Shows, said the 21st annual Michigan International Women’s Show is a “fabulous” one-stop shop that brings in thousands of people from the metro Detroit area. The show will run April 28-May 1.

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Published April 6, 2016

Want to cultivate some vegetables and need an easy way to get started?

Advanced master gardener Judy Cornellier will present a three-part series at the Troy Public Library geared toward beginners.

She’s a founding member of the Troy Garden Club and a member of the Michigan Herb Society.

Cornellier’s first session, April 16, will focus on planting cold crops — potatoes, cabbage and broccoli.

Cherie Edmonds, adult service librarian, said that Telly’s Greenhouse and Garden Center staff members plant the garden in front of the library.

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Published April 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Orchids appear on every continent except Antarctica, and they come in many forms. Some grow on the bark of trees, while others grow deep underground. Some smell sweet, while others smell rancid. Some are microscopically small and require a magnifying glass to see, while others are shaped like insects to attract the birds that pollinate them. And of course, they come in a dazzling variety of colors and patterns. 

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Published March 30, 2016

FARMINGTON — Spring has sprung at the Governor Warner Mansion. 

Be prepared to step back in time to the Victorian era, where the Warner Mansion will celebrate spring in full bloom.

From 1 to 5 p.m. April 3 at the mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave., all are welcome to attend the spring open house.

The mansion event will feature tours, costumed docents in every room answering questions on life during those times, and more.

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Published March 30, 2016

CLAWSON — Sandy LaCross always gathers her handmade crochet and fleece blankets along with some unneeded household items and heads to the Clawson Senior Center in early April for its annual indoor garage sale.

“My mom and I both participate. We get a table together,” she said. “We’ve done that ever since it was started. We enjoy it. It is a mother-daughter day for us, and we maybe get to make a couple of bucks to boot.”

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Published March 29, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Put those winter clothes away and brush off the summer necessities. Registration for summer day camps is right around the corner.  

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Published March 28, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Skiers didn’t get to have much fun this year.

The same lack of snow that put a damper on Michigan’s slopes makes for a great spring on local golf courses. And in Birmingham, golfers are shaking off their cabin fever with some early rounds at Lincoln Hills, which opened earlier this week.

“We didn’t have a winter, so we’re looking really good,” said Birmingham Golf Manager Jacky Brito.

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Published March 28, 2016

FRANKLIN — The Franklin branch of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association will be holding its 31st annual Garden Walk around the village.

Walks will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, touring private gardens in the area. The walk also features an Artisan Market of garden-related items that people will be selling and a lunch available for purchase from the garden club or food from a local eatery.

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Published March 28, 2016

ORCHARD LAKE —  The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society is urging residents to get out and enjoy the fruits of the season at the Spring Nature Walk at 2 p.m. April 17. 

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Published March 23, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — They say necessity is the mother of invention. For Grosse Pointe Memorial Church Music Minister James Biery, it was also what prompted him to compose a new musical drama.

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Published March 23, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Runners, you can lace up your sneakers. The Grosse Pointe South High School Athletic Booster Club has gotten the go-ahead for its annual Run the Pointe race, which will take place in the Farms this year, starting and ending at South.

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Published March 23, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Clergy members from a variety of denominations will come together for a public procession called Stations in the Streets this Good Friday, March 25.

Participants will use the nonvehicular portion of Kercheval Avenue from Fisher to Neff roads between 3 and 4:30 p.m. that day, where they will stop 15 times for a few minutes apiece to read from scripture and reflect, explained the Rev. Andrew Kowalczyk, pastor of St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park. 

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Published March 21, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The ornate and delicate art of decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs, or pysanky, is a tradition that one Shelby Township resident of Ukrainian heritage holds dear.

Cathy Wandrei learned how to decorate pysanky from her family and passed on the tradition to her two daughters, ages 25 and 26. Every year since 2007, Wandrei has displayed her large and varied collection of pysanky at the Shelby Township Library.

Wandrei said both of her parents share a Ukrainian background, and one of her grandfathers came from Ukraine to Ellis Island.

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Published March 15, 2016

CLAWSON — Although it may only be mid-March, the Easter Bunny is getting ready to hop into town this weekend for a couple of popular community events.

“Yes, Easter is early this year,” said Clawson Mayor Penny Luebs.

Easter falls on March 27 this year, bringing the festivities to the community earlier than in years past.

The annual Clawson Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 10 a.m. March 19 in City Park, located at 935 N. Custer Ave. at Bywood Avenue.

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Published March 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The green thumbs of Oakland County can hardly wait to get down and dirty out in their yards.

With that in mind, the Oakland Conservation District has some exciting plans for nature lovers who want to make the most of their own green space.

It all starts with the OCD’s annual tree sale, where customers can order bare-root trees and shrubs at a lower cost than most big-box nurseries.

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Published March 10, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Looking for Easter events in the Farmington area? Then hop over to several activities coming up that are sure to be “egg-cellent” for young and old alike, including adult egg hunts and children’s games.

An adult flashlight egg hunt, for ages 21 and up, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. March 18 at the Longacre House at 24705 Farmington Road. Bring your own flashlight and search for eggs, and also win prizes from golf outings to dinner at local restaurants, according to a press release.

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Published March 10, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day is on Thursday, March 17, and no matter what your background may be, it’s still fun to put on your green and be Irish — at least in spirit — for the day.

Festivities around metro Detroit begin this weekend. Here are some of the ways you can celebrate:

• Oakland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 12, Royal Oak

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It may seem early, but the St. Clair Shores Easter Egg Hunt is right around the corner.

For the first time, though, the event will be held the day before Easter — on a Saturday — instead of on the actual holiday. This year’s hunt is at noon March 26 at Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave. 

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St. Isidore fish fries
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St. Isidore Catholic Church
Ferndale
'Merrily We Roll Along'
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The Ringwald Theatre
St. Clair Shores
VFW fish fries
4-8 p.m.
VFW Bruce Post 1146
Warren
Church fish fries
4-8 p.m.
St. Stevan Decanski Church
Royal Oak
Presentation on the Interurban
7:30 p.m.
Royal Oak Historical Society Museum

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