Spring Activities

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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Published January 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With gray days the norm and temperatures flirting with freezing or below, it’s tempting to start making spring garden plans, and local experts say now is a good time.

The Michigan State University Extension is offering a plant propagation class from master gardener Karen Burke Jan. 26 to teach various ways you can start growing your outdoor plants now. 

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Published September 13, 2016

FERNDALE — Chris Burkeybyle worked as a cook at Inn Season Café in Royal Oak when he noticed that a waitress he had a crush on had a collection of wooden rings.

In his spare time, Burkeybyle, a Ferndale resident, made homemade kitchen knives with wooden holders. It was from the wood scraps in his workshop that he decided to make his crush a wooden ring.

“I had some scrap wood at home, and so I made her a ring,” he said. “Nothing really came from that gift except for everyone else wanted to know where their jewelry (from me) was.”

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Published July 27, 2016

TROY — It’s a worldwide scavenger hunt, not for treasure, but for bragging rights, and there are 3 million objects to find. 

Geocaching started in 2000.

Using GPS coordinates, geocachers search for containers, which can be as large as paint cans or as small as pill bottles, sign a log to prove they have found it, and put it back. 

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Published July 16, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The area’s most fun fundraiser for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen is returning to Harrison Township for its 23rd year.

Benefit on the Bay will be held Friday, Aug. 26 at MacRay Harbor.

The family-owned Shelving Inc., of Auburn Hills, is once again putting on the event, and Vice President of Sales Mike Schodowski said this year’s benefit, by looking at the trends, should be the most successful to date.

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Published July 11, 2016

UTICA — The Old Mill Arts & Crafts Festival is a community favorite, with vendors spread along a looping bike path shaded by trees. New this year will be a beer tent, along with live music and entertainment.

The 26th annual event will return from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

Many new vendors will join tried-and-true artisans, although the overall show will be slightly smaller, festival chairwoman Nancy Carter said.

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Just in time for summer wedding season, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is sharing mementos and memories from several generations of Ford family nuptials.

“Down the Aisle: 100 Years of Ford Family Weddings” is a new exhibition in the South Cottage that features a number of wedding gowns, personal photos and other wedding memorabilia. Running June 26 through Nov. 6, it was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s November 1916 wedding.

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Published May 31, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Police Department will conduct its annual open house June 4 with activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

The free event — to be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the department, 400 Sixth St. — will feature tours, demonstrations and a number of other attractions.

Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm said the event is a full experience of everything that happens on a daily basis at the police station.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to see all the different facets of the Police Department,” he said.

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Published May 30, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The big parade has passed and Memorial Day is behind us. Finally it’s summer in the city.

One of Birmingham’s favorite summer traditions returns this weekend with the 53rd annual Birmingham Village Fair in Shain Park June 2-5. The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce will host the four days of entertainment, carnival rides, games and food — for a cause.

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Published May 25, 2016

FRANKLIN — Since its move from Scenic Drive to Franklin’s village green in December 2008, the historic Kreger Farmhouse has long been envisioned as a centerpiece of the community.

Eight years later, the vision is a reality. The 1850s Greek revival farmhouse is restored and can be rented out. The property’s pigsty is now public restrooms.

Now the Franklin Historical Society is moving on to phase three: repurposing and renovating the barn.

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Published May 24, 2016

ROCHESTER — Families can travel back in time Memorial Day weekend during the Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival.

The festival, according to event steering committee member Liz Golding, is designed to provide entertainment for the community and educate people on the heritage of the area, and it also serves as a fundraiser for many local nonprofits, which benefit from various sponsored food and vendor sales.

“There are really so many events that are going on. It’s a really family-friendly festival,” Golding said.

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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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Upcoming Events

Troy
Family Fun Night
6 p.m.
Troy Community Center
Clinton Township
Interactive art display
from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Henry Ford Macomb
Southfield
Come Out and Play event
3-7 p.m.
Southfield Municipal Campus
Royal Oak
Community conversation on domestic violence
7:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak
Troy
Brunch and Learn program
9:30-11 a.m.
Troy Community Center

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