Summer Fun

Published June 22, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Stony Creek Metropark’s annual fireworks display over its 500-acre lake is set to take place at approximately 10:05 p.m. June 26. Organizers are requesting that the public show up a couple hours early, since the event consistently draws thousands of spectators.

The fireworks blast off from the shore near Baypoint Beach, but Huron-Clinton Metroparks Eastern District Superintendent Mike Lyons said patrons would get a good view from anywhere along the lake.

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Published June 21, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — As it gets closer to the Fourth of July, a local state representative has drafted proposed legislation to curtail the use of consumer fireworks in Michigan.

State Rep. Henry Yanez, D-Sterling Heights, said in June that he wants to repeal Michigan’s relaxed fireworks laws. His proposal consists of two bills: One repeals changes made by the Michigan Legislature in 2011, and the other bill cleans up technical language.

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Published June 20, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — There will be music, fireworks and magic in the air this weekend as two events — one new and one a long-standing tradition — join together to offer what is expected to be a memorable Independence Day celebration in Mount Clemens.

The Summer Magic Festival will be held June 25-28 along three square blocks of downtown Mount Clemens, while the Riversight and Sound Concert and the Fireworks at Dusk on the Riverfront are set for June 26.

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Published June 19, 2015

RoseFest started its four-day run at Veterans Memorial Park June 18 and, by that evening, already had drawn people interested in dancing, carnival games, rides and food.

Though the Rose Parade, car show, fireworks and most musical acts were not scheduled until later in the event’s run, visitors found a number of things they liked. Keisha Susko, of Roseville, said her daughter was enjoying the rides.

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Published June 17, 2015

Looking to taste, smell, hear and see the Greek isles close to home for a couple of bucks or three cans of food?

Opa! Fest once again will bring all things Greek to the grounds of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

Kessie Kaltsounis has helped with and organized the event that has been held on the grounds of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church for the last 23 years. She said the festival gives the church members the chance to share their Greek culture with the community.

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Published June 17, 2015

While the last national holiday did not cause a spike in police or fire calls for service due to fireworks-related issues, police and fire officials want to make sure that residents stay safe for the Fourth of July.

Benjamin Neims, crime data analyst for the Troy police, said that during Memorial Day and the day before and the day after, police received one call regarding fireworks during the permitted times that fireworks may be ignited. One call was received May 22-23 during a restricted time, and no calls related to fireworks were received from May 27-28.

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Published June 17, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library has trivia contests, art discussions, courtyard teatime and face-reading events set up for adult visitors as part of the library’s summer programs.


The library also has solidified its youth summer reading program events, which are scheduled to take place throughout late June and the month of July.

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Published June 17, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — School might be out for the summer, but library officials want both children and adults to know that reading is a yearlong, lifelong endeavor.


That rings especially true during the dog days of summer.


The Clinton-Macomb Public Library is an active proponent of keeping minds fresh in multiple ways, so for another year, the library is offering its Summer Reading Club to people of all ages.

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Published June 17, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The plans are in place for fireworks to light up the shores of Lake St. Clair at the end of the month, when the annual St. Clair Shores Fireworks Extravaganza comes to Veterans Memorial Park.


Dennis George Karwoski, of the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee, said a change in vendor for the fireworks means the city is getting more bang for its buck.


“For the same amount of money, they are providing us over double what we’ve been getting in the past years,” he said of Wolverine Fireworks in Saginaw.

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Published June 16, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — It’s time to get out the sunglasses and sunblock. The longest day of the year — and the official start of summer — will soon take place during the summer solstice celebration from 1-3 p.m. June 21 at Heritage Park.

“This was our first event last year, and it went really well, and we decided to make it an annual event,” Farmington Hills Nature Center Supervisor Ashlie Smith said. More than 80 people attended last year.

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Published June 15, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The hunt for the biggest bass in Lake St. Clair will return to the Nine Mile Boat Ramp on June 28 when Monster Quest XII comes to town.


This year’s two-angler team bass tournament will begin with registration at 4:30 a.m. June 28 at the Nine Mile Boat Ramp behind the Chapaton Retention Basin.


Event planner Terry Melvin Sr. said they’re hoping for good weather to draw about 100 boats to the tournament.

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Published June 12, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It’s official. Leisurely Sunday train ride season has begun.

The Michigan Transit Museum began its weekly summer historical train rides — for the 42nd year — on June 7, and some of those longtime volunteers say it’s off to a fine start.

Karl Joist, who has been a volunteer with the museum since he was 15, said it’s a positive sign that the first day attracted a lot of passengers, as MTM needs to replace the roof on its museum located in Mount Clemens, and then some.

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Published June 11, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple.


From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the day before, day of and day after designated national holidays.


But for some veterans, fireworks and other loud noises can trigger memories from military experiences.

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Published June 11, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — It’s time to take a bite out of the greater Farmington area at the annual Taste of Two Cities 2015 Grub Crawl.


The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce event will offer a selection of restaurants in the Farmington-Farmington Hills area from 6-9 p.m. June 16.

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Published June 11, 2015

FARMINGTON — It’s time to put your iPods down and back away. Slowly.


It’s for your own good: The annual Rhythmz in Riley Park will soon descend upon Farmington with 11 performances from acts new and old, guaranteed to keep your attention tuned.

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Published June 10, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Changes to the 21st annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show this weekend include a new location and more interactive opportunities for the expected 15,000 attendees.

The show is moving to Fourth Street between Main and Knowles in downtown Royal Oak this year because of construction at its usual location on South Washington Avenue, and Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Director of Events Jennifer Clark said the change is building additional excitement for the event, which will take place from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 13 and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 14.

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Published June 10, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — For the first time since Westacres’ 75th anniversary in 2011, the community is unlocking its fences and welcoming the public to tour residential gardens.


The Westacres Community Association will host the garden tour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 27. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased on the day of the tour at the Westacres clubhouse. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be used to restore the clubhouse, which was built in the late 1970s.

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Published June 9, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Your dad may not need, or want — another tie — but a day of admiring some of the most fabulous and iconic vehicles in the world could make for an ideal Father’s Day gift.

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Published June 3, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Experience the thrills of summer with campfire songs, hot dogs, s’mores and a whole lot more during the ninth annual Great Farmington Hills Campout from June 6-7 at Heritage Park.

“That is what the event was developed for, to get people who aren’t sure about camping a place to go out with their kids,” Special Services Deputy Director Bryan Farmer said recently. “This is one easy way to do it.”

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Published May 27, 2015

ROCHESTER — Each summer, the library offers a summer reading program to keep children and teens, as well as adults, engaged in books while school is out.


Community members of all ages can sign up for the 10-week summer reading program June 5 and start logging their reading points online for a chance to win a number of prizes through Aug. 8.

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