Summer Fun

Published August 14, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Tula Economou has been stuffing grape leaves and helping with other food preparation for her church’s signature community event for at least the past decade, maybe more.

The Grosse Pointe Woods resident said that once a year, she and about 30 other women get together to stuff grape leaves to be sold at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church’s GreekFest, scheduled this year for Aug. 17-20.

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Published August 14, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Ever wish you could get inside the head of a brilliant interior designer for some home décor inspiration?

Next month, the Michigan Design Center will give you an opportunity to do the next best thing: tour the homes of some of the area’s finest interior designers.

The second annual MDC Home Tour will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, and will include the actual homes of local design masterminds Amy Miller Weinstein, Marianne Jones and Richard Ross, along with homes designed for clients by Corey Damen Jenkins and Ian Hartwell.

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Published August 14, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — It’s hard to imagine a garden that’s more beautiful or lush with natural color than the grounds at the Cranbrook estate.

But when a dozen florists add even more flowers to the grounds for a special exhibition Sept. 8-10, that’s exactly what guests will see, according to Laura Daluga, of the American Institute of Floral Designers.

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Published August 10, 2017

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — There is no shortage of military expertise in the 127th Wing of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

On Aug. 9, numerous servicemen provided members of the media with the ride of a lifetime: a nearly four-hour round-trip trek from the base in Harrison Township to a Grayling-Alpena training area and back.

Col. Jim Rossi and Col. Michael Urban were the flight’s pilots. Manning the cockpit was nothing new for either of them, as they have 28 and 14 years of experience, respectively, between them.

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — It’s finally time: Pulse-pumping, high-flying aerial acrobats will be booming over Macomb County during the Selfridge Open House and Air Show Aug. 19-20.

Marking the 100th anniversary of Selfridge Air National Guard Base, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 Demonstration Team will be this year’s headliner during the show.

Brig. Gen. John Slocum said the public is invited to join in celebrating a century of military aviation.

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Published August 9, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Parents: Are you tired of events for your kids that need as much paperwork as your taxes? Well, believe it or not, there’s still at least one family function that doesn’t require forms, reservations or money.

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Published August 9, 2017

CLAWSON — The spotlight will be on the downtown this weekend when vehicle enthusiasts gather for the 19th annual Down on Main Street car show.

The event, hosted by the Clawson Lions Club, will take place rain or shine at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. The event always takes place the Saturday before the Woodward Dream Cruise.

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Published August 9, 2017

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings are inviting their fans to take part in the second annual Hockeytown 5K run/walk through Detroit.

Fans will be able to run or walk the 5 kilometer course through downtown in and around several of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.

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Published August 9, 2017

DETROIT — Downtown Detroit will be lighting up Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept 23, for the third celebration of DLECTRICITY, an outdoor nighttime festival of art and light.

Sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation and organized by Midtown Detroit Inc., the festival invites a number of cutting-edge artists from both Detroit and around the world to create works using light and moving images for the public to enjoy.

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Published August 8, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — They’re called the dog days of summer, but many wish they would never end.

Another year of Macomb Township Parks and Recreation summer events have reached their finish lines, with officials touting another successful year complete with community amusement and strong attendance.

Macomb Parks and Recreation Director Salvatore DiCaro pointed to one big reason for success.

“We’ve had a beautiful summer weatherwise,” DiCaro said. “(There’s been) no rain at events and record numbers.”

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Published August 8, 2017

A throng of yard sale shoppers will head out to Dodge Park in Sterling Heights Aug. 12 to seek out the latest finds at the city’s annual Treasure Hunters Market.

Market planners say the event has previously drawn about 100 vendors, who sell everything from old books and toys to furniture. Organizers say only a few types of items, such as auto parts and power equipment, are not allowed for sale.

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Published August 2, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — It’s been in the works for months, but Southfielders can finally strap on their helmets and hop on their bikes as part of a new citywide bike share program. 

City officials launched the program July 26, in addition to unveiling a new bike path along Northwestern Highway in the Southfield City Centre. 

At an April 17 meeting, the Southfield City Council unanimously approved a donation of a bike share from the Southfield City Centre Advisory Board. 

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Published August 2, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — If you’ve been meaning to clean out your garage or basement, now might be the perfect time to do so. 

The Southfield Community Coalition will host its first communitywide yard sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 12 in the parking lot of Morris Adler Elementary School, 19100 Filmore St. 

Similar to a homeowners association, the coalition was formed in 2015 to encompass not only neighborhood associations, but also condominiums and apartments to share best practices and hold community events, among other initiatives. 

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Published August 2, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — “Welcome to my cute-iful garden.”

That should be the sign hanging in the yard of Kathleen and Mike Rogal, of Clairwood Street.

With hidden treasures to be found around every corner, creating the fairy gardens and painting the Seven Dwarfs sprinkled throughout the property has actually been like therapy for Kathleen Rogal, who was diagnosed with spinal stenosis five years ago.

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Published August 2, 2017

FRANKLIN — The village of Franklin will soon celebrate its Labor Day Roundup festivities as it has for the last 73 years.

For decades the village has marked the end of summer with a parade, games, performances and other attractions for residents and visitors.

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Published August 2, 2017

ROCHESTER — Downtown Rochester will soon be bustling with classic and custom cars when nearly 400 vehicles roll into town Aug. 13.

This year’s Rockin’ Rods n’ Rochester car show will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, on Walnut Boulevard, between University and Second streets, in downtown Rochester.

“Especially when the weather is cooperative, we probably get a few thousand people to the show,” said Celia Domalewski, who organizes the show for the Rochester Lions Club.

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Published July 26, 2017

FARMINGTON — Farmington is ready to open its doors once again to Haiti. 

During an upcoming biennial festival, Bel Bagay Lakay — “beautiful things from home” — July 29-30, attendees can enjoy art, crafts, food and other activities.

The festival will be held 6-11 p.m. July 29 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 30 at the Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park, 33314 Grand River Ave. 

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Published July 26, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe’s Music in the Plaza series had a newcomer, Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations — a group that plays rhythm and blues, Top 40, pop and funk — perform during the July 19 show behind City Hall.

The next concert will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 with Mainstream Drive, which is a classic rock and Top 40 cover band that enjoys performing most popular or “mainstream” music.

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Published July 26, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — As the classic tune goes, “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets.”

Plus sipping and munching and maybe even a little buying.

The annual Bates Street Block Party will hoist up the tents and fire up the grills next Saturday, Aug. 12. The outdoor event, formally known as the Farm to Table Food Festival, will be held on the streets surrounding The Community House noon-5 p.m., giving guests the chance to taste and buy delicious locally grown and prepared food and beverage offerings.

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Published July 26, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Heart of the Hills run will be returning to Bloomfield Hills Saturday, July 29, and runners from all over the area are lacing up their running shoes.

The run will encompass a 5K and a 10K, and it benefits youth charity programs run through the Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club and the Bloomfield Hills School District’s charity program. The run has been lauded by past participants for its beautiful and challenging route.

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