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Published August 31, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Weather conditions, distance from shoreline, level of experience and the presence of a life jacket are each factors that can determine life or death while operating paddle craft.

Paddle craft refers to nonmotorized watercraft such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. These devices are reliant on the paddler, who is also the most vulnerable against the water.

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Published August 31, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — You’ll know St. Hubert’s Fall Festival is here at 4 p.m. on Sept. 8, two hours before the Harrison Township event actually begins.

The field across from the church on Prentiss Street will be filled with cars, and there will be a long line of people outside the large tent. Why? The wildly popular Friday Fish Fry that will be served sharply at 6 p.m.

“They always come early for the fish fry,” said festival chairperson Mary Owiesny. “It’s immensely popular.”

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Published August 31, 2017

WATERFORD — It’s hard to hide an airport, but Oakland County International Airport may be one of the county’s biggest hidden treasures, according to officials.

The airport held its annual open house and air show on Aug. 27.

“It’s a neat little gem that a lot of people don’t know about,” said Bill Mullan, OCIA media and communications officer. “That’s the point of the air show and open house: for the public to come out, learn about the airport and be pleasantly surprised by what they see when they get here.”

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Published August 30, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Roseville’s Downtown Development Authority will host its first Bohemian Art Stomp festival, rain or shine, from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 behind Gonzo Art Studios, 28305 Gratiot Ave.

The Bohemian Art Stomp will feature local and regional artists, vendors and crafters.
The admission fee is $2, and proceeds will go toward the DDA to “invest in the area,” according to DDA board member and event coordinator Edward Stross.

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Published August 29, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Parks officials hope kites and arrows will fly during the upcoming Goodison Good Tyme celebration planned for Sept. 9 at Marsh View Park.

The township’s annual family-friendly fall festival is designed to coincide with the grand opening of the park’s newly expanded Olympic archery range.

“It will be two festivals in one,” said Oakland Township Parks Director Mindy Milos-Dale. “Everything is free, including cake at the grand-opening ceremony.”

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Published August 21, 2017

NOVI — Holly farmer Jackie Scramlin, 65, the Michigan State Fair livestock and agriculture director, doesn’t easily give up on her passion.

Maybe it’s her lifelong agricultural background — having grown up on a dairy farm near Grand Rapids — or her love of family that bring everything together at the Michigan State Fair, which she has been a part of for 49 years. But she didn’t lose hope on her fair, even after it shuttered eight years ago. 

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Published August 21, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Knitting a beautiful scarf would be sure to keep one person happy, not to mention warm.

But knitting a piece of artwork to wrap around a lamp post or drape over a park bench could bring happiness to countless people.

That’s the idea behind Birmingham in Stitches, a biannual public art installation that “bombs” the city’s downtown in colorful, large-scale knitting and crochet projects that is coming back this fall.

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Published August 20, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Millions of people from around the world helped Selfridge Air National Guard Base celebrate 100 years of history during its Open House and Air Show Aug. 19-20.

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Published August 19, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Lake St. Clair is well-known to anglers across the country and internationally for its stellar bass fishing.

That’s why the Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament makes a stop in Macomb County whenever it gets the opportunity.

The Advance Auto Parts 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series will take place on Lake St. Clair Aug. 24-27, when more than 100 of the world’s top anglers will compete for a top prize of $100,000. The last day of the tournament will be aired on ESPN.

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Published August 15, 2017

ROCHESTER — Residents, business owners, elected officials and administrators in Rochester came together to unveil a 20-foot-tall sundial in celebration of the city’s bicentennial Aug. 12.

City Beautiful Commission Chair Lynn Marie Oates said former City Councilman Steve Sage, who previously served on the CBC, came up with the idea for the sundial about six years ago. His idea was put on the back burner for a number of years, until the City Council issued a request for proposals asking for ideas for a monument to commemorate the bicentennial.

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Published August 15, 2017

TROY — Get the dish on deals when Troy Restaurant Week returns Aug. 20-25. 

This summer’s lineup features 25 restaurants, including the recently opened Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Granite City Food & Brewery, returning after a number of years.  

“Restaurants get the opportunity to flex their creative muscle and offer items not featured on the regular menu,” said Jessica Hruska, director of communication for the Troy Chamber of Commerce, which spearheads the event. Troy Restaurant Week is sponsored by InTouch Credit Union.

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Published August 15, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — From heavy-duty military vehicles built to survive a bomb blast, to the police cruisers and fire engines that keep the community safe, there will be all kinds of trucks to see during an upcoming event at Madison High School.

The event is appropriately titled “Trucks, Trucks, TRUCKS!” and will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, in the parking lot at Madison High, 915 E. 11 Mile Road.

Admission is free. The trucks will be parked on the 11 Mile side, but attendees can park on either side.

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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

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 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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Plant-based nutrition discussion
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Groves High School
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Grosse Pointe South choir performance
7 p.m.
Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center
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Sylvan Lake citywide garage sale
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Sylvan Lake City Hall

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