Summer Fun

Published July 26, 2017

HARPER WOODS — For the 11th year in a row, Harper Woods will be taking part in the National Night Out.

The National Night Out is an event celebrated across the country to encourage togetherness and community. 

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Published July 26, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With cheers and good-natured jeers, St. Clair Shores seniors are getting exercise and socializing through booming bocce ball and shuffleboard leagues at the Senior Activities Center.

“It’s one of the biggest active groups we have at the center,” said Mary Cipriano, the league coordinator for the past 10 years. “It doesn’t matter what your health or capacity is; everybody can participate in this.”

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Published July 24, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The people behind the annual Mount Clemens Cruise are putting on a second car cruise and show for the summer, and this one is expected to draw a larger, more eclectic crowd.

Cars & Stripes, organized by the Friends of Mount Clemens, will be held 9 a.m.-9 p.m. July 29 in the city’s downtown area, and it will honor Selfridge Air National Guard Base as it celebrates its centennial anniversary this year.

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Published July 22, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Come nightfall on Aug. 5, the Clinton River in Harrison Township will be lit up as more than 20 decked-out boats take to the water for the annual Harrison Township Parade of Lights.

This year’s parade will take off from host site Markley Marine at around 9:05 p.m. and will travel down the river between North and South River roads, past Bridgeview, toward the Harley Ensign Memorial Boat Launch, and back again to Markley.

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Published July 20, 2017

DETROIT — More than 35,000 students traveled to Belle Isle July 12 for Metro Detroit Youth Day, a celebration of Detroit-area students that aims to provide information and opportunities for their futures.

The event began in 1982 and celebrated its 35th anniversary at this year’s celebration. It was started as a response to incidents between youths and Detroit business owners. The business owners were brought together to try to help the kids of the city, instead of punishing them.

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Published July 19, 2017

FRASER — The Fraser Lions Club is ready to roar.

The club’s annual four-day carnival is the biggest party in Fraser, bringing food, drinks, amusement rides, music, fireworks and more during the heart of summer. It takes place at Steffens Park, near City Hall on the corner of 14 Mile Road and Garfield Road.

This year’s event begins Thursday, July 20, and concludes with a fireworks extravaganza Sunday, July 23.

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Published July 19, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Qualifying low-income Madison Heights residents are eligible for free vouchers to Red Oaks Waterpark, thanks to a new program resulting from a City Council initiative.

The vouchers normally cost $14. The same vouchers will be sold at a 79 percent discount ($3) to moderate-income residents, and to all other residents at a 57 percent discount ($6).

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Published July 19, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — Music fans will get a fresh slate of culinary options and musical acts, including rocker Bret Michaels from Poison, at the upcoming Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair this month.

Sterling Heights officials say Sterlingfest is the city’s largest annual event, as it typically boasts a turnout of tens of thousands of visitors. This year, Sterlingfest will run July 27-29 in the area surrounding the intersection of Utica Road and Dodge Park Road.

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Published July 19, 2017

UTICA — Utica’s signature arts and crafts festival, named after the structure that stood in the early settlement, will return to the shaded, looping trail in Grant Park from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 22, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 23.

The Old Mill Arts & Crafts Festival booked more than 65 vendors this year, from photographers to jewelers and beyond — many selling Michigan-made products.

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Published July 18, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — It’s that time of summer again where the shopping in downtown Birmingham gets as hot as the weather report.

The annual Day on the Town returns this Saturday, July 22, when from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. visitors will find live entertainment, fun activities for kids, and 10 hours of great sales inside stores and out on sidewalks throughout the downtown district.

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Published July 17, 2017

Utica Mayor Thom Dionne encouraged guests to arrive with coolers, lawn chairs and their favorite people to the city’s very first food truck rally July 15.

The rally was held from 5 to 9 p.m. outside of the Utica Public Library, 7530 Auburn Road. Classic rock ensemble the Real Deal band performed next door in Jacqueline K. Noonan Riverwalk Park.

The event was the brainchild of Dionne, the main host of the rally.

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Published July 12, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe’s summer concert series brings out residents from near and far to hear different bands perform timeless hits in the plaza behind Eastpointe’s City Hall.

The next concert will be at 6:30 p.m. July 19 with Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations, a group that plays rhythm and blues, Top 40, pop and funk. 

Cadillac Cowboys Jerry Tittle, Tim Dubay and Mark Manko — playing classic rock and country — brought out the “best crowd this summer” July 5, according to Public Information Assistant Bill Driskell.

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Published July 12, 2017

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — The Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe will host its fourth annual Sizzlin’ Summer Night event from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 3 at Kennedy Park, 24517 Schroeder Ave.

“RARE created this event as a way to thank the residents for allowing us to exist. If it wasn’t for the residents in Eastpointe and Roseville, we wouldn’t be here, so this is a way for us to give back to the community,” said RARE Assistant Director Bobbie Wilson.

All activities are free, and food will be available for purchase on-site.

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Published July 12, 2017

UTICA — Mayor Thom Dionne hopes to put a spotlight on the city’s downtown area with its first food truck rally July 15.

The event will be held in the parking lot of the Utica Public Library, 7530 Auburn Road, from 5 to 9 p.m. It is sponsored by the city of Utica and the Utica Downtown Development Authority.

The Metro Detroit Food Truck Association will be presenting Mean Weenie, Marconi’s Pizza and Imperial House at the event. The trucks will be joined by an ice cream truck and Detroit classic rock ensemble the Real Deal.

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Published July 12, 2017

DETROIT/WARREN — On a somewhat cloudy morning on the Detroit River July 6, a group of seagulls gathered to look for food while several feet away, a Canadian police boat made its rounds.

Not far away, swimmers raced each other at the Belle Isle Park beach while the Ambassador Bridge hovered in the distance.

That was among the many sites the Warren Woods Public Schools School Age Child Care Summer Program students saw when they enjoyed a field trip last Thursday as they cruised the Detroit River via Diamond Jack’s River Tours.

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Published July 12, 2017

WARREN — There have been many a moose sighting along the Red Run. Well, sort of.

A big, decorative steel moose is part of the creative landscape found in the garden of Pat and Jim Gentry. Thankfully, it doesn’t consume plants, unlike the deer and other wildlife that frequent the yard on the banks of the creek.

The Gentrys’ property will be one of six gardens open for all to see during the Warren Garden Club’s 2017 Garden Walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15.

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Published July 12, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — If you’re into themed works of nature, it’s time to get excited about the event that rolls around only once every other year: the Shelby Garden Club’s flower show.

This year, the show will take place Thursday, July 13, through Saturday, July 15, at the Shelby Township Library — the usual staging grounds. Garden club members will create and showcase floral expressions centered around the theme “Made in Michigan.”

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Published July 12, 2017

FRANKLIN — The village of Franklin is inviting people to grab the popcorn with the return of its Movies on the Green summer movie series.

Each Wednesday between July 26 and Aug. 9 will feature a family-friendly film projected onto a large screen on the Franklin Village Green. The films will start at dusk — approximately 9 p.m. — and the showings are presented by the Franklin Community Association at no cost to those attending.

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Published July 12, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS —Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Rochester Hills Museum are all about kids and clean fun, with a little education snuck in.

Wet and Wild Wednesdays are held from noon to 2 p.m. every Wednesday in July and include slip-and-slides, a fire truck spray, Stony Creek wading, musical entertainment and activities hosted by the Clinton River Watershed Council.

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Published July 12, 2017

ROCHESTER — With summer in full swing, entertaining the family without breaking the bank can be a struggle.

But for the next four weeks, starting this weekend, the whole brood can enjoy free movies under the stars in downtown Rochester.

Now in its 16th year, Rochester Downtown Development Authority Director Kristi Trevarrow said she got the idea for Movies in the Moonlight while watching a movie herself.

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Upcoming Events

Fraser
Relay for Life fundraiser
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fraser Woods Apartments
Rochester Hills
RC theater performances
7:30 p.m.
Rochester College Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
Bloomfield Hills
'Ancient Rome: Age of the Caesars' exhibit
ongoing
Cranbrook Institute of Science
Sterling Heights
Vendor and craft show
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Penna's of Sterling
Grosse Pointe Woods
'Other Desert Cities' live onstage
8 p.m.
Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church

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