Summer Fun

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

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 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

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 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

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 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

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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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 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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