Summer Fun

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

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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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

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

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

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

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 7, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The 2017 Aqua Fest will take over Blossom Heath Park and the Nautical Mile July 14-16 with fun for all ages.

“We have a lot of activities, a lot of events taking place, mostly in Blossom Heath Park, our beautiful park,” said Donna Flaherty, president of the Nautical Mile Merchants Association.

A major attraction at the event is the Ultimate Air Dogs show, which will be in St. Clair Shores for the fourth time. Shows will be in Blossom Heath Park at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. July 15, and 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m. July 16.

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Published July 6, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Maureen Papsdorf said her talents in the garden were inspired by her father-in-law.

She said Henry Papsdorf once had an immaculate garden at his Clinton Township home, the focal point being a large outdoor fountain.

“I inherited the fountain from him,” Maureen Papsdorf said from her Harrison Township home last week. “I definitely think he was my inspiration (for gardening).”

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Published July 5, 2017

The popular Summer Sensation free concert series returns this year.

People can bring lawn chairs or blankets and head to Boulan Park to grab a bite to eat and hear music tuned to a wide range of tastes.

This is the second year the outdoor concerts will be held at Boulan Park. The two previous years, the concerts were held on the grounds of the Troy Civic Center.

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Published July 5, 2017

In response to a number of requests for outside events, such as weddings, to be held at the Stage Nature Center, a large tent will now be available for rental on-site.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved a 10-year agreement with the Troy Nature Society, which took over operations and funding for programs at the nature center five years ago, at a June 19 meeting.

“The (Troy) Nature Society agreement has worked out really well for the city and the residents,” Recreation Director Elaine Bo said to the council.

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Published July 5, 2017

HAZEL PARK — A variety of goods will be available for sale when the Hazel Park Growers and Makers Market reopens to the public.

The market will be at Green Acres Park, located at Woodward Heights Boulevard and Lenox Avenue, on the border of Hazel Park and Ferndale. It will be open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting July 9 and running through Oct. 22.

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Published July 5, 2017

CLAWSON — A night of hilarity, hijinks and happiness is heading to Clawson this weekend with the 10th annual Cinema in the Street.

Downtown Clawson will host the event Saturday, July 8, at the intersection of 14 Mile Road and Main Street.

Games and entertainment will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m., followed by the movie at dusk.

After public input was considered and social media votes were tallied, the winning film that will be shown this year is “Night at the Museum.”

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Published July 5, 2017

Come together under the stars in downtown Farmington for the annual Greater Farmington Founders Festival July 20-23.

Fireworks, hot air balloons and other activities are certain to have many attendees looking up, and living it up, at the festival, which will kick off 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 20 with a Kids STEAM  — science, technology, engineering, art and math — Heat event in Shiawassee Park. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum will provide STEAM-based activities, and  Farmington YMCA field games will also be on tap.

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Published July 5, 2017

CENTER LINE — Attendance and good vibes were up. Problems were down.

That was good news for everyone who attended the city of Center Line’s second annual Independence Festival, a celebration of the city’s history with entertainment, food, fireworks and family activities June 23-25 at Memorial Park.

The three-day festival was capped by a fireworks display at dusk on Saturday, and officials said crowd control measures implemented after the inaugural festival in 2016 kept things running smoothly.  

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Published July 5, 2017

ROCHESTER — For over 60 years, shoppers have flooded downtown Rochester to find one-of-a-kind deals and to reconnect with friends and neighbors over the summer.

Rochester Downtown Development Authority Director Kristi Trevarrow said the sales have become a tradition for many, adding that pretty much everyone in town comes downtown at one point during the three-day event.

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