Summer Fun

Published June 24, 2017

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Parks and Recreation Department plans to make the annual fireworks event shine even brighter this year, officials said.

The 11th annual event, presented by First State Bank, will take place July 5 on the grounds of the Clinton Township Civic Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township. Other sponsors include Baker College and GFL Environmental Inc.

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Published June 21, 2017

CLAWSON — It would be hard to deny that the little city with a big heart loves to celebrate the Fourth of July. But before the fireworks sizzle next month, some pre-patriotic annual activities will get the spirit sparked.

The Clawson Kiddie Parade will step off at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, from Clawson Middle School, 150 John M. Ave., and travel down Phillips Avenue to Custer Avenue and finish at City Park, at Elmwood and Custer avenues.

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Published June 21, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Every summer, just days before the Fourth of July holiday, tens of thousands flock to Mount Clemens for the annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks.

The 2017 Downtown Mount Clemens Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks will commence on June 23 with the River Sight and Sound Concert at the gazebo in Clinton Riverfront Park at 8 p.m.

The concert will feature the music of the Groove Council and Kathleen Murray and will be immediately followed by the fireworks show at dusk, which is about 10 p.m.

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Published June 21, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the heat of summer driving residents to cool off in the city pool, City Manager Mike Smith said six arms of the water slide have been replaced with fabricated models, making it safe for the 2017 summer season.

“We had six arms fabricated and powder coated, even though there was only four that the (state) inspector originally indicated needed to be replaced,” said Smith at the June 5 City Council meeting.

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Published June 21, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Bring your little ones — and their imaginations — for a day of fantastical wonder at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores.

After a two-year absence, the Fairy Tale Festival will return from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24. This year, the festival is adopting the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

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Published June 21, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the first time since 2008, Shelby Township will host its own fireworks show Monday, July 3, presented by the Shelby Township Downtown Development Authority.

The fireworks themselves will be shot off from Ford Field around 10 p.m., but organizers invite the public to watch the fireworks display and enjoy fun, food and music at the Packard Proving Grounds starting around 6 p.m. Parking at the site will cost $5 per vehicle.

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Published June 21, 2017

WARREN — Worry not. Summerfest is coming back stronger and more focused this year.

The event, founded by Liberty Family Outreach 14 years ago, will be held at the Liberty Foursquare Church, on 11 Mile Road west of Ryan, on Aug. 26. Participants will be asked to register in advance for an opportunity to receive a bevy of back-to-school necessities, including sports physicals, haircuts and backpacks full of school supplies at a scheduled time on that day.

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Published June 21, 2017

CENTER LINE — Food, fun, fireworks and entertainment will be on tap June 23-25 as the Center Line community comes together for a second year to celebrate what organizers hope will become a lasting tradition.

Building on lessons learned from the inaugural Center Line Independence Festival in 2016, planners with the newly established Center Line Festival Foundation said they sought input from city officials, business leaders and residents ahead of this year’s three-day event.

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Published June 20, 2017

The food, music and culture of Italy will be on display when Festa Italiana returns to Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights July 14-16.
Joe Ventimiglia, from the Italian American Cultural Society, said he is a chairman of the event, and he added that he typically starts organizing the event around January or February every year.

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Published June 20, 2017

UTICA — Utica’s bicentennial celebration is right around the corner June 22-25. The 200th birthday bash will be chock full of fun family events, as well as historical presentations, artifacts and tours.

The concluding event will be a guided tour of the historic Utica Cemetery at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Organizers estimate that the tour will last approximately two hours.

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Published June 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Even living within steps of Lake St. Clair, there are still many people who don’t know how to swim or aren’t comfortable with the water, said St. Clair Shores Aquatics Manager Jason Harms, and that’s something that’s easy to change this year.

“A lot of people grow up in Michigan and Lake St. Clair but yet still do not know how to swim, and it’s so crucial to get young children comfortable with the water at an early age,” he said. 

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Published June 15, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — It feels like summer in the greater Farmington area community with activities to keep you busy, ranging from cool, sweet treats to the sweet sounds of music. A number of events are on tap in the area this week. Read on to discover what you might want to get involved in.

Rhythmz in Riley Park to feature Creole Du Nord
Creole Du Nord, a Cajun and zydeco-style band, is set to perform 7:30-9 p.m. June 16 for the Rhythmz in Riley Park concert.

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Published June 15, 2017

Bigger, better and “off the charts” is how organizers of the 20th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats describe the 2017 Labor Day weekend festival.

Organizers, sponsors and others involved with the Sept. 1-4 event gathered inside Fifth Avenue June 14 in downtown Royal Oak to offer a preview.

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Published June 14, 2017

FERNDALE — In recent years, Ferndale’s Downtown Development Authority has worked to install public art in an effort to beautify the city.

That work will look to continue with the fourth annual Art of the Cocktail event, which raises funds to install public art in downtown Ferndale, from 6 to 9 p.m. June 15 at two neighboring venues: M-Brew, 177 Vester Ave., and Valentine Distilling Co., 161 Vester Ave.

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Published June 14, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It’s prime recreation season for children and adults.

The Clinton Township Parks and Recreation summer schedule is kicking into full swing, and it’s offering another full lineup of programs and activities.

The annual fireworks event is July 5, sponsored by First State Bank. Pre-show activities will kick off at 6 p.m., with fireworks beginning around 10 p.m.

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Published June 14, 2017

CLAWSON — Don’t be alarmed if you happen to see a stormtrooper or Stay Puft Marshmallow Man walking the streets this weekend. There is no world domination or paranormal activity happening, and the only thing your P.K.E. meter will detect is fun.

The inaugural Craftcom, presented by Black Lotus Brewing Co., will take place 5-11 p.m. June 16 and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 17 in downtown Clawson. Main Street will be closed from 14 Mile road to Broadacre Avenue for the event.

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Published June 14, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It’s almost time for children and adults to let loose.

The Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department recently announced its free summer event schedule, made possible by various sponsors and friends of the program. Events will take place from late June to early August.

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Published June 14, 2017

ROCHESTER — Families can hit the trails for some exercise and education this summer.

Amanda Harrison Keighley, of the Rochester Hills Public Library, said community members will have a chance to explore the rich history just outside the library’s doors through a special program called “A Tale of Two Trails,” in partnership with the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.

Local bicyclists and families can take a 3.7-mile bicycle ride 6:30-9 p.m. June 29.

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Published June 14, 2017

ROCHESTER — The Music in the Park concert series kicks off this week, bringing music and merriment to Rochester’s Municipal Park.

Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Rochester, the series features seven concerts, which take place 7-9 p.m. Thursdays in and around the Bebout Band Shelter in Municipal Park, located behind City Hall, at 400 Sixth St.

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Published June 14, 2017

TROY — Prizes and programs abound for patrons of all ages at the Troy Public Library this summer. 

The theme for this summer’s offerings is “Build a Better World.” 

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State of the Cities address
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Macomb group seeks scholarship nominees
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League of Women Voters meeting
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Mount Clemens Public Library
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Sterling Heights celebrates 50 years
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Sterling Heights Senior Center
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Rochester PTA centennial celebration
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