Summer Fun

Published June 30, 2017

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Just as the grills and sparklers fizzle out at the end of Independence Day, the fun will just be getting started at Springfield Oaks County Park as the annual Oakland County Fair opens up July 7-16.

Grandstand entertainment, games, carnival rides, fair food, fireworks and so much more will bring Davisburg to life once again for the decades-old family event. But tradition is only half of the fun, according to Fair Manager L.C. Scramlin.

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Published June 28, 2017

Sterling Heights city officials hope to make a splash with a new event to entice people to pay a visit to the city’s distinctive waterway, the Clinton River.

The city will present its inaugural Canoe the Clinton canoe and kayak event July 8.

City Manager Mark Vanderpool described the event as a way for the city to celebrate the Clinton River’s reopening for recreational usage. Teaming up with Clinton River Canoe & Kayak Rentals helped make the new event possible, he added.

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Published June 28, 2017

CLAWSON — The Clawson Fourth of July Committee announced a lineup full of opportunities to celebrate the summer holiday.

“It’s that time of year, and we’re really excited to celebrate the Fourth of July here in Clawson, a long-standing tradition,” said City Councilwoman and Fourth of July Committee Chair Debbie Wooley.

The fun already began June 24 with the annual Clawson Kiddie Parade, but it will keep on going through the big show in the night sky on Tuesday, July 4.

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Published June 28, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — From live fitness demonstrations to informational booths, the Senior Fun Festival will offer almost everything Macomb County seniors may want and need to stay vital 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 30 at the Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens.

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Published June 28, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Don’t worry, kids. Screen time isn’t as bad as the grownups say.

You just need to have a really, really big screen.

The Birmingham Shopping District is pulling out the biggest screen it’s got again this summer for free family-friendly flicks al fresco during movie nights in Booth Park.

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Published June 28, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — One of the city’s “signature events,” the First State Bank Fireworks Extravaganza, is scheduled for June 30 at Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave.

“We’re looking forward to a big family fireworks night here in St. Clair Shores,” said Dave Rubello, of the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee, which organizes the show each year. “This is a St. Clair Shores favorite. This is a signature event.”

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Published June 28, 2017

SYLVAN LAKE — The Oakland County Boat Club has oohed and aahed the Sylvan Lake community for about 80 years now.

The club’s annual fireworks event is slated to take place at dusk July 3 near the area of Sylvan Lake and Otter Lake.

The fireworks will be displayed over Sylvan Lake; a rain date will be July 7 at the same time and location.

Sylvan Lake City Manager Jon Martin said the city provides the venue for the fireworks show, along with police protection. He said the event is a big deal.

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Published June 28, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — This summer, when you’re soaking up the sun, bring a book along. 

Through the library’s annual summer reading program — this year themed “Build a Better World” — the community’s youth have a chance to keep their minds and bodies active through Sept. 1 at both library branches.

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Published June 27, 2017

TROY — Enjoy a stroll through six private gardens — with themes including sitting in the shade, going to the woods and working on the railroad — at the 43rd annual Troy Garden Club Garden Walk.

Four of the gardens are located in Troy:

• “The Eagle Has Landed,” where an eagle sculpture watches over a garden developed over the course of 38 years.

• “Solitary Trees,” which features a pond and a waterfall in a garden created over the course of 33 years.

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Published June 26, 2017

Just like pierogi are stuffed with potato or other fillings, so is the upcoming American Polish Festival and Craft Show stuffed with events.

The American Polish Century Club’s annual event will return to Sterling Heights to celebrate Polish culture July 7-9.

Organizers expect a turnout of more than 15,000 visitors. Event co-chair Arnold Beller described how much attendees like to get reacquainted with one another every year at the event, adding that some people throughout the Midwest plan their vacations and family reunions around the festival.

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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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