Summer Fun

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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Published June 14, 2017

HAMTRAMCK — The Capuchin Ministries of Detroit is inviting young adults and urban professionals to attend its Capuchin Night Out fundraiser to help benefit the variety of programs that the order supports around the Detroit area.

The Capuchins are a Franciscan ministry with the goal of feeding the body, nurturing the spirit and strengthening the community. Through efforts such as the Solanus Casey Center, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and the Jefferson House, they put those ideas into action. 

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Published June 13, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — The free, family-friendly Festival of the Hills aims to entertain all June 28 at Borden Park.

“If you’ve never been, you have got to check out our premier event, held each and every year at Borden Park,” Mayor Bryan Barnett said in a statement.

The evening begins with family games, food concessions and live entertainment, starting at 6 p.m. Michigan’s second-largest fireworks show is slated to begin at 10 p.m. and last until 10:40 p.m. 

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Published June 13, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Following an announcement of its cancellation due to lack of volunteer help, the Nautical Ride will return to Wednesday nights — at least for one night, June 14.

Kayla Wilkie, the new social media manager at Roy O’Brien Ford, said that with the departure of her predecessor, Tess Guyette — who helped to organize the first Nautical Rides — and other crew members becoming busy with other activities, “we weren’t sure if it was going to happen.”

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Published June 12, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — It’s one of the best-attended events in the city of Madison Heights, and it always goes out with a bang.

This is the 31st year for the city’s Pre-Fourth of July Festival in Park. The gathering at Civic Center Park behind City Hall, 300 W. 13 Mile Road, draws people from all over. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, June 25. Inflatable bouncers and obstacle courses for kids begin at 6 p.m., live music at 7 p.m., and fireworks will light up the skies at 10 p.m.

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Published June 12, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Kick off the summer on Lake St. Clair June 17 with the sixth annual Sprint and Splash Festival of Races at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township.

Organizers said Sprint and Splash attracts around 1,000 competitors and spectators to the area for a chance to participate in and watch a variety of exciting events, as well as enjoy some music, food, the Kuhnhenn craft beer tent and a multitude of vendors.

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Published June 7, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Forget Pinterest — homeowners in the San Marino neighborhood and members of the Parks and Garden Club will be on hand this summer to provide real-life garden inspiration.

Community members are invited to stroll through the San Marino neighborhood, located near 12 Mile and Inkster roads, 2-5 p.m. June 25 and admire the neighborhood’s gardens and yards. The annual event is hosted by the Southfield Parks and Garden Club.

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Published June 7, 2017

EASTPOINTE — In March, the Eastpointe Cruisin’ Gratiot committee wanted to switch things up and pick a father in Eastpointe to be the grand marshal for the cruise. Any individual could submit a letter of 500 words or less to the committee by April 30 to nominate a father.

Eastpointe resident Robert Baker was nominated by his daughter, Maia. He was more excited for Maia once he found out that he was the winner, because he knew it would make her happy.

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Published June 7, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Rev your engines and admire cars throughout Eastpointe during the 19th annual Eastpointe Cruisin’ Gratiot and a weeklong celebration June 12-17 leading up to the June 17 cruise.

A car show will begin at 3 p.m. Monday, June 12, at Big Boy Restaurant, 22765 Gratiot Ave., and more classic car shows will be happening throughout the week:

• 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at Cloverleaf Restaurant, 24443 Gratiot Ave.

• 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at First State Bank, 16100 E. Nine Mile Road.

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Published June 7, 2017

The start of June marks the beginning of some of the city of Sterling Heights’ weekly summertime events in Dodge Park, according to city officials.

At a May 16 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool invited the public to check out activities including the third annual Dodge Park Farmers Market, as well as the return of the Music in the Park summer concert series. In addition, visitors may check out the park’s new pedestrian bridge.

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