Summer Fun

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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Published June 7, 2017

TROY — See, hear and taste a bit of Greece when Opa! Fest returns to the grounds of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church June 23-25. 

Volunteer Kessie Kaltsounis has pitched in at the festival every year for the 24 years that the festival has been held. 

“I’m very proud of being Greek Orthodox and want to share our heritage,” she said. “I love doing it.”

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Published June 7, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The Grosse Pointe Historical Society is going to do something it’s never done before this month: host its annual gala fundraiser in a new, not historical, home.

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Published June 7, 2017

GROSSE POINTES — Seven years ago, the local Christian group Point of Relevance touched off a firestorm when it hosted a presentation at The War Memorial by conservative activist Linda Harvey, who argued that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice.

When she got up to speak on March 25, 2010, she found herself facing a crowd that included more protesters from the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community — along with straight supporters — than people who believed in what Harvey had to say.

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Published June 6, 2017

BERKLEY — The annual Berkley Art Bash will return to the downtown for its 16th year with more than 130 artists taking over 12 Mile Road from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 10.

Local artists and ones from all over Michigan will return to Berkley to sell items ranging from photographs, garden art, jewelry, pottery, wearables, paintings and more at the art fair.

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Published June 6, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Stunning overlooks, surprising art and gorgeous flowers in private and public gardens will be on display June 15 during the Rochester Garden Walk.

The 18th annual Garden Walk benefits the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm and the Rochester Garden Club. 

Club member Sally Edwards has been preparing her yard for the walk since last summer.

“I grew 450 plants in my basement in the winter,” she said. “Mostly zinnias, snapdragons and salvia — the big three that the deer don’t eat.”

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Published June 6, 2017

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sunday, June 11, the Cars R Stars show will return to the Packard Proving Grounds. Each year, the show celebrates a unique type of vehicle, and this year organizers will present a rear-engine vehicle display.

The eighth annual show will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic venue, located at 49965 Van Dyke Ave., south of 23 Mile Road. Admission at the gates costs $5, and children 12 and younger will be admitted for free when accompanied by a paid adult.

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Published June 6, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Members of the Harrison Township Parks and Recreation Committee are hosting their 13th annual Fishing Derby at Lake St. Clair Metropark on June 10.

The event, open to all children 16 and younger, comes during Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend, which is being held this year June 10-11. During Free Fishing Weekend, unlicensed anglers can take to the lakes or shorelines for their fill of fishing.

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Published June 5, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills community has a tendency to look tragedy in the face and push forward, while not leaving others behind.

Tragedies like the brutal incident that changed a local family on April 16, 2012.  

Rose Cipriano, of Farmington Hills, lost her husband, 52-year-old Robert Cipriano, at the hands of their son, Tucker Cipriano, and his friend, Mitchell Young, who beat him to death inside their Farmington Hills home. 

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Published June 5, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The 23rd annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show will be heating up a new location this weekend, as it will bring earthly elements to Main Street.

After decades of calling Washington Avenue home, the happening honoring clay, glass and metal creations will be located on Main Street, stretching from Sixth Street to 11 Mile Road.

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Published June 5, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe native Carol Ward loves all things purple, and for her, it’s not just a much-loved color — it’s a way of life.

Ward has a mostly purple wardrobe and lives in a purple house with purple flowers in her garden. So when she wanted a new paint job for her 1981 Pontiac Trans Am, what color did she pick? You guessed it: purple.

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Published May 31, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The Naturally Funny Talent Agency will be adding some all-ages comic relief to Eastpointe’s Music in the Plaza summer series with music duo Bob and Carl at 6:30 p.m. June 21 at Eastpointe City Plaza, 23200 Gratiot Ave.

Bob and Carl are known for their mix of popular and classical songs.

The agency will bring three comedians to the outdoor stage: Monique Owens, Calvon Brown and Tom Massey. They will each have a 10- to 15-minute set.

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