Summer Fun

Published May 10, 2017

UTICA — The city of Utica is ramping up for its bicentennial celebration June 22-25 in the heart of its downtown district.

The four-day event will kick off with opening ceremonies — including a historical highlight video presentation, a performance by the Utica High School marching band, and old-fashioned and regular-season baseball games — at Jimmy John’s Field on Thursday, June 22.

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Published May 3, 2017

ROYAL OAK — An even bigger rib festival is returning to the downtown this summer following majority City Commission approval to once again support the event.

Members of the City Commission approved 6-1 a request to host Royal Oak Rib Fest June 30-July 2 in the two Main Street municipal parking lots and adjacent areas between Fifth and Seventh streets.

The festival would take place from 1 to 11 p.m. June 30,  from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1 and from noon to 9:30 p.m. July 2, with street closures beginning  at 8 a.m. June 29 to set up the event.

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Published May 3, 2017

FRANKLIN — The Hank Greenberg Golf Invitational is fast approaching, and the Franklin tradition is offering a special treat this year: tickets to the 2018 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

The Hank Greenberg Golf Invitational will take place Monday, June 12, at the Franklin Country Club in Franklin, and it is organized by the Jewish Sports Foundation.

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Published April 26, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Last year marked the debut of the Madison District Public Schools carnival. The event was a huge success, attracting people from all over.

Now the festivities continue this year with the second annual Madison Family Spring Carnival April 27-30 at Madison High School, 915 E. 11 Mile Road. The carnival opens at 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday, typically closing around 10 p.m. At press time, tickets cost $20 at and would also be available for sale at the carnival.

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Published April 19, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — The village of Beverly Hills will be the setting for two returning events both for runners and for those who just want to get outside for a bit of exercise.

The 5K run/walk hosted by the Berkshire Middle School Dads Club will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at the middle school. The Beverly Hills Lions Club will host its own 4-mile run and 2-mile walk at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Beverly Elementary School.

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Published April 11, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the changing of the seasons, it’s one step closer to this year’s Music on the Lake summer concert series at Veterans Memorial Park.

Sponsored by Petitpren Inc. and put on by the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee, the concerts have been coming to St. Clair Shores for nearly three decades, said Mayor Kip Walby.

“It’s a great time of year,” he said April 3. “We are grateful to Petitpren for 27 years of bringing wonderful concerts to St. Clair Shores.”

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Published April 5, 2017

Sterling Heights picked its Poison when it came time to choose its top acts for this summer’s Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair.

During a March 20 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, officials announced via a video presentation the three main headlining music groups that are scheduled to perform during the festival, which runs July 27-29 and is described as the “biggest party of the summer.”

On July 27, party band Killer Flamingos will perform dance, pop and rock music. On July 28, Rod Stewart tribute band Danny D and the Vagabonds will perform.

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Published March 24, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores water slide, opened behind City Hall in 1991, is in need of some TLC.

Parks and Recreation Director Greg Esler told City Council March 20 that the state inspector told the department that there is some damage to the water slide that has to be fixed before it can open for use this season. 

At issue is rust on some of the structural steel holding the slide. Esler said they did not have any prior notice that the slide was damaged. 

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Published March 22, 2017

WARREN — Over the last decade, the “Taste of Hope” auction and taste fest has been about raising the funds that fuel the annual Summerfest outreach. Now, organizers said it will power a series of programs aimed at personalizing the connections that Summerfest made between Warren’s associated evangelical churches and the population they serve. 

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Published March 2, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Cruisin’ Gratiot is an annual tradition for Eastpointe, and the board members who organize the cruise are preparing family fun, entertainment, awards, raffles and more for a weeklong celebration June 12-17 leading up to the 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.

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Published March 2, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Returning for the third year, Roseville will host its annual RoseFest at Veterans Memorial Park, 27325 Barkman St., June 8-11 to celebrate everything about Roseville.

According to RoseFest’s website,, from the mid-1930s into the 1970s, the RoseFest became a place to reunite with family and friends each year.

Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins explained how bringing back the RoseFest exceeded expectations.

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Published February 16, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — It may be hard to imagine right now, as we’re hunched over bowls of warm soup in warm socks and sweaters, but it’s true: Summer will be back.

So it’s time now to start thinking about the seventh annual Oakland County Parks and Recreation BBQ Battle rib competition. 

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Published February 14, 2017

BERKLEY — Every year, sometime after the end of the annual Berkley CruiseFest, an ad hoc committee is formed to take a look at the event and see how it possibly can be improved.

Ahead of this year’s CruiseFest, which is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 18, the CruiseFest committee — made up of city officials, City Council members, business owners, residents and more — will discuss coordination of the 2017 event.

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Published February 8, 2017

DETROIT — Being almost 500 miles from the nearest ocean, it’s not often that Detroit sees a large naval presence, but that will change as the city hosts Navy Week from Monday, Aug. 28, to Monday, Sept. 4.

Detroit will be one of 15 cities to host a Navy Week in 2017, a weeklong celebration of the United States’ naval forces and a demonstration of what the Navy does and why. Dozens of current service members in the Navy, as well as a number of veterans, will be at the event to demonstrate their abilities, assist with programs and answer questions.

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Published January 31, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Save the date for May 24, when Eastpointe’s popular “Music in the Plaza” will kick off with longtime series performer Wally Fitz Jazz in the plaza behind City Hall at 23200 Gratiot Ave.

Attendees can enjoy music from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Six bands will perform from the end of May to the beginning of August.

A press release from Eastpointe Public Information Assistant Bill Driskell Jan. 23 listed the 2017 Music in the Plaza lineup:

• Wednesday, May 24 — Wally Fitz Jazz.

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Published September 14, 2016

WARREN — The city’s prettiest properties come in all shapes and sizes, but all 20 winners in the Warren Beautification Commission’s 2016 Residential Recognition Awards program have some things in common.

All of the winning properties are well-maintained. They’re all bursting with color, creativity or landscape innovation. All represent a significant investment of time, talent and treasure that keeps the yard, and the surrounding neighborhood, looking extra spiffy.

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Published September 13, 2016

Troy Family Daze will offer food, fun and midway rides on the grounds of the Troy Civic Center Sept. 15-18.

Troy Family Daze is modeled after the city-sponsored Troy Daze Festival, which the city of Troy sponsored in various forms for 42 years. The City Council voted to forego hosting the popular community event in 2010 due to budget constraints.

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Published September 12, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Grab your pooches and prepare for a barking good time at the 2016 Paws in the Park Royal Oak.

The annual event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 in Memorial Park, located at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road. The happening is sponsored through a cooperative effort between the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, 360 Event Productions and Street Marketing.

Event organizers said the pet-friendly event will include contests, food, shopping and plenty of entertainment for owners and their pets.

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Published September 9, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Animal Control is partnering with Wolverine Harley-Davidson in Clinton Township to raise money for the shelter’s Animal Welfare Fund, which helps provide medical treatment and enrichment to the lost, abandoned and abused animals that are rescued and cared for by Macomb County Animal Control.

The agencies are hosting the Dogs and Hogs Fundraiser 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17 at Wolverine Harley-Davidson, 44660 N. Gratiot Ave. in Clinton Township. There will be live music, dinner, drinks and raffle prizes at the event.

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Published September 2, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Cranbrook House and Gardens already boasts some of the most expansive and beautiful gardens in all of metro Detroit.

But on Sept. 10, the estate’s auxiliary will showcase a couple more that are pretty darn good too.

The third annual Cranbrook and Friends Garden Walk will feature four residential gardens in the Bloomfield Hills area, along with the impressive gardens cared for at Cranbrook House.

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Upcoming Events

Macomb Township
St. Isidore fish fries
4-7 p.m.
St. Isidore Catholic Church
'Merrily We Roll Along'
The Ringwald Theatre
St. Clair Shores
VFW fish fries
4-8 p.m.
VFW Bruce Post 1146
Church fish fries
4-8 p.m.
St. Stevan Decanski Church
Royal Oak
Presentation on the Interurban
7:30 p.m.
Royal Oak Historical Society Museum




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