Summer Fun

Published May 29, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Bowers School Farm, in Bloomfield Hills, is inviting local children to take part in its summer camp programs, aimed at educating kids about animals and agriculture in a fun and engaging way.

The camps will take kids around the farm and teach them about animals and animal care, growing and harvesting plants, and how a farm works through a variety of hands-on projects and activities.

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Published May 24, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Craft beverages and live music will again be on the menu for the annual summer Dabble in the Farms, which will take place on the Hill in Grosse Pointe Farms starting at 6 p.m. June 17.

The popular event — which has always included a nonprofit component — will feature local food trucks along with craft beer, wine and cocktails; because of the latter, these events are only open to those ages 21 and older. This year, musicians performing include the 1980s tribute band Square Pegz, as well as Yorg and Christina Criss.

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Published May 24, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Community members of all ages can hit the trails this June to help provide meals to homebound seniors.

The Older Persons’ Commission will host its 11th annual 5K Run or Walk for Meals June 3.

The race and walk, which are open to people of all ages, begin at 8 a.m. at the OPC, 650 Letica Drive. The course starts at the OPC in the upper parking lot, goes down Letica, turns left on the Clinton River Trail almost to Dequindre, and then loops back and finishes at the OPC.

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Published May 18, 2017

ORCHARD LAKE — St. Mary’s Preparatory Headmaster Cormac Lynn wants you to have fun at the 46th annual St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair — set for Memorial Day weekend — but keep in mind that you’re indirectly helping students. 

“This fair is the school’s largest fundraiser and helps provide financial aid, support student initiatives and improve our 120-acre, picturesque campus, including 26 historic buildings,” he said.

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Published May 17, 2017

FERNDALE — More than 100 different vendors and thousands of attendees will pack downtown Ferndale for the seventh year of Ferndale Pride next month.

The seventh edition of Ferndale Pride will take place Saturday, June 3, covering a footprint of West Nine Mile Road between Woodward Avenue and Planavon Street, as well as portions of Allen Street and West Troy Street. The main event will run from 1 to 10 p.m.

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Published May 17, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Residents can enjoy music from longtime series performer Wally Fitz Jazz to kick off Eastpointe’s Music in the Plaza from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 24 in the plaza behind City Hall at 23200 Gratiot Ave.

Richard Paul, of the Carey and Paul Group, helps book the bands for the series and said that Fitz is from the area.

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Published May 16, 2017

ROCHESTER —  People can take a journey through Rochester’s history a week earlier this year during the Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival.

“It is an amazing event, and it really brings all of our favorite things about Rochester to the forefront,” Rochester Downtown Development Authority Director Kristi Trevarrow said.

Typically held over Memorial Day weekend, the festival was pushed up a week this year in hopes of securing more volunteers for the event, which will celebrate the city’s bicentennial.

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Published May 16, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Summer is nearly here.

If you have any doubts, just head to Old Woodward this Sunday for the return of the annual Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade. The unofficial summer kickoff event will be back downtown with music, marchers and, of course, the famed basset hounds.

City Clerk Cherilynn Brown, who’s been in office just a short five weeks, jumped right into organizing the popular parade, which has been a tradition for more than 40 years.

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Published May 15, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Even during the tough times of the Great Recession, when just about everything else was subject to cuts, Hazel Park was able to hold its Memorial Weekend festivities. This is because it’s always been a popular — and thus profitable — event for the city, drawing people from all over with its carnival, live music and more.

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Published May 10, 2017

FRASER — Sports like baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey and football tend to dominate the youth athletic scene, but a couple of local individuals are looking to Fraser to change that.

Starting May 20, boys and girls in grades five through eight will be able to explore a new area of athleticism: rugby. The noncontact session is being offered by Fraser Parks and Recreation from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings at Steffens Park, 33000 Garfield Road in Fraser.

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Published May 10, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Most people’s lives have been touched by cancer in some form, either directly or indirectly. Raising money to research cures and help families battling the disease is a way that many choose to take action.

The Relay for Life of Greater Shelby Township, which also encompasses Sterling Heights and Utica this year, will return to River Bends Park from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, to 8 a.m. Sunday, May 21. 

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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 skerbeck.com 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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