The Friday 5 — July 14-16
Your guide to this weekend's events
The Friday 5 — July 14-16
Allyssa Bartolomeo, of Washington Township, gets ready for a cannoli eating contest and holds a plate of the desserts at Festa Italiana.
Partway into the 2015 watermelon eating contest, participants were allowed to use their hands. Maggie Holton, of St. Clair Shores, then 8 years old, digs into her melon during the contest. This year’s contest is set for 2 p.m. July 15 in Blossom Heath Park.
Rich Ayers, who created this mural at Armadillo Printwear in Berkley, will be painting one of nine murals that will go up during the Berkley Street Art Fest on Saturday, July 15.
A moose will greet garden walkers this year at one of the featured homes in the 31000 block of Red Run Drive.
Shelby Garden Club publicist Ivy Schwartz’s piece for the group’s upcoming “Made in Michigan” flower show sits on display. The show will take place July 13-15 at the Shelby Township Library.
Posted July 13, 2017
1. Festa Italiana
July 14-16 • Freedom Hill County Park
The event, presented by the Italian American Cultural Society, will feature a weekend of several musical acts, including Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, who is known for appearing on the TV show “America's Got Talent.”
Aside from music, the festival will feature a Family Fun Zone. The kids zone will offer a zip line, a rock wall, an obstacle course, inflatables and more.
While all the entertainment is going on, restaurants, markets and vendors will supply a variety of Italian cuisine. Several contests will be staged around eating and singing, and a Catholic Mass will be observed at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
Festival admission is free, and parking costs $10.
Festa Italiana will take place 6-11 p.m. July 14, noon-11 p.m. July 15 and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. July 16. Freedom Hill County Park is located at 14900 Metropolitan Parkway.
For more information, visit www.iacsonline.com.
2. Aqua Fest
July 14-16 • Blossom Heath Park
Summer in St. Clair Shores will heat up when the 2017 Aqua Fest takes over Blossom Heath Park and the Nautical Mile July 14-16.
The festival will feature several events providing fun for the whole family. The flagship attraction is the Ultimate Air Dogs show, which will be in the park at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. July 15, and 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. July 16.
Some other activities that will take place in the park are pony rides, a petting zoo, a watermelon eating contest, face painting, a fishing derby and a craft and vendor show.
Free trolley rides will be available for people who want to enjoy the Aqua Fest Beer and Wine Pub Crawl, which features many locations along the Nautical Mile, in a more leisurely fashion; but for the more ambitious festival-goers, the pub crawl can be done on foot.
A Nautical Mile 5K Walk and Run Fur Fun will take place at 10 a.m. July 15. It is a fusion fun run that is open to people of all ages, as well as dogs. Registration costs $30 the day of the event.
For more information about the Ultimate Air Dogs show, visit www.ultimateairdogs.com.
For a full list of events and for more information about the Aqua Fest, visit www.nauticalmile.org/events/st-clair-shores-aqua-fest-festival.
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3. Art festivals
July 14 and 15 • Berkley
Berkley will be holding two art-related events this weekend.
First up is Art & About, which will happen from 6 to 9 p.m. July 14 downtown.
Art & About is an ongoing event which takes place the second Friday of every month through October.
During the event, businesses in the downtown area open their doors to local artists and performers to showcase their skills and talents.
Attendees can spend their time interacting with artists and purchasing some of the works.
A free shuttle will be provided for attendees to travel to different businesses along 12 Mile Road and Coolidge Highway. A map of the businesses participating in Art & About can be found at www.downtownberkley.com/berkley-art-about.
The second event is the first Berkley Street Art Fest, which will take place form 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the downtown area.
This event will include a chalk art contest, a professional chalk art demonstration, live music, and places for children and adults to create their own art. Attendees who are interested in participating in the chalk art contest can register at www.berkleystreetartfest.com or on the day of the event at the Berkley Chamber tent on Dorthea Road.
A free shuttle will also be available for this event from 1 to 6 p.m.
For more information about the events, visit www.downtownberkley.com.
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4. Warren Garden Club's 2017 Garden Walk
July 15 • Warren
Six gardens will be open for all to see this weekend during the Warren Garden Club's 2017 Garden Walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15.
Upon arrival, walkers will be given a map with their tickets that includes profiles of this year's featured gardens.
The gardens featured in this year's walk are north of 11 Mile Road, between Dequindre and Schoenherr Roads. Door prize tickets will be available at all of the featured homes, with the drawing being held at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets for the walk can be purchased for $10 in advance from Greco’s Indoor/Outdoor Garden Center, 12219 E. 11 Mile Road; Jim’s Florist, 31702 Mound Road; Downing’s Flowers & Gifts, 28717 Hoover Road; and Eckert’s Greenhouse & Perennials, 34051 Ryan Road in Sterling Heights.
For more information, call (586) 582-9708.
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5. 'Made in Michigan' flower show
July 13-15 • Shelby Township Library
The Shelby Garden Club will once again host its flower show July 13-15 in the atrium of the Shelby Township Library. The library hours during the show are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. July 13 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 14-15.
The show takes place every other year with rotating themes. This year's show will feature garden club members creating and showcasing floral expressions centered around the theme of “Made in Michigan.” Many varieties of local flowers and native flora will be presented.
The Shelby Township Library is located at 51680 Van Dyke Ave.
For more information, call (586) 873-3782.
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