Fall Fun

Published September 19, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — A new chapter of a Catholic nonprofit charity is taking steps to accrue some funds to complete its mission.

Mission Youth Detroit will hold the Miles for Missions 5K run-walk fundraiser at River Bends Park in Shelby Township Oct. 7.

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Published September 18, 2017

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OAKLAND COUNTY — If someone told you that there was more — much more — to fall flavors than just that sugary pumpkin spice, would you believe them?

Well, get ready, because writer and culinary speaker Lisa Howard is about to introduce you to a whole new world of autumnal tastes during her vegetarian cooking class at The Community House in Birmingham Sept. 27.

The class, titled “From Your Garden to Your Kitchen: Vegetarian Dinners in 30 Minutes,” will highlight the yields of what Howard considers to be our most fruitful season.

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Published September 18, 2017

UTICA — According to organizers, people were outraged last year when the city opted to forgo its annual living dead event for a variety of reasons. So this year, the DDA is amping up its fifth Zombie Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The entire day will be full of zombified events, beginning at 11 a.m. with a spooky storytime at the Utica Public Library and concluding with a zombie pub crawl at 9 p.m. The pub crawl will begin at the JKN Riverwalk Park.

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Published September 15, 2017

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe will host its 39th annual Big Bird Run at the authority, 18185 Sycamore St., with a 10K, 4K and 1-mile fun run at 10 a.m. Nov. 12.

The start and finish lines will be at the authority, with the course including Gratiot Avenue, the Interstate 696 pedestrian bridge and several residential streets, according to a press release from the authority Sept. 12.

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Published September 13, 2017

An important part of the renovations at the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center is complete, just in time for the center’s biggest fundraising project of the year.

Senior Center Director Carly Podzikowski said that the renovated kitchen passed inspection Sept. 6, allowing the center to reopen after six months for lunches for members of the center Sept. 7, just in time for the annual sale of homemade apple pies.

“Pretty much everything’s back to normal,” she said Sept. 12.

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Published September 12, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Want to take home a pineapple plant? Or a cactus native to Michigan? 

You might find these and more at the Farmington Hills Beautification Commission’s 18th annual Fall Plant and Seed Swap 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Heritage Park Visitor Center parking lot, 24915 Farmington Road, off of Farmington Road, between 10 Mile and 11 Mile roads.

Charmaine Kettler-Schmult, community development coordinator for the city of Farmington Hills, said she loves to see unusual items brought in for the swap when she visits.

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Published September 12, 2017

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Officials at St. Ambrose Parish in Grosse Pointe Park are hoping that local residents once again shell out a few clams for seafood served in a festive fashion.

The Grosse Pointe Park City Council voted unanimously Aug. 28 in favor of a request from the parish to hold Oysterfest again this year.

Scheduled for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 25, the 27th annual Oysterfest will feature jazz music and cuisine from more than 40 local and national restaurants, along with a raffle and international food and beverage providers.

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Published September 12, 2017

GROSSE POINTE PARK — It might be just a little early, but for fans of German cuisine and beer, there probably is never a bad time to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Atwater in the Park, a German-themed brewery located at 1175 Lakepointe Street at Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Park’s Kercheval business district, The Park, is holding its second annual Oktoberfest from 11:30 a.m. to midnight Sept. 30.

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Published September 11, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Stories and advice from a successful person are valuable, of course. But when you’re a woman, hearing directly from another woman who has blazed her own trail is priceless.

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Published September 8, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

WARREN — The spirit of Oktoberfest is coming to Warren along with the fall color, a chill in the air and the season’s last harvest later this month.

The city’s inaugural Oktoberfest gathering, to be held at Halmich Park from noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 30, will feature a variety of flavorful creations from the city’s three renowned microbreweries.

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Published September 7, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — It’s time to get ready for the 2018 boating season, and what better place to do that than at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township?

That’s where the eighth annual Metro Boat Show will be docked Sept. 14-17, bringing in hundreds of dealers and brokers from across the state.

Show manager Nicki Polan said the event is unique in that it’s the only in-water boat show around, and it will feature hundreds of boats ranging in length from 10 feet to more than 50 feet on display and for sale at end-of-season prices.

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Published September 5, 2017

ROCHESTER — The Art and Apples Festival will return to Rochester this weekend, signaling to locals that fall is just around the corner.

Now in its 52nd year, the festival will entice art enthusiasts from all over to Rochester Municipal Park, which will transform into one of the nation’s largest juried fine art festivals Sept. 8-10.

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Published September 5, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Labor Day might be over, but the summer festival season is still going strong in the Grosse Pointes.

The 11th annual VillageFest will bring food, music, prizes, activities and entertainment for kids from noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 16 along Kercheval Avenue between St. Clair and Notre Dame streets. Presented by Holy Cross Children’s Services and the Village Association, this marks the second year this event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit HCCS, which is based in Clinton, Michigan.

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Published September 4, 2017

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Just because it’s almost time to close up the pools doesn’t mean the outdoor recreation season is finished.

In fact, according to Oakland County Parks and Recreation Executive Director Dan Stencil, now is the time when county residents come out in droves to enjoy the system’s most popular resource: its walking trails.

“The bugs are down, the air is crisp and the opportunities are bountiful to enjoy the 68 miles of trails in Oakland County parks,” Stencil said.

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Published September 1, 2017

HAZEL PARK — The Michigan Gaming Control Board has approved Hazel Park Raceway for an additional four nights of live thoroughbred racing. The new dates are Sunday, Sept. 10; Monday, Sept. 11; Sunday, Sept. 17; and Monday, Sept. 18.

Sunday races start at 4:30 p.m., while Monday races start at 7:20 p.m. Thoroughbred horses are the kind seen in the Kentucky Derby, renowned for their power and pageantry. These four extra race dates will be the last opportunity to see them live at the track before the season ends.  

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Published August 30, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Roseville’s Downtown Development Authority will host its first Bohemian Art Stomp festival, rain or shine, from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 behind Gonzo Art Studios, 28305 Gratiot Ave.

The Bohemian Art Stomp will feature local and regional artists, vendors and crafters.
The admission fee is $2, and proceeds will go toward the DDA to “invest in the area,” according to DDA board member and event coordinator Edward Stross.

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Published August 30, 2017

Dinner will be served on wheels at Freedom Hill, thanks to the efforts of the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The chamber is inviting an assortment of food trucks to the grounds outside the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill 4-9 p.m. Sept. 7 for its first-ever Food Truck Rally in Sterling Heights.

McLaren Macomb Hospital will be the event’s presenting sponsor, and C & G Newspapers is also one of the event sponsors.

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Published August 30, 2017

Metro Detroiters who are in the market for a corn roast, a pet parade, cooking events or other fun activities are welcome to attend the Dodge Park Farmers Market this September.

Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois said the earlier summer months pair up the market with live entertainment from the Music in the Park summer concert series. Since the concerts ended in late August, it’s time for alternative attractions to keep market visitors intrigued and entertained, he explained.

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Published July 7, 2017

DETROIT — Tour de Troit, a nonprofit that organizes bike rides through Detroit and advocates for nonmotorized transportation options in the city, is welcoming cyclists to join it for its annual Bike the Bridge ride.

Bike the Bridge began in 2013 and is the only bike ride that includes both the Detroit and Windsor sides of the Detroit River. It also is the only time the Ambassador Bridge is open to bicycle traffic. This year, it will take place on Sunday, Oct. 22.

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Published November 28, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — In a sea of colorful saris, sombreros, hijabs and other cultural wear, people from 22 countries and five continents gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving — and bring something to the table, too.

Farmington Public Schools’ inaugural adult English as a Second Language Cultural Thanksgiving Day Celebration was held Nov. 22 at the Farmington Community School Early Childbood Center.

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