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Published June 13, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Linda Busch has been pleasantly surprised with the success of her new noncompetitive run/walk program.

“We had 125 people show up on that first day and 100 people the second time,” Busch said of her City Sneakers club. “That first night, we had 100 walkers, and that really surprised the runners.”

City Sneakers puts participants on a peaceful trip around Mount Clemens, from its eclectic business district to the historical neighborhoods that give the city its charm.

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Published June 9, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Cupcakes, music and good spirits filled the room as family, friends and fellow residents of the Advantage Living Center nursing home in Harper Woods gathered to celebrate the 100th birthdays of Hazel Taylor and Virginia Polega.

Taylor was born on June 8, 1916, in Fort Valley, Georgia. Her family moved to Detroit when she was a baby. Taylor grew up on Evaline Street in Hamtramck, where she met friends Juanita Russell and Joyce Davis. Both were in attendance at Taylor’s birthday celebration.

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Published June 9, 2016

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1. Clay, Glass & Metal Show
June 11-12 • Downtown Royal Oak

The annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show in downtown Royal Oak isn't your average art fair because, unlike other shows, this one only includes works that are created from the earth using heat and fire.

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Published June 8, 2016

See artwork from regional artists, dabble in papercrafts, and try tai chi or blacksmithing as the Troy Historic Village hosts the Art, Mix, Mingle & Linger art show and the Art Amble June 16-18.

The event, sponsored by the Troy Historic Village and the Image and Arts Council of Troy, which, according to the council’s website, aims to “enhance Troy’s image through arts, culture and urban design,” has expanded from a one-day format last year, said Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village.

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Published June 8, 2016

Troy High senior Jonathan Sun has taken piano lessons with Bibianne Yu in Varner Hall at Oakland University since he was 6 years old.

He took notice when his teacher had trouble opening a door or getting around Varner Hall after she was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 2008. Yu is director of the Music Preparatory Division at Oakland University.

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Published June 8, 2016

It was the iconic images of Detroit that Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Maraniss saw as he watched a 2011 Super Bowl commercial that inspired him to write about what Detroit gave the world.

The commercial featured shots of Diego Rivera’s murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Fox Theatre, factories, downtown Detroit, the sculpture of Joe Louis’ fist and rapper Eminem. 

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Published June 8, 2016

ROYAL OAK — For more than the past two decades, artisans specializing in clay, glass and metal have been filling Washington Avenue with their earthly creations.

“They are all created from dirt and earth, and they come from fire, so I like to think of it as a very grounded event,” said Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Director of Events Jennifer Clark.

The 22nd annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show will take place 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 11, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, June 12, on Washington Avenue from Fourth Street to Lincoln Avenue.

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Published June 8, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield police officer Asreta Yumny was presented with the Lifesaving Award at the Oakland County Medical Control Authority meeting May 26 for her involvement in saving the life of a West Bloomfield resident.

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Published June 8, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  One in 24 older adults is a victim of elder abuse, neglect or abandonment.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15, and the Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at Jewish Senior Life invites the public to kick off Senior Power Days on Belle Isle and bring awareness to the silent epidemic at a community event held on Belle Isle 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

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Published June 8, 2016

SYLVAN LAKE — The Sylvan Lake Memorial Day parade has been held since 1945. This photo was taken during the 1950 parade, and local Brownie troops gathered behind Daniel Whitfield School in preparation. The groups are holding flowers — often tulips or lilacs that were cut from the bushes in residents’ yards — that were then scattered on the lake by boats or an airplane. 

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Published June 8, 2016

ROCHESTER — Chip and Stephanie Asmus, who have lived in the city of Rochester for 18 years, were recently honored with a Good Neighbor Award for their many efforts within their neighborhood and beyond.

The Rochester City Beautiful Commission presented the couple with the award at the May 9 City Council meeting.

The duo was nominated for the award by their neighbor, Rochester City Councilman Rob Ray, who says they are “the perfect example of good neighbors.”

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Published June 8, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A classical performance featuring electric string instruments opens the township’s free Music in the Meadows outdoor concert series.

Great Waters Quartet, comprised of four Detroit Symphony Orchestra string musicians, will perform Electric Mozart! at 7 p.m. June 17 on the porch of the Axford-Coffin farmstead at Cranberry Lake Farm.

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Published June 7, 2016

ROCHESTER — Families and friends will once again fill Municipal Park at 7 p.m. each Thursday through July 28 to groove to the music during the annual Music in the Park. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Rochester, club President Tom Mines said the free summer concert series has something for just about everyone because a different band performs a new style of music onstage each week.

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Published June 7, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Resident Tim Richnak never wanted to purchase a cottage up north.

“You spend more time working on a cottage than enjoying it,” he said.

Instead, he and his wife, Debby, have created their own private island amidst neighbors and busy roadways. A swimming pool is surrounded by a spacious patio, waterfall, koi pond and extensive flower plantings.

“We did 90 percent of the work ourselves,” Richnak said. “No contractors. We did the digging for the pool and the grading.”

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Published June 7, 2016

DETROIT — Like the fledgling pop stars he promoted, publicist Al Abrams was just a teen when he started what would become a legendary career.

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Published June 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — With the weather warming up, now is an ideal time to focus on the outdoor extension of your home.

Whether you’re on a budget or have some cash to spare, local experts weighed in on the hottest trends and ways to spruce up patios.

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Published June 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is almost here. Before you run out and get that annual bottle of his favorite cologne, think about what scent Dad would enjoy more than anything else.

Charcoal. Hickory. Eau de grill.

It’s a fragrance Steve Coddington knows well. The former construction worker turned pitmaster fell in love with craft barbecue 16 years ago, and he’s been cooking ever since.

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Published June 8, 2016

ROCHESTER — Registration for the Michigan Senior Olympics is fast approaching for the 37th annual Summer Games, and organizers are hoping seniors from across the state will sign up to showcase their athletic talents.

The 2016 Michigan Senior Olympics Summer Games will be held Aug. 12-22 at various locations throughout Oakland and Macomb counties.

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Published June 7, 2016

FERNDALE — Every band has to start performing somewhere, whether it’s on a street corner, at a small music shop or in a parent’s garage.

For Taxon Clade, their first performance was at Found Sound in Ferndale two years ago. Now they’ll return to the city they’ve spent so much time in growing up for the release of their full-length, self-titled album.

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Published June 7, 2016

ROSEVILLE — With RoseFest established and now in its second year, the family festival has new events coming up June 16-19 at Veterans Memorial Park.

City Manager Scott Adkins said they are looking at nonstop entertainment during festival hours all four days by utilizing two stages — a main stage in the park and a second one inside the beverage tent.

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Upcoming Events

Grosse Pointe Woods
Play badminton in Grosse Pointe
10 a.m.
Parcells Middle School
Royal Oak
'Noises Off' play supports cancer survivors
8 p.m.
Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
Center Line
Murder mystery dinner
6-8 p.m.
Center Line Parks and Recreation Department
Farmington Hills
Mobile food pantry
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tawheed Center of Farmington Hills
Berkley
College essay workshop
12:30-2:30 p.m.
Berkley Public Library

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