News & Notes - 6/7/23 Shelby-Utica News

Shelby-Utica News | Published June 7, 2023


Spring art show brought beauty to Township Hall
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Fine Art Society’s Spring Art Show, which featured many beautiful art pieces for sale, was held May 30 at the Shelby Township Hall.


Make a pinecone bird feeder
UTICA — The Utica Parks and Recreation Commission invites all friends of birds to spend time at Clinton River Heritage Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 10. Participants will be making pine cone bird feeders. All supplies will be included at this free event.


Kids can read to a therapy dog
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Library will be hosting its Paws to Read program for students in kindergarten and up from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 24. Children and their caregivers can check in at the children’s desk to take turns reading to a certified therapy dog with its handler. Bring a book from home or choose one from the library.


Event starts Utica Public Library’s summer reading program
UTICA — The Utica Public Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff will run 1-3 p.m. June 10 at the library, 7530 Auburn Road. It will feature the Kona Ice food truck, a bounce house and lawn games.

Drop in at the library anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. June 12 to guess the titles of children’s books based on emojis.

The Reptarium will bring exotic animals to the library from 1 to 2 p.m. June 14. Seating is limited; registration for the program opens June 7 in person at the library or by calling (586) 731-4141.


Retail sales increased in April
STATEWIDE — The Michigan Retailers Association reported that April retail sales increased over those in March. Retailers also predicted summer sales through July would increase.

The April Retail Index survey came in at 60.6, an increase over March’s 57.4. Fifty-two percent of Michigan retailers reported a sales increase over March. Thirty-four percent noted a decrease, and 14% reported no change.

The 100-point index provides a snapshot of the state’s overall retail industry. Index values above 50 generally indicate positive activity — the higher the number, the stronger the activity. The seasonally adjusted performance index is conducted by the Michigan Retailers Association in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit branch.


Warm weather activities begin with Summer Kickoff
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township will be holding its 2023 Summer Kickoff 4-8 p.m. June 9 in River Bends Park, 5700 22 Mile Road.

The free event will feature a live taping of Shelby TV’s “The Treehouse” at 6:30 p.m.; touch a truck; the Shelby Township Police and Fire departments; animals from the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center; princesses and superheroes; food trucks; live music; a Michigan Craft Beer Tent; and a showing of “The Lion King” on a big outdoor screen.

For more information on the Summer Kickoff or summer programs, visit


New vending machine dispenses books for Beacon Tree students
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Beacon Tree Elementary School, through its Beacon Tree Volunteers, has installed a new vending machine filled with more than 20 different books selected by UCS teachers.

Students earn stickers as they exhibit the school’s five positive behavior traits. Once a student earns the stickers for honesty, gratitude, kindness, respect and responsibility, the student turns them in for an Inchy the Bookworm token. The student puts the token in the vending machine and The vending machine is in the school’s main hallway.


Hooked on fishing
STATEWIDE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will hold a “Free Fishing Weekend” June 10-11. During the weekend, all fishing license fees will be waived Saturday and Sunday. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply. A recreation passport will not be required for entry into state parks and boating access sites during the Free Fishing Weekend.

Also during the June 10-11 weekend, residents and visitors can legally ride off-road vehicles legally without buying an ORV license or trail permit. All other ORV rules and laws still apply. For more information, visit


C & G is looking for patio photos
METRO DETROIT — C & G News is looking for photographs of patios in small spaces at apartments or condos. If you have a balcony, patio or walkout that you’ve transformed into a cozy outdoor space, we would love to see it! Share your outdoor oasis with us for possible inclusion in an upcoming story. Email with your photo and a brief description of your patio setup.