News & Notes - 7/26/23 Shelby-Utica News

Shelby-Utica News | Published July 26, 2023


A ‘Zootacular’ time was had by all
UTICA — Utica Parks and Recreation hosted a reptile event called “Zootacular” in Grant Park July 14. Everyone was invited to meet and take pictures of amphibians, arachnids and reptiles from the Reptarium.

In pictures taken during the event, members of the Utica Police Department hold a 125-pound Burmese python; Utica Parks and Recreation Commissioner Maria Stella is ready to pet a cow reticulated python; Utica Police Chief Matthew Kalunzy holds a cow reticulated python and Utica Mayor Gus Calandrino holds a Burmese Python; and a handler shows a Brazilian rainbow boa.


Free movie night
UTICA — The city of Utica will be hosting a free movie night at Grant Park featuring “Encanto” from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2. Popcorn, hot dogs and refreshments will be available for purchase. Grant Park is located on the north side of Hahn Street, east of Van Dyke Avenue. For more information, call the city at (586) 739-1600.


Branch removal information
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township is asking residents with branches and sticks to limit brush and limbs to less than 2 inches in diameter, and they must be in bundles no longer than 4 feet and not exceeding a total of 18 inches in diameter or more than 50 pounds. GFL Environmental will pick up these bundles on residents’ regularly scheduled trash days. The township does not offer curbside chipping services. Private removal for larger branches will be required.


Food and fashion
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Samaritan House will hold Food & Fashion at the Palazzo Grande at 54660 Van Dyke Ave. in Shelby Township from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 21. Tickets cost $50 and must be bought in advance. There will be a buffet dinner, beer, wine and nonalcoholic drinks, a fashion show, raffles, door prizes, vendor booths and more. For more information, call (586) 336-9956 or email


Detroit Institute of Arts seeks partners for 2024 Inside|Out program
METRO DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts has announced that the application to participate in the 2024 Inside|Out program is now available.

The popular DIA program brings high-quality reproductions of artwork in the museum’s collection to communities in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Shelby Township is one of the 21 communities displaying the reproductions this year. Find information about their locations at

Applications for the 2024 program will be accepted until Aug. 8, 2023.

Those interested in applying can find the application on the museum’s website, Priority will be given to first-time communities and those who have not participated in Inside|Out in the past three years. Selected locations will be notified in August.

The 2023 installations are currently on view in the 21 selected communities in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties through November 2023. Over the course of the program, the museum has partnered with over 100 communities.

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