Spring Activities

Published March 28, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Skiers didn’t get to have much fun this year.

The same lack of snow that put a damper on Michigan’s slopes makes for a great spring on local golf courses. And in Birmingham, golfers are shaking off their cabin fever with some early rounds at Lincoln Hills, which opened earlier this week.

“We didn’t have a winter, so we’re looking really good,” said Birmingham Golf Manager Jacky Brito.

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Published March 28, 2016

FRANKLIN — The Franklin branch of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association will be holding its 31st annual Garden Walk around the village.

Walks will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, touring private gardens in the area. The walk also features an Artisan Market of garden-related items that people will be selling and a lunch available for purchase from the garden club or food from a local eatery.

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Published March 28, 2016

ORCHARD LAKE —  The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society is urging residents to get out and enjoy the fruits of the season at the Spring Nature Walk at 2 p.m. April 17. 

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Published March 23, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — They say necessity is the mother of invention. For Grosse Pointe Memorial Church Music Minister James Biery, it was also what prompted him to compose a new musical drama.

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Published March 23, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Runners, you can lace up your sneakers. The Grosse Pointe South High School Athletic Booster Club has gotten the go-ahead for its annual Run the Pointe race, which will take place in the Farms this year, starting and ending at South.

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Published March 23, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Clergy members from a variety of denominations will come together for a public procession called Stations in the Streets this Good Friday, March 25.

Participants will use the nonvehicular portion of Kercheval Avenue from Fisher to Neff roads between 3 and 4:30 p.m. that day, where they will stop 15 times for a few minutes apiece to read from scripture and reflect, explained the Rev. Andrew Kowalczyk, pastor of St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park. 

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Published March 21, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The ornate and delicate art of decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs, or pysanky, is a tradition that one Shelby Township resident of Ukrainian heritage holds dear.

Cathy Wandrei learned how to decorate pysanky from her family and passed on the tradition to her two daughters, ages 25 and 26. Every year since 2007, Wandrei has displayed her large and varied collection of pysanky at the Shelby Township Library.

Wandrei said both of her parents share a Ukrainian background, and one of her grandfathers came from Ukraine to Ellis Island.

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Published March 15, 2016

CLAWSON — Although it may only be mid-March, the Easter Bunny is getting ready to hop into town this weekend for a couple of popular community events.

“Yes, Easter is early this year,” said Clawson Mayor Penny Luebs.

Easter falls on March 27 this year, bringing the festivities to the community earlier than in years past.

The annual Clawson Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 10 a.m. March 19 in City Park, located at 935 N. Custer Ave. at Bywood Avenue.

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Published March 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The green thumbs of Oakland County can hardly wait to get down and dirty out in their yards.

With that in mind, the Oakland Conservation District has some exciting plans for nature lovers who want to make the most of their own green space.

It all starts with the OCD’s annual tree sale, where customers can order bare-root trees and shrubs at a lower cost than most big-box nurseries.

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Published March 10, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Looking for Easter events in the Farmington area? Then hop over to several activities coming up that are sure to be “egg-cellent” for young and old alike, including adult egg hunts and children’s games.

An adult flashlight egg hunt, for ages 21 and up, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. March 18 at the Longacre House at 24705 Farmington Road. Bring your own flashlight and search for eggs, and also win prizes from golf outings to dinner at local restaurants, according to a press release.

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Published March 10, 2016

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St. Patrick’s Day is on Thursday, March 17, and no matter what your background may be, it’s still fun to put on your green and be Irish — at least in spirit — for the day.

Festivities around metro Detroit begin this weekend. Here are some of the ways you can celebrate:

• Oakland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 12, Royal Oak

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It may seem early, but the St. Clair Shores Easter Egg Hunt is right around the corner.

For the first time, though, the event will be held the day before Easter — on a Saturday — instead of on the actual holiday. This year’s hunt is at noon March 26 at Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave. 

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Published March 9, 2016

Once again, youths in grades six to 12 can have fun and get deals and meals during spring break around town.

The Troy Community Coalition, a nonprofit organization that, according to its website, aims to “promote a lifestyle free from abuse of alcohol and drugs,” has teamed up with local businesses to offer youths in grades six to 12 safe, fun, affordable activities during spring break April 4-9.

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Published March 9, 2016

KEEGO HARBOR/SYLVAN LAKE — Before kids wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to hunt for baskets full of Easter joy, thousands of eggs will be up for grabs at the Keego Harbor and Sylvan Lake egg hunts. 

So, grab your baskets and get ready for the hunts of the year. 

The Sylvan Lake Parks and Recreation Committee’s annual glow hunt will take place at the Sylvan Lake Community Center, 2456 Pontiac Drive in Sylvan Lake, at 8 p.m. March 26. The hunt will be split into two heats based on age. 

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Published March 9, 2016

ROYAL OAK — All lads and lassies are invited to attend one of Oakland County’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades happening this weekend through the streets of downtown Royal Oak.

“Bigger” and “better” are the words this year, along with carrying on the tradition of honoring some of the community’s Irish folk.

The 2016 Oakland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade grand marshal is Josephine Dare, who will be accompanied by her son, Sean Dare.

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Published March 8, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Junior Woman’s Club is giving the community a chance to welcome spring by viewing the latest in-season fashions, all while supporting local charities.

Club member Lynn Marie Oates said the organization hosts its annual Spring Highlights boutique shopping event and luncheon each March.

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Published March 8, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP —With warm weather approaching, the whole family can enjoy kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, archery, fishing, exercise classes and much more at township parks.

Instruction sessions on a variety of activities are planned. “We have some really cool classes,” said Becky McLogan, township recreation manager.

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Published March 7, 2016

UTICA — For the first time, the sound of bagpipes will accompany runners as they dash through the starting line in front of Shamrock Irish Pub during Utica’s fourth annual Lucky Leprechaun Race March 12.

Runners can get into the Irish spirit with bagpipes and a DJ beginning at 9:15 a.m. The 5K run and “green mile” fun run will take place at 10:30 a.m., followed by the 5K walk and “green mile” walk at 10:33 a.m.

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Published March 2, 2016

In observance of Easter, the holiday Christians celebrate as the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society invites the public to partake in the ancient art of pisanki (or pysanky) — egg decorating — and to share the culture, food, folklore and customs surrounding the holiday.

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Published March 2, 2016

Mother Nature hasn’t been her usual crabby self this season. But despite a remarkably mild winter, metro Detroiters are still ready to see some sunshine and beautiful buds in the flower beds.

If that sounds like you, you’re probably ready to get a jump on spring by starting a few seeds indoors. If all goes well, your seedlings will be mature enough to be transported into the ground by the time warmer temperatures make their way to town.

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Upcoming Events

Mount Clemens
Holiday Market at Anton Art Center
ongoing
Anton Art Center
Shelby Township
Visit with Mrs. Claus
2-3 p.m.
Shelby Township Library
Farmington Hills
'Let Nothing You Dismay'
8 p.m.
Farmington Players Barn Theater
Farmington
Winter Artisans Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Farmington Masonic Temple
Warren
European holiday bake sale
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
St. Stevan Decanski Church

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