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Published September 1, 2016

1. Ford Arts, Beats & Eats
Sept. 2-5 • Downtown Royal Oak

You know it’s Labor Day weekend when Arts, Beats & Eats rolls into downtown Royal Oak. The festival runs Friday through Monday, and features an art show, musical performances and food samples from a variety of metro Detroit restaurants.

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Published August 25, 2016

1. Oakland County International Airport Open House and Air Show
Sunday, Aug. 28 • Waterford

You can get an up-close look at nearly 50 vintage aircraft and see a few of them soar in an aerial show during the 31st annual Oakland County International Airport Open House and Air Show 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 28.

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Published August 18, 2016

1. Woodward Dream Cruise
Saturday, Aug. 20 • Woodward Avenue, from Ferndale to Pontiac

Summer in metro Detroit is filled with car shows and cruises, but for many classic car owners and enthusiasts, the Woodward Dream Cruise is the main event.

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Published August 12, 2016

1. Spirit of ’45 Day
Sunday, Aug. 14 • Royal Oak

Aug. 14, 1945, marked the end of World War II, and in 2010, the U.S. Congress declared Aug. 14 Spirit of ’45 Day.

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Published August 7, 2016

On Michigan’s west coast, where the Grand River meets Lake Michigan, the city of Grand Haven offers visitors a beachy getaway with small-town charm.

Here are some tips if you plan on visiting:

190 miles — a three-hour drive

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Published August 5, 2016

1. Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise
Sunday, Aug. 7 • Clinton Township

Cruisers, start your engines. The 14th annual Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise is happening Aug. 7.

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Published August 3, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Fred Miller may succeed longtime Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh, following “a model campaign” battle between two well-known political names on the Democratic side.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Tri-county residents showed their overwhelming support for the Detroit Zoo at the polls Aug. 2, as they approved a renewal millage from 2018 through 2027.

The zoological authority 0.1-mill renewal millage in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties will cost a homeowner whose home is worth $200,000 about $10 a year and go into effect in 2018 after the current millage expires. It will be used to fund maintenance and operations at the Detroit Zoo. 

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Published July 29, 2016

Looking for a way to find the beauty of Michigan and escape the heat? Head up to the Upper Peninsula, where Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers miles of beautiful beaches, more than 100 miles of trails and the beauty of the Hiawatha National Forest.

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Published July 29, 2016

1. Shakespeare Royal Oak
July 28-Aug. 7 • Starr Jaycee Park, Royal Oak

For local William Shakespeare fans, the Shakespeare Royal Oak outdoor theater experience is a must-see.

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Published July 14, 2016

1. Aqua Fest
July 15-17 • St. Clair Shores

If you’re looking for a summer festival with something for everyone, you won’t want to miss Aqua Fest July 15-17 along the Nautical Mile in St. Clair Shores.

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Published July 14, 2016

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed July 16 the death of a Macomb County woman who recently contracted bacterial meningitis.

Kristy Malter, 21, a junior at Central Michigan University and a Notre Dame Prepratory School alumna, recently served as a day camp instructor at Life Time Fitness in Rochester Hills, working with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 7, 2016

1. Oakland County Fair
July 8-17 • Springfield Oaks County Park, Davisburg

The Oakland County Fair is a much-loved summer tradition, and this year the event will come to town July 8-17 at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg.

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Published July 6, 2016

Officials from the Oakland County Health Division are reminding residents to take proper precautions against West Nile virus this summer, as a pool of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the disease.

“We have traps set in Oakland County, and we routinely go through and check the traps for mosquitoes and test them for West Nile,” Kathy Forzley, manager of the Oakland County Health Division, said. “We had our first positive.”

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Published July 1, 2016

Michigan’s dry. It’s no surprise.

Although no statewide fireworks ban has been instituted, many local communities are restricting burning and fireworks until further notice.

In just one week, Michigan has more than doubled the area considered dry. During the week of June 21, 13.02 percent of the state was abnormally dry, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. When the state was monitored on June 28, that increased to 31.47 percent.

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Published July 1, 2016

Beaches, cherry and film festivals, wineries, fine resorts and much more make Traverse City one of the top tourist destinations in the state. The city also has a rich history, including a legacy of long-ago lumber barons, along with cultural offerings like the restored City Opera House and the Traverse City Film Festival.

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Published June 30, 2016

1. Clawson’s Fourth of July celebration
Monday, July 4 • Clawson

When it comes to the Fourth of July, there ain’t no party like a Clawson party. Independence Day has been a big deal in this small town since the 1930s, and this year is no exception.

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Published June 24, 2016

Located at the top of the mitten on the shores of Little Traverse Bay, Petoskey offers visitors a true Up North experience.

“Ever since the days of passenger trains, guests have flocked to Petoskey to take advantage of its scenic beauty, relaxed atmosphere and northern Michigan hospitality,” said Diane Dakins, Assistant Director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau.

Whether your vacation style is action-packed or ultra-relaxed, Petoskey’s got you covered.

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Published June 23, 2016

1. GM River Days Festival
June 24-26 • Detroit

If you haven’t had a chance to explore downtown Detroit’s newly renovated riverfront, GM River Days is the perfect time to check it out and have some summer fun while you’re at it.

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