See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of May 25-31

Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Events

May 28: Flint’s Monthly “Jazz Walk”, Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District, Saginaw Street * (810) 238-ARTS * geneseefun.com

  • (Event runs 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.) Stroll Flint’s numerous downtown clubs while listening to highly talented Jazz musicians. A food menu is available at most locations. Just look for the “Jazz Walk” sign in front of each participating Flint hotspot.

 

May 28 – 31: Swartz Creek Hometown Days, Swartz Creek’s Entertainment District, Miller Road * hometowndays.org

  • (Festival runs Thursday 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) This annual festival “Where Everyone Feels at Home” features carnival rides, a car show, live entertainment and expo tent, a parade, fireworks display and much more. For a detailed schedule of daily activities visit the above website.

 

May 28 – 31: Holy Redeemer Community Festival, 1227 E. Bristol Road, Burton * (810) 743-3050 * hrfestival.com

  • (Festival begins Thursday & Friday 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m.) Enjoy this family-fun festival featuring games, food, a Tia Helita’s and chicken dinner, trivia night, Euchre Tournament, carnival rides, an adult tent, live entertainment and more. For a detailed schedule of daily activities visit the above website.

 

May 29: “Mamma Mia” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performances begin 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.) On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Enjoy this ultimate feel-good show that over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with – the characters, the story and the music!

 

May 30: “Flower Daze” at the Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 232-1399 * flintfarmersmarket.com

  • (Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Enjoy this annual celebration as dozens of flower vendors join regular market vendors to help kick-off the summer season with a rainbow of colors, demonstrations and information on every aspect of living green.

 

May 30: “Marti Austin Kids Classic Road Race” at Flint’s Cultural Center Campus
1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * crim.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Children can participate in a Diaper Dash, Toddler Trot, the Quarter Mile, Half Mile or One Mile race. This fun day includes activities for the entire family, all centered on health and fitness. Each participating child will receive a t-shirt, goody bag and a finisher medal. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at The Whiting. Events begin at 11 a.m. and will run back-to-back. Parents are able to run/walk with their children. This mini-Crim is for youth ages 0-12.

May 30: “Craft Saturday for Kids” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Meet in the Children’s Room and make and take a special craft made by you! Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.

 

May 30: “College Night/Street Outlaw Invite” at Auto City Speedway, 10205 N. Saginaw Road, Clio * (810) 687-7384 or (810) 686-9500 * autocityspeedway.com

  • (Gates open 4:30 p.m. and races begin 7 p.m.) Experience a fast-paced, fun-filled family night at the tracks featuring Street Outlaws and Outlaw Figure 8 Enduro.

 

May 31: Flint’s “Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club” at the William S. White Building (U-of-M Flint Campus), 509 Harrison Street, Flint * whaleyhouse.com

  • (Game begins 2 p.m.) The Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club will play against the Bay City Monitors. This baseball club of Flint is part of the Whaley Historic House Museum’s History Everywhere initiative and the University of Michigan-Flint Department of History and combines contemporary features with elements of the game as it was played in the nineteenth century. Games are played on a unique space nestled along the Flint River on the U-of-M Flint Campus.  Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

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Foodie Fave Friday: 3 Burgers to Try Before May is Over 

Photo by Chris Chidsey

Photo by Chris Chidsey

Among our favorite unofficial holidays is National Hamburger Month, a foodie-themed observance that runs throughout the entire month of May. Here are three burgers to help you celebrate:

  • The Q.P. at Halo Burger, a quarter-pound hamburger dressed up with ketchup, mustard, pickle, onion, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Olives are extra (but worth it). Multiple locations. 
  • The Original Torch Burger at The Torch Bar & Grill consists of a handmade, half-pound patty of fresh ground beef, mustard, ketchup, tomato and mayo on a bun. Tasty add-ons, including bacon and fried eggs, are available. 522 Buckham Alley, Flint
  • The Upper Crust at Freakin’ Unbelievable Burgers features two ground beef patties served on a toasted brioche bun with boursin cheese, roasted garlic, onion jam, sliced cucumbers and gouda. Not up for red meat? Available substitutes include grilled chicken, Portobello mushrooms and more. 5100 Corunna Road, Flint

What’s your favorite burger in Genesee County? Let us know in the comments below!

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Catch a Game of ‘Base Ball’ with Flint’s Lumber City Club

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Back in the good ole 19th century, baseball was spelled with two words. Teams played without gloves, and players were referred to as ballists.

Yes, the game changed dramatically over the next 150 years or so – but not for everyone.

Take the Lumber City Base Ball Club, for instance. The team is one of more than 20 vintage baseball clubs that compete each summer in Michigan. Its members wear historically accurate uniforms and follow rules and customs that date back to 1858 to 1867.

“Some of the spectators – who are called cranks, which is a 19th-century term for fans – come dressed up in costume, too,” says Samantha Engel, ‎Executive Director at Whaley Historic House Museum, which co-sponsors the club with the history department at the University of Michigan – Flint.

According to Engel, the team provides a historical interpretation of an important aspect of life in the 19th century – a time when sports and leisure activities were starting to gain in popularity.

“As workdays became more regulated, people were moving from farms to towns and cities, where they didn’t have to work from sun up to sundown,” Engel says. “Something like base ball was a way for friends to gather and enjoy the day, while also engaging in a little bit of gentlemanly, goodhearted competition.”

The Lumber City team will play about 20 games this year, with home games taking place along the Flint River on the University of Michigan-Flint’s campus.

Home games start at 2 p.m. and are scheduled for the following days:

  • Saturday, May 23 vs. Wyandot Stars
  • Sunday, May 31 vs. Bay City Independents
  • Saturday, June 20 vs. Detroit Early Risers
  • Saturday, June 27 vs. Mt. Clemons Regulars
  • Saturday, July 11 vs. Richmond Bees
  • Saturday, July 25 vs. Rochester Grangers (at Camp Copneconic)
  • Saturday, Aug. 8 vs. Fallsburg Flats
  • Saturday, Sep. 5 vs. Saginaw Old Golds
  • Saturday, Sep. 26 vs. Sydney Stars

For more information about the Lumber City Base Ball Club, check out their website, follow them on Facebook or call 810-471-4714.

To learn more about the Vintage Base Ball Association, click here.

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4 Memorial Day Parades and Celebrations in Genesee County

Photo by Robert Linder

Photo by Robert Linder

Memorial Day – established to remember those who have died while serving the United States’ armed forces – falls on Monday, May 25 this year. Included below are four ways to recognize the federal holiday this weekend:

Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad will kick off its 2015 season with a three-day celebration honoring America’s armed forces. From Saturday to Monday, veterans/active duty personnel and one guest will receive free admission with a choice of a free train or boat ride. Visitors will also be provided with craft supplies to make a greeting card that will be sent to a hospitalized veteran. (6140 Bray Road, Flint)

The Grand Blanc Heritage Museum will host a Memorial Day open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafters will be demonstrating traditional  skills, docents will be available for tours and tickets will be available for the 2015 raffle quilt. (203 E. Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc)

The Linden Arts Council, in collaboration with Linden VFW Post 4642 and the Linden Community Schools, will unveil the “Patriot Wall” on Monday, prior to the Memorial Day Parade. The unveiling will take place at 9:30 a.m. on the LaFontaine Union Block in downtown Linden. Following the parade, Music by the Mill will kick off its 2015 season with an 11 a.m. performance by the Jump Street Swing Band.

The City of Burton will hosts its Memorial Day 5K Run and Walk at 9 a.m. Monday. Registration will begin at Atherton High School, at 3354 South Genesee Road in Burton, at 7:30 a.m. The city’s Memorial Day parade will follow at 2 p.m.

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Visiting Exhibition at Sloan to Explore ‘What Animals Leave Behind’

Who Dung It?  Animal scat is a great way to learn about the wild animals in your area. Learn to be a scat tracker by matching dung samples with the animals that made them. Photo by Cathy Gentry.

Who Dung It? Animal scat is a great way to learn about the wild animals in your area. Learn to be a scat tracker by matching dung samples with the animals that made them. Photo by Cathy Gentry.

A traveling exhibition based on Dr. Wayne Lynch’s famous children’s book The Scoop on Poop is headed to Flint’s Sloan Museum this week.

On display from Saturday, May 23 through Sep. 6, the family-friendly exhibit will lead visitors on an investigation of what poop is and how animals and humans use it. Visitors are invited to listen in on an animal’s digestive system, compete in dung beetle races and more.

“Poop is part of life,” said Clyde Peeling, director of Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland in Pennsylvania, which created the exhibit. “It’s something adults get squeamish about, but kids are universally fascinated by it. Our creative team saw The Scoop on Poop as an opportunity to teach real science with a subject that kids could get excited about.”

In fact, according to Peeling, animals use poop to build homes, hide from enemies, attract mates, send messages, and cool off. Some even eat it. Veterinarians, farmers, naturalists, paleontologists, Maasai tribesmen and power companies use it, too.

For more information about the Sloan Museum, at 221 E Kearsley St., call 810-237-3450 or visit www.sloanlongway.org/sloan-museum.

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Learn About Morel Foresting at For-Mar Nature Preserve

Photo by Peter Rossing

Photo by Peter Rossing

According to the Michigan State University Extension, morels, known for their meaty, nutty flavor, are believed to grow in every county in Michigan – Genesee included.

Since morels are one of the few edible mushrooms to fruit in the spring (most do so in the late summer to late fall), now is the time to start looking for them. In the case that you don’t know where to start, head to For-Mar Nature Preserve on Friday, May 22 for a crash course lesson in mushroom hunting.

The course, open to families of all ages and abilities will review morel hunting basics, including how to identify what is and what is NOT a morel. Participants will then take to the trails to seek out the edible mushroom as well as a variety of other forest foods.

“Foraging: Morels and More!” is scheduled to run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pre-registration is suggested, but walk-ins are welcome. To register for the free event, click here.

For-Mar Nature Preserve is located at 2142 N. Genesee Road in Burton. For more information, click here.

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See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of May 18-24

Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Events

May 21: “Bring Your Lunch and Learn” at Applewood, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 233-3835 * ruthmottfoundation.org

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Come stroll the grounds of Applewood and soak in the beauty of Mother Nature. An optional short learning activity “Pollinators and Native Plants” will begin at noon. Learn about the different types of bees that pollinate. Bring a sack-lunch. Free admission.

May 21: “After Dark” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7337 * thewhiting.com

  • (Event begins at 8 p.m.) Enjoy live entertainment in The Whiting’s beautiful lobby with delicious food and a cash bar.

May 22: “Foraging: Morels and More” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Learn morel hunting basics, including how to identify what is and what is NOT a morel. Then hike the trails of For-Mar looking for Michiganders favorite mushroom and a variety of other forest foods. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

May 23: “Flower Daze” at the Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 232-1399 * flintfarmersmarket.com

  • (Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Enjoy this annual celebration as dozens of flower vendors join regular market vendors to help kick-off the summer season with a rainbow of colors, demonstrations and information on every aspect of living green.

May 23: Flint’s “Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club” at the William S. White Building (U-of-M Flint Campus), 509 Harrison Street, Flint * whaleyhouse.com

  • (Game begins 2 p.m.) The Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club will play against the Wyandot Stars. This baseball club of Flint is part of the Whaley Historic House Museum’s History Everywhere initiative and the University of Michigan-Flint Department of History and combines contemporary features with elements of the game as it was played in the nineteenth century. Games are played on a unique space nestled along the Flint River on the U-of-M Flint Campus.  Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

May 23 (Rain date – May 24): “Maximum Destruction/Megasaurus” at Auto City Speedway, 10205 N. Saginaw Road, Clio * (810) 687-7384 or (810) 686-9500 * autocityspeedway.com

  • (Gates open 4:30 p.m. and races begin 7 p.m.) Experience a fast-paced, fun-filled family night at the tracks featuring Megasaurus, buses, push-pull, chain-gang, Enduro, trailers and more.

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