See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of February 8-14

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

Events

February 9: “Homeschool Skate” at Rollhaven, 5315 S. Saginaw Road, Grand Blanc * (810) 694-4533 * rollhaven.com

  • (Skating runs 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) Come out for some fun Valentine skating featuring candy scramble, Valentine trivia and a Hershey Kiss Guess. Get a free Kiss for every skater. Admission includes skates/blade rental.

February 12 & 13: “Back to the Bricks Chrome & Ice Show” at Dort Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * backtothebricks.org

  • (Event runs Friday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) For the first time, Back to the Bricks and Buick will sponsor an indoor winter car show featuring a “summertime” theme complete with sand and palm trees and live entertainment by a California-based “beach boy” band. Enjoy this inaugural, concours style event showcasing “rare and unusual” cars.

February 12 & 13: “Ragtime” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performances begin Friday 8 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.) Set in turn-of-the-century New York, enjoy the stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring your Harlem musician – all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow.

February 13: “Handmade Mini Market” at Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 232-1399 * flinthandmade.org

  • (Market runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Flint Handmade is hosting its 2nd annual Valentine’s Mini Market featuring local crafters with items that will make great Valentine’s Day gifts. Handcrafted products will include cards and prints, ceramics, jewelry, homemade jams, soy candles, natural bath and beauty products and more. Free admission and a make-and-take craft station for all ages.

February 13: “Super Saturday Storytime” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Join a library staff member for themed stories, literacy and hands-on activities in the Children’s Room. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.

February 13: “STEM Saturdays” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Learn the fun of working and playing with Science, Technology and Math. Recommended for elementary school ages.

February 13: “Whooo’s In Love?” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) For-Mar is hosting a romantic night outside for all those looking for the perfect outdoor Valentine’s Day adventure. Take a moonlight stroll through For-Mar, sip on some hot cocoa, call for owls and have a couples photo taken. Recommended for ages 16 and older. Free admission.

February 13: Flint Firebirds Hockey at Dort Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * flintfirebirds.com

  • (Game begins 7:30 p.m.) The Flint Firebirds will play against Owen Sound. The Firebirds are part of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and represent a continuation of Flint’s rich hockey tradition.

February 13 & 14: “Skate with Mickey & Minnie Mouse” at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena, 5371 Daly Farms Drive, Burton * (810) 744-0800 * crystalfh.com

  • (Skating runs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Come celebrate Valentine’s Day at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena and meet and skate with Minnie and Mickey Mouse! General admission, VIP and family packages are available.

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The Most Popular Paczki Flavor in Genesee County

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Fat Tuesday is just two days away, and based on a nonscientific survey of local bakeries, it looks like the people of Flint and Genesee County will be celebrating with paczki of all flavors — especially the cream-filled variety.

“We’ve gotten a lot of orders for the Bavarian cream this year,” says Kathy Jablonski, a clerk at Jablonski’s Baker’s Corner, at 5518 E. Atherton Road in Burton. She likens the the filling to a “smooth pudding – sort of like custard.”

She adds that bakery – which is gearing up for a busy Tuesday and Wednesday – also expects to fill quite a few orders for the traditional prune-filled paczki. While pre-orders are encouraged (810-742-4330), the establishment will also accept walk-ins.

Other local bakeries serving up the popular Polish doughnut this week include:

  • Donna’s Donuts (1135 W. Bristol Road, Flint): Most popular flavors include custard, cream and strawberry. To place an order, call 810-233-5618. Open 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
  • King Arthur’s Pasties and Bakery (1261 N. Ballenger Hwy, Flint Township, and 2259 E. Hill Road, Grand Blanc Township): According to the Grand Blanc location, custard and Holland cream are the most in-demand flavors. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Crust – a baking company (104 W. Caroline, Fenton): As of Friday, the bakery had sold out of its lemon, cream and apricot flavors. By Sunday, it also ran out of its prune and rosehip jelly offerings. To confirm if any raspberry or strawberry-filled paczki are still available for Tuesday pick-up, call 810-629-8882. Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Sunday.

Who makes your favorite paczki in Flint and Genesee?

African American History Events, Exhibits at the Flint Cultural Center

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In honor of African American History Month, the Flint Cultural Center is hosting special exhibits and events throughout the month of February and beyond. Here are a few ways you can take part in the upcoming happenings:

  • Attend a reading of Dominique Morisseau’s “Detroit ‘67” at the Flint Youth Theatre on Feb. 7. The story follows Chelle and her brother Lank during the Detroit riots of 1967. For tickets, click here.
  • Check out “From Heart to Hand: African American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts” at the Flint Institute of Arts. On display through April 10, the exhibit features 30 pieces made by African American quilt artists during the 20th century.
  • Get together with friends and relatives at the Flint Public Library for a Family Feud-style trivia night, centered around African American and local history. To register for the Feb. 27 event and receive a trivia training kit, call 810-249-2569.

This is just a sampling of the cultural center’s plans for February. For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

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See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of February 1-7

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

Events

February 5: “First Fridays – Tour of the Universe” at Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 or 237-3400 * sloanlongway.org

  • (Event begins 6 p.m.) Join Longway for a lecture about Space and explore planets, nearby stars and the myriad galaxies that populate the universe. Then stay for the 7 p.m. showing of Sea Monsters. Recommended for ages 6 and older.

February 5 & 6: Flint Firebirds Hockey at Dort Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * flintfirebirds.com

  • (Games begin 7:30 p.m.) The Flint Firebirds will play against Ontario’s Sudbury Wolves Friday night and the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday. The Firebirds are part of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and represent a continuation of Flint’s rich hockey tradition.

February 6: “Walk in the Woods: Winter Wildlife” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) For-Mar Naturalists will take everyone on a hike through the nature preserve to investigate signs of winter wildlife. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

February 6: “Super Saturday Storytime” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Join a library staff member for themed stories, literacy and hands-on activities in the Children’s Room. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.

February 6: “Wine, Women & Chocolate” at IMA Brookwood Golf Course, 6045 Davison Road, Burton * (810) 742-4930 * imarecreation.org

  • (Event runs 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Cross Country Ski, Snow Shoe or walk a 5K track through IMA Brookwood Golf Course while enjoying treats and snacks set-up in 5 Hospitality Tents. After the workout, enjoy some pampering with chair massages, hair fluffs, manicures and more. There will also be wine samples from a variety of local venues with lots of food and chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! This is a women’s only event and participants must be 21 years of age to attend.

February 6: “Walk-In Crafts” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Stop in at the Library for some fun hands-on craft events featuring different themes each weekend. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.

February 6: University of Michigan-Flint Men’s Hockey at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena, 5371 Daly Farm Drive, Burton * (810) 744-0800 * crystalfh.com

  • (Game begins 7 p.m.) Enjoy an exciting night of hockey when the University of Michigan-Flint Men’s Hockey team plays against Oakland University.

February 6: “Dracula” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performance begins 7 p.m.) Bram Stoker’s novel of 1987, Dracula, was published with little popular fanfare. Critics, however, praised the author and put Stoker in the category of Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe.

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3 Offbeat Breakfast Dishes in Flint & Genesee

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What better way to kick off a lazy Sunday morning than with a delicious, warm breakfast that causes passersby to stop and say, “Ohhh, what’s that?” For those of you looking for something that goes beyond your standard scrambled eggs and toast, here are a few of Genesee County’s less traditional options.

If you normally get a breakfast sandwich, try the…

If you love steak and eggs, ask for the…

  • Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict at Capitol Coney (4021 Van Slyke Road, Flint). It’s exactly what it sounds like: homemade biscuits topped with pulled pork and a poached egg, topped with homemade hollandaise sauce. Served with your choice of potato. Breakfast available 24 hours, seven days a week. 

If you always order the veggie omelette, you’ll love the…

  • Hungry Hippie at The Laundry (125 W. Shiawassee, Fenton). A cast iron skillet is loaded with polenta, roasted zucchini, yellow squash, red onions, bell peppers, fresh tomatoes and goat cheese. Oven-baked and topped with two over-easy eggs and Spanish romesco sauce. Breakfast served until noon. 

What are your favorite breakfast joints in Flint and Genesee, and what do you order while you’re there?

3 Warm-Weather Activities to Enjoy this Winter in Flint & Genesee

Missing your favorite warm-weather activities? Although we still have two more months of winter left, you can still enjoy bike riding, stargazing and go karting before spring hits! Just check out these winter-friendly options in Flint and Genesee. 

FATBIKING

Is your mountain bike in hibernation for the winter? Consider getting a fatbike, an off-road bicycle named for its oversized tires. According to Steve Bender, manager of Assenmacher’s Cycling Center in Flint, “the bike was originally designed to be ridden in deep snow, but has bled over into other types of bicycling. It’s become a four-season bicycle, and people are riding them just about everywhere these days.”

In Genesee County, for instance, you might spot cyclists biking the same trails they would in warmer months, including the Flint River Trail and Bicentennial Park Trail in Grand Blanc. 

While the sensation of fat biking feels a bit different — Bender describes it as though you’re floating over the snow — the preparation is very similar. Cyclists should bring along some form of hydration and remember to dress in layers. You might start off feeling cool, but don’t expect to stay that way!

STARGAZING

If it’s too chilly to search for the Big Dipper outside, head over to Longway Planetarium in Flint. Founded in 1958 and the largest in Michigan, the planetarium underwent renovations last year and reopened last May with a new dome and state-of-the-art projection system. 

The facility is playing six shows, including “Skies Over Michigan,” which teaches visitors about the rotation of the Earth, how to find the North Star and which constellations are visible in the current night sky. 

Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and youth (ages 2-11) and free for children under 2. However, due to the dark planetarium environment, these programs are not recommended for children under the age of 3. For more info, call 810-237-3400 or visit www.sloanlongway.org/Longway-Planetarium.

GO KARTING

Did you know that Clio is home to Michigan’s largest indoor kart track? Visitors to Extreme Indoor Kart Racing usually lap the 1/4-mile track about 8 to 10 times in a given race. Adults reach speeds of up to 40 mph, and youth (ages 8-15) drive karts with just slightly less horsepower, usually reaching speeds of up to 15 mph. 

Adult pricing starts at $14 for members and $16 for the general public. Junior karts cost $10 per race.

For more info, call 810-687-3546 or visit www.eikr.net

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

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

Events

January 25: “Harlem Globetrotters” at Dort Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * dorteventcenter.com

  • (Shows runs 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) Come out and enjoy watching the Harlem Globetrotters as they perform their hilarious antics and amazing basketball skills. This exhibition basketball team combines athleticism, theater and comedy that will entertain the whole family.

January 28: Flint’s Monthly “JazzWalk”, Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District * (810) 238-ARTS * geneseefun.com

  • (Event runs 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.) Stroll Flint’s numerous 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 participating Flint hotspots.

January 29: “Owl Prowl” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) Join For-Mar Naturalists and learn about local owls and the unique sounds they make! Then travel For-Mar trails to practice owl calling. Night vision protection will be provided, but please bring your own flashlight. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

January 29: University of Michigan-Flint Men’s Hockey at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena, 5371 Daly Farm Drive, Burton * (810) 744-0800 * crystalfh.com

  • (Game begins 7 p.m.) Enjoy an exciting night of hockey when the University of Michigan-Flint Men’s Hockey team plays against Northwood.

January 29 – 31: “The Blue Man Group” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performances begin Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.) The Blue Man Group is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show/concert that combines music, comedy, and multimedia theatrics. Enjoy this unique form of entertainment that will leave the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state.

January 30: “Super Saturday Storytime” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Join a library staff member for themed stories, literacy and hands-on activities in the Children’s Room. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.

January 30: “Groundhog Day Fun!” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.) In celebration of Groundhog Day, come find out if Punxsutawney For-Mar saw his shadow. Also, enjoy crafts and other activities. Recommended for families of all ages.

January 30: “Walk-In Crafts” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Stop in at the Library for some fun hands-on craft events featuring different themes each weekend. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.

January 30: Flint Firebirds Hockey at Dort Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * flintfirebirds.com

  • (Game begins 7:30 p.m.) The Flint Firebirds will play against Sarnia. The Firebirds are part of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and represent a continuation of Flint’s rich hockey tradition.

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