ArtWalk, Bastille Day Race to Take Over Fenton on Saturday

550_1_FentonArtWalk2015SaveDate(1)More than 1,500 people are expected to attend The Laundry’s Bastille Day 5K Run/Walk and 15K Run in Fenton on Saturday, July 11.

Now in its 14th year, the Bastille Day race raises about $10,000 to $15,000 annually in support of Genesee County’s Habitat for Humanity. The 5K race winds through the neighborhoods surrounding downtown Fenton, and the 15K run is challenging and hilly, according to event officials.

Running in conjunction with the race will be the 5th Annual Fenton ArtWalk, which will run from 11 a.m.  to 4 p.m. along Leroy Street in downtown Fenton.

As part of the free community event, local and regional artists will display their work inside participating businesses and at local organizations. New this year, the Fenton Community and Cultural Center, or FCCC, will host a fine art exhibit displaying each artist’s work.

Visitors can participate in the “Peoples Choice” voting for contests including:

  • Downtown Merchant Window Decor
  • Artzy Hat Prize Competition at FCCC
  • Fine Art Exhibit at FCCC
  • Billmeier Camera Photo Contest at FCCC

For more information or to register for the Bastille Day races, click here.

To learn more about Fenton ArtWalk, click here.

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See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of July 6-12

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


July 6: “Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes” at Linden County Park (Clover Beach Pavilion) 15349 S. Linden Road, Linden * (800) 648-PARK *

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Come dressed in your fairy and gnome best for stories, crafts and a building adventure. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

July 7: Clio Amphitheater presents a “Tribute to Johnny Cash,” 301 Rogers Lodge Drive, Clio * (810) 686-5850 *

  • (Gates open 6 p.m. show begins 7 p.m.) Relax and enjoy an evening dedicated to Johnny Cash.

July 7: “Oobleck, Goop and Glurch” at Flushing County Park (Pavilion #1), 4417 N. McKinley Road, Flushing * (800) 648-PARK *

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Rain, always rain. Why can’t we have something different for a change? Oobleck is a fictional form of green precipitation invented by children’s author Dr. Suess. Dress for a mess and come make some oobleck, goop and glurch! Recommended for families all ages. Free admission.

July 10: Movies Under the Stars presents “The Sandlot” at Flint City Hall’s Back Lawn, 1101 S. Saginaw Street, Flint *

  • (Movie begins at dusk) Bring lawn chairs and blankets and spend a family-fun evening, under the stars, watching the movie The Sandlot. Also, enjoy a visit with Flint’s Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club and practice at some batting cages. Wear your favorite team jersey.

July 10 & 11: Sloan Museum presents “Movies in the Courtyard”, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3450 *

  • (Doors open 8 p.m. and movie begins at dusk) Bring a blanket and settle in for a relaxing evening, outside, watching a movie. “In My Dreams” plays Friday and is about a girl and a boy who each tosses a coin into a fountain and starts dreaming about each other. But, according to fountain mythology, they only have a week to turn their dreams into reality (rated TV Movie). The movie “Despicable Me” plays Saturday and is about a criminal who uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme and finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better (rated PG). Concessions and a cash bar will be available both nights.

July 11: “Fenton ArtWalk” at Fenton’s Downtown Entertainment District, Leroy Street, Fenton *

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Enjoy this community event celebrating the arts and showcasing local and regional artists. Artists will display their work inside participating businesses and at local organizations. Visitors can circulate through the storefronts to see and shop for artwork. Also, enjoy live entertainment, sculptures, dining, storytelling, art at the river, family fun, an Artzy Hat Prize competition and more.

July 11: “Strolling Saturday” at Applewood, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 233-3835 *

  • (Event runs 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Explore the beauty of Flint’s Applewood Estates in a casual setting. Free admission.

July 11: “Tell-a-Tail” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 *

  • (Event runs 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Friendly therapy dogs will accept any and all petting as children practice their reading skills using their favorite book or one selected from the Library. Those children waiting to read can complete a craft. Recommended for toddlers, preschool and elementary school ages.

July 11: “Flint’s Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club” at the William S. White Building (U-of-M Flint Campus), 509 Harrison Street, Flint *

  • (Game begins 2 p.m.) The Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club will play against the Richmond Bees. This Flint baseball club 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.

July 11: “Buckham Alley Festival” at Buckham Alley Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District *

  • (Festival runs 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Come be a part of this 5th annual downtown Flint event featuring live bands on 2 stages, dancing, crafts, food & drinks, street performers and more. Free admission.

July 11: Auto City Speedway presents “UAW Night” at the Race, 10205 N. Saginaw Road, Clio * (810) 687-7384 or (810) 686-9500 *

  • (Gates open 4:30 p.m. and races begin 7:30 p.m.) Experience a fast-paced, fun-filled family night at the tracks featuring a classic car show.

July 12: “Park & Recreation Month Celebration” at Bluebell Beach, 5500 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK *

  • (Event runs 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) It’s all about dancing, singing and bouncing! Come celebrate 30 years of Park and Recreation Month, Genesee County Parks’ style, with live music from the Jim Cummings Band, bounce houses and more! Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

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Free City Festival Brings Art, Performances to Chevy Commons

Flyer by Oaklin Mixon

Flyer by Oaklin Mixon

Free City – a large-scale public art festival that temporarily reclaims the former Flint‐Chevy manufacturing site along the Flint River for public use – is returning to Flint this weekend for its third consecutive year.

According to the Flint Public Art Project’s website, “the festival features dozens of music, dance, and theater performances, art installations, and hands‐on workshops to reconnect residents to the Chevy Commons site and its future potential. A critical mass of temporary activities turns the abandoned industrial property into an active public space, highlighting the ongoing transformation of Flint.”

Featured artists at this year’s event include:

  • Emily Puthoff (Kingston, NY; Wayfinding Series, traveling film series)
  • Garret Linn (New York; minimalist sound wave installation)
  • Eric Barry Drasin (New Jersey; audio-visual performance)
  • Paige Barnett (Detroit; Inside Out Project, large-scale photo installation)
  • Peter Pawlicki (Sterling Heights; meditative labyrinth)
  • FIG Projects (Montreal; Dial-a-Citytelecommunications performance)
  • Melisa Morgan (Detroit; #POINTBEING social media performance)
  • Kriss Gaynes(Detroit; video and live performance)
  • Gregory Hatch (Columbus, OH; Are You a Pink Collar Worker?, textile performance)

There will also be musical performances by DJ Vintage Future, MOG, Apollo’s Din, Handwringer and Saturday Night Gypsies curated by Jay Rowland and Ariel Sammone.

The event is free and open to the public. It will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 3, at Spring Grove, at 2nd Street between Ann Arbor and Hall Street. It will also run from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 4 at Chevy Commons, at Stevenson Street between University and Kearsley.

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Flint Symphony Orchestra to Play Patriotic Favorites at Crossroads Village

july-2642_1280As part of the 2015 Music in the Parks Concert series, the Flint Symphony Orchestra will play some patriotic favorites at Crossroads Village on Thursday, July 2.

The evening’s program will include:

  •  Star Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key
  •  Highlights from the musical Annie, arr. by Strouse and Lang
  •  Cowboys’ Overture, John Williams
  •  America the Beautiful
  •  Stars and Stripes Forever, John Philips Sousa

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages in plastic containers are permitted; concessions will also be available for purchase from the venue.

Located at 6140 Bray Road in Flint, Crossroads Village is home to more than 34 historic structures. With extensive programming and a robust schedule of events, the venue provides visitors with a glimpse into life in a thriving Great Lakes town at the turn of the century.

Founded in 1991, Music in the Parks celebrates the area’s diverse cultural heritage through music, presenting performers from a variety of genres each year. This year’s lineup also includes:

July 16 – The Elders Irish Rock (Kearsley Park)
July 30 – Scott Gwinnell Jazz (Mott Park)
Aug. 6 – Sweet Willie Tea (Max Brandon Park)
Sept. 10 – Gospel Music Celebration (The Whiting)

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. In case of rain, concerts will be held at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley St., Flint. For more information, visit or

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FIA to Host Temporary Edvard Munch Exhibition

Vampire II by Edvard Munch

Vampire II by Edvard Munch

The Norwegian artist Edvard Munch – best known for his painting The Scream – estimated that he had produced around 30,000 graphic works in his lifetime. Starting Sunday, July 5, more than 25 of those pieces will be on display at the Flint Institute of Arts.

On display through September 6, the exhibition includes lithographs, woodblocks, etchings, drawings, drypoint and intaglio, mostly from his early years. (Munch’s graphic activities spanned 50 years from his first prints in 1894 to his death in 1944.)

Munch was associated with the international development of Symbolism in the 1890s and later regarded as a pioneer in the Expressionist movement. Like some of his contemporaries’ works, his art was very much influenced by his mood and personal life.

The Flint Institute of Arts is located at 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Click here to learn more.

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4 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Flint & Genesee

fireworks-1758_640The Fourth of July is fast approaching. Here are four festivals and fireworks displays that will keep area residents and visitors entertained this week.

Flint’s Carnival and Fireworks Display, July 2-5
Downtown Flint’s Entertainment District, Saginaw Street

Enjoy four days of family fun in downtown Flint with carnival rides, vendors and more. Fireworks are scheduled for Friday evening.

Clio Family Fun Day, July 4
Clio City Park, 402 N. Mill Street, Clio

The 33rd annual celebration will begin at 2 p.m. with a flag raising ceremony and end with a fireworks display at dusk.

Fenton Freedom Festival, July 4
Fenton Community & Cultural Center, 150 S. Leroy Street, Fenton

The 25th annual celebration will feature a pancake breakfast, parade, 5K race and fun run/walk, food vendors, rubber ducky race, classic car display, arts and crafts and more.  A fireworks display, set to music, will light up the sky at Silver Lake Park starting at dusk. The event runs from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks in Montrose, July 4
Montrose Township Barber Park, 11410 Seymour Road

Hosted by the Montrose Patriots Club, the event will include a petting zoo, the launching of sky lanterns, concessions, music and entertainment. Residents can purchase a lantern for $5 at the Farmers’ Market on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. or at M-57 Aggregate in downtown Montrose.

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See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of June 29–July 5

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

Independence Day Celebrations

July 2 – 5: “Flint’s Carnival and Fireworks Display” at Downtown Flint’s Entertainment District, Saginaw Street, Flint *

  • (Check website above for activity times) Enjoy 4 days of family fun in downtown Flint with carnival rides, vendors and more including an Independence Day Fireworks display Friday evening.

July 4: “Clio Family Fun Day” at Clio City Park, 402 N. Mill Street, Clio * (810) 686-5850 *

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.) This 33rd annual celebration begins at 2 p.m. with a Flag Raising ceremony and ends with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk.

July 4: “Corunna 4th of July Celebration” at Hugh McCurdy Park, 560 W. Corunna Road, Corunna * (989) 723-1166 *

  • (Event begins at 7 a.m.) Enjoy this fun-filled family day with arts & crafts, children’s games, food vendors, a duck race, a Fire Cracker 5K race, game tent, mini golf, live entertainment, car show and more. End the day with a fireworks celebration finale at dusk.

July 4: “Fenton Freedom Festival” at Fenton Community & Cultural Center, 150 S. Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 629-5447 *

  • (Event runs 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.) Enjoy this 25th annual celebration featuring a pancake breakfast, parade, 5K race & fun run/walk, food vendors, rubber ducky race, classic car display, arts & crafts and more. A fireworks display, to music, will light up the sky at Silver Lake Park starting at dusk.

July 4: “Lapeer Fireworks Celebration” at Rolland-Warner Middle School, 3145 W. Genesee Street, Lapeer *

  • (Event begins at dusk) The city of Lapeer will celebrate Independence Day with a colorful fireworks light show.

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