See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of July 21-27

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

Events

July 21: “Chemistry is Cool” at Linden County Park (Clover Beach Pavilion), 15349 S. Linden Road, Linden * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Did you know that every time you brush your teeth, make lemonade or cook your dinner, you are actually using the science of chemistry? Learn about states of matter, chemical reactions and elements and find out why Chemistry is Cool! Recommended for families of all ages.

July 22: “Lunch on the Lawn” at Applewood, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Bring a picnic lunch to Applewood for story time and a chance to explore their beautiful grounds. Parking is next to the estate and entrance is through the Frog Gate. Bring blankets. Recommended for toddlers, preschool and elementary school ages.

July 22: “A Salute To The Best of Motown” at Clio Amphitheater, 301 Rogers Lodge Drive, Clio * (810) 686-5850 * clio.govoffice.com

  • (Gates open 6 p.m. show begins 7 p.m.) Jr. Walker’s All Star Band, known world-wide as The Ultimate Motown Party Band, will perform a spectacular show of unforgettable hits such as “Shotgun”, “What Does It Take” and many others. The Jim Cummings Band will open the night, with former bassist Greg Allman, and will perform some Motown, pop and rock hits from the past and present.

July 23: “Honeybee Kids: Learn to Speak Bee” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Meet at For-Mar’s observation hive for this fun and interactive kid-friendly honeybee program. Learn how honeybees communicate and how they make the honey we all LOVE!  For-Mar beekeeper Jim Withers will be on hand to answer questions.

July 24: “Tell-A-Tail” at the Flint Public Library – Main Branch (Children’s Room), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.) These friendly therapy dogs will accept any and all petting as children practice their reading skills. Those waiting to read can complete a craft.

July 24: “Firefly Walk” at Applewood, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 233-3835 * applewood.org

  • (Event runs 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Come explore the amazing lives of fireflies at Applewood and learn what makes them glow. Enjoy family fun activities all evening featuring live music, a vintage baseball demonstration by the Flint Lumber City Base Ball Club, children’s arts and crafts, live exotic animals from the Wilderness Zoo, a comedian-magic show, refreshments and more. Golf cart shuttles will be available for those with mobility challenges. Light and healthy refreshments will also be provided. Free admission but, please consider bringing a food or personal care item for a local shelter donation.

July 24: “Flint’s Monthly Jazz Walk”, Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District * (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 participating Flint hotspots.

July 26: “Flint Folk Music Festival” at Kearsley Park, 1700 Kearsley Park Blvd., Flint * flintfolkmusic.org

  • (Event runs 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) Enjoy this 15th annual Flint Folk Music Festival featuring Stella, Matt Watroba and Rev. Robert Jones, Ukulele Kings, Suzanne and Jim and Mustard’s Retreat. There will also be a concession tent, 50-50 raffle, a Ukulele workshop, a Steve Rodgers Jam tent and more. Free admission. Bring lawn chairs. No pets allowed.

July 26: 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 runs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) The Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club will play against the Saginaw Old Golds. 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. Bring lawn chairs.

July 26 & 27: “Warrior Dash” at E.A. Cummings Event Center, 6130 E. Mt. Morris Road, Mt. Morris * (800) 648-PARK * warriordash.com

  • (Event runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Warrior Dash is the world’s largest obstacle race series, held on the most rugged terrain in more than 50 locations across the globe. Participants earn their Warrior helmet by tackling a fierce 3 to 4-mile course and 12 extreme obstacles. After conquering the Battleground, Warriors celebrate with turkey legs, beer steins and live music at a post-race party in a league of its own. Check website above for details and registration.

July 26 & 27: “Kiwanis Krystal ArtFest” at the Cage Fieldhouse, 4110 Morrish Road, Swartz Creek * swartzcreekkiwanis.org

  • (ArtFest runs Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Browse and shop for the finest arts in Mid-Michigan. Also enjoy entertainment, local foods, children’s activities and more all in a controlled climate.

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‘Be a Tourist’ is Best Buck You’ll Spend All Summer

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Be a Tourist in Your Home Town – Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A song from iTunes. A McDouble. An old movie rental. About a quarter-gallon of gas. A super-amazing, fun-filled, thrill-packed day of discovery in Flint.

What do all these things have in common? They cost $1.

That’s right. One buck.

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See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of July 14-20

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

Events

July 15: “Lunch on the Lawn Storytime: Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes” at the Flint Public Library – Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Come dressed as your favorite fairy or gnome, hear fantabulous tales and make a fair or gnome home! Recommended for toddlers, preschool and elementary school ages. (Rain Location: Children’s Room)

July 15: “Truck Farm: Citrus Explosion” at the Flint Public Library – Main Branch (Children’s Garden), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) Join the Truck Farm crew in a juicy exploration of citrus fruits.  Learn what they are, how they taste and why we like them. Try your hands at some fun experiments with these high acid fruits. Recommended for all ages.

July 15: “Southern Rock Under the Stars” at Clio Amphitheater, 301 Rogers Lodge Drive, Clio * (810) 686-5850 * clio.govoffice.com

  • (Gates open 6 p.m. show begins 7 p.m.) Southern rock comes alive featuring the group Black Oak Arkansas who released a new album for Atlantic Records/Atco Records in 2013 titled “Back Thar N’ Over Yonder.” Black Oak Arkansas will perform their classic hits from the 70′s as well as their new releases. The Donny Hartman Band will be the opening act with legendary lead singer and guitarist for The Frost playing his favorite southern rock, country and Rock-N-Roll hits.

July 16: “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. At 12 p.m., participate in “Have Fun with Fruits & Veggies” an optional learning session on how to prepare tasty fruits and vegetables. Children will enjoy a scavenger hunt and craft projects. Bring a sack-lunch. Free admission but, please consider bringing a food or personal care item for a local shelter donation.

July 16: “Creature Feature” at Davison Roadside Park Pavilion, 6160 Davison Road, Burton * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Get up close and personal with a general introduction to the animal world when “Dan the Creature Man” brings his African grey parrot, Mexican milksnake, large python, blue-tongued skink, tarantula, large bullfrog, chinchilla, large spur-thighed tortoise and three-foot American alligator to Genesee County Parks! Recommended for all ages. Free admission.

July 17: “Tell-A-Tail” at the Flint Public Library – Main Branch (Children’s Room), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.) These friendly therapy dogs will accept any and all petting as children practice their reading skills. Those waiting to read can complete a craft.

July 17: Music in the Parks presents the group “Soul’d Out” at Kearsley Park, 1700 Kearsley Park Blvd., Flint * (810) 238-1350 * thefim.org

  • (Event begins 7 p.m.) Bring your family and friends and enjoy an evening of music during this Music in the Parks concert series. Bring your lawn chair. (Rain Location: Kearsley Park Pavilion)

July 19: “Michigan Storytellers Festival” at the Flint Public Library – Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Festival runs 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.) Enjoy this day of family fun as master storytellers bring the oral tradition to life. There will be several workshops and storytelling during the day with special concert storytellers beginning at 6:30 p.m. Recommended for all ages. Free admission.

July 19: “Oak ID Walk” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) Oak trees can be difficult to identify, and in many cases knowing what type of oak you have can mean the matter of life or death-for the tree! Walk the arboretum of For-Mar and look at the differences between several Michigan common oak trees. Recommended for ages 16 and over.

July 19: “Be A Tourist In Your Home Town”, Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District and Beyond * flintandgenesee.org/tourist

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) The Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau invites all to experience what Flint has to offer. For just $1.00 per person, tourists can visit and enjoy more than 30 different venues around Flint & Genesee. This “Passport”, which can be picked up at Flint’s Downtown Riverfront Banquet Center on the day of the event, is also valid for discounts at many businesses and restaurants in Downtown Flint’s Entertainment District. Complimentary transportation between venues will be provided by co-sponsor Mass Transportation Authority. Buses will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. So, we invite you and your family to come experience what Flint has to offer and See what’s possible. Visit the website above for details and a list of participating venues.

July 19: “Herbal Preparations” at E.A. Cummings Event Center, 6130 E. Mt. Morris Road, Mt. Morris * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) George Hedgepeth, from Briar Patch Outdoors, leads this class and teaches how to make salves, oils, tinctures, decoctions and infusions from common kitchen herbs as well as native wild plants. Safe preparation and use will be covered. Recommended for ages 16 and over. Free admission.

July 19: “Tiger Night – 2014 Leon Arnold Tiger Memorial Race” at Auto City Speedway
10205 N. Saginaw Road, Clio * (810) 687-7484 or 686-9500 * autocityspeedway.com

  • (Gates open 4:30 p.m. races begin 7 p.m.) Experience a fast-paced, fun-filled family night at the tracks featuring PLMS, SS, PP and Tommy Bowles Dwarf Car Race. Wear your Detroit Tiger gear and get $2 off admission.

July 20: 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 runs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) The Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club will play against the Richmond Bees. 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. Bring lawn chairs.

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This Friday’s Art Walk Will Come With An Added SHIVER

book-monthEvery month on the second Friday Downtown Flint celebrates the arts with the Art Walk, an event created years and years ago via a collaboration between the local independent galleries and the event continues to grow and evolve over time.  The walk itself focuses on the gallery space downtown – Buckham Gallery and Greater Flint Arts Council – but other venues such as Red Ink Studios (located in the same building as the Flint Local 432 all ages music club on First Street), Pages Bookstore, The Lunch Studio and other sites have joined in as additional venues where artists and musicians can showcase their work.  This month another venue joins the walk as MLive will host five local writers who will be offering their own twists on classic summer reading.  The event at MLive (located on Saginaw Street across from Blackstone’s) is called the Summer Shiver Book Tour and features five authors from the Flint area who each will be bringing books that will throw some very long and very deep shadows and all of them will be available to sign their books and speak with people if anyone has any questions about their work. The books will range from stories of the undead, to tales of romantic terror, to a university that has a strange and mysterious history, and on to non-fiction books about movies, and even books perfect for the littlest ghosts and goblins in the house.

Summer is a time many take to kick back and spend some time in a good book – electronic or traditional – and the Summer Shiver Tour is a great opportunity to meet some local authors and find out more about their work and for those looking to add a chill to the warm weather months this could be just the place to start.

Summer Shiver Book Tour

MLive Office – Saginaw Street, Downtown Flint

Friday, June 11, 2014

6PM – 8PM

Free

Buckham Alley In Downtown Flint Is The Place To Be This Saturday Night

buchkamNow in its fourth year, Buckham Alley Fest has quickly become one of the most interesting and anticipated events in all of Flint. Sure, there are the stalwarts downtown – Back To The Bricks, The Crim, and Bikes On The Bricks – which all draw thousands and thousands of people to the area but none of those events feel as Flint as BAF does. What those other events, great as they are, don’t do is embrace some of the things that make this modern Flint what it is – the art, the music, and the food. The event uses an alley in Flint where several local businesses reside – Pages Bookstore, The Torch Bar & Grill, The Loft, and 501 as well as some smaller businesses – with the small side street transformed into a music venue, an art showcase, and an area of outdoor seating and eating as thousands come out to this free festival.  Beginning at 4 p.m. this Saturday the festival fills not just Buckham Alley (which is in between First Street and Second Street downtown) but will spill into First Street and will fill the entirety of the alley itself. With two stages set up there will be ten music acts with different styles and from different genres playing through the evening which will set the soundtrack as people check out the dozens upon dozens of vendors selling food, clothing, crafts, and jewelry. In their own area will be local artists showing and selling their work. Since its inception the festival has become an amazing showcase for local artists and performers and this year will be no different with demonstrations and art performances slated for the evening as well.

With an event that’s still relatively ‘new’ Buckham Alley Fest has become an event that people look forward to all year and with great reason – this is a festival for and about Flint and which looks to add to the already busy summer calendar. If you have never made it to a Buckham Alley Festival then this is a great time to change that. There are a lot of wonderful events centered on Flint during the year but few of them are made from the fabric of the city and woven back into its eclectic tapestry highlighting the many things that that make the city so special.

Buckham Alley Festival
Saturday, July 12, 2014
4PM – 10PM
Buckham Alley, Downtown Flint, MI (between Second Street and First Street)
FREE
http://www.buckhamalleyfest.com/

See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of July 7-13

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

Events

July 7: Music in the Parks presents the “Gospel Music Celebration featuring The Flint Jubilee Chorale, The Flint Community Gospel Singers” and more at Mott Park
Nolen Drive, Flint * (810) 238-1350 * thefim.org

  • (Event begins 7 p.m.) Bring your family and friends and enjoy an evening of great gospel during this Music in the Parks concert series. Bring your lawn chair. (Rain Location: The Whiting at 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint)

July 7: “Origami, Kirigami and Tanabata” at Linden County Park, Clover Beach Pavilion, 15349 S. Linden Road, Linden * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) July 7th (or August 7th in some areas) is Japan’s Tanabata or Star Festival, where people write their wishes on tanzaku (colorful small strip of paper) and hang them on bamboo trees, along with other decorations, in hope that their wishes will come true. The most common Tanabata decorations are the streamers usually made with variously colored origami. Make your own origami with Artist David Larwa. Recommended for all ages. Free admission.

July 8: “Lunch on the Lawn Storytime” at the Flint Public Library – Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Ms. Brenda will share stories on the Library Lawn. Feel free to bring a sack lunch and blanket. Recommended for toddlers, preschool and elementary school ages. (Rain Location: Children’s Room)

July 8: “Let’s Go To The Hop” at Clio Amphitheater, 301 Rogers Lodge Drive, Clio * (810) 686-5850 * clio.govoffice.com

  • (Gates open 6 p.m. show begins 7 p.m.) Enjoy an evening listening to the biggest musical hits of the 50′s featuring Danny & The Juniors and Tommy Vale & The Torpedos. Relive Rock-N-Roll hits such as “The Pony”, “The Swim”, “The Fish”, “Twistin USA”, “Teenager In Love” and much more.

July 10: “Tell-A-Tail” at the Flint Public Library – Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.) These friendly therapy dogs will accept any and all petting as children practice their reading skills. Those waiting to read can complete a craft.

July 11: Dixie Motor Speedway, 10945 Dixie Hwy, Birch Run * (989) 624-9778 * dixiemotorspeedway.com

  • (Gates open 5 p.m. races begin 7:30 p.m.) Enjoy nonstop, live entertainment on one of the premier short tracks in the Midwest. Tonight’s family event features EOD’s.

July 11 & 12: Theater in Our Parks presents “Snow White” (geneseecountyparks.org)

  • Friday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Linden County Park, Clover Beach Pavilion – 15349 S. Linden Road, Linden
  • Saturday 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – For-Mar Nature Preserve – 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton
  • Saturday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Flushing County Park Pavilion #5 – 4417 N. McKinley Road, Flushing
    • The Kearsley Park Players present the classic fairy tale, “Snow White,” in a production designed to please the whole family. This fairy tale favorite with the magic mirror, poison apple, wicked stepmother and the lovely Snow White is sure to delight. Free admission.

July 11 – 13: “Our Lady of Lebanon Mid-East Festival” at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church, 4133 Calkins Road, Flint Township * (810) 732-2370 * mideastfestival.com

  • (Event runs Friday 11:30 a.m. to Midnight, Saturday 12 p.m. to Midnight and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Enjoy this annual event featuring live entertainment, belly dancing performances, authentic homemade foods, church tours, raffles, a fireworks display at 9:40 p.m. on Saturday and more.

July 12: “Fenton Artwalk” at Fenton’s Downtown Entertainment District, Leroy Street, Fenton * fentonbecloser.com

  • (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 and more including a Community Afterglow from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

July 12: “Buckham Alley Fest” at Downtown Flint’s Buckham Alley, Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District * buckhamalleyfest.com

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

July 12: “MODS-70 Sam Faur Memorial Show” at Auto City Speedway, 10205 N. Saginaw Road, Clio * (810) 687-7484 or 686-9500 * autocityspeedway.com

  • (Gates open 4:30 p.m. races begin 7 p.m.) Experience a fast-paced, fun-filled family night at the tracks featuring modifieds, Pure Stock, Street Stock and Figure-8’s. Wear your favorite team gear and get $2 off admission.

July 13: 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 runs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) The Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club will play against the Wahoo Club of Royal Oak. 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. Bring lawn chairs.

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Celebrate Independence Day At Crossroads This Week!

Strawberry Ice Cream ConeThis is one of those weeks where there are a hundred things to do and the hard part becomes deciding what exactly you want to do most.  Too often we default to the most convenient thing or the thing we always do but the only way to find true adventure is to go looking for it and the only way to do that is to do something different.  This week Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad has two opportunities to celebrate the Fourth in fun and unique ways.

July 3 will bring the Flint Symphony Orchestra to Crossroads as a kick off to the 2014 Music in the Parks series and they’ll be playing patriotic music starting at 7PM and running until 9PM. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for this free show and if you get a little hungry or thirsty the park will have their concessions open for business.

On the Fourth there will be games, a carnival mid-way, and everyone’s favorite – an Ice Cream Social.  Instead of dealing with loud crowds and the stress of arriving hours early so you can get a good spot to see forty minutes of fireworks you can step back in time and have a simpler, stress free celebration. The Fourth is a wonderful time to visit Crossroads and to remind ourselves what America used to look like and of the many struggles that were overcome to get us to where we are today.  And, you know, there’s ice cream!

Independence Celebration

Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Times vary

6140 N. Bray Road, Flint, MI, 48505

http://geneseecountyparks.org/event/2411