The dead are rising and they’re heading for Burton! On Saturday, April 26 the Third Annual Burton Zombie Shamble will be held with proceeds going to help a family in need. The Shamble is a free event that asks participants to dress and walk, shamble, and generally move like a member of the living dead as the group hits the streets to scare up some fun. Zombie Walks and other events have popped up in recent years as a way for fans of everything spooky to celebrate their love of the weird and people dress like the undead and then imitate the signature slow walk of these ghouls. Many Zombie Walks, like the Burton Shamble, have used this platform as a way to raise money for the less fortunate. This year the proceeds will go to help a local artist and his family who are dealing with a debilitating disease that will change this family’s life forever. After suffering from his own recent tragedy it was surprising to many that Shamble founder Scott Graubner was willing to move forward with this year’s event but his commitment to the community took precedence and so this year’s event shambles forward.
The Burton Zombie Shamble is free to attend – though donations are strongly encouraged since proceeds go to help a family – and all levels of ghoulish experience are welcome. The dead don’t want to scare, they just want to get together to have some fun, so kids that like to get made up or just like creepy things are welcome to join the Shamble. The Shamble will begin at The Point bar on Saginaw Street then will head to Kickers and then to GBI with the gang then heading back to The Point for the after party. The after party will feature a showing of the first three chapters of the Michigan made zombie series The Last Broadcast as well as vendors and an art auction with all funds from the auction going towards this year’s charity. Things kick off in the early afternoon at The Point at 2PM and the fun just continues from there. Mark your calendars, grab your best ghoul, and make sure to be there for the Third Annual Burton Zombie Shamble on April 26! And if you go, don’t forget to take lots of pictures so we can show everyone how much fun you had!
Third Annual Burton Zombie Shamble
Saturday, April 26
The Point Bar
For more information – https://www.facebook.com/events/233473600145807/
Information and dates above are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
April 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 each participating Flint Hotspot.
April 25: “Michigan Warriors” Playoff Hockey Game at Flint’s Perani Arena & Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * peraniarena.com
- (Game begins 7 p.m.) The Michigan Warriors hockey team will play against the Port Huron Fighting Falcons during the Division Finals Game 3. The Michigan Warriors are a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team and play in the North American Hockey League’s North Division. The team represents a continuation of Flint’s rich hockey tradition. (Division Finals Game 4 may follow.)
April 26: “Volunteer Day: Bluebird Workday” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Join Bluebird volunteers and learn the basics of maintaining a healthy Bluebird habitat and monitor Bluebird nesting boxes. Workday will be held outdoors so dress for the weather. Recommended for all ages. Free admission.
April 26: “Super Saturday Storytime” at the Flint Public Library – Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info
- (Event runs 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Join a Library staff member for themed stories, literacy and hands-on crafts in the Children’s Room with a focus on “Los Libros Celebration” this weekend.
April 26: “Flint City Derby Girls” at Flint’s Perani Arena & Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * flintcityderbygirls.org
- (Bout begins at 7 p.m.) Experience full-contact, aggressive, fast-paced, fun and exciting flat-track roller derby as the Flint City Derby Girls take on the Southern Belles.
On Saturday, April 26 the Paul A. Webster Memorial 5K Run/Walk will be held on the University of Michigan-Flint campus. The early registrations are down but there’s still time to join this great run and to help support a couple of great causes. Proceeds will go towards scholarships at the University of Michigan – Flint and a portion will also go to aid The Rainbow Connection which benefits children in Michigan fighting life threatening illnesses. This race has been held annually for several years now to celebrate and remember the life of Paul A. Webster and by giving back to the community they are making sure that the legacy of Mr. Webster lives on.
This is the time of year when everyone starts to really feel the weight of the cabin fever and events like this help get you out and moving and ready for the bigger and harder races that are scattered throughout the year. Get out and get moving and help out some people who deserve it as you keep the memory of a beloved man alive.
Paul A. Webster Memorial 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Held on The University of Michigan – Flint Campus
To register – http://raceracerace.com/
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This Thursday the YWCA of Greater Flint will be holding a Guest Bartending Event at 501 Bar And Grill in Downtown Flint. Three teams of two will each take a turn making drinks at the bar showing off their mad skills as they raise money for the many women and children served locally by the YWCA. The event will be held from 6PM – 9PM with each group taking a one hour shift. Tips are the key here because while this is indeed a fundraiser it’s also a competition and bragging rights are a powerful thing to control in this area and some pretty hefty bragging rights are on the line here. Each team will be raising money for a wonderful local organization and as they do they will also be working to see who can bring in the most tips and be called the winners and champions. Pouring the drinks will be faces and names that will be familiar to a lot of you – Shannon Easter White, Elizabeth Siler Wise, Genesys Athletic Club‘s Jen Colombo and Melissa Aris, and Philip Shaltz and Dr. Bobby Mukkamala respectively.
So many fundraisers are stuffy, serious affairs but this one is built for fun and with the added bonus of bragging rights on the line it’s easy to imagine how competitive this event is going to be. Come out and show your support for a great cause and some great sports who are giving their time to help people in our community who need a little help.
The Fine, The Fit & The Philanthropists
Thursday, April 17, 2014
6PM – 9PM
501 Bar and Grill – 500 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, MI
Information and dates above are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
April 15: “Apache Point Observatory – Gazing at the Milky Way Galaxy and Beyond” at Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 or (810) 237-3400 * SloanLongway.org
- (Event begins 6 p.m.) Apache Point Observatory (APO), situated at 9,250 feet in the Sacramento Mountains of southeastern New Mexico, is home to a world class facility of optical telescopes. Dr. Kinemuchi will discuss the facilities and the night life at the telescopes. The science provided by SDSS-III survey will be presented in this talk to demonstrate the cutting edge astronomy done as APO. Free admission.
April 19: “Arbor Day Celebration” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) Started in 1872, Arbor Day celebrates trees and all that they have to offer. From clean air to ice cream, trees are an important natural resource. Come learn about these wonderful plants at For-Mar, Genesee County’s only tree museum. Recommended for all ages. Free admission.
April 20: Annual “Easter Brunch” at Captain’s Club at Woodfield, 10200 Woodfield Drive, Grand Blanc * (810) 695-5555 ext. 100 * captainsclubatwoodfield.com
- (Brunch served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Enjoy Easter dining with the family and a visit from the Easter Bunny, along with one complimentary photo for each family. Brunch menu includes breakfast, lunch and dessert selections. Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended.
This weekend the University of Michigan – Flint’s Theater and Dance Department will present Her Story, a celebration of women throughout history and the impact they made on the world around us. Choreographed by Dance Faculty the event will use different themes and unique choreography to tell the stories of women we may know well and others we may just be learning about but all of whom changed the world. Her Story will be held April 11 – 13 and tickets are ten dollars with discounts for students. Opportunities to see dance concerts and recitals are few and far between in the Mid-Michigan area so this is a fantastic opportunity to experience theater in a whole new way and storytelling in a new form.
Her Story – Celebrating Great Women In History Through Dance
April 11 – 13.
4.11 – 7:30 curtain
4.12 – 7:30 curtain
4.13 – 2:00 curtain
$8 for students/seniors/alumni/faculty/staff/ and veterans
For more information, contact the Theatre and Dance Box Office at (810) 237-6520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Saturday will mark the five year anniversary for the Downtown Flint Comix Con, the one day comic convention put together by Mid-Michigan’s only comic newspaper Flint Comix. When it first began the notion of a comic convention in Downtown Flint was not something everyone thought would work. Over the last decade there had been two pop-culture conventions held in the Flint area that had comic creators involved and which were both well attended but part of the draw each year was the pop-culture aspect which brought in television and movie celebrities along with everyone else. For many people the notion of a comics focused convention seemed too niche to do well in an area not known for its comics culture. The Flint Comix folks saw that as a challenge though and not a limitation. With the creation of a free monthly comics paper Flint Comix was able to begin building a base of support that only grew as the paper itself grew. Focusing on many local and regional writers, artists, and comic creators the paper invested into the area they were from and they are continuing to do that with their conventions.
For those that have never attended a Downtown Flint Comix Con you have a very fun day ahead of you. For just five dollars for adult admissions guests will be treated to dozens of vendors selling everything from comic books, art, crafts, books, and more. Along with the vendors there will be an appearance made by the 501st Legion, a fan group that has a local chapter that dresses as Stormtroopers from the Star Wars films and who do appearances and charity events. Fans of Star Wars will also have a chance to have their picture taken with R2-D2, who will be making an appearance as well. Also during the show there will be a costume contest at 1:30PM and an art contest at 3:30PM to keep everyone busy as they browse and people watch.
With free admission offered to kids under twelve this is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to have a fun day together and a great way for kids and young adults to speak to people who are working in the arts. While there are bigger conventions in the region the charm of a show like the Downtown Flint Comix Con is that fans have the opportunity to actually spend a few minutes speaking with artists and comic creators and we are very lucky to have such a passionate group of people in our area and a showcase like this convention for them to gather at.
Downtown Flint Comix Con
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Downtown Flint Masonic Temple – 755 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, MI, 48502
$5 for adults – Kids 12 and under FREE!
For more information – https://www.facebook.com/events/772280832799823/