Celebration Planned Sept. 17 for Flint’s World Champion Boxer

Photo: MLive.com/Jake May

Photo: MLive.com/Jake May

Want to meet a world champ? Here’s your chance. You’re invited to a community-wide celebration for Flint’s Anthony Dirrell, the new super middleweight boxing champion of the world.

The Flint Journal/MLive will host a gathering in Dirrell’s honor from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at its office, 540 S. Saginaw St., in Flint. Fans can get autographs and take pictures with the champion for free.

Along the way on his quest to become world champion, Dirrell beat cancer, won a rematch after his first world title shot resulted in a draw, survived a motorcycle crash, welcomed his first child into the world and was mistakenly arrested on suspicion of robbing a Flint bank when police pulled over the wrong person.

Learn more about Dirrell’s incredible journey and Wednesday’s celebration in this MLive article.

See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of September 15-21

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

Seasonal Fun

September 15 – 21: Corn Maze and Weekend Fall Fun at Spicer Orchards, 10411 Clyde Road, Fenton * (810) 632-7692 * spicerorchards.com

  • (Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m./Corn Maze open until 6 p.m.) Enjoy fall festivities daily featuring hayrides, fruit picking, cider making process, a large farm play area, pony and train rides, large inflatables, donut production, a bee keeping display and more. On weekends, enjoy additional fall fun with activities for all ages. Also, take on the challenge at Spicer’s Corn Maze!

 

September 18 – 21: Country Corn Maze, 450 N. Vernon Road, Corunna * (989) 743-6899 * cornmazefun.net

  • (Open Thursday & Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Spend a day at the farm while working your way through four professionally designed corn mazes including a maze for kids. Also, enjoy a corn cannon, pumpkin patch and apple cider and donuts.

 

September 19 & 20: “Exit 13” Haunted House in Mt. Morris, 6069 N. Saginaw Street, Mt. Morris (1/4 mile south off of I-475) * (810) 858-9768 * exit13hauntedhouse.com

  • (Open at 7 p.m.) Get up-close and personal with some of the scariest Halloween creatures featuring live actors and state of the art effects with vampires, werewolves, clowns, monsters, the pig man, chainsaw man and more.

 

September 19 & 20: “Saint Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum and 13 Feet Under” at Playland Fun Center, 5290 S. Dort Highway, Grand Blanc * (810) 695-8200 * playlandfuncenter.com

  • (Box Office opens 8 p.m. and Haunts begin shortly) Rated Flint’s top haunted house, St. Lucifer’s, for the mentally insane, was boarded up and left for dead in 1974. Be one of the bravest to enter and discover the meaning of fear as the brutal past of the abused patients come alive, including many that have disappeared into the 5 miles of underground tunnels.

 

September 19 – 21: “Pumpkin Fantasyland Tours” at Montrose Orchards, 12473 Seymour Road, Montrose * (810) 639-6971 * montroseorchards.com

  • (Open Friday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Take an enchanted 200 acre hayride on an old-fashioned wagon while enjoying many unique displays of your favorite childhood characters. Stop at the Pumpkin Patch and find that perfect Halloween pumpkin. After the tour, stop by the campfire for some hot dogs, s’mores, apple cider and freshly made donuts.

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The Bikes are on the Bricks

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The weather might be cooler, but downtown Flint is just starting to heat up! The motorcycles have started rolling in for Bikes on the Bricks.

Daily through Sunday, Sept. 14, enjoy this fun and exciting event, which combines a motorcycle show and law enforcement motorcycle skills. Take in a fashion show, vendor and sponsor displays, contests, live bands, an adult beverage tent, a stunt show and much more. The police escorted ride leaves Flint’s Vehicle City Harley-Davidson at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The event runs 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Learn more and see a full schedule of events at http://bikesonthebricks.com/.

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

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

Events

September 8: “Open House” at the Flint Youth Theatre, 1220 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-1530 * FlintYouthTheatre.org

  • (Event runs 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Visit the Flint Youth Theatre and get a behind-the-scenes tour, take an acting class, observe improvisation performances and auditions, try on a costume and more. All guests will be eligible for a prize drawing and special offers. Refreshments will be provided. Free admission.

September 8: “Media Arts & Entertainment Technology Short Film Showcase” at Mott Community College Regional Technology Center, 1401 E. Court Street, Flint * (810) 762-0443

  • (Films run 5:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy this third annual Media Arts & Entertainment Technology (MAET) Short Film Showcase featuring five short films, each ranging between 10 to 16 minutes, and one documentary. Each film is created from start to finish by students including script writing, securing licensing, sound, lighting technology and editing. The MAET program gives students the skills and experience they need to succeed in Media Arts careers. Free admission.

September 10: “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. Starting at 12 p.m., join in on a short learning session called “Fall Planting – A Time to Every Season” and get pointers on how to properly plant trees and shrubs.

September 11 – 13: 19th Annual “Flint Festival of Quilts” at Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District, Downtown Flint * (810) 238-ARTS * geneseefun.com

  • (Event runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Marvel at the magnificent artistry of quilters from around the country, displayed throughout downtown Flint, with unique themes at each location along with raffles, demonstrations, quilt sales, classes and more.

September 12 – 14: “Bikes on the Bricks” at Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District, Downtown Flint on Saginaw Street * bikesonthebricks.com

  • (Event runs Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) This fun and exciting event combines a motorcycle show and law enforcement motorcycle skills competition (officers practice Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Also enjoy a fashion show, vendor and sponsor displays, contests, live bands, an adult beverage tent, a stunt show and much more. The police escorted ride leaves Flint’s Vehicle City Harley-Davidson at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Check website above for a complete schedule of events.

September 13: “Berry 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.) Come hike the trails at For-Mar and learn which fruits found in the woods are safe to eat. Recommended for ages 16 and older.

September 13: “Saturday Walk-In Crafts” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Meet in the Children’s Room for some fun hands-on craft projects. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.

September 13: “Fox 66 Fall Festival” at Flint’s Perani Arena and Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * peraniarena.com

  • (Event runs 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Come out to this family-fun event offering free admission, free parking, free entertainment, local vendor booths and some great contests. Experience the Pro BMX Show, the Pistons Flight Crew and the Pistons Mob Squad. Get pampered at the makeover and massage booths. Kids will also find free activities around every corner – face painting, petting zoo, balloon animals and more.

September 13: 8th Annual “Art On Tap” Beer Tasting Event at the Flint Institute of Arts, 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org

  • (Event runs 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Enjoy “An Ode to Michigan Brews” evening with samples of Michigan’s best craft beers along with musical entertainment, a silent auction, a raffle and more. Flint’s Redwood Steakhouse will provide Michigan-inspired beer cuisine. Receive a complimentary tasting glass and five tasting tickets with entrance fee. Must be 21 or over to participate.

September 13: “Mudslinger 100” 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 6:30 p.m.) Experience a fast-paced, fun filled night at the tracks featuring Mudslingers, Championships for Herald Pure Stocks and Bob Kerns Auto Repair Figure 8’s. Wear your AC clothing gear and receive $2 off admission. All firefighters and police officers receive free admission.

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

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Events

September 2: “Avian Adventures: Look out for Eagles” at E.A. Cummings Event Center (at Turtle Van), 6130 E. Mt. Morris Road, Mt. Morris * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) The E.A. Cummings Center and surrounding area are known to house at least one successful pair of bald eagles. Join a naturalist on a search for signs of these regal birds and other accipiters (birds of prey). Bring binoculars if you’ve got them (limited quantity will be available for those without). Recommended for families of all ages.

September 5 & 6: “Women’s Expo” at Perani Arena & Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * peraniarena.com

  • (Expo runs Friday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Experience the fun and excitement with the girls featuring a health fair, fashion shows, education speakers and workshops, cocktail party, shopping, dancing, exercise, pampering, home improvement, jewelry, salon services, educational institutions and more.

September 6: “Mini Bio Blitz: Bluebird Project” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.) Learn about For-Mar’s bluebirds and how you can monitor and protect our valuable bluebird population. Then, travel the trails and learn about the different cavity nesting birds that share boxes with bluebirds. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

September 6: “Top Speed Modified and Championships” 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 night at the tracks.

September 6: “Eve of Destruction” at Dixie Motor Speedway, 10945 Dixie Hwy, Birch Run * (989) 624-9778 * dixiemotorspeedway.com

  • (Gates open 5 p.m. races begin 7 p.m.) Enjoy nonstop, live entertainment on one of the premier short tracks in the Midwest – Season Finale!

September 7: “Grand Opening Celebration” at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena, 5371 Daly Farms Drive, Burton * (810) 744-0800 * crystalfh.com

  • (Event runs 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Come check out Flint’s newly renovated ice arena featuring free raffles, ice skating, food, a U-of-M Flint Hockey game starting at 5 p.m. and more.

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

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Events

August 25: “End of Summer Christian Music Nite Skate” at Rollhaven Skate & Fun Center, 5313 S. Saginaw, Flint * (810) 694-4533 * rollhaven.com

  • (Event runs 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Come out and enjoy this family fun nite featuring the Jason Eaton Band, a Christian pop-driven band.

August 28: 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.

 

August 29: “For-Mar Behind the Scenes: Animal Care” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) Get a behind-the-scenes look at how For-Mar takes care of their critters. You’ll see what they eat, watch them eat, and maybe even feed them yourself! Recommended for families of all ages.

 

August 30: “Maximum Destruction” 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 night at the tracks featuring Figure 8’s, boat races, trailer races, buses, Endoro and more.

 

August 30: “National Toasted Marshmallow Day” at Buell Lake County Park (Ball Field), 14098 N. Genesee Road, Clio * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Did you know that the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook was the first publication to share a recipe for roasted marshmallows combined with chocolate bars and graham crackers, what we know as s’mores? Bring a chair or blanket and come celebrate the gooey, sticky, yummies of marshmallows! Recommended for families of all ages.

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

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Events

August 18 – 24: “Genesee County Fair” at E.A. Cummings Event Center, 6130 E. Mt. Morris Road, Mt. Morris * (810) 687-0953 * gcf.org

  • (Fair runs daily 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.) Come out and enjoy this family event that attracts over 150,000 visitors annually featuring live stock, a 4-H horse show, carnival rides, an entertainment tent, monster truck and derby races, Grandstand performances, hog calling contest, pickle putting tournament, a Ronald McDonald magic show, Cornhole tournament, Sunday Rodeo and much more. For a detailed list of scheduled activities visit the above website.

August 19 (Rain Date August 20): “The Country Legends Tour” 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 dedicated to Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson.

 

August 20: “Honeybee KIDS: Harvesting the Honey” 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.) Join beekeeper, Jim Withers, at For-Mar’s observation hive for a fun and interactive honeybee program. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

 

August 20: “Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes” at Davison Roadside Park Pavilion, 6160 Davison Road, Burton * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Fairies and gnomes need houses and homes. Come dressed in your fairy and gnome best for a story and building adventure! Recommended for families of all ages.

 

August 22 & 23: 38th Annual “Crim Festival of Races” at Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District, Saginaw Street, Flint * (810) 235-3396 * crim.org

  • Enjoy two-days of family fun as the city of Flint welcomes over 15,000 runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts to participate in this annual event featuring the Crim 10-Mile Road Race along with a variety of other races, a Health & Fitness Expo and a Friday evening Crim Pasta Party and the Michigan Mile Race Series. Races begin Saturday at 7:30 a.m. followed by an afternoon entertainment tent, live bands, food vendors and more. Race awards will begin at 12 p.m. For a detailed list of scheduled activities visit the above website.

 

August 22 & 23: “Flint Free City” at Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District * freecityflint.org, Locations: Chevy Commons (Stevenson Street between University Avenue & Kearsley Street), Spring Grove (2nd & Ann Arbor Streets) and 605 Stone Street

  • (Event runs Friday 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.) Free City 2014 returns to Flint’s Chevy Commons for its 2nd annual public event. This two-day festival of art, design and technology opens up the former industrial site for emergent uses in architecture, art, design, new media and civic engagement. The festival highlights the use of novel social and material practices to re-purpose vacant and underutilized spaces.

August 23: “Silly Saturday” at Bluebell Beach Bath House, 5500 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Whipped cream hairdo’s, pudding tossing, bubblegum blowing, Cool Whip painting… Come play with food! Be prepared to get sticky, messy and gooey, and then wash off in Bluebell’s splash pad. Wear old clothes or a bathing suit and bring a beach towel. Recommended for families all ages.

 

August 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 runs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) The Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club will play against the Walker Wheels. 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.

 

August 23: 5th Annual “Greg Yost Memorial – Top Speed Modified 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 night at the tracks featuring the Byrider Prolate models racing in the 3rd Triple Crown race along with the Tiger Auto Salvage Street Stocks, Spectator Drags and Kiddy Stocks. The first 100 children, ages 6 to 12, will receive a free backpack filled with school supplies.

 

August 23: 7th Annual “Blues on the Library Lawn” at the Flint Public Library – Main Branch
1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy some sizzling, hot summer blues on the lawn of the Flint Public Library featuring Maurice “King of the Party Blues” Davis and his band.

 

August 23 & 24: “Good Times in Goodrich Festival” at Goodrich Village Park, Downtown Goodrich Entertainment District * gtig.info

  • (Festival runs Saturday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) The fun begins with a Saturday morning pancake breakfast and does not stop until Sunday evening featuring a parade, art & craft vendors, live entertainment, Goodrich walking tours, food vendors, children attractions, a Demonstration Pavilion with events such as Moo Cow’s pie eating contest and more. For a detailed list of scheduled activities visit the above website.

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