Foodie Fave Friday: Osaka Buffet Flint Serves Up Sushi, More

20150313_180215Craving Japanese cuisine? Check out Flint’s Osaka Buffet, where master itamae prepare handmade sushi rolls and chefs cook up orders on hibachi grills.

Customers can order individual items off the menu or take advantage of the restaurant’s buffet offering, priced at $8 for lunch and $14 for dinner.

If you’re not in the mood for sushi, no worries. Osaka also offers Chinese (i.e., lo mein, sweet and sour chicken) as well as American-style food (i.e., chicken noodle soup, buffalo chicken wings.)

Located at 3583 Miller Road, inside the Genesee Crossing Shopping Center, the restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call (810) 733-3700 or visit

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Renovated Planetarium to Take Visitors on Immersive Journeys through Space, Sea


Flint’s Longway Planetarium – which will reopen this weekend following nearly six months of renovation – will soon offer visitors the opportunity to feel as though they’re part of the shows playing above them in the new full-dome theater.

As the planetarium’s manager, Jeffrey “Buddy” Stark, explains it: the brain often simulates the feeling of motion it expects.

”The human body gets a lot of its information through the eyes and ears,” Stark said. “By having a full 180-degree dome that fills your peripheral vision and a 7.1 surround sound that sends audio from around the dome, we can cause most people to lose their frame of reference in the physical space they are sitting.”

To introduce visitors to the upgraded dome experience, Michigan’s largest planetarium will host a “Weekend of Wonder” grand reopening on Saturday and Sunday (May 30-31). As part of the festivities, all shows and activities – ranging from face painting to balloon art – will be free to the public.

Shows on the agenda include:

  • Perfect Little Planet, which follows a family from another star system looking for the perfect vacation spot as they travel through the solar system. Viewers will soar over the surface of Pluto, dive down the ice cliffs of Uranus’ moon Miranda and sail through the rings of Saturn.
  • Sea Monsters, which travels 80 million years back in time to follow two young, dolphin-sized marine reptiles called Dolichorhynchops through waters ruled by some of the most awesome predators ever to prowl the Earth’s
  • To Space and Back, a story describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day.
  • Violent Universe, which looks at the forces that hold the universe together and occasionally try to rip it apart.

Shows will be ticketed and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are encouraged to arrive early.

For complete details including show schedule and trailers of the shows, click here.

Founded in 1958, Longway Planetarium is located on the Flint Cultural Center Campus, at 1310 E. Kearsley St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Crim Kids Classic to Host Diaper Dash, Toddler Trot on Saturday

Photo by Kevin Markuszewski, Crim Fitness Foundation

Photo by Kevin Markuszewski, Crim Fitness Foundation

When it comes to health and fitness, a person is never too young to be introduced to an active lifestyle – which is why the Marti Austin Kids Classic caters specifically to youth ages 0-12.

Kicking off at 11 a.m. Saturday, the race events will run back-to-back in the following order:

  • Diaper Dash
  • Toddler Trot
  • ¼ Mile
  • ½ Mile
  • 1 Mile

The day includes fun activities for the entire family, and parents are welcome to run and/or walk with their children.

Each participating child will receive a t-shirt, goody bag and a finisher medal. In addition, Sloan Museum will offer free passes to race participants.

Online registration ends today and costs $15. Participants can also pre-register for $15 at the Crim Fitness Foundation office through Friday, May 29. Day-of registration, which costs $20, will begin at 10 a.m. at the Whiting in Flint.

For more information, or to register for the event, click here.

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Swartz Creek Festival Adds Log Carving, Sea Lions and Duets to 2015 Schedule


More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the 32nd Annual Swartz Creek Hometown Days, which kicks off Thursday, May 28.

This four-day event will feature several new attractions, including:

  • 1st Annual Hometown Days Chainsaw Carving
    Sean Bell, one of Northern Michigan’s premier wood, stone and ice carvers, will be doing chainsaw carving demonstrations Thursday through Friday.
  • Sea Lion Splash
    On Friday and Saturday, Squalus Inc. will bring in several sea lions performing tricks including handstands, balancing balls, flips, dancing, smiling and teaching children how to recycle.
  • Swartz Creek Idol: Duets
    The local singing contest is adding a new category for its 12th annual competition. The duets competition will kick off 8 p.m. Saturday, followed by finals for Swartz Creek students at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information about the four-day event, visit

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

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


May 28: Flint’s Monthly “Jazz Walk”, Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District, Saginaw Street * (810) 238-ARTS *

  • (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.


May 28 – 31: Swartz Creek Hometown Days, Swartz Creek’s Entertainment District, Miller Road *

  • (Festival runs Thursday 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) This annual festival “Where Everyone Feels at Home” features carnival rides, a car show, live entertainment and expo tent, a parade, fireworks display and much more. For a detailed schedule of daily activities visit the above website.


May 28 – 31: Holy Redeemer Community Festival, 1227 E. Bristol Road, Burton * (810) 743-3050 *

  • (Festival begins Thursday & Friday 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m.) Enjoy this family-fun festival featuring games, food, a Tia Helita’s and chicken dinner, trivia night, Euchre Tournament, carnival rides, an adult tent, live entertainment and more. For a detailed schedule of daily activities visit the above website.


May 29: “Mamma Mia” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 *

  • (Performances begin 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.) On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Enjoy this ultimate feel-good show that over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with – the characters, the story and the music!


May 30: “Flower Daze” at the Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 232-1399 *

  • (Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Enjoy this annual celebration as dozens of flower vendors join regular market vendors to help kick-off the summer season with a rainbow of colors, demonstrations and information on every aspect of living green.


May 30: “Marti Austin Kids Classic Road Race” at Flint’s Cultural Center Campus
1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint *

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Children can participate in a Diaper Dash, Toddler Trot, the Quarter Mile, Half Mile or One Mile race. This fun day includes activities for the entire family, all centered on health and fitness. Each participating child will receive a t-shirt, goody bag and a finisher medal. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at The Whiting. Events begin at 11 a.m. and will run back-to-back. Parents are able to run/walk with their children. This mini-Crim is for youth ages 0-12.

May 30: “Craft Saturday for Kids” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 *

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Meet in the Children’s Room and make and take a special craft made by you! Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.


May 30: “College Night/Street Outlaw Invite” at Auto City Speedway, 10205 N. Saginaw Road, Clio * (810) 687-7384 or (810) 686-9500 *

  • (Gates open 4:30 p.m. and races begin 7 p.m.) Experience a fast-paced, fun-filled family night at the tracks featuring Street Outlaws and Outlaw Figure 8 Enduro.


May 31: 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 Bay City Monitors. 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. Games are played on a unique space nestled along the Flint River on the U-of-M Flint Campus.  Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

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Foodie Fave Friday: 3 Burgers to Try Before May is Over 

Photo by Chris Chidsey

Photo by Chris Chidsey

Among our favorite unofficial holidays is National Hamburger Month, a foodie-themed observance that runs throughout the entire month of May. Here are three burgers to help you celebrate:

  • The Q.P. at Halo Burger, a quarter-pound hamburger dressed up with ketchup, mustard, pickle, onion, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Olives are extra (but worth it). Multiple locations. 
  • The Original Torch Burger at The Torch Bar & Grill consists of a handmade, half-pound patty of fresh ground beef, mustard, ketchup, tomato and mayo on a bun. Tasty add-ons, including bacon and fried eggs, are available. 522 Buckham Alley, Flint
  • The Upper Crust at Freakin’ Unbelievable Burgers features two ground beef patties served on a toasted brioche bun with boursin cheese, roasted garlic, onion jam, sliced cucumbers and gouda. Not up for red meat? Available substitutes include grilled chicken, Portobello mushrooms and more. 5100 Corunna Road, Flint

What’s your favorite burger in Genesee County? Let us know in the comments below!

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Catch a Game of ‘Base Ball’ with Flint’s Lumber City Club

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Back in the good ole 19th century, baseball was spelled with two words. Teams played without gloves, and players were referred to as ballists.

Yes, the game changed dramatically over the next 150 years or so – but not for everyone.

Take the Lumber City Base Ball Club, for instance. The team is one of more than 20 vintage baseball clubs that compete each summer in Michigan. Its members wear historically accurate uniforms and follow rules and customs that date back to 1858 to 1867.

“Some of the spectators – who are called cranks, which is a 19th-century term for fans – come dressed up in costume, too,” says Samantha Engel, ‎Executive Director at Whaley Historic House Museum, which co-sponsors the club with the history department at the University of Michigan – Flint.

According to Engel, the team provides a historical interpretation of an important aspect of life in the 19th century – a time when sports and leisure activities were starting to gain in popularity.

“As workdays became more regulated, people were moving from farms to towns and cities, where they didn’t have to work from sun up to sundown,” Engel says. “Something like base ball was a way for friends to gather and enjoy the day, while also engaging in a little bit of gentlemanly, goodhearted competition.”

The Lumber City team will play about 20 games this year, with home games taking place along the Flint River on the University of Michigan-Flint’s campus.

Home games start at 2 p.m. and are scheduled for the following days:

  • Saturday, May 23 vs. Wyandot Stars
  • Sunday, May 31 vs. Bay City Independents
  • Saturday, June 20 vs. Detroit Early Risers
  • Saturday, June 27 vs. Mt. Clemons Regulars
  • Saturday, July 11 vs. Richmond Bees
  • Saturday, July 25 vs. Rochester Grangers (at Camp Copneconic)
  • Saturday, Aug. 8 vs. Fallsburg Flats
  • Saturday, Sep. 5 vs. Saginaw Old Golds
  • Saturday, Sep. 26 vs. Sydney Stars

For more information about the Lumber City Base Ball Club, check out their website, follow them on Facebook or call 810-471-4714.

To learn more about the Vintage Base Ball Association, click here.

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