Goodrich Festival Offers Family-Friendly Activities This Weekend

11742718_1505521746154703_4879324199291225803_nGet ready for “Good Times in Goodrich” – the annual festival will be bringing several events and activities to the downtown Goodrich this Saturday and Sunday. Highlights include:

The Kayla O’Mara Memorial Road Race (August 1)

The Kayla O’Mara Memorial Road Race is held annually at Goodrich High School. The course offers a tour of Goodrich with a variety of terrain.

  • 7 a.m. – Race Day Registration Begins
  • 8 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk Begins (Cost: $20 with shirt; $10 without shirt )
  • 9 a.m. – 1/2 Mile Fun/Run ( Cost: Free; $5 with shirt )
  • 9:15 a.m. – Awards

The Parade (August 1)

The parade will travel from along Hegel Road from Shuman Drive to Clarance Street, beginning at 10 a.m. School-age children are encouraged to join the fun by participating in the bike component of the parade. To participate, arrive at the staging area on Shuman Drive at 10 a.m. with your bike, skateboard, rollerblades or non-motorized scooter. Bonus points if you dress in costume.

Car Show (August 1)

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., vintage cars will be lined along Erie Street in downtown Goodrich. There will also be a fire engine parade, live music, vendors, food, crafters, a kids zone and duck race, followed by a beer tent at Goodrich Country Club at 6 p.m.

Movie in the Park (August 1)

Watch a family-friendly film at Goodrich Commons Park at 9 p.m. Be sure to bring along a lawn chair or blanket for the outdoor showing.

For more information about the two-day festival, visit www.goodrichfestival.com.

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Flint Local 432 to Host ‘Heart and Hustle’ Tour

heartJessica Care Moore and Ursula Rucker – two of the most celebrated and influential feminine voices in poetry, spoken word and performance – are headed to Flint this Friday as part of their first U.S. tour together.

Through the ‘Heart and Hustle tour, the women hope to connect with audiences through through raw, open dialogue.

Openers for the event include local artists and social activists Cherisse Bradley (founder of I Found My Voice), Lucrecia Duncan (choreographer, dance therapist), Jeff Bean (educator) and Legacy (poet).

The event will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31 at the Flint Local 432, at 124 W. First St. There will be an hourlong social mixer/Q&A with the artists at 9:30 p.m. will be a social mixer/Q&A.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, senior and military. To purchase advance tickets, contact BeyondWordsFlint@gmail.com.

For more information about the event, part of Red Ink’s Beyond Words program, visit https://www.facebook.com/RedInkFlint/events.

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See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of July 27–August 2

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

Events

July 28: “Lunch on the Lawn Storytime” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * 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 blankets. Rain location will be at the libraries Children’s Room.

July 28: “Disgusting Science” at Flushing County Park (Pavilion #1), 4417 N. McKinley Road, Flushing * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Learn about the science behind unmentionable bodily functions while doing some truly nasty experiments. Grow your own germs and fuzzy molds, mix a batch of coagulating fake blood or make a stinky intestine. It’s gross, it’s disgusting, but it’s so much fun! Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

July 29: Clio Amphitheater presents a “Shania Twain & Tim McGraw Tribute”, 301 Rogers Lodge Drive, Clio * (810) 686-5850 * clio.govoffice.com

  • (Gates open 6 p.m. show begins 7 p.m.) Relax and enjoy an evening dedicated to Shania Twain with a special tribute to Tim McGraw.

August 1: “Butterfly Garden Tour” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Learn about For-Mar’s butterfly population then take a guided tour through For-Mar’s many butterfly habitats, including their new butterfly house. Recommended for ages 16 and older.

August 1: “Nature’s Superheroes Training Day: Become a Cartoonist” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) Randy Zimmerman, the cartoonist who designed For-Mar’s Nature’s Superheroes, will teach the basics of drawing your favorite superheroes.

August 1: “Bats in Michigan and Building a Bat House Demos” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Discover the truth about Michigan bats and how they live in this exciting and interactive presentation. Afterwards, learn how to build a bat house from scratch!  You will also learn about the types of bats likely to live in your bat house, as well as tips to attract bats. Plans will be available for participants to take home. Recommended for middle and high school ages and adults.

August 1: Auto City Speedway presents the 60th Anniversary “Mudslinger 150”
10205 N. Saginaw Road, Clio * (810) 687-7384 or (810) 686-9500 * autocityspeedway.com

  • (Gates open 4:30 p.m. and races begin 7 p.m.) Experience a fast-paced, fun-filled family night at the tracks featuring the Outlaw Super Late Models in the Mudslinger 100 lap, the MTS Automotive Sprints, Herald Pure Stocks and Bob Kerns Auto Repair Figure 8’s.

August 1 & 2: “Warrior Dash” at E.A. Cummings Event Center, 6130 E. Mt. Morris Road, Mt. Morris * warriordash.com

  • (Event begins 8 a.m.) Warrior Dash is the world’s largest obstacle race series, held on the most rugged terrain. Participants earn their Warrior helmet by tackling a fierce 3-4 mile course and 12 extreme obstacles. After conquering the battleground, Warriors celebrate with turkey legs, beer steins and live music. Pre-registration is required at the above website.

August 1 & 2: “Good Times in Goodrich Festival” at Goodrich Commons 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.) Throughout Goodrich, there will be activities and events set up for everyone to participate in. The weekend will kick off with the annual Kayla O’Mara Memorial Road Race, featuring a 5-K and 10-K race along with a 1/2 mile Fun Run. Also enjoy a parade, a kids zone, music, food, business vendors, demonstrations, a Movie in the Park and much more.

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Foodie Fave Friday: ‘Taste in Fenton’ Falls on July 30

EventPhotoFull_Taste in Fenton Sponsor LogoFrom cake pops to smoked pulled pork sliders, there will be something for everyone at “Taste in Fenton” next week.

Based out of the Fenton Community and Cultural Center, the July 30th event will offer food sampling and music in addition to a kids zone, raffle, pie eating contest and beer stein holding contest.

Participating restaurants will be offering taste-sized portions of the following menu items:

  • Beale St. Smokehouse BBQ
    • Smoked Pulled Pork Slider
    • Memphis Style Ribs
    • Sweet Northern Corn Bread
  • Biggby Coffee
    • Menu Coming Soon
  • Crust
    • Menu Coming Soon
  • Spring Meadows Country Club
    • Honey Chipotle Pulled Pork Slider
    • Smoke Salmon Crostini
    • Cake Pops
  • Tami’s Sweet Treats
    • Homemade Buttered Noodles
    • Caramel Corn
    • Assorted Cookies
  • Fun With Frosting
    • Gourmet Cupcakes
    • Cake Push-Pops
  • Legend’s Sports Café
    • Pizza Slice
    • Wings
    • Baked Mac & Cheese
  • The Laundry
    • Menu Coming Soon
  • Tropical Smoothie Café
    • Smoothies

Tickets will be sold at the event for $15. Those purchased in advance of the event are available online for $10/person.

For more information about Taste in Fenton, which runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., click here.

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Peter Yarrow to Play Flint Folk Music Festival

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Peter Yarrow

Peter Yarrow – the former frontman of Peter, Paul and Mary – will headline the Flint Folk Music Festival on Saturday, July 25 at Kearsley Park.

The award-winning songwriter’s portfolio includes the well-known “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” “Light One Candle” and “The Great Mandala.”

“We … are proud to bring to Flint some of the best in today’s folk music, from veteran performers like Peter Yarrow to newcomers like Hayley Reardon,” said Linda Jordan, president of the Flint Folk Music Society, in a statement. “We feel this is one of the best festival lineups we have had the pleasure to bring to Flint.”

The performance schedule is as follows:

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Hayley Reardon
2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Don White and Christine Lavin
4:45 p.m. – 6 p.m. Kate Taylor (with special guest Dan Hall)
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Mustard’s Retreat and Peter Yarrow

As in past years, the festival will also offer the Steve Roger’s Jam Tent, where attendees can bring along their own instruments and voices for a group song share.

Admission to the festival is free.

Since its founding in the late `90s, the Flint Folk Music Society has brought more than 350 folk music artists to perform for Flint audiences.

For more information about the society or festival, www.flintfolkmusic.org.

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Park Horticulturists Teach Tree Identification Techniques

log-258817_1280Covering more than 11,000 acres, the 21 Genesee County Parks are home to all kinds of trees.

This week, horticulturists will be hosting Tree ID Walks at some of those parks. As part of the program, designed for ages 16 and older, participants will learn how to identify a variety of trees found in Michigan landscapes.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, July 21 – Flushing County Park; Pavilion 1, 7-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 22 – Max Brandon Park; Pavilion 4, 7-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 23 – A. Cummings Event Center, 7-8 p.m.
  • Friday, July 24 – McKinley Park, 7-8 p.m.

This program is free. For more information about the parks, visit www.geneseecountyparks.org.

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Flint’s Machine Shop Presents Trapt’s “Life in Your Own Hands Tour”

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Looking to kick off this weekend with some live music? Check out the Machine Shop Concert Lounge in Flint.

On Thursday, the music venue will host Trapt’s “Life in Your Own Hands” tour with special guests Sons of Texas, Guns Out at Sundown and Poynte.

On Friday, 711 Entertainment presents an evening of live music with Givensix, Bro-Bot, Mercy Beach and The Distorted Waltz.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

The Machine Shop is located at 3539 S. Dort Highway in Flint. Buy tickets and learn more here.

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