Jingle All the Way to Fenton’s Jinglefest This Weekend


You’re invited to join the holiday fun during Fenton’s Jinglefest celebration Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, in the Downtown Entertainment District.

Enjoy the lighting of the luminaries, a gingerbread house display, a JingleJog (3 p.m. Saturday), a holiday lighted parade (6 p.m. Saturday), shopping, tree decorating, live music, ice sculptures, Santa Paws pictures, a JingleJam entertainment tent, bake sale, fireworks and more.

The celebration gets under way Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. See a full Jinglefest events calendar and learn more here.

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Foodie Fave Friday: Get a Taste of the Goodies Going Nationwide


This week, we’re saluting the ooey gooey goodness of Crust: a Baking Company as our Foodie Fave.

Originally open only at its Fenton location as a sister company to Fenton’s Laundry, Crust branched out and opened a space in the Flint Farmers’ Market when the market moved to its new location in downtown Flint.

And now, the entire country can experience the deliciousness: Crust recently announced that it struck a deal with gourmet specialty retailer Williams Sonoma. Crust cinnamon rolls will now be sold nationwide! Watch an ABC12 report about Crust’s deal with Williams Sonoma here: http://bit.ly/1sxBnZv.

Crust is open at its Fenton location, 104 W. Caroline St., from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Shop at its Flint Farmers’ Market location, 300 E. First St., from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday or 8 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday.

Check out Crust’s website here.

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Village Players Bring Neil Simon’s ‘Jake’s Women’ to Fenton Stage


In the mood for a laugh? Love live theater? “Jake’s Women” is just the ticket for you.

This Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 23-26, and also Nov. 1-2, the Fenton Village Players present “Jake’s Women” at the Fenton Village Playhouse, 14197 Torrey Road, in Fenton.

This Neil Simon comedic play features Jake, a writer with a struggling marriage who talks to many women, both in real life and in his imagination, as he works to save his marriage. Jake — suffering with psychosis and seeing representations of his daughter at age 12, his late wife Julie and recently divorced wife Maggie — is dealing with the inability to write productively and must resolve these issues before he does so.

Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Call (810) 750-7700 with questions.

Buy tickets or learn more about this production here.

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Foodie Fave Friday: Signature Sandwiches and Craft Beers Make for Delectable Dining at The Laundry


TheLaundry2It’s that time again: Foodie Fave Friday! And this week’s pick for delectable dining in Flint & Genesee comes from Fenton. It’s The Laundry!

A staple in the Fenton community for more than a decade, The Laundry serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week in a casual bistro atmosphere. The menu features over 40 delicious deli sandwiches, house-made soups and luncheon entrees. A rotating seasonal dinner menu is chef-designed with the highest-quality meats and produce.

An organic kitchen garden behind the restaurant produces herbs and vegetables during the spring and summer months, while an on-site bee hive yields honey for use in both the kitchen and bar.

The full bar features a unique range of craft beers and a dynamic selection of wines and craft cocktails.

The Laundry — 125 W. Shiawassee at Adelaide — is open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

Learn more about The Laundry here!

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Flint & Genesee Chamber to Debut Art of Achievement Awards; Nominations Open


Do you know of a business that is committed to making a difference in the community, a person who provides exemplary customer service or an establishment that deserves recognition? Then consider nominating the business or person for a Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Art of Achievement Award.  The inaugural 2014 Art of Achievement Award nominations are currently being accepted.  The gala event in celebration of excellence throughout Flint & Genesee will take place on Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint.

The Art of Achievement Awards are the evolution of previous celebrations of business excellence hosted by the Chamber as part of the biennial Business Awards and Athena Awards programs combined with the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau’s celebration of service excellence hosted through the annual Hospitality Awards program.  As a comprehensive recognition of achievement in the region, the new program will honor businesses and individuals in 12 categories covering business and hospitality.

Tim Herman, CEO of the Flint & Genesee Chamber, says businesses and individuals in the region should be celebrated for continuing to play a role in building a strong regional brand.  He says hosting a gala to celebrate achievement at all levels makes sense for Flint & Genesee.

“There is an art to achieving success,” said Herman.  “A successful region is comprised of a community that goes above and beyond to have a positive impact on the community. We want to shine a light on those among us who have made great strides and set a standard of excellence.  This is our way of letting the community know who is making a difference in Flint & Genesee.”

Learn more about Art of Achievement and submit your nominations here.

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It’s Fall: Time to Pick a Pumpkin and Drink Some Cider in Flint & Genesee


Pumpkin candles, pumpkin bread, pumpkin lattes … don’t forget the real pumpkins! Autumn in Flint & Genesee is just gorgeous, so get out, get your pumpkin and doughnuts and cider … and throw in a few corn mazes, too. Here’s a look at some fun opportunities to enjoy your fall!

Applewood Estate

It’s harvest season, and the grounds of Applewood will be open Saturday, Sept. 27, for a day packed with nature programs, tasty foods, information about healthy eating, make-and-take craft projects, fitness fun, live music, and the annual fall celebration of good things from the harvest.

During the free event from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., visitors are invited to taste apples, view vintage cider pressing methods and take home apples and pears. We will have cider from local orchards for tasting.  Apple lovers can vote for their favorite variety of heritage apples sampled from our very own orchard.

Golf cart shuttles are available for those with mobility challenges. Parking, admission to the grounds of Applewood and the programs are free. Visitors are encouraged to bring food or a personal care item to donate. All products will be given to local shelters. Learn more at http://www.ruthmottfoundation.org/applewood/ or (810) 233-3835.

Spicer Orchards

Enjoy the corn maze and weekend fall fun at Spicer Orchards, 10411 Clyde Road, Fenton. Fall festivities daily featuring hayrides, fruit picking, cider making, a large farm play area, pony and train rides, large inflatables, doughnut production, a bee-keeping display and more. On weekends, enjoy additional fall fun with activities for all ages, including the corn maze. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; corn maze open until 6 p.m. Learn more at (810) 632-7692 or http://www.spicerorchards.com/.

Country Corn Maze

Head to Corunna for some corn maze fun! The Country Corn Maze, 450 N. Vernon Road in Corunna, is open 6-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1-10 p.m. Saturday, and 1-8 p.m. Sunday. 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 doughnuts. Open through Nov. 5. Learn more at (989) 743-6899 or http://cornmazefun.net/.

Pumpkin Fantasyland Tours

Enjoy Pumpkin Fantasyland Tours at Montrose Orchards, 12473 Seymour Road, Montrose. 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 doughnuts. Open 3-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Learn more at (810) 639-6971 or http://montroseorchards.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.


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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