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.

Events

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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Flint Handmade is Seeking Vendors for Craft City at Buckham Alley Fest

Flint Handmade is again taking over the sidewalk next to the Rutherford Parking Structure during Buckham Alley Fest on Saturday, July 14, 2012 in Downtown Flint.  There also is still room for vendors in the Second Annual Flint Handmade Craft City. 

Craft City is a self-contained DIY community within Buckham Alley Fest that will feature jewelry, bath & body products, clothes, accessories, plush toys, papercrafts and more.

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Safe and Active Genesee for Everyone (SAGE) to Host Tale on the Trail in Flint

FLINT, Michigan – Safe & Active Genesee for Everyone (SAGE) invites families to take a stroll along the Flint River Trail and discover the story of the Crim Running Bear during Tale on the Trail. This free family event will take place from 9am to 1pm Saturday, Sept. 17 beginning at the Flint Farmers Market.

During this interactive event, families will walk a short loop of the Flint River Trail that will take them from the Farmers Market through the University of Michigan – Flint campus and back. Pages from the storybook “Running Bear and the Crim Kids” will be posted along the route for families to read as they walk along the trail.

This free event will educate families on the importance of integrating physical activity into daily life as well as healthy eating and how both can impact school performance. Children will meet the star of the story, Running Bear, and families will receive a gift bag of resources to help keep their family active and healthy, including a free copy of the book, “Running Bear and the Crim Kids.”

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Local band leaves today for international tour with Paramore

The Fenton-born Swellers, a punk rock band with a growing international following, is leaving on a jet plane today for its tour with Paramore, starting in Hong Kong. The short tour will also take them to a pair of stops in Indonesia and another in Singapore. Next month they’ll head to the “land down under.”

From The Swellers’ Facebook page:

Heading out to Hong Kong today to start our tour with Paramore… can’t believe our lives are real. We’ll be taking pictures/videos the whole time overseas. Stay tuned for some wild and wacky stuff. -jono

One step closer: Culver’s could be on its way to Genesee County

Culver’s Restaurant, as popular for its custard as its burgers, is one step closer to finding a new home in Genesee County. Recently, the planning commission in Fenton approved the site plan review for the restaurant that is slated to be built on Owen Road. Currently, the two closest locations to Flint are in Birch Run and Clarkston.

From Mlive:

As part of the site development, Culver’s is working with its neighbor McDonald’s, to connect both parking lots, so motorists can travel between the two restaurants.

Kevin Powers and Katie Schmitt, who own Culver’s in Clarkston, are planning to build a 3,900-square- foot restaurant similar to the Clarkston restaurant. Rhoads & Johnson of Fenton is the contractor of the development.

Photo of the Day: This Fenton boutique has gone to the dogs

When I first saw this place I did a double take. I’d never seen a store more overtly American. It’s Barking Babes Pet Boutique in downtown Fenton. Granted, I probably don’t like dogs enough to get one coiffed, but I know a lot of people who do. Dogs are probably the only things left that pretty much all Americans love. (Photo by Jared Field)

Photo of the Day: Father-daughter fishing in downtown Fenton

Here’s a shot I took over the weekend in beautiful downtown Fenton. The city, located in southern Genesee County, is home to more than 10,000 people. City officials continue to broaden the appeal of the downtown area with new civic projects including a city-wide marketing campaign (Fenton Be Closer). There are plans in the works for one major expansion project and another renovation in the heart of downtown. (Photo by Jared Field)

Photo of the Day: The race for the finish line in Fenton

It was a great day for a race in Fenton today as hundreds came out for the annual Maillot Jaune Road Race. Here’s a look at the professionals (categories 1 and 2) racing to the finish line in downtown Fenton this morning. Tomorrow morning many of today’s competitors will be in downtown Flint for the second annual Le Champion Pave. (Photo by Jared Field)

This weekend: Flint area’s pedal-powered weekend nears start line

FLINT, Michigan – Variety is what separates the Flint area’s pedal-powered race weekend from what the French call the peloton – we call it the pack. Two very different race experiences will be on display July 23-24 as our community once again embraces cycle racing.

On Saturday, July 23, downtown Fenton will play host to the Maillot Jaune Road Race, an established on a 13-mile course through southern Genesee County that has attracted cyclists from 13 states and three countries. The following day, July 24, downtown Flint will host Le Champion Pave Criterium, a race experience more akin to the Indy 500 than the Tour De France.

“The appeal of these two races is broad-based, and not just among riders,” said Victor Lukasavitz, chairman of the race committee. “We have a large and challenging course in Fenton to really challenge the endurance of the riders and a short, 1-mile course in downtown Flint that’s built for a lot of speed. And, even more importantly, the races are really spectator-friendly.”

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The Swellers rep Flint in Kalamazoo Gazette

The Swellers: Born in Fenton, repping all of Flint. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

The Swellers, among the most successful touring bands from the Flint area, was profiled recently in the Kalamazoo Gazette ahead of a show they are headlining at The Strutt in K-Zoo.

Here’s what the punk rockers, who will tour with Paramore in Asia next month, say about why they continue to call the Flint area home.

From the K-Zoo Gazette:

An entertainment journalist has to jump through hoops to talk to national acts. Contact a publicist, arrange an interview, then have a record company suit call to establish a connection with the talent’s phone. A New York City call from a guy at Atlantic Records connected me to a punk band’s house in Flint.

Flint? It’s where “you can live much cheaper, and still live happy,” said Jonathan Diener, drummer for The