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

Major new construction project in downtown Fenton slated for spring

From Mlive

The Flint Journal has a nice feature on a major project being proposed for downtown Fenton. The proposal couldn’t come at a better time for Fenton, which is in the midst of a popular branding campaign to attract people from the region to the area — including the beautiful downtown district. Construction could begin as early as spring, according to the report.

The new facility will also be a great compliment to the opening of the Michigan Brewing Company in downtown Fenton’s old fire hall, slated to open for business in July 2012.

From Mlive:

The proposed $4 million, 30,000-square-foot building being built at North Leroy Street and Silver Lake Road — already named simply Cornerstone — is the first step for the city to restore a classic downtown feel to the area, where 19th century buildings were razed as part of “urban renewal” in the 1970s.