7 Area Museums to Visit Before, During and After International Museum Day

Admission to Sloan  Museum (pictured) and the Flint Institute of Arts will be free May 18 in honor of International Museum Day

Admission to Sloan Museum (pictured) and the Flint Institute of Arts will be free May 18 in honor of International Museum Day

International Museum Day falls on Monday, May 18 this year, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in Genesee County. Why not visit one of the following?*

  1. A.J. Phillips Fenton Museum: Houses military artifacts, collection of early Fenton area newspapers dating back to the 1840s and more. Open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (310 S. Leroy St., Fenton)
  2. Davison Historical Society & Museum: Showcases early Davison businesses and prominent citizens. Open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (263 E. Fourth St., Davison)
  3. Flint Children’s Museum: Inspires lifelong learning in children ages 2-10 through hands-on play. (1602 University Ave. Flint)
  4. Flint Institute of Arts: The second largest art museum in Michigan. In honor of International Museum Day, the museum will offer free admission to its galleries and special exhibitions Monday. (1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint)
  5. Flushing Area Museum: Located within the former Flushing Depot. History displays rotate periodically. Open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (431 W. Main St., Flushing)
  6. Sloan Museum: Features regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science demonstrations. In honor of International Museum Day, the museum will offer free admission Monday. (1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint)
  7. Whaley Historic House Museum: A Gilded Age museum that seeks to promote the history of Flint and inspire all forms of historical inquiry. Open 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Guided tours take approximately 45 minutes. (624 E. Kearsley St., Flint)

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*Please note that not all museums will be open May 18. Call ahead to confirm hours while planning your visit.

Foodie Fave Friday: 5 Places to Do Brunch on Mother’s Day

Photo by John Siebert

Photo by John Siebert

What are you doing to celebrate Mother’s Day? If you haven’t made plans yet, consider treating her to brunch at one of the many area restaurants hosting special meals on May 10. Some include:

  • Cranberries Café will be serving from a special menu from noon to 4 p.m. To make reservations, call 810-636-3409. (10250 Hegel Road, Goodrich)
  • Fandangles’ will host brunch at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Reservations are required. For more information, or to reserve a seat, call 810-659-2700 or email fandangles@aol.com. (6429 W. Pierson Road, Flushing)
  • The Laundry will offer a Mother’s Day Buffet, including everything from scrambled eggs and strawberry-rhubarb baked French toast to penne pasta and horseradish-crusted sirloin. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make reservations, call 810-629-8852. (125 W. Shiawassee Ave., Fenton)
  • Redwood Steakhouse will offer a special buffet from noon to 6 p.m. Entrees include BBQ duck, chicken picatta, among other dishes, with three live action stations serving carved prime rib, stir fry and pasta. To make reservations, call 810-233-8000. (5304 Gateway Centre Drive, Flint)
  • Signature Chop House will offer a special brunch, featuring an omelet station and other breakfast treats; prime rib and turkey carving stations; and a selection of salads and desserts. The event is schedule for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make reservations, call 810-867-4319. (1537 E. Pierson Road, Flushing)

Do you know of any other Mother’s Day brunches happening in Flint and Genesee County this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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Fenton Community, Jazz Orchestras to Host an Evening of Classic and Jazz Favorites

img_3533 purple curtainThe Fenton Community Orchestra (FCO) and Fenton Jazz Orchestra will perform a variety of classical works and jazz standards during their 5th Spring Concert Celebration on Friday.

FCO will perform well-known works like Copland’s Hoe-Down from Rodeo, Stravinsky’s Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird Suite, and Saint-Saens’ Royal March of the Lions from the Carnival of the Animals. The Fenton Jazz Orchestra will take on favorites like Limbo Jazz by Duke Ellington, Doozy by Benny Carter and Boplicity by Miles Davis.

“Our fifth season as an orchestra has been wonderfully full,” says Jennifer Fleck, Executive Director of the FCO, a community -supported orchestra under the musical direction of Andrew Perkins, Director of Bands for Fenton Area Public Schools.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Fenton High School Ruby Zima Auditorium, at 3200 W. Shiawassee Ave.

In addition, interested parties are encouraged to email fentoncommunityorchestra@gmail.com if they would like to attend the Thursday dress rehearsal, set to run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is free but donations are appreciated.  For more information, visit www.fentoncommunityorchestra.org.

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Foodie Fave Friday: Tropical Smoothie Café

smoothieWith five locations in Genesee County, Tropical Smoothie Café is the perfect option for a quick, yet flavorful breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.

Each 24-ounce smoothie is made with turbinado, a minimally refined sugar, unless otherwise requested. Flavors range from the classic strawberry-and-banana Jetty Punch to the indulgent Peanut Butter Cup (made with peanut butter, banana and chocolate). Customers can also request the addition of supplements, such as B-12 and whey protein.

In addition to flatbreads, sandwiches and salads, each restaurant offers a breakfast menu, featuring a variety of omelet wraps. Also on the menu for a limited time are a trio of artisan tacos, including Thai Chili Steak, Cilantro Lime Fish and Smoke Jalapeño Chicken.

Looking for the nearest location? Check out Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce members: Tropical Smoothie Café – Flint, at 2103 S. Linden Road, and Tropical Smoothie Café – Fenton, at 4009 Owen Road.

Other nearby branches include:

  • 5105 W. Vienna Road, Clio
  • 703 S State St., Davison
  • 2383 E. Hill Road, Grand Blanc

Click here for more information on hours, contact information and “Text Club” discounts.

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5th Annual Fenton ArtWalk Seeks Talent


Calling all artisFenton Artwalk 2015ts! The Fenton Downtown Development Authority is seeking local talent to display their work inside participating businesses and organizations during the 5th Annual Fenton ArtWalk, to be held July 11.

In addition to these individual exhibits, the Fenton Community and Cultural Center will also host a Fine Art Exhibit, displaying each participating artist’s work to enhance Fenton’s celebration of the arts.

To be considered for inclusion, artists who have fine art to display and sell must submit their pieces through the review process by Friday, April 24.

Those who are new to ArtWalk should submit the completed application form as well as two to three color photos per medium (with a maximum of 3 mediums) in jpg or pdf format to Fenton@newmoonvisions.net. Artists who have participated in ArtWalk in the past need to submit only the completed form.

For more information about the Fenton ArtWalk, to held in conjunction with The Laundry’s 2015 Bastille Day 5K Run/Walk and 15K Run, visit www.FentonBeCloser.com.

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Fenton Village Players Invite You to ‘Love Letters’


Get into the Valentine’s Day spirit as the Fenton Village Players invite you to a performance of “Love Letters.”

Enjoy this touching show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, on FVP’s second stage. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, you’ll get a view into a lifetime of Love Letters between two people who understand the ups and downs of life and love.

Language and content make this show inappropriate for children, but the beer and wine that is offered for sale contribute to a great evening out for adults!

Tickets are $8 at the door. Click here to learn more.

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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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