See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the week of November 28 – December 4

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

Holiday Happenings

Monday-Sunday, November 28-December 4: Santa and Friends at Genesee Valley Center, 3341 S. Linden Road, Flint * (810) 732-4000 * geneseemall.com

  • (Open during center hours) Visit with Santa and friends, in center court, and walk through the Woodland display, based on the children’s book “Stranger in the Woods.” Visits with Santa are free and photos are available for a small fee.

Monday-Sunday, November 28-December 4: Santa Visits at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (248) 454-5000 * greatlakescrossingoutlets.com

  • (Open during outlet hours) Get your picture taken with Santa and meet his Elves. Santa photo packages available.

Thursday & Friday, December 1 & 2: Flushing’s “Candlewalk Holiday Celebration,” Downtown Flushing’s Entertainment District/Main Street * (810) 659-4141 * flushingchamber.com

  • (Event runs 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) Enjoy two evenings of holiday music, choirs, ice sculptures, wood carvings, live performances, a “Lionel” train display, s’mores, refreshments, horse drawn wagon rides and more. You’ll find chestnuts roasting on an open fire on Main Street, warming stations throughout the area and Santa arriving in the Grand Parade to light the ceremonial tree (happening Thursday evening).

Friday, December 2: Linden’s “Holiday Happenings,” Downtown Linden’s Entertainment District/Millpond * lindenmi.us

  • (Event runs 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) This festive event begins with a Lighted Frosty Parade and fireworks over Millpond along with Santa visits at the Gazebo, live Nativity at Linden Methodist Church, horse carriage rides, a community sing-a-long, museum tours, ice sculptures, refreshments and more.

Friday-Sunday, December 2-4: “Cosmic Christmas – A Christmas Laser Light Show” at Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3400 or (810) 237-3409 * sloanlongway.org

  • (Show begins Friday 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m., Saturday 4:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. and Sunday 4:30 p.m.) Enjoy this made at Longway Christmas light show featuring a combination of 16 songs including several holiday classics, a few new hits and a couple of fun Christmas songs you might not have heard before. All this set to stunning 4k visuals in a festival of Christmas splendor. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Friday-Sunday, December 2-4: Christmas at Crossroads “Holiday Magic,” 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Visit Crossroads when thousands of lights sparkle like tiny stars throughout the village with live entertainment, model trains, holiday music, costumed villagers making vintage crafts, shops full of great holiday gifts and Santa himself bringing smiles to faces of all ages. Ride the Huckleberry Railroad for a festive night-time ride.

Saturday, December 3: Fenton’s “Jinglefest and Jingle Jog 5K Run/Walk,” Downtown Fenton’s Entertainment District * fentonchamber.com

  • (Event begins 10 a.m.) Enjoy holiday shopping, a talent show, carved ice sculptures, a Christmas market, live entertainment, a lighted parade, bonfires, hot cocoa, s’mores and more.

Saturday, December 3: Davison’s “Christmas on Main Street,” Downtown Davison’s Entertainment District * davisondda.org

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Celebrate the holiday season with an Elf parade, hay rides, reindeer games, refreshments, craft tables, live music, strolling carolers and more.

Saturday, December 3: Flint’s YMCA Santa Run/Walk, 411 E. Third Street, Flint * (810) 232-9622 * flintymca.com

  • (Run/Walk begins 12 p.m.) Partake in this family-fun charity event that takes all on a 5K run/walk and/or a 1-mile walk through downtown Flint. A 5-piece Santa suit is included in the registration fee. Register online at the website above.

Saturday, December 3: “Family Holiday Crafts: Mosaic Art with Painterly Pottery” at the Flint Public Library/Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Build a decorative mosaic art piece using over 20 different colored glass pieces. This “make and take project” is full of possibilities for all ages and a great holiday gift idea.

Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4: Holly Dickens Festival, Village of Holly’s Entertainment District/Battle Alley * (248) 634-7040 * hollydickensfestival.org

  • (Festival runs Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Step back in time and partake in this family-fun event as the Dickens Festival celebrates its 43rd year, the longest running Dickens themed event in the U.S. Stroll the streets of downtown Holly while enjoying the sweet sounds of carolers as they sing our favorite Christmas songs, visit Holly’s unique shops, listen to the story of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”, grab a bite to eat, take a holiday carriage ride and more.

Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4: “Nutcracker” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performances begin Saturday 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m.) Enjoy the magic of the holidays with this timeless story told in dance and music with Nutcracker’s sparkling sets and beautiful costumes.

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3 Downtown Flint Events Celebrating Small Business Saturday

img_1879Tomorrow marks the seventh annual Small Business Saturday – a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. To celebrate, why not visit some of your favorite local businesses tomorrow and get some holiday shopping done while you’re at it?

A handful of local businesses and organizations will be hosting special shopping events that bring together multiple vendors. They include:

  • Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E 1st St. – vendors, including Wildtree and Emily’s Boutique and Resale, will be offering Small Business Saturday deals from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Local Grocer, 601 M L King Ave. – will have a diverse array of vendors and a coffee cupping/tasting demo from #FlintCoffeeCompany from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Flint Masonic Temple, 755 S. Saginaw St. – 10th Annual Holiday Craft Market, featuring over 40 local crafters and artisans. The first 25 shoppers of the day will receive free goodie bags. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where will you be shopping tomorrow? Let us know in the comments below!

Good Beans: Coffee Shop by Day, Restaurant by Night

good-beansEstablished in 2000, The Good Beans Cafe features an old-school bar stocked with teas, flavored syrups and key ingredients for your favorite coffee drinks. Like most coffee shops, its patrons gather together for caffeinated beverages, conversation and the occasional live music performance. But unlike most cafés – about once or twice a month – the Flint-based business extends its hours, becoming a temporary eatery for the evening.

“Pop-up restaurants are very popular in cities like Detroit,” says café owner Ken Van Wagoner. “We’re excited to bring the concept to Genesee County. It allows us to showcase some of our local culinary talent.”

The Good Beans Café – which has a limited kitchen setup – normally offers a light menu of bagels, muffins and other pastries. But on pop-up days, the café goes all out, with past menus centered around everything from naan pizzas to smoked chicken pozole.  Guest chefs have included Tony Vu of MaMan, Joe Boike of BOKA and North Pond, and Christian Gilbert of Flint City Hard Cider Co., to name a few.

“One of the fun things about partnering with a chef is they have their own following, so they bring new customers to our business,” Van Wagoner says. “So these events turn new people on to us, while also introducing our regulars to these area chefs and restaurants.”

These pop-ups are part of a collaboration between Good Beans and the University Avenue Corridor Coalition, which is in the midst of a three-year Lighter Quicker Cheaper grant made possible by the East Central Association of Realtors and Michigan Realtors. The grant supports quick and inexpensive placemaking opportunities along the avenue.

According to Tom WyattProject Manager for Renew the Avenue, the coalition liked the idea of offering local businesses and entrepreneurs the chance to test out market feasibility via different pop-up opportunities. They’ve done pop-up food trucks, a water park, and – most recently – the temporary restaurants at Good Beans.

“It’s a great way to see what’s viable and where there’s interest,” Wyatt says. “We’re all about creating more active spaces. Criminals are more prone to target areas where there are fewer eyes on the street.

“The more activity there is, the safer the space will be.”

According to Wyatt, the pop-up restaurants have attracted anywhere from 30 to 50 patrons – all during a time when the café would normally be closed.

Van Wagoner says he’s been very pleased with the outcome of the partnership and notes his appreciation for the resources that have been made available to his business.

“Kettering (part of the University Avenue Corridor Coalition) has removed its one-time, very insulated campus boundaries and truly embraced its surroundings,” he says. “As part of that geography, we remain proud to partner with the students, staff and faculty, continuing 16-plus years of pushing our agenda and credo of ‘constantly supporting community and culture, and the arts…’”

The Good Beans Café will host its next pop-up restaurant Monday, Nov. 28 from 5-8 p.m. The chef and menu will be posted closer to the date of the event on Facebook. To keep informed about future pop-ups, and other University Avenue Corridor events, click here and select subscribe.

The café, located at 328 N. Grand Traverse St., is open Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of November 21-27

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

Holiday Happenings

Monday-Sunday, November 21-27: Santa and Friends at Genesee Valley Center (Closed Thanksgiving), 3341 S. Linden Road, Flint * (810) 732-4000 * geneseemall.com

  • (Open during center hours) Visit with Santa and friends, in center court, and walk through the Woodland display, based on the children’s book “Stranger in the Woods.” Visits with Santa are free and photos are available for a small fee.

Monday-Sunday, November 21-27: Santa Visits at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (Open Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.), 4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (248) 454-5000 * greatlakescrossingoutlets.com

  • (Open during outlet hours) Get your picture taken with Santa and meet his Elves. Santa photo packages available.

Thursday, November 24: Thanksgiving Day at The Mounds,  6145 E. Mt. Morris Road, Mt. Morris * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 8 a.m. to sunset) Come out and experience this Thanksgiving tradition as 100’s of Mound fans get muddy before meeting family for dinner. Vehicles and ORVs of all shapes and sizes will work their way through the muddy trails of The Mounds. Get there early and receive a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving Day decal! Regular fees and rules apply during this event.

Friday-Sunday, November 25-27: “Cosmic Christmas – A Christmas Laser Light Show” at Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3400 or (810) 237-3409 * sloanlongway.org

  • (Show begins Friday 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m., Saturday 4:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. and Sunday 4:30 p.m.) Enjoy this Christmas light show made right here at Longway featuring a combination of 16 songs including several holiday classics, a few new hits and a couple of fun Christmas songs you might not have heard before. All this set to stunning 4k visuals in a festival of Christmas splendor. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Friday-Sunday, November 25-27: Christmas at Crossroads “Holiday Magic,” 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Visit Crossroads when thousands of lights sparkle like tiny stars throughout the village with live entertainment, model trains, holiday music, costumed villagers making vintage crafts, shops full of great holiday gifts and Santa himself bringing smiles to faces of all ages. Ride the Huckleberry Railroad for a festive night-time ride. Also, enjoy a glorious fireworks show and festivities during Friday’s opening night.

Friday-Sunday, November 25-27: Holly Dickens Festival, Village of Holly’s Entertainment District (Battle Alley) * (248) 634-7040 * hollydickensfestival.org

  • (Festival runs Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Step back in time and partake in this family-fun event as the Dickens Festival celebrates its 43rd year, the longest running Dickens themed event in the U.S. Stroll the streets of downtown Holly while enjoying the sweet sounds of carolers as they sing our favorite Christmas songs, visit Holly’s unique shops, listen to the story of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”, grab a bite to eat, take a holiday carriage ride and more. Don’t miss Friday night’s lighted parade and the arrival of Santa for the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Saturday, November 26: “Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market” at Flint’s Downtown Masonic Temple, 755 S. Saginaw Street, Flint * (810) 239-7469 * flinthandmade.org

  • (Market runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) This 10th annual Holiday Craft Market features more than 50 vendors selling fresh, modern handmade goods including bags, jewelry, stuffed animals, accessories, bath products, paper goods, artwork and more.

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Holiday Roundup: 9 Festive Events in Flint & Genesee

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the holiday season will soon be be upon us. Here are a few opportunities to get into a festive spirit both this month and next.

  1. Count down the seconds leading up to the lighting of downtown Flint’s Christmas tree. The “Tree-mendous Evening” starts at 5 p.m. on Nov. 17, and will include hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts, yard games and a visit from Santa himself.
  2. Shop local during one of several upcoming holiday events, including Ladies Night at the Yellow Dog (Nov. 18), Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Fair (Nov. 26) and Tis the Season at Chrysa Studio (Dec. 15).
  3. Get dirty at The Mounds, an off-road vehicle park in Mt. Morris. A longstanding Thanksgiving Day tradition, hundreds of people will bring their ORVs to the 300-acre property on Nov. 24.
  4. Celebrate the holidays 19th-century-style during Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic. Festivities in the historical village will run Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 20-23 & 27-30.
  5. Learn about the star of Bethlehem during Longway Planetarium’s First Friday: Star of Wonder lecture on Dec. 2.
  6. On Dec. 3, grab your sneakers for the YMCA Santa Run. Included in the registration fee is a five-piece Santa Suit that participants are asked to wear on the day of the event.
  7. Catch a free showing of Home Alone (Dec 2-4), The Grinch (Dec. 9-11) and the Polar Express (Dec. 16-24) at NCG’s Grand Blanc and Burton theaters. All shows will start at 9:30 a.m.
  8. Enjoy the sounds of the season at the Flint Farmers’ Market, where more than 60 tuba players will perform carols on Dec. 10.
  9. Check out the lineup at The Whiting, which includes the Hip Hop Nutcracker (Dec. 10) and The Holiday Pops (Dec. 17-18), to name a few.

We know this list just scratches the surface of area holiday events. What are we missing? Let us know in the comments below!

See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of November 14-20

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

Events

Monday, November 14: “Ladies Night Out” at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Grab your favorite shopping buddies and start the holiday season together in the festive quaint glow of Crossroads Village. Enjoy shopping, crafts, demonstrations, holiday lights, vintage rides and more. Quality, Flint Handmade vendors will also be selling their one-of-a-kind items. Use your admission ticket that night and receive $5 off a purchase of $25 or more in one of Crossroad’s gift shops.

Tuesday, November 15: “Let’s Hike It Baby” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) Get outside, get active and explore! This event was designed to help encourage a love of the outdoors at a young age. Meet at For-Mar’s Visitor Center for stretching and a story before hitting the trails. Dress for the weather. Recommended for parents with toddlers and up.

Thursday & Friday, November 17 & 18: Flint Firebirds Hockey at Dort Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * dorteventcenter.com

  • (Games begin 7 p.m.) The Flint Firebirds will play against the Sarnia Sting on Thursday and Owen Sound Attack on Friday. The Firebirds are part of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and represent a continuation of Flint’s rich hockey tradition.

Friday, November 18: Flint School of Performing Arts Faculty Concert Series at the Flint Institute of Music’s MacArthur Recital Hall, 1025 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 238-1350 * thefim.org

  • (Doors open 6:30 p.m. and performance begins 7 p.m.) Enjoy Jazz Piano with Roger Jones and special guest, DeAnna Weeden on vocals as they pay tribute to Sarah Vaughn and other vocalists of our time. A reception follows the concert.

Friday, November 18: University of Michigan-Flint Men’s Hockey at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena, 5371 Daly Farms Drive, Burton * (810) 744-0800 * crystalfh.com

  • (Game begins 8 p.m.) Come out for a night of exciting hockey when the University of Michigan-Flint Men’s Hockey team plays against Central Michigan University.

Friday-Sunday, November 18-20: “Deer Widows Weekend” at Birch Run Premium Outlets, 12240 S. Beyer Road, Birch Run * (989) 624-6226 * premiumoutlets.com

  • (Event runs Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) As the hunters head out to the woods, women can head to the racks at Birch Run Premium Outlets for the center’s annual Deer Widows Weekend shopping event. Bargain hunters can bag some of the best deals of the year, while taking advantage of great giveaways, chances to win prizes and more! Visit the website above for a schedule of activities.

Saturday, November 19: “Fall Birding Hike” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Join For-Mar birders and enjoy the color change during this Fall Birding Hike. Get the chance to peek out from the treetops from For-Mar’s new treehouse. Bring your binoculars – a limited number will be available. Recommended for families of all ages.

Saturday, November 19: “Every Child Ready to Read Super Saturday Storytime” at the Flint Public Library/Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Drop-in at the Children’s Room for some great Storytime. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.

Saturday, November 19: University of Michigan-Flint Women’s Hockey at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena, 5371 Daly Farms Drive, Burton * (810) 744-0800 * crystalfh.com

  • (Game begins 5 p.m.) Watch some exciting women’s hockey when the University of Michigan-Flint Women’s Hockey team plays against the Acquinas.

Saturday, November 19: Flint Generals Alumni Hockey at Dort Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * dorteventcenter.com

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Come out and cheer on the Flint Generals Alumni team as they play against the Genesee County All Stars.

Saturday, November 19: “Kids Lives Matter Tour” at Dort Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * dorteventcenter.com

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy this night geared towards the lives of kids featuring Silento, IHeatrMemphis, Bankroll PJ, We Are Toonz and ATL Bre.

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See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of November 7-13

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

Events

Tuesday, November 8: “Let’s Hike It Baby” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) Get outside, get active and explore! This event was designed to help encourage a love of the outdoors at a young age. Meet at For-Mar’s Visitor Center for stretching and a story before hitting the trails. Dress for the weather. Recommended for parents with toddlers and up.

Friday, November 11: “Treehouse Story Time: For the Birds” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Sprout the love of reading and nature in For-Mar’s treehouse. Come share books, sing songs and make a craft. Recommended for children 2 and up.

Friday, November 11: “Ladies Night Out” in Downtown Fenton, Fenton’s Downtown Entertainment District * fentonchamber.com

  • (Event runs 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) The evening will consist of Ladies’ Night specials at participating businesses, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, a “punch card” to be stamped by each participating store for prizes and more.

Friday & Saturday, November 11 & 12: Flint Firebirds Hockey at Dort Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * dorteventcenter.com

  • (Games begin Friday 7 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m.) The Flint Firebirds will play against the Peterborough Petes Friday, hosting Military Appreciation Night, and the Windsor Spitfires on Saturday. The Firebirds are part of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and represent a continuation of Flint’s rich hockey tradition.

Saturday, November 12: “Every Child Ready to Read Super Saturday Storytime” at the Flint Public Library/Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Drop-in at the Children’s Room for some great Storytime. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages

Saturday, November 12: “Pokemon Go! Let’s Catch’em All” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.) With 9 Pokestops and 2 Gyms, For-Mar is full of Pokemon and is the perfect place to catch them. For-Mar will be dropping lures, hosting Pokemon contests with prizes and telling stories about the real life animals that many of the Pokemon are based on. Recommended for all ages. Free admission.

Saturday, November 12: “Michigan Food, Beer & Wine Festival” at Dort Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * dorteventcenter.com

  • (Festival runs 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Sample some of Michigan’s best beer, wine and food while strolling through a park-like setting complete with sod, live music, a free photo booth, lawn games and a food truck alley offering food from great local restaurants. Vendors will be competing for bragging rights and Gold, Silver or Bronze medals will be awarded in the food, beer and wine categories. Tickets include a commemorative tasting glass and 10 sample tickets along with everything mentioned above.

Saturday, November 12: “Flint Symphony Orchestra’s November Classical Concert” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Concert begins 7:30 p.m.) The Flint Symphony Orchestra, with Conductor Enrique Diemecke, performs an evening of music with guest artist Jane Bunnell.

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