See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of April 6-12

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

Events

April 11: “Honeybee: Hive Inspection” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) Find out how For-Mar’s leading ladies, the honeybees, fared over the winter. For-Mar’s Beekeeper will be opening and inspecting the hive and giving a firsthand look at the tools and tricks of how to maintain a honeybee hive. Meet at the Visitor Center to sign-in. Receommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

April 11: 25th Annual “Spring Arts & Crafts Show” at Davison High School, 1250 N. Oak Road, Davison * (810) 658-0440 or (810) 658-8080 * smetankacraftshows.com

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Browse and purchase unique arts and crafts from over 100 vendors.

 

April 11: “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.) Join a library staff member for themed stories, literacy and hands-on activities in the Children’s Room featuring “Fools and Tales” this weekend. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.

 

April 11: “STEM Saturdays: Marvelous Math Adventures” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Join a library staff member for some interactive fun while learning math skills featuring “Area and Estimation” this weekend. Recommended for grades 2-6.

 

April 11: “Two Man Group” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3450 * thewhiting.com

  • (Show begins 8 p.m.) Stars of the Emmy nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up for an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Using their quick wit, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes, and the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun.

Attractions

April 6 – 12: Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3450 * sloanlongway.org

  • (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Enjoy regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science activities where children and adults can explore principles of chemistry and physics through exhibits and staff presentations.
    • “Videotopia” – Come play classic video games we all know and love, just like in an arcade, including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Q-Bert. The exhibit includes dozens of restored and new arcade video games – everything from the first machine ever made, to the first machines to utilize microprocessors, software, 3-D, graphics, etc., right on up to today’s greatest simulator games. Visitors receive 4 tokens with every paid admission.
    • “Collecting Flint from A to Z” – The Sloan Museum has a lot of artifacts, nearly 400,000 of them! You name it, they probably have one. A large, eclectic collection is required to accurately record life in Flint and Genesee County over the last 200 years. This exhibit highlights 26 groups from Sloan’s vast and varied collection, normally hidden away in storage. Each alphabetized set reveals something about Flint’s shared history. See historic automobiles and firearms, radios and wedding dresses, beer, blueprints and everything in-between.
    • “Flint and The American Dream” – Relive Flint’s dramatic history, as the birthplace of General Motors comes to life with over 600 artifacts and photographs, including rare antique automobiles, colorful neon signs, period clothing, household furnishings, commercial goods and much more. Encounter the ups and downs of General Motors, the birth of the UAW and what life was like in Flint during the 50s, 60s and 70s.

 

April 6 – 12: Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, 4316 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (866) 622-0605 * visitsealife.com/michigan

  • (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Located at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, get transported into an amazing underwater world. Come nose-to-nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble seahorses to graceful rays. Walk through an underwater Ocean Tunnel, encounter more than 5,000 sea creatures, hold a crab and touch a sea star at the Touchpool. Experience and participate in daily fun talks and feed shows. Last entry is one hour prior to closing time.

 

April 7 – 12: Flint Children’s Museum, 1602 W. University Avenue, Flint * (810) 767-5437 * thefcm.org

  • (Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Come explore and awaken your imagination, where the power of play inspires lifelong learning through over 40 hands-on educational and fun exhibits. Recommended for ages 2 to 10.
    • “A Bee’s Life” – Visit the museum’s Discovery Zone and learn all about the fascinating world of bees. Come explore flowers, the hive, honey production and more at this interactive, hands-on exhibit. Activities include bee dress-up and dancing, gathering pollen from giant flowers, building a honeycomb and more.
    • “Shake Up Your Senses” – What does it sound like? What do you hear? With the help of noise bottles and a good shake, children can guess what’s in the bottle – using only their ears. Classes run Tuesday-Friday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the museum’s Green Room.

April 10 – 12: Buick Automotive Gallery & Research Center, 303 Walnut Street, Flint * (810) 237-3440 or 237-3450 * SloanLongway.org

  • (Open Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. – call 24 hours in advance for all other appointments.) The Gallery displays over 25 classical and concept locally built automobiles featuring five one-of-a-kind concept cars – a 1954 Wildcat II, Centurion, Arrow, Phantom and an XP. Also on display is an extensive renovated Buick Bug.

Art & Culture

April 6 – 12: Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org

  • (Monday-Wednesday & Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Visit the FIA and browse through their outstanding collections of American, European, Native American, African and Asian art, including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative arts featuring a complete set of 17th century French tapestries.
    • “French Art Deco Enameled Glass from the Ed & Karen Ogul Collection” – During the 1920s in France, the Art Deco style was known as Style Moderne and encompassed a wide variety of decorative arts. These works, which ranged from jewelry to furniture, were known for their sleek look, luxurious materials and bold combinations of colors and floral patterns with glass becoming one of the most versatile and stylish materials. View these wonderful glass objects on display, from vases to bowls, to toiletry sets and cocktail serving trays, all created by French artists that capture the essence of this French modern style.
    • “Common Ground: African American Art” – View the works of some of the most important African American artists from the 19th century, to present day, through collections from the FIA, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and the Muskegon Museum of Art. The selections survey the history of African American art through more than 50 works in various mediums, including paintings, sculptures and works on paper.
    • “The Islander: Walter Anderson Watercolors” – (Exhibit opens Saturday) Walter Anderson’s vibrant Horn Island watercolors reflect his attempt to divine the essence of nature and reveal humanity’s connection to its elemental vitality. Anderson lived in Mississippi and made frequent trips to Horn Island, part of the barrier reef along the Gulf Coast. Over a period of eighteen years, he made thousands of watercolors of birds, insects, reptiles and more. Never intended for public viewing, these images on display were discovered by Anderson’s widow after his death in 1965.

 

April 7, 9 & 11: Art at the Market Gallery at Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 238-9202 * artatthemarket.com

  • (Open Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Located in the Flint Farmers’ Market, enjoy browsing, and purchasing, at this unique art gallery showcasing over 30 local artists original artwork. Art at the Market is a non-profit organization that is solely operated by the artists.

 

April 10: “2nd Friday ArtWalk” in Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District, Saginaw Street, Flint * (810) 238-ARTS * geneseefun.com

  • (Event runs 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Partake in delicious foods, tasty beverages, live music and the works of various artists on display at the Greater Flint Arts Council, Buckham Gallery, Pages Book Store, Red Ink Flint and the Yoga Loft. Stop by the Greater Flint Arts Council for this month’s walking map (while supplies last).

 

April 16 – 18: Buckham Gallery, 134 ½ W. Second Street, Flint * (810) 239-6233 * buckhamgallery.org

  • (Open 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Founded in 1984, Buckham Gallery is an artist-run, not-for-profit exhibition and performance space that features artists from as many diverse locations as possible. It is the philosophy of the gallery to create an open atmosphere which allows both emerging and established artists to take charge of their own creative pursuits.

Theater

April 10 – 12: “Academy Award Nominated Shorts” at the Flint Institute of Arts’ Film Theater, 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org

  • (Film begins Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.) Get the chance to watch the official theatrical program of the most recent Oscar nominees in the live-action and animated short-film categories. This film is not rated.
    • Friday night is “Date Night” at the theater. Couples can enjoy two film tickets and two drinks paired with a cheese plate. A full menu is also available, at The Palette café, offering daily specials and soups, coffee, sandwiches, salads and pastries. This package is available from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

April 10 – 12: The University of Michigan-Flint Theatre Department presents its “Spring Dance Concert”, 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-6522 * umflint.edu

  • (Performances begin Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.) This annual dance concert explores and celebrates a specific theme through a repertoire of dynamic, original choreography. This season, varying literary works inspire the dances. From the poetry for Rumi and Kalil Gibran to the local authors of Flint, the dances explore the written word.

 

Entertainment

April 6 – 12: IMAX Trillium Theatre in Grand Blanc/NCG Cinemas, 8220 Trillium Circle Avenue, Grand Blanc * Show Times (810) 695-5000 * Office (810) 953-0650 * ncgmovies.com/grand-blanc/

  • “Furious 7” an IMAX Experience – Continuing the global exploits in the franchise built on speed, James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series, and Neal H. Moritz and Vin Diesel return as producers. This film is rated PG-13. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

 

April 6 – 12: Chuck E. Cheese’s, 3489 Miller Road, Flint * (810) 733-7404 * chuckecheese.com

  • (Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Chuck E. Cheese’s is the ultimate place “Where a Kid Can Be a Kid” and parents can enjoy every moment. That’s why Chuck E. himself takes pride in providing a safe, family-friendly environment offering video games, high-tech simulator rides, skytubes, kiddie rides for the little ones, live stage shows and more. Admission is free and games are always just one token.

 

April 6 – 12: All Ice Skate & Drop-In Hockey at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena, 5371 Daly Farms Drive, Burton * (810) 744-0800 * crystalfh.com

  • (All Ice Skate runs Monday 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5:50 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. & 4 p.m. to 5:20 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. & 9 p.m. to 10:50 p.m., Saturday 9 p.m. to 10:50 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. / Drop-In Hockey runs Tuesday 8 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.) Skate this newly renovated, community facility, home to U-of-M Flint Hockey, the Greater Flint Hockey Association, Elite Skating Academy and the CANUSA Games Flint Hockey 2014. All Ice Skate and Drop-In Hockey schedules are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm times.

 

April 6 – 12: Public Ice Skating at Flint Iceland Arena, 1160 S. Elms Road, Flint * (810) 635-8487 * flinticeland.com

  • (Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., Friday & Saturday 8 p.m. to 9:50 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. / Senior Skate runs Wednesday & Friday 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) Enjoy the sport of ice skating with friends and family. Public skating sessions are a great way to get out on the ice, get some exercise and have fun while doing it. Public skating schedule is subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm times.

 

April 6 – 12: Rollhaven Skate & Fun Center (2 locations) * rollhaven.com

  • Flint/Grand Blanc location * 5313 S. Saginaw, Flint * (810) 694-4533, Located in Grand Blanc Township, families can enjoy open skate sessions, adult skate, friends & family skate, kid specials, a Friday Nite Live skate, Junior Roller Derby, laser tag, a giant soft play area and more. Check the website above for a complete calendar of events and hours of operation.
  • Flushing location * 3464 Ann Drive, Flushing * (810) 659-7260, Rollhaven Skate & Fun Center in Flushing has fun for everyone with open skate sessions, Friday Nite Live skate, Sunday FunDay, CannonBlaster and a huge soft playground area. Check the website above for a complete calendar of events and hours of operation.

Shopping

April 6 – 12: Genesee Valley Center, 3341 S. Linden Road, Flint * (810) 732-4000 * geneseemall.com

  • “Shop until you drop” at Flint’s 1.3 million square feet of shopping space anchored by Macy’s, JC Penney, Sears and Burlington Coat Factory. Find those unique buys at the Center’s one-of-a-kind shops and markets such as Buckle and Forever 21. The Outdoor Village offers 65,000 square feet of boulevard-style shopping and national tenants, including Bar Louie, Chico’s and more. Visit website above for coupon savings.

April 6 – 12: Courtland Center Mall, 4190 E. Court Street, Burton * (810) 744-0742 *  courtlandcenter.com

  • Conveniently located off I-69, Courtland Center offers 472,000 square feet of enclosed shopping featuring national retail anchors including JC Penney, Staples, Jo-Ann Superstore and Dunham’s Sports. Visit more than 50 retailers and eateries while enjoying this friendly shopping experience with convenient parking. Visit website above for special store offers.

April 6 – 12: Birch Run Premium Outlets, 12240 S. Beyer Road, Birch Run * (989) 624-6226 * premiumoutlets.com

  • Find incredible values on all the new season fashions with up to a 65% discount on every day savings. Shop at over 145 well-known brand name stores such as the Pottery Barn Outlet, COACH Factory and the Nike Factory Store. Visit website above for a list of additional in-store promotions.

April 6 – 12: Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (877) 746-7452 * greatlakescrossingoutlets.com

  • Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is the market’s dominant retail outlet and entertainment destination, attracting customers throughout the Midwest and Canada. With 185 manufacturer’s outlets and traditional retail stores, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is Michigan’s only enclosed value-regional mall. Visit website above for special coupon savings.

April 6 – 12: Carriage Town Antique Center, 503 Garland Street, Flint * (810) 238-1444 * carriagetownantiquecenter.com

  • (Open 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Housed in a restored Art Deco warehouse, Carriage Town Antique Center has a fantastic mix of quality antiques, vintage collectibles and exquisite art. Browse two levels for antique furniture, glass, pottery, silver, vintage clothing, primitive pieces, period lighting and vintage Christmas all year round.

April 7, 9 & 11: Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 232-1399 * flintfarmersmarket.com

  • (Open Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Open year-round, shop Flint’s 32,000 square feet city market featuring over 50 inside vendors selling produce, including fresh, locally grown foods, a meat market, poultry, breads and baked goods, cheese, a wine shop, art gallery, flowers, gourmet coffees, crafts, fine arts and more. Also, enjoy breakfast and lunch at the Market’s “Steady Eddy’s”, a unique café where the veggies meet the eggs & bacon and the tuna melts meet the veggie burgers. A majority of their menu is purchased from Market vendors (open Tuesday through Saturday).

Dining with Entertainment

April 6 – 11: Cranberries Café, 10250 Hegel Road, Goodrich * (810) 636-3409 * cranberriescafe.com

  • (Open for lunch Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner Tuesday-Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy great food and drinks, including Michigan beers on tap, while relaxing in this 1917 building featuring its original tin ceiling and flooring, an antique cherry bar and an original floral icebox, from northern Michigan, now converted into a wine cooler. Dine at Cranberries on Wednesday and receive a bottle of wine half off with dinner. Or, visit on Thursday with live entertainment starting at 7 p.m.

April 6 – 12: Beale Street Smokehouse BBQ, 2461 North Road, Fenton * (810) 750-0507 * bealestreetsmokehouse.com

  • (Call for hours of operation) Using the highest quality meats, enjoy tasty pulled pork and chicken, brisket, St. Louis and babyback ribs, Michigan craft beers on tap and in bottles and more. Beale Street offers that “Juke Joint” atmosphere with live weekend music starting at 7 p.m.

April 6 – 12: Brickstreet of Grand Blanc, 1223 E. Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc * (810) 603-2114 * brickstreetbarandgrill.com

  • (Open at 11a.m. Monday – Friday and at 12 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday) Famous for fresh seafood, house-cut steaks and signature entrees, enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Relax with live lounge entertainment with Bobby Standal every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday starting at 7 p.m. and Bob Adado starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

April 6 – 12: Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille, 302 N. Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 750-9463 * fentonhotel.com

  • (Monday-Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.) The Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille stands solid and hospitable, greeting hungry patrons as it did when it was first built while the railroads came to Fenton in 1856. A daily menu is available with a variety of delicious choices including fresh fish, savory steaks, comfort food and more. Live piano bar entertainment begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and at 8 p.m. on Friday & Saturday.

April 6 – 12: Spoonz Lakeside Tavern, 3482 W. Silver Lake Road, Fenton * (810) 208-7601 * spoonzlakesidetavern.com

  • (Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Open daily for lunch and dinner enjoy flavorful dishes while soaking in a beautiful view of Silver Lake. Live bands rock the house every Friday and Saturday with a large dance floor area.

April 6 – 12: Fenton Winery & Brewery (FWB), 1370 N. Long Lake Road, Fenton * (810) 373-4194 * fentonwinery.com

  • (Tuesday-Thursday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Founded in 2007, the FWB began as a typical winery featuring 15 wines and a tasting bar. They now offer a variety of beers on top and over 20 wine choices (3 on tap) with a steady rotation of seasonal wines and specialties such as the Mulled Red Wine in the winter or the House Port that is fortified with French barrel-aged Brandy. FWB also offers a retail store “Taproom” to purchase those favorites, a delicious menu, wine & beer samplings and live entertainment most weekends starting at 8 p.m.

April 10: The Jewel of Grand Blanc, 5270 Perry Road, Grand Blanc * (810) 694-5960 * jewelgolf.com

  • (Open 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. or later) Located inside Grand Blanc Golf Club, The Jewel of Grand Blanc offers Friday night country entertainment featuring a DJ and line dancing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Adjacent to The Jewel, also operated by Grand Blanc Golf Club, is Grand Blanc’s superior Irish Pub, Paddy McGee’s, serving an all-day full breakfast, a lunch and dinner menu along with drink specials (open daily).

Nightlife

April 6 – 12: The Machine Shop Concert Lounge, 3539 S. Dort Highway, Flint * (810) 715-2650 * themachineshop.info

  • (Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows unless otherwise noted) The Machine Shop hosts live rock-n-roll, metal and outlaw country events weekly. Friday, The Machine Shop presents Night of the Classics II featuring the bands “Salter”, “Reign CD Release”, “Reziliance” and “Cybil and the Beast.” On Saturday, enjoy a 90’s Tribute featuring “The Great Cornholio” with special guests “Little Miss Dangerous”, “Division in Time” and “Forte.”

April 10 & 11: The Historic Holly Hotel Comedy Club, 110 Battle Alley, Holly * (248) 634-5208 * hollyhotel.com

  • (Show begins 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.) Enjoy professional stand-up comedy featuring a variety of local and national entertainers with Brad Tassel in the club this weekend with special guest Brad Wenzel.

April 10 & 11: Sequoia Wine Bar and Martini Lounge, 5304 Gateway Centre Drive, Flint * (810) 233-8000 * theredwoodlodge.com

  • (Live music begins 9 p.m.) Located inside Redwood Steakhouse & Brewery, the Sequoia Lounge presents live music every weekend.

For more things to do and see, visit flintandgenesee.org and/or like us on Facebook at See what’s possible.

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