See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of May 9-15

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

Events

May 11: “Nature Game Night with Gamespace” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Join For-Mar for a family night filled with fun created nature games. Try out some new games and learn about birding, foraging, wombats and more. Recommended for families ages 5 and older. Free admission.

May 11: Comedian Jim Breuer live at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performance begins 7:30 p.m.) With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over audiences with his off-the-wall humor and lovable personality.

May 12: 4th Annual “Priority Children Summer Youth Expo” at Mott Community College Ballenger Field House, 1401 E. Court Street, Flint * (810) 234-5007 * prioritychildren.org

  • (Event runs 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Over 70 organizations is represented at this expo providing information on free and low-cost local summer activities, programs and camps for children, ages birth to college, to participate in and enjoy. Collect information on alternative education, GED options, job training, foster youth assistance, housing information, healthcare and much more. Also, enjoy snacks, live music and a bounce house.

May 12 – 15: Celebrating 100 Years at Applewood Estate, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 233-3835 * applewood.org

  • (Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Celebrate Applewood’s 100th Anniversary as they open their beautiful grounds for the public to explore. Come learn new things and get hands-on with new exhibits in Applewood’s garage, barn and chicken coop. Discover new ideas in their Demonstration Garden. Pack a lunch and have a family picnic. Tour Mott’s Applewood Estate house, built in 1916 (reservations recommended). Free admission, which includes tours and events.

May 13: “The Hot Sardines” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performance begins 7:30 p.m.) The Hot Sardines have a distinctive recipe for making musical magic: take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein and tie it all together with a one-of-the-boys frontwoman who sings in both English and French with a voice from another era.

May 14: “Be a Birder: Warbler Walk” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) Take a hike through For-Mar with one of their birding experts and see Warblers during their peak migration time. Recommended for all ages.

May 14: “Vintage in the Village” at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Soak up the quaint charm at this authentic turn of the century village while hunting for the perfect addition to your vintage collection. Browse and shop at over 50 top-notch makers and vintage vendors from the well-known Weekend in the Country Vintage & Makers Markets. Local food vendors will offer up tasty dishes and when you are done shopping, make time to visit the historic buildings, enjoy unique demonstrations of skilled trades and take home a piece of history with items made in the Village and sold in the gift stores.

May 14: “Kevin Kammarrad Puppets & Music” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) Join Kevin in jumping, playing and dancing to the music!  Why? Because it’s fun and it makes our brains and bodies stronger! Featuring a variety of songs, Kevin leads kids and adults in highly interactive music and movement. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school ages.

May 14: “Author Event: Angela Fluornoy” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Enjoy a reception and poetry reading by Nigerian Poet, Niyi Osundare, City Without People: The Katrina Poems. The Katrina Poems are a testimony to the devastation caused to the poet, the people and to the community of New Orleans from this natural disaster. Niyi Osundare will be autographing books following the poetry reading. Hors d’ouevres and refreshments will be served. Recommended for middle and high school ages.

May 14: “Broadways Next Hit Musical” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performance begins 7 p.m.) Enjoy this unscripted, hilarious theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter.

May 15: Historic House Tours at Stockton Center at Spring Grove Museum, 720 Ann Arbor Street, Flint * (810) 238-9140 * stocktoncenter.weebly.com/tours.html

  • (Tours run 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Stockton House was constructed in 1872 by Thomas and Maria Stockton, a prominent and influential couple of the Flint & Genesee community. In 1920, the grandson of Thomas and Maria sold the house and its surrounding property to the Archdiocese of Detroit for the establishment of a 52-bed hospital, operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph. In 2002, this 2½-story house was purchased by For Flint Investments, renovated and designated as a Michigan Historical Site and a State Historical Marker. Come tour this beautiful building with a fascinating history.

Attractions

May 9 – 15: 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.
    • “Collecting Flint from A to Z” – The Sloan Museum has a variety of artifacts, nearly 400,000 of them! You name it, they probably have one. A large, eclectic collection is required to accurately record the last 200 years of life in Flint & Genesee. 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. View historic automobiles, firearms, radios, 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.

May 9 – 15: Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, 4316 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (866) 622-0605 * visitsealife.com/michigan

  • (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Last entry is 1 hour prior to closing time) 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. Meet Benson, a young Green Sea turtle rescued after being struck by a boat in Florida. Benson now has permanent damage to his shell and spine and can’t dive for food, so he will never be able to be released back into the wild. Also, participate in daily fun talks and feed shows.

May 9 – 15: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan, 4240 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (866) 622-0605 * legolanddiscoverycenter.com/michigan

  • (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Center remains open 2 hours after last admission; please allow a minimum of 2 to 3 hours for a visit) Located at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, this new indoor family attraction features two LEGO rides, a 4D cinema, a large children’s play area, a creative workshop where guests learn about LEGO building from experts and more. Also, visit Miniland and view some of Metro Detroit’s iconic buildings and attractions made from LEGO bricks. All tickets are pre-booked online. This means that all guests must select a visit date and time and arrive at that appointed time to guarantee entry. During peak periods, and because guests can stay as long as they want once inside, there may be entry delays. Please be advised that adults must be accompanied by a child in order to gain entry into the attraction. Check the website above for special hours and closures. Recommended for children ages 3 to 10.

May 9 – 15: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 or 237-3400 * sloanlongway.org

  • Due to the dark planetarium environment, the shows listed below are recommended for children 4 years and older. No late seating and no re-entry after show begins. Tickets go on sale one half hour before showtime.
    • “Back To The Moon For Good” (Show starts daily 2:30 p.m. – Sold Out on Thursday) Narrated by Tim Allen, immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40-years after the historic Apollo landings. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the Moon’s resources and discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold.
    • “Skies Over Michigan” (Show starts daily 3:30 p.m. – Sold Out on Thursday) Learn about the rotation of the Earth, find the North Star and the way around the night sky, what a constellation is and which are visible in the current night sky. Also, learn about Moon phases, the daily and monthly motion of the Moon through the sky, visible planets and their movement among the stars.
    • “Sea Monsters” (Show starts Friday & Saturday 7 p.m.) Journey 80 million years back as National Geographic’s powerful storytelling immerses all in this life-or-death drama of an age when mighty dinosaurs dominated the land and an equally astonishing assortment of ferocious creatures swarmed, hunted and fought for survival beneath the vast, mysterious prehistoric seas.
    • “Pink Floyd Dark Side: The Light Show” (Show starts Friday & Saturday 8 p.m.) Experience Pink Floyd’s iconic album as never before in this brand new, one-of-a-kind show featuring 4k visuals, brilliant LED sequences and incredibly clear 5.1 surround sound – all set to the music of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Contains adult language.
    • “The Accidental Astronauts” (Show starts Saturday & Sunday 1:30 p.m.) Follow the adventures of Cy and Annie and their dog, Armstrong, as they embark on an unexpected journey into space. Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon system with a wise-cracking starship computer.
    • “EarthQuake: Evidence of a Restless Planet” (Show starts Saturday & Sunday 4:30 p.m.) Fly along the San Andreas Fault before diving into the planet’s interior. Journey back in time to witness the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the break-up of Pangaea 200 million years ago. Visit the sites of historical earthquakes from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean.

May 10 – 15: Flint Children’s Museum, 1602 W. University Avenue, Flint * (810) 767-5437 * thefcm.org

  • (Monday-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 children ages 2 to 10.
    • “Military Appreciation Month” – To celebrate, throughout the month of May, families with a Military I.D. will get half off their admission into the museum.
    • “Into the Woods” – Check out this traveling exhibit that immerses visitors in a forest experience across the four seasons with activities including a spring climbing tree, “scat and tracks” animal activities, building an autumn tree fort and more.
    • “Inside Out” – (Activities run Tuesday-Thursday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.) Meet at the Investigation Station this week, where kids will be able to make emotion cards to take home with them so, when they do not know how to communicate their feelings, they can show a card.
    • “Fire Safe House” (Friday 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Firefighter Carrie Edwards-Clemons, from the City of Flint Fire Department, will stop by the museum with a Fire Safety House, complete with artificial smoke to help teach kids how to be safe during a fire.

May 13 – 15: 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 and a 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible. There were only 836 Skylarks made in 1954, all made in Flint, and probably fewer than 100 survive today.
    • “2 BY 2 – Dynamic Duos” – All vehicles at Buick Gallery have one thing in common; they helped shape the lives of the people of Flint & Genesee. With 100 in collection at the Gallery, there are bound to be more similarities than that. This exhibit breaks automobiles into couples that are natural twosomes. Some of these couples are obvious, like a set of Indianapolis 500 Pace Cars, while others are less obvious and require some research such as what is the connection between the Whiting and the Little, two of Flint’s “orphan” car companies? Or what binds a Buick racer to a Chevrolet production car? Come find out.

Art & Culture

May 9 – 13: Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC), 816 S. Saginaw Street, Flint * (810) 238-ARTS * greaterflintartscouncil.org

  • (Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) The GFAC programs and services are designed to engage the community in creative processes and support the work of Michigan artists. Join the GFAC as they celebrate the artwork of the University of Michigan-Flint students at the opening reception of their exhibit during the 2nd Friday ARTWALK on Friday, May 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • This juried show will include an awards presentation at 6:30 p.m., food, beverages and music by the University of Michigan-Flint Jazz Combo. It is free and open to the public.

May 9 – 15: Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org

  • (Monday-Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Visit 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.
    • “The Engraver and Mr. Turner” – Explore how paintings by English artist J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) were reproduced through the medium of engraving. Since the late 16th century, printmakers have made reproductive prints to capture the image of a painting, drawing or sculpture and, in most cases, collaborated with the artist to create the print so the result was as close to the artist’s original intent as possible. In this exhibition, 25 steel engravings are on display along with information on Turner’s original work, demonstrating the engraver’s attempt at re-creating the artist’s expressive brushstrokes and distinctive painting style.
    • “Clay Through Time: Ancient to Contemporary Ceramics” – Ceramic art is one of the oldest human activities, shedding light on the cultures where it was made and revealing technological and artistic achievements. This exhibition features about 50 ceramic objects and explores the many styles and functions of ceramic art as well as various forming, glazing and firing techniques.
    • “Thinking Hurts Too Much” – Enjoy this slow scrolling video that incorporates found and manipulated internet footage, creating a panoramic collage of gyrating, pulsing and writhing characters which reveals America’s, and the world’s, desire for the sensational. These thousands of images pieced together become a provocative and poignant portrait of excess and the constant desire for new, and more, extreme visual stimulation.
    • “Function, Form, and Fantasy: Ceramics from the Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger Collection” – This exhibition offers a unique look at the recent history of ceramics, from the mid-20th century to present day, and highlights the diversity of styles and intense creativity of expression in the medium of clay. Pieces on display are divided into three sections that examine the historic roots of ceramics as craft and explore the artistic and technical experimentation, along with social commentary, that ceramicists have employed.

May 10, 12 & 14: Art at the Market Gallery at the Downtown 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 and operated by its artists.

May 12 – 14: 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.

May 13: “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 Bookstore, Red Ink Flint and the Yoga Loft. Stop by the Greater Flint Arts Council for this month’s walking map (while supplies last).

Theater

May 12 – 14: The New McCree Theatre presents “Sanctified” A Play with Music, 2040 W. Carpenter Road, Flint * (810) 787-2200 * thenewmccreetheatre.com

  • (Performances begin Thursday & Friday 7 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.) Enjoy this lively, entertaining musical kept afloat by the strength of playwright Javon Johnson’s well-crafted characters, a great cast of amazing singers and updated arrangements of traditional church songs. Pastor Jones believes it’s time to update the arrangements of the gospel songs his church choir regularly presents, and he’s not sure his earnest yet somewhat insecure pianist is up to the task. So, he asks his classically trained musician cousin, Pauletta, to whip the choir into shape. Her operatic speech patterns and name dropping causes more dissention within the group and they don’t take her seriously.

May 12 – 15: The Flint Community Players presents “big, The Musical” to Tom & Bea Nobles Performance Hall, 2462 S. Ballenger Highway, Flint * (810) 235-6963 * flintcommunityplayers.com

  • (Performances begin Thursday – Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2:30 p.m.) Josh Baskin is sick of being an awkward kid. At a carnival, he makes a wish to the Zoltar machine to become “big”. To his shock, his wish is granted. After an understandably awkward beginning, Josh is forced to do “adult” things like getting a job and a girlfriend. In the end, he discovers there’s much more to being an adult than he’s bargained for and learns we must all grow up at our own pace, in our own time.

May 13 & 14: Flint Youth Theatre presents “Go, Dog. GO!”, 1220 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-1530 * thefyt.org

  • (Performances begin Friday 7 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m.) P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book comes to life on stage in an exploration of movement, color and space. The dogs delve into life with gusto, creating a visual spectacle for the audience to enjoy. They snorkel. They ride a Ferris wheel. They sing and dance and climb trees. Recommended for ages 3 and older.

May 13 – 15: “A Perfect Day” 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.) Academy Award winners Benicio Del Tora and Tim Robbins appear in this seriocomic Spanish film, mostly in English but with some subtitles, that captures the insanity of war as it shows a group of aid workers attempting to resolve a crisis abroad. This film is rated R.
    • Friday is “Date Night” at the theater. Couples can enjoy two film tickets and two drinks paired with an appetizer. A full menu is also available at The Palette Café offering daily specials along with soups, coffee, sandwiches, salads and pastries. This package is available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

May 15: Flint Youth Theatre presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf” to Elgood Theatre, 1220 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-1530 * thefyt.org

  • (Performance begins 4 p.m.) Martha announces that she has invited a young professor and his new bride to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive, the drinks flow and inhibitions melt. Recommended for older teens and adults.

May 15: The Jewish Film Festival presents “In Search of Israeli Cuisine” at the Flint Institute of Arts’ Film Theater (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org/films/jewish_ff.html

  • (Film begins 7 p.m.) FIA opens this year’s Jewish Festival with a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. Michael Solomonov, award-winning chef, restaurateur and author, is the guide through profiles of chefs, home cooks, farmers, vintners and cheese makers drawn from the diverse cultures of a complex nation. This film is not rated.
  • This series of movies, which runs through May 19, focuses on Jewish life and culture, presented by the Flint Jewish Federation and the Flint Institute of Arts.

Entertainment

May 9 – 14: Public Ice Skating at Flint Iceland Arena, 1160 S. Elms Road, Flint * (810) 635-8487 * flinticeland.com

  • (Open Monday through Saturday – check website above for hours of operation and events) 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.

May 9 – 15: Ice Skating at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena, 5371 Daly Farms Drive, Burton * (810) 744-0800 * crystalfh.com

  • (Open Monday through Sunday – check website above for hours of operation and “calendar of events” page for a listing of all events) Enjoy public skating, drop-in hockey, stick-n-puck, broomball, U-of-M Flint Hockey games for both men and women, Powers Catholic High School home games, GFHA Youth Hockey leagues, Try Hockey for free days, learn to play hockey, Elite Skating Academy learn to skate, learn to figure skate, hockey skating skills, private lessons, adult learn to skate classes, adult hockey leagues, tournaments, camps and clinics and STRIDA summer hockey training program. Book birthday parties and/or school and church field trips.
  • Event times are subject to change. Please double check website calendar before coming to Crystal Fieldhouse for any events.

May 9 – 15: 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/

  • “Captain America: Civil War: An IMAX 3D Experience” – (Rated PG-13) Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective government of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

May 9 – 15: 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.

May 9 – 15: Bowl Flint, B’s Bowling Center * 750 S. Center Road, Flint * (810) 743-7570; Richfield Bowl * 5340 Richfield Road, Flint * (810) 736-4880 * bowlflint.com

  • (Open Monday through Sunday – check website above for hours of operation and events) Richfield Bowl and B’s Bowling is dedicated to providing one of the best entertainment venues in Flint & Genesee. These modern bowling centers offer kid-friendly bumper bowling lanes with lightweight bowling balls and small shoes. Also, experience Cosmic Bowling, on the weekends, with glow in the dark lanes along with laser, disco, black and runway lights, fog and loud music.

May 9 – 15: Rollhaven Skate & Fun Center * rollhaven.com

  • Flint/Grand Blanc * 5315 S. Saginaw Road, Flint * (810) 694-4533, (Open Monday through Sunday – check website above for hours of operation and events) 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.
  • Flushing * 3464 Ann Drive, Flushing * (810) 659-7260, (Open Monday through Sunday – check website above for hours of operation and events) 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.

May 11 – 15: Card Table Republic – A Board Game Lounge “where board games and friends unite,” 8427 Davison Road, Davison * (810) 652-6363 * cardtablerepublic.com

  • (Open Wednesday & Thursday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Card Table Republic is a place where, for a small fee, people of all ages can relax and challenge themselves playing over 500 board, card and dice games with friends and family. Old classic games such as Monopoly, Life, Battleship and Trouble are available to play as well as the newer style games such as Ticket To Ride, Catan, Carcassonne and Cards Against Humanity. A party room, that can seat up to 30, is also available and the snack bar features made in Michigan products like Faygo and Better Made chips.

May 13 & 14: “Cosmic Red Pin Bowling” at Grand Blanc Lanes, 5301 S. Saginaw Road, Flint * (810) 771-4273 * grandblanclanes.com

  • (Bowling runs 9:15 p.m. to 1 a.m.) Come rock, dance and bowl a strike when a red headpin appears, and win a prize! Grand Blanc Lanes also offers a snack bar, lounge, bumper bowling, automatic scorers and a pro shop.

May 13 & 14: US 23 Drive-In Theater, 5200 Fenton Road, Flint * Movie Hotline (810) 238-0751 * us23driveintheater.com

  • (Gates open 7:30 p.m. and movies begin at 8:45 p.m.) Enjoy this original Flint & Genesee drive-in theater featuring 3 screens with double first run films. A concession stand is available for those drive-in traditions.

Shopping

May 9 – 15: 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 with over 130 retailers and 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, Best Buy Mobile and Forever 21. The Outdoor Village offers 65,000 square feet of boulevard-style shopping and national tenants including Barnes & Noble, Bar Louie, Chico’s and more. Visit the website above for hours of operation and coupon savings.

May 9 – 15: 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 the website above for hours of operation and special store offers.

May 9 – 15: 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 the website above for hours of operation and a list of additional in-store promotions.

May 9 – 15: 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 the website above for hours of operation and special coupon savings.

May 9 – 15: Carriage Town Antique Center, 503 Garland Street, Flint * (810) 238-1444 * carriagetownantiquecenter.com

  • (Open Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 3 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.

May 10, 12 & 14: 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 Friday).

Dining with Entertainment

May 9 – 14: 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. Every Tuesday is Beer Night with half priced bottles and $2 off drafts with dinner. Dine at Cranberries on Wednesday and receive a bottle of wine half off with dinner or visit on Thursday and enjoy live entertainment, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring easy-listening vocal duo by the Sweet Seasons this week.

May 9 – 15: 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 baby-back ribs, Michigan craft beers on tap and in bottles and more. Beale Street offers that “Juke Joint” atmosphere with live weekend music, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring the Sanctuary Blues Band on Friday and The Greg Ellis Band Saturday evening.

May 9 – 15: 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 Russell Wayne every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, starting at 7:30 p.m., and Bob Adado starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Brickstreet also offers a Sunday Brunch & Bloody Mary Bar from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (reservations suggested).

May 9 – 15: The 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 first opened in 1856 when the railroads came to Fenton. 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 every Tuesday and Thursday, at 7 p.m., and at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

May 9 – 15: The Rough Draught Coffee & Barroom, 134 N. Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 714-3005 * roughdraughtbarroom.com

  • (Monday 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday & Wednesday 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday & Friday 5 a.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Come experience this unique reminiscent of an old bar in an industrial building with reclaimed brick, lighting and other structural elements offering a unique selection of craft beers and cocktails and exceptional wines. Baristas are on staff to brew up the perfect latte, cappuccino or gourmet coffee. A light menu is also available offering breakfast and lunch sandwiches, burgers, salads and more all specially prepared with house made ingredients. Enjoy live acoustic tunes by local artists every Saturday.

May 9 – 15: Sherman’s Lounge, 4211 Fenton Road, Flint * (810) 233-7057 * shermanslounge.com

  • (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.) Home to Flint’s Finest Entertainment for nearly 50-years, enjoy the best of live, local bands during “Wicked” Wednesdays and Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night, the group Avenue 5 will play some modern R&B, funk and rock and then Remedy takes the stage Saturday performing cover tunes, from the 60s to the present, with an electric violin as their lead instrument. Live music begins both nights at 9:30 p.m. Sherman’s also features a fully stocked bar, multiple flat-screen TVs, three pool tables, video games, keno and more. Their menu offers pizza, subs, signature sandwiches and a variety of other tasty dishes.

May 10 – 15: Fenton Winery & Brewery (FWB), 1370 N. Long Lake Road, Fenton * (810) 373-4194 * fentonwinery.com

  • (Tuesday-Thursday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Founded in 2007, FWB began as a typical winery featuring 15 wines and a tasting bar. They now offer a variety of beers on tap and over 20 wine choices (3 on tap) with a steady rotation of seasonal wines and specialties. 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.

May 13: 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 DJ “Dan Richards” 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 and a lunch and dinner menu along with drink specials (open Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday & Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.).

Nightlife

May 10 – 12 & 14: 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. On Tuesday, Tiger Messiah presents Purifying the Poison Concert Series Part Three with two time Grammy Award Winners Snarky Puppy with special guests Mama Soul and tha NUTS and Gwen Pennyman-Hemphill. Wednesday, Avatar performs with special guests Givensix and Sunflower Dead. The Sick Puppies take the stage Thursday with Red Sun Rising, Stitched Up Heart and Hudson. Then on Saturday, The Texas Hippie Coalition performs their dark side of black tour with special guests Sons of Texas and Vicariant. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

May 13 & 14: Historic Holly Hotel Comedy Club, 110 Battle Alley, Holly * (248) 634-5208 * hollyhotel.com

  • (Shows begin 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.) Enjoy professional stand-up comedy featuring a variety of local and national entertainers with Scott White in the house this weekend with special guest Wes Ward.

May 13 & 14: 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 weekend music featuring Soul’d Out Friday night who will play a variety of musical styles from Top 40 to classic rock. On Saturday, the group Tye Died Giants (TDG) will perform songs from the oldies to modern hits.

For more things to do and see, visit flintandgenesee.org and/or like us on Facebook at Trending Flint & Genesee.

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