3-Day Festival to Bring 12 Jazz Acts to Flint Cultural Center

Jazz Fest

The Flint Jazz Festival is back for its 34th year with a new location. Due to the renovations at Riverbank Park, the festival will be held at the Meadow, located on the campus of the Flint Cultural Center.

“The grass is plush and the magnificent trees will provide plenty of shade to help festival goers stay cool in the hot August sun,” says Greg Fiedler, President and CEO of the Greater Flint Arts Council.

Performances are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a total of 12 acts, with headliners including:

  • Najee. Known for his smooth jazz sound, the Grammy Award nominee has recorded and toured with world-famous artists such as Chaka Khan, Freddie Jackson, Patti Labelle, Marcus Miller and Herbie Hancock. (Friday, 8-9:30 p.m.)
  • Delfeayo Marsalis Quintent. A member of the famous Marsalis musical family, Delfeayo was born in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz and is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in the genre today. (Saturday, 7-8:30 p.m.)
  • Tiempo Libre. This Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group is celebrated for its sophisticated and exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities and seductive Latin rhythms. (Sunday, 7-8:30 p.m.)

“It’s three days of the best live music you’ll hear all summer,” Fiedler says.

Admission for Friday is $5, which includes a weekend pass. Admission is $3/day Saturday and Sunday. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/FlintJazzFestival.

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FIA to Host Flint Premiere of Documentary Following Boxer Claressa Shields

Flint-native Claressa Shields was just 17 years old when she became an Olympic gold medalist in 2012, the first year that women’s boxing was including in the games.

Since then, Shields has gone on to secure accolades and awards including USA Boxing National Champion (2013, 2014, 2015); World Champion (2014); and Pan American Olympic Festival Champion (2014). She was also the subject of “T-Rex,” an award-winning documentary that premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas earlier this year.

On Wednesday, August 5, the film will make its Flint premiere at 7 p.m. at the Flint Institute of Arts there. Admission is $5.

“We’re thrilled to bring the film to Michigan — and to Flint especially,” said Zack Canepari, co-director of the film, in a statement. “The city isn’t just a backdrop to this film, it’s a main character. Claressa calls herself “a child of Flint” and it’s true. The city, all of it—the toughness, the violence, the strong sense of family, loyalty and the love—have all shaped her.”

Prior to the community screening, there will be a free youth screening at 10:30 a.m. To register for the morning screening, email [email protected]

For more information about the film, visit www.t-rexthefilm.com.

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Fourth Annual Firefly Walk Returns to Applewood on Thursday

FFflyer15The Firefly Walk at Applewood is back for its fourth year with an agenda that offers something for everyone.

Scheduled to run from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, the family friendly event will feature:

  • Live music from the Flint Symphony Brass
  • Live music from EXCLAMATION!, an ensemble of percussionists from the Flint School of Performing Arts
  • A magic show by Nate the Great
  • Vintage baseball demonstrations
  • Children’s arts and crafts
  • A scavenger hunt

Golf cart shuttles are available for those with mobility challenges. Parking and admission is free.

To get a sense of what to expect, here’s a video showing highlights from last year’s event:

Applewood was built in 1916 at 1400 Kearsley Street, off Robert T. Longway Blvd.

For more information, visit www.applewood.org or call 810-233-3835.

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$1 Buys Admission, Transportation to 30+ Flint Attractions on July 18


Looking to stretch your dollar? How about all the way around the city of Flint? Then check out the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s third annual “Be a Tourist in Your Home Town” event, which gives area residents and non-residents alike the opportunity to experience the best the community has to offer – all for only $1.

As part of the event, scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, “tourists” purchase passports that will grant them access and transportation to 30-40 venues throughout Flint. The passports are also valid for discounts in downtown Flint restaurants and businesses that day.

“Every year, our event has grown to include more venues, more tourists and more business discounts,” said Cheryl DeFrain, Director of the Flint & Genesee CVB. “There’s no better value. We give tourists the passport, a map and a bus to ride, and they choose their own stops on the tour. Participants love being able to customize their own routes to whatever best suits their interests.”

At some venues, tourists get special access to areas that usually are off-limits to the public. Some of the most popular Be a Tourist stops each year include:

  • Applewood, the Charles Stewart Mott estate
  • The Flint Cultural Center, including the completely renovated Longway Planetarium
  • The Michigan School for the Deaf Superintendent’s Cottage
  • The Whiting
  • Glenwood Cemetery

New stops and corresponding events this year include:

  • Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, home of the new Flint Firebirds
  • Stockton House at Spring Grove
  • Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church and its Family Fun Festival
  • Gospel Fest will be held on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center
  • An American Institute of Architects Walking Tour

“The main complaint we hear every year is that tourists couldn’t fit in all the stops because there’s so much to see and do,” DeFrain said. “We get people who haven’t visited downtown Flint in years, and they thank us for showing them what’s to see and do in Flint. They always vow that they’ll be back.”

To purchase your passport online, or to read the full list of participating businesses, click here. You can also register on the day of the event at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint, where tourists will also receive their maps and catch free bus rides courtesy of of Flint MTA, a Be a Tourist co-sponsor.

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Crim Kids Classic to Host Diaper Dash, Toddler Trot on Saturday

Photo by Kevin Markuszewski, Crim Fitness Foundation

Photo by Kevin Markuszewski, Crim Fitness Foundation

When it comes to health and fitness, a person is never too young to be introduced to an active lifestyle – which is why the Marti Austin Kids Classic caters specifically to youth ages 0-12.

Kicking off at 11 a.m. Saturday, the race events will run back-to-back in the following order:

  • Diaper Dash
  • Toddler Trot
  • ¼ Mile
  • ½ Mile
  • 1 Mile

The day includes fun activities for the entire family, and parents are welcome to run and/or walk with their children.

Each participating child will receive a t-shirt, goody bag and a finisher medal. In addition, Sloan Museum will offer free passes to race participants.

Online registration ends today and costs $15. Participants can also pre-register for $15 at the Crim Fitness Foundation office through Friday, May 29. Day-of registration, which costs $20, will begin at 10 a.m. at the Whiting in Flint.

For more information, or to register for the event, click here.

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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.

Save the Date(s) for Saturday Morning Meditation


Every Saturday through June, Clio-based Applied Awareness will offer free community meditations on the lawn of the Flint Cultural Center, between the Whiting and the Sloan Museum.

Students are encouraged to dress comfortably. Be sure to check the weather to determine whether or not you should bring along a jacket, sunscreen or hat.  Remember to bring water and a snack to avoid distraction from thirst and hunger.

As sessions involve various postures – ranging from sitting to walking to lying down – students are welcome to bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

Each hour-long session will begin at 11 a.m. and will be led by instructor Todd Robinson.

For more information, or to register for a session, visit www.appliedawareness.org/events.

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