Where to Catch the Rolling Cruise during Back to the Bricks

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Classic and collector cars of all makes and models will head to Saginaw Street this Wednesday through Friday as part of the Rolling Cruise, a fan favorite in the annual Back to the Bricks lineup of events.

Starting at Fifth Avenue in Flint and ending at Cook Road in Grand Blanc, the cruise runs about 10 miles, with spectators watching from lawn chairs and blankets along the way. The event will run from 5-9 p.m. each day.

While there are lots of places to catch the cruise, event organizers expect that car enthusiasts will gravitate toward three hot spots in particular.

  1. IINN, at Hemphill Road and Saginaw Street. This Flint Mega Site will have various vendors and food offerings all three days, and DJ entertainment on Friday evening.
  2. The Hot Dog Stand, at 11338 S. Saginaw St. in Grand Blanc. Why not enjoy a hot dog and cold root beer while watching the cars go by?
  3. The intersection at Bristol Road and Saginaw Street. Just bring your lawn chair and settle in!

“Non-cruise” traffic is asked to use the center lanes to provide spectators with a better view of the parade cars.

For more information about this week’s events visit, https://backtothebricks.org. For a map of the Rolling Cruises, click here.

5 Wine Tastings, Classes to Check Out in Genesee County

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Did you know that April is Wine Month in Michigan? Good thing there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate (in moderation) in Flint and Genesee!

In addition to being home to vintners including the Fenton Winery & Brewery and Spicers Orchards & Winery, the region also lays claim to several vino-loving restaurants and establishments. Take, for instance, the following locations that offer wine tastings and classes throughout the year:

  • Cork on Saginaw in Flint regularly hosts wine tastings on and off premises. On April 19, the eatery will offer a class exploring wine’s “quality/price ratio.” Admission is $25 per person by reservation. For more information, call (810) 422-9625 or click here.
  • Special to this month, the Flint Institute of Arts will hosts its 17th Annual From Vine to Wine tasting event on April 16. The event will feature a wide selection of wines, food provided by local restaurants and live entertainment from the Mott Community College Jazz Combo. Tickets start at $100 per person. For details, click here.
  • In addition to the beer and wine tastings held each Saturday, Oliver T’s in Grand Blanc also offers monthly wine classes, priced at $25 per person. Upcoming themes include Modern Portugal (April 21) and Main Street vs. Wall Street (May 19), a blind tasting where you’re the judge. To learn more, call 810-695-6550 or click here.
  • Redwood Steakhouse & Brewery in Flint Township hosts wine tastings the fourth Monday of each Monday. Admission is $25 per person and includes four wines paired with food courses. The April tasting will meet early this month (April 18) and will features pairings such as Mahi Mahi with shrimp and vanilla sauce with Murrieta’s Well The Whip. For more info, call 810-233-8000 or click here.
  • Signature Chop House in Flushing offers wine tastings on the last Thursday of each month. Tickets are $50 per person and include five wines paired with five courses. To learn more, call 810-867-4319 or click here.

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3 Bookstores to Visit in Genesee County

book-1149031_1920There’s still one week left of National Reading Month. Why not make the most of it with a trip to one of these independently owned bookstores?

Fenton’s Open Book, 105 W. Shiawassee Ave., Fenton 

This bookstore carries the work of several local authors (i.e., Gabrielle Ford, W.C. Hoffman) and hosts book signings with many of them throughout the year. The public is also welcome to take part in the Southern Lakes Bookclub, which meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting will highlight “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini.

R&B Used Books, 12830 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc 

Established over a decade ago, this family-owned, used bookstore sells everything from general fiction and mystery to self-help, business, history, romance and more. Customers who participate in the store’s trade program receive store credit for each paperback and hardcover they trade in. For details, click here

Totem Books, 620 W. Court St., Flint   

One of Flint’s newest additions, this shop carries a wide variety of used books, vinyl, CDs, DVDs and ephemera. Visitors can also grab coffee, breakfast, lunch and/or snacks at the on-site cafe. Check out the menu here. 

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6 Genesee County Restaurants Serving Up Live Music

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Looking for a restaurant that has live music on the menu? Check out these Genesee County gems, which regularly host different musicians throughout the week.

Beale Street Smokehouse BBQ (2461 North Road, Fenton)
Listen to live blues music from 7-10 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. 810-750-0507

Brickstreet of Grand Blanc (1223 E. Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc)
Relax with Russell Wayne’s live lounge entertainment every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Bob Adado takes the mic at 7 p.m. on Saturday. 810-603-2114

Cranberries Café (10250 Hegel Road, Goodrich)
Check out Live Music Thursdays, which run from 7-10 p.m. in this circa 1917 building. 810-636-3409

The Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille (302 N. Leroy Street, Fenton)
Live piano bar entertainment begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 810-750-9463

The Rough Draught Coffee & Barroom (134 N. Leroy Street, Fenton)
Local artists play acoustic tunes every Saturday. 810-714-3005

Sherman’s Lounge (4211 Fenton Road, Flint)
Enjoy live, local bands on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. 810-233-7057

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Beyond Books: Libraries Offer Yoga, Cheesemaking Classes

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The Genesee District Library has 19 branch locations, many providing community events in addition to the standard book, movie and music offerings. Here’s just a sampling of programs being offered in the near future.

  • Yoga at Grand Blanc-McFarlen Library (Monday, Sept. 28)
    • Stretch, reach and bend your way toward a calmer life. Bring a mat, towel and belt (or stretch band) and improve your flexibility and stress levels. 6-7 p.m.
  • Cheesemaking at Flushing Area Library (Tuesday, Sept. 29)
    • Attendees will learn how to make mozzarella and ricotta during this demonstration. 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Magic Show at Mt. Morris Library (Saturday, Oct. 3)
    • Dynamike, a professional children’s magician, will entertain the whole family from 11 a.m. to noon.
  • Makin’ Sweet and Sour Chicken at Clio Area Library (Saturday, Oct. 10)
    • Chef Ming Louie will teach attendees how to make this popular Chinese dish during a demonstration that runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

For more information about upcoming events and classes, visit www.thegdl.org.

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Cruise Down Saginaw Street During Back to the Bricks

Classic and collector cars of all makes, models, years and colors were spotted driving along Saginaw Street last night. The evening marked the kick-off of the three-day Rolling Cruise, a fan favorite in the annual Back to the Bricks lineup of events.

Starting at Fifth Avenue in Flint and ending at Cook Road in Grand Blanc, the cruise runs about 10 miles, with spectators watching from lawn chairs and blankets along the way. The cruise will pick up again both Thursday and Friday, running from 5-9 p.m. both days.

For a look at some of the vehicles that made it out to last night’s cruise, check out the gallery below.

For more information about Back to the Bricks, which culminates on Saturday with several events and activities, click here.

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Where to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day in Flint & Genesee

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National Ice Cream Day falls on July 19 this year, and Genesee County Parks is ready to celebrate. From 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the staff at Bluebell Beach in Flint will be making homemade ice cream to share with the public.

Whether or not you can make it out to this free event (which will also feature a bounce house and live music from the Saints of Soul Band!), there are plenty of places you can grab an ice cream cone in Genesee County. To name a few, there’s:

Who are we missing? Share your favorites in the comments below!

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