Flint Firebirds to Kick Off Regular Season on Saturday

hockey-puck-608582_1280The Flint Firebirds will kick off their inaugural season in the Ontario Hockey League with a game against the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. for the nearly sold out game at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center. Only standing room tickets are still available. (To buy tickets, click here.)

The Flint Firebirds are a major junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League, one of the Major Junior leagues of the Canadian Hockey League. The team represents a continuation of Flint’s rich hockey tradition.

Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center is located at 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint.

For more information about the Flint Firebirds Hockey Season Opener, call 810-744-0580 or visit www.flintfirebirds.com. For the full season schedule, click here.

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Frozen’s Olaf, Elsa Head to Crystal Fieldhouse for Ice Skating Fundraiser

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Visitors to Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena – home of the U-of-M Flint Hockey men and women’s teams — can skate alongside Frozen characters Olaf and Elsa on Sunday, July 19.

Admission to the event is free, with all donations benefiting the Hurley Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which treats more than 1,000 sick babies in our community each year.

The fundraiser will put the Hurley NICU one step closer toward purchasing a new panda warmer, which keeps babies warm. The hospital has one of these machines, but officials say a second would be helpful, especially in the case that twin premature babies are born or more than one needs treatment at the same time.

To learn more about the cause, or to make a donation before the event, click here.

The fundraiser will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 5371 Daly Farms Drive in Burton. For more information, call 810-744-0800 or visit www.crystalfh.com.

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FireStix Girls’ Softball Tournament Swings into Flint & Genesee

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Hundreds of fast-pitch softball players will get their shot in front of dozens of college coaches at the annual FireStix College Exposure Tournament on July 10-12 in Grand Blanc.

“Our tournament has grown to 98 teams this year, and players come from all over the state of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana,” said tournament organizer Kevin Babcock, who added that 42 college coaches were in attendance for last year’s tournament.

The FireStix Tournament – which is broken into the age divisions of 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under and 18 and under – will take place on 17 Grand Blanc-area ball fields, including Creasey Bicentennial Park in Grand Blanc Township, and the Union City Fields on Torrey Road in Flint.

The FireStix Tournament has grown so much in popularity that the 2015 tournament sold out back in December 2014. The tournament accounts for about 850 hotel room nights and provides a shot in the arm for the local economy.

“Sports tourism is huge for Genesee County, and the FireStix Tournament has grown to become our biggest event in terms of overnight stays,” said Cheryl DeFrain, Director of the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau. “That economic impact also benefits our restaurants, convenience stores, gas stations and more.”

The tournament is open to the public. For more information, visit http://mid-michiganfirestix.com, contact Babcock at [email protected] or (810) 523-7511, or contact the CVB’s Mona Murphy at [email protected] or (810) 348-9208

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A Day on the Water: Stand Up Paddling on Fenton’s Silver Lake 

Photo by Julio Lopes.

Photo by Julio Lopes.

Want to improve your balance and strengthen your core, all while exploring the waters of Fenton’s 310-acre Silver Lake? Try a stand up paddling lesson through Silver Spray Sports.

Stand up paddling, also referred to as SUP, is a sport that originated in Hawaii and entails standing on a board while paddling through the water.

Customers at the waterfront sports store can opt to rent a board and go exploring on their own, or they can participate in one of Silver Spray’s lessons, which include basic land training before hitting the lake.

And for those who want to take their yoga practice off solid ground, the store also offers a sand bar with pre-installed anchors — perfect for tying off your paddle board while participating in one of Silver Spray’s 90-minute yoga classes.

For more information about the business’ SUP offerings, at 4037 W. Silver Lake Road in Fenton, call 810-629-6370 or visit https://seeandbseen.org/tag/blackstones/.

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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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Flint Firebirds to Meet with Fans During Tuesday Open House

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As the Flint Firebirds gear up for their inaugural season, the hockey team is hosting an open house at Perani Arena from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The event, free and open to the public, will allow fans to tour the team’s new merchandise store as well as meet and greet with some of the players, staff and management team. Attendees who opt to purchase season tickets will have the opportunity to select their very own seats during the open house.

To RSVP for the event, email [email protected]

Perani Arena and Event Center has been a sports and entertainment hub for Flint and Genesee County for nearly 50 years. It has served as the home of the Generals (1969-85, 1992-2010), Spirits (1985-90), Bulldogs (1991-92) and Michigan Warriors (2010 -15).

To learn more about the venue’s newest home team, visit www.flintfirebirds.com.

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Save the Date(s) for Saturday Morning Meditation

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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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