See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of June 15-21

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


June 17: “Honeybee KIDS: Beekeeper” at For-Mar Nature Preserve (Observation Hive), 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 *

  • (Event runs 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Join For-Mar’s favorite beekeeper, Jim Withers from Withers Mountain Honey Farm, for a fun and interactive kid friendly honeybee program. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

June 17: “Tell-A Rep-Tail” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 *

  • (Event runs 6 p.m. to 7p.m.) Even reptiles love stories! Come read to some lovable reptile friends from the Genesee County Parks.

June 18: “Getting Artsy” at Applewood, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 233-3835 *

  • (Event runs 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Enjoy a fun-filled evening exploring the grounds at Applewood, filled with activities for all ages. There will be live entertainment, arts and crafts for kids, light, healthy local refreshments and more. Golf cart shuttles will be available for those with mobility challenges. Free admission.

June 20: “Superhero Hayride!” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 *

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) KaPOW! BOOM! BANG! Come meet For-Mar’s Nature Superheroes while traveling by hayride and trail through the park. Cartoonist, Randy Zimmerman, will be available to draw guests as superhero do-gooders. Participants are encouraged to come in their Superhero gear and help defend For-Mar from any evil doers they meet along the way! Hayrides leave every 45-minutes and are loaded on a first come, first served basis. Recommended for all ages. Free admission.

June 20: “Flint’s Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club” at the William S. White Building (U-of-M Flint Campus), 509 Harrison Street, Flint *

  • (Game begins 2 p.m.) The Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club will play against the Detroit Early Risers. This baseball club of Flint is part of the Whaley Historic House Museum’s History Everywhere initiative and the University of Michigan-Flint Department of History and combines contemporary features with elements of the game as it was played in the nineteenth century. Games are played on a unique space nestled along the Flint River on the U-of-M Flint Campus. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

June 20: “Gemini Family Music Concert” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 *

  • (Concert runs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Back by popular demand, San & Laz Slomovits share traditional folk songs from around the world in this high interactive, sing-along-and-move program for children and families.

June 20: Auto City Speedway presents the “Top Speed Modified Tour”, 10205 N. Saginaw Road, Clio * (810) 687-7384 or (810) 686-9500 *

  • (Gates open 4:30 p.m. and races begin 7 p.m.) Experience a fast-paced, fun-filled family night at the tracks featuring racing Suski prolate models, O’Guinn Family Funeral Home modifieds with IC.A.R., Herald Pure Stocks and Bob Kerns Figure-8’s.

June 20: Sloan Museum presents Movies in the Courtyard featuring “The Lego Movie”, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3450 *

  • (Doors open 8 p.m. and movie begins at dusk) Bring a blanket and settle in for a relaxing evening outside watching a movie. The Lego Movie is about an ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, who is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. This film is rated PG. Concessions will be available.

June 20 & 21: 48th Annual “Flint Art Fair” on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center’s Flint Institute of Arts, 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 *

  • (Open Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Browse and shop from over 150 artists and craftspeople featuring original art, pottery, jewelry, clothing and more. Also, enjoy live music, food and children activities.

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This Friday’s Art Walk Will Come With An Added SHIVER

book-monthEvery month on the second Friday Downtown Flint celebrates the arts with the Art Walk, an event created years and years ago via a collaboration between the local independent galleries and the event continues to grow and evolve over time.  The walk itself focuses on the gallery space downtown – Buckham Gallery and Greater Flint Arts Council – but other venues such as Red Ink Studios (located in the same building as the Flint Local 432 all ages music club on First Street), Pages Bookstore, The Lunch Studio and other sites have joined in as additional venues where artists and musicians can showcase their work.  This month another venue joins the walk as MLive will host five local writers who will be offering their own twists on classic summer reading.  The event at MLive (located on Saginaw Street across from Blackstone’s) is called the Summer Shiver Book Tour and features five authors from the Flint area who each will be bringing books that will throw some very long and very deep shadows and all of them will be available to sign their books and speak with people if anyone has any questions about their work. The books will range from stories of the undead, to tales of romantic terror, to a university that has a strange and mysterious history, and on to non-fiction books about movies, and even books perfect for the littlest ghosts and goblins in the house.

Summer is a time many take to kick back and spend some time in a good book – electronic or traditional – and the Summer Shiver Tour is a great opportunity to meet some local authors and find out more about their work and for those looking to add a chill to the warm weather months this could be just the place to start.

Summer Shiver Book Tour

MLive Office – Saginaw Street, Downtown Flint

Friday, June 11, 2014

6PM – 8PM


Flint and Genesee County Gearing Up For An Exciting Week

Summer’s end may be fast approaching but it’s hard not to get a little giddy as this time of year rolls around.  As most people know this week is all about cars, trucks, and the area’s automotive love affair.  Back to the Bricks is back this week for its ninth year and it’s bound to be its biggest year yet but cars aren’t the only thing going on this week as Downtown Flint welcomes two new businesses to the area – one an expansion of an established brand and the other a re-branding of an established business and both of them projects with a lot of promise and hope for the area.

This week will see Flint’s downtown coffee shop The Brown Sugar Café transformed into Café Rhema, a high concept coffee house specializing in an atmosphere of comfort and a goal of being the place people head to when they want to just sit and talk over a hot cup of coffee.  The new café will feature a refreshed look at an old theme with its décor taking inspiration from the era of The Great Gatsby and the menu will feature new and unique items such as Panini and Bubble Tea.  With extended hours they should be able to serve the many college students as well as any late night business gatherings.  Café Rhema debuted its new brand on Monday, August 12.

The biggest new addition downtown comes in the form of the Genesys Downtown Flint Health Center which is located just across the street from the Back to the Bricks statues and between First and Kearsley Streets on Saginaw Street.  This new facility holds to the commitment Genesys has made to make quality health care more accessible and will bring more workers to the Downtown area.   The Downtown Flint Health Center will feature an urgent care clinic, a Pharmacy, an internal medicine clinic and a women’s health clinic.  The grand opening also debuted on August 12.

Even though Summer is on its way out there’s still a lot going on this year and it looks like the Fall might be able to keep the heat around a little longer than we expected.

See The City Like A Tourist

Be-a-Tourist-FINALOn Saturday, July 20 you can see Flint through the eyes of a tourist as Be A Tourist In Your HomeTown makes its debut.  Be A Tourist is presented by the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau and for $1 you can take a tour of over twenty restaurants and attractions.  The tours will last from 10AM – 4PM and will kick off at the Riverfront Residence Hall and transportation will be provided by the MTA of Flint.  ‘Tourists’ will be able to create their own tour as they choose which sites they want to hit and how much time they spend at each one, catching the next bus when they are ready to move on.  ‘Tourists’ will be able to visit the Sloan Museum, the Planetarium, 1st Presbyterian Church, The Capitol Theater, and the Whaley House where they will be able to watch a vintage baseball game.  Most of the participating restaurants are offering discounts on meals as well so you can finally try one of the many wonderful eateries that have had the town talking.

Be A Tourist In Your Home Town is a wonderful re-introduction to Flint’s thriving Downtown and a great way to catch up on the many additions that have been made.  Downtown Flint draws large attendances for its many festivals and events but it’s not often that we have a chance to slow down and take our time and really explore the city and this is a perfect way to do just that.

Be A Tourist In Your Home Town

July 20, 2013

10AM -4PM


Begins at Riverfront Residence Hall

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Flint Farmers’ Market Announces Plans to Move Back Downtown



FLINT, MI. — The Flint Farmers’ Market, managed by Uptown Reinvestment Corporation (URC) announced today plans to relocate the market to the former Flint Journal printing facility at 300 E. First Street. The move allows the market to undergo significant updates and expansion, and marks its return to the downtown Flint area after more than 70 years.

Over the past 10 years, while the market has experienced a rebirth of enthusiasm and vitality at its Boulevard Drive site, downtown Flint has also experienced a renaissance.  When the Flint Journal changed its business model in 2011 and vacated both its sites on First Street, the opportunity to merge the two “rebirths” by returning the market to a downtown home proved too good to be missed. The combination of the market’s vitality and the downtown area’s vibrancy will create endless new possibilities in the drive to reinvent and revitalize not just downtown, but all of Flint and Genesee County.

“Many people have memories of the market at its current location.  There is history, ambiance, and a country-like quietness at the location alongside the river, all of which hold great attraction.  However, we are hopeful that the public will embrace the fact that moving into a newer and much larger facility offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for the market and its vendors to take a significant step into the future,” said Dick Ramsdell, Flint Farmers’ Market Manager.

The market is one of the most beloved and most successful places in the City of Flint. However, the current building, now 73 years old, suffers from a multitude of ailments ranging from a leaking roof to an insufficient plumbing and sewer system, to inadequate parking. In addition, the facility is not ADA handicap accessible and does not have an elevator. The effects of the building deterioration coupled with the growth of the market vendor and customer base have created challenges that the market is hard pressed to address at its current site.

According to Tim Herman, President of Uptown Reinvestment Corporation (URC) and CEO of the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce it’s the right time to relocate the market.

“The current market is bursting at the seams,” said Herman. “We have the perfect opportunity to move the Market and fix some of the problems that stifled the Market’s expansion and growth. Once the renovations are complete, the new Flint Farmers Market will occupy more than double its current footprint to 32,000 sq. ft., more people will be exposed to fresh, locally grown foods and educational opportunities that will encourage nutritious options as a central part of their diets.  The new market will rival our nation’s leading small city markets.”

In addition to diversifying and adding more unique vendors, the new 32,000 sq. ft. site will have a commercial kitchen designed to serve as an incubator and test kitchen for entrepreneurs and current market vendors alike.   It will offer a large meeting room which seats 200 people and can be used for community meetings and private events all year round. The room will also feature a demonstration kitchen where cooking demonstrations and culinary classes will be held.

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has funded a number of improvements to the current market over the years through grants to the URC, including for roof repairs in 2010. While that support helped maintain the property over time, the new location offers a unique opportunity to grow the market’s long-term vitality and success, said Neal Hegarty, vice-president of programs at the Foundation.

“The Farmers’ Market is one of the Flint area’s greatest assets. In addition to providing fresh produce and locally grown food, it offers a space for people from all walks of life to come together and cultivate a sense of community. The new location will expand not only the market’s physical capacity, but also its service to the people of Genesee County, and ensure that it remains a cherished asset for many years to come.”

“The Flint Farmers’ Market has been a vital part of the Flint community for decades and has a great tradition of bringing people together around fresh foods, community fun, and local businesses,” said Flint Mayor Dayne Walling. “The City of Flint supports the continued innovation at the market through public-private partnerships. We are excited for our community to have access to the new services and amenities that will be offered in the downtown location.”

Scheduled to open in the spring of 2014, the new site is about a half mile south of the current Market, easily accessible off the I-475 access road, Chavez Drive, across First Street from the University of Michigan-Flint campus and the beautiful Wilson Park.

“I am excited the Flint Farmers’ Market will be right at the center of all the happenings that Downtown Flint offers.  This will give so many residents and those working downtown a better chance to discover one of Flint’s most treasured jewels,” commented Art Reyes, UAW Local 651 President.

“We are very excited about moving to a new location” said Tom Alex, owner of Knob Hill Meats. “Not only will it be at a new place but Knob Hill Meats will be expanding our size and our hours of operation to better serve our customers’ schedules.  Downtown Flint is a safe and growing area full of many unique and exciting experiences. We are looking forward to seeing all of our regular shoppers there and are looking forward to meeting new customers as well!”

Downtown Flint has grown steadily. The revitalization has been on the upswing for the past seven years with buildings being renovated, lofts and other residential living made available, and the opening of businesses, coffee shops and many great restaurants such as Blackstone’s, Churchill’s, Cork, El Protrero, Flint Crepe Company and 501 Bar & Grill. The new location will allow the market to become an active participant in the increasing number of downtown events that draw close to 1 million visitors a year. It will also make the Market more accessible to people who use public transportation, and provide fresh food options to over 5,000 people who work and live downtown as well as the over 30,000 students attending nearby colleges and universities.

The relocation of the Farmers’ Market will be part of a proposed $32 million downtown redevelopment project. To date, the URC has completed projects encompassing 600,000 sq. ft. of mixed-use space totaling $65 million. Recently announced URC projects include: Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine expanding its public health and medical education program;  Genesys’ Downtown Health Center; and the opening of Landaal Packaging Systems’ Innovation Center and Corporate Offices.

Community Open Houses

Market management has announced two community open houses to be held at Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint next Wednesday, March 13. The first Open House will be held over the lunch hour, 10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon. The second will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. the same evening. The Open Houses will offer an opportunity for market customers and supporters to visualize the new market and share ideas and suggestions for the new space. Visitors will be able to meet project developers, market consultants from Project for Public Spaces, and the market management team.  Additionally the market website, will have an area dedicated to community input for those who may be out of the area or unable to attend the public input session.

The market management team offers to visit neighborhood, church and community meetings during the months of March and April.  These sessions will provide those unable to attend one of the open houses the opportunity to hear the market’s new story and offer their own suggestions. For more information contact the market office at 810.232.1399 or email [email protected].

Flint Public Art Project Presents a New Year’s Eve Installation During Downtown Flint’s celebration

From Flint Public Art Project

Flint Public Art Project New Year's Eve installationFor downtown Flint’s New Year’s Eve celebration, FPAP presents a projection-mapping installation featuring animations by Windsor-based video artist Kero on the facade of the Mott Foundation Building. The event, organized by the Downtown Development Authority and Townsquare Media with downtown bars and restaurants, will include heated tents for drinking and dancing.

  • When: Monday, December 31, 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
  • Where: Flat Lot, S. Saginaw at First Street, downtown Flint

New Year’s Eve Downtown Flint

New Year's Eve Downtown FlintThe Flint Downtown Development Authority, Townsquare Media, and downtown bars and restaurants are banning together to celebrate New Year’s Eve and build a new tradition for our city!

The party will run from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., and take place throughout all of downtown! Heated beer and dance tents will be set up on the Flat Lot on Saginaw Street. A 6-story projection show will play every half hour, until mid-night when a virtual ball will drop…along with live Fireworks! Another staple of the event will be a no cover charge Passport Pub Crawl! Attendees will get a passport and be encouraged to go to participating downtown bars and restaurants to get it “stamped”. They will then use the passport for entries to win a trip for two to Las Vegas! Yet, another highlight…Attendees who show a dinner receipt, from a participating downtown establishment, will get complimentary drink tickets in the tent.

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.