See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of November 21-27

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

Holiday Happenings

Monday-Sunday, November 21-27: Santa and Friends at Genesee Valley Center (Closed Thanksgiving), 3341 S. Linden Road, Flint * (810) 732-4000 * geneseemall.com

  • (Open during center hours) Visit with Santa and friends, in center court, and walk through the Woodland display, based on the children’s book “Stranger in the Woods.” Visits with Santa are free and photos are available for a small fee.

Monday-Sunday, November 21-27: Santa Visits at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (Open Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.), 4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (248) 454-5000 * greatlakescrossingoutlets.com

  • (Open during outlet hours) Get your picture taken with Santa and meet his Elves. Santa photo packages available.

Thursday, November 24: Thanksgiving Day at The Mounds,  6145 E. Mt. Morris Road, Mt. Morris * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 8 a.m. to sunset) Come out and experience this Thanksgiving tradition as 100’s of Mound fans get muddy before meeting family for dinner. Vehicles and ORVs of all shapes and sizes will work their way through the muddy trails of The Mounds. Get there early and receive a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving Day decal! Regular fees and rules apply during this event.

Friday-Sunday, November 25-27: “Cosmic Christmas – A Christmas Laser Light Show” at Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3400 or (810) 237-3409 * sloanlongway.org

  • (Show begins Friday 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m., Saturday 4:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. and Sunday 4:30 p.m.) Enjoy this Christmas light show made right here at Longway featuring a combination of 16 songs including several holiday classics, a few new hits and a couple of fun Christmas songs you might not have heard before. All this set to stunning 4k visuals in a festival of Christmas splendor. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Friday-Sunday, November 25-27: Christmas at Crossroads “Holiday Magic,” 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Visit Crossroads when thousands of lights sparkle like tiny stars throughout the village with live entertainment, model trains, holiday music, costumed villagers making vintage crafts, shops full of great holiday gifts and Santa himself bringing smiles to faces of all ages. Ride the Huckleberry Railroad for a festive night-time ride. Also, enjoy a glorious fireworks show and festivities during Friday’s opening night.

Friday-Sunday, November 25-27: Holly Dickens Festival, Village of Holly’s Entertainment District (Battle Alley) * (248) 634-7040 * hollydickensfestival.org

  • (Festival runs Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Step back in time and partake in this family-fun event as the Dickens Festival celebrates its 43rd year, the longest running Dickens themed event in the U.S. Stroll the streets of downtown Holly while enjoying the sweet sounds of carolers as they sing our favorite Christmas songs, visit Holly’s unique shops, listen to the story of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”, grab a bite to eat, take a holiday carriage ride and more. Don’t miss Friday night’s lighted parade and the arrival of Santa for the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Saturday, November 26: “Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market” at Flint’s Downtown Masonic Temple, 755 S. Saginaw Street, Flint * (810) 239-7469 * flinthandmade.org

  • (Market runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) This 10th annual Holiday Craft Market features more than 50 vendors selling fresh, modern handmade goods including bags, jewelry, stuffed animals, accessories, bath products, paper goods, artwork and more.

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Things to Do in Genesee County This Weekend: June 15-17

*June 15: Flint’s Downtown Development Authority is hosting its “2012 Taste of Springat the Riverfront Banquet Center is downtown Flint. Sample delicious entrees and desserts served by Flint’s downtown unique restaurants and pubs. The Flint Symphony Orchestra, the New McCree Singers and Groove Party will provide the live entertainment. This event will be happening from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  (810) 767-2297

*June 15 & 16: Buckham Gallery is open this weekend showcasing “Navigational Pull an exhibition featuring the works of local artists such as DeMarcus Smith, William Stolpin, Jennifer Hatcher, Matthew Muhitch and Marvin Dabideen. Buckham Gallery is open on Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (810) 239-6233

*June 15 & 16: The Whaley Historical House Museum is open for public guided tours. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Whaley House is filled with hundreds of family and period artifacts that tell the story of the Whaley’s and Victorian Era Flint. Open for tours on Friday at 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please call ahead for all other tour times. Tours last about an hour and include the 1st and 2nd floors of the house.
(810) 471-4714 or www.whaleyhouse.com

*June 15 & 16: 75h Annual “Firemen’s Homecoming Carnival at Clio Firemen’s Park, located at G-1170 W. Wilson Road in Clio. Festival activities include a bingo and casino tent, an entertainment tent, monster truck rides, carnival, a mud bog and much more. For a detailed schedule of events visit www.cliofdinc.org.

*June 15 & 16: Mo Doggies Bar & Grill, located in Fenton, offers live music starting at 9:00 p.m. (810) 629-1415

*June 15 & 16: Fenton Winery & Brewery is open from 3:00 p.m. to midnight offering handcrafted wines and Micro-brewed beers, delicious food and beer and wine samplings. Friday, starting at 7:30 p.m., enjoy “Open Mic” night with Bob Marr. Then on Saturday, Mike Espy takes the stage performing classic and contemporary blues from T-Bone Walker to B.B. King. (810) 373-4194 or www.fentonwinery.com

*June 15 & 16: The Machine Shop Concert Lounge, located on Dort Highway, presents live Rock-N-Roll music Friday night with “Sleepless Malice”, “Deadringer”, “The Black Order”, “Redfield Burning” and “Six Seconds to Oblivion.” Doors open at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, Rumbleville presents “Rumble in Flint 4” a Rockabilly and Psychobilly Festival featuring a Rat Rod, Hot Rod and Motorcycle Show, live music, a tattoo contest and more. Doors open at 12 noon.  (810) 715-2650 or visit www.themachineshop.info

*June 15 & 16: Wild Spurs, part of the Jewel Entertainment Complex in Grand Blanc, features Friday entertainment with a DJ, dancing and Karaoke starting at 10:00 p.m. and live country music on Saturday. Also, come out and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Paddy McGee’s, the ultimate Irish Pub. Great food and company!  (810) 694-5960

*June 15 & 16: The Historic Holly Hotel Comedy Club presents professional stand-up comedy this weekend featuring “Kevin Kramis” with special guest “Mike Malec.”  Shows start at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.  (248) 634-5208 or www.hollyhotel.com

*June 15-17: The Flint Children’s Museum celebrates “Home Town Heroes.” On Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., make a police car model and on Sunday, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., make a fun Father’s Day gift to take home. The Museum is open Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  (Recommended for ages 2 to 10)  www.flintchildrensmuseum.org or (810) 767-5437

*June 15-17: FLINT CULTURAL CENTER CAMPUS:
SLOAN MUSEUM(810) 237-3450 (Open Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Enjoy regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science activities in the Science Discovery Center, which allows children and adults to explore principles of chemistry and physics through exhibits and staff presentations. Stroll through Sloan’s Automotive Gallery and view major automotive exhibits featuring vehicles from the Sloan fleet of over 80 Flint-built automobiles. 

  • Muscle Cars: The Hustle Behind the Muscle – From a 1964 Pontiac GTO to a 1987 Buick GNX, this exhibit is sure to appeal to visitors of all ages. Since they cruised on the scene in the mid-sixties, these high-powered machines changed the face of the automotive industry forever. The engineering technologies and marketing techniques developed during their heyday still influence manufacturing today. Learn the stories that shaped each one of these American icons. Follow the inception and evolution of this modern phenomenon.
  • 100 Years of Girl Scouting – What was started by Juliette Gordon Low and 18 young girls on March 12, 1912 has grown into an American institution with over 3.2 million active members. In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls coming together and how to develop their full individual potential. Take a colorful journey through 100 years of Girl Scouting in America.
  • 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.

BUICK GALLERY & RESEARCH CENTER: (810) 237-3440 (Admission included with Sloan with same operating hours) 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 a Buick Bug, which has undergone an extensive renovation.

  • 1956 Centurion – Buick enthusiasts will recognize the “sweep-spear” chrome on the Centurion as being similar to the 1957 Buicks. They might even recognize the rear fins as being like those on the 1959 models. The rest of the car, however, is one-of-a-kind. The Centurion uses a freestanding speedometer with a fixed indicator and rotation dial. A television camera, mounted just above the tail cone, projects images from the rear mirror. Centurion’s “wings,” tail cone and canopy top reflect the influence that aircraft design had on many of GM’s designers.  

LONGWAY PLANETARIUM: Laser Hotline (810) 237-3409 or (810) 237-3400 (SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY)

  • Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast – All Rocket Rookies report to class! Lift off with Rusty Rocket and learn rocket basics, relive great moments in space exploration and discover how far it really is to the moon and planets. This sky show begins at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, and is recommended for ages 5 and older.
  • Off the Beaten Orbit– Throughout our Solar System are many remarkable, fascinating worlds, not just the planets. Scattered among and beyond the planets are asteroids, comets, moons and dwarf planets. Explore the parts of the Solar System usually ignored and learn about these unusual objects in this original production. This sky show begins at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, and is recommended for ages 10 and up.  

THE FLINT INSTITUTE OF ARTS (FIA): (810) 234-1695 (Open Fri 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sat 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sun 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Visit the Flint Institute of Arts 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 Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the Snite Museum – The works on paper in this exhibition illustrate the history of French drawings from before the foundation on the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1648, through the French Revolution of 1789. This exhibit features over 30 works on loan and offers an opportunity to explore the range of media employed including chalk, ink, crayon and more.
  • The Golden Age of Painting, 1600-1800, from the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
    Tremendous changes swept Europe during the two hundred years in which the art in this exhibition was produced. Advances in the sciences transformed long held views on the way the universe worked and the place of humans within that universe. Technical aspects of art making were honed and codified, as art academies grew in number and power. These exciting times resulted in a golden age of European painting.
  • Viola E. Bray: A Legacy of Giving – The Year of the Bray (2011-2012) honors the 50th anniversary of the Mrs. Viola E. Bray’s contribution of Renaissance and Baroque works, along with a unique gallery, to the people of Flint. This exhibit highlights the works that entered the museum’s collections through the generosity of the Bray Charitable Trust.  
  • Abstract Expressionism: Then and Now – This exhibition surveys the American art movement from its origins in the postwar period to the latest developments in the late twentieth century. Third-wave Abstract Expressionist painters, including Roy Lerner, Stanley Boxer and Joseph Drapell, built on the earlier movement, using paints that they invented through working with Golden Paints, developing new techniques and forms of expression.

*June 15-17: Shop Birch Run Premium Outlets. 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.  (989) 624-6226 or visit www.premiumoutlets.com for Outlet hours.

*June 15-17: IMAX Trillium Theatre in Grand Blanc (NCG Cinemas):
For IMAX show times and information on other movies call (810) 695-5000 or visit www.ncgmovies.com/grand-blanc.

  • Men in Black  3 IMAX Experience” – (Rated PG-13)
    Agents J & K are back …  in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men In Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him – secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K to save his partner, the agency and the future of humankind.  

*June 15-17: Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad welcomes all to the 19th Century. There is so much to do in the Village and so many people to talk with. The cider maker is pressing apples while the miller grinds grains into flour at the water-powered grist mill. The blacksmith is hammering hot iron into horseshoes and fireplace tools. Each villager has an important role – from barber to broom maker, doctor to seamstress, homemaker to cleric. Be sure to hop on board the Huckleberry Railroad and enjoy a 40-minute ride through woods, meadows and along the shore of beautiful Mott Lake. Get closer to Mott Lake during a scenic 45-minute cruise on the Genesee Belle, a replica of the paddlewheel riverboats that were popular during Mark Twain’s time. Operating hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (800) 648-PARK or www.geneseecountyparks.org

*June 15-17: US-23 Drive-In Theater, located on Fenton Road, is now open for the summer season featuring double first run films. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and movies begin at dusk.  (810) 238-0751 or www.us23driveintheater.com

*June 16: The Flint Farmers’ Market, in Downtown Flint, is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (and every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Enjoy shopping for fresh fruit, produce, cheese, meats, Michigan wines, gourmet coffees, desserts, baked goods, flowers, vintage wares, unique crafts, fine arts and more. (810) 232-1399

And while visiting the Market, stop by d’vine Wines for unique gadgets and a selection of Michigan wines and brews.  (810) 235-WINE

Also, visit the Market’s 2nd floor for restaurant service, boutique shopping and a chance to stroll through the Art at the Market Gallery.” The Gallery offers great gifts of art or just the opportunity to view and enjoy art from over 35 local artists. (810) 238-AATM.

The Farmers’ Market is located 1/8 mile west of I-475 on Longway Blvd (exit 8A) in downtown Flint. 

*June 16: For-Mar Nature Preserve presents “Stroll Away with Nature.” Take a guided stroll through For-Mar for some fresh air, summer flowers and exercise. After, enjoy a small children’s activity and snacks. This event is recommended for families of all ages and runs from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (810) 789-8567

*June 16: Clio Cast & Crew presents a live taping of Mark Bonto’s “Comedy on Tap!” starting at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of comedy with local stand-up comedians, skits and funny news that will leave guests rolling in the aisles.
(810) 687-2588 or www.cliocastandcrew.com

This weekend: Have some fun in Flint and Genesee County

The Flint Children's Museum is home to many fun activities for children of all ages. Check it out this weekend. Photo by Kent Miller

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are a few (well, more than a few) suggestions. You don’t have to be a visitor to see something new in the Flint area.

• Visit the Flint Children’s Museum this weekend and check out their newest exhibit “Save It.” What do money and the planet Earth have in common? They both need to be saved! This month, learn all about ways to recycle, reduce and reuse — along with money saving skills! The Children’s Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, from 9 to 5, and on Saturdays from 10 to 5. For a listing of scheduled daily programs and activities visit flintchildrensmuseum.com.

• The Good Ol’ Redbeard’s General Store, located on E. Main Street in Downtown Flushing, is hosting a “Psychic Fair and Hypnosis Stage Show” starting tonight at 5. Enjoy some lighthearted fun, in good taste, with a handwriting analysis, psychic and astrology readings, food and beverages, raffles and a Hypnosis Stage Show, which runs from 7:30 to 8:30. For more information call (810) 210-7602.

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