A Weekend For Festivals

tokyo-ferris-wheel-odaibaYou can tell that summer has finally arrived now that all of the area’s festivals are kicking into full swing.  This is one of those weekends where truly, if you can’t find something fun to do with your friends and family then the problem is you!

 ‘Fun In The Sun’ Flushing Summer Festival

Kicking off with a Luau Parade and duck race things only get better with rides, several music performances, and a talent show for local country acts. Truly, there is plenty to keep everyone busy.

Flushing Summer Festival

June 18-21, 2014

Downtown Flushing



Linden Mills Days Festival

Along with the usual midway fun there will be a car show, fireworks, an ‘80’s hairdo contest and more. The highlight may well be the Highland Games though which has kilted competitors testing their skills, stamina, and power in several feats of strength such as the Stone Put, the Kaber Toss, the Hammer Throw and more. Now they just have to make a strong wind doesn’t play heck with those kilts…

Linden Mills Days Festival

June 19 – 21, 2014

Downtown Linden



Grand Blanc Family Fun Fest

A Superhero and Princess parade, a Rising Star contest, an entertainment tent, carnival rides, a beautiful baby contest and a 5K run/walk – what more could you need? Probably a nap after a day at the Fun Fest!


Grand Blanc Family Fun Fest

June 19-22, 2014

Physician’s Park area



Greek Festival

The Greek Festival returns to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church for this weekend celebration of Greek traditions and culture. There will be LOTS of Greek food on hand as well as entertainment for the whole family. Foodies may want to make a special trip out to the Greek Festival because I have a feeling that your mouth won’t stop watering until you do.

Greek Festival

June 20-22, 2014

Assumption Orthodox Church


2014 Flint Art Fair

If you are looking for a more relaxed pace with a touch of the arts then you might want to head out to the 47th Annual Flint Art Fair this weekend where dozens of artists will be on hand with their arts and crafts for sale on the grounds of the Flint Institute of Arts. Along with the artists there will be food vendors for when you get hungry and thirsty and music to keep you moving. This is the perfect event for the patrons of the arts out there and for people looking to add to their art collection.

2014 Flint Art Fair

June 21-22, 2014

Flint Institute of Arts grounds


A Day Of Peace and Remembrance

This is an event that is a little more serious than the others but is a wonderful way to get involved in the community. The focus here is a Unity March and a Community Expo just outside of Downtown Flint. Things kick off at 11AM with the Unity March where participants will walk together to promote peace and people are encouraged to bring memorial tributes to their loved ones. This will be followed up by a Community Expo with dozens of organizations offering information on the many services they provide. There will be free food for all that attend as well. Later in the evening there will be a Gospel Fest to end the evening with musical fellowship.

A Day Of Peace And Remembrance

June 21, 2014

6901 N. Saginaw Street – Our Savior Lutheran Church


 And along with all of THIS there’s also the opening of the new Flint Farmer’s Market site so there is no shortage of things to see, hear, and experience this weekend. It’s the kind of weekend that makes this area so special and reminds you of the diversity and wonder our area holds and truly beckons you to see and be seen.



Christmas Hayrides in Grand Blanc

Trim Pine Farms winter hayrideFrom Trim Pine Farms

Enjoy a horse-drawn hayride into the tree fields at Trim Pines Farm! The Grand Blanc farm is at 4357 E. Baldwin Road between Holly Road and S. Saginaw.

Visit with Santa, roast S’mores, enjoy a trek through the woods and more. The outdoor café can provide lunch or a snack complete with homegrown roasted veggies, local cider & donuts and other tasty holiday treats. The farm animals are a joy, and fresh Christmas trees & accessories can help complete your holiday decorating. Unique gift ideas are available from local artisans. Occasional demonstrations like an antique tractor display will be posted on their Facebook page. Don’t forget your camera – the photo opportunities are terrific.

Hours are 10 a.m.-dusk Saturdays, and noon-dusk Sundays. More details are at trimpines.com/christmas or (810) 694-9958 or facebook.com/trimpinesfarm.


Blood Drive Today at Wingate by Wyndham – Grand Blanc

Wingate by Wyndham – Grand Blanc, 1359 Grand Pointe Court, Grand Blanc, is hosting a blood drive today from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.  You may sign up online at https://seeandbseen.org/2014/03/04/help-spread-literacy-through-genesee-county/.

Grand Blanc golfer Michael Coriasso qualifies for the U.S. Amateur

Mlive photo

It’s probably the single greatest golf tournament for non-professional players in the world. Some of the most respected golfers on the PGA Tour consider it to be a Major. Now Michael Coriasso, a 21-year-old old Grand Blanc resident and golfer at Oakland University, will have the opportunity to tee it up in the U.S. Amateur.

I remember watching Coriasso play in high school. He was among the top golfers in the area at that time, having cut his teeth in one of the top junior golf associations in the United States — The Flint Junior Golf Association.

Current tour players Tiger Woods, Ryan Moore, Ricky Barnes and Matt Kuchar are former U.S. Amateur champions.

From Mlive:

The 21-year-old cleared one of the biggest hurdles in his budding golf career, taking third place with a 1-under-par 139, one stroke behind co-champions Sean Keating of Cincinnati and Adam Hofmann of Pittsburgh.

All three golfers qualified for the U.S Amateur Aug. 22-28 at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wis. Coriasso is one of five Michigan golfers who have qualified thus far.

Grand Blanc’s Justice Hayes ready to enter the Big House at University of Michigan

Justice Hayes, after initially committing to Notre Dame, re-evaluated his decision and ultimately decided to go to Ann Arbor. Now, the Grand Blanc graduate finds himself in a position to fight for playing time with a stable of running backs at The University of Michigan — another competitor, oddly enough, is Flint Northern’s Thomas Rawls.

Hayes, a power back with speed in high school, is concentrating on getting faster for a much faster game in college. Here’s what he told the AnnArbor.com recently:

Over the past few weeks, Hayes — a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com — said he’s felt a range of emotions about his upcoming future. He’s been eager and excited, nervous and getting ready to try and see the field as a true freshman.

“It’s a little bit of everything,” Hayes said after finishing his final track event at Saturday’s Division 1 state finals. “You want to know how things are going to go when you get down there and you’re excited as well. I think it’s going to be fun playing football for one of the best teams in the nation with one of the best traditions in the nation.

“A little bit of nerves, too, because you don’t know what to expect when you get there. It’s why you have to prepare yourself before you get there so you won’t be surprised.”

Local Relay for Life group attempt to break record for biggest video game party

Grand Blanc (Michigan) Relay for Life is attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the biggest video gaming party in the world. Japan currently holds the record with 849 people all playing a handheld video game at the same time.

Where: Grand Blanc High School Football Field

When: 3 p.m. June 4th, 2011 at the Relay for Life Event

People who want to participate should bring $1 for the American Cancer Society, print out their flyer and fill out the registration info and bring it along. Bring a handheld video game system and game to play. All of the participants will receive a certificate of participation and if they beat the record, a certificate will be emailed to you by Guinness World Records.

MEGA Board announces tax credit for Grand Blanc’s Magna Electronics

FLINT, Michigan – The Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce announced today that Magna Electronics Technology, Inc., an operating unit of Magna International Inc. has received a $2.1 million tax credit from the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) Board for an expansion project at their facility located in Grand Blanc Township.

The company plans to invest $64.8 million to expand their operations at its Holly Road facility. The expansion is expected to create 385 new jobs over the next five years that will include engineers, operators and management positions.

Magna Electronics develops and manufactures electrical and electronic products and systems for the automotive industry such as reverse assist cameras, lane departure warning systems and electronic motor control units.

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