For a state known as the ‘Wolverine State’ you’d be hard pressed to find any wolverines left in Michigan but starting on January 4 though you will be able to take a look at the last known wolverine to live here at Burton’s Courtland Center Mall. With the help of a LOT of people and a lot of local and regional agencies the ‘Lone Wolverine’ will be making its way to our area for a two week stay. Things will kick off on January 4 with a ribbon cutting at noon and then afterwards you can view the wolverine from 10AM – 8PM every day but Sunday, which will close the viewing at 5PM. To broaden the experience there will be information on the life of the wolverine and background information as well as art and fun educational activities.
With the weather so cold lately this is a perfect opportunity for those of us who are not big winter folks to find out some interesting history about our mitten state and to do it within the warm confines of the Courtland Mall.
‘Lone Wolverine’ Visit To Mid-Michigan
Courtland Mall, Burton, MI
January 4 – 13
Mon. – Sat. – 10AM – 8PM
Sundays – 12PM – 5PM
For questions or more information contact Mona – 1.810.962.5122
This Saturday marks the third year for the Flint Horror Convention, Flint’s annual horror tradition that brings the fun of Halloween to the area a little early. With a low entry cost of $10 fans get a full day of fun that includes celebrity guests, costume contests, movies, vendors, a creepy pin up contest, and more all under the roof of Downtown Flint’s Masonic Temple. In past years fans have had a chance to meet some of the actors, directors, and make-up people behind their favorite horror films and this year will be no different with actors from DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD, TROMEO & JULIET, and OZ – THE GREAT AND POWERFUL on hand, one of the country’s most recognized ‘horror hosts’, the person who created THE EVIL DEAD’s famous ‘Book of the Dead’, and a comic artist who worked on the post-apocalyptic zombie epic DEAD WORLD. Joining all of these celebrities will be over forty vendors selling everything from movies, to comics, to posters, to art, to shirts, to toys, creepy collectibles, and lots in between. If you need a break during the day and want to sit down for a bit you can check out the movie room, which will be featuring independent horror films from around the world, many which have never been screened in the state before.
The Flint Horror Convention is a family friendly event with free admission to kids under ten and a costume contest just for them where they can win great prizes. This is an event that was born in Flint and continues to grow every year and if you have an interest in the weird, the macabre, and in spending an entire day in horror heaven then you’ll want to stop by the convention and say ‘boo’!
Flint Horror Con
October 19, 2013
Noon – 9PM
Masonic Temple, Downtown Flint
They say you may only need the edge of your seat but you’ll want all of it as Maximum Destruction comes to Clio’s Auto City Speedway. This will be a night filled with the sheer power and energy that only vehicular destruction can offer. The gates will open at 4PM with racing beginning at 7. During the evening there will be the Pro Late Model Triple Crown Round 3, Krazy 8’s, Trailer races, Boat races and so much more. There is a lot to love about a night of loud cars and rowdy fun and for only twenty dollars adults can sit in the grandstand and have more auto destruction than they can shake a Bigfoot or Grave Digger at. Guests wearing Red, White, & Blue will get $2 off of adult general admission. If you are looking for some loud, smash-bang fun then this is the place for you this weekend and an event you won’t want to miss.
OCTANE MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION
Auto City Speedway
10205 N. Saginaw Rd.
For information call –
810.687.7384 OR 810.686.9500
With all of the area schools about to start back up it’s time for some last Summer adventures and memories and this weekend will offer two great opportunities to do just that.
On August 30 you and the family can celebrate National Toasted Marshmallow Day at Buell Lake County Park in Clio. You’ll want to bring a chair, a blanket, or something else comfortable to sit on and be ready for a lot of deliciousness as marshmallows are honored for their place in our hearts and at our campfires. This event is free and open to families of all ages. The event is from 7PM to 9PM.
Buell Lake County Park
14098 N. Genesee Rd., Clio, MI
On August 31 families can join Silly Saturday at Bluebell Beach for an hour of fun with food at the Splash Pads where kids can make whipped cream hair styles, throw pudding, and more! Things will get messy so everyone will want to wear old clothes or swimsuits and bring their beach towels for drying off after a good scrubbing up when the fun ends. This is free and open to families of all ages and runs from 1-2PM.
5500 Bray Road, Flint (Genesee Township)
For more information on both events head to –
The Montrose Blueberry Festival is back for another year of fun and food with a full slate of events to keep you and your family busy. This year’s festival kicks off on August 15 and runs through August 18 and there are activities scheduled for each day. This year there are two parades to look forward to with the Kids Parade being the first and happening on August 16. The theme for the Kids Parade this year is ‘Under the Big Top’ and children are encouraged to wear costumes that match the theme (though any costume the kids want to wear is just fine). The Blueberry Super Parade will be held on Saturday the 17th and will kick off at 1PM. The Super Parade draws crowds every year and is something that the community looks forward to each year. Featuring the Blueberry Queen and her Court and including music and fun for everyone, this is a parade not to be missed.
During the festival there will be 5 & 8K road races on Saturday, a Slo-Pitch Softball Tourney, a Mud Bog, a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, and a movie night. If fast paced excitement isn’t for you there will also be a Karaoke contest, shopping galore, and the The Shiabruck Medieval Village for a fun taste of the past, which will be near the High School.
The Montrose Blueberry Festival is one of the most beloved events of Genesee County and this year looks to have enough excitement to make the most frowny of faced smile. If you haven’t been out that way for this great event make this the year and see what everyone’s been talking about and what makes Montrose such a wonderful community.
The Montrose Blueberry Festival
August 15 – 18, 2013
This Friday Downtown Flint will be filled with the scents and flavors of local restaurants as the Downtown Development Authority rings in the first day of Summer with an event Foodies will be excited to attend. Taste of Downtown will happen in the Downtown ‘Flat Lot’ parking lot Friday, June 21 from 6 – 10PM and will feature food from over a dozen of the downtown eateries as well as refreshments for adults and all ages. The price for the event is $10 and tickets can be purchased at the DDA offices. Food isn’t the only thing that will be on hand on Friday though as there will be entertainment as well from Magic 5, The New McCree Ensemble and Black Tie Productions will provide a DJ for the evening. Taste of Downtown will be a great opportunity for you to sample some of the many wonderful restaurants and to check out the newest additions to Flint’s food culture so bring your appetite and some money for libations and get your weekend kicked off with a full stomach this Friday.
TASTE OF DOWNTOWN
Friday, June 21
6PM – 10PM
Tickets available at DDA Office M – F during business hours.
412 S Saginaw Street suite 206
This past Saturday (March 30) the Punk Rock Rummage Sale returned to downtown Flint for a night of rummaging, music, and fun. Vendors from as far as Grand Rapids turned out to Churchill’s set up and sell everything from records to VHS and cassette tapes to CDs to art to vintage clothes to jewelry and so much more – it was hard not to find something unique and interesting. The Punk Rock Rummage Sale began in Flint in 2010 as a way to bring artists and people with interesting ‘stuff’ together under one roof to sell their items. Inspired by similar events in Detroit the show was built around the desire of creating something fun for people to do for an evening in Flint.
The event was free to participate in and free to come to and there was a crowd through the entire night, brought by the allure of exotic items for sale and held by the music of DJ Michael A and local music superheroes Champions of Breakfast. This was the fifth rummage sale and from the turn out and the reactions of those in attendance it was another rousing success. There is no discussion as to when the next rummage sale will be but it’s bound to return eventually.