See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the week of November 28 – December 4

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

Holiday Happenings

Monday-Sunday, November 28-December 4: Santa and Friends at Genesee Valley Center, 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 28-December 4: Santa Visits at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 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 & Friday, December 1 & 2: Flushing’s “Candlewalk Holiday Celebration,” Downtown Flushing’s Entertainment District/Main Street * (810) 659-4141 * flushingchamber.com

  • (Event runs 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) Enjoy two evenings of holiday music, choirs, ice sculptures, wood carvings, live performances, a “Lionel” train display, s’mores, refreshments, horse drawn wagon rides and more. You’ll find chestnuts roasting on an open fire on Main Street, warming stations throughout the area and Santa arriving in the Grand Parade to light the ceremonial tree (happening Thursday evening).

Friday, December 2: Linden’s “Holiday Happenings,” Downtown Linden’s Entertainment District/Millpond * lindenmi.us

  • (Event runs 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) This festive event begins with a Lighted Frosty Parade and fireworks over Millpond along with Santa visits at the Gazebo, live Nativity at Linden Methodist Church, horse carriage rides, a community sing-a-long, museum tours, ice sculptures, refreshments and more.

Friday-Sunday, December 2-4: “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 made at Longway Christmas light show 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, December 2-4: 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.

Saturday, December 3: Fenton’s “Jinglefest and Jingle Jog 5K Run/Walk,” Downtown Fenton’s Entertainment District * fentonchamber.com

  • (Event begins 10 a.m.) Enjoy holiday shopping, a talent show, carved ice sculptures, a Christmas market, live entertainment, a lighted parade, bonfires, hot cocoa, s’mores and more.

Saturday, December 3: Davison’s “Christmas on Main Street,” Downtown Davison’s Entertainment District * davisondda.org

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Celebrate the holiday season with an Elf parade, hay rides, reindeer games, refreshments, craft tables, live music, strolling carolers and more.

Saturday, December 3: Flint’s YMCA Santa Run/Walk, 411 E. Third Street, Flint * (810) 232-9622 * flintymca.com

  • (Run/Walk begins 12 p.m.) Partake in this family-fun charity event that takes all on a 5K run/walk and/or a 1-mile walk through downtown Flint. A 5-piece Santa suit is included in the registration fee. Register online at the website above.

Saturday, December 3: “Family Holiday Crafts: Mosaic Art with Painterly Pottery” at the Flint Public Library/Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Build a decorative mosaic art piece using over 20 different colored glass pieces. This “make and take project” is full of possibilities for all ages and a great holiday gift idea.

Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4: Holly Dickens Festival, Village of Holly’s Entertainment District/Battle Alley * (248) 634-7040 * hollydickensfestival.org

  • (Festival runs 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.

Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4: “Nutcracker” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performances begin Saturday 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m.) Enjoy the magic of the holidays with this timeless story told in dance and music with Nutcracker’s sparkling sets and beautiful costumes.

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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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Flint in 48 Hours

 By Kim Skeltis

Step inside Table & Tap with its graffiti mural and communal table of reclaimed barn wood, and you could be in Chicago. A rack of hoodies with the phrase Hard as Flint reveals the restaurant’s locale – an apropos saying for a city that’s had more than its share of hard knocks.

Hard as Flint is the mantra of a reborn city. Its tragedies have shaped a community of creators and doers who work hard to make Flint a better place, shifting from producing cars to beer, bread and boots. They know where the city has been, salvaging the best of its history to move forward. And from that grit and perseverance emerged a softer side of Flint. A college town. A foodie mecca. A beer city. An historic gem. And it makes Flint worth visiting right now.

If you’ve got 48 hours free, you can cover many of the city’s highlights and hidden gems. We’ve suggested a weekend itinerary below – hit everything or slow down the pace and pick some standouts.

FRIDAY EVENING – Downtown Immersion

Accessible from I-69 and I-75, Flint is an easy drive from most Midwest cities. Check into your hotel around 5 p.m. to enjoy a full evening. For proximity, Holiday Inn Express downtown can’t be beat. Or book one of six literary-themed rooms at elegant Knob Hill B&B, also in the city.

Start in the heart of downtown with a cocktail or glass of wine at Cork on Saginaw (Happy Hour runs until 6 p.m.), featuring 150 wines from around the world. Or hit Café Rhema for a pick-me-up at this Great Gatsby-inspired café. Order a cold coffee brew or share a French press. Kids will love fruity bubble tea or Italian soda.

After a cocktail or coffee, either stay at Cork for an eclectic European dish, or visit Table & Tap for dinner. This hotspot specializes in locally sourced food and barbecued meats, along with 30 rotating beers on tap, top-shelf bourbon and cocktails. If you’re feeling social, sidle up to other diners at the communal table.

Tonight, try one of Flint’s cultural offerings. University of Michigan-Flint features theater and dance performances Friday and Saturday evenings (October to April). Or check out the Flint Cultural Center with eight institutes on the wooded campus, including The Whiting, a 2,000-seat professional performing arts venue with live performances ranging from local Flint Youth Theatre to national touring productions like Blue Man Group. Other options include the Flint Institute of Arts Theater showing independent and classic films (starts in September), Longway Planetarium (Michigan’s largest) with First Friday events and special programs, and the 100-year-old Flint Symphony Orchestra hosting chamber music and Music in the Parks (summer), and classical concerts (October to May).

Got a late-night food craving? Cast your vote for Flint’s best burger between two watering holes: Soggy Bottom and the Torch Bar & Grill, ranked by Thrillist as one of the “33 Best Dive Bars in America” and its Torch Burger as one of the “33 Best Burgers in America

SATURDAY – Flint Food and Culture

Shop and nibble through your morning at the Flint Farmers’ Market. In existence since 1905, this storied market moved into the Flint Journal’s former 32,000 square-foot printing facility in 2014 after a 70-year hiatus from downtown. The bright, airy space holds 50 year-round vendors (another 20 outside in summer), commercial and demonstration kitchens, and event space. Wander the stalls of fresh produce, pop-up restaurants and handmade gift items, sampling a cinnamon roll at CINNAMOM or pho soup at MaMang. Stock up on weekend snacks like imported cheeses at Hills Home Cured Cheese or wine at d’Vine Wines. Steady Eddy’s Café is an alternative if you prefer a sit-down brunch.

Fueled on market finds, drive to Applewood Estate, a 34-acre, three-story estate built by automotive pioneer Charles Stewart Mott in 1916. While the grounds have been open for years, the home is open to the public for the first time this centennial year, offering free guided house tours daily (reservations recommended). You can also join a free guided garden walk (daily at 1 p.m.) or explore the grounds and exhibits on your own – kids can even check out an activity backpack. For lunch, stop at Applewood Café, a student-run, upscale casual restaurant inside nearby Mott Community College (open during school session).

You’re a stone’s throw from the 85-year-old Flint Institute of Arts, the second largest art museum in Michigan. Need another reason to stop? Free Saturdays! Spin through the highlights using a free, self-guided audio tour that brings the collection to life, followed by the gift shop.

Hit happy hour at Tenacity Brewing, Flint’s first brewery whose name became a prophecy during the Flint Water Crisis. Opening in 2015 in a 1912 fire station, Tenacity features 10 beers, two hard ciders plus a root beer on draft, so there’s something for everyone. While Tenacity doesn’t have a kitchen, food truck fave Vehicle City Tacos parks outside regularly.

Enjoy dinner downtown at 501 Bar & Grill, a fresh, modernist restaurant known for small plates and martinis. From chicken and waffles to bone marrow, you’ll find an eclectic selection of sharable, bite-size entrees. Healthier appetites may prefer a flatbread pizza, burger or full entrée.

Take in a local sporting event tonight like a Flint Firebirds ice hockey game at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center east of downtown. Games are Fridays and Saturdays (season starts in September). For another type of skating, watch the Flint City Derby Girls at Rollhaven Skating Center in Grand Blanc.

SUNDAY – Suburbs/Genesee County

A visit to Flint isn’t complete without visiting its surrounding environs of Genesee County, boasting Michigan’s largest county park system, dozens of fruit orchards, 17-mile asphalt Flint River Trail and 142-mile Flint River. The hardest part will be narrowing your options.

Option #1: Small-Town Shopping and Dining

Enjoy a leisurely morning, then drive 25 minutes to quaint Fenton with its circa-1830s downtown. Indulge in a pastry at CRUST, cranking out 2,000 cookies and 1,000 artisan-style bread loaves daily that are sold locally and across the country, including to DEAN & DELUCA and Williams-Sonoma. Linger over a pain au chocolat and latte in the café or grab a dozen chocolate chip and sea salt cookies to go. Inquire about pie, scone/biscuit and bread-making classes.

Next, shop Fenton’s unique downtown stores like La Petite Maison and The Iron Grate for home décor, Yesterday’s Treasures for antiques, Fenton’s Open Book for literary treasures, and Eclections for clothing and accessories. Walk to the Fenton Fire Hall, a 1938 fire station resurrected in 2013 by the owners of famed Clarkston Union and Vinsetta Garage in metro Detroit. Photographs of volunteer firefighters adorn the walls with old fire station ledgers, memos and other correspondence in homage to its roots. Share a legendary mac and cheese dish or slow-smoked pulled pork for a snack.  Be sure to scan the 48 beers on tap. Then drive to nearby Heavenly Scent Herb Farm, a 1910-era barn and gardens with gift items, flowers and plants for sale.

Your Flint weekend is winding down, but not before you indulge in one final culinary experience. Visit The Laundry Room, a private event space next door to The Laundry, in Fenton by 5 p.m. when Chef Jody prepares a four-course Sunday Supper once a month for the first 24 people who arrive. Menu items are unveiled tableside and served family style. If you miss Sunday Supper, don’t fret – The Laundry’s standing menu of European-inspired dishes gives plenty of options.

Option #2: Historic Village

Kids and history buffs alike will love Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad (May through September). Turning 40 this year, the park showcases 34 Genesee County buildings replicating an 1800s village. Also check out Halloween Ghosts and Goodies in October and Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic in December.

Take a 40-minute ride on the circa-1857 Huckleberry Railroad steam locomotive.  Legend says that it ran so slow that a person could jump off, pick huckleberries, and jump back on. Another park jewel is the Genesee Belle Paddlewheel Riverboat replicating riverboats that traveled the Mississippi a century ago. Catch a 45-minute cruise around Mott Lake (May through September).

Close your weekend with a local tradition – a Flint Original Coney Island at the 24-hour Starlite Diner that the owners have been cranking out since 1966. According to locals, the dry, loose meat makes it a Flint-style Coney. Add a side of Coney Cheese Fries, and you’re primed for the drive home.

NOTE: All Flint businesses mentioned here use a combination of certified water filters, bottled water and hydration stations to provide visitors with clean, safe water.

Where to Catch the Rolling Cruise during Back to the Bricks

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Classic and collector cars of all makes and models will head to Saginaw Street this Wednesday through Friday as part of the Rolling Cruise, a fan favorite in the annual Back to the Bricks lineup of events.

Starting at Fifth Avenue in Flint and ending at Cook Road in Grand Blanc, the cruise runs about 10 miles, with spectators watching from lawn chairs and blankets along the way. The event will run from 5-9 p.m. each day.

While there are lots of places to catch the cruise, event organizers expect that car enthusiasts will gravitate toward three hot spots in particular.

  1. IINN, at Hemphill Road and Saginaw Street. This Flint Mega Site will have various vendors and food offerings all three days, and DJ entertainment on Friday evening.
  2. The Hot Dog Stand, at 11338 S. Saginaw St. in Grand Blanc. Why not enjoy a hot dog and cold root beer while watching the cars go by?
  3. The intersection at Bristol Road and Saginaw Street. Just bring your lawn chair and settle in!

“Non-cruise” traffic is asked to use the center lanes to provide spectators with a better view of the parade cars.

For more information about this week’s events visit, https://backtothebricks.org. For a map of the Rolling Cruises, click here.

See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of May 16-22

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

Events

May 17 – 21: Flint Restaurant Week – “Chow Down in Flintown,” Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District, Flint * FlintRestaurantWeek.com

  • (Open during restaurant business hours) This is the perfect time to explore new restaurants downtown Flint or revisit your favorites. Pick up a FREE passport at any participating restaurant and experience everything from fine dining cuisine in a casual atmosphere, to fresh, ingredient bar food along with Michigan craft beers, hand crafted cocktails and fine wine from around the world. Special events happening at different locations throughout the week. Participating restaurants: 501 Bar & Grill, Blackstone’s, Café Rhema, Churchill’s, Cork on Saginaw, El Potrero, Flint Crepe Co., Flint Farmers’ Market, Hoffman’s, The Local Grocer, Luigi’s, The Lunch Studio, Merge, Soggy Bottom Bar, Steady Eddy’s, Table & Tap, Tenacity Brewing, The Torch and The White Horse.

May 19: “After Dark Karaoke Night” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Event begins 8 p.m.) Grab your friends and belt out your favorite tunes while enjoying delicious food and tasty beverages. Happy hour runs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Event is for ages 18 and up.

May 21: For-Mar On The Road: Summer Sneak Peek  – geneseecountyparks.org, Max Brandon Park * 3606 Dupont Street, Flint; McKinley Park, Vista Center * 2102 Collingwood Parkway, Flint

  • (Max Brandon Park 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and McKinley Park 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Join For-Mar On The Road for a sneek peek into their summer programming. Come dig in the dirt, take a tour of the Truck Farm and meet some of For-Mar’s animal teachers. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

May 21: “Bird Nerd Festival” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, no, it’s For-Mar’s SUPER Bird Nerd Festival. Part of National Kids to Park Day, practice your real life Angry Bird skills and meet live birds of prey. Also, enjoy birding hikes and birds of prey presentations throughout the day. Recommended for birders of all ages. Free admission.

May 21: “Stockton Cup Base Ball Festival” at the William S. White Building (U-of-M Flint Campus), 509 N. Harrison Street, Flint * whaleyhouse.com

  • (Games begin 12 p.m.) Join Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club for a sports tournament that combines gentlemanly competition with the city’s history. Four teams will compete for awards including the Stockton Cup and the Maria Stockton Award for Gentlemanly Conduct. Witness a nineteenth-century base ball game and learn about the history of the Stockton family and this great American pastime. Games are played at a unique green space nestled along the Flint River on the U-of-M Flint Campus. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free admission.

May 21: “STEM Saturdays” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Learn, hands-on, the fun of working and playing with Science, Technology and Math. Recommended for elementary school ages.

May 21: “Hoop 4 Water” Celebrity Basketball at Flint’s Dort Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * dorteventcenter.com

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Snoop Dogg and MoPete come together along with some special celebrity guests to help raise money for The Flint Water Crisis. Doors open one hour prior to event. VIP tickets are available and include front row floor seating, a post-game meet and greet (participants TBD) and access to the Blueline Club. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the website above.

May 21: “Orlando J. Roberts Concert: The Mickeys” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Concert runs 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) The Mickeys blend Americana, folk and alt country music to create a unique acoustic sound with powerful sibling harmonies.

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13 Stops to Visit during Flint’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk

Just over a dozen local businesses and organizations have signed on to host live performances and art exhibitions for this month’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk. The festivities officially kick off at 6 p.m. and run through 9 p.m. in downtown Flint, although some sites may opt to start earlier and/or end later.

For a full list of participating sites, check out the above map or pick up the official map from the Greater Flint Arts Council, at 816 S. Saginaw St.

Some of the exhibitions and events set to take place tomorrow (May 13) include:

Bits & Pieces Put Together to Present a Semblance of a Whole
On display through June 4, this show features Michael D Melet, Nancy Dash, Bob Mathews, and Richard C Wynn. (Location: Buckham Gallery: 132 ½ W. 2nd St.)

UM-Flint Annual Student Exhibition
The professionally juried show features pieces from a wide variety of mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture, design, photography, public art, and furniture pieces. On display through June 3. (Location: Greater Flint Arts Council, 816 S. Saginaw St.)

YouthQuest at ArtWalk
View the artwork of local high school students participating in the YouthQuest afterschool enrichment program. Special performances – including drumline, dance, step and spoken word – will be held at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (Location: Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, 519 S. Saginaw St.)

For more about on Artwalk and the Greater Flint Arts Council, call (810) 238-2787 or visit www.greaterflintartscouncil.org.

See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of May 9-15

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

Events

May 11: “Nature Game Night with Gamespace” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Join For-Mar for a family night filled with fun created nature games. Try out some new games and learn about birding, foraging, wombats and more. Recommended for families ages 5 and older. Free admission.

May 11: Comedian Jim Breuer live at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performance begins 7:30 p.m.) With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over audiences with his off-the-wall humor and lovable personality.

May 12: 4th Annual “Priority Children Summer Youth Expo” at Mott Community College Ballenger Field House, 1401 E. Court Street, Flint * (810) 234-5007 * prioritychildren.org

  • (Event runs 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Over 70 organizations is represented at this expo providing information on free and low-cost local summer activities, programs and camps for children, ages birth to college, to participate in and enjoy. Collect information on alternative education, GED options, job training, foster youth assistance, housing information, healthcare and much more. Also, enjoy snacks, live music and a bounce house.

May 12 – 15: Celebrating 100 Years at Applewood Estate, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 233-3835 * applewood.org

  • (Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Celebrate Applewood’s 100th Anniversary as they open their beautiful grounds for the public to explore. Come learn new things and get hands-on with new exhibits in Applewood’s garage, barn and chicken coop. Discover new ideas in their Demonstration Garden. Pack a lunch and have a family picnic. Tour Mott’s Applewood Estate house, built in 1916 (reservations recommended). Free admission, which includes tours and events.

May 13: “The Hot Sardines” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performance begins 7:30 p.m.) The Hot Sardines have a distinctive recipe for making musical magic: take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein and tie it all together with a one-of-the-boys frontwoman who sings in both English and French with a voice from another era.

May 14: “Be a Birder: Warbler Walk” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) Take a hike through For-Mar with one of their birding experts and see Warblers during their peak migration time. Recommended for all ages.

May 14: “Vintage in the Village” at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Soak up the quaint charm at this authentic turn of the century village while hunting for the perfect addition to your vintage collection. Browse and shop at over 50 top-notch makers and vintage vendors from the well-known Weekend in the Country Vintage & Makers Markets. Local food vendors will offer up tasty dishes and when you are done shopping, make time to visit the historic buildings, enjoy unique demonstrations of skilled trades and take home a piece of history with items made in the Village and sold in the gift stores.

May 14: “Kevin Kammarrad Puppets & Music” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) Join Kevin in jumping, playing and dancing to the music!  Why? Because it’s fun and it makes our brains and bodies stronger! Featuring a variety of songs, Kevin leads kids and adults in highly interactive music and movement. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school ages.

May 14: “Author Event: Angela Fluornoy” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Enjoy a reception and poetry reading by Nigerian Poet, Niyi Osundare, City Without People: The Katrina Poems. The Katrina Poems are a testimony to the devastation caused to the poet, the people and to the community of New Orleans from this natural disaster. Niyi Osundare will be autographing books following the poetry reading. Hors d’ouevres and refreshments will be served. Recommended for middle and high school ages.

May 14: “Broadways Next Hit Musical” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performance begins 7 p.m.) Enjoy this unscripted, hilarious theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter.

May 15: Historic House Tours at Stockton Center at Spring Grove Museum, 720 Ann Arbor Street, Flint * (810) 238-9140 * stocktoncenter.weebly.com/tours.html

  • (Tours run 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Stockton House was constructed in 1872 by Thomas and Maria Stockton, a prominent and influential couple of the Flint & Genesee community. In 1920, the grandson of Thomas and Maria sold the house and its surrounding property to the Archdiocese of Detroit for the establishment of a 52-bed hospital, operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph. In 2002, this 2½-story house was purchased by For Flint Investments, renovated and designated as a Michigan Historical Site and a State Historical Marker. Come tour this beautiful building with a fascinating history.

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