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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The Holy Reedemer Community Festival Heralds An Early Start To Summer Fun

Holy RedeemerSummer fun is right around the corner and the arrival of some beloved festivals is ushering the warmest season in a little early this year.  The Holy Redeemer Festival kicks off today and goes through Sunday with plenty of opportunities to share in all the fun.  The big attraction this year, as every year, is the music and there are some great performers lined up for Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night will bring Michigan country act Wildfire to the stage and Saturday it will be time for Toppermost to play the classics of The Beatles.  Music isn’t the only thing in store at the festival though as the midway is bound to be crowded with people looking for an adrenaline rush on one of the many thrill rides.  Admission for the adults and little ones is free and for everyone in between – 11-20 years old – you just need to purchase a ride bracelet to wander the grounds.

If all of that wasn’t enough to keep you and your family busy there’s a beer tent, a used book sale, a casino and card tournaments, kids games, and more, more, more.  If you cannot find something fun to do at the Holy Redeemer Festival then my friend you doing something wrong.

Festival season is upon us friends, and it’s time to start planning for all the fun that is in store for you and the family.  The weather hasn’t been very accommodating for much this year but I have a feeling that we’re finally out of the woods and it’s just in time!

Holy Redeemer Community Festival

May 29 – June 1, 2014

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church – 1227 E Bristol Rd, Burton, MI 48529

Admission costs vary

For more information – http://www.hrfestival.com/home

Would You WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES?

wam posterOn Friday, May 30 the YWCA of Greater Flint will be presenting the Fifth Annual Walk a Mile In Her Shoes event.  This event is a fundraiser for the many services and programs that the YWCA provides and also serves as a reminder of the struggles which many women must face.  This event isn’t all about serious issues though as the focus here is on the fun part of fundraising.  For this event men will don everything from high heels to sparkly flip-flops and will show their support of speaking out against rape as they walk from the YWCA to 501 Bar & Grill in Downtown Flint in all their glory.  Men can walk as teams or as individuals as they raise money and try to win some prizes as you do and all money goes directly to the YWCA to support the work it does but this is truly an event where the more people that participate the merrier.  Walkers must raise a minimum of $50 in pledges but will be registered when they do, will get a  t-shirt, and a ticket to the after party if you join the fun.  Non-walkers who want to support the cause and come out to party can also purchase tickets to the after party for $30.  Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes is never an easy prospect but when you can help raise money for a very worthy organization a little pain becomes a very big gain.

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

 YWCA Greater Flint • 310 E. Third Street • Flint, MI 48502

Friday, May 30, 2014

Registration – 5:30PM

Walk – 6PM

$50 pledge fee

$30 just for the after party

To register, please call – 810.238.7621 Extension 305

For more information – http://www.ywcaflint.org/

Two New Visitor Centers Set To Open Locally

VisitorCenterFor decades visitors to the area have always been able turn to the convention & visitors bureau for information on the places and things that made an area vibrant and now our local CVB will have two more spots where people can do just that.  In the coming weeks the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau will be opening two new Visitor Centers in the heart of Downtown Flint to help get the word out about the many destination spots, festivals, and other attractions our county has to offer.  The FGCVB unveiled the first of their new centers on May 1 in the lobby of the Commerce Center Building in Downtown Flint.  Located at the corners of Saginaw Street and First Street this first location will be ideal in its central location and for those visitors looking for information during the regular work day.  The second Visitors Center will be located in the new Downtown Flint Farmer’s Market which is set to open this summer.  The market location will be in a space that will be shared by the FGCVB and The Whiting and will serve as an outlet for both groups as they get the word out about the many things to do and see in the area and will also be a great way for those of us locals that may not know about some attractions or just want some additional information.

Both Visitor Centers will have information and brochures at the ready as well as volunteers on hand to answer any questions that might arise.  While providing information these two small information stations will also have Flint & Genesee merchandise on sale for those looking for a small keepsake, something that has been sought after for years.

With festival and event season just around the corner this is a great time for the opening of these two Visitor Centers and they’ll serve as important satellites of information for all the people who come to our area for the large events.  And heck, let’s face it, when the warm weather hits and we’re looking for something to do these two spots will be the first places we’re hitting so we can find the perfect thing to do when we’re starting to feel a little restless.

 

Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitor Centers

519 S. Saginaw Street

Hours – 11AM – 4PM Monday – Thursday

Flint Farmer’s Market (open in Summer when the new market opens)

Hours – 11AM – 4PM Monday – Thursday

Go For A Run And Help Two Great Causes

625595_459822847421846_69255165_nOn Saturday, April 26 the Paul A. Webster Memorial 5K Run/Walk will be held on the University of Michigan-Flint campus.  The early registrations are down but there’s still time to join this great run and to help support a couple of great causes.  Proceeds will go towards scholarships at the University of Michigan – Flint and a portion will also go to aid The Rainbow Connection which benefits children in Michigan fighting life threatening illnesses.  This race has been held annually for several years now to celebrate and remember the life of Paul A. Webster and by giving back to the community they are making sure that the legacy of Mr. Webster lives on.

This is the time of year when everyone starts to really feel the weight of the cabin fever and events like this help get you out and moving and ready for the bigger and harder races that are scattered throughout the year.  Get out and get moving and help out some people who deserve it as you keep the memory of a beloved man alive.

Paul A. Webster Memorial 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Held on The University of Michigan – Flint Campus

9:13AM Start

To register – http://raceracerace.com/

For more information –

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paul-A-Webster-Memorial-5k-Runwalk-and-One-Mile-Jay-Jaunt-Family-Fun-Run/134033733334094

 

Head Out To The Flint Local 432 This Thursday For Some Awkward Comedy

awkward comedy tourIf there’s something we Mid-Michgan folks can take it is a joke, I mean, if you can’t keep laughing when you get record snowfall and cold weather then what can you laugh at?  The sad part is though that there are few opportunities to catch live comedy these days and even fewer chances to catch hometown comics.  Well, consider this Thursday a rare opportunity to see a comedy show from some homebrew comedians. The Awkward Chuckle Tour will be performing at Downtown Flint’s Flint Local 432 at an evening show that promises to be the highlight to another busy week.  The troupe of comedians all hails from the Mid-Michigan area and got their start doing shows in Flushing but are working to fund a trip to New York City for several gigs they have booked there.  The three comedians that make up the core troupe will be joined by fellow local Seth Addison making it full night that should leave you gasping for air and sore from laughter.  This should be a great chance to get out and laugh and to hopefully laugh at other people because we Michiganders are tired of being the butt of so many jokes. It’s time to share the wealth in that department, don’t you think?

 

The Awkward Comedy Tour

Thursday, March 27, 2014

7PM – 9PM

$7

Flint Local 432 – 124 W. First Street, Flint, MI, 48502

 

It’s Walleye Time In Flushing!

WalleyeIt’s funny how time flies because it’s once more time for Flushing’s Walleye Festival.  The event will kick off this Friday with on-site registration from 4 – 6PM and the first weigh-in of the weekend at 7PM so you will have plenty of time to try to reel in that big one before you make your way to the fish fry where you can get your fill of our finned friends and get ready for the rest of the weekend’s fishing.

All weekend there will be a trout pond set up for the kids that will be open during day time hours.  Saturday there is a Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast from 7AM – 10:30AM with the proceeds benefiting the Flushing Christian Outreach Center and the Hurley Pediatric Cancer Unit and there’s not a better way to start your day.  After you have you had all you can eat of pancakes you can either head out to fish or hit up the Family Fun Expo, which will be held indoors at the St. Roberts Activity Center where the other indoor events will be held all weekend.  After Saturday night’s weigh-in at 6PM you can head off to a Wild Game Dinner put on by the Lions Club and then end the night with a friendly Texas Hold ‘Em Tourney.  The Festival winds up with more fishing on Sunday and a final weigh-in at 1PM with the awards ceremony to follow.

This is going to be a fantastic festival with fun for the whole family and lots to do both indoors and out.  Get all of your fishing gear ready, get out your warmest clothes out and make plans to be in Flushing this weekend because even if you don’t fish there’s lot to see, to do, and lots of memories waiting to be made.

2014 Flushing Walleye Festival

March 7 – 9

Flushing, MI

Times and events vary.

For more information –

http://www.flushingchamber.com/

810.659.4141