Wednesday, February 21: "Craft Academy: Shrinky Dinks" with Flint Handmade at The Local Grocer, 601 Martin Luther King Avenue, Flint * (810) 285-9900 * flinthandmade.org
- (Event runs 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) Each participant will receive one 8' x 10' piece of Shrinky Dink plastic to make as many designs that can fit on the page. Then watch your drawings shrink in a craft toaster oven. Fine point Sharpies will be available for coloring or bring your own permanent markers.
Wednesday, February 21: "Wind Symphony & Chamber Singers Concert" at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 706 Beach Street, Flint * umflint.edu/music/performance-calendar
- (Concert begins 7:30 p.m.) Enjoy an evening of music during this mid-semester concert presented by the UM-Flint Department of Music. Tickets available at the door one-half hour before the concert.
Thursday, February 22: "After-School Thursday Movies" at the Flint Public Library/Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info
- (Movie runs 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Celebrate the African American musical heritage by watching "Afro-Punk (2003)" a documentary that explores race identity in the punk scene, tackling hard questions such as exile, loneliness and black power. Recommended for all ages.
Friday, February 23: "Unwind with Yarn Brigade" with Flint Handmade at the White Horse Tavern, 621 W. Court Street, Flint * (810) 234-3811 * flinthandmade.org
- (Event runs 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Eat, drink and "unwind" during Flint Handmade's social knitting and crocheting group.
Friday, February 23: "The Second City" at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com
- (Performance begins 8 p.m.) The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959. No one could have guessed that this small cabaret theatre would become the most influential and prolific comedy theatre in the world. From John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy and Gilda Radner to Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey - The Second City imprint is felt across every entertainment medium.
Friday & Saturday, February 23 & 24: Flint Firebirds Hockey at Dort Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * dorteventcenter.com
- (Games begin 7 p.m.) The Flint Firebirds will play against Sarnia Sting Friday night and the Oshawa Generals Saturday. The Firebirds are part of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and represent a continuation of Flint's rich hockey tradition.
Saturday, February 24: "Blue Collar ACL February Regional" hosted by Blue Collar Cornhole at Us Speedo, 1096 N. Center Road, Burton * facebook.com/events/154528221869329/
- (Event runs 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.) ACL membership is not required. Divisions for all levels. Advanced singles, social singles, advanced doubles, women's singles and blind draw. The venue has no concessions but, there are plenty of restaurants nearby or bring your own lunch, drinks and chairs.
Saturday, February 24: "Every Child Ready to Read Super Saturday Story Time" at the Flint Public Library/Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info
- (Event runs 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Drop-in at the Children's Room for some stories and crafts. Recommended for preschool to elementary school ages.
Saturday, February 24: "Saturday After Hours Concert: HIGHDefinition" at the Flint Public Library/Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info
- (Concert runs 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) High Definition presents "Let the Story be Told..." The Evolution of Music in African American History and Culture. The show features a collection of songs and musical presentations from 4 different eras and popular styles of music. Introduced by a spoken word dialogue, each genre of music will also include a guest artist joining the band. Recommended for families of all ages.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3450 * sloanlongway.org
- (Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Enjoy regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science activities where children and adults can explore principles of chemistry and physics through exhibits and staff presentations.
- "Be The Astronaut" - Blast off in a space capsule and discover the future of space exploration! Come aboard Starship Sloan, explore interactive navigation and technology stations and get ready to pilot your own mission. Videogame interfaces and hands-on command centers allow visitors to become the engineers and astronauts that make space flight possible.
- "Collecting Flint from A to Z" - The Sloan Museum has a variety of artifacts, nearly 400,000 of them! You name it, they probably have one. This exhibit highlights 26 groups from Sloan's vast and varied collection. Each alphabetized set reveals something about Flint's shared history. View historic automobiles, firearms, radios, wedding dresses, beer, blueprints and everything in-between.
- "Flint and the American Dream" - Take a fascinating journey through Flint in the 20th century - from the birth of the auto industry to the present. The gallery displays over 600 artifacts and photographs, including rare antique automobiles, colorful neon signs, period clothing, household furnishings and commercial goods.
- "An Equal Opportunity Lie" - In 1967, Flint Mayor Floyd McCree, resigned his appointed position, stating, "I refuse to live an equal opportunity lie." He did so in protest of the city commission's defeat of an open housing ordinance. Using objects and images from Sloan Museum's collection, this exhibition examines the housing segregation that characterized Flint's residential development, as well as efforts to wrest the city free from discriminatory housing practices.
- "Art at Work: Early GM Designs of Dick Ruzzin" - This exhibition showcases over 30 automotive design sketches from one of General Motors' most prolific car designers, on loan from the artist. The artistry of Ruzzin's designs went largely unacknowledged until the late 1980s. They were viewed as work product, and generally thrown away when projects came to an end. Ruzzin was given permission to retain only a tiny fraction of the artwork he produced during his career. This display offers a rare glimpse into the art generated in the pursuit of a larger goal - to ultimately produce cars that were beautiful, functional and desirable.
- "Wisner's Whizbang Emporium" - Explore Wisner's Whizbang Emporium, an interactive gallery where young and old can play together. Wonder at toys from the past as the little one's shop for food in the miniature grocery store and cook in the play kitchen. Take the wheel in the climb-on ambulance, play a board game or discover a book together.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 or (810) 237-3400 * sloanlongway.org
- Due to the dark planetarium environment, shows listed below are recommended for children 4 years and older. No late seating and no re-entry after show begins. Tickets go on sale ½ hour before show time. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead.
- "Skies Over Michigan" - (Show starts daily 3 p.m.) Learn about the rotation of the Earth, find the North Star and the way around the night sky, what a constellation is and which are visible in the current night sky. Also, learn about Moon phases, the daily and monthly motion of the Moon through the sky, visible planets and their movement among the stars. Recommended for ages 6 and older.
- "Space School" - (Show starts Monday & Sunday 1 p.m. & 4 p.m., Tuesday & Wednesday 4 p.m., Thursday & Friday 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m., 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.) Plunge into microgravity simulation in the world's most high-tech swimming pool, where astronauts practice repairing the International Space Station. Explore an extreme underwater training habitat and discover how astronauts test equipment, conduct experiments and live in isolation to prepare for space.
- "In My Backyard" - (Show starts Monday, Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m.) Join Fred Penner from TV's Nickelodeon as he explores things large and small, from the colors of the rainbow, to reasons for the seasons and the stars at night. Show is especially designed for the youngest stargazers.
- "Perfect Little Planet" - (Show starts Monday, Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.) Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes during this ultimate space vacation. Join a family, from another star system, as they seek to find the perfect vacation spot. Which destination would you choose? Recommended for ages 5 and older.
- "The Queen Light Show: From Mercury With Love" - (Show starts Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m.) Longway Planetarium breathes new life into the wildly popular classic rock light show format with an original production set to the music of Queen. Recommended for adults.
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, February 20, 22 & 24: Flint Farmers' Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 232-1399 * flintfarmersmarket.com
- (Open Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Open year-round, shop Flint's city market featuring over 50 inside vendors selling produce, including fresh, locally grown foods, a meat market, poultry, breads and baked goods, cheese, a wine shop, art gallery, flowers, gourmet coffees, crafts, fine arts and more. Also, enjoy breakfast and lunch at "Steady Eddy's", a unique market café that purchases a large selection of their menu ingredients from market vendors (also open limited hours on off market days).
Tuesday-Sunday, February 20-25: Flint Children's Museum, 1602 W. University Avenue, Flint * (810) 767-5437 * thefcm.org
- (Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Home to over 50 exhibits designed for children ages 1-10 to inspire a lifelong love for learning through exploration and hands-on play.
- "The Big Blue Blocks" from Imagination Playground - Enjoy this interactive exhibit that fosters creativity, cognitive development, social skills and physical development for children. There is no right or wrong way to play with Big Blue Blocks, so everyone will have fun no matter what. Come put your imagination to work and build your own designs.
- "Dry Ice Demos" - (Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) February is "Solids, Liquids and Gases - OH MY!" month at the museum. Every hour on the hour this week, join a museum staff and learn about the changing states of matter using dry ice.
Monday-Friday, February 19-23: Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC), 816 S. Saginaw Street, Flint * (810) 238-ARTS * greaterflintartscouncil.org
- (Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) The GFAC programs and services are designed to engage the community in creative processes and support the work of Michigan artists. This is accomplished by showcasing a new monthly exhibit, in their downtown Flint gallery, featuring the "African American All Media Art Exhibition" this month. This exhibit is on display through March 2nd.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org
- (Open Monday-Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Visit FIA and browse 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 that tell a story.
- "Squeezers" - Kawita Vatanajyankur's art offers a powerful examination of the psychological, social and cultural ways of viewing and valuing the continuing challenges of women's everyday labor. In her videos, the artist undertakes physical experiments that playfully, often painfully, test her body's limits - a challenge that is both unavoidably compelling and perplexing to watch.
- "Rhythms and Experiences: Everyday Life in 19th-century Japanese Prints" - This exhibition, curated by associate professor of art history at the University of Michigan-Flint, Dr. Sarah Lippert, explores Japanese prints from the FIA's permanent collection. The exhibit focuses on the simple elegance of the quotidian in Japanese life and explores why artists and collectors in Europe fell in love with Japonisme, a cult of Japanese aesthetic tradition.
- "The Art of Containment - Vessels from the Sidney Swidler Collection" - In 1984, Sidney Swidler began collecting contemporary ceramics and, since that time, has collected over 1,000 objects. In 2017, Swidler gifted over 100 objects to the FIA. This collection of ceramics encompasses pieces by ceramicists working predominantly with the vessel form and illustrate the versatility of this art form and the breadth of Swidler's collection.
- "Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence" - This exhibition showcases a new form of textile art known as ndwango, developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZula-Natal, South Africa. Established in 1999 by two women, on a former sugar plantation, the Ubuhle (meaning beauty in the Xhosa and Zulu languages) began as a way of creating employment for rural women combining traditional skills, like beadwork, and making them profitable. By stretching textile (ndwango) like a canvas, artists transform the flat cloth into a contemporary art form colored with Czech glass beads. The artwork provides an emotional outlet for a community affected by HIV/AIDS and low employment, as well as a route for financial independence for the artists.
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, February 20, 22 & 24: Art at the Market Gallery at the Flint Farmers' Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 238-9202 * artatthemarket.com
- (Open Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Located in the Flint Farmers' Market, enjoy browsing, and purchasing, at this unique art gallery showcasing original artwork from over 30 local artists.
Thursday-Saturday, February 22-24: Mott-Warsh Collection Gallery, 815 S. Saginaw Street, Flint (Gallery entrance is on E. Court Street) * (810) 835-4900 * m-wc.org
- (Open Thursday & Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the 2nd Friday of each month 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) The Mott-Warsh Collection is a private collection of fine art created by artists of the African diaspora. Maryanne Mott and her late husband, Herman Warsh, initiated the collection in 2001 as a means of providing fine art to a broader audience in the City of Flint and beyond. With a focus on art produced since 1940, the Mott-Warsh Collection contains work by over 125 artists covering a range of media from drawing to painting, prints to photography and mixed media to sculpture. Exhibitions change frequently.
Thursday-Saturday, February 22-24: Buckham Gallery, 134 ½ W. Second Street, Flint * (810) 239-6233 * buckhamgallery.org
- (Open 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Founded in 1984, Buckham Gallery is an artist-run, not-for-profit exhibition and performance space that features artists from as many diverse locations as possible. It is the philosophy of the gallery to create an open atmosphere, which allows both emerging and established artists to take charge of their own creative pursuits. Buckham Gallery is proud to present the "Never Done - The Work of Five Women" exhibition this month, which is on display through March 2nd.
Thursday-Sunday, February 22-25: "Academy Award Nominated Shorts" at the Flint Institute of Arts' Film Theater, 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org
- (Showings begin Thursday & Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.) FIA presents the official theatrical program of the most recent Oscar short-film nominees. The documentary finalists will be shown Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., the animated nominees will be screened Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and the live-action nominees will be shown Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, February 22-25: The Fenton Village Players presents "Things My Mother Taught Me" to the Fenton Village Playhouse, 14197 Torrey Road, Fenton * (810) 750-7700 * fentontheatre.org
- (Performances begin Thursday-Saturday 7 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.) Enjoy this comedy about Olivia and Gabe who are moving into their first apartment together. They've just packed up their belongings and driven halfway across the country, to start a new life together in Chicago. Things become slightly complicated when their parents show up to help on moving day. The play takes a generational look at relationships and how sometimes parents are passing their best lessons on to their children without even meaning to.
Friday-Sunday, 23-25: The Flint Youth Theatre presents "Akeelah & the Bee" to their Mainstage, 1220 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-1530 * thefyt.org
- (Performances begin Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.) Enjoy this heart-warming story about Akeelah, who has a crazy passion for words: the more abstruse and labyrinthine, the better. But, this gift is almost overwhelmed by the challenge of her Akeelah's daily life in a tough, Chicago neighborhood. Her aptitude earns her a spot in the National Spelling Bee, which inspires the people in her neighborhood with her courage and tenacity. Recommended for families ages 8 and older.
Monday-Saturday, February 19-24: Ice Skating at Flint Iceland Arena, 1160 S. Elms Road, Flint * (810) 635-8487 * flinticeland.com
- (Visit website above for hours of operation and events) Enjoy the sport of ice skating with friends and family. Public skating sessions are a great way to get out on the ice, get some exercise and have fun while doing it. Public skating schedule is subject to change without notice. Please call ahead.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Ice Skating at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena, 5371 Daly Farms Drive, Burton * (810) 744-0800 * crystalfh.com
- (Visit website above for hours of operation and calendar of events page for a listing of all events) Enjoy public skating, drop-in hockey, stick-n-puck, broomball, U-of-M Flint Hockey games for both men and women, Powers Catholic High School home games, GFHA Youth Hockey leagues, Try Hockey for free days, learn to play hockey, CRYSTAL Skating Academy learn to skate, learn to gure skate, hockey skating skills, private lessons, adult learn to skate classes, adult hockey leagues, tournaments, camps and clinics. Book birthday parties and/or school and church field trips. Event times are subject to change. Please call ahead.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Mt. Holly Ski & Snowboard Area, 13536 Dixie Highway, Holly * (248) 634-8269 * skimtholly.com
- (Morning Session runs approximately 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Afternoon Session 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.) Nestled in Groveland Township just south of Flint & Genesee, Mt. Holly offers 19 trails ranging from beginner to advance along with 5 rope tows, 2 SunKid Wonder Carpets and 7 chairlifts, including Southeastern Michigan's only High-Speed detachable quad. Skiers and spectators can warm up by an outdoor fireplace or head inside the Bavarian Lodge, which features 2 cafeterias, a fireplace room, a lounge with 2 additional fireplaces and a full-service ski shop. Due to weather, operating times are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Michigan Escape Games, 9023 Davison Road, Davison * (810) 652-6165 * michiganescapegames.com
- (For game times and availability call the phone number above or visit the website) If you're a gamer and think you've got what it takes to test your clue-cracking skills in the real world, then this is for you. Designed for small groups of 2-12 people and team events up to 50 people, challenge your wits, skills and teamwork to find clues and solve ciphers to escape from a locked room in under 60 minutes. Each themed room transports all into an adventure and one that will never be forgotten!
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: The Sandbox Virtual Reality Arcade, 4290 Miller Road (Somerset Town Centre), Flint * (810) 715-9791 * thesandboxvra.com
- (Open Monday-Thursday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.) Get ready for something you have never experienced before by taking a trip into a Virtual World. Become an astronaut, a race car driver, zombie hunter, Jedi Knight, an assassin, an artist or even take a trip to the bottom of the ocean or climb Mount Everest. Comfortable atmosphere for all ages, private rooms for friends and parties, drinks and snacks available and extra VR equipment to enhance the experience. Online reservations suggested, but walk-ins welcome (no guarantee for instant play).
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: IMAX Trillium Theatre Grand Blanc/NCG Cinemas, 8220 Trillium Circle Avenue, Grand Blanc * Show Times (810) 695-5000/Main (810) 953-0650 * ncgmovies.com/grand-blanc/
- "Black Panther: An IMAX 2D Experience" - Black Panther follows TChalla who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But, when a powerful old enemy reappears, Tchalla's mettle as king and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Cops & Robbers Ice Cream & Gifts - "Where It's A Crime Not To Have A Good Time!" 323 E. Main Street, Flushing * (810) 202-1001 * copsandrobbersshop.com
- (Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Located in Flushing's former police station, this amazingly unique store offers a variety of toys, books, jewelry, nail polish, soaps, puzzles, games, playing cards, greeting cards, coffee mugs and much more including the largest local selection of J.R. Watkins products. Also enjoy delicious treats from Bella Birches Bakery, ice cream from New Era, Michigan's Country Dairy as well as slushies, fresh baked cookies, Cops & Robbers homemade chocolate bark, dipped and decorated cones, malts and more. Recommended for all ages.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Chuck E. Cheese's, 3489 Miller Road, Flint * (810) 733-7404 * chuckecheese.com
- (Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Chuck E. Cheese's is the ultimate place "Where a Kid Can Be a Kid" and parents can enjoy every moment. That's why Chuck E. himself takes pride in providing a safe, family-friendly environment offering video games, high-tech simulator rides, skytubes, kiddie rides for the little ones, tickets to redeem for prizes, stage shows and more.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Bowl Flint - B's Bowling Center * 750 S. Center Road, Flint * (810) 743-7570; Richfield Bowl * 5340 Richfield Road, Flint * (810) 736-4880 * bowlflint.com
- (Visit website above for hours of operation and events) Richfield Bowl and B's Bowling are dedicated in providing one of the best entertainment venues in Flint & Genesee. These modern bowling centers offer kid-friendly bumper bowling lanes with lightweight bowling balls and small shoes. Also, experience Cosmic Bowling, on the weekends, with glow in the dark lanes along with laser, disco, black and runway lights, fog and music.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Bowl Grand Blanc Lanes, 5301 S. Saginaw Road, Flint * (810) 771-4273 * grandblanclanes.com
- (Visit website above for hours of operation and events) Enjoy Genesee County's largest bowling center with 76 modern lanes featuring the "Main Side" with 44 Brunswick synthetic lanes and the "Annex Side" with 32 wood lanes. Both sides have their own snack bar, lounge and bowling counter. Bumper bowling and automatic scorers make for a great family outing. On Friday and Saturday, come rock, dance and bowl during Cosmic Bowling.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Roller Skating at Rollhaven Skate & Fun Center * rollhaven.com
- Flint/Grand Blanc * 5315 S. Saginaw Road, Grand Blanc Twp. * (810) 694-4533; (Visit website above for hours of operation and events) This family-fun center offers open skate sessions, adult skate, friends & family skate, kid specials, a Friday Nite Live skate, Junior Roller Derby, laser tag, a giant soft play area and more.
- Flushing * 3464 Ann Drive, Flushing * (810) 659-7260; (Visit website above for hours of operation and events) Rollhaven Skate & Fun Center in Flushing has fun for everyone with open skate sessions, Friday Nite Live skate, Sunday FunDay, CannonBlaster and a huge soft playground area.
Tuesday-Sunday, February 20-25: Card Table Republic - A Board Game Lounge "where board games and friends unite," 8427 Davison Road, Davison * (810) 652-6363 * cardtablerepublic.com
- (Open Tuesday-Thursday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Card Table Republic is a place where, for a small fee, people of all ages can relax and challenge themselves playing over 500 board, card and dice games with friends and family. Old classic games such as Monopoly, Life, Battleship and Trouble are available to play as well as the newer style games such as Ticket To Ride, Catan, Carcassonne and Cards Against Humanity. Their snack bar features made in Michigan products like Faygo and Better Made chips.
Tuesday-Sunday, February 20-25: CRU Paintball, 4403 Clio Road, Flint * (810) 785-2278 * crupaintball.com
- (Open Tuesday-Thursday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) CRU Paintball is an unforgettable, adrenaline rush experience for paintball enthusiast and newcomers alike. With the largest indoor field in Michigan along with multiple indoor and outdoor fields, players are never kept waiting and can spend as much time on the fields as they desire. To ensure a fair match and make sure everyone has fun, teams are balanced so that a group of new players don't have to face a team of experienced paint ballers by themselves.
Tuesday-Sunday, February 20-25: The Summit Play Park, 2630 Lippincott Boulevard, Flint * (810) 820-2341 * facebook.com/Summit-Play-Park-414386245585135/
- (Open Tuesday-Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Enjoy this indoor, family-fun play park featuring inflatables, air hockey, obstacle courses, gaming stations, giant slides, pool tables, arcade games, a full service concession stand and more.
Wednesday & Friday-Sunday, February 21 & 23-25: Roller Skating at Skateland Arena, 8460 N. Dort Highway, Mt. Morris * (810) 686-6110 * skatelandarena.com
- (Visit website above for hours of operation and events) Family owned and operated for over 50 years, Skateland has been entertaining families at an affordable price. Come out and skate on their large rink offering skate themed nights and Roller Hockey Arena along with an arcade and play center, laser tag, full concessions, skating lessons, a Volleyball Club and more. Wednesday is adult R&B/Old School Skate for ages 18 and older only.
Wednesday & Friday-Sunday, February 21 & 23-25: Open Skate at University Pavilion Ice Rink, 303 S. Saginaw Street, Flint * (810) 762-3441 * umflint.edu/reccenter/um-flint-ice-rink
- (Open Wednesday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Enjoy some family-fun, outdoor ice skating at Flint's Downtown University Pavilion. The ice rink opened in 1985 as part of Water Street Pavilion and closed just prior to the University of Michigan Flint's purchase of the property in 1990. The rink is in walking distance to a variety of downtown Flint restaurants and entertainment. Bring your own skates or rent skates for $3 (limited sizes and quantities available). Skating at the rink is weather dependent. Free admission.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Genesee Valley Center, 3341 S. Linden Road, Flint Township * (810) 732-4000 * geneseemall.com
- (Visit website above for hours of operation and coupon savings) "Shop until you drop" at Flint's 1.3 million square feet of shopping space with over 130 retailers, anchored by Macy's, JC Penney, Sears and Burlington. Find those unique buys at the Center's one-of-a-kind shops and markets such as Buckle, Best Buy Mobile and Forever 21. The Outdoor Village offers 65,000 square feet of boulevard-style shopping and national tenants including Barnes & Noble, Bar Louie, The Sleep Number Store and more. Kids will have fun playing in the bounce houses at the center's American Fun Center.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Courtland Center Mall, 4190 E. Court Street, Burton * (810) 744-0742 * courtlandcenter.com
- (Visit website above for hours of operation and special store offers) Located off I-69, Courtland Center offers 472,000 square feet of shopping featuring national retail anchors including JC Penney, Staples, Jo-Ann Superstore and Dunham's Sports. Visit more than 50 retailers and eateries while enjoying this friendly shopping experience with convenient parking.
"Weekly Featured" Shopping
Gotta Have It Consignments: 2241 W. Vienna Road, Clio * (810) 640-7058 * gottahaveitconsignments.com
- Consignment shop specializing in gently-used, quality clothing and accessories, furniture, décor and housewares. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Paul's Pipe Shop & Pipe Hospital: 647 Saginaw Street, Flint * (810) 235-0581 * paulspipeshop.com
- Founded in 1928, featuring the largest and most varied selection of pipes and tobaccos anywhere. Home of the Cayuga Pipe and Paul's Pipe Museum. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Jimmy's Antiques and Collectibles: 5225 Flushing Road, Flushing * (810) 732-3643
- Explore this quaint collection of unique items and memorabilia.
J.J. Cardinal's Wild Bird & Nature Store: 12830 S. Saginaw Street, Suite A, Grand Blanc * (810) 695-8733 * jjcardinal.com
- Assorted products that will delight nature lovers including bird feeders, houses and seed, nature books, garden supplies and art, jewelry, binoculars, cards, and much more. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Beloved Books: 208 N. Bridge Street, Linden * (810) 735-0977 * facebook.com/Beloved-Books-114633348557665/
- A fun book store featuring thousands of gently used books at bargain prices and 50% off new books. The store specializes in older, classic titles, but offers something for everyone at every age.
Monday-Saturday, February 19-24: Cranberries Café, 10250 Hegel Road, Goodrich * (810) 636-3409 * cranberriescafe.com
- (Open for lunch Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., dinner Tuesday-Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy great food and drinks, including Michigan beers on tap, while relaxing in this 1917 building featuring its original tin ceiling and flooring, an antique cherry bar and an original floral icebox, from northern Michigan, now converted into a wine cooler. Every Tuesday is Beer Night with half priced bottles and $2 off drafts with dinner. Dine at Cranberries on Wednesday and receive a bottle of wine half off with dinner and/or visit on Thursday for live entertainment from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday-Saturday, February 19-24: Johnny's Pour House, 240 W. Main Street, Flushing * (810) 487-1020
- (Open Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 11p.m. and Friday & Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.) Enjoy one of Flushing's most comfortable dining experiences for breakfast, lunch and dinner, in a casual atmosphere where friends and family can meet and enjoy the highest quality food, at affordable prices, along with friendly service. Live music runs most Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9 p.m.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Beale Street Smokehouse BBQ, 2461 North Road, Fenton * (810) 750-0507 * bealestreetsmokehouse.com
- (Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Using the highest quality meats, enjoy tasty pulled pork and chicken, brisket, St. Louis and baby-back ribs, Michigan craft beers on tap, and in bottles, and more. Beale Street offers that "Juke Joint" atmosphere with live weekend music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Blondie's Food & Spirits, 2520 W. Hill Road, Flint * (810) 766-9680 * blondiesfoodandspirits.com
- (Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Blondie's Food & Spirits has a passion for food and their guests. This unique restaurant offers more than just a commitment to fresh and traditional menu items, they make sure that every guest has a memorable dining experience in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Their extensive upscale, American comfort menu offers something for everyone for lunch, dinner and drinks. Live entertainment runs most Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7 p.m.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Brickstreet of Grand Blanc, 1223 E. Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc * (810) 603-2114 * brickstreetbarandgrill.com
- (Open at 11a.m. Monday-Friday and at 12 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday) Famous for fresh seafood, house-cut steaks and signature entrees, enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Relax and sing along with live pub entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Brickstreet also offers a Sunday Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (reservations suggested).
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: The Corner Bar & Grill, 4015 Owen Road, Fenton * (810) 354-8808 * cbgfenton.com
- (Open Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy this rock-n-roll gastro pub offering a unique mix of fun and elegance with quality food from gourmet burgers to excellent codfish tacos along with craft beer and handcrafted drinks. A delicious brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with loaded omelets, brewcakes, chicken and waffles, breakfast hash, mimosas and more. In addition to great food, the Corner Bar & Grill hosts weekly entertainment with live music most weekends.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Lake View Bar & Grill, 8291 Silver Lake Road, Linden * (810) 458-6147
- (Open Monday-Thursday 2 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.) Enjoy this sports bar and eatery located on the peaceful shoreline of Lobdell Lake serving sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers and hand tossed stone baked pizza with entrees and pasta dishes available between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Breakfast is served on the weekends. Entertainment begins Monday with Karaoke Night, starting at 8 p.m., Open Mic Jam Night on Thursdays at 8 p.m. and live bands perform most weekends from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: The Rough Draught Coffee & Barroom, 134 N. Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 714-3005 * roughdraughtbarroom.com
- (Open Monday & Tuesday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 6 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Come experience this unique reminiscent of an old bar in an industrial building with reclaimed brick, lighting and other structural elements offering a unique selection of craft beers and cocktails and exceptional wines. Baristas are on staff to brew up the perfect latte, cappuccino or gourmet coffee. A light menu is also available offering breakfast and lunch sandwiches, burgers, salads and more all specially prepared with house made ingredients. Enjoy live acoustic tunes by local artists on Saturday.
Monday-Sunday, February 19-25: Sherman's Lounge, 4211 Fenton Road, Flint * (810) 233-7057 * shermanslounge.com
- (Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.) Home to Flint's Finest Entertainment for nearly 50 years, enjoy the best of live, local bands and events throughout the week. Sherman's also features a fully stocked bar, multiple flat-screen TVs, three pool tables, video games, keno and more. Their menu offers pizza, subs, signature sandwiches and a variety of other tasty dishes.
Tuesday-Sunday, February 20-25: Fenton Winery & Brewery (FWB), 1370 N. Long Lake Road, Fenton * (810) 373-4194 * fentonwinery.com
- (Open Tuesday-Thursday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Founded in 2007, FWB began as a typical winery featuring 15 wines and a tasting bar. They now offer a variety of beers on tap and over 20 wine choices (some on tap) with a steady rotation of seasonal wines and specialties. FWB also offers a retail store "Taproom" to purchase those favorites, a delicious menu, wine & beer samplings and live entertainment most weekends starting at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 23: The Jewel of Grand Blanc/Paddy McGee's, 5270 Perry Road, Grand Blanc * (810) 694-5960 * jewelgolf.com
- (Open 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. or later) Located inside the Grand Blanc Golf Club, The Jewel of Grand Blanc offers Friday night country entertainment with DJ "Dan Richards' along with line dancing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Adjacent to The Jewel is Grand Blanc's superior Irish Pub, Paddy McGee's, serving an all-day full breakfast and lunch and dinner menu as well as drink specials (open Wednesday-Sunday).
"Weekly Featured" Dining
Starlite Diner & Coney Island: 1500 N. Center Road, Burton * (810) 742-4955 * starlite1966.com
- A classic American diner featuring a lunch counter serving burgers, hot dogs, shakes and breakfast since 1966. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Italia Gardens: 1141 S. State Road, Davison * (810) 653-6899 * italiagardens.com
- Local Flint & Genesee chain serving pizza and Italian entrees, plus BBQ and seafood, in a relxed atmosphere since 1931. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Fenton Fire Hall Kitchen and Taproom: 201 S. Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 936-0442 * fentonfirehall.com
- Located in an old fire station, enjoy BBQ classics, creative mac 'n' cheese dishes and over 40 beers on tap. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Temple Dining Room: 755 Saginaw Street, Flint * (810) 235-7760 * templedining.com
- Located in downtown Flint on the garden level of the Masonic Temple Building, enjoy homemade dishes at a reasonable price (open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Visit the website above for hours of operation.
The Grafted Root Eatery: 12235 S. Saginaw Street, Suite F, Grand Blanc * (810) 603-7121 * graftedroot.com
- A small, community focused eatery and bar featuring local, Farm Fresh food and seasonal specialties. Open daily for breakfast and lunch and dinner, on Thursday & Friday, with craft beers on tap, Michigan wines and liquor. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Wednesday, February 21: "Comedy Night with Dustin Diamond" at the Flint Farmers' Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 232-1399 * flintfarmersmarket.com
- (Doors open 6:30 p.m./Event runs 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Sinclair Entertainment presents "Hump Day" with Dustin Diamond, Screech from Saved by the Bell. Market Tap will be serving up mid-week cocktails and refreshments.
Friday, February 23: The Machine Shop Concert Lounge, 3539 S. Dort Highway, Flint * (810) 715-2650 * themachineshop.info
- (Doors open 7 p.m. for all shows unless otherwise noted) The Machine Shop host live rock-n-roll, metal and outlaw country events weekly. Visit the website above for this week's entertainment.
Friday, February 23: "Comedy Night at The Market" at the Flint Farmers' Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 232-1399 * flintfarmersmarket.com
- (Event runs 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.) Enjoy an evening of laughter as Sinclair Entertainment presents Comedy Night with performances by super funny Michael Green, Mike Logan and Esther Nevarez. A pizza buffet, sponsored by Hungry Howie's, is included in the ticket price and Market Tap will be serving cocktails and refreshments.
Friday & Saturday, February 23 & 24: Tenacity Brewing, 119 N. Grand Traverse Street, Flint * (810) 339-6676 * tenacitybrewing.com
- Located in downtown Flint, Tenacity Brewing strives to brew extraordinary, creative beer to serve and celebrate the Flint & Genesee community. Enjoy live music Friday night and Comedy Night Saturday. Visit the website above for this week's entertainment details.
Friday & Saturday, February 23 & 24: Red Ink Flint Local 432 Concert Venue, 124 W. First Street, Flint * facebook.com/FlintLocal432/
- (Live music runs 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.) This all ages club, known for its diversity, features performing arts programming, primarily live music, but also theatre, dance, comedy and more. Most of its audience and musicians are high school and college-age students. Visit the Facebook Page above for this week's live music performances.
Friday & Saturday, February 23 & 24: The Old Sequoia Wine Bar & Martini Lounge, 5304 Gateway Centre Drive, Flint * (810) 233-8000 * theredwoodlodge.com
- (Live music begins 9 p.m.) Located inside the Redwood Steakhouse & Brewery, the Sequoia Lounge presents live music featuring local artists. Visit the website above for this week's entertainment details.