Monday, March 13: “Altered Art: Crafting with Vintage Books” by Flint Handmade at Totem Books, 620 W. Court Street, Flint * (810) 407-6320 * flinthandmade.org
- (Event runs 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Learn how to alter old books to make art, crafts or art journals by circling words, drawing pictures or creating collages that can be framed or turned into notecards, bookmarks or even home décor for St. Patrick’s Day. Admission includes all materials and instructions. Recommended for all ages.
Tuesday, March 14: “Let’s Hike It Baby” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * hikeitbaby.com
- (Event runs 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) Get outside, get active and explore! Designed for parents with small children, come out and learn how to enjoy the outdoors at a young age. Meet at For-Mar’s Visitors Center for some stretching and a story, and then hit the trails. Dress for the weather.
Thursday-Sunday, March 16-19: 40th Annual “Flint Camper & RV Show” at Dort Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * dorteventcenter.com
- (Show runs Thursday & Friday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Enjoy this camper and RV show featuring more than 50 units of all types of new recreation vehicles including folding campers, toy haulers and travel and fifth-wheel travel trailers, all ranging in price from $7,000 to more than $75,000.
Friday, March 17: “St. Paddy’s Beer Fest and ½ K Draft Dash” at the Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 232-1399 * flintfarmersmarket.com
- (Event runs 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Flint Farmers’ Market’s annual Green Beer Fest featuring a ½ K run/walk through Flint followed by beer samples, Irish themed foods, live entertainment, a DJ and more.
Friday, March 17: “Flint School of Performing Arts Faculty Concert” at the Flint Institute of Music’s MacArthur Recital Hall, 1025 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 238-1350 * thefim.org
- (Concert begins 7 p.m.) Enjoy a musical evening with Dr. Tigran Shiganyan on violin. Free admission.
Saturday, March 18: “Early Spring Bird Hike” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
(Event runs 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) Spring has sprung and many migratory birds are back. Take a hike on the trails of For-Mar and learn all about these birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. A limited number will be available. Recommended for families of all ages.
Saturday, March 18: “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 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Drop-in at the Children’s Room for some great Storytime. Recommended for parents and young children ages 2 to 5.
Saturday, March 18: “Circuits & Gadgets” 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.) Learn the fun of working with Science, Technology and Math featuring Challenge #1: Invent the Car of the Future! this weekend. Call the above number to register and/or walk-ins welcome.
Saturday, March 18: Flint Firebirds Hockey at Dort Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * dorteventcenter.com
- (Game begins 7 p.m.) The Flint Firebirds will play against the London Knights during their Fan & Host Family Appreciation Night. The Firebirds are part of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and represent a continuation of Flint’s rich hockey tradition.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3450 * sloanlongway.org
- (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday & 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.
- “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” – Take a journey back in time and experience the legend of Titanic like never before. The galleries in this fascinating exhibition feature over 100 real artifacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room recreations and personal stories; each highlighting a different chapter in the compelling story of Titanic’s maiden voyage. Tickets to the exhibition are timed. Advance purchase is recommended, which can be reserved online or by calling the number above.
- “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. A large, eclectic collection is required to accurately record the last 200 years of life in Flint & Genesee. This exhibit highlights 26 groups from Sloan’s vast and varied collection, normally hidden away in storage. Each alphabetized set reveals something about Flint’s shared history. View historic automobiles, firearms, radios, wedding dresses, beer, blueprints and everything in-between.
- “20th Century Gallery” – This exhibit takes visitors on a fascinating journey through Flint in the 20th century – from the birth of the auto industry to the present. Encounter the ups and downs of General Motors, the birth of the UAW, Flint’s role as the “Arsenal of Democracy” and what life was like during the 50s, 60s and 70s. The gallery displays over 600 artifacts and photographs, including rare antique automobiles, colorful neon signs, period clothing, household furnishings and commercial goods.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, 4316 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (866) 622-0605 * visitsealife.com/michigan
- (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – last entry is 1 hour prior to closing time) Located at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, get transported into an amazing underwater world. Come nose-to-nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble seahorses to graceful rays. Walk through an underwater Ocean Tunnel, encounter more than 5,000 sea creatures, hold a crab and touch a sea star. Meet Benson, a young Green Sea turtle rescued after being struck by a boat in Florida. Benson now has permanent damage to his shell and spine and can’t dive for food, so he will never be able to be released back into the wild. Also, participate in daily fun talks and feed shows. Check the website above for special hours and closures.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan, 4240 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (866) 622-0605 * legolanddiscoverycenter.com/michigan
- (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Center remains open 2 hours after last admission; please allow a minimum of 2 to 3 hours for a visit) Located at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, this indoor family attraction features two LEGO rides, a 4D cinema, large children’s play area, a creative workshop where guests learn about LEGO building from experts and more. Also, visit Miniland and view some of Metro Detroit’s iconic buildings and attractions made from LEGO bricks. All tickets are pre-booked online, meaning that guests must select a visit date and time and arrive at that appointed time to guarantee entry. During peak periods, and because guests can stay as long as they want once inside, there may be entry delays. Please be advised that adults must be accompanied by a child in order to gain entry into the attraction. Check the website above for special hours and closures. Recommended for children ages 3 to 10.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: 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 showtime. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
- “Mysteries of the Unseen World” (Show starts daily 2:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 8 p.m.) Presented by National Geographic Entertainment and Day’s End Pictures, take an extraordinary journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions beyond our normal vision to uncover the mysteries of things too fast, too slow, too small or simply invisible. The film uses innovative high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy and nanotechnology to transport audiences to an enthralling secret world of nature, events and breathtaking phenomena not visible to the naked eye. Recommended for ages 12 and older.
- “Skies Over Michigan” (Show starts daily 3:30 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.
- “Violent Universe” (Show starts Friday & Saturday 7 p.m.) The beauty of a starlit sky conceals the violent forces at work within our universe. From the upheaval of a giant star that explodes to release its material into space, to a future encounter between the Earth and a large asteroid that is too close for comfort. Come witness the forces that hold the universe together and occasionally try to rip it apart.
- “In My Backyard” (Show starts Saturday & Sunday 12:30 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.
- “Stars” (Show starts Saturday & Sunday 1:30 p.m.) Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Narrated by Mark Hamill, journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.
- “Perfect Little Planet” (Show starts Saturday & Sunday 4:30 p.m.) Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. Walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? Great for ages 7 and older.
Tuesday-Sunday, March 14-19: Flint Children’s Museum, 1602 W. University Avenue, Flint * (810) 767-5437 * thefcm.org
- (Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Come explore and awaken your imagination, where the power of play inspires lifelong learning through over 40 hands-on educational and fun exhibits. Recommended for children ages 2 to 10.
- “Busy Builders” – This traveling exhibit brings the inner engineer out of all kids! With stations for drafting blueprints, building giant skyscrapers, constructing a log house and more, kids will discover and show how innovative they actually can be.
Friday-Sunday, March 17-19: Buick Automotive Gallery & Research Center, 303 Walnut Street, Flint * (810) 237-3440 or (810) 237-3450 * sloanlongway.org
- (Open Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. - call 24 hours in advance for all other appointments) The gallery displays over 25 classical and concept locally built automobiles featuring five one-of-a-kind cars – a 1954 Wildcat II, Centurion, Arrow, Phantom and an XP.
- “Proof of Concept” – View conceptual vehicles that allowed automakers to flex their creative muscles featuring four legendary Dream Cars and the production models they inspired. Some, like the 1953 Buick Skylark, sprang near-fully formed from their four-wheeled ancestor, while others carry their heritage in subtle ways, with only a slight nod to an understated styling cue to tie them to their conceptual forbearers.
Monday-Friday, March 13-17: Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC), 816 S. Saginaw Street, Flint * (810) 238-ARTS * greaterflintartscouncil.org
- (Open 10 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 featuring the AAA Cool City Art Auction Preview this month. Guests will get the opportunity to preview artwork that will be in the silent auction at the AAA Cool City Art Auction on March 24. Tickets to the Art Auction can be purchased at the GFAC or at geneseefun.com.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org
- (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.
- “Women of a New Tribe” – This exhibition presents the spiritual and physical beauty of selected African American women in the Flint community photographed by artist Jerry Taliaferro. Part of a larger project that has traveled across the United States, 110 Flint area women were nominated and 50 participants were drawn from the pool at the 2016 Community Dialogue event. In the summer of 2016, Taliaferro traveled to Flint to photograph each woman and learn her story. According to Taliaferro, his primary motivation in this project was “to reveal the beauty and souls of black women.” A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies this exhibition.
- “Reaction: The Art of Social Commentary” – This exhibition, drawn from the FIA’s permanent collection, explores how artists have addressed political, social and civil rights issues through art, from World War I to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. The beginning of the 20th century was marked with war and economic depression, and in response artists began to express their discontent with the social and political environment that surrounded them. This exhibit features graphic works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Catlett, Ben Shahn, George Grosz, Mario Zapata Vasquez and more.
- “Art of Jade” – Throughout history, jade has had profound cultural implications in different regions of the world. A wide variety of items, including tools, figurines and jewelry reflected the strong cosmological and symbolic associations the culture had with this luminous, hard stone. This exhibit includes objects from China that range from the Neolithic period (8,000-2,000 BCE) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and from Mesoamerican cultures dating back as early as 1800 BCE. The exhibit explores the history of these “jade cultures” as well as the functional, stylistic and technical developments of jade as an artist medium throughout time.
- “Civitas” – Jacek Jerzy Kolasinski’s installations are rooted in the experience of growing up in two worlds: the “Old World” of Krakow, Poland, and the “New World” of the United States. The search for identity in the vortex of cultural displacement surfaces often in Kolasinski’s work. Civitas is a small-scale re-creation of a medieval town destroyed by fire. It serves as a parable describing the devaluation of various social institutions like religion and family. The dilapidated buildings are emblematic of urban decline. The projected images are captured, transmitted, and transformed by a small video camera situated in the center of the installation. This imagery gives the impression of an anonymous explorer documenting the ruins in the heart of an unnamed village devastated by some unknown disaster.
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, March 14, 16 & 18: 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. Art at the Market is a non-profit organization and operated by its artists.
Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18: 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.) Established in 2001 by Maryanne Mott and her late husband, Herman Warsh, this thought-provoking art gallery features the work of artists of the African diaspora and those who reflect on it. It comprises over 600 works by more than 185 artists working in varied media and stylistic approaches. Artists represented in the post-World War II collection include Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Samella Lewis and Charles White as well as contemporary innovators such as Carrie Mae Weems, Wangechi Mutu, Kehinde Wiley and Hank Willis Thomas.
Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18: Buckham Gallery, 134 ½ W. Second Street, Flint * (810) 239-6233 * buckhamgallery.org
- (Open 12:00 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.
Tuesday, March 14: “Pippin the Musical” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com
- (Performance begins 7:30 p.m.) Enjoy this high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical full of amazing acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards, come experience one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.
Friday-Sunday, March 17-19: “Julieta” at the Flint Institute of Arts’ Film Theater, 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org
- (Film begins Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.) A middle-aged woman is forced to painfully re-examine her life after learning that her long-lost daughter has resurfaced. This film is rated R.
Monday-Saturday, March 13-18: Ice Skating at Flint Iceland Arena, 1160 S. Elms Road, Flint * (810) 635-8487 * flinticeland.com
- (Open Monday through Saturday – check 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 to confirm times.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: Ice Skating at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena, 5371 Daly Farms Drive, Burton * (810) 744-0800 * crystalfh.com
- (Open Monday through Sunday – check 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, Elite Skating Academy learn to skate, learn to figure skate, hockey skating skills, private lessons, adult learn to skate classes, adult hockey leagues, tournaments, camps and clinics and STRIDA summer hockey training program. Book birthday parties and/or school and church field trips. Event times are subject to change.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: 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 hours are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: 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. The Escape Game provides sophisticated, high-level games that will challenge even the most hardcore gamers. Each themed room transports all into an adventure and one that will never be forgotten!
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: 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/
- “Kong: Skull Island: An IMAX 3D Experience” – Explore the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous primordial island. This film is Rated PG-13. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: Cops & Robbers “Where It’s A Crime Not To Have A Good Time!” 323 E. Main Street, Flushing * (810) 202-1001 * copsandrobbersshop.com
- (Open daily 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. If you are looking for something sweet, Cops & Robbers is the place to go for delicious treats from Bella Birches Bakery and premium ice cream from New Era, Michigan’s Country Dairy. They also have slushies, soft serve, fresh baked cookies, Cops & Robbers homemade chocolate bark, dipped and decorated cones, malts and more. Recommended for all ages.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: 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, live stage shows and more. Admission is free and games are always just one token.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: 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
- (Open Monday through Sunday – check website above for hours of operation and events) Richfield Bowl and B’s Bowling are dedicated to 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, March 13-19: Rollhaven Skate & Fun Center * rollhaven.com
- Flint/Grand Blanc * 5315 S. Saginaw Road, Grand Blanc Twp * (810) 694-4533, (Open Monday through Sunday – check 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. On Tuesday, Rollhaven is hosting a “Field Day Skate.” Participate in some outdoor games played inside.
- Flushing * 3464 Ann Drive, Flushing * (810) 659-7260, (Open Monday through Sunday – check 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, March 14-19: 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 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 7 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. A party room, that seats up to 30, is also available and the snack bar features made in Michigan products like Faygo and Better Made chips.
Tuesday-Sunday, March 14-19: 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 – new players are given a fair shot and experienced players will never have it too easy.
Wednesday & Friday-Sunday, March 15 & 17-19: Roller Skating at Skateland Arena, 8460 N. Dort Highway, Mt. Morris * (810) 686-6110 * skatelandarena.com
- (Open Wednesday & Friday-Sunday – check 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, birthday parties, skating lessons, a Vollyball Club and more. Their Skate Shop carries some of the best brands and prices for Traditional and In-Line skates as well as Roller Derby, Hockey and Speed skates.
Wednesday & Friday-Sunday, March 15 & 17-19: Open Skate at University Pavilion Ice Rink, 303 S. Saginaw Street, Flint * umflint.edu/sil/sil-events
- (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 actually 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 $3.00 provided by Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena. No hockey sticks/pucks or any other equipment or play items allowed during open skate. Free admission.
Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18: “Cosmic Red Pin Bowling” at Grand Blanc Lanes, 5301 S. Saginaw Road, Flint * (810) 771-4273 * grandblanclanes.com
- (Bowling runs 9:15 p.m. to 1 a.m.) Come rock, dance and bowl a strike when a red headpin appears, and win a prize! Grand Blanc Lanes also offers a snack bar, lounge, bumper bowling, automatic scorers and a pro shop.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: Genesee Valley Center, 3341 S. Linden Road, Flint * (810) 732-4000 * geneseemall.com
- “Shop until you drop” at Flint’s 1.3 million square feet of shopping space with over 130 retailers and anchored by Macy’s, JC Penney, Sears and Burlington Coat Factory. 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. Visit the website above for coupon savings.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: Courtland Center Mall, 4190 E. Court Street, Burton * (810) 744-0742 * courtlandcenter.com
- Conveniently located off I-69, Courtland Center offers 472,000 square feet of enclosed 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. Visit the website above for special store offers.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: Birch Run Premium Outlets, 12240 S. Beyer Road, Birch Run * (989) 624-6226 * premiumoutlets.com
- Find incredible values on all the new season fashions with up to a 65% discount on every day savings. Shop at over 145 well-known brand name stores such as the Pottery Barn Outlet, COACH Factory and the Nike Factory Store. Visit the website above for additional in-store promotions.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (248) 454-5000 * greatlakescrossingoutlets.com
- Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is the market's dominant retail outlet and entertainment destination, attracting customers throughout the Midwest and Canada. With 185 manufacturer's outlets and traditional retail stores, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is Michigan's only enclosed value-regional mall. Visit the website above for special coupon savings.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: Carriage Town Antique Center, 503 Garland Street, Flint * (810) 238-1444 * carriagetownantiquecenter.com
- (Open Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Housed in a restored Art Deco warehouse, Carriage Town Antique Center has a fantastic mix of quality antiques, vintage collectibles and exquisite art. Browse two levels for antique furniture, glass, pottery, silver, vintage clothing, primitive pieces, period lighting and vintage Christmas all year round.
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, March 14, 16 & 18: 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 32,000 square feet 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 where a majority of their menu is selected from market vendors (open limited hours on off market days as well).
Monday-Saturday, March 13-18: Cranberries Café, 10250 Hegel Road, Goodrich * (810) 636-3409 * cranberriescafe.com
- (Open for lunch Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for 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 or visit on Thursday for live entertainment, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring Celtic music by Green Fire this week in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Come out on Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m., as Cranberries hosts Martini Night with fresh, spring martini specials and a free hors d’oeuvre buffet with any martini.
Monday-Saturday, March 13-18: 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, friendly service and affordable prices. Each dish is created with the finest ingredients and soups are prepared from scratch. Live music runs every Friday and Saturday starting at 9 p.m.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: Beale Street Smokehouse BBQ, 2461 North Road, Fenton * (810) 750-0507 * bealestreetsmokehouse.com
- (Call for hours of operation) 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., with Elizabeth Reed Band playing Friday and Greg Ellis on Saturday.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: 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. This weekend, starting at 9 p.m., The Regulators perform live music (classic rock and blues with a twinge of funk).
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: 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, starting at 7 p.m., with Craig John every Monday and Wednesday, Darrin Brown performing Tuesday and Thursday and Bob Adado taking the stage Friday and Saturday for some dancing in the pub. Brickstreet also offers a Sunday Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (reservations suggested).
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: 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. In addition to great food, the Corner Bar & Grill hosts live rock‘n’roll music every Saturday night.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: Ekklesia On the Water, 8291 Silver Lake Road, Linden * (810) 458-6147 * ekklesiaonthewater.com
- (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.) Ekklesia, from the original Greek, means a gathering of citizens in a public place. On the peaceful shoreline of Lobdell Lake, enjoy this new sports bar and eatery. Their kitchen is open daily, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., 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 every Monday for Karaoke Night, starting at 8 p.m., and live bands perform on the weekends featuring Misspent Youth (rock, blues & dance tunes) this Friday in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Live music runs 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: The Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille, 302 N. Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 750-9463 * fentonhotel.com
- (Open Monday-Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.) The Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille stands solid and hospitable, greeting hungry patrons as it did when it first opened in 1856 when the railroads came to Fenton. A daily menu is available with a variety of delicious choices including fresh fish, savory steaks, comfort food and more. Live piano bar entertainment begins every Tuesday and Thursday, at 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: The Rough Draught Coffee & Barroom, 134 N. Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 714-3005 * roughdraughtbarroom.com
- (Open Monday 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday & Wednesday 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday & Friday 5 a.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. 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 every Saturday.
Monday-Sunday, March 13-19: 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 Wednesday through Saturday. Wednesday, the Handsome Devils play at 8 p.m. and the group Still Rain (country/rock) performs Thursday at 8 p.m. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the group EnJoy Now entertains (top 40 hits from the past to current) starting at 10 a.m. and Tweed & Dixie (country/rock) takes the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday, EnJoy Now performs again starting at 9 p.m. 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, March 14-19: Andy’s Place, 208 S. Broad Street, Holly * (248) 382-5020 * andysplace.wixsite.com/andy
- (Open Tuesday & Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.) This friendly, fun atmosphere offers a selection of homemade soups, grilled sandwiches, build your own burgers and more. Andy’s also features a large selection of beers, margaritas, martinis and specialty drinks – You Name It, They Will Make It. Enjoy live local music every Friday from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. and on Saturday, during dinner, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Then on Saturday evening, Andy’s hosts an open mic set from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Happy Hour runs Tuesday through Friday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and then from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with drink and food specials.
Tuesday-Sunday, March 14-19: 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, March 17: The Jewel of Grand Blanc/Paddy McGees, 5270 Perry Road, Grand Blanc * (810) 694-5960 * jewelgolf.com
- (Open 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.) Located inside Grand Blanc Golf Club, The Jewel of Grand Blanc and Paddy McGees is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a special all day menu, two DJs throughout the day along with live music by Craig John and the Detroit Audio Force (classic rock). Paddy McGees is also open on Sunday for their Breakfast Buffet, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar.
Thursday, March 16: “After Dark” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com
- (Event runs 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) Experience The Whiting in a new, unique way during this monthly casual celebration with a different theme for each event featuring “Trivia Night” this month. Enjoy Happy Hour from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. with free food (while supplies last). Must be 18 years and older to attend.
Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18: The Machine Shop Concert Lounge, 3539 S. Dort Highway, Flint * (810) 715-2650 * themachineshop.info
- (Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows unless otherwise noted) The Machine Shop hosts live rock-n-roll, metal and outlaw country events weekly. Friday, the group Ironsnake performs in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then on Saturday, the Blood, Lust, Death Tour of 2017 comes to the Machine Shop with Dope and Combichrist and special guests September Mourning and Davey Suicide. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18: Sequoia Wine Bar and Martini Lounge, 5304 Gateway Centre Drive, Flint * (810) 233-8000 * theredwoodlodge.com
- (Live music begins at 9 p.m.) Located inside the Redwood Steakhouse & Brewery, the Sequoia Lounge presents live music featuring Soul’d Out (top 40, funk, jazz and more) on Friday and JFQ – Jon Fett Quartet (classic rock) Saturday.
Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18: Historic Holly Hotel Comedy Club, 110 Battle Alley, Holly * (248) 634-5208 * hollyhotel.com
- (Shows begin 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.) Enjoy professional stand-up comedy featuring a variety of local and national entertainers with Will Spottedbear in the house this weekend with special guest Brent Terhune.