Monthly Archives: April 2011

It’s Friday, Friday, Friday Foto Contest

It is Friday Foto Contest time! Do you know where that is? If you do, tell us in the comment section of this post. If you are the first person to answer correctly you will win a fun prize. The correct answer and the winner will be announced on Monday.

Good luck and have a great weekend!

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What’s Happening This Weekend 4/29-5/1

The month of May will be upon us this weekend, so let us see what there is to do around Flint to welcome in our new month.

-The Flint Institute of Arts will be presenting Barney’s Version this Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:00pm. Paul Giamatti earned a Golden Globe award as an eccentric TV producer who woos and wins various women in his native Montreal. The film is based on Mordecai Richler’s final novel, this bittersweet comedy also stars Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Scott Speedman, and Bruce Greenwood. Tickets are $5 for FIA members, $4 for FOMA, and $6 for everyone else.

-The Flint Public Library will be hosting a panel Discussion on Censorship and the Impact on Social Media this Friday at 7:00pm. American Place Theatre presents “Fahrenheit 451” at the Whiting and educational workshops in several community high schools in a week long literary residency. The teaching artist will give a short dramatic presentation before the panel discussion at the library. This event is in collaboration with The Whiting, the Genesee District Library and The Flint Public Library. This event is free to attend.

-You can Bowl With Mateen Cleaves this Friday, to help support education programs at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint. The event will be held at B’s Bowling on Center Rd. in Flint. There are two sessions to choose from one from 6:00pm-8:30pm, and the other from 9:00pm-11:00pm. The cost is $20 per person and includes two games of bowling, shoe rental, and pizza. You will need to register in advance by contacting Sarah bgcgfdevelopment@comcast.net or by calling (810) 249-3452.

-The Punk Rock Rummage Sale is this Saturday at two, count em, two different venues. The Punk Rock Rummage Sale is a mixture of punk rock music and garage sale; a place where art, craft, clothing, and any cast away coolness that people want to pass on. From noon-4pm the Punk Rock Rummage Sale will be at 625 S. Saginaw St. musician Ryan Gregory will be providing the music. And then in the evening, starting at 8pm and running until midnight the Punk Rock Rummage Sale will be at Churchill’s where DJ Michael A will be spinning punk tunes all night. If you get a chance be sure to check this out, there are many fun things and great deal to be had.

-It must be May because golf in in the air. IMA Brookwood will be hosting the 40th Annual IMA 2-Person Best Ball at IMA Brookwood Golf Club this Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $74 per person for non-passholders and $54 per person for season passholders. The fee includes golf with cart for two days, gift certificates, trophies, and more. Entries are limited to the first 72 teams. For more info you can call (810) 249-7060.

-The Whiting will be presenting “Farenheit 451” this Saturday at 7pm. This production is in conjunction with American Place Theatre in NYC, who presents professionally staged verbatim theatrical adaptations of significant American literary works. Tickets are $30 no matter where you sit.

Quite a bit to do this weekend, so get out there and enjoy Flint.

Did we miss something? Do you know of an event this weekend that is not on our list, leave it in the comments for us.

Our 4th Friday Breakfast Recap

Flint Club believes a sustainable neighborhood is an area in which residents have opportunities to successfully live, work and play.  At this morning’s 4th Friday Breakfast, we continued our conversation about Flint being a “livable” community with sustainable neighborhoods.  Special guest speaker, Chris Everson, President of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, lead the conversation with his history of living in the downtown Flint area for over 17 years.   Many people mistake downtown Flint for an area of only business or local government when in fact it is fastest growing neighborhood in Genesee County, (a special thanks to Mayor Dayne Walling for that information) and arguably one of the fastest growing in our state.  With local government anchoring only one end, there is plenty of space for businesses and residential living in the downtown area.  Many are aware of the recent increase of business and restaurants on Saginaw Street.  But little attention is being given to the resurrection in the historic districts, the significance of the local college students, and the true demand for urban living space in the form of downtown lofts and apartments.  Chris argued that it is all of these elements connected by engaged residents that make downtown a community and successful neighborhood.

As a Flint native, Chris had fond memories of growing up on a traditional city block with other children to play with and families that watched out for each other.  After moving downtown in his twenties to be closer to a more active social and music scene, Chris longed for a more traditional sense of neighborhood.  He recalled friends “hanging out” in or near the Capitol Theater but little interaction with the few residents that lived in the area.   “At that time, there wasn’t much more in downtown other than bands and bars” said Chris.  Years later he moved into a loft with his wife and began working at the Flint Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Chris enjoyed being within walking distant to his new job but still longed for more traditional neighborhood interaction.    He noticed the increase in downtown residential living and started a loft residential group, later becoming the Downtown Neighborhood Association.  The DNA is only in its beginning stages as a neighborhood association but is staying true to the value of the power of one.  It only takes one person, or a small group of individuals, to start to make change.   A few band members living in an upstairs apartment has turned into dozens of lofts and filling of large residential buildings. A few small bars have blossomed into a successful downtown restaurant district.  A few engaged residents has turned into a sustainable neighborhood in which people work, live and play.

As a perfect example of the power of one, Flint Club would like to thank Mark Hoffman and the staff at Hoffman’s Deco Deli for opening their doors to us this morning.   We are encouraged by Hoffman’s continued dedication to this community and involvement as a small business owner in the downtown area.  We also would like to thank Mayor Walling for his opening remarks related to Flint’s neighborhoods and future success of downtown Flint.

As always we thank all of the participants of April’s 4th Friday Breakfast for battling the rain drops on this Earth Day and Good Friday morning.  And we encourage everyone to think about what actions you can take as a power of one.

What’s Up Wednesday, Thursday Edition

It is Easter Weekend this weekend, but there are still a few things to do around Flint. Let’s see…

-Of course first on our list this week is Flint Club’s own 4th Friday Breakfast. This month our breakfast will feature Chris Everson, the President of the Downtown Neighborhood Association. Chris will be leading our discussion about sustainable neighborhoods in Flint. The breakfast is this Friday starting at 7:30am and runs until 9:00om at Hoffman’s Deco Deli & Cafe and the event is free. Yes, free breakfast.

-The FIA will be presenting Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a grieving couple attempting to redefine their lives after their 4 year old son dies in an accident.  The times are 7:30pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (there will be no screening on Easter Sunday). Tickets are $5 for members, $4 for FOMA, and $6 for everyone else.

-Buckham Gallery will be hosting Handmade Crafts with Amy Kelsey this Saturday from 12pm-3pm. Learn to make practical crafts out of everyday items. Supplies will be provided, preregistration is required and the cost is $15. You can call 810-239-6233 to register.

Have a great weekend.

4th Friday Breakfast Is This Friday

We will be holding our monthly 4th Friday Breakfast this Friday!

This month our breakfast will feature Chris Everson, President of the Downtown Neighborhood Association.  Chris will be leading our discussion about neighborhood sustainability in Flint.  If you live in a neighborhood here in Flint, or live out in the suburbs and can share what works in your neighborhood please come and add your voice to this important discussion.

Here are the details for you:

WHAT? 4th Friday Breakfast

WHEN? This Friday, April 22nd, at 7:30am-9:00am

WHERE? Hoffman’s Deco Deli & Cafe

HOW MUCH? Free!

You can RSVP at our Facebook event page here http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178663035516311