Upcoming Local Festivities Including Craft Shows and Parades
It’s already December and for some, that can mean stressful holiday shopping. If you’re looking for unique and handmade items to gift this season, I have three craft shows that you may want to check out. Another aspect of the month is family fun. There are events aimed at bringing loved ones together to experience the magic of the season.
St. Roberts Council of Catholic Women is holding its Christmas Craft Bazaar on Saturday, December 3rd. All goods will are handmade and feature holiday decorations, wood and glass items, toys, baked goods and more. The craft show takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church located at 319 N. Cherry Street in Flushing.
Bethany United Methodist Church is hosting their 6th annual Christmas Bazaar & Craft Show on December 3rd. You can pick up craft items, stitchery, toys, baked goods, and more. There will also be a silent auction. The craft show is December 3rd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. located at 353 E. Vienna St. in Clio.
Check out the Tis the Season Craft Bazaar. Bentley High School in Burton is hosting the shopping event on Sunday, December 4th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The school is located at 1150 N. Belsay Road. Admission is $2 per person.
The Flint Cultural Center is hosting its annual Holiday Walk on Tuesday, December 6th. The event kicks off with the tree lighting at 5:15 and goes until 8 p.m. Stroll through the Cultural Center campus and take in beautiful holiday light displays, planetarium shows, crafts, music, and pictures with Santa. As always, this event is FREE and is something to experience if you’ve never done it before.
On December 10th, local businesses in Swartz Creek are asking residents to shop locally when they search for holiday gifts. Christmas in the Creek is a new way to invite shoppers into local stores and check out their services and wares. Some businesses are offering coupons and giveaways. Christmas in the Creek runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The firefighters’ parade begins at 6 p.m. at the Middle School and will end at the fire station. At the fire station, enjoy doughnuts, cider and a visit from Santa.
Whether you choose one or many of these events to check out, be safe and enjoy the company of your loved ones. And remember when it comes to real estate, Dave is the man! - Dave Taljonick of RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.
Four Upcoming Family Events
There is something about this time of year that makes us want to gather close to those we love. What better way than to share time together at local events. I will highlight four family friendly events that are either low cost or free. I hope you are able to check out at least one.
If you are a Genesee County resident, you won’t want to miss out on FREE admission to Crossroads Village. On Friday, November 25th from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a fantastic tree lighting, Christmas carols, unique shopping, and fireworks. Admission to the village is FREE but train tickets are not included. It is highly suggested that you purchase train tickets in advance since they tend to sell out quickly.
The 43rd year of the Holly Dickens Festival starts this weekend with the theme “Home for the Holidays.” Start off with the tree lighting and the lighted parade on Friday, November 25th. The rest of the weekend boasts carriage rides, caroling, crafts, entertainment and so much more! It’s worth the drive to take part in the official oldest and longest running Dickens themed festival in the United States.
If you indulged a little too much over Thanksgiving, or just feel like getting back to nature, head to ForMar for the 5th Annual Turkey Trot. On November 26 take part in a 5K run/walk or let the little ones take part in the Turkey Trot. Pre-registration has ended, so be sure to arrive and register by 10 a.m. in order to participate. Registration is $20.
Join Burton Parks and Recreation on December 3rd at Bendle High School to take part in fun holiday activities. From noon to 3 p.m. there will be face painting, cookie, ornament, and stocking decorating, pictures with Santa (for a $15 fee), and a showing of Santa Buddies at 1 p.m. There will be a glow parade at 5:30 p.m. starting at the intersection of S. Saginaw St. and Natalie Drive.
Participating in things with friends or family has the potential to be more meaningful than money spent. Take time to enjoy the season and each other. Check out one of these events and perhaps you will find a new tradition to share with loved ones. Stay safe and have fun this season. Remember when it comes to all your real estate needs, Dave is the man! Dave Taljonick of RE/MAX Right Choice.
Three Tools to Assist Your Travel Over the Holiday Week
According to AAA, over 48 million of us will hit the road next week over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. While many websites provide travel deals, driving trips or weather forecasts not all will give you local travel information. In preparation for the holiday I want to give you an overview of these resources to assist with your travel plans.
The AAA website provides live traffic and construction updates. The site allows you to look up regional information including any construction or problems along a particular route. The website includes Live Traffic Reports and Construction Updates which allows you to make plans before leaving on your trip or to find updates while on the road.
Another great resource is the Mi Drive app through the Michigan Department of Transportation. The free app is available for download through iTunes and Google Play. Besides the features on the AAA website, this particular app includes additional information such as rest areas, traffic updates and real-time traffic camera views. If you don’t want to download the Mi Drive app, you can still access updates through their website.
In addition to traffic on the road, another important component of planning for travel over the holiday is examining weather information. Almost everyone has an app that provides a weather forecast on their phone, however these do not always provide detailed information on any weather hazards. The National Weather Service office provides snowfall analysis, snow cover, radar and precipitation on their website. You can also download a free app for the National Weather Service through iTunes and Google Play. The app will alert you of weather warnings and will provide the radar of current conditions based on your location.
Plan your trip in advance to have a safe and happy holiday. I hope these tools will help make your journey a little easier. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.
5 Veterans Day Ceremonies
When we hear about Veterans Day, sometimes what comes to mind is eateries offering free meals, great shopping deals, or the fact that government offices and banks will be closed. I’d like to remind you that the true purpose of Veterans Day is to honor all of those who have previously served in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans Day is Friday, November 11th and I am listing 5 ceremonies that are happening in our area. I hope you are able to attend one to honor all of those who have served.
Swartz Creek will have a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 11th. The ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial located on Fortino Drive. Swartz Creek Academy seniors have been cleaning the memorial to prepare it for the ceremony.
There will be a Veterans Day service at Mcfarlan Veterans Memorial Park on November 11th at 11 a.m. The park, the smallest and oldest in Flint, is located at the intersection of East 2nd Ave, ML King Ave, and Saginaw Street.
The Great Lakes National Cemetery, located at 4200 Belford Road in Holly, will have its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, November 11th. The ceremony will be held at the cemetery assembly area at 11 a.m.
Even if you can’t attend one of the ceremonies, you can still thank a veteran for his or her service. Chances are you know someone who has served. Remember to stay safe and be ever thankful. Remember it comes to real estate, "Dave is the Man"! "! - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900
Four Area Halloween Events
This time of year brings a lot of events to attend. It can get overwhelming trying to sort through all of them. This week, I am highlighting 4 events that you can enjoy this weekend. Some are free/low cost and others have admission. Whether you want to take the kids somewhere or enjoy yourself with other adults, I hope you will find this list helpful.
The University of Michigan-Flint invites the community to enjoy Fall Fun Fest on Saturday, October 22. From 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy food, music, pumpkin carving, lawn games, video games, and watch the U-M Homecoming Football Game on the big screen.
Don’t miss Nightmare at the Market; a spooky good time for those 21 and up. On October 22, from 7 p.m. to midnight, the Flint Farmers’ Market will be hosting a costume contest (with a $1000 prize), music and dancing, games, and much more. Tickets are $30 per person and proceeds benefit Whaley Children's Center
You still have some time to take part in Halloween Ghosts and Goodies at Crossroads Village. The Village, dressed up in its seasonal décor, offers 20 treat stations for your little ones. The magic show and straw maze is also sure to entertain. Crossroads Village is located at 6140 Bray Road in Flint, 48505. Check out Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad for more info on activities, dates, times, and ticket prices.
Have fun and stay safe. Next week I list trick-or-treating times for the various cities and municipalities as well as a few other events. Remember when it comes to real estate, Dave is the man! - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900.
Fire Prevention Month
October is Fire Prevention Month so now is a good time to go over some fire safety basics. Follow these tips and read more at the recommended sites in order to keep yourself and your family safe while having fun this fall.
During Fire Prevention Month, the National Fire Prevention Agency (NFPA) urges you to take fire safety and fire prevention seriously. This year’s focus is to educate citizens on changing or replacing smoke detectors. The “Don’t Wait…Check the Date” slogan reminds you that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. You can find a printed date on each alarm. Even if you think your alarm is working, if it is older than 10 years, replace it. Test your alarms once a month.
This is also a good time to review your family’s fire preparedness plan. If you don’t have a plan, it is crucial to draft one and ensure that every family member knows how to execute it. If your home has an upper level, be sure that a collapsible escape ladder is near the escape route and that everyone knows how to use it. You should also make sure that everyone knows where to meet after evacuating. Practice the fire drill until everyone knows how to safely escape and get to the designated meeting spot.
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has a host of tips and materials for parents, caregivers and teachers to make sure that children know the importance of fire safety. It may sound obvious, but keep lighters, matches and other smoking materials locked away in a high place. Also, never play with fire when children are watching. Children are naturally curious and will try to imitate what you do. This is especially important to remember when having bonfires where you may be roasting hot dogs or marshmallows.
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Always be sure to practice cooking safety, keeping towels, hair, clothing, etc. away from the stove top and oven. Turn pot and pan handles inward to prevent them from being pulled or bumped off the stove. Never use water to put out a grease or oil fire. Cover the smoking pan with a lid or a cookie sheet. It is a good idea to keep a kitchen fire extinguisher handy.
According to the USFA, home heating is the second biggest cause of home fires, with the majority of those being from chimney, flue or fuel burner fires. Practice heating safety by keeping portable heaters 3 feet from any furniture, clothing, curtains, etc. The USFA website has videos that can help you inspect your fireplace and learn how to start a safe fire. They also have reminders on other heating safety issues.
Flint residents are encouraged to visit the fire station nearest them on Saturday, October 15. From noon to 3 p.m., there will be a "Community Open House" where firefighters will be available to answer fire safety questions and residents can sign up to get smoke alarms installed. There will be fun events for children as well.
This time of year is full of chilly nights that seem to be much cozier with a fire, whether it be an indoor or outdoor fire. Follow the guidelines for fire safety and you will have fun and stay safe. If you are seeking more information, be sure to visit the National Fire Prevention Agency website. Remember when it comes to real estate, Dave is the man! - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.
Get your home ready for fall with these 4 tips
Fall is here and while there is much fun to be had this time of year, it is also a time to prepare your home for cooler weather. I will give you a few tips to get you on the right track. These 4 areas are sometimes overlooked, but are very important for staying healthy and cozy this season.
Clean the furnace and replace any worn belts. You can do this yourself or call a professional
Change the air filter; be sure to mark the date on the new one so you know when it needs to be replaced again
Air ducts should be professionally cleaned every 3 to 7 years
Pull out the fridge, unplug, and vacuum the coils on the back to remove dust and debris
After you push the fridge back, carefully pull off the grille on the bottom front and thoroughly wash with soap and water to remove grimy buildup
Remove drip pan, clean and replace
Clean door gaskets/seals with warm water to remove food buildup and improve seal and energy efficiency
Clothes dryers cause thousands of house fires a year; you can prevent this by thoroughly cleaning the lint from your dryer
Disconnect the duct from the dryer and with a shop-vac and brush, clean inside the duct
If you have a plastic or flexible duct, replace with a rigid metal duct
Wood burning fireplaces should have the flue, damper, interior and exterior brick inspected before lighting a fire
Gas fireplaces should be inspected and cleaned once a year by a certified professional
These are just a few things to get you started with fall cleaning. Look for future blogs that feature outdoor fall cleanup. Remember to stay safe, have fun, and call me, Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900 for all your realty needs.
Preparing for a Move
The entire process of buying a new home is stressful for everyone. Besides the consideration with the actual purchase of your home you also have to figure out how to get your utilities set up along with changing your address. In this post I will give you a few helpful links to make these tasks a little easier.
One of the most important things is getting your address changed. The United States Postal Service (USPS) allows you to make a change online, but you will need to pay a $1.00 verification fee to do it over the Internet. When you make the change the USPS will provide you with a packet of coupons that can be used at home improvement stores and other places you may need to visit during your move.
Next you will need to start energy service at your new address or stop service at your old home through Consumers Energy. They offer an easy to use online tool to complete any of these tasks including transferring service to another person.
Depending on where you will be living there will be different telecommunication services available. Certain areas of Genesee County are under jurisdiction of Xfinity while others are under Charter/Spectrum. In addition, some areas offer U-Verse or DIRECTV through AT&T. Other options include Dish Network depending on what you prefer for your family.
Finally, you should contact the municipality where you are moving to determine what needs to be done for other services including trash, sewer and water. Here is a link to all the municipalities located in Genesee County.
Moving is not easy, but these contacts outlined above should help make your transition to your new home a little easier. Remember when it comes to real estate, Dave is the man! .- Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900.
Six Orchards to Explore with Your Family
The nights are starting to turn cooler, Maple Trees are starting to display their brilliant hues and that can mean only one thing…orchard season is upon us. This week I will list a few area orchards that will get you into the spirit of fall.
Montrose Orchards is open from April to December, but this time of year is especially exciting. Located at 12473 Seymour Road in Montrose, the orchard offers something for the whole family. In addition to seasonal produce, the orchard sells honey, baked goods, hayride tours, Pumpkin Fantasyland, and much more. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Fall Family Fun Fest on October 15th and 16th. This event will feature a craft/flea market, face painting, inflatables, pumpkin bowling, and more. The orchard is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Almar Orchards, located at 1431 Duffield Road in Flushing, is Michigan’s Premier Organic Orchard. With over 500 acres, the orchard offers something for everyone. Come in and ask to sample in season apples. Find a new favorite variety of apple or enjoy the tried and true. The little ones can play on the playground and watch the farm animals. Cider and doughnuts can be enjoyed by all. Almar also offers its own variety of organic hard cider for the adults. Fall hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
McCarron's Orchard and Bakeryhas two locations you can enjoy. The main orchard is located in Flushing at G-7456 W. Carpenter Road. You can enjoy the typical orchard trappings there as well as homemade baked goods. The orchard in Flushing is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are also a vendor at the Flint Farmers' Market in downtown Flint where they feature their scratch made baked goods. The Flint Farmers’ Market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mueller's Orchard and Cider Mill in Linden offers a whole family experience. Enjoy fresh, hot donuts and crisp apple cider, let the kiddos play on the playground or experience the hay bale maze. Take a wagon ride through the pumpkin patch to pick your perfect Jack-o-Lantern. The orchard is located at 6036 Lobdell Lake Road in Linden. During apple season, their hours of operation are daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and in November daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Porter's Orchard in Goodrich is worth the drive; pack up the family and make a day of it. Located at 12060 Hegel Road in Goodrich, the orchard is now open 7 days a week through December 24th, 2016. Besides fresh fruits, cider, and donuts, you can visit with the farm animals, get lost in the corn maze, take a wagon ride to pick your own pumpkins, and much more. If you are looking for a new family member, September 24th and 25th is “Love Your Pet Weekend” where you can adopt a dog or cat through PAWS animal rescue or 10th Life Cat Shelter. Porter’s Orchard also has vendor locations at the Flint Farmers' Market and the Davison Farmers' Market open year round on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Spicer Orchards located at 10411 Clyde Road in Fenton has a variety of activities besides your typical pumpkins, apples, and cider. You can watch cider being made, experience the zip line, get lost in the corn maze, and even sample some wine at their winery. Hours vary for the Farm Market, Pick Your Own and Winery, so call ahead, (810) 632-7692, to plan your day.
Sharing this list of orchards with you makes me want to go out and sample some cider and donuts from each location! Whether you choose to do the same or you stick with just one location, remember to have fun, make memories, and be safe. Remember when it comes to real estate, Dave is the man! Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900
5 Fun Things to Do this Weekend
You may not be in the swing of things, yet, with school schedules, sports practices, and rushing from one place to the next, but you still need to take time to enjoy your weekend. Here are 5 events this weekend, that should bring some fun into your life without having to go too far from home.
New Life Community Lutheran Church invites you to Sunday Fun Day, this Sunday, September 18th. From noon to 3:00 p.m., you can enjoy food and fellowship. The kiddos can participate in a fishing contest, play in bounce houses, take a hay ride and much more. There will be a Cornhole Tournament for the adults. Bring a friend and learn what this faith community is all about while having a great time.
Montrose Orchards is celebrating with their Fall Kick Off on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th. There will be a craft/flea market to shop for one of a kind gifts, games and facepainting for the kids, a dunk tank that will benefit Whaley Children’s Home, and lots more fun. A visit to the orchard wouldn’t be complete without picking up some fresh in season apples.
This Saturday is the last day of Flint Handmade’s 2nd Annual Art & Craft Street Fair at the Flint Farmers’ Market. Admission is FREE and features local artisans, crafts and live music. Stop by to get a jump start on holiday gift buying.
If the kiddos still need a few school clothes, or baby has quickly outgrown her entire wardrobe, you won’t want to miss the Semi Annual Mom2Mom Sale located at the Davison American Legion. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. Admission is FREE! This is a great opportunity to check out the toy selection as a lot of items at these types of sales are nearly new. They can make perfect gifts on the cheap. The American Legion is located at 10309 Davison Rd.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Saturday, September 17th, at the Flint Public Library! El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil will share Hispanic Heritage through folkloric dance and music. This program is FREE and runs from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Hispanic themed children’s books will be read. The Flint Public Library is located at 1026 East Kearsley Street in the heart of the Cultural Center in downtown Flint.
I hope you get to enjoy at least one of these events and take time to enjoy the changing of the seasons. Bite into some crisp apples from the orchard, dance along to authentic mariachi music or shop til you drop at the Mom2Mom sale. Whatever you decide to do, take care of yourself and be safe. And remember when it comes to all your real estate needs, Dave is the man! - Dave Taljonick of RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900