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10/2/2015 Local Fun for the Family

Check out all the great Halloween events for you to enjoy your family. There are lots of low cost, family friendly events that provide great entertainment for children of all ages.


Crossroads Village

The annual Halloween Ghosts and Goodies fun continues at Crossroads Village this year. The entire village is decked out for Halloween complete with trick-or-treat stations, a straw maze and enchanted forest. The highlight of the event is the 40 minute ride on the Huckleberry Ghost Train. The village is open every weekend until Halloween with a few weeknights including October 28-31. The cost varies from $10-$16 depending on the admissions purchased.


Davison Pumpkin Festival

Next weekend check out the Davison Pumpkin Festival on . The festival starts on Friday with a a Trunk or Treat event for the kids on Main St. and runs through Sunday, October 11. Fun includes pumpkin painting and carving contests along with a variety of food eating contests. A pumpkin drop is also scheduled for Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street. Other activities include hayrides, cornhole tournament, pumpkin decorating and a petting farm.


Burton Trick or Treat Trail

The Burton Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting a Trick or Treat Trail at Kelly Lake located off Lapeer Rd. between Genesee and Center Roads on Saturday, October 17. The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. and will feature a hayride, bounce houses, pumpkins, donuts, cider and more. The event is free.


Grand Blanc Dog Park Howl-oween

Pack up the kids and your dog and head over to the Grand Blanc Dog Park's annual Howl-oween event on Sunday, October 11 at Creasy Bicentennial Park in Grand Blanc. Bring your pooch for lots of fun like doggie costume contests, doggie trick or treating and more. The walk costs $5.00 per dog and all proceeds go to the dog park water pump fund. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. and the walk starts at 2:00 p.m.


More Fun for the Kids

Check out the Flint Farmer's Market Healthy Halloween Event. Trick-or-treating will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Lots of other festivities will be taking place for the entire family including cooking demonstrations on Saturday, October 24.


Take the little ones over to Genesee Valley for their Lil Monsters Halloween Bash the same day, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Genesee District Library and the Flint Public Library are sponsoring mall-wide trick-or-treating. Then take the kids to center court to enjoy storytelling, a comedy show and book giveaway.


Mark your calendars and head out to one of these great Halloween events in the next few weeks. Happy Halloween to you and your family! - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

9/25/2015 Weekend Fun in Genesee County

Looking for affordable activities to do in the area on the weekends? Look no further than this week's blog post.

Flint Institute of Arts

Consider checking out one of the weekly Friends of the Modern Art (FOMA) film screenings. Movies are on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. General admission is $6 and the films include an array of genres ranging from foreign films to documentaries and other unique titles.

FOMA offers date night specials for the film viewings too. Enjoy two drinks of your choice, an appetizer and two film tickets for $20. The food is served at the Palette Cafe in the museum's lobby..

In addition, every Saturday there is free admission to the Flint Institute of Arts. Access to the museum is sponsored by FirstMerit bank. Visitors are able to walk through the rotating exhibits along with viewing the museum's permanent exhibits. The museum is located at 1120 E. Kearsley St. in Flint.

Robert T. Longway Planeterium

First Fridays at Longway are special events held every month at the planetarium. Subjects covered are on an array of space-related topics. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children; the talk begins at 6:00 p.m. Next week's topic on Friday, October 2 is on the following subject:

“A Really Strange and Mysterious Star” The universe is full of mysterious wonders, but astronomers have found one particular star that has baffled them for almost 200 years. Join Garry Beckstrom for an entertaining talk about this most mysterious of stars and how we are finally beginning to unravel its strange behavior.

If it is not the first week of the month, the planetarium is open for shows every weekend on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Check out their complete schedule online. The Longway Planetarium is located at 1310 E. Kearsley St. in Flint.

Dinner & a Movie

The NCG Movie Theaters in Burton and Grand Blanc offer dinner and a movie packages for only $39. The packages include two movie tickets and a $25 gift certificate to a variety of local restaurants. A full list of the locations can be found on their website.

Remember even if there are not any special events happening in the area, there is still plenty of fun throughout the community. Enjoy some time with a friend or a loved one and check out one of these great entertainment options. Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

9/18/2015 Local Apple Orchards to Explore

With the kids back in school, fall has arrived and in Michigan that means it's time to head out to one of our area orchards. For this week's blog I have compiled a listing of Genesee County's orchards for you and your family to explore during this year's apple season.


Almar Orchards in Flushing has something for everyone in the family to enjoy including their specialty adult beverage, J.K.'s Scrumpy Hard Cider. The order is located in Flushing at 12183 Beecher Road and is an organic orchard located on 500 acres. The orchard will be hosting its annual Scrumpy Skedaddle 5K and 10K race on Sunday, October 4. The race typically sells out, so reserve your space soon. The orchard's hours are Monday through Saturday are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 -6 p.m. from September 1 through December 31. Winter and spring hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.


The Fall Kick Off will be taking place at Montrose Orchards is located at 12473 Seymour Road this weekend on September 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Customers can enjoy Pumpkin Fantasyland wagon rides in the fall. The orchard offers an array of fruits all year including u-pick blueberries earlier in the summer. They are open from April through the end of December.  The orchard hours are from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.


Another Flushing orchard is McCarron’s Orchard and Bakery. In addition to their regular location, McCarron’s has a booth in the Flint’s Farmers Market. Their bakery features made from scratch items. The orchard is located at G7456 W. Carpenter Rd. in Flushing.


In the southern part of the county, you can visit Mueller's Orchard and Cider Mill located in Linden at 6036 Lobdell Rd. They feature a variety of kid friendly activities including a free farm playground and Owen's Barnyard petting zoo. On weekends in October, guests can also enjoy Pumpkin Patch Wagon Rides. In addition, the orchard is hosting a car show this weekend on September 19 and 20.


Other area orchards include Porter's Orchard at 12060 Hegel Rd. in Goodrich, Uptegraff's Orchard at 5350 N. Gale Dr. in Davison and Spicer's Orchards at 10411 Clyde Rd. in Fenton.


Take the family to check out one of these great orchards over the weekend. There is nothing better than enjoying a glass of fresh apple cider and a piping hot donut while taking in an orchard's landscape. - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

9/12/2015 How Much Does It Cost to Sell Your Home?

The cost of buying a home are usually pretty self-explanatory, but many people do not know the costs they will incur if they decide to sell a piece of property.   These costs may vary, but they are easy to calculate and budget for in advance of a sale.


First and foremost, you will need to pay a commission to the real estate company who represents you. The fee is negotiable, but typically ranges from 6 to 7% of your property's sale price. State transfer tax, revenue stamps, title insurance, recording fees and administrative fees usually add an additional 2 to 2.5% of the sale price.


Depending on your buyer, they may try to negotiate for some of their closings costs to be paid by you at the time of closing. The good news is your real agent can help you to understand and negotiate these costs if they are brought to the table by a buyer.


Last, but not least if you still owe on your mortgage you will need to pay it off. The title company handling your closing will get the exact amount needed from your lender for the day of closing. The title company will also help you prepare a pay-off check from the proceeds of your sale and overnight the payment to the mortgage company when the transaction is complete.


Whatever difference remains after these costs is typically yours to keep. Most profits on home sales are tax-free, however there are some exceptions. Make sure to contact your tax professional to learn if you will have to pay taxes on any of your profit.


Now that you know the costs maybe you are ready to sell your home. Remember Dave is the Man when it comes to real estate and I can make the dream of selling your home a reality. - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

9/4/2015 Local Labor Day Fun

Are you looking for some fun activities to enjoy with your family this weekend without traveling out of town? I have gathered some information for you about things happening in our area over the Labor Day weekend.


First, NCG Cinemas in Grand Blanc is continuing their Free Family Film Festival with the "Dolphin Tale 2" on Saturday and Sunday. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and the shows begin at 9:30 a.m.  Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis. 


Looking for some outdoor fun then head over to Bluebell Beach for Silly Saturday on Saturday, September 5 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. The fun includes playing with food and making a mess. Everyone should be prepared to get slimed and then wash off at the splash pad. Pre-registration is not required. The park is located at 5500 Bray Rd. in Flint.


The fun continues at Crossroads Village for their Third Annual Artisan Auction Sale. The auction features one-of-a-kind items made by artisans at the village. Demonstrations will also be given on the various crafts all weekend long. The auction then takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad located at 6140 N. Bray Rd on Monday, September 7. Village admission required to attend auction.


So, if you are looking for fun indoor entertainment by attending the Family Film Festival at NCG Cinemas or if you are looking for outdoor fun; there are lots of options for you over the Labor Day Holiday. Enjoy the last official weekend of summer with your family. - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900.

8/28/2015 Get to Know Your Library

Anyone who is a resident of Genesee County has the great resources provided by the Genesee District Library available to them at no cost. The library is funded through property taxes and offers a wide array of services beyond just checking out books. In honor of National Library Card Sign-Up Month which begins next week, I want to share with you some of the services offered by our library.


Community Events

Every branch of the library hosts an array of events for the entire family to enjoy. Activities include traditional story time for the kids and book clubs for the adults, but other activities include concerts, craft sessions and movie outings. Check out their calendar to search for activities by branch location.


Technology and You

Perhaps you are thinking that your family has touched a regular book in years, so what good is it to visit the library? Well, the good news is the library offers check out services on an array of eBooks, eMusic, eMagazines and audiobooks. Many of these services can be accessed right from the comfort of your own home if you already have a library card.


Business Center

The Grand Blanc-McFarlen branch is home to the Robert T. Bolo, Jr. Business Center. Here entrepreneurs can get one-on-one assistance with creating a business strategy for their company. They can also access periodicals on an array of business related topics including human resources, banking, taxes and investing. The center is certified by the Michigan Small Business Development Center. Its hours vary, so make sure to check the times it is open. The center is always closed on Fridays and Sundays.


There are 19 branches of the Genesee District Library including one in the Genesee Valley Mall, so do not delay head out to your closest branch today to get your card. The library even offers services for individuals who are homebound. Books are delivered by mail at no cost for anyone who is permanently or temporarily homebound can register for the service.


Residents of Genesee County can also receive library cards for the Flint Public Library. The library's main branch in the Cultural Center in downtown Flint offers a variety of resources including access to genealogical records and research databases. Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900.

8/21/2015 Home Showing Process

Sellers are often not sure what to expect when their home is being shown to potential buyers. Many people do not understand how the process works or even what they need to do as a seller.


Typically a lockbox will be placed on one of the entrances to your home. The box will allow other realtors easy access when planning to show the property. You will typically be notified at least 24 hours in advance of a showing. Be mindful that many showings will take place in the evening and on the weekends, so plan your schedule accordingly.


When a showing is set up plan to be away from your home for that entire period of time. Leave a little early and stay away a little longer than the scheduled appointment in case the meeting runs over in time. In addition, during plan to take your pets with you if at all possible or have them put in your home somewhere out of the way. It is important to avoid any potential distractions during the showing.


In addition, remember to protect your privacy by putting away all valuables, prescriptions and mail with personal information. These items should be stored in a place that is not accessible to anyone at the viewing such as a locked desk drawer or safe.


Also, make sure to keep your house at a reasonable temperature. Even if you prefer your home hotter or colder, set your thermostat at an average temperature that is comfortable for most people.


Finally, check your home for any unpleasant smells. Remember to take out the trash from every bin in your home, clean your dog's crate or change your cat's litter prior to a showing. In addition, avoid cooking any foods with strong odors that day which might linger in the home.


The real estate professional you hire will do the actual showing, however these are a few things you can expect when your house is being shown. If you want to sell your home this fall contact me Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900.

8/14/2015 Family Fun Month

Are you new to the area? Do you want to know where to find fun activities to do with your family? If so, you have came to the right place. August is Family Fun Month and I want to share with you some resources to find great family activities nearby.


Genesee County Parks

One of the best places to look for fun activities throughout the county is through the Genesee County Parks. Did you know Genesee County has over 11,000 acres of park land and 21 different parks? We also have one of the largest park systems in the entire state. This is amazing news for your family because that means there are plenty of activities available for everyone to enjoy.


There are activities every week and sometimes every day at different parks across Genesee County. Check out their calendar page where you can search by location and date. Some events require pre-registration while others do not require any advance notice. The great news is that almost all events are free aside from admission to Crossroads Village/Huckleberry Railroad.



If you are still looking for more ideas check out the GeneseeFun website where you can search for events by keyword, venue and date. It includes an array of selections ranging from films to festivals with fun for both kids and adults. The website is operated through the Greater Flints Arts Council and is constantly updated with new activities.


Other resources for finding out about area activities include the Flint Family Fun website and the GeneseeFree Facebook page.


Flint Cultural Center

From museums to performing arts, the Flint Cultural Center offers a lot of choices of activities, classes and exhibits for your family to enjoy together. The area is home to the Sloan Museum, Buick Gallery, Longway Planetarium, Whiting Auditorium, Flint Youth Theatre, Flint Institute of Music, Flint Public Library and the Flint Institute of Arts.


Throughout the year, Whiting hosts a wide range of performers from musical acts to Broadway shows. In addition, the Flint Youth Theatre features local artists in an array of performances. The Sloan Museum, Buick Gallery, Flint Institute of Arts and Longway Planetarium also host a changing array of exhibits and programs for everyone in the family. Every Saturday, you can visit the Flint Institute of Arts for no cost. The "Free Saturdays" are sponsored by First Merit bank.


Remember family is important, so whether or not you are new to the area or have lived here your entire life, take time to explore these outstanding family activities. -  Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

8/7/2015 Back to the Bricks Week

Back to the Bricks, one of Genesee County's biggest events, kicks off on Tuesday running through Saturday, August 15. The fun started this week with the Tune Up Party Week. I want to run over some of the schedule's highlights in this week's blog.


Tuesday, August 11

Two of the biggest event start off the week. A popular event is the open house at General Motors Flint Assembly Plant on Van Slyke in Flint from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours of the plant are available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Later that night, the US-23 Drive-In will host the annual drive-in cruise with a free showing of the classic "Smokey and the Bandit" movie. There will be $100 gift cards given as prizes given to the best single dancer and couple dancers.


Wednesday, August 12 & Thursday, August 13

The rolling cruise begins with an opening ceremony at 4:00 p.m. at 4300 S. Saginaw St. on Wednesday.


Then on Wednesday and Thursday the rolling cruise will run from 5-9:00 p.m. The cruise will start in Flint and will continue through Burton and Grand Blanc. The night also includes a Miniature Toy Car Tournament at First Baptist Church of Grand Blanc and 500 Pinewood Derby car kits will be given away for free at Thomas Appliance to children 18 and under. Learn more here.


Friday, August 14

Duke's Car Stereo on S. Dort Hwy. will be hosting a free hot dog lunch to all the cruisers from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. this will be followed by the nightly cruise down Saginaw St. from 5-9:00 p.m.


The evening ends with the Back to the Bricks Cruise 'N' Concert featuring Heartbeats at 5:00 p.m. and Dave Bennett at 7:00 p.m. The concerts will be held at the General Motors facility on Saginaw St. Any University of Michigan-Flint alumni are also invited to join in the fun at the alumni association's annual Back to the Bricks event at the University Pavilion in downtown Flint.


Saturday, August 15

The week culminates with car showings all day in downtown Flint. From Buicks to Corvettes to Drag Racing Cars, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. The cars will be shown starting at 8 a.m. Anyone attending the events downtown can start their day off with the Hillbilly Breakfast Buffet at the Masonic Template located at 755 S. Saginaw St.


A free youth football clinic is being held at Atwood Stadium from 10 a.m. to noon with registration beginning at 9 a.m. The event is for children 9 and up and will be ran by former Michigan State University football players. Learn more about the clinic on the program's Facebook page.


Take time to enjoy some of the great activities and to view the classic cars next week during Back to the Bricks. To learn more about these events visit their website. -  Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

7/31/2015 Back to the Bricks Kicks Off Tune Up Week

One of the biggest events in Genesee County will kickoff next week. The 10th annual Back to the Bricks event will be taking place. Grab the kids and check out some of the fun events happening throughout the area.


Next week the fun kicks off with the Tune Up Week.  Unlike the main events which are held downtown, during this week the cities surrounding Flint host some of the festivities. The schedule for the week is as follows:

  • Monday, August 3 in Flint Township: Driving through the decades theme complete with parties throughout the area including a ‘60s themed Party at Genesee Valley from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 4 in Clio: Just a few miles away from my office, you can take your car for a spin around the Auto City Speedway track from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 5 in Linden: Enjoy a concert in the park from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. featuring the band Captain Meteor & The Rockets.
  • Thursday, August 6 in Fenton: Stop by to check out the cars at Fenton High School from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, August 7 in Davison: The car show will take place at John’s Pizzeria starting at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 8 in Beecher/Mt. Morris: Features a Dancing in the Streets party in downtown Mt. Morris all day along with a music festival in the old Kmart parking lot on N. Saginaw Street.


Stay tuned to next week’s blog to learn about all the fun happening during the Back to the Bricks week taking place from August 10-15.


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