If you’re looking for a way to spend time with friends and family while enjoying the outdoors, you will want to read the list of area concerts I have compiled. These selections are free or low cost and offer a great opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of music all summer.
The first concert series begins in Fenton next Thursday, June 1 at Millpond Park. The weekly shows run through August 31. The music takes place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Millpond Park Gazebo at 301 S. Leroy, next to Fenton City Hall. Make sure to bring your blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the concerts. The groups this year include country, swing, blues, classic rock, pop and orchestra. The full concert schedule can be found here.
The 2017 Concert Season is going to be another great lineup. The weekly shows are held in Riverview Park in downtown Flushing. The concerts take place on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. starting on June 21. Seating is available at the venue, but you can also bring lawn chairs or blankets to use. The groups include classic rock, blues, jazz and country. They end the season on Wednesday, August 9 with their annual Irish Night.
The Swartz Creek Fine Arts Association summer concerts are held Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The first concert will be held on June 21 and they run every week through August 8. You will enjoy a variety of music including classic rock, Elvis tribute, British rock, swing, country, Jimmy Buffet tribute, and much more. Concessions are available for purchase, so come hungry.
The Frankenmuth Women’s Club kicks off their Sunday night concerts on Sunday, June 25. The first show features the Eagles’ Tribute “Hotel California” at 7 p.m. The shows are held at the Palmer Schau Platz at Memorial Park. The other tributes include those to Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, Tim McGraw/Shania Twain and Fleetwood Mac. Make sure to pack blankets or lawn chairs along with money to buy a tasty strawberry shortcake or sundae at the concession stand. The complete lineup is available online here.
The Clio Amphitheater has 6 live music performances scheduled for 2017. The concerts are held on Tuesdays starting on July 11. The concerts include a Bob Seger tribute, Motown Revue, Shout! Beatles Tribute, in addition to music from Disco, Woodstock and the 80s. Parking is free. Admission is $6 per concert or $25 for all 6 shows. The full schedule can be found here.
Start planning your summer fun now with these great concerts. Checking out the shows in the different cities allows you to explore new areas where you may be considering a move. Remember when it comes to all your real estate needs, Dave is the man! - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.
Upcoming Memorial Day Fun
Memorial Day will be here next week, so I wanted to share with you activities happening in our area over the holiday. These events are free and provide something for everyone to enjoy.
Dog Bowl and Balloons Over Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth
Make a trip to Frankenmuth for the annual Dog Bowl and Balloons Over Bavarian Inn events. The dog lovers in your family will enjoy the doggie races, pet parade, disc dog competitions, dockdogs competitions, police K-9 demonstrations, agility demonstrations and much more at Dog Bowl. These events will take place on Saturday and Sunday.
Besides fun at the Dog Bowl, you can also check out Balloons Over Bavarian Inn starting on Friday running through Monday morning. A morning flight will take place every day from 6 to 8:00 a.m. then a Balloon Glow Event will be held each evening for guests from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. At this event, the balloons are inflated and tethered for up close viewing and interaction with the pilots and crew.
Genesee: On Memorial Day, the annual Lions Club parade will begin at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of Genesee High School located at 7347 N. Genesee Road. Children under the age of 12 are encouraged to decorate their bikes to participate in a contest.
Fenton: The annual parade sponsored by the VFW will begin at 10 a.m. at the Fenton Community Center.
Veteran's Parade and Fireworks in Burton: The city’s annual parade will start at 2 p.m. on Memorial Day near Meijer on Center Rd. The route will proceed south ending at City Hall. Later in the evening there will be a Veterans Ceremony at the memorial's site across from Burton's City Hall off of Center Road on Manor Drive. The night ends with a fireworks display at 10:00 p.m.
Even if you are not going away to celebrate the holiday, there are still lots of great events taking place locally this weekend. And remember the real meaning of Memorial Day- make sure to thank a veteran for their service to our country. - Dave Taljonick of RE/MAX Right Choice.
Fun Summer Programs for Kids in Genesee County
School will be out for most kids in a month, so now is the time to make starting making summer plans for them. From day camps to overnight experiences, there is something for kids of all ages in Genesee County.
YMCA Camp Copneconic
The camp offers both day and overnight programs designed to to meet your family’s needs. If you sign up before May 31, you can receive special offers on some of their programs.
For the Day Camp programs they offer Classic Day Camps with different themes every week. They also offer Specialty Day Camps for specific topics revolving around sports, art and more. In addition, they offer Partner Day Camps with local organizations to create unique camp experiences for your child.
Just like with the Day Camp programs, the Overnight Camps also include specialty, classic and partner programs. These camps run in July and August. There are payment plans and scholarships offered for all the programs at Camp Copneconic, so make sure to check out everything they have to offer your child this summer.
The Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium in the Flint Cultural Center have a wide array of programs for kids starting at the ages of 4-5 years old up through 8th grade. Some of the programs are for one day while others are day camps that are held over the course of one week (Monday-Friday).
The cost for the single day programs is as little as $7 while the day camps range from $65 for a three day program to $90 for a five day program. Topics include Space, Engineering, Chemistry, the Human Body, Ancient Greece, Mythical Sea Creatures, STEM camps and more.
If your child is interested in basketball consider signing them up to attend one of the Basketball Day Camps at Mott. They offer two sessions each for boys and girls from late June through early August. To learn more about any of the sessions click on the link above.
Plan to check out one of the summer playground and lunch programs at the Genesee County Parks. These will be offered at no charge throughout the summer at Bluebell Beach, Davison Roadside Park, Flushing County Park, Max Brandon Park and McKinley Park.
The fun includes lunch along with crafts and activities for children ages 4 to 18. Pre-registration is not required to participate. The dates for the program are June 26-August 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch served at noon.
**Please note the University of Michigan-Flint will not be offering their Camp Summer Fun program this year due to construction taking place adjacent to the Recreation Center.
Don’t wait until the kids are out of school to start planning summer fun. Check out these great local programs to get a jump start on your plans for the summer. Remember when it comes to real estate, Dave is the man! – Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice
Summer 2017 is a Sellerís Market
If you have been waiting to sell your home, now is the time to put it on the market. According to a recent study by the Associated Press, the national supply of homes is the smallest it has been in almost 20 years. So as a seller you have an advantage when putting your home up for sale this summer.
In March and April over forty homes sold in the 48420 zip code and another twenty-five homes have sold in the 48458 zip code according to realtor.com. The increase in sales means anyone who has been considering putting their house up for sale should act now.
Because of the small inventory of homes, there has been a decrease in the turnaround time for properties to be sold once they are on the market. What this means is that your property will sell at a higher price in a shorter amount of time than compared to this time last year.
As your realtor I can provide you comps for similar properties in your area helping you determine the right listing price for your home. In addition, on remax.com you can search property estimates along with looking up recent sale prices in your area. After entering in your zip code, you can zoom in to view the exact sale prices in certain areas or even on specific streets.
With summer just around the corner, the season brings the opportunity to enjoy the farmer’s markets throughout Genesee County. I am highlighting six markets in this week’s blog post and two of these markets are open all year long.
The market is situated in the heart of downtown Flint and is open year round. The market includes restaurants, bakeries, stores along with an array of fresh food vendors. During the spring and summer additional vendors are added at outside locations. The market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, it is the location of special events throughout the year.
The Davison market is also open all year and is located at 8110 E. Court St. Like the Flint market it is home to a wide array of vendors and grows during the spring and summer months. The vendors are open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Grand Blanc market will be open on Sundays starting on May 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market will be open through October 29 on Grand Blvd. in the heart of Grand Blanc. Each week features 40 to 60 vendors.
Montrose Township will open its market in June running through October. The market is open on Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and features over 30 vendors. It is located at 11410 Seymour Rd.
These are just a few of the great farmer’s markets in our area. Take the kids to any of these markets to enjoy an array of activities along with fresh Michigan products. Many of these markets provide opportunities for new vendors too, so if you want to sell anything at one make sure to reach out to them directly. – Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice
Start Fresh by Painting this Spring
Now that spring has arrived you may have started to think about projects you want to complete around your house. Your budget may not allow for a major remodel, but an affordable way to spruce up any room is by painting. You may be thinking painting is simple and anyone can figure out how to do it. While that is true to a certain extent, painting using these simple tips will ensure the job you do looks more professional and is guaranteed to last for a longer period of time.
Spend Time Prepping: One of the biggest mistakes people make is jumping into painting without doing all the necessary prep work. Once you have taken everything down off the walls do a visual inspection of all the surfaces. Make sure to mark spots that need to be patched or repaired. Another important step to take at this point is to remove any cracked, peeling or flaking paint from the surface of the walls. Lightly sand or scrape these areas and then wash them to avoid having pieces ending up in your fresh paint.
Buy Quality Products: Most people realize it is important to buy more expensive paint in order to provide great coverage when applied to their walls. However, one thing many people overlook is the need to purchase good rollers and brushes. Buying higher quality tools will ensure the application of your paint easier. If you’re not sure which ones will be the best choices for your project ask a professional. Employees at the home improvement or paint store will be able to give you advice on what you should buy.
Cover and Protect: Make sure to cover any surfaces you do not want to get paint on while doing the job. You may think it’s possible to be careful while painting, but accidents do happen. Besides using drop clothes to cover furniture and floors you should also take time to remove all your switch plates and outlet covers. Taping them may protect a part of their surface from getting paint on it, but removing them completely is the best option.
Prime Your Surfaces: While applying primer does take extra time it will ensure your surface will have a clean and smooth texture when you start paining. It will also help cover up your old paint reducing the number of coats you will need to apply in the long run.
Painting the Right Way: When you are painting do not press down hard on the wall. Your rollers are designed to provide a nice even coat without exerting too much pressure on the surface. You should also remember to apply your paint from top to bottom. Painting in this direction will allow you to catch any drips or mistakes that can make a paint job look bad.
If you decide to tackle painting in your house this spring remember to pay attention to the weather. Avoid painting on rainy or humid days. These weather conditions can make your paint take a lot longer to dry making the job take a lot longer to complete. After you’ve painted if you want to sell your place, remember when it comes to real estate, Dave is the man! – Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice
Begin the Hunt for a New Home this Easter
While the kids are hunting for Easter eggs this weekend begin your own hunt for a new home. 2017 could be the year your family finds the perfect home.
There are so many tools available for searching real estate online. Beginning a search can be overwhelming because many of these tools make it difficult to narrow down your searches. I have a tool on my website that is designed to streamline the entire process for you. The ReMax "My Property Finder" tool helps you save time while looking for the perfect home.
In a few simple steps you can create a profile. Once you have an account, the Property Finder simplifies the search process by allowing you to set up alerts for new properties, to save current listings and to add notes to your favorite properties. The email alerts will let you know when a new listings comes on the market that fits criteria you set up through your profile.
Lots of other real estate apps and websites take a lot of time to navigate. The Property Finder through my site is designed to save you time. Not only does it save you time during your searches, it also allows you to schedule an in-person viewing of a specific property at your convenience.
Check out the Property Finder on my website today. The tool is available at no charge and registration is simple using your email address or your Facebook profile.
Begin your hunt for the perfect home today. Remember when it comes to real estate Davis the man and when it comes to searching online "My Property Finder” is the best tool available. - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900.
Tips for Planting Flowers and Vegetables This Spring
Spring is officially here, so I am taking this post to share some planting and gardening tips with all of you. I hope you had an opportunity to attend one of the local home and garden shows I shared with you earlier this year. The final one was held at Dort Federal Event Center last weekend. Combining inspiration from one of these local shows along with my tips below, you should be ready to plant in no time.
First, you should consider what bulbs should be planted in the spring. Bulbs planted at this time of year will produce blooms in the summer. The most popular bulbs to plant now include irises, begonias, day lilies, dahlias and gladiolus.
As the soil continues to warm up you can go ahead with planting irises and day lilies. They will still do fine if the soil is not completely warmed up when planted. Wait until the weather has stayed consistently warm to plant gladiolas, begonias and dahlias.
Sometimes people think spring flowers such as daffodils and tulips can be planted at this time of year too. However, spring blooms should be planted in the fall any time between mid-October through early November.
If you’re not sure on the best time to plant something check online to ensure its survival. One of the best tools to use is the United States National Arboretum plant hardiness zone map. It allows you to search by state and even zip code to see what plants can survive in what area based on temperature and more.
Another great tool is The Old Farmer’s Almanac guide. It allows you to select a particular city in order to see the best dates for planting different vegetables in your area. In addition, the tool allows you to set up email reminders for a custom planting schedule. Along with planting times the tool gives you the dates when the vegetables should be harvested.
Now is the time to start making plans for your spring planting. From your flower beds to your vegetable garden, you can use these tips to ensure you have hearty plants this spring and summer. If you find you need more space to grow your garden and a move is in your future, remember when it comes to real estate Dave is the man! - Dave Taljonick of RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.
Local Easter Festivities
Mark your calendars now for the following Easter festivities beginning next week. Davison and Burton both have lots of events that will be taking place over the next two weeks. The activities include crafts for kids, Easter egg hunts for kids and for canines along with much more.
There are lots of great Easter events happening for families in Davison. Next week on Saturday, April 8 the Davison Area Library will have the Egg-stravaganza from 2 to 3 p.m. Register online here.
The Davison Farmers Market will then be having Easter Crafts for Kids on Saturday, April 15. The fun continues the same day at Wojos of Davison where they will be hosting an Easter egg hunt in the greenhouse from 10 to 11 a.m. It will also be taking place at their Ortonville location. Everyone is encouraged to bring something to hold their child’s eggs goodies. The event is held free of charge.
After enjoying the fun at Wojos head to the Lake Callis Recreation Complex for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The festivities include photos with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera) and hunting for eggs and prizes. Make sure to bring your own basket. If you pre-register the cost is $3 per child for residents and $5 for non-residents. On-site registration is $5 per resident child and $7 per non-resident. The fun begins at 2 p.m., but you must arrive 30 minutes early to register.
Your canine family members can get in on the fun with the Davison Dog Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Learn more about the fun here.
The Burton Parks and Recreation will be hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt next week on April 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. The hunt will take place behind Atherton Elementary School on Genesee Rd.
The following week, the Burton Movies on the Lawn, will be showing Finding Dory at Solid Rock Community Church on Saturday, April 15. The festivities begin at 5 p.m.
Making time for your family is important. Take time to enjoy these spring activities with your loved ones in the coming weeks. - Dave Taljonick of RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.
Three Spring Break Local Escapes for Kids
Spring break is just around the corner for most schools which means you may be looking for something to keep your kids occupied while off. In this week’s post I want to provide some local family fun for those of you who will be staying home during the break.
A great way to start out the week is with a show at the Longway Planetarium. Monday through Friday shows are at 11:30 a.m. (Accidental Astronauts), 12:30 p.m. (Stars), 2:30 p.m. (Mysteries of the Unseen World) and at 3:30 p.m. (Skies over Michigan). Then on Friday and Saturday additional evening programming is offered including the First Friday lecture at 6 p.m. The cost for children ages 2 to 11 and seniors is $4 while adults are $6. A full calendar including links to program descriptions is available here.
For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum
Spring Break Camps are being held Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6 at For-Mar. The cost is $5 per child and features a different theme and targeted age group each day. Themes are “Animal Tree-Home Masters” and “Become a Junior Scientiest”. Pre-registration is required by April 3. Learn more and register online through their calendar.
Flint Institute of Arts
The FIA is also offering two programs the week of April 3 through 7. The institute is located in the Cultural Center in downtown Flint. It is in the midst of a major expansion, so you can get a chance to see the work being done there while visiting for one of these programs.
Each free program is targeted at a different age group. The first “Spring into Art” will run Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the FIA Galleries and Studio 1. Drop by any time during the three-hour window to make different projects. The workshops are designs for kids ages 6 and up, but all ages are welcome.
The second program “Storytime with Art” will take place on Tuesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Galleries and Studio 1. A story will be shared each day and then kids will have the chance to make a piece of artwork on their own. Different stories will be featured each day and the program is recommended for children ages 3 to 5. To learn more about either of the FIA’s offerings, visit their website.
Don’t be disappointed because you’re not heading out of town for spring break. Take advantage of these great local programs to enjoy with your kids. And remember when it comes to real estate, Dave is the man to meet all your needs! - Dave Taljonick of RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.