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There are no government programs that pay, or provide diapers, for families in need, and WIC and Bridge cards do not allow their resources to be used to purchase diapers. Families have nowhere to turn and are forced to use creative methods to cover their babies. Many dry and reuse diapers, some use newspapers and grocery bags, and others just follow behind their child cleaning up messes. TDA provides a consistent, monthly supply of diapers, so parents can utilize daycare and attend work or school, in order to provide a better life for their families. Diapers are not provided directly to individuals. Instead, TDA has collaborated with over 40 partner agencies that work with families in financial crisis. The “distribution network” provides a supply of diapers each month to their registered clients. In exchange, the partner agency provides demographic information to TDA. The Diaper Alliance program is funded through grants, fundraisers, business, and individual donors, but it cannot continue long-term without support from the communities it serves. Additionally, over 120 volunteer hours each month are necessary to get diapers packaged and onto the bottoms of children who need them. For more information and to provide support, please visit www. Matt Felan President & CEO Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

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t Great Lakes Bay magazine, we use the word “great” while planning our stories, our photography shoots, and our page designs. That’s not only because it’s in our name, but also because it’s a part of what’s in our very fiber. This time of year, we not only talk about “great” a lot, we talk about the “greatest.” Results are in from the annual Greatest of the Great Lakes Bay readership poll, and you’ve made yourself heard.You dish on burgers, martinis, and soul food, as well as antique stores, museums, barbershops, and lots more.You give nods to more than 300 people, places, and things within our region that you consider worthy of the superlative: greatest. With these annual reader polls, our goal has been to collect your votes, compile them, and profile in these pages what you tell us is the greatest of the Great Lakes Bay Region. It’s a mission we take seriously. As we plan each issue of each magazine—not just the “Greatest of…” issue—our team is driven by a sense of discovery—finding out just what makes the Great Lakes Bay Region great. This time, it’s your discoveries that inspire us. And you’ve done it again. Turn to page 28 for a listing of your choices.

JESSICA ALLEN is an editorial intern for Great Lakes Bay. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in May 2017 with a degree in professional and technical writing.

PATI LaLONDE is a freelance writer living in Bay City. She enjoys gardening, cooking, walking, and her four grandsons.

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JACK B. TANY of Saginaw is employed at CBS Outdoor. The former sports editor enjoys spending time with his two sons.

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ince he was a youngster, Steve Puvalowski has enjoyed playing in the dirt with his toy trucks in his family’s backyard sandbox. He has taken that enjoyment to an entirely new level as owner/ operator at Auburn’s Tri-City Motor Speedway. Puvalowski and his wife, Erika, purchased the dirt racetrack in 2009 and haven’t looked back. “I loved racing and grew up with a business background, so I took the things I know and love and combined them into one,” he says. Puvalowski grew up in a family business in Bad Axe that sold and installed cable televisions. His duties included selling cable subscriptions, installing cable in customers’ homes, and climbing a 500-foot communications tower to fix outages and make repairs. “I also repossessed cars for a while just out of high school,” Puvalowski notes. “I started working in the business at age 8, making $3 a week. I spent most of my weekends at a racetrack at age 3. I raced on a circle track for two years prior to purchasing Tri-City Motor Speedway.” He and Erika have invested between $750,000 and $1 million in renovations, adding the equipment needed to operate the track and purchasing the extra land to expand the grandstands and add the quartermile parking lot. The track has a long and storied history: It was built in 1947 as a quarter-mile dirt track over two coal mine shafts that were eventually filled with 432 yards of concrete. Names such as Larry McCloskey, Sammy Sessions, Cy Fairchild, and the famous Benny Parsons are a few of the great drivers from the early days. Others include notable drivers such as Ed Howe, Steve Sauve, Jimmy Johnson, Ted Musgrave, and the late Adam Petty. The year 2012 marked a milestone when Steve met Erika and the two began to expand

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The Puvalowskis puchased the dirt track in 2009 and it reopened in June 2011 following extensive renovations

on their vision. Erika is in charge of marketing and business development, while Steve is the CEO/promoter. The all-new Tri-City Motor Speedway re-opened in June 2011, with a 3/8-mile dirt racetrack. “The initial renovation before opening the track in 2011 was the biggest renovation because half the facility didn’t exist [before that],” Puvalowski explains. “Everything you see coming in from the Wheeler Road driveway didn’t exist before the renovation. It was just woods and farmland. This includes all the grandstand seating, new lighting system, moving a country drainage ditch, and adding a driveway and 20 acres of parking.” Along with building the dirt track, the rest of the facility needed to be fixed from the damage the property had experienced when it sat empty for six years. Puvalowski says that the racetrack provides full-time work for him and Erika. They estimate that they complete about 90 percent of the renovations and design work themselves, instead of hiring it out. “Erika’s degree and passion is in business and

marketing, and I love getting my hands dirty. Erika said that if I didn’t own a race track, I would be an engineer or building/heavy machine operator for hire,” Puvalowski says. “People always ask if we go on vacation all winter since there’s nothing to do at the track,” he says. “The off-season is just as busy as the race season. We use the end of the nice fall weather to do large renovations and use the cold winter months to prep for the next season, coordinating with our sponsors, designing the promotional material, launching new programs, designing merchandise, scheduling the season’s events, and volunteering in the community.” “Adding up the hours can be scary. During the race season, I typically work from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and then 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. on race days. It’s around 12-20 hours of cleaning up from the race on the weekend,” Puvalowski says. “I would estimate it’s 90 hours on a slow week and 110 when we have lots of equipment to fix or [are] hosting two events on the weekend.” Information on the track schedule can be found at


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144 1978

While black snake fireworks do not emit sparks, flares, or any sound, the small, non-exploding fireworks do (once ignited) push out a growing column of black ash, which resembles a “black snake.”

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Created by H.P. Hood, a soft-serve dessert called “frogurt” was born in the 1970s. However, in 1978, an ice cream and candy store in Boston, named Brigham’s, took the idea, ran with it, and created the first packaged frozen yogurt called Humphreez Yogart. Enjoy the cool, tasty treat at Great Lakes Ice Cream Co. (901 E Ashman St, Midland, 989-698-0173).

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Developing his root tea, made from sassafras, in 1875, pharmacist Charles Elmer Hires debuted “root beer” at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. Belly up at the oldest brewery in Michigan, Frankenmuth Brewery (425 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-262-8300), and sip on Frankie’s Root Bier. The genuine craft soda is brewed in small batches and sweetened with pure cane sugar and vanilla.

Oscar de la Renta was the pioneer for the maxi dress, a floor-length dress. A lacy cotton version de la Renta made for Elizabeth Arden was featured in The New York Times in 1968, and the rest is fashion history. Find maxi dresses to mini-skirts and more at Omoni Boutique (108 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-401-9515) in Old Town Saginaw.

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Scientists estimate there are more than 150,000 moth species worldwide. The Luna moth does not have a mouth—so cannot eat—and only lives for about one week, with the singular purpose of mating. Learn more about the diverse creatures at 9 p.m. on July 13 at “Moth Collecting After Dark” at Chippewa Nature Center (400 S Badour Rd, Midland, 989-631-0830).

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The phrase al fresco is borrowed from the Italian language for “in the cool [air],” although it’s no longer used to refer to dining outside in Italian. Actually, in Italian, the expression al fresco generally refers to spending time in jail. Dine at Nino’s Neighbor (1623 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-460-2792) and enjoy fresh, Italian cuisine…and outdoor dining.

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ave you ever felt tired and hungry while on a long trip and could not find a restaurant or even a convenience store? Now imagine being a delicate insect that has flown hundreds of miles, landing on a suburban lawn and not finding any nectar—their energy drink. Monarch butterflies face this situation every year as they migrate north from their overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico. The 2,000-mile migration of Monarchs is the longest for an insect, and involves multiple generations. Monarchs who have spent five months roosting in Oyamel Fir forests of the trans-volcanic mountains in central Mexico, head north in March as

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A Monarch caterpillar eats a Common Milkweed leaf

the first generation. When they reach our southern United States in April, they lay eggs on milkweed plants and die. Each life cycle takes about 30 days to complete from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult. By mid- to late-May, the second generation flies into Michigan. In late July, we notice the third generation flying in. By early September, the fourth generation builds up fat reserves, enters reproductive diapause, and begins the southward migration to a land they have never seen before. Scientists concerned about sustaining the North American population of Monarchs measure, each year in late December, the size of the colonies after millions of butterflies have settled into the trees to roost. Aerial views show orange-tinted trees covered with butterfly clusters. Scientists cannot count the butterflies, so they map the surface area of occupied trees in each colony. Researchers start with the highest tree along the edge and then measure the perimeter with a measuring tape, using a series of lines connecting trees along the boundary. The marked area is calculated in hectares. Their estimates range from approximately 10 million to 50 million butterflies per hectare. This number varies because the colonies contract during cold temperatures and expand during warmer temperatures. It also depends on the density and size of trees used by the colony. This past winter’s measurement of 2.91 hectares is better than the historic low of 0.67 hectare from three years ago. Scientists recommend six hectares to maintain the population. To continue reproducing the population, Monarchs need milkweed plants (their only host plants) on which to lay their eggs and feed their caterpillars. It’s important to grow milkweed for Monarchs.

Loss of habitat is the primary factor in Monarch decline across the entire United States. Learn to recognize the three host plant species that are native to Mid-Michigan, and plant them in your yard. Common Milkweed blooms in sunny fields with pink rounded clusters attracting over two dozen insect pollinators. Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnate) likes moist soil and attracts many butterflies and bees to its bright pink flat cluster. Butterflyweed shows off its bright orange flowers all summer, growing in dry to sandy soil. Road commissions mow tall plants growing along roadsides for vehicle visual safety. Try to move young milkweed plants away from mowed areas. Let the back end of your yard “go wild” with a variety of native wildflowers and grasses that provide nectar and pollen to butterflies, bees, and other insects. Refrain from using pesticides and herbicides, since you may eliminate beneficial predator insects or helpful pollinators, or kill desirable plants. Save milkweed seed pods this fall. When they turn brown and are just about ready to crack open, cut some (but not all) of the pods. Store pods in dry paper bags or glass jars for planting next spring, or sow the seeds immediately in the ground in the fall, letting them naturally go through cold winter dormancy. July 2017 | Great Lakes Bay 21




Bay City Fireworks Festival Experience fireworks from two festive parks in Bay City.








Free Concerts in the Park See the Beach Party Boys/Jersey Seasons Band at Frankenmuth’s Memorial Park.



Legends of the Saginaw Sail Learn fascinating history aboard BaySail’s Appledore tall ships.








Exhibit: Laurie Tennent— Botanicals Explore outdoors at SVSU’s Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum.


Saturdays on the Saginaw River Tour Take a 10 a.m. ride with Bay City Boat Lines throughout the summer.



Michigan Antique Festival & Classic Car Show Locate hard-to-finds at Midland Country Fairgrounds. Through 7/23.

Wednesdays in the Park Take part in Motown Mania at Bay City’s Wenonah Park.

Lawn Chair Film Festival See an outdoor movie at dusk in Old Town Saginaw.



Jazz in the Garden Sway to smooth jazz in Saginaw’s Lucille Andersen Memorial Garden.



Cruise, Dine, and Listen Board Bay City Boat Line’s Princess Wenonah for “Rock Night with Jedi Mind Trip.”

Fourth of July Enjoy free entry (Saginaw County residents) at Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square.






PRIDE Friday Night Live Concerts Boogie down for free at Morley Plaza in downtown Saginaw.

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WALKS ON THE BEACH Whether you’re recovering from an injury or illness such as stroke, heart attack, sports-related injury, joint replacement, spinal cord injury or neurological condition, MidMichigan Health’s specialized rehabilitation staff are dedicated to helping you achieve the highest level of function and performance possible. We offer full range of inpatient and outpatient services for patients of all ages and our team of experienced physical, occupational and speech therapists deliver comprehensive care customized to meet each patient’s individual needs.

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PLACE FOR A SUNNY DAY WITH KIDS DOW GARDENS, 1809 EASTMAN AVE, MIDLAND, 989-631-2677 Butterflies, bugs, and bees are all abuzz about kids returning to the garden this summer. The staff is excited, too, coming up with all kinds of activities that are not only fun but a learning experience. One activity includes the award-winning Growin’ Gardeners, offering kids their own plot to plant and tend from June to September. Crafty Wednesdays feature a concert, lunch, and a craft. Fridays feature story time and a themed scavenger hunt throughout the gardens. Celebrating pollinators is what Viva la Pollination is all about.

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Dining Out FINE DINING 1. Real Seafood Company (Bay City) 2. Willow Tree (Saginaw Township and West Branch) 3. Shari at the Willard Hillton (Auburn) FIRST DATE 1. Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie (Frankenmuth) 2. Old City Hall (Bay City) 3. American Kitchen (Bay City)

WATERFRONT DINING 1. Real Seafood Company (Bay City) 2. Castaways (Bay City) 3. The Riverfront Grille (Bay City) NETWORKING LUNCH 1. Fralia’s (Saginaw) 2. Pasty Haus (Frankenmuth) 3. Café Zinc (Midland) ANNIVERSARY DINNER 1. Shari at the Willard Hillton (Auburn) 2. Old City Hall (Bay City) 3. Table (Midland)

BREAKFAST 1. Uptown Grill (Bay City) 2. Levi’s Food and Spirits (Saginaw Township) 3. Morning at Maggie’s Omelette Shoppe (Bay City) APPETIZERS 1. Harvey’s Grill & Bar (Saginaw Township and Bay City) 2. Whine (Midland) 3. Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie (Frankenmuth) INDULGENT DESSERT 1. The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe (Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations)

2. SugarHigh Bakery (Frankenmuth) 3. Café Zinc (Midland) DRAFT BEER SELECTION 1. Tavern 101 (Bay City) 2. The Michigan Tap Room (Saginaw Township) 3. WhichCraft Taproom (Midland) WINE LIST 1. Whine (Midland) 2. VNO Wine Warehouse (Bay City) 3. Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie (Frankenmuth) July 2017 | Great Lakes Bay 29


LATE-NIGHT BITE 1. Mulligan’s Pub (Bay City) 2. American Kitchen (Bay City) 3. Retro Rocks (Saginaw) CAFFEINE FIX 1. Coffee Chaos (Midland) 2. Harless & Hugh (Bay City) 3. Morning Emporium Coffee House (Saginaw Township) SWEETEST SCOOPS 1. Great Lakes Ice Cream Company (Midland) 2. Mooney’s Ice Cream (Saginaw Township) 3. Mama Lupo’s Homemade Ice Cream (Bay City) MARTINI LIST 1. Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar (Saginaw) 2. Harvey’s Grill & Bar (Saginaw Township and Bay City) 3. The Stables Martini & Cigar Bar (Bay City) HOTTEST WINGS 1. Sporty’s Wing Shack & Smoke House (Pinconning) 2. D’Angelo’s Pizza (Bay City) 3. The Creek Grill (Midland) UNIQUE MENU 1. The Maple Grille (Hemlock) 2. Bradley’s Bistro (Saginaw) 3. Whine (Midland) HOME COOKING 1. The Maple Grille (Hemlock) 2. Pasty Haus (Frankenmuth) 3. Annabelle’s Own (Midland) KID-FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE 1. Pizza Sam’s (Midland) 2. The Maple Grille (Hemlock) 3. G’s Pizzeria (Saginaw Township and Bay City) ITALIAN 1. Villa D’Alessandro (Midland) 2. Café Cremosi (Bay City) 3. Brooklyn Boyz (Bay City) Pizzeria/Italian Eatery 30 Great Lakes Bay | July 2017

CHINESE 1. Panda House (Saginaw) 2. Pi’s Chinese Restaurant (Midland) 3. China Palace (Midland)

GUILT-FREE LUNCH 1. Fralia’s (Saginaw) 2. Green Gourmet (Midland) 3. Souper Café (Bay City and Saginaw Township)

MEXICAN 1. Coco Loco (Bay City and Saginaw Township) 2. Tie: Cuatro Amigos (Bay City) and Los Cuatro Amigos (Saginaw Township) 3. El Mexicano (Essexville)

ULTIMATE BURGER 1. Farmer’s Home Tavern (Hemlock) 2. American Kitchen (Bay City) 3. Boulevard Lounge (Midland)

INDIAN 1. Shahi Indian Cuisine (Saginaw Township) 2. Lahori Foods (formerly Lazeez) (Midland) 3. Kabob & Curry House (Saginaw Township) DINING DEALS 1. Taco Boy (Mount Pleasant) 2. Harvey’s Grill & Bar (Bay City and Saginaw Township) 3. American Kitchen (Bay City) SUSHI SELECTION 1. Maru Sushi (Midland) 2. Hello Sushi (Saginaw Township) 3. Sushi ‘N Others (Thomas Township) SOUL FOOD 1. Magic Kitchen & Catering (Saginaw) 2. Rib Shack Bar-B-Que (Saginaw) CHICAGO-STYLE PIZZA 1. B & C Pizza (Bay City) 2. G’s Pizzeria (Bay City and Saginaw Township) 3. Golden Glow Ballroom (St. Charles) NEW YORK-STYLE PIZZA 1. Brooklyn Boyz Pizzeria/Italian Eatery (Bay City) 2. Pizza Sam’s (Midland) 3. G’s Pizzeria (Bay City and Saginaw Township)

BARBECUE 1. Rusty Saw Smokehouse BBQ (Hemlock, formerly in Bay City) 2. Bone Daddy’s Barbecue (Midland) 3. Slo’ Bones BBQ Smokehaus (Frankenmuth) DRINK SPECIALS 1. Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie (Frankenmuth) 2. Harvey’s Grill & Bar (Bay City and Saginaw Township) 3. Tavern 101 (Bay City) HAPPY HOUR 1. Harvey’s Grill & Bar (Bay City and Saginaw Township) 2. Saints & Sinners Lounge (Midland) 3. Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie (Frankenmuth) BREWERY (LOCAL) 1. Frankenmuth Brewery (Frankenmuth) 2. Tri-City Brewing Company (Bay City) 3. Midland Brewing Company (Midland) DELI 1. Intermission Deli (Saginaw) 2. The Wanigan Eatery & Deli (Bay City) 3. Amazing Deli (Midland) SPORTS CONCESSIONS 1. Dow Diamond (Midland) 2. Bay City Southwest Little League (Bay City)

3. Dow Event Center/Saginaw Spirit (Saginaw) OUTDOOR DINING 1. Real Seafood Company (Bay City) 2. Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie (Frankenmuth) 3. Café Zinc (Midland) STEAKHOUSE 1. Lucky’s Steakhouse (Bay City) 2. Jake’s Old City Grill (Saginaw) 3. Willow Tree (Saginaw Township and West Branch)

Shopping ANTIQUE STORE 1. The Antique Warehouse (Kochville Township) 2. Bay Antiques Center (Bay City) 3. Freeland Antique Mall (Freeland) FISH MARKET 1. Huron Fish Company (Saginaw) 2. LaLonde’s Market (Midland) 3. Wrege’s Fish Company (Saginaw) WINE AND SPIRITS SELECTION 1. Eastman Party Store (Midland) 2. Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale (Saginaw Township and Midland) 3. Ideal Party Store (Bay City) PLACE TO CUT YOUR OWN HOLIDAY TREE 1. Kluck Nursery (Thomas Township) 2. Doumel Tree Farms (Midland) 3. Charboneau Christmas Tree Farm (St. Charles)

DELI INTERMISSION DELI, 2128 BAY RD, SAGINAW, 989-790-6777 For 35 years, Scott Stoney has been making crowd-pleasing subs and sandwiches. Being in business as long as he has, Stoney believes if he doesn’t know a customer by name, he does know their sandwich order. “I know who comes in and what they want,” he says. “I have a good clientele who have been good to me all these years. People who move away come back and see us.” Stoney credits his success to being on-site six days a week, from open to close, to give his customers the personal touch—and a good sandwich.

GOURMET INGREDIENTS 1. Eastman Party Store (Midland) 2. Artigiano (Bay City) 3. Mercato di O&V (Midland) BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 1. Lola’s Bridal Boutique (Saginaw Township) 2. Unique Bridal (Auburn) 3. Sempliners Bride & Formal (Bay City) DOUGHNUT SHOP 1. Cops & Doughnuts (Claire and Bay City) 2. Hamilton Home Bakery (Saginaw) 3. Barney’s Bakery (Bay City)

CANDY STORE 1. St. Laurent Brothers (Bay City) 2. Heather ‘n Holly (Midland) 3. SugarRush Sweets & Treats (Frankenmuth) HAND-TAILORED SUITS 1. Edward’s Men’s Shop (Saginaw Township) 2. Saginaw Suits & Alterations (Saginaw) 3. J-B Men’s Apparel (Bay City) WINTER GEAR 1. The Stable Outdoor Outfitters (Saginaw) 2. Little Forks Outfitters (Midland) 3. Frank’s Great Outdoors (Linwood)

HEALTH FOOD STORE 1. Discount Health Foods (Saginaw Township and Bay City) 2. Grains & Greens Nutritional Foods (Saginaw Township) 3. Healthy Habitz 4 Life (Frankenmuth)

FLOORING SECTION 1. O’Connor’s Carpet One Floor & Home (Saginaw Township) 2. Everett Carpet Company (Midland) 3. D & R Floor Covering (Midland)

PLACE TO BE FITTED FOR A BRA 1. Corset Shop Intimates (Saginaw Township)

GARDENING GOODS 1. Abele Greenhouse & Garden Center (Saginaw) 2. Begick Nursery (Bay City) 3. Maple Hill Nursery (Midland)

SELL-YOUR-GOLD SHOP 1. Stan’s Gold Mine Jewelry Store (Bay City) 2. Saginaw Gold & Diamond Center (Saginaw Township) 3. Magma Gems (Saginaw Township)

JEWELRY STORE 1. Herman Hiss & Company (Bay City)

July 2017 | Great Lakes Bay 31


LOCAL BREWERY FRANKENMUTH BREWERY, 425 S MAIN ST, 989-262-8300 With summer in full swing, the Frankenmuth Brewery staff has a tip to make the season an enjoyable one: Stop in to enjoy not just one patio, but two, and choose from 21 ice-cold beers on tap. “The reason this establishment was picked as best local brew pub is the variety of beers offered,” says brewmaster Steve Buszka. “Our styles are all the way from a mild 4 percent German kolas to an 11½ percent Belgian Quadruple. And we have everything in between.” Wine-lovers will find a homemade wine selection, and all patrons can enjoy root beer.

2. Magma Gems (Saginaw Township) 3. Bauer’s Jewelry (Saginaw)

2. Frankenmuth Cheese Haus (Frankenmuth) 3. Artigiano (Bay City)

BIRTHDAY CAKE 1. Mary’s Creative Cakery (Thomas Township) 2. The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe (Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations) 3. SugarHigh Bakery (Frankenmuth)

PARTY SUPPLY STORE 1. Ideal Party Store (Bay City) 2. Eastman Party Store (Midland) 3. Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale (Saginaw Township and Midland)

WEDDING CAKE 1. The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe (Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations) 2. Mary’s Creative Cakery (Thomas Township) 3. SugarHigh Bakery (Frankenmuth) CHEESE ASSORTMENT 1. Eastman Party Store (Midland)

VINTAGE/RESALE CLOTHING 1. Shelterhouse Resale Shop (Midland) 2. Twice Is Nice Resale Boutique (Midland) 3. Glad Rags (Bay City) PRODUCE MARKET 1. Jack’s Fruit & Meat Market (Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations) 2. Midland Farmers Market (Midland)

3. Weiss Fruit Market (Kawkawlin) FURNITURE STORE 1. Denno’s Furniture & Bedding (Saginaw Township) 2. Art Sample Home (Saginaw) 3. Prime Brothers Furniture (Bay City) CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE 1. Sweet Peach Children’s Boutique (Bay City) 2. Annie & Oliver’s (Midland) 3. The Plaid Giraffe (Midland) HOME LIGHTING SELECTION 1. Wholesale Electric (Bay City) 2. Candle Light & Log in Northeastern Paint (Midland and Saginaw Township) 3. Feige’s Interiors (Saginaw Township)

HOME DECOR 1. Tri-City Furniture (Auburn) 2. Super Cute (Freeland) 3. Denno’s Furniture and Bedding (Saginaw Township) TREE AND SHRUB SELECTION 1. Abele Greenhouse & Garden Center (Saginaw) 2. Begick Nursery (Bay City) 3. Kluck Nursery (Thomas Township) NEW CAR DEALERSHIP 1. Garber Automotive Group (Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations) 2. Saginaw Valley Ford Lincoln (Saginaw) 3. Burt Watson Chevrolet (Freeland)

USED CAR DEALERSHIP 1. Garber Automotive Group (Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations) 2. Mike Young Buick GMC (Frankenmuth) 3. Draper Auto Group (Saginaw Township and Bay City) OIL CHANGE SPECIAL 1. Geyer’s Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change (Saginaw Township) 2. Draper Quick Lube (Saginaw Township) 3. Fast Eddie’s Car Wash Oil Change (Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations) PLACE TO BUY HOLIDAY DECORATIONS 1. Begick Nursery (Bay City) 2. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland (Frankenmuth) 3. My Secret Garden (Bay City) PLACE TO BUY KITCHEN GADGETS 1. Peel ‘n Pare (Midland) 2. Frankenmuth Cheese Haus (Frankenmuth) 3. Zehnder’s Frankenmuth Marketplace (Frankenmuth) PLACE TO BUY ACTIVE WEAR 1. Legacy Strong (Bay City) 2. Runners Athletic Company (Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations) 3. Sandlot Sports (Bay City and Saginaw)

Services NEW BUSINESS (OPENED IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS) 1. Great Lakes Escape Game (Frankenmuth) 2. McLaren Medical Spa (Bay City)

3. OMONI Boutique (Saginaw and Bay City) AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR 1. Garber Automotive Group (Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations) 2. Morgan’s Auto Repair (Bay City) 3. Pickering Automotive Services (Midland) SPA 1. Ana Luis Salon & Day Spa (Saginaw Township) 2. U Spa, Salon & More (Freeland) 3. Levity Spa & Salon (Saginaw Township) HAIR SALON 1. Adore Hair and Nail Studio (Saginaw Township) 2. Ana Luis Salon & Day Spa (Saginaw Township) 3. Attractions Salon (Bay City) FACIALIST 1. Amanda at Ana Luis Salon & Day Spa (Saginaw Township) 2. Jen at Levity Spa & Salon (Saginaw Township) 3. Ruth at U Spa, Salon & More (Freeland) MANI/PEDI 1. Allison at Adore Hair and Nail Studio (Saginaw Township) 2. Val at Ana Luis Salon & Day Spa (Saginaw Township) 3. Cassidy at Attractions Salon (Bay City) HAIR COLORIST 1. Jill at Adore Hair and Nail Studio (Saginaw Township) 2. Amy at Ana Luis Salon & Day Spa (Saginaw Township) 3. Gabrielle at G. Creative Studio Salon (Freeland)

BIRTHDAY CAKE MARY’S CREATIVE CAKERY, 7494 GRATIOT RD, THOMAS TOWNSHIP, 989-781-7747 “Our cakes are always nice and moist, delicious, and from scratch,” says Mary Lesh, owner of Mary’s Creative Cakery. “And we have some really good decorators.” With a talented crew, a cake is only limited by a customer’s imagination and six tiers (the highest they will make a cake). Decorators can draw pictures and create fun, 3-D features, like a sewing machine, purses, R2-D2 and Yoda from Star Wars, Minions, Spongebob Squarepants, and that perennial favorite, Mickey Mouse. Wedding cakes remain the top-seller. Staff asks for a couple weeks’ notice but can accommodate walk-ins.

PLACE TO GET BOTOX 1. Ziba Medical Spa (Saginaw Township) 2. McLaren Medical Spa (Bay City) 3. Tondue Medical Spa (Bay City)

HAIR STYLIST 1. Luis at Ana Luis Salon & Day Spa (Saginaw Township) 2. Jill at Adore Hair and Nail Studio (Saginaw Township) 3. Val at Ana Luis Salon & Day Spa (Saginaw Township)

COSMETIC SURGEON 1. David Yonick, MD, McLaren Medical Spa (Bay City) 2. Arno Weiss, Jr., MD (Saginaw) 3. Stephen Morris, MD, Plastic Surgery Institute (Midland)

HAIR REMOVAL SPECIALIST 1. Angela at U Spa, Salon & More (Freeland) 2. Amanda at Ana Luis Salon & Day Spa (Saginaw Township) 3. Jen at Levity Spa & Salon (Saginaw Township) July 2017 | Great Lakes Bay 33


PLACE TO LEARN TO DANCE BAY VALLEY ACADEMY, 3712 PATTERSON RD, BAY CITY, 989-686-8480 When you’re teaching the little ones, it’s best to keep them moving, says Jennifer Kennedy, co-owner of Bay Valley Academy. There is a lot of imaginative play to keep them engaged. “We do a lot of creative movement with them,” Kennedy says. “We sing songs, we dance around, put fairy wings on and pretend they are princesses, we use maracas just to keep them interested and enjoying classes.” While they are having fun, they are also learning basic dance steps and gymnastics moves. Classes in dance and gymnastics are offered to those 18 months to 18 years of age.

SPRAY-ON TAN 1. Global Tan (Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations) 2. Athena Salon and Day Spa (Midland) 3. The Willows Salon & Spa (Saginaw Township) BARBERSHOP 1. Irish’s Barber Shop (Midland) 2. JR’s All Star Haircuts for Men (Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations)

3. The Buzz Haircuts for Men (Bay City) PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR BIG DAY 1. Shelley Vinson Photography (Saginaw) 2. Black Sheep Chic Photography (Bay City) 3. Molly Lyn Photography (Essexville)

FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY 1. Portraits by Rachel Starr (Bay City) 2. Shelley Vinson Photography (Saginaw) 3. Stefanie Miller Photography (Bay City) LANDSCAPER 1. Reder Landscaping (Midland)

2. Bay Landscaping (Bay City) 3. Garpiel Group (Saginaw Township) FURNITURE RESTORATION 1. Hensler Furniture Restoration (Saginaw Township) 2. Wood Reviver (Saginaw) 3. Weiler’s Furniture Restoration (Essexville)

DRY CLEANER 1. Roth Cleaners (Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations) 2. Clayton Cleaners (Bay City) 3. Art Cleaners (Midland) REALTOR 1. Park Place Homes (Midland) 2. Century 21 Signature Realty (Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations) 3. RE/MAX Results (Bay City) and RE/MAX New Image (Saginaw Township) CATERER 1. The Menu Manager (Midland) 2. Willow Tree (Saginaw Township and West Branch) 3. Horizons Conference Center (Saginaw Township) WEDDING VENUE 1. Apple Mountain (Freeland) 2. DoubleTree by Hilton (Bay City) 3. Horizons Conference Center (Saginaw Township) HOME REMODELER 1. Greystone Homes (Midland) 2. Orvosh Builders (Midland) 3. Tom Skrocki at TSK Builders (Bay City) HOME BUILDER 1. Greystone Homes (Midland) 2. Cobblestone Homes (Freeland) 3. Beagle Construction (Thomas Township) FINANCIAL ADVISING 1. Retirement & Investment Center located at Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union (Midland) 2. Hantz Group (Saginaw Township)

VETERINARIAN 1. Veterinary Health Center (Saginaw Township) 2. Animal Alley Veterinary Hospital (Saginaw Township) 3. Bay Animal Hospital (Essexville) HOME CLEANING SERVICE 1. Prime Shine Services, Inc. (Saginaw Township) 2. Custom Maids (Bay City) 3. Jenntec Dry Carpet Cleaning (Bay City) COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICE 1. Absolute Building Maintenance (Saginaw) 2. ServiceMaster of the TriCities (Midland) 3. Servpro (Midland and Bay City) DOG GROOMER 1. Sudzy Puppy (Bay City) 2. Passion for Paws Pet Boutique (Freeland) 3. Woodside Kennels (Tittabawassee Township) PERSONAL TRAINER 1. Sarah Fechter (Saginaw Township) 2. Greater Midland Community Center (Midland) 3. Chloe Monville (Essexville) GYM OR FITNESS STUDIO 1. Freeland Sports Zone (Freeland) 2. Sarah Fechter Fitness (Saginaw Township) 3. Element 22 (Midland) INTERIOR DESIGNER 1. Kuhn Young Design Group (Bay City) 2. Kathy Kilbourn - Tri City Furniture (Auburn) 3. Art Sample Home (Saginaw)

PLACE TO LEARN TO DANCE 1. Bay Valley Academy (Bay City) 2. Extreme Dance Arts (Saginaw Township) 3. Perry Woodard School of Dance (Bay City) FLORIST 1. Grohman’s Flowers (Saginaw) 2. Austin’s Flowers & Gifts (Freeland) 3. Keit’s Flowers (Bay City) PLACE TO GET INKED 1. Old Town Tattoo (Saginaw) 2. Voodoo Tattoo (Bay City) 3. Electric Chair Tattoo (Bay City) PLACE FOR MUSIC LESSONS 1. Herter Music Center (Bay City) 2. Fulkerson Music Studio (Midland) 3. Major Chords for Minors (Saginaw) WORKOUT CLASS 1. Sarah Fechter Fitness (Saginaw Township) 2. Element 22 (Midland) 3. Legacy Strong (Bay City) BAR TO SING YOUR HEART OUT AT 1. Heck’s Bar (Carrollton) 2. Hooligan’s Food & Spirits (Bay City) 3. Auburn Hotel Bar & Grill (Auburn)

People CAR SALESMAN 1. Pedro Moncada at Saginaw Valley Ford (Saginaw Township) 2. Matt Larson at Garber Buick (Saginaw Township)

3. Brent Gromaski at Draper Chevrolet (Saginaw Township) RESTAURATEUR 1. Tony Gojcaj at Willow Tree (Saginaw Township and West Branch) 2. Dave Dittenber at Old City Hall, Tavern 101, and American Kitchen (Bay City) 3. Spencer Dambro at Spencer’s Route 46 (Saginaw Township) BARTENDER 1. Nichole Herron at Tavern 101 (Bay City) 2. Joel Curran and Matt Mitchell at Mac’s Bar (Saginaw) 3. Chloe Monville at Bay View Bar & Grill (Bay City) CHEF 1. Jim Welch at Midland Burger Co. and Giving Gourmet (Midland) 2. Tony Gojcaj at Willow Tree (Saginaw Township and West Branch) 3. Aaron Gaertner at Shari at the Willard Hillton (Auburn) LOCAL ARTIST 1. Armin Mersmann at Midland Center for the Arts (Midland) 2. Avram Golden (Bay City) 3. Susie McColgan (Saginaw Township) DENTIST 1. Chelsea Mason, DDS (Bay City) 2. Joseph Zolinski, DDS (Saginaw Township) 3. Paul Schmidt, DDS (Saginaw Township) ORTHODONTIST 1. Resler Orthodontics (Saginaw Township) 2. Davis & Davis Orthodontics (Midland) 3. David Adams at Adams Orthodontics (Saginaw Township) July 2017 | Great Lakes Bay 35


DINING DEALS TACO BOY, 804 S MISSION, MT PLEASANT, 989-772-0394 A wet burrito and a small drink for $8.50—now that’s a deal. “That’s our biggest seller,” says owner Robert Baltierrez. But that’s not the only deal to be had at this Mount Pleasant eatery. Each day of the week offers a new deal for hungry customers. Bring a pal on Friday for any of the dinners and two drinks for $17.50. Monday and Wednesday are good days to stop in as well, with homemade tacos, tostadas, rice, beans, and a small drink for $1.30 each. Every item is made from scratch, with recipes learned from the owner’s mother and grandmother.

ATTORNEY 1. H. Renee Brisbois at Brisbois, Brisbois & Rupp, PLLC (Saginaw) 2. Susan W. Brady at Susan Brady & Associates, PLLC (Saginaw Township) 3. Braun Kendrick Attorneys at Law (Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations)

LOCAL BAND 1. Jedi Mind Trip 2. Tweed and Dixie 3. Donald Benjamin

CHIROPRACTOR 1. Kehres Health & Chiropractic (Saginaw Township and Midland) 2. Mike Dense at Shields Chiropractic (Shields) 3. Maillette Family Chiropractic (Bay City)

THEATER TO WATCH A PLAY 1. Midland Center for the Arts (Midland) 2. Pit & Balcony Theatre (Saginaw) 3. Bay City Players (Bay City)

Out on the Town CONCERT VENUE 1. Dow Event Center (Saginaw) 2. Midland Center for the Arts (Midland) 3. Temple Theatre (Saginaw) 36 Great Lakes Bay | July 2017

CHARITY PARTY 1. CAN Council Mardi Gras 2. BaySail Summer Breeze 3. Delta College’s A Chocolate Affair

MUSEUM 1. Saginaw Art Museum (Saginaw) 2. Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum (Saginaw) 3. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art at Midland Center for the Arts (Midland) ART GALLERY 1. Studio 23/The Arts Center (Bay City)

2. Creative 360 (Midland) 3. Northwood Gallery (Midland) GOLF COURSE 1. Maple Leaf Golf Course (Linwood) 2. Apple Mountain (Freeland) 3. The Sawmill (Saginaw Township) PUTT-PUTT 1. Kokomo’s Family Fun Center (Kochville Township) 2. Buoy 18 Mini Golf (Bay City) 3. Dutch Village Adventure Park (Bay City) LOCAL FESTIVAL 1. Saginaw’s Greek Festival: St. Demetrious Greek Orthodox Church (Saginaw Township) 2. MATRIX:MIDLAND at Midland Center for the Arts (Midland) 3. St. Stan’s AC Polish Festival (Bay City) PLACE FOR A RAINY DAY WITH KIDS 1. Mid-Michigan’s Children’s Museum (Saginaw)

2. Painterly Pottery (Bay City and Kochville Township) 3. Sky Zone Trampoline Park (Saginaw Township) PLACE FOR A SUNNY DAY WITH KIDS 1. Dow Gardens (Midland) 2. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square (Saginaw) 3. Great Lakes Loons at Dow Diamond (Midland) PLACE TO BE CREATIVE 1. Painterly Pottery (Bay City and Kochville Township) 2. Creative 360 (Midland) 3. Studio 23/The Arts Center (Bay City) PLACE FOR A PICNIC 1. Dow Gardens (Midland) 2. The Tridge (Midland) 3. Wenonah Park (Bay City) ICE SKATING 1. Hoyt Park (Saginaw) 2. Midland Civic Arena (Midland) 3. Saginaw Bay Ice Arena (Saginaw)


3456 Shattuck Rd, Saginaw 989-792-8400 Monday: 8am to 6pm Tuesday-Wednesday: 8am to 5pm Thursday: 8am to 2pm

Thank you for your support! #1 Car Salesman Pedro Moncada #2 New Car Dealership 4201 Bay Road Saginaw 989-792-1700 Monday 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Voted Greatest Gym in the Great Lakes Bay Region!

“The SportsZone has really changed our lives. It’s helped us with a lot of our physical issues and we enjoy coming here.” – Janice & Don Spitz, Members of Freeland SportsZone for 3 years.

We strive to bring the community together using health, sports and fitness. We send thanks to all who have been a part of our growth since opening in 2009!

“I’ve seen a lot of growth and positive changes. The equipment and the atmosphere are tremendous. It’s a very positive environment and the personalities make coming here feel like family.” – Marcus Wright, Member of Freeland SportsZone for 5 years.

5690 Midland Road, Freeland, MI 48623 989-695-2000


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Thank you for voting us Greatest Gallery! Join us for creative programming for all ages. Fall enrollment 2017 is open! Our gallery is dedicated to making the arts relevant and accessible to all. Visit us and see the talented artists that are in our region. 901 N Water St., Bay City, 989-894-2323


Out With the Old, In With the Brewed A Midland brewery shows what happens when post-Prohibition tradition meets innovation. BY RACHEL COHEN | PHOTOS BY DOUG JULIAN


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riginally founded in 1935, following the repeal of Prohibition, the then Midland Brewing Company lasted only a few years. To the pleasure of beer lovers throughout the region, the brewery resurfaced in 2010. “We’re so proud of our rich history,” says Jamie Glover, the restaurant’s general manager. Binding together history and comfort, Midland Brewing Company is a place that people all over Michigan can look to as an ambience-rich destination. Its many special events, such as theme parties and beer tastings, aim to get patrons involved in the fun. The brews are complemented by a menu of burgers, flatbreads, sandwiches, and sausage specialties. Locally sourced from Midland’s LaLonde’s Market, Midland Brewery Company’s sausage entrées, at $7, are filled with flavor. Add toppings and sauce to the bun and type of sausage selected. For a classic taste, try the Italian sausage. If you’re looking for something a little different, select kielbasa with a side of slaw. For an eclectic flavor combination, try Midland Brewing Company’s Spicy Peanut Butter Burger. Inspired by a peanut butter burger that the head chef, Mark Miracle, had encountered elsewhere, his trial-and-error result, at $9, is where sweet and savory meet. It’s topped with caramelized onion, fresh guacamole, and spicy kimchi sauce and served on a choice of brioche bread or pretzel bun. “It really is very good; people love it,” Glover says. Midland Brewing Company also offers Sunday brunch. The Red Eye Breakfast Burger, at $8, delivers everything that is great about lunch—served with a morning twist. A beef burger is topped with bacon, beer cheese, and a fried egg. This breakfast sandwich pairs well with a Bloody-beer Mary or a fresh mug of coffee. In addition to its indoor seating, Midland Brewing Company beckons diners outdoors to its beer garden, which is adjacent to the Pere Marquette Rail Trail. From the garden, patrons can grab a cold one from the satellite bar and a sandwich off the smoker, making their way to a picnic table to take in the fresh air. Look for the constantly rotating taps. And if visitors like what they drink, they can join Midland Brewing Company’s Red Keg Club. Members receive a free growler and 10 percent off any beer on tap. Midland Brewing Company, 5011 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-2597210, Hours: Monday - Thursday (9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.), Friday and Saturday (11 a.m. - 12 a.m.), and Sunday (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.).

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Dining Out Asian Asian Noodle: 200 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-316-2380. Filipino and Far East fare. Noodle soup, lumpia spring rolls, sautéed noodles, and pan-fried fish. Basil Thai Bistro: 225 W Wackerly St, Midland, 989-486-9390. Curry, noodles, fried rice, stir-fry dishes, and fresh fruit tapioca drinks.  Blossoms Asian Bistro: 4124 Wilder Rd, Bay City, 989-778-1155. Asian fusion flavors, made-to-order dishes, and fresh ingredients. Malaysian fried noodles, sushi, coconut shrimp tacos, and hibachi meals. Chan’s Garden: 215 Third St, Bay City, 989-892-8861. Variety of Asian and Chinese dishes. Weekly specials. Takeout available.  Chan’s Garden Restaurant: 1951 N Center Rd, Saginaw Township, 989790-9188. Affordable Chinese fare. Favorites include orange chicken, Mongolian beef, rice noodles, and egg rolls. Takeout and delivery available. Forbidden City Chinese Restaurant: 4024 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-792-0303. Authentic cuisine, including Forbidden City Chicken and moo shu pork. Familysized dinners and takeout available.  Fuji Sushi: 1512 Joe Mann Blvd Midland, 989-839-6868. Noodles, rolls and sushi, sashimi, and hibachi entrées. Fusion 1 Café: 813 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-891-0551. Fresh, contemporary international cuisine. Thursday night is Sushi Extravaganza. Demonstrations and cooking classes offered.  Genji Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar: Two locations: 2929 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-4956000, and 3870 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-497-9900. Chefs prepare meals directly in front of patrons for tables of up to eight. Large selection of wines and imported beers.

Ghengis Khan Mongolian BBQ: 5010 Bay City Rd, Midland, 989-4962288. Buffet-style dining and createyour-own stir-fry using many types of meats, vegetables, and sauces. Full bar. Golden Buffet: 979 S Saginaw Rd (in Eastlawn Food Court), Midland, 989633-9888. Lunch and dinner buffets with meat and seafood dishes, soups, and desserts. Hello Sushi: 2575 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-7900022. Sushi, sashimi, rolls, traditional bento box meals, noodle dishes, and Japanese specialties. Daily specials and carryout. Hokkaido Japanese Steak & Sushi: 1818 Lawndale Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-791-1688. Open for lunch and dinner. Hibachi, sushi and sashimi, noodles and fried rice, and bento options from the wok. Mochi and tempura ice cream, cheesecake, and banana desserts. Hunan Restaurant: 3109 Bay Plaza Dr, Saginaw Township, 989-792-0303. Favorites include general chicken, Mongolian beef, and crabmeat with corn soup. Takeout available.  Jade Garden: 3211 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-793-6997. Made-toorder Chinese dishes, appetizers, and soups, including the popular egg drop. The Mandarin House Chinese Restaurant: 3000 Center Ave, Essexville, 989-893-9499. Full menu of chicken, beef, pork, vegetarian, and seafood cuisine, soups, appetizers, and hot buffet.  Maru Sushi Midland: 715 E Main St, Midland, 989-633-0101. Japanese cuisine. Lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks. Sushi bar and hibachi grill, daily specials, happy hour from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday. Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge: 105 E Broadway, Mt Pleasant, 989775-7723. High-end martinis, sushi, and Asian-fusion fare.  Panda House Chinese Restaurant: 1010 N Niagara St, Saginaw, 989-

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755-5394. Fine dining. Takeout available. Specialty entrées include string bean chicken. Live piano music Friday and Saturday evenings.

with Cremosi sauce, a white wine, lemon-butter crème sauce, pizza, and fresh ingredients. Full bar, outside deck, and live music.

Pasong’s Cafe: 114 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-791-5008. Fresh, madeto-order authentic cuisine without MSG. Famous Chinese chicken salad and a variety of chicken, beef, shrimp, and vegetarian entrées.

G’s Pizzeria: 1005 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-891-9400, and 3823 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-4014774. Dine in, takeout, delivery, and catering. Soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and popular chicken fajita pizza.

Pi’s Asian Express: 5015 Eastman Ave, Midland, 989-832-8000. Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese appetizers and entrées. Carryout. Pi’s Chinese Restaurant: 1815 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-832-5848. Affordable authentic fare like the favorite Hunan sesame chicken. Daily lunch and dinner buffet. Sushi ‘N’: 7395 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-401-7557. Sushi, sashimi, cooked and vegetarian selections, and rolls, including the Golden California.

Indian Kabob N Curry House: 4070 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-4974400. Homemade Indian cuisine includes vegetable curry, samosa, paneer, and spicy favorites. Shahi Indian Cuisine: 4624 State St, Saginaw Township, 989-4018310. Fresh, authentic Indian cuisine. Lamb, chicken, and goat dishes. 

Italian B&C Pizza: Three locations: 476 N Tuscola Rd, Bay City, 989-892-1519; 4787 Fashion Square Mall, Saginaw Township, 989-791-2777; and 608 State St, Bay City, 989-686-4600. Chicago-style pizzas cut into squares. Brooklyn Boyz Pizzeria & Italian Eatery: 612 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-894-5560. New York-style pizzeria. Lunch and dinner.  Café Cremosi: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-316-9018. Italian cuisine at reasonable prices. Featuring pasta

Grampa Tony’s: Two locations: 1108 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-893-4795, and 4330 E Wilder Rd, Bay City, 989-684-7314. Family dining. Homemade pizza, steak sandwiches, and baked pasta specialties. Late-night dining, takeout, and spirits. Isabella’s at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 989-775-5399. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, and desserts. Create your own pasta masterpiece. MaMa Mia’s Pizzeria: 16535 Gratiot Rd, Hemlock, 989-642-6420. Pizzas topped with special four-cheese blend and baked in a brick oven.  Nino’s Family Restaurant: 1705 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-8930691. Authentic Italian fare, including custom pastas, pizzas, and tiramisu. Strolling musicians on the weekend. Takeout, delivery, catering, and full bar. Nino’s Neighbor: 1623 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-460-2792. Open during warm weather months. Healthy Italian cuisine; gluten-free and vegan options. Grilled margherita pizza, antipasto salad, garlic knots, tomato bisque, and pesto-topped salmon. Outdoor seating available. Pizza Dude: 4328 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-486-9670. Italian eatery. Old-style, brick oven pizza, calzones, and bread rings stuffed with pasta or meatballs.  Pizza Sam’s: 102 W Main St, Midland, 989-631-1934. Soups, sandwiches, gyros, Coney Island hot dogs, specialty pizzas, nachos, and desserts. Takeout available.

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TASTE / DINING OUT Spencer’s Route 46: 5530 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989793-4500. Escargot, portobella mushrooms, calamari, seafood ravioli, poached salmon, and panfried walleye. Extensive wine list. Live jazz music. Villa D’Alessandro: 801 E Wackerly St, Midland, 989-631-3821. Fare prepared from family recipes. Extensive list of wines to pair with entrées. Authentic desserts. Outdoor dining in summer.

Mediterranean Yasmeen’s Mediterranean Foods: 3545 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-791-3082. Specialty store offers baklava, couscous, beans, spices, olives, olive oil, cheeses, and vegetarian foods. Tabouli, hummus, baba ghanoush, meat pies, and grape leaves available.

Mexican Coco Loco Mexican Grill & Bar: Two locations: 3593 Center Ave, Essexville, 989-891-9917, and 4002 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-7911111. Authentic lunch and dinner entrées and combinations. Fresh chips and salsa. Cuatro Amigos: 310 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-686-8630. Original recipe combination dinners and lunch specials. El Paso Grill: 4880 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-401-6599. Puffy tacos and shredded beef burrito with potatoes are favorites. Primarily takeout. El Patron: 1900 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-9800. Authentic Mexican cuisine, including a buffet. Entre Amigos: 2600 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-832-6348. Authentic choices include lunch specialties, combination dinners, fajitas, vegetarian combinations, steak, chicken, and desserts.      Los Cabos: 7467 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-781-2255. Mexican staples, along with a full American and Mexican breakfast menu. Weekend breakfast buffet. Daily lunch buffet. Los Cuatro Amigos: 4570 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-799-1700. Original recipe combination dinners and lunch specials.

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Maria’s Mexican Restaurant: 6090 State St, Saginaw Township, 989-7996300. Lunch and dinner. Quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, burritos, homemade tamales, chimichangas, and taco salad. Breakfast served. Tex-Mex Grille: 4101 Wilder Rd (in the Bay City Mall Food Court), Bay City, 989-686-8396. Homemade “Tex-Mex” food, enchiladas, tacos, tostadas, burritos, rice, beans, and tamales. Catering available.

Breakfast & Lunch Centro Grille: 4882 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-498-4010. Breakfast and lunch. Freshly roasted coffee, pastries, homemade soups, desserts, salted caramel brownie, and cinnamon crunch muffin. Mornin’ at Maggie’s Omelette Shoppe: 819 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-892-3142. Breakfast and lunch creations, including frittatas, French toast, waffles, egg-white omelets, homemade soups, sandwiches, and vegetarian specials.  Rudy’s Red Lion Diner: 201 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-893-2266. Omelets, burgers, comfort food, and milkshakes. Stacker Grill: 4312 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-631-8646. Breakfast and lunch fare, including pancakes, omelets, salads, and steak sandwiches.

Coffee Houses Bancroft Coffee & Tea Café: 101 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-7760011. Coffee and tea house with a historical 1920s ambiance. Bancroft Blend coffee, espresso, steamers, and chai. Breakfast and lunch. Brewtopia: 810 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-893-0872. Fresh coffees, teas, lattes, cappuccinos, frappes, smoothies, muffins, cookies, and cinnamon rolls. Light lunch menu. Wi-Fi. Entertainment Thursday through Saturday.  Coffee Chaos: 6201 Jefferson Ave, Midland, 989-835-6401. Hot, chilled over ice, and frozen coffee drinks. Freshly baked, preservative-free muffins and cookies. Drive-up, Wi-Fi, and TVs. Common Grind: 2903 Pierce Rd, Ste 110, Kochville Township. Specialty

coffee shop with organic espresso beans roasted fresh daily. Bagel sandwiches, fresh-squeezed juice, and smoothies. Dawn of a New Day Coffeehouse & Café: 210 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-284-3549. Fair trade organic coffee, specialty drinks, soups, and sandwiches. Music Friday nights. Wi-Fi.  Espresso Express Coffee House: 916 N Water St, Bay City, 989-8938898. Seattle-style brewed espresso beverages at their finest. Hot and cool drinks. Espresso Milano: 137 Ashman St, Midland, 989-832-3222. Coffees, smoothies, espresso, tea, muffins, cookies, scones, and peanut butter bars. Locals love the mudslide, a frozen coffee milkshake. Wi-Fi.  The Fix: 5 E Main St, Bay City, 989439-1250. Specializing in craft coffee and vegan options. Doughnuts, pastries, and organic fair trade coffee and tea sourced independently out of Chicago. Frankenmuth Kaffee Haus: 500 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-6525252. Gourmet coffee, teas, espresso treats, pastries, sandwiches, and wraps. Flavor-of-the-month coffee.   Grounds for a Better World: 4951 Eastman Rd, Midland, 989839-1024, and 2020 Dow Center (Dow employees only), 1116 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-3300. Espresso-based and gourmet-brewed coffees, teas, frappes, smoothies, chocolates, and homemade baked goods. Harless & Hugh Coffee: 1003 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-3274007. Specialty coffees made to order, tea made using authentic teasteeping methods, and mochas. The Harvest Coffeehouse & Beanery: 626 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-2203. Freshroasted flavored blends and origin coffees, specialty drinks, cakes, pies, and cheesecake. Books, live music, local art, and Wi-Fi.

made sandwiches, salads, soups, and Thai-style red curry. Live Oak Coffeehouse: 711 Ashman St, Midland, 989-423-1800. Handcrafted coffee drinks and baked goods, live entertainment. Try the Dirty Chai, coffee-caramel crème brûlée, Cheeky Cheesecake, or French press and Pellegrino for Two. Morning Emporium Coffee House: 2125 N Center, Saginaw Township, 989-790-5888. More than 40 Torani flavors, espresso, cappuccino, latte, hot/cold chai tea, and smoothies. Bulk coffees for purchase. The Mug@Wirt: 500 Center Ave (Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library), Bay City, 989-460-3596. Flavored coffees and teas, homemade treats, and lunch menu. Red Eye Caffé: 205 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-793-1411. Freshly brewed coffees, white chocolate mochas, cookies, and muffins. Livemusic entertainment, local poetry, and artwork.

Casual Dining 3rd & Johnson Market & Eatery: 1023 N Johnson St, Bay City, 989971-1456. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and take ’n’ bake meals. Locallysourced ingredients and seasonal, weekly menus. Salads, sandwiches, handmade pasta, and chicken and biscuits. American Kitchen Restaurant: 207 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-402-1366. Meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Burgers, brunch, and bloody mary bar.  Anschutz Café: 212 E Saginaw St, Breckenridge, 989-842-9924. Pancakes, prime rib, wet burritos, nachos, and grilled beef medallions (weekend special).

Journeys Coffee House: Two locations: 201 E Main St, Midland, 989-486-8585, and 1550 S Poseyville Rd (Messiah Lutheran Church), Midland, 989-835-7143. Coffee, smoothies, baked goods, and gelato.

Annabelle’s Own: 579 E Isabella Rd, Midland, 989-835-5344. Comfort food with a few twists. Diverse menu, homemade soups, daily specials, award-winning Five Cheese Macaroni and Cheese. Bare Bones BarBQ & Pizza: 807 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-8926830. Charcoal-grilled barbecue. Lunch, dinner, and family meals. Takeout, delivery, and catering available.

Kaya Coffee House: 1029 S University Ave, Mt Pleasant, 989772-9016. Fair trade, organic coffee, tea, and espresso drinks, and freshly

Bavarian Inn: 713 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 800-228-2742. The No. 1 choice of most visitors remains the all-you-can-eat chicken dinners.

German specialties and other entrées available. Bergers Family Restaurant: 6387 Westside Saginaw Rd, Bay City, 989686-0224. Family owned since 1928. Serves specialty of fresh seafood, hot German potato salad, burgers, and fruit and cream pies. Big Drew’s Family Grill: 265 W Saginaw St, Hemlock, 989-301-0255. Mexican meals, pizza, burgers, wings, steak sandwiches, Coney dogs, and breakfast served anytime.  Big John Steak & Onion: 3300 Holland Ave, Saginaw, 989-7545012. Serving the original 100 percent rib-eye steak sandwich since 1972. Subs, salads, and Big John “Red Sauce.” The Bringer Inn: 516 W Genesee Ave, Saginaw, 989-753-1462. Homemade breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Daily specials include barbecue chicken and freshly roasted turkey dinners. Create your own omelets. The Bus Stop Bar and Grille: 10014 Dixie Hwy, Birch Run, 989-2446350. Pub-style menu and fish fry Friday nights with cod, shrimp, and lake perch. Live entertainment on Saturday nights.  Café American Restaurant/Coffee Bar: 1525 Washington St, Midland, 989-633-9665. (A second location inside the Midland Mall Food Court.) Gourmet salads, burgers, soups, and sandwiches.  Café Zinc: 111 W Main St, Midland (inside The H Hotel), 989-839-0500. French bistro offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. European-style breads and tartlets, tortes, and dessert specialties. Terrace dining in summer.  Camille’s on the River: 506 W Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, 989-7730259. Comfort food classics with an upscale twist that use regional and seasonal flavors. Martini lounge. Castaways: 3940 Boy Scout Rd, Bay City, 989-686-3558. Dock your boat on the Kawkawlin River and enjoy food and spirits inside or dockside. Lunch and dinner.  Chuck’s Market Restaurant: 108 S Adams St, Bay City, 989-893-0541. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner; daily specials. Country breakfast, quarterpound cheeseburger, nachos, and hot turkey sandwich. Court Street Grill: 100 S Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-401-4004. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Cousins Take Out and Catering: 1202 N Washington Ave, Saginaw. Catfish, rib tips, African whiting box dinners, Slaw Daddy and Grand Daddy slaw boxes, and hush puppies. Crêpes Et Amis (Crêpes and Friends): 130 Townsend St, Midland, 989-486-3120. Urban café, locally roasted coffee, savory and sweet crêpes: Good Morning Paris (ham and brown sugar); Strawberry Cheesecrêpe. daVinci’s Restaurant: 524 N Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-2629. Italian and American fare. Daily specials. Strombolis, pasta dishes, Chicagostyle deep-dish pizza, salads, and sandwiches.  The Dogg Houze: 2903 Pierce Rd, Kochville Township, 989-401-7477. Coney dogs, subs, wraps, and stuffed pitas called Hanis. Specials include the Saginaw Coney with marinara and meat, and the Flintstone Coney with nacho meat, mustard, and onion. Duece’s Char House: 432 Tuscola Rd, Bay City, 989-893-5881. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Salad bar with famous cheese spread and liver pâté. Garden Restaurant in the Midland Resort and Convention Center: 1500 W Wackerly St, Midland, 989698-0662. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Sunday brunch.  Gimmicks Grill & Bar: 5021 Bay City Rd, Midland, 989-496-3940. Classic American cuisine. Full bar, extensive beer selection, wine, and martinis. Enjoy a game of bowling or miniature golf. Green Gourmet Café: 1908 S Saginaw, Ste E, Midland, 989-4868433. Lunch, dinner. Seasonal menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, smoothie and grain bowls. Fresh, local ingredients. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options. Homemade bread. GO! Salads: 139 Ashman St, Midland, 989-633-9055. Soup and build-your-own salad bar restaurant with non-GMO ingredients; iced tea bar with five fresh-brewed selections. Huron Fish Co: 505 Gratiot Ave, Saginaw, 989-792-2224. Fish and seafood takeout dinners, including famous whitefish.  Jack’s Deli & Stretch’s Curve: 618 S Henry, Bay City, 989-893-6931. Home of the health nut salad with raspberry

yogurt dressing. Soups, sandwiches, and burgers. J.J. Jamokes: 1354 Mertz Rd, Caro, 989-673-3333. House specials include prime rib, stuffed sole, and famous deep-fried pickles. Dine viewing gardens and a waterfall frequented by local wildlife. Kathleen’s: 4519 N River Rd (at Apple Mountain), Freeland, 989781-6789. Salads, sandwiches, and house favorites like Cajun chicken, penne, and fish and chips. Krzysiak’s House Restaurant: 1605 Michigan Ave, Bay City, 989-8945531. Authentic Polish food in a fun, ethnic atmosphere. Lunch and dinner buffets. Takeout menu. La Crêpe du Jour: 925 S Main St (inside The River Place), Frankenmuth, 989-652-2925. Twentyfive varieties of fresh sweet and savory crepes.  Legends Diner: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 888-732-4537. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Burgers, dogs, sandwiches, malts, floats, and banana splits.  Levi’s Food and Spirits: 5800 Brockway, Saginaw Township, 989-793-6670. Grandma Rita’s chili, Reuben sandwiches, and fish dinners. Breakfast served all day. Linwood Corner Restaurant: 44 N Huron Rd, Linwood, 989-697-5141. Daily specials include prime rib, cod, and chicken livers.    Little Bambinos: 120 W Saginaw St, Merrill, 989-643-5414. Homecooked American and Italian fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Lumber Barons: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-891-0100. Pub plates, salads, pizza, and light plates. Dinner features fish and chips, filet mignon, New York strip, sirloin, and pretzelcrusted pork tenderloin. Children’s menu.  The Malt Shop: 228 W Broad St, Chesaning, 989-845-6696. Broasted chicken dinners, Coney dogs, burgers, malts, and ice cream. The Maple Grille: 13105 Gratiot Rd, Hemlock, 989-233-2895. Farmto-table restaurant serves produce, meats, and fish from local sources. The Mean Rooster Diner: 1411 S Wenona St (in Meats & Mooore), Bay City, 989-893-5413. Homemade soups, sandwiches, pasta, gourmet pizzas, burgers, and hot dogs. 

Memory Lane Café: 1122 Tittabawassee Rd (inside Antique Warehouse), Kochville Township, 989-755-4343. Sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts. Mountain Town Station: 506 W Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, 866-3815022. Steakhouse, brewery, and wine shop. Fine micro-brews and a selection of over 300 wines. Wi-Fi.  Mussel Beach: 3540 State Park Dr, Bay City, 989-686-0575. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including original stuffed burgers. Ice cream and desserts. Takeout available.  Nbakade Family Restaurant: 5665 E Pickard Rd (inside Soaring Eagle Waterpark & Hotel), 989-817-4806. Quiche, salads, sandwiches, burgers, mahi mahi, and New York strip. Nikki’s: 104 W Johnson St, Zilwaukee, 989-754-3737. Specializes in barbecued pulled pork and deli sandwiches. Old Town Drive-In: 807 S Granger (at Gratiot), Saginaw, 989-799-4162. Burgers, Coney dogs, fries, shakes, and root beer. Eat in your car or on ’50s-style diner stools. Takeout and catering. Oscar & Joey’s Road House: 12027 Dixie Hwy, Birch Run, 989-624-9349. Prime rib, char-grilled rib-eyes, burgers, and pan-seared walleye New Orleans. Wild game available upon request. Lunch specials.  Perry’s Schuch Hotel & Restaurant: 301 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-799-2539. Veal tortellini, prime rib, and all-you-caneat fish on Fridays. The Pit at BARTS: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-891-0100. Open pit Southern-style barbecue. Quarry Grill at Bucks Run: 1559 S Chippewa Rd, Mt Pleasant, 989-7799973. Champagne chicken, steak, gourmet burgers, and crowd favorite, venison chili. All-you-can-eat lake perch (Thursdays). Riverside Family Restaurant: 8295 Midland Rd, Freeland, 989-695-5563. Homemade entrées, sandwiches, soups, desserts, and award-winning pies, including coconut cream. Shirlene’s Cuisine: 1716 Wackerly St, Midland, 989-631-8750. Fifty-plus item soup and salad bar includes peas & peanuts, creamy cucumber salad, Waldorf salad, Mandarin salad, homemade chutney, and daily soups.

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TASTE / DINING OUT Showboat Restaurant: 242 W Broad St, Chesaning, 989-845-2830. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Soups, sandwiches, fresh lake perch, liver and onions, signature prime rib, and orange ginger chicken. Full bar. Siniikaung Steak & Chop House: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 989-775-5106. Aged prime beef, chops, and seafood entrées. Slo’ Bones BBQ Smokehaus: 175 E Jefferson St, Frankenmuth, 989-262-8681. Ribs, wings, and slider sandwiches. Southern flavors with local touches. Live bands on weekends. State Street: 715 E Main St, Midland, 989-837-6174. Coffee bar and restaurant with sophisticated comfort food, craft beer, and wine. Free Wi-Fi. Stock Pot Diner and Catering: 1007 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-8939332. Breakfast menu, Greek fare, and turkey jerky sandwich. SugarHigh Café: 525 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-502-5009. Bubble teas, paninis, grilled cheese, Kern’s brats, hot dogs, ice cream, sorbet, and SugarHigh Bakery gourmet cupcakes. Sullivan’s Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill: 281 Heinlein, Frankenmuth, 800-890-6877. Fish and chips, steaks, seafood, burgers, and deepdish pizza. One dozen handcrafted beers. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings. Sure Shot BBQ: 1135 S Mission St, Mt Pleasant, 989-400-4488. Pulled-pork nachos and “gut buster” sandwich.  T. Dub’s: 565 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-3809, Upscale pizzas use infused dough and hand-cut vegetables. Specialty sandwiches. Unusual combinations make up 11 variations of omelets. Tony’s Restaurant: 1029 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw, 989-792-1113; 112 S Saginaw, St Charles, 989-865-6950; 2612 State St, Saginaw, 989-7931801; 2525 E Genesee, Saginaw, 989-753-4321; 7340 Gratiot Rd, Shields, 989-781-2111; 2111 S Saginaw, Midland, 989-839-8560; 234 N Center Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-793-1631; 4880 Fashion Square Blvd, Saginaw Township, 989-2498669. Steak sandwiches loaded with your favorite toppings and boat-sized banana splits. 

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Tony’s Take-Out: 2331 S Michigan, Saginaw, 989-793-6250. Chicken strip baskets, pizza, steak sandwiches, catfish, smelt, perch, and cod fish dinners, and soups to go. Turkey Roost: 2273 S Huron Rd, Kawkawlin, 989-684-5200. Homemade “Thanksgiving every day” since 1955, complete with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Breakfast options, lunch and dinner turkey plates, hot turkey sandwiches, pie by the slice, and other desserts. Uptown Grille: 3 E Main St, Bay City, 989-439-1557. Upscale bistro serving breakfast and lunch. Sweet potato pancakes, banana bread French toast, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and soups.

Cortland Cooler Café: 5395 Midland Rd (located at Bayne’s Apple Valley Farm), Freeland, 989-695-9139. Wraps, sandwiches, chili in a bread bowl, and signature cider slushes. August through January. Crossroads Deli: 2205 Jefferson Ave (inside the Midland Community Center), Midland, 989-832-8580. Homemade gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, smoothies, and desserts. Delivery, carry out, curbside pick-up, and catering. Fralia’s: 422 Hancock St, Saginaw, 989-799-0111. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and baked goods using all-natural ingredients. Specialties include gourmet flank steak sandwich, grilled goat cheese salad, and carrot cake. Local delivery.

Desserts Crème de la Crème Cupcakes: 201 ½ E Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, 989444-2928. Flavors of the day change daily.  Cops and Doughnuts City Bakery: 421 McEwan St, Clare, 989-386-2241 and 706 E Midland St, Bay City, 989892-3932. Old police departmentthemed bakery. Cake and glazed doughnuts, long johns, and specialties like the Bacon Squealer and Felony Fritter. The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe: 915 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-4021700; 1908 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-631-4103; 4370 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-401-4012. Cupcakes made with natural ingredients; more than 15 flavors daily.

Wise Guys: 405 E Main St, Midland, 989-486-9588. Soups, sandwiches, burgers, fish tacos, and gluten-free fare.

Intermission Deli: 111 3rd St, Bay City, 989-893-5010. Sandwiches and subs. Freshly made, homemade soups available daily and may be served in a warm bread bowl.

Mary’s Creative Cakery: 7494 Gratiot Rd, Shields, 989-781-7747. Design the perfect cake for your occasion. Decorated cookies and a full line of cake and candy-making supplies.

Z-Chef’s Café: 730 S Main St (inside Zehnder’s Restaurant), Frankenmuth, 800-863-7999. Gourmet pastas, rotisserie chicken, meat-carving station, hand-tossed pizzas, and salads.

Intermission Deli: 2128 Bay St, Saginaw, 989-790-6777. Subs, sandwiches, and soups with fresh ingredients. Favorites include the Intermission Delight (#18) and Veggie Supreme (#24).

Zef’s Coney Island: 201 Third St, Bay City, 989-402-1220. Specializing in authentic Coney Island-style hot dogs. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

Pannini’s Deli: 3585 Bay Rd, 989799-6038, Saginaw (located inside Discount Health Foods). Sandwiches, smoothies, and baked goods. Glutenfree foods and soy milk always available.

Pâtisserie: 2715 Bay Rd, Saginaw, 989-921-2253. European-style desserts, fresh-baked breakfast pastries, 18 specialty cakes, nine varieties of cheesecake, custombaked celebration cakes, gourmet coffee, dips, and spreads.

Zehnder’s: 730 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 800-863-7999. Worldwide attraction, 10-dining room German restaurant serves famous all-you-can-eat family-style chicken dinners, along with seafood, steaks, baked goods, and European desserts.

Deli Artigiano: 815 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-391-4200. Locally owned artisan cheese shop. Small-batch, handmade, and imported cheeses. Gourmet jellies, dried fruits, and cured meats. Amazing Deli: 134 E Main St, Midland, Midland, 989-837-7278. Sandwiches, subs, salads, and soups await you at a place true to its name. Carryout and delivery available. The Bagel Café and Deli: 7395 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989401-1108. Bagels, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, salads, and lunch classics.

Souper Café: Two locations: 4093 N Euclid, Bay City, 989-671-1900; 5789 State St, Saginaw Township, 989791-6600. Chicken noodle, broccoli cheddar, chili, and potato and bacon chowder soups. Salads and sandwiches. Third Street Deli and Coffee House: 305 S Mable (M-13), Pinconning, 989-879-1236. Gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups, coffees, and hot and cold specialty beverages. Wine and beer available. Wanigan Eatery: 1905 S Wenona St, Bay City, 989-892-8303. Housed in a historic Bay City building and decorated with lumbering artifacts and photos. Sandwiches, salads, homemade soups, and sweet treats. Water Front Market: 925 N Water St, Bay City, 989-891-1330. Sandwiches made from fresh-baked artisan breads and with prime Dietz & Watson deli meats. Soups and Coney dogs. River view.

Petit 4 Pastry: 1600 Woodside Ave, Essexville, 989-891-0735. Cookies, doughnuts, breads, tortes, tarts, and cheesecakes. Special order cakes and catering available. SugarHigh Bakery: 925 S Main St, Ste G1, Frankenmuth, 989-652-2400. Forty flavors of gourmet cupcakes, Italian gelato, cookies, cake pops, and specialty cakes. SugarRush Candy Shop: 925 S Main St, Ste G3, Frankenmuth, 989652-2578. Forty flavors of Ashby’s Michigan-made ice cream, candied almonds, fudge, and candies. St. Laurent Bros: 1101 N Water St, Bay City, 989-893-7522. One-hundred percent natural peanut butter, handdipped chocolates, candies, dried fruits, and chocolates. Sweet Boutique: 816 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-895-5000. Pastries, homemade chocolates and confections, and retail specialty candies.  Sweet Creations: Specialty and wedding cakes, gourmet cupcakes and cookies, custom cake pops, and cut-out sugar cookies. Visit www.

Tummy Ache Candy Store: 1116 N Johnson St, Bay City, 989-891-7669. Homemade and nostalgic candy. Homemade “puppy chow,” popcorn balls, snow cones, and ice cream treats. VanillaBean Bake Shop: 318 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-9540. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, chocolates, cake pops, and other sweets.

Fine Dining

Shari’s at the Willard-Hillton: 1506 W Beaver Rd, Auburn, 989-662-6621. Louis Mason’s 1800 hotel thrives today as a gourmet restaurant. Extensive wine list and specialty cocktails complement artfully presented food. Table: 111 W Main St, Midland (inside H Hotel), 989-633-6099. Exquisitely prepared entrées like duck breast, scallops, and veal. Wines and dinner cocktails. European-style breads tartlets, tortes, and Napoleons.

Bradley’s Bistro: 216 Federal Ave, Saginaw, 989-752-1400. Farmto-table restaurant with seasonal and locally sourced foods. Lunch and dinner. Salads, house-made dressings, Bulgogi steak sandwich, and soba noodles with Swiss chard pesto. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes available.

Willow Tree Restaurant of Saginaw: 4787 Fashion Square Mall, Saginaw Township, 989-790-9400. Casual atmosphere. Fresh appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and wraps, pastas, entrées, and desserts.

Fireside Grille: 8400 S Genuine Rd, Shepherd, 989-828-6315. Signature international dishes, pasta, chicken, fish, and steak.

2nd Street Sports Pub: 274 Meyers St, Freeland, 989-695-6501. Appetizers, soups, sandwiches, burritos, burgers, steak, and pasta for lunch and dinner. Outdoor patio seating.

Golden Glow Ballroom Restaurant: 2950 S Graham Rd, Thomas Township, 989-781-2120. Chicagostyle individual pizza, seafood, chicken, pork, steak, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and pasta. Heatherfields Chop House (Bay Valley Hotel and Resort): 2470 Old Bridge Rd, Bay City, 989-686-3500. Entrées include char-grilled steaks, blackened salmon, and chicken fettuccine. Sunday brunch. Jake’s Old City Grill: 100 S Hamilton at Court, Saginaw, 989797-8325. Steaks, chops, seafood, poultry, pasta, and vegetarian entrées. Comprehensive martini and wine bar. Old City Hall: 814 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-892-4140. Historic dining room offers appetizers like Thai lettuce wrap and elegant entrées. Extensive wine list. Imported and domestic beer. Real Seafood Co: 199 Uptown Dr, Bay City, 989-456-3463. Contemporary seafood restaurant; locally sourced ingredients. Lunch and dinner; sautéed Lake Superior whitefish, pasta, steak, sandwiches, and gluten-free options. The Riverfront Grille: One Wenonah Park Place, Bay City (inside the DoubleTree Hotel), 989-891-6000. Breakfast, lunch, and specialty dinner entrées daily. Full bar and wine list.

Saloon & Eatery

Aurora Buffet: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant (inside Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort), 888-7324537. Lunch and dinner buffet, soup and salad bar, carving station, and dessert bar. Every Tuesday is “BOGO Buffet”: buy one lunch or dinner buffet at regular price and get one free. Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar: 101 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-7760011. A 1920s-style lounge. Wine, martinis, Prohibition-era cocktails, craft beers, small plates, salads, and cheese boards. Beer and Brats, Inc: 4562 N Eastman Rd, Midland, 989-8359238. Variety of beer, homemade brats, Sammi Rae Root Beer on tap, and outdoor space for playing horseshoes and cornhole.  Bar Oxygen: 111 Main St (located inside H Hotel), Midland, 989-8390500. Wine, beer, martini, and specialty cocktail menu, with 150+ liquors. Bar menu. Happy hour. Live music Friday nights.  Bier Garten: 8 State Park Dr, Bay City, 989-684-1331. Daily themedspecials. Quarter-off happy hour daily. Big E’s Sports Grill: 810 Cinema Dr, Midland, 989-794-8585. Nachos served on a 22-inch pizza tray. Weekend breakfast menu and Bloody Mary bar.

The Boulevard Lounge: 316 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-8325387. Breakfast seven days a week. Complete lunch and dinner menus, including appetizers, available. Brady’s Sports Bar & Diner: 512 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-8942207. Full menu. Homemade chips, hot sauce, barbecue sauce, and salsa. Breakfast buffet Saturday and Sunday. Brass Café and Saloon: 128 S Main St, Mt Pleasant, 989-772-0864. New American cuisine in a dining room housed in two turn-of-the-century shopfronts.  Cardinal’s Nest Tavern: 2903 Pierce Rd, Saginaw, 989-401-7888. New York-style pizza, custom order salads, Italian hero sandwich, Fish Fry Fridays, and 32 draft beers. Cass River Yacht Club: 6154 Dixie Hwy, Bridgeport, 989-777-6460. Locally famous “broaster” chicken, homemade soups, pizza, and daily specials. Catering and free hall rental. Creekside Bar & Grille: 9387 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-781-0050. Signature grilled pizza, Creek Crust (cheese bread sticks), burgers and sliders, special family recipe chicken burger, and more.  Coonan’s Irish Hub: 1004 N Johnson, Bay City, 989-402-1177. Guinness stew, Irish fries, Reuben sandwiches, burgers, specialty hot dogs, and full bar. Diamond Jim’s: 101 E Main St, Midland, 989-486-3343. Soup, salad, and sandwich bar during lunch features four soups. Happy hour. Dinner menu. Farmers Home Tavern: 215 W Saginaw St, Hemlock, 989-642-2546. Famous burgers, other menu items, cold beer, and beverages served in a friendly, family-owned tavern.  Flannigan’s Pub & Grill: 7734 Gratiot Rd, Shields, 989-781-2320. Irish dishes and American fare like Irish egg rolls, loaded burgers, and Irish nachos. TVs. Dine on the deck.  Frankenmuth Brewery Co: 425 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-2628300. Microbrewery and restaurant offering appetizers, sandwiches, and dinner entrées with pretzel bread. Freshly brewed beers on tap. Gabby’s Pub and Grill: 3002 S Graham Rd, Thomas Township, 989-

781-0101. Haddock, Gabby burger, smothered chicken, and microbrews. Gatsby’s Saloon & Eatery:  203 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-922-5556. Pizza, steak, salmon, pastas, and sandwiches served in a ’20s-themed atmosphere. Premium liquors, beers, and wines.  The Governor’s Quarters: 1304 S Wenona St, Bay City, 989-893-6111. Large selection of craft brews (bottled and on tap), hard ciders, and spirits. Burger baskets: “Judicial Indiscretion” (half-pound, homemade Coney sauce, onion, pickled jalapeños, cheddar cheese). Harvey’s Grill and Bar: Two locations: 3055 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-401-4424, and 4000 E Wilder Rd, Bay City, 989-686-3304. Traditional food with a twist and the coldest drafts found in Michigan. Hamilton Street Pub: 308 S Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-790-8119. Food, drinks, and entertainment. Dine in or order takeout.  John’s Bar: 1476 S Tuscola Rd, Munger, 989-659-2951. Diner offers burgers, soups, and famous steak sandwiches. Latitude 43 Grill & Bar: 1013 N Henry St, Bay City, 989-391-9868. Appetizers, salads, burgers, pasta, chicken, sandwiches, steaks, chops, seafood, and side dishes. Highdefinition TVs. Mac’s Bar: 118 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-772-0864. A 1930s Art deco-style bar and restaurant. Innovative cuisine from local farms, including organic, vegan, and vegetarian options. Live jazz musicians. Merl’s Tavern: 304 Shattuck Rd, Saginaw, 989-751-5140. Sports, trivia, music. Daily food specials: subs, soups, salads, French dip, Coney dogs, and brats. Michigan on Main: Inside Bavarian Inn, 713 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-9941. Michigan-inspired menu and craft beers. Whitefish from Lake Superior and pork produced in Frankentrost. Menu changes to accommodate local, seasonal availability.  Midland Brewing Company: 5011 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-2597210. Locally-sourced menu options, rustic-chic atmosphere. Sausages, burgers, soft-baked pretzels, unique “Beeramisu” dessert. Wide range

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TASTE / DINING OUT of craft beers, Mug Club option, homebrewed root beer. Midland Street Jacks Grill & Lounge: 605 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-892-5741. Snacks, appetizers, kids’ meals, desserts, Tex-Mex entrées, salads, subs, and burgers. Lunch specials. Full bar. Mulligan’s Pub: 109 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-893-4555. Salads, daily soups, gourmet sandwiches, Mexican dishes, and steaks. Lunch and dinner specials. Premium liquors and beers. Takeout. O’s Pub and Grill: 123 E Midland Rd, Auburn, 989-266-3148. Family friendly dining with burgers, sandwiches, daily lunch specials, microbrew beers, and fish Fridays with cod, perch, and shrimp dinners. Private dining available for groups up to 40. O’Kelly’s Sports Bar & Grille: 2000 S Mission St, Mt Pleasant, 989-7753751. Pub food includes wings and burgers topped with onion rings. Drink specials. Large projector screens. One Twenty South: 120 S University, Mt Pleasant, 989-8174433. Specializing in craft cocktails and tapas. Drink an acai mojito or grapefruit caipirinha; eat a charcuterie board or coffee-crusted fillet. Oscar’s Restaurant and Entertainment: 140 E Main St, Midland, 989-837-8680. Deli and chicken sandwiches, burgers, entrée salads, daily soups, and desserts. Variety of beer, wine, and cocktails.  Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie: 576 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-6526981. Rustic chic atmosphere and full bar. Charcuterie with artisanal cheeses as shared plates, pre-built or design-your-own, paninis, and farmto-table dishes.

Rainmakers: 3325 Davenport (inside Ramada Inn), Saginaw, 989-7937900. Small plate items, Rainmaker martini, nacho nights, happy hour events, and weekend entertainment. The Rathskeller: 600 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-892-0621. Full menu, daily specials, and drinks. Catch the game on one of 24 TVs. Rustic Inn Steak House & Saloon: 133 N Saginaw St, St Charles, 989-865-6466. Lodgestyle atmosphere features more than 50 North American big game mounts. Entrées, sandwiches, and homemade soups.  Rusty Saw Smokehouse BBQ: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-3322948. Located inside Lumber Barons Brewery. Slow-smoked brisket, ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and burgers. Made-from-scratch side dishes include dirty rice, cornbread, and Carolina slaw. The Savoy Grill: 127 S Franklin St, Saginaw, 989-755-5171. Upscale American diner fare including turkey pesto ciabatta, steak chicken pesto pasta, and Val’s hot beef sandwich. Breakfast available. Scottish Inn: 630 Gratiot Ave, Saginaw, 989-799-1949. Beer and cocktails. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and burgers. Nicknamed the “Plaid Palace,” locals love the crab cheese appetizer and Reuben sandwich.  Sporty’s Wing Shack and Smokehouse: 4502 N Huron Rd, Pinconning, 989-879-6050, and 9620 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw, 989-401-6973. Wings (try the smokin’ cherry sauce favorite!) and burgers piled high. Draft beers. The Stables Martini & Cigar Bar: 805 E John St, Bay City, 989-891-

Stadium Sports Pub and Grill: 7255 S Three Mile Rd (located inside Bay City Country Club), Bay City, 989684-1618. Open to the public. Big screen TVs. Stein Haus: 1108 N Water St, Bay City, 989-891-2337. Imported beers and microbrews on draft. Choose bottles or glasses of wine from the extensive wine (and reserve) list.  Sullivan’s Food & Spirits: 5235 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-799-1940. Famous for its fish and chips. Full menu. Signature corned beef and cabbage served occasionally throughout the year.  Tavern 101 Restaurant: 101 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-778-1431. Italianand Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. Signature flatbreads, pastas, wine, spirits, and selection of 50 beers on tap.  Tiffany’s Food & Spirits: 56 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-6526881. Pizzas, seafood, pastas, and PastaPitzas. Keep your specialty drink glass as a souvenir. Patio dining in summer. Timbers Bar & Grill: 6415 State St, Saginaw Township, 989-790-2345. Rustic cabin-type setting. Steaks, pastas, nachos, salads, soup in a bread bowl, and sandwiches. Weekly specials. Full bar. VNO New Age Restaurant & Wine Warehouse and Bay City Grill & Bar: 510 Midland St, Bay City, 989-460-0117. Serves small plates, including smoked salmon dip, calamari, escargot, and more than 25 wine selections by the glass or

bottle; retail space includes more than 200 wine selections and a wine tasting bar. Washington Street Irish Pub and Grill: 112 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-895-8221. Burgers, sandwiches, fish, steak, handdipped onion rings, pizza, and homemade lunch specials every day. Water Lily Lounge: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant (inside Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort), 888-732-4537. Appetizers, sandwiches, and thin crust pizzas. Live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. Food available until 11 p.m., Sunday – Thursday, and until 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Whichcraft Taproom: 124 Ashman St, Midland, 989-8323395. Dips, spreads, cheese plates, paninis, Greek hot dogs, and Mediterranean platters.  Whine: 337 E Wackerly St, Midland, 989-835-5222. Wine bar with wines from across the world, craft beers, cocktails, and specialty liquors paired with small plates.  Winston’s Pub in the Midland Resort and Convention Center: 1500 W Wackerly St, Midland, 989-698-0663. Variety of foods and large selection of beer and cocktails. Weekday happy-hour specials. Live entertainment, games, and TVs.  Zorba’s Greek and American Cuisine: 617 S Harrison St, Saginaw, 989-792-1959. Saganaki (flaming cheese), gyros, dolmades, baklava, and chicken Avgolemeno (egg lemon) soup. Wings and burgers. Beer, liquor, and wine.

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A peaceful and serene setting is at the forefront of this beautifully built with exceptional quality and cared for and maintained beyond belief. Set in the heart of the Tri Cities on 15+ acres, Auburn gives you the convenience of being 15 miles or less to Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw Township. The home features a dual heating system with pellet boiler and two natural gas forced air furnaces, generator, city water, outbuilding with large workshop, car or boat storage and has separate forced air heating and hot and cold water. The home boasts 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, an open and spacious floor plan with vaulted living room and kitchen and 10 foot ceilings throughout the rest of the home. The master suite has access to the trex deck, and boasts a 200 square foot walk in closet as well as spacious master bath with custom walk in shower. The exercise room w/ sauna & family room with custom antique bar, wood ceiling, and wall of windows as well as oversized 2.5 car garage complete the home.

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Custom built 3 bedroom w/den. 2080 sq ff, 2 1/2 baths, walk-in closets, Hunter Douglas blinds. Open kitchen features stainless steel appliances, island and adjoining large 1st floor utility room including washer & dryer. Spacious 1st floor master has over sized shower & jet tub. Full partially finished basement w/egress, Franklin gas stove, storage shelving, plumbing for additional bath and in 2015 sump pump protection drain installed. Beautifully landscaped fenced yard and sprinkler system.

4 bedroom, 2 1/2 baths, in desirable neighborhood, with easy access to shopping, schools & activities. Size able eat in kitchen with formal dining at one end & family room with fireplace at other. Family room opens to patio & large back yard. Immediate occupancy.






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Welcome to Saginaw Township’s most affordable standalone Condo development: Nova Ridge. Whether you are looking for your first home or downsizing, these well-designed 1,240 sq ft ranch-style homes feel spacious and don’t skimp on the comfort: 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and ceramic back splash, first floor laundry, and two-car garage. Quality built by Geiersbach Builders, the low taxes, “Energy Star” rating, and optional lawn/landscape/snow service help you make the most of your time and money! With prices starting at $139,900 ($159,900 with basement), you’ll be hard pressed to find a better value anywhere!

Check out this wonderful duplex in Saginaw County’s Thomas Township! It has beautiful floors, newer carpet and paint throughout. One unit has 3 bedrooms, all are a nice size and the spacious master has a walk-in closet. There is a large full bath on the second floor with another half bath on the first. The other unit has two bedrooms with a large master. Both sides are updated and clean with excellent rental history, and perfect for an owner occupant. This could be a great investment opportunity with the option to rent one side and live in the other, or have two nice rental units. This neighborhood is convenient to schools, library, shopping and dining. Contact us to see how this opportunity could work for you.

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72 BENTON, SAGINAW TWP Floor Plans are basically same in either style ranch, with or without basement, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, master with shower - main bath with tub and shower combination, kitchen with all stainless-steel kitchen appliances included, granite counter tops in the ones with basement, ceramic tiled back splash, first floor laundry, 2 car garage with door opener, flooring and window blinds are included as well. Hallways are all wide enough for a wheelchair, doorways are 36 inches wide as well. Outside includes a landscaped yard. On the ones without basements we are offering $2000.00 paid toward closing cost until February 28, 2018

Beautiful 4 bedroom 4 bathroom home located in Saginaw Township’s premier Golfside neighborhood. This home has been updated throughout and freshly painted in nice neutral tones, with newer carpet and floor coverings. The spacious kitchen with tile flooring and granite countertops is bright and cheerful and open to the family room and a covered brick patio.The master suite has its own fireplace, full bathroom and walk-in closet to give you a perfect place to unwind. All of the bedrooms are a good size. There is a very thoughtfully designed laundry on the second floor. There are formal and informal living and dining areas making this home ideal for entertaining or family life. There are too many amenities to list. We would love to show it to you so you can see for yourself.

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CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, Children’s Advocacy Centers: 19th Annual Golf Outing

Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m., and the day is wide open for 18 holes of fun. Your four-person team will also be privy to varying skills contests, lunch, a 3 p.m. barbecued dinner, and an auction. Tickets are $125 for individuals. For teams of four, tickets are $450 prior to May 31, $500 thereafter.

Reece Endeavor of Midland: 14th Annual GardenWalk

Enjoy a summer stroll through five beautiful residential gardens in Midland and Dow Gardens. Advance tickets are $10 or $15 on the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Reece Endeavor, a local nonprofit providing housing for individuals with special needs in Midland County.

Proceeds benefit the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Saginaw and Bay counties, which provide a supportive environment for children who have been abused, where they can be interviewed and examined.

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Arts and Museums Exhibit: Studio School Student and Faculty Exhibitions. July 5 – September 2. Admission $9. Featuring both student- and faculty-work of the art classes at Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art. Alden B Dow Museum of Art and Science, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-6318250, Exhibit: Drawn Out—An Invitational. July 5 – September 2. Admission $9. Drawings which realize the ultimate depiction, uniting the artist with the markmaking surface. Alden B Dow Museum of Art and Science, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, Exhibit: Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air—Juried Class and Open Class. Through September 2. Admission $5. Graphic arts. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www. Exhibit: Lochs and Follies—The Picturesque in Scotland. Through September 17. Admission $5. Graphic arts. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www. Exhibit: Laurie Tennent – Botanicals. Through TBD. Free admission. Outdoor exhibit throughout the sculpture garden.

Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum, SVSU, University Center; 989-964-7125, www. Exhibit: Pre-automotive Design— The Horse and Carriage Prints of Louis Vallet. Through September 24. Admission. Comprised entirely of prints by 19th-century French artist Louis Vallet; examines the development of the carriage, 1400 to 1895, before it was replaced by the automobile in 1896. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-7542491, Exhibit: Oaxacan Folk Art—Seven Artists, Seven Voices. Through September 30. Free admission. Clay and carved-wood sculptures from seven indigenous artists who use craft techniques of Oaxaca. Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum, SVSU, University Center; 989-964-7125, www.

Attractions Daily Pretzel Rolling. Every day, 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. (not available on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day). Cost $4.99. Learn proper pretzel-rolling methods, and eat your freshout-of-the-oven finished product. Two-hour advance notice and prepayment required. Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth; 989-6529941,

Coffee and Crafts. Second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. Price varies according to craft; cost includes coffee, sweet treat, and craft supplies. Dawn of a New Day Coffee House and Café, Saginaw; 989-780-0113 Mid-Michigan Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting. Meets the third Tuesday of each month. Held inside the Area Agency on Aging, 1615 S Euclid, Bay City; 800-852-9781, Toddler Time. Every Wednesday, 11 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 1:30 p.m. Admission. Sing, dance, create, explore, and enjoy developmentally targeted projects. Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw; 989-399-6626, www.

White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw; 989-790-2118, www. whitecrowconservatory.blogspot. com Friday FUN Nights. Fridays, May – July, 6 – 9 p.m. Free event. Weekly entertainment in downtown Frankenmuth. www. Dow Gardens Children’s Garden Story Time. Fridays, 10 – 11 a.m. Admission fee. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989-631-2677, www. City Hall Tour. Second Friday of each month through December 8, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost $1. Bay County Historical Museum, Bay City; 989-893-5733, www.

Uncorked Series. Every first and third Thursday, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Free event. New kind of happy hour in the Saints & Sinners Lounge. Complimentary snack, cash bar, and a variety of themes to think and drink creatively about. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, www.

Midland County Historical Society: Hands-on History Days. Friday and Saturday of the third weekend each month, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Family-focused, interactive, and informational drop-in programs for the community to discover and preserve local heritage. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, www.

Music in the Café Second Thursdays. Every second Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m. $5. The café night brings fabulous performance, casual spontaneity, and an evening of music. The

Tai Chi with Jim Bush. Every Saturday, 10 a.m. $5. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw; 989-790-2118, www. whitecrowconservatory.blogspot. com

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Kids Fly Free. Second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages 8 – 17 fly free and learn about aviation. Jack Barstow Airport, Midland; 989-835-3231, www. Authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony. Second Saturday of each month, 2 p.m. Admission $8. Authentic formal Japanese Tea Ceremony in the SaginawTokushima Friendship Garden, hosted by persons in kimono. Reservations encouraged. Japanese Cultural Center & Tea House, Saginaw; 989-759-1648, Humane Society of Bay County Feline Adoption Events. Last Saturday of each month. 989-8930451, Science Sundays. Every other Sunday, 1 p.m. Cost $7. Themed science experiments led by a play facilitator. Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-317-3221, www. Johnny Panther Quests Ecotours. Year round, guided, customized boat tours through various bodies of water; photography, birding, adventure, relaxation. Groups of one to 10. Johnny Panther Quest Ecotours; 810-6653-3859, Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market. Through October. Produce, honey, baked goods, and vendors with locally made food choices. Saginaw; 989-758-2500, ext 228, www. Frankenmuth Farmers Market. Wednesdays – Saturdays, 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. Locally grown produce. 534 N Main St, Frankenmuth; 989-295-9766, www. Marketplace Bay City. Indoor, year-round market. Produce, fresh fish, artisan cheeses, and flowers. 401 Center Ave, Bay City; www. Midland Area Farmers Market. Through October. Produce, flowers, honey, and baked goods.

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Near the Tridge, downtown Midland; 989-839-9901, www. Mount Pleasant Farmers Market. Through October, Thursdays (Market Park) and Saturdays (City Hall), 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fruits, vegetables, plants, and more. Mt Pleasant; Wildlife Drive. Daily through September 30, sunrise to one hour before sunset. Free admission. A 6.5-mile, self-guided, one-way auto route. Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Saginaw; 989-777-5930, Great Lakes Loons vs. West Michigan Whitecaps. July 1, 7:05 p.m. Admission $6.50. See website for complete listing. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, www. Fireworks Loontaculars. July 1 – 2, 9, 23. Admission. Enjoy a free fireworks show after these home Loons games. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, www. Legends of the Saginaw Sail. July 1 – 2, 8 – 9, 16, 22 – 23, 29 – 30, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tickets are $37/Children $27. Learn the fascinating history of the Saginaw River aboard the Appledore IV and Appledore V. A light lunch is served underway. BaySail, Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-895-5193, www. American Indian Dance. July 1, 8, 15, 22. For more information, please visit website. Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways, Mt Pleasant; 989-7754750, Saturdays on the Saginaw River Tour. July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cost $20/Children $10. Family-friendly, leisurely, guided river tours aboard the Princess Wenonah or Islander. Bay City Boat Lines, Bay City; 855-891-2628, Saturday Night Fireworks Festival Princess Wenonah Cruise & VIP Fireworks Viewing. July 1, 6 – 9 p.m. Admission $75. Includes sail with live entertainment

by the Hit Men; admission to VIP viewing area at Wenonah Park for fireworks after the cruise. Bay City Boat Lines, Bay City; 989-8930251, Fourth of July. July 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission. In thanks and recognition of support, all Saginaw County residents receive free admission (with proof of residency). Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989-759-1408, www. BBQ Dinner Sail. July 7, 14, 21, 28, 6 – 9 p.m. Cost $45/Children $35. Relaxing, family-friendly sail aboard a tall ship plus a casual, barbeque meal. BaySail, Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-895-5193, www. Appledore Dinner Sails. July 8, 15, 6 – 10 p.m. Tickets $70, dinner included. Climb aboard the Appledore tall ships for a delicious dinner and a sunset sail in the Saginaw Bay. BaySail, Bay City; 989-895-5193, www. Great Lakes Loons vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. July 12, 7:05 p.m. Admission $6.50. See website for complete listing. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-8372255, Dog Days of Summer. Wednesdays through July. Themed, weekly gatherings. Fun for humans and four-legged friends. Imerman Dog Park, Saginaw Township; Run the River 5K. July 14, 7 p.m. Admission to participate. An evening of activities, ziplining, live music, and Run the River 5K. Participants receive a pint glass and complimentary drink ticket. Food and beverages available in the Rotary tent. Chippewassee Park, Midland; Cool City Car Show and Cruze. July 14 – 15. Free admission. Cruze: July 14, 6 p.m.; Car Show: July 15, 9 a.m. Street parties, live music, exhaust ripping contest, car show and more. Downtown Bay

City; 989-684-1873, www. Tri-Kids-Try Youth Triathlon. July 15, 9 a.m. Registration fees. For kids ages 6 – 15, no experience necessary. Triathletes swim, bike, and run. Dow High School, Midland; Cass River Colonial Encampment. July 15 – 16, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free admission. 18th Century encampment. Historical and battle reenactments, musket firing, tour military camps, and more. Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Frankenmuth; 989-652-6613, Kids and Culture. July 15 (third Saturday through December), 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free admission. Opportunity to visit a cultural organization, participate in hands-on activities, possibly win a prize. Broadway Theatre, Art Reach of Mid-Michigan, Mt Pleasant; 989-773-3689, www. Stargazer & Moonlight Dinner Sail. July 22, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Tickets $80, dinner included. Enjoy a live program from local astronomers. View constellations, listen to star legends, hear poetry, enjoy the night sky under sail aboard a tall ship. BaySail, Bay City; 989895-5193, www.baysailbaycity. org Saginaw Old Golds and Bay City Independents: Vintage Base Ball Games. July 22, 1 p.m., and July 27, 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Early 19th century-style baseball, no fences or ball gloves, and an entertaining tour into bareknuckle-style baseball. Ojibway Island, Saginaw Summer Adult Art Classes. July 25, August 29. Relaxed, informal educational atmosphere for novice to experienced artists. Outdoor classes take place in a different location throughout the gardens. Dow Gardens,


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Antique Fire Muster. July 29, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free admission. Parade; 10 a.m. Antique fire truck displays and pumping events. Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 989652-3440,

Reece Endeavor of Midland: 14th Annual Reece Endeavor GardenWalk. July 19, 2 – 7 p.m. Advance tickets $10/day of $15. Rain or shine, stroll through five residential gardens including the Dow Gardens. Proceeds benefit The Reece Endeavor. Five residential gardens in Midland and Dow Gardens; 989-835-9700, www.

Le Tour de Mont Pleasant. Dates and times TBD. Admission is free. A weekend of high action during the largest professional bicycle race in Michigan. Throughout Mt. Pleasant; www.

Charitable Events Volksläufe (The People’s Race). July 3 – 4. Spaghetti dinner, live music, and fireworks July 3. A 5, 10, and 20 K run, 5K walk, and 2K youth run July 4. Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 989-652-6106, www. Frankenmudder. July 15, 7 a.m. registration. Three-mile, bootcamp-style mud run featuring challenging obstacles involving running, climbing, crawling, and swimming. Proceeds benefit Michigan’s Military and Space Heroes Museum. Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 989-652-8005, www. Midland Lions Club: Chicken BBQ Dinner. July 15, at the Tridge during Riverdays Festival. Tickets are available from any “Lion,” or at the site. Proceeds benefit the Midland Lions Club’s goal to provide eyeglasses, exams, and vision care for those who cannot afford the services. For more information, call 989-835-3624. CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, Children’s Advocacy Centers: 19th Annual Golf Outing. July 17, breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Ticket price $125 for individuals/$450 teams of four prior to May 31, $500 thereafter. Event includes breakfast, 18 holes of golf, skills contest, lunch, barbecued dinner, and silent auction. Proceeds benefit Children’s Advocacy Centers of Bay and Saginaw counties. Apple Mountain, Freeland; 989-

Midland County Relay for Life. July 29, 9 a.m. – 12 a.m. This family-friendly event is free, but donations are welcome. Join a day filled with fun, food, and impactful ceremonies. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society to continue funding research and valuable programs to cancer survivors. Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland; 989821-1326, midlandcountymi Party on McCarty. Thursdays, 5 p.m. Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. Free event/$5 parking donation. Live entertainment, food vendors, and a beer and wine tent. Bring seating. Proceeds benefit improvements and opportunities for the kids who participate at the Saginaw Township Soccer Complex. Saginaw Township Soccer Association, Saginaw Township; 989-295-1945, www.

Expos Keepsake Collection Arts and Craft Show. July 28, 12 – 6 p.m.; July 29, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; July 30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Juried show, ample merchandise. Zehnder Park, Frankenmuth; 989-681-4023, www.

entertainment in both parks right up until the fireworks begin. Bay City; Lawn Chair Film Festival. July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (through August), at dusk. Free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and pack snacks – though some are available onsite – and enjoy classics to kid movies, and live music, too. Old Town Saginaw, Auburn Cornfest. July 6 – 9. Family-friendly fun, carnival, mud drags, live entertainment. Auburn; 989-662-4001, www.auburncornfest. org Riverdays Festival. July 14 – 15, 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Free admission. Riverboat rides, live entertainment, family and kids’ activities, mud volleyball tournament, great food, beer & wine tastings, and more. Chippewassee Park, Midland; 989839-9661, Michigan Antique Festival & Classic Car Show. July 22, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., July 23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $6, ages 11 and younger are free. More than 80 acres of treasures, collectibles, and hard-tofind items. Classic Car Show and Auction, Saturday. Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland; 989-6879001, NativeFest. July 24 – August 1. Multiple activities: Collection Showing, July 24 – 29; Car Bingo July 25; Music & Comedy Night, July 26; and Cradleboard Workshop, July 31 – August 1. Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways, Mt Pleasant; 989-775-4750, ziibiwing


Munger Potato Festival. July TBD. Family-fun activities, with figureeight derby, live music, carnival, and infamous potato bratwurst. 50 E Munger Rd, Munger; 989-274-3813,

Bay City Fireworks Festival. June 29 – July 1. Daily admission is $1 into Veteran’s Memorial Park/$5 for Wenonah Park. Fireworks display each of the first two nights, with the largest displays on the third grand finale night. Carnival midway, vendors, local and regional

Mount Pleasant Annual Summer Festival. Date TBD. Outdoor festival with live music, carnival, children’s parade, fireworks, food and beverage pavilion, vendors, raffles and capping off on Sunday with a classic car show. Mt Pleasant; 989773-3378,

Saginaw Bay Waterfowl Festival. Date TBD. Free admission. Michigan’s state championship duck- and goose-calling tournament, waterfowl stamp collection, arts and crafts show, carvings, parent-youths canoe race, dog retrieving, and more. Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City; 989667-0717, Art Reach of Mid-Michigan’s Art in Nature Festival of Banners. Through November. Free. A community art event. Large, colorful banners hang throughout the community of Mount Pleasant. Art Reach, downtown Mt Pleasant; 989773-3689,

Music, Theater & Film MATRIX: MIDLAND Festival. May – July, performance times vary. Annual event celebrating the arts, sciences, and humanities. Experience informative lectures and sophisticated performances. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. Women of Colors presents: LJ Reynolds and The Dramatics. July 1, 7 p.m. Tickets $39 and $49. Native talent, artists from Saginaw bring back incredible soul music from the 1970s along with the latest hits. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989754-7469, Music from the Marsh. July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (through September), 7 p.m. A touring, cultural performing arts series on the outdoor lawn stage near the visitor center. Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City; 989-667-0717, www. Frankenmuth Women’s Club Presents: Free Concerts in the Park. July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 7 p.m. Free admission. Bring your chair or blanket. Concessions available. July 2, Jeff Grainger’s Sinatra Experience; July 9, The Beach Party Boys/Jersey Seasons Band; July 16, Tribute to Neil Diamond featuring Will Chalmers; July 23, Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive Tribute; July 30, Rod Stewart Tribute featuring Doug

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Varty. Memorial Park Band Shell, Frankenmuth; 989-652-4985, www. Tuesday Free Movies in the Park. July 4, 11, 18, 25, approx. 9:30 p.m. (dusk). Free admission, freewill donations accepted. Rain site: State Theatre, 7 p.m. July 4: Hotel Transylvania 2; July 11: Frozen; July 18, The Sandlot; July 25, Big Hero 6. Bay City; 989-8922660, Young People’s Summer Series. July 5, 12, 19, 26, 11:30 a.m. Free admission. A series of concerts for the young and young-at-heart throughout the summer months. Rain site is the State Theatre of Bay City. July 5, “The Eugene Clark Puppet Show”; July 12, “Comedy Juggler and Unicyclist Tommy Tropic”; July 19, “The Rosco the Clown Show”; July 26, “Magic with Tommy Anderson.” Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-8922660, Wednesdays in the Park. July 5, 12, 19, 26, 7 p.m. A series of free, outdoor concerts throughout the summer months. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Rain site is the State Theatre of Bay City. July 5, “The Rock Show”; July 12, “Rumors: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks”; July 19, “Motown Mania”; July 26, “Stayin’ Alive: A Bee Gees Tribute.” Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-8922660, Dow Gardens Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts. July 5, 12, 19, 26 (and through August 23), 12 – 1:30 p.m. Admission $5. Listen to music during lunchtime in the dappled shade of the Birch Grove. Chairs, blankets and picnics are welcome. Dow Gardens, Midland, 800-362-4874, Concert in the Park Series. July 5, 12, 19, 26 (through August), 7 p.m. Series of free concerts in the park. Tittabawassee Township Park, Freeland; 989-695-9512, Wednesday Free Concerts. July 5, 12, 19, 26, 7:30 p.m. Free event. A charming slice of American history, The Chemical City Band,

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operating since 1910, performs for the community. Nicholas Guenther Band Shell in Central Park, Midland; 989-837-6930, www. Jazz in the Garden. July 5, 12, 19, 26, 7 p.m. Free admission to summer concert series. Bring your own chair. Andersen Enrichment Center & Lucille E. Andersen Memorial Rose Garden, Saginaw; 989-759-1362, Tunes by the Tridge. July 6, 13, 20, 27 (through August), 7 – 9 p.m. Free event. Families bring blankets and lawn chairs to this 10-week concert series, and spend Thursday evenings listening to great music near the Tridge. City of Midland Parks and Recreation, downtown Midland, 989-837-6930, The State Theatre and B.A.R.S. of Bay City presents Movies in Wenonah Park. July 6, 20, 9:15 p.m. Free admission, donations accepted. July 6, Rad; July 20, American Flyers. Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. Dinner and Entertainment Cruises on the Princess Wenonah. July 7, 14, 21, 28, 7 – 10 p.m. Admission $45. Cruise, onboard dinner buffet, live music, cash bar. July 7: “Rock Night with Jedi Mind Trip”; July 14: “Motown Night with The Hit Men”; July 21, “The Rockshow”; July 28, “Rockin’ Country Night with Mandi Layne and the Lost Highway.” Bay City Boat Lines, Bay City; 855-8912628, Kidz Bop “Kids Best Time Ever” 2017 Tour. July 8, 6 p.m. Tickets $45/Lawn $22.50. Kidz Bop joins forces with Live Nation. Huntington Event Park, Saginaw; 989-759-1330 PRIDE Friday Night Live Concerts. July 14, 21, 28 (through August 25). Free concert series; music changes weekly from blues to rock ‘n’ roll to oldies and more. Children’s games, food vendors, adult refreshments. Morley Plaza, Saginaw; 989-7539168, Dow Gardens Summer Outdoor Movies. July 28, 9 p.m. (dusk/

sunset). Admission. Outdoor movies on an inflatable screen amidst the Dow Gardens. Bring a chair, blanket and snacks. Dow Gardens, Midland; 800-362-4874,


Families in Nature: River Ramble. July 8, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Outdoor program series for families. Explore what lives in the river, including clams, crayfish, and caddisflies. Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that can get wet, life jackets provided. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Butterfly Count. July 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Join list of participants by July 6. Annual event at CNC since 1988. Beginner and experienced lepidopterists are invited to record butterflies. Wear long pants to count offtrail. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Wednesday Wanderings: Dragonflies and Damselflies. July 12, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Photographic intro to these insects, followed by outdoor venture to wetlands with aerial nets to view them. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Moth Collecting After Dark. July 13, 9 – 10:30 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older, younger than 18 with adult. Learn to use ultraviolet lights to attract moths, and collect them in bug boxes for closer observation. Meet at the Visitor Center. Wear dark clothing, bring your own flashlight. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Family Kayaking on the Chippewa River. July 22, 1 – 4 p.m. Cost $15/ CNC Member $12. Register by July 15. For ages 12 and older, younger than 18 with adult. Paddle from the access site to CNC’s canoe/ kayak site on the Homestead Road.

Bring snack, water bottle, and water shoes. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Wednesday Wanderings: Orienteering. July 26, 2 – 2:30 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Venture out, and learn how to orient yourself in nature with a compass and maps. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. In Search of Snakes. July 29, 9 – 11 a.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Hike CNC property, looking and listening for nature’s legless and amazing reptiles. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Turtle Time. July 29, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Drop-in program. Visit CNC’s Eastern Box Turtle, and learn about other Michigan turtles. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Discovering the Homestead Farm. Every Sunday through September 4, 1 – 5 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Step back in time and enjoy a family-friendly afternoon at the Homestead Farm. Kids of all ages can help with chores, play traditional games, and visit the farm animals. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Summer Exploration Days. Through August 28, Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday and holidays, 12 – 5 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Self-guided, indoor program; variety of handson exploration stations. Themes change bi-weekly. June 21 – July 3: Birds; July 5 – 17: Mammals; July 19 – 31: Insects; August 2 – 14: Amphibians; and August 16 – 28: Reptiles. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830,  



Saginaw Area Chamber of Commerce: Percolator Breakfast. No July event. 989-752-7161, www. Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. July 13, 5 p.m. Pinnacle Realty, 6225 Gratiot Rd, Ste 1, Saginaw; 989-757-2112, www.

Hours. July 20, 5 – 7 p.m. Members only. Location TBD, Bay City; 989-893-4567, www. Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce: Business over Breakfast. July TBD. Location TBD, Mt Pleasant; 989-772-2396,

Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: Wake Up! Midland. No July event. 989-839-9522, www.

Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. July TBD, 5 – 7 p.m. Mt Pleasant; 989-772-2396,

Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Eye Opener Breakfast. No July event. 989-8934567,

Great Lakes Bay Regional Hispanic Business Association. July 25. Location TBD, Saginaw; 989-753-1999,

Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. July 19, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Senior Services, 4700 Dublin Ave, Midland; 989-839-9522,

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Early Bay County Coal Mining BY NANCY SAJDAK MANNING


round 1900, William Schweitzer (center) and other early Monitor Township, Bay County, coal miners wear coal dust- and sweat-laden heavy cotton hats with attached hat lamps lit by coal oil, which could be used in well-ventilated mines. Schweitzer (1873-1953) left mining for farming prior to marrying Fredericka Schwartz in 1903. Coal was discovered in Bay County in 1861, during salt-well drilling, but mining for coal didn’t begin until the lumbering era declined and people sought another low-cost fuel and industry. The first Bay County coal mine, the 1897 Michigan Mine, Monitor Township, attracted investors and migrant miners, and increased local employment and business. Author Gene A. Gillette (The Black Diamond:The Story of Coal in Bay County, Michigan, 2009) explains that early on men in the mines used picks and shovels to remove the coal. They worked 8-12 hour days plus travel, often during cold months only, earned around 86 cents per ton ($25.15 in 2016 dollars), and they could mine about three to four tons daily. Gillette writes, “The miners had to supply their own clothes, tools, and usually their own dynamite or black powder to blast a wall of coal down. There were rats in the mine and ventilation was poor so they often ended their day with headaches and gas in their stomachs. With thinner coal veins, they often had to work on their knees or lying down, sometimes in six inches of water.” Bay County’s peak year in coal mining was 1919, and its last coal mine closed in 1947. The decline of coal production is attributed to many factors, including diesel engines on locomotives, natural gas, home-heating oil, and coal-digging difficulties/expenses. Photo courtesy of Douglas Schweitzer, Bay City.

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