2022 Community Guide issue - LIFESTYLE 4 Birmingham Bloomfield

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In Washtenaw County Museum of Natural History University of Michigan Biological Sciences Building

1105 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor 48109 (734) 764-0478 • www.lsa.umich.edu/ummnh Enjoy natural history from the comfort of your home. Explore the numerous exhibits, virtual field trips and the planetarium and dome theater. Simply log on the website and explore – fabulous resource for classrooms, home schoolers and families.

Kerrytown Market and Shops

4078 N. 5th Ave., Ann Arbor 48104 www.kerrytown.com Located blocks from downtown Ann Arbor this historic area features a wide variety of specialty markets, unique gift shops and restaurants. Log on for a list of all the “goodness” waiting for you!

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

220 E, Ann St., Ann Arbor 48104 (734) 995-5439 • www.aahom.org Core to the museum’s mission is creating experiences for children. With four floors and more than 250 exhibits, special programs and workshops, this is a place to check out for the whole family.

Jiffy Mix

201 W. North St., PO Box 460 Chelsea 48118 (734) 475-1361 • www.site.jiffymix.com Home of the beloved cornbread muffin mix, this familyowned business started as a flour mill in 1901. In 1930 the first prepared mix was sold. By making the “Jiffy” brand affordable they helped many families during and after the depression. Products, recipes and tour information is online.

Hill Auditorium

University of Michigan 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor 48109 (734) 764-2538 • www.thehillauditorium.com The auditorium is the largest performance space on the University of Michigan campus. Opened in 1913 it has hosted countless performances over the years from Leonard Bernstein to Bob Marley to G-Easy. Known for its acoustical richness it is a venue of stunning design and programming that caters to all tastes.

Michigan Firehouse Museum

110 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti 48197 (734) 547-0663 • www.michiganfirehousemuseum.org Treasure trove of firefighting equipment in an old “once working” station dating back to 1898, including bunk area, brass pole and vehicles. Open Thursday thru Sunday.

Purple Rose Theatre

137 Park Street, Chelsea 48118 (734) 433-ROSE www.purplerosetheatre.org Started by the talented actor and Michigander, Jeff Daniels, this playhouse showcases live theater year-round. Also offers acting classes for all ages.

In Genesse County Birch Run

North on I-75 at Exit 136 (989) 624-6226 • www.premiumoutlets.com The Midwest’s largest outlet center featuring Coach, Pottery Barn, The Gap, Nike, Polo, Banana Republic, North Face, Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew, and more, plus numerous restaurants.

Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad

6140 Bray Road, Flint (810) 736-7100 or (800) 648-PARK. Open Wednesday-Sunday, Memorial Day to Labor Day, call for exact times of operation. Admission Fee. Railroad departs several times a day. The Village contains more than 30 historic structures from the 1800s, along with a steam locomotive, ferris wheel, carousel and paddlewheel riverboat. There are also Halloween and Christmas programs.

Fenton Village Players

14197 Torrey Rd., Fenton (810) 750-7700 • www.fentontheatre.org Provides professional quality theatre and includes children’s theatre program. Encourages involvement in various ways. Performances at Fenton Community Center.

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Flint Children’s Museum

on the campus of Kettering University 1602 W. University (Third Ave.), Flint (810) 767-5437 • https://flintchildrensmuseum.org Technology, science and art all under one roof! There are more than 40 exhibits, all of them hands on, featuring monthly activities and themes so it’s always a different experience. Call for hours.

Flint Community Players

Tom & Bea Nobles Performance Hall 2462 S. Ballenger Hwy., Flint Box office: (810) 441-9302. Created in 1929, this local community theater puts on five plays a season. You are welcome to audition.

Flint Farmers Market

420 E. Boulevard Dr., Flint (810) 232-1399 • www.flintfarmersmarket.com Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. You can find a wide variety of meat, produce, dairy and baked goods all the way through the fall and winter seasons. If you’re not hungry, check out the art or enjoy any number of special events!

University Musical Society

825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor 48109 (734) 764-2538 • www.ums.org With a prestigious program of music, dance and theater, the UMS is a 2014 recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the highest public artistic honor awarded by the President of the United States. Housed in Hill Auditorium on the campus of the University of Michigan it is one of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country. With 60-75 performances and over 100 free educational activities each season UMS is a major contributor to the vibrant cultural community you will find in Washtenaw County.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum University of Michigan

Gardens – 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor 48105 Arboretum – 1610 Washington Hts., Ann Arbor 48104 (734) 647-7600 The Gardens and Arboretum are both open to the public. At the Gardens you’ll find the conservatory; gift shop; classroom and meeting spaces; display gardens and many trails and natural areas. The Botanical Gardens are free and open 7 days a week. Jointly owned by the University of Michigan and the City of Ann Arbor, Nichols Arboretum is located on the U-M central campus next to the U-M hospital. The Arb is a haven for students, U-M and hospital staff, and visitors year-round. It’s also home to the and several collections of historic or native plants. The Arb is free and open 7 days a week sunrise to sunset.

Flint Institute of Arts

1120 E. Kearsley St, Flint (81 0) 234-1695 • www.flintarts.org Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission fee for temporary exhibits. Members free. A great cultural resource both as a museum and art school. Features year round permanent and temporary exhibits. The film theatre shows independent and international films.