Saturday, Aug. 15
Salamander Meander at Riverview Natural Area is set for 1 to 2:30 p.m. Silent and secretive, salamanders are a creature of mystery. Join Interpretive Naturalist Lindsey Harrell as we hike and turn over logs to look for these shy amphibians. We’ll even check out any remaining vernal pools for salamander young. Grab your boots and meet at the Riverview Natural Area parking lot off North Homer Road in Midland. Free for all ages, younger than 18 with adult. Registration required. www.chippewanaturecenter.org
Sunday, Aug. 16
Step back in time at Chippewa Nature Center’s Homestead Farm for a family-friendly afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. Weekly themed activities and tours will be available throughout the afternoon. You may get to try your hand at grinding corn, pumping water, working in the garden, tilling the field or watering the animals. The Homestead Farm will be open Sundays in July and August. In order to ensure distancing and a safe environment, Homestead buildings will not be open during this program. The program will be cancelled in the case of inclement weather. Free. All Ages, under 18 w/adult. www.chippewanaturecenter.org
Community Art Party! Creative 360 invites you to join them at 1517 Bayliss St. in Midland from 1 to 4 p.m. for an afternoon of art in all its many forms. Express Yourself Artshop students will take the stage to play music, perform skits, tell jokes and recite poems, and then it’s open mic for anyone who wants to do the same. Watch as artists bring their creations to life before your eyes and then bid on the work created. Original art by students and staff will be on display and available for purchase at collector-friendly prices. Guests will also have a chance to create with a make-and-take activity, and to add their mark to a community art project that will be auctioned off during a fundraiser this fall. Get acquainted with Creative 360 and Express Yourself Artshop staff and students during this socially distanced indoor/outdoor festival celebrating all things art. It will be a fun and safe event for the family. All proceeds benefit the Express Yourself Artshop program that provides opportunities for arts education to people of all ages and abilities including those with disabilities. There is no charge to attend, but donations are gratefully accepted.
Tuesday, Aug. 18
Creative 360, located at 1517 Bayliss St. in Midland, is offering a John Pratt Mosaic House Tour at 10 a.m. Guests will meet at Creative 360 for a socially distanced gathering to learn about John Pratt and the twists and turns his life took that led him to this extraordinary endeavor. Everyone will then drive separately to the house to hear more stories and experience the house for themselves.
The John Pratt Mosaic House stands as a reminder of a man who battled his demons through art, and inspired countless others along the way. You may also schedule a tour for your group. Registration required, limited space available. Cost is $5. Register on Creative 360’s website at becreative360.comevents or call 989-837-1885. Creative 360’s safety plan is available at becreative360.org
Thursday, Aug. 20
Creative 360, located at 1517 Bayliss Street in Midland, hosts an evening all about baseball from 7-8:30 p.m. Last year, artist and cartoonist James P. Kusmierz fascinated a group with his stories from when he served as photographer for the Detroit Tigers. Baseball fans and Little Leaguers past and present will enjoy hearing his behind-the-scenes stories about former players, and seeing his photographs and baseball art work. Cost is $8. Register on Creative 360’s website at becreative360.comevents or call 989-837-1885. Creative 360’s safety plan is available at becreative360.org
Unwind after a long week at Midland Center for the Arts’ happy hour, Uncorked, featuring Acoustic Cocktail and The Sinclairs Band. Jeff Poirier and Dave Miller have been familiar faces on the Great Lakes Bay music scene for over 20 years. As the duo “Acoustic Cocktail,” they serve up an intoxicating mix of upbeat hits from the 60s through the 90s laced with plenty of two-part harmony. Uncorked is a weekly outdoor happy hour that takes places in front of the Center. Drink specials and hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase while guests enjoy free, live music. The event is from 5:30-8 p.m.
Midland Center for the Arts will host Curbside Comedy featuring Dwayne Gill and Paul Pizks. The outdoor event starts at 8 p.m. with seating starting at 7 p.m. Pre-sale tickets cost $10 and tickets are $15 the day of. Because of socially distanced seating, there is limited capacity and pre-purchasing tickets is strongly recommended. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled. Curbside Comedy provides 90 minutes of comedy every other week from nationally touring comics in a safe, socially distanced setting.
Friday, Aug. 21
Creative 360, 1517 Bayliss St. in Midland, hosts the Midland Saxophone Quartet for an outdoor concert from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This quartet, made up of John Anderson, Larry Carbary, Tim Lemke and Jon van Regenmorter, first performed at a concert & chili event this past winter. Their wide variety of songs, ranging from Bach to the Beatles, are made even more enjoyable with a bit of history and fun facts thrown in. Cost is $10, ages 10 and under free with an adult. Register on Creative 360’s website at becreative360.comevents or call 989-837-1885. (Rain date 8/29) Creative 360’s safety plan is available at becreative360.org
Food Truck Dinner Dash from 4 to 7 p.m. in Morley Plaza, downtown Saginaw. Pick up a great Friday Night takeout dinner from a variety of local food vendors.
Monday, Aug. 24
Creative 360, 1517 Bayliss St., Midland, invites you to come and laugh with The Bickersons at their next Live Old Time Radio Show. Real-life couple Dexter and Laura Brigham will play John and Blanche Bickerson who spend most of their evenings in a relentless and comical verbal war. The Bickersons was a popular radio show in the 1940s that preceded The Honeymooners. Live sound effects will be provided by Carol Rumba.(Rain date 8/31) Cost is $10 per person; $40 premiere seating for two includes a cocktail table and two chairs (limited availability). Register on Creative 360’s website at becreative360.comevents or call 989-837-1885. Creative 360’s safety plan is available at becreative360.org
Tuesday, Aug. 25
Coleman Faith United Methodist Church invites you to come out for a beautiful evening of music, poetry and Joy! The Concerts in Coleman series will host singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joy Zimmerman in an outdoor concert at 7 p.m. She will perform under the portico in front of the church. Patrons are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, to wear masks or bandannas, and to keep at least 6 feet from anyone not in their own household. Admission is by donation, with $10/person suggested. Faith United Methodist Church is located at 209 E. Jefferson Street in Coleman, at the corner of Fourth Street and Jefferson. More information is available at the event page on Facebook, through the church office at 989-465-6181, website www.faith-umc-coleman.com , or through Ann Sigsby at 989-615-2599.
Wednesday, Aug. 26
Baseball is back and what better way to celebrate than with a discussion about the film “Field of Dreams” on this week’s Matrix:Midland. The film is about an Iowa farmer, Ray Kinsella, who hears a voice that says, “If you build it, he will come.” He takes this as a sign to build a baseball field on his farm, upon which the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and other banned Chicago White Sox players appear. The virtual film discussion will be hosted by Jan and Marty McGuire. The virtual event is begins at 7:30 p.m. Registration for the free event is required and closes at 7 p.m. on the day of the discussion.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
Midland’s Open Door will host its annual fundraiser, Dine on the Door at 6 p.m. on a virtual platform. This year’s honorary chairs are Mark and Mary Bassett. Participants will have the option to open their doors and host a minimum of 10 people. The H Hotel will cater dinner directly to homes while Jerry O’Donnell will be the auctioneer for a live auction. To sign up as a host, or to be placed in a host home, call the Open Door office at 989-835-2291 or visit midlandopendoor.org