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
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.
Saturday, Aug. 22
POP Up Midland Food Truck Festival is set from noon to 8:30 p.m at the Midland Town Center, 1583 Washington St., Midland. Due to limitations of 100 attendees, tickets for $5.95 admission will be sold, with live music offered. There will be six separate 75-minute sessions for attendees to get food and enjoy live music. The Reliks will be playing at noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. and Coleman Road at 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Food trucks so far include 5-2-oh, That Guys BBQ, Meat and Greet, Molasses BBQ as well as Kona Ice and Sunsational Smoothies. Event is register in advance only online; walk ups not available. Tickets are available on Facebook under the Midland Food Truck Festival and Circle Wine Garden pages.
Sunday, Aug. 23
McLean Nature Preserve in Bay County will host a Blue Lobelia Hike at 3 p.m. A new trail with interpretive signs has recently been complete on a 40-acre parcel on the west side. Blue lobelia, a relative of the cardinal flower, is currently in bloom as well as plains coreopsis. A longer hike of about two miles to explore the flowers and visit the property’s largest tree, a 100-foot-tall cottonwood. The hike will start at the western gate across the road from 2793 W. Erickson Road. Since the Erickson Road bridge is out just east of our gate those coming from the east should go north from the preserve’s 2199 N Flajole Road driveway to Townline 16 Road, then west to Bay- Midland County Line Road and south to our Erickson Road gate. This event is cosponsored by Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy and is free and open to the public. For directions or further information call Jim or Shirley McLean at 989-631-3067 in Midland. On the day of the program they can be reached at 989-698-6239.
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