Bay City’s Antique Toy & Firehouse Museum in Bangor Township, 3456 Patterson Road, Bay City, has scheduled an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Activities include a 9/11 memorial and a presentation on the spectacular MV Jupiter gasoline tanker explosion on the Saginaw River that occurred on Aug. 16, 1990 and claimed the life of one crewman. The massive New York City Super Pumper, as long as a semi-truck, will be the focus of another 30-minute program. The museum also is home to more than 12,000 antique and collectible toys, many of them fire, police and rescue vehicles. 1-888-888-1270. http://www.toyandfiretruckmuseum.org/
Live music in downtown Midland. Bands on Saturday are She’s a Villain from 7 to 9 p.m., and Stone Street Revival from 9 to 11 p.m. Presented by Downtown Midland.
The Midland Downtown Business Association invites visitors to tee off downtown for Mini Golf on Main Round 2. This free event allows guests of all ages to test their skills at putting greens located throughout downtown Midland. The current course includes holes at the following locations:Joyful Tantrum, Imagine That!, Proper Taco, Ways to Wellness, Heather ‘n Holly, Grape Beginnings Winery, Ace Hardware & Sports, Serendipity Road. To start playing, pick up a free mini hand sanitizer, putter, golf ball, and scorecard at the “clubhouse” at Joyful Tantrum 213 E. Main Street. When the round is over, return putters and scorecards to the clubhouse for a chance to win one of eight prizes donated by the participating downtown Midland businesses.
The Legacy Center for Community Success has scheduled its first-ever Virtual Storytime at 10 a.m. The Virtual Storytime will feature children’s book author and illustrator Amanda Driscoll, who will read her book, Wally Does Not Want a Haircut, live to participants via Zoom before teaching them how to draw the main character. The event is an early celebration of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, which will be observed from Sept. 20-26. All event participants will hear the story read by the author, participate in a drawing lesson, and receive downloadable coloring pages and participation questions to use after the event. Attendees will also be entered to win a signed copy of the book. The event costs $5 per family, with a limited number of tickets available at www.tlc4cs.org or by calling 989-496-1425. All proceeds from the event will benefit TLC.
The Midland Saxophone Quartet, featuring Tim Lemke, Jon van Regenmorter, Larry Carbary and John Anderson, will play from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the lawn at Creative 360 in Midland. Join us on the lawn with your chairs, blankets, masks, drinks and maybe even a picnic. They are returning to play their wide variety of songs ranging from Bach to the Beatles with a little bit of history and fun facts thrown in. The lawn will be marked in a grid to keep groups socially distanced. Come celebrate music and community. Cost is $10, and can be purchased in advance; ages 10 and younger free. Rain date is Sept. 19.
Families in Nature: Backyard Butterflies is set for 2 to 3 p.m. at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland. Have you ever wanted to catch a butterfly? Join a CNC naturalist as we learn about and look for beautiful butterflies. Free for all ages, under 18 w/adult. Registration is required. www.chippewanaturecenter.org
Pooches at the Pool is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Plymouth Pool in Midland. Owners will have the opportunity to fetch their Fido and take a swim in Plymouth Pool. Each dog (up to 30 dogs per session) will get 30 minutes in the pool (sorry-only one owner per pup this year!). Owners will be responsible for providing proof of vaccinations on the day of the event. In addition, local canine organizations will be on hand to showcase their services and to provide volunteer assistance. Cost is $8 per dog. Registration and payment in advance is necessary. Registration will end when all spots are full and will only be taken on the day of the event if space is available. Register online at www.cityofmidlandmi.org/recreation or in person at Parks and Recreation.
McLean Nature Preserve Tall Grass Prairie Walk is sets for 3 p.m. at the preserve in Bay County. A guided one-mile hike on mowed paths at a leisurely and social distanced pace will be held to observe mature prairie grasses, wildflowers and pollinators. Part of the walk will take us into the prairie to explore what early settlers saw. Big and little bluestem and Indian grasses are at their peak heights. This time of year lance leafed goldenrods are a favorite of local bees, which are busily working before the first frost. Monarch butterflies have been abundant on the preserve this season and are currently feeding in preparation for their southern migration. White asters are in full bloom and attractive to many pollinators. This event is cosponsored by Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy and is free and open to the public. McLean Nature Preserve is located at 2199 N. Flajole Road, Rhodes (about ¼ mile north of Erickson Road) in northwestern Bay County. For directions or further information call Jim or Shirley McLean at 989-631-3067 in Midland. On the day of the program call 989-698-6239.
Fall Bird Migration Bandathon is set for 7 to 9 a.m., 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and from 7 to 9 a.m. and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. See resident and migratory birds up close as birds are caught in mist nets and banded for research. Join Mike Bishop, Alma College instructor and researcher, and CNC staff at the east Wetlands Area parking lot off Grey Road (the gate will be open during banding hours). Free for 9 and older; under 18 w/adult. Registration is required. www.chippewanaturecenter.org
Visit Leaman’s Green Applebarn, 475 N River Road, Freeland, to enjoy its annual Country Craft Show, which opens at 10 a.m. both days. The weekend showcases different types of crafters such as jewelry, photography, wood art, metal crafts, candles, hair accessories, purses, clothing and many more handmade items. Along with the crafters, Leaman’s has all its baked goods, donuts, pies and cider for sale.
Sunday, Sept. 13
Siberian Husky Club of Greater Detroit is hosting its September Speciality before the nationals. The event is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Great Hall Banquet & Convention Center at the Valley Plaza Resort in Midland. Judging includes best puppy, sweepstakes, junior showmanship and specialty.
Join Julie Welsh at Creative 360, 1517 Bayliss St. in Midland for this quarterly social event to create artsy postcards and envelopes in a friendly and supportive environment. Your creations will be suitable for mailing to family and friends and to share in swaps. Each social begins with a brief presentation and then roll up your sleeves to have fun creating! Bring your own supplies. A paper ephemera exchange will be available – guidelines are provided in the event handout. Each participant will receive a GLBR · MAS Passport. Bring your own beverage and a snack to share. 1-4 p.m. Admission is $15
Creative 360 offers a John Pratt Mosaic House tours that begins at the building at 1517 Bayliss St. in Midland. The John Pratt Mosaic House stands as a reminder of a man who, through art, battled his demons and inspired countless others along the way. Visitors from as far away as Oregon have visited the house, which was declared a folk-art treasure by the Michigan State University Museum. Join Creative 360’s executive director, Laura Vosejpka 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. 10:00 am – Noon. Register on the Creative 360 website or call 989-837-1885. Admission is $5.
Thursday, Sept. 17
Wildlife Wander is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland. Nature is always changing! Join an Interpretive Naturalist once a month this fall to walk the trails, look for wildlife and experience the transition of CNC’s natural landscape. Free for ages 18 and older. Registration is required. www.chippewanaturecenter.org
Acoustic Cocktail and The Sinclairs Band are back with a performance at Uncorked. 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 60’s through the 90’s laced with plenty of two-part harmony. Uncorked is a weekly outdoor happy hour that takes places from 5:30 to 8 p.m. 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 on September 17 from 5:30-8 p.m.
This week’s Curbside Comedy will feature Norm Stulz and Derek Graff. The outdoor event starts at 8 p.m. with seating starting at 7. 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.
Live music in downtown Midland. Friday bands are Gould and Graham from 7 to 9 p.m. Bands on Saturday are Robertson Brothers Band at 7 to 9 p.m. and Empty Pockets from 9 to 11 p.m. Presented by Downtown Midland.
Tuesday, Sept. 22
Celebrate the Fall Equinox at this Karma Month event. Creative 360’s Laura Vosejpka will lead an open, inviting, go-at-your-own-pace practice that will be accompanied by the guitar talents of Michael Zureich. This event is will be held on the grounds of Creative 360, 1517 Bayliss St. in Midland. Bring a mat or blanket or borrow a sanitized mat from Creative 360. 6:00pm. $10 Register on the Creative 360 website or call 989-837-1885.
Thursday, Sept. 24
Unwind after a long week at Midland Center for the Arts’ happy hour, Uncorked, featuring Michigan trumpeter and guitarist Jacob Wisenbach. He has performed in a variety of groups in the Tri Cities, including The Standard Session, Barbarossa Brothers, The Straight Eights, Chemical City Band and more. Wisenbach’s group The Standard Session received a Review Music Award for Best Small Combo and Best Big Band. Uncorked is a weekly outdoor happy hour that takes places from 5:30-8 p.m.in front of the Center. Drink specials and hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase while guests enjoy free, live music.
Live music in downtown Midland. Friday bands are Sinclairs from 9 to 11 p.m. Bands on Saturday are May and Coonan at 7 to 9 p.m. and Stone Street Revival from 9 to 11 p.m. Presented by Downtown Midland.
Sunday, Oct. 4
Reverends Hitch and Harrison from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Midland will be blessing the animals on St. Francis of Assisi Day, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Humane Society of Midland County, 4371 East Ashman St. The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. and then Hitch and Harrison will bless the animals currently awaiting adoption at the Humane Society. After that any animals from the community who are brought to the ceremony will be blessed as well. People who adopted animals from the shelter to bring back their companion animals for blessings that day. The Pet Pantry that provides free dog and cat food to Midland County residents will also be open so that companion animal owners may take home food. Anyone wishing to take food that day contact the Humane Society at 989-835-1877 so the food ready for pick up after all animals are blessed. We ask that all human attendees wear masks and remain in their cars along Ashman. After the animals are blessed in the shelter, the animals in the cars will be blessed.
Sunday, Oct. 11
Creative 360 offers a John Pratt Mosaic House tours that begins at the building at 1517 Bayliss St. in Midland. The John Pratt Mosaic House stands as a reminder of a man who, through art, battled his demons and inspired countless others along the way. Visitors from as far away as Oregon have visited the house, which was declared a folk-art treasure by the Michigan State University Museum. Join Creative 360’s executive director, Laura Vosejpka 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. 1-3:00 pm. Register on the Creative 360 website or call 989-837-1885. Admission is $5.
Creative 360 at 1517 Bayliss St. in Midland hosts poet Carol Sanford. During the spring and summer months of this year, local poet Carol Sanford Zoomed with a dozen Illinois poets who individually wrote 20 poems in 20 weeks. Join Carol as she brings her new poems to Creative 360’s gallery, socially distanced of course, in a reading she is calling Zoomed Poems. 7-8:30 p.m. Admission is $8, All proceeds go to Creative 360. Register on the Creative 360 website or call 989-837-1885.
Creative 360 at 1517 Bayliss St. in Midland invites you to come in through the creaking door of horror info a world of suspense and spooky mayhem to experience old time radio show fright during Fright Night! This Old Time Radio is delivered live on stage like those in a bygone era when people huddled around their radios, and includes live sound effects and original commercial jingles! There are three dark nights of vintage terror to choose from. Reserve your tickets early, there is limited seating to keep audience members socially distanced! BYOB. 7:00 – 9:00 pm / $10 prepay, $15 at the door Register on Creative 360’s website or call 989-837-1885.
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
Sunday, Dec. 6
Join Julie Welsh at Creative 360, 1517 Bayliss St. in Midland for this quarterly social event to create artsy postcards and envelopes in a friendly and supportive environment. Your creations will be suitable for mailing to family and friends and to share in swaps. Each social begins with a brief presentation and then roll up your sleeves to have fun creating! Bring your own supplies. A paper ephemera exchange will be available – guidelines are provided in the event handout. Each participant will receive a GLBR · MAS Passport. Bring your own beverage and a snack to share. 1-4:00 p.m. Preregistration required by December 3. Admission is $15