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Mount Clemens – January 27, 2020

Mount Clemens – January 27, 2020

Mayor Invites Open Communication

Newly elected Mayor Laura Kropp feels it’s essential to hear all of the voices of Mount Clemens.

She plans to continue her Coffee Talk series. Every second Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., and every second Thursday at 6:30 p.m., she’ll be at John’s Family Grill (304 Cass Avenue) to talk about current events in Mount Clemens and answer questions.

The mayor is available for appointments by calling 586-469-6818 x313 tor via email at LKropp@

15th Annual Mount Clemens Ice Sculpture Show

The 15th Annual Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show runs Friday, Jan. 31, through Sunday, Feb. 2.

Sculptures will be displayed on Macomb Place and kids can enjoy the Wonderland Warming Center inside The Discovery Center Children’s Hands-On Museum.

Live ice carving will take place from midday Thursday to midday Sunday.

Make a Difference This Year

Mount Clemens is seeking residents who wish to make valuable contributions to the city by volunteering to serve on a board or committee. There are currently openings on the following boards:

  • Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
  • Downtown Development Authority (business owner)
  • Harbor Commission
  • Historical Commission
  • Historic District Commission
  • Local Officer’s Compensation Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • Traffic Safety Committee

Please visit the city’s website for an application, or call the City Clerk’s Office at 586-469-6818, x3.


Are you an area artist, arts and culture organization, creative community member, business or arts supporter? Join likeminded individuals for refreshments, information and camaraderie to celebrate another big step forward in supporting the creative community.

Learn about building affordable live/work artist housing and studio space in Mount Clemens at the Artspace Artist Survey Launch Party on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.

Tickets are free, but please RSVP.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor
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Mount Clemens – January 20, 2020

Mount Clemens – January 20, 2020


My heart is happy.

I’m a huge advocate for volunteerism. It’s a huge, satisfying part of my life.

With it being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, seeing all the volunteering and giving opportunities makes me proud to be in these communities. While I’m not going to pretend to understand the depth and breadth of what Dr. King means to the African-American community, I truly admire the movement to create something special in his memory. I think that’s one of the most profound legacies a person can leave in this world.

In talking with my aunt last week, she said something that resonated with me: To whom much is given, much is expected. I agree. I’m no millionaire, but I certainly can’t complain about my lifestyle. My family is safe, warm and fed. We have access to doctors and teachers. Life is good.

But others aren’t so lucky.

Time is free and it’s the most important thing you can give. I encourage you to get out there this week, and every week, and lend a hand where you can. You don’t even need to be formal about it. Grab some paper and markers and make cards for kids in the hospital. Pick up litter at your local park. Start a pay-it-forward the next time you’re in the drive thru.

It’s all about kindness, folks. And it’s the least we can do.

Stay warm,


15th Annual Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl Fundraiser

On Thursday, Jan. 30, downtown will fill with the aroma of chili as bars and restaurants compete in a Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl Fundraiser. The crawl runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Cost includes a taster chili at each site, chili pepper beads, and a scorecard.

For more information, call 586-469-4168.

15th Annual Mount Clemens Ice Sculpture Show

Ice sculptures will be on display on Macomb Place Downtown from Friday, Jan. 31, to Sunday, Feb. 2. There will also be live carving demonstrations on Fountain Stage and a Kids Wonderland Warming Center.

The event is free and fun for the whole family.

Survey Launch Party

Artspace will conduct a major online survey of artists, arts organizations and creative businesses in the Mount Clemens area to determine the size and nature of the market for an Artspace mixed-use project in the community.

The eight-week survey will be launched with a free public event at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4, at the Anton Art Center. The event is open to all; artists and directors of arts organizations and creative businesses are especially encouraged to attend.

The Survey Launch Party is an opportunity to learn about building affordable live/work artist housing and studio space in Mount Clemens. Area artists, arts & culture organizations, creative community members, businesses and arts supporters of all kinds are invited to attend the launch party for refreshments, information and camaraderie.

Preregistration is requested.

Craft All Day at the Library

Crafters, rejoice! The Mt. Clemens Public Library is hosting an all-day craft-a-thon on Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Join fellow crafters for a full-day of scrapbooking, card making or whatever inspires you. Spend the day and have a six-foot table to craft to your hearts content.

Lunch is potluck and dinner is $5.

Click here for registration and information.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor
Mount Clemens – January 13, 2020

Mount Clemens – January 13, 2020

Kiwanis Winterfest

On Thursday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 10 p.m., join The Kiwanis Club of Mount Clemens and celebrating Kiwanis Winterfest at Tina’s Country House located at 50828 North Avenue in Macomb. Tickets are $50 and include food from local restaurants, craft beers, wine tastings, open bar, 50/50, raffles and music by Italian Crossover Singer Aaron Caruso.

Call Phil Gilchrist for tickets at 586-610-0512 or email for more info.

Green Art Show

Art lovers, save the date for the Opening Reception & Awards on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m.

Selected works will be on display from members of the Lakeside Palette Club of St. Clair Shores, the Mount Clemens Art Association, the Romeo Guild of Art, and the Warren Tri-County Fine Arts Association, Inc. The event is a juried show by host Laura Whitesides.

Gallery admission is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

Parking is available by metered street and lot.

12th Annual Talent Show

Are you between the ages of 3 and 19 years? Do you have a talent you want to share with a supportive audience? Musicians, dancers, hula hoopers, artists, poets, storytellers, magicians, comedians: come share your unique gift. Performers only need to fill out this form. All ages are welcome to attend the Jan. 25 event at 2 p.m.

Ice Carving Show

Ice Carving Show

Save the date for the 15th Annual Ice Carving Show from Jan. 31-Feb. 2. Dozens of sculptures will be on display throughout downtown Mt. Clemens with ice carving demonstrations and a warming center in the Discovery Center Children’s Museum.


Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor
Mount Clemens – January 6, 2020

Mount Clemens – January 6, 2020


Welcome to the New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are ready to take on the Michigan winter.

I don’t consider myself overly techie, but I also don’t think I’m too far behind the times. So, when I received an Apple Watch as a gift, I had no idea what this would mean.

Understand: I grew up watching the Jetsons, Wonder Woman and ALF. We have some amazing technology these days, but I’m still disappointed I don’t have a jetpack.

I was a little floored with my new watch. I had no idea all the things it can do. It even tells me when to breathe. But the most surprising feature to me is the ability to take phone calls ON A WATCH.

I was putting in a load of laundry and my watch started ringing. My husband and I looked around to see who stepped on a kids’ toy only to figure out it was my wrist. I answered it and we talked to a telemarketer for a while just because IT WAS ON A WATCH.

This thing is straight out of the campy Batman show from my childhood. POW! If only it did the laundry.

Bring in the New Year strong.


Chili Cook-Off

The 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl Fundraiser is on the horizon. Save the date for Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. This event is hosted by downtown bars and restaurants. For more information, call 586-469-4168.

Did You Know?

Mt. Clemens has a Dial-a-Ride program providing radio dispatched, curb to curb, non-emergency, demand-response service for anyone traveling within the city limits of Mount Clemens? Dial-a-Ride is available Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. No calls are taken after 5:30 p.m.

Go Skating

The Mt. Clemens Ice Arena has a fun, affordable way to stay active in the winter: Open ice skating.

MCIA offers weekly public skating sessions with special holiday sessions throughout the year. No skates? MCIA has hundreds of pairs to rent.

Click here for the full schedule for open skate, including a DJ skate.

SatARTdays Downtown

Pencil in second Saturdays for art and a variety of free monthly art events and performances open to the community.

The first weekend for this event is Saturday, Jan. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. with the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers at the Emerald Theatre.


Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor
Mount Clemens – December 30, 2019

Mount Clemens – December 30, 2019

Call for Michigan Artists

The 47th annual statewide fine art competition is juried by Detroit Institute of Arts Director, Salvador Salort-Pons and hosted by Macomb County’s long-standing premier arts and cultural nonprofit organization, the Anton Art Center.

Michigan artists ages 18 and older are invited to submit up to two original entries completed within the last two years. Open to all media; no size restrictions. All works previously displayed at the Anton Art Center are ineligible.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m.

Email submission(s)/paperwork to: and submit entry fee payments via PayPal to Or write a check to Anton Art Center, charge by phone or in person, or cash in person.

New Year’s Eve Gala

Head to the annual Downtown Mount Clemens New Year’s Eve Fireworks Gala, and Children’s New Year’s Eve Night at the Museum. Award-winning Zambelli Fireworks will provide a professional pyrotechnics display. It’s a great way to kick-off 2020.

Holiday Closures

Remember, if you have business at City Hall, check online first to make sure offices are open. The city offices will be closed on Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day, which will also affect trash collection.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor
Mount Clemens – December 23, 2019

Mount Clemens – December 23, 2019


Finally, the big week is here. And by that, I mean it’s my birthday today.

That’s right, I’m a Christmas baby. Well, nearly anyway. So, beyond the usual excitement of the season, I get to lump in my birthday and the ever clever, “Merry Birthday!”

People ask me how I like having my birthday so close to Christmas and I never know what to say. I’m tempted to ask them how they like being tall or old or a Lions fan, but that just seems snippy. So, I shrug and respond, “I like cake.”

For me, my birthday kicks off Christmas—it’s Christmas Eve-Eve. And it’s time to celebrate. Whatever it is you celebrate, or don’t, this season, know that I wish you all the best. Stay warm. Do something kind. Have fun.


Free Early Christmas Eve Dinner for Veterans and Those in Need

A free early Christmas Eve dinner is being offered to local veterans and anyone in need. The catered roasted turkey dinner will include mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet corn, cornbread, soft drinks and coffee. Pizza will also be available.

Boston Market will cater the meals at a reduced rate, as the meals are sponsored by local attorneys, Macomb County Chamber of Commerce members, and others in the community. The dinner will take place Tuesday, Dec. 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Rec Bowl in downtown Mount Clemens (40 Crocker Boulevard).

New Macomb County Pride Initiative Boots Up Plan for 2020

Plans are underway for a Macomb County Pride event in downtown Mount Clemens, tentatively set for June 27, 2020. With a goal to develop an annual event, Macomb County Pride will celebrate and empower the region’s LGBTQ+ community through a June Pride Festival featuring a family-and pet-friendly parade and resource fair, and by offering participatory opportunities to local groups and organizations to highlight their support and resources available to the LGBTQ+ community in Macomb County.

Macomb County Pride presents DRAG-ing in the New Year, a fundraiser featuring a professional drag show at The Emerald Theatre on New Year’s Eve. The event will raise funds for the June 27 parade and resource fair. Performers include Kourtney Breeze, Bentley James, Perry Dox, Kendyll Harding, Malibu and Jacqueline Frost. Tickets areb$69/general admission and $99/VIP, and are on sale now at


Join local wine expert John Jonna as he discusses wines to serve during the holidays in this week’s Vino Talk.

Tinsel Tour

Haven’t gotten out to the Tinsel Tour yet? Make some time this holiday season and take in all the bright decorations along the riverfront.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor