Green Macomb – Tree and Plant Sales – Orders Due April 5!

Macomb County is partnering with the Blue Water Conservation District to hold a Spring Tree and Plant sale. Items available for purchase include young trees (including those that bear fruit), shrubs, berry bushes, wildflower seeds and others at very reasonable costs. The purpose of the sale is to increase the number of trees in Macomb County while supporting the work of the conservation district.

whitedogwoodThis week’s featured tree is the white flowering dogwood.

The white flowering dogwood is a small, bushy tree that grows throughout the eastern United States. It is a desirable ornamental tree due to its fast growth, pyramidal form, insect and disease resistance and aesthetics.

  • White flowers blooming May to June; fruit clusters are scarlet red
  • white-dogwood-bloomsProvides food for wildlife. The fruit provides fall and winter food for squirrels, cedar waxwing, cardinal, flicker, robin, turkey and woodpecker. White-tail deer like to nibble on its leaves and twigs.
  • Grows up to 40 feet tall, 12-18 inch diameter

The spring tree sale is selling white flowering dogwood that are approximately 3-4 feet tall for $12 each or 5 for $40.  Visit for additional details and other available tree and plants at affordable prices.

Orders are due by Wednesday, April 5.

Pick up your pre-ordered plants at the Warren Civic Center during Arbor Day celebrations on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.  Pick up times will be available soon.

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Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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Green Macomb Urban Forestry Partnership – Spring Tree and Plant Sale

Macomb County is partnering with the Blue Water Conservation District to hold a Spring Tree and Plant sale. Items available for purchase include young trees (including those that bear fruit), shrubs, berry bushes, wildflower seeds and others at very reasonable costs. The purpose of the sale is to increase the number of trees in Macomb County while supporting the work of the conservation district.

“Homes with trees sell 2 days faster and for up to 15% more”


Tulip Popular in Fall

This week’s featured tree is the tulip tree.

The tulip poplar, also known as the tulip tree, is one of the largest of the native trees of the eastern United States. It is actually not a poplar at all but a member of the magnolia family. Other things to consider about planting this tree on your property:

  • Considered a desirable ornamental because of its fast growth, pyramidal form, insect and disease resistance and overall attractiveness.
  • Tulip-shaped yellow flowers bloom from April to June
  • Cone shaped fruits bear an abundance of seeds that provide food for some wildlife in the late fall and winter.
  • Tulip trees can grow to be 60-80 feet tall

The tulip trees available for purchase are approximately 4-5 feet tall and cost $12 each or five for $40.  Orders are due by Wednesday, April 5.

Visit for additional details on this species and others available through the sale as well as planting guidelines.

Purchased plants will be available for pick-up at the Warren Civic Center during Arbor Day celebrations on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.  (Pick up times to be announced soon.)

2018 Spring Plant Sale ad-update

Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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Lorenzo Cultural Center celebrates Macomb County bicentennial with new program series

macomb200To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Macomb County, Macomb Community College presents Making Macomb: A Journey Through 200 Years, Feb. 28 through May 5, at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, which is on the college’s Center Campus in Clinton Township. The program series consists of more than 20 informative presentations on the history and development of Macomb County complemented by a variety of exhibits in the cultural center’s 8,500-square-foot Discovery Hall.

The Making Macomb presentations range in topic from an examination of the early Native American influences in the area to modern day impacts such as Selfridge Air National Guard Base and current economic conditions in Macomb County. The accompanying exhibits will give visitors a glimpse into Macomb’s past through artifacts, displays and interpretative panels including a scale replica of the Gratiot Drive-In and iconic vehicles including the locally built military M37 transport and 1950 Ford F150. Artifacts include personal belongings of the county’s namesake, Alexander Macomb, locally manufactured items and other items representing significant places and events in the county’s history. Also included is a traveling exhibit from the Arab American National Museum highlighting some of the stories of one of the newer groups of immigrants to Macomb County.

While the presentations and exhibits are open to the public free of charge, preregistration is required for the presentations by calling 586.445.7348 or by emailing No registration is required to visit the exhibits. The cultural center is open Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For a complete listing of all Making Macomb: A Journey Through 200 Years programming visit:

Upcoming Events

Macomb County, Swing County—The Reality and the Myth

March 03, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM

When John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960, Macomb was the most reliably Democratic suburban county in the nation. But 20 years later, it became nationally famous as the home of the “Reagan Democrats,” and began voting Republican. Macomb also gave Donald Trump a margin of victory four times his statewide total in 2016. And yet, the same voters gave Barack Obama a landslide in 2008. Jack Lessenberry helps us understand the secret to understanding politics in Macomb County.

History of Huron Clinton Metroparks

March 07, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Gary Hopp of the Huron Clinton Metroparks will present an overview of the past, present and future of the Metroparks with an emphasis on the parks located in Macomb County.

Diversity and Inclusion in Macomb County

March 08, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Macomb County has changed greatly over the past decade. Its population is now more diverse, both racially and ethnically. Deputy County Executive of Macomb County Pam Lavers will discuss these changes and Macomb County’s efforts to include new and diverse populations.

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Help Keep Macomb Warm at the 28th Annual Walk for Warmth


Imagine not knowing if you would be able to pay the bills to ensure that your house is heated through the winter months – how upsetting and scary that would be.

This was the case of a northern Macomb County widower, who, after paying for the funeral of his beloved wife, was unable to maintain the extremely high utility bills for his home and was in danger of having his services shut off. His income was just over the guidelines set for the emergency utility assistance funding offered by Macomb County’s Macomb Community Action, a Community Action Agency that works to diminish residents’ poverty and promote independence.

Due to his personal circumstances, the agency was able to assist him through Walk for Warmth, a walk/run initiative to raise funds for low-income residents with heat-related emergencies.

Not only was Macomb Community Action able to help him catch up on his utility bills, but they also helped him complete an application for the agency’s home weatherization program, which he was approved for.

This is just one of the many stories that reflects the need and powerful impact the funds generated from Walk for Warmth have on Macomb County.

Since it began, Walk for Warmth has raised over $737,000 to help ensure that local families can stay warm in their homes throughout the winter.

The 28th Annual Walk for Warmth is Saturday, March 3, 2018.  There’s still time to sign up to participate! Event check-in and day-of registration begin at 8 a.m. inside the mall at the Dick’s Sporting Goods entrance. New to the event this year is the outdoor 1-mile race administered by Hanson’s Race Management. Runners can choose to be timed and compete for overall male and female race awards. The indoor 5K walk and the outdoor race will both start at 9 a.m.

If you are not able to participate in Walk for Warmth, donations are being accepted.

To register online or make a donation, visit

A big shout out to this year’s top sponsors – Genisys Credit Union, Macomb Mall, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, McLaren Macomb, and Consumers Energy.  Other sponsors include Lakestone Bank and Trust, Shepherd’s Gate Church, Air Conditioning Engineers, and Mount Clemens Eagles  #1269.


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Day camp fun over holiday break

The holidays are an excellent time for families to spend time together, but what happens after Christmas – when the kids are home from school and you are back to work? Macomb Family YMCA has plenty of fun planned to keep kids happy all break long at their day camp. Keep reading to learn more.

YMCA 2Day camp at the Macomb Family YMCA is a great place for kids to have fun, build character and community, and develop healthy lifestyle skills. It provides opportunities for children from all backgrounds to come together and build a supportive community while having fun! We provide the space for children to build relationships, try new skills and create lasting memories they will carry into adulthood.

This summer, we had a camper enroll who was brand new to our program. She came to us super outgoing and friendly but very afraid of the pool. Being that we swim daily during summer camp, this camper was determined to get into the pool and face her fears. With help from her counselors, she started slowly by entering the pool with a life jacket and hanging closely to her counselors. Day by day, she tried more and pushed herself further. This camper decided that she wanted to get into our camp swim lessons so that she could soon enter the pool with no life jacket and swim with her friends! After enrolling, she quickly adjusted to the pool and began feeling safe in the water. After a few short weeks, we had a deep-end swimmer on our hands! Our camper and her parents were so happy they even booked a trip to a water park! They have thanked us over and over again for helping her through this important lesson.

YMCA AThis holiday break, bring your child to the Y to experience all we have to offer! We will swim daily, enjoy the snow and play all sorts of age-appropriate games. We are pleased to offer a healthy breakfast and lunch to all participants at no extra cost to them.

The program runs from Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 2. We run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with before care starting at 7 a.m. and after care ending at 6 p.m. for no additional cost. Day camp is for children 3 years old and up.

Call the Macomb Family YMCA to register a spot today for your camper! If you have questions, please call (586) 468-1411 or contact me at

Erica Nuyttens is the camp director at the Macomb Family YMCA.

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Nino Salvagio – fresh produce and so much more!  

And Yes, by shopping here, you can enter to win $500.  Take a photo and submit it to by Sunday December 3. #ShopLocalMacomb

I stopped into Nino Salvagio for the first time about a month ago. Up until this point, I have never been. Frankly, I always thought it was probably an extremely busy, upscale and possibly overpriced grocery store.  I quickly learned that I was wrong.

Nino’s is a one-stop shop for holiday gifts!  They obviously put some thought into the layout for the holidays and are catering to people like me who do not like to shop.

20171129_125056This week I walked in, I was greeted with a beautiful selection of holiday wreaths, plants, and decorations.  Next, I discovered rows and rows of gift baskets of every size.  The selection is amazing. Cheese and crackers. Pasta. Popcorn. Made-in-Michigan products. Wine baskets with all of the accessories, beautifully wrapped and ready to go. Shoppers can order a personalized basket too. Shhhh  . . . I picked up an awesome basket of popcorn making supplies for my brother and a wine basket for. . . meeeee, I mean . . . my sister. (I’m sure she will share with me!)

Focused now on my original purpose for visiting, I stopped at the deli counter for some lunch meat and could not help but wonder around the bakery isle. Drool. After checking out all of the “calorie free” items, I selected some cinnamon bread for French toast. Rest assured, I will be back before the holidays are over to spend some more time amongst the amazing cakes, scrumptious pies, tantalizing cinnamon rolls, jumbo muffins and so much more.

Next, I found the wine department.

20171129_125451The selection was amazing. This has become my favorite place to get wine.  At Nino’s, when you purchase four bottles of wine, you receive an additional 10% off.  Bonus! I looked around at the selection.  There are options from $5 a bottle on up to over $30.  I even noticed they had imported special holiday wine from Germany.  For a moment I wish I knew some German to know if I was looking at a red or white wine.  Thanks to Google translate I received my answer.  The bottles were designed in a holiday theme, double bonus.  Excellent hostess gifts, and it does not need to be wrapped.

Then I moved over to the beer aisle.  Perfect! A gift pack of beer and a case of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Excellent, two more gifts bought.  The liquor selection is also stocked with lots of popular brands and some are available in gift boxes this time of year. Perfect! A nice Irish whiskey is in the shopping basket for my in-laws.

20171129_125249With my cart pretty loaded down, I noticed a small area off to the side.  There were so many holiday crafts, dishes, hand towels, and flowers to pick from.  I picked up some cute snowmen for my mom.

Next stop? The checkout line. No waiting and I was out the door in no time.  This is my kind of shopping! I checked many gifts off my to-buy list, supported a local business, and walked away happy.

I know I will have to hit the mall eventually and definitely plan to visit downtown New Baltimore to visit some of the local shops to find the unique pieces to add to the gifts. But for now, I am happy to have my list condensed.

The next time I need to brave Hall Road, you can bet I will take time to make a stop at Nino’s.

Nino Salvaggio has two locations in Macomb County. Next time you are driving by, don’t be afraid to stop in and look around.  I’m glad I did.

Clinton Township – 17496 Hall Rd.
Mon.-Sat. 8am- 9pm, Sun. 8am- 7pm

St. Clair Shores – 27900 Harper Ave.
Mon.-Sat. 8am- 8pm, Sun. 8am- 7pm

Shoppers! There is still time to enter for a chance to win one of five, $500 gift cards. Simply snap a photo of you shopping locally and post it before 11:59p.m. on December 3. #ShopLocalMacomb Winners will be randomly selected during a live Facebook drawing at noon on Monday, December 4. Visit for details.

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Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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Unique Gift Ideas for Someone Who Has Everything

When you shop at Art Is In Market, you’re not just supporting one local store – you’re supporting more than 170 local small businesses and artists. Art Is In Market is more than an art gallery, more than a “Michigan Store” and far more than a gift shop. Imagine your favorite art show that comes along only once a year. Now imagine that show being open all year long. That’s Art Is In Market!

Founded in 2005 with the idea of giving Michigan Artists a new type of opportunity to display their work, Detroit’s Channel 4 News labeled Art Is In Market Best Art Gallery of 2015!

When you step into any one of their stores you’ll be greeted by the Artists themselves. Artists fill the gallery with their work, and they also run the store. Every time you visit, you have the opportunity to meet a new artist and learn more about their work and the work of other member artists.

Art for sale ranges from jewelry, clothing, photography, books and Detroit sports, to pottery, painting, glass and perhaps even a few things that can’t be defined. One thing’s for sure – Art Is In Market is full of one-of-a-kind gifts for every person or occasion. Stop in this holiday season to shop local and shop small! Art is in the Market is at Partridge Creek, 17420 Hall Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48038.

Like us on Facebook – @ArtIsInMarketMichigan or visit us at

While you are in the area checking out Art in the Market, check out our Shop Local Map for other local retailers.  Shop local this holiday season and enter for your chance to win $500, donated by First State Bank. To enter, snap a photo, submit it and share using #ShopLocalMacomb between November 24 and December 3. Five lucky winners will be randomly selected during a live Facebook drawing at noon on Monday, December 4. For details visit

#ShopLocalMacomb is an initiative of Macomb County in partnership with Macomb County Chamber and Sterling Heights Regional Chamber.


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