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Thumbnail photo by Adam Baker. Left to right, by Brian Pennington, Steven de Polo, and Orphanjones.

After this past busy weekend, it's hard to imagine anyone having a problem coming up with something to do with the summer. Mid-Michigan is a happening place; if ever there's a problem, then it's deciding which fest, party, or extravaganza to attend and which to unfortunately leave off the schedule.

But in case you're eager for something new, or you start to feel the dog days creeping in, we've compiled a list of 50 events & activities happening in the region—or just beyond—within the next three months. Some are perfect for rainy days, while others are best enjoyed in the sun, served with a cold beverage. Though the list is far from complete, we hope you'll find at least one activity that results in a memory.

1. Take a morning jog through Saginaw County Parks' Ringwood Forest.

2. Go fishing. In Michigan, you're never more than an hour away from a fish-able stream or lake. For Saginaw, Haitchco Park is right down the road.

3. Introduce your dog to some friends at the dog park.

4. Drink tea and enjoy the gardens at the Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House.

5. Smell the flowers blooming in the Dow Gardens or at the Andersen Enrichment Center.

6. Learn to play Warhammer at Freeland's Board Room Game Center.

7. Celebrate Culture at the Castle Museum.

8. Read! Rain or shine. Participate in your library's reading program.

9. Watch a movie in Old Town: The Lawn Chair Film Festival.

10. Pitch a tent in Sanford at the Black Creek State Campground.

11. Tour the Roethke House. Discuss Roethke's writing advice and techniques there on July 15.

12. Eat Pinconning cheese.

13. Plant a flower where no one will expect it.

14. Have dinner aboard the Appledore Tall Ships.

15. Paint a picture on a Monday afternoon at the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum.

16. Learn to weave a basket or make paper at the Raven Hill Discovery Center in East Jordan.

17. Drive to a double feature at the U.S. 23 Drive-In Theater.

18. Fly a kite or play pick-up basketball at Imerman Park.

19. Shave some wood or pound some iron at Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling (third weekend in July and August).

20. Cook s'mores around a campfire at Bay City State Campground.

21. Pick enough for a pie at Russell's Blueberries & Book Barn.

22. Help Habitat for Humanity build a house.

23. Research how you can help stop the spread of invasive plants and animals.

24. Sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at Dow Diamond.

25. Enjoy an evening of art, music, and poetry at Last Fridays, hosted by the Court Street Gallery.

26. Invite neighbors over for a cook-out and lawn games.

27. Visit the Enchanted Reef, in all 360 degrees, at the Delta College Planetarium.

28. Cheer for the Formula One racing boats (this weekend!) at the Bay City River Roar.

29. Play a game of tag at the Playscape in Saginaw Township.

30. Vroom vroom: cruise the weekend away during Flint's Back to the Bricks car show in August.

31. Mellow out on Thursday evenings with some Tunes by the Tridge.

32. Go for a bike ride on the Rail Trail. Wear a helmet, of course.

33. Peruse the collection at the Michigan Antique and Collectible Festival; find something to add to yours.

34. Make a scrapbook. Old Town University offers classes.

35. Day trip to Oscoda to see the Lumberman's Monument and hike down to the Iargo Springs.

36. Beat the heat with a scoop (or two) of Mooney's Ice Cream.

37. Rainy day? Get out of the house, visit the Saginaw Art Museum for some inspiration.

38. Canoe or kayak the AuSable River.

39. Have lunch with the Lorax, or attend another program from the Saginaw Parks and Recreation Department.

40. Start a parade, but don't let anyone watch—they can only join.

41. Stop by Morley Plaza and groove to PRIDE in Saginaw's Friday Night Live music series; begins July 16.

42. See Lego art (and other exhibits) at the Midland Center for the Arts.

43. Head up to Sanford for D Street Entertainment Foundation's Parkapalooza 6, September 12.

44. Brainstorm something else and add it to the Calendar.

45. Row with the Saginaw Rowing Club.

46. Ride Mid-Michigan's only roller coaster at Kokomo's.

47. Shop for fresh corn, flowers, beans, and other delicious foods at the Farmers' Market.

48. Sit on your porch or in the front yard; say hello and wave to everyone who passes.

49. Enroll in a photography class at Boundless Arts in Flint.

50. Watch for falling stars.

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