Mt. Pleasant Christmas Festival Downtown Road Closures and Weather Forecast

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – In preparation for the 25th Annual Christmas Celebration’s lighted parade, the following downtown streets will be closed on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Streets closed from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.

-Main Street between Illinois and Mosher.

-Broadway Street between Main and Lansing.

 Streets closed from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

-Main Street from Cherry to Illinois.

Cars left on the street will be subject to towing. Please seek alternate routes during these time frames.

Weather Forecast/Festival Schedule Updates

Festival planners are closely watching the weather forecast for this weekend.  A decision regarding cancellation of the lighted parade and fireworks will be made by 12 noon on Saturday, December 1.  Updates will be provided on the City of Mt. Pleasant and Downtown Mt. Pleasant Facebook pages.

Nov. 10 is “Ladies’ Night Out” in downtown Mt. Pleasant

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Saturday, Nov. 10 is the 14th annual Ladies’ Night Out event in downtown Mt. Pleasant. This year will feature fantastic shopping opportunities and giveaways for women while benefiting two local women’s organizations – the Women’s Initiative and R.I.S.E. Advocacy, Inc., formally known as Women’s Aid Service.

The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre. With a $5 donation at the door, ladies will enter the theatre for fun and an exciting raffle featuring prizes provided by local businesses. Once the giveaways are distributed, ladies can visit participating downtown businesses to take part in the countless in-store giveaways, promotions and specials.

A number of area businesses are also offering deals and discounts known as “Early Girl Specials” throughout the entire day. Visit the events calendar at www.facebook.com/downtownmp for the full list of these sales and specials.

Over the last 13 years, the Ladies’ Night Out event has raised more than $24,200 for the Women’s Initiative and R.I.S.E. Advocacy, Inc.

The Women’s Initiative Fund, initiated by the Mt. Pleasant Community Foundation, provides for the needs of women and girls in Isabella County by granting funds to local organizations that combat the issues more commonly faced by women, including single parenting, abuse, eating disorders and more. R.I.S.E. Advocacy, Inc. provides emergency shelter and crisis intervention for domestic violence victims, as well as counseling services and support groups for victims of violence. For more information about these organizations, visit their websites at www.mpacf.org and www.womens-aid.org.

Mt. Pleasant police seek help to identify larceny suspects

On July 8, 2018, officers of the Mount Pleasant Police Department were dispatched to 110 N. Main St. (Pisanello’s Pizza) for a larceny of a “tip jar.”

The larceny occurred when two unidentified males, one unidentified female and a young child entered the restaurant at 9:35 p.m. on July 8, 2018.

One of the males went into the bathroom while the other male, female and child ordered a pizza under the name “Desirae.”

When the first male exited the bathroom, he interacted with the other male, female and child. The video shows him take the “tip jar” from the cash register counter and flee the restaurant in an unknown direction.

The amount of money taken is unknown at this time.

A witness observed the first male as he was running from the restaurant and concealing a jar under his shirt. This witness asked Pisanello’s Pizza employees if they were missing anything from the restaurant. This is when the “tip jar” was discovered missing.

The male subject is described as approximately 30 years old, short brown hair, thin mustache, wearing black-colored shorts with a red stripe and a blue button up short sleeve shirt with thin white lines.

This incident was captured on video surveillance and is available at www.facebook.com/mtppublicsafety.

Anyone with information regarding the identification of the subjects involved is asked to contact Officer Jeff Thompson of the Mount Pleasant Police Department at (989) 779-6026 or (989) 779-5100.

Downtown planter removal project begins June 22; Periodic parking space and street closures to occur

Beginning June 22, the City of Mt. Pleasant will remove the 42 round cement planters along the streets of downtown. Planters on Main Street will be removed first, followed by those on Broadway Street. Periodic parking space and street closures will occur throughout the project to accommodate the necessary equipment.

After the planters are removed, spaces will be filled with turf, concrete or brick pavers, depending on the location.

The project will conclude July 13.

Thrilling Thursdays return to downtown Mt. Pleasant

Beginning June 14, the community is encouraged to make downtown its destination for the return of Thrilling Thursdays! Co-sponsored by Downtown Mt. Pleasant and Isabella Community Credit Union, each Thrilling Thursday features fun activities and offerings designed to engage all members of the family. Thrilling Thursdays begin at 6 p.m. at Town Center, with the exception of the Supersoaker Festivus, which will be held at Island Park.

The 2018 Thrilling Thursdays include:

  • June 14: Yogapalooza with Redbloom Yoga
  • June 21: Let’s Ride with the Mt. Pleasant Optimist Club
  • June 28: Fun with Vegetables with McLaren Central Michigan*
  • July 5: Scavenger Hunt
  • July 12: Bugs-R-Us with CMU Museum of Cultural and Natural History
  • July 19: Mad Science Fair with Kim Kady the Science Lady*
    July 26: It’s Nature! With CMU Play on the Way
  • August 2: Stepping Stones with Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • August 9: Urban Printmaking with Art Reach and Paul Waters*
  • August 16: Supersoaker Festivus with Art Reach and CMU Play on the Way*

*Followed by the Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series

This year’s media sponsorship is provided by MY1043. For additional details, visit the event section on the Downtown Mt. Pleasant Facebook page at www.facebook.com/downtownmp.

Saturday Farmers’ Market moves to Michigan Street for 2018 season

The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is known for its fresh fruits and vegetables, and this summer, the Saturday Market will also be known for its fresh, new space!

With the support of Real Food Grows, the 2018 Saturday Farmers’ Market is moving to Michigan Street near the Main Street intersection downtown Mt. Pleasant. Open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays beginning June 30, customers will find a tasty selection of locally-grown foods, colorful plants, homemade baked goods and more.

“Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation is excited to bring the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market to a new downtown spot on Saturdays this summer that is both highly visible and easy for shoppers to access,” said Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market Manager Carol Moody. “We look forward to building on the market’s excellence from the last several years and boosting traffic for local businesses, while making Downtown Mt. Pleasant a vibrant community destination.”

Michigan Street will be closed to traffic one block east of Main Street on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Parking is available in the south west parking lot of Michigan and Main streets.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients can use their Michigan Bridge Card at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market. The market also accepts debit and credit cards, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH and Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH coupons.

The Thursday Farmers’ Market will begin on June 7 and will remain at Island Park. Thursday Market hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Memorial Day Parade to honor country’s fallen military service members

On Monday, May 28, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3033 is hosting a Memorial Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m. in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives while serving in the U.S. military.

Initially known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

The parade travels through Downtown Mt. Pleasant and begins at 709 E. Broadway St. by Rite Aid. The route travels west on Broadway to Main Street and from there a bus will visit Riverside Cemetery, Calvary Cemetery and the Memorial Gardens to honor veterans.

There will be no road closures for this event, but temporary traffic delays may occur. 

Back to the Bricks® car show stops downtown Mt. Pleasant June 8

The Back to the Bricks® car show will be making its first stop of the season in downtown Mt. Pleasant on Friday, June 8, as part of its “Mighty Mac and Back” promo tour. From 5 to 8:30 p.m., classic car owners and admirers can enjoy more than 270 automobiles on display along the streets of downtown.

Back to the Bricks® produces family-friendly automotive events that reflect Flint’s automotive heritage. The six-day tour is designed to promote all of the Back to the Bricks® events while showcasing each participating city’s unique features and foster economic development.

The following streets will be closed from 2 to 8:30 p.m. on June 8:

  • Broadway between Lansing and Washington
  • Main between Illinois and Mosher
  • University between Mosher and Michigan
  • Court between Broadway and Mosher
  • Franklin between Mosher and Michigan

The tour will leave from Davison with overnight stops in Mt. Pleasant, Gaylord, Petoskey, St. Ignace, and East Tawas, culminating with an “End of the Road” Luncheon at the Birch Run Speedway & Event Center.

For more information about Back to the Bricks®, go to www.backtothebricks.org.

Isabella Bank sponsors Movies by Moonlight

The City of Mt. Pleasant is pleased to announce Isabella Bank as the 2018 sponsor of Movies by Moonlight. The annual outdoor film series offers residents and visitors of the Mt. Pleasant area an opportunity to bring chairs, blankets and snacks, and settle in on the lawn at City Hall for the movie showings on Saturday evenings throughout August.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with our partnership with Isabella Bank for Movies by Moonlight,” said Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller. “As one of downtown Mt. Pleasant’s oldest and most trusted businesses, they understand the power of community engagement and giving back to others. This partnership will ensure Movies by Moonlight continues for years to come.”

All movies begin at 8:30 p.m. / dusk. This year’s lineup includes:

  • 4: “Leap!” (PG)
  • 11: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (PG-13)
  • 18: “Coco” (PG)
  • 25: “Jumanji” (PG-13)

Additional details will be announced as the event approaches. See www.facebook.com/downtownmp for updates.

This year’s media sponsorship is provided by WCFX-FM. The Movies by Moonlight event was founded by City of Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Bank and Max & Emily’s Eatery.

Nominations for Historic Preservation Improvement Awards due March 31

The City of Mt. Pleasant’s Historic District Commission (HDC) is currently seeking nominations for the 2018 Historic Preservation Improvement Awards.

The awards are presented each year to honor exterior improvements of residential and commercial properties in the City of Mt. Pleasant in four areas – Preservation, Restoration, New Construction or Downtown Historic District Choice. Nominated properties must be at least 25 years old, and the improvements must have been completed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017.

The HDC will evaluate applications that best reflect the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Winners will be announced in May as part of National Historic Preservation month.

Nominations are due by 4:30 p.m. on March 31, 2018. Nomination forms can be found on the City’s website at http://www.mt-pleasant.org/boards_and_commissions/HDC.asp.

For more information, contact Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller at (989) 779-5348 or msponseller@mt-pleasant.org.