Friends' Calendar Events

  • Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    DeVries Nature Conservancy, Owosso

    Earth Day Celebration

    Join Friends of the Shiawassee River and DeVries to Celebrate Earth Day!

    You won't want to miss out on a fun day of outdoor activities at DeVries Nature Conservancy on April 22nd, Earth Day!

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    10am - 12pm Garlic Mustard Pull Help save the the wooded area at DeVries from the garlic mustard invader! It may be pretty, it's a terrible invasive plant, come learn more and help us remove it!

    12 - 12:30pm  FREE LUNCH! DeVries and Friends of the Shiawassee River will provide a cookout lunch, come hang out with us!

    12:30 - 1:30pm  Stream Monitoring Demonstration We will teach you all about our stream monitoring program! It's a fun activity and a great way to monitor the health of the river. We'll provide the waders if you'd like to get some hands on experience collecting the bugs from the river! And there is lots for other things to do for those who prefer to  stay on the dock! 

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  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 06:30 PM · $55.00 USD
    Wrought Iron Grill in Owosso, MI

    2017 Pestival Event


    Help DeVries Nature Conservancy & Friends celebrate the removal of an invasive, yet delicious, woodland invader...by eating it!

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    About the Pestival

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    Did you know that the non-native invasive plant, garlic mustard, was originally brought to the U.S. by settlers from Europe because it's an edible herb? The name says it all! This pesky plant lurking in clumps in your backyard can actually be used to spice your cooking! The Friends and DeVries Nature Conservancy decided to take advantage of the tasty properties of this plant to host a localvore fundraiser, the annual Garlic Mustard Pestival. The Pestival is the culmination of our spring garlic mustard pulls. You can support the removal of this invasive species by attending our Pestival, an evening of fine dining at the Wrought Iron Grill


    Please plan to arrive at 6:30pm. Dinner will be served at 7pm. 

    Appetizer

    Garlic mustard, gruyere, ramps and morel mushroom puff pastry with veal demi-glace

    Paired with a local wine or beer

      Salad

    Spring salad with garlic mustard green goddess vinaigrette

    Paired with a local wine or beer

     Intermezzo

    Wild berry sorbet

    Entrée

     Salmon with saffron cream spring peas and pancetta

     OR

    New York strip with garlic mustard green herbed butter

     OR

     Vegetarian ratatouille

    Paired with a local wine or beer

      Dessert

    Lance’s Bakery apple fritter bread pudding

    Paired with a local wine or beer

     

    *** When purchasing your ticket BELOW, pick the Entrée of your choice ***

    Prepaid tickets are $55; tickets at the door are $65. Seating is limited. This event often sells out!


     

  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 09:00 AM
    Oakwood Avenue Bridge (behind the baseball fields) in Owosso

    Shiawassee River Clean-Up - Owosso Site


     Join the Friends and the Shiawassee County Health Department as we team up to cleanup our beautiful river in 2017!  Through funding from the Great Lakes Commission & the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Friends of the Shiawassee River & the Shiawassee County Health Department  have removed hundreds of cubic yards of debris and more than 650 tires from the Shiawassee River during the past 20 years.

    Since the first cleanup event in 1997, FOSR has engaged hundreds of volunteers in our Annual River Cleanup events. The goal of these cleanups is to remove man-made sources of pollution from the Shiawassee River through volunteer efforts, city and county partnerships, and support from local businesses. The impact of these partnerships has built a sense of pride among the community, and promotes the Shiawassee River as a recreational asset to Shiawassee County communities. In 2014, approximately 140 volunteers participated. Participating service groups included Corunna Rotary, who cleaned at McCurdy Park and Corunna Dam, and the Owosso Rotary Club, who volunteered at Harmon-Partridge Park in Owosso.


     2017 Clean-Up

    Friends of the Shiawassee River extends our deepest appreciation to our 2015 event business sponsors: J & S TireOster Superior ThreadingOwosso Graphic ArtsMancino's of OwossoWaste ManagementThe Bagelman, and Cheff's Canoe Rental.At this year's 2017 clean-up event, volunteers will meet at the Oakwood Avenue Bridge (behind the baseball fields) in Owosso or McCurdy Park in Corunna at 9 a.m. on July 29th.

    If your club, organization, or business would like to volunteer as a group for this team building activity; please contact the Friends' office. We can assign your group to a particular stretch of the river, if given notice of your participation beforehand.

    If you or your business are interested in participating in the 2017 Shiawassee River Cleanup, please contact Lorraine Austin at lorrainea@shiawasseeriver.org and continue to check our website for more event updates. 

  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 09:00 AM
    McCurdy Park in Corunna

    Shiawassee River Cleanup - Corunna Site

     

    Join the Friends and the Shiawassee County Health Department as we team up to cleanup our beautiful river in 2017!  Through funding from the Great Lakes Commission & the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Friends of the Shiawassee River & the Shiawassee County Health Department  have removed hundreds of cubic yards of debris and more than 650 tires from the Shiawassee River during the past 20 years.

    Since the first cleanup event in 1997, FOSR has engaged hundreds of volunteers in our Annual River Cleanup events. The goal of these cleanups is to remove man-made sources of pollution from the Shiawassee River through volunteer efforts, city and county partnerships, and support from local businesses. The impact of these partnerships has built a sense of pride among the community, and promotes the Shiawassee River as a recreational asset to Shiawassee County communities. In 2014, approximately 140 volunteers participated. Participating service groups included Corunna Rotary, who cleaned at McCurdy Park and Corunna Dam, and the Owosso Rotary Club, who volunteered at Harmon-Partridge Park in Owosso.


     

    2017 Clean-Up

     

    Friends of the Shiawassee River extends our deepest appreciation to our 2015 event business sponsors: J & S TireOster Superior ThreadingOwosso Graphic ArtsMancino's of OwossoWaste ManagementThe Bagelman, and Cheff's Canoe Rental.At this year's 2017 clean-up event, volunteers will meet at the Oakwood Avenue Bridge (behind the baseball fields) in Owosso or McCurdy Park in Corunna at 9 a.m. on July 29th.

    If your club, organization, or business would like to volunteer as a group for this team building activity; please contact the Friends' office. We can assign your group to a particular stretch of the river, if given notice of your participation beforehand.

    If you or your business are interested in participating in the 2017 Shiawassee River Cleanup, please contact Lorraine Austin at lorrainea@shiawasseeriver.org and continue to check our website for more event updates. 

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    Owosso Country Club

    2017 Wine Tasting Fundraiser

     Please join the Friends for their Annual Wine-Tasting Celebration Fundraiser

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    Fine Wines Delicious Food  Silent & Live Auctions awaits you....


     Wednesday, September 20, 2017

     6 pm

    Owosso Country Club

    Kayak Raffle Winner will be announced

    Non-Alcoholic Beverages & No Host Bar available


    Event proceeds will help support efforts to promote enjoyment of the River, monitor and improve water quality, and protect the riverside environment through educational activities. 

    If you or your business is interested in becoming involved with this popular event, please contact Lorraine Austin at lorrainea@shiawasseeriver.org

     


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