Love Your City//Summer 2019

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Happy Summer Live Oak Friends,

Isn’t this time of year the best?!!
All kinds of fun events are happening in both our Midtown and Uptown communities and we hope we can help you with your planning:

In Midland, 

Here are some events to watch for:
Midland Art Fair June 1 & 2
Gather at Grove 1st & 3rd Tuesdays from June until November

Food Truck Festival June 8

Outlandish Festival June 21

Run the River 5K August 2

Concerts at the Pines:
June 9- Turtledoves with Boy from School - Pines Concert Series
July 14- Phabies with Karissa Bone - Pines Concert Series
August 25- Hala with Leland Blue - Pines Concert Series
September 8- Breathe Owl Breathe & Gifts or Creatures - Pines Concert Series
Loons Games
Origami Sculpture Exhibits in Dow Gardens

July 14- Eat Great Celebration

July 17-20- LPGA Tournament

August 1-3- River Days

Tunes by the Tridge:
June 13 - Dueling Pianos, Comedy
June 20 - Marsupial Cream Pie, Electro-coustic Reggae Pop
June 27 - Bobby Randall and Friends, Country
July 11 - Mountain Town Singers, A Capella
July 18 - Coleman Road, Blues Rock
July 25 - The Resonators, Percussion
August 1 - Josh Ramses Band, Oldies/Classic Rock
August 8 - Stephen Court Band, Rock Hits
August 15 - Butch Heath & Yesterday's Country, Country

In Bay City

We hope you will join us for these:
6/12- Back to the Bricks Classic Car Promo Tour
7/18-21 Tall Ships Celebration
8/3- Decade Dash Car Show by Graff Bay City
8/5- National Night Out
Tuesday Free Movies in the Park at Wenonah Park 
6/8- YWCA Riverside Art Festival

7/20,21- Art in the Park

8/17- Bay City Chalk-Walk

Thursday Evenings on the Fountain Terrace 
June 20 – The String Thing Band
June 27 – A Pair of Aces
July 4 – Jennifer Naegele and Friends
July 11 – Finnigans Cross
July 18 – Eugene’s Machines
July 25 – The Schindigs
August 1 – The Kowalski Brothers Polka Band
August 8 – The Josh Ramses Band
August 15 – The Scott Baker Band
August 22 – A Pair of Aces
August 29 – The String Thing Band

We are excited to keep you hydrated and energized for all of the fun in our beloved cities!  May this Summer be full of adventure, sunshine, laughter and connection for you and your loved ones!

Dreamers & Doers Community


Two Years ago on September 28, 2016 we wrote:

”It is our plan to create a welcoming, warm & inspiring place of gathering for the dreamers & doers. The weary. The celebratory. The thinkers. The comedians. The students. The leaders. The industrious & creative. The ambitious. The musicians & the artists. The nurturers & the teachers. Our friends & our community.”


Adding to this list today, we welcome more friends to this community. The happy & the sad. The wandering & the focused. The broken & the recovering. The hopeless & the hopeful.

All of us are welcome here <3, this is our place.

Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present. -John Maxwell

Our dream for the Ashman Plaza continues to grow as we welcome new friends, new businesses and new services. We believe we are all uniquely here to make the world a better place and we know that the path to finding that purpose can be exciting, challenging, adventurous and even sometimes lonely. So we welcome anyone who desires the camaraderie of community to explore that new business idea, to work through struggles, to develop a new skill, to take a break or to simply share laughter with friends.

Dreams take time and patience... failures and successes... sometimes the dream feels so far in the distance but then all of a sudden things begin to come into focus. That’s where we are at... while still in the middle of building the dream many parts of the big picture are becoming more and more clear.

We are shifting and moving things around to expand our community of dreamers & doers. In order to do this we are officially making the Makers Room of Captured Community a part of Live Oak and opening it to more teachers, businesses and dreamers who want to bring us workshops, talks, crafting classes and pop ups.

The amazing businesses and organizations that make the Ashman Plaza such an inspiring and awesome place to be will continue to offer Arts & Crafts instruction through Parker Lane Design Studio, professional counseling through Haven Counseling, Spa Services through both Amy’s on Ashman and The Eye Loft. Retail therapy through Redeemed Marketplace. Jobs for Life classes through 4Word will continue to grow & expand opportunities for more community involvement. Play by Little Midland. Food Trucks and the Pizza Baker keep us all fueled & ready to be productive & creative. Jazzercise offers us a chance to meet our fitness goals and My Oxygen meets the needs of our community so practically.

Additionally, some new ideas & offerings we have coming to our community are American Sign Language classes, MEND support group meetings, Pop-Up dining and Retail options, BRAVEtalks on how to help loved ones struggling with depression, soul care workshops, business coaching, & Enneagram workshops.

Many of the Studios & Rooms in the Ashman Plaza are available to rent as well. It is a great time to be a budding entrepreneur where collaboration and community over competition flourishes.

If you have an idea, a hobby you would like to explore, something you are passionate about, something that breaks your heart or a problem you want to solve in the world and want to create a business or need help accomplishing it, we have a list of mentors and an amazing business coach in Incuba8 we would love to connect you to. We would love our “Dream Center” to become your place to pause, connect, create and grow.

“Imagination means nothing without doing.”
― Charlie Chaplin

Live oaks of Midland //Nate Place


Thanks Nate for taking time to be interviewed…

can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am motivated by a strong personal faith in Jesus Christ. I love people. They are important to me. I was raised in a Minister’s home and learned to value others from a very young age. Ministry is people. My parents taught me to show others love, value, and appreciation because God loves them and that’s what his followers should do. I have committed my entire life to helping others and that’s how I plan to live the rest of my life. I’ve worked in church ministry settings, including serving as pastor. I have also served other local area faith-based nonprofits such as Midland’s Open Door and The Salvation Army.  

What about your family?

I am married to the love of my life, Jill. We’ve been together for 12 years and married for ten. We have three wonderful children; Tyler (9), Lydia (7), and Ellie (3). Recently, we found out we’re expecting our fourth child this Spring. Our whole family is thrilled!

Where have you put down roots?

I was born in Detroit, MI. Michigan has always been home, but I’ve lived all over the state. My wife and I have chosen to put down roots in Midland, MI, because this community is special to us. It is a truly wonderful place to raise a family and we care about the people of this community.

How many years have you lived in Midland?

I first moved to Midland, MI, in the summer of 2003. I moved to the southwestern, MI, in 2008 before returning to Midland in 2014. In total, I’ve lived in Midland for nine years.

In what ways are you involved in our community?

I have been immersed in the nonprofit community for the last three years. I’ve actively sought help for the impoverished in Midland including, but not limited to, the homeless, single parents, and rehabilitated offenders. Additionally, I am active in my home church Christian Celebration Center.

How do you want to change or improve Midland?

Although I love Midland, I believe there is always room for improvement. I would like to see an increase in awareness of those who presently need assistance, as well as the services provided within our community. Midland has a pocket of affluence, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have struggling neighbors. Understanding that there are those in our community that need help, and being able to point them in the direction of that help, will help our entire community thrive.  

What are your dreams?

My dreams include increasing my ability to positively influence others. I have pursued this dream through means of education. For the last three years, I have worked and gone back to school full time. Currently, I am pursuing a master’s degree in Administrative Leadership from Central Michigan University and plan to graduate in December of 2019. I also seek to influence others by investing in others.

What are you passionate about?

It’s my faith in Jesus that gives me the passion. I subscribe to his ways and his teachings. That means I’m passionate about loving the Lord God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving others. My relationship with God comes first, my wife second, and my family third. I’m passionate that every single person on this earth hears the good news of Jesus Christ.

What breaks your heart?

It breaks my heart when people are mistreated or victims of injustice. It breaks my heart when others are hurting, feel alone, without help and without hope.  

How have the winds of life made you stronger?

I have experienced ups and downs as most people have; however, my faith has helped me to persevere during difficult times and I have seen God’s faithfulness prevail. Furthermore, I’ve seen God work in the lives of others, even in the most difficult circumstances, and my faith has been strengthened.

Will you share more of your faith story with us?

As a pastor’s kid, I had the privilege of serving alongside my parents in the ministry. Don’t get me wrong -- it was difficult. There were times when I wish I didn’t I have to be the “preacher’s kid,” but I was able to watch my parents love God and love other people in a genuine way that had a real impact on their lives. As a youth, I was given the opportunity to choose my own path. When presented with new freedoms and the ability to choose, I chose to serve the same God that was present in my home growing up. I am thankful to have made that choice at a young age and am fully blessed as a result.  

Finally, do you have a favorite quote or Scripture you could leave us with?

Romans 8:38 & 39

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thank you so much for sharing your story, we feel honored and encouraged!

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!

1 Corinthians 5:17