Friday, April 15, 2011

Wine tasting event to benefit first deaf children's play in Michigan

All The World's A Stage will present a wine tasting and silent auction event to benefit the first deaf/hard of hearing children's play in Michigan from 7 to 9 p.m. April 15 at the Washington Street Wine House, New Baltimore.

"We recently partnered with 'No Limits,' an afterschool enrichment and theater program in Culver City, Calif.," said Lou Fazzini, executive director of the youth theater group. "Through this partnership, All The World's A Stage will be piloting a new program for deaf and hard of hearing children. Our Speak Out theater project (as it has been dubbed) will address the auditory, speech and language needs of deaf children learning to speak, enhancing their confidence through theater arts and individual therapy."

Utilizing a script provided by the Culver City group, the project culminates with a performance in August featuring the deaf actors. Watch for more details regarding the children's production of "Mission Impossible."

Established in 1996, No Limits is a nationally recognized program that has been featured on "Oprah" and showcased by the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

"I am proud to say that Michigan is the 10th state that they have made programming available to, and that All The World's A Stage is the connection in our state," Fazzini said.

Tickets to the fundraiser for Speak Out are $30 each. For reservations, call (810) 580-9182. The Washington Street Wine House is at 50969 Washington Street, New Baltimore. For details, visit www.washingtonstreetwinehouse.com. For more information about Speak Out and other theater programs visit All The World's A Stage

What else is there for a family to do? Check out our listing of events going on in the Metro Detroit area:

School plays
"Cinderella," staged by Lutheran High North, 7:30 p.m. through April 16, at the school, 16825 25 Mile Road, Macomb Township. Doors open 7 p.m. Tickets, $10 adults, $5 ages 5-18 years.
L'Anse Creuse High School Drama Club presents Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," 7 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m., April 16, at John R. Armstrong Performing Arts Center, 24600 Pankow Blvd., Clinton Township. General admission $5 at door or by calling (586) 783-6520.
L'Anse Creuse High School Drama Club presents Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," 7 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. April 16, at John R. Armstrong Performing Arts Center, 24600 Pankow Blvd., Clinton Township. General admission $5 at door or by calling (586) 783-6520.
Richmond High School presents "The Unexpected Guest" a play by Agatha Christie, 7:30 p.m. April 15-16 and 2 p.m. April 17, at the high school, 35320 Division Road. Admission $5 students, seniors, $8 adults. For reservations, (586) 727-3225 ext. 3008.
Dakota High School stages "Anything Goes," 7 p.m. April 15-16, at the school, 21051 21 Mile Road, Macomb Township. Tickts, $10 at the door or in advance by email visionvig720@att.net.
Vendor bazaar
Croatian Folklore Ensemble Nova Nada presents vendor bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 16, at American Croatian Club, 32851 Ryan Road, south of 14 Mile Road, Warren. Handbags, linens, Tupperware, crafts and Avon, call (586) 214-4647, food available.
At The Gem
Women in the religious community may see "Sister's Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go to Heaven?" at Detroit's Gem Theatre at no charge through April 17. Tickets for others are available at two for $30 for all shows excluding Thursday and Sunday matinees. Reservations for either category may be made by calling (313) 963-9800.
Starkweather Arts
Starkweather Arts Center and Green Earth Kids Club present "EARTH The Ultimate Work of Art," exhibit of children's art work created using recycled materials and inspired by the earth, April 15-May 1, at the Center, 219 N. Main, Romeo. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. tonight, exhibit hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
Eisenhower Dance
Eisenhower Dance Ensemble performs "Two Decades of Dance," 8 p.m. April 16, at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Garfield and Hall roads, Clinton Township. Tickets $18 adults, $15 students/seniors; call (248) 559-2095.
Autism Society
AMC Theatres and Autism Society presenting "Wretches & Jabberers," a film that follows two men with autism and their quest to change attitudes about disability, intelligence and communication, noon April 16, at AMC Forum 30, 44681 Mound Road, Sterling Heights. Admission $7.50 adults and children. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Autism Society. For tickets, Autism Society
Cribbage tournament
Cribbage Tournament starts 1 p.m. April 17, in Cove Bar at New Baltimore VFW Post, 35011 23 Mile Road; fee $8 per person. Call (810) 334-1456.
Ridgedale Juniors
Junior Actors of Ridgedale presents "The Stories of Scheherazade," 10:30 a.m. April 16, pajama breakfast; 1 p.m. April 16-17, show with lunch; 3:30 p.m. April 17, show with ice cream sundae bar, at 205 W. Long Lake Road, Troy. Tickets $8.50 per person.
Silent auction
Assumption Nursery School and Toddler Center annual silent auction, with food, 7 p.m. April 29, at Assumption Cultural Center, St. Clair Shores. Theme: "Parents of the Caribbean." Tickets $25 per person; call (586) 772-4477.
Matrix theatre
"April Foolery" Friday-Sunday through May 1, by Matrix Theatre Company, 2730 Bagley. Dinner and show packages also available. For tickets, (313) 967-0599.
ACS fundraiser
Shelby Township Relay for Life fundraiser for American Cancer Society, 1-4 p.m. April 30, at Cold Stone Creamery, 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads. Stories, songs, photos with Singing Princess 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., entertainment by Four Stories, coloring contest, balloon artist.
Spring tea
Sterling Heights Lioness Club annual spring tea, "Who Killed the Roving Romeo of the Red Feather Investment Club," murder-mystery, 2-4 p.m. May 1, Carpathia Club, 38000 Utica Road, Sterling Heights. Tickets $30; (586) 557-1299 or anwhit@hotmail.com. Proceeds to Seedlings, Pinrickton Center for Blind Children, Beaumont Silent Children and Project KIDSIGHT.
'Male Intellect'
"The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?" Wednesdays-Saturdays through April 24 at Andiamo Novi Theatre, 42705 Grand River. Dinner packages available. For details, (248) 348-4448 or Ticketmaster
Chamber music
Grosse Pointe Chamber Music concert, features Chopin and Brahms selections, 2:30 p.m. May 1, in Crystal Ballroom of Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. Tciekts $12 at door, free ages 18 and younger. Details, (586) 771-4387 or
Choral Society
Oakland Choral Society presents "Mozart Requiem," 3:30 p.m. April 17, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 730 S. Lafayette, royal Oak. For tickets, $15 and $25, call (248) 391-0184, or at the door.
Soup Kitchen
Earth Day cooking event featuring chefs from Capuchin Soup Kitchen and Café Cortina, 7 p.m. April 19, at Café Cortina, 30715 W. 10 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Tickets $75 per person, cash bar; proceeds to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen's Earthworks Urban Farm, and Chefs Collaborative, an organization that promotes healthy and sustainable dining. For tickets, (248) 474-3033, deadline April 16.
Free Day
Free admission and parking to Detroit Zoo, April 27 for those 62 and older and their caregivers. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Day includes music, tractor train tours, bingo and a senior resource area. Visit Detroit Zoo or call (248) 541-5717.
Benefit auction
Detroit Waldorf School Soup Invitational and Benefit Auction, 6-10 p.m. April 16, at Gleaners Community Food Bank, 2131 Beaufait, Detroit. Tickets $50, include strolling supper, soups, music, auctions. Call (313) 822-0300 or visit Detroit Waldorf School
Puppet Theater
"The Crane Maiden" presented by Detroit Puppet Theater, 2 p.m. Saturdays, April 16-30, at the theater, 25 E. Grand River, Detroit. Day of Puppetry on April 30 includes performance and rod puppet workshop. For tickets and information, (313) 961-7777 or Detroit Puppet Theater.
Abreact Performance
The Abreact Performance Space with Aardvark Tim Productions presents Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, April 15-May 7, and 4 p.m. May 1, at 1301 W. Lafayette Ave., No. 113, Detroit. For reservations, (313) 485-0217 or reservations@theabreact.com.
Toastmasters' Club
Toastmasters Speak Easy Club of Shelby meets 10-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Saturdays monthly at Shelby Community Center, 51670 Van Dyke, north of 23 Mile Road. Call (586) 623-9987 or (586) 531-1289.
Lorenzo Cultural Center
"The 1950s: Affluence and Anxiety in the Atomic Age" series continues at Lorenzo Cultural Center in Clinton Township at 2 p.m. April 17, with "The Storm Before the Storm." Other free programs include "Gidgets and Warrior Women: How Popular Culture Portrayed Women in the 1950s," 11 a.m. April 28; and "Rust and Race: Detroit and the Myths of the 1950s," 11 a.m. April 29. Seminars take place at the center at Garfield and Hall roads on the Macomb Community College Center Campus. Also planned is a '50s sock hop at 7:30 p.m. April 30; to purchase the $10 tickets, call (586) 286-2222 or go to Lorenzo Cultural Center. 
Oakland Youth Orchestras
Auditions for Oakland Youth Orchestras, April 29-30, May 1, 6-7, 13-15, at Varner Hall on Oakland University campus; 3- to 4-minute solo showing technique and tone quality required. Call (248) 709-2877, or admin@oyomi.org.
Dance lessons
Line dance classes offered by Royal Oak Parks & Recreation Department, 7-8 p.m. Mondays through June 6, at Addams Elementary School, 222 W. Webster between Woodward and Crooks. $40 per person resident for each series, $45 non-resident. Call (586) 777-7242.
Ford House
Bird walks, offered by Ford House and Wild Birds Unlimited in Grosse Pointe, 7:30 a.m. April 16, at the historic home, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores. Fee $7 per person; participants should bring binoculars, wear layered clothing and waterproof footwear. Reservations required, (313) 884-4222 or www.fordhouse.org.
Chrysler Museum
Unique Vehicle Pairs Spotlight Series and Collector's Curb specialty exhibits throughout the year at Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills. Series begins April 16 with "The Art of the Auction," continues May 21 with non-destructive paint repair techniques. For a complete schedule, visit wpchryslermuseum.org. Admission $8 adults, $7 ages 62 and older, $4 ages 6-12.
Holocaust Center
New traveling exhibit "Barsamian: 20 Years-Searing for the Answer," through July 10, explores questions about Armenian genocide through art, at Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills. Hours 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; (248) 553-2400 or www.holocaustcenter.org.

Eggcellent Activities

Egg hunt for dogs
Animal Welfare Society Easter Egg Hunt for dogs, 3:30-5 p.m. April 16, at 22796 John R, Madison Heights. Fee $5 per dog for the hunt, $5 per photo with Easter Bunny. Call (248) 548-1150 or email animalwelfaresociety@yahoo.com.

Egg hunt
Easter Egg Hunt and Candy Drop, 1-3 p.m. April 23, at Gratiot Auto Center, 29187 Gratiot, north of 12 Mile Road, Roseville. Indoor hunts for younger than 5, outdoor for up to age 13 years. Event includes photos with Easter Bunny (bring own camera), coloring raffle contest, wrapped candy drop. Call (586) 863-4011.

Bunny breakfast
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, April 17, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Drive. Doors open 10:30 a.m., $16 per person, free for younger than 1 year, includes family-style meal, photos, egg hunt with prizes. Advance reservations required; for tickets, visit the War Memorial or call (313) 881-7511.

Kids' egg hunt
Easter Egg Hunt Adventure includes clowns, baby animals, face painting, special "bunny lunch," and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 16-17, at Wiegand's Nursery of Macomb, on Romeo Plank Road north of 21 Mile Road. Fee $7 for each participant, benefits local families served by Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call (586) 286-3655.
-- Features editor Debbie Komar contributed to this listing

I smelt the violets in her hand and asked, half in words, half in signs, a question which meant, is love the sweetness of flowers? -- Helen Keller

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