The preview parties for Emagine Entertainment's newest facility in Royal Oak, May 13-15, will not only be entertaining but will serve to help three charities.
"It's going to be great," said Janice Morgan of Birmingham and the development officer for the Judson Center, a nonprofit community services resource in Southeast Michigan. It is one of the groups to benefit from the weekend festivities.
"We've partnered with Gleaners Community Food Bank," Morgan said. "We'll have a full house if everyone shows up. I know we've got 400 coming for sure."
Tonight, Variety, the children's charity, kicks things off with "A Star is Born" black-tie gala featuring exquisite food and music by Bob Anderson. Besides enjoying great music and food, guests will be encouraged to check out the 10 state-of-the-art auditoriums equipped with digital projection and stadium seating and Star Lane's 16-lane upscale bowling center. A lot of guests will be attending just to find out what upscale bowling is all about. One hint: Four of the venue's lanes are on the mezzanine level in a private recreational enclave known as the "High Roller Room." Tickets of $150 to $500 are available at Variety or by calling (248) 258-5511.
|The Judson Center as an orphanage.|
Benefitting the Judson Center and Gleaners Community Food Bank will be "A Night To Emagine," a red-carpet evening beginning at 7 p.m. May 14 with cocktails, freshly prepared food, bowling, interactive experiences, plus much more. Tickets for this event are $100 each. Attendees can designate their proceeds to go to both or one of the charities, said Morgan, who joined the team at the Judson Center two years ago.
"We are one of the most needed and best kept secrets in the area," Morgan said of The Judson Center, which began as an orphanage in a farmhouse at the corner of 13 Mile and Greenfield Road back in 1924, has become a center that provides more than 400,000 personalized support services (for everything from autism and adoption to mental health and foster care) to children and families each year. "Most of the general public is unaware of the center because most of the services are by referrals… but the Judson Center is an amazing agency fully committed to helping children and families succeed over the difficult challenges they face."
One example is a Roseville couple that decided to become foster parents after an overseas adoption didn't work out.
"On their ninth wedding anniversary, they opened their home to two brothers, 3 1/2 and 1 1/2," said Morgan. "The boys had been removed from their home after the older brother was shot in the eye with a BB gun by an adult relative. The boy is legally blind in his left eye in addition to suffering the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome. Within the year, the couple were offered the opportunity to adopt the boys. They accepted."
The couple told Morgan it is the best thing they've ever done. "They're the best gift that God ever gave us," they said of the boys. Tickets will be available by phone, (248) 837-2027, and at the door. For more information, visit The Judson Center, The Judson Center and Gleaners Community Food Bank
The weekend festivities will be topped off May 15 by the "Emagine for Youth," presented by the Boys & Girls Club of South Oakland County and the Royal Oak Foundation for Public Education. Kicking off with music by the Royal Oak High School jazz band, the family-friendly event runs from 1 to 4 p.m., with an afternoon at the movies followed by a VIP red-carpet event featuring food, bowling and entertainment starting at 5 p.m. For tickets to this event, visit Emagine For Youth
The public opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 5 p.m. Monday. Tickets: $5 before 6 p.m. and $9.75 after.
Movies being shown: "Thor," "Bridesmaids," "Water for Elephants," "Something Borrowed," "Rio," "Fast Five," "Hoodwinked 2" and "Priest."
Emagine Royal Oak is located at 200 N. Main St., but the complex sits at the northwest corner of 11 Mile Road and Troy Street. For more information, go to Emagine Entertainment or call 888-319-FILM for show times or (248) 414-1000 for the Royal Oak location.
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What else is there for a family to do this weekend? Check out our listing of Detroit-area events:
Michigan Orchid Society meeting, 2:30 p.m. May 15, at First Baptist Church of Birmingham, 300 Willits St. Free. Program on “Native Orchids.” Call (586) 416-1496.
Ladies of St. George annual fashion show and luncheon, cocktails 11 a.m., lunch noon, show 1 p.m. May 14 at St. George Cultural Center, 2160 E. Maple Road, Troy. Tickets $45, ages 12 and younger $20. For tickets and reservations, (313) 885-7283 or (586) 774-4044.
Eastpointe Lioness Club 10th Annual Road Rally, sign-in 5 p.m. May 14, at Ellis Richards Motors, 24900 Gratiot; start 6 p.m. Fee $25 per person with dinner and refreshments at last destination. Proceeds support the group’s charity. Call (586) 772-7266.
Warren Symphony Orchestra presents “A Springtime Wine Celebration!” 6-8 p.m. May 19, at Champane’s Wine Cellar, 7001 Chicago Road, Warren. Wine tasting, with hors d’oeuvres provided by Gazebo Banquet Center. Tickets $25 per person; call (586) 754-2950 or (586) 268-4900. Proceeds to benefit WSO.
Detroit Insitute of Arts hosts Grandparents’ Day, May 14; grandchildren admitted free with adult general admission or DIA membership. Free activities include puppet shows, games, self-guided tour, special exhibits. Saturday museum hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adult admission $8, seniors $6, ages 6-17 years $4, free for DIA members. Call (313) 833-7971.
Wheel ‘n’ Deal free outdoor flea market, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 14, on grounds of Alger House at Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. Refreshments available.
Who Wants Cake? production of dramedy “Love! Valour! Compassion!”, Tonight-June 6, 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at The Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. For reservations and ticket information, (248) 545-5545.
*Disability Network Oakland & Macomb Family Fun Bowling Fundraiser, check-in 1 p.m., bowling 1:30 p.m. May 15, at Friendly Sterling Lanes Bowling Center, 33200 Schoenherr at 14 Mile Road, Sterling Heights. Tickets $15 per person, include two games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soft drinks. Visit Disability Network or call (586) 268-4160.
*Carson’s Cause bowling fundraiser, 1-4 p.m. May 14, check-in 12:30 p.m. at Shelby Lanes, 50721 Van Dyke, south of 23 Mile Road, Shelby Township. Fee $20, includes three games of 9-pin no-tap. Proceeds to Carson Michalski, 5, who has Hemimegalencephaly, a rare neurological condition. For registration information: Carson's Cause... Defying the odds! or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wacky Bowling fundraiser by Water Warriors for Special Olympics Michigan, 7:30 p.m. Tonight, at Striker’s Bowling Center, 30971 Armada Ridge Road, Richmond. Fee $15 per person. To register: (586) 419-5741 or (586) 855-9373.
*St. Clair Shores Relay for Life ‘80s Bowling Party, 8 p.m.-midnight tonight, at Harbor Lanes Bowling Center, 25419 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores. Admission $20 per person, includes bowling, shoes and pizza. Email: email@example.com. Also, JKJ Family & Friends bowling fundraiser, registration 6:30 p.m., bowling 7:30 p.m. tonight, at Shores Lanes, 13 Mile Road and Harper, St. Clair Shores. Fee $25, includes three games bowling, shoes and pizza. Call (586) 725-6387 or (586) 469-4654.
Bowling for Backpacks
Bowling for Backpacks benefit for the non-profit organization Blessings in a Backpack, 2-5 p.m. May 22 at Classic Lanes, 2145 Avon Industrial Drive, Rochester. Registration starts 1:30 p.m. Advance registration $20, $25 day of event if lanes available; admission includes three hours of bowling, shoe rental, music and refreshments. For tickets, (248) 318-6334 or Blessings in a Backpack
Mount Clemens Farmers Market opens 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 19, at 141 North River Road. Market features locally grown products including flowers, vegetables and honey, visit Mount Clemens Farmers Market
“Beatles Revisited” season-finale concert for Macomb Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. Tonight, at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Hall and Garfield roads, Clinton Township. Tickets $18 adults, $15 students and senior citizens; call (586) 286-2222 or go to Macomb Symphony
Pizza for PIME
Annual “PIME Day” benefit for PIME Missionaries, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. today at Shield’s pizza, 50750 Romeo Plank Road at 23 Mile Road, Macomb Township. A percentage of food sales that day go to the missionaries. Call (313) 342-4066.
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St. Clair Shores Players present “Our Town,” Tonight-14, at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 31601 Harper, St. Clair Shores. Doors open 7:30 p.m., curtain at 8. Tickets $10; call (586) 779-3122.
Clintondale Community Theatre presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” 7:30 p.m. through May 14, at Clintondale Community auditorium on 15 Mile Road east of Little Mack between Gratiot and Groesbeck, Clinton Township. Tickets $8 advance, $10 at door; call (586) 791-6301 ext. 2409.
“Genealogy 101” program presented by Richmond Area Historical and Genealogical Society, 2 p.m. May 22, in the village’s one-room schoolhouse at Beebe and Park streets. Call (586) 727-7773.
Heart of the Hills Senior Players present “Brigadoon,” 2 p.m. May 18-19, 7 p.m. May 20-21, at Warren Community Center Theatre, 5460 Arden, Warren. Tickets $14 advance, $16 at the door. Call (586) 268-8400.
South Oakland Concert Band season finale concert, 3 p.m. May 15, at Royal Oak High School, 1500 Lexington Ave., off Crooks. Performance features tribute to armed forces and the USO. Tickets $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, free younger than 12. Call (586) 323-6094 or visit www.socbmi.org.
Michigan Actors Studio presents “Almost Maine,” 8 p.m. Tonight-14, 20-21, 2 p.m. May 15 and 21, at the Studio, 648 Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Tickets $15. Call (877) 636-3320.
Figure Skating Club’s 40th Annual Ice Show, “Unstoppable!,” 7:30 p.m. Tonight-14 and 1 p.m. May 14, at the club, 34400 Utica road. $ general admission, $5 ages 60 and older and 12 and younger; matinee free for ages younger Fraser than 12.
*Rosedale Community Players “One Act Festival” auditions, 8 p.m. May 18, at Peace Lutheran Church, 17029 W. 13 Mile Road, Southfield. Call (248) 258-5368 or visit www.rosedalecommunityplayers.com.
Comedy for a Cause
Comedy for a Cause 34, benefit for Promise Village Home for Children, May 20 at Woodside Bible Church, 6600 Rochester Road north of Square Lake Road, Troy, doors open 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Features Bob Cates and Kenn Kington. Donations accepted.
Friends of the Grosse Pointe Library used book sale, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tonight, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 14, at Woods Branch, 20680 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods. Books, books on tape, CD and videos available.
|"Falls at Dunvegan" by Paula Wild of the Lakeside Palette Club.|
Lakeside Palette Club meeting 64th Annual Spring Exhibit, through May 22 at Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens. Reception and awards 1-3 p.m. May 22. Visit Lakeside Palette Club
“Ferndale 2-4-8” production at Go Comedy, 261 Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through May 26. Tickets $10 Thursdays, $15 Fridays. Call (248) 327-0575 or visit Go Comedy
“Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011,” May 14-15, at Greenfield Village in Dearborn. Non-member tickets include Village admission and train ride: $11.75 ages 1-4 years, $27.75 ages 5-12, $33.75 ages 13-61, and $32.75 ages 62 and older. For tickets, (313) 982-6001 or The Henry Ford
“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” Wednesdays-Sundays, through May 22, at Andiamo Novi Theatre, 42705 Grand River. Dinner packages available. Call (248) 348-4448 or www.ticketmaster.com.
* Macomb Literary Partners needs volunteers to help adults become better readers; applicants trained to tutor an adult 2 hours per week, with training sessions held on weekends or evenings. Call (586) 286-2750.
* Detroit Historical Guild seeking volunteers interested in participating in historical activities, including flea markets at Historic Fort Wayne, tea parties, excursions to historic sites, etc. Call (586) 777-5898.
Oakland Youth Orchestras
Auditions for Oakland Youth Orchestras, Tonight-15, at Varner Hall on Oakland University campus; 3- to 4-minute solo showing technique and tone quality required. Call (248) 709-2877, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fore! Relay for life team
Lakeview Huskies’ golf outing to benefit Relay for Life, May 15, at Belle River Golf Course, located at 12564 Belle River Road, in Memphis. Cost: $100 per person; includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, 18 holes of golf and a two hour open bar. Check in: 9 a.m. Tee-off: 10 a.m. For information and to register: Shannon, (586) 242-8537; Pat, (586) 242-3181; and Tom, (596) 612-4916.
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