Friday, June 24, 2011

DAYTRIPPING: What's a family to do?

From a children's play to vintage baseball and an afternoon tea - there are plenty of great events going on in the Detroit area:

Special needs movie
Romeo-Washington-Bruce Parks & Recreation and Knights of Columbus present the movie "Cars 2" at 9:45 a.m. June 29, at the Romeo Theatre, 66120 Van Dyke, in Washington Township. Doors open 9:15 a.m. The show is for special needs individuals, their families, friends and caregivers; popcorn and soft drink included in $4 per person admission. To register, (586) 752-6543.

MusiCamp! 2011!
First United Methodist Church will present its MusiCamp! Kids' performance of "It's Cool in the Furnace" this Sunday, June 26 at 10 a.m., featuring singers and musicians from the camp. First United Methodist Church is located at 57 Southbound Gratiot Avenue, Mount Clemens

Garden Walk
The MSU Master Gardeners invite the public to see their award-winning garden at the Evangelical Home, 14900 Shoreline Drive in Sterling Heights, June 25, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Tour the park, hospice garden and courtyard as well as a display of quilts. Dedications to residents and raffles will be part of the event. For more information, call (586) 247-4700.

Kids Day
Also, face painting, food, prizes, games, Bounce House included in Kids Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 25, at Star Plaza on 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke, Shelby Township, sponsored by Star Chiropractic, Gracie's Salon, Petite School of Knowledge and Star Heating and Cooling.

Community picnic
Ray Township community picnic, includes children's games, car show, petting farm, crafts, train rides, noon-4:30 p.m. June 26, at Ray Township Park behind township offices. For details, (5860 749-5171.

Book sale
Friends of the Library hold "Summer Clearance Book Sale," 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 25, Conference Room B of Clinton Macomb Public Library Main Branch, 40900 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township. All books $1, children's books $1 an inch.

Log Cabin Day
Annual Log Cabin Day, noon-4 p.m. June 26, Bailey Memorial Park, Beebe and Park streets, Richmond, presented by Historic Village at the Richmond Area Historical and Genealogical Society. Free. Call (586) 727-7773.

Mom-to-Mom sale
Mount Clemens High School Boys 2 Men and Girls 2 Ladies Mentoring program hosting Mom-to-Mom sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 25, in high school cafeteria, 155 Cass Ave. Cash only sale; $1 admission goes to mentoring program. Call (586) 486-4379.

Park*it for fun
Annual free Park*it family fun nights get under way June 28 at Macomb Town Center on 25 Mile Road, east of Romeo Plank, and continue at tri-county locations through August, and also Oct. 22 at Warren City Square. Fun starts at 6 p.m. and includes outdoor concerts, kids' activities, sponsor giveaways and a family movie. For complete schedule information, visit parkitforfun.com.

Elegant Tea
Grosse Pointe Theatre presents "A Theatrical Affair Afternoon Tea," 2-5 p.m. June 26, in the Crystal Ballroom of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. Show includes specially decorated tables, each designed to represent a play, movie or musical, also luncheon, desserts, fashion show of 18th century costumes, and entertainment. Tickets $55 per person; reservations required by calling (313) 881-4004.

'Afternoon Tea'
Enjoy "A Theatrical Affair Afternoon Tea" from 2 to 5 p.m. June 26, featuring 20 specially decorated tables, each designed to represent a play, movie or musical. Hosted by the Grosse Pointe Theatre in the Crystal Ballroom of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, the 2 to 5 p.m. event also includes a luncheon, desserts, fashion show of 18th century costumes, and entertainment. Tickets $55 per person; reservations required by calling (313) 881-4004.

Civil War concert
Concert featuring Civil War-era music by period vocal group Simply Dickens dressed in period clothing, 7 p.m. June 30 at Halfway Schoolhouse, 15500 Nine Mile Road, west of Gratiot, Eastpointe. Admission $10 adults, $7 seniors, free younger than 5 years. Proceeds benefit East Detroit Historical Society's maintenance of Schoolhouse. Call (586) 770-8587.

Vintage Baseball
Regular Base Ball Club of Mount Clemens plays 2 p.m. at field on east side of Romeo Plank Road north of Clinton River Road: July 17, Royal Oak Yahoos; July 23, Wyandotte Stars, and Aug. 21 Midland Mighty River Hogs. Visit www.regularsbbc.org/Schedule.aspx.
Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Club plays at 1 p.m. July 10 and Aug. 28, at Halbach Field in Rochester. Free admission. Visit www.rochesterhills.org or call (248) 656-4663.

Music festival
Lexington Arts Council free Music in the Park series continues 7:30 p.m. July 1 with performance by The Music Doctors  (rock and country)  at Patrick Tierney Memorial Park at Lexington Harbor (north of Port Huron), two blocks east of the traffic light. Refreshments and shuttles available; visitors should bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. For details, (810) 837-0011 or www.lexarts.com.

'Twilight Tuesdays'
Self-guided tours of Meadow Brook Hall or landscape and architecture tours of the grounds during "Twilight Tuesdays" 6-9 p.m. June 28, July 26, Aug. 23 and Sept. 20, at the historic Rochester hall, with music. Admission $10 adults, free ages 12 and younger; reservations not required. For details, (248) 364-6263 or www.meadowbrookhall.org.

Belgian beer
Class details flavors and properties of Belgian beers, 7-9 p.m. June 30 and repeated same ime Aug. 11 at Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Driver, Grosse Pointe. Fee $28 per class; parking free. For reservations, (313) 881-7511.

Cancer benefit
Sunset Luau Fundraiser, 5 p.m. July 8 at Huron Pointe Yacht Club, 32800 South River Road, Harrison Township. Tickets, $20, benefit Ted B. Wahby Cancer Center at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center. For information, akersluau78@gmail.com or (586) 709-0947.
Face reading
Free program on face reading by Lin Klaassen, 7 p.m. June 27, in conference room next to Civic Center Library at Warren City hall, east of Van Dyke and north of 12 Mile Road. To register, (586) 574-4564.

Richmond auditions
Richmond Community Theatre auditions for ages 18 and older for fall production of the musical "Chicago." Tryouts 7 p.m. June 27-28 at the theater, 69619 Park St. at Churchhill, include singing, dancing and some cold readings. Performances Sept. 9-10, 16-18 and 23-25. For details, www.richmondtheatre.com/index.htm or (586) 899-6919.

Music at Metro
Concerts by live bands and dancing at Thomas S. Welsh Activity Center at Metro Beach Metropark, 6:30-10 p.m. Sundays through August at the Harrison Township park. Music, dancing free, vehicle entry permit required. Information, (800) 477-3172 or www.metroparks.com.

Paint Creek
Student and faculty art show June 25, at Paint Creek Center for the Arts, 407 Pine St., Rochester. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For details, (248) 651-4110 or www.pccart.org.

Free concert
Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra performs free concert "Patriotic Pops," July 12, featuring selections from "An American in Paris," "West Side Story," and more. Music begins 7 p.m. at Blossom Heath Park by the Pavilion behind Wahby Park and Blossom Heath Inn east of Jefferson and south of 10 Mile Road. 

At the zoo
Mosaic Youth Theatre performs "One Lion to Live" play 10 and 11 a.m. and noon June 25 and June 26 and Aug. 21 in the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery at the Detroit Zoo, 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak. Also, "Zoo Medleys' featuring songs about the earth and its inhabitants performed at Zoo's front entrance 10 and 11 a.m. and noon July 31, and the same times Aug. 13 in Wildlife Interpretive Gallery. Visit www.detroitzoo.org or call (248) 541-5717.

Art Fair
Royal Oak 41st Annual Outdoor Art Fair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 9 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 10 at Memorial Park, Woodward and 13 Mile Road. Show features more than 100 artists displaying jewelry, fiber art, sculpture, wood, glass, mixed media, etc.; refreshments available. Call (248) 246-3180.

Yoga at Stony
Yoga on Eastwood Beach at Stony Creek Metropark, 8-9 a.m. Saturdays through Aug. 27, fee $5 per session or $30 for series. Park vehicle entry permit required, $5 per day, $25 season, $15 seniors. For yoga information, email theyogapath.kdv@gmail.com or call (586) 918-8407.

Warren art
Warren Tri-County Fine Art Association Prestige Exhibit through June 30, at Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden. Works by member Ted Lang featured 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday during June at Warren City Hall.

Jazz series
St. John Hospital and Medical Center's The Plaza Jazz Concert Series, continues 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 4, except July 28, at The Village Festival Plaza, Kercheval and St. Clair. Free. Call (313) 886-7474 or visit www.thevillagegp.com.

Farmers Market
Mount Clemens Farmers Market 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 19, at 141 North River Road has locally grown products, including flowers. Visit www.mountclemensfarmersmarket.com.

Volunteers needed
* 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.

Features Editor Debbie Komar contributed to this report.

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do on a rainy afternoon -- Susan Ertz

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