Friday, July 22, 2011

DAYTRIPPING: Family-friendly events going on this weekend

Now that most fans of fantasy adventures have seen "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" at least once, the question has become what's next?

Courtesy of Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios
Chris Evans plays Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America!
Opening in theaters today is Captain America: The First Avenger starring Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell and Stanley Tucci.
The story features the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the super soldier known as Captain America. As the super soldier, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to fight the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) and his evil HYDRA organization.
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action.

Other movies opening this weekend: Friends With Benefits (R-rated); Sarah's Key (PG-13); A Little Help (R-rated); The Myth of the American Sleepover (NR). Click here for show times

Free popcorn
MJR Digital Cinemas offer free popcorn and one refill Tuesdays July 5-Sept. 6 at its theaters, including Chesterfield Crossing Digital Cinema 16, Marketplace Digital Cinema 20 and Partridge Creek Digital Cinema 14.

Peace Corps picnic
Southeastern Michigan Returned Peace Corps Volunteers picnic honoring 50th anniversary of the U.S. Peace Corps, noon-5 p.m. July 23, at First Presbyterian Church, 3000 12 Mile Road, west of Ryan. Meat, soft drinks provided, bring dish to pass. Call (586) 774-3144.

Sterling theater
"The Wizard of Oz" presented by Sterling Civic Theatre, 7:30 p.m. July 22-23, and 2 p.m. July 24, at Stevenson High School, 39701 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights. Admission $10 in advance, $12 at the door; purchase at city's Parks & Recreation Department, 40620 Utica Road, call (586) 446-2700, or visit Sterling Civic Theater

Young actors
Stagecrafters Youth Theatre present "Disney's Camp Rock - The Musical," July 22-31, at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. Cast features local youngsters. Showtimes: 7 p.m. July 22-23, 29, 3 p.m. July 23, 30, 1 p.m. July 24 and 31, and noon July 28. Advance tickets $6 youth, $10 adults, at Stagecrafters or (248) 541-6430.

'Biggest Loser'
Casting for season 13 of "The Biggest Loser" TV show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 30, at Gardner-White Furniture, 45300 Hayes Road, Macomb Township. For details and applications, Biggest Loser Casting

Spaghetti dinner
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk "spaghetti special" fundraiser, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 28, at The Boatyard Grille, 48780 Jefferson and Sugarbush Road, Chesterfield Township.

Broadway Onstage
New season begins with "The Sex Maniac" comedy, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. select Sundays, July 22-Aug. 20, at Broadway Onstage, 21517 Kelly Road at Toepfer, Eastpointe. Tickets $14 opening night, $16 all other performances; call (586) 771-6333.

Historic Village
Richmond Historical Society opens The Historic Village at Bailey Memorial Park, 1-4 p.m. July 31, on Park Street between Stone and Beebe streets. Admission $2.

Illustration from Little Red Riding Hood

Fairy Tales
Fairy Tale Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 23, at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores. Exhibit "Fairy Tale Art: Illustrations from Children's Books" brings tales to life with musical and theatrical performances, storytellers, petting zoo and more. Admission: $10 advance, $12 at the door. For details visit, Ford House or (313) 884-4222.
Photo courtesy of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Illustration from the Elves and the Shoemaker

Free concerts
Air Margaritaville plays Jimmy Buffett songs, July 22, and Intrigue plays top 40 hits July 29, both 7:30 p.m. at Eastwood Beach at Stony Creek Metropark. Picnic baskets allowed, no glass containers; food also available at concessions. Bring blankets or chairs. Admission by Metropark permit, daily or annual. Call (800) 477-7756. 
Warren Cultural Commission presents Thomas H. Carey "Concerts at the Square," 7 p.m. Sundays, at Warren City Square, east of Van Dyke and north of 12 Mile Road. Schedule includes: July 24, Mainstreet Soul; July 31, Jill Jack; Aug. 7, Motor City Brass Band; Aug. 14, The Under Pressure Band; Aug. 21, Warren Concert Band. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Call (586) 264-0959.
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, Grosse Pointe. Free. Call (313) 886-7474 or visit www.thevillagegp.com.
Uptown Friday Night Concert Series at The Fountain Stage, on Macomb Place between N. Walnut and Pine streets, in downtown Mount Clemens, 9:30-11 p.m., July 22, Smokin' Ash; July 29, Strat Axis; Aug. 5, The Allies. For details visit, www.DowntownMountClemens.com or (586) 469-4168.
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.

Card party
St. Clair Shores Fraternal Order of Eagles 3619 Auxiliary "Christmas in July" card party, 1-4 p.m. July 24, at the FOE, 23631 Greater Mack, north of Nine Mile Road. Admission $7, includes light lunch, coffee, dessert, prizes. For tickets, (586) 773-1855.

Art exhibit
"The Art of Mark III," mixed media exhibit, July 23-Aug. 30, at City Gallery, 292 Cass Ave., Mount Clemens. Opening reception 3-9 p.m. July 23. Call (586) 469-8781.

Anton Art Center
"Going Green" exhibition, through Aug. 14, in Petitpren Community Gallery of the Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens. Group exhibit of works by Lakeside Palette Club of St. Clair Shores, Mount Clemens Art Association and Warren Tri-County Fine Arts, Inc. Center hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Call (586) 469-8666.

Park*it for fun
Annual free Park*it family fun nights is under way and continues 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.  Click here for tour schedule

Go Comedy!
"ROGOCOP! The Musical," a parody of the movie "Robocop," presented 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through Aug. 26, at Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 261 Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Tickets, $5-$15, available at Go Comedy or by calling (248) 327-0575 after 6 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays.

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 23, Wyandotte Stars, and Aug. 21 Midland Mighty River Hogs. Visit Regular Base Ball Club schedule
Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Club plays at 1 p.m. Aug. 28, at Halbach Field in Rochester. Free admission. Visit www.rochesterhills.org or call (248) 656-4663.

Museum Wednesdays
Wet and Wild Wednesdays in July at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, noon-1 p.m. entertainment, fire truck sprays and creek wading 1-2 p.m. Admission free for museum members, $2 for others ages 2 and older, at the museum, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, east of Rochester Road off Tienken Road. Call (248) 656-4663 or visit www.rochesterhills.org.

Rockin' on Riverfront
Free Chevy Rockin' on the Riverfront concert series continues 8-10 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 12 at Riverfront Plaza in downtown Detroit. Schedule: July 22, REO Speedwagon; July 29, Grand Funk Railroad; Aug. 5, Leon Russell and Mitch Ryder; and Aug. 12, Bachman Turner. Parking available $5 at GM surface lot at St. Antoine and Atwater adjacent to GM Renaissance Center. Viewing space on first-come, first-serve basis, with own lawn chairs or blankets. Food concessions available; coolers not permitted. 

Film series
Detroit Historical Society weekend film series Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 4, at 1 p.m. in Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave. at Kirby. Free with admission $6 adults, $4 ages 60 and older, college students and ages 5-18. Parking $4. Call (313) 833-1801 or visit Detroit Historical Society

Zoo music
Wild Summer Nights concert series at Detroit Zoo, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 31, free with zoo admission or $5 after 5 p.m.; animal habitats and Dinosauria open until 8 p.m. For schedule, visit Detroit Zoo or (248) 541-5717. 

Warren art
Warren Tri-County Fine Art Association works by member watercolor artist Mary Reo featured 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday during July at Warren City Hall.

Farmers Market
Mount Clemens Farmers Market open 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 19, at 141 North River Road. Locally grown products, including flowers. Family Day, July 16, includes information on health, nutrition, personal and fire safety, from Macomb County Health Department, sheriff's office, Mount Clemens Fire Department, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. Visit www.mountclemensfarmersmarket.com.

'Fiddlers ReStrung'
Warren Civic Center Library hosts "Fiddlers ReStrung" family concert, 6:30 p.m. July 25, in the library conference room at Warren City Hall east of Van Dyke north of 12 Mile Road. Music by 21-piece string ensemble featuring students from Saline High School performing a variety of music including American Bluegrass, Celtic fiddle and popular folk.

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 listing.

When we played softball, I'd steal second base, feel guilty and go back ~ Woody Allen

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