Friday, September 23, 2011

DAYTRIPPING: Festivals and other family-friendly events

The Festival of the Senses has become family favorite

Macomb Daily staff photo by Craig Gaffield.
Kicking up their heels in the garden pergola on the grounds of the Clinton Township Civic Center shown in the photograph are, from left, Jeri and Jim Hungerford, Maxwell Heiderer and Sharon Butala.

Dedication ceremony
The Clinton Township Historical Commission will dedicate the recently completed Historic Garden Pergola at 10:15 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24. The pergola was built by volunteer members of the Historical Commission with the help of members of the Township’s Department of Public Works. It was paid for through private donations and numerous contributions made by businesses supporting the Festival of the Senses.
What’s unusual about the pergola is that its structure features a roof truss system that was originally part of the former Mount Clemens Rose Gardens’ greenhouses. The dedication ceremony will celebrate the work and dedication by everyone involved, and what it will come to mean to the community in the future as a place for picnics, wedding photos and attractive addition to the grounds.
The Festival of the Senses runs Sept. 24-25. In addition to the dedication ceremony are numerous attractions (fine arts by more than 100 artisans) and activities for the family. For more information visit: Festival of the Senses

Looking for more to do? Listed here are just a few of the other family-friendly events happening in the Detroit-area:

Lioness fashion show
New Haven Lioness hosts 14th Annual Fashion Show and Dinner, Sept. 30, at Concorde Banquet & Conference Center, 44315 Gratiot, Clinton Township. Doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner served 6:30 p.m., followed by fashion show. Evening includes Chinese auction and vendors. Tickets $30. Call (586) 749-3685.

‘Michigan’s Harvest’
“Michigan’s Harvest: Food, Family and Community” program series runs Sept. 24-Nov. 19, at the Lorenzo Cultural Center at Macomb Community College, at Garfield and Hall roads, Clinton Township. The program includes more than 30 free presentations, a series of five free exhibits and three special events (admission fee). For series and registration information, www.MacombCenter.com or (586) 286-2222 or (586) 445-7348.

Richmond history
Village at the Richmond Area Historical and Genealogical Society, Beebe and Parke streets, open 1-4 p.m. Sept. 25, with members available to answer questions in the log cabin, depot, schoolhouse and museum. Free, donations accepted. Call (586) 727-7773.

Sewing Expo
American Sewing Expo continues through Sept. 25, at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River between Novi and Beck roads, in Novi. Show features more than 125 exhibitors with fabrics, sewing machines, yarn, thread, patterns, etc. Admission $14, free ages 15 and younger. 
For hours, visit American Sewing Expo 
or call (248) 889-3111.

Mom-to-Mom sales
Shawnee Elementary School Mom-to-Mom sale, Sept. 24, 8 a.m. early bird admission $2, 8:30 a.m.-noon $1, at 21555 Vesper Drive, Macomb Township.
The Growing Tree nonprofit organization for low-income residents, hosts Mom-to-Mom sale 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 24, at Warren-Sterling Heights Elks Lodge, 25950 Schoenherr, Warren. Also, same time Oct. 1, at Royal oak Elks Lodge, 2401 E. Fourth St. at Stephenson Highway, Royal Oak. Early admission for both shows $2 9:30-10 a.m., $1 after.

Sock Hop
Roseville Heritage Foundation hosts a Sock Hop fundraiser for the Roseville Classic Car Cruise, 7-11 p.m. Sept. 24, at the VFW Hall, 25671 Gratiot in Roseville. The $20 advance tickets, $25 at the door, include food, beer and soft drinks. Call (586) 634-5844.

JET Youth
Jewish Ensemble Theatre Youth Education Services presents touring shows “Mean Girls” and “Word” at 8:30 and 9:45 a.m., respectively, at Warren Woods Middle School, 13400 12 Mile Road. The productions address the issue of bullying.

Bat Encounters
Organization for Bat Conservation presents “Bats of the World - Live Bat Encounters” program, 2 p.m. Oct. 1, at Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, 4101 River Bends Drive in River Bends Park, Shelby Township. Admission: $3 ages 4 and older. Call to register: (586) 731-0300. 

Computer Club
Sterling Heights Computer Club meets 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, at Macomb Community College John Lewis Community Center Building K, 14500 12 Mile Road, Warren. Meeting includes updates on personal computing, and question-and-answer segment. Annual membership: $25. Visit www.SterlingHeightsComputerClub.org or call (586) 268-6586.

Collectors show
Military Collectors’ Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4, sponsored by Men’s Auxiliary to VFW Bruce Post No. 1146, 28404 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores. General admission $5. Refreshments available; patrons may bring military items to sell, trade or display.

Renaissance Festival
Michigan Renaissance Festival continues 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends through Oct. 2, at Hollygrove in Holly. For more information, visit www.michrenfest.com or call (248) 634-5552.

Art exhibit
“Made in Michigan” annual exhibit at City Gallery, 292 Cass Ave., Mount Clemens, through Oct. 30, features work by Mount Clemens Art Association member Louise Parrish, retired Mount Clemens High School art teacher. Call (586) 469-8781.

Century Theatre
“Freud’s Last Session” on stage 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Nov. 20, at Century Theatre, 333 Madison Ave., Detroit. For tickets, $34.50-$44.50, call (313) 963-9800 or Ticketmaster.com.

Line Dancing
Line dancing and couples classes, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. beginners, 7:15 p.m. beginner plus, 8:15-9 p.m. couples, at Roseville Recreation Center, 18185 Sycamore, east of Gratiot, north of Interstate 696, $5 per session. Call (586) 777-7242 or countrycuzzins@wowway.com.

Blind bowlers
Macomb Blind Bowlers for visually impaired and/or blind individuals 18 and older, league bowling 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Fraser Star Lanes, northeast corner of 14 Mile and Garfield roads. Fee $10 per week. Call (586) 360-9543.

Community theater productions
*“Love, Sex and the IRS” presented by Ridgedale Players Theatre, through Sept. 25, at the theater, 205 W. Long Lake Road, Troy. Tickets, $15 adults, $13 seniors and students; call (248) 988-7049.
*“Never Too Late,” presented by Rodgerland Productions and Sterling Heights Lions Club, Saturdays, through Oct. 22, at Lions Club, 12828 Canal Road, west of Schoenherr. Buffet at 6:30 p.m., show follows; tickets $25 including tax and tip. For reservations: (586) 776-9844.
*Village Players present the musical “Follies,” 8 p.m. Sept. 24, 30, Oct. 1, and 2 p.m. Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, at the Playhouse, 34660 Woodward, south of Maple, Birmingham. Tickets: $19. For information, (248) 644-2075 or www.birminghamvillageplayers.com.
*Broadway Onstage continues season with the comedy “Love Song,” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. select Sundays, through Oct. 8, at the theater, 21517 Kelly Road at Toepfer, Eastpointe. Tickets $16. Call (586) 771-6333.
*Musical “Meet Me in St. Louis” opens season for Stagecrafters, select dates through Oct. 9, at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. Advance tickets $18 and $20, online at www.stagecrafters.org or by phone (248) 541-6430.
*Grosse Pointe Theatre presents “The Music Man,” 2 p.m. Sept. 25, Oct. 2, and 8 p.m. Sept. 24, 29-30, Oct. 1, in Fries Auditorium at Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. Tickets $24. Call (313) 881-4004 or visit www.gpt.org.

Palette Club
Lakeside Palette Club has studio space 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 111 of Adult Education Center on Masonic near Jefferson. Call (586) 350-4518 or visit www.lakesidepaletteclub.org.

A scene from "Rio."
Free films
MJR 201 Free Children’s Fall Film Festival, free for children 12 and younger, adults $1, at Chesterfield Crossing Digital Cinema 16, (586) 598-2500; Marketplace Digital Cinema 20, (586) 264-1514; and Partridge Creek Digital Cinema 14, (586) 263-0084. Schedule includes: “Kung Fu Panda,” Oct. 1-2; “Judy Moody,” Oct. 8-9; “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” Oct. 15-16; “Rio,” Oct. 22-23; “Spy Kids,” Oct. 29-30. No advance ticket sales; showtimes posted three days in advance of each showing.
Chrysler Museum
Unique Vehicle Pairs Spotlight Series and Collector’s Club specialty exhibits throughout the year at Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills. For a complete schedule, visit wpchryslermuseum.org. Admission $8 adults, $7 ages 62 and older, $4 ages 6-12.

Fishing clubs
Vanguard Trout Unlimited for fishing enthusiasts meets 7:30 p.m. second Thursday monthly at Rochester’s Dinosaur Hill. Also, Fishing Buddies Fishing Club gathers 6:30 p.m. third Tuesdays at Rochester Hills OPC, 650 Leticia Drive. Call (248) 375-1931.

Volunteer opportunities
* Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Macomb needs educational support volunteers in county elementary schools and Head Start programs during 2011-12 school year. For details, contact RSVP of Macomb, (586) 756-1430 or rsvp@csmacomb.org.
* 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.

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