Let the holiday shows begin. Detroit’s Gem Theatre will present “The All Night Strut Holiday Show,” Nov. 23-Dec. 31, a two-act musical that carries audiences through the Depression, World War II and the post war boom. It’s an evening filled with jazz, blues, bebop and classical songs composed by legendary songwriters like Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser and Duke Ellington.
The return of “The All Night Strut Holiday Show,” at Detroit’s sparkling Gem commemorates its inaugural appearance at the venue 20 years ago, which resulted in the show’s longest run in history.
Gem & Century Theatres are at 333 Madison Ave., Detroit. For tickets and show times, visit The Gem Theatre or call the box office at 313-963-9800.
Looking for more to do this weekend? Check out this listing of family-friendly events going on in the Detroit Metro area;
Mixologists from bars and restaurants around Metro Detroit work the “Throwback to the Classic Cocktail,” a “Fall Local Roots Dining Event,” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10, at Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. Tickets are $65, reservations required, call (313) 982-6001. The event will feature the winning drink from the Drink Michigan Cocktail contest, Tom Swift.
Jefferson Chapter No. 489 Order of the Eastern Star serves Harvest Dinner noon-5 p.m. Nov. 6, at the Jefferson Masonic Temple, 22000 11 Mile Road, St. Clair Shores. Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free 5 and younger. Call 586-777-0043.
Ray Township Fire and Rescue Ladies Auxiliary hosts euchre party, 6:30 p.m. with play at 7 p.m. Nov. 5, at Wolcott Mill Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road east of Wolcott Road. Admission $15; proceeds to those in need in the community and scholarships. Call 586-749-8464.
“Shop Till You Drop” vendor show 1-5 p.m. Nov. 5, sponsored by Century 21 AAA North in Fiddler’s Cove Shopping Center, 71050 Van Dyke, Romeo. Free admission; includes raffles, refreshments, giveaways. Call (586) 752-0600.
Big Band Big Floor Big Crowd XXVI features swing dancers and Lindy Hoppers and Rhythem Society Orchestra and Satin Dolls, doors open 7 p.m., dance lesson 7-8 p.m., at Detroit’s Masonic Temple Crystal Ballroom. Admission $20; www.swingdetroit.com.
Crafty Buyers Shoppe, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 19, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 20, at Warren Woods Tower High School, 27900 Bunert, Warren. Call 586-439-4402.
Chippewa Valley High School Band Boosters holiday craft show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12, at the school on 19 Mile Road west of Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township. Admission $2, free parking; no strollers. For detaisl, 586-713-8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans’ dinner and craft sale, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11, at Royal Oak First United Methodist Church, 320 W. Seventh St. Evening includes dinner, displays of war memorabilia, music, sponsored by United Methodist Women. Advance tickets only, $12 adults, $6 ages 6-12 years, available at the church 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.
Mom-to-mom sale, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 5, at Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe. Admission $2 9-10 a.m., $1 after. No strollers.
Our Heart Walk teams of Henry Ford Macomb Hospital’s Warren Campus hosting “Mega Event” vendor sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 4, at the hospital, 13355 10 Mile Road, Warren. Also, the teams are planning scrapbooking/crafting days Nov. 5 and Dec. 3; fee $10 includes beverage and light lunch. Call 586-759-7345.
Richmond Community Theatre presents “Arsenic and Old Lace,” 8 p.m.
Nov. 4-5 and 2 p.m. Nov. 6, at the Richmond Center of Performing Arts, 69169 Parker St. at Churchill. Tickets $15 adults, $10 students and seniors, $5 ages 7 and younger. Call 586-727-9518.
Heart of the Hills Senior Players present “Hooray For Hollywood,” 2 p.m. Nov. 3-4 and 7 p.m. Nov. 5, at Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden, and 2 p.m. Nov. 16-17 and 7 p.m. Nov. 18, at Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois. Tickets for either location, $12 advance, $14 at door; call 586-268-8400 or 248-524-3484 or visit www.hohplayers.org.
OPC 650 Players present “Diva’s and Divo’s” musical review, noon Nov. 3, 8-10, at OPC, 650 Letica Drive, Rochester. Tickets $14 with lunch; also shows at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 11, tickets $11. Call 248-608-0251.
Ridgedale Players present “Return Engagements,” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 12, and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 13 at the theater, 205 W. Long Lake Road, Troy. Tickets $15 adults, $13 students and seniors. Call 248-988-7049.
Anchor Bay Community Foundation’s Annual Singing Christmas Tree Concert “A Celtic Christmas,” 7 p.m. Nov. 29, at Anchor Bay High School Performing Arts Center on County Line Road south of 26 Mile Road. Concert features New Baltimore Interfaith Choir, bagpiper, art and dancers. Free, donations accepted to benefit community grants and scholarships. Call 586-421-4694.
Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan 15th anniversary celebration seminar Nov. 19, at Monaghan Knights of Columbus, 19801 Farmington Road, south of Eight Mile Road, Livonia. Registration 8 a.m., program 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee $35, includes vendors, prizes, guest speaker Nuala Farell Griffin.
Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team 4th benefit concert featuring Don White and Matt Watroba, 8 p.m. Dec. 3, at Warren Consolidated Schools Performing Arts Center, 12901 15 Mile Road, Sterling Heights. VIP seats $30, reserved $20; to order call 586-415-5101 or visit www.mcrest.org.
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.
“Michigan’s Harvest: Food, Family and Community” program series runs through Nov. 19, at the Lorenzo Cultural Center at Macomb Community College, 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.
Senior Companion Program of Macomb, sponsored by Catholic Services of Macomb, needs volunteers age 55 and older to provide companionship and support to other area adults. Volunteers must meet income eligibility guidelines and have reliable transportation; benefits include a tax-free stipend for their services. Call 586-756-1435.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Patches Squares dance club hosts beginning square dance lessons, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church of Warren, 5005 Chicago Road. First class (no matter when dancers start) is free, $3 for following sessions. Call 248-613-3169.
Free 39th Annual Noel Night 5-9:30 p.m. Dec. 3, in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center Area, features more than 40 participating institutions such as the DIA, Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Public Library. Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, shopping, family crafts, music, theater and dance groups. Free shuttle service between participating venues. Visit Noel Night or call 313-420-6000.
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.
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 Lakeside Palette
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.
2nd Horizon Club for ages 60 and older, meets noon Fridays at Mount Clemens Rec Center, 300 Groesbeck, light lunch, cards and socializing. For details, 586-463-7711. No fee to join.
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. Visit www.mountclemensfarmersmarket.com.
* Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Macomb needs educational support volunteers in county elementary schools and Head Start programs during 2011-12 school year. Also, opportunities for tutoring adults through Macomb Adult Literacy. For details, contact RSVP of Macomb, (586) 756-1430 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
Features Editor Debbie Komar contributed to this list.