Friday, March 2, 2012

It’s almost ‘Spring for the Homeless Benefit Dinner’ time

Metro Newspaper Services
Most of us would say winter this year was mild. No snow to shovel and for the most part, no cold temperatures.

For groups such as the Macomb County Warming Center and Ray of Hope Day Center, who spent the past four months providing food, clothes and shelter to our area's homeless population every winter is brutal.

Still, they endured.

And it's for this reason the Warming Center holds its annual "Spring for Homeless Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction," April 26 at DeCarlo’s Banquet and Conference Center in Warren.

"The event provides an excellent means to engage community partners in our ongoing efforts to provide for the needs of the homeless," said Kathy Goodrich, Warming Center's founder and executive director.

Plus a whole lot of fun.

Guests enjoy a wonderful dinner, cash bar, raffles, silent auction and live entertainment by tenor Charlie Taylor, folk singer and guitarist Larry Larson and fiddler George Chirota.
"The best in Irish and folk music," said Goodrich, adding that the trio generously volunteers their time and talent in joining us in our celebration of spring.
For more information on the event contact Kevin Goodrich, kmac0212@wowway.com. DeCarlo’s Banquet and Conference Center is located at 6015 E. 10 Mile Road, Warren.

How can you help the Warming Center?
* Buy an ad in the event program
* Donate gifts and prizes for the event
* Purchase and sell tickets: $30 each or $270 for a table of 10.
The Macomb County Warming Center and Ray of Hope Day Center are located at 16546 9 Mile Road, Eastpointe. For information or to make a donation call, 586-321-0998.

What’s a family to do this weekend? Check our list of events and activities going on in the Detroit area:

Concert sounds
Macomb Symphony Orchestra presents "America the Beautiful," 3 p.m. March 4, at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Garfield and Hall roads, Clinton Township. Tickets $18 adults, $15 students, seniors and children, at Macomb Center box office or call 586-286-2222 or visit www.macombsymphony.org.
Detroit Concert Choir presents "A Celtic Celebration Concert," 3 p.m. March 11, at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Garfield and Hall roads, Clinton Township. Tickets $20 adults, $18 seniors, $10 young adults, available at MCPA box office, by phone 586-286-2222 or online at www.MacombCenter.com.
Craft show
Fraser Band Boosters spring craft show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 10, at Fraser High School, 34270 Garfield. Admission $2; no strollers allowed.
Family fundraiser
A benefit dinner for the Halcomb-Smelser family involved in a car accident on Feb. 10 in which sixth-grader Kyle Halcomb was killed, takes place 4-8 p.m. March 14, at the F.O.P. Lodge, 33845 34 Mile Road, Chesterfield Township. Admission by donation; menu includes pasta, salad, bread, soft drinks. Proceeds benefit Kyle Halcomb Memorial Fund; event sponsored by Maconce PTO.
Idol auditions
UCS Foundation holds auditions for Idol singers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 3, at Joan C. Sergent Instructional Resource Center, 14201 Canal Road, Sterling Heights. Finalists will compete May 31 at the annual Scholarship Fundraiser Gala. Call 586-491-7131.
VFW projects
'Sponge Bob'
Bowling with "Sponge Bob" event for families, 2-4:30 p.m. March 3, at summit sports Center, 66600 Van Dyke, Washington Township. Fee $9 residents, $12 non-residents, includes two games of bowling and prizes; sponsored by Romeo-Washington-Bruce Parks & Recreation and Ray Township Parks & Recreation. Advance registration requested by calling 586-752-6543 or 586-749-5171.
Sterling Heights-based Abigayle Ministries hosts banquet and silent auction, March 5, at Palazzo Grande Banquet Center on Van Dyke south of 25 Mile Road, Shelby Township; hors d'oeuvres, silent auction 6:30 p.m., dinner 7. Tickets $40 each, $350 table of 10. For information, 586-323-1411.
Chili cookoff
Salvation Army, 24140 Mound Road, Warren, hosts 7th Chili Cook-Off, 6-8 p.m. March 2. Admission $5, all-you-can eat; also bake sale, games and more. Call 586-754-7400 to enter chili.
Pancake breakfast
Pancakes for Scholars all-you-can-eat breakfast, 7:30-11:30 a.m. March 3, at Mount Clemens High School cafeteria, 155 Cass Ave. Admission $6.50 adults, $4 ages 62 and older, $2 younger than 10, $12 family of three or more, students with ID free with paying adult; proceeds benefit Mount Clemens Commitment Scholarship Fund.

Film festival
MJR Digital Cinemas Spring Children's Film Festival continues with "Happy Feet 2 (PG), March 3-4; "Jack & Jill" (PG), March 10-11; "Adventures of Tin Tin" (PG), March 17-18; "Alvin & the Chipmunks, Chipwrecked," (G), March 24-25. Macomb County MJR participating theaters are Marketplace Sterling Heights Digital Cinema 20, 35400 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights; Partridge Creek Digital Cinema 14, 17400 Hall Road, Clinton Township; Chesterfield Crossing Digital Cinema 16, 50675 Gratiot, Chesterfield Township. Tickets, free for ages 12 and younger, $1 for parents, on first-come, first-serve basis, not available in advance. Contact theaters for showtimes or go to mjrtheatres.com the Tuesday prior to film showings.
For women
Society for Lifetime planning presents "March Makeover for Women," 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. March 7, at 5445 Corporate Drive, Suite 170, Troy. Free, but reservations required by calling 248-952-1744. This is part of a monthly program to give women facing major life changes a place to gain information.
Historical society
Greater Clinton Township Historical society presents lecture on "Detroit River Disasters and Great Lakes Losses: Maritime Mishaps Along Our Shores," 7 p.m. March 12, at Clinton Macomb Public Library, 40900 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township. Call 586-286-9173 or clintontwphistory.org.
Card party
Ashlar Chapter No. 378 Order of Eastern Star, card party 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 12, at Roseville Masonic Center, 27151 Gratiot. Hot lunch served at noon. Admission $7. Call 772-6126.
Dining Out
Troy Dining Out group schedule includes Detroit River Walk & Lunch, 10 a.m. March 10, and Brio Tuscan Grill in Clinton Township, 5:30 p.m. March 17. For reservations and details, www.meetup.com/troy-dining-out.
Macombers auditions
The Macomb Community College show choir The Macombers holding auditions 6 p.m. March 18, and 7 p.m. March 20, at the MCC Center Campus, Garfield and Hall roads, Clinton Township, L-Building room 119. For appointments and information, call 586-226-4734 or email ReesM@macomb.edu.
On stage
The contemporary musical "The Last Five Years" presented by Stagecrafters, Thursday-Sunday, March 2-18, at the Baldwin Theatre 2nd Stage, 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. Tickets $14, half-price student night March 8, available at www.stagecrafters.org or 248-541-6430, also
Ridgedale Players present "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," 8 p.m. March 3, at the playhouse, 205 W. Long Lake Road, Troy. For tickets, $17, $15 students and seniors, 248-988-7049 or www.ridgedaleplayers.com.
Ringwald Theatre presents "Elizabeth the Beautiful," 8 p.m. March 10, 12, and 3 p.m. March 4, at 22742 Woodward, Ferndale. Tickets $10-$20. Visit www.TheRingwald.com.
Grosse Pointe Theatre production of "Moonglow" at Edsel & Eleanor Ford Visitors Center, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores; performances 8 p.m. March 3, and 2 p.m. and March 3. Call 313-881-4004.
Auditions for St. Clair Theatre Guild production of "Camelot," 7 p.m. March 5-6, at the SCTG Building in Klecha Park. Roles available for men, women and one boy age 10-12 years. Call 810-329-4498. Show dates May 10-12.
Proclaim presents its 18th musical "The Choice," 8 p.m. March 16-17 at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2225 14 Mile Road, Birmingham, and 5:15 p.m. March 24 at Living Word Lutheran Church, 3838 N. Rochester Road. Freewill offering; reception follows each performance. 
Village Players present the musical comedy "Lucky Stiff," 8 p.m. March 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 2 p.m. March 18 and 25 at the Playhouse, 34660 Woodward, south of Maple, Birmingham. Tickets $19; call 248-644-2075 or www.birminghamvillageplayers.com.
Art projects
Lakeside Palette Club meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 5, in Gildorf Room of St. Clair Shores Library, 22500 11 Mile Road
"Wit and FUNction" exhibit at Pewabic Pottery, 10125 E. Jefferson, Detroit, through March 18. Features "witty, amusing and functional pieces" from six artists. Call 313-626-2000 or go to www.pewabic.org.
Detroit Zoo
Wild Winter weekends at Detroit Zoo, 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 10-11, Safari Social. For information, 248-5717 or www.detroitzoo.org.
Dance classes
*Beginner and beginner plus line dancing classes, 12:30-2 p.m. Thursdays at the Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden Road, off Mound Road between 13 and 14 Mile roads), Warren, $4 per person, countrycuzzins@wowway.com or call 586-777-7242.
*Line Dancing Classes, beginners 7 p.m., easy intermediate 7:40, couples 8:20, at Roseville Recreation Center, 18185 Sycamore, $5 per person. Call 586-445-5480 or 586-777-7242.
*Line and couples dancing for beginner to intermediate, starting in late January, in Utica, Shelby Township and Clinton Township, Danceduo@wideopenwest.com or 586-286-6002.
Art Center
Anton Art Center 2012 exhibits include "Where Are They Now?" through March 18; Macomb County K-6 Biennial, March 4-18; Macomb County Annual Secondary Student Show, April 1-22, and Macomb Community College Department of Continuing Education, Oct. 2-21, at 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens. Call 586-469-8666.
'Now Showing'
Spirit of Women "Now Showing" program March 21, at Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Drive, include movies and popcorn, health tips, hors d'oeuvres and wine (cash bar) in Fries Ballroom starts at 6 p.m. with movie at 7. Admission $12 for each day. Sponsored by War Memorial, Beaumont Health System and Grosse Pointe Public Library. Advance registration required, 313-881-7511 or www.warmemorial.org.

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Features editor Debbie Komar contributed to this list.

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