"Royal Dresses of Diana: The People's Princess" is just one of the many exhibits being featured at the Michigan International Women's Show going on May 3-6. Other highlights will include fashion shows, displays and demonstrations that celebrate the creativity in all of us. The CHA Craft Pavilion will feature expert crafters teaching new techniques on everything from beading and scrapbooking to sewing, paper crafts and home décor.
Another pavilion will cover women's health concerns and workshops that will help them balance personal needs with those of their job, family or interests. Kristy Villa, host of Lifetime's "The Balancing Act," is among the many celebrities who will take the stage at this year's show.
Local celebrities will include Novi's heroic firefighters, who have volunteered to walk the runway modeling their dress blues and bunker gear, along with cancer survivors from the "Go Red for Women." The "Summer Reading Handpicked from Local Michigan Authors" exhibit will feature a number of authors including Marie Masters, who has written self-help and inspirational articles for Detroit-area newspapers and magazines. Masters will debut her new memoir, "The Color of Sunset." From the concrete streets of Detroit to the cobblestone paths of Paris, Master embarks on a journey that reveals her relationships to various men and the paintings of Claude Monet.
"I have always seen my life reflected in Monet's work," said Masters, "and sensing his courage no matter what he faced, sunrises or sunsets, inspired me to keep trying in my life as well."
Joining Masters at the show will be several other authors, including Anca Vlasopolos (“Walking Toward Solstice”), Karen Blaisdell (“I Could Write A Book”) and me (“The Winter Spirit”).
Be sure to stop by and say hello!
The Suburban Collection Showplace is at 46100 Grand River Avenue between Novi and Beck Road. Show hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 3; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 4; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 5; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6. Admission: $10 for adult; youth 6-12, $5; and children 5 or younger get in free when accompanied by a paying adult. Advance tickets are $9 online at International Women's Show
Looking for more to do this weekend? Check out our listing of family-friendly events going on around the Metro Detroit area:
Step back in time and honor the memory of the Titanic and enjoy an afternoon tea in the ship’s Café’ Parisien being presented as a fundraiser by the Crocker House Museum and Macomb County Historical Society. The café was one of the luxury innovations aboard the R.M.S. Titanic. On this day, you will board as an actual passenger that sailed 100 years ago. After dining guests will learn more about the voyage and its passengers. Tickets are $50 for members and $55 for non-members. For reservations and information call 586-465-2488.
live and silent auctions, catered food stations, cash bar, Motown entertainment, 6 p.m. May 4, at Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores. For tickets, $35 per person, call 586-779-6111 ext. 3 or 586-772-4477. Proceeds benefit Assumption Nursery School and Toddler Center.
Mother’s Day weekend ’50 sock hop to benefit Solanus Casey Center, 6-11 p.m. May 11, at Lakeland Manor, 26211 Harper, St. Clair Shores. Tickets, $40 per person include dinner, soft drinks, beer, coffee, sold in advance only at 586-419-0461 or 313-388-8439 or www.solanuscenter.org. Cash bar available.
Pasta dinner fundraiser, 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 16, at Chesterfield Senior Center, 47275 Sugarbush, Chesterfield Township. Tickets $10 at the door, include pasta, salad, bread and homemade desserts. Call 586-749-3713 or 949-3810.
VFW Lempke-Blackwell Post 7573 hosts Mother’s Day brunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13, $12 adults, $8 ages 10 and younger, free ages 3 and younger. Meal at post hall, 35011 23 Mile Road, New Baltimore. Call 586-725-7100.
Thomas the Tank
“Day Out with Thomas: Mystery of the Rails Tour 2012,” May 5-6, 12-13, at Greenfield Village in Dearborn. Event includes 25-minute ride with Thomas the Tank engine, games, activities, Thomas & Friends Imagination Station, meeting with Sir Topham Hatt. Ride departs every 45 minutes 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.. Member tickets $11.75 per person ages 1 and older, includes free admission to the Village; non-member tickets $11.75 ages 1-4 years, $29.25 ages 5-12, $35.75 ages 13-61, and $33.75 age 62 and older. Call 313-982-6001 or visit www.thehenryford.org.
Michigan Made First Fridays Arts Crafts Jewelry Show, noon-8 p.m. May 4, at Atrium of Novi, 43155 Main St., Novi. Free admission and parking.
Zumba Gold low-impact dance/exercise classes through May (unless otherwise noted), 5:45 p.m. Mondays, 6:30 p.m. Fridays, also 10 a.m. Saturdays (through May 19), all at Sacred Heart Church, 18430 Utica Road, Roseville; 11 a.m. Wednesdays and 6 p.m. Thursdays at Father Solanus Casey Knights of Columbus Hall, 16831 12 Mile Road, Roseville; 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Erin Presbyterian Church, 30000 Gratiot, Roseville. Fee $4 for 1-hour class; call 586-634-5844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harrison Township Public Library hosts a vendor sale, including Miche Bags, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, gold exchange, noon-3 p.m. May 6, at the library, 38151 L’Anse Creuse. For information, 586-329-1261 or htplib.org.
Troy Dining Out Meetup Group meeting noon May 5 for outing to Detroit Riverwalk and lunch at Eastern Market. For details, 586-566-0838.
Relay For Life
Relay For Life of Shelby Township team captains meeting, 7 p.m. May 9, at Eisenhower High School, 6500 25 Mile Road, Shelby Township. Relay dates are 10 a.m.-10 a.m. May 19-20, at River Bends Park off 22 Mile Road between Shelby and Ryan roads.
“Women Helping Women” luncheon and fashion show to benefit programs of Grace Centers of Hope, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 5 at Royal Park Hotel, 600 University, Rochester. For ticket information, www.gracecentersofhope.org.
Lakeside Palette Club meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 7, in Gildorf Room of St. Clair Shores Library, 22500 11 Mile Road, features demonstration on pastel painting by Paula Wild. Call 586-350-4518 or visit www.lakesidepaletteclub.org.
Macomb Symphony Orchestra presents “Oscar Winning Film Scores” concert, 8 p.m. May 11, at Macomb Center for the Peforming Arts, Garfield and Hall roads, Clinton Township. MSO’s annual silent auction takes place in lobby during intermission. Reserved seat concert tickets $18 adults, $15 students, seniors and children. Call 586-286-2222 or visit www.macombsymphony.org.
Oakland Youth Orchestra concert featuring student violin solos, 6:30 p.m. May 3, at Lake Orion Performing Arts Auditorium, 495 E. Scripps Road, Lake Orion Township. Tickets $10 adults, $5 students and children, available at the door.
Farmington Community Chorus prsents “My Sentiments, Exactly,” 8 p.m. May 4-5 at Mercy High School, 29300 W. 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Tickets $12 advance, $15 at door; visit www.farmingtonchorus.com or call 248-473-1500.
Symphonia Chorale spring concert “Radio Hits Through the Decades,” 5 p.m. May 6, at Addison Oaks Banquet Center, 1480 W. Romeo Road, Leonard. Dinner served at 6:15 p.m. For tickets by April 30, 586-781-9921.
Box Theatre presents the musical “Avenue Q” 8 p.m. May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 2 p.m. May 6, at the theater, 51 N. Walnut, Mount Clemens. For tickets, $25, $22 students/seniors, call 586-954-2311 or visit www.theboxtheater.com.
Richmond Community Theatre presents “Harvey,” 8 p.m. May 4-5, 11-12, and 2 p.m. May 6, 12, at Richmond Center for Performing Arts, 69619 Parker St. at Churchill. For tickets, 586-727-9518 or at the box office.
St. Clair Shores Players present “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody,” 8 p.m. May 4-5, at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 31601 Harper. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10 adult, $9 seniors and students at the door. Visit www.scsplayers.org.
“Mother Superior’s Habits” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 12, and 2 p.m. select Sundays at Broadway Onstage, 21517 Kelly Road, Eastpointe. Tickets $14 opening night, $16 other performances; for reservations, 586-771-6333.
“Arsenic and Old Lace” presented by Rodgerland Productions at the Sterling Heights Lions Club, 12828 Canal west of Schoenherr, May 12 and 19. Buffet dinner 6:30 p.m., show follows; dinner and show package $25 including tax and tip. For reservations and information, 586-776-9844.
Avon Players present the musical “The Secret Garden,” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays May 18-June 2, at the theater, 1185 Washington Road, Rochester. For tickets, $16-$18, call 248-608-9077 or visit www.avonplayers.org.
Stagecrafters present “Titanic – The Musical,” through May 6, at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. Show times 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; to purchase advance tickets, $18 and $20, call 248-541-6430 or go to www.stagecrafters.org. Available tickets also available one hour before show time at box office for additional $2 per ticket.
Grosse Pointe Theatre presents “Hairspray,” May 6-20, at Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. Performances 8 p.m. weekdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets $24; for reservations, 313-881-4004 or www.gpt.org. Special Ladies Night Out event May 9 begins with reception at 5:30 p.m. featuring food stations, cash bar, followed at 8 p.m. by performance. Tickets $45 per person.
Grosse Pointe South High School choir presents “Phantom of the Opera,” 7:30 p.m. May 3, 8 p.m. May 4-5, at the Grosse Pointe Performing Arts Center, 707 Vernier Road, Grosse Pointe Woods. For tickets, $15 and $20, call 313-432-3638 or visit www.gpsouthchoir.org.
Ridgedale Players present the comedy “Squables,” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays May 4-20, at 205 W. Long Lake Road. For tickets, $15 adults, $13 students/seniors, call 248-988-7049 or visit www.ridgedaleplayers.com.
Rosedale Community Players perform the comedy “Moonlight and Magnolias,” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 12, at Peace Lutheran Church, 17029 W. 13 Mile Road, Southfield. Tickets $14; call 313-532-4010 or www.rosedalecommunityplayers.com.
Farmington Players stage “Little Shop of Horrors,” Thursdays through Sundays through May 19, at the Players Barn, 32332 W. 12 Mile Road between Orchard Lake and Farmington roads. For tickets, $18 adults, $2 off for students, call 248-553-2955 or www.farmingtonplayers.org.
‘The Divine Sister,” Friday, Saturday and Monday nights May 11-June 4, at Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodward, Ferndale. For tickets, $10-$20, visit www.TheRingwald.com or purchase at show time at the box office.
Mat Hatter Tea Party, 1 p.m. May 19, at Cedar Glen Golf Club, 36860 25 Mile Road, New Baltimore, to benefit at benefit Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team. Tickets, $30, include lunch, basket raffle, entertainment and door prizes. Call MCREST at 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.
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.
Feature writer Debbie Komar contributed to this list.
History should be a hammock for swinging and a game for playing, the way cats play. Claw it, chew it, rearrange it, and at bedtime it's still a ball of string full of knots -- Jeannette Winterson.