The Friday 5 — Nov. 10-12

By: Josh Soltman | Online Only | Published November 9, 2017

1. Festival of Tables
Nov. 11 • Assumption Cultural Center, Grosse Pointe Woods/St. Clair Shores

This year’s annual Grosse Pointe Chapter of the Daughters of Penelope Festival of Tables promises plenty of glitz and again will benefit the St. John Providence Health System Breast Cancer Center Needy Patient Fund.

The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11. This year's crystal anniversary will be held at the Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road, on the Grosse Pointe Woods and St. Clair Shores border.

The Festival of Tables will feature approximately 33 themed tables of various colors decorated with centerpieces, dishes, crystal, glassware, silverware and more. This year’s topics include “Be Bold,” “Angels Among Us,” “Classic Affair,” “Armistice Day,” “Stars And Stripes,” “Old-Fashioned Christmas” and “The Royal Court.”

The event is open to the community and features two table viewings. The first viewing is from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $10 presale and $15 at the door. Visitors can walk around at their leisure and view each decorated table.

The second viewing, which costs $70 per person, will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will include dinner at the decorated tables along with a formal fashion show presented by Laura’s Fashion Boutique in Clinton Township. The models in the fashion show will be cancer survivors from the Detroit Young Survival Coalition.

There will also be 17 vendors selling a variety of holiday boutique items. A coffee bar and light lunch will be available, and a silent and tin can auction will take place.

For more information, call (313) 886-8798 or visit

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2. 'Murder in Bloom' performances
Nov. 10-11 • South Lake High School auditorium, St. Clair Shores

The South Lake High School Drama Club will present “Murder in Bloom,” by Thomas Hischak, this weekend.

The show will be performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 in the South Lake auditorium, 21900 E. Nine Mile Road. Tickets for adults cost $10 at the door or in advance from any cast member. Tickets for children and students cost $5.

The play is a murder mystery that the students chose themselves. The plot centers around the mysterious death of Letitia Whetmore, a member of a ladies garden club in a small English village, and each member of the club is a suspect.

For more information, visit

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3. Jewish Book Fair
Nov. 2-12 • JCC, West Bloomfield

The Jewish Community Center, 6600 W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield, is holding its Jewish Book Fair this week.

Over 4,500 books will be available for purchase. In addition to the book sale, this year's fair will focus much more on events throughout the week.

On Thursday, Nov. 9, the book fair will host Kristallnacht Remembrance Day, so the day’s selections of events will all focus on the Holocaust and remembrance.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, the fair will host Comedy Night featuring Susan Silver, author of “Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets and Sitcoms,” a novel about Silber’s life as one of the first female comedy writers on television; as well as Alan Zweibel, author of “For This We Left Egypt? A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them,” a book about how to prepare and celebrate Passover without completely going crazy.

For more information, call (248) 661-1000.

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4. Pasta Pasta Festa
Nov. 10 • Italian American Cultural Society and Banquet Center, Clinton Township

More than 30 of the area's top restaurants and catering companies will be trying to get the votes of all who attend Pasta Pasta Festa this Friday.

The event will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Italian American Cultural Society and Banquet Center, 43843 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township. VIP tickets are available and will get attendees into the event at 6:30 p.m.

All participating restaurants will be preparing an egg pappardelle noodle from Mamma Mucci's Pasts — this year's sponsor.

General admission tickets cost $25 and VIP tickets cost $35. The event is open to individuals 21 and older.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

5. Veterans Day march and ceremony
Nov. 11 • Royal Oak

The city of Royal Oak will be holding two events celebrating veterans on Veterans Day: beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Barbara Hallman Plaza, 211 S. Williams St., a 2.2-mile Veterans Day Fun Run/Walk Ruck March will be held, followed by a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Plaza at 11 Mile Road and Troy Street, located between City Hall and the Royal Oak Public Library.

Registration for the ruck march will start at 9 a.m., and the ruck march will begin at 9:30 a.m. The price for adults ages 18 and older is $10; the price for those ages 17 and younger is $5; and participation is free for active and retired military members. A ruck march is where soldiers walk with weighted backpacks. Organizers behind the event are asking participants to carry a backpack with at least 22 pounds in it or 22 food or personal items that will be donated to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 Food Pantry and the Royal Oak American Legion Post 253.

For more information, visit

Related story: City to hold ruck march, ceremony on Veterans Day

Staff writers Maria Allard, Kristyne Demske, Mike Koury and Maddie Forshee contributed to this report.