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Published March 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — While the stage production of “Steel Magnolias” has an all-female cast, director Amy Ricker, of Sterling Heights, said the fact that almost every member of the Grosse Pointe Theatre crew also is a woman is purely accidental.

“It was not something I had planned,” she said. “It just happened to work (out) that way.”

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Published March 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe War Memorial is marking St. Patrick’s Day in a classical way.

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Published March 10, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Looking for Easter events in the Farmington area? Then hop over to several activities coming up that are sure to be “egg-cellent” for young and old alike, including adult egg hunts and children’s games.

An adult flashlight egg hunt, for ages 21 and up, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. March 18 at the Longacre House at 24705 Farmington Road. Bring your own flashlight and search for eggs, and also win prizes from golf outings to dinner at local restaurants, according to a press release.

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Published March 10, 2016

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St. Patrick’s Day is on Thursday, March 17, and no matter what your background may be, it’s still fun to put on your green and be Irish — at least in spirit — for the day.

Festivities around metro Detroit begin this weekend. Here are some of the ways you can celebrate:

• Oakland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 12, Royal Oak

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Published March 9, 2016

FRASER — All Kelly Jenks wanted was for her sixth-grade Salk Elementary class to appreciate and respect military veterans.

But in doing so, the teacher received quite a bit of gratitude in return.

On Feb. 23, Jenks was inundated with praise by members of Fraser VFW Post 6691, and also received admiration from the very students she teaches.

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Many tools are needed to create an artistic masterpiece, from a canvas to paint to brushes and more. And very important, yet sometimes overlooked — an easel to hold the work steady while the artist creates.

Sometimes, however, a regular easel just doesn’t do the job.

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a proponent of assistance to veterans and families of service members, Bryan Mazey has been named the grand marshal of the 64th St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade. 

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It may seem early, but the St. Clair Shores Easter Egg Hunt is right around the corner.

For the first time, though, the event will be held the day before Easter — on a Saturday — instead of on the actual holiday. This year’s hunt is at noon March 26 at Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave. 

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Published March 9, 2016

Toward the end of winter, when temperatures rise above freezing in the daytime but drop below 32 degrees at night, it is time to tap sugar maple trees and boil down the sap into delicious maple syrup. This photo, taken in about 1920, shows Jessie Niles, the grandson of pioneer Johnson Niles, standing behind his evaporator in Elliott Woods, on the west side of Livernois, between Wattles and Long Lake roads. Tapping trees and making syrup continues in Troy every March at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center.

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Published March 9, 2016

Once again, youths in grades six to 12 can have fun and get deals and meals during spring break around town.

The Troy Community Coalition, a nonprofit organization that, according to its website, aims to “promote a lifestyle free from abuse of alcohol and drugs,” has teamed up with local businesses to offer youths in grades six to 12 safe, fun, affordable activities during spring break April 4-9.

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After eight years at the helm of Lake Shore Public Schools, Superintendent Chris Loria has announced that he will retire at the end of the fiscal year.

“I’m going to miss the kids, absolutely,” he said. “Because I’m one of those hands-on superintendents — I can go down the hallway in the high school and I’ll get two or three hugs.

“That’s the stuff I’m going to miss. All the other pressures of the job, not so much.”

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Published March 9, 2016

Want to get out of the house and try a new restaurant?

Twenty-three Troy restaurants will serve up their best during Troy Restaurant Week, being held March 13-18.

“This is the biggest one we’ve had,” said Jaimi Brook, director of events for the Troy Chamber of Commerce, which has sponsored the event since 2009.

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Published March 9, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Seventeen-year-old Justin Wentland has taken on several different instruments during his time at Harper Woods High School.

It’s his performance with the tuba, though, that has led him to earn high honors this year and advance to a state competition.

Wentland will be taking part in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association State Solo & Ensemble Festival that will be held on Saturday, March 19, at Chippewa Valley High School, 18300 19 Mile Road in Clinton Township. 

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Published March 9, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — “Witty” and “kind” were two words used by the West Bloomfield High School community to describe teacher Micah Greene, of Royal Oak, who died Feb. 23.

Greene, 40, taught and led the theater arts program at West Bloomfield High School since 2003. He earned degrees in theater performance and broadcasting/cable production from Western Michigan University. He also completed his master’s at Oakland University in academic administration. 

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Published March 9, 2016

KEEGO HARBOR/SYLVAN LAKE — Before kids wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to hunt for baskets full of Easter joy, thousands of eggs will be up for grabs at the Keego Harbor and Sylvan Lake egg hunts. 

So, grab your baskets and get ready for the hunts of the year. 

The Sylvan Lake Parks and Recreation Committee’s annual glow hunt will take place at the Sylvan Lake Community Center, 2456 Pontiac Drive in Sylvan Lake, at 8 p.m. March 26. The hunt will be split into two heats based on age. 

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Published March 9, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Despite an outpouring of dissatisfaction by some state and local officials, it appears a plan to widen Interstate 75 will move forward as scheduled.

Michigan Department of Transportation I-75 Senior Project Manager Sue Datta said the “modernization project” is expected to kick off this summer with the portion of I-75 from North Coolidge north to South Boulevard seeing the work. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2030, with portions being done every two years.

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Published March 9, 2016

ROYAL OAK — All lads and lassies are invited to attend one of Oakland County’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades happening this weekend through the streets of downtown Royal Oak.

“Bigger” and “better” are the words this year, along with carrying on the tradition of honoring some of the community’s Irish folk.

The 2016 Oakland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade grand marshal is Josephine Dare, who will be accompanied by her son, Sean Dare.

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Published March 9, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Once again, the Bestest Concert Ever is returning to the Royal Oak Farmers Market and promising the bestest time ever for attendees of all ages.

“Age limit, people laugh, but I say zero to 99,” said event producer Paula Messner.

The fifth annual event will take place 5-8 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road.

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Published March 9, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clintondale Community Schools officials are ecstatic that two millages — a non-homestead millage replacement proposal and a non-homestead operating millage proposal — passed overwhelmingly March 8.

The millage replacement proposal was approved by 2,101 voters in eight Macomb County precincts, or 63.6 percent. The operating millage proposal was approved by 2,064 voters, or 62.9 percent.

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Published March 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT — For some, it’s all about heritage and what their family has grown for generations. For others, it’s about taste and an abundant natural variety. 

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Upcoming Events

The events in our calendar were submitted prior to the coronavirus crisis. As efforts have increased to contain the spread of the coronavirus, many events have been canceled. Read More... On March 13, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order to cancel all events statewide that involve more than 250 people. It is recommended that you call ahead if you still intend to attend one of these events.
Farmington Hills
'James and the Giant Peach Jr.'
1 p.m.
Costick Activities Center
Eastpointe
Meet the hosts of 'Under the Radar Michigan'
2 p.m.
Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society Museum
Bloomfield Hills
Grosse Pointe Park
‘Little Shop of Horrors’
2 p.m.
Pierce Middle School

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