The Friday 5 — March 4-6

Your local guide to the weekend

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published March 3, 2016


1. Tap into an early-spring tradition
March 5, Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center, Troy
March 6, Farmington Hills Nature Center

In the late winter and early spring — particularly when temperatures are around 40 degrees during the day and 20 degrees overnight  —  it’s time to start tapping maple trees for their sap.

You can learn more about the process during a few tree-tapping events happening this weekend.

• The Troy Nature Society’s Maple Syrup Time and maple tapping program will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m March 5 at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center, 6685 Coolidge Highway in Troy.

The program will include a guided hike that will teach participants how maple trees are tapped and how sap is harvested. Groups will sample sap, visit the sugar shed to view a wood-stoked sap evaporator in action, and see a historical sugar camp along the trail.

The program runs March 5, 12 and 19, and sessions will be held every half hour. Visit to reserve a time slot.

• The Farmington Hills Nature Center at Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road, is holding a maple syrup event from 10:30 a.m. to noon, 1 to 2:30 p.m., and 3 to 4:30 p.m. March 6 and 20.

Participants will learn all the aspects of making maple syrup, including selecting a tree, collecting sap, boiling it down and turning it into syrup. The cost is $7 per person or $21 for a family of four. For more information, call (248) 477-1135.

2. Find out if you have trash or treasure
March 6, Rochester Community House

It’s time to dig out your antiques and old family heirlooms and find out what they’re really worth.

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s annual Antique Appraisal Day will be from noon to 4 p.m. March 6 at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow Ave.

Certified appraisers will take a look at up to five items per person. Items can include books, manuscripts, first editions, coins, clocks, glass, pottery, collectibles, china, lighting, furniture, military items, antique weapons, dolls, teddy bears, costume and fine jewelry, Eastern art, engravings, needlepoint, art, kids’ toys, and musical instruments.

Admission to the event is free and open to anyone in the tri-county area, but appraisals — which are verbal only — cost $5 per item. Appraisals for items appraised at less than $20 are free.

3. Catch a film in Farmington
March 3-6, various locations, Farmington/Farmington Hills

The 2016 Greater Farmington Film Festival kicked off on Thursday, and film showings will continue all weekend long at a number of locations. Films and showtimes are as follows:

The Hunting Ground (documentary directed by Kirby Dick) — 7 p.m., Farmington Civic Theater, 33332 Grand River Ave., Farmington
Best of the New York Children’s Film Festival — 10:30 a.m. March 5, Farmington Civic Theater.
Prescription Thugs (documentary directed by Chris Bell) — 3 p.m. March 5, The Riviera Cinema, 30170 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills.
Landfill Harmonic (documentary directed by Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley) — 7 p.m. March 5,  Farmington Civic Theater.
Under the Same Sun (drama in Hindi with English subtitles, directed by Mitra Sen) — 9:15 p.m. March 5, Farmington Civic Theater.
A Month of Sundays (drama directed by Matthew Saville) — 1 p.m. March 6, Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road,
Farmington Hills.

For film descriptions and ticket information, visit

4. Sample cuisine from local restaurants
March 6, Barrister Gardens, St. Clair Shores/San Marino Club, Troy

This Sunday, local foodies can enjoy culinary creations from dozens of local restaurants at two different tasting events.

• The seventh annual Shorian Taste Fest will be held 1-5 p.m. March 6 at Barrister Gardens, 24225 Harper Ave in St. Clair Shores.

The event will feature more than 30 restaurants and caterers offering up tastes of their cuisine, from Andiamo and Applebee’s to Hooters, Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbucks and G. Willie’s. In addition to food, there will be a cash bar, raffles and silent auctions with prizes including tailgate packages, a spirit basket, large-screen TVs and tablets. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Lake Shore High School Quarterback Club.

• Troy area restaurants will serve their best for a good cause during the annual Taste of Troy from 1 to 4 p.m. March 6 at the San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver Road.

The event is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Troy, and this year’s theme is Tailgate Tastefest. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite sports team’s jersey.

Participating restaurants include: Achatz Handmade Pie Co., Beaumont Health System, Billy Sims Barbeque, Café Sushi, Cedar Grille, Edible Arrangements, El Charro, Estia Greek Street Food, Granite City Food & Brewery, Ingram’s Candies, Just Baked Cupcake Shop, Kona Grill, La Marsa, Maggiano’s Little Italy, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, The Melting Pot, Noodles & Co., Ocean Prime Troy, Orchid Café, Papa Vino’s Italian Kitchen, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Picano’s Italian Grille, Priya Indian Cuisine, Ridley’s Bakery Café, Shield’s of Troy, Smashburger, Sy Thai, Tim Hortons Troy and Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt.

Advance tickets cost $45 per person, and tickets at the door cost $55 per person. For advance tickets, call (248) 689-1687 or visit

5. Celebrate Reading Month

March is Reading Month, and with the possibility of more snow on the way, curling up with a good book sounds like a great plan for the weekend.

Local schools and libraries are also celebrating with special events and activities all month long. The West Bloomfield Library will hold a Read to a Dog program to help kids practice reading from 1 to 2 p.m. on March 6 and March 20; The Roseville Public Library is sponsoring a bookmark design contest throughout the month; and the Harper Woods Library is launching a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program for kids younger than 5, as well as a Battle of the Books for families with children in kindergarten through fifth grade. For more events near you, check with your local library or school district.

For more events, see our Community Calendar

C & G Staff Writers Terry Oparka, Mary Beth Almond and Kristyne Demske contributed to this report.