The Friday Five — March 31-April 2

Your guide to the weekend's events

Metro | Published March 28, 2023


1. Our Town Art Show and Sale
March 31-April 1 • Birmingham

Nearly 300 pieces from 125 artists will be on display during the 38th annual Our Town Art Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Community House, located at 380 S. Bates in Birmingham. The two-day event is free, but admission to the opening night party from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday costs $75. There will also be an online exhibit and sale from March 31 to April 14. The artists will earn 65% of the proceeds from sales, with the remaining 35% going toward The Community House’s outreach programs for children and adults. For more information and to preview the exhibit, visit

Read the story: ‘Our Town Art Show and Sale’ supports Michigan artists

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An opening reception for the landscape exhibit "Surreal" will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Paint Creek Center for the Arts, located at 407 Pine St. in Rochester. Nearly 200 pieces were submitted for inclusion, but 66 from 49 artists were chosen, and will be on display April 2-29. Normal business hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; the PCCA is closed on Fridays. For more information, visit

Spring Fling
Artists, crafters and other vendors will sell their wares at the Spring Fling small business fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Lakeside Mall, located at 14000 Lakeside Circle in Sterling Heights. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit

2. Antique Appraisal Day
April 2 • Rochester Hills

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society will host its 29th annual Antique Appraisal Day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road in Rochester. Participants can bring up to five items — or photos of large items — to have assessed for $5 each, with proceeds from the cash-only sales going toward the historical society's mission "to help preserve, collect and interpret the history of the greater Rochester area." Suggested items include cast iron toys, coins, pottery, china, collectables, furniture, guns, military items, antique weapons, dolls, teddy bears, engravings, art paintings in oil and prints, fine and costume jewelry, Eastern art, string instruments, and books. No buying or selling will be allowed, and all appraisals will be verbal. For more information, visit

3. Easter activities
All weekend • Various locations

Clinton Township
Easter Bunny photos, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays until April 8, The Mall at Partridge Creek, 17420 Hall Road, reservations encouraged,

• Egg hunt, games, kids raffle and Easter Bunny photos, noon-2 p.m. Saturday, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 23120 Gratiot Ave.,

• Egg hunt and treats for dogs, 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Park, 24820 Flower Ave., must have active MiDog Park fob or call (586) 445-5480 to purchase one

• Breakfast with Easter Bunny and crafts, free for ages 5 and younger, 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Eastwood Odd Fellows Lodge 496, 23322 Gratiot Ave.,, (586) 212-4811

Egg hunts, 1 p.m. in Garbutt Park (ages 1-4), 1:30 p.m. in Geary Park and 2 p.m. in Martin Road Park, all on Saturday, Easter Bunny photos, hot chocolate, s’mores and bake sale at third location only

Easter Bunny photos, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Twelve Oaks Mall, 27500 Novi Road in Novi,

Explore different types of eggs seen in Michigan and go on egg hunt through trail, 11 a.m. Sunday, Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 North Hill Circle in Rochester, Facebook event page

Rochester Hills
• Easter Bunny photos, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, gazebo in Festival Park, 104 N. Adams Road, bring your own camera, walk-ups only,

• Hold and pet animals, meet costumed characters, make stuffed animals and more, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Gardner White, 1032 S. Rochester Road,

• Egg hunt (ages 2-10) and photos with "special guest," also adaptive area for children with special needs, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Huron Park, 25979 Kelly Road, (586) 445-5480

• Easter Bunny photos, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays, also 9-10:50 a.m. April 2 for children with sensory issues by appointment, South Court at Macomb Mall, 32233 Gratiot Ave.,

Royal Oak
Easter Bunny photos, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Royal Oak Police Department, 450 E. 11 Mile Road, across the street from Royal Oak Farmers Market, ROFM on Facebook

Shelby Township
Easter egg scramble, Easter Bunny photos, bounce houses and more, 2 p.m. (ages 3-5) and 3 p.m. (ages 6-10) Saturday, Shelby Township Activities Center, 14975 21 Mile Rd,

Sterling Heights
Autism-friendly egg hunt, face painting, Easter Bunny photos, bounce house and lunch, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Play-Place Autism & Special Needs Center, 39337 Mound Road,

Meet Hester Fairweather (The Somerset Collection’s Easter Bunny), snap complimentary selfie and receive seed packet, noon-5 p.m. daily until April 8, Enchanted Green House at shopping mall, 2800 W. Big Beaver Road, no registration required,

Collect treats on trail and meet Easter Bunny, also doughnuts and hot cocoa, bounce house and music, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Grant Park, Hahn Street and Nancy Avenue, east of Van Dyke Avenue

4. Bourbon Fest
April 1 • Royal Oak

The Royal Oak Farmers Market, located at 316 E. 11 Mile Road, will host Bourbon Fest from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $50 online and $60 at the gate, and include a souvenir tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets. For $100, VIPs can enter at 6 p.m. and receive 20 tasting tickets, among other perks. The indoor event will feature more than 200 whiskeys, as well as beer, wine and nonalcoholic options. There will also be food trucks, vendors, live music and the option to buy extra tasting tickets. Designated drivers can enter for $10 and drink coffee and water. Proceeds will benefit Friends of The River, a nonprofit working to improve water quality, access and awareness of Michigan rivers. For more information, visit

5. 'Red Hot Mamas'
March 31-April 2 • Grosse Pointe Park

Enjoy dinner and a show when “Red Hot Mamas" is staged all weekend at the Tompkins Community Center at Windmill Pointe Park, 14920 Windmill Pointe Drive in Grosse Pointe Park. The premise follows a middle-aged couple in a quandary when their senior mothers move in with them and ignore house rules, such as curfews. The Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m., with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.; Sunday's performance will be at 3:30 p.m., with cocktails at 2 p.m. and early dinner at 2:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call (313) 580-5987.

For more events, visit our Community Calendar, sponsored by the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, at To upload your own events for free, create an account at