The Friday 5 — April 15-17

Your local guide to the weekend

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published April 14, 2016

1. Bacon Bash
Saturday, April 16 • Royal Oak Farmers Market

Bacon lovers rejoice. Your favorite food will take center stage during Bacon Bash 2016 at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road.

Local restaurants will be dishing out savory, sweet and spicy food samples that celebrate all things bacon, whether you like it fried, candied, piled on a sandwich or covered in chocolate.

General admission costs $50 and includes food samples and 10 craft beer/cocktail/beverage samples. A VIP ticket, which includes five extra beverage samples and early admission, costs $65. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

2. LunaFest film festival
Saturday, April 16 • Renaissance Unity Church, Warren

Turning Point Macomb will host the traveling LunaFest film festival at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Warren’s Renaissance Unity Church, 11200 E. 11 Mile Road.

The festival will feature six short films by and about women, most reflecting a message of empowerment. The event was established in 2000 by LUNA, the makers of a specialty nutrition bar for women, to spotlight issues important to women.

General admission tickets for the festival cost $20 in advance or $10 for students. General admission tickets at the door cost $25. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (586) 463-4430, ext. 226.

3. Spring gardening series
Saturday, April 16 • Troy Public Library

Advanced master gardener Judy Cornellier will kick off a three-part educational gardening series geared toward beginners this Saturday at the Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road.

This Saturday’s session is scheduled for 2:30-4:30 p.m. and will focus on planting cold crops, including potatoes, cabbage and broccoli. To register, visit or call (248) 524-3542.

4.  ‘Dance!’ at the DIA
Now through June 12 • Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts exhibit “Dance! American Art 1830-1960,” which is on display until June 12, explores the role of dance in American culture in over 90 sculptures, costumes, paintings and photographs

In addition to art pieces, “Dance!” also comes alive in the galleries with video presentations featuring historic footage and contemporary dancers demonstrating and explaining the significance of American ballet, Native American dances, tap and more.

Regular admission tickets to “Dance! American Art 1830-1960” cost $14 for adults and $7 for kids ages 6-17. For residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-17. The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave. in the Cultural Center. Visit or call (313) 833-7900 for more information.

5. Used book sales
Friday, April 15, through Sunday April 17 •  Clinton-Macomb Public Library, Clinton Township
Saturday April 16 • Blair Memorial Library, Clawson

Residents in both Macomb and Oakland counties will have a chance to expand their book collections this weekend with deals from two local used book sales.

• The Friends of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library will host their annual spring book sale all weekend at the Main Library, 40900 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township.  The sale is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16. A bag sale from 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, will give patrons the chance to get a bag of books for only $5.

The sale will conclude with a free book day from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 18. All remaining books will be free to the public, and any remaining materials will be donated to local organizations. Money from book sales go directly to underwriting library programs. For more information visit or call (586) 226-5000.

• The Blair Memorial Library, located at 416 N. Main St. in Clawson, will host its annual Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. The sale will continue through April 23 during regular library hours. The library is closed on Fridays and Sundays. For more information, call (248) 588-5500.

For more upcoming events, check out our Community Calendar.

C & G Staff Writers Brian Louwers, Terry Oparka, K. Michelle Moran and Nick Mordowanec contributed to this report.