The Friday 5 — March 10-12

Your guide to this weekend's events

Online Only | Published March 9, 2017

1. St. Patrick’s Day parades
Saturday, March 11 • Royal Oak | Sunday, March 12 • Corktown, Detroit

Celebrate the luck of the Irish all weekend long with St. Patrick’s Day parades on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Oakland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented by the Ancient Order of Hibernians O’Brien Division, kicks off at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11 in downtown Royal Oak. The parade will begin at Royal Oak Middle School on Washington Avenue and march south to St. Mary Catholic Church. Following the parade, the public is invited to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, located at 401 E. Fourth St., for a St. Patrick’s Day party.

On Sunday, revelers in green will descend on Corktown for the annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade. The parade begins at 12:30 p.m. and travels along Michigan Avenue. Paradegoers typically arrive early to stake out a viewing spot or to participate in the Corktown Races 5K events, beginning at 10 a.m. For more information on the parade, visit To learn more about the Corktown Races, visit

2. ‘The Art of Dr. Seuss: Rare Editions Event’
Now through March 31 • Art Leaders Gallery and Custom Picture Framing, West Bloomfield

In honor the 113th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ birth on March 2, 1904, some of his unknown artworks will be on display at Art Leaders Gallery and Custom Picture Framing, 33086 Northwestern Highway in West Bloomfield.

“The Art of Dr. Seuss: Rare Editions Event” exhibition and sale runs through March 31 and will feature a raffle of a framed Dr. Seuss artwork of a “Cat in the Hat” sketch, valued at $1,000. Art Leaders Gallery selected Care House of Oakland County to receive the raffle proceeds.

The artwork will be raffled off March 31. Tickets cost $5 and may be purchased at Art Leaders Gallery, Care House of Oakland County or by calling (248) 539-0262. For more information, visit or

3.  Training for birdwatchers
Sunday, March 12 • Independence Oaks County Park, Clarkston

Oakland County Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to serve as nest box monitors this season, and will hold a training session 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at the Wint Nature Center at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road in Clarkston.

Nest boxes, set up to monitor the safety and activity of the eastern bluebird and other native birds, are located at seven of the county’s parks. Volunteers are trained to recognize the birds’ behavior and to check nest boxes weekly from April through July. The information is reported back to NestWatch through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Registration for the training program is required at least one day in advance by calling (248) 858-0916 or by emailing

4. Bestest Concert Ever
Saturday, March 11 • Royal Oak Farmers Market

There’s a party happening at the Royal Oak Farmers Market this Saturday, and kids and adults should come ready to rock.

The sixth annual Bestest Concert Ever will take place 5-8 p.m. March 11, inside the market at 316 E. 11 Mile Road. The event’s live music lineup includes the Flipsters, Kimball, and Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits. Other activities will include balloon sculptures, zany face painting, a haute couture dress-up station, rockin’ the red carpet photos, a crazy hair salon, temporary tattoos, McCourt’s musical petting zoo and a visit by PAWS.

There will be a lounge area for the adults with beer and wine for those 21 and older, including beer by Motor City Brewing Works. Food will also be for sale, including dishes prepared by Woodpile BBQ Shack, Treat Dreams and the Market Cafe.

The cost of admission is $5, and 100 percent of the event proceeds will go to the Royal Oak Optimist Club.

5.  ‘The Glass Menagerie’
March 12, 16-19, 23-25 • The War Memorial, Grosse Pointe Farms

The Grosse Pointe Theatre’s production of “The Glass Menagerie” will open with a 2 p.m. matinee March 12 at the War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms, with additional performances March 16-19 and 23-25.

One of Tennessee Williams’ most acclaimed works, the Great Depression-era show focuses on an aspiring writer named Tom, who’s reluctantly working at a factory to support his mother, former Southern belle Amanda, and his sister Laura, whose limp from a childhood disease has left her self-conscious and extremely introverted. Amanda’s handsome husband abandoned the family years earlier, but his absence is still keenly felt.

The War Memorial is located at 32 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms. Tickets cost $20. For tickets or more information, contact GPT at (313) 881-4004 or visit

Staff Writers Victoria Mitchell, Sherri Kolade, Tiffany Esshaki and K.Michelle Moran contributed to this report.