The Friday 5 — March 18-20

Your local guide to the weekend

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published March 18, 2016

1. Start your Easter celebration early
Saturday, March 19, Clawson
Sunday, March 20, Farmington Hills

The first day of spring arrives this weekend, and some local communities are celebrating with Easter-themed events. 

• The annual Clawson Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 10 a.m. March 19 in City Park, located at 935 N. Custer Ave., at Bywood Avenue. The Easter Bunny will arrive early at about 9:30 a.m. for pictures and to greet the kids. Once all the eggs have been found, families can head over to the 2016 Bunny Brunch, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Hunter Community Center, 509 Fisher Court. Space is limited, and registration is required. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $6 at the community center. Reservations can also be made by calling (248) 589-0334.

• In Farmington Hills, both kids and adults can get in on the Easter fun. On Sunday, March 20, runners will gather at 9 a.m. for the  Farmington Hills Bunny Hop 5K Run at Heritage Park, 24725 Farmington Road. Later that day, the city will host a family pizza and eggs event, scheduled for 12:30-2 p.m. at the Costick Center, 28600 11 Mile Road. Families can enjoy a slice of pizza, and kids can search for Easter eggs in an egg patch.

Call the Farmington Hills Parks and Recreation Department at (248) 473-1800 for more information or to register for these programs.

2. Go batty at Cranbrook   
Sunday, March 20, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills

To coincide with its "Bats: Superheroes of the Nightexhibit, the Cranbrook Institute of Science is inviting visitors to dress up as their favorite superhero for Superhero Sunday 1-4 p.m. March 20.

The event includes several superhero-themed activities and crafts that also help raise awareness about threats to bats. Visitors will also have a chance to take an outdoor walking adventure to explore where bats live on Cranbrook’s campus and learn how to attract bats to their own backyards. The activities are free with the purchase of a ticket to the "Bats: Superheroes of the Night" exhibition.

The Cranbrook Institute of Science is located at 39211 Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Hills. For more information on bat festivities at Cranbrook throughout March, visit

3. Catch a classical concert
Friday, March 18, Royal Oak
Sunday, March 20, Grosse Pointe Farms

Classical music fans have two opportunities to hear live symphony performances this weekend.

•  The Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Royal Oak Middle School, 709 N. Washington Ave.

The concert will feature Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, with special guest cellist Peter McCaffrey, from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and college students. Tickets are free for children younger than 18. For more information, call (248) 549-0262 or visit

• The Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms. Tickets cost $15 per person. For more information, call (313) 881-7511 or email

4. Sip wine for Solanus
Saturday, March 19, Troy

Nourishing the Soul, a fundraiser to benefit the Solanus Casey Center, will be held at 6 p.m. March 19 at Petruzzello’s, 6950 Rochester Road, in Troy.

The Solanus Casey Center is a Capuchin Franciscan ministry located at 1780 Mount Elliott St. in Detroit.

The fundraiser will feature a wine tasting reception with appetizers, a sit-down dinner with wine selections, and silent and live auctions. The cost to attend the event is $95 per person and includes valet parking. Cocktail attire is recommended, and attendees must be at least 21 years old. Purchase tickets in advance by calling (313) 579-2100, ext. 153, or purchase tickets online at

5. Go fish (fry)
Friday, March 18, metro Detroit

As the Lenten season winds down, this Friday is the perfect time to head to a local fish fry. Many local churches and organizations are offering all-you-can-eat Friday fish dinners, as well as carry-out options. To find one near you, check out our Fish Finder.

For more local events, visit our Community Calendar.

C & G Staff Writers Victoria Mitchell, Tiffany Esshaki and Terry Oparka contributed to this report.