The Friday 5 — March 31-April 2

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published March 30, 2017

1. Novi Home & Garden Show
March 31-April 2 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Learn about the latest landscaping trends and products at the Novi Home & Garden Show March 31-April 2 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, located at 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.

The 20,000-square-foot showroom will transform into a living space complete with landscaped gardens and all types of home improvement products on display, from patios and outdoor kitchens, to water features and plants.

Show hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $10 for people ages 13 and older, $9 for seniors ages 55 and older, and is free to children ages 12 and younger. On Friday and Saturday, admission costs $5 after 5 p.m. Parking is not included in the ticket price.

For more information, advance tickets and coupons, visit

2. Mudpuppypalooza
Saturday, April 1 • Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

The Belle Isle Nature Center is giving the river-dwelling mudpuppy its due during Mudpuppypalooza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1.

The mudpuppy — also called a  “slime dog” or “snot otter” — is an aquatic salamander native to the Detroit River. Muddpuppypalooza will celebrate the creature with fun and educational activities, including mask-making, games, mudpuppy cookie decorating and a scavenger hunt. Zookeepers who care for the mudpuppies at the Belle Isle Nature Center will also talk about the species and mudpuppy conservation efforts.

The Belle Isle Nature Center is located at 176 Lakeside Drive in Detroit. For more information, visit

3. Tables of Treasure
Saturday, April 1 • Hunter Community Center, Clawson

Kick off garage sale season by snagging a few deals during the annual Tables of Treasure this Saturday in Clawson.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1 at the Hunter Community Center, 509 Fisher Court.
It will offer a large selection of garage sale items and crafts, as well as a bake sale. Proceeds will benefit the Clawson Senior Center and the programs it supports.

4. ‘The Red Velvet Cake War’
Now through April 9 • The Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak

Stagecrafters presents “The Red Velvet Cake War” now through April 9 at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette Ave. in Royal Oak.

“The Red Velvet Cake War” is a comedy celebrating tenacious women, the bonds of family and the show’s namesake, which is adored in the South. The play takes place on the hottest day of  Texas tornado season, as three embattled cousins find themselves at a dreaded family reunion. There they make a high-stakes wager on who can bake the best red velvet cake. The play is rated PG.

Show tickets cost $20 on Thursdays and $22 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Onstage tickets cost $30. Tickets may be purchased by visiting or via phone by calling (248) 541-6430 using a Visa or MasterCard. All seats are reserved. If the shows are not sold out, tickets may be purchased at the box office one hour prior to the performance.

5. Nature programs
March 31-April 1 • Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center, Shelby Township

The Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center in Shelby Township has a full weekend of programming planned for nature lovers.

Visitors can learn more about “herps” — reptiles or amphibians — during a herp migration program at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31. The event will include a quiet hike to observe some of these creatures on their way to spring ponds. The program is for ages 7 and older and costs $5 per person.

On Saturday, April 1, the center has two programs to choose from. At 11 a.m. visitors can learn how to make dye using spices, fruits and vegetables to dye eggs. The nature center will provide three boiled eggs for dying and advise that participants bring their own additional eggs if they wish to dye more. The program is for all ages, and the cost is $5 per person.

Later that evening, at 7:30 p.m., a Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center interpreter will lead a group on a quiet, patient hike to the woodcock display grounds to see the birds in action. A male woodcock, a rotund gamebird, puts on an extravagant show for his ladies at dusk, especially on moonlit nights. The program is for ages 10 and older, and the cost is $5 per person.

The nature center requests that participants register for these programs in advance. Stony Creek Metropark is located at 4300 Main Park Drive. A metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter any metropark. For more information about the programs, call the nature center at (586) 781-9113 or visit

C & G Staff Writers Sarah Wojcik and Victoria Mitchell contributed to this report.