The Friday Five — April 7-9

Your guide to the weekend's events

Metro | Published March 28, 2023


1. Easter/spring activities
All weekend • Various locations

Beverly Hills
Egg hunt and more, 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Beverly Hills United Methodist Church, 20000 W. 13 Mile Road,

Easter Bunny photos, storytime and more at 10 a.m. Saturday, egg hunt at 11 a.m., Birmingham First United Methodist Church, 1589 W. Maple Road,

Clinton Township
• Easter Bunny photos, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, The Mall at Partridge Creek, 17420 Hall Road, reservations encouraged,

• Easter pop-up shop featuring Easter Bunny photos, goodie bags for kids, raffles, giveaways, vendors and more, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, The Legacy Loft, 34770 Groesbeck Highway,, (586) 745-0752

Farmington Hills
Adult flashlight egg hunt, also soup and salad dinner, raffles and cash bar, for ages 21 and older, 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Longacre House, 24705 Farmington Road,

• Hold and pet animals, meet costumed characters, make stuffed animals and more, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Gardner White, 43825 West Oaks Drive,

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

Oakland Township
Examine eggs and nests, design a nest and go on an egg hunt, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, (248) 651-7810

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

Easter Bunny photos, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, South Court at Macomb Mall, 32233 Gratiot Ave.,

Helicopter will drop 15,000 marshmallows, exchange one for a prize, groups divided by age starting at 10 a.m. Friday, individuals with disabilities at 11:30 a.m., Catalpa Oaks County Park, 27705 Greenfield Road,

St. Clair Shores
• Egg hunt and Easter Bunny photos, noon Saturday, Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave.,

• Egg hunt, photo station and prizes, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 21100 Madison St., (586) 778-5100

Sterling Heights
Petting zoo, face painting, Easter egg scramble, train rides, balloon animals, refreshments and crafts, 1-3 p.m. Friday, Grace Christian Church, 33801 Van Dyke Ave. in Sterling Heights,

• Drive-through prayer and cross giveaway, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, St. David’s Episcopal Church, 16200 W. 12 Mile Road in Southfield,

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

2. 'Matilda the Musical'
April 7-9 • Royal Oak

Stagecrafters’ production of “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Baldwin Theatre, located at 415 S. Lafayette Ave. in Royal Oak. "Matilda” is the story of a little girl with “wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers,” a press release states. “Unloved by her cruel parents and picked on by her school’s mean headmistress, Matilda faces obstacles with courage and cleverness in equal amounts.” Future performances will take place April 13-16 and 20-23. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (248) 541-6430 or visit

Read the story: Production of ‘Matilda’ playing throughout April at Stagecrafters

3. Graduate degree art exhibit
April 8-9 • Bloomfield Hills

A preview party for the 2023 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Hills. ArtMembers can attend for free, while general admission is $20 per person. The show — which is a culmination of two years of studio work from 68 students who are anticipating graduating in the spring — will continue April 9-May 14. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; the museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Read the story: Graduate students’ work showcased at Cranbrook

4. Fish fries
April 7 • Various locations

While some local churches and clubs ended their run of Lenten fish fries in March, a bunch still have dinners planned on Good Friday:

5-8 p.m., Berkley American Legion Post 374, 2079 W. 12 Mile Road, dine in and carryout, (248) 591-9220

4:30-7 p.m., Clawson Knights of Columbus 4188, 870 N. Main St., (248) 588-3547

4-6 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 23120 Gratiot Ave., dine in only, (586) 777-6300,

Farmington Hills
4:30-7:30 p.m., Finnish Cultural Center, 35200 Eight Mile Road, (248) 478-6939

Mount Clemens
4-6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 57 S. Gratiot Ave.,

Sterling Heights
• 4-7 p.m., St. Malachy Catholic Church, 14115 14 Mile Road, dine in and carryout,

• 3-7 p.m., St. Blase Parish, 12151 15 Mile Road, dine in, carryout and curbside, (586) 268-2244,

• 3-7 p.m., Century Banquet Center, 33204 Maple Lane, (586) 264-7790,

St. Clair Shores
• 4-7 p.m., St. Margaret Men’s Club, 21201 E. 13 Mile Road, dine in and carryout, (586) 293-2240

• 4-7:30 p.m., Our Lady of Hope/St. Germaine, 28301 Little Mack, dine in and carryout, (586) 233-3913

• 4-8 p.m., Cpl. Walter F. Bruce VFW Post 1146, 28404 Jefferson Ave., dine in and carry out, cash only (ATM on-site),

Shelby Township
5-8 p.m., VFW Post 4659, 8311 Wilson Drive, (586) 781-9109,

4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit, The Kilgour Scottish Centre, 2363 Rochester Road, dine in and carryout, (248) 526-1849,

5-7 p.m., American Legion Post 351, 46146 Cass Ave., cash only, (586) 731-9833

• 5-8 p.m., St. Anne Parish, 32000 Mound Road, dine in and drive-thru,

• 4-7 p.m., St. Stevan Decanski, 14235 E. 11 Mile Road, carryout, cash only, (810) 580-1895

5. Sensory-friendly science event 
April 8 • Detroit

In recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, the Judson Center and Michigan Science Center will host sensory-friendly activities and inclusive spaces from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the science center, located at 5020 John R St. in Detroit. The fun includes building with giant LEGO bricks, playing with Insta-Snow and Mars water excavation sensory tables, and working on coloring pages and trivia. Tickets range from $14 to $18 depending on age. For more information, call (313) 577-8400, email or visit

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