The Friday 5 — May 5-7

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published May 4, 2017

1. Macomb County Day at the DIA
Saturday, May 6 • Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

The Detroit Institute of Arts is holding Macomb County Day May 6, offering free round-trip bus rides to the museum for all county residents.

The Macomb County busing locations and schedules are:
Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road. The bus departs the library at 9:30 a.m. and leaves DIA at 2:30 p.m.
Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden Ave. The bus departs the community center at 10 a.m. and leaves DIA at 3 p.m.

Round-trip transportation and admission are free, but reservations are required. To reserve a spot, call (313) 833-4005 or visit

Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County residents and DIA members. For all others, the cost is $12.50 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62 and older, and $6 for kids ages 6-17. For membership information, call (313) 833-7971.

2. Cruisin’ for the Trails 
Saturday, May 6 • Rochester Hills

Motor City Brew Tours will host the fifth annual Cruisin' for the Trails Spring Charity Bike Ride to support the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail Saturday May 6.

Participants can enjoy a bike ride along the Clinton River Trail and the Paint Creek Trail, with a special New Belgium Brewing-themed stop at the Paint Creek Cider Mill for beer and doughnuts. After the ride there will be a New Belgium Brewing tap event and party with entertainment in the parking lot of Clubhouse BFD in Rochester Hills.

The event will include giveaways and a charity raffle to win a 2017 New Belgium fat tire bike, made locally by Detroit Bikes. The first 500 paid adults will receive bike-centric swag, two New Belgium beers and two fresh doughnuts at the cider mill. Net proceeds will support the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail for trail improvements.

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at Clubhouse BFD, located at 2265 Crooks Road in Rochester Hills. Tickets are available online for $25 until May 5. Tickets will be available the day of the event for $30. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call (248) 850-2563.

3. Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 6 • Metro Detroit

The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day, with more than 2,300 comic book retailers worldwide preparing to give away more than 5.7 million comics. Comic book fans can visit to find local participating comic book shops and details on the day’s events.

In addition to free comics, some shops are also offering special activities. Detroit Comics in Ferndale, for example, will have prizes, snacks, beverages, face painting, a DJ, a kids costume contest and an appearance by the Star Wars 501st Legion. The shop will also have signings from local artists Dave Acosta and Saladin Ahmed 1-4 p.m.

Local libraries are joining in on the fun as well. The Shelby Township Library, 51680 Van Dyke Ave., is inviting the public to pick up a free comic book and participate in drawing stations and a costume contest, while Warren’s Civic Center Library at City Hall, 1 City Square, is offering free comic books and a craft to take home.

For more locations, visit or check with your local library.

4. Kentucky Derby celebrations
Saturday, May 6 • Metro Detroit

The Kentucky Derby’s official post time is 6:34 p.m. Saturday, and while the race only lasts two minutes, local celebrations offer fun that will last a little longer.

• Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road in St. Clair Shores, will hold a Kentucky Derby party 5-11 p.m. May 6. The event will include bourbon and wine tasting, appetizers, dinner, and a prize for the best-dressed attendee. A donation of $50 is required, and proceeds will benefit the center’s community outreach programs. Call (586) 779-6111 for reservations.

• The Community House, 380 S. Bates St. in downtown Birmingham, will hold its inaugural Birmingham Downs event 5-9 p.m. May 6. Guests will be able to enjoy strolling food stations; beer, wine and cocktails; live entertainment with music and dancing; and the 143rd Kentucky Derby on the big screen. Tickets cost $75 each and can be obtained by visiting or calling (248) 644-5832.

Macomb Charity Connect and the Utica-Shelby Rotary Club will present a Kentucky Derby party 3:30-8 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Steiny’s Restaurant and Banquet Hall, 55161 Shelby Road in Shelby Township. The event will raise funds for Macomb County charities. The cost is $40 per ticket in advance, $350 for a table of 10, or $50 at the door, and it includes a dinner buffet, a commemorative glass, mint juleps, contests, prizes and more. Ladies are encouraged to wear their fanciest hats and men their most dapper bowties for a cash prize. For more information, call Mark Ollila at (248) 798-0130 or Bob Savo at (586) 484-1693. To purchase tickets online, visit or

• A “Hats Off to the Kentucky Derby” workshop will be held 1-2:30 p.m. at the Harrison Township Public Library, 38255 L’Anse Creuse St. in Harrison Township. Patrons are invited to wear their hats as the ladies from the “Fashion and the Automobile” touring exhibit take a look at the Kentucky Derby and the Parade of Hats worn throughout the years. Refreshments will be served. Register online at, by calling (586) 329-1261, by emailing or by visiting the library.

5. Oakland County architecture lecture
Sunday, May 7 • Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society, Pontiac

Ron Campbell, the principal planner and preservation architect with Oakland County, will tell the story of various house and building styles that can be found in the area during his lecture, “If These Walls Could Talk,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society headquarters, 405 Cesar Chavez Ave. in Pontiac.

Among the examples that Campbell said he’ll cite are the historic Clark House in Clarkston — a fine example of that Greek revival style with its towering Roman columns — the Red House at Van Hoosen Farm in Rochester Hills, which dates back to 1850, a quaint Arts and Crafts home in Auburn Hills, and plenty of other structures.

Admission to the mini-lecture costs $7 and includes light refreshments. For more information, visit

C & G Staff Writers Julie Snyder, Mary Beth Almond, Sarah Wojcik, Kristyne Demske and Tiffany Esshaki contributed to this report.