The Friday 5 — Jan. 14-16

Your local guide to this weekend's events

Metro | Published January 4, 2022


1. 'Aqua Freeze Festival'
Jan. 15-16 • Blossom Heath Park, St. Clair Shores

The "St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze Festival" will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Jan. 15 and noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave. The free event will include live entertainment, food trucks, a craft beer tent, horse-drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate, a fire pit, ice-carving demonstrations and games. The "Tunnel of Lights," also at Blossom Heath, will continue through Jan. 17. For more information, visit Blossom Heath on Facebook.

Related: Aqua Freeze Festival brings frozen fun to region

2. 'Downtown Rochester Snowglow'
Jan. 14-15 • Downtown Rochester

The "Downtown Rochester Snowglow" — featuring an ice carving competition, marshmallow roasting, fireworks and more — will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 14 and noon to 9 p.m. Jan. 15. In addition, the "Big, Bright Light Show" will continue to illuminate local businesses nightly from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. until Jan. 16. For more information, call (248) 656-0060 or visit

3. 'Winterfest'
Jan. 15 • Pier Park, Grosse Pointe Farms

Open only to Grosse Pointe Farms residents and their guests. Grosse Pointe Farms will host its annual "Winterfest" from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 15 at Pier Park, 350 Lake Shore Road. Check out live entertainment, a soup and chili cookoff, ice carving demonstrations, a petting farm, mini-golf and ice skating. Food trucks and beer will also be available for purchase. For more information, visit or call (313) 343-2405.

4. Art/photography exhibits
Jan. 16 and ongoing • Various locations

The Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield
The Janice Charach Gallery at the Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit, 6600 W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield, will host “Environmentally Speaking” from Jan. 16 to March 3. The free exhibit features works by 14 artists that focus on climate change. Family programming will start at noon Jan. 16, followed by the opening reception from 3 to 6 p.m. and, for a cost of $18, a Tu B'shvat Seder performance every half hour from 6 to 9 p.m. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Tuesdays and 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, call (248) 432-5990 or visit

The Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills
The Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward in Bloomfield Hills, is hosting two exhibitions until March 20. “To Weave a Rock” honors Olga de Amaral, a Latin American artist who studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the mid-1950s. “Banana Moon Horn” showcases Allie McGhee, who has been part of the Detroit art scene for more than half a century. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

The War Memorial, Grosse Pointe Farms
The Grosse Pointe Artists Association is hosting "Quench," featuring the works of Robert Maniscalco, until March 31 at The War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore in Grosse Pointe Farms. The Grosse Pointe native won this solo show as a prize for taking first place in the "Our Rivers, Our Lakes" exhibition. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free. For more information, call (313) 881-3454 or visit

The Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak
The Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak, is featuring the “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” exhibit until April 23. One hundred photos celebrating nature photography and photojournalism are on display. For more information, visit or call (248) 541-5717.

Online only
Huntington Woods-based artist Michelle Sider is showing 37 of her original glass mosaic works on Art Gallery 118's website until Feb. 5. For more about Sider, visit

5. MLK Day events
Jan. 16 and 17 • Various locations

Commerce Township
The Walled Lake Consolidated School District will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at 5 p.m. Jan. 17 at Walled Lake Northern High School, 6000 Bogie Lake Road in Commerce Township. The free program will feature a multicultural dinner courtesy of local restaurants, student artwork and choir performances, and guest speaker Rabbi Yarden Blumstein. Donations of canned food, boxed food, laundry detergent and household paper products for the Hospitality House Food Pantry will be accepted. For more information, call (248) 956-2832 or email

Join the march along 12 Mile Road as the Farmington Friends of the Library honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 11 a.m. Jan. 17. Participants can even make a sign for the event at either branch of the library — 32737 W. 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills or 23500 Liberty St. in Farmington — until Jan. 14. Art supplies and suggestions will be provided. There will also be panel discussions, storytelling, guest speakers and community dialogue in small breakout rooms — all on Zoom — throughout the afternoon. For more information, visit

Grosse Pointe Farms
The Helm at the Boll Life Center, 158 Ridge Road in Grosse Pointe Farms, will present a free screening of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. documentary, “King: A Man of Peace in a Time of War,” at noon Jan. 17. To register or for more information, visit or call (313) 882-9600.

Royal Oak/Berkley
Royal Oak and Berkley will host their fifth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day community service event Jan. 17. At 9:30 a.m., a virtual presentation featuring Dr. Kim Martin, the diversity, equity and inclusion coordinator for Royal Oak Schools, and a performance by the Detroit Youth Choir will be livestreamed at and At 11 a.m., a freedom walk and a donation drive will begin at Royal Oak Middle School, 709 N. Washington Ave. The first 200 guests will receive an event T-shirt. Toiletries and cleaning products, diapers and baby wipes, laundry detergent, DVDs and nonperishable foods will help support the Redford Brightmoor Initiative, Cass Community Social Services, Judson Center and Gleaners Community Food Bank.

• The city of Southfield and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force will host the "Drive for Freedom, Justice & Equity Parade" at 9 a.m. Jan. 17 starting at Hope United Methodist Church, 26275 Northwestern Highway. Participants wishing to drive must register at A food giveaway will take place at 11 a.m. in the Parks and Recreation driveway at the Southfield Municipal Campus, 26000 Evergreen Road. A virtual commemorative program will begin at 1 p.m. on Southfield City Cable 15's YouTube and Facebook Live channels, as well as on the city's website. For more information, call (248) 924-9MLK or visit

• Umoja Fine Arts, 16250 Northland Drive, Suite 102, in Southfield, will unveil original works inspired by social justice in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 1 p.m. Jan. 17. Masks must be worn. For more information about "Life & Legacy," featuring Ty Rawls and Marcel Stewart, visit or call (248) 773-9008.

The Troy-area Interfaith Group's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day program, this year titled “Becoming a Beloved Community," will take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 on Zoom. Pastor George Houston will discuss what that phrase means and how it can be achieved. The meeting ID is 818 3862 3904; the password is 722 724. For more information, visit TIG on Facebook or email

Greater West Bloomfield
Due to the pandemic, the West Bloomfield School District and the Greater West Bloomfield community will not host a large walk to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; however, residents are encouraged to take a stroll in their own neighborhoods or parks Jan. 16 and snap a photo using the hashtag #UnitedWeWalk2022.

For more events, check out our Community Calendar. To submit an event, email or call (586) 498-1037. To advertise an event online or in our print publications, call (586) 924-9139.