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The Friday 5 — Jan. 17-20

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published January 16, 2020

1. Fire and Ice Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-19 • Downtown Rochester

The 13th annual free Fire and Ice Festival will feature a collegiate ice carving competition on Main Street, live ice carving demonstrations, marshmallow roasting, pet adoptions, a K-9 demonstration, carriage rides, the Brooksie Way Chill at the Mills 5K Race, music, shopping and more.

A fireworks display will delight crowds near the corner of East Third and Water streets at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and those who haven’t yet seen the Big, Bright Light Show will get a final chance to view the lights 5 p.m.-midnight all three nights.

There will also be a food truck rally, a spaghetti dinner and a pancake breakfast. For more information, visit

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2. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast
Monday, Jan. 20 • MacRay Harbor Hall, Harrison Township

For more than 15 years, the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast has brought the Macomb County community together to celebrate King’s message and find ways to realize his lessons in the community today.

This year, the event will be headlined by two special guests: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Eastpointe Mayor Monique Owens, the county’s first African American mayor.

The breakfast is organized by the Macomb County Ministerial Alliance.

The breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 20 at the MacRay Harbor Hall, located at 30675 North River Road in Harrison Township. Tickets for the event are available by calling (586) 463-9430. They cost $30 for adults, $10 for students or $300 for a full table.

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3. Learn about aviation pioneer Harriet Quimby
Sunday, Jan. 19 • Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society Museum, Eastpointe

The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society is offering the public the chance to hear about a Michigan native who was one of the country’s first aviation pioneers.

The presentation will discuss the life of Harriet Quimby, the first female aviator licensed in the United States. The program will be led by Robert Myers, the director of education for the Historical Society of Michigan.

The presentation will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society Museum located at 16600 Stephens Road. More information can be found at The staff asks for donations to the museum in lieu of admission.

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4. Royal Oak Toy Show
Saturday, Jan. 18 • Royal Oak Farmers Market, Royal Oak

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, the Royal Oak Toy Show will return for the 17th year to the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road. Admission will cost $5, and children ages 12 and younger will be admitted for free with caregivers.

This year, the show expanded its vendor capacity to more than 50 vendors and 200 tables. Most vendors deal in vintage, well-maintained memorabilia, such as Transformers, slot cars, Hot Wheels, robots, video games, and toys from the 1980s and 1990s.

Dealers will offer free appraisals, and the public is invited to buy, sell and trade items. Food and limited free parking will be available at the farmers market.

Extra parking is available at the Center Street parking structure, 300 S. Center St.; the Emagine Theatre parking structure, 200 N. Main St.; and the 11 Mile Road parking structure, 110 E. 11 Mile Road.

5. MAC White showdown
Friday, Jan. 17 • Utica Ford II gymnasium, Sterling Heights

Utica High and Utica Ford II will face off in the first of two regular season meetings this Friday night at 7 p.m.

With regard to league positioning, this game couldn’t be more important. As it currently stands in the Macomb Area Conference White DIvision, both the Chieftains and Falcons sit at 3-1 in division play, one game back of Port Huron High. A win Friday night would go a long way in closing the gap in the MAC White.

Ford is located at 11911 Clinton River Road in Sterling Heights.

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