The Friday 5 — Jan. 18-20

C&G Newspapers | Published January 17, 2019

1. North American International Auto Show
Jan. 19-27 • Cobo Center, Detroit

The 2019 North American International Auto Show has roared into Detroit’s Cobo Center, and it officially opens to the public this Saturday.

The annual auto show is returning with more than 740 vehicles on display, along with its usual slate of reveals, interactive exhibits and innovations from the auto industry. This year also marks the last time that the North American International Auto Show will take place in January. Beginning in 2020, the show will be hosted in June.

This weekend’s auto show hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission costs $14 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older, and $7 for children ages 7-12. Children ages 6 and younger will be admitted for free with a parent or guardian. Cobo Center is located at 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit. For more information, visit

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2. Winter Blast
Jan. 19-21 • Campus Martius Park, Detroit

Winter Blast returns to downtown Detroit on Saturday, and this year, the event has been expanded to four weekends — Jan. 19-21, Jan. 25-27, Feb. 8-10 and Feb. 15-17.  

Quicken Loans Winter Blast Weekends, which take place in and around Campus Martius Park and Cadillac Square, offer a winter wonderland of activities for the whole family. Festival highlights  include ice sculptures, live music, food trucks, a winter market, marshmallow roasting and more — all free of an admission charge. The kickoff weekend, Jan. 19-21, also offers free ice skating.

For more information, visit

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3. K-9 Axe Memorial Hockey Game
Saturday, Jan. 19 • St. Clair Shores Civic Arena, St. Clair Shores

Officers from St. Clair Shores, Clinton Township and Sterling Heights will don skates and pads Jan. 19 at St. Clair Shores Civic Arena for the K-9 Axe Memorial Hockey Game against the Michigan Warriors Hockey Program to honor the life and service of Axe, a K-9 who died in the line of duty.

Axe served as a St. Clair Shores police K-9 for two years before being killed by gunfire during an arrest Nov. 4. His handler, Officer Thomas Price, and his family will be at the ceremonial puck drop at 4:30 p.m. to start the game. Tickets cost $10, and proceeds will support the K-9 Axe Memorial and will help purchase safety equipment for other police dogs.

Tickets are available at the St. Clair Shores Civic Arena or online at For more information, visit the K-9 Axe Memorial Hockey Game event page on Facebook

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4. Fire and Ice Festival
Jan. 18-20 • Downtown Rochester

Downtown Rochester will be heating up with cold-weather fun during the annual Fire and Ice Festival Jan. 18-20 at East Second and Mill streets.

The 12th annual festival features dog sledding demonstrations and rides, face painting, kids activities, and — if temperatures remain above freezing — a climbing tower, zip line rides, cornhole, hayrides and other warmer-weather activities. There will also be marshmallow roasting, a cartoon character-themed ice sculpture show on Main Street, live ice carving demonstrations, pet adoptions, a K-9 demonstration, carriage rides, the Brooksie Way Chill at the Mills 5K Race at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, music, shopping and more. All activities are free, including a fireworks display near the corner of East Third and Water streets at 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A concert by Rochester College’s a cappella group, Autumn, will precede the fireworks.

Festival hours are 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. A free shuttle service for the festival will be available at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1234 Walton Blvd. in Rochester Hills. For more information about the festival, visit or

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5. Grosse Pointe Theatre presents ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’
Sunday, Jan. 20 • Pierce Middle School, Grosse Pointe Park

The much-loved story of Elle Woods and her stereotype-busting transformation will come to life through Grosse Pointe Theatre’s production of "Legally Blonde: The Musical," which debuts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan 20, in the auditorium of Pierce Middle School, 15430 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park.

Additional performances will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 27, and at 8 p.m. Jan. 24, 25, 26, 31, and Feb. 1  and 2. Parking is free, and free valet parking will also be available. Tickets cost $25. For tickets or more information, call (313) 881-4004 or visit

Staff Writers Brendan Losinski, Kristyne Demske and Mary Beth Almond contributed to this report.