The Friday 5 — Jan. 3-5

C&G Newspapers | Published January 2, 2020

1. Owl Prowl
Friday, Jan. 3 • Farmington Hills Nature Center, Farmington Hills

The Farmington Hills Nature Center at Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road in Farmington Hills, will host two Owl Prowl events at 6 p.m. Jan. 3 and 10. Participants will experience a guided hike through the trails of Heritage Park in search of owls and other nocturnal animals. The cost is $5 per person. Participants are asked to register early, as this program usually sells out, and to dress for the weather.

For more information or to register, check out the event on the city's Latest News page or call (248) 477-1135.

2. Blood Drive
Friday, Jan. 3 • Fire Station No. 5, West Bloomfield

The West Bloomfield Rotary Club, in honor of Rosaria Durant, will host a blood drive 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fire Station No. 5 at 5425 W. Maple Road. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome, and donors will receive a $10 e-gift card.

For more information, call 866-624-5663 or visit

3. Dollar Skate Days
Friday-Saturday, Jan. 3-4 • Viking Ice Arena, Hazel Park

Dollar Skate Days return from noon to 3 p.m Jan. 2-4 to Viking Ice Arena, 1555 E.  Woodward Heights Blvd. in Hazel Park. One can go ice skating for just $1, or skate and enjoy a meal for $3.

The promotion is held in cooperation with the Hazel Park Community Coalition to get people out of the cold and into some family-friendly fun. The event drew several hundred guests each year.

For more information or to register, visit or call (248) 546-5700.

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4. 'New Year, New You!' Wellness Expo
Saturday, Jan. 4 • Royal Oak Farmers Market, Royal Oak

The "New Year, New You!" Wellness Expo will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road in Royal Oak. The healthy living expo will showcase dozens of products and services for a healthier body, mind, home and family.

There will also be presentations and demonstrations by health experts, free food samples, door prizes, live music, free massages, concessions and more. Admission and on-site parking are free.

Visit for more information.

5. French piano recital and dessert
Saturday, Jan. 4 • Congregational Church of Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills

The Alliance Francaise de Detroit/French Institute of Michigan will present a French piano recital from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Birmingham, United Church of Christ, 1000 Cranbrook Road in Bloomfield Hills.

French pianist Michele Renoul will perform a one-hour concert of classical music, and a traditional French dessert will be served afterward. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-17, and are free for kids younger than 5.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (248) 538-5440 or visit