The Friday 5 — Jan. 4-6

By: Jennifer Sigouin | C&G Newspapers | Published January 3, 2019

1. National Bird Day celebration at the zoo
Saturday, Jan. 5 • Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

The Detroit Zoo’s feathered friends will take center stage during National Bird Day this Saturday, Jan. 5.

As part of the celebration, the zoo will offer several bird-related learning activities and special talks in the zoo’s Matilda R. Wilson Free-Flight Aviary. Conversations with Detroit Zoological Society field scientists will take place at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The talks will focus on efforts to save endangered birds native to Michigan.

Visitors may also want to explore the zoo’s newly expanded red panda habitat or take a peek at the zoo’s newest resident, a rescued otter named Kalee. The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, west of Woodward Avenue, in Royal Oak. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

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2. Aretha Franklin exhibit
Ongoing • Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit

The Detroit Historical Museum in midtown is celebrating the life and music of Aretha Franklin in a special exhibition inside the museum’s Kid Rock Music Lab.

Visitors will find a mixture of memorabilia and information in the small but substantial exhibition. Thanks to a loan from Eastpointe’s Melodies and Memories, the museum is able to display “almost a full collection” of Franklin’s dozens of albums, said Sarah Murphy, marketing and public relations manager for the museum.

The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave. Admission is free. For more information, call (313) 833-1805 or visit

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3. Final weekend of ‘Holiday Belles’ tours
Jan. 4-6 • Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores

The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores, will host its final weekend of “Holiday Belles” house tours Jan. 4-6.

The tours offer visitors a glimpse into the holiday celebrations that Eleanor Ford hosted at her home in the 1960s in anticipation of debutante balls for her granddaughters.

Hours are noon-7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost for $12 adults, $11 for seniors, $8 for children ages 5 and older, and are free for kids 4 and younger as well as for Ford House members. For more information, visit or call (313) 884-4222.

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4. New Year, New You Wellness Expo
Saturday, Jan. 5 • Royal Oak Farmers Market, Royal Oak

Learn how to get 2019 off to a healthy start during the New Year, New You Wellness Expo from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road in Royal Oak. The free event will feature wellness presentations and exhibits, products to sample and purchase, healthy concessions, live music and more.  

For more information, call (248) 246-3276 or visit

5. ‘Lost & Found’ photography exhibit
Now through March 3 • Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

For a unique glimpse into Detroit’s past, look no further than the Detroit Institute of Arts' “found” photography exhibition, "Lost & Found: Photographs from the DIA’s Collection."

According to the DIA’s website, “Lost & Found: features “rediscovered photographs rescued from attics, resale shops, online sources and the Detroit Institute of Arts’ archives.” The photos were taken from the 1860s to the 1970s, and include images from carnival photo booths, family albums, commercial portrait studios and more.

The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. Admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For more information, visit

Staff Writer K. Michelle Moran contributed to this report.