The Friday 5 — March 6-8

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published March 4, 2020

1. ‘Let’s Play! Toys, Games & Culture’ exhibit
Now through May 2 • Lorenzo Cultural Center, Clinton Township

Relive treasured childhood memories during the “Let’s Play! Toys, Games & Culture” exhibit at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, located at 44575 Garfield Road, on the Center Campus of Macomb Community College, in Clinton Township. 

Visitors can check out more than 250 vintage games, toys and artifacts on display, including a mid-20th century jack-in-the-box, a 1920 mahjong set, G.I. Joe, an Atari set from the ‘80s, Legos, Barbie dolls, board games and a train set.

Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. For more information, visit or call (586) 445-7348.

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2. ‘Shakespeare in Love’
March 6-8 • The Village Players Playhouse, Birmingham

The Village Players will hold several performances of its stage adaptation of “Shakespeare in Love” — based on the Academy Award-winning motion picture — this month at the Village Players Playhouse, 34660 Woodward Ave. in Birmingham. 

The play centers around Will Shakespeare, who has writer’s block and is in need of inspiration as the deadline for his new play approaches. He soon finds his muse, Viola, who is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing — including breaking the law — to appear in his next play. The show runs approximately 2.5 hours, with a 15-minute intermission. 

This weekend’s showtimes are 8 p.m. March 6-7 and 2 p.m. March 8.Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at or by calling the theater box office at (248) 644-2075. 

3. Maple Syrup Days
Saturdays, March 7, 14 and 21 • Stage Nature Center, Troy

The Stage Nature Center, located at 6685 Coolidge Highway in Troy, will hold Maple Syrup Days on the first three Saturdays in March. 

The event will offer guests the chance to venture into the woods of the nature preserve with a guide to learn how the trees are tapped, and to see how maple sugar was processed 100 years ago and how the process is the same today.Tours last 1 1/2  hours and start every half hour between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. March 7, 14 and 21.

Maple Syrup Days costs $9 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-12. Children younger than 4 attend for free. The cost for members of the Troy Nature Society and the Troy Historical Society is $6. Walks-ins are welcome on a space-available basis. Register online at or call (248) 688-9703.

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4. Detroit Youth Choir performance
Friday, March 6 • Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

The Detroit Youth Choir, which came in second place on the TV show “America’s Got Talent” in 2019, will perform at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. March 6 in the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. 

The Detroit Youth Choir aims to give students ages 8-18 a world-class performing art experience that develops their creative skills and talents.The DIA performances are part of the DIA’s Friday Night Live! Program. The shows are free but online registration is recommended.Museum admission is free for residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. For more information, visit

5. ‘Spring Forward’ amphibian program
Sunday, March 8 • Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

Celebrate Daylight Saving Time while learning about amphibian conservation during the Detroit Zoological Society’s “Spring Forward” event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 8 at the Belle Isle Nature Center, located at 176 Lakeside Drive, at the east end of Belle Isle, in Detroit. 

The free event will feature frog mask making, leapfrog games, storytelling and more.  DZS life sciences staff who care for the amphibians at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center will also be on hand to teach visitors about amphibian conservation. 

Admission to the Belle Isle Nature Center is free, but a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all personal vehicles to enter Belle Isle State Park. For information, visit

Staff Writers Maria Allard, Tiffany Esshaki and Terry Oparka contributed to this report.