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The Friday 5 — April 19-21

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published April 17, 2019

1. Bunnyville at the zoo
April 19-20 • The Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

The Detroit Zoo will be hopping this weekend during the annual Bunnyville celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 19-20.

Bunnyville, which is free with regular zoo admission, features an array of festive, family-friendly activities, including educational programming, entertainment, zookeeper talks, games, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and more. Visitors can also search for golden eggs hidden throughout the zoo. In addition, visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods and other nonperishable food items to be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank.

The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

2. Royal Oak Earth Day celebration
Saturday, April 20 • Royal Oak Farmers Market

The Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board is inviting the public to its third annual Earth Day event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, on the west porch of the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road.

The event aims to promote awareness of simple and fun ways to be more environmentally responsible. There will be activities for kids; demonstrations; and a variety of exhibitors, including mirainbarrel, the Sierra Club, Modern Natural Baby, Sullivan Funeral Directors with The Preserve Cemetery, Citizens Climate Change Lobby, the Michigan Department of Transportation, The Office Coffee Shop, Plants for Ecology, DTE Energy and the Time Bank.

Earth Day is officially April 22. For more information about the event, email

Related story: Embrace Earth Day at the Royal Oak Farmers Market

3. Italian Film Festival USA of Metro Detroit
April 19-20 • Emerald Theatre, Mount Clemens

The Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St. in Mount Clemens., will host free film screenings this weekend as part of the 15th annual Italian Film Festival USA of Metro Detroit, which celebrates top films in contemporary Italian cinema.

Films showings include “Resin" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19; "Put Grandma in the Freezer" at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20; and "Just Believe" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20.

For more information, call (248) 917-2352 or visit

4. Good Friday Fish Fry
Friday, April 19 • Metro Detroit

Good Friday, April 19, brings the Lenten season to a close, which means it’s your last chance to hit up one of the many Friday fish fries happening around metro Detroit.

Many local churches and organizations are offering all-you-can-eat Friday fish dinners, as well as carryout options. To find one near you, check out our Fish Fry Fridays listing and map here:

5. Easter egg hunts
April 19-21 • Metro Detroit

If you’re looking for an “egg-citing” Easter event for the whole family, several local communities are hosting egg hunts this weekend:

Harrison Township
• The Harrison Township Fire Department is bringing back its annual Easter egg hunt for Harrison Township residents April 20 on the football field at L’Anse Creuse High School, 38495 L’Anse Creuse St.  Activities start at 10 a.m. and include photos with the Easter Bunny and Smokey the Fire Dog, a bounce house, a DJ, games and crafts. The egg hunt starts promptly at 11 a.m. for Harrison Township children 12 and younger.

Royal Oak
• At 10 a.m. Friday, April 19, a helicopter will drop 15,000 marshmallows from the sky above Worden Park, located at Lexington Boulevard and Crooks Road. The event is open to all Royal Oak residents, as well as anyone outside the city, and will be facilitated in three waves: children 4 years old and younger, children ages 5-7 and children ages 8-12.

• At 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, the Royal Oak Kiwanis Club will welcome kids of all ages to round up as many eggs as they can and meet the Easter Bunny at Starr Jaycee Park, off 13 Mile Road, east of Crooks Road.

Shelby Township
• Crossroads Community Church, 2690 Auburn Road in Shelby Township, will host its annual Easter Scramble from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 21. The free event includes a homemade breakfast from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., a worship service from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and an Easter egg hunt for kids ages 1-12 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Attendees should be aware that the breakfast is not allergen-free. For more information, visit or call (586) 731-5690.

St. Clair Shores
• The St. Clair Shores Easter Egg Hunt will return to Veterans Memorial Park at noon April 20. There are three age groups in the hunt — ages 0-3, 3-8 and 8 and older. The park, located at 32400 Jefferson Ave., will open at 11 a.m. for those who want to participate. Before the hunt, Sue Crowe, a State Farm Insurance Agent at 31800 Harper Ave., and her employees will provide a cookie and scone decorating station.

• Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church, 22310 E. 13 Mile Road in St. Clair Shores, will host an Easter egg hunt starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20. Kids can also get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and enjoy fun crafts and activities. The event is free and open to the public. Call (586) 293-1148 for more information.

West Bloomfield
• St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 7979 Commerce Road in West Bloomfield, is hosting a community Easter egg hunt and family fun day from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20. In addition to the egg hunt, there will be plenty of fun activities, games and snacks. The event is open to children ages 3-10 and will be held rain or shine. No registration is necessary. For more information, call (248) 363-0741.

Related stories:

Easter activities abound in Royal Oak, Clawson

Firefighters to host Easter egg hunt April 20

Easter egg hunt returns to St. Clair Shores April 20

C & G Staff Writers Sarah Wojcik, Julie Snyder, and Kristyne Demske contributed to this report.