The Friday 5 — May 11-13

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Josh Soltman | Online Only | Published May 10, 2018

1. Royal Oak in Bloom
May 13 • Sixth and Main and Seventh and Main parking lots, Royal Oak

The 25th annual Royal Oak in Bloom event will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday, May 13, in the parking lots located at 600 S. Main St. and 700 S. Main St., as well as Seventh Street between Main and Center Street, instead of in front of City Hall.

The annual flower and garden sale hopes to bring in plenty of moms, as the event falls on Mother's Day. The event will feature nearly 70 vendors, many of whom also bring decorative lawn items. Some specifically popular items annually include ferns from English Gardens and tomato plants grown by the Uhlianuk brothers.

Parking in the city is free on Sundays. The Oakland Community College parking structure will be open for no cost. The chamber will also be offering a free service to drive shoppers and their purchases back to their vehicles using utility vehicles.

For more information, call (248) 547-4000 or visit

Related story: Royal Oak in Bloom moves to new location

2. Art Birmingham
May 12-13 • Shain Park, Birmingham

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and the Guild of Artists and Artisans will combine to host the 37th Art Birmingham outdoor art fair this weekend.

The fair will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 12, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at Shain Park in Birmingham.

Art Birmingham will allow visitors the opportunity to explore booths from 150 artists who will be selling original artwork. A variety of art mediums will be available for purchase, including photography, painting, ceramics, metalsmithing, printmaking and more.

Shain Park is located on Merrill Street in downtown Birmingham.

For more information, visit

Related story: Art Birmingham celebrates community creativity

3. Heroes Day
May 12 • Macomb Mall, Roseville

The fifth annual Heroes Day will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12 at Macomb Mall, 32233 Gratiot Ave.

The event, which is in partnership with the Roseville Police Department, will provide participants a free, fun and family-oriented outing that allows them to meet and interact with real-life first responders. Personnel from local and state agencies, along with military, veteran and community organizations will be on-site. The Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation will also be there to provide free child identification kits as part of the Michigan Child Identification Program.

In addition to featuring vehicles inside and outside the mall, the event will also offer other activities, such as airbrush tattoos, a creation station where kids can create their own thank-a-hero art piece, and rides in the parking lot on a kid-sized fire truck with Stan the Safety Fireman.

For more information, visit

Related story: Macomb Mall partners with Roseville police to host Heroes Day

4. 'The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940' performances
May 10-12 • Bloomfield Hills High School, Bloomfield Hills

Bloomfield Hills High School drama students will perform the slapstick comedy “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” May 10-12 at the school, 4200 Andover Road. Shows will begin each night at 7:30 p.m.

The production is described as “a madcap comedy calling back to 1940s Broadway and classic murder mysteries.” The show is unique for Bloomfield Hills High School students because it involves a much more technical set than what is usually used for productions, as well as much more physical comedy than usual.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students. They can be purchased at or at the door.

For more information, visit

Related story: Longtime BHHS director stages ‘The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940’ as swan song

5. Great Lakes Mega Meet for scrapbookers
May 10-12 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

The 19th annual Great Lakes Mega Meet scrapbooking event will be held May 10-12 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.

Guests can register for professionally led classes, attend an evening crop party and browse booths from 80 different vendors, all offering various product lines.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 10 and 11, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12. Preregistration — which includes early admission — is available at, with one-, two- and three-day passes available. Walk-in admission costs $10 per day at the door, cash only.

For more information, call (248) 583-7133.

Staff writers Sarah Wojcik, Brendan Losinski, Tiffany Esshaki and Bria Brown contributed to this report.