The Friday 5 — May 3-5

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published May 1, 2019

1. Community Kite Day
Saturday, May 4 • Prince Drewry Park, Clinton Township

This Saturday is the perfect time to go fly a kite, as the ever-popular Community Kite Day, sponsored by the Clinton Township and Mount Clemens Optimist Clubs and Clintondale Community Schools, returns to Clinton Township.

This year’s rain-or-shine event will run from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Prince Drewry Park, 22055 Quinn Road. The event has become a local family favorite, especially because everything is free, including a petting zoo, train rides, a DJ, giveaways and more.

Preregistration is not required, but families register when they arrive, and they receive free hot dogs, snacks, beverages and, of course, kites. No pets are allowed, and attendees must bring their own blankets and chairs. For more information, email

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2. International Glass Invitational Awards Exhibition
May 4-July 5 • Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak

The 47th annual International Glass Invitational Awards Exhibition kicks off with a grand opening celebration at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Habatat Galleries, 4400 Fernlee Ave., near West 14 Mile Road and Coolidge Highway, in Royal Oak.

The show features 500 pieces of glass art from over 100 artists. The theme of this year’s invitational is “An Artist’s Life!,” and the gallery asked the artists to provide glimpses into their lives as artists and to share their thoughts.

For more information, call (248) 554-0590 or visit

Related story: International glass show to return to Habatat Galleries for 47th year

3. Southfield Fishing Derby
Saturday, May 4 • Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve, Southfield

For the 35th year, the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department will host the Southfield Fishing Derby at Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve in Southfield.

The free event is slated for 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 4, and it’s open to all ages. Participants are not required to secure a fishing license, but all anglers are encouraged to bring their own equipment.  According to officials, the preserve features two areas to fish, and both will be fully stocked for the event with bluegill and bass.

Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve, located on 10 Mile Road, just east of Inkster Road, features 42 acres of woodlands, forested wetlands and native meadows overlooking Carpenter Lake. There is about a half-mile walk through the woods to reach the lake.

For more information, call the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department at (248) 796-4620.

Related story: Fishing Derby in Southfield returns May 4 for 35th year

4. The Macomb Ballet Company presents ‘Once Upon a Time …’
May 3-4 • The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township

The Macomb Ballet Company will explore three much-loved fairy tales during its presentation of  “Once Upon a Time … A Journey Through the Classics” this Friday and Saturday.

The trio of ballets will include "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty" and "The Little Mermaid,” featuring music from their respective Disney animated movies.

Performances will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Ticket prices range from $8 to $15. To purchase tickets, visit or call (586) 946-4622.

5. Huntington Woods Gallery Hop
Sunday, May 5 • Huntington Woods

The Huntington Woods Arts and Garden Board will host a Gallery Hop from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5.

The event will begin at the Huntington Woods Public Library, 26415 Scotia Road in Huntington Woods. Participants will get a wristband and a map to the local art galleries and artist studios on the tour.

Tickets cost $5 in advance and $10 on the day of the event, and registration will be completed at the library. For more information, email