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The Friday 5 — June 14-16

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published June 12, 2019

1. Cruisin’ Gratiot
Saturday, June 15 • Gratiot Avenue, Eastpointe

Cruising season is finally here, and this Saturday, classic car owners and enthusiasts will take to Gratiot Avenue in Eastpointe for the annual Cruisin’ Gratiot.

The cruise takes place along Gratiot between Eight Mile and 10 Mile roads in Eastpointe, with the cruise lane officially opening at 1:30 p.m. Special events are also scheduled from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Eastpointe High School, 15501 Couzens Ave. Festivities will include a welcome ceremony at 11 a.m., a VIP parade down Gratiot at 1 p.m. and an awards ceremony and raffle drawings at 8 p.m.

A week of car shows will also be held around Eastpointe leading up to cruise day. For more information, visit

Related story: Eastpointe hits the gas for the 21st annual Cruisin’ Gratiot

2.  Rochester Hometown Picnic and Pies
Saturday, June 15 • Rochester Municipal Park, Rochester

Grab a blanket, fill up a picnic basket and head to the first-ever Rochester Hometown Picnic and Pies event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Rochester Municipal Park, 400 Sixth St.

Along with the picnic, families can enjoy a bike parade, live entertainment at the band shell, old-school picnic games — including potato sack and egg-in-spoon races — and a pie baking contest and tasting.

For more information, visit

Related story: Enjoy a slice of fun during Rochester Hometown Picnic and Pies

3. Junk in the Trunk flea market
Saturday, June 15 • Jimmy John’s Field, Utica

Bargain shoppers and treasure hunters will find plenty of deals during the Junk in the Trunk community flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at parking lot A of Jimmy John’s Field, 7171 Auburn Road in Utica.

The huge sale — hosted by Woman’s Life Chapter No. 911 Macomb Angels — will take place rain or shine. There will be all sorts of interesting finds for sale from local residents, vendors, businesses and more, and each seller will be in a parking space or two with their “junk” for attendees to browse and buy.

For more information, visit

Related story: Junk in the Trunk flea market coming to Utica

4. EyesOn Design
Sunday, June 16 • Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores

The EyesOn Design car show — a Father’s Day tradition and a fundraiser for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology — will return this Sunday, June 16, to the grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores.

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include an estimated 200 to 300 vehicles that reflect the theme of design around the world,

Admission to the car show is available at the door and costs $25 for adults and is free for children ages 12 and younger when accompanied by an adult; active-duty military members with identification will be admitted for free. For more information, visit

Related story: EyesOn Design to take attendees on international vehicle design journey

5. ‘Salute to our Fathers’ concert
Sunday, June 16 • Ferndale High School, Ferndale

The Ferndale Community Concert Band will celebrate Father’s Day and honor veterans during its “Salute to our Fathers” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at Ferndale High School, 881 Pinecrest Drive.

Songs will include “Proudly We Hail,” “Military Symphony in F,” “Black Granite,” “Arlington,” “Hail Detroit!” and more. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, visit

Staff Writers Brendan Losinski, Mary Beth Almond, Kara Szymanski and K. Michelle Moran contributed to this report.