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Things to do around town this weekend

 

Michigan Renaissance Festival 2014

By Jeffrey Buck

There are several things to do around town this Labor Day weekend and the Detroit Free Press has once again compiled a nice list of the top 10 events you can’t miss. Check out the list by clicking here. Some of the events on list include ones we shared earlier this week:

And several others: Continue reading

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Second Chance for Summer Zoomance August 21

 

Detroit Zoo - Summer Zoomance

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Those who missed the first Summer Zoomance event in July will have a second chance to fall in love with the Detroit Zoo all over again. Another after-hours, 21-and-older Summer Zoomance will take place this Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission for guests is $14.

Summer Zoomance allows grownups to relive their fond memories of the Detroit Zoo while creating new ones with a twilight stroll among the award-winning animal habitats.

The rain-or-shine event features performances by blues guitarist and vocalist Laith Al-Saadi, complimentary tram tours, animal enrichment and zookeeper talks.

Guests can take a spin on the Carousel for an additional $2 and enjoy a scenic ride through the Zoo on the Tauber Family Railroad for a one-way fare of $3. Food and adult beverages will also be available for purchase.

Tickets are available online at by clicking here and can also be purchased at the admission gates.

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The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue off I-696 in Royal Oak, Mich. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day (with extended hours until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61 and $10 for children 2 to 14, senior citizens 62 and older and active military with ID; children under 2 are admitted free. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission to the Nature Zoo is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all personal vehicles to enter Belle Isle State Park. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

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Things to do around town this weekend

Bird Bash 2014

By Jeffrey Buck

There are several things to do around town this weekend and the Detroit Free Press has compiled a nice list of the top 10 events you can’t miss. Check out the list by clicking here. Some of my favorites from the list include:

Do you know of any other events going on this weekend? Share them below in the comments section.

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Tri-county Seniors Invited to Free Day at the Zoo September 4

The Detroit Zoo | Woodward Spine 2013

The Detroit Zoo | Woodward Spine 2013

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Senior citizens living in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties are invited to enjoy a day at the Detroit Zoo on Senior Day, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seniors 62 and older and a caregiver will receive free admission, parking and rides on the Tauber Family Railroad.

Senior Day will also feature live music, tractor train tours, bingo, a senior resource area and zookeeper talks highlighting some of the Zoo’s senior animal residents.

In addition, Blue Care Network and the SilverSneakers Fitness Program are pairing up to offer a free group exercise class, exercise demos and functional fitness assessments.

The fall Senior Day is one of two free days for tri-county seniors held annually at the Detroit Zoo in appreciation for voter approval in 2008 of a ballot proposal to fund the Zoo.

The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at the intersection of 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, just off I-696, in Royal Oak, Mich. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day (with extended hours until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61, $12 for senior citizens 62 and older, and $9 for children 2 to 14 (children under 2 are free). The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

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Second Chance for Summer Zoomance August 22

Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Those who missed the first Summer Zoomance event will have a second chance to fall in love with the Detroit Zoo all over again. Another after-hours, 21-and-older Summer Zoomance will take place Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine. Admission for all guests is $12 in advance and $14 after Aug. 16. Parking is free for Detroit Zoological Society members and $5 for non-members.

Summer Zoomance allows grown-ups to relive their fond memories of the Detroit Zoo while creating new ones during a twilight stroll among the award-winning animal habitats. The event will feature complimentary Carousel rides, tram tours, animal enrichment and zookeeper talks. Blues guitarist and vocalist Laith Al-Saadi will perform, and food and adult beverages will be available for purchase.

Tickets for Summer Zoomance can be purchased online at www.detroitzoo.org and at the admission gates the night of the event.

The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at the intersection of 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, just off I-696, in Royal Oak, Mich. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day (with extended hours until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61, $12 for senior citizens 62 and older, and $9 for children 2 to 14 (children under 2 are free). The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

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Hop on over to Bunnyville at the Detroit Zoo this Saturday

Bunnyville - Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – An “egg-stravaganza” of family fun is planned for the Detroit Zoo’s 22nd annual Bunnyville celebration on Saturday, March 30, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by Meijer, Bunnyville features treats, games, crafts, live entertainment and animal enrichment.

Bunnyville visitors are encouraged to bring a canned or other non-perishable food item to be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Each guest with a food donation will receive a reduced admission price of $8, parking not included. Admission for Detroit Zoological Society members is free, but members are encouraged to bring food donations.

Bunnyville will include a Golden Egg Hunt, Funny Bunny Games sponsored by Tim Hortons, springtime crafts, and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny (available for purchase). Guests can stop by the Whisker Painting Station – sponsored by WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone – for their official Bunnyville whiskers.

The Off Broadway Productions musical “The Bunny Follies” will be performed in the Events Pavilion at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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Detroit’s premier Dixieland group Detroit Pleasure Society performs live

Detroit Pleasure Society | Doug Coombe

Detroit Pleasure Society | Doug Coombe

DETROIT, MICH. – Itching for some Dixieland? Longing for Prohibition’s Top 40? Come celebrate the debut album release of Detroit Pleasure Society!

Before Swing, before Bebop, there was Dixie Land, and the Detroit Pleasure Society easily takes you to another era. The newest sibling to the Detroit Party Marching Band, Detroit Pleasure Society has a different lean on similar instrumentation. With horns, drums and banjo, this 6 piece group perform tunes of times past, with Dixie Land and New Orleans style brass music, playing everything from Rebirth to Bix.

Detroit Pleasure Society hosts a slew of talented Detroit musicians with a variety of backgrounds. Members include guitar aficionado Nick Schillace (of the folk group Lac La Belle) on Tenor Banjo, Ben Luckett (of Kenny Tudricks’ band) on Drums, and Nicole McUmber, Thomas Gilchrist, Paul Mardirosian, and Stephen Bublitz of the Detroit Party Marching Band.

Friday, February 22nd
Detroit Pleasure Society CD Release
wsg Danny Kroha, Glenn Tucker

PJ’s Lager House
1254 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI
313-961-4668
www.pjslagerhouse.com
21+
$5
Doors 9pm

DPS will perform two sets, along with sets from special guests Glenn Tucker on the piano and Danny Kroha playing the Delta blues. Expect the finest in Detroit Dixieland as they take PJ’s Lager House back to its prohibition days.

http://detroitpleasuresociety.com/

Glenn Tucker is a versatile up-and-coming jazz pianist, organist, composer, and arranger currently from Detroit, Michigan. He is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where he studied privately with Geri Allen. Glenn has also been mentored by area piano greats including bebopper Claude Black, early jazz historian James Dapogny, and modern jazz stalwart Roger Jones.

www.glenntucker.bandcamp.com

Danny Kroha, known for his work in rock bands The Gories and The Demolition Doll Rods, one of Detroit’s most treasured musicians. His expressive solo performances offer deep-roots in the style of Delta blues, along with long woven tales that bring the listener to the core of each tune.

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