Foil Man! Aqua Boy! Both of these superheroes lived in my house. And while they disappeared along with the LEGOS and dinosaurs, members of my family are still passionate about heroes. After all, whether it’s a character from film, TV, novel and comic book, or one’s imagination, superheroes infuse a spark of energy, excitement, hope, and fun to everyday life.
Those families still hosting visitors from another generation, galaxy or imagination, as well as fans looking forward to the upcoming Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” opening in theaters July 20 (or after midnight on the 19th) are invited to enter our superhero photo contest.
Batman. Catwoman. Joker.
Email your Batman-inspired photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. One lucky person will win a family four-pack of movie tickets courtesy of MJR Digital Cinemas and be featured in the paper on Sunday, July 15. Don’t forget to put Batman Photo Contest in the subject line, and include your name, address, phone number and a brief description of when the photo was taken. You also can mail your entry to: Batman Photo Contest, Macomb Daily Marketing, P.O.Box 707, Mount Clemens, MI 48046. Entries must be received by July 9.
Check out the latest trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” and be inspired.
Twitter fans will get a sneak peak of the “Katy Perry: Part of Me” on July 2. Paramount and Twitter have partnered up for a special screening in 100 locations in 64 markets in the U.S. and Canada. The film offers fans a backstage look at Perry’s fun, glamorous, heartbreaking and crazy life. At each participating location, moviegoers will receive pink collectible Katy Perry RealD 3D glasses and an exclusive pin-up poster. Premiere tickets here
Fans also can go to Katy on Twitter and use the hashtag #KP3D Movie Sneak to share information about the movie with friends. The movie opens in theaters July 4th weekend.
Looking for something the family can do? Check out our weekend list of events and activities going on in the Detroit area. There’s something for everyone:
|Last year's winner Steven Kujawski (center).|
Hook your line on some fun at the Muskie Derby fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Michigan athletes. The annual event kicks off at 9 a.m., June 26 at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, 788 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe. “Who knows, the next winner could be you,” says Jim Adams, special projects director for Special Olympics Michigan. All fish caught will be measured and then released back into Lake St. Clair. A shotgun start will signal that fishing can begin. The winner of last year’s event was a member of the team, Special Olympics Michigan athlete Steven Kujawski who reeled in a 54-inch muskie. An awards dinner, raffle and silent auction will follow at 5 p.m., with trophies being awarded to the top three boats to hook the largest fish. Registration is available until June 25. The Michigan Ontario Muskie Club raises approximately $14,000 for Special Olympics Michigan athletes each year. For more information about Special Olympics Michigan visit www.somi.org. For details about the tourney, call 248-688-9603.
Vanguard Trout Unlimited for fishing enthusiasts meets 7:30 p.m. second Thursday monthly at Rochester’s Dinosaur Hill. Also, Fishing Buddies Fishing Club gathers 6:30 p.m. third Tuesdays at Rochester Hills OPC, 650 Leticia Drive. Call 248-375-1931.
Music on the lake
If you’re heading to Lake St. Clair Metropark on June 23 be sure to pack your dancing shoes, as WCSX-FM (94.7) will be putting on the “Blues, Brews and BBQ” show featuring live music by Ronnie Baker Brooks, Paz Man’s Super Session with Jeanne & the Dreams, Johnnie Bassett and the Brothers Groove, Broken Arrow and others. The event, which is also a fundraiser for Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, opens to the public at 1 p.m. Blues bands will take the stage at 3 p.m. To find the gig follow the sweet barbecue aroma of Smokin’ BBQ and Rub BBQ, serving up everything from smoked St. Louis ribs and pulled pork sandwiches to hot buttered corn on the cob and burgers. Radio personalities Steve Kostan and Juline Jordan will be broadcasting from the event throughout the day.
For more information visit: www.metroparks.com. A vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is only $25 annually for regular admission, $15 annually for seniors or $5 daily. General information can be found at www.metroparks.com or by calling 1-800-47-PARKS.
Rocking on the river
The Annual Detroit River Days festival will feature more than 75 street performers, local artists along with a mix of Grammy-winning artists. Appearing on the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Main Stage tonight is Kansas (9:30 p.m.), and Ty Stone (7:45). http://detroitriverfront.org/riverdays/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/RiverDaysMusicSchedule.pdf
The fourth annual Senior Fun Festival hosted by Macomb County Senior Citizen Services kicks off at 10 a.m., today at the Gibraltar Trade Center North Show Arena, 237 North River Road, Mount Clemens. Hundreds of exhibitors are expected to attend. The Michigan Vietnam Veteran Traveling Memorial will also be available for viewing.
DIA: Storyteller Performance
The summer fun continues at the Detroit Institute of Arts with a variety of activities and events for the entire family to enjoy including live music and drawing in the gallery. Roan Judd, who uses mime, puppetry and physically-based acting techniques to tell multicultural stories from around the world will be the featured guest, June 24, at 2 p.m. The Five Spanish Masterpieces exhibit will be appearing at the DIA June 21 through Aug. 19. The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. For more information, visit www.dia.org or call 313-833-7971.
Crocker House Garden Walk, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 23 features Mount Clemens gardens, the Miller Street Garden Boutique and the Great Lakes Lace Group. Tickets are $10, or $8 for Macomb County Historical Society members. Visit www.crockerhousemuseum.com. Lunch is available at Che Cosa for $8; for reservations, 586-954-2677.
Evangelical Home of Sterling Heights will present a garden walk, June 23, from 9-11 a.m. The gardens were established more than 20 years ago by Michigan State University and Macomb County Master Gardener volunteers and feature three areas to view – all of which are accessible by wheelchair. Evangelical Home is at 14900 Shoreline Drive, off the Lakeside Mall access road, just east of Penna’s Ristorante.
Log Cabin Days at the Historic Village, Beebe and Park streets, Richmond, noon-4 p.m. June 24, includes living history encampment by St. Clair Voyageurs, storytelling, Civi War displays, blacksmithing. Call 586-727-7773.
Ray Township 11th community picnic, noon-4:30 p.m. June 24, at 64255 Wolcott road. The day includes food and beverages for sale, raffles, $1 train rides, free classic car show, kids’ bingo, crafts, magic show, children’s games, petting farm.
Macomb County Warming Center will benefit from a percentage of sales between 4 to 9 p.m. June 25 at Cloverleaf Restaurant & Bar, 24443 Gratiot south of 10 Mile Road in Eastpointe. Raffles and entertainment also are planned. Call 586-321-0998.
Free Chesterfield Walks for ages 55 and older take place 9:30 a.m. July 1, 25, Aug. 8, 22 and 28, and 9 a.m. June 26, July 17, 31, and Aug. 14 and 28, at the Charter Township of Chesterfield Municipal Building. Registration required.
Wayne State University Press presents Made in Michigan Literary Walk featuring poets and writers, starting at noon June 30; the walk stops at several venues through the Midtown Detroit area. Call 313-577-6077.
Utica Antiques Market, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 7-8 at 11541 21 mile road; $5 admission, free parking. For details, 586-254-3495 or www.uticaantiques.com.
Open house and ice cream social from noon to 3 p.m. June 23 at Services for Older Citizens new location on Ridge Road at Muir Road, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Upcoming programs at the St. Clair Shores Public Library, 22500 11 Mile Road, include free “Classic Movie Fridays,” through June 29; also, summer reading club registrations accepted through July 27. Film Movement 6:30 p.m. third Thursday monthly, “Before Your Eyes” plays June 21. To register or for program information, 586-771-9020 or www.scslibrary.org.
Upcoming events at Warren Civic Center Library include: mini-makeover night, 6 p.m. June 27 for 12-17 years; Friends from the Farm Night, 6:30 p.m. June 28. All programs at the library in Warren City Hall, two blocks east of Van Dyke, north of 12 Mile Road; registration required for some sessions, call 586-751-0770.
Meadow Brook tours
Summer tours at Meadow Brook Hall on the Oakland University Campus in Rochester are under way at 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. A new architecture tour includes interior and exterior highlights of the design and construction process, 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; Behind-The-Scenes tours that include the staff wing are noon and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; each tour admission is $15 adults, $10 seniors, free ages 12 and younger. Twilight Tuesdays are 6-9 p.m. June 12, July 13 and Aug. 28, $10 adults, free ages 12 and younger. Call 248-364-6200 or go to www.meadowbrookhall.org.
Free music series “Sound of Music … Past,” 7 p.m. June 28 (New Horizons Band), July 25 (Sentimental Journey Band) and Aug. 22 (Jean Bastian’s Double Brass Quartet), at Beebe Street Park, Richmond, presented by Senior Helpers of Richmond. Call 586-430-1015.
Concerts/dancing at Lake St. Clair Metropark take place 6:30-10 p.m. Sundays throughout August; Programs free with Metropark vehicle annual entry permit, $25 season, $15 ages 62 and older, or $5 daily. Visit www.metroparks.com or call 586-463-4581.
Grosse Pointe Village Association’s Music on The Plaza free outdoor jazz concert series presented by St. John Hospital & Medical Center, 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 2, on Village Festival Plaza at Kercheval and St. Clair in downtown Grosse Pointe. Call 313-886-7474 or www.thevillagegp.com.
Concerts at Stony Creek Metropark in Washington Township feature 80’s Inc., July 6; Air Margaritaville, July 20; Justine Blazer, Aug. 3; Dr. Pocket, Aug. 10. Music begins 7:30 p.m. at Eastwood Beach. Free, but Metropark vehicle entry permit required. Call 586-781-4242 or www.metroparks.com.
Lexington Arts Council Music in the Park series, opening acts 6 p.m., main show 7:30 p.m. June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, at Patrick Tierney Memorial Park, Lexington. Free. Visit www.lexarts.com.
Summer Music Festival at Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Road, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays July 11-Aug. 8; grounds open 6 p.m. Admission $8 per person; food available for purchase or guests can bring their own picnic. For details, 313-881-7511 ro www.WarMemorial.org.
Grosse Pointe War Memorial’s 2012 Summer Musical Theatre Camp presents “Grease,” 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. July 3, at the Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Drive. For tickets, $9 adults, $6 students and senior citizens, call 313-881-7511.
Teen Actors of Ridgedale present “Fame,” 7 p.m. June 23, 2 p.m. June 24 at the theater, 205 W. Long Lake road. For tickets, $8.50, visit www.ridgedaleplayers.com or 248-988-7049.
“The Ugly Duckling” plays 10:30 a.m. through June 26-29 and July 5-7 at the Hilberry Theatre, at Cass and Hancock on the Wayne State University campus in Detroit. For tickets, $5 children, $8 adults, call 313-577-2972 or www.hilberry.com.
Summer Shakespeare Series opens with “The Tempest,” 7 p.m. June 23, at Richmond High School auditorium. For general admission tickets, $5 students, $6 adults, call 586-430-1039. Project cosponsored Richmond Community Theatre, Richmond High School Drama Department and Southeast Michigan Youth Theatre.
Detroit Repertory Theatre premieres “Taking Care of Mimi,” through June 24, at the theater, 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit. For tickets, 313-868-1347 or www.detroitreptheatre.com.
“Robocop: The Musical” 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, through Aug. 3, at Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 261 Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Tickets $15. Visit www.gocomedy.net.
Mount Clemens Garden Club meeting about herbal teas, noon July 9, at Mount Clemens Public Library Community Room, 150 Cass Ave. Non-member admission $5. To RSVP, call 586-226-0124.
Utica Riverwalk Rubber Piggy Race, 4:30 p.m. July 7 at Riverwalk Park off Auburn Road. Tickets $5 each or six for $20 available at Utica City Hall, Utica Police Department, Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce office. Call 586-731-5400 ext. 10, 11 or 13.
Macomb Blind Bowlers for visually impaired and/or blind individuals 18 and older, league bowling 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Fraser Star Lanes, northeast corner of 14 Mile and Garfield roads. Fee $10 per week. Call 586-360-9543.
Patches Squares dance club hosts beginning square dance lessons, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church of Warren, 5005 Chicago Road. First class (no matter when dancers start) is free, $3 for following sessions. Call 248-613-3169.
Your imagination is your preview to life's coming attractions -- Albert Einstein