Saturday, April 6
Philapalooza 2: The Escapades Continue with Philapalooza 2! The Philharmonic invites all to a big musical party highlighting local stars and music with an urban vibe on Saturday, April 6 at the Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex. Several of the orchestra’s favorite guests return to celebrate great music, including saxophone virtuoso Zach Shemon, who’s fresh off his tour with the Prism Quartet, and Detroit’s own composer Rick Robinson. Joining the band will be the local community band and the Michigan Philharmonic Youth Band. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (734) 451-2112 or visit michiganphil.org.
Sunday, April 7
Bookstock: Metro Detroit’s largest used book and media sale, Bookstock, is coming to Livonia’s Laurel Park Place from Sunday, April 7 through Sunday, April 14. Bookstock has more than 300,000 used books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and records for sale at bargain prices. Pre-Sale runs from 8:15 to 11:00 a.m. Sunday, April 7. There is a $20 admission charge for the Pre-Sale only. Bookstock runs Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Join Bookstock for Monday Madness giveaways, Teacher Appreciation Day discounts on Tuesday and Wednesday, Bookbuster specials Thursday and Friday, and Cookstock featuring prizes and half-off cookbooks on Saturday. All books are half-price on April 14. All proceeds from Bookstock benefit literacy and education projects throughout metro Detroit. For more in- formation, call 248-645-7840 ext. 365 or visit bookstockmi.org.
Thursday, April 11
Dining out for Life: Dine out and give back through this annual fundraiser benefiting Matrix Human Services on Thursday, April 11. Matrix Human Services has partnered with local restaurants and bars to leverage your dollars for Detroiters in need through the internationally acclaimed fundraiser, Dining Out for Life. Dining Out for Life is a delicious way to give back and help thousands of local children and families in need. Participating establishments have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds on Thursday, April 11, only. These funds will stay local and go toward services for educating children, supporting families, and rebuilding neighborhoods. To make an impact, simply dine out at one of the participating venues. For more information about participating restaurants, visit www.diningoutforlifedetroit.org.
Thursday, April 11
Read to a Child: Join us Read to a Child Detroit’s annual gala from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at Valentine Vodka in Ferndale on Vester Ave. Individual tickets can be purchased for $45, and proceeds will support spreading the joy of reading to underserved elementary aged students in metro Detroit. Founded on the belief that every child deserves to be read to regularly by a caring adult, Read to a Child fulfills its mission through its flagship Lunchtime Reading Program at public elementary schools across the country. The program matches volunteers with students to read aloud one on-one during lunchtime on a weekly basis throughout the schoolyear.
Wednesday, April 17
Roadmap to Resilience: The Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition is hosting the Roadmap to Resilience on Wednesday, April 17 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Hosted at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital’s demonstration kitchen, this event is all about balancing life and coping skills. A number of guest speakers will be present to talk about various topics, including the benefits of therapy, developmental assets for a child’s success, and providing unconditional love.
Saturday, April 27
Luncheon and Fashion Show: Join the Grace Centers of Hope for their 21st Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon and Fashion Show from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. This event raises funds for the women’s programs for those that have been victims of homelessness, abuse, and addiction. This year’s event will feature spring trends from The Somerset Collection and will also include looks with fascinators and hats from Simply Marcella. The fundraising goal of $175,000 will allow the organization to continue its mission of transforming the lives of women who are addicted and hurting by providing life-saving services for them and their children. For more information, contact Olivia Jones at 1-855-HELP-GCH or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, April 27
Spring Charity Open House: The Lingenfelter Collection in Brighton will host an open house to benefit The American Cancer Society from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Guests will enjoy viewing this collection of over 180 vehicles that make up one of the greatest car collections in the world. The American Cancer Society funds and conducts research, shares expert information, assists patients, and spreads the word about cancer prevention. Guests attending the event support the organization by making a monetary donation at the door. Several activities are scheduled throughout the 40,000-square-foot showroom, including: limited-edition event poster signing by Ken Lingenfelter; startup of the Enzo Ferrari; door prizes; and refreshments and food from vendors including Tony’s Dog. All event proceeds will be donated to The American Cancer Society.
Tuesday, April 30
Care for a Taste: The 3rd Annual CARE for a Taste will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, at the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights. The GM Heritage Center is an exclusive venue that can only be visited through attendance at an event. In addition to participating in this exclusive event, spend the evening sharing the tastiest bites with distinguished community partners and leaders and hear powerful CARE stories of success and impact. Enjoy samples from over 25 of Michigan’s greatest restaurants and view the 165 historic GM vehicles that call the GM Heritage Center home. All proceeds raised will go toward CARE programs and services, which help to strengthen and educate communities and individuals in living healthy, substance-free lives. To purchase a ticket today, visit www.careofsem.com
Thursday, June 6
Min Sharetha: The Right to Life of Michigan is hosting their 5th annual Min Sharetha Benefit Dinner at the Shenandoah Country Club. A part of the Right to Life of Michigan’s educational profile outreach within the Chaldean Community, this year’s Master of Ceremonies will once again be Fr. Bryan Kassa and the event’s special guest speaker is Tim Tebow’s mom, Pam Tebow. Her notoriety increased when her youngest son Tim, quarterback for the Florida Gators, became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. During the nationally televised Heisman broadcast, ESPN aired a portion of an interview that focused on her refusal to abort Timmy when she was advised to do so. Reservations for Min Sharetha are as follows: $50 per individual; $450 per table of 10. To purchase a reservation or sponsorship, visit https://donationsef.rtl.org/min-sharetha-benefit-dinner/