48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
a.m. Be part of “Operation Yes We Can” by helping collect over 1,000 pounds of food for hungry families in the Metro Detroit area. Donate canned goods (and can openers) for Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Also, enjoy fun for the entire family, including live animals and deer feedings. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Belle Isle Nature Center, Jefferson at the foot of East Grand Blvd., Detroit. (You must have a State Recreation Park Pass to enter the park.) Free. Call (313) 852-4056.
a.m. Enjoy a Health & Fitness Expo for liturgical dancers and fitness gurus at Henry Ford College, an event being hosted by the National Association of Liturgical Active Dancers, an affiliate of Higher Praise Dance Academy. Activities include dance, exercise, information on nutrition and beauty, and shopping with a host of vendors. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. $45 (extra for massages and facials). NALAD members get a $10 discount. Members are asked to wear NALAD T-shirts. Register at higherpraisedanceacademy.com. 5101 Evergreen, Dearborn. Call (313) 262-6933.
p.m. The Carr Center presents an evening with three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz singer-songwriter Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Dee Dee Bridgewater Quartet at its Carr Center Community Hub — Garden Theater. 7:30 p.m. Sat. $27 advance, $35 at-the-door. 3929 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 965-8430 or visit thecarrcenter.org.
a.m. Don’t miss the 26th annual Novi Boat Show at Suburban Collection Showplace where you’ll find a free boating safety course, a kids zone, interactive displays, broadcast center with Radio Station Street Teams, food, drinks and more. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. $11, free for those 12 and younger with paying adult. 46100 Grand River, Novi. Call (248) 348-5600.
p.m. See an annual exhibit of needlework from embroiderers of all levels at the Somerset Inn in Troy. Pieces will be judged and some will be awarded ribbons. The event is being hosted by the National Academy of Needlearts, and includes a merchandise night Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through Tuesday. Free. 2601 W. Big Beaver, Troy. Visit needleart.org/.
p.m. Judge Marylin Atkins joins Source Booksellers to discuss her recently published memoir, “The Triumph of Rosemary.” 5:30 p.m. Sun. 4240 Cass Detroit. Call (313) 832-1155.
p.m. The Macomb Symphony Orchestra presents the Baroque Experience at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. Featured will be music from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3, a sonata for trumpet and strings by H.I.F. Biber, as well as Handel’s coronation anthem “Zadok the Priest,” with the Macomb Chamber Choir. 3 p.m. Sun. Reserved seating is $24 adults and $18 seniors, students. 44475 Garfield, Clinton Township. Call (586) 286-2222 or visit macombsymphony.org.