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Pollinator Palooza

Pollinator Palooza buzzing at Ford House

What’s all the buzz? From noon – 4 p.m. on Aug. 4, bees, birds, bugs and butterflies will flutter to the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (Ford House) in Grosse Pointe Shores with the return of Pollinator Palooza. Families can explore the world of these pollinators and learn from local experts, with hands-on activities, live demonstrations and unique takeaways. “Ford House is proud to set an example of environmental stewardship, and one of the many ways we do so is taking care of Michigan’s at-risk pollinators,” said Gretchen Abrams, Ford House education programs coordinator, in a press release. “Pollinator Palooza is a fun way for the whole family to learn about the important role of bees, butterflies and birds in our ecosystem. The more we know, the better we can all work together to care for our environment.” Tickets are $10 for children (2 and under are free) and $12 for adults. The address is 1100 Lake Shore Road. For tickets and information, go to fordhouse.org.

Scott Bayless will be showing his  glass works at the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show.

See glass, clay, paintings and more at Orchard Lake Fine Art Show

The 16th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show will be held from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 – 5 Sunday at the Heart of West Bloomfield (Powers and Daly Roads, S. of Maple, W. of Orchard Lake Rd.) in West Bloomfield Township. Juried artists will present paintings, clay, glass, sculpture, fiber, wood, jewelry, photography and more. There will also be live music and food from local restaurants. Plenty of parking is available behind Beaumont Medical Center, 6900 Orchard Lake Road. Admission is $5 (13 and under are free) which supports Institute for the Arts & Education, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the visual arts, fostering art in young children, cultural diversity and community enrichment. For information, go to hotworks.org.

Cranbrook & Friends Garden Walk, which takes place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, will feature five gardens in the Birmingham/Bloomfield Hills area.


Cranbrook & Friends Garden Walk features area properties

Now in its fifth year, the Cranbrook & Friends Garden Walk, which takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on Wednesday, will feature five gardens in the Birmingham/Bloomfield Hills area, including the home of “Michigan Gardener” publisher, Eric Hofley and his wife, Julia, a garden writer and lecturer. Situated on a one-acre lot, their property features beautiful vistas, hardy plants, and more than 161 lily species. Guests will also get to see three more private gardens and the renowned Cranbrook Gardens. In addition, they can shop for gardening items and learn about “Seasonal Sensory Bouquets” at a demonstration by award-winning florist Laura Daluga. Admission is $10 before July 31 and $15 onsite. The location is 380 Lone Pine Road. Parking is available onsite and across the street at Christ Church Cranbrook. For information, go to housegardens.cranbrook.edu.

Moose Creek Metals will be at the Buy Michigan Now Festival in Northville.

Area businesses in spotlight at Buy Michigan Now Festival 

Support local businesses at the 10th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival in downtown Northville from Aug. 3-5 This event is filled with fun activities that reinforce the campaign’s mission to feature a wide variety of Michigan businesses, food, and entertainment. There's also  a silent auction and a Kids Zone in celebration of Buy Michigan Week. Home decor selections include products from Amish Baskets, Moose Creek Metals and The Wood Garage. Attendance and parking is free. For hours and other information, go to buymichigannowfest.com.