Pig roast to be new event at St. Frances Cabrini fest

By Evelyn Cairns
Ethnic food lovers are sure to enjoy the fare at the upcoming St. Frances Cabrini Festival, which will offer Italian, Polish, Irish and Mexican specialties as well as American favorites, and — new this year — a pig roast.

The annual event, which will take place at the church, 9000 Laurence, is scheduled for 5 to 11 p.m. Friday; 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 9 p.m. Sun-day. The pig roast is planned for 1 to 5 p. m. Sunday, with tickets priced at $15 in advance, or $18 at the festival.

Some of the many other foods to be available are pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, macaroni and cheese, corned beef sandwiches, shortbread, tacos, refried beans, Italian sausage and cannoli.

Others are pierogi, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa and kraut, and snacks including hot pretzels, slushies and Calder’s ice cream.

Entertainment will be provided by such popular groups as Fifty Amp Fuse, Steve King and the Dittlies, Ray’s Garage, the Duane Malinkowski Band and the Sweet Potatoes.

Carnival rides and games for all ages will be available, and a Vegas room will lure gamblers with blackjack, roulette, poker and more.

For more information, call the church at 313-381-5601.

Leukemia event slated
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will name winners of its 2013 Man & Woman of the Year contest Friday during its Grand Finale Celebration at the Inn of St. Johns in Plymouth. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m., and dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Candidates include Ryan LaFontaine of LaFontaine Automotive Group; Adrian Vido, Ford Motor Co; Tom Connelly, EWIE Co.; Dr. Andy Harris, U of M Health Systems; John Ruggero, First American Title; and Brenda Jenkins, inspirational speaker and author.

Others are Renata Crooms of AAA Michigan; Nancy Mendici, SBB Tax & Accounting Services; Dr. Tom Simmer, Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan; John Brief, Alcoa; and Dr. Jeffrey A. Zonder, Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Winners will be based on the amount of money they raise in a current LLS fund-raising campaign.

The society earlier named Kyle Peterson and Nicole Burton Boy & Girl of the Year. Kyle, 8, completed treatment for acute promyelocytic leukemia in 2010, and Nicole, 9, underwent a bone-marrow transplant for acute lymphoblastic leukemia last year.

For more information, call Felicia Fawaz at 248-581-3904 or e-mail Felicia.fawaz@lls.org.

Markets set for farmers
Farmers’ markets are slated in Wyandotte and Lincoln Park for June 6 and 9, respectively.

The Wyandotte market will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at Elm and First streets and offer farm-raised meat and eggs, flowers and herbs. Activities for children also are planned.

Lincoln Park’s market will feature crafters and vendors, in addition to produce, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southfield Road municipal parking lot, between 1-75 and Fort Street.

Save the date . . .
June 4, 6 — Information Center program, “Maintain Your Brain: Dementia Risk Reduction & Life After Diagnosis”; at the Henry Ford Self-Health Center, 23400 Allen Road, Woodhaven; June 4 at 10:30 a.m.; June 6 at 6 p.m.; the presenter will be Teepa Snow; to register, call Erica Hartman at 734-287-7858.

June 5 — Detroit Trivia Contest, testing knowledge about Detroit music, sports and pop culture; 6:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café, 45 Monroe; $10 suggested donation at the door will benefit the Detroit Historical Society, contest sponsor; for more information or to register, go to www.detroithistorical.org.

June 7 — Opening reception for the Downriver Council for the Arts Members’ Show; 6 p.m. at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte; the show will continue through July 12.

June 8 — American Heart Association Metro Detroit Heart Walk at Ford Field; doors open at 8 a. m.; welcome ceremony is slated for 10 a.m.; walk at 10:30; no charge, but participants are encouraged to fund-raise in advance; for more information, visit www.miheartwalk.org or call 248-936-5782.

June 9 — Scottish celebration, “Pipes on the Water” Celtic festival; raising of the Scottish flag at noon, brunch, music, dancing, Scotch tasting and face painting; food and drinks are not included in the price of tickets ($12, adults, $5, children 10 and younger; family rate is available in advance); for more information and tickets, call 734-281-6700.