Cabrini festival scheduled; Melvindale Days will begin

A raffle for a grand prize of $12,000 will be the highlight of the St. Frances Cabrini Parish Festival planned for June 6 through 8 at 9000 Laurence and Wick Road in Allen Park.

The raffle, the final event of the festival, will take place at 9 p.m. June 8, with additional drawings to be held for five more prizes ranging from $1,500 to $100. Raffle tickets are $5.

Festival hours will be 5 to 11 p.m. June 6; 1 to 11 p.m. June 7, and 1 to 9 p.m. June 8.

Other highlights will include performances by Willie T. Clown and Sweet Potato from 2:30 to 4:30 June 7, and live music. Bands slated to perform are Fifty Amp Fuse, June 6; Toppermost Beatle Tribute and The Phoenix Theory, June 7; and Duane Malinowski and Fifty Amp Fuse, June 8.

Also scheduled are a carnival, horseshoe tournament, Vegas room and bingo.

Barbecued chicken dinners will be sold from 1 to 5 p.m. on June 8 in addition to ethnic fare throughout the festival. Among the specialties to be available are Italian, Irish, Mexican, Polish and Asian. A bake sale also is on the agenda.

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A Little Miss Pageant will be among the attractions at the annual Melvindale Days Festival June 5 though 8 at the Melvindale Civic Arena, 4300 S. Dearborn.

Also planned are a car show, carnival, food offerings, live entertainment every night and a fireworks display at dusk on June 8.

DCA seeking show entries
Entries are being accepted by the Downriver Council for the Arts for its annual Members Show, to be held June 18 through July 17 at the James R. De Sana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

The show is open to all amateur and professional member artists who are at least 18 years old. The works must be original and can be offered for sale. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. June 17.

An opening reception is planned for 6 p.m. June 19. Entry forms are available for download on the DCA website, For additional information, call 734-720-0671

Luau planned at Henry Ford
A Hawaiian/Polynesian luncheon luau featuring a hog roast is slated for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5 at the Fifty-One O One student-run restaurant of Henry Ford College, 5101 Evergreen, Dearborn.

Among other menu items will be pineapple banana bread, coconut raisin muffins, Asian noodle stir-fry, Adobo chicken, macadamia-crusted cod, coconut basmati rice and pineapple upside-down cake.

The cost is $14; for reservations, call 313-206-5101. Additional buffets are planned for June 12, Spanish New World; June 19, Old World European Flavors; and June 26, International Brunch.

Kids’ Night Set for ‘Oz’
Broadway in Detroit and the Michigan Education Savings Plan will provide special Kids’ Night preshow activities at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Detroit Opera House in conjunction with the June 17 performance of “The Wizard of Oz.”

The youngsters will craft articles related to the play, interact with cast members and sample ice cream.

One free child’s ticket will be available with the purchase of each adult ticket at select seat locations. For details and to purchase tickets on line for the special evening, go to

The play, to be staged through June 29, is an adaptation of the classic developed from the MGM screenplay. Tickets, $24 to $79, including parking, are available at all TicketMaster locations, by phone at 800-982-2787 and at or

A special open-captioned performance is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 22. To purchase tickets, call 313-382-1000, Ext. 0.

Coming up . . .
June 6 — American Heart Association Heart Ball; 6:30 p.m. at Eastern Market, Shed 3, located at 2934 Russell; strolling cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions; tickets are $1,250 per person; proceeds will fund heart research; for more information, call Shelley Rusinek at 248-936-5907.