Museum, village offer fun, education for young, adults

Favorite destinations of Downriver residents during the summer are the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, where exhibits and activities for youngsters and adults abound.

Among attractions at Greenfield Village are free preschool programs sponsored by Macy’s from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Monday of each month, and historic baseball games on Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 17.

Music is provided at the games by the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, and visitors have an opportunity to enter a drawing for Detroit Tigers baseball tickets.

Continuing through Aug 18 at the museum will be “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power.” Featured are such innovators as Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, the Supremes and Janis Joplin.

Tickets are adults, $17 (seniors, $15), and youths, $12.50. Children under 4 are free.

The popular Maker Faire Detroit will return to the village July 26 and 27 with exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on workshops in robotics, electronics and rockets by more than 400 makers. Also featured will be arts and crafts, live music, fashions and special activities for children.

One-day ticket prices are $28, adults ($26, seniors), and $19, youths. Children 4 and younger are free.

For more information, call 313-982-6001 or go to

Video slated on dementia
The Information Center, based in Taylor, has scheduled a video on “The Journey of Dementia” with Teepa Snow, occupational therapist, for 10 a.m. July 29 at the Dearborn Senior Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

Teepa, a specialist in dementia care and education, has more than 30 years’ experience in geriatrics. She is a former education director and lead trainer for the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

To register for the free program, call Laura Rossow at 734-287-7883. The program is being funded by the Michigan Offices of Services to the Aging and the Senior Alliance.

Dr. Pocket to perform
The 10-piece Dr. Pocket jazz and R&B band will entertain audiences at a Taylor Conservatory Foundation Art in the Gardens concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Garden, 22314 Northline Road.

Doors will open at 5:30 for beverages and food, which will be available for sale. Admission to the performance will cost $5.

For updates on weather and indoor concert rainout locations, call 888-383-4108 or go to

Country fest is scheduled
The third annual New Country on the River festival is scheduled for Saturday at Elizabeth Park in Trenton, 3975 W. Jefferson. Gates will open at noon.

Performing will be Allan Craig Miller & the Nashville Machine, 1 p.m.; Dani Vitani and Ten Hands Tall, 2:30; Jo Caine, 4 p.m.; Ty Stone, 5:30; and Lonestar, 7 p.m.

A $5 donation will be requested for parking. A kids’ zone will be provided from 2 to 6 p.m.

Save the date . . .
July 22 — Deadline for entries in the Downriver Council for the Arts “Hanging With a Friend” exhibit; for details, call the DCA at 734-720-0671 or email; an opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. July 25 with no charge; the exhibit will continue through Aug. 29.

July 27 — Indian dance concert by Nadanta titled “Stree,” a thematic dance exploration of women’s eternal influence; 6 p.m. at the Michael Guido Theatre, Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.; for tickets, $20, $30 and $50, call 248-661-3580.

Aug., 1, 2 — Allen Park Street Fair, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Allen Road, between Southfield and Roosevelt, with more than 200 juried art and craft vendors, food and live entertainment.