Party will precede Trenton Summer Festival opening

going-placescPlans are under way for a food- and fun-filled “Nibble a Little Stroll and Roll” party on June 21 preceding the Trenton Summer Festival on June 22, 23 and 24.

Tickets for the party, $20, will include sampling of downtown restaurant specialties from 6 to 8 p.m., a cash bar, music by Niko’s Jazz Band and a drawing for prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Healthy Trenton Bicycle Network Development.

Participating eateries include Custard Corner, Del’s Pizza, Hat-Trick Bar and Grill, Roundhouse, Ramsey’s Coney Island, TV Grand Event, Truago and Grotto Pizzeria.

A hot buffet breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. June 22 in TV Grand Event’s big tent prior to the official opening of the festival. Tickets, $13, are available at the Trenton Parks and Recreation Department office, located in the City Hall.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 22 and 23, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 24. The festival will take place in downtown Trenton on West Jefferson between Maple and Harrison. Free shuttle service will be available from the Kennedy Recreation Center and Trenton High School. .

Attractions will include the works of dozens of crafters and artists, who will offer jewelry, T-shirts, ceramics, carvings, purses, hats and much more; food vendors; and popular entertainers.

Among the food specialties to be available are funnel cakes, chocolate-covered cheesecake, turkey legs, pulled pork sandwiches, Italian ice, stuffed pizza, smoothies, elephant ears and hot dogs. Entertainers will include Chris Clark Bicycle Stuntmen, Peter Kopera Group, Kung Fu Diesel, High Altitude, Live Birds of Prey, Lisa’s Dance Factory, Wisteria and Boogie Dynomite.

A Family Fun Zone will offer activities for children, including a play market, and a Detroit Institute of Arts workshop. In addition, the Trenton Fire Department will host an open house at the downtown fire station, where children can learn about fire safety and prevention and try to operate a fire hose.

Scott Barr is chairman of the festival, and Al Sidebottom III, co-chairman. Executive committee members include Sidebottom and Kay Sidebottom, vendors; Maureen Elliott-Barr, art and crafters; and Pat Labadie, arts and crafts co-chair.

Others are Bob Baker, entertainment; Ilene Flanagan, photographer; Melinda Beaker, beverage; Debbie Devitt and Pam Taurence, Kids’ Korner; and Katelyn Valiquette, marketing.

For more information, go to or call 734-675-7300.

Free movies to be shown

A free outdoor screening of “The Lego Movie” (PG) is scheduled for 9 p.m. June 21 at Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus as part of the college’s School of Continuing Education Summer Movie Fest.

Viewers are required to provide their own blankets, chairs and coolers for the screening. Alcohol is not allowed on the campus, 21000 Northline Road. For more information, go to or call 734-946-3500.

Another movie, Disney’s “Zootopia” (PG), will be shown at the Taylor Community Library at 9 p.m. July 12. The library is at 12303 Pardee Road. In addition, “The Black Panther” (PG-13) will be screened at 9 p.m. July 19 at the college.

Save the date . . .

June 28-July 1 — Taylor Summer Festival; Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee.

July 11-14 — Wyandotte Street Art Fair; on Biddle Avenue.

July 12-15 Uncle Sam Jam; Woodhaven Civic Center Park.

July 20, 22 — PNC Bank Roar on the River; Elizabeth Park.

July 21, 22 — Czech and Slovak Festival, 23600 W. Warren, Dearborn Heights.

July 28, 29 — Melvindale Street Fair, Oakwood Boulevard at Allen Road.