Plan Ahead September 2014

————— MACOMB ————–
Children’s Etiquette Tea
REG: ASAP in advance; 36 spots
DOE: Sunday, Sept. 7
Kids ages 6-13 learn everyday etiquette, introductions, handshakes and table manners. Includes a sweet tea. Ages 6-13. 1 p.m. $15. Crocker House Museum, 15 Union St., Mount Clemens. 586-465-2488 or crockerhousemuseum.com.

FREE Sportsmen’s Skills Day
REG: Up to day of event
DOE: Saturday, Sept. 13
This first-time event touches on skills like BB guns, archery, crossbows and fire starting skills, plus deer hunting, gun care and other topics, plus Native American games and more. All ages; kids must be with adult. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, 4104 River Bends Drive, Shelby Township. 586-323-2478 or shelbytwp.org.

————- OAKLAND ————–
Fall Fling
REG: Monday, Sept. 15
DOE: Thursday, Sept. 18
The Orion Center becomes a dance destination for special needs teens ages 15 and older. There’s music and snacks for at this fun annual event. 6-8 p.m. $10/participant. 1335 Joslyn Road, Orion Township. 248-391-0304, ext. 305 or twp.waterford.mi.us.

Test Ride a Pony
REG: Thursday, Sept. 18
DOE: Saturday, Sept. 20
Kids ages 4-12 can saddle up at Pretty Pony Pastures and along with the lesson comes grooming a horse and making a horse treat. 2, 2:30, 3 and 3:30 p.m. $10. 9160 Eagle Road, Davisburg. 248-634-7276 or prettyponypastures.org.

————- WASHTENAW ————-
Colors of Cancer 5K
REG: Up to day of event
DOE: Saturday, Sept. 13
This fundraiser gives 100 percent of proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Strollers welcome. Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti. 10 a.m. $40/register (cash only on day of race), free/ages 5 and under. colorsofcancer5k.org.

Nutty Tales
REG: Friday, Sept. 19 or until full
DOE: Saturday, Sept. 20
Kids ages 1-5 and a caregiver can come for a unique story time then stay to learn about different ways to watch wildlife in the backyard. 10-11 a.m. $4/child. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor. 734-997-1553 or lesliesnc.org.

Star Party with the University Lowbrow Astronomers
REG: ASAP in advance.
DOE: Friday, Sept. 12
Get close-up views of stars, planets nebulae and other celestial objects. Bring binoculars of you have them. Kids under 18 need to bring a parent. 8-11 p.m. $5. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor. 734-997-1553 or lesliesnc.org.

—————– WAYNE —————-
Make Bookends at Pewabic
REG: ASAP in advance
DOE: Saturday, Sept. 6
Detroit’s famed potter’s youth workshop starts the school year off teaching kids how to make bookends. 10 a.m.-noon. $30/person, $45/adult and child. Pewabic Pottery, 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit. 313-822-0954 or pewabic.org.

Embrace Life 5K Run/Walk
REG: Until race day
DOE: Sunday, Sept. 7
This run/walk to raise funds for cancer awareness starts at the St. Mary Mercy Hospital grounds and routes people through Livonia residential streets. 9 a.m. start. $30. 36475 Five Mile Road. 734-655-1590 or stmarymercy.org/embracelife5k.

PAWS in the Park
REG: Until day of event (for pet walk)
DOE: Saturday, Sept. 13
Games, music, silent auctions and pet adoptions raise funds to help homeless cats and dogs and provide assistance for families to spay/neuter their pets. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $20/before Sept. 10, $30/day of (cost is per dog). Young Patriots Park, Riverview Public Library, 14300 Sibley Road. pawsofmichigan.com.

Run Wild for the Zoo
REG: Up to day of event
DOE: Sunday, Sept. 14
Put on your running shoes for this annual event, which includes 5K and 10K runs outside the zoo and a non-competitive 1.5-mile fun walk inside. 8 a.m. $25-$55/registration. Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak. 248-541-5717 or detroitzoo.org.

Evening Hayride and Bonfires
REG: ASAP in advance
DOE: Saturdays, Sept. 20 and 27
Savor the early autumn air with a ride at Oakwoods Metropark, followed by storytelling around a campfire. 6 p.m. $5/ride, $7/park vehicle entry. 32911 Willow Road, New Boston. 734-782-3956 or metroparks.com.

FREE Kinship Adoption Festival
REG: Up to day of event (encouraged, not required)
DOE: Sunday, Sept. 28
This 25th has workshops, kids activities, food, entertainment and various agencies. Sponsor Big Family of Michigan hosts. 1-5 p.m. Belle Isle Park, 6925 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit. 800-589-MARE (6273) or mare.org.

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