Happening This Weekend: Visit Wonderland, Enjoy Live Music and See Talented Seniors

Whether you need to be plugged in or need some time with Mother Nature to chill, we've got options for you.

From music to a farmers market, there are plenty of things to do this week in the Shelby Township and Utica area.

Where/When: Tin Fish, ; 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. July 7.

Why Go: Hear local band Planet of Fun, which has been around nearly 20 years, play danceable hits at Tin Fish this evening.

Pricing: No cover.

Where/When: 1:30 p.m. July 8.

Why Go: Parents, bring your babies, age 9-23 months, to the library for a special Baby Bears Picnic. Don't forget the camera!

Pricing: Free.

Where/When: ; 2 p.m. July 8 and 9.

Why Go: Check out the 2011 Annual Senior Show at the Macomb Center. The theme is "Musical Memories of the 20th Century," and showgoers will enjoy locals perform a true variety show, with drama, music, song, comedy and more.

Pricing: $13 in advance; $16 at the door.

Where/When: Avon Players, 1185 Washington, Rochester; 7 p.m. July 8, and 3 and 7 p.m. July 9.

Why Go: The Avon Players present their Youth Theatre Production of Disney's Alice in Wonderland this weekend. Watch Alice chase the White Rabbit, tangle with the Tweedles, and beat the Queen of Hearts at her own game. You're sure to leave with a Cheshire Cat-size grin after this show, which is also filled with classic songs (with new arrangements).

Pricing: $10. Visit www.avonplayers.org to order.

Where/When: ; 7:30 p.m. July 8.

Why Go: Enjoy a summer concert tonight at Stony Creek, as the Sun Messengers bring their horn-driven R&B party sound to Eastwood Beach. Concertgoers are advised to arrive early if they want a better spot, and to bring a chair or blanket to relax upon. Picnic baskets are allowed, but please, no glass containers. Food will also be available at the park’s concession area.

Pricing: The concerts are “free,” except for the required vehicle entry permit, which is $5 for a daily pass. For more information, call Stony Creek Metropark at 800-477-7756 or 586-781-4242.

Where/When: Knights of Columbus Grounds, 44425 Utica Road, Utica; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 9-10.

Why Go: Live to collect? Ache to antique? Visit the Utica Antiques Market this weekend, where you can browse thousands of items to your heart's content.

Pricing: $5. Parking is free.

Where/When: ; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 9.

Why Go: Shop the farmers market for fresh, locally grown produce. Plus weekly cooking demonstrations are held, using in-season fruits and vegetables. And of course, there are vendors, selling breads, jams, maple syrup, handmade soaps and more.

Pricing: No entry fee.

Where/When: ; 2-3 p.m. July 9.

Why Go: Enjoy a walk through the woods and discover things you never knew about animals and plant life. Perfect for anyone wishing to commune with nature.

Pricing: Free.

Where/When: Wolcott Mill Historic Center, 64162 Kunstman Road, Ray Township; 1-4 p.m. July 10.

Why Go: Discover how life in the 1850s was lived. (Hint: You'll never complain about taking the trash out ever again.) Learn about how the forests were cleared for farming, and try your hand at labor using a two-man saw, making rope, dipping candles and more. Kids are invited to try some "chores" and make a toy.

Pricing: $4 a person. Kids 5 and under get in free.


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