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Welcome Mat: Boston Edison hosts ‘Sounds of Music’

Boston Edison hosts ‘Sounds of Music’ series

The Historic Boston-Edison neighborhood presents the seventh annual “Sounds of Music” House Concert Series featuring music and food in beautiful homes. This year’s concerts cover classical, Latin jazz and world jazz genres. The first begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with the harp duo of Lydia Cleaver and Maurice Draughn, both graduates of Cass Technical High School’s famed Harp and Vocal program under the tutelage of harpist Patricia Terry-Ross. Tickets are $45 per person ($40 if purchasing all three concerts in the series; advance ticket sales only.) Individual ticket price increases to $55 per person within 10 days of scheduled concert. The package price will increase from $120 to $150 from April 26 to May 6 and there will be no concert package purchases after May 6. The addresses of the homes will be provided to paid ticket holders. For tickets, go to or call (313) 865-1149.

Cinco De Mayo

Spring is the perfect time for spontaneous entertaining and Cinco de Mayo on Friday lets you set a celebratory table to gather with family and friends. This Mexican fiesta is casual and colorful, which means you can ask guests to bring their favorite taco fixings while you pick up chips and salsa and some cheerful margarita glasses. Pier 1 Imports has a fun selection including these Festive Stripe Painted Margarita Glasses that retail for $10.95 each. You can extend their use through the summer and beyond. For information, go to

Explore ’50s and ’60s dining at Dinnerware Museum pop-up event

The International Museum of Dinnerware Design presents a 3-day pop-up exhibition, capturing the essence of dining in the 1950s and ’60s, featuring furniture, dishes, glassware and flatware by leading mid-century designers and special dining moments that might involve ants, a TV and more. This free event begins with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 12 with light snacks from the era and jazz by the Dukes of Ann Arbor. Weekend hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 13 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14. Exhibition will be held at the Stone Chalet Event Center, 1917 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. For information, go to

Last rummage sale at First Presbyterian

Since 1906, women’s groups at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham have held rummage sales to raise money for mission work. But because of changing dynamics — including the proliferation of rummage sales in the area — Presbyterian Women of FPCB will hold their Final Rummage Sale from 5-8 p.m. May 9 (30 percent markup) and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (regular prices) and 5-8 p.m. (half-price and bag sale) May 10. Shop for toys, clothing, housewares, books, sporting goods, electronics and more and visit the popular Cheap Boutique, which offers other miscellaneous items. Don’t forget to check out the furniture department and special decorator items in the Decorator’s Den. Money from the sale goes to local, national and international mission projects. Usable items that do not sell will go to local charitable organizations. The church is at 1669 West Maple Road. For more information, including how to donate, go to or call (248) 952-8034.

SOCWA offering a Garden Open House

The Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA) Earth-friendly garden volunteers will host a Garden Open House at the SOCWA gardens from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 3910 W. Webster in Royal Oak. The event features drop-in demonstrations on making and using compost and natural mulches, a tour of the native garden with flowering shrubs, compost utilization tips, butterfly garden planning and more. “Earth-friendly gardening involves compost, natural mulches and soil care. The SOCWA Spring Garden Open House will offer homeowners ideas and methods for enhancing the health of their trees, shrubs and flowers. Spring is a great time to observe the life of the soil as well as native flowers and shrubs,” says Lillian Dean, coordinator, Healthy Gardens Project, SOCWA. Free SOCRRA compost will be available for pickup (bring your own containers). The event is free, but an RSVP to Lillian Dean, at or (248) 546-5818 is requested. For information, go to

Michigan Dahlia Club’s annual sale is Saturday

The Southeastern Michigan Dahlia Club will have their annual sale of Dahlia tubers and plant cuttings from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The event is held in the barn of Telly’s Greenhouse, 3301 John R in Troy. Quality labeled Dahlias are available for an average price of $4 each. Club members will be available to offer advice about their favorite flower and queen of the summer garden. For information, go to or call (248) 652-9059.

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