Get Out: Rouge River Rescue, Village Fair and More

From an opera concert to a discussion of the Mississippi Freedom Ride, there's something for everyone this weekend.

It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend.

Birmingham Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check our picks for the activities to hit and new bars/restaurants/shops to explore.

  1. Where: In and around
    When: Thursday-Sunday
    Why Go: The is kicking off its 48th annual Village Fair at noon on Thursday. The fair features carnival rides, games and plenty of fair food. Hours are noon-10 p.m. Thursday; noon-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; and noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Entrance is free, but wrist bands must be purchased for the rides.

  2. Where:
    When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
    Why Go: It's the 25th anniversary of this annual cleanup of the Rouge River, with volunteering opportunities for all ages. Fifty volunteers are needed to help collect trash and remove invasive plant species for the Birmingham cleanup. Those interested in volunteering should contact Connie Folk or Carrie Laird at 248-530-1642.
  3. High school graduations
    Where: , Seaholm gym; , Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac
    When: Seaholm, 1 p.m.; Groves, 5:30 p.m.
    Why Go: To honor seniors from Groves and Seaholm high schools who are graduating this year. 

  4. Where:
    When: 7-9 p.m. Sunday
    Why Go: Richard Gleason, a member of the Mississippi Freedom Ride, will talk about his experiences, the accomplishments resulting from the '60s civil rights movement and bridging the racial divide that remains. 

  5. Where:
    When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
    Why Go: The First Presbyterian Church has invited the Detroit Concert Choir in to perform Opera Faves! Broadway Raves! LDina Soresi Winter will narrate the performance while the choir performs Italian opera favorites and Broadway classics.

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