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April 10, 2014
Alliance Franšaise

The Alliance Franšaise de Grosse Pointe meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, during which Ioanna Kohler lectures, in French, her perspective about Marcel Proust. She is a United States consultant for the French think tank, Institut Montaigne.

The lecture is free to members. Non-members pay $5.

Grand Marais

For the Friday, April 11, meeting Grand Marais Quester member Becky Hein has arranged a docent tour of the Ford Piquette Avenue plant museum and education center, the birthplace of the Model T. The plant operated between 1904 and 1910 when production was moved to the Highland Park plant. The Piquette Avenue plant is the only example of an early Detroit auto factory open to visitors, with various Model Ts and other Piquette-era Fords on display.

The plant is in the MotorCities National Heritage Area.

Lunch follows at the Traffic Jam.

Grosse Pointe Questers

The Grosse Pointe Questers No. 147 meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 11, at Alyssa Mertz's house. Co-hostesses are Lisa Gandelot and Jill Best. Lynn Baker-Hunt presents the meeting's topic, "Paul Rudolph, architect."

Herb society

The Herb Society of America, Grosse Pointe unit, presents "Secret Gardens, Small Gardens and Garden Room" and a spring tea at Saturday, April 12, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Ian Warnock, the Fred Meijer Gardens leading horticulturist is the day's speaker.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the tea is at 2 p.m. The cost is $40. Guests can pay at the door or by contacting Lynn Reed at (313) 886-7393. For more information, contact Mary at (313) 885-5575 or at myn


The society meets at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, at Services for Older Citizens, 158 Ridge, Grosse Pointe Farms. The subject is "Integrated Pest Management." The public can attend at 7 p.m. For more information, call (313) 885-5575.

Woman's Club

The Grosse Pointe Woman's Club meets at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Crystal Ballroom of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial for its last meeting of the season. Peg Upmeyer presents "Arts and Scraps."

A light lunch is served.

Guest reservations cost $10 and must be made by Saturday, April 12, by calling Susan Plath at (313) 884-5081.

For more information, call Peggy Hickey at (313) 407-1842 or Pam Zimmer at (313) 926-6726.


April 14 though 19 is National Library Week during which the Grosse Pointe Public Library holds several events, including the introduction to Photoshop, a teen poetry slam, a family movie, a technology petting zoo and a short story contest.

For more information, times and locations, visit gp.lib.mi.us.

All three branches offer restaurant raffles, adult and children's give aways, no fines day and free video buck day.

Author Ron Rademacher discusses Michigan's back roads and unique destinations at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Grosse Pointe Public Library, Woods branch.

ART Center

The Grosse Pointe ART Center's Fun & Games show opens at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, with a members' preview at 6 p.m.

Juror and non-traditional media artist Scott Northrup curates the show.

Artist's submissions are accepted from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the center, 17118 Kercheval, City of Grosse Pointe.

For more information, call (313) 881-3454 or e-mail gpaa@grossepoin


Vision support

Friends of Vision, a vision support group, meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, 15415 E. Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park.

For more information, call Nancy Pilorget at (313) 824-4710, 225.

Historical society

The Grosse Pointe Historical Society hosts Larry Stephenson M.D. at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Cook School House. His topic is "Detroit Surgeons: 300 Years."

Garden club

The Men's and Women's Garden Club of America meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Brownell Middle School.

Neighborhood Club

The Neighborhood Club Recreation and Wellness Center holds its first indoor triathlon from 7:30 to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the club.

The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Registration for members is through April 18.

The event is a 10-minute swim, followed by a 30-minute bike ride and a 20-minute run. Scores will be measured by greatest distance covered.

Visit the Neighborhood Club for more information.

Prayer breakfast

The 28th annual Mayors' Prayer breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, May 1, is at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Vic Faust, co-anchor of Channel 7 Action News This Morning and Action News at Noon is the guest speaker.

Tickets cost $20 and are available at the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods municipal offices.

For more information, contact Barbara Tate-Renaud at (313) 885-6750 or mayorsprayerbreak


Harper Woods


The Harper Woods Public Library spring book sale is from 1 to 5 p.m. April 11 and 12. The library is located at 19601 Harper.


The deadline to be included in the April 24 edition of the Grosse Pointe News is noon Tuesday, April 15.

War Memorial

Details on programs in the days ahead at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial include:

Food & Wine Harmony 101 — 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 11. Discover the ins and outs of food and wine pairing using a few basic principles and practice. Instructor Michelle DeHayes and the class will sample six wines and light foods, providing ideas for most everyday meals. The fee is $45 and attendees must be 21.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny — 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 13. A family style breakfast, make-your-own ice cream sundaes and a visit from the Easter bunny. Children, divided by age groups, can participate in an egg hunt on the lawn. Bring a basket for eggs. The cost is $18 per person and includes tax and tip.

The Creative Process: What to Listen for in Music — 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 16. Judy Adams discusses the creative process in music, from how music is made to how we listen. The fee is $25.

3-Day Juice Fast for Detoxification — 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. Learn the health benefits of juicing and how various fruits and vegetables can help people fast safely. Participants sample six recipes reported to help detoxify the body and receive multiple juice recipes using fruits, vegetables and leafy greens. The fee is $25.

Bokwa Fitness Demonstration — 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Instructor Patti Dukes-Jordan shows participants how to step out letters and numbers with their feet, while performing a cardio workout. The demo class is free. The program is for ages 9 to adult. The 6-week program runs Thursdays, May 1 to June 5, from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $57 for early registrants.

Other programs beginning soon, include an Introduction to Ballroom Dancing Thursdays, April 10 through June 5; Puppet Art, Thursday, April 10; CardioMax, Thursdays April 10 through June 26; Zumba Fitness, Fridays, April 11 through June 27; CardioCore, Saturdays, April 12 through June 21; MAT5 Boot Camp (Intermediate and Advanced levels), Mondays, April 14 through June 30 and Thursdays, April 10 through June 26; and Fundamentals of Pruning, Tuesday, April 15.

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