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August 16, 2012

The ninth annual dog wash to benefit Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the corner of Bedford and Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park. The cost is $10. Rain date is Sunday, Aug. 19.

Alex Hughes, 12, organizes the wash and recruits her friends to help. Her goal is to raise $2,000.


Auditions for Grosse Pointe Theatre's "Talking Headstones" is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19, at the theater's rehearsal facility, 315 Fisher, City of Grosse Pointe. There are roles for adults and children. Rehearsal schedule is arranged after parts have been cast.

Those interested but unable to attend the dates, contact director Harry Burkey at gpteducation@aol.com.

Performance dates are Oct. 11 through Oct. 14.

"Talking Headstones" is an enactment of fictional vignettes based on lives of historical people from the Grosse Pointe era, many of whom have had streets named after them. The production is inside St. Paul Cemetery on Moross, in an after-dark performance on a torch-lit stage.

Character roles include: Edmund Vernier and the narrator and owner of Vernier Roadhouse — age 40+; Antoine Reno, French descendant of Renaud family — age 40+; Benjamin Renaud, older French cousin of Antoine — age 50+; Catherine Campau Moran, mother of Joseph and Phelice age 35+; George Moran, young son of Catherine; Phelice Moran, teenage daughter of Catherine — age 13+; Joseph Moran, brother of Catherine — age 25+; Charles Moran, father of Virginia — age 50+; Virginia St. Aubin, daughter of Charles — age 20+; George Neff, a rough-edged Civil War soldier — age 30+; Mary Ann Neff, wife of George — age 30+; Catherine Peltier Beaufait, wife of Louis — age 50+; Louis (the Hatter) Beaufait, husband of Catherine — age 50+; Pauline Vernier Antwerp, mother of Catherine — age 45+; Catherine Kerby, daughter of Pauline — age 30+; Elodie Boone Young, daughter of Mary Boone — age 10+; Remi V. Young, a man in love with Emma — age 18+; Emma Boone Daughter of Mary — age 17+; Mary Houtteman Boone, mother of Elodie and Emma. Other roles may be added to the production.

To review the script, visit gpt.org. For more information contact Burkey at gpteducation@aol.com.


Detroit Free Press columnist and blogger Rochelle Riley is the guest speaker at Rotary of Grosse Pointe's noon Monday, Aug. 20, lunch at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Guests can attend. The cost is $15.

She writes about responsible government, community responsibility, public education, children aging out of foster care and Michigan's reading crisis.

For more information about Rotary visit


Memory screening

Nursing Unlimited offers memory screenings from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 21131 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.

For an appointment, call (586) 285-0300.

Ford House

The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House hosts fairy tale twilight desserts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, and Thursday, Aug. 23. A fairy tale princess sings to guests and leads them in story time and crafts. Desserts are served at the conclusion of the evening.

All children, 2 to 8 years old, receive a book, courtesy of the Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library.

The cost is $25 and members pay $20.

u Jazz @ Ford House begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Grounds open at 6 p.m.

The evening features Shadia Nurullah, Ursula Walker and Judy Cochill with the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra.

Preferred seating costs $40, advance admission is $15, admission at the gate costs $20 and general admission in advance for members and Detroit Jazz Festival Rhythm section members costs $12.

For reservations, call (313) 884-4222 or visit fordhouse.org.


Grosse Pointe Public Library offers a class on how to down load library eBooks at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Ewald branch, 15175 E. Jefferson.

u The library hosts its first celebration of local writing Sept. 15, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

The all-day conference, sponsored by the Grosse Pointe Library Foundation, features workshops on writing, publishing, marketing and a local author fair.

Local authors and publishers can participate and should contact Danis House at dhouser@

gp.lib.mi.us or call (313) 343-2074, ext. 212.

The Lake House

La Joie Rose & Hannah Bear Boutique, 20155 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods, holds a fundraiser for The Lake House, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. The store donates 10 percent of the evening's profits to the organization that provides a support and education to those touched by cancer.

Alliance Francaise

The Alliance Francaise de Grosse Pointe offers French classes for beginners through advanced students beginning the week of Sept. 10, at Assumption Cultural Center.

Classes are: beginners, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays; intermediate, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; and advanced 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays.

Classes are taught by experienced French teachers and cost $100 for 10 weeks. Registration deadline is Sept. 7. For more information and to register, contact Christiane Stein at (586) 777-4602 or e-mail cstein44@comcast.net.

Eastside Faith

Eastside Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care holds an information meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

The Honorable Mark Slavens of the Juvenile Court, Third Circuit Court Division, discusses his mission to secure mentors for all of the youth who appear in court. He has recruited more than 150 mentors.

Samantha Lee of Childhelp outlines the needs, requirements and steps for volunteering an hour or so a week befriending a young person in foster care. Other organizations who seek mentors are also welcome to provide brief overviews and materials and to form partnerships with local congregations.

For more information, contact the Rev. Matt Parker Wrzeszcz at (313) 882-5330.

Grosse Pointe Park

A button bracelet class is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, Nov. 20 and Thursday, Dec. 6, in the McKeever Lounge. Each class costs $15. Non Park residents pay $20.

Materials are provided but attendees can bring their own buttons.

For more information and to register, call Jackie at (313) 822-2812, ext. 201.

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