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September 06, 2012
Grannie Nannies

The Grannie Nannies meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Big Boy restaurant, 20710 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.

All senior citizens can attend.

Historical society

The Grosse Pointe Historical Society's Second Saturday is from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8. Children have an opportunity to make and bake apple turnovers and to learn something about culinary heritage because references to apple turnovers are mentioned in American cook books as early as 1751, but "portable pies" have been a food staple for centuries. The class is at the Provencal-Weir House, 376 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Isabelle Donnelly, the society's education director, offers this cooking project based on a recipe from early 20th century.

Children also will learn the old fashioned way to make whipped cream.

The class is designed for children 6 years old and older.

Register by Friday, Sept. 7, by calling (313) 884-7010. Class fee is $15 for children of members and $20 for non-members.

u Learn about the roots of Grosse Pointe at this fall's three Second Saturday open house events from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

Topics to be addressed are:

u Who are Pierre Provencal and his wife, Euphemia (St. Aubin), and why did they raise so many children?

u What are ribbon farms, and why did they dominate the shores of Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River?

u What do windmills have to do with Grosse Pointe?

u What are the relationships between the Provencal family and Father Gabriel Richard?

u Who is John LaBelle and why did he purchase the Provencal-Weir House and move it from Lakeshore Road to its present location?

u Who lived in the Provencal-Weir House?

u Why did the Grosse Pointe Historical Society decide to restore the house? How did they do it?

u Where did the log cabin come from and why was it moved?

During open house afternoons, visitors also can visit the one room schoolhouse and the LaBelle Country Store that features history-related publications, Pewabic tiles, Victorian-era toys, hand-made soaps and baby blankets.

Toastmasters

Northeastern Toast-masters meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in the cafeteria at Brownell Middle School, 260 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms.

For more information, call Wendy Bradley at (313) 884-1184 or Ron or Marcia Pikielek at (313) 884-4201.

Men's club

The Senior Men's Club of Grosse Pointe lunch is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. The cost is $10. Gregory Lambert of the U.S. Border Patrol, discusses "Keeping Our Border Safe since Sept. 11, 2011."

Men, retired or past the age of 55, from any community can attend. It is suggested attendees wear jackets. For more information, call Ken Van Dellen at (313) 821-5706.

AAUW

The American Association of University Women, Grosse Pointe Branch, invites community women to join members at the fall kickoff program, "Unmentionables: The History of Women's Undergarments," at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, in The Hellenic Room at Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter, St. Clair Shores.

Kim Parr, director of Mount Clemens' Crocker House Museum, addresses aspects of 18th and 19th century underclothing. She provides a dressing demonstration.

Admission is free and refreshments are served.

For more information, call Barbara Tecos of Grosse Pointe Park at (313) 882-1081.

SOC tea

Services for Older Citizens holds a "fall harvest" tea from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at St. James Lutheran Church, 170 McMillan, Grosse Pointe Farms. Jackie, the Singing Nurse provides the musical entertainment. For reservations, call (313) 882-9600.

Questers

The Grosse Pointe Questers meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14. Jill Best leads a planning discussion for the Michigan East Area Questers fall state convention.

Carol Stephenson is hostess and co-hostesses are Mary Lamparter and JoAnn Rothrock.

ART Center

The Grosse Pointe ART Center opens "Our Rivers, Our Lakes" exhibit from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the center, 17051 Kercheval, City of Grosse Pointe.

War Memorial

The publishers of America's only remaining Belgian newspaper, the "Gazette van Detroit," honor the Van Lerberghe family from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16, with the "Distinguished Belgian-American Citizen Award" as part of the paper's fifth annual fundraiser at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

In 1900, Henry Van Lerberghe started the Van Lerberghe Funeral Home in his family house on Mt. Elliott and Waterloo. Today, Arthur J. Van Lerberghe's St. Clair Shores business is the one of the last family-owned funeral homes in the area.

The "Gazette van Detroit" was first published in 1914. Today, Belgian Publishing, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose annual dinner is the main fundraising event of the year.

Grosse Pointe Woods

The Cook Schoolhouse is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, and Oct. 20.

Grosse Pointe Woods Historical Commission members discuss the life and times of a one-room schoolhouse and give an overview of the building's move, restoration plans and progress.

Donations are accepted to help offset the cost of renovations. Checks can be dropped off at city hall, 20025 Mack Plaza.

u The movie, "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt, is featured at noon, Tuesday, Sept. 18, during the monthly lunch and a movie at Grosse Pointe Woods Commun-ity Center.

The cost is $9 for Woods residents and $11 for guests. For reservations, call (313) 343-2408.

Ford House

The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Shores, hosts fairy tale quests from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sept. 29, for children ages 8 to 12. The cost is $10 and members pay $7.

Children use creativity and problem solving to engage in mysteries and battle enchanted creatures.

u An adult program, "The Pied Piper: Franco-American Versions of a German Legend," is offered at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. The cost is $10 and members pay $7.

Wayne State University professor and fairy tale scholar, Anne Duggan explores "The Pied Piper" from its German origins to the Brothers Grimm to French and American versions.

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

Wigs 4 Kids

Wigs 4 Kids hosts its ninth annual fundraising gala, "A Hair Affair," from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Barrister Gardens, 24225 Harper, St. Clair Shores.

The evening includes dinner, dancing, raffles, entertainment, clowns and a magic show.

Adult tickets cost $75 and children's tickets cost $30. A table of 10 costs $700.

For more information, call (586) 772-6656 or visit wigs4kids.org.

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