Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Area activities

August 30, 2012

Meals on Wheels

Volunteers are needed to pack and deliver meals to Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods homebound residents at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3.

To volunteer, call Heidi Uhlig, Services for Older Citizens volunteer coordinator, at (313) 882-9600, ext. 246 or e-mail her at socvolunteers@


Grosse Pointe artist Jane McFeely and Heather Burgess, owner of The Great Frame Up, present Cocktails, Canvas and More! a benefit for The Lake House, starting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, at The Great Frame Up, 20655 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Guests can see a display of pottery by Rosemary Bay, jewelry from Treasures of Time, photography by Keith Burgess and cards by Notable Greetings. Each artist is donating a portion of the proceeds to The Lake House.

The Lake House is located at 26701 Little Mack, St. Clair Shores, and was created to assist men and women who are living with a diagnosis of cancer — in treatment or beyond — or coping with the diagnosis and care of a loved one. Membership and most programs and activities there are free.

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VillageFest is from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, on Kercheval between Neff and Cadieux in The Village.

Saturday events include:

* Taste of Grosse Pointe — 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

* Saturday night dance party — 7 to 10 a.m. featuring rhythm and blues musician Dr. Pocket!

* Art & Sole — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Continuous live entertainment — noon to 5 p.m.

* Kids on the block — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring a bounce house, giant slide, arts and crafts from Pewabic Pottery, a coloring contest and a silhouette artist.

* The Village car show — noon to 6 p.m. featuring classics, exotics, hot rods, muscle and antique cars.

Sunday events include:

* Taste of Grosse Pointe — noon to 5 p.m.

* Art & Sole — noon to 5 p.m. featuring speed painting demonstrations with art to be auctioned to support Friends of Belle Isle, urban art and a henna artist.

* Kids on the block — noon to 5 p.m. featuring a bounce house, giant slide, arts and crafts from Pewabic Pottery, a coloring contest and a silhouette artist.

* Pooch parade — 1 p.m.

* Continuous live entertainment — noon to 5 p.m.

* The Village car show — noon to 5 p.m. featuring classics, exotics, hot rods, muscle and antique cars.

Tompkins Center

Pasta dinner with salad and rolls is served in two seatings, 5 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Tompkins Center, Windmill Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Park. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased in advance by contacting Jackie at marina@grossepointe or (313) 822-2812, ext. 201.

Ford House

The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Shores, hosts a fairy house and terrarium workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 8, for children ages 5 to 8. The cost is $25 and members pay $20.

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

Belle Isle

The Belle Isle Conservancy hosts its sixth annual Pathways to the Garden Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle.

Tickets cost $50 and the event includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. For tickets and reservations, call (313) 331-7760. Additional donations are accepted.

The event’s proceeds fund the restoration of the flagstone paths in the garden.

The conservancy partners with 19 garden clubs, including Deeplands Garden Club, Detroit Garden Center, Detroit Yacht Club Garden Club, Grand Marais Garden Club, Grosse Pointe Farm and Garden Club, Grosse Pointe Garden Center, Grosse Pointe Garden Club, Grosse Pointe Park Garden Club, Grosse Pointe Shores Garden Club, Grosse Pointe Woods Garden Club, Herb Society of America Grosse Pointe Unit, Junior League Gardeners, La Societe des Jardinieres, Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Grosse Pointe, The Garden Club of Michigan, The Garden Society, The Pointe Garden Club, The Village Garden Club and Windmill Pointe Garden Club.

The Grosse Pointe garden clubs’ contributions have improved the grounds’ lily pond, added signage and repaired steps.

Shores foundation

A View to Remember, an event to support the Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation, is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at 988 Lakeshore.

The evening features tours of the recently renovated house and the contemporary art collection, Mexican food, beverages and silent auction. Guests can purchase auction items with cash, check or credit card.

Tickets cost $75 and can be purchased at the Shores’ municipal office, 795 Lakeshore.

For a list of auction items, visit

Run the Pointe

Grosse Pointe South Athletic Booster Club hosts Run the Pointe Saturday, Sept. 22, beginning and ending on Grosse Pointe South High School track.

The 10K and 5K races for women and men of all ages begins at 9 a.m. and the two mile walk for men and women of all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Entry fee is $20.

Registration can be mailed to Grosse Pointe South Athletic Booster Club - Run the Pointe, 11 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236. Indicate on the form whether the entrant is male or female, age and T-shirt size. Checks should be made out to GPS Athletic Booster Club. Registration deadline is Sept. 15. Registration also begins at 8 a.m. the day of the race.

Proceeds benefit South’s student athletes.

The event features USATF certified courses, individual timing chips and awards to the top finishers.


The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill is selling 2013 entertainment books to benefit research through the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The cost is $30 and $6 is given to research.

To purchase a book, call Tom Coles at (313) 885-0632.

War Memorial

Grosse Pointe War Memorial events include a Road Rally, a scavenger hunt by auto. The victors will use brainpower more than horsepower to solve one clue and move to the next. Team registration is due Friday, Sept. 21, by contacting the War Memorial. For details, and information on other activities, call (313) 881-7511.

Hoop Fitness — 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 24. Get a workout while movingwith an adult-sized, weighted hula hoop. Instructor Tammy Brenner teaches basic hoop moves and exercises.

The cost is $78 or $83 if registering on day class starts), plus $15 materials fee.

Mah Jongg — 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 11 through Oct. 2. Learn China’s ancient game of skill, strategy and luck. The emphasis will be on the American version, using official standards hands and rules from the National Mah Jongg League. The cost is $55 or $60 on day class starts) plus $7 materials fee.

Road Rally — 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29. It’s a scavenger hunt by auto through the Pointes. The War Memorial is the beginning and ending of the event. All entrants must be 21 years old. Teams of 4 recommended: driver, co-pilot and two runners; minimum three, maximum five per team. Entry fee is $20 per person.

There are many more exercise and dance programs beginning in September, including aerobic dancing by Jacki Sorensen; ballet: Ceccehetti method; cardiomax; classical ballet; Iyengar yoga; Mat5; yoga; and Zumba fitness. The Grosse Pointe Driving School is also open for registration.

To register, call (313) 881-7511 or visit online