Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Area activities

September 20, 2012

Community chorus

Grosse Pointe Community Chorus rehearsals, to celebrate its 60th holiday concert, are from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 18, in the Grosse Pointe North High School choir room.

No auditions are required. Registration fee is $40 for the three-month rehearsal season. Joseph Palazzolo is the director and Ron Pietrantoni is the accompanist.

Registration continues through Tuesday, Oct. 2.

For more information, call (313) 882-2482.

The holiday concert, “Ring Those Christmas Bells,” is Sunday, Dec. 9, at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 800 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Pointes for Peace

Mohamed Faher Almahmoud M.D., an internal medicine resident at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, speaks at the Pointes for Peace public forum 7 p.m.. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Grosse Pointe Public Library, Ewald branch, 15175 E. Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park.

“Syria: History, Politics and Crisis” is the title of his presentation.

Almahmoud, who is Syrian, addresses the crisis in his country with a focus on its effects on women and children.

The event is free and open to the public.

A graduate of the University of Aleppo, he traveled to Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt before coming to Detroit to complete his medical residency.

Pointes for Peace is a community-based group committed to educating for conflict resolution and other strategies to work for peace on local, national and international levels. Membership is free.

The public is invited to Pointes for Peace 7 p.m. Sunday weekly gatherings at Panera on Kercheval.

For more information call Carol Bendure at (313) 882-7732, e-mail pointesforpeace@yahoo.

com, or visit pointesfor

Ford House

A fall bird watching walk begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Shores.

To register for the $7 event, call (313) 884-4222.

Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. The group gathers at the activities center to tally the day’s sightings.


Northeastern Toast-masters meets at 7 p.m. in Brownell Middle School cafeteria, 260 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms.

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

Senior Men’s Club

The Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe lunch is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. The cost is $10.

Larry MacDonald, of the Michigan Department of Corrections, speaks on “A Parole Officer’s Life.”

Men, retired or past 55 years of age, from any community, are welcome. Jackets suggested.

For information call Ken Van Dellen at (313) 821-5706.

Parkinson’s Group

Eastside Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 20475 Sunningdale, Grosse Pointe Woods.

For more information, call Betty Rusnack at (313) 884-5778 or Jane Farrelly at (313) 886-4356.

Women’s Connection

The Women’s Connection of Grosse Pointe hosts “On With the Show” with Emmajean Evans of the Grosse Pointe Theatre Players, Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

Evans, a 40-year theater member, discusses the theater’s 2012-13 season, its background and history.

The dinner meeting, entertainment and presentation begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m.

For reservations or information, call Nancy Neat at (313) 882-1855 or Marcia Pikielek at (313) 884-4201.

The Arc

The Arc Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods holds a developmental disabilities awareness fun fitness walk Saturday, Oct. 6, at Neff Park, 17150 Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park.

Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. and the walk and activities are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The cost is $10. For more information, contact walk chairwoman Karen Grobbel at (313) 268-3178 or visit klginternet@sbc

Herb society

The Grosse Pointe Unit of the Herb Society of America meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms.

The club’s annual Fall Herb and Holly Boutique is Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Grosse Pointe Woods municipal building, 20025 Mack Plaza.

For more information, call (313) 882-8019.

Judson Center

The Judson Center offers sibling workshops from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, Tuesday, Nov. 13, and Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. The cost is $10 for each session.

The workshop helps brothers and sisters understand special needs siblings. The workshops include games and discussions.

* The Friends group provides social and recreational opportunities for teens and adults who need support and supervision in the community. Two events are planned each month on a weekend. For more information, call (313) 885-8660 or e-mail deborah_mof

* Club Epic is a social and recreational program designed for young men on the autism spectrum the third Friday of each month and community outings are scheduled monthly. For more information, call the afore mentioned telephone number.

Support services

Winter break away for children ages 6 to 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 2, 3 and 4. The cost is $40 per day. The day includes structured activities.

Parents night out for children 6 to 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and Friday, Dec. 7. The cost is $25.

Parents can drop their children off at the Judson Center.

The center offers services to children, teens and adults with autism and developmental disabilities and support to their family members.

Family Center

The Family Center of Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods has a horse-drawn hayride, a jug band music, food and beverage from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Tompkins Center, Windmill Pointe Park in Grosse Pointe Park. Proceeds benefit The Family Center.

In recognition of The Family Center’s “CELEBRATE 12!!” anniversary, the advance cost is $15; or $20 at the door and includes a meal and beverages. A cash bar is available. The Barley Boys Jug Band provides entertainment.

Guests can take a horse-drawn hayride on Windmill Pointe Drive.

* The 10th annual Holly Fest begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at The Grosse Pointe Club, 6 Berkshire Place, Grosse Pointe Farms.

The event’s honorary co-chairwomen are Beth Moran, Diane Strickler and Lois Warden.

The cost is $100. Sponsorships are available.

For reservations to either event, visit family or call (313) 432-3832.

Literacy center

The Dominican Literacy Center, 11148 Harper, Detroit, seeks volunteers to be trained as one-on-one tutors for new adult students who need help with their reading or math skills.

Following comprehensive tutor training, volunteers offer weekly on-site lessons in a dedicated study space. Each two-hour weekly session is scheduled Monday through Saturday at a mutually convenient time. Adult students are waiting for tutors.

For more information visit, or call (313) 267-1000.


The Southeastern High School graduating classes through 1962 have a reunion luncheon beginning at noon Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter, St. Clair Shores.

For more information and to make reservations, call Bob at (586) 778-6525 or Bill at (586) 772-2611.


Thursday, Sept. 27, is the deadline to fill out the club form, as seen in this week’s issue, page 1B. Information about your nonprofit organization will be included in the Oct. 11 issue. The issue is delivered to all Grosse Pointe houses.

For more information, call Ann L. Fouty at (313) 343-6298, or e-mail afouty@grossepointe