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Area activities

September 27, 2012


The 49th annual used book sale, sponsored by the Grosse Pointe Branch of American Association of University Women is from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 through 5, and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Luther Center, First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 800 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Friday books are half off and Saturday, customers can buy a paper bag full of books for $8 or $15 for two bags. Parking is free.

Proceeds benefit the AAUW’s scholarship fund.


The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Henry Ford Cottage, 159 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms. Parking is free.

Lake House

Circare, 23024 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores, offers 10 percent of purchase totals to the Lake House between Oct. 1 through 6.

A kick-off party is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1.

Lifelong learning

Rev. Frank Julian, RN, discusses his observations on a drive from the Botswana airport and Fighting Aids with Nutrition, at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Center of Lifelong Learning, St. Peter Parish House, 19851 Anita, Harper Woods.

The organization is a humanitarian program, founded by Julian in Africans death from AIDS. It educates about the AIDS epidemic and sends shipments of liquid nutrition to South Africa and Botswana

Ensure or Boost liquid nutritional supplement packs are accepted as a free will donation.

For more information, call (313) 885-8063.

Windmill Pointe

Windmill Pointe Garden Club meets at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Cynthia Campbell’s house. Lunch is a “bag lunch auction.”

Speaker Cynthia Blackburn’s topic is “DIA -Flower in Art.”

Ford House

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Shores, hosts a workshop during which youth can create a fairy tale themed Pewabic Pottery tile from 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. The event is aimed at children 4 to 12 years old.

The cost is $25 for Ford House and Pewabic Pottery members and $30 for non-members.

Participants will be contacted when the tiles are ready, four to eight weeks following the event.

To register, visit or by calling (313) 884-4222.

Alliance Francaise

The Alliance Francaise de Grosse Pointe hosts a recital of French art songs at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.

Music is performed by soprano Karin White and pianist Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt.

A champagne reception follows the performance.

The hosts are Mr. and Mrs. George Roumell, 125 Tonnancour, Grosse Pointe Farms. Reservations can be made by calling Elizabeth Robert at (313) 823-6313.

Tompkins Center

Park Café and Blue Pointe offers a pasta dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Tompkins Center.

Tickets cost $10 and must be purchased in advance. For more information, contact Jacki at or call (313) 822-2812, ext. 201.


The Detroit Artists Market hosts a juried exhibition, “The Big Show,” through Oct. 20, at 4719 Woodward, Detroit.

Exhibiting artists have a gallery talk from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

Grosse Pointe Woods

The Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department open house is from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week reminds residents to make a fire escape plan, practice it, and be sure to have two ways out of each room.

Fire trucks, police cars, an ambulance, a thermal imaging camera and other tools and equipment will be on display and demonstrated at the open house. Children can operate a “live” fire hose, and learn how to safely exit a burning building in the “smoke house” simulator.

Public safety officers discuss how to prevent fires and what to do to keep your family safe should a fire occur — including having a home escape plan and meeting place. The public safety department is located adjacent to Grosse Pointe Woods City Hall at 20025 Mack Plaza.

* “The Help” is the featured movie during the noon lunch and a movie Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Grosse Pointe Woods Community Center.

The story involves an aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s who decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they encounter on a daily basis.

Reservation must be made by Oct. 5. The cost is $9 for Woods residents; $11 for non-residents.

For more information, call (313) 343-2408.

* Grosse Pointe Woods Lake Front Park is the setting for the annual Hob Nobbin’ with the Goblins 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19.

The event includes a hayride through the park, the jamboree in the gym, trick-or-treat bags, pumpkin and face painting, cider and doughnuts.

Reservations are limited and the cost is $4. Woods residents and their guests are eligible. The reservation deadline is Oct. 17 or when capacity is reached. For reservation information, call the Grosse Pointe Woods Community Center at (313) 343-2408.

Sr. expo

The 19th annual Senior Expo is 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Assumption Cultural Center. The expo provides adults with informational exhibits, educational seminars and resources.

Each year Senior Expo hosts more than 1,500 seniors and their families discussing health, wellness, recreation and community resource issues.

A complimentary luncheon is provided by ShorePointe Nursing Center and Marchiori Catering. Detroit Police Blue Pigs and Gentlemen of Swing entertain. Screenings go beyond normal blood pressure check and include: carotid artery ultrasound, hand massage, knee pain and osteoarthritis, pulmonary lung function evaluation, mini chair massage, spine evaluation, body mass index and balance and fall risk assessment. A geriatrician, pharmacist, nutritionist and safety expert are available. The Resource Guide, a listing of available services throughout the metro area, is distributed.

WXYZ –TV’s JoAnne Purtan, who is co-anchor of Action News at noon and 5 p.m., and Don’t Waste Your Money consumer reporter, is this year’s keynote speaker at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, call (586) 779-6111 ext. 4.

Coast Guard


The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary holds a boaters’ safety course at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30 at 25050 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores. The cost is $25.

For more information, call Mark Hodorek at (586) 777-2967 or e-mail

The class covers how to trailer a boat, navigation and rules of the water.

War Memorial

New programs expand horizons for those interested in the arts, Michigan and history. Plus, children can learn the skills to deal with bullying. For information on the activities, call (313) 881-7511.

* “Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football game” — 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. The Brian Kruger and Buddy Moorehouse film discusses the friendship between Ford and African-American Ward, U of M’s best player. Georgia Tech played U of M in Ann Arbor and refused to play unless Ward was benched. Ford threatened to quit the team in protest. Kruger will be available to answer questions. The cost is $10. Proceeds benefit the University of Michigan club of Greater Detroit scholarship fund.

* Cooking with Cordier: Italian Recipes — Chef Doug Cordier shares Italian recipes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1. Italian regional wines are served. Participants must be 21 years of age. The cost is $48.

Friends forever — 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, for girls ages 7-9. They learn tools needed to build lasting friendships that are healthy and secure. Led by an instructor from Girls Empowered, the program is sponsored by Beaumont Health System. The cost is $45 for two friends; $15 for each additional friend.

MOT Lecture: Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” — 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1. John Guinn, Wayne State University professor of music and former classical music critic of The Detroit Free Press, discusses the comic opera masterpiece. The cost is $25.

Building Your Own Blog — 7 to 8:30 p.m., Mondays, Oct. 1, 8 and 15. Author, educator and journalist Joe Grimm shows how to create and support a website for personal use or for business. Program covers the basics of templates, design, writing for the web, posting photos and getting traffic. The cost is $72 for three classes.

Civil War Diaries and Dioramas — 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3. Bob and Cherie Allen present a story of Union officer from Michigan imprisoned by the Confederacy.

The cost is $25.

Wellness Cooking: Gluten Free — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4. Chef Doug Cordier teaches how to prepare recipes using healthy ingredients. Attendees must be 21 years old to attend. The cost is $48.

Hoe Down Middle School Dance-Hoe Down — 7:30 to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5. This is open to all students in grades 6-8 who reside in or attend school in Grosse Pointe. Wear country and western clothing. Students also must obtain a $15 War Memorial ID card. Tickets cost $14. No tickets are sold at the door.

Reupholster a Stool — 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9. Instructor Jackie Miller demonstrates how to refresh a bar stool. Bring fabric scissors, heavy duty staple gun, staples, fabric and stool. The cost is $29.

The Veritable Versatile Vegetable: Main Dishes, Side Dishes and All By Themselves — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9. Chef Pam Gustairs teaches students how to use a multitude of vegetables in mainstream cooking. The cost is $41.

Empowering Children with Food Allergies — 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10. An instructor from Kids Empowered teaches parents and children, ages 6-12, how to project confidence and stand up for themselves with the tools, skills and the ability to teach others to be understanding and show acceptance to the challenges they face. The cost is $38 per parent and child; $15 additional child or parent.

Art Appreciation Series: Fabergé, Designing Luxury — 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11. Based on the Fabergé exhibition opening at the DIA, this lecture highlights the jewel-encrusted objects, including the one-of-a-kind imperial Easter eggs. The cost is $15.

Chevrolet, The First Fifty Years — 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11. Automotive historian and former Ford executive Michael W. R. Davis relates the early history of one of the world’s best known brands and its competition with arch-rival Ford.

A book signing follows the program. Lecture cost is $25.