What’s Going On | Events Calendar | #hospice | #elderly | #seniors
Editor’s Note: The News-Herald will be publishing ongoing events as well as events happening on specific dates. Before attending an event, contact the organizers to find out if it has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
What’s Going On is a listing of activities taking place throughout the Downriver community. To submit an event, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. List the time, date, location, cost and contact information. Submit announcements at least two weeks prior to the event. For a complete listing, visit www.TheNewsHerald.com/DownriverLife.
Fish Dinners: DRIVE-THRU ONLY from 4-6 p.m. on April 2 at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 24158 Goddard, Taylor (one block west of Telegraph). $10 for adults; $5 forChildren (4-12 years). All COVID-19 protocols followed. For more information, call 313-291-1221.
Fish Fry: The Elk’s Drive-Thru Fish Fry will be held April 2, 26917 Telegraph Rd., Flat Rock. Shrimp dinner, $12 (family, $40); cod, $11 (family, $44). Dinners include cole slaw, french fries, hush puppies, roll. Dinners served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Cash only. Exact change appreciated.
Pick Up Family Curbside Crafting: Sponsored by Bacon Memorial Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte March 29 through April 3. Make your own spring flowers. Each kit comes with enough to make 8 flowers. Find a cute vase or stick them around your house to make you smile. This craft is appropriate for kids 8 to 108. Registration required by Sunday, March 28. Craft Kits will be available for pick up starting Monday, March 29 through Saturday, April 3. For more information, visit baconlibrary.org.
The Creative Art Society scholarships: All qualifying student applicants have the opportunity to compete for one of three (3) $500.00 scholarships. The Creative Art Society (CAS) will award the scholarships to: Two (2) Qualifying 2021 graduating Downriver high school seniors;One (1) Qualifying alumnus of any Downriver high school or current Downriver resident. Applications (written and/or electronic submissions) must be received by March 30. All scholarships are open to qualifying students pursuing a career in the visual arts. Consideration of other visual arts is at the discretion of the judge appointed for this competition by the Creative Art Society. To apply for the 2021 Creative Art Society Scholarship, submit a completed Visual Arts Scholarship application form, the required letters, and 3-5 visual art samples. Applications and information are available on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DownriverArtsCraftsGuil/CreativeArtSociety or contact CAS President Maureen Keast by email email@example.com and by cell phone 734-777-6109 or Scholarship coordinator Lyn Peraino by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pro-life High School Oratory Contest: Upper Downriver Right to Life of Michigan in association with Southern Downriver Right to Life and Central Wayne County Right to Life are hosting the High School Oratory Contest. The contest will be held April 10 at 1 p.m. Registration forms and a copy of presentation are due by April 7. Students will present a 5-7 minute speech on a pro-life topic from a pro-life perspective. First-place winner advances to state level with a monetary prize of $200. Second-place winner receives $100 and third receives $50. Fore more information, email email@example.com or call the office at 734-282-6100.
Signs of Spring: Airport Wildlife Refuge. 28820 East River Rd, Grosse Ile, 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 11. Focus: Early spring birds returning, frogs/salamanders, flowers. For more information, visit GINLC.firstname.lastname@example.org
Earth Day Celebration – Climate Change in Your Backyard: Hosted by the Grosse Ile Nature Land Conservancy from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22. Virtual presentation that highlights climate change impacts in the Great Lakes. Zoom Meeting ID: 844 0054 2725. Passcode: 068271. Visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/GINLC.GI or contact the GNLC at GINLC.email@example.com. Sign up for the groups’ email list at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Island Clean up: Sponsored by the Grosse Ile Nature Land Conservancy from 9 -11 a.m. on April 24 at Centennial Farm 25797 Third St. Grosse Ile. Volunteer with GINLC in this Kiwanis annual Event as we clean up our protected lands. To register as a volunteer, or for more information, contact us at email@example.com
Suicide Prevention Summit: Michigan Kiwanis and Embracing Imperfections presents a live-streamed youth summit on suicide preventio and mental health for middle and high school students on May 19-20. The May 19 session is designated for high school students and will run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The May 20 session will be from 8:00am-10:00am for middle school students. The school’s mental health support staff is required to attend in order for their students to attend. The first 500 registrations for each day of the summit are free; once the daily limit is reached, there is a charge of $1 per teacher or student registration and $10 for adults. Deadline to register is May 5. More information and registration details can be found at https://mikiwanis.org/Page/49749. There are also opportunities to sponsor the event or make a donation to support the summit. For more information, contact Shandy Longcore at 616-516-8281 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Take it Outside. (2020-2021) – High School Nature & Wildlife Photo Contest: Hosted by the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy. Deadline Thursday May 6. Open to all high school students. Enter at www.ginlc.org. For more information, email GINLC.email@example.com. Visit www.ginlc.org
Virtual JA Inspire Program: Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan is hosting its Virtual JA Inspire Program through June 13. It’s a virtual event for students in eighth through 12th grades. Through an online portal, students will enter a virtual exhibit hall and check out a wide variety of career opportunities with dozens of local businesses. Highlights include: Career information, and steps to take to pursue various careers in different industries; access to portal anytime from home; and it’s available at no cost to school systems or youth serving community-based organizations and is also adaptable for in-class or remote learning. The event is open to companies and students in Wayne, Oakland, Livingston Monroe, Washtenaw, Genesee, Lapeer, and St. Clair counties, and North Central Michigan. Sponsorship fees for participating businesses start at $500 and help support the operating costs of JA Inspire and JA’s work within the region. Interested companies, educators and students can learn more and register at: jamichigan.org/inspiremi.
Ongoing community events
Teen Advisory Group: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Online Virtual Event. Wednesdays, from 4-5 p.m. Teen Advisory volunteers help plan, implement, and promote ways to improve services offered at Taylor Community Library. Joining our group builds your resume, earns you volunteer hours and recommendations for jobs or college, and gives you a chance to be heard! To join, apply to become a volunteer today! For more information, call 734-287-4840.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten: Sponsored by the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. This free program encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she enters school – a goal experts say helps children learn to read. Yes, it really is possible. Read one book to your child every day and before you know it, you will have read over 1,000 books in three years! Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun. For more information, call 734-246-8357 or visit www.baconlibrary.org/1000books
Seamstresses Needed: Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care is seeking volunteer seamstresses to help with the making of memory bears. Memory Bears are made from the clothing that once belonged to a loved one and can bring comfort and peace for grieving family members. All materials are provided. Seamstresses work in the comfort of their own homes using a simple four-piece pattern. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Mary Biber at 800-370-8592. For more information about Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, visit www.seasons.org.
Palliative Care Volunteers Needed: Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care is seeking compassionate people to provide volunteer support to terminally ill patients and their families. We provide virtual, yet comprehensive, training that fits easily into busy schedules. Opportunities are ﬂexible, based on your availability and comfort level and always close to home. Activities may include: offering companionship or “friendly visits” to homebound patients, reading and letter writing, providing relief for caregivers, participating in activities with dementia patients, veteran to veteran companionship, and sewing Memory Bears. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Mary Biber at 800-370-8592. Visit www.seasons.org
Taylor Garden Club: Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month September through June. Meetings are held at Taylor Senior Activity Center. Hospitality at 6 p.m., meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend once for free. Membership fee is $15 per year. You do not have to live in Taylor to join the group. For more information, contact Nancy Smith at 734-287-6851 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ecorse Community Events Committee: Meetings are held every 3rd Thursday of the month excluding holidays and/or inclement weather. The ECEC meets from 6-7 p.m. at the Albert B. Buday Civic Center, 3869 W. Jefferson Ave., Ecorse 48229 on the 2nd floor in Conference Room – B. For more information, call 313-407-6332 or visit website https://www.ecorseevents.com or email email@example.com or visit the Ecorse Community Events Committee Facebook page. All are welcome to attend, volunteer and participate in community event planning.
AAUW scholarships: The AAUW Wyandotte-Downriver Branch offers several scholarships annually to female undergraduate students at Baker College, Henry Ford College, Lawrence Technological University and Wayne County Community College District. Interested students can pick up an AAUW application at their school’s counseling office. Candidates must have earned a minimum of 12 credits, be a United States citizen and a resident of the Downriver area. An essay is required. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit downriver-mi.aauw.net.
The Ecorse Historical Society: Meetings are held every 3rd Saturday of the month excluding holidays and/or inclement weather. The EHS meets from 1-2 p.m. at the Albert B. Buday Civic Center, 3869 W. Jefferson Ave., Ecorse on the 2nd floor in Conference Room – B. All are welcome to attend, volunteer and participate in EHS meetings and planning. Ecorse residents are invited to bring their family histories to add to the collections and archives which will be exhibited at the Ecorse Public Library. Exhibit dates and times to be announced. For more information, call 313-386-2520 Ext. 4 or visit /www.ecorsehistorical.org Email email@example.com or visit the Ecorse Historical Society’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ecorsehistoricalsociety/
Brownstown Historical Museum Hours of Operation: The Brownstown Historical Museum, 23451 King Road, Brownstown is open for tours every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 1-4 p.m. Summer business hours are every Tuesday from noon-3 p.m.. Stop in to join the Brownstown Historical Society or renew your membership, volunteer or get information on the Brownstown Community Brick Paver fundraiser. For more information, call 248-318-5297.
Farmers Market Vendors Needed: Lincoln Park Farmers Market is seeking farmers/growers, specialty food and crafts vendors for this year’s market, which starts Sunday, June 2, as well as an indoor Sunday, April 7 Easter Market and an outdoor Sunday, May 12 Mother’s Day Market. For info: call 313-427-0443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance: The group is looking for new members to promote Lincoln Park’s historic sites through education and advocacy; for information on meetings and events, call Leslie Lynch-Wilson at 313-598-3137.
Knit and Crochet Club: From 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays. Meet, mingle and trade inspiration with local knitters and crocheters. Bring your own projects and have fun with a like-minded group. This is not an instructing class; however, you are welcome to ask others to share their knowledge and help. Cost: $3 donation to the DCA. Downriver Council for the Arts, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte. (734) 720-0671 or visit www.downriverarts.org
Huron River Fishing Association: Holds general membership meetings at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Flat Rock Community Center, 1 McGuire St., Flat Rock. The group holds fly tying classes at 6:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of the month at the FRCC. For more information, visit huronriverfishing.com or email FISH@huronriverfishing.com.
The Ecorse Historical Society: Meets the third Saturday of each month at:City of Ecorse, Albert B. Buday Civic, 3869 W Jefferson Ave., Ecorse. Meeting is held in Conference Room B from noon to 1 p.m. Call 313-386-2520 Ext. 4.
Downriver Plarning: Bag Ladies With a Cause is every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. Crochet grocery bags into sleeping mats for the homeless. You can stop in and just grab supplies too. Visit baconlibrary.org or call 734-246-8357.
Yoga: Tuesdays at the Downriver Council for the Arts, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte from 5:30-6:30 p.m, every Tuesday. Suitable for all levels, this Hatha Yoga Flow will focus on linking breath to movement, deep stretching, building core strength and improving balance and overall well-being. Bring your own yoga mat. Drop-in for $10 a class or $35 for (4 classes). For more information call 734-720-0671 or visit www.downriverarts.org
Heart to Heart Hospice Volunteers needed: Heart to Heart Hospice is looking for downriver community members to join the group’s team of volunteers, who will visit with patients on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to help increase their quality of life during their finals days. Visits can provide friendship, compassion and distraction from their prognosis. Activities that clients might enjoy are being read to, watching television together, talking about who and where they’ve been, their families, hearing about your day, playing cards, and so much more. Most importantly, we are looking for volunteers to provide their time, talent, and to have compassion and empathy. Heart to Heart serves Allen Park, Canton, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Southgate, Taylor, Westland, Ypsilanti and beyond. Volunteers should contact volunteer coordinator Randi Williams, at 734-282-0209.
Great Lakes Steel Salaried Retirees Club: Meets every third Monday at Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort St. Southgate. Doors open at noon. Lunch promptly at 1 p.m. Cost $12 for members, $13 non-members. Door prizes and 50/50 raffles. Open to any salaried retiree of Great Lakes Steel. For more information, contact Desta Pulter at 313-842-0385.
Bingo: 6:15 p.m. Thursdays; VFW Post No. 9283, 16200 Dix-Toledo Road, Southgate; doors open at 4 p.m.; $500 jackpot; all proceeds go to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary general fund.
Hospice of Michigan: Seeking volunteers to visit with patients in the Downriver area; to learn more, call 248-303-6818 or email email@example.com.
Ace of Spades progressive raffle: Drawing held at 7 p.m. every Thursday; St. Alfred Parish Center, 24175 Baske St., Taylor; tickets are $1 each; if the Ace of Spades is not selected by the weekly drawn winner, a consolation prize is awarded and the jackpot grows; tickets not selected do not carry over from week to week; purchased tickets are good for the week in which they are purchased only; tickets can be purchased after all weekend Masses at the church, at the St. Alfred parish office weekdays, Alliance Catholic Credit Union and Leon’s Family Restaurant on Telegraph; for more information, call Bob Prusakiewicz at 734-552-9752, Doug Woniewski at 734-635-6708 or the parish office at 313-291-6464.
Island Road Runners: 8:30 a.m. Saturdays at Grosse Ile Middle School and 5:30 p.m. Mondays at the Elizabeth Park Pavilion in Trenton; runners and walkers are invited to participate in the Island Road Runners’ weekly runs/walks; people of all running/walking paces and abilities are welcome to the weekly, non-competitive club workouts; the summertime “tailgate treats” will follow the 8:30 a.m. run/walk at the middle school, during which the club provides food and beverages; for more information, visit islandroadrunners.com.