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What’s Going On is a listing of activities taking place throughout the Downriver community. To submit an event, send an email to email@example.com. 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/things-to-do/
Lego Club: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Dec. 5, 12, 19, and 26, from 6-7 p.m. Do you love Legos? Join our Lego Club. Every Monday we will challenge you to make something relating to that week’s theme. We will display your creation for one week and will tear them apart at the next event. This event is open to kids, tweens, teens, and parents. No registration is required, just stop in and build. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Baby Buddies Storytime (Ages 0-1): Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Dec. 6, 13, and 20, from 3-3:30 p.m. Weekly story time is aimed toward parents with infants (ages 0-1), older siblings are welcome. We will have lap time and read several books together. At the end, there will be time for creative play and parent conversation. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Textile Lab: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Dec. 6, 13, 20, and 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Textile Lab is a weekly lab for textile crafters to come together and work on their projects. If you love to quilt, sew, knit, crochet, embroider, needlepoint, or any other textile crafting, this is the place for you! An instructor will be available to teach you how to quilt, or to guide you on your projects. This is a weekly lab that is open on Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Computer Class: Computer Basics: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Dec. 8, from 1-2 p.m. This class is designed for those with little or no experience with computers. You will learn the parts of the computer, how to use a mouse, basic navigation with Windows and the Internet, how to open a program, how to save a file, and how to print. Class size is limited to 8 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Books & Bites Book Club End of Year Review: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Dec. 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. Books & Bites is a monthly book club that reads and discusses Young Adult books. Celebrate the end of the year with your book club At this event, we will be discussing some of our favorite and least favorite picks of the year, books we read outside of book club, and discuss possible picks for next year. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Brown Bag Talking Book Discussion: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. In person or call-In. Dec. 14, from 1:30 p.m. The group discusses two books each month. Listen to both, one, or none. Everyone is welcome. This month’s books are 1) “The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict, and 2) “Shadow Divers: the True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II” by Robert Kurson. Join us in person or join remotely by phone by calling: 267-807-9601 and use Access Code: 965803, or join virtually by visiting bit.ly/TCLbtbcall. Call the library to reserve a copy for yourself. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Computer Class: Email Basics: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Dec. 14, from 1-2 p.m. You will learn how to create an email account, attach documents, add addresses, see what you’ve sent, and how to delete emails that are no longer needed. Class size is limited to 8 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Story Times: At Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. Babytime/Toddler, Tuesday, 29 at 10 a.m. Join Ms. Lynne for stories, music, dance, and bubbles. This program is geared for babies and young toddlers. Family Storytime, Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. Join Ms. Lynne for stories, music, dance and more. This program is geared to families with children of multiple ages. We are sorry for the inconvenience but you will need to register each week. Please register in person, online at baconlibrary.org, or by phone at 734-246-8357.
Textile Lab: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Nov. 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Textile Lab is a weekly lab for textile crafters to come together and work on their projects. If you love to quilt, sew, knit, crochet, embroider, needlepoint, or any other textile crafting, this is the place for you. An instructor will be available to teach you how to quilt, or to guide you on your projects. This is a weekly lab that is open on Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Baby Buddies Storytime (Ages 0-1): Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Nov. 29, from 3-3:30 p.m. Weekly story time is aimed toward parents with infants (ages 0-1), older siblings are welcome. We will have lap time and read several books together. At the end, there will be time for creative play and parent conversation. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Books & Bites Book Club: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Nov 28, from 6-7:30 p.m. Books & Bites is a monthly book club that reads and discusses Young Adult books. Anyone who is a fan of this genre can attend. If you can’t make it in person, and for general bookish talk, send us a request to join our Facebook group. This month’s book is “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Bouley. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Friends of the Library Meeting: At the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte, Monday, Nov. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Join this dedicated group of volunteers to enhance the library experience! New members are always welcome. For more information, 734-246-8357.
DINOVEMBER Scavenger Hunt & Craft Kit: At the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. Little Foot is looking for kids to play hide-and-seek. Find Little Foot to receive a prize token. Stop by the circulation desk to pick up a wind-up dinosaur kit then check the makerspace for additional dino crafts and activities. Dino crafts will be available while supplies last. For more information, call 734-246-8357 or visit baconlibrary.org.
Winter Craft Roundup: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Dec. 1, from 5-7 p.m. An open arts and craft session for kids. The library will provide the craft supplies and space, and kids bring their creativity and imaginations. The crafts will be aimed towards kids ages 5-12. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Computer Class: Drop-In Session: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Dec. 1, from 1-2 p.m. This is a drop-in session for you to ask basic computer questions. If you are working on a project and need assistance, we will try to help you. Please keep in mind that assistance may be limited by how many people are in the class. Class size is limited to 8 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
The Seaway Chorale and Orchestra: Now in its 45th year, wants you to know that they are back for their first full concert in three years. Having navigated the challenges of COVID with performances in local churches, the Chorale is returning to its performance home – Flat Rock Community Auditorium, 25600 Seneca, to perform Joy To The World, a celebration of the holiday season at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3. The group will be singing many favorites like the title songs, “The First Noel” and “Frosty The Snowman,” in addition to some different arrangements that will leave the audience humming. They will also be debuting two new songs, arranged by their talented director, Anthony Lai. Tickets are available at $15 for adults and $10 for students. Ticket information can be found at www.seawaychorale.org and by calling 734-552-3645.
Fish and Shrimp Dinners: The Flat Rock Elks, located at Vreeland and Telegraph roads, will be serving our Famous Atlantic Cod fish and shrimp dinners first Friday of the month through January, February through Good Friday every other week. Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Feb. 17, March 3, March 17, April 7 (Good Friday). That’s nine hot, fresh and wonderful drive-thru meals from the safety and comfort of your heated vehicle. Hand Battered Atlantic Cod Dinners are $15 and Pacific Ocean Jumbo Shrimp Dinners are $15. Ask about our Family Style Dinners and save an additional $4. Cash only, exact change appreciated. Dinners served 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dinners also include French fries, coleslaw, hush puppy, dinner roll and condiments. Cash only.
Toys for Tots: Wyandotte Public Schools maintenance local 1055 is holding its 4th annual Toys for Tots drop off at Roosevelt High School, 540 Eureka Road, Wyandotte, on Dec. 3 and 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Coat Giveaway for Kids: There will be a Coats for Kids event hosted by Knights of Columbus on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St Andre Bessette Parish Activity Center, 4250 W Jefferson Ave, Ecorse. Coats are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and range in size from boys 4 and girls 4 all the way up to boys 16 and girls 16. There will even be hats and gloves available provided by the Robert Jones Council 3078 Ladies Auxiliary.
Holiday Sale Arts & Crafts Sale: Downriver Arts & Crafts Holiday Sale at Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Road Taylor from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Creative Art Society hosts the event which features artists and crafters with their work to be displayed and sold. Throughout the day numerous art demonstrations will be taking place – sculpture, painting, sewing, ink drawing, pastels, knitting, and more. The public will see these mediums and ceramics, photography, book signings, acrylics, acrylic pours, dress designers, jewelry, watercolors, and wood crafts. Visitors can discuss artwork with the artists and crafters while they are working. There will also be information on local art classes and art organizations. Door prizes. The sale is still open for artists and crafters. Each one is given a free table. To apply, visit creativeartsociety.org
Auditions: PS Center Stage Players will hold auditions for “The Wizard of Oz” from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at First United Methodist Church, 72 Oak St., Wyandotte. The show will run March 2, 3, 9 and 10 at the Jo Brighton Auditorium in Wyandotte. Children ages 3 and up, as well as adults, will be cast. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a brief song from the show or another suitable song and be willing to learn a short group dance. There also will be cold readings from the script. For more information, visit pscenterstageplayers.com
Hooks & Needles: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Dec. 5, 12, 19, and 26, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Come and join other yarn enthusiasts in our community who love to knit and crochet. This is a weekly event to share ideas, projects, and do a little yarning. Bring your own projects to work on. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Winter Craft Exchange: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Dec. 7 from 4-6 p.m. Would you like to exchange those partially started or brand-new projects for someone else’s? Then this is the event for you! Whether it’s crafting supplies, materials, or projects (partially started/finished or never used) we want them at our event. Drop off your old supplies, check out what others drop off, and maybe bring something new (to you) home.
Silent Study Nights: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Dec. 8, from 5-7:45 p.m. Every other Thursday night this school year, the Trolley Community Room will transform into a silent space to study. There are large tables, comfy furniture and plenty of power outlets. The room will comfortably fit up to 15 individual, silent studiers. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Solstice Walk: Sponsored by the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy at Meridian Woods, eastside of Meridian Road across from Meridian Elementary School, Grosse Ile, from 1-3 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 18. Join the group for an educational walk on the (almost) shortest day of the year. Our focus will be on signs of winter, seasonal adaptations, and animal homes. All GINLC programs are free to the public, but your donations make them possible. Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. For more information, email GINLC.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Storywalk for December: Taylor Community Library, Fletcher Park, Taylor, located between Pardee and Racho Rd., and Northline and Eureka. Permanent exhibit. December’s featured book is “Snow Song” by A. K. Riley. Community members can follow the path throughout the park to read a book in its entirety presented on 16 individual panels. Each panel hosts a set of pages which include activities and questions to help your little ones engage with the story in meaningful ways. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Discount Annual Vehicle Passes: Huron-Clinton Metroparks 2023 annual vehicle passes are on sale now at a discount until the end of 2022. Passes are $35 or $24 for seniors 62+ until the end of the year. Beginning Jan. 1, 2023 passes will be $40 for residents ($29 for Seniors 62+) of the five counties served or $45 for non-residents ($34 for Seniors 62+). Passes can be purchased at www.metroparks.com (look for the “Buy Annual Pass” button in the menu bar) or at any Metroparks toll booth or park office.
Take it outside Photo Contest: Sponsored by the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy. Entry deadline is Thursday, May 11, 2022 at 5 p.m. Open to high school students within Wayne, Washtenaw and Monroe Counties. We are searching for photos captured locally (within Wayne, Washtenaw and Monroe Counties) that inspire us to appreciate and steward our environment: air, water, land, wildlife, resources, and ecosystems. Categories are Dawn to Dusk; Fur and Feathers; Bark and Blooms. Total of $445 in prize money. For more information, visit see https://www.ginlc.org/photo-contest
Genealogy Research: The Downriver Genealogical Society Library, located at 28639 Division Street in Flat Rock, is free and open for genealogy research Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The society began in 1980 and for the past 42 years has been collecting information on the people and cities of the downriver communities, most taken from local newspapers. There are also resources from the surrounding areas and for other states and other countries. Volunteers are available to help those wanting to begin researching their own family. Information on the society, holdings and publications can be found at downrivergenealogy.org. For more information, call 734-535-6530.
Mental Illness Support Group: For relatives and friends of the mentally Ill in the Downriver area meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn, 600 N.Brady, in Mitchell Hall. Another support group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, starting on July 20, at 10 a.m., at the Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s Rehabilitation Bldg. on the 2nd floor, room 232. Wear a mask and enter the hospital at the main entrance for a Covid-19 check. Then you will follow the letter A on the wall signs and take the Allen elevators to the 2nd floor. From the elevator exit, turn left and immediately right to follow the hallway to room 232. For information, call 313- 292-3324.
Al Turner Drop In Chess: Every Thursday 5:30 p.m. at the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. Kids and adults of all ages can meet challenging new players every Thursday at 5:30 pm. For more information, call 734-246-8357.
Job Assistance: The SEMCA Michigan Works! in Southgate, 15100 Northline Rd, Room 103, is offering help with job searching. Free services may include career assessment and guidance; GED preparation, basic skills assessment & enhancement; resume and interview assistance; and job search assistance. Stop in to register and ask about the next orientation session. Connect with a Career Coach and return to work faster. Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request. For more information, call 734-362-3448 or visit SEMCA.org.
Toiletry Pantry: Rockwood First Congregational Church, 22600 Mather Street Rockwood, hosts toiletry pantry, which provides personal hygiene items, cleaning products, gently used clothing and some food products. The pantry will open from 1- 3 p.m. on the last Monday of each month. If that Monday is a holiday, the pantry will be open the previous Monday. For more information, call 734-379-3711 or fccrockwood.org
Local Wyandotte History: Looking for an obituary? Need information on your home or any other burning Wyandotte history questions? The Bacon Memorial Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte, can help. Visit, www.baconlibrary.org/local-history-request
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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