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/
Events added this week
Allen Park Elks Annual Garage Sale: 6605 Park Ave, Allen Park, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. No admission fee. Some of the items that are for sale are household, jewelry, craft, holiday, health & beauty, clothes, small tools, collectibles, glassware, paper products, shoes/purses/coats and more. For more information, call 313-928-1190.
Fish Dinners: St. Paul United Church of Christ, 24158 Goddard Road (one block West of Telegraph), Taylor, from 4-6 p.m. (drive-thru only) on Fridays – March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8 and April 15. $12 for adults, $4 for children 4-12. For more information, call 313-291-1221.
Comedy Show for a Golden Cause: Golden Key Village is teaming up with Shielded Souls Southgate Chapter to host a two-hour show at the chapter, 15628 Fort St, Southgate, at 9 p.m. on March 17. Doors open at 7 p.m. for a corned beef and cabbage dinner. Tickets are $20 for the entire event. Proceeds are used to send children with cancer on wish trips. To purchase tickets or donate items for an auction, call Lisa at 313-363-8610. Payments accepted include PayPal.me/goldenkey, Venmo @goldenkeypark, Cashapp $goldenkeypark. For more information, visit goldenkeypark.org.
Right to Life of Michigan: Downriver Regional High School Oratory Contest at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 26 at the Southgate Public Library. Participants will research, write and present a 5-7 minute pro-life speech to a panel of judges on one of the following programs: abortion, infanticide, stem cell research/human cloning, euthanasia. Prizes include local ($125-$75-$50), state ($500-$300-$200) and national ($1,000-$750-$500-$250). Entry deadline is March 19. For more information or to receive and application, e-mail WyandotteRLM@gmail.com or call 734-282-6100.
The Downriver Community Band Annual Spring Concert: Destination: Reaching for the Stars at 7 p.m. on March 25. The concert is highlighting Disney inspired performances, including, The Little Mermaid’s “Under the Sea”, Frozen’s “Let It Go”, Aladdin’s “A Whole New World”, Toy Story 2’s “When She Loved Me” and “You’re Welcome” from Moana. The concert will highlight several vocalists from the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center who will be singing, perhaps in costume. The concert will also include a few Disney music scores including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” From Disney’s “Fantasia 2000”, the band will feature pianist Linda Lukens playing Rhapsody in Blue, a 1924 musical composition by American composer George Gershwin. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children, littles three and under are free. Local and state recommendations for masking will be followed. Socially distanced seating will be available. The concert will be held at Flat Rock Community Auditorium, 25600 Seneca St, Flat Rock, Michigan. To purchase tickets, call 734-589-0322 or visit TheDCB.org.
Workshop Scholarships: The Wyandotte-Downriver branch of the American Association of University Women is offering three paid scholarships to the 2022 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, which will be held virtually this year May 24-26. The skill-building workshops are designed to challenge and inspire the students to make an impact on their campus and in their community. During the conference, students will get the opportunity to meet and hear from groundbreaking men and women, working across a range of fields. Past speakers include feminist author Roxane Gay, founder of the Me Too movement Tarana Burke, and author and global health advocate Chelsea Clinton. All interested college students who wish to apply for one of these scholarships should send an email with the subject: “NCCWSL Scholarship” to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the application packet. Deadline is April 1. For more information on the AAUW, visit downriver-mi.aauw.net/ or by calling Sheila Blair at 734-674-2246 or Barbara Duran at 313-300-1710 or email email@example.com
Friends of the Library Meeting: At the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28. Join this dedicated group of volunteers to enhance the library experience! New members are always welcome. For more information, call 734-246-8357.
Lenten Dinners at Our Lady of the Scapular Parish: Every Friday in Lent (March 2 – April 13) including Good Friday at 2609 10th St., Wyandotte, from 3-7 p.m. or until sold out. Featuring: Beer Battered Cod Dinners -$10, $9 & $8, Polish Dill Pickle Soup-$5 prepared by Fr. Mark and Pierogi-$6 (1/2 dz. uncooked- kraut or potato cheese) made at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit. Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. For more information, call 734-284-9135.
Mass and Baked Cod Dinner: Our Lady of the Scapular Parish, 2609 10th St., Wyandotte, Ash Wednesday, March 2. Mass at noon and 7 p.m. Dinner from noon to 6 p.m. or sold out. Dinner includes Baked Cod made with Hushpuppy Batter, Oven Baked Parsley Potatoes, Coleslaw & Roll. $10. Carryout only. For more information, call 734-284-9135.
Lenten Dinners at St. Andre Bessette:St Andre Bessette Parish Center is located at 4250 W. Jefferson Ave. Ecorse (in the rear parking lot behind the church). The dinners are served from 1-7 p.m. or until sold out on Ash Wednesday, March 2. Lenten dinners continue from 3:30-7 p.m. or sold out, every Friday (March 4, 11, 18, and 25, April 1, and 8), and from 2:30-7 p.m. or sold out Good Friday, April 15. There are adult and children’s dinners: shrimp, salmon patties, baked or fried cod, homemade macaroni & cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches on deli bread. Dinner prices begin at $7 for an adult dinner and $4 for children’s dinner (1/2 of Adult Portion). Dinners include tax and your choice of baked potato, French fries, or homemade macaroni & cheese. Also included will be coleslaw and bread & butter. Dinners will be carry-out only. Call 313-383-8514 extension 17 or 734-288-7996 (if busy keep trying) after 9 a.m. Ash Wednesday or Fridays during Lent (including Good Friday) to pre-order your carry-out or drive-up to the Parish Center (front doors) during Lenten Dinner hours to place an order.
Flat Rock Elks Drive-Thru Fish Fry: 26917 Telegraph Rd. Flat Rock (corner of Vreeland and Telegraph Roads), from 4-6:30 p.m., on the following Fridays: March 4 and 18, April 1 and 15. Shrimp dinner, $14 (family styles, $52); Cod dinner. $13 (family style, $48). Dinners include French fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, dinner roll and condiments. Carry-out or drive-thru. Cash only, exact change appreciated. Proceeds help support our Flat Rock Elks to continue our Community Service to Veteran Programs, ARC & Jo Brighton Special Athletes, MI Cookie Project, Penrickton Center for the Blind, Children with Hair Loss, Stepping Stones, Monroe ISD, coordinate Special Athletes Games with four local High Schools and more.
Huron High School & Junior High School Music Programs Mattress Fundraiser: At Huron High School from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday March 6. There will be 25 different mattress styles on display in all sizes in styles for customers to try, priced below retail. Adjustable power bases, premium pillows, bed frames, and mattress protectors will be available as well. Brands like Simmons Beautyrest, come with full factory warranties, are made to order, and will be available 2-3 weeks after the fundraiser. Delivery is available. The music programs benefit from every purchase. For more information, visit bit.ly/beds4huron22
Creative Art Society Meeting: At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at the Southgate Veterans Memorial Library, 14680 Dix-Toledo Hwy., Southgate. Free and open to the public. The guest for the evening will be Dr. Michelle Sider. Sider is a freelance artist and has been teaching for over 40 years in the Detroit area, and specializes in detailed and lush glass mosaics, paintings and illustrations. Dr. Sider has co-authored two books that use art to help people deal with the loss of a loved one. The Creative Art Society offers $25 memberships that include workshops. For more information, visit creativeartsociety.org or contact Maureen at 734-777-6109 or mkeast1aol.com or Jackie Walock at 313-570-6919 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pools, Puddles, and Ponds: 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 Saturday, March 19. Hike through the woods with our naturalist as we focus on vernal pools and amphibians like salamanders and frogs. For more information, GINLC.email@example.com
Scholarship: The Wyandotte-Downriver branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is offering a $2,500 scholarship in 2022, through its foundation, for all eligible applicants. The deadline to apply is March 31. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in any of the following communities: Allen Park, Brownstown, Ecorse, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron Township, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, New Boston, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Woodhaven or Wyandotte. They also must have earned a minimum of 12 college credits and be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student. The completed application, required essay and a copy of the applicant’s transcript must be sent to AAUW-WDF, 12883 Plum, Southgate, MI 48195, or via email to scholarship committee chair, Sheila Blair, at: firstname.lastname@example.org. All interested students who wish to apply for this scholarship should send an email with the subject: “Academic Scholarship” to email@example.com to receive the application form and guidelines.
Seminar-Journey Through Grief: Sponsored by Hospice of Michigan (via Zoom). This series of weekly sessions offers insights and coping skills for an adult’s journey through grief. Practical handouts are provided with each session. Every Thursday (starting March 31 through April 28), from 6-7:15 p.m. RSVP with Jackie Morris at 313-578-6328 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Hospice of Michigan’s virtual grief support groups, contact Karen Monts at kmonts@HOM.ORG or 313-578-6326. You can also visit www.hom.org or call 888-247-5701.
Children’s Easter Basket Sale: Our Lady of the Scapular Parish, 2609 10th St., Wyandotte. Buy one for someone special or ALMSGIVING, sponsor a child/children in need with an Easter Basket. $10 per basket. All sponsored baskets are given to MiMi’s Mission who strives to help those in need in the Downriver area. Baskets available in the parish hall on Fridays during Lent from 3-6 p.m. To sponsor a child/children online visit ourladyofthescapular.org or call the parish office at 734-284-9135.
2022 Human Trafficking Summit: Soroptimist International of Trenton and Downriver Area will be hosting a Human Trafficking Summit on Saturday, April 9, at Summit Academy, 18601 Middlebelt, in Romulus. Representative specialists from the FBI, Michigan State Police, Michigan Abolitionist Project, Avalon Healing Center, Sparrow Freedom Project, Truckers Against Trafficking, human trafficking survivors, and others will be the designated speakers. There will also be a question-and-answer session after each panel presentation. The day starts at 9:30 A.M. with coffee and donuts, includes a boxed lunch, and ends at about 2:30 P.M. The symposium is available free of charge but is limited to 160 participants, so early registration is important to guarantee your seat. Register here: https://f8s.co/27sk. Trenton and Downriver Area Soroptimist is a volunteer group that offers service by way of fundraising and donations, public awareness/educational programs, and hands-on assistance. For more information, email email@example.com.
Take it Outside (2021-2022) High School Nature & Wildlife Photo Contest: Hosted by Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy. Deadline Thursday, May 5, 2022. Open to all high school students. Our all-digital Take It Outside Photo Contest has begun. High School students may enter up to 3 photos, one in each category. All information will be updated on our website soon. It’s free, it’s easy and who doesn’t love capturing a gorgeous photo while enjoying the outdoors? All area High Schools are invited to participate. If you are a teacher and would like more information and a poster for your classroom, send us a message. We’d love to share the opportunity with your students. Enter at www.ginlc.org.
Sponsors Needed: American Association of University Women (AAUW) Downriver Group Looking for STEM-related professionals and sponsors for Spring 2022 STEM SAVVY Symposium, Thursday, May 12, 2022 at the Wayne County Community College Downriver campus on Northline Road in Taylor. The event will host 125 girls from the 19 Downriver middle schools for a day of STEM inspired seminars and activities. The event has been canceled the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The girls come for a day of immersion in STEM related activities presented by inspirational women speakers. The event is presented without cost to the girls, with all expenses covered through the AAUW organization, individual donations and sponsorships from Downriver merchants and companies. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities contact President Barbara Duran at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested in being a speaker or helping with the event contact STEM Committee Chairs Jackie Hector, email@example.com, or Andrea Witkowski, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing community events
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 @ 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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.