Library events, meetings and Downriver activities (2023)

What’s Going On is a listing of activities taking place throughout the Downriver community. To submit an event, send an email to downriverlife@thenewsherald.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

Computer Class: Word for Beginners: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Sept. 22, from 1-2 p.m. This class will focus on Microsoft Office Word to create letters and documents. You will learn how to create, edit, and format documents, as well as how to insert images, and check for grammar and spelling errors. Class size is limited to 8 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call 734-287-4840. Masks required.

Project Craft Attack: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Sept. 22, from 5-7 p.m. Project Craft Attack is 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 3-12. For more information, call 734-287-4840. Masks required for those ages 5+.

Books & Bites Book Club: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Sept. 26, 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 “Red, White and Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston. For more information, call 734-287-4840. Masks required.

VIP Support Group (Visually Impaired Persons): Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Sept. 28, from noon – 1 p.m. In Person, Virtual, or Call-in. VIP Support is a monthly support group for people experiencing vision loss and their caregivers. Each month, we meet to discuss important topics and connect over shared concerns. Call 712-775-7031, Access Code: 965803 or join virtually by visiting bit.ly/TCLbtbcall. For more information, call 734-287-4840. Masks are required.

Computer Class: Excel for Beginners: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Sept. 29, from 1-2 p.m. This class will focus on using Microsoft Office Excel to create basic spreadsheets that can be used for bookkeeping of bill payments and much more. You will learn how to create, edit, and format spreadsheets. You will also learn how to create a basic formula to add/subtract data. Class size is limited to 8 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call 734-287-4840. Masks required.

Bridgewater Outdoor Fall Craft and Vendor Market: At Freedom Park behind the Bridgewater clubhouse, 24190 Bridgewater Way, Brownstown (enter off Arsenal Rd). Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop 40 crafters and vendors and enjoy entertainment by the Witches of Bridgewater. Free admission. For more information, contact Shell Reichlin at mreichlin@associatedasset.com or 734-789-8750.

Lincoln Park Historical Museum Film Screening: On Saturday, Oct. 1. “The Kid” 1921 silent film, Free admission at the Lincoln Park High School auditorium. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., movie begins at 5 p.m. For more information, call 313-386-3137.

Lincoln Park Centennial Anniversary: Hosted by the Lincoln Park Historical Museum on Saturday, Oct. 1. The reception and program with recognitions, live music, at the Lincoln Park High School cafeteria. $10 for members and guests; $12 non-members. Advance reservations necessary. For more information, call 313-386-3137.

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Life Chain: A prayerful witness to the sanctity of life to major roads, including Fort Street and Telegraph throughout Downriver and Michigan from 2-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 2. Signs will be provided. More information is at lifechain.org or email lifechainmichigan@gmail.com.

Downriver Focus on Life: Thursday, Oct. 13 at Faith Christian Assembly, 25201 W. Outer Drive, Melvindale. Doors open at 7 p.m. It features Right to LIfe of Michigan president Barb Listing as well as Ed Rivet, Ingham County RTL president and former legislative director for RTL of Michigan. Tickets available at DownriverFocusonLife2022.eventbrite.com Learn all the latest about the fight to protect unborn children and their mothers in Michigan from rtl.org.

Halloween offering: “Invasion of the Saucer Men” a 1957 film featuring Lincoln Park’s own Lyn Osborn; Bandshell building indoors on Sunday, Oct. 30. Hosted by the Lincoln Park Historical Museum. Free admission, doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 313-386-3137.

Events

Salvation Army Downriver Activities: Golden Agers Bingo (weekly), begins Monday, Sept., 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, $1 to play. Downriver Archery Club (weekly), Monday, Sept. 12 to Oct. 31, from 4:36:30 p.m., third grade and older, $10 for the fall session – Sept. 12 – Oct. 31. Downriver Music (weekly), begins Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., kindergarten and older.

Hooks & Needles: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Sept. 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. Masks required.

Lego Club: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Sept. 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. Masks required.Downriver Youth (weekly), begins Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., kindergarten and older. Downriver Bible Study (weekly) begins Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 5-6 p.m., 16 and older. Downriver Air Rifle Club (weekly) begins Thursday, Sept. 22 to Nov. 3, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., fourth grade and older, $10 for the fall session. The Salvation Army Downriver Corps Community Center is located at 1258 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte. For more information, call Office: 734-282-0930

Baby Buddies Storytime (Ages 0-1): Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Sept.13, 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. Masks are required for ages 5 and up.

Textile Lab: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Sept. 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. Masks required.

Diabetes PATH (Virtual): Sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. Info session on Sept. 13. Sessions 1-6: Sept. 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25. New participants can join through Tuesday, Sept. 27. To register, contact Beaumont: http://classes.beaumont.org. To find additional PATH programs, visit nkfm.org/PATH or mihealthyprograms.org.

Brown Bag Talking Book Discussion: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. In person or call-In. Sept. 14, from 12-1:30 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 Lost Apothecary” by Sarah Penner, and 2) “The Law of Innocence” by Michael Connelly. 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. Please call the library to reserve a copy for yourself. For more information, call 734-287-4840. Masks required.

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Diabetes PATH (Virtual): Sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. For those living with type 2 diabetes and their loved ones, Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. Info session on Sept. 8. Sessions 1-6: Sept. 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20. New participants can join through Tuesday, Sept. 22. To register, contact Beaumont: http://classes.beaumont.org. To find additional PATH programs, visit nkfm.org/PATH or mihealthyprograms.org.

Kidney PATH (Virtual): Sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. For those living with kidney disease and their loved ones on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. Info session on Sept. 8. Sessions 1-8: Sept. 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3. New participants can join through Thursday, Sept. 22. To register, visit: www.nkfm.org/KPATH or call 800-482-1455. To find additional PATH programs, visit nkfm.org/PATH or mihealthyprograms.org.

Computer Class: Google Drive Basics: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Sept. 15, from 1-2 p.m. Did you know that if you have a Gmail account, you have free access to Google Drive to store your files? This class will teach you how to add, move, search, and share your files from any computer with Internet access. Class size is limited to 8 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call 734-287-4840. Masks required.

Twilight Hike: Hosted by the Grosse Ile Nature Land Conservancy, from 7-9 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Airport Natural Area. 28820 East River Rd, Grosse Ile. Learn about nocturnal and twilight wildlife. We will listen for frogs, use a bat detector to find bats, search for moths and fireflies, and discuss nocturnal animal adaptations. For more information, email GINLC.education@gmail.com.

Chronic Pain PATH (Virtual): Sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. For those living with chronic pain and their loved ones on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. Info session on Sept. 19. Sessions 1-6: Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. New participants can join through Monday, Oct. 3. To register, contact Beaumont: http://classes.beaumont.org. To find additional PATH programs, visit nkfm.org/PATH or mihealthyprograms.org.

Kidney PATH (Virtual): Sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. Info session on Sept. 19. Sessions 1-8: Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14. New participants can join through Monday, Oct. 3. To register, visit: www.nkfm.org/KPATH or call 800-482-1455. To find additional PATH programs, visit nkfm.org/PATH or mihealthyprograms.org.

Adult Book Discussion: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Sept. 21, from 6-7 p.m. Join us as we read fiction from all walks of life and perspectives. This month we’ll be reading “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman. Registration in advance is required for this event. You can pick up a copy of this month’s book from our front desk. For more information, call 734-287-4840. Masks required.

Storywalk: Taylor Community Library, Fletcher Park, Taylor, located between Pardee and Racho Rd., and Northline and Eureka. Permanent exhibit. The September featured book is “Are We There Yet?” by Dan Santat. 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.

The Big Salad Fundraiser: The Big Salad in Woodhaven is holding a fundraiser for Pets for Patriots through the end of September by donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of its new lemonades. The drinks come in strawberry, mango, berry, and peach flavors (24 oz size for $2.50). For more information about The Big Salad, visit www.mybigsalad.com. Pets for Patriots gives the gifts of fidelity, joy, and love to veterans and shelter pets through companion animal adoption. The nationally operating nonprofit serves veterans from WWII to active duty and is committed to the lifetime adoption of our nation’s most overlooked homeless dogs and cats. Pets for Patriots partners with animal welfare organizations, veterinarian and pet healthcare networks, veteran organizations, and the public to enhance the lives of people and pets. For more information, visit www.petsforpatriots.org.

Lincoln Park Farmers Market: Sundays through October, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.mm, at Mellus Park, east side of Fort Street, between Arlington & O’Connor, Lincoln Park. Farmers/vendors with produce, plants, specialty foods and crafts. Cash, EBT, P-EBT, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project Fresh, Senior Project Fresh, Credit/Debit accepted. For more information, call 313-427-0443 or email lpfm@inbox.com.

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Hike in Airport Natural Area: Sponsored by the Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy, enter at 28820 East River Rd, Grosse Ile, from 1-4 p.m. Event runs through Sunday, Oct. 30. GINLC hosts will be available to open the trails of the Airport Natural Area every Sunday from May to October. Spend a few hours enjoying the trails, ponds, bays, lookouts, and woods of this hidden gem. For more information, email GINLC.education@gmail.com. All GINLC programs are free to the public, but donations make them possible. Visit www.ginlc.org.

Ongoing community events

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 @ 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

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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 smithnan88@yahoo.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 ecorseevents@gmail.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 rjhart720@yahoo.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 ecorsehistoricalsociety@gmail.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.

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.

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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 aknoppow@hom.org.

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