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Published March 13, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — “The Heiress” — the latest Grosse Pointe Theatre production — has to do with passion, and director Michele Karl, of St. Clair Shores, knows about that subject, herself.

She was so enthused with the play that Karl has been trying to convince GPT’s selection committee to stage “The Heiress” for the last 25 years.

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Published March 13, 2013

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — This year, local residents are invited — in the words of American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Grosse Pointe Vice Chair Colleen Hasten — to “get creative” in the battle against cancer.

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Published March 13, 2013

GROSSE POINTE CITY — In its last exhibit in its current home, the Grosse Pointe Art Center is going out with a big bang.

“SIZE Matters,” which opened with a public reception March 8, lives up to its title and theme by showcasing several large paintings and other pieces, as well as a number of tiny ceramic works, paintings and more. Juried by Craig Paul Nowak, of Detroit, the exhibit features 75 works by 51 artists, GPAC Director Amy DeBrunner said. It’s on display through April 6.

“The art is phenomenal,” DeBrunner said.

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Published March 6, 2013

Dads and their daughters are invited to get dressed up and take part in a special evening of fun and memory making.

The third annual All Pointes’ Daddy Daughter Dance will take place from 7-9 p.m. March 16 in Grosse Pointe South High School’s main gym. Each girl will be given a flower during this semi-formal event, and light refreshments, beverages and dessert will be served. The cost is $8 per person or $16 per couple, and registration is being accepted through March 13.

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Published February 27, 2013

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — When the Grosse Pointe Theatre launched its black box production arm, the Purdon Studio Theatre, three years ago, it was with the goal of producing newer, edgier plays than the ones typically staged by GPT.

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Published February 13, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The prospect of a 9-foot rotating radar attachment being added to a 60-foot border security tower on the grounds of the Grosse Pointe Club at 6 Berkshire has more than a few residents and officials questioning its safety.

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Published March 16, 2012

Musician, vocalist and songwriter Carolyn Striho’s work has included elements of rock, pop, punk, jazz and even cabaret, but for a St. Patrick’s Day show March 17 at Dylan’s Raw Bar and Grille, she’ll also be adding Irish music to the mix.

In addition to her own material and songs by her guitarist, Scott Dailey, Striho said she and her band plan to perform a few Irish songs, as well as a Celtic tune or two, and some “neat surprise covers,” she said.

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Published December 28, 2011

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Starbucks on Mack in the Woods was where Evonne Stevenson Schott and her husband, Mike Schott, stopped daily for coffee. It was close to their home and quickly became “their” spot.

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Published August 10, 2011

GROSSE POINTES — Tina Simon called a summer field trip to the Southwest that she chaperoned a “trip of a lifetime.”

Simon and her son Drew were part of a group of Grosse Pointe North and South high school students who traveled to the Southwest on an educational field trip earlier this summer.

When the students get back to school and are asked about their summer vacation, they can tell their classmates about how they went white-water rafting down the Colorado River, hiked the Grand Canyon and explored a little piece of space.

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Published July 6, 2011

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The city that took a chance on an experimental procedure to save its ash trees is now hoping to be a leader in the battle against apple scab.

In mid-June, Woburn, Mass.-based tree care firm Arborjet sent representatives to the Farms to conduct the first in a series of experimental treatments on some of the city’s crab apple trees, Farms Public Service Director Terry Brennan said.

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Published June 1, 2011

Combine talented artisans, good food, live entertainment and a little sunshine, and you have the makings of a great summer festival.

Beginning in June, such events are plentiful in metro Detroit. Here’s a sampling of just a few popular festivals that residents won’t want to miss this summer.

June 11-12
Clay, Glass and Metal Festival — downtown Royal Oak
In Royal Oak, one of the first big events of the season is the Clay, Glass and Metal Festival June 11-12.

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Published May 11, 2011

Picture a typical senior residence and images of bingo, arts and crafts, and green Jell-O might come to mind.

Walk into a modern retirement community, though, and you may be more likely to see seniors playing video games, heading out with a travel group or performing a sun salutation in yoga class.

Today’s senior living communities are not the stale, dreary places stereotypes make them out to be.

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Published April 20, 2011

DETROIT — Fans of Detroit’s popular jazz festival downtown will notice something different this year.

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Published April 6, 2011

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — It turns out the mysterious white birds near the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club that have left local residents all aflutter aren’t so mysterious after all.

The flock of about seven birds are domestic geese — in other words, the kind most commonly found on farms. Specifically, they’re Embden geese, said to be perhaps the most common breed of domestic geese in North America, according to some sources.

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Published March 2, 2011

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — To bid farewell to winter, the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra continues its 2010-11 season with a program called “The Winds of Spring” March 6 at Parcells Middle School.

The concert begins at 3 p.m., but those who want to learn more about the music are also invited to a pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m., given by educator, music critic and organist John Guinn, the music minister at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.

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Published February 23, 2011

UTICA/GROSSE POINTE CITY — With an announcement that it has filed for bankruptcy reorganization, Borders Group said that it would be closing two local stores in the next few weeks.

The Borders locations in Utica and Grosse Pointe are among the stores across the country slated to close in the next several weeks to help the book-selling company reposition itself as a competitor, company officials said in a news release Feb. 16.

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Upcoming Events

St. Clair Shores
Free community dinner
1 p.m.
Faith Community Church
Farmington Hills
Maple sugaring program
10:30 a.m.-noon, 1-2:30 p.m., 3-4:30 p.m.
Costick Activities Center
Rochester Hills
Bloomfield Hills
Five-week Lenten study series
10:30 a.m.
Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church
Grosse Pointe Park
'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'
2 p.m.
Pierce Middle School auditorium




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