News & Notes - 10/12/23 Grosse Pointe Times

Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 11, 2023


Optimists present certificate
Katharine Hude, managing director of the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association, receives a certificate of appreciation from incoming Grosse Pointe Optimist Club President Julie Baumer during a recent club meeting at The War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms. Hude spoke to club members about her organization’s work with the state Legislature promoting charitable fundraising activities.


Neighborhood concert by DSO to be held at local church
As part of its Neighborhood concert series, musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform music by Jean Sibelius at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at First Christian Reformed Church, 1444 Maryland St. in Grosse Pointe Park. For tickets or more information, visit or call (313) 576-5111.


Get a unique costume or fashion piece
The Grosse Pointe North High School Drama Club will hold a closet cleanout sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at North’s Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center, 707 Vernier Road in Grosse Pointe Woods.

The club will be selling costumes and accessories it no longer needs to raise funds for school theatrical productions and charity. Attendees might find great options for Halloween costumes or a fun vintage item. Items not sold will be donated to charity. Shoes and jewelry will also be available for purchase. This event is open to the public.


Safely dispose of chemicals and other hazards
It’s time to clean out the basement or garage to dispose of unwanted chemicals and the like during Household Hazardous Waste Day.

Grosse Pointe Farms is the host community for this event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28 at Pier Park, 350 Lake Shore Road. The event is open to residents of Grosse Pointe City, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park and Grosse Pointe Shores, and anyone hoping to take part needs to show proof of residency with valid photo identification, such as a driver’s license or state identification card.

Acceptable materials consist of the following: oil-based paints and solvents, aerosols, corrosives (acids and bases), pesticides, herbicides, reactives, oxidizers, automotive fluids such as oil and antifreeze, over-the-counter medications, elemental mercury, household and automotive batteries, fluorescent lamps, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, biomedical sharps housed in rigid containers, and non-regulated waste.

Materials that cannot be accepted consist of the following: ammunition, weapons, yard waste, tires, DEA-controlled narcotics, any type of electronic device, compressed gas cylinders, latex paint, flares, explosives, fireworks, radioactive waste, shock-sensitive waste, industrial and commercial waste, trash, and appliances.

Household Hazardous Waste Day is free. It’s being offered this year through the mutual contract the four cities have with Green for Life for recycling.

For more information, residents should check with their city’s website or department of public works.


Choir plans concert
The Detroit Concert Choir — which is headquartered in Grosse Pointe Woods but has members from across metro Detroit — will be performing the concert, “The Majesty of Mozart,” at 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, 1401 Whittier Road in Grosse Pointe Park.

The 90-member choir is under the direction of Michael A. Mitchell and is now in its 37th season. Tickets cost $18 for seniors, $10 for students and $20 for others. For tickets or more information, visit, email or call (313) 882-0118.


Classical guitarist to perform
Classical guitarist Steven Fredric Dearing will be performing Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez as part of a concert with the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at The War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms. The concert will be preceded by a talk at 2:15 p.m. by Davis Gloff, of WRCJ-FM.

Works by Handel and Tchaikovsky will also be performed at the concert. Tickets can be purchased in advance online by visiting They can also be purchased at the door using cash or check only. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for those ages 60 and over, $5 for college students and are free to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.


See fashion show, decorated tables
The nonprofit Daughters of Penelope Thamyris Chapter 272 will host a festival of tables decorated in the theme of the musical “Mamma Mia!” from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, 788 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores. This event is a fundraiser to benefit the Ascension Southeast Michigan Breast Care program and other charities. There will be a fashion show by Village Palm, along with a raffle, cash bar and dinner with wine. For tickets or more information, visit


Public welcome at flag retirement ceremony
The public is invited to a formal flag retirement ceremony — for old, worn flags no longer suitable for display — at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at Pier Park, 350 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Flags were collected last month by the John Paul Jones Society, Children of the American Revolution; the Louisa St. Clair Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution; and Grosse Pointe Boy Scout Troop 96.

During the flag retirement, the John Paul Jones Society will lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance and “The American’s Creed.” Boy Scout members will discuss flag information, including when the flag should be displayed and the symbolism behind it. For more information about the flag retirement program, contact Patti Theros at or call Farms City offices at (313) 885-6600.


Improve driving skills
The Helm at the Boll Life Center, 158 Ridge Road in Grosse Pointe Farms, will offer two AARP-sponsored programs to keep seniors safe behind the wheel.

Learn more about the latest innovations in safety technology during the AARP Smart Driver Tek workshop from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18. The class is free.

A three-day “Smart Driver” refresher course will run from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 6 and 7, and 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 8, and will include information about handling bike lanes, roundabouts and age-related physical changes that might impact driving. The cost is $20 for AARP members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations are needed for both classes and can be made by visiting or by calling (313) 882-9600.