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News & Notes - 11/8/23 Eastsider

Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 9, 2023

Big Bird Run turns 45
ROSEVILLE — Roseville’s 45th annual Big Bird Run jogs into town Nov. 12. There is a 10-kilometer, a 5-kilometer and a 1-mile fun run. Check-in is at 8:15 a.m., and the run begins at 10 a.m. from the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe, 18185 Sycamore St. in Roseville.

The fast course includes Gratiot Avenue, the Interstate 696 pedestrian bridge and several residential streets. The 10K course is certified by USA Track & Field. Hanson’s Running Shop will provide gloves for all runners and raffle prizes.

The entry fee is $25 for the 1-mile run; $35 for the 5K; and $40 for the 10K by 6 p.m. Nov. 10. The fees cost $5 more on race day. Registration includes age division awards donated by Petitpren Distributors Inc., raffle prizes and refreshments. Register online at or at where participants can also download a registration form for mail-in registration.  Call (586) 445-5480 for additional information.

Proceeds from the Big Bird Run are donated to local community service organizations, including the Roseville Optimist Club, Association of Special Needs People in Roseville and Eastpointe (A.S.P.I.R.E.,) Lions clubs, the Eastpointe High School and Roseville High School Band Boosters and Live Rite.


Upcoming school board meetings
ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — The next Eastpointe Community Schools Board of Education meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 inside the auditorium at Eastpointe High School, 15501 Couzens Ave.

The next Roseville Community Schools Board of Education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the district’s administration building, 18975 Church St.


Volunteers sought to give others a merrier Christmas
METRO DETROIT — The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit is seeking volunteer bell ringers for the 2023 Red Kettle Christmas Campaign. Shifts are available in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties.

Individuals and families can sign up for two-hour sessions in person at a red kettle site, or participate in a virtual bell ringing shift from home online. To register, visit  Virtual bell ringers can sign up and begin raising funds at any time. The traditional bell ringing begins Nov. 10 and runs through Christmas Eve, excluding Thanksgiving and Sundays.

The Salvation Army provides after-school programs, food, shelter, emergency disaster services, substance abuse treatment and free legal aid for families and individuals throughout metro Detroit. Donations from the red kettle campaign help fund those programs.

To support the nonprofit organization through a monetary donation, visit


A ‘novel’ idea
ROSEVILLE — Roseville Public Library staff will hold a
NaNoWriMo Write-In from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 for those ages 14 and older. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is held every November. It’s a worldwide event in which writers aim to write the first draft of a 50,000-word novel between Nov. 1 and 30.

The Roseville Public Library’s event will be held in the Erin Meeting Room. Light snacks and water will be provided. Registration is not required. The library is located at 29777 Gratiot Ave. Call (586) 445-5407 for more information.


Learn about the SS Eastland
EASTPOINTE — Historian Andrew Kercher will present the program “The Titanic of the Great Lakes,” about the SS Eastland, at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Eastpointe Memorial Library. The SS Eastland was a passenger ship based in Chicago and used for tours. In 1915, the ship rolled onto its side while tied to a dock in the Chicago River, killing hundreds of people. The library is located at 15875 Oak Ave. Call (586) 445-5096 for more details.