News & Notes - 9/20/23 St. Clair Shores Sentinel

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published September 20, 2023

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St. Clair Shores fire, police departments to host open houses
The St. Clair Shores Fire Department will host an open house to celebrate its 96th anniversary.

Cider and doughnuts will be provided by the St. Clair Shores Firefighters Local 1744, which will celebrate its 56th anniversary. Come see Sparky the fire dog, learn about fire safety and much more.

The open house will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Central Fire Station.

The St. Clair Shores Police Department will host its annual open house beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 7 at Veterans Memorial Park.

Come see various department vehicles, meet the officers and Ozzie, the department’s K-9. V’s Barista food truck will be available with a portion of the proceeds donated to Cops for Kids. There will also be bounce houses and more.

This is a free event and park passes will be waived for it.


Annual Senior Expo comes to St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe areas
The annual Senior Expo is back providing help to seniors, their families and their caregivers. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5.

The expo will feature more than 50 exhibitors offering information about health care, self-improvement and more. Available workshops include “Food is Medicine” and “Ask the Elder Law Attorney.” The keynote speaker is WDIV-Local 4 television anchor Devin Scillian.

Many groups worked all year to make this possible including the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce, the Assumption Cultural Center and the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce. At press time, sponsorship and vendor sites were still available.

The expo will be hosted at the Assumption Cultural Center at 21800 Marter Road.


Library to host harvest storytime, Creepy Crawlies program
The St. Clair Shores Public Library and the St. Clair Shores Community Garden invite children of all ages to participate in a harvest-themed storytime event on Sept. 23.

The storytime will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Garden at 20000 Stephens Street in St. Clair Shores. It will include songs, stories and a themed activity.

No registration is required for this event.

In addition, the St. Clair Shores Public Library’s Youth Services Department will host a Creepy Crawlies and Reptiles program for children 2 years of age and up at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

According to a press release, Dan the Creature Man will bring large invertebrates, tarantulas, scorpions, a python, a giant bull frog and a panther chameleon “to this educational and fun program.”

Registration is required for the event and opens on Sept. 25. Interested participants can register in person, by phone at (586) 771-9020, by email at or online at To navigate the new system, click on “Calendar” and follow the prompts to find and register for the correct program. Space is limited.


Waterfront Environmental Committee offers scholarships
The St. Clair Shores Waterfront Environmental Committee is offering three $500 scholarships to “outstanding juniors or seniors who either live in St. Clair Shores or attend high school in St. Clair Shores,” an email said.

The money must go toward tuition at a four-year university or a two-year degree program.

According to the email, students are asked to submit:

• A completed application form including typed, double-spaced answers to four out of the six questions concerning Lake St. Clair on separate sheets.

• One letter of recommendation on letterhead from one of your current or past teachers or a recognized civic leader.

• Applicants must have been involved in at least one of the St. Clair Shores Waterfront Environmental Committee’s projects (Nautical Coast Cleanup, storm drain stenciling, Interstate 94 cleanup, etc.).


Bioswale planting event scheduled
The St. Clair Shores Waterfront Environmental Committee will install native plants at the Kyte Monroe Park bioswale on Sept. 23.

As part of a continued revitalization already in progress in the area, the event will be led by member and Committee Secretary Sharon Khouri.

Anyone is invited to volunteer and help out. The event is from 10 a.m. to noon in the Kyte Monroe Park’s north parking lot at 32701 Harper Avenue. The native plants in the bioswale include coneflowers, Culver’s root, rattlesnake master and more.

According to an email, high school juniors and seniors who have worked on at least one of the committee’s projects are eligible to apply for a $500 scholarship.