News & Notes - 9/6/23 Woodward Talk

Woodward Talk | Published September 8, 2023

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Ferndale art fairs coming soon
FERNDALE — The Funky Ferndale Art Fair and DIY Street Fair will be held later this month.

Both events will be held Sept. 22-24, with the Funky Ferndale Art Fair held on West Nine Mile Road and the DIY Street Fair held on East Nine Mile Road

Times for the DIY Street Fair are 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to midnight Sept. 23 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 24. The times for the Funky Ferndale Art Fair are 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 24.

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Berkley offering plaques to honor 100 years
BERKLEY — The city of Berkley is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2023, and its historical museum is accepting preorders for custom plaques to commemorate the history of homes in the community.

According to a news release, each plaque, which will cost $40, will be custom-made locally by Hunt Sign Co. to “hang or display on a home to honor its unique history.” Berkley became a village on Oct. 8, 1923, and became a city 10 years later.

“Whether your home was built 100 years ago or just a few years ago, you can purchase a plaque to honor its history,” Jeff Tong, executive director of the Berkley Historical Museum, said in a prepared statement. “Community members can experience our city’s wonderful history simply by walking by and enjoying these plaques.”

Order forms are available at and at the Berkley Historical Museum, located at 3338 Coolidge Highway. Community members are asked to return the order form with cash or check payment to the museum. The orders will be accepted throughout the year.

A historical marker commemorating the city’s 100th anniversary will be dedicated during a special ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the museum. It will include the burial of a time capsule with items from the Berkley Historical Committee.


Quilt guild seeks new members
CLAWSON — CAMEO Quilters is recruiting new members. The quilt guild has been active in Oakland County since 1994 and is currently planning its 2023/24 program year.

CAMEO stands for “Come And Meet Each Other,” and focuses on themes of friendship, learning and creativity.

There are monthly meetings featuring local and national speakers, lectures and displays, demonstrations of quilting techniques, retreats and workshops. The group also sews quilts for local charities.

All ages and experience levels are welcome. The group meets on the third Thursday of the month, September through June, at 7 p.m. at Clawson United Methodist Church, located at 205 N. Main St. in Clawson. This month’s meeting is Sept. 21.

For more information, including a program schedule and membership application, visit or email


Former mayor, commissioner Paruch passes away
ROYAL OAK — The city of Royal Oak announced that City Commissioner Patricia Paruch died Aug. 22 in her home. She was 72.

“She passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loved ones,” a Facebook post from the city stated. “Though she is no longer with us in person, her memory remains vivid in our hearts. The positive impact of her endeavors can be felt throughout Royal Oak. Please keep her family in your thoughts during this time.”

The post stated that, in lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to the Royal Oak Civic Foundation,, or to the Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra,

A memorial service for Paruch will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road. Visitation will start at 10 a.m., followed by a service at 11 a.m.