Activities in the area – Grosse Pointe News


Ford House
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Shores, offers the following programs:
* Story Studio, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through August 30. Children can enjoy a snack and learn about a different animal each week. The cost is $5 for children, $4 for children of members.
* The Craft in the Digital Age exhibit, showcasing the work of contemporary Detroit-area artists and designers in all rooms of the main residence, runs September 1-30.
* “Tai Chi and the Call to Balance,” 7 p.m. Thursday, September 1, with Dr. Ginseng Gray-Tilmon.
* Game Night, 6 p.m. Friday, September 2. The cost is $10 for members, $12 for non-members.
* Story time: “Trees make perfect pets”, 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays from September 6 to 27.
* “Tai Chi for Health”, 6 p.m. on Thursdays, September 8, 15 and 22. The cost is $10 for members, $12 for non-members.
* Bird Walk, 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 11 and 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. Admission is $8 for members, $10 for non-members.
* Sustainability Talk: Design, 7 p.m. Thursday, September 15, featuring Pingree pet products.
* Maker Studio: Mini Tapestries, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, September 17. The cost is $50 for members, $60 for non-members.
* Walking Meditation, 3 p.m. Sunday, September 18, with Detroit Zen Center. The cost is $10 for members, $12 for non-members.
* Storytelling Festival, 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, for ages 7 and under. Performers include musician Jim Gill and authors Shelley Johannes and Kelly J. Baptist. Cost is $5 for children 6 and older, free for children under 6.
For tickets and information, visit

The deadline for the next Grosse Pointe Artists Association exhibition, “America’s Love Affair with Cars and Trucks”, is Friday August 26th. Artists are invited to explore the role of cars and trucks in people’s lives. The juror must be announced. The show is from September 15 to November 3.

The bar at Boll Life Center, 158 Ridge, Grosse Pointe Farms, offers a variety of classes and programs. Registration is required at (313) 882-9600 for the following:
* The film “Chocolate” is screened at 12:30 p.m. on Friday August 26. Cost is $3 for members, $5 for non-members and includes snacks.
*Essential Oils, 1-3 p.m. Friday, August 26, with instructor Tonya Trotter. Learn how essential oils work and how to make them.
* Smartphone Basics, 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 7-Oct. 5, with instructor Janisse Green.
* The film “Dream Horse” is screened at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9. Cost is $3 for members, $5 for non-members and includes snacks.
* On Gogh’s Watercolor Painting Class, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, with host Michelle Boggess-Nunley. The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members.
* Detroit Institute of Arts trip, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 14. The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members.
* Body Alignment, Mondays 1-2 p.m. for beginners and Mondays 2:30-3:45 p.m. for intermediate students. Gwendolyn J. Scales teaches this free course.
* Conversational French, Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. for beginners, Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. for intermediate students. Dr. Dib Saab teaches this free course.
* Games on the lawn, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Games are free for members, $5 for non-members.
* Yoga, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The cost is $6 for members, $8 for non-members.
* Chair yoga, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $6 for members, $8 for non-members.
* Guided meditation, Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m., with instructor Jonathan Itchon. The cost is $6 for members, $8 for non-members.
* Grief Work Support Group, 2-4 p.m., first and third Thursdays of each month, with psychotherapist Frank Wilberding.
* Enhance Fitness, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesdays, with instructor Paul Clark. This program is free for members and non-members.

The Grosse Pointe Public Library hosts a variety of programs. To subscribe to the following, visit
* Chess club, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, August 27, at Ewald, 15175 E. Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park.
* Let’s Deconstruct a Story podcast by Kelly Fordon, from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, September 1, via Zoom. Fordon interviews Jacob M. Appel, author of “The Liars Asylum”.

Blood drives
The American Red Cross organizes the following blood drives:
*Noon to 6 p.m. Monday, August 29, The Shores Church, 24905 Manhattan, St. Clair Shores.
* 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.
* 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, St. Clair Shores Senior Center, 20100 Stephens, St. Clair Shores.
* 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, September 6, VFW Post 1146, 28404 E. Jefferson, St. Clair Shores.
*Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, Holy Innocents Catholic Church, 26100 Ridgemont, Roseville.
* 12-6 p.m. Thursday, September 8, Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms.
* 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, September 11, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 21620 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores.
* 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, September 12, Recreational Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe, 18185 Sycamore, Roseville.
* 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday, September 16, Ascension St. John Hospital, 22101 Moross, Detroit.
* From noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 16, Neighborhood Club, 17150 Waterloo, Ville de Grosse Pointe.
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The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe is holding its next meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7. Diallo Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Life Remodeled and Six Day Project, speaks. Send an email to [email protected]

Mini Picassos, 21520 Harper, St. Clair Shores, offers several programs and classes. To register, go to
* Art After School, 4:15-5:30 p.m. Mondays, September 12-October 10, for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The cost is $145.
* Toddler Art Party, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 10, for ages 18 months and up. The cost is $110.
* Preschool art, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays from Sept. 13 to Oct. 11, for ages 3 to 6. The cost is $110.

men’s club
The Grosse Pointe Men’s Club is hosting its next luncheon and speakers meeting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13 at the Tompkins Center in Windmill Pointe Park. David Dulio, professor of political science and director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Oakland University, speaks. Male and female visitors are welcome to attend the meeting. The cost is $20, paid at the door. To reserve a place, send an e-mail to gmcatten
[email protected] or call (313) 550-9661.

Family center
The Center de la Famille presents Family Book Club, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, at the Village Grille, 16930 Kercheval, Ville de Grosse Pointe. The group will discuss “Thrivers: Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine,” by Michele Borba. RSVP to [email protected]

Healthy general practitioner
Healthy Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods meet via Zoom at 8:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Its mission is to reduce substance abuse in youth and in the community, as well as to promote optimal mental health through action, education and collaboration. Those interested in attending meetings should email Sasha Murphy at [email protected]

French alliance
The Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe is an organization that promotes French culture through monthly activities for members. The group is looking for members for its new membership year, which begins in September. It also offers French courses for adults at the Center Culturel de l’Assomption, from September to May each year. Detailed information on membership and French courses is available at

Northeastern Toastmasters meets via Zoom at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Call (313) 720-8444 for link and password.

Edge of the lake
Lakeshore Senior Living hosts Q&A live on Facebook, “Ask the Therapist,” from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, and “Coffee Break Chat with Rachel,” with Director of Sales and Marketing Rachel Nagorsen, from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call (586) 218-6228.

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