Activities in the area – Grosse Pointe News

Ford House

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Shores, offers the following programs:

Nooks & Crannies Tour, at select times on Tuesdays and Sundays, through March 31.

Story time: “Lulu & Rocky in Detroit”, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays in March.

Conference: “Last Ice” with Amy Sacka, 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. The Detroit-based photographer will discuss her travels on the ice.

Café with collections, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 31 and April 28. These members-only tours include coffee and tours with the Ford House Collections team.

Eleanor’s Greenhouse Tour, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31.

Bunny Trail Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday in April.

Stargazing, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays April 1 and 29.

Family workshop: painting, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. The cost is $12 for adult members, $15 for non-member adults; $6 for member children, $7 for non-member children.

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The Grosse Pointe Public Library hosts a variety of programs. To subscribe to the following, visit

ArtLab—Journal Wreckoration, for ages 11-13, 4-5 p.m., Thursday, March 24, at Central, 10 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Thought-to-action panel discussion, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, via Zoom.

Kelly Fordon’s Let’s Deconstruct a Story podcast, 12-1 p.m. Friday, April 1. Fordon interviews author Lily King about her book “Five Tuesdays in Winter.”

The monument to the dead

The War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, presents the following events:

“Cocktails by Candlelight”, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. The cost is $20 and includes a ticket for a drink, light charcuterie, and free board games. A full cash bar is available.

Spring Break Cocktails with Tammy’s Tastings, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 31. Learn about the art of mixology, technique instructions and more. The cost is $50.

Author Talk: S. Kirk Walsh, “The Belfast Elephant,” 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Free entry. A bundle of paperbacks costs $18; a bundle of hardcover books is $24.

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Blood drives

The American Red Cross organizes the following blood drives:

Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 24, St. Basil’s Catholic Church, 22860 Schroeder, Eastpointe.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, March 28, Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church, 22360 13 Mile, St. Clair Shores.

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 21620 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 4, Ardmore Elementary School, 27001 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores.

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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 “Murder on the Orient Express” is screened from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25. Cost is $2 for members, $3 for non-members and includes snacks.

Mindfulness and Meditation, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, with Dr. Lakshmi Saleem. The cost is $6 for members, $8 for non-members.

Literary creation, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 and April 6, with host Nancy Solak. The program is free for members, $15 for non-members.

Beaumont Cooking Demonstration, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30. Registered Dietitian Andrea Hageman and Chef Dan Kellogg host a presentation on bone health.

Rosa’s Fitness Combo Class, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursdays, with instructor Rosa Hunter. The class includes tai chi, yoga, ball exercises, cardio and balance, as well as brain exercises, signs and foreign languages, affirmations and more.

Ask the physiotherapist, 9:15-10:00 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month. The host is Jessica Malfa of David Gilboe & Associates.

Free blood pressure tests, 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

Grief Work Support Group, 2-4 p.m., first and third Thursdays of each month, with psychotherapist Frank Wilberding.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, 5-6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, with hosts Carolyn Van Dorn of Nursing Unlimited and Marian Battersby of Home Replace.

sunrise rotary

The Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary Club is having its next meeting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Conference Center, 1100 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Shores. The speaker is Sandy Bower, founder of Vets Returning Home. Guests are welcome.


The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe is holding its next meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30. Donnie Cook, owner of Lou’s Pet Shop, talks about his new business, GP Zoology. Visit for more information. Those wishing to join the meeting via Zoom should email [email protected]


Mini Picassos is hosting the Spring Break Art Camp, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31. The cost is $110 per camper and the number of places is limited. Visit

Mini Picassos are gearing up for a series of half-day summer camps, from 9 a.m. to noon June 20-24. Campers will be divided by age. The cost is $195 per camper for the week. Other camps are held July 18-22 and August 22-26. Visit

Family center

The Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods Family Center is hosting a community book club meeting from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 at Whiskey Six, 646 St. Clair, City of Grosse Pointe. The group will discuss “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. That meeting, led by therapists Marquita Bedway and Frank Wilberding, has been rescheduled for January 25. Call (313) 447-1374 or email [email protected]

men’s club

The Grosse Pointe Men’s Club is hosting its next luncheon and speakers meeting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12 at the Tompkins Community Center, located in Windmill Pointe Park. Mason Ferry and Stuart Griff of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society present “The Future of Grosse Pointe Past”. Visitors are welcome. The club encourages attendees to wear face masks when not eating, drinking or talking to the group. The cost is $20, paid at the door. To reserve a spot, email [email protected] or call (313) 550-9661.

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 among youth and the wider community, and 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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