Editor’s Note: The News-Herald will be publishing ongoing events as well as events happening on specific dates. Before attending an event, contact the organizers to find out if it has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

What’s Going On is a listing of activities taking place throughout the Downriver community. To submit an event, send an email to downriverlife@thenewsherald.com. List the time, date, location, cost and contact information. Submit announcements at least two weeks prior to the event. For a complete listing, visit www.TheNewsHerald.com/DownriverLife.

Events added this week

Bacon Book Club: At the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte, at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 1. This month we are reading “The Readers of Broken Wheel” Read along with us or better yet – meet with us and share your thoughts. We meet on the 1st Wednesday of each month. If you would like us to reserve a copy of the book for you, call 734-246-8357.

Author Reading and Book Launch: At the Downriver Council for the Arts, 81 Chestnut Street, Wyandotte, from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. Ronda Steinke-McDonald will read from her book “What the Soul Wants for Christmas: Open Yourself to Fresh Celebrations of the Holidays… and Life.” This workbook guides the reader in the redesign of future holidays, so the celebrations become more practical, respectful, and personally meaningful. A small reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Visit the Bacon House for the Holidays: Hosted by Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte, from Dec. 6-23. Visit Santa’s Study and inquire whether you are on his Naughty or Nice list this year. You will receive a certificate to confirm your status. Make and Take Holiday Crafts in the Makerspace. Challenge yourself to locate items on our I SPY fireplace. Unwrap a Story. The library elves have found some great picture books and wrapped them up for you to enjoy. How does this work? Pick out a wrapped book from under our tree. Check out the wrapped book (a normal 3 week check out). Take it home and unwrap the book. Read, enjoy, return to the library and check out another. Reindeer Hide and Seek! Locate the eight missing reindeer in the library for a reindeer prize. For more information, call 734-246-8357.

Family Grab & Go: At the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. Candy House Kit is available starting Dec. 11. Kit includes all the ingredients to create your own candy house. Registration begins Dec. 1. For more information, call 734-246-8357.

The Taylor Historical Society: will host its 3rd Annual Christmas Open House at the Knope Farm House/Historical Museum at Heritage Park (Pardee and Northline, Taylor) from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18. The Museum will be decorated (inside and out) for Christmas. Enjoy some Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and coffee and holiday music. Tour the museum and share some stories of the past. This event is free. For more information, email taylorhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

Give Back at Bacon: At Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. Toys for Tots Drop Off until Dec. 10. Giving Tree until Dec. 23. (Put NEW gloves, mittens, scarves, hats & socks on our giving tree.). Toiletries until Dec. 23: We are collecting toiletry donations. Examples (all must be new): Toothpaste, tooth brushes, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, etc. For more information, call 734-246-8357.

Adult Monthly Kits To Go: Available at Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. Grab one of our ready to go kits! Nothing to return! Check back frequently to see what’s new. Don’t want to make a mess at home, check out our makerspace room. This month: Wrap it Up. For more information, call 734-246-8357.

Events

Michigan 4H Youth & Teen Textiles: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Dec 2, 9, 16, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. In addition, there will be a showcase of fashions created on Dec. 18, from 12-2 p.m. TCL is collaborating with Michigan 4-H to offer a free event series for youth and teens who have an interest in creating their own clothing & creative fashion items. This program is aimed toward ages 8-18, with a limit of 12 attendees per event. There will be one 4-H Adult Volunteer providing all instruction and training, and 4-H will provide all materials/fabrics and tools. All attendees must register through the 4HWebsite. For more information, call 734-287-4840. Masks required.

Afternoon Movies: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Dec 3, 10, 17, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Join us on Friday’s for free showings of popular new releases, timely throwbacks, and engaging independent films. This month’s movies are: Dec 3, “Scrooged;” Dec 10, “Miracle on 34th Street;” Dec 17, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” For more information, call 734-287-4840. Masks required.

Virtual trivia Day Fundraiser: Test your holiday knowledge. Join Wayne State University students for our first virtual trivia day fundraiser for Penrickton Center for Blind Children on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. A $10 donation is required to register. Make your donations at https://penrickton.org/donations/donate-to-the-penrickton-center/ and indicate Trivia Game in the comment section or you can send in a check to 26530 Eureka, Taylor, MI  48180. All proceeds will go to the Penrickton Center for Blind Children. To sign up, visit https://bit.ly/3qH8fVN. For more information, contact Dana at dana1396@yahoo.com or Ashley at ashleysimich69@gmail.com.

Our Lady of the Scapular Parish Events:  976 Superior Blvd, Wyandotte. Holiday cookies, bake sale & raffles on Dec. 4 (5-6:30 p.m.) and Dec. 5 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). St. Nicholas Mass at 11 a.m. on Dec. 5. Meet Santa Claus after the mass. For more information, call 734-284-9135.

Christmas Market: At St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 9393 Church Road, Grosse Ile, from noon to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 4. At least 32 vendors (bakers, crafters, artists). Coffee cookies, and cocoa will be available as shoppers mingle amid the assortment of beautiful products and homemade goodies. For more information, visit www.stthomasgi.com or call 734-675-0005.

Family Storytime (Ages 0-8): Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Dec 4, 11, 18, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Weekly storytime is aimed towards parents with children ages 0-8, but older kids are welcome too. Parents must attend with their children. We will sing a few songs and read three picture books. At the end, there will be time for creative arts. Families must sign up in advance for each weekly event. Class size limited to 30 people. For more information, call 734-287-4840. Masks required for ages 5 and up.

Sip & Shop: Vendors, crafters, vendors and artisans are needed for a Winterfest sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Flat Rock Community Center, One Maguire Street, Flat Rock. $25 per table. Organizers are asking for donations for prize baskets. Winterfest begins Friday, Dec. 3 with a Santa Parade and tree lighting. For more information, call 734-319-1450.

Textile Lab: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Dec 7, 14, 21, 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Textile Lab is a weekly lab for textile crafters to come together and work on their projects. If you love to quilt, sew, knit, crochet, embroider, needlepoint, or any other textile crafting, this is the place for you!  An instructor will be available to teach you how to quilt, or to guide you on your projects. This is a weekly lab that is open on Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 734-287-4840. Masks required.

Brown Bag Talking Book Discussion: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. In person or call-In. Dec 8, from 12-1:30 p.m. The group discusses two books each month.  Listen to both, one, or none. Everyone is welcome. This month’s books are 1) “A Double Life” by Flynn Berry and 2) “Hercule Poirot’s Christmas” by Agatha Christie. Join us in person or join remotely by phone by calling: 267-807-9601 and use Access Code: 965803, or join virtually by visiting bit.ly/TCLbtbcall. You can pick up copies of this month’s books from our front desk. For more information, call 734-287-4840. Masks required.

Solstice Hike: Sponsored by the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19 on the Meridian Trailhead. East side of Meridian Road across from Meridian Elementary School. Grosse Ile. Join us for an educational walk on the (almost) shortest day of the year.  Our focus will be on signs of winter, seasonal adaptations and animal homes. COVI-19 precautions will be taken. For more information, visit www.ginlc.org or email GINLC.education@gmail.com.

Huron-Clinton Metroparks 2022 Annual Passes On Sale Now: The park system is offering a $5 discount to residents of the five counties they serve for annual vehicle passes purchased by Dec. 31. That one pass can be used to access each of the 13 Metroparks across Southeast Michigan all year long. Starting Jan. 1, the 2022 Metroparks annual pass will again cost $40 for residents ($29 for Seniors 62+) of the five counties served – Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne – or $45 for non-residents ($34 for Seniors 62+). But now through the end of the year, residents can purchase their 2022 vehicle pass for just $35, or $24 for Seniors 62 and older. The 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks include Delhi, Dexter-Huron, Hudson Mills, Huron Meadows, Indian Springs, Kensington, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Lower Huron, Oakwoods, Stony Creek, Willow and Wolcott Mill Metroparks. Passes can be purchased at www.metroparks.com (look for the “Buy Annual Pass” button in the menu) or at any Metroparks toll booth or park office.

2022 March for Life Red-Eye Bus Trip: Register is open for the Downriver Affiliates of Right to Life of Michigan’s annual Red-Eye Bus Trip to the 2022 March for Life in Washington D.C. Jan. 20-22. The annual March for Life in Washington D.C. is the largest Pro-Life March in the world, attracting hundreds of thousands of participants every year. The trip departs from Trenton around 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, arriving in Washington D.C. early the morning of Jan. 21. The group departs Washington around 6 p.m. Friday evening, arriving back Downriver early Saturday morning on Jan. 22. The cost is $130 each for adults, and $65 for students. Young adults under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone. Seniors 65 and older should bring a companion. The trip is sponsored by Southern Downriver Right to Life, Central Wayne County Right to Life, and Upper Downriver Right to Life. Register online at https://www.sdrtl.org/. For more information, contact Joe Connors at joe@jgc-solutions.com or 734-735-8001.

Take it Outside (2021-2022) High School Nature & Wildlife Photo Contest: Hosted by Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy. Deadline Thursday, May 5, 2022. Open to all high school students. Our all-digital Take It Outside Photo Contest has begun. High School students may enter up to 3 photos, one in each category. All information will be updated on our website soon. It’s free, it’s easy and who doesn’t love capturing a gorgeous photo while enjoying the outdoors? All area High Schools are invited to participate. If you are a teacher and would like more information and a poster for your classroom, send us a message. We’d love to share the opportunity with your students. Enter at www.ginlc.org.

Sponsored Needed: American Association of University Women (AAUW) Downriver Group Looking for STEM-related professionals and sponsors for Spring 2022 STEM SAVVY Symposium, Thursday, May 12, 2022 at the Wayne County Community College Downriver campus on Northline Road in Taylor. The event will host 125 girls from the 19 Downriver middle schools for a day of STEM inspired seminars and activities. The event has been canceled the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The girls come for a day of immersion in STEM related activities presented by inspirational women speakers. The event is presented without cost to the girls, with all expenses covered through the AAUW organization, individual donations and sponsorships from Downriver merchants and companies. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities contact President Barbara Duran at barbduranaauw@gmail.com. Those interested in being a speaker or helping with the event contact STEM Committee Chairs Jackie Hector, jahector@wyan.org, or Andrea Witkowski, andrea1085@aol.com

Ongoing community events

Job Assistance: The SEMCA Michigan Works! in Southgate, 15100 Northline Rd, Room 103, is offering help with job searching. Free services may include career assessment and guidance; GED preparation, basic skills assessment & enhancement; resume and interview assistance; and job search assistance. Stop in to register and ask about the next orientation session. Connect with a Career Coach and return to work faster. Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request. For more information, call 734-362-3448 or visit SEMCA.org.

Toiletry Pantry: Rockwood First Congregational Church, 22600 Mather Street Rockwood, hosts toiletry pantry, which provides personal hygiene items, cleaning products, gently used clothing and some food products. The pantry will open from 1- 3 p.m. on the last Monday of each month. If that Monday is a holiday, the pantry will be open the previous Monday. For more information, call 734-379-3711 or fccrockwood.org

Local Wyandotte History: Looking for an obituary? Need information on your home or any other burning Wyandotte history questions? The Bacon Memorial Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte,  can help. Visit, www.baconlibrary.org/local-history-request

Teen Advisory Group: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Online Virtual Event. Wednesdays, from 4-5 p.m. Teen Advisory volunteers help plan, implement, and promote ways to improve services offered at Taylor Community Library. Joining our group builds your resume, earns you volunteer hours and recommendations for jobs or college, and gives you a chance to be heard! To join, apply to become a volunteer today! For more information, call 734-287-4840.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: Sponsored by the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. This free program encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she enters school – a goal experts say helps children learn to read. Yes, it really is possible. Read one book to your child every day and before you know it, you will have read over 1,000 books in three years! Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun. For more information, call 734-246-8357 or visit www.baconlibrary.org/1000books

Seamstresses Needed: Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care is seeking volunteer seamstresses to help with the making of memory bears. Memory Bears are made from the clothing that once belonged to a loved one and can bring comfort and peace for grieving family members. All materials are provided. Seamstresses  work in the comfort of their own homes using a simple four-piece pattern. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Mary Biber at 800-370-8592. For more information about Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, visit www.seasons.org.

Palliative Care Volunteers Needed: Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care is seeking compassionate people to provide volunteer support to terminally ill patients and their families. We provide virtual, yet comprehensive, training that fits easily into busy schedules. Opportunities are flexible, based on your availability and comfort level and always close to home. Activities may include: offering companionship or “friendly visits” to homebound patients, reading and letter writing, providing relief for caregivers, participating in activities with dementia patients, veteran to veteran companionship, and sewing Memory Bears. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Mary Biber at 800-370-8592. Visit www.seasons.org

Taylor Garden Club: Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month September through June. Meetings are held at Taylor Senior Activity Center. Hospitality at 6 p.m.,  meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend once for free.  Membership fee is $15 per year. You do not have to live in Taylor to join the group. For more information, contact Nancy Smith at 734-287-6851 or by email at smithnan88@yahoo.com.

The Ecorse Community Events Committee: Meetings are held every 3rd Thursday of the month excluding holidays and/or inclement weather.  The ECEC meets from 6-7 p.m. at the Albert B. Buday Civic Center, 3869 W. Jefferson Ave., Ecorse 48229 on the 2nd floor in Conference Room – B. For more information, call 313-407-6332 or visit website https://www.ecorseevents.com or email ecorseevents@gmail.com or visit the Ecorse Community Events Committee Facebook page. All are welcome to attend, volunteer and participate in community event planning.

AAUW scholarships: The AAUW Wyandotte-Downriver Branch offers several scholarships annually to female undergraduate students at Baker College, Henry Ford College, Lawrence Technological University and Wayne County Community College District. Interested students can pick up an AAUW application at their school’s counseling office. Candidates must have earned a minimum of 12 credits, be a United States citizen and a resident of the Downriver area. An essay is required. For more information, contact rjhart720@yahoo.com or visit downriver-mi.aauw.net.

The Ecorse Historical Society: Meetings are held every 3rd Saturday of the month excluding holidays and/or inclement weather. The EHS meets from 1-2 p.m. at the Albert B. Buday Civic Center, 3869 W. Jefferson Ave., Ecorse on the 2nd floor in Conference Room – B. All are welcome to attend, volunteer and participate in EHS meetings and planning. Ecorse residents are invited to bring their family histories to add to the collections and archives which will be exhibited at the Ecorse Public Library. Exhibit dates and times to be announced. For more information, call 313-386-2520 Ext. 4 or visit /www.ecorsehistorical.org  Email ecorsehistoricalsociety@gmail.com or visit the Ecorse Historical Society’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ecorsehistoricalsociety/

Brownstown Historical Museum Hours of Operation: The Brownstown Historical Museum, 23451 King Road, Brownstown is open for tours every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 1-4 p.m. Summer business hours are every Tuesday from noon-3 p.m.. Stop in to join the Brownstown Historical Society or renew your membership, volunteer or get information on the Brownstown Community Brick Paver fundraiser. For more information, call 248-318-5297.

Farmers Market Vendors Needed: Lincoln Park Farmers Market is seeking farmers/growers, specialty food and crafts vendors for this year’s market, which starts Sunday, June 2, as well as an indoor Sunday, April 7 Easter Market and an outdoor Sunday, May 12 Mother’s Day Market. For info: call 313-427-0443 or email lpfm@inbox.com

Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance: The group is looking for new members to promote Lincoln Park’s historic sites through education and advocacy; for information on meetings and events, call Leslie Lynch-Wilson at 313-598-3137.

Knit and Crochet Club: From 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays. Meet, mingle and trade inspiration with local knitters and crocheters. Bring your own projects and have fun with a like-minded group. This is not an instructing class; however, you are welcome to ask others to share their knowledge and help. Cost: $3 donation to the DCA. Downriver Council for the Arts, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte. (734) 720-0671 or visit www.downriverarts.org

Huron River Fishing Association: Holds general membership meetings at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Flat Rock Community Center, 1 McGuire St., Flat Rock. The group holds fly tying classes at 6:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of the month at the FRCC. For more information, visit huronriverfishing.com or email FISH@huronriverfishing.com.

The Ecorse Historical Society: Meets the third Saturday of each month at:City of Ecorse, Albert B. Buday Civic, 3869 W Jefferson Ave., Ecorse. Meeting is held in Conference Room B from noon to 1 p.m. Call 313-386-2520 Ext. 4.

Downriver Plarning: Bag Ladies With a Cause is every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. Crochet grocery bags into sleeping mats for the homeless. You can stop in and just grab supplies too. Visit baconlibrary.org or call 734-246-8357.

Heart to Heart Hospice Volunteers needed: Heart to Heart Hospice is looking for downriver community members to join the group’s team of volunteers, who will visit with patients on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to help increase their quality of life during their finals days. Visits can provide friendship, compassion and distraction from their prognosis. Activities that clients might enjoy are being read to, watching television together, talking about who and where they’ve been, their families, hearing about your day, playing cards, and so much more. Most importantly, we are looking for volunteers to provide their time, talent, and to have compassion and empathy. Heart to Heart serves Allen Park, Canton, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Southgate, Taylor, Westland, Ypsilanti and beyond. Volunteers should contact volunteer coordinator Randi Williams, at 734-282-0209.

Great Lakes Steel Salaried Retirees Club: Meets every third Monday at Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort St. Southgate. Doors open at noon. Lunch promptly at 1 p.m. Cost $12 for members, $13 non-members. Door prizes and 50/50 raffles. Open to any salaried retiree of Great Lakes Steel. For more information, contact Desta Pulter at 313-842-0385.

Bingo: 6:15 p.m. Thursdays; VFW Post No. 9283, 16200 Dix-Toledo Road, Southgate; doors open at 4 p.m.; $500 jackpot; all proceeds go to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary general fund.

Hospice of Michigan: Seeking volunteers to visit with patients in the Downriver area; to learn more, call 248-303-6818 or email aknoppow@hom.org.



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