Area Activities – Grosse Pointe News (subscription)

Area Activities - Grosse Pointe News (subscription)

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

The deadline for the Grosse Pointe Artists Association’s next exhibition, “America’s Love Affair with Cars and Trucks,” is Friday, Aug. 26. Artists are asked to explore the role of cars and trucks in people’s lives. The juror is to be announced. The show is Sept. 15 to Nov. 3.

The Helm
The Helm at the 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 movie “Chocolat” is shown at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Cost is $3 for members, $5 for nonmembers, and includes snacks.
* Essential Oils, 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, with instructor Tonya Trotter. Learn how essential oils work and how to make them.
* Smartphone Basics, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 7 to Oct. 5, with instructor Janisse Green.
* The movie “Dream Horse” is shown at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Cost is $3 for members, $5 for nonmembers, and includes snacks.
* On the Gogh watercolor painting class, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, with facilitator Michelle Boggess-Nunley. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers.
* Detroit Institute of Arts trip, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers.
* Body Alignment, 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays for beginners and 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Mondays for intermediate students. Gwendolyn J. Scales instructs this free class.
* Conversational French, noon to 1:30 p.m. Fridays for beginners, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Fridays for intermediate students. Dr. Dib Saab instructs this free class.
* Games on the Lawn, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Games are free for members, $5 for nonmembers.
* Yoga, 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost is $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers.
* Chair Yoga, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost is $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers.
* Guided Meditation, 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays, with instructor Jonathan Itchon. Cost is $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers.
* Grief Work support group, 2 to 4 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month, with psychotherapist Frank Wilberding.
* Enhance Fitness, 10:30 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 to members and nonmembers.

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

Blood drives
The American Red Cross hosts the following blood drives:
* Noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, The Shores Church, 24905 Manhattan, St. Clair Shores.
* 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.
* 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, St. Clair Shores Senior Center, 20100 Stephens, St. Clair Shores.
* 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, VFW Post 1146, 28404 E. Jefferson, St. Clair Shores.
* Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, Holy Innocents Catholic Church, 26100 Ridgemont, Roseville.
* Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms.
* 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 21620 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores.
* 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, Recreational Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe, 18185 Sycamore, Roseville.
* 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Ascension St. John Hospital, 22101 Moross, Detroit.
* Noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Neighborhood Club, 17150 Waterloo, City of Grosse Pointe.
Register online at

The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe hosts its next meeting 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7. Life Remodeled and Six Day Project COO Diallo Smith speaks. Email

Mini Picassos
Mini Picassos, 21520 Harper, St. Clair Shores, offers several programs and classes. To register, visit
* Art After School, 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 10, for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. Cost is $145.
* Toddler Art Party, 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 10, for ages 18 months and older. Cost is $110.
* Preschool Art, 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 13, to Oct. 11, for ages 3 to 6. Cost is $110.

Men’s Club
The Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe hosts its next lunch and speaker meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Tompkins Center at Windmill Pointe Park. David Dulio, political science professor and director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Oakland University, speaks. Men and women visitors are welcome to attend the meeting. Cost is $20, paid at the door. To reserve a seat, email gmcatten or call (313) 550-9661.

Family Center
The Family Center presents Family Book Club, from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Village Grille, 16930 Kercheval, City of Grosse Pointe. The group will discuss “Thrivers: Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine,” by Michele Borba. RSVP at

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

Alliance Francaise
The Alliance Francaise de Grosse Pointe is an organization that promotes French culture through monthly activities for members. The group seeks members for its new membership year, which begins in September. It also offers French lessons for adults at Assumption Cultural Center, from September to May each year. Detailed membership and French classes information may be found at

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

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

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