What’s Happening Wyandotte …

2019 Polish Festival

Our Lady of the Scapular Parish, 2609 Tenth Street ay Vinewood, will host its annual Polish Festival Aug. 23-25.

 There will be fun for the whole family with Polish music, hourly 50/50 raffles, Festival of Baskets raffles, Polish beer, family style dinners and dancing.

There will be church tours, rock climbing (Sunday only) and a bounce house and petting farm for the kids.

The festival is a summertime tradition in Wyandotte. Call 734-284-9135 for more information.

Shred it!

The Riverview Land Preserve will host a Community Shred Day that is open to Wyandotte residents on Saturday, Sept. 14 from noon-4 p.m.

This is a free drive-through event and it is a perfect opportunity to shred confidential material like receipts, bank statements, medical records and tax documents.

This is for residential waste only and participants are limited to three boxes of material. Rubberbands, paper clips, staples and folders need not be removed.

The entrance to the land preserve is located at 20863 Grange Road in Riverview.

Ballroom dance lessons

Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. Each month is a different type of dance lesson. All skill levels welcome. Don’t have a partner? No worries, many people attend without a partner and find great support in learning to dance. Classes are held at the Downriver Council for the Arts, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte. 

Call 734-720-0671 or visit www.downriverarts.org.

Music By Moonlight

A one-of-a-kind party under the stars will be hosted on the rooftop of the Daly Merritt building, 3099 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.

Guests will enjoy a night filled with dancing, strolling hor d’oeuvres, cocktails, live entertainment, a tin can auction, our specialty drink, and much more. Sponsorship and in-kind opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Nikita Cargins-Miller at 313-324-7911. To buy tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2LECLex.

Fall Party

 The First Congregational Church Of Wyandotte, 98 Superior Blvd., Wyandotte, is hosting its annual free fall party, featuring petting farm, bingo, children’s crafts, light snacks and face painting on Sept. 22

Pony rides and some concessions will be available for an additional cost.

Christian comedian during the morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. The free family events will take place from 2-4 p.m., while the craft show operates from noon to 5 p.m. 

Message Sarah E. Medley Pettigrew by text 734-258-0325 with additional questions.

AAUW scholarships

The AAUW Wyandotte-Downriver Branch offers several scholarships to female undergraduate students at Baker College – Allen Park, Wayne County Community College District Downriver and Lawrence Technological University. 

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 also required.

For more information, contact Madeleine Jones at mizmadlin@yahoo.com or visit downriver-mi.aauw.net.

Come find your new best friend

The Wyandotte Animal Adoption Center has dogs, cats , puppies and kittens looking for new forever homes. The center is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 5:30- p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Even if you are not in the market for a new pet, the center is always in need of volunteers.

The work done by volunteers on behalf of the animals at the shelter is invaluable. Through shelter cleaning, dog walking, dog and cat socialization, fundraising, facilitating adoptions and various other activities, they make a profound difference in the lives of the animals while they’re in our care awaiting their forever homes.

Mental health support

Downriver-area residents can attend Mental health support group meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s Rehabilitation Building in the conference room on the second floor in room 232, enter off Biddle Ave. 

For more information, 313-292-3324 or 313-563-1245.

Knit and crochet

Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. 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.

Downriver Council for the Arts, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte. 734-720-0671 or visit www.downriverarts.org

Sewing Club

Sew at your own pace in the company of like-minded people every from 5-7 p.m. on every third Thursday of the month. Fashion designer Cheryl Zemke will answer questions or guide if needed. 

Bring your sewing machine, supplies, and projects. Open to teens and adults. All skill levels welcome. For more information call (734) 720-0671 or visit www.downriverarts.org.

Adult craft drop in

Join the craft geniuses at Bacon Memorial Library each Monday from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to work on a different craft. Call the library at 734-246-8357.

Story Time

Kids from 0 to 5 can enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and group activities several times a week at the Bacon Memorial Library.

Baby Story time (0-18 months) is 10-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays; Toddler Story Time (18-36 months) is Tuesday and Wednesday from 10-10:30 a.m. and Preschool Story Time (3-5 years) Tuesday from 11-11:30 a.m.

Call the library at 246-8357 to register.

Caregiver support groups

Know that you are not alone in your caregiving. When caring people gather there is always hope. If you are caring for a family member, friend or neighbor, near or far, come and join us to receive support, resources, helpful information, time for sharing and more. 

The participants are very friendly and quite supportive to one another. The General Caregiver Support Groups meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m.-noon/12:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church Community building, 465 Oak St., Wyandotte. There is no charge.

 Contact Nancy Coman, gerontologist at 734-634-0394. Or email ncoman@bex.net. Contact Trinity Lutheran directly at 734-282-5969 for more information.

Library cards

A library card can be your ticket to big discounts.

A card, available at Bacon Memorial Library can unlock free or discounted passes to hundreds of Michigan state parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, cultural destinations and more.

Stop in at the library at 45 Vinewood and get your card today.

Day trips

Offered by the Wyandotte Copeland Center; for more information visit the Copeland Center, 2306 Fourth St., Wyandotte or call 734-324-7275.

Meals on Wheels

The Wayne County Congregate Nutrition Meals program offers meals Monday through Friday from 11:15-11:45 at the Copeland Center.

A 24-hour reservation notice is required. The meals carry a suggested $3 donation cost.

Make a reservation or find out more from Angie Benson at 324-7279 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Yoga

Tuesdays at the Downriver Council for the Arts, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Suitable for all levels, this Hatha Yoga Flow will focus on linking breath to movement, deep stretching, building core strength and improving balance and overall well-being. Bring your own yoga mat. For more information call 734-720-0671 or visit www.downriverarts.org

Drop-in hockey

Yack Arena hosts adult drop-in hockey from 9:30-10:50 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday.

The program is open to players over the age of 18 and costs $6 per player. Goalies are free. Each session is limited to 22 players and is operated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Helmets and protective gear are mandatory.

Senior activities

There is plenty of fun to be had at Wyandotte Copeland Senior Center. The center offers daytime socials every Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and evening socials every third Friday from 6-9 p.m. Pool playing is permitted during the socials.

The center also hosts drop-in card games. Play pinochle and Euchre on Mondays from noon-3 p.m.; Bridge from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursdays; and duplicate bridge from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesdays.

The Copeland Center is located at 2306 Fourth Street. The phone number is 324-7275.

Open skating

Wyandotte Yack Arena is available daily for open skating sessions.

Monday through Friday the rink is open from 11 a.m. – noon for adults only and from noon-1:20 p.m. for all skaters. On the weekend, the arena is open to all skaters. Saturday’s times are from noon-1:20 p.m. and Sunday’s are 4-5:20 p.m.

The cost for residents of Wyandotte and Riverview is $4. The fee is $3 for those under 17 and over 60. The non-resident fee is $1 more.

Pet Adoption 

Shelter to Home Pet Adoption Center is always looking for volunteers.

Foster Homes: Foster homes are critical to STH’s ultimate goal of saving animals lives. Local shelters and pounds simply do not have the room to take all the animals they encounter. In parallel, we often do not have enough foster homes.

Pet Adoption Center (PAC) Volunteer: The Pet Adoption Center is open to the public every Saturday, but the group is  seeking volunteers to fill roles seven days a week caring for the cats in this facility. Volunteers are needed for general housekeeping, data entry and animal caregiver.

Petsmart Habitat Cleaner: If you are looking for ‘hands-on’ time with the cats, volunteering as a Petsmart Habitat Cleaner may be the perfect place for you! We currently have animals at Petsmart in Canton, MI on Ford Rd. (next to IKEA) and soon at Petsmart in Woodhaven. 

Student Involvement – Age 12 and Up: Shelter to Home is pleased to be able to offer many opportunities for students to obtain community service hours. We are happy to provide students with a letter for their school if needed.

You can contact STH at 734-556-3135.

Garden Club

The Wyandotte Club seeks to involve citizens in community projects, interesting programs, field trips and workshop. The Garden Club also assists the Beautification Commission at Dig In events each year. Beginners and advanced gardeners are all welcome to attend our meetings. Yearly dues for the The Garden Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month from the months of September to June. Meeting times vary each month. Day meetings are at 1 p.m., evening meetings are at 7 p.m at First United Methodist Church, 72 Oak Street. The club does not meet during the summer months.

You may contact the Garden Club via email at wyandottegardenclub@gmail.com for more information.

Help student musicians

The Wyandotte Public Schools Music Program is seeking donations of used instruments in any condition. The program is in desperate need of instruments and donations for purchase of instruments for students in elementary through high school. 

 If you would like to donate an instrument, please complete a form and drop your instrument off at the Board of Education Office located at 639 Oak Street, Wyandotte, Michigan 48192. Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Downriver Community Food Pantry

The Downriver Community Food Pantry provides hunger assistance to those in need. It is located behind St. Patrick Catholic Church. 

Food is given away from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Those coming for assistance can use the back alley to access the building. A referral from either a church or social services agency must be shown to obtain food. The pantry can be contacted at 734-281-6733.

Surplus food distribution

Surplus Food Distribution is the third Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. – noon for qualifying Wyandotte Residents. 

For further information about this program, please call 734-324-7292 or email recreation@wyan.org. 

Exchange Club of Wyandotte

The club holds meetings Tuesdays at 6:30. Locations vary, please call Exchange Club President Maureen Tobin at 313-980-6711 or email www.nationalexchangeclub.org for more information.

Kiwanis Club of Wyandotte

The Wyandotte Kiwanis Club was organized in 1923 and is  the city’s oldest non-profit civic organization. Our organization focuses on projects addressing the needs of children, and the involvement for other charitable projects such as: Salvation Army Bell ringing, Meals on Wheels and Reading is Fundamental.

 Membership in our Kiwanis Club affords the opportunity to work with others for the benefit of your community and the world. Likewise, the benefits to you as a club member are many: Friendships, civic contacts, informative and entertaining gatherings, and developments of personal leadership skills, opportunities for international understanding and fellowship, and a sense of accomplishment.

Meetings are held every Tuesday at noon at Whiskeys on the Water, 2903 Biddle, 2nd floor, Wyandotte, MI, 48192. 

Contact Marge Ballheim at 734- 281-0314 or www.kiwanis.org for more information.

Lions International

Lions Club International focuses on sight and hearing conservation. Membership is open to all downriver citizens. 

Meetings are Wednesdays at 12:15 pm at Polonus Restaurant, 1744 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte, Michigan. Contact Richard Bialobrzeski at 734-283-2295 for more information.

Rotary Club

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

Meetings are held Tuesday at noon at The James R. DeSana Art Center, 81 Chestnut Street, Wyandotte. Contact Vonda Cini, Club President at 734-285-2175, or send an email to www.wyandotterotary.org.

Soroptimist International

Our mission is to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Soroptimist International is in District III of the Midwestern Region. It is the largest volunteer classified women’s organization in the world.

The club meets the first Wednesday of the month at Holiday Inn, 17201 Northline Rd., Southgate, MI at 6:15 p.m.

For more information, contact club president Mary Pilon at 313–405-5807 or email www.simwr.org.

Wyandotte Jaycees

The mission of the Jaycees is to create positive change within our organization and communities by providing young people with an organization of shared values through personal and professional development, social and cultural diversity, networking and community improvement.

If you are interested in this organization, meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Copeland Center, 2306 4th Street, Wyandotte.

Contact president  Michelle Kelley for more information at www.wyandottejaycees.org. 

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