OUR TOWN: Two important veteran events Nov. 11 and 12
Remember the Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Our Town is invited to gather on the grounds of city hall to observe a day to honor the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families to keep our country free. Conducted by VFW Post 7573, remarks will be given by dignitaries and service organization officers who will also place floral wreaths at the existing memorials. On the 11th day of the 11th month, at the 11th hour in 1918, the Armistice was signed commemorating the end of World War I with the hope that there would be no more wars after that time. Every year since, that specific date and time had been a day of remembrance in our country, titled Armistice Day. However, since 1954 it has been designated Veterans Day to honor all men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. Please thank a veteran for his/her service. A thank you will follow for your kindness. Note: Following the ceremony, a luncheon will be served at the VFW Cove, 35011 23 Mile, and all are invited. Guests are requested to bring a dish to pass.
"WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA" spaghetti dinner fundraiser Nov. 12: Our Town is encouraged to attend the event in the VFW Post 7573 front hall. The price is a free-will donation, so please be generous. The menu includes a delicious all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner with salad, rolls, dessert and beverage. Served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., veterans eat free and will receive a special gift. There will be basket drawings and 50/50 raffles. Not able to attend but want to sponsor a wreath? Send a check payable to Wreaths Across America, mailed to Curves, 35453 23 Mile, New Baltimore, MI 48047. The purpose of the dinner is to raise funds to purchase over 750 wreaths that will be placed at the grave sites of veterans at St. Mary's and Oakwood cemeteries on Saturday, Dec. 12, beginning at noon. The ceremony will take place on the very same day throughout our country and many others around the world. Questions? Please contact devoted chairpersons Mickie Mellon at (586) 885-6992 or Tammi Graber at (586) 716-2523.
HAVEN PLACE ANNOUNCES November programs: All free, please observe the following special events: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 3 to Dec. 10, Emily Torres will teach free English classes level one and two from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. sponsored by MISC (Macomb Immigration Service Center). Call (586) 484-9308; Thursday, Nov. 12, free haircuts from noon to 3 p.m., donated by Connie Smith; Saturday, Nov. 14, "Aribba" Self Esteem Seminar for St. Vincent de Paul workers from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. by MISC Emily A. Diaz-Torres, Executive Director, Notary Public, BIA Accredited Representative. She is available at 16330 Trailway Drive, Macomb, MI 48042 or firstname.lastname@example.org/misc4u.org; Thursday, Nov. 19, Open Mic Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for ages 13 and older. Cafe open, karaoke, poetry, piano solos or duets, all performed live. (Songs and lyrics must be submitted no later than Nov. 19.); Saturday, Nov. 21, Christmas Decorating Party from 10 a.m. to noon with donations of Christmas decorations or lighting welcome. Call Haven Place to set up a drop-off or bring them on the 21st; Monday, Nov. 16, Grief and Support Group meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays, Men's Group meets at 9 a.m.; Free tutoring every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Honor students who would like to earn community service hours are asked to contact Haven Place to help with the tutoring program; Piano lessons are held every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sewing and craft classes are held every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Note: Donations of school supplies are being accepted at Haven Place. Monetary donations to help support Haven Place are welcome by going to havenplaceinc.weebly.com.
EXCELLENT PROGRAMS OFFERED at NB Recreation Center: Thursdays, Fit Kids now through Nov.19; Tuesdays and Thursdays, open gym Nov. 5 to March 31; Drop-in floor hockey; Wednesdays and Fridays, winter walking, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call the center at (586) 715-0291 for details and fees.
LOGIA NOV. 7 AT VOX Church: Coordinator Karen Winter has administered Love of God in Action for several years, helping those in need with food donations, clothing and more. Along with her staff of volunteers, she makes sure that guests are served a hot bowl of soup and given a bag of food on the first Saturday of the month. In addition, the VOX food pantry will be open every Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome. Also, there is a box in the church lobby for donations of non-perishable foods and washable, gently used coats, jackets (extra large sizes for men and women needed especially). VOX Church is located at 26950 23 Mile, just across Gratiot, near the railroad tracks, Chesterfield. Have items for pick-up? Call (586) 201-6543. Meanwhile, food may be brought to Donna's Creative Images, corner of Washington and Alfred, daily, especially for Thanksgiving dinner. Karen is grateful to Donna Logan, owner of the salon and First Congregational Church, 36223 Alfred, also a collection depot for food, and to those who give generously to her program.
NOV. 7 RIB-OUT DINNER at VFW: Post 7573 Auxiliary is hosting a tasty meal of ribs, baked potato, coleslaw, rolls and dessert, served in the Cove, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. All are invited. The cost is $13 for a half-slab or $20 for a full slab. Reservations must be made now by calling (586) 725-7100. Yum!
KRAUT/BAKE SALE IN Marine City Nov. 7: For over 50 years, St. John's United Church of Christ, 227 West Blvd. in Marine City, has satisfied the area's need for homemade sauerkraut. Two ingredients is all it takes: Cabbage from Vandenbossche Farms and kosher salt. Open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., stop by and pick up raw, packed kraut for $3 per quart or cooked with ham at $3.50 per quart. Pre-orders guarantee a yummy treat by calling Brenda at (810) 765-8768 or Loretta at (810) 765-5006.
NBHS CANDLE WALK Nov. 13: Always a popular event, New Baltimore Historical Society historian Richard Gonyeau will lead a walk around Our Town beginning at the Grand Pacific House Museum, 51065 Washington, at 7 p.m. (Previously, museum doors opened at 6 p.m. for guests to mingle and enjoy wine, cheese, crackers, desserts and coffee. Admission is $6.) Stroll under candlelight and become enlightened of the history of the loveliest little city on earth – Our Town. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Note: The museum is open each Wednesday and Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. It's a gem and one to be explored.
MRS. BETH WILL GREET children Nov. 14: With the theme, "Home Sweet Home," youngsters will enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and other surprises beginning at10:15 a.m. at the Lenox Township Library, 58976 Main, New Haven. Adults will have as much fun as the children, guaranteed. The Dec. 12 theme is "Hawaiian Christmas."