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What’s Going On is a listing of activities taking place throughout the Downriver community. To submit an event, send an email to List the time, date, location, cost and contact information. Submit announcements at least two weeks prior to the event. For a complete listing, visit
October 17-22: Adult Craft Kits at the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte will be available in the Main Library on an endcap. For more information, 734-246-8357.
Lego Club: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Oct. 17 and 24, from 6-7 p.m. Do you love Legos? Join our Lego Club. Every Monday we will challenge you to make something relating to that week’s theme. We will display your creation for one week and will tear them apart at the next event. This event is open to kids, tweens, teens, and parents. No registration is required, just stop in and build. For more information, call 734-287-4840
Baby Buddies Storytime (Ages 0-1): Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Oct. 18 and 25, from 3-3:30 p.m. Weekly story time is aimed toward parents with infants (ages 0-1), older siblings are welcome. We will have lap time and read several books together. At the end, there will be time for creative play and parent conversation. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
A Night with Detroit Paranormal Expeditions: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Oct. 19, from 6-7 p.m. Join us as DPX (Detroit Paranormal Expeditions) share their experiences, evidence, and tips for doing your own paranormal investigations. The group investigates reported hauntings at places ranging from small historic buildings to larger, more well-known locations. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Assistive Device Drop-In: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Oct. 20, from noon-2 p.m. Assistive technology makes it possible for individuals with a wide range of disabilities to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Drop in on ADDI for information or personalized help with popular technology in accessibility. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
True Crime Book Club: At the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte, Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10:30 a.m. This Month we are reading “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland” by Patrick Keefe. For more information, 734-246-8357.
Trunk or Treat: Saturday, Oct. 22, from 5-7:30 p.m., at Metro Jui-Jitsu, 13555 Eureka, Southgate. Candy, prizes. Pre-register at
Missing Mummy Mystery: At the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte, Oct. 24-29. Dr. Hal O. Ween, a renowned archeologist, delivered an ancient sarcophagus with the mummified remains of an unknown Egyptian ruler to Bacon Library. Every morning the librarians discover that the mummy has moved to a new location in the house. This mummy is getting trickier and trickier to find and we need your help to unwrap the mystery of the moving mummy. We have a special treat for any budding archeologist who can find our missing mummy. While on your search through the Bacon House, stop to craft four projects and select one book to keep. Visit at your convenience. We would love to see your costumes but they are not required. For more information, 734-246-8357.
Books & Bites Book Club: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Oct. 24, from 6-7:30 p.m. Books & Bites is a monthly book club that reads and discusses Young Adult books. Anyone who is a fan of this genre can attend. If you can’t make it in person, and for general bookish talk, send us a request to join our Facebook group. This month’s book is “Horrid” by Katrina Leno.  For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Friends of the Library Meeting: At the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte, Monday, Oct. 24 at 4:30 p.m. Join this dedicated group of volunteers to enhance the library experience! New members are always welcome. For more information, 734-246-8357.
VIP Support Group (Visually Impaired Persons): Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Oct. 26, from noon – 1 p.m. In Person, Virtual, or Call-in. VIP Support is a monthly support group for people experiencing vision loss and their caregivers. Each month, we meet to discuss important topics and connect over shared concerns. Call 712-775-7031, Access Code: 965803 or join virtually by visiting For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Surprise Reads: Pickup begins Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. Each Surprise Book Bag will contain one library book related to the monthly theme and a few treats or a craft to go along with the theme. Check out the book, keep the themed swag/treats then return the library book. Treats/swag will be aimed at older teens/adults. High school or adult level books can be chosen! registration required. For more information, 734-246-8357.
Film Screening: Lincoln Park Historical Society & Museum is hosting a screening of the 1957 science fiction movie “Invasion of the Saucer Men” on Oct. 30 at Lincoln Park’s Memorial Park Band Shell building, 3240 Ferris Avenue. Prior to the movie there will be a Best Alien Costume Contest. Entrants will be judged and awarded prizes in three categories: most creative, best overall, and the best costume recreating-1950s-movie-aliens. All those in attendance can vote for their favorites in each category.  Just prior to the film, a short video bio of Lyn Osborn’s career will be shared. Osborn appears in the movie and is a Lincoln Park resident.  Refreshments will be available on site for a donation as well. More information can be obtained from the Lincoln Park Historical Society & Museum at 313-386-3137 or at; website:; or at the museum’s Facebook page.
Fall Reading Challenge: Taylor Community Library, Fletcher Park, Taylor. Through the month of October. All ages. Get your challenge sheet and log your reading during the month of October. Read or listen to 10 books or, read or listen for 10 hours of books to win a prize in our fall challenge. Prizes are available while they last, and participants are limited to one entry for the month. More information can be found on our website at, or by calling 734-287-4840.
Storywalk for October: Taylor Community Library, Fletcher Park, Taylor, located between Pardee and Racho Rd., and Northline and Eureka. Permanent exhibit. October’s featured book is “Are We There Yet?” by Dan Santat. Community members can follow the path throughout the park to read a book in its entirety presented on 16 individual panels. Each panel hosts a set of pages which include activities and questions to help your little ones engage with the story in meaningful ways. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Bacon Book Club: At the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. This month we are reading “Home for Erring and Outcast Girls” by Julie Kibler. 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.
Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy annual General Membership Meeting: At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12. Grosse Ile Golf Country Club, 9339 Bellevue, Grosse Ile. Open to All GINLC Members and the General Public. Topics include State of the Conservancy, Accomplishments, “Conservationist of the Year” Award, election of board of directors, and guest speaker. For more information, email
Owl Prowl: Educational Event for the whole family sponsored by the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy from 6-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Centennial Farm, 25797 Third St. Grosse Ile. These are awesome birds of prey. We’ll learn about the owls in our area and their characteristics. We’ll end the night with a hike to attempt to find some owls. This is one of our most popular events. For more information and to register, email
Downriver Genealogical Society Meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., at the Copeland Center, 2306 4th Street, Wyandotte. Speaker will be Tobin Buhk, author, and he will speak on “Michigan True Crime – Murder Mayhem Michigan”, and he will be selling his book. More info on this program can be found at Open to the public, for more information, call 734-365-9815 or 313-382-3229.
Computer Class: Internet Basics: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Oct 20, from 1-2 p.m. This class is designed for those with little or no experience with the Internet. You will learn how to navigate the internet, perform basic searches, use websites, search engines, and what various domains mean. Class size is limited to 8 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call 734-287-4840.
Fall Festival of the Arts: Enjoy an artistic journey supplied by the talents of artists at their 18th annual Fall Festival of the Arts Fine Art Show and Sale, through Oct. 20. This is a free event hosted at Downriver Council for the Arts,  81 Chestnut Street in Wyandotte. Everything from classical oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics,photography, sculpture, woodcarving, ceramics and jewelry will be highlighted at this show along with smaller works and some crafts. The show kicks off Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. with an Opening Reception where you are invited to meet the artists. There will be Door Prize Baskets and light refreshments. There will be art demonstrations on Oct. 9 and Oct. 16, from noon to 4 p.m. Art show hours are Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Thursdays, noon – 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Maureen Keast at 734-777-6109 or Jackie Walock at 313-570-6919. Visit
Resale Shoppe: Our Lady Of The Scapular Parish, St. Stan’s Site – 266 Antoine, Wyandotte. New and previously loved treasures and a daily savory food menu. Preview Thursday, Oct. 20, 4-7 p.m., $5 admission. Free admission on the following days: Friday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Last day specials – $5 fill the bag). New this year, fill the boxes, $10 and $20. For more information, call 734-284-9135.
OUT Nature Hike: The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and the SUDDs Coalition are partnering to create OUT in Nature hikes for the LGBTQIA+ community. On Oct. 22 from 9-11 a.m. The group is hosting an adult hike at the refuge located at 5437 W. Jefferson Ave in Trenton. We are also hosting a youth hike on the same day, from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 734-365-0219    or email or visit
Halloween offering: “Invasion of the Saucer Men” a 1957 film featuring Lincoln Park’s own Lyn Osborn; Bandshell building indoors on Sunday, Oct. 30. Hosted by the Lincoln Park Historical Museum. Free admission, doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 313-386-3137.
Nature of Halloween: Educational Event for the whole family sponsored by the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Airport Natural Area, 28820 East River Rd, Grosse Ile. Join us for this spooktacular program as we learn about the natural history of the plants and animals that are associated with Halloween. For more information, email
Lincoln Park Farmers Market: Sundays through October, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m, at Mellus Park, east side of Fort Street, between Arlington & O’Connor, Lincoln Park. Farmers/vendors with produce, plants, specialty foods and crafts. Cash, EBT, P-EBT, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project Fresh, Senior Project Fresh, Credit/Debit accepted. For more information, call 313-427-0443 or email
Hike in Airport Natural Area: Sponsored by the Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy, enter at 28820 East River Rd, Grosse Ile, from 1-4 p.m. Event runs through Sunday, Oct. 30. GINLC hosts will be available to open the trails of the Airport Natural Area every Sunday from May to October. Spend a few hours enjoying the trails, ponds, bays, lookouts, and woods of this hidden gem. For more information, email All GINLC programs are free to the public, but donations make them possible. Visit
Poets and Playwrights: At the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte, Nov. 1 at 6  p.m. For more information, 734-246-8357.
Fish and Shrimp Dinners: The Flat Rock Elks, located at Vreeland and Telegraph roads, will be serving our Famous Atlantic Cod fish and shrimp dinners first Friday of the month through January,  February through Good Friday every other week. Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Feb. 17, March 3, March 17, April 7 (Good Friday). That’s nine hot, fresh and wonderful drive-thru meals from the safety and comfort of your heated vehicle. Hand Battered Atlantic Cod Dinners are $15 and Pacific Ocean Jumbo Shrimp Dinners are $15. Ask about our Family Style Dinners and save an additional $4. Cash only, exact change appreciated. Dinners served 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dinners also include  French fries, cole slaw, hush puppy, dinner roll and condiments. Cash only.
MARSP meeting (Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel): Thursday, Nov. 27 at noon at Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort Street, Southgate. Speaker: Michael Murphy, District Manager I Field Association. Topic: Benefits through MARSP. Cost: $18. RSVP to Kim Zeppa. For more information contact Kim Zeppa at 734-834-1237 or Ethel Carver at 734-675-5008.
Take it outside Photo Contest: Sponsored by the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy. Entry deadline is Thursday, May 11, 2022 at 5 p.m. Open to high school students within Wayne, Washtenaw and Monroe Counties. We are searching for photos captured locally (within Wayne, Washtenaw and Monroe Counties) that inspire us to appreciate and steward our environment: air, water, land, wildlife, resources, and ecosystems. Categories are Dawn to Dusk; Fur and Feathers; Bark and Blooms. Total of $445 in prize money. For more information, visit see
Genealogy Research: The Downriver Genealogical Society Library, located at 28639 Division Street in Flat Rock, is free and open for genealogy research Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The society began in 1980 and for the past 42 years has been collecting information on the people and cities of the downriver communities, most taken from local newspapers. There are also resources from the surrounding areas and for other states and other countries. Volunteers are available to help those wanting to begin researching their own family. Information on  the society, holdings and publications can be found at For more information, call 734-535-6530.
Salvation Army Weekly Events: Golden Agers Bingo, Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon, $1. Downriver Music, Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., kindergarten and older. Downriver Youth, Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., kindergarten and older. Downriver Bible Study, Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m., 16 and older. The Salvation Army Downriver Corps Community Center is located at 1258 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte. For more information, call 734-282-0930.
Mental Illness Support Group: For relatives and friends of the mentally Ill in the Downriver area meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn, 600 N.Brady, in Mitchell Hall. Another support group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, starting on July 20, at 10 a.m., at the Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s Rehabilitation Bldg. on the 2nd floor, room 232. Wear a mask and enter the hospital at the main entrance for a Covid-19 check. Then you will follow the letter A on the wall signs and take the Allen  elevators to the 2nd floor. From the elevator exit, turn left and immediately right to follow the hallway to room 232. For information, call 313- 292-3324.
Al Turner Drop In Chess: Every Thursday 5:30 p.m. at the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. Kids and adults of all ages can meet challenging new players every Thursday @ 5:30 pm. For more information, call 734-246-8357.
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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 or email 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 or visit
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 /  Email or visit the Ecorse Historical Society’s Facebook page at
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.
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
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 or email
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.
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.
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