The annual Friends: People Helping People will take place Sept. 13 at a yet to be selected home in Wayne. Since 1998 the program has helped a homeowner who doesn’t have the ability to keep up with the outside maintenance of their home. The Friends’ volunteers will help with lawn clean up and painting the house.
Volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m. until about 1 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The program is also looking for donations.
“This is a great project and something that shows that we care, in the City of Wayne, for our neighbors,” said Councilman Albert Damitio and chairman of the Friends Project. “We get out and a lot of people have been grateful over the years to get the assistance and the help.”
The program is entirely funded through donations, and volunteers complete the work.
If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, please call the Community Development Department at 734-722-2002.
The First Congregational Church of Wayne, 2 Towne Square St., Wayne, will present Happy Birthday Dear Grandpa at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20. Tickets are $12 and there will be free refreshments during intermission.
“Happy Birthday Dear Grandpa” is a hilarious two-act play about a cantankerous grandfather, ill-tempered and paranoid, who is determined to think that his grandkids, three young adults, are trying to kill him for their inheritance ($642 and a postcard collection).
Tickets will be available at the church office and must be purchased in advance. For more information, call the First Congregational Church at 734-729-7550.
Red October Run
The 24th Annual Red October Run sponsored by Oakwood Healthcare System will be Oct. 4. Events include a 10K Run, 5K Run, 5K Walk and a 1 Mile Jr. October. The run is an all ages event designed to encourage family fitness. Events will start at Oakwood Wayne on Annapolis just west of Venoy and proceed through the neighborhood streets.
These are certified 10K and 5K run courses and medals will be awarded to all run and walk finishers. Registered participants will receive a shirt and a post-race meal including hot dogs, cider, doughnuts, fruit, bagels and more.
There will also be kids art activities, health and wellness displays, prizes and drawings. Register for the race at www.oakwood.org/redoctoberrun. Race day registration and pre-registered packet pick up will be from 8-9:40 a.m. on Oct. 4 on the Oakwood Annapolis Hospital front lawn.
World Hoop Day
Hoop away at World Hoop Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Oct. 4 in Goudy Park. Admission is $5.
World Hoop Day is a day of performances and classes for those who are interested in hula hooping. A portion of the proceeds will go to Wayne Main Street.
St. Johns Episcopal Church, 555 S. Wayne Rd., Westland, is having a Fall Festival from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. on October 4. There will be a beer tent, car show, three bands, food, children’s activities, crafters and much more. For more information call, St. Johns at 742-721-5023 between 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The Wayne Historical Society is inviting everyone who loves local history to come to their First Cemetery Walk from 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Old Wayne Cemetery on westbound Michigan Avenue next to the Phoenix State Wayne Theater.
Reservations are not required. Just drop in. This should be a great afternoon for all ages to enjoy meeting a few of the people who came and lived in this area almost 200 years ago.
The Cemetery Walk will include people in period clothing telling history stories.
The Old Wayne Cemetery has been closed to new burials since 1918. The first burial took place in 1834.
After the tour there will be cider and donuts. No tickets required but donations will be accepted. For more information, please call Ann at 313-605-0821.
For the second year Rouge-a-Palooza will be back in Goudy Park on Oct. 11. The one-day festival will feature a canoe race, rubber duck and paper boat race all along the Rouge River.
There will also be educational displays from the Friends of the Rouge and the Wayne County Department of Environment.
The goal of Rouge-a-Palooza is to focus on the Rouge River as a viable entertainment feature. For a complete list of events and activities, visit Rouge-a-Palooza’s Facebook page.
Turn the Town Teal
For the third year light poles, trees and mailboxes in Wayne will be adorned with teal ribbons during the month of September.
Catherine Buchanan of Independent Carpet One is helping Turn the Town Teal by tying teal ribbons throughout Wayne and Westland in an effort to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Ovarian cancer is often known as “The Silent Disease” because the symptoms are often vague and subtle. Also, there is no early detection test.
Awareness of the symptoms is the most critical factor in fighting ovarian cancer. When ovarian cancer is detected in the early stages, the survival rate is 90 to 95%.
Classic symptoms of ovarian cancer are pelvic or abdominal pain/ discomfort (bloating), vague but persistent gastrointestinal upsets, frequency and/or urgency of urination, unexplained changes in bowel habits, unexplained weight gain/loss, ongoing unusual fatigue, back pain, menstrual changes, and pain during intimacy.
Register to vote
The last day to register for the Nov. 4 general election is Oct. 6. To register to vote you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years old and a resident of Wayne. You can register to vote at the City Clerk’s office at Wayne City Hall from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The Wayne Rotary Club is looking for new members who are looking to be involved in the community. They meet at 12:05 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Wayne Community Center, 4635 Howe Road, Wayne. They have lunch, network and have guest speakers. For more information, visit their website at www.waynerotary.org.
WMHS 30th Class Reunion
WMHS Class of 1984 will have their 30th reunion from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Oct. 11 at Novi-Sheraton, 21111 Haggerty Rd, Livonia. The cost is $60 per person or $110 for a couple.
This includes elegant food stations, walking appetizers and a dessert extravaganza. Checkout the Facebook page “reunion 84” for more information or contact Liz-Arthur-Meyers at 206-423-3728.
Cheer on high school sports
School is back in session and the fall sports at the high schools are in full swing. If you would like to check out a football, soccer or volleyball game or a cross-country meet, visit schedulestar.com for the full sports schedules of Wayne Memorial and John Glenn High Schools.
The First Methodist Church Of Wayne-Westland is holding a fall rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 18 and 19 and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sept. 20.
Bag day will be on Saturday. A grocery bag is $2 and a plastic lawn bag $5.Home made bake goods and refreshments will also be available for sale. The church is located at 3 Towne Square, Wayne Michigan, across from the Wayne Post Office.
For more information, call the church at 734-721-4801.
The building is handicap accessible. No admission charge.
The Wayne-Westland Parks and Recreation Dept. is hosting a Family Hoedown from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Attwood Park Pavilion #2. There will be square dancing, hay rides, bonfires, pumpkin hunts, cider and donuts and mini horses. The cost for Wayne and Westland residents is $6 per person or $20 for a family of four. The cost for non-residents is $7 per person or $25 for a family of four. Families are encouraged to come dressed in their best western attire.
2014 Youth and Adult Dance, Gymnastics and Cheer Program
Registration will begin on Sept. 8 for the dance, gymnastics and cheer program at the Wayne Community Center. For prices and class times visit www.ci.wayne.mi.us/youth_wellness.shtml.
Mark your calendars for Wayne Memorial High School Homecoming on Oct. 3. The parade will begin at Wayne Memorial High School, 3001 Fourth Street at 6 p.m. It will travel west on Ash Street, north on Wayne Road and east on Glenwood to the football stadium. The football game will begin at 7 p.m. and the Queen will be crowned at halftime.
WM vs. JG football game
The annual showdown between Wayne Memorial and John Glenn High School, will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 at John Glenn High School. The varsity football game is a great community event and will also feature performances by both high school marching bands and cheerleaders.
Blues, Brew and BBQ
The 4th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ will be 6-10 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 12-10 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Westland City Hall grounds, 36601 Ford Road, Westland.
Blues, Brews & BBQ is a family friendly event that allows visitors the opportunity to taste some of the food served by the area’s best local restaurants while enjoying great music by several bands and sampling micro-brewed beers all made right here in Michigan.
Since it’s inception in 2011, Blues, Brews & BBQ uses local community organizations to staff the event. More than $30,000 has been donated to local charities.
For more information, please visit www.cityofwestland.com or on Facebook at All American Blues, Brews & BBQ.