August News Briefs
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Where the Miracles Are
This year DQ® is celebrating Miracle Treat Day with even more magic.
On Thursday August 14th, the Wayne Dairy Queen will donate $1 from every Blizzard® Treat purchased to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The Children’s Miracle Network helps children in need. Please help provide hope and healing to local sick and injured children.
of 1974 reunion
The Wayne Memorial High School Class of 1974 will celebrate their 40th reunion on Aug. 23 at the Avenue Downtown Wayne. Tickets are $25 each. Casual dress. Members of the Class of 1973 and 1975 are also welcome. For more information, contact email@example.com or 734-397-8196.
H2O Zone Opens
The popular Splash Park on Central City Parkway in Westland is now open. The cost for Wayne and Westland residents is $3 and non-residents is $10 per person. The annual Family Pass is $40 per resident for up to six family members and $100 for non-residents.
The 10th Annual Western Wayne County Senior Olympics will be held Aug. 18-22 for Wayne County residents 50 years or older. Two events will be held in the City of Wayne.
At 9 a.m. on Aug. 20 Wayne Bowl, 36900 Michigan Avenue will have Billiards and at 9 a.m. on Aug. 21 they will have bowling which is sponsored by the cities of Wayne and Inkster.
For a complete list of event times and locations, visit www.WWCSO-.org.
The Summer Lunch Program continues at the Wayne Community Center Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wayne County sponsors the free, nutritious meals for children 18 and under during the summer months.
Share and Care
The Wayne-Westland Professional Firefighters Local 1279 and U.S. 12 American Bar and Grill will host Woehlke-Palooza beginning at 6 p.m. on Aug. 22rd and Aug. 23rd in Downtown Wayne. This event will honor fallen firefighters and police that have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty this year, locally and across the country.
Proceeds from this event will go to Brian Woehlke’s family. The Wayne-Westland firefighter died in the line of duty last May in the fire at Marvasso’s in Westland.
This outdoor event includes food, music and firefighter games and will be held at U.S. 12 American Grill, 34824 Michigan Ave, rain or shine.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please call John Goci, event coordinator, at 734-637-1430 or Kevin Tomaszewski – Secretary, Wayne Westland Fire Fighters Local 1279 at 313-505-8130.
The Wayne and Westland Farmers Markets have a great selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables. The Wayne market is from 3-7 p.m. every Wednesday through October in Goudy Park. The Westland market is 3-7 p.m. every Thursday at Westland City Hall on Ford Road.
Come for the fresh produce, flowers, baked goods and crafts. Stay for the chair massages, entertainment and kids’ activities. Remember the Farmers Market now accepts EBT and Debit cards too.
Six vie for School Board
On the November ballot voters in the Wayne-Westland Community School District will elect four school board members. There will be three six-year terms and one two-year partial term on the ballot.
Incumbents Shawna Walker and Carol Middel are seeking re-election to fill the six-year terms as are Tom Froreich of Westland and Melandie Hines of Westland.
Charles “Trav” Griffin who was appointed to the board in 2012 and Adam Salam Adamski of Wayne (formerly Mario Fundarski) are seeking the partial term that expires in Dec. 2016. Adamski also ran for Wayne County Executive in the August primary.
World Hoop Day
For the second year World Hoop Day will come to Wayne on Oct. 5 at Goudy Park. This is a day of performances and classes for anyone interested in hula hooping.
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.
back to downtown
The Wayne Ripple Effect will host Scarecrow decorating again this fall on the light poles in downtown Wayne. Residents, businesses and community organizations are welcome to purchase the frames at the Wayne Farmers Market and decorate a scarecrow.
For more information on the scarecrow-decorating project, please visit www.downtownwayne.org.
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.
James fills council seat
David James was selected to fill the vacancy on the Wayne City Council. He was appointed in a 6-1 vote to fill the seat left vacant when Jim Henley resigned in July. Councilwoman Susan Rowe voted no.
James has served on the Wayne-Westland Community School board, Westland City Council and Wayne Planning Commission. He is also a real estate agent.
James will serve until the next election in November 2015. At that time voters will choose someone to fill the rest of the term, which expires in 2017.
Kelly Miller Circus
Come clown around at the Kelly Miller Circus. They will present two shows on August 9 at 2 and 5 p.m. at Attwood Park. Don’t miss the raising of the Big Top with elephant power at 9 a.m. on Aug. 9. This event is free to the public. Tickets for the circus will be available at the Wayne Community Center, Mark Chevrolet, Professional Insurance and the Wayne-Westland Federal Credit Union. For more information, please call 734-721-7400.
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.
Mark Chevrolet Grand
Join the staff of Mark Chevrolet, 33200 Michigan Avenue, from 2-7 p.m. on Aug. 14 for their Grand Re-Opening. They have spent the past few month completely renovating the interior and exterior of the existing building including enclosing the canopy on the west side of the building that is used for service write ups.
They have also added a vehicle plaza on the east side of the building to display vehicles. The former site of Beehive Restaurant is now a customer parking lot.
The festivities include free food and drink and a raffle for a 32″ TV! Stop by and see what’s new.
Alumni baseball game
The 2nd Annual WMHS Baseball Reunion Game will be at 1:10 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the Flats at Wayne Memorial High School. The game will feature former WMHS baseball players. It is also a charity event and proceeds will go to the Wayne Goodfellows and the current WMHS baseball team. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.