The Wayne Public Library youth summer reading program is happening now. The theme this year for youth is “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” Visit the youth desk before July 5 to register. Youth can win prizes just for reading their favorite books. There will be special events including Flying Aces Pro Frisbee Team (July 15), Summer Olympics-Library Style (July 19) and Shake, Rattle and Roll: an Interactive Concert (July 26). Contact the library at (734) 721-7832 for more information. There is also a reading program for teens, “Get in the Game: Read.” For every 100 pages a teen reads, they are entered for a chance to win Amazon gift cards and a Kindle Fire.
Wayne Farmers Market
Visit the Wayne Farmers Market on Wednesdays through October. The market is open 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and averages about 20 vendors. Special events are coming up this month. July 20 is Kids Game Day. Jimmy’s Party Rental will be providing a children’s activity each week. Come to Goudy Park and support the farmers market.
Wayne County Parks presents Mud Day on Tuesday, July 12, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Hines Park, Nankin Mills Area. Mud Day is for kids ages 12 and younger. Games and relays are planned. Kids should wear old clothes and shoes or a bathing suit. Plastic bags will be provided for muddy clothes. You should bring a towel to dry off with. There will be a crowning of King and Queen of Mud at this free event. The Western Wayne Hazmat Team will be on hand to hose off the muddy kids at the end of the event. For more information, call (734) 261-1990.
There will be free blood pressure screening, cholesterol screening and glucose (diabetes) screening on Wednesday, July 13, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at HYPE Recreation Center (4635 Howe Rd). No fasting is required nor is an appointment. You must be 18 years or older. This event is courtesy of Community Health-Beaumont.
Children in grades K-5 are invited to attend Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church in Wayne (3 Town Square across from the post office) from Sunday, July 17, to Thursday, July 21, at 6:00-8:00 p.m. each day. The theme this year is Surf Shack. For more information, call the church office 9:00 a.m.-Noon Monday through Thursday at (734) 721-4801.
The Distinguished Young Women (DYW) Wayne Westland Alumni Reunion fundraising event will be Saturday, July 16, 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the home of Wayne residents Pat and Dennis Hermatz, 37955 Glenwood. DYW Wayne Westland is celebrating 50 years of giving scholarships to local girls. Everyone is welcome to attend — judges, volunteers, city officials, past participants, people from other local programs and anyone who is interested in learning more and supporting the scholarship program. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for students, free for children under 5 and will include a catered meal, beverages, outdoor activities and more. Tickets can be purchased by going to the website: https://www.tilt.com/tilts/the-distinguished-young-woman-scholorship-program DYW (formerly Junior Miss) is a program open to local high school juniors that combines the chance to win college scholarships with a focus on life skills training to prepare young women for the world after high school. Locally, over $500,000 in scholarships have been awarded.
Join the Wayne Sometimes Travelers as they take a bus trip to Howell, Michigan on Thursday, July 28. Travelers will visit Livingston Antique Outlet where over 200 of the finest dealers from Michigan sell their wares. There will be lunch at the family-owned Diamonds Steak and Seafood restaurant where you will have a choice of either filet mignon tips, grilled salmon or teriyaki chicken. Tour the Howell Opera House.
The Opera House was built in 1881 and has recently had the first floor restored. There will be shopping time in downtown Howell before heading back home. Cost is $61. For reservations and information, contact the Wayne Senior Services office at (734) 721-7460.
Join Wayne Main Street as they present the 2nd annual Jazz at The Avenue fundraiser on Wednesday, July 27, at 6:00 p.m. The event will be at The Avenue American Bistro located at 3632 Elizabeth Street. Drink and dine on the outdoor patio while listening to a live jazz trio. You will also be able to sample craft beers and Michigan wines. This event helps Wayne Main Street further their efforts to revitalize downtown Wayne. Tickets are $50 each or two for $80 and are available for purchase at the Wayne Historical Museum during museum hours. Tickets are limited.
This year’s sponsors include The Wayne Dispatch, STEP Tried and True Thrift Store, Mark Chevrolet, American Jetway Corp., CLS Holding Company, Lower Huron Supply Co. and more.
The Friends of the Wayne Public Library and the Wayne Historical Society invite you to an old-fashioned ice cream social on Saturday, July 30, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Wayne Public Library. There will be free ice cream along with games and activities.
The Cooking Matters Extra for Diabetes workshop is a 6-week commitment of fun, interactive sessions presented by trained culinary and nutrition instructors. Hands-on presentations demonstrate the link between nutrition and health, the affordability of healthy eating, healthy meal planning, and cooking tips. Free groceries and cookbooks are included to practice new skills at home. The workshop is appropriate for people who are newly diagnosed as well as those who have been living with Type 2 diabetes for years, and those with prediabetes.
The workshop is free of charge and will be held Wednesdays from August 3 until September 7. They will be from Noon until 2:00 p.m. and will be held at HYPE Recreation Center (4635 Howe Rd). Visit oakwood.org/diabetes or call 1-800-543-9355 to register.
Spend the day at Amish Acres Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, August 6. This is a bus tour presented by the Wayne Sometimes Travelers. Once the bus arrives at the festival, you can enjoy the day at your leisure. A lunch voucher is included for a festival sandwich buffet at the Barn Loft Grill or a sandwich basket at designated Amish Acres food locations on the festival grounds.
The 54th annual Arts and Crafts Festival features classic and contemporary crafts made by a variety of artisans from around the nation.
Amish Acres, the site of the festival, is America’s only old order Amish farm listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Cost of the trip is $70. For reservations and information, contact the Wayne Senior Services office at (734) 721-7460.
This wonderful program was started in 1998 to help a Wayne resident whose home was in need of some ‘tender loving care’. Volunteers continue to help residents improve the curb appeal of a home based on the homeowners’ inability to handle the work themselves, due to either financial or health constraints. The FRIENDS committee coordinates with willing volunteers to complete whatever project is needed. If you would like to nominate yourself or a neighbor for help, donate or volunteer; please call the Community Development department at (734) 419-0118. Homes must be owner occupied. This program is free to the homeowner and is completely funded through donations and volunteers. This is a ‘feel good’ project which will take place on Saturday, August 10th (rain date is August 17th). Donations are greatly appreciated.
Experience the excitement of the Windy City as you explore a behind-the-scenes look at Chicago. This 3 day/2 night trip with the Wayne Sometimes Travelers includes a downtown river cruise architectural tour, a guided tour of lifestyles of Chicago’s celebrities, free time for shopping and sightseeing, dinner at Marchello’s Restaurant, the Gold Coast Historic District, the Mansion of the Gilded Age and a tour of the Chicago Theater. Cost is $497 per person, double occupancy. Contact the Wayne Senior Services office (734) 721-7460 for more information.
On Friday, August 19, you are invited to celebrate the one-year anniversary of HYPE in Wayne with an anniversary dinner. Tickets are $30. There will also be a Family Fun Day on Sunday, August 21, where the community can visit the center, swim, play basketball, enjoy games and bouncers along with free popcorn and hot dogs.
Rouge-a-Palooza, normally held in October, will not be held this year. This event has been run entirely by volunteers. Hopefully, the event will return in 2017.
Monday-Friday (4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) and Saturday (Noon-4:00 p.m.) boxing instruction for all ages, 8-80, is available at the Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center (32150 Dorsey Rd in Westland). There is no fee to participate. For more information, contact Coach Erskine Wade (313) 425-1999.
The Wayne Commission on Aging is asking for help in nominating someone who is 70 years of age or older and continues to volunteer throughout the community. Nomination forms are available at HYPE, City Hall and the library.