News Briefs – September 2015
The Beer Tasting event was held August 21 with 60 tickets sold. Liberty Street Brewing Company provided the beer and a presentation. Toarmina’s Pizza donated pizza. The Friends of the Wayne Public Library would like to thank everyone who helped make this event a success.
The First United Methodist Church of Wayne-Westland, 3 Town Square, is presenting a special Children’s Sabbath during the worship time on Sunday, September 13, at 10:00 a.m. The purpose of a Children’s Sabbath is to highlight issues that today’s children (along with their families) face, particularly in our community.
The special guest speaker that day will be Ms. Mary Browe, Director of the Dyer Senior Center program through Wayne-Westland Community Schools. Mary is a grandparent and has also raised a grandchild. In our community, many families find themselves in this challenging situation due to a variety of difficult circumstances. We hope to begin a grandparent support group as a follow up to the service to lend our support to families. Find out even more at coffee hour following the worship service. Children will be able to make a special prayer bead bracelet right after the service. Any questions, please call the church office at 734-721-4801.
It’s that time of year again! The Friends of the Wayne Public Library will be holding their annual book sale during regular library hours starting September 29, and running until the 3rd of October. It has been a good year for collecting used books, so expect a huge selection. In addition to boxes and boxes of adult fiction and nonfiction, there will also be plenty of books for kids and teens. So feel free to drop by September 29-October 3 and stock up on some used books. All proceeds go to support the Friends of the Wayne Public Library.
The Wayne Public Library has a new addition in the Teen area. A courtesy charging station has been provided by Professional Insurance Associates for library patrons’ convenience. It has adapters that will fit just about any device. You will need to keep an eye on anything you are charging. The library will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.
On Saturday, October 3, Beaumont Hospital-Wayne will host its 25th anniversary Red October Run, with featured events including a 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk and 1 mile Jr. October for kids 12 and under.
This fun and fit tradition caters to participants from under eight to over eighty years of age; from the first time runner or walker to the very fast. (Past participants include Olympic and national record holding athletes, youngsters completing their first mile run, men and women over eighty years of age completing the 10K run and even our state’s fit-minded former governor.)
Perks and festivities include sharp shirts and finish line medals for 10K/5K participants, awards in running and walking events, outstanding refreshments, a bountiful prize drawing, healthy displays and an art activity for kids.
For information or to register visit oakwood.org/redoctoberrun or call 313-586-5486.
The youth of Wayne are taking pride in their community and spearheaded the clean-up of downtown Wayne after the US12 Cruise in July. The day after the cruise, they were out with 25-30 volunteers they had rounded up to clean up the trash that had been left by cruisers. The Executive Board of Jr. Main Street-Michael Lilley (President), Haley Scott (Vice President), Matthew Gruza (Treasurer) and Paige Gruza (Secretary) appeared at a city council meeting in August to inform the council of their success and to encourage other youth to help in the community.
The Wayne Westland Fire Association will be taking delivery of a 2015 Taylor Made GM Type III Ambulance/Rescue vehicle in September. It will be located at WWFA Station #5 on Wayne Rd. in Wayne and used by the firemen working at that station.
Darlene Hawley and the Wayne Historical Society will be presenting “The Beginnings of Wayne” at the Wayne Historical Museum on Thursday, September 10th, at 7:30 p.m.
The Wayne Historical Society will be hosting a Cemetery Walk on Sunday, October 4 from 1-3 p.m. at the Glenwood Cemetery, 33510 Glenwood Street, Wayne. Come learn about the pioneers of Wayne.
Get ready to race a paper boat, a duck or both! Saturday, October 10 is Rouge-a-Palooza at Goudy Park. You can bring a homemade paper boat or you can build one at the Wayne Rotary table that day. Your boat will then be entered in the race down the Rouge River held in the late afternoon. You can also buy a “duck” chance at the table hosted by Wayne Main Street. Pick a rubber duck to represent you as it races down the Rouge River after the boat races. Other activities during Rouge-a-Palooza include educational stations, music, a kayak raffle, kids’ crafts and food. Mark the date on your calendar to enjoy a day out in nature.
Mat Mulholland will be speaking about his family’s department store that stood in downtown Wayne. The presentation will be at the Wayne Public Library on Wednesday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Wayne Historical Society and Friends of the Wayne Public Library.
Healthy Wayne Kick-off
The Oakwood Healthy Communities program will be kicking off its Healthy Wayne initiative on Thursday, September 24, with breakfast at 8 a.m. and the kick-off at 8:30 a.m. Representatives of Oakwood want Wayne residents to be engaged in this initiative and have it be resident-driven. The Oakwood Healthy Communities program is a multi-year initiative designed to address priority health needs, especially obesity, diabetes, access to health care and heart health. Please come to the HYPE Athletics (formerly known as the Wayne Rec Center) to learn more and provide feedback.
The program, “FRIENDS, People Helping People” was started in 1998 to help a Wayne resident whose home was in need of some “tender loving care”. Homes are usually chosen based on the homeowner’s inability to handle the work themselves, due to either financial or health reasons. FRIENDS will pair up the selected home with a group of willing volunteers to complete the work. This year’s scheduled date is Saturday, September 12. If you would like to nominate a home, donate to the program, sign up to volunteer or would like further information, please call the Wayne Community Development Office at 734-419-0118.
The City Hall project is slated to be complete by October 1 with City Hall services moving back the week of October 5. The roof is complete. They are now focused on the inside of the building. The rain delays in early summer slowed the project significantly.
Upcoming events at the Farmer’s Market: September 16 is a Fall Food Drive. Please bring non-perishables to donate and be entered into an awesome raffle. September 30 is Fall Fitness Day. Come for fitness tips, demos, and the special bike blender smoothies. There will be even more autumn-themed events in October.
The Wayne Farmer’s Market is every Wednesday! You can find Michigan-made and Michigan-grown products, homemade soap, candles, garden art, and more! The market is held at Goudy Park where there is a full playground and access to the walking path along the Rouge River! Musicians of all kinds will perform during market hours 3-7 p.m. every Wednesday.
Parking is available in the lot behind the Courthouse off Second Street, in the Wayne Activity & Banquet lot at 35000 Sims Avenue, and across Sims behind the Michigan Avenue shops. For more information on the Farmer’s Market or if you’d like to perform at the market, please contact Olivia at 313.510.7061 or email@example.com.
Wayne Rotary is hosting a bus trip to Greektown Casino in Detroit on Saturday, September 12. The bus will leave at 2 p.m. and return to Wayne by 9 p.m. Cost is $30, but you get $25 back in casino credits. You must be 21 (I.D. required) to participate. If you want to sign up or have any questions, please call Trish Hampton 734-890-6934.
The Wayne Historical Museum is re-opening to the public on Wednesday, September 2nd, and needs your help! Are you looking for a way to give back to the community?
The following positions are available for two shifts (Wednesdays 12-3 p.m. and Thursdays 4-7 p.m.) :
GREETER – This person will welcome guests as they walk into the building. They may also have to answer the phone and take messages. This person will need to know basic history of the building and where everything is located (displays, restrooms, wheelchair lift, exits etc.). The greeter will feel comfortable talking with guests and helping them feel welcome in the Museum.
RESEARCH/ARCHIVIST – The important reason to have the Museum is to house artifacts and the written history of Wayne. This person should be knowledgeable about the Museum’s Records and show care in their handling. They could be recording and organizing donated artifacts and/or written historical information donated to the museum and helping answer requests for historical information on the People, Businesses, Buildings, Churches, Schools, Roads, Farms, Industry, etc. from Wayne’s past.
TOUR GUIDE – This job requires a general knowledge of the City of Wayne and its neighboring cities and their history. An enthusiasm for history is required. This person should be comfortable talking to groups of people of all ages and backgrounds. This person should be very willing to learn about many areas of Wayne’s history.
If you would like to volunteer, you can go to the website downtownwayne.org/2015/8/21/museum/ and complete the form indicating your interest or you can call the museum at 722-0113.