Peace and veterans memorial updates
The Peace Memorial in the courtyard outside the library will be restored.
The Wayne Downtown Development Authority recently approved $8900 for the restoration of the fountain base. There will be no restoration of the fountain water feature itself. The cost to restore the pumps underground would be astronomical. A crew will be putting an exterior finish on the cement that is left on the fountain base in addition to the lip along the top. It is hoped this will be done this fall.
$24,474 is in a fund for a Veteran’s Memorial that will be located next to City Hall. UAW Local 845 which is moving from Canton into the former Wild Bill’s party store location on Wayne Rd has a veteran’s memorial in Canton. There could possibly be a collaboration between UAW Local 845 to bring that memorial to Wayne.
New restaurant and bar coming to Wayne
The vacant building on Wayne Rd formerly known as Jake’s Way Sports Bar and Grill has been sold. The new owner plans to make it a restaurant and bar. A new façade on the outside of the building is also being planned along with significant investments on the interior.
HYPE/fit builds speed and agility
If you want to invest and help build the future of your child’s performance in competitive sports, register for HYPE/fit at HYPE Athletics Center of Western Wayne, 4635 Howe Rd. Training includes speed training, speed mechanics, form running, core training, endurance building, strength, agility, flexibility and balance. The co-ed class for ages 7 and older will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays monthly. The first session will be September 3-26 from 7:15-8:30 p.m. 4-week sessions are $65. Call HYPE for more information (734) 721-7400.
Customize your backpack
Just in time for school, you can make a designer charm for your backpack with decorative beads, colorful string, and other materials that will be provided on Saturday, September 7, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the Wayne Public Library (3737 S. Wayne Rd). You do not have to bring your backpack as your charm will be on a clip. There will be music and snacks to welcome the new school year. Bring a friend or make a new one! Caregivers are asked to stay with any child under age 10. All school age kids are welcome!
St. Mary’s Catholic Church will be holding a Blue Mass on Sunday, September 8, at 11:30 a.m. Members of the police, fire and EMS departments from Wayne, Westland and Inkster are invited to the mass which will honor all first responders. The Notre Dame Council of the Knights of Columbus will be hosting a light reception after mass. The Wayne Historical Museum will be setting up a pop-up museum.
The faygo book
The Faygo Book is the story of a pop, a people, and a place. Author Joe Grimm will share stories that will tickle the taste buds and memories of Detroiters and Faygo lovers everywhere. Learn how a family forged a bond of more than 100 years with a city and its residents and became the last company standing in Detroit’s “pop alley.” The Faygo Book is a Michigan Notable Book for 2019. There might be a “pop” quiz, and there will definitely be Faygo to sample! Join the author at the Wayne Public Library on Tuesday, September 10, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sears catalog kit homes
The Wayne Historical society will present the program “Sears Catalog Kit Homes” on Thursday, September 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the Wayne Historical Museum, 1 Towne Square. Guest speakers and Kit House aficionados Andrew and Wendy Mutch will show all the ins and outs of Sears Roebuck catalog houses. For many years around the turn of the century you could order an entire house from Sears, and it would be delivered on a railcar for you to build. Many homes in Michigan towns are kit houses or based on similar plans. Come to the presentation to learn more.
The 10th Annual Veteran’s Summit will be held Wednesday, September 18, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., at Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Rd. in Livonia. This event is FREE to all military veterans, friends, family and caregivers. Register at www.CantonFoundation.org or call Beth at (734) 495-1200.
Police community meeting
The next police community meeting will be Thursday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m., at Wayne City Hall. Learn what is happening in Wayne and get your questions answered.
Class of 1979 40-year reunion
The Wayne Memorial High School Class of 1979 40-year reunion will be held on Saturday, September 28, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.wmhsclassof79 or call Terence Duncan at (313) 205-7933.
Toast Wayne returns in new location
Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 3, as Wayne Main Street will be hosting their annual fundraising event Toast Wayne. This year’s event will take place at an exciting new location, the former site of St. Mary’s School (34530 W. Michigan Avenue, Wayne MI 48184) next to St. Mary’s Church in downtown Wayne.
Toast Wayne is a strolling, evening event that features live music, a complimentary bar, a curated silent auction and unique appetizer stations sponsored by Wayne-area restaurants. Guests have the opportunity to sample numerous food offerings and bid on amazing silent auction packages all for a great cause!
Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for $35 each or 4 tickets for $100. To purchase tickets, visit www.downtownwayne.org or call WMS at 734-629-6822.
This event is Wayne Main Street’s signature fundraiser and enables the organization to continue its mission of building a revitalized and vibrant downtown Wayne. We hope to see you at Toast Wayne this year!
Downtown Wayne Scarecrow Show
The scarecrows will be back in town.
School is in, nights are shorter and that means scarecrows are back! Every year residents, downtown businesses and community groups get together to create scarecrows that are displayed around Downtown Wayne.
During the month of October, Wayne Main Street hosts a Facebook voting contest, in-person contest (October 16) and a Judges’ Choice Award. Get the most votes online, in-person, or be crowned the Judges’ Choice winner and you will receive a $100 cash prize!
Here are the important dates for this year’s contest:
Now – September 21 Register to participate. Go to www.downtownwayne.org or call Wayne Main Street at 734-629-6822 to sign up. If you already have a scarecrow frame, registration is $15; registration is $20 if you need a frame.
September 29 Drop off your scarecrow at the Wayne Historical Museum. Wayne Main Street volunteers will install your scarecrow in Downtown Wayne for the month of October. If you would like to drop off your scarecrow early, please call the WMS offices at 734-629-6822 to make an appointment.
October 1 – October 16 Facebook voting takes place.
October 16 The Scarecrow Reception will take place from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in Derby’s Alley. Participants can cast their vote for the in-person contest. Facebook, in-person, and Judges’ Choice winners will be announced at 7:00 p.m. Cider and donuts will be served.
Credit union giving back with blood drive
Wayne Westland Federal Credit Union (WWFCU) is hosting a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Friday, September 13. For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call (734) 721-5700 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive. Type in zip code 48186 and search by the date of the drive.
“Hosting a blood drive ties in with WWFCU’s core values of giving back to the community,” said WWFCU CEO Thelma Dasho. “With a simple blood donation, we can help save the life of someone who could be a coworker, loved one or neighbor.” Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross.
“The short amount of time it takes to donate can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical condition. We urge all eligible donors to join us in the selfless act of giving blood.” Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. According to the Red Cross, type O negative is the universal blood type that can be safely given to anyone and is often used to treat trauma patients.
Teen book club
The Teen Book Club at the Wayne Public Library will be meeting Tuesday, September 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m. The book will be “Every Heart a Doorway” by Seanan McGuire.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
This book is a winner of the 2017 Hugo Award, the 2017 Alex Aware, the 2017 Locus Award and the 2016 Nebula Award. For more information about the Teen Book Club, please call the library (734) 721-7832
Book club for 4th, 5th and 6th graders
The Wayne Public Library hosts a Book Club for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The next meeting will be Thursday, September 26, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Read “The True Story of Red Riding Hood” by Liesl Shirtiff and then come for the hour-long discussion and treats. Registration is required. Call (734) 721-7832 Ext. 623 or stop by the Youth Reference desk.
Pumpkin spice and everything nice
Teens! Are you a pumpkin spice lover? Then join the team at the Wayne Public Library as they help you make a few pumpkin spice snacks of your own! The recipes don’t require any baking, and you will be supplied with recipe cards if you want to make the treats again at home.
You will need to bring a microwave-safe coffee mug; everything else will be supplied. Must be age 12 or a teenager for this program. No sign-up required for this event on Wednesday, October 16, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.