Archive for October, 2010

Robert Evans, Ed.D. to Speak at a Free Parenting Workshop at Grosse Pointe Academy

There is no harder job than being a parent. As the pace of life accelerates, as media influences intensify, and as the future grows less predictable, parents and teachers find it harder to know how to raise competent, caring children, how to resist negative influences in the surrounding culture, and how to help foster strength and resilience.

Robert Evans, Ed.D., this year’s Grosse Pointe Academy McMillan Lecturer, will outline these dilemmas and offer concrete suggestions for successful coping both at home and at school. The lecture is free to the public and will be held on Wednesday, November 10 at 7 p.m. in the Tracy Fieldhouse, 171 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms.

A clinical and organizational psychologist and the Executive Director of The Human Relations Service in Wellesley, MA, Dr. Evans has worked with schools and families around the country for thirty-five years. His presentations are known for their lively wit and plain talk. He is the author of many articles and three books, including Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with the Crisis in Childrearing.

There will be a question-and-answer session and book signing following the presentation. Refreshments will be served. For more information, download a flyer or call 313-886-1221.

The William Charles McMillan III Lecture Series is a gift from Thayer and Gioconda McMillan given in memory of William in the interest of emphasizing the importance of elementary education.



Girls’ Night Out,” an evening of health information, pampering and

fun hosted by Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, in partnership with

Spirit of Women.

Thursday, Oct. 21, 6 to 9 p.m.

Beaumont Bon Brae Center

22300 Bon Brae (at Jefferson Avenue, between 10 and 11 Mile)

St. Clair Shores

Free. But registration is required as seating is limited. To register, call Beaumont Physician Referral toll-free at 1-800-633-7377.

Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, in partnership with Spirit of Women, is hosting a free Girls’ Night Out. Women are invited to bring a friend to indulge in an evening of health information, pampering and fun.

Girls’ Night Out will be held on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Beaumont Bon Brae Center, 22300 Bon Brae (at Jefferson Avenue, between 10 and 11 Mile), St. Clair Shores. The event is free, but registration is required as seating is limited. To register, call Beaumont Physician Referral toll-free at 1-800-633-7377.

“The evening is specifically designed to offer women valuable information about breast health, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism prevention and healthy sleep,” says Donna Hoban, M.D., physician in chief, Beaumont, Grosse Pointe. “It’s a wonderful way for women to step away with a friend, have fun and learn how to take better care of themselves.”

Beaumont Hospitals will offer blood pressure and body mass index screenings; information on diabetes, integrative therapy, family medicine, community health education and Sharing and Caring, Beaumont’s breast cancer volunteer support network. Participants will have an opportunity to make appointments for mammography and heart and vascular screening (7 tests for $70), Beaumont, executive chef, Dan Kellogg will present “Cooking with Chocolate” demonstrations.  In addition to health education, women can shop local boutiques, indulge in chocolate and wine tasting, and participate in Zumba dancing, bra fittings, make-overs and massages.

Shopping opportunities will include Estee Lauder, Chocolate Bar Café, Dawood, Comfortably Yours, La Jolie Rose and Hannah Bear Boutique, Cavanaugh’s, Hydrangea, Dé Jà Vu, Spilada, The Barkery, Skye Salon, Dove Chocolate, The League Shop, Village Palm, Distinctively, Fashion Cents, Studio 5 Salon, Celestial Corners, Circare Home Decor and Heavenly Hands. Prizes will be raffled throughout the night including several from Girly Girl Salon.

This is the first in a series of community events hosted by Beaumont, Grosse Pointe in partnership with Spirit of Women. Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women’s lives with innovative health and community programs.  Spirit of Women Hospitals touch the lives of millions of women each year through the presentation of educational events, consumer membership programs, annual conferences, marketing communications and grassroots efforts to improve the health and well-being of women everywhere.  Spirit of Women enables participating hospitals to focus on community needs while providing the strength of national support. For more information about Spirit of Women, or to become a member, visit

Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe is a 289-bed hospital located in the heart of Grosse Pointe. Opened in 1945 by the Sisters of Bon Secours, it was purchased by Beaumont Hospitals in October 2007, making Beaumont a three-hospital regional health care provider. Beaumont, Grosse Pointe provides medical, surgical, emergency, obstetric, pediatric and critical care services. Visit Beaumont’s Web site at

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Wildwood Environmental Academy Receives Highest State Designation Possible

[Read the full story at our website] Wildwood Environmental Academy has been designated an “Excellent” school on the Ohio State School Report Cards – the highest state designation possible. As Bill Coats has said – it takes only one example of getting it done to prove that it can be done. Leona Schools have many shining examples – and Wildwood’s recent designation is further proof.

School leader Elizabeth Lewin, the Wildwood staff and students have a lot to be proud of. Now serving grades K-12 on two campuses, the school has grown and become a cornerstone for environmental education in the Toledo area. The hands-on approach and personal, one-on-one attention provided to students make Wildwood a “second home” to nearly 300 students.

Wildwood is a public community school of choice and accepts all students. Every child can and will learn – we know this. But how they learn and what we teach them is our task at hand. Wildwood does this very well.

“Wildwood does very well challenging the students to reach their fullest potential – academically and socially.”
~ Wildwood parent

“The success at WEA is a result of the continuous effort to understand and meet the needs of each student individually while teaching, modeling and encouraging integrity.”
~ David Benner, teacher

Congratulations to Elizabeth Lewin, school leader, and the staff and students of Wildwood – Excellent, indeed!

Join us for MIX–Marketing Idea Exchange

While we don’t recommend that you text while driving, more and more businesses are finding that texting while marketing is a very cost effective means of communicating with their stakeholders. What do you think? Come and spend an hour learning more about what this means to your business!

Join us for a lunch-and-learn event where we will network, share best practices, and explore the shifting landscape of marketing in the Web 2.0 world. Come and bring your best ideas and learn something new from other small business owners, marketing professionals, and more!

October’s topic: Text-Message Marketing

Regardless of your level of knowledge, you’re sure to have a great time!

Business owners, marketers, or others will enjoy a good meal and great conversation–anyone is welcome, please share our flyer and invite your friends. It will be the most productive lunch hour you’ll spend all month!

Please RSVP by October 13 to 313-410-2343 or email

12 noon – 1 pm
City Kitchen
16844 Kercheval Avenue
Grosse Pointe
$20 plus tip  (cash or check)
includes your meal and materials

See ‘Waiting for Superman’ FREE this weekend!

You might have seen this new movie featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, heard about it on NBC News and read about it in all of the newspapers, since it just opened in New York and Los Angeles.

From the award-winning director of “An Inconvenient Truth” Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes,” methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.

You can see this movie for FREE during it’s Michigan premier this weekend!!

All you need to do is click here to indicate your support for education reform efforts and we’ll send you a FREE TICKET coupon to see “Waiting for ‘Superman'” at the Main Art Theater in Royal Oak anytime this weekend.

Main Art Theater
118 N. Main
Royal Oak, MI 48067


  • Friday, October 8
  • Saturday, October 9
  • Sunday, October 10
    • 1:00 pm
    • 4:00 pm
    • 7:00 pm
    • 9:40 pm
CLICK HERE to get your FREE ticket coupon to see this movie!!

Join other Michigan citizens who support changes to help all students achieve, and go see this powerful movie! Please forward this e-mail (link below) to family and friends, and keep speaking up for kids!


Dan Quisenberry                                         Harrison Blackmond
President                                                    Executive Director
MAPSA                                                       Progressives for Quality Public Schools
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WRCJ brings the music to the lake for Tuesday broadcast at War Memorial

By Jennifer Griffin from Grosse Pointe

Detroit’s classical and jazz public radio station, 90.9 WRCJ, will be broadcasting live from the Fries Ballroom at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Dr., on Tuesday (Oct. 5) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the War Memorial and Ray Laethem Buick GMC, the event will include a number of performances by Grosse Pointe musicians and artists, including a performance by members of the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra at 9 a.m.

Representatives from area arts, educational and civic organizations will be there with activities and goodies. Partner organizations such as Christ Church Grosse Pointe, Detroit Concert Choir, Dirty Dog Jazz Café and the Grosse Pointe Chamber Music Society will be set up with booths to share their missions with the visitors.

On-air personalities Dave Wagner and Chris Felcyn will also be there during the day broadcasting, interviewing the organizations and getting to know the visitors.

Roger Hull, the manager of major donors for the radio station, said this is the first time WRCJ has collaborated with and broadcast at the War Memorial.

Hull also said that he will be attending and is look forward to a number of things that day.

“As a native Grosse Pointer, I am very excited about connecting WRCJ on a personal level with its listeners in the community,” he said. “We have very strong ratings in Grosse Pointe and this is our way of saying thanks while raising classical and jazz music, arts and culture in the Grosse Pointe area.”

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