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Warm up your winter with laughter!

Warm up your winter with laughter!
Grosse Pointe Theatre presents Relatively Speaking, the hilarious comedy by popular British playwright Alan Ayckbourn

Grosse Pointe Theatre presents Relatively Speaking, a witty, charming and beautifully constructed comedy of manners and mistaken identities from one of England’s most popular playwrights, Alan Ayckbourn,

The show opens with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, January 16 in the Fries Auditorium of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road , Grosse Pointe Farms. Relatively Speaking continues with shows on January 20, 21 and 22 at 8:00 p.m., January 23 at 2:00 p.m., and January 26, 27, 28 and 29 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $18. Group rates are available. Call 313-881-4004 for tickets or visit the Grosse Pointe Theatre website at for more information.

British playwright Alan Ayckbourn considers Relatively Speaking the best play he has written. The farcical plot involves Greg, a young man, who plans to marry Ginny.  Greg visits, unexpectedly, the country home of a middle-aged couple, Sheila and Phillip, whom he believes to be Ginny’s parents. Then Ginny shows up. Hilarious events ensue as characters grapple with a tangled web of mistaken identity and misinterpretation. Only the audience knows the real story! It’s a classic farce, played out as only Alan Ayckbourn can do!

The role of Sheila is played by Delores Basile of Grosse Pointe Woods. Philip is played by Nick Szczerba of (Woodhaven), Greg is played by Matt Raya of (Sterling Hts), and Ginny is played by Annie Kordas of (Grosse Pointe Farms).

Relatively Speaking is directed by Barbara Bentley of Grosse Pointe and assisted by Mike Trudel of Grosse Pointe Park.  Lyndsey Briggs, of Grosse Pointe Woods, is the producer.
Stage Manager: Mickie Pizzimenti (Warren)
Technical Directors: Bob Brown (Windsor) and Don Adzigian (Grosse Pointe Woods)
Set Designer: Barbara Bentley
Set Dressing: Ruth Ellen Mayhall (Grosse Pointe Woods)
Properties: Francesca Catalfio (Grosse Pointe Farms
Costumes: Marie Delong (St. Clair Shores)
Lighting: Eric Leszczynski (Grosse Pointe Woods)
Sound: Bill Tuthill (Grosse Pointe)
Makeup: Arlene Marie Schoenherr (St. Clair Shores)

Grosse Pointe Theatre’s 63rd Season continues:

Following Relatively Speaking, Grosse Pointe Theatre presents The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, through its Purdon Studio Theatre program, Feb 18-20 and 26-27, 2011 at the  Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Activity Building , 1100 Lakeshore Road , Grosse Pointe Shores. The next main stage production (at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial) is Dixie Swim Club By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, March 6, 10-13, 16-19, 2011, followed by The Scarlet Pimpernel, based on the works by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, book and lyrics by Nan Knighton, May 8, 12-15, 18-21, 2011.  Grosse Pointe Theatre’s Youth on Stage will produce a children’s version of the musical Annie, 9th and 10th of April, 2011.

For more information about Grosse Pointe Theatre, please visit the website at or phone 313-881-4004. (end)

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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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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!


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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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Join us for MIX: Marketing Idea Exchange

Facebook places…Foursquare…Yelp checkins….geographically-targeted marketing is increasingly important to online marketing efforts. Come and spend an hour learning more about what this means to the ‘findability’ of 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!

September’s topic: “Where are you?” How location and find-ability are essential to marketing your business.

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 September 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

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