Friday, April 1, 2011

Turning Point strives to end sexual violence

Turning Point has a proud history of battling at the front lines, hoping to stop the tragedy of domestic and sexual violence, so it's no surprise it is leading a charge in April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

In its monthly newsletter, readers were offered an example of how Turning Point's Prevention Education Program in high schools has empowered youth and is helping them to find their voice when they find themselves a bystander to violence.

After a presentation at her school by Turning Point, a student trusted the staff enough to share her own concerns about a situation at home. "She reported that she and her mother were living in fear of her father and that all of their actions were being monitored by him, isolating her from any possibility of support. She had witnessed the verbal and physical violence of her mother and was concerned for her mother's safety."

The daughter and the mother were then connected to the services provided through the school and onsite counseling Turning Point provides to youth in crisis.
She is one of the 7,000 young women who Turning Point provided prevention services to last year.

"The program gives students the tools to break the silence around these difficult issues," said Claudine Goeddeke, Turning Point Prevention program director. "We teach students that harassment and abuse are preventable and we all have a role to play in ending abuse."
"They gave me the confidence to speak up when I see someone disrespecting a female," said one student who attended the program.

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month,Turning Point presents the following April programs and events:

"Rape is..."
A documentary video/discussion facilitated by Turning Point, April 7, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Macomb Community College Center Campus, Building P (room 129).
Ladies Night Out
Event at Ray Wiegand's Nursery, April 8, 7-9 p.m. Nursery is at 47747 Romeo Plank Road in Macomb Township.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training
Beginning April 11, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., cost $500. For more information, visit Turning Point Events
"Killing Us Softly"
A video/discussion facilitated by Turning Point, April 13, 10-11:30 a.m., Macomb Community College South Campus, Room J 340 (library).
Speakers panel facilitated by Turning Point, April 27, 10-11:15 a.m., Macomb Community College South Campus, Building K, Room 316.
Take Back the Night
Unite your friends or organize your co-workers and march in a annual rally that signifies unity and support for survivors of sexual assault, April 28, 6-9 p.m. March begins at the Roseville Recreation Center, 18185 Sycamore (North of I-696, East of Gratiot, near Costco). Suitable for teens and up, childcare provided for children ages 3-up.
For more information, visit Turning Point

Things are hopping this weekend. Check out this list of events going on in and around Metro Detroit:

Among the family-friendly movies opening this weekend is Universal Pictures' "Hop." It is the story of E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand), the teenage son of the Easter Bunny, who, on the eve of taking over the family business, leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer and encounters Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals, who accidently hits E.B. with his car. Rated: PG

Photos courtesy of Universal Pictures
Russell Brand stars as the voice of E.B.
The amazing candy factory.

Zoom-zoom Lightning McQueen
The Disney-Pixar's "Cars 2" tour featuring life-size remote-controlled models of Star Racecar Lightning McQueen, Lovable Tow Truck Mater and Master British Spy Finn McMissile will rev, spin and stop at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (adjacent to AMC Theatre), April 6, 2 - 7 p.m., 4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills.

Spring concert
Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra spring concert "Shall We Dance," 3 p.m. April 3, at Lake Shore Presbyterian Church, 27801 Jefferson, north of 11 Mile Road, St. Clair Shores. Performance features Julien Labro and his bandoneon. For tickets, visit Gifts Afloat at 10 Mile Road and Jefferson, call (586) 933-0088.

Taste of Hope
Taste of Hope annual Auction and Tastefest to benefit Liberty Family Outreach's Summerfest, 6-9 p.m. April 2, Warren City Hall Atrium, on Van Dyke between Martin and 12 Mile roads. Tickets $10 in advance, $20 at the door; minimum age 12 for admission. Free parking in garage. Call (586) 754-2400.

'Walk Like MADD'
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Michigan host 5K (3.1 miles) "Walk Like MADD" non-competitive fundraiser, 8:30 a.m. April 2, at Oakland Mall, 14 Mile and John R roads, Troy. Events include walk, music, food, exhibits, activities for adults and children. Call (248) 528-1745 or go to www.walklikemadd.org/michigan.

Richmond Theatre
"Brighton Beach Memoirs" by Richmond Community Theatre, 8 p.m. April 1-2, 8-9, and 2 p.m. April 3, at the theater, 69619 Parker St. at Churchill. Portion of proceeds go to Lois Wagner Memorial Library in Richmond. Tickets: (586) 727-9518.

Cancer fundraiser
Benefit for American Cancer Society, 7:30 p.m. April 2 at JD's Key Club, 1 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac. The $10 tickets include entry into dueling piano bar, pizza and chance to win Tigers tickets; open to 18 and older. Tickets: (586) 202-8821.

ATWAS production of "Charlotte's Web"
'Charlotte's Web'
All The World's A Stage youth theater presents "Charlotte's Web," 7 p.m. April 13 at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Garfield and Hall roads, Clinton Township. Tickets $10 advance, $12 at door; visit Macomb Center for Performing Arts or call (586) 286-2222. Show features local youth ages 6 to 18 years.

Warren Symphony
"Richly Russian Noble and Folk Treasures" concert, 3 p.m. April 10, by the Warren Symphony Orchestra, at Macomb Center for the Peforming Arts, Garfield and Hall roads, Clinton Township. Guest performances by young people of Suzuki String Studio. For tickets, Macomb Center or Warren Symphony Orchestra

Greek cuisine
"Vefa Alexiadou, "First Lady of Greek Cuisine," demonstrates culinary skills at a noon luncheon April 2, at Somerset Inn, 2601 W. Big Beaver, Troy. Tickets for "An Afternoon with Vefa Alesiadou," are $65 per person with proceeds to National Philoptochos Center for Philanthropy. Book signing and prize drawing are included in event sponsored by Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit Phiiloptochos Ladies Society. Reservations: (248) 823-2400.

Mom-to-Mom sale
Mom-to-Mom sale, early bird admission 9-10 a.m., $2 per person, regular hours 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., April 2, admission $1, at Grosse Pointe War Memorial on Lakeshore Road. No strollers.

Preservation Wayne
Volunteers needed for Preservation Wayne, Detroit's oldest architectural preservation organization, informational meeting 10 a.m. April 2, at Iroquois Avenue Christ Lutheran Church, 2411 Iroquois St. at East Vernor (Indian Village), Detroit. For details or to RSVP, (313) 577-7674 or Preservation Wayne

Plan to attend Redford Theatre's "Three Stooges" Festival April 8-9.

Can you say nyuk, nyuk, nyuk?
Make plans to attend the annual Three Stooges Festival, April 8-9 at the Redford Theatre. The film festival will feature a variety of popular films starring Moe Howard, Jermone "Curly" Howard and Larry Fine. Show times: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $5. Free parking available at the theater, located at the NE corner of Grand River Ave. and Lahser Rd. in the heart of Detroit's Old Redford neighborhood.

Special Performance
"An Evening of Romance," featuring the Grammy award-winning pianist Jim Brickman, April 2, 8 p.m., at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center's Michael A. Guido Theater, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. Call (313) 943-2354. Tickets of $35-$49 available at the theater box office or online at Michael A. Guido Theater

Ringwald Theatre
Michigan premiere of "Mercury Fur," select dates April 2-25, with preview at 8 p.m. tonight, at Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodard, Ferndale. For reservations, (248) 545-5545 or Who Wants Cake Theatre?
Historical Guild
Detroit Historical Guild seeking volunteers interested in participating in historical activities, including flea markets at Old Ft. Wayne, tea parties, excursions to historic sites, etc. Call (586) 777-5898.

Dining Out
Troy Dining Out Meetup Group gathers to explore area restaurants and provide fellowship, meets 5 p.m. April 3 at Polonia Restaurant in Hambramck, and 9 p.m. April 8 at Roger's Roost in Sterling Heights. For details, visit Trendy Meetups

Comedy Festival
Fourth Annual Garden Fresh Laugh Detroit Comedy Festival, April 2 at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, lineup includes David Alan Grier, Auggie Smith, Brian McKim/Traci Skene, Karen Rontowski, Lynne Koplitz, and Bob Saget (April 2). For tickets, Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle or (248) 542-9900.

Children's Film Festival
MJR Digital Cinemas Free Spring Children's Film Festival: April 2-3, "Megamind." PG-rated. Participating theaters include MJR Marketplace Sterling Heights Digital Cinema 20, 35400 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights; MJR Partridge Creek Digital Cinema 14, 17400 Hall Road, Clinton Township; MJR Chesterfield Crossing Digital Cinema 16, 50675 Gratiot, Chesterfield Township. Free admission ages 12 and younger, parents $1; tickets first-come, first-served basis; no advance purchases. For show times visit MJR Theaters

UDM Theatre
University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's "The Tempest," weekends through April 10, at Marygrove Theatre, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit. Admission: adult $18, students $9; additional $3 service fee for non-subscribers other than students. Call (313) 993-3270.

Starkweather Arts Center
"Snacks and Refreshments for the Woodland Creatures," an exhibit of collages and assemblages by artist Teresa Petersen, April 1-24, at Starkweather Arts Center, 219 N. Main, Romeo. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. tonight. Center hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.

'Spring Into Spring'
Family event "Spring Into Spring" features crafts, cookie decorating, scavenger hunt, raffle, pizza feast, 2-5 p.m. April 2, at Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. Children's tickets $5 in advance at Arab American National Museum, $8 at door, free for adults; food available for purchase.

Andiamo Theatre
"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," through April 10 at Andiamo Novi Theatre, 42705 Grand River Ave. Dinner and show packages available for both. For reservations, (248) 348-4448.

Chrysler Museum
Unique Vehicle Pairs Spotlight Series and Collector's Curb specialty exhibits throughout the year at Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills. For schedule, visit Walter P. Chrysler Museum Admission $8 adults, $7 ages 62 and older, $4 ages 6-12.

Holocaust Center
New traveling exhibit "Barsamian: 20 Years-Searing for the Answer," March 27-July 10, explores questions about Armenian genocide through art, at Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills. Hours 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; (248) 553-2400 or Holocaust Memorial Center

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Ford House
Bird walks, offered by Ford House and Wild Birds Unlimited in Grosse Pointe, 7:30 a.m. April 16, at the historic home, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores. Fee $7 per person; participants should bring binoculars, wear layered clothing and waterproof footwear. Reservations required, (313) 884-4222 or Ford House

DIA exhibits
The Detroit Institute of Arts on Woodward Avenue, exhibit "Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries," through April 10, a behind-the-scenes look at how art experts and scientists determine if a work of art of art is genuine, fake or if the evidence is inconclusive. Tickets are $12, $6 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members. 

Features editor Debbie Komar contributed to this listing.

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