Friday, May 27, 2011

Help make summer camp a splash for homeless kids

The Macomb Charitable Foundation has offered to provide lunch for the first and last day of the Macomb Intermediate School District's Summer Camp for Homeless Children, but it could use some help with the goody bags.

"The first lunch we're doing is the 21st of July and that is the first day they go swimming. So we would like to provide each child in attendance with a beach towel, flip flops, sunglasses or bubbles. The kind of stuff a child would need for a day at the pool," said Shelley Penzien of Macomb Township and president of the Macomb Charitable Foundation. "On the last day (July 28), we hope to be able to send the children home with a gas card or SMART bus pass, for their mom and dad."

Living in a hotel room with your mom, dad and three siblings is bad enough during the school year, but all summer? 

It's hot. 

It's humid. 

It's crowded. 

"It's heartbreaking to see," said Penzien. "You walk into the room and see these kids -- just sitting on the bed staring at the TV. Most of the hotels they live in are nowhere near a park, so it's not like they can go outside and play."

The MISD's summer camp for homeless children not only gets them outside but provides a bus that picks them up and drops them off. "This is a wonderful opportunity," said Penzien. "My children went to camp and they had fun and made lifelong friends."
Along with lunch and a cool tote filled with beach toys, MCF will be bringing along entertainment.

"I'm so excited for the kids," said Penzien. "Eisenhower High School's football team is going to sponsor one of the luncheons. It's a great opportunity not only as a learning situation for the older kids but a chance for these young campers to interact with some good role models. And have fun. We're going to the park."

Donated supplies, including new beach towels, flip-flops (child's medium), sunglasses, bubbles and other beach toys, along with gas cards and SMART bus passes can be dropped off at Cracklewood Golf and Country Club, 18215 24 Mile Road, Macomb. 
For information on Macomb Charitable Foundation, visit Macomb Charitable FoundationFor more information on services and camps provided by the MISD visit MISD Homeless Education Project

Looking for things to do during the Memorial Weekend? Check out our list of events and exhibits going on around the Detroit area:

Military cemetery tour
Veterans and their guests are invited to a special tour of Holly's Great Lakes National Cemetery, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 8. Transportation will be provided by a bus that is scheduled to leave Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 8459 Hall Road (3 blocks east of Van Dyke) in Utica at 9:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity to visit Michigan's newest national cemetery for veterans and learn about free veteran burial services. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by June 1. Call (586) 731-2411 or visit Wm Sullivan & Son

Classic Hitchcock movie
The Redford Theatre and Motor City Theatre Organ Society will present the classic film, "Rebecca" starring Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier and George Sanders May 27, 28. In this gothic masterpiece by Alfred Hitchcock, the young second wife of a British landowner is haunted by the image of his glamorous first wife, Rebecca. Tickets: $4 Show times: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m. Visit The Redford Theatre

Autumn Mist by Ted Lang

of life and history
The Warren Tri-County Fine Art Association will present its annual "Prestige Exhibit," June 7-30 at the Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden. Among the work presented will be that of Ted Lang, a member of the fine arts association and its featured artist of the month. Lang's work in traditional and digital photography covers everything from philosophical subjects to nature and history. An opening reception of the exhibit with food and beverages will take place at 6:30 p.m., June 7. Guests are welcome.
Royal Steed by Ted Lang

Warren theater
Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" presented by Warren Civic Theatre, 6:30 p.m. through May 29, at City Square Park at Warren Civic Center, north of 12 Mile Road and Van Dyke. Tickets $5 each; (586) 268-8400 or Warren Civic Theatre Seats provided, but guests may bring blanket or lawn chairs.

Rummage sale
Fraser Historical Commission rummage and plant sale and flea market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 5, at Baumgartner Museum, 18577 Masonic at Kelly Road; additional parking at Somerset Swim Club on Masonic. For information and to donate items, (586) 293-7477 or (586) 293-8252.

Macomb Daily file photo by Craig Gaffield
Vintage baseball
Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Club plays 1 p.m. May 28, at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, east of Rochester Road off Tienken Road, and June 4, July 10 and Aug. 28, at Halbach Field in Rochester. Admission free to games and Van Hoosen Dairy Barn. Visit Rochester Hills or call (248) 656-4663.

'Rally for Jackson'
Scavenger hunt and pizza party benefit for a 4-year-old with a rare malignant brain tumor, noon May 28, at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township; $15 per person plus $5 fee to enter park, free for younger than 5 years. For information, Jacksonscorner@yahoo.com.

Garage sale
Michigan Dog Owners Group garage sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through May 30, at 15842 Semrau, Eastpointe, off Gratiot between Nine Mile Road and Stephens. Email midog48021@yahoo.com.

Clinton Seniors
Activities at the Clinton Township Senior Adult Life Center, 40730 Romeo Plank Road, include educational program on eating healthy with diabetes, 9:30 a.m. June 3; glass craft project, 9:30 a.m.-noon June 13; and how to maintain a purpose in life after retirement, 9:30 a.m. June 14. To RSVP for any program, (586) 286-9333.

Concert Choir
Detroit Concert Choir season finale "Opera Faves! Broadway Raves!" 7:30 p.m. June 4 at First Presbyterian Church, 1669 W. Maple, Birmingham, and 4 p.m. June 5, at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. Tickets $20, $18 ages 62 and older, $10 ages 8-21 years; call (313) 882-0118 or Detroit Concert Choir

Leader Dogs
"Night With the Stars" benefit for Leader Dogs for the blind, June 4, at Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road at Avon Road, Rochester Hills. Doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner 6 p.m., show at 7. Tickets $15; call (586) 226-9066 or (586) 465-6694.

Tree of Hope
Step Up for Hope Walk and Family Fun Day sponsored by Tree of Hope Foundation, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 4 at Halmich Park in Warren. Advance registration $15, day of $20, includes admission, T-shirt, pizza lunch. Proceeds go toward free support groups for women and families dealing with postpartum depression and mood disorders. Visit Tree of Hope Foundation

Ringwald Theatre
Who Wants Cake? production of dramedy "Love! Valour! Compassion!", 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 6, at The Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. For reservations and ticket information, (248) 545-5545.

Avon Players
Avon Players present "Into the Woods," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 29 and June 3-4, at the playhouse, 1185 Washington Road, Rochester. For tickets, (248) 608-9077.

OPC fundraiser
Older Persons' Commission walk/5K run, registration 7:15 a.m. runners,8 a.m. run start; 8:30 a.m. walkers registration, 9 a.m. start, June 4. Participants gather at OPC upper parking lot, 650 Leticia, Rochester. Entry fee $5; benefit for Meals on Wheels. Details, www.opcseniorcenter.org or (248) 608-0251.

Art association
Mount Clemens Art Association meeting, 6:30 p.m. June 6, city library, 150 Cass Ave.; program on gathered centerpiece still life. Call (586) 469-8781.

Farmers Market
Mount Clemens Farmers Market 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 19, at 141 North River Road. Locally grown products, including flowers. Visit Mount Clemens Farmer's Market

Volunteers needed
* Macomb Literary Partners needs volunteers to help adults become better readers; applicants trained to tutor an adult 2 hours per week, with training sessions held on weekends or evenings. Call (586) 286-2750.
* Detroit Historical Guild seeking volunteers interested in participating in historical activities, including flea markets at Historic Fort Wayne, tea parties, excursions to historic sites, etc. Call (586) 777-5898.

Toastmasters' Club
Toastmasters Speak Easy Club of Shelby meets 10-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Saturdays monthly at Shelby Community Center, 51670 Van Dyke, north of 23 Mile Road. Call (586) 623-9987 or (586) 531-1289.

Memory is more indelible than ink -- Anita Loos

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