Oakwood’s annual wine event funds programs

Committee members are busily completing plans for the Oakwood Healthcare System Foundation’s 2009 “Wine for the Spirit” fund-raiser planned for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the MGM Grand Detroit.

Ron Moran is chairman of the benefit, which will help fund heart and vascular initiatives and needy-patient programs in the Oakwood Healthcare service area.

Doug Welday is executive sponsor and Mary Zatina, auction chairman.

The event will feature fine wines, a strolling supper, live and silent auctions and entertainment.
Eighteen wine stations will offer vintages from around the world and complementary foods. In addi-tion, wines valued at $100 or more will be featured in a fine-wine tasting room. Intrigue will provide enter-tainment.

Tickets, $150, and more information are available at (313) 586-5234 or www.oakwood.org/foundation.

Retired profiler will be speaker
Candice DeLong, a former profiler for the FBI, will be the Nov. 12 speaker in the Downriver Town Hall Lecture Series at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center in Southgate.

DeLong, who retired from the FBI in 2003, also served as liaison to the bureau’s behavioral-science unit and member of its child-abduction task force.

She is the author of “Special Agent: My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI,” and was the subject of the 2003 TV movie “Killer Instinct: From the Files of Candice DeLong.”

Information from the book was the basis for the TV reality show “What Should You Do?” on the Life-time Channel.

The speaker, a psychiatric nurse, participated in the search for the Unabomber in Montana. She has been interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey and other television shows.

A number of single tickets ($20) will be available at the door. Luncheon tickets are $10.50. Doors will open at 10 a.m., and the lecture will begin at 11 a.m. Crystal Gardens is at 16703 Fort St.

DCA accepting art, craft items
The Downriver Council for the Arts will accept art and handcrafted items Friday and Saturday for a Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Sale to be held Nov. 20 through Dec. 19 at its temporary location, 3003 Biddle at Elm, Wyandotte.

Participants must be 18 or older, and submitted items must contain the name, price and a typewritten description of the work. There is no charge for partici-pating.

An entry form and additional information are available by calling Ashleigh Alley, (734) 720-0671, or going to www.downriverarts.org.

Save the date . . .
Nov. 6, 7, 8 — Fall Festival of the Arts, fine-arts exhibit and sale; noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7; noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 8, at the Trenton Village Theatre; pre-sented by the Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild; Down-river Council for the Arts, Art Ambience and Acanthus Art Society; opening reception and awards program at 6 p.m. Nov. 5.

Nov. 14-22 — Michigan Opera Theatre produc-tion of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award musical “A Little Night Music,” winner of six Tony and six Drama Desk awards; starring “Guiding Light” actor Ron Raines and Broadway star Leslie Uggams; at the De-troit Opera House; tickets, $29 to $121, are available at (313) 237-7464 and www.MichiganOpera.org; also all TicketMaster outlets.

Nov. 15 — Southern Great Lakes Symphony concert, “Strings and Things,” featuring violinist Jorja Fleezanis; 3 p.m. at the Flat Rock Community Audito-rium; for tickets, $25, call (734) 246-2890 or go to www.sgls.org.

Nov. 22 — Alzheimer Association’s 25th annual “Chocolate Jubilee” and luncheon; luncheon at noon ($150), deadline, Nov. 11; chocolate tasting, 2:30 to 4:30 ($50); at the Ritz-Carlton, Dearborn: for tickets or more information, call (248) 996-1047 or (248) 996-1048.