Trenton Rotary Club sets 3rd ‘Beach Blast’ benefit

The Trenton Rotary Club is inviting those who are weary of winter to don summer attire and attend its third annual “Beach Blast” March 5 at Crystal Gardens in Southgate.

The fun will start at 6 p.m. with live music, tropical dancers, beach games and contests, beach themed food stations, an open bar, raffles, drawings and live and silent auctions.

Auction items will include tropical vacations, a big-screen TV, sports memorabilia and tickets and gift bas-kets. In addition, prizes will be awarded for the best beach attire.

Club President Brad O’Connor said last year’s event, attended by nearly 500 people, raised more than $18,000 to support the organization’s charitable causes.

“Right now, we’re still trying to get businesses involved as supporting partners or to reserve tables of 10 at a discounted rate,” O’Connor said.

Noel Jackson is chairman of “Beach Blast,” and Timber Baun Crooks, co-chairman.

Tickets, $35 each, are available by calling Kyle Stack at (734) 493-3817. For additional information, go to

Speakeasy bash slated by DCA
The Downriver Council for the Arts has scheduled its first fundraiser of the new year, a “Roaring ’20s Bootleg-gers’ Bash,” for 6 p.m. March 5 at the Wyandotte Center for the Arts, the former Wyandotte Masonic Temple, which is undergoing extensive renovation.

Music, beverages (martinis and wine) and foods of the era will be featured. The menu will include roast beef and turkey on mini buns, salmon, deviled eggs, Caesar and Cobb salads and individual pineapple upsidedown cakes, to be served by C.J. Catering.

Providing entertainment will be the Doug Scott 814 jazz trio and vocalist Jill Ryan.

Laura Wyatt, chairman, is being assisted by Norma Wurmlinger, Phillipa Matakas, Nicole Camilleri, Joy Squire, Karen Ranka, Tony Arminiak, Nancy Patel, Rich Cieslowski, Doug Scott, EmmaJean Woodyard and Kathleen Dailey.

Guests are encouraged to wear flapper or other cos-tumes reminiscent of the ’20s. Entrance will be at the side door of the building, where a newly installed elevator will take guests to the party area on the lower level.

Tickets, $30 per person, or $50 per couple, are available by calling (734) 720-0671 or online at with Pay Pal. The building is at 81 Chestnut, a half block off Biddle.

Guild concert is rescheduled
The Fair Lane Music Guild’s dessert concert by cellist Erik Asgeirsson, originally planned for Feb. 10, has been rescheduled for Feb. 24 at the Henry Ford Estate – Fair Lane.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will start at 7:30.

Tickets are $15 ($14, senior citizens; $9, students). For more information, call (313) 593-5330 or go to

Overture Society sets fundraiser
A raffle of art works and handcrafted items will highlight a fundraiser planned by the Overture Society of the Southern Great Lakes Symphony for March 12 at the American Hungarian Reformed Church, 9901 Allen Road, Allen Park.

The event, titled “Love That Harmony II,” will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. A chicken paprikas dinner will be served at 7 p.m., and the Spirit of Detroit Sweet Adeli-nes will entertain at 8:30 p.m.

Among the artists and patrons who have provided raffle items are Leo Kuschel and Joe Scott.

Proceeds from the fundraiser and other Overture Society projects will be used to sponsor one of the symphony’s concerts, according to Gloria King, chairman of the benefit.

Assisting King are Sandi Mullican, co-chair, and Judy Gullen, Carole Scott and Beverly Milotz, committee members.

Tickets, $37.50 per person, are available by calling King at (313) 386-9305 or (313) 690-3644.