10th Michigan Jets benefit to take place on Grosse Ile

The 10th annual Michigan Jets Charity Air Show, featuring more than 100 radio controlled jets, is expected to attract an audience of more than 10,000 Aug. 13 through 15 at the Grosse Ile Airport.

The show is a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Grosse Ile Naval Air Station Memorial Fund, which is dedicated to the military and civilian men and women who served at the station from the 1920s through the ’60s.

In addition to the aerial aerobatics of more than 100 radio-controlled model jets, the event will feature food, a raffle and exhibits by model jet vendors. Spectators and guests also will have an opportunity to drive and learn about radio controlled trucks and cars at a surface track.

According to George Thomas, Michigan Jets director, the air show has raised more than $40,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the last nine years.

Admission to the show is $10 per carload. Flying hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 13 and 14, and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 15. For more information, go to www.michiganjets.com.

Fund-raiser to aid officer
A fund-raiser for Officer Steven M. Prusak, a former Wayne County Sheriff deputy and son of Alice Prusak of Southgate, will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 5 at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center in South-gate.

An officer with the Louisville, Ky., Metro Police, he was injured in April in a motorcycle accident and has been in a comatose state with a traumatic brain injury since the accident.

Proceeds are earmarked to pay for treatment his insurance does not cover, his mother said.

Tickets for the benefit, $20, include dinner, beverages, gift raffles and a drawing for a door prize.

Commemorative T-shirts, designed by Clayton Monte of the Wayne County Airport Authority Police Department, will be available at the fund-raiser for $20 or can be ordered in advance by calling (734) 341-4650.

Donations can be sent to the Steven M. Prusak Trust, c/o Fifth Third Bank, 5200 Dixie Hwy., MDC 88311, Louisville, KY 40216.

Crystal Gardens is at 16703 Fort St., Southgate. Alice Prusak is human resources director at the banquet center. For more information, call (734) 285-2210.

Society slates August tours
The Detroit Historical Society has scheduled four “Behind the Scenes” tours for August. All begin at 11 a.m., except the cemetery tour, which starts at 10 a.m. The cost of each tour is $30. Reservations are necessary. The dates and locations are as follows:

Aug. 7 — Behind the Scenes at Eastern Market, one of the largest historic public markets in the United States.

Aug. 14 — Elmwood Cemetery, burial site of many famous men and women who served their country in peace and war.

Aug. 21 — Indian Village Walking Tour. The village, more than 100 years old, features homes designed by architects including Albert Kahn, Louis Kamper, Marcus Burrowes and Smith Hinchman & Grylls.

Aug. 28 — Corktown Walking Tour. Participants will visit Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, settled in 1834 by Irish immigrants from County Cork.

For additional information or reservations, call (313) 833-1801 or go to www.detroithistorical.org/main/upcoming/index.aspx.

Coming up . . .
Aug. 6, 7, 8 — Second Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7; noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 8 in Downtown Northville. Attractions will include health tests, sidewalk sales, vendors, exhibits and live entertainment; on Aug. 7, Suzanne Sena of Dearborn, formerly with E, CBS and the Fox News Channel, will speak on how to prepare for and launch a career in entertainment; for more information and a schedule of events, visit www.buymichigannow.com.

Aug. 13-15 — Great Lakes Folk Festival, in East Lansing; an annual free event featuring the best of traditional artists from around the country, including musicians, dancers, cooks and storytellers; presented by the Michigan Traditional Arts Program of Michigan State University; for more information, go to www.greatlakesfolkfest.net.