24th annual breakfast will spotlight Jennie Dimkoff

Photo by Evelyn Cairns

Steve Szatmari, chef and owner of the Hungarian Rhapsody Restaurant in Southgate, discusses the menu he has planned for the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s annual Salute to Government Officials Dec. 1 at the PNC Bank, 16333 Trenton Road, Southgate. Sampling some of the menu items are salute committee members Sandy Mull (left), president of the chamber; Ronnie Jacek Ruelle, regional manager of PNC Bank; and Mary Pottoroff and Marci Shannon, chamber staff members. The event, to begin at 5:30 p.m., is expected to attract more than 500 government officials and business and commu-nity leaders.

By Evelyn Cairns
Internationally known motivation speaker and storyteller Jennie Afman Dimkoff will address an audience of more than 1,000 business, government and community leaders Dec. 2 at the 24th annual Downriver Community Prayer Breakfast.

Always a sellout, the event will take place at Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort St., in Southgate. A buffet breakfast will be served beginning at 7 a.m. Tickets, $15, are available by calling 734-671-5300.

Dimkoff, president of Storyline Ministries, travels throughout the United States, Canada and aboard delivering inspirational messages at colleges, conferences and assemblies.

She is the author of “Passionate Faith,” “Unexpected Grace,” “Night Whispers,” “Bedtime Bible Stories for Women” and the recently published “Miracle on Hope Hill.”

Dimkoff serves on the board of trustees of Cornerstone University and the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and on the board of Speak Up for Hope, a non-profit organization that encourages the families of those incarcerated.

The wife of a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve and Probate Court Judge Graydon Dimkoff, the speaker also ministers to military wives and female military personnel. In the last several years, she has spoken at military events for the Protestant Women of the Chapel at locations including Korea, Germany and Hawaii.

Boar’s Head Festival slated
Rehearsals are under way on Grosse Ile for a highlight of the Christmas season in the Downriver area: the Boar’s Head Festival, a medieval Renaissance celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ per-formed with pageantry, drama and music by nearly 600 children and adults.

The festival will take place at the island’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 21599 Parke Lane.

It will feature elegantly costumes singers, dancers, tumblers, jesters, townspeople and music by a brass ensemble, handbell ringers, bagpipers, a 25-piece orchestra and singers including children’s youth and adult choirs of more than 100 voices.

Evening performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 4 (Rotary Club Night), and 8 p.m. Dec. 6 (Senior Night), 8 (Wassail Night benefit), 9, 10 and 11.

Afternoon performances are slated for 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 4 p.m. Dec. 11.

The Dec. 9 performance will be a fundraiser for the festival. Tickets are $100 and include a cocktail reception after the performance.

Ticket prices for other performances are $20, adults; $10, students; and $10 on Senior Night only.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, go to www.boarsheadgi.com or call Wendy Moco at 734-692-1163.

The Boar’s Head is presented every four years under the direction of Jill Ryan and will mark its 31st anniversary this year.

Coming up . . .
Now through Feb. 20 — Exhibition, “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus,” at the Detroit Institute of Arts; 64 works, including painting, prints and draw-ings by Rembrandt and his students, illustrating how the artist broke from traditional 17th century representations of Jesus; museum admission is $8, adults; $6 seniors; and $4, children 6 to 16.

Dec. 1 —Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s annual Salute to Government Officials; 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the PNC Bank Building, 16333 Trenton Road, Southgate; tickets, $30 in advance, $35 at the door; heavy hors d’oeuvres by the Hungarian Rhapsody Restaurant; for tickets or more information, call 734-284-6999 or email info@swcrc.com.

Dec. 3 — “Holidays at Hudson’s event; Maurice Salad luncheon and illustrated lecture on Christmas at the beloved store by Lucas McGrail; 1 to 3 p.m. at the Wyandotte Arts Center; tickets, $25 (reservations deadline is Nov. 2); for more information or to purchase tickets, call the Downriver Council for the Arts at 734-720-0671 or go to www.downriverarts.org.

Dec. 9 — Dearborn Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday party; 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Albert Kahn-designed home of John Matthews; music, hearty hors d’oeuvres, dessert and wine; guests will gather around a 15-foot Christmas tree to sing holiday favorites; for reservations, $40, or more information, call 313-565-2424 before Dec. 2