Author, consultant to speak at Downriver Town Hall

Photo by Jim Jacek
Lynn Nolan of PNC Bank, portraying prostitute Fe Fe La Bamba in a scene from the play “Murder in the Court,” flirts with one of her customers, The Judge, played by Taylor Municipal Judge Gino Salimone. The play was staged Oct. 18 before an over-capacity audience at the Trenton Municipal Building as a fundraiser for the Trenton Rotary Club’s Childhood Literacy Programs. The judge was the murder victim, and Larry Wright, the Bailiff, the murderer. Other cast members were Rob Bovitz, Defense Attorney; Brad O’Connor, Prosecuting Attorney; Mike Concessi and Timber Baun, Defendants; Jerry Sweicki, Officer Lumpkin; and Bill Ruelle, Homeless Bud. The event, which raised approximately $6,000, was preceded by a wine reception and strolling dinner.

By Evelyn Cairns
Best-selling author and consultant Rochelle Pennington will be the speaker for a Downriver Town Hall lecture at 11 a.m. Thursday at Crystal Gardens in Southgate.

Among the books she has written are “The Christmas Tree Ship, a True Story of Faith, Hope and Love,” “Reach for the Stars” and “The Golden Formula.”

In addition, she co-authored, with H. Jackson Brown “Highlighted in Yellow,” “Ten of the Greatest Gifts Ever Given,” “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” and “The Historic Christmas Tree Ship, which was featured on national television.

As a consultant, she has provided story and quotation recommendations to authors including Jack Canfield, who wrote “Chicken Soup for the Soul”; Richard Carlson (“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”), Alice Gray (“Stories for the Heart”) and Brown, (“Life’s Little Instruction Books”).

Pennington, who lives in Wisconsin, spends her free time at her parents’ vintage cottage in the Porcupine Mountains of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

For information about tickets and a celebrity luncheon following the talk, call 734-783-9224. Crystal Gardens is located at 16703 Fort St.

Center offers expo and help
The Information Center has scheduled a fund-raising women’s expo and test-drive opportunity for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at its headquarters in Taylor.

Twenty vendors will promote health, beauty and other areas of general interest to women at the event.

In addition, Taylor Ford will donate $20 to the Information Center on behalf of each eligible person who test-drives a new Ford vehicle. Test-drivers, who must be 18 or older with a valid driver’s license, will receive free admission to the expo (a $3 savings for the participant).

The center has announced immediate openings for the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver Program, an option for eligible people to receive long-term care in their homes.

The program, which provides meals and home-making, personal-care and other services, is available to frail individuals 65 and older and physically disabled people 18 or older.

A spokesman for the center said there are financial and medical eligibility restrictions, and that in-come cannot exceed $2,094 monthly.

For additional information about the expo or assistance program, call 734-282-7171 or go to The center, located at 20500 Eureka Road, Suite 110, serves Downriver residents.

Parade seats are available
Not only does a grandstand seat at America’s Thanksgiving Parade (it’s that time already!) offer the best view of the procession, but seat purchasers will receive commemorative 2012 parade pins.

Although 10,000 seats are available, a sellout is expected.

Prices range from $50 to $30. The $50 seats include breakfast at the Tiger Club, inside Comerica Park, or the Hard Rock Café, on Monroe Street.

To order tickets, or for more information, go to www.theparade,org, call 313-923-7400 or e-mail Proceeds will support the Parade Company, producer of the parade and the Target Fireworks.

Art works on exhibit
The newly opened art exhibit of the Downriver Council for the Arts at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, titled “Six Degrees of Separation,” features the works of three men and three women in different mediums.

The artists are Elroy Grandy, sculpture; Mark Jackson, printmaking; Lou Terry, photography; Andrea Irwin, fiber art; Edee Joppich, watercolor collage; and Martine MacDonald, oil.

The DeSana Center, the former Wyandotte Center for the Arts, is located at 81 Chestnut. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Coming up . . .
Nov. 11 — Luncheon fashion show of the Overture Society, fundraising arm of the Southern Great Lakes Symphony; 11 a.m. social hour followed by the luncheon and fashion show by Trisha Boutique; at the Grecian Center in Southgate; for tickets and more in-formation, call 313-382-0404 or 734-285-4626.