Jury consultant will speak at Downriver lecture series

Photo courtesy of Hungarian Arts Club
Six debutantes who made their bows to society at the Hungarian Arts Club’s 55th White Rose Ball on Feb. 2 at the Dearborn Inn are pictured with their escorts. The debutantes are: Brooke Thanasiu (front row left) of Trenton, Madison Tyler of Pinckney, Morgan Black and Sara Risch of Allen Park, Megan Sellars of Can-ton and Sydney Nimeth of Lincoln Park. The escorts are: Joseph Krajcz (back row left) of Trenton, Justin Karamon of Pinckney, Marco Marchelletta of Dearborn, Antonio Stamm of Lincoln Park, Patrick Challenger of Brighton and Ian Bejster of Gregory. Nearly 300 people attended the ball.

By Evelyn Cairns
Jury consultant Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, who is well-known to television audiences for her expertise in evaluating jurors, witnesses and lawyers and “reading people,” will take the microphone at the Downriver Town Hall Lecture Series program Thursday at Crystal Gardens in Southgate.

The doors will open at 10 a.m., and the lecture will start at 11 a.m.

In pursuing a doctorate, Dimitrius studied subjects ranging from psychology, sociology and criminology to government. Since she appeared in court to select her first jury in 1984, she has consulted on more than 600 trials, chosen some 400 juries and evaluated more than 10,000 juries, witnesses, lawyers and judges.

One of Dimitrius’ many high-profile cases resulted in the awarding of $80 million to her client Frances Ford against Warner Brothers.

The speaker has appeared on myriad national news programs and has been featured in many magazines. She is the author of “Put Your Best Foot Forward” and the co-author of “Reading People.”

For information about tickets for the lecture and a luncheon following the talk, call 734-783-9224.

Auditions set by DYPAC
The Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center has scheduled auditions for the musical “Annie” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 11 and 12 at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson.

There is no fee for the auditions, which are open to 5-to 19-year-olds. Upon acceptance, a $65 DYPAC participation fee and $15 annual membership fee are required, along with parental involvement.

The play is slated for May 10 to 12 and 17 to 19. For more information, call 313-523-1155.

Valentine gift idea
The Parade Co. suggests a unique Valentine gift: a private tour of the company’s Parade Studio in Detroit with a close-up of the huge characters and floats featured in the America’s Thanksgiving Parade.

The cost of the tour, which includes a commemorative photo, and a bottle of champagne or sparkling juice, flowers, chocolate beads and clown noses, is $100 per couple, $50 of which is tax-deductible.

Tours are available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, by reservation only. For reservations or more information, call Renee Rodriguez at 313-923-8368 or email rgonyeau@theparade.org.

Star Jones will speak

Star Jones, TV personality, attorney and American Heart Association volunteer, will be the keynote speaker March 15 at the ASA’s Michigan Chapter Go Red for Women luncheon at the MGM Grand Hotel.

The luncheon, scheduled for noon, will follow a morning of health screenings, educational exhibits and a silent auction beginning at 9 a.m.

Jones, who underwent open-heart surgery in 2010, has received numerous awards and recognition for her work as a heart-health advocate.

She is well known as the former co-host of “The View” and is an NBC senior legal analyst. Jones has written two best-selling non-fiction books. Her third book, “Satan’s Sisters,” is being made into a TV series.

Luncheon tickets, $175, are available by going to www.DetroitGoRedForWomen.org or calling 248-827-4214.

Coming up . . .
Feb. 13 — Dearborn Mayor’s Art Awards program, recognizing the achievements of the arts community and artists during 2012; 7:30 p.m. at the Michael Guido Theater in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.; no admission charge; for more in-formation, call 313-943-2354.

Feb. 24 — “The Oscar Experience,” 7 p.m. at the MJR Southgate Cinema Theatre 20 (Academy Awards live broadcast at 8 p.m.), featuring hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, costume contest, drawings and prizes; the Oscar Experience is one of 45 being held throughout the United States to raise funds for local charities; tickets, $25 in advance or $30 at the door, are available by calling 734-282-4727.