19th annual Light the Night Walk slated at Bishop Park

Photo by Evelyn Cairns
Congratulating the singers after their Bellini Opera Theatre performance Oct. 6 in Wyandotte are Rosolino LoDuca (left) of Lincoln Park, founder of the theater, and Saundra Mull (right), president of the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber. The vocalists are Carlos Seise (second from left), Lisa Agazzi, Eva Evola and Dino Valle. The performance, at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, was followed by a wine and cheese reception at which guests met the performers and viewed the current art exhibit.

By Evelyn Cairns
Supporters of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will gather at 5 p.m. Oct. 19 in Wyandotte’s Bishop Park for festivities kicking off the 16th annual Downriver/Dearborn-area Light the Night Walk, which has a goal of raising $70,000 to fight blood cancers.

The agenda for the evening will include introductions of Downriver’s honored hero — leukemia survivor Chad Chinavare, 20, of Lincoln Park — and public officials; entertainment by Carey Ann’s Clown Caravan; and a Chinese auction.

In addition, a booth will be available for the registration of bone-marrow donors.

Chad, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia while in high school, is in remission. He was to have had a bone-marrow transplant from his sister, Chelsea, but the transplant has been unnecessary since he began taking the drug Gleevac.

There is no charge to participate in the walk, which will start at dusk, but individuals or teams that have donated $100 will receive T-shirts listing the names of walk sponsors and carry lighted paper lanterns.

Blood-cancer survivors will carry white lanterns; supporters, red; and those who have lost friends or relatives to blood cancers, gold. A remembrance ceremony is planned for 6:15.

Downriver teams include Gruds Group, Together for Life, Kim’s Dream Team, Team Charnock “Casting for a Cure,” Parker’s Pals, O’Hara and Combs Crew.

According to walk committee co-chairmen Karen Ranka and Carol Ann Owens, strollers, wagons, wheelchairs and dogs are welcome. Refreshments including submarine sandwiches, cider, donuts, coffee and hot chocolate will be served to the participants.
Other committee members are Sandy Bettinger, Renee MacKay, Dee Howey, Barbara Mans, Joan Slater and Kathy Rankin.

For additional information about the walk, call Stephanie Holland at 800-456-5413 or 248-581-3898.

DCA/Bellini present arias
An evening of beloved arias, celebrated the Year of Italian Culture in the United States Oct. 6 at a performance in Wyandotte by the Bellini Opera Theatre in cooperation with the Downriver Council for the Arts.

The concert, held at the James R. De Sana Center for Arts & Culture featured soprano Eva Evola, mezzo soprano Lisa Agazzi, tenor Carlos Siese and baritone Dino Valle.

They were accompanied on the piano by Neil Eisenstein, who received a standing ovation for his performance of “Ballade No. 1 in G Minor” by Chopin.

After the concert, guests gathered for a wine and cheese reception in the center’s main art gallery to meet the performers and view the art exhibit: “3+3=6, Six degrees of Separation in Art.”

DAC board members Dale Cook, concert committee chairman, and Karen Ranka greeted the guests. Other committee members included Norma Wurmlinger, Rosolino LoDuca and Tamara Trudelle, DCA executive director.

The art exhibit, which continues through Oct 24, features works by three men and three women in six different mediums.

The artists are Bruce Speedie, sculpture; Jeremiah Hanson, mixed media; John Sanchez, wood carving; Marianne Letasi, photography; Vivian Longfellow, watercolors; and Sharlet Di Giorgio, mixed media/fiber art.

Actress will be speaker
Stephanie Powers, star of television, stage and screen, will take the microphone at the first celebrity lecture of the season in the Downriver Town Hall series at 11 a.m. Oct. 17 at Crystal Gardens in South-gate.

Best known as Jennifer Hart in the TV series “Hart to Hart,” she began her career on the stage and appeared in more than 30 motion pictures with screen legends including John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Lana Turner, Ava Garner, Roger Moore, Bing Crosby and James Caan.

Devoted to animal preservation and protection, the actress is the founder and president of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation.

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