Sponsorships are available for 29th Prayer Breakfast

going-placescFirst responders from throughout the Downriver area will be honored as part of a sponsorship program offered in conjunction with the 29th Annual Downriver Community Prayer Breakfast Dec. 2 at Chrystal Gardens Banquet Center in Southgate.

The event traditionally begins with a 7 a.m. breakfast followed by a non-denominational inspirational talk by a nationally known speaker, who this year will be Ashley Smith, author of “Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero.”

The Downriver Police/Fire Honor Guard will present the flags for the singing of the National Anthem.

Tickets, which sell out quickly, are $20. They are available by sending a check payable to: Downriver Community Prayer Breakfast, in care of Bob Bovitz, P.O. Box 4454, Trenton, MI, 48183.

Sponsorships begin at $250 for a table of first responders. Those who donate $700 will receive 10 tickets to the breakfast. In addition, the purchase of student sponsorships, $400, will enable 10 high school students to attend the event.

All sponsors will be listed the breakfast program and mentioned on the local cable program, which will air throughout December, a spokesman for the event said.

The speaker, a best-selling author who shares her life story in her book, is known worldwide as the single mother who persuaded “Atlanta’s Courtroom Killer” to surrender to police.

Mellus will be meeting topic

The history of The Mellus Newspapers, a longtime community publication founded by the late William S. Mellus in 1933 to serve the city of Lincoln Park, will be reviewed Nov. 2 at a meeting of the Lincoln Park Historical Society.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, 1335 Southfield Road. The speaker will be Leslie Lynch-Wilson, president of the Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance.

Offices of the newspaper, located on Fort Street in Lincoln Park, until it was demolished in 2010, became the headquarters of additional Downriver publications as coverage of the area was expanded.

In the 1970s, Mellus eventually sold the newspaper group to the Panax Corp., which occupied the building until 1986, when the company merged with Heritage Newspapers, the current owner of the chain.

Artist to give demonstration

Well-known Downriver artist Karl Kamulski will give a lecture and demonstration on reductive relief printing at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 during a meeting of the Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild.

The meeting, open to the public without charge, will be held at the Southgate Veterans Memorial Library, 14680 Dix-Toledo Hwy.

Now retired, the speaker was awarded a bachelor’s degree and pursued post-graduate work at Wayne State University. He worked in art direction and illustration before joining the faculty at Wayne County Community College District.

He is recognized as one of three artists who established the Michigan Gallery in Detroit, whose membership numbered more than 1,000 artists and art supporters. The gallery opened in 1970 and closed in 1997, with Kamulski having served as president and chairman for 27 years.

Coming up . . .

Nov. 4 — Opening reception for ARC exhibit; 6 p.m. in the main gallery of the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte; featuring artwork by students with intellectual-development disabilities; no charge; exhibit will continue through Nov. 18.

Nov. 4-19 — Play, “Recent Tragic Events,” a dark comedy to be staged by the Open Book Theatre at its new location, 1621 West Road (half block east of Fort Street), Trenton; for tickets, $20, general admission, or $15, students and seniors, call 734-288-7753 or go to www.openbooktc.com.

Nov. 12, 13 —Show, Paw Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”; based on the animated series on Nickelodeon at the Fox Theatre in Detroit; featuring lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving with pups on stage; tickets, $18, $30 and $40, and a limited number at $55 and $85, are available at www.OlympiaEntertainment.com, at all Ticketmaster locations, www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000; for more information, go to www.pawpatrollive.com.