Downriver debutantes will bow to society at club ball

going-placescTwo Downriver young women will be among those making their formal bows to society Feb. 4 at the annual Feher Rozsa Bal (White Rose Ball) of the Hungarian Arts Club.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Dearborn Inn with a reception to be followed by a formal dinner and the introduction of a guest of honor, Olivia Soter, who was an honoree at the first White Rose Ball in 1959.

The ball will open at 8:30 p.m. with the performance of the traditional Hungarian court dance the Palotas with the debutantes in floor-length white gowns, and their escorts in black tie and tails.

The debutantes include Abigail Szirmai of Allen Park, who attends Allen Park High School, and Shannon Carr of Taylor, a student at St. Frances Cabrini High School.

Their escorts will be Juan Hinojosa of Allen Park and Nathan Schulte of Taylor.

Tickets, $65, are available by calling 734-812-1797 or emailing Jan. 20 is the deadline for reservations.

In lieu of an arts scholarship, proceeds from this year’s ball will be donated to Holy Cross Hungarian Roman Catholic Parish of Detroit.

Required attire for the ball is floor-length gowns and black tie, a spokesman for the club said.

Info Center slates fair

Approximately 60 agencies and nonprofit organizations will take part in a resource fair titled “Mending the Safety Net” from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 20 at Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus in Taylor.

There is no cost to attend the event or host a table. Refreshments will be provided by DTE Energy.

The fair is designed for family-service workers, hospital and school social workers, nurses, case managers and health, human-services, education and early childhood professionals and volunteers.

The presenter is the Healthy Downriver Community Team, a collaborative, with participating organizations including The Information Center, the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, Wayne County Community College and The Guidance Center. Also participating are the Downriver Community Conference, The Information Center, Trenton Exchange Club, Community Care Services and the Department of Health and Human Services.

For additional information, email The college is located at 21000 Northline Road.

Coming up . . .

Jan. 19 — Trivia challenge at the Westfield Activities Center, 2700 Westfield Road, Trenton; dinner will be served by Mom’s Kitchen from 6 to 7 p.m.; the cost is $20 per person; for reservations, call 734-282-1717 or email

Jan. 29 —“Lunch with Elsa,” at the Heritage Park Petting Farm in Taylor; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the cost is $15 per person; for more information, call the Taylor Recreation Department, 734-374-3901.

Feb. 1 — Farmer’s Market fundraiser and painting party, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lush Brush, 3406 Fort St., in Lincoln Park; tickets, $40, are required in advance by calling Leslie Lynch-Wilson, president of Friends of the Lincoln Park Farmers Market, at 313-427-9044.

Feb. 1-26 — Play, “The Lion King”; at the Detroit Opera House; tickets start at $25; special matinees are planned; for tickets to an open-captioned performance on Feb. 12, call 313-872-1000, Ext. 0.

Jan. 26-Feb. 12 — Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend,” at the Fox Theatre; tickets, $14, $25, $35 and $70, are available at all Ticketmaster locations, or 800-745-3000 (for information about special prices for family nights, weekday kids’ matinees and schools/daycares, call 313-471-3099).