Trenton Rotary Club preparing for Rockin’ the ‘D’ fundraiser

Going PlacesCKimberly Mott and Kim Arginanello, chair and co-chair, respectively, of the Trenton Rotary Club’s March 4 fundraiser, Rockin’ the “D” Downriver, are seeking sponsors and donations of auction items for the event, to be held at Crystal Gardens in Southgate.

Last year’s party, which sold out, was designated Best New Event at the Rotary district conference for 2016, Mott said.

Sponsors who already have committed, she said, include Hunter and Lupini, $2,500; Jackson, Snyder and Parker, $2,000; and Jabro’s Carpet One, Molnar Funeral Home and Colors by Kim Hair Salon & Spa, $1,000.

Assisting Mott and Arginanello are committee members Kathy Kane, Rose Angela Grounda, Paulette Dillingham, Matt and Jackie Hatty, Val Dzaguiones, Mike Concessi, Kyle Stack, Malak Taylor, John Allen, Raymond Yee and Laurie Dixon.

Partygoers will don their favorite “D” attire for the event, which will include dinner, drinks dancing and an auction. Tickets are $45.

For sponsorship information, call 734-250-2594, or to donate an auction item, 734-231-4107.

Events set by DCA

Applications for participation in the Downriver Council for the Arts annual Indie Craft Fair will be accepted through Feb. 3.

The fair, featuring the works of independent crafters, artists and designers, will be held March 17 and 18 on the three floors of the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, located at 81 Chestnut in Wyandotte.

The table fee for participation is $45, and three to five good-quality digital photos of the works or booth setup must be emailed to the DCA by the deadline, a spokesperson for the organization said.

Admission to the fair, which will coincide with the Wyandotte Business Association’s Third Friday observance, will include gifts to the first guests on the opening day.

Proceeds will be used to send children to art camps at the DeSana Center, the spokesperson said.

Additional information and application forms are available by calling the DCA at 734-720-0671 or going to

“Detroit Architecture: Old and New” will be the subject of Wendy Evans, an art-history teacher at Wayne State University, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the DeSana Center.

Evans, who was reared among museums in London, England, has advanced degrees from Oxford University and Wayne State.
She has been a volunteer at the Detroit Institute of Arts for many years and was invited by Anhui Sanlian University in Hefei, China, to lecture on American art.

The cost to attend the talk, a DCA program, is $10 (DCA members, $5). Reservations are being accepted at 734-720-0671 or by emailing

Auditions scheduled

Children aged 5 to 13 (as of Feb. 26) are eligible to audition for roles in two new musicals — “Journey of the Noble Gnarble” and “The Grunch” — to be staged by the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center.

The auditions will be held at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson, from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 25 and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26.

Preregistration and a photo are required. There is no charge to audition, but if cast, a $75 participation fee and $15 annual membership fee are necessary.

Prospective cast members should be prepared to sing a song to a karaoke track and should wear appropriate dance attire.

“Journey of the Noble Gnarble” is about an ocean creature that learns the importance of positivity and determination.

Inspired by “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” the “Grunch” revolves around a sixth-grader who plans to ruin the annual school musical.

For more information, call Karen Rutkowski at 734-771-7945.

Coming up . . .

Through Feb. 12 — Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend”; at the Fox Theatre; tickets ($17, $25, $35 and $70) are available at all Ticketmaster locations and To charge tickets by phone, call 800-745-3000.