Crystal Gardens will rock to raise money for charities

Going PlacesCCrystal Gardens will be rockin’ March 4 when members of the Trenton Rotary Club and friends gather for the organization’s “Rockin’ the ‘D’ Downriver” bash to raise money for Rotary charities.

The event will start at 6 p.m. with partygoers wearing attire bearing the old-English “D” as a symbol of their support for Downriver and its close relationship with Detroit.

Only 500 tickets will be sold for the event, which was a sellout last year with 500 guests and raised $28,000. Tickets cost $45 and are available by calling Valerie Dzaguiones at 734-671-2548, Option 3, or going to

Admission includes a buffet dinner of roasted chicken, baked scrod, stuffed cabbage, penne with marinara sauce, vegetables, salad and dessert, plus an open premium bar.

Live music will be provided by The Saints of Soul band, and recorded music by High Altitude Energy by Ron.

In addition, silent and super-mega silent auctions will offer prizes including a one-week stay anywhere in the world, two condo rentals (in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico), tickets to the musical “Dirty Dancing” at the Fox Theatre, Detroit Tigers tickets, a Coach handbag and dozens of other items.

Several raffles also are planned, among them a reverse raffle with a cash prize of up to $2,000, and a gift-card raffle with cards redeemable at restaurants and retail establishments.

Kimberley Mott and Kim Arginanello are chair and co-chair of the event. Crystal Gardens is at 16703 Fort St. in Southgate.

Auditions scheduled

The Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center has scheduled auditions for the two new musicals “The Journey of the Noble Gnarble” and “The Grunch” at 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 25 and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Trenton Village Theatre.

Children 5 through 13 years old are eligible to try out and should wear comfortable clothing and expect to sing a song to a karaoke track, a DYPAC spokeswoman said.

There is no charge to audition, but those who are cast will be required to pay a $75 participation fee and $15 annual membership if they are not currently members of DYPAC, she added.

Performances of the plays are planned for May 5, 6 and 7 at the theater, 2447 W. Jefferson.

To register for the auditions, go to For additional information, call Karen Rutkowski at 734-771-7945.

Day camp benefit set

The Trenton Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a benefit spaghetti dinner for the Special Needs Activity Program from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Trenton Knights of Columbus Hall, 5474 W. Jefferson.

Proceeds will fund a summer day camp for teenagers and young adults with special needs who live in Trenton and surrounding communities.

The dinner, sponsored by the Msgr. John Eppenbrock K of C, will include all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, rolls, dessert, coffee and soft drinks.

Tickets are $8, adults, and $4, children 2 to 12 years old. Payment will be accepted at the door.

Save the date . . .

March 12 — Fourteenth annual Dearborn Women’s Expo; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.; the event will feature 100 exhibitors, a silent auction and fitness and fashion shows; admission is $3; children under 12, no charge; for more information, go to