Tickets for 30th Downriver Prayer Breakfast available

going-placescThe Downriver Community Prayer Breakfast won’t take place until Dec. 1, but it you plan to attend, order your tickets now, because the event is always a sellout.

Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, 16703 Fort St. in Southgate, should be filled to capacity at 7 a.m. for the 30th annual inspirational nondenominational spiritual-renewal event led by Downriver clergy.

The speaker will be Jack Barsky, a born-again former KGB agent with a fascinating story about his life as a spy.

After years of working for the Soviet Union, Barsky left the KGB and was eventually discovered by the FBI and shared his knowledge of KGB espionage training and sleeper agents. Today, he is leading a normal life as an American citizen.

Barsky is the author of a newly released book about his experiences, “Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America.”

He has appeared on CNN as an expert on espionage and has commented on Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s interactions with President Donald Trump’s associates.

Tickets for the breakfast, which will start at 7 a.m., are $20. They are available at Crystal Gardens and also can be ordered by sending a check payable to the Downriver Prayer Breakfast, C/O Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort St., Southgate, MI 48195.

Tables will be assigned in the order of purchase. For additional information, call 734-284-7307.

33rd Festival of Trees set

The 33rd annual Festival of Trees will return to Dearborn Nov. 19 to 26 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

A benefit for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, the event will be kicked off with a preview gala on Nov. 18, with Tati Amare, host of WDIV Channel 4’s “Live in the D,” as mistress of ceremonies. The party will include a silent auction, live entertainment by COD and sweets.

VIP tickets are $125, with early admission at 6:30 p.m. offering heavy appetizers and an open bar. Tickets for patrons, who will be admitted at 7:30 p.m., are $75. They will include light appetizers and a cash bar.

The festival will offer for sale 7-, 4- and 3-foot trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses, Christmas stockings and a gift shop with additional items.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 21; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 22; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 23; and 10 a .m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 24. Veterans and men and women serving in the armed forces will be admitted free on Nov. 21.

Admission fees are $5, adults, and $3, children (under 2 years old free). For additional information, go to

Market slated in Wyandotte

The city of Wyandotte has scheduled its Christmas-tree lighting and Winter Market Third Friday event for 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at Sycamore and Biddle.

The market will include face painting, balloon twisting, crafters, food and carolers. For more information, call 734-324-7100, Ext. 4502, or email

Coming up . . .

Nov. 15 — Holiday buffet at the Fifty-One O One restaurant at Henry Ford College, 5101 Evergreen Road, Dearborn; turkey with stuffing and all the trimmings, plus pumpkin roll, pies and tortes for dessert; beer and wine will be available for purchase; brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; dinner, 6 to 8 p.m.; $14.95; for reservations, call 313-2006-5101.

Nov. 28-Dec. 10 — Play, “An American in Paris,” the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards; featuring the music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin; at the Detroit Opera House; tickets starting at $29 are available at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-982-2787 and at