Taylor Conservatory slates canteen-themed fundraiser

going-placescGuests at the Taylor Conservatory Foundation fundraiser “A Nite at the Rhythm Club Gala” will take a step back in time Nov. 8 during a World War II-era party complete with an 18-piece band, swing dancers, Rosie the Riveter and a menu including comfort foods.

Joy Squire’s Ballet Americana dancers will kick off the USO Canteen-themed event at 5:30 p.m. at Crystal Gardens in Southgate with a spirited performance to the music of the 1940s hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” while partygoers sip wine and nibble on hors d’ouvres.

A salute to veterans will be a highlight of the gala, which will include live and silent auctions and music for dancing by the 18-piece Henry Ford College Big Band.

Among the auction prizes will be Detroit Red Wings tickets with seats behind the bench, a golf foursome at the Tournament Players’ Club of Michigan and gift certificates for restaurant meals and beauty services.

Choices at strolling food stations will range from chicken, pork tenderloin and macaroni and cheese to a soup bar, mashed potato bar and a selection of desserts including apple pie.

Elaine Fritz and Larry Wright are co-chairs of the event. Committee members include Erin Dobbins, Patty Donahue, Louise Doute, Sarah Wright and Sharon Harding.

Tickets, $65, include an open premium bar. For reservations and additional information, call 888-640-5454 or go to patty@taylorconservatory.org.

Chefs’ Dinner is scheduled

A Chefs’ Dinner to raise funds for student scholarships has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at Henry Ford College, 5101 Evergreen Road in Dearborn.

The evening will start with hors d’oeuvres and continue with grain-crusted tenderloin, shell- bean oxtail ragout and sweet potato custard with chestnuts and maple syrup. Dessert will be tiny pastries and sweets. Craft beer and wine will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 313-206-5101.

Coming up . . .

Nov. 2-Dec. 1 — Play by the Open Book Theatre Company, “Doubt a Parable”; at the Open Book Theatre, 1621 West Road, Trenton; play is winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award; mystery drama featuring Maggie Gilkes, Meghan VanArsdalen, Joe Sfair and Krystle Dellihue; opening night tickets, $30; other performances $25, general admission; $20, seniors; $15, students; for more information, call 734-2888-7753 or go to openbooktc.com.

Nov. 10 — Fashion show by Design by C. Creations by Cheryl Zemke; 11 a.m. at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte; light food and beverages; proceeds to the Downriver Council for the Arts; tickets $25 ($35, VIP); for tickets and more information, call 734-740-1292.

Nov. 11 — Ceremony at 10:45 a.m. commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War; bell tolling at 11a.m.; on the grounds of the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, 1335 Southfield Road; special invitation is being extended to anyone whose ancestors served in the war; the museum will remain open until 2 p.m.

Nov. 11 — Uke Jam Revival; open to ages 14 and up (younger must be accompanied by an adult); at the Downriver Council for the Arts headquarters in the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte; fee, $5 donation to the DCA; for more information, call 734-720-0671.