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Events for MON January 01

Events for TUE January 02

Events for WED January 03

Events for THU January 04

Events for FRI January 05

Events for SAT January 06

Events for SUN January 07

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"Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, that you and your descendants might live!
"Deut. 30:19 "

Let's Start a Campaign to Leave The Lights Up

The holiday season comes and goes so quickly. It seems that, as soon as school starts in September and you blink, Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year are here and gone.

We scurry around decorating our places putting up lights, electric candles, menorahs, and wreaths. Everything is twinkling.... and then, we try to get around to other neighborhoods to see how beautifully they have decorated. All of a sudden, before we know it, the holidays are over and now everyone is scurrying around to take everything down and put it away. BUT WHY?

After all, the real winter season has just begun and we have months of long, dreary days to follow. Whatís the hurry to take down these beautiful lights? OK, I understand, take down the Christmas and Hanukkah decorations. But leave up the twinkle lights! There is nothing more beautiful than seeing them shining through the snow. Think how much more inviting it will be to come home and see those little lights still aglow in the dark of winter.

So, this year I am starting a campaign to keep those twinkle lights up long past New Years. Itís been proven that many people become severely depressed during the long, dark season. So, letís rename them Winter Lights and worry about removing them when the days get longer and the sun is brighter and the depression has lifted.

Peggy Jo

This is a Beautiful Tradition.

I wanted to put this in last weeks newsletter but it just wouldn't fit . Believe it or not, I do want to keep the size of the newsletter down. I do not know who wrote this. If anyone knows let me know.

Peggy Jo

SIMPLE WHITE ENVELOPE

It's just a small white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas --oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it -- the overspending, the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma -- the gifts given in desperation because you couldn't think of anything else.

Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts,sweaters, ties, and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way. Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was wrestling at the junior level at the school he attended. Shortly before Christmas, there was a non-league match against a team sponsored by an inner-city church. These youngsters, dressed in sneakers so ragged that shoestrings seemed to be the only thing holding them together, presented a sharp contrast to our boys in their spiffy blue and gold uniforms and sparkling new wrestling shoes. As the match began, I was alarmed to see that the other team was wrestling without headgear, a kind of light helmet designed to protect a wrestler's ears. It was a luxury the ragtag team obviously could not afford. Well, we ended up walloping them. We took every weight class. And as each of their boys got up from the mat, he swaggered around in his tatters with false bravado, a kind of street pride that couldn't acknowledge defeat.

Mike, seated beside me, shook his head sadly, "I wish just one of them could have won," he said. "They have a lot of potential, but losing like this could take he heart right out of them." Mike loved kids -- all kids -- and he knew them, having coached little league football, baseball, and lacrosse.

That's when the idea for his present came. That afternoon, I went to a local sporting goods store and bought an assortment of wrestling headgear and shoes and sent them anonymously to the inner-city church. On Christmas Eve, I placed the envelope on the tree, the note inside telling Mike what I had done and that this was his gift from me. His smile was the brightest thing about Christmas that year and in succeeding years. For each Christmas, I followed the tradition one year sending a group of mentally handicapped youngsters to a hockey game, another year a check to a pair of elderly brothers whose home had burned to the ground the week before Christmas, and on and on. The envelope became the highlight of our Christmas. It was always the last thing opened on Christmas morning, and our children, ignoring their new toys, would stand with wide-eyed anticipation as their dad lifted the envelope from the tree to reveal its contents.

As the children grew, the toys gave way to more practical presents, but the envelope never lost its allure. The story d doesn't end there. You see, we lost Mike last year due to cancer. When Christmas rolled around, I was still so wrapped in grief that I barely got the tree up. But Christmas Eve found me placing an envelope on the tree, and in the morning it was joined by three more. Each of our children, unbeknownst to the others, had placed an envelope on the tree for their dad. The tradition has grown and someday will expand even further with our grandchildren standing around the tree with wide-eyed anticipation watching as their fathers take down the envelope. Mike's spirit, like the Christmas spirit, will always be with us.

May we all remember Christ, who is the reason for the season, and the true Christmas spirit this year and always. God Bless!

A Thank You List for the New Year

I saw this in Good Housekeeping magazine and thought we should all add to the list..... so please send me what you are grateful for to publish next week.(with or with out your name)

The Good List

35 things to be grateful for all year long
By Holly Crawford
  1. Mistletoe (and the right person under it)
  2. The holiday dress that still fits -(I wish it did)
  3. Friends who are like family-(All of You)
  4. Men who still open doors-(Love it)
  5. Online shopping-(Trouble)
  6. Finding the perfect gift for a picky relative -(not Easy)
  7. Waking up to snow- (and then making angels in the snow)
  8. A bank of poinsettias
  9. Logs crackling, gift wrap crinkling
  10. A lighted tree in a darkened room
  11. Baking cookies for Santa-(and Me)
  12. A babysitter you can trust-(the Grandmas)
  13. The family member who snaps photos at big events Ė and gives you prints
  14. Hand-knit anything-(Where's my mom when I need her.)
  15. Nights so clear you can see tons of stars
  16. Remembering your grandma as you light her menorah
  17. Taking a nap, then wrapping presents until 2:00 a.m. -(I can relate)
  18. Gift givers who include the batteries-(Good Idea)
  19. All our soldiers, at home and far away-Bless them All)
  20. Adding a leaf to the table for new family members
  21. Clear directions from a stranger when youíre lost
  22. Express lines
  23. Having the row all to yourself on an airplane
  24. A hubby who warms up the car for you-(Just like Pappy)
  25. A haircut thatís truly wash-and-go
  26. Cute shoes that donít hurt your feet -(Yes)
  27. Babies when theyíre babbling
  28. Teens when they feel like talking-(When's that)
  29. Midnight mass in a packed church
  30. A sweet glance from your husband that no one else sees
  31. The recipe for your momís pecan pie
  32. Knowing you can watch ďItís a Wonderful LifeĒ any day this month
  33. Having everyone home for the holidays
  34. The luxury of a few moments alone
  35. A prayer, answered

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  • Events for MON January 01
  • New Years Day Dance

    Location: The Amber House 7012 9 MILE RD Warren, MI

    NEW YEAR'S DAY at THE AMBER HOUSE Bored, Nothing To Do? Want To Party If you didn't venture out on New Year's Eve Then Come Dance the New Year In Starting at 4:00pm starts at 04:00 PM Price $8


    Royal Oak Polo Club

    Rose Bowl Game Logo Location: Lily's Seafood 410 S. Washington Ave Royal Oak, MI 248-591-5459

    Rose Bowl watching on the big screen- Lily's will be following their regular Monday night custom of $1 beers and "all-you-can-eat" Fish dinners. Meet in the bar area. starts at 04:30 PM

    President Gerald R. Ford , an All American Center for the University of Michigan, will be honored with a moment of silence. It was just a month ago tha "Bo'" Schembechler was given the same honor prior to the Ohio State game.

  • Events for TUE January 02
  • Selective Singles Social Club

    Location: Country Chef 33145 Dequindre Troy, MI North of 14 Mile Rd.

    Join friends for friendly, relaxed breakfast every Tuesday. Contact : Jim at 248-545-2084 starts at 09:00 AM Price


    Century Dancers

    Location: American-Polish Century Club, just north of Fourteen Mile on the east side of Maple Lane, across from Maple Lane Golf Course. Maple Lane Road becomes an extension of Hoover at Fourteen Mile Road. Polish-American Century Club, just north of Fourteen Mile

    Live Band Ballroom Dancing (This is not the Polish American Cultural Center which is nearby) starts at 07:00 PM Price $8.00


    School for Outdoor Leadership Adventure and Recreation

    Location: Colony Hall 21780 Evergreen Southfield, MI Between 8 mile and 9 mile roads

    Meetings are held the first Tuesday of month (unless noted on the calendar) No cost to attend meetings. Must be a dues paid member join SOLAR sponsored trips. Meet like minded people who are a into the outdoors. starts at 07:30 PM Price


    Latin & Argentine Tango Club of Detroit

    Location: O'Kelly Banquet Hall 23663 Park Dearborn, MI

    Milonga de los Motor City Milongueros Argentine tango lesson at 7:00pm, beginners welcome, no partner required. After the lesson dance tango, milonga, and vals to the best recorded music of Buenos Aires. starts at 07:00 PM Member price $10 Guest Price $15


    All Star Singles

    Location: Taylor Moose Lodge (Chapter 992) , 9981 South Telegraph, Taylor MI 48180. Approximately one mile South of I-94. East side of street, Telegraph heading North. Parking at rear of building.

    All Star Singles Dance. Couples also welcome. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided. Dressy/Casual attire please. Information 1-800-255-4487. Out of state callers 1-313-521-6564 From 08:00 PM to 11:00 PM Price $10

  • Events for WED January 03
  • Royal Oak Computer Club

    Location: Leo Mahany/Harold Meininger Senior Community Center 3500 Marais Royal Oak, MI (248)246-3900 North of 13 Mile Rd, just south of Lexington Blvd, East of Crooks Rd

    Weekly Meeting starts at 12:30 PM Price $1


    Thunderbirds Ski Club

    Location: Hawthorne Valley Country Club 7300 N. Merriman Road Westland, Mi Just South of Warren

    Membership Meeting Contact : Denise Schwab 313-561-1992 starts at 07:00 PM Price


    A1 Singles

    Location: American Polish Cultural Center 2975 E.Maple Road Troy, MI Northwest corner of 15 mile and Dequindre. This is not the American Polish Century Club.

    Lessons by Ron & Linda Hiveley and Micheal Beresh. Tango lessons 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Dance 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Couples and Singles welcome. Cost lesson only $10.00,lesson and dance $12.00, dance only $8.00 Information (313)521-6564 starts at 07:00 PM Price

  • Events for THU January 04
  • Downriver Swing Club

    Location: Pier 500 507 Biddle Wyandotte, MI email address is drswing@hotmail.com

    Cool West Coat Patterns for social Dancing! $5.00 for lessson starts at 8:15 till 9:00 Dancing till 1:00 AM starts at 08:15 PM Price $5


    PWP- Rochester

    Location: Rivercrest , Avon Rd. between Rochester & Livernois

    Weekly Dance Our very own Tj the DJ plays TOP 40 and Your requests. starts at 7:00 PM Member price $4 Guest Price $7


    Selective Singles Social Club

    Location: Cracker Barrel Roseville, MI S off 13 Mile on Mack

    Weekly breakfast with good friends and good food. All welcome. Contact : Rosemary 313-881-3934 starts at 09:00 AM Price


    Metropolitan Single Professionals

    Location: Uno Chicago Grill ($) (734) 432-6091 20420 Haggerty Rd - Livonia

    Everyone is Welcome to Join US Fun & Fine Dining! We will meet in the lounge Anytime between 6:00 and 7:30pm for socializing with dinner afterwards.From 8:00 pm to 1:00 am Price Menu

  • Events for FRI January 05
  • Selective Singles Social Club

    Location: Mutt & Jeff's 50870 North Avenue Macomb Township, MI 586-949-3040 Just 1/2 block south of 23 Mile Road on the east side of North Ave.

    Come and enjoy a morning of fun with a lively group of friends If you would like more information please call Peggy at 586-725-3152 or Kathy at 586-716-1902 starts at 09:00 AM Price Menu


    Phil's Single Dances

    Location: Troy/Clawson Elk's club 1451 East Big Beaver Troy, MI

    Singles Dance Dinners or sandwiches are available to anyone at a reasonable price . Contact : 248-941-0120From 08:00 PM to 12:00 AM Price $9


    Dancer's Choice Toledo

    Location: DC Ranch 25740 N. State Road Perrysburg, MI 419-874-1951

    DJ Midnight Madman: Mike Marks doors open 7pm All welcomed: Singles and Couples starts at 08:00 PM Price $6


    Metropolitan Single Professionals

    Location: Holiday Inn, Livonia 17123 Laurel Park Dr. N 6 Mile Road at I-275 734-464-1300

    Single Mingle Top 40 DJ, Cash Bar, Hors d'oeuvres (8:00-9:00)Dressy Casual (No jeans or Tennis Shoes) Non-Smoking From 8:00 pm to 1:00 am Member price $5.00 Guest Price


    Detroit Institute of Arts Friday Night Programs

    Location: Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 313.833.7900 More here

    First Fridays Music from a variety of cultures in the World Music series, artist demonstrations, drawing in the galleries for all ages, museum tours and drop in workshops. starts at 07:00 PM Price


    Waterford Oaks Ballroom Dancers

    Location: Waterford Oaks Activity Center, 2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48238. Automatic Information Line: 248-988-7169

    Singles and Couples.Ballroom Dancing. Ballroom attire. Fox Trot, Waltz, Swing, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Tango, Samba, Mambo, Polka, Viennese.Ballroom Lighting. Cabaret Setting. Coffe, Tea, Sweets, Door Prizes. Music from the 1940's to the present time. starts at 08:00 PM Price $8.00

  • Events for SAT January 06
  • Bethany Suburban West

    Location: St Robert Bellarmine Parish Hall, 2701 W. Chicago Rd. Redford

    Monthly Dance starts at 08:00 PM Price $10.00

  • Events for SUN January 07
  • First MSDA Dance

    The first MSDA Dance Party of the new year will be Sunday, January 7, 2007.

    This dance is a couple weeks earlier than the usual "third Sunday of the month". So get out that new 2007 calendar and write it down so you'll remember! (MSDA Dance... January 7) And tell your friends! (MSDA... January 7)

    Hey, you can bring all your pictures from the Holidays and share them. You may want to bring all your leftover holiday goodies and share them, too! :)

    3 to 4 PM, Lesson prior to the dance 4 to 8 PM MSDA Dance Party, DJ Phil Dorroll

    Rhythm 'N' Shoes Dance Studio 2172 Franklin Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 Just east of Telegraph, north of Square Lake Rd on Franklin Rd

    U of M Ballroom Dance Club

    Location: Michigan Union S. State & S. University Ann Arbor, MI

    Dance lessons 5-6pm Fox Trot 6-7pm Rhumba 7-8pm Waltz 8-10 Open Dance. Members-only , we welcome newcomers to try us on for size $3 one evening $25 semester $50 per year More information on web site. starts at 7:00 PM Price


    Toledo Ballroom Dancers

    Location: Maumee Eagles Club ,

    Ballroom Dance Band Duanne Malinowski includes chicken Dinner Public welcome Singles and couples From 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM Price $5

  • DRYA Seminars Begin Wednesday Jan 10
  • The DRYA seminars are developed with the novice and recreational sailor in mind. These weekly Wednesday night seminars are designed to introduce the sport of sailing to non-sailors and to broaden the knowledge of newer sailors. They are FREE and open to the public. One need not belong to a club or the DRYA to attend. All seminars start at 7:00pm. These seminars are an excellent way to meet boat owners, crew members, and other people interested in sailing & racing

    The first seminar will be held at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club 788 Lakeshore Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan 48236 (313) 884-2500

    If one is interested in having dinner prior to the seminar, call for reservations.

    Joy of Sailing Sailing enthusiast, Dr. Steve Liroff, and a few of his fellow sailors will discuss their love of sailing from their unique and different perspectives: cruising, racing, crewing and full time living aboard. We all have our reasons for our pa

  • Once on This Island Jan 28, 2007
  • Join us!! To attend this event with the group. or call Frank at 248-547-2032

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