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Busiest Social Day of The SummerSaturday the 18th of
August promises to be arguably, the busiest social day of the
summer if not the year. The Dream Cruise in North Woodward
area will probably be the biggest one yet even if the auto
companies are cutting back it just makes more room for new
sponsors. In the afternoon and evening there will be a great
Jazz concert out at Orchard Lake.
We just need more
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man
who gains understanding
A friendship StoryFrom an email I
One day, when I was a freshman in high
school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from
school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all
of his books.
I thought to myself, "Why would anyone
bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a
I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a
football game with my friends that very afternoon), so I
shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was walking, I saw a
bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking
all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in
the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the
grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this
terrible sadness in his eyes
My heart went out to him.
So, I jogged over to him as he crawled around looking for his
glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his
glasses, I said, "Those guys are jerks. " They really should
" He looked at me and said, "Hey thanks!"
There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles
that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his books,
and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near
me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before.
said he had gone to private school before now. I would have
never hung out with a private school kid before We talked all
the way home, and I carried some of his books. He turned out
to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play a
little football with my friends He said yes.
out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I
liked him, and my friends thought the same of him. Monday
morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books
again. I stopped him and said, "Boy, you are gonna really
build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday! "
He just laughed and handed me half the books.
next four years, Kyle and I became best friends.. When we were
seniors we began to think about college. Kyle decided on
Georgetown and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would
always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He
was going to be a doctor and I was going for business on a
Kyle was valedictorian of our
class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to
prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn't me
having to get up there and speak Graduation day, I saw Kyle.
He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found
himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked
good in glasses. He had more dates than I had and all the
girls loved him. Boy, sometimes I was jealous! Today was one
of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his
speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, "Hey, big guy,
you'll be great!" He looked at me with one of those looks (the
really grateful one) and smiled. " Thanks," he said.
As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and
began "Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make
it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers,
your siblings, maybe a coach...but mostly your friends.--- I
am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is
the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a
story." I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told
the story of the first day we met.
He had planned to
kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned
out his locker so his Mom wouldn't have to do it later and was
carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me a
little smile. "Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me
from doing the unspeakable."
I heard the gasp go
through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all a!
bout his weakest moment. I saw his Mom and dad looking at me
and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment
did I realize it's depth. Never underestimate the power of
your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person's
life. For better or for worse. God puts us all in each others
lives to impact one another in some way.
Letters from our ReadersThanks Peggy Joe.
some ladies call me, regarding our Luau coming up, who read
about it in your newsletter.
Hi Peggy Jo,
I really enjoy your newsletter...especially
the bible verses...Thanks..peace to you
Monday August 13|
Charity Event (Monday August 13)
Location: Burning Tree Golf And Country Club. 22871 21
Mile Road, Macomb, MI. 48044.
16th Annual Golf Outing
benefit for the Boys and Girls Club contact Keith Stonehouse
248-564-4022. Starts at 09:00 AM..
Monday Night Dancers (Monday August
13) Location: Father Patrick O'Kelley K of C.
23663 Park St., Dearborn, MI.
Singles & Couples
Dance Lessons: Beginners 5:30, Intermediate 6:30, Dance Party
7:30-10:30. No dance partner needed. Lessons $5, Dance Party
$6. Snacks included. Big Band, Latin, Swing, Fox trot, Waltz,
Polka. Contact 313-295-1134. Starts at 7:00 PM..
Bethany East (Monday August 13)
Location: Whispering Oaks. 21 Mile Road between Van
Dyke and Schoenherr. MI. .
Vollyball until dark.
Contact: Rick (586) 784-5348. Also welcome are people to cheer
on the volleyball players, Bring a chair, your water bottle
and relax and enjoy the fresh air. . Starts at 07:00
Metropolitan Single Professionals (Monday August 13) Location: Drakeshire
Lanes Lounge . 35000 Grand River, Farmington Hills, MI. 48335.
Social euchre No smoking on Mondays. Come anytime
from 6:30 pm til 9:30 pm. $6 non members, $5 members . Starts
at 06:30 PM.
Bethany East (Monday August 13)
Location: St Clair Shores Park. Jefferson & Masonic
St, Clair Shores, MI.
WALKING Meet in the parking lot
by the benches. Eileen has to use her pass to get everyone in
so be prompt. Bring water, bug spray, and a snack. Contact:
Eileen (586) 777-0530. Starts at 06:30 PM..
The best way to determine what motivates
people? ask them?
The Road to Success
Tuesday August 14|
Success Institute A spiritual time you won't
Location: Troy Community Center. 3179
Livernois, Troy, Mi. 248-524-3181.
Spiritual teaching by Doug and Jodi Firebaugh.
evening of powerful revelation and transformation, as we share
God's word for your success.
From 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM.
Somerset Ski & Golf Club (Tuesday
August 14) Location: Troy Elks Club. 1451 East
Big Beaver Troy, MI, between Rochester Road and John R. on the
north side of the street.
General Meeting. Dancing to a
DJ after the Meeting. Starts at 7:30 PM. Member Price is $4
and guest price is $6.
Century Dancers (Tuesday August
14) 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.
Ballroom Dancing. (This is not the Polish American Cultural
Center which is nearby). Starts at 07:00 PM. Price is
Latin & Argentine Tango Club of Detroit (Tuesday August 14) 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 is $10 and
guest price is $15.
Selective Singles Social Club (Tuesday
August 14) Location: Country Chef. 33145
Dequindre, Troy, MI. North of 14 Mile Rd.
for friendly, relaxed breakfast every Tuesday. Contact: Jim at
248-545-2084. Starts at 09:00 AM.
Classical and Jazz Music Event (Tuesday
August 14) Location: Andiamo Celebrity Showroom.
7096 East Fourteen Mile Road, Warren, MI. Inside Andiamo
A RETURN TO P-JAZZ The Johnny Trudell Big Band
Jazz. Cash Bar, Light Dinner Menu. Call 586-268-3200. Starts
at 07:30 PM. Price is $5.
Wednesday August 15|
Kirk Singles (Wednesday August
15) Location: Fillipas Wine Barrel. 45125 Mound,
Sterling Heights, MI. Northwest corner of M-59 and
Our monthly Meet and Greet. Meet old friends,
make new friends, while co-mingling with Somerset Singles. .
From 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM. Order off menu .
Club Red (Wednesday August 15)
Location: Memphis Smoke. 100 South Main, Royal Oak, MI.
Southwest corner of Main and Eleven
See hot Detroit
area bands this summer at a cool venue for a great cause.
Announcing the new Club Red Summer Concert Series at Memphis
Smoke in Royal Oak to benefit your Home Team American Red
Cross in partnership with 89X Radio, 93.9 The River, Memphis
Smoke, Real Detroit Weekly & The Social Connection. Starts
at 07:00 PM..
A1 Singles (Wednesday August 15)
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.
by Micheal Beresh. 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..
Somerset Ski & Golf Club (Wednesday
August 15) Location: Golden Hawk Golf Course.
MI. I94 to 26 Mile, turn right to County Line Rd. Turn left to
Meisner, turn right to course. Friendly Course..
for reservations. Call by 8pm Wed for Sun golf and 3 days
prior for weekday. Leave name and number. You will be called
only if problem. Call to cancel. Arrive 30 min. prior to first
tee time. Foursomes will be by draw. . Contact : Bev
586-573-7151. Starts at 10:30 AM. Price is $23 w/cart.
Royal Oak Computer Club (Wednesday
August 15) 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 is $1.
Bethany East (Wednesday August
15) Location: Jack's Waterfront Restaurant,
24214 Jefferson (between 9 and 10 Mile roads). .,, MI.
EAT OUT: Contact Kevin (586) 777-0530, . Starts at
Kirk Singles (Wednesday August
15) Location: Shain Park. Martin Street,
Birmingham, MI. One block south of Maple Rd., west of Old
Musical treat at free outdoor concerts every
Wednesday. Free parking on streets or in City garage one block
west. Picnicing optional, bring a blanket or folding chair. We
usually sit on the east side of the hedge by the center
statue. Starts at 07:00 PM. Price is Free.
Festivals and Community Events (Wednesday August 15) Location: Riverside
Gazebo, Downtown Linden
Music by the Mill - The
fourteenth season of Linden's free outdoor summer concert
series. Starts at 07:00 PM..
If you worry, will it change the future?
The Road to Success
Thursday August 16|
Sailing Singles (Thursday August
16) Location: Jack's Waterfront Restaurant.
24214 Jefferson Ave, St. Clair Shores, MI. 48080 In the middle
of Emerald City Marina.
Happy Hour contact Donna Marek,
Suzanne Mueller or JoAnn Porter . From 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM.
Price is cash bar/menu.
PWP- Rochester (Thursday August
16) 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 is $4 and guest price is $8.
Single Place (Thursday August 16)
Location: First Presbyterian Church. 200 East Main
Street, Northville, MI. 248-349-0911.
Programs offer a variety of speakers, panels and
entertainment. Social time is 7:30pm to 7:45 pm. Opening is
7:45pm to 8:00pm and program is 8:00PM to 9:00PM. Starts at
07:30 PM. Price is $5.
Various Dances (Thursday August
16) Location: Lucky Dog Customs .48661 Grand
River, Novi, MI.
Classic Car Show 4-6 ,Dance 6-10. DJ
Phil Dorall, MC Suzy Brecht .Heavy hors d'ourvres BYOB. Starts
at 04:00 PM. Price is Free.
Selective Singles Social Club (Thursday
August 16) Location: Logan's Roadhouse
(Macomb).,, MI. on Hall Rd. across from Lakeside Mall in
between Don Pablo's and Macaroni Grill. .
and prospective members RSVP to Frank 248-651=8356 or
email@example.com . Starts at 06:30 PM..
Skiwi Ski Club (Thursday August
16) Location: Santa Maria Bistro Bar &
Reataurant 350 E. Fourteen Mile Road ,Madison Heights, MI.
Meetings .Don't miss out on the great
pizza, 50/50 raffle, and more information on upcoming
activities and trips:Julie, Connie, Dale, Evelyn and Phil
,Hospitality Committee. Starts at 07:00 PM. Member Price is $3
and guest price is $4.
International Dances of Universal Peace (Thursday August 16) Location: Unity of
Toledo .3535 Executive Pkwy Toledo, OH .No reservations
necessary. For questions call Judy (419)
Simple dances require no experience and no
partner. They celebrate sacred phases of all the world's
religions.Come join us in the intention of peace .Led by Judy
Trautman, certified dance leader. Starts at 7:00 PM..
American Singles Golf Association-SE Michigan (Thursday August 16) Location: The Maples
Club .31260 Wakefield Dr. Novi, MI 48377.
6pm, short meeting at 7pm, then mingling continues after the
meeting. Any questions contact Diane Taylor, at (248)
347-0379. Starts at 06:00 PM...
Friday August 17|
Festivals and Community Events (Weekend
of August 17) Location: Ypsilanti.,,
Ypsilanti's Heritage Festival - now in its 29th year,
this festival celebrates the diverse cultural heritage of
Southeastern, Michigan. Highlights include arts and crafts,
historic architecture, a "Millionaire's Party," music and lots
of food. Starts at 7:00 PM..
Copper Creek Golf Club (Friday August
17) Location: Copper Creek Golf Club. 12 Mile
between Haggerty and Halstead Road.
DJ JIMMY BARRIOS
Great food-drink specials-cash bar. Dancing the Swing, Cha
Cha, Hustle, West Coast and more. Outdoors on the patio rain
or shine. Every Friday and Saturday. Starts at 07:00 PM. Price
is Cash Bar/Menu.
Thunderbirds Ski Club (Friday August
17) Location: FOX CREEK G.C. 36000 Seven Mile
Rd, Livonia, MI (248) 471-3400.
DROP IN GOLF LEAGUE Tee
Time 5:00 PM every Friday night Rotates Whispering Willows,
Idyl Wylde and Fox Creek. Starts at 04:30 PM..
Edison Boat Club (Friday August
17) Location: Edison Boat Club 100 Lycaste
Detroit, MI 313.235-2975 On the river at the foot of
Fish Fry Sailing Singles use your membership
cards call 313-235-2976 for reservations. Starts at 05:00
Discretion will protect you, and understanding
will guard you.
Saturday August 18|
Somerset Ski & Golf Club (Weekend of
August 18) Location: Grand Haven and Ravines
Saugatuck, MI Saugatuck is on the west side of the
2 nts.lodging (Sat. & Sun) 2 continental
breaksfast..Sat. nite party.. Sun. nite dinner. Sun. 18 holes
at Grand Haven and Mon. 18 holes at Ravines..Sat. Golf
(optional) $50 at Hawkshead Contact : Rosalie 586-783-3299.
Starts at 7:00 PM. Member Price is #305 and guest price is
Skiwi Ski Club (Saturday August
18) Location: Rochester Municipal Park Parking
Lot on Woodward and Ludlow , For more info contact John
Zalewski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-850-3781 or Connie
Casey at ccaseySLP@aol.com or 586-291-8654
Ride begins 11:00 a.m. Round trip 18 Miles on limestone
gravel. Bring radios, sunscreen, helmet, bike lock, drinking
water and bicycle in good working order. Starts at 10:30
Arts & Craft Events (Saturday August
18) Location: Wayne County Community College
Downriver campus. 21000 Northline Rd,, MI. .
Heritage Festival event . Contact : email@example.com.
From 01:00 PM to 07:00 PM..
Phil's Single Dances (Saturday August
18) Location: Troy Clawson Elk's Club 1451 East
Big Beaver Rd. Troy, MI 1/2 mile E. of Rochester Rd. on the N.
side of Big Beaver Rd.
Join Your Friends For Dancing
And Socializing Summer Dressy Casual/Cash Bar/Snacks/Smoke
Free Dick Gerathy, D.J. For Information Please Call Phil @
248-941-0120. From 08:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Member Price is $10
and guest price is .
Dream CruiseThe Woodward Dream Cruise is a classic
car festival held annually on the third Saturday of August.
The festival spans much of Woodward Avenue from Pontiac
through Ferndale in Oakland County, Michigan, all the way to
the State Fair Grounds inside the Detroit city limits, just
south of 8 Mile Road. The portions of Woodward within the city
of Detroit are not involved in the Cruise festival.
event, which attracts nearly two million people and
approximately 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom,
collector and special interest vehicles each year, is a modern
tribute to the classic cruisers. These are the cars that were
available and prevalent during the 1950s, '60s and early '70s
(prior to the OPEC oil embargo, which led to the Corporate
Average Fuel Economy regulations of 1975 and the proliferation
of more fuel-efficient smaller and less powerful automobiles).
Some of these classic cruisers, of course, were earlier models
that had either been scrupulously maintained or even
"souped-up" and customized by their proud teen-age (and older)
During this post-war era, people would
"cruise" in their cars along historic Woodward Avenue, often
looking for peers or friends who were also out for a drive,
and occasionally (or, perhaps, more than occasionally) seeking
an opportunity for some street racing or at least a chance to
"burn rubber" (or "light 'em up") in a quick getaway from a
newly green traffic light.
It was 1994 when Ferndale,
Michigan plumber Nelson House, seeing the need for a
children's soccer field in his community, dreamed up the
cruise to help raise money. Community members grabbed the idea
and held planning meetings on the second floor of a local bank
in early 1995.
Organizers initially expected 30,000 or
40,000 people to come to the Aug. 19, 1995 inaugural cruise on
Woodward Avenue in Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Berkley,
Huntington Woods, Royal Oak and Birmingham. About 250,000
actually showed up, an early sign that they had a hit on their
The soccer field was eventually built in Martin
Road Park, and House is just a casual cruise spectator now.
That first one was his favorite, he said, because it wasn't so
commercialized and crowded (Source: Oakland Press 8/15/04). It
is now the largest single day classic car cruise in the world.
The days leading up to the Dream Cruise are
traditionally a time of anticipation along the Woodward strip
as more and more of these classic vehicles are brought out
onto the streets in the week preceding the event, and
ancillary events are scheduled in the sponsoring communities
of Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, Huntington Woods,
Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills,
With the success of the cruise the
classic cars now start appearing on Woodward during the first
weeks of summer, and cars begin cruising in significanty
numbers as long as two weeks before the official day of the
cruise. This has led to some increased friction between cruise
organizers and residents living close to Woodward, who
complain of the noise and disruption in their lives.
Sunday August 19|
U of M Ballroom Dance Club (Sunday
August 19) 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..
All Star Singles (Sunday August
19) Location: Renaissance Unity Social Hall.
11200 E. Eleven Mile, Warren, MI. Formerly Church of
Today.East bound I 696 Service Drive ( Between Van Dyke and
Dance Lesson 4-5 Dance Party 5-8 both for $12.
Starts at 04:00 PM. Price is $12.
Cultural Event (Sunday August 19)
Location: Palmer Schau Platz in Memorial Park Park Road
Frankenmuth, MI 989-652-4958
Women's Club Summer
Concert Series "Motor City Brass Band" Bring your chair or
blanket and enjoy the show. Show time 7:30pm. FREE. Starts at
07:30 PM. Price is Free.
Michigan Swing Dance Association (Sunday
August 19) Location: Rhythm and Shoes Dance
Studio 2172 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills, Mi
The MSDA dances are attended by couples and
singles alike. For the most part, our members are single and
we are always happy to see new members join. Starts at 2:00
PM. Member Price is $7.00 and guest price is $9.00.
GM Ski Club (Sunday August 19)
Location: Jefferson Beach St. Clair Shores,
Sunday Volleyball co-ed for fun and
socialization.Great way to enjoy the outdoors and get rid of
those extra winter pounds. No charge. Just play for the fun of
it. Contact Les Skrzycki by e-mail or by phone at
248-693-1794. Starts at 12:00pm..
GM Ski Club (Sunday August 19)
Location: Antons Island Grille , Northwest corner of
Big Beaver (16 Mile Rd) and Dequindre
Meet at Anton's
Island Grille for breakfast. Anton's is where life is about
the THRILL O' THE GRILL. For a great breakfast and fun with
friends, c'mon out and join us and be sure and bring a friend.
Starts at 10:00 AM..
Other Events (Sunday August 19)
Location: Gayle Shields' House. 2129 Tall Oaks, Troy,
Pool Party-No matter what the weather
is like. Bring a dish to pass ( don't bring glass) , your own
drinks and $5.00 hot-dogs provided. Leave no one behind
location Rain, Snow, Sleet or Shine. Starts at 02:00
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man
who gains understanding