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Meadow Brook Concert & Cuisine
More than 350 ($85 - $125 tickets) convened at Oakland University for the annual summer fundraiser for MBT - “Michigan’s answer to Broadway.” Before the food stations opened, folks lollygagged outside sipping beer and wine from the Rochester Tap Room and bid $9,000 for the silent auction items Colleen Brnabic and Maryann Foxlee had set up in the hallway. Generous local restaurants (see photo gallery) served savory fare for dining on the stroll before the theatre doors opened. Artistic director Travis Walter conducted a live auction with his trademark good humor. He got $500 from two bidders for two Dickens packages that included a walk-on role in MBT’s “A Christmas Carol” and $900 for a Fender Squire Guitar signed by The Grass Roots Band.
HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...more»
07/27/2017 - The Community House (TCH) is pleased to bring back our fifth annual Bates Street Block Party (formerly known as Farm to Table) on Saturday, August 12th (12-5 p.m.). The Community House will block off the streets surrounding TCH so that attendees can stroll around the event enjoying local chefs' delicious tastings, food vendors, and wine, beer and spirits, many of whose ingredients are locally grown and made in Michigan. Our younger attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in family-friendly, fun activities as well. Join us to celebrate summer and enjoy a taste of the town.
Great Chefs & Vendors at Bates Street Block Party: Attendees will savor fabulous chefs' delights from great area restaurants such as Birmingham's own The Bird & The Bread. This year's event will also feature quite a few new restaurants and vendors – adding new interest for patrons who've enjoyed the event in the past. Don't go away hungry, taste samples and help support local Michigan businesses by purchasing delicious Michigan-made treats from vendors such as Whole Foods Market, The Italian Cooks, Gus & Grey, Sweet G's Cookies, Motor City Pops and many more. Attendees can also sample Michigan-made brews, Zim's Vodka cocktails and other specially created libations.
Join in the Fun/Meet Your Neighbors: Bring your family to our Bates Street Block Party and be part of celebrating our community. Tickets are $25 in advance for adults and $5 for children 12 & under. At the door, tickets are $30 for adults and $5 for children 12 & under. Children 3 & under are free. Tickets include unlimited delicious tastings and three beverage sample tickets. Register at: communityhouse.com or call 248.644.5832. Get your tickets early. Bates Street Block Party takes place rain or shine!
Thank you to our contributing sponsors: Special thanks to the Birmingham Shopping District, our exclusive 2017 Community Sponsor; along with our Gold Sponsor Bank of Ann Arbor – Birmingham Branch; and Media Sponsors Downtown Publications and Hour Detroit.
Save the Date for other exciting special events this fall, including the 30th anniversary of the Birmingham House Tour on Thursday, September 14, from 9:30am-3:30pm. Be sure to also come view outstanding Michigan artists as they show and sell their works of art at the OUR TOWN Art Show & Sale – October 20 through 22, with our Opening Night Party on Thursday, October 19. A portion of all art sales benefit The Community House.
Calling all actors! Another fantastic Sara Smith Youth Theatre production – "Legally Blonde, Jr.," will be presented on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12. Auditions are Saturday, September 9, 10am or noon. RSVP is requested at 248.644.5832.
21st Century Leaders Program is back. The popular 21st Century Leaders Program returns in October with approximately 50 seventh and eighth graders nominated from 20 different schools in and around Birmingham. The focus of the unique program is to foster 21st century leadership at a young age. With an updated curriculum and new director, Natalie Frakes, the program is offered at no cost to the students regardless of their ability to pay. Special thanks to our 2017 sponsors, especially our Presenting Sponsor the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and its Youth Advisory Council.
For more information about The Community House, please contact us at communityhouse.com or at 248.644.5832.
William D. Seklar is President & CEO of The Community House in Birmingham.