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  • By Bill Seklar

March 2018

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”

– Percy Bysshe Shelley

As we look out the window of the venerable Community House, it’s hard to imagine that the start of spring is just 20 days away! While it has been a cold, snowy and frigid winter here in Michigan, spring 2018 planning is well underway at The Community House.

Scores of new spring classes, programs and events are set; a wide array of exciting and popular art, culture and enrichment opportunities now populate our spring calendar. To register or to purchase tickets, please go to The Community House website at or call 248.644.5832.

If winter comes, can spring (or summer!) be far behind?



The President’s Advisory Council (PAC) of The Community House is thrilled to invite you to the second annual Birmingham Downs, Kentucky Derby Event on Saturday, May 5th from 5-9 p.m. The fun and festive Kentucky Derby center event will take place in Wallace Ballroom at The Community House. The evening will include strolling food stations, cocktails, the running of the 144th Kentucky Derby featured on the big screen, derby-themed raffles and a charitable contribution to the mission of our 95-year old nonprofit organization serving the community. Grab your biggest derby hat and join us for Birmingham Downs. Tickets are available online at or by calling 248.594.6409. SELLS OUT FAST.


Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on The Community House stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage audiences of all ages. Saturday, March 10th at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 11th at 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. Reserved Seating: $30; General Admission: $15; Children's Floor Seats: $10.


Let us do the cooking while you enjoy a beautiful Easter Brunch with family and friends in The Community House’s gorgeous ballroom. Featuring a delicious buffet brunch and a special visit from the Easter Bunny, this event has something for the whole family to enjoy! Seatings at 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $40 for adults, $15 for children ages 4-12, and children ages 3 & under complimentary. Call us at 248.644.5832 or book online today. Seats fill up quick as a rabbit!



Almost since The Community House was established nearly a century ago, children’s classes, programs and services at The Community House have been at the center of our mission, purpose and vision. Our founders envisioned The Community House to be a place where young people from our community and surrounding region would gather for camaraderie, learning and enrichment.

It would be a safe place for our children to interact with their peers, in a structured environment where children and positive role models would guide them to “make good choices, develop creative skills, build independence, self-reliance, and gain self-confidence.”

Over the years, The Community House has supplemented our fall, winter and spring children’s classes with a robust selection of summer camps. We believe that summer camps are a place where children get the experiences they need to bolster their range of coping strategies.

We have found “that there are much more complex challenges of getting along with a new group of peers, learning how to ask for help from others, or taking manageable amount of risks, outside of school, and without a parent following after you.” We believe that summer camps are places where children get the experiences they need to bolster their range of coping strategies.

So it is in that spirit that The Community House is proud to present over 40 summer camps – Summer 2018; half day, full day, morning, afternoon, lunch optional, with before and after-care opportunities. Make sure to visit to see all of our camp offerings and to register. Hurry! There is limited enrollment!

Exciting NEW Summer Camps include:

• String Orchestra Camp (Grades 5-8)

• BRICKS Challenge Camp (Ages 6-12)

• Bakeology Camp (Ages 8-12)

As well as All Day Camp, The Community House also offers Lunch Club and After Camp Care.

For more information about these and other Community House offerings, please contact us at or call 248.644.5832.

William D. Seklar is President & CEO of The Community House in Birmingham.

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