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  • By Bill Seklar

Sites and Sounds of the Season

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Women of Influence Series: Registration now open. Thursday, September 27, Wednesday, October 3, Monday, October 8, and Thursday, October 18. A lecture series sponsored by The Community House featuring women shaping Michigan’s cultural and societal landscape. Special guest speakers include Jenenne Whitfield, President & CEO of The Heidelberg Project; Angela Rogensues, Executive Director of Playworks of Michigan; Terry Barclay, President & CEO of Inforum; and Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, President of Oakland University. Tickets are $15 per lecture, $45 for the series. Reserve your tickets early, seating is very limited.

The 33rd Annual OUR TOWN Art Show and Sale takes place November 2nd & 3rd at The Community House. Presented by the Deroy Testamentary Foundation, this juried all media art show provides a forum for Michigan artists to display and sell their unique work. The exhibition includes paintings, pastels, sculptures, glassworks, fiber works, photography, jewelry, mixed media and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to OUR TOWN is free.

The Our Town Art Show and Sale kicks off with an Opening Night Party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 1. The evening includes strolling hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and cocktails, live entertainment and the first opportunity to preview and purchase art. Tickets to the opening night party are still available: Friends, $75; Michelangelo Benefactor, $1,000; Picasso, $750; Monet Benefactor, $250. Benefactor incentives are available depending upon Benefactor level chosen. A portion of all art sales benefit The Community House. The show then opens free to the public on November 2 and 3.

Other TCH Happenings:

ON SALE NOW: The Sara Smith Youth Theatre and The Community House is proud to present Disney’s The Lion King Jr., running Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11. The story of The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world for decades and this spectacular show is sure to delight audiences of all ages. A talented group of young actors from our community ages 8-18 bring the African savannah to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. These performers have worked diligently over the past two months to learn not only their parts, but the skills and lessons that comprise a rich theatre education as well. Performance dates: Saturday, November 10 - 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m, and Sunday, November 11, 2 and 5 p.m.. Ticket prices are: Children’s Floor Seating: $10/pp; General Admission: $15/pp; Reserved Seating, $30/pp. Tickets can be purchased by calling 248.644.5832 or visiting


1st Annual Holiday Concert Series hosted by The Community House, sponsored by Detroit Public Television and WRCJ 90.9 FM will take place at The Community House in the Wallace Ballroom on December 6th, 13th and 19th. Featuring sounds of the season performed by extraordinary chief or visiting musicians from various world renown orchestras and theatres, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Theatre, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music of the Scarab Club. Save the date.

Sugar Plum Tea brought to you by The Community House Dance Academy on Sunday, December 9. Take a trip to the Land of Sweets. You and your little one will have the opportunity to dance alongside our TCH Nutcracker performers, make custom holiday crafts, and enjoy an exquisite tea fit for a prima ballerina. Tickets are $20pp for children; $15pp for adults. Tickets on sale now.

The Nutcracker performed by The Community House Dance Academy will take place on Sunday, December 16th in the Wallace Ballroom at The Community House. Two performances at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Spend the holidays with The Community House Dance Academy for this time honored classic. The Nutcracker is a beloved tradition that is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Tickets are: $10pp Children’s Floor Seating; $15pp General Admission; $25pp Reserved Seating. Tickets are limited and do sell out quickly. Tickets on sale now.

For reservations, tickets or more information about The Community House classes and events, please go to or call 248.644.5832.

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

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