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  • By Bill Seklar

Sites and Sounds of the Season

The 33rd Annual OUR TOWN Art Show and Sale takes place November 2 and 3 at The Community House. The juried, all media art show provides a forum for Michigan artists to show and sell their work. Hours are Friday 10am - 6pm and Saturday 10am - 8pm. Admission to OUR TOWN Art Show & Sale is free. Generously sponsored by DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Bank of Ann Arbor, Michael B. Serling, P.C., Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc., Detroit Home and WRCJ 90.9 FM, this year’s event will showcase 372 pieces of artwork from 154 Michigan artists. The art exhibition includes paintings, pastels, sculptures, glassworks, fiber works, photography, jewelry and mixed media. Thirty-five percent of the proceeds from all art sales will benefit The Community House children and adult’s programs and services. Special thanks to the 2018 OUR TOWN Art Show and Sale Committee under the extraordinary leadership of Our Town Chair, Liz DuMouchelle.

The 2018 OUR TOWN Opening Night Preview Party kicks off Thursday, November 1 from 6-9 p.m. The evening includes cocktails, strolling hors d'oeuvres and the first opportunity to preview and purchase artwork. In addition, this year’s event will feature a luxury raffle. Friend tickets, with admission at 6 p.m., are $75/pp. VIP Benefactor tickets, with early admission, start at $250/pp.

Other Fall TCH Happenings

ON SALE NOW The Sarah Smith Youth Theatre of The Community House proudly presents The Lion King, Jr. on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11 in the Wallace Ballroom at TCH. There will be two performances each day. Tickets prices are (Kid’s) Floor Seating $10/pp; General Seating $15/pp; and Friends Reserved Seating $30/pp. To purchase your tickets or for more information, please visit or call TCH at 248.644.5832.


ENCORE 2018 Birmingham Winter Markt – Visit The Community House’s Gluhwein Tent (hot spiced wine, cider, donuts and authentic hand-made German pretzels) during the 2018 Birmingham Winter Markt taking place on November 30, December 1 and 2 in Shain Park, downtown Birmingham. Hosted by the Birmingham Shopping District, Winter Markt attendees will enjoy authentic European food and drinks, gift items, Santa House, holiday greens, crafts, ice carving demonstrations, roaming winter princesses, live reindeer, warming stations, a Kinderhaus children’s activity area and live entertainment. Proceeds from The Community House’s Gluhwein Tent benefits its children’s programs and services.

NEW 2018 Holiday Concert Series – The Community House in partnership with Detroit Public Television (DPTV) and WRCJ 90.9 FM is proud to present The Community House’s First Annual Holiday Concert Series: Sounds of the Season, Thursday, December 6 and 13 and Wednesday, December 19 from 7-9 p.. in the Wallace Ballroom. A first-ever holiday musical arts concert series featuring prominent local artists Nadine Deleuery, Principal Cellist, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra; and Velda Kelly, Violinist, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra; Jeffrey Zook, Flutist, Detroit Symphony Orchestra; and Sharon Sparrow, Assistant Principal Flutist, Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Baldwin Ensemble featuring Andrew Wu, Melody Wootton, Andrea Yun and Jacqueline Hanson. Tickets $20/pp per concert; $50/pp for the series of three. Light refreshments will be served.

Holiday Classes & Enrichment

Back by popular demand, The Community House Dance Academy will present a Sugar Plum Tea Party on Sunday, December 9; and a fully-staged production of The Nutcracker on Sunday, December 16.. Both annual events will take place at The Community House and showcase our Dance Academy students, teachers and community members. All registrations can be made online via or by giving the Programs & Enrichment office a call at 248-594-6416

The Community House is also pleased to present a collection of 2018 holiday inspired classes including Mommy, Daddy and Me Menorah Handprint Plate; Easy, Festive Holiday Breads; Ginger Bread House Decorating; Easy Holiday Entertaining; Children’s Snowman Band; and Christmas Traditions Around the World… For reservations, tickets or more information about other TCH Fall or holiday 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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