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  • By Bill Seklar

October 2019

“October means something very important to the arts world and to communities throughout the United States – National Arts and Humanities Month.”

Cultural institutions and citizens around Michigan celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month via scores of events that proudly showcase our state as an eclectic and dynamic artistic community, rich in cultural heritage.

As a cherished, 96-year old cultural gem, The Community House keenly understands that arts and culture has a wider, more measurable impact on our economy, health and wellbeing, society and education. As such, The Community House will proudly celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month during the months of October through December. Some of these events include:

2019 Women of Influence Series: Dates include October 2nd, 16th, 23rd, and November 5th. Events begin at 6:30 p.m.. A lecture series sponsored by The Community House featuring women shaping Michigan’s cultural and societal landscape. Guest speakers include: Joumana Kayrouz, founder and principal attorney of Law Offices of Joumana Kayrouz, October 2; Amy Good, CEO of Alternatives for Girls, October 16; Denise Dalrymple, CEO of Girls Scouts of Southeast Michigan, October 23; Mimi Brown, president of the National Speakers Association of Michigan, November 5. Tickets are $15 per lecture, $45 for the series. Reserve your tickets early; seating is limited.

Fall Yoga Day 2019 proudly brought to you by The Community House and the Yoga Association of Greater Detroit on Sunday, October 20th at TCH. Join us for a full or half day of yoga and meditative practices that will lead participants through sessions on Finding Stability and Balance, Balancing Energy & Chakra Meditation, Laughter Yoga, and More Ease (Sukkha) Less Suffering (Dukkha). Early registration is advised, space is limited. Ticket prices are: Full Day - $65 (9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.); Morning Only - $37 (9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.); Afternoon Only - $37 (1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Tickets can be purchased by calling 248.644.5832 or visiting

Monster Mash – a night of Halloween fun and adventure at The Community House – presented by the TCH Dance Academy on Friday, October 25 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be tricks and treats for everyone. Little ones will eat pizza, dance, play games and make spooky Halloween crafts. Children can wear their Halloween costume, dance attire or comfortable clothing they can move in. Please notify us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions prior to the event. Please pre-register by Thursday, October 24. Ages 3 and up. Tickets: $30 for the first child, $20 for each additional child.

The TCH Sara Smith Youth Theatre proudly presenting Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr., running Saturday, November 9 through Sunday, November 10; Dive under the sea, as we join Ariel and her aquatic friends in this childhood favorite. We invite you to come “sea” what all the fun is about. Performance Dates: Saturday, November 9 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. & Sunday, November 10, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Ticket prices: Children’s Floor Seating: $10pp; General Admission: $20pp; Reserved Seating: $30pp, Group Tickets (10 min.): $15 pp. Tickets can be purchased by calling 248.644.5832 or visiting

The 2nd Annual Holiday Concert Series hosted by The Community House, sponsored by Detroit Public Television and WRCJ 90.9 FM taking place at The Community House in the Wallace Ballroom on December 4, 11 and 18. Featuring sounds of the season performed by musician-extraordinaires from various world-renowned orchestras and theaters including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Performances confirmed to date: Andrew Wu String Trio and Melody Wooten & Christa Grix.

Sugar Plum Tea Party brought to you by TCH Dance Academy on Sunday, December 8. Take a trip to the Land of Sweets! You and your little one will have the opportunity to dance alongside our Nutcracker performers, make custom holiday crafts, and enjoy scrumptious treats.Tickets are $20pp for children; $15pp for adults. Tickets on sale now.

The Nutcracker performed by TCH Dance Academy taking place on Sunday, December 15 in the Wallace Ballroom at The Community House. Two performances at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Spend the holidays with The Community House Dance Academy for this time honored classic. Tickets are $10pp children’s floor seating; $15pp general admission; $25pp reserved seating. Tickets available soon.

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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