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October 2022

“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, 99-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, education and society. As such, The Community House salutes and proudly celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month during the months of October through December. Some of our fall arts & culture events/partnerships include:


27th Annual Birmingham Bloomfield Cultural Arts Awards. The Cultural Council of Birmingham Bloomfield, in conjunction with community partners, The Community House, Hometown Life (formerly the Birmingham Eccentric), the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, and Bloomfield Cablevision, announces the 27th Annual Birmingham Bloomfield Cultural Arts Awards. The Cultural Arts Awards honor persons in our community who a jury of local arts enthusiasts have selected for having had an extraordinary impact on the cultural life of our community. This year’s honorees will be celebrated at a limited in-person event at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center on Friday, October 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The ceremony will be broadcast on local cable and be available on our website following the event:

Back By Popular Demand: The 3rd Annual Holiday Concert Series hosted by The Community House, will once again take place at The Community House in the Wallace Ballroom on December 8th, 14th and 21st. Featuring sounds of the season performed by Musician-Extraordinaires from various world-renowned orchestras and theatres including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Stay tuned for more details.

Story Time with Santa, brought to you by The Community House, will take place on Saturday, December 10. Delight in the magic of the season at the 2022 Community House’s Story Time with Santa events. Children will enjoy cookies, hot cocoa, crafts and some of Santa’s favorite stories read by Old Saint Nick himself. Photos are welcome, so be sure to bring your camera. Seatings occur at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and a.m. Space is limited to 25 children per seating, make sure to reserve your spot in advance. Tickets are: $25 per child (includes two accompanying adults) and can be purchased either by visiting: or calling 248.644.5832. This is a sell out event so purchase your tickets now.

The 8th Annual Bates Street Society DinnerSaturday, February 11, 2023. The Community House created the Bates Street Society Dinner - at which annual Pillars of Vibrancy; Education, Wellness, Culture, Philanthropy and Business are celebrated and honored. The purpose is to publicly recognize extraordinary individuals who have demonstrated selfless service and philanthropy toward others while helping to “Create More Vibrant Lives” in the community - selfless service offered and provided out of a genuine and deep desire to help and be of service to others. Over the last few years, 69 pillars in our community have been recognized and inducted into The Community House’s Pillars of Vibrancy. 2023 will be no exception. Recently, The Community House announced the

2023 Pillar Nominees:

Jim Berline – Business & Philanthropy

Gary Van Elslander – Business & Philanthropy

Linda Gillum, Ph.D. – Education and Health & Wellness

Nancy Susick, R. N. – Health & Wellness and Business

Priscilla & Huel Perkins – Culture & Philanthropy

Matthew Rizik – Business & Philanthropy

Greg Schwartz – Business & Philanthropy

Nada & Sam Simon – Business & Philanthropy

Sponsorships, program ads and tickets are available now. For more information, please contact Christopher Smude, Vice President of The Community House Foundation at


The newly updated Hoglund Room is now open for your holiday business. The Community House is delighted to announce the renovation of this exquisitely designed, state-of-the-art gathering space to our customizable collection. When it comes to private meetings for business, community engagements, or just about any other occasion, the Hoglund Room will far exceed your expectations. When you add up amenities such as carefully restored trim work, new coffered ceiling and lighting, state-of-the-art technology, a charming refreshment area, concierge service, and many more contemporary offerings, you’ll see why our Hoglund Room is the perfect setting for your big (and not so big) ideas to flourish. For more information or to reserve the Hoglund Room for your special occasion, please contact Tim Hunt, COO, at 248.594.6402


Back by popular demand, House Tour 2022 proved to be a grand success. After a two-year hiatus, friends - far and near - returned in record numbers to support The Community House, our community, our architectural masterpieces, garden designs and interiors. 2022 broke our prior record with 704 attendees/visitors attending this year. Special thanks to Founding Presenting Sponsor, The Agency Hall & Hunter, and Supporting Sponsors, Gorman’s Home Furnishings, Trion Solutions, and Chief Financial Credit Union and many more. And finally, to our many very generous homeowners for opening their exquisite homes and gardens for a good cause.


Volunteers have been involved in the every-day life of The Community House for 96 years. They give the “House” a face, a voice, helping hands, and a heart. Our extraordinary volunteers link us to the many neighborhoods, towns and cities that make up the broad range of communities we serve and most of all, they are our best ambassadors.

The Community House and The Community House Foundation invite you to consider joining our esteemed volunteer team - and by doing so, you can be assured that your precious donation of time and talent will be greatly appreciate and will positively impact the lives of those we serve. Help is needed.

For more information about volunteering at The Community House, please visit our website at to download a volunteer application or call Kathie Ninneman at 248.594.6403.

For reservations, tickets or more information about TCH fall or holiday classes, gathering space or 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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