Sales, events and more things to do Downriver (2023)

What’s Going On is a listing of activities taking place throughout the Downriver community. To submit an event, send an email to List the time, date, location, cost and contact information. Submit announcements at least two weeks prior to the event. For a complete listing, visit

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Fall Rummage Sale: St. Paul United Church of Christ, 24158 Goddard Road in Taylor (just West of Telegraph) on Thursday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Fall Festival of the Arts: Enjoy an artistic journey supplied by the talents of artists at their 18th annual Fall Festival of the Arts Fine Art Show and Sale, Oct. 7-20. This is a free event hosted at Downriver Council for the Arts, 81 Chestnut Street in Wyandotte. Everything from classical oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics,photography, sculpture, woodcarving, ceramics and jewelry will be highlighted at this show along with smaller works and some crafts. The show kicks off Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. with an Opening Reception where you are invited to meet the artists. There will be Door Prize Baskets and light refreshments. There will be art demonstrations on Oct. 9 and Oct. 16, from noon to 4 p.m. Art show hours are Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Thursdays, noon – 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Maureen Keast at 734-777-6109 or Jackie Walock at 313-570-6919. Visit

Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church Fall Fair and Car Show: 1709 Emmons Blvd., (between Dix Ave and Fort St. at the corner of Abbott) on Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (at the church). Car Show hours: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (registration begins at 10 a.m.). Fall Fair includes bake sale, country store, jewelry, crafts, homemade jams and jellies, quilt and basket raffle drawings, and lunch.

Hike or Treat: Sponsored by the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge at 5437 W Jefferson Ave 5437 West Jefferson Avenue, Trenton, on Saturday, Oct. 15, from noon-3 p.m. Do you like costumes, candy, and nature? If you answered yes to any of those things then come join us at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge for our Hike or Treat event! Our park rangers will teach you about nocturnal animals and pass out candy to participants. Visitors are also encouraged to wear costumes during this event. Multiple stations for this event. Approximant time to go through all the stations is 50 minutes. You are responsible for bringing sunscreen, water, snacks, etc. We encourage people to wear customs if they would like. Please make sure all costumes are family friendly. Some candies passed out during this event may contain peanuts. Visit or call 734-365-0219 or email

Resale Shoppe: Our Lady Of The Scapular Parish, St. Stan’s Site – 266 Antoine, Wyandotte. New and previously loved treasures and a daily savory food menu. Preview Thursday, Oct. 20, 4-7 p.m., $5 admission. Free admission on the following days: Friday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Last day specials – $5 fill the bag). New this year, fill the boxes, $10 and $20. For more information, call 734-284-9135.

OUT Nature Hike: The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and the SUDDs Coalition are partnering to create OUT in Nature hikes for the LGBTQIA+ community. On Oct. 22 from 9-11 a.m. The group is hosting an adult hike at the refuge located at 5437 W. Jefferson Ave in Trenton. We are also hosting a youth hike on the same day, from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 734-365-0219 or email or visit

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A Matter of Balance Virtual Workshops Over Zoom: First info session: Wednesday, Sept. 2-3 p.m. Eight sessions – Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Second info session: Monday, Oct. 3, 2-3 p.m. Eight sessions – Mondays from 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov.7, 14, 21, 28. The workshop includes step-by-step instruction, helpful for those who have not exercised before or in a long time. Extras include a workbook, snacks and water. The eight-week in-person workshop is open to any adult 65 and older. There is no cost to participate but donations are always welcome. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, call LaShawn Griffin at 800-482-1455, Ext. 2140 or email To learn more about A Matter of Balance, visit

Life Chain: A prayerful witness to the sanctity of life to major roads, including Fort Street and Telegraph throughout Downriver and Michigan from 2-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 2. Signs will be provided. More information is at or email

A Matter of Balance In-person Workshop in Taylor: Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eight sessions – Wednesdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9,16, 30. Location: Ford Senior Center, 6750 Troy St., Taylor. The workshop includes step-by-step instruction, helpful for those who have not exercised before or in a long time. Extras include a workbook, snacks and water. The eight-week in-person workshop is open to any adult 65 and older. There is no cost to participate but donations are always welcome. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, call LaShawn Griffin at 800-482-1455, Ext. 2140 or email To learn more about A Matter of Balance, visit If you need special assistance to participate in A Matter of Balance, please let us know at least 10 days in advance of the first class when you register.

Christ The King Lutheran Church Donation Station Rummage Sale: The sale will take place on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church at 16700 Pennsylvania Road, Southgate. Furniture, clothing, household goods, tools & appliances, homemade baked goods, concessions, hot dogs and a raffle every half hour.

The Creative Art Society, formally the Downriver Arts and Crafts Guild, will be meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Southgate Veterans Memorial Library in the City of Southgate, 14680 Dix-Toledo Highway. Creative Art Society meetings are free and open to the public. After a short business meeting, our special guest for the evening will be Diane Krempa. Krempa received a Bachelor of Science in Art Education 1996 and Masters in Arts of Teaching 2002, Wayne State University and studied at Society of Arts and Crafts (prior to CCS rename) and OCC. Memberships are available for $25 and includes workshops and other art-related activities. For more information, visit or contact Maureen at 734-777-6109 or or Kris Stanek at 206-605-1987 or

Downriver Focus on Life: Thursday, Oct. 13 at Faith Christian Assembly, 25201 W. Outer Drive, Melvindale. Doors open at 7 p.m. It features Right to LIfe of Michigan president Barb Listing as well as Ed Rivet, Ingham County RTL president and former legislative director for RTL of Michigan. Tickets available at Learn all the latest about the fight to protect unborn children and their mothers in Michigan from

Halloween offering: “Invasion of the Saucer Men” a 1957 film featuring Lincoln Park’s own Lyn Osborn; Bandshell building indoors on Sunday, Oct. 30. Hosted by the Lincoln Park Historical Museum. Free admission, doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 313-386-3137.

Nature of Halloween: Educational Event for the whole family sponsored by the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Airport Natural Area, 28820 East River Rd, Grosse Ile. Join us for this spooktacular program as we learn about the natural history of the plants and animals that are associated with Halloween. For more information, email

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Lincoln Park Farmers Market: Sundays through October, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m, at Mellus Park, east side of Fort Street, between Arlington & O’Connor, Lincoln Park. Farmers/vendors with produce, plants, specialty foods and crafts. Cash, EBT, P-EBT, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project Fresh, Senior Project Fresh, Credit/Debit accepted. For more information, call 313-427-0443 or email

Hike in Airport Natural Area: Sponsored by the Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy, enter at 28820 East River Rd, Grosse Ile, from 1-4 p.m. Event runs through Sunday, Oct. 30. GINLC hosts will be available to open the trails of the Airport Natural Area every Sunday from May to October. Spend a few hours enjoying the trails, ponds, bays, lookouts, and woods of this hidden gem. For more information, email All GINLC programs are free to the public, but donations make them possible. Visit

Take it outside Photo Contest: Sponsored by the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy. Entry deadline is Thursday, May 11, 2022 at 5 p.m. Open to high school students within Wayne, Washtenaw and Monroe Counties. We are searching for photos captured locally (within Wayne, Washtenaw and Monroe Counties) that inspire us to appreciate and steward our environment: air, water, land, wildlife, resources, and ecosystems. Categories are Dawn to Dusk; Fur and Feathers; Bark and Blooms. Total of $445 in prize money. For more information, visit see

Ongoing community events

Genealogy Research: The Downriver Genealogical Society Library, located at 28639 Division Street in Flat Rock, is free and open for genealogy research Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The society began in 1980 and for the past 42 years has been collecting information on the people and cities of the downriver communities, most taken from local newspapers. There are also resources from the surrounding areas and for other states and other countries. Volunteers are available to help those wanting to begin researching their own family. Information on the society, holdings and publications can be found at For more information, call 734-535-6530.

Salvation Army Weekly Events: Golden Agers Bingo, Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon, $1. Downriver Music, Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., kindergarten and older. Downriver Youth, Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., kindergarten and older. Downriver Bible Study, Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m., 16 and older. The Salvation Army Downriver Corps Community Center is located at 1258 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte. For more information, call 734-282-0930.

Mental Illness Support Group: For relatives and friends of the mentally Ill in the Downriver area meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn, 600 N.Brady, in Mitchell Hall. Another support group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, starting on July 20, at 10 a.m., at the Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s Rehabilitation Bldg. on the 2nd floor, room 232. Wear a mask and enter the hospital at the main entrance for a Covid-19 check. Then you will follow the letter A on the wall signs and take the Allen elevators to the 2nd floor. From the elevator exit, turn left and immediately right to follow the hallway to room 232. For information, call 313- 292-3324.

Al Turner Drop In Chess: Every Thursday 5:30 p.m. at the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. Kids and adults of all ages can meet challenging new players every Thursday @ 5:30 pm. For more information, call 734-246-8357.

Job Assistance: The SEMCA Michigan Works! in Southgate, 15100 Northline Rd, Room 103, is offering help with job searching. Free services may include career assessment and guidance; GED preparation, basic skills assessment & enhancement; resume and interview assistance; and job search assistance. Stop in to register and ask about the next orientation session. Connect with a Career Coach and return to work faster. Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request. For more information, call 734-362-3448 or visit

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Toiletry Pantry: Rockwood First Congregational Church, 22600 Mather Street Rockwood, hosts toiletry pantry, which provides personal hygiene items, cleaning products, gently used clothing and some food products. The pantry will open from 1- 3 p.m. on the last Monday of each month. If that Monday is a holiday, the pantry will be open the previous Monday. For more information, call 734-379-3711 or

Local Wyandotte History: Looking for an obituary? Need information on your home or any other burning Wyandotte history questions? The Bacon Memorial Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte, can help. Visit,

Teen Advisory Group: Taylor Community Library, Taylor. Online Virtual Event. Wednesdays, from 4-5 p.m. Teen Advisory volunteers help plan, implement, and promote ways to improve services offered at Taylor Community Library. Joining our group builds your resume, earns you volunteer hours and recommendations for jobs or college, and gives you a chance to be heard! To join, apply to become a volunteer today! For more information, call 734-287-4840.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: Sponsored by the Bacon Memorial District Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. This free program encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she enters school – a goal experts say helps children learn to read. Yes, it really is possible. Read one book to your child every day and before you know it, you will have read over 1,000 books in three years! Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun. For more information, call 734-246-8357 or visit

Seamstresses Needed: Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care is seeking volunteer seamstresses to help with the making of memory bears. Memory Bears are made from the clothing that once belonged to a loved one and can bring comfort and peace for grieving family members. All materials are provided. Seamstresses work in the comfort of their own homes using a simple four-piece pattern. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Mary Biber at 800-370-8592. For more information about Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, visit

Palliative Care Volunteers Needed: Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care is seeking compassionate people to provide volunteer support to terminally ill patients and their families. We provide virtual, yet comprehensive, training that fits easily into busy schedules. Opportunities are flexible, based on your availability and comfort level and always close to home. Activities may include: offering companionship or “friendly visits” to homebound patients, reading and letter writing, providing relief for caregivers, participating in activities with dementia patients, veteran to veteran companionship, and sewing Memory Bears. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Mary Biber at 800-370-8592. Visit

Taylor Garden Club: Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month September through June. Meetings are held at Taylor Senior Activity Center. Hospitality at 6 p.m., meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend once for free. Membership fee is $15 per year. You do not have to live in Taylor to join the group. For more information, contact Nancy Smith at 734-287-6851 or by email at

The Ecorse Community Events Committee: Meetings are held every 3rd Thursday of the month excluding holidays and/or inclement weather. The ECEC meets from 6-7 p.m. at the Albert B. Buday Civic Center, 3869 W. Jefferson Ave., Ecorse 48229 on the 2nd floor in Conference Room – B. For more information, call 313-407-6332 or visit website or email or visit the Ecorse Community Events Committee Facebook page. All are welcome to attend, volunteer and participate in community event planning.

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AAUW scholarships: The AAUW Wyandotte-Downriver Branch offers several scholarships annually to female undergraduate students at Baker College, Henry Ford College, Lawrence Technological University and Wayne County Community College District. Interested students can pick up an AAUW application at their school’s counseling office. Candidates must have earned a minimum of 12 credits, be a United States citizen and a resident of the Downriver area. An essay is required. For more information, contact or visit

The Ecorse Historical Society: Meetings are held every 3rd Saturday of the month excluding holidays and/or inclement weather. The EHS meets from 1-2 p.m. at the Albert B. Buday Civic Center, 3869 W. Jefferson Ave., Ecorse on the 2nd floor in Conference Room – B. All are welcome to attend, volunteer and participate in EHS meetings and planning. Ecorse residents are invited to bring their family histories to add to the collections and archives which will be exhibited at the Ecorse Public Library. Exhibit dates and times to be announced. For more information, call 313-386-2520 Ext. 4 or visit / Email or visit the Ecorse Historical Society’s Facebook page at

Brownstown Historical Museum Hours of Operation: The Brownstown Historical Museum, 23451 King Road, Brownstown is open for tours every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 1-4 p.m. Summer business hours are every Tuesday from noon-3 p.m.. Stop in to join the Brownstown Historical Society or renew your membership, volunteer or get information on the Brownstown Community Brick Paver fundraiser. For more information, call 248-318-5297.

Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance: The group is looking for new members to promote Lincoln Park’s historic sites through education and advocacy; for information on meetings and events, call Leslie Lynch-Wilson at 313-598-3137.

Knit and Crochet Club: From 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays. Meet, mingle and trade inspiration with local knitters and crocheters. Bring your own projects and have fun with a like-minded group. This is not an instructing class; however, you are welcome to ask others to share their knowledge and help. Cost: $3 donation to the DCA. Downriver Council for the Arts, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte. (734) 720-0671 or visit

Huron River Fishing Association: Holds general membership meetings at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Flat Rock Community Center, 1 McGuire St., Flat Rock. The group holds fly tying classes at 6:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of the month at the FRCC. For more information, visit or email

The Ecorse Historical Society: Meets the third Saturday of each month at:City of Ecorse, Albert B. Buday Civic, 3869 W Jefferson Ave., Ecorse. Meeting is held in Conference Room B from noon to 1 p.m. Call 313-386-2520 Ext. 4.

Heart to Heart Hospice Volunteers needed: Heart to Heart Hospice is looking for downriver community members to join the group’s team of volunteers, who will visit with patients on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to help increase their quality of life during their finals days. Visits can provide friendship, compassion and distraction from their prognosis. Activities that clients might enjoy are being read to, watching television together, talking about who and where they’ve been, their families, hearing about your day, playing cards, and so much more. Most importantly, we are looking for volunteers to provide their time, talent, and to have compassion and empathy. Heart to Heart serves Allen Park, Canton, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Southgate, Taylor, Westland, Ypsilanti and beyond. Volunteers should contact volunteer coordinator Randi Williams, at 734-282-0209.

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Great Lakes Steel Salaried Retirees Club: Meets every third Monday at Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort St. Southgate. Doors open at noon. Lunch promptly at 1 p.m. Cost $12 for members, $13 non-members. Door prizes and 50/50 raffles. Open to any salaried retiree of Great Lakes Steel. For more information, contact Desta Pulter at 313-842-0385.

Bingo: 6:15 p.m. Thursdays; VFW Post No. 9283, 16200 Dix-Toledo Road, Southgate; doors open at 4 p.m.; $500 jackpot; all proceeds go to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary general fund.

Hospice of Michigan: Seeking volunteers to visit with patients in the Downriver area; to learn more, call 248-303-6818 or email


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