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FHHS Hall of Fame dinner
The Franklin Heights High School athletic department will host its annual Hall of Fame dinner on Dec. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the ERC at the high school. They are looking for former Hall of Fame inductees and their families who would like to attend this year’s dinner. Contact the athletic department at 801-3209 for your reservation. Seating is limited.
FHHS pancake breakfast
The Franklin Heights High School athletic department will hold a pancake breakfast on Dec. 19, from 8-11 a.m. at the Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2930 W. Broad St. Enjoy an all-you-can breakfast of pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange drink for $6. Kids four and under are free. Proceeds from the event will benefit Franklin Heights High School athletics. Call 801-3209 for more information.
Westland band annual tree sale
Westland Marching Band will hold their annual christmas tree sale in the Kroger parking lot at the corner of Galloway Road and West Broad Street through Dec. 21. Hours are: Monday-Friday, 5 - 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 .pm.; and Sunday, noon - 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Westland band Boosters. For more information, visit www.westlandbandboosters.com.
FOL book sale
Friends of the Library will host a book sale at the Westland Area Library, 4740 W. Broad St., on Dec. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. and on Dec. 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization supporting the Southwest Public Libraries.
The Westgate Blockwatch will meet on Dec. 8 at Parkside Methodist Church on Algonquin Avenue at 7 p.m. The guest speakers are Lt. Steve Schwab and officer Betty Schwab. There will also be a game of “Safety Jeopardy.” There will be door prizes, desserts and beverages. Members of other blockwatches are invited to attend.
Miller wins James Romains award
Westside resident Steve. E. Miller was awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars James Romains Award. This award is a state-wide competition and is presented to individuals that have demonstrated continued service throughout their community. Miller is a member of Westway Post 3441.
Free senior luncheon
There will be a free senior luncheon (serving ham loaf) and program on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at noon at Westgate United Methodist Church, 61 S. Powell Ave. Open to the public, donations accepted.
Surviving the Holidays
If you are separated or divorced, the holidays can be a lonely, stressful and depressing time, but there’s hope. Join Cypress Wesleyan Church for an encouraging seminar to discover how to enjoy the holidays again. This will be presented on Dec. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Road. The event is free, however, there is a $5 charge for the workbook. RSVP by calling Debbie Brisentine at 878-8192, ext. 225, any weekday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations will be accepted through Dec. 1. Scholarships are available for the cost of the workbook.
Do you or someone you know suffer from the addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, eating or any other addictions which makes your or their life unmanageable? There is a solution. Join Celebrate Recovery at Friends Worship Center, 3030 Clime Road, every Thursday at 7 p.m. or call 406-6616 or 570-9034.
Music, Message and Meal
There will be a free hot meal served at Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2930 W. Broad St., on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 6-7 p.m. as a part of Hoge’s HM3 (Music, Message and Meal) program. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the church at 276-5433 or log on to hogepresby.org.
American Legion Post 799
American Legion Post 799 holds their monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Prairie Township Fire Station, 123 Inah Ave. Anyone interested in joining the legion should attend. For more information, contact Commander Vernon Hall at 878-9914 or Vice Commander Bill Catheey at 226-5606.
Westland Area Commission
Westland Area Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Doctors Hospital, 5100 W. Broad St. The commission boundaries are I-270 to the north, Hellbranch Run to the west and Johnson Road/Big Run South to the south. To find out more, log on to www.westlandareacommission.
Rock on the Hill
Rock on the Hill will provide free after school fun for Westside kids every Wednesday, from 4-6 p.m., at 2500 W. Broad St. Activities include snacks, art projects, games and help with homework.
Bus transportation will be provided from West Broad Elementary, but parents must pick children up by 6 p.m.
Now enrolling first grade through fifth grade. Call 233-5829 and speak with director Carmen Ator.
Friends hosts senior group
Senior citizens are invited to a seniors group at Friends Worship Center, 3030 Clime Road, on the second Tuesday of each month from 12-2:30 p.m. The event will feature a light lunch, games and fellowship. There is no cost, but registration is required. Contact Martha at 875-8297, Juanita at 279-2382 or Debbie at 274-6505.
PTSC exercise programs
The Prairie Township Senior Center hosts the following exercise programs that are free and open to the public:
•Mondays - 10:30 a.m., aerobics; 2 p.m., line dance
•Tuesdays - 10 a.m., gentle stretchers
•Wednesdays - 10:30 a.m., body conditioning
•Fridays - 10 a.m., gentle stretchers
For additional information, call the center at 878-5110.
Free meals offered
The Church of the Lamb of God, 2216 Sullivant Ave., offers free meals on the fourth Saturday of each month.
Awana Clubs for boys and girls, from three-years-old to sixth grade, will be held Wednesdays, from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at Briggs Road Baptist Church, 3231 Briggs Road. Call 272-7430 for more information.
Golden Age Center
The Salvation Army Golden Age Center, 2300 W. Mound St., invites anyone aged 60 or over to attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for lunch, crafts, movies, BINGO, games, health and fitness, and fun. Call Ellen Marvin, senior director, at 274-7600, ext. 108, one day in advance to reserve lunch for $1.25 per day. Fee for expenses is $9 per month.
VFW Post 6065
VFW Post 6065 will hold their meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings last about one hour and are held at the Prairie Township Senior Center, 4616 West Broad St. Those interested in getting involved or volunteering time should attend a meeting. The Ladies Auxiliary meets at 6:30 p.m. The motivations of the VFW are patriotic, historical, and educational. They strive to perpetuate the memory and history of their dead, and to assist their widows and orphans. Call Will Davis at 309-0171 for further information.
Exercise for seniors
Seniors are invited to exercise on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 55 Pasadena Ave. Men and women aged 50 to 90 and up have exercised at the facility since 2001. The instructor leads each session with warm-ups, play balls, resistance bands, hand weights, some low-impact aerobics and balance activities. Each participant can adapt the routine to his/her comfort level. The cost is $35 for each eight-week session. Call the instructor, Lori Vazquez, at 989-4595 with questiions.
Paper recycling at Parkview
Parkview United Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin Ave., is providing the community with recycling bins for paper products. Bring newspapers, magazines, junk mail, etc., to the green and yellow bins in the church parking lot. No cardboard or phone books will be accepted. Questions, call 875-7231.