Newsletters and Events – Week of January 12, 2020

By | January 12, 2020

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Wednesday, January 15th

Did you know that ice cream evolved from ancient flavored ices? As early as 3000 BC, people in China served their guests sweet juices mixed with ice or snow.  Today, ice cream is made with a mixture of cream, milk, sugar, and eggs.  While fruity varieties of ice cream flavors are still popular amongst many, vanilla and chocolate are the clear favorites. According to a survey conducted by the International Ice Cream Association, strawberry is the third most popular ice cream flavor, favored by 5.3% of the population.
Did you know that Dolley Madison served strawberry ice cream at President Madison’s second Inaugural Ball in 1813? Treat yourself to a delicious bowl (or two) to celebrate National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!
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  • The Northville Parks and Recreation Brochure
    • The Winter brochure which lists all of the activities and classes can be found by clicking here.
    • Resident registration begins December 10th.
  • Become a Master Rain Gardener.  – Saturdays, February 15th through March 7 and March 17th – 9 am through Noon $119
    •  During class, you will:
      • Design your own rain garden step by step
      • Receive friendly encouragement each step of the way from course instructors, past graduates, and fellow students
      • Become your neighborhood’s expert on rain gardens!
    • Location: Jack E Kirksey Rec Center (15100 Hubbard – Livonia, MI 48154)
    • Participants must attend all five classes and plant or adopt a rain garden to earn their certificate, garden sign and t-shirt.
    • For more information visit
  • Winter Tax Bills
    • 2019 Winter Tax Payments are due without penalty by 4:30pm on February 14, 2020.

The new issue of the Northville Times was just published, so click on the name above to read it in its entirety.

  • AARP income tax preparation assistance – Thursdays, Feb. 6 through April 9, 2020
    • AARP tax-aide provides free tax assistance to taxpayers with low and middle income, with special attention to those who are 60 and older as well as the disabled. Appointments are required.  To register, please call 248-305-2851 or visit the Senior Services desk at the Community Center, 303 W. Main Street.
  • An easy way to dispose of old medications
    • Do you have outdated prescription or over-the-counter medications that you want to get rid of? Don’t flush these medications down the toilet – it pollutes the water supply; don’t throw them away because they will end up in a landfill and may be consumed by wildlife. For a safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted medications, bring them – no liquids, needles or injectable medication – to the secure drop box in the lobby at the Northville Township Police Department at 41600 Six Mile Road. There is no paperwork required and the bin can be accessed 24/7. When the drop box is full, collections are picked up for disposal by the Drug Enforcement Authority.

215 Griswold, Northville/(248)348-1845

  • Northville’s Historic Neighborhoods – January 29th – 7 pm to 9 pm
    • The Honorable Brian Turnbull, Mayor of Northville, is the kick-off speaker for our 2020 lecture series. Come learn about the Historic Neighborhoods of Northville – The Historic District, Orchard Heights, Cabbagetown, and Bealtown. Mayor Turnbull’s talk promises to be lively and informative! As always, there is no charge for the lecture, but reservations are encouraged by clicking here.
  • Million Dollar Princesses Tea – February 1st – 1 pm to 3:30 pm
    • Who were these Gilded Age American heiresses? How did they gain their elite social status? Were they born with a titled existence or were they married off to titled European husbands to gain their wealth? Discover what happened when these young women tried to live out their Fairy Tale.
    • Our finest china, silver and linens await you for a relaxing tea with your friends and family. Enjoy a delicious assortment of tea sandwiches, scones and desserts served along with our signature Cady Inn Tea. Catered by Victoria’s Tea Salon.
    • Tickets will be available through the office during regular business hours – 248.348.1845. If the tea is sold out the website and phone message will be updated to say so. There are no pre-orders. Tickets are limited and cost $40 ($20 tax deductible) ($35 for NHS members – $17 tax deductible)
    • Deadline: Monday, January 27, 2020 – Tickets are non-refundable.
  • Genealogy
    • Did you know that the Northville Historical Society does genealogical research?  Their genealogical research capabilities are excellent and they have professional genealogists on staff. They can do family research for you at our hourly rate listed below with estimates provided prior to research. The ancestral information being requested does NOT need to be Northville related. They have access to many sources outside of their on-site archives. They have had several successes in being able to locate information the requester could not previously find.

215 W. Cady Street/248-377-0497

  • Winter Art Classes
    • Click here to be taken to the full schedule of Winter Art Classes.  There even classes about plant care, print making and calligraphy if you don’t fancy yourself an artist.
    • There are a total of 54 classes being offered including:
      • Painting with Parkinson’s
      • Pastels – All levels
      • Drawing 101
      • Watercolor for Beginners
      • Beginning Acrylic Painting
      • Indoor Plant Care – Design and Propogation
  • Oil Paintings of Carol Welsch, Emerging Artist, Northville – Now through February 27th
  • Black & White: Juried All-Media Exhibition – Friday, February 7th – 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    • Join us for the Opening Reception of Black & White: Juried All-Media Exhibition. Guests are encouraged to wear attire consisting of black, white and grays to compliment the artwork in the exhibition. Also on view will be the colorful oil paintings of Emerging Artist Carol Welsch. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Art Crush – Saturday, Feb 8th – 6:30 pm to 10 pm at the Northville Hills Golf Club`
    • ArtCrush promises to be an exciting evening featuring a sit-down dinner with “A Taste of Italy” flare, an open bar, artist workshop, live painting, a silent auction, and entertainment by the Keynote Sisters.  By attending ArtCrush, you are supporting the existence and continuing development of the Northville Art House.
      • The Keynote Sisters present a fresh look at a range of musical genres, from Americana, country and pop, to oldies and classics. Sisters Phoebe and Jaclyn Holmes have been honing their craft since grade school, performing at numerous venues including Northville Art House’s Arts and Acts.
      • Tickets on Sale until February 2! Call 248-344-0497 or Register Online!

212 West Cady Street/248-349-3020

  • Cloud Library – Thousands of E-Books at your Fingertips
    • Access popular eBooks and eAudiobooks directly from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Download the app on your iOS, Android, Kindle Fire or Nook. Select your Country, State and Northville District Library, accept the terms and conditions then enter your library card number and PIN. Within the app click on the search icon to view the collection. Titles check out for 21 days and will automatically expire.  Click here for Help & Support or contact the Library at 248.349.3020.   Get started today!
  • Instant Help!  Downloading and More – Saturday, January 18th – 10 am to 4 pm
    • Check out our new eBook and eMagazine platforms! Drop-in the Community Room anytime between the hours of 10 – 4 pm for help with ebooks, audiobooks, streaming video and more. Learn how to use Libby, by OverDrive, hoopla, Kanopy, Freegal and more. Tablet and/or smart phone required.  Just drop in.
  • Tech Take Apart – Tuesday, January 21st – 7 pm
    • Have you ever wondered what makes up the insides of a tablet, computer, hard drive, keyboard, or mouse? Feel free to pry open, unscrew, and even break our stuff! Craft with the parts if you choose and make something to take home, or simply explore the inner workings of some common pieces of technology.  Register here.
  • The Luft Gangster film screening – Saturday, January 25th – 2 pm to 5 pm
    • Watch the award-winning documentary that tells the story of Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, a metro Detroit resident. The Tuskegee Airmen, also know as the Red Tails, were an African-American unit of fighter pilots during World War II.  Jefferson’s life and legacy, includes growing up in segregated Detroit and his experiences as a Nazi prisoner of war and eyewitness to the atrocities at Dachau Concentration Camp. After viewing the film, producer Mike Rott will answer questions and talk about his experience making the film. (Register)
  • Improving the Health of Ourselves and the Environment w/VegMichigan – Wednesday, January 29th @ 7 pm
    • This presentation focuses on the environmental implications and health benefits of our food choices and offers solutions for how we can reduce our eco-footprint and improve our health one meal at a time. Also, a plant-based food sampling will be provided before the presentation. Featured speakers are Marc Ramirez and Kim Korona.  Register here.
  • Oakland County Water Resources with Commissioner Jim Nash – Thursday, January 30th @ 7 pm
    • Discussion Topics Include:
      • Aging Infrastructure
      • Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Projects
      • Home Infrastructure “Tips to Protect Your Systems”
      • Water Quality
      • Sewer & Stormwater
      • Lakes & Flooding
      • Lead & Copper
      • Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP)
      • Register here.
  • Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson – Monday, February 3 rd @ 7 pm
    • Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson will talk about his life and experiences as a Red Tail, Tuskegee Airman and POW. He is one of 32 Tuskegee Airmen from the 332nd Fighter Group to be shot down defending a country that considered him to be a second-class citizen. A Detroit native, Jefferson trained at Tuskegee Institute and joined one of the most decorated fighting units, the flying P51s with their legendary and feared red tails. He was shot down over France and when captured spent the balance of the war in Luftwaffe prison camps in Germany. Jefferson is a great American hero and patriot, as told in deeply personal memoir, Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free.  Register here

Community Center/303 W Main St/248-349-4144

  • Walking – Monday through Friday – 8 to 9:30 am
    • Take a walk at the Community Center Gym every weekday morning. Join the group afterwards for a cup of coffee. Walking is free, coffee is 50 cents.
  • Senior Fit
    • Geared for adults age 55 and up, Senior Fit is aimed at improving stamina, lowering blood pressure and decreasing the risk of osteoporosis among senior adults through regular exercise. Please register at the Senior Center desk for class. No walk-ins will be accepted and space is limited.
    • Day Date Time Fee
      Tuesday – January 7th thru February 25th –  5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Free
      Friday  –  January 3rd thru February 28th –  10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free
  • Special Events
    • Valentine’s Date Tea – Wednesday, January 12th – 1 to 3 pm – $12
      • Celebrate love and friendship with Victoria’s Tea Salon at the Northville Community Center. This Afternoon Tea will include 4 types of tea sandwiches, 3 types of desserts, a cream scone and tea. Real China place settings, linens and entertainment by musicians Carl Karoub and friends will round out this lovely event. Tea time will be from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Registration deadline: Friday, January 31st
  • Field Trips and Tours
    • Senior Day at the DIA – Thursday, February 27th – Noon to 4 pm – Free
      The DIA will provide FREE bus transportation and special programming including films, lectures, and tours, followed by a complimentary coffee and cookie reception for
      seniors 55 and older. The DIA bus will depart from the parking lot across from the Post Office at 12:00 p.m. Please arrive by 11:45 a.m. Registration Deadline: February 11th
  • Programs
    • Wills, Trust & Ladybird Deeds – Gary Allen, Esq. – Tuesday, January 21st – 10:30 am to Noon – Free
      • Learn how to avoid probate and save thousands of dollars, why you probably don’t need a trust, and why power of attorneys are your most important estate planning
        documents.  Registration Deadline: Friday, January 17th
    • Food For Thought – Oranges – Wednesday, January 29th – 11:30 to 12:30 pm – $2
      • Join us for our new series as we dive in and learn about super foods, their benefits, and walk away with a homemade item using the super food! Registration Deadline: Friday, January 24th
    • Sound Advice Audiology Presentation – Tuesday, February 19th – 10:30 to 12:30 pm – Free
      • “Ben Wightman, Au.D., owner of Sound Advice Audiology in Livonia and Farmington, returns to discuss treating yourself to better hearing as well as an informal question and answer session. Free ear-wax removal and hearing screenings will be provided. Registration Deadline: Friday January 10th
    • Medicare Individual Counseling Appointments – MMAP
      • Individual counseling sessions are available through Medicare to find out which plan works best for your individual needs. Call 248-305-2851 or stop by the Senior Services desk to book an appointment.
      • Day Date Time Fee
        Tuesday January 14 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Free
        Tuesday February 4 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Free
  • Crafts and Activities
    • Crafting – Wooden Block Sign – Friday, February 7th – 10 am to 11:30 am – $8
      • Be creative with us as we make a double sided wooden block sign! Make a decoration for Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day all in one. We will guide you along the way to complete this easy, stylish craft.   Registration Deadline:  January 31st
    • Bingo – February 20th – 1 to pm – Free
      • Come play Bingo with us.  Oakmont of Northville hosts  this activity once per month. Registration is required at the Community Center desk prior to the event.
  • Friday Flicks – 1 pm – $1
    • January 17th – Rocketman – 2019
      • This one-of-a-kind musical biopic embarks on the spectacular journey of Elton John in his rise to fame. With incredible performances of Elton’s most beloved songs, discover how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in rock & roll.
    • January 24th – The Best of Enemies 2019
      • A timely drama that centers on an unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local KuKlux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971.
    • January 31st  – Ad Astra 2019
      • Army Corps engineer Roy McBride has never stopped missing his father, a scientist who vanished on a mission
        to find alien life on Neptune. Twenty years later, Roy embarks on a galactic search to locate his dad.

20145 Beck Road/248-349-8390
50165 8 Mile Road/(248) 374-0200
Closed for the Season but watch for special events.
361 East Cady Street/248-347-0003

  • Seasons Tickets for the 13th Season are Available Now!
    • To view the 2019-2020 Season, click here.
  • The 39 Steps – January 30th through March 8th
    • Richard Hannay was looking for something to spice up his boring life. His routine night out in the West End soon leaves him in the unprecedented situation of being the only person capable of saving London. Murder, mystery, and mayhem consume his life as he works desperately to clear his name and solve the mystery of The 39 Steps.A parody of the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock of the same name, The 39 Steps mixes the thriller genre with the humor of Monty Python. This show is sure to have you on the edge of your seat with laughter and anticipation.
    • Information regarding show times and tickets can be found by clicking here.
  • Jazz at the Pointe 
    • A series of one-night-only concerts featuring the finest musicians in the area, a wine tasting and light finger foods from Browndog Barlor & Restaurant at the intermission. The doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for the wine tasting; music starts at 7:30; intermission/food at 8:20; second set 8:45.
      • Sean Dobbins – Satuday, January 18th
        • Jazz drummer Sean Dobbins got his start as sought-after Detroit area jazz sideman at a young age, when he would regularly play with Blue Note artist Louis Smith. As Sean’s Career progressed, he found himself the recipient of many awards and accolades including the “Woody Herman Jazz Award”, an award for outstanding musicianship, as well as the Louis Armstrong Scholarship. Sean’s sound can best be described as hard-driving, solid rhythm with refreshing melodic sensibility. Some of Sean’s influences include Art Blakey, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ed Thigpen, Sonny Payne, and also Detroit area greats Gerald Cleaver and the one and only Elvin Jones.  Purchase tickets here.
      • Heather Black Project – Saturday, March 21st
      • Los Gatos –  Saturday, May 16th
      • Opapada – Saturday, July 11th


  • Plymouth Ice Festival
    • Sunday, January 12th – 10 am to 6 pm
      • The perennial favorite dueling chainsaw exhibition will take place at Kellogg Park
    • The full schedule of events can be found here.