October 29, 2018                 The  Source for Livonia News and Opinions
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Joe Gilligan offers up chocolates perfect for gift giving at Christmas or any season actually.

For that holiday warmth here is the hometown heating and coolilng company for you.

For all your catering needs during the holiday the Blue Plate is ready for every palate.

October in Livonia

Wilson Barn 
Open Air Market
Community Scarecrows in October

October 29 @ 5:00 - 7:00
Seedlings Annual Open House
Nancy Shaw, Children's Author

November in Livonia
November 1 - 14
Seedlings Braille Books for Children's 
3rd Annual Online Auction
Help raise $18,000 for 
1,800 more braille books!

November 1 @ 7:00 - 9:00
Beer and Wine Festival
1 Under Banquet Center
Benefiting the Livonia 
Community Foundation

November 3 @ 10:00 - 4:00
Frost's 42nd Annual PTSA 
Arts and Crafts Show 

November 3 @ 8:00
VOCES8 w/ Blake Morgan
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
Ann Arbor

November 6 at 6:30 PM
Livonia Garden Club   @ 
Senior Center
November Monthly Meeting
Meet and Greet 6:30 PM
Meeting 7:00 PM
Program: Hydrangeas 101

November 8, 9, 19  @  7:00
November 11 @ 2:00
How to Eat Like a Child, 
musical comedy
Motor City Theatre Ages 5-up
All seats $10     313-535-8962
27555 Grantland, Livonia 48150
½ block west of Inkster Rd.
November 15, 16, 17 @  7:00
November 17 @ 1:00
November 18 @ 2:00
A Little Princess, the Musical
Motor City Theatre Ages 5-up
All seats $10    313-535-8962
27555 Grantland, Livonia 48150
½ block west of Inkster Rd.
November 16-18
CAPA presents
Hands on a Hardbody

November 6 @ All Day
Election-early and often

November 10 @ Noon - 2:00
Mercy Elite Flag Football
Stevenson High School

November 10 @ 2:00 - 4:00
Blessings in a Backpack
Bowling for Backpacks
Merribowl Lanes--Five Mile

December in Livonia

December 2 @ 4:00
Livonia Holiday Parade

December 7 @ 9:00- 2:00
Senior Citizen Holiday Craft Show 
9:00 - 2:00
Livonia Senior Center

December 8 @ 11:00
Tickets go on sale Thursday, Nov. 1 for the annual Lunch with Santa at the Kirksey Recreation Center and online at  www.livoniaparks.org.  Lunch with Santa takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Civic Park Senior Center.  The event includes lunch, crafts and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. 
For more information, please call (734) 466-2900.

December 8
"Joyous Wonder"
Livonia Symphony Orchestra

December 15 
Livonia Youth Symphony
Holiday Concert
Madonna University
Kresge Hall

December 16 @ 3:00
Holiday Concert
Louis Schmidt Auditorium
Livonia Civic Chorus


As FridayMusings makes endorsements they will be added to this list

Ballot Proposals
Establish a redistricting commission to draw legislative 
lines in Michigan
x   YES          NO
Legalization of Marijuana
x   YES           NO

Schoolcraft College Headlee Override
x   YES           NO


United States Congress
Vote for one
Lena Epstein (R)
x   Haley Stevens (D)

State Senator
Vote for one
Laura Cox (R)
Dayna Polehanki (D)

State Representative
Vote for one
Brian Meakin (R)
x   Laurie Pohutsky (D)

Wayne County Commissioner
Vote for one
Jason Blankenship (D)
x  Terry Marecki (R)

Schoolcraft College Trustee
Vote for up to two
x  Gretchen Alaniz
Dillon Breen

Livonia Board of Education
Vote for up to three
 X  Colleen Burton
X  Liz Jarvis
X  Mark Johnson
Anne Demeter

Wayne County Circuit Court
Vote for up to three
x  Suzette Samuels 
Regina Thomas
John Cahalan
x   Bridget Hathaway
Tracy Green
Take a tour of Seedlings tonight. 5:00 - 7:00
Have you been on a tour of Seedlings Braille Books for Children? Well tonight is the night.  Tour Seedlings' facility, enjoy refreshments and watch as their staff and volunteers make braille books for blind children all over the world! That's right, not just Livonia, not just Michigan or the United States but all over and around the globe.

There will be book signings and readings by Sheep in a Jeep author Nancy Shaw. Six of Shaw's Sheep titles will be available to buy with and without braille! Bring your friends and family to Seedlings for this unique experience. From 5:00 - 7:00 at the Seedlings offices, 14151 Farmington Road.

Take an up close and personal look at the magic of the production behind a braille book. And get a look at the growth of this amazing volunteer driven internationally acclaimed non-profit that started in a basement. One person. One braille machine. 

1984 was the start of an amazing journey
In 1984 when Debra Bonde founded Seedlings, braille materials were scarce and expensive. Her goals were to increase the availability and lower the cost of braille books for children in order to promote their literacy skills and the love of reading. 

In 1985, the first year of book production, Debra made 221 books in her basement office. By 1990, Seedlings was producing 5,000 books per year, which precipitated its move out of Debra's basement and into the Bentley Center in Livonia, Michigan, and eventually to their
Books waiting to be shipped across the country. Wow.
present location on Farmington Road..  

In 2017, with a small staff, and a group of loyal volunteers, Seedlings produced over 34,000 braille books and articles (half of which were given away for free), with a grand total of
Nancy Shaw
511,500 since 1984, equaling over 22 million pages of braille! 

22 million pages of braille. You have to see it to believe it. If Ripley's was to do a Believe it or Not about Livonia this story would be at the top of the list.

Tonight is the night. 14151 Farmington Road, just north of the Looney Bakery. Meet the folks behind Seedlings. Get an autograph from author Nancy Shaw. Greeting you will be Mayor Dennis Wright and yes, the typewriter.
5th Annual Bowling for Backpacks Fundraiser

Blessings in a Backpack-Livonia is helping feed the Future of America.
There's still time to register for their 5th Annual Bowling for Backpacks Fundraiser, they've added a bake sale too, on Saturday November 10, 2018 from 2-4 pm at Merri-Bowl Lanes..

This exciting event will include 2 hours of bowling, pizza and beverages, Silent Auction, various items for raffle  like Red Wing and Lions tickets, gift cards, and many more items along with a 50/50 raffle, will be held from 2- 4 pm, with registration beginning at 1 pm.

 Tickets for bowling are $20, while the cost for non-bowlers is $10. Click the following link to order tickets -https://guestlist.co/events/581520 Visit their website at https://www.biablivonia.org/ to learn more about sponsorship and donation opportunities.

There are many ways you can become involved in our 5th Annual "Bowling for
Bowling for smiles
Backpacks". All funds raised in Livonia stay here in the community to support their program of Blessings in a Backpack. On behalf of the children who will benefit by your contribution, they thank you in advance for your support and look forward to partnering with you in this very worthwhile event. 

You can contact one of the following members of our Steering Committee for further information: Audra Rons, audrarons@gmail.com or 248-701-3277, Jan Wilson, wilsonjm101@gmail.com or 248-505-3778.

The funds they raise will allow them to continue to send food-filled weekend backpacks home with at-risk children attending Cooper, Garfield, Grant, Kennedy, Randolph, Rosedale and Webster Elementary Schools, as well as Johnson Upper Elementary. 

This year they are again adding additional students, as well as at least one other school. Your sponsorship, donation and/or participation in this event will help ensure they can meet this goal.

Blessings in a Backpack is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible. Blessings in a Backpack Livonia, P.O. Box 51603, Livonia MI 48151

Absentee Ballots setting a record

Livonia City Clerk Susan Nash is passing along this information about the number of absentee ballots cast already in our hometown:

"Livonia has officially passed 2016 presidential for Absentee Ballots. We have issued 16954 and there is still 9 days till the election. 

"This is a picture of just the applications for a ballot. There were days last week that we received more applications than returned ballots. 

"I am so appreciative of everyone that works in the Clerks office. We have worked every weekend since September. Next day off will be November 10. 

Veterans Day is significant and here is one way to honor our veterans and first responders

Plan on attending Livonia's Holiday Parade !!!
SAVE THE DATE! The Merry & Bright Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting is all set for Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.!! Look for information right after Halloween on how you can win a chance to ride with Mayor Dennis Wright in the parade!

They are still seeking business sponsors for the parade. This is a great way to get your business in front of more than 10,000 people. There is a sponsor level for everyone. Please call (734) 466-2413 to book your spot today. Don't miss out on what is rapidly shaping up to be a great Livonia holiday tradition!!
Friends of Greenmead getting ready for Christmas.
Maybe you should as well. This Walk is a winner.

2019 City of Livonia Greenleaf Award - Submit Your Nomination

Do you know a Livonia based business or organization that is demonstrating leadership in environmental and sustainability initiatives? Now is the time to let the rest of the community know.

The Greenleaf Commission on Sustainability and the Livonia Chamber of Commerce will award its fourth annual City of Livonia Greenleaf Award. The goal of the Greenleaf Award is to recognize businesses or volunteer organizations that have demonstrated leadership in making Livonia a resilient and sustainable community. 

Awards will be presented at the Chamber of Commerce's Leadership and Awards Celebration in February 2019.   

To Submit a Nomination for the 2019 City of Livonia Greenleaf Award

Businesses or volunteer organizations can nominate others or themselves for the City of Livonia Greenleaf Award.  

To make a nomination, email the following information to Jim Baringhaus - Greenleaf Commission jbaringhaus@ci.livonia.mi.us

  1. Name of Business or Organization You Wish to Nominate
  2. Your Name and Contact Information (Email address or Telephone Number)
  3. Contact Name and Contact Information (Email address or Telephone Number) for the Nominated Business or Organization
  4. Description of the sustainability initiatives of this business or organization
  5. Explanation of why this business or organization deserves the Greenleaf Award