November 7, 2018                 The  Source for Livonia News and Opinions
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November in Livonia

Coming to Livonia November 5th through the 30th from Grand Rapids, Huaming Wang is a multi-talented artist, designer, and engineer. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. 

His work will be exhibited at the Bennett Civic Library in the Fine Arts Gallery.

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

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 9 @ 6:00 - 10:00
Livonia Symphony Orchestra
Annual Fall Banquet & Concert
Laurel Manor Banquet Center

November 10 @ 1:00-4:00
Blessings in a Backpack
5th Annual Bowling Fundraiser
Merri-Bowl Lanes 

November 11

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

December in Livonia

December 1 @ 10:00 - 4:00

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  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
Presenting partner: Robert Hardies
Holiday Concert
Madonna University
Kresge Hall

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

December 21 & 22

Thank you Brian Meakin, Laura Cox, Lena Epstein and Jason Blakenship. The winners on Tuesday.
Laura Cox

Congratulations to Brian Meakin, Laura Cox, Lena Epstein and Jason Blakenship. When all the votes were cast Tuesday these were the winners. We owe them a debt of gratitude for the issues they raised and the time they put into the campaign. We are a better hometown because of their effort.

They did not receive the most votes on Tuesday but through their efforts Democracy worked and voters had a choice. FridayMusings will always call those who tried and came up short in the world of politics the real winners. They deserve our appreciation and respect.

Laurie Pohutsky, Dayna Polehanki, Haley Stevens and Terry Marecki received the most votes showing that they were able to win a political campaign. Now is the time for them to show the residents of the district they will be representing in January that they are capable of winning the race for implementation of ideas that reach across party lines--the race to prove to us that they want to represent the entire district.

They must now translate their issues to constructive plans of action, show us how they will work to implement promises and pledges for the good of the community and state.

All of our hometown stands ready to complete step two in the process of Democracy. Actually governing by those who received the largest number of votes.

Results for races of those representing Livonia.
Terry Godfroid Marecki
The most important issue for the City of Livonia was the proposal to override the Headlee Amendment by asking to 
levy 0.5038 mills for 10 years.
Schoolcraft YES, 67,033, 57%
Schoolcraft NO, 51,290, 43%

Livonia Board of Education (3 elected)
Colleen Burton, 15,638, 31%
Liz Jarvis, 12,664, 25%
Mark Johnson, 11,853, 23%
Anne Demeter, 10,930, 23%

Michigan State Senate
Dayna Polehanki, 65,744, 50.98%
Laura Cox, 60,437, 46.87%

Michigan State House of Representatives
Laurie Pohutsky, 22,658, 50.11, 50.11%
Brian Meakin, 22,557, 49.89%

United States House of Representatives
Haley Stevens, 172,549, 51.96%
Lena Epstein, 149,407, 44.99%

Wayne County Commissioner
Terry A. Marecki, 22,920, 53.82% 
E. Jason Blankenship, 19,488, 45.76%

Schoolcraft College Trustee (2 elected)
Gretchen Alaniz 45,760, 52.64% 
Dillon E. Breen 39,391, 46.14%

Congratulations. Now, let's get to work.

Motor City Youth Theatre does it again

Motor City Theatre presents  HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD d irected by Kelly Boczek Petrie  based on the book by Delia Ephron.
This musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child includes twenty-three lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, and how to act after being sent to your room. The pace is fast, the tone subversive, and the fun never stops.

Motor City Theatre is located at 3 27555 Grantland 48150. All Tickets available at www.eventbrite.

Arsenic and Old Lace Inspires Laughter at 
Livonia Community Theatre

Two murderous old ladies, a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, a Boris Karloff look-alike and a theater critic in love come together for an evening of fun and laughter as Livonia Community Theatre presents Arsenic and Old Lace , a comedy by Joseph Kesselring. The show runs November 16-17, 2018 at 7:30 pm, and November 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm.
David Culliton (Livonia) plays Mortimer, the drama critic who hates theater, and Sara Borsodi, (Redford) is the girl he wants to marry. But just as Mortimer ventures to share their good news with his seemingly harmless little-old-lady aunts ( Sue Krekeler and Patsy Girnys, Livonia ), he discovers the sisters' have a habit of murdering lonely old men as an act of charity. 

Add Mortimer's crazy brothers Teddy ( Keith Schooley , Livonia ), who thinks he's Theodore Roosevelt, and homicidal maniac Jonathan Brewster ( Guy Copland, Berkley  who looks like Boris Karloff thanks to phony plastic surgeon Dr. Einstein ( Daniel T. Muldoon, Madison Heights) and the result is a mix of laugh-out-loud hilarity and macabre mayhem. 

Also in the ensemble are Michael Kain (Livonia), Robert Tony Parsons (Redford), Dar yl Collins (Novi), Roger Glynn (Livonia) and Brian Culliton (Livonia).

" Arsenic and Old Lace is a comedy theatre classic," says Director Pat Hutchison of the play that first opened on Broadway in 1941. "Actors and audiences alike love the irreverent humor and dark comedy. It's fast paced and the laughs keep coming, and we all need a good laugh these days!"

Hutchison notes the cast ranges in age from 17-78, and includes an entire family either acting or working stagecraft. "One of our missions at LCT is to give families a chance to participate in theater together," she says. "We do it with our all age summer musicals, and I'm glad to see it happening in this show as well."

All performances are at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 27475 Five Mile Road, Livonia. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; and $5 for students 18 and under. Visit to order online, or call 248-252-1940 to reserve by phone. Tickets are also available at the door.

Arsenic and Old Lace opens that Livonia Community Theatre's eighth season, whose theme is It's A Mystery! The group will present Clue, the Musical on March 29-30, 2019 and April 6-7, 2019, and The Secret Garden musical on July 25-27, 2019.
Barefoot Productions continues to expand their offerings of theatre excellence in Livonia

Stevenson High School Class of 1970 Alums 
Helping  Victims of Hurricane Michael

Livonia's Alan Helmkamp sent along a story that links Livonia to the devastation of Hurricane Michael and perhaps a way that our hometown can reach out and help those recovering in the panhandle of Florida:

It started simply enough. On the Stevenson High Class of 1970 Facebook group page, our classmate Suzanne Ganzak Carnill, now a resident of the panhandle area of Florida, recently posted the following:

"Hi classmates, we could use a little help down here."

She posted photos of the devastation left after Hurricane Michael, a near Category 5 storm, hit two weeks earlier making landfall with 155 mph winds, with a storm surge of up to 10 feet of water in some places. Hurricane Michael was the worst storm to hit northwest Florida since record keeping began in 1851.

Offers of cash donations quickly followed, but Suzanne replied that:  "We need shelf stable milk and large and x large adult briefs. We need product. Our stores are gone. Our places where we purchase things are gone. We need food and wipes and living items. We need to keep people fed and sheltered."

So, over the past week or so a number of SHS '70 Spartans from all over the country sprang into action and shipped down cases of evaporated milk and adult diapers.

But as the need persists, the effort continues. It's a story of Livonia love and charity going beyond our borders to assist a classmate who is selflessly helping coordinate life sustaining efforts in her adopted hometown of Panama City Beach and environs.

There is still need for shipment of cases of the following:

Shelf sustainable food such as tuna fish, peanut butter, evaporated milk,  Face, hand and baby wipes,  Clorox wipes.  They can be shipped to:
Suzanne Ganzak Carnill
127 Sandollar Drive
Panama City Beach, Florida 32408
If shipments are made by Amazon or other entities that require a telephone number, use: 850-348-0026.