November 16, 2018                 The  Source for Livonia News and Opinions
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Wow. Another success story in our hometown. Wow.

Put those hands together and give yourself a round of applause. Or better yet stand up and give yourself a standing ovation.

Livonia excelled. Reached for the mountain top. Put it in sight. Climbed all the way up and now deserve to smile. Debra Bonde, Karen Smith, and all the volunteers and staff members are shouting out, "THANK YOU, Seedlings' auction donors and bidders!!! We raised an AMAZING $20,000 during our third annual online auction ending Nov. 14.

"That was $2,000 OVER our goal of $18,000. Thanks to you, we will be able to place 2,000 MORE braille books into the hands of children with vision loss. They are the real auction winners!! And YOU made that possible!"

But once again Livonia you outbid me on every item I bid on. Every year. Every time.

Take a bow Livonia. Or better yet join in with the smiles and applause.
Turn off the computer and get it on with personal conversation at "Offline Discussions"
During the recent state and federal election season Haithum Fakhouri, Bold Media. lamented the lack of real discussions on facebook about issues and candidates. A proposal came about to have some face-to-face time with what he called an offline discussion.

"Offline Discussions" offers local citizens the ability to engage in political and social conversation without technological barriers. Fakhouri describes it as hoping T"that through personal interaction, people of all backgrounds can sit and discuss hot topic issues in a respectful manner."

 The chats will be loosely moderated to keep the conversation on focus but each meeting is a life of its own. All political, economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds are welcome.

"We held our first meeting of "Offline Discussions" and it was a massive success. A group of individuals from different ethnic and political backgrounds met for 2 hours to discuss political topics without belittling or demeaning one another. I'm thankful for all who showed up and look forward to our next meeting on Tuesday, December 11."

Get rid of the keyboards and gr ab a drink and chat. Invite your friends!  What's not allowed:  Personal attacks against members or political figures,  Bullying, Hate speech.

The typewriter had hoped to attend but was recovering from his ill-fated attempt at showboat dancing at the Livonia Symphony Orchestra annual dinner. No more dancing but lots more talking.

See you all at the Claddaugh on December 11.

There are times when we take for granted all that our hometown offers. Just how stable our community is and has been over the years. So here is a hats off at Thanksgiving to those elected officials who  are giving their time to serve Livonia.

To start let's wish a Happy Thanksgiving and community thank you to our Livonia School Board and Livonia City Council: 

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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 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 16 @ 7:00
November 17 @ 2:00 & 7:00
November 18 @ 2:00
Barefoot Youth Theatre presents

November 19 @ 2:00
Livonia Historic Society
Greenmead Blue House
Speaker: Bob Hardies

November 30 @ 8:00
Unity of Livonia
28660 Five Mile Rd.

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 @ 9
The Nutcracker Ballet
Livonia Civic Ballet Company

December 8 @ 11:00
Tickets went 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

It's real. Livonia's newly elected State Representative and Congresswoman prepare to serve.
Dayna Polehanki called it "a bittersweet day today as I formally resigned from teaching after 16 years in my school district."

Laurie Pohutsky (front row, 6th from left) recently joined her fellow incoming members of the 100th Michigan Legislature for a bipartisan orientation in Lansing. " I am so proud to take my place in the freshman class of Michigan's 100th Legislature. It is an incredible honor and privilege to serve Michigan with such terrific colleagues!"
Haley Stevens says she is "Deeply honored to have your sacred trust as I get ready to serve the people of Michigan's 11th District. What a remarkable morning on the house floor." 

Hometown Holiday right here in Livonia.
Why leave home when the best is right here !!   Pull up a chair. Bring out the calendar. Start marking all that is going on in YOUR hometown in December.
December 2
Livonia Holiday Parade

December 8 
Live Nativity @ Madonna University

December 8 and 9
Annual Breakfast with Santa

Get that phone call from Santa

Would your child like to receive a call from Santa? Sign them up to receive a personalized phone call from the North Pole this holiday season! This special experience is for children who are in the Livonia/Clarenceville School Districts and believe in the magic of Santa! One phone call will be made per household. Santa and his elves are busy this time of year! The deadline to ensure your child rec eives a call from Santa is Friday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.

Please fill out the attached 2018 Santa's Workshop Calling form. Be sure to print clearly and ensure that your correct phone number is listed. Place all children on one form. You may drop the form off at the Kirksey Recreation Center, 15100 Hubbard or fax it to (734) 466-2929. For more information, please call (734) 466-2900

December 1
30th Annual Christmas Walk

December 7 - 13
$1.00 special at Livonia's Phoenix Theatre

December 8 and 9
The Nutcracker Ballet

December 8
Livonia Symphony Orchestra
"Joyous Wonder"

December 16
Livonia Civic Chorus Annual Christmas Concert
"Because it's Christmas"

December 21 and 22
Dickens Reads His Carol