June 7, 2019 
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Hope to see you this Sunday at the 32nd Barn Car Show at Livonia's Historic Wilson Barn

The Felician Sisters Break Ground for the  
Felician Sisters of North America Heritage Center and Archives

More than 100 alumni, faculty, staff, and benefactors joined the Felician Sisters of North America, and the Most Reverend  Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, as they broke ground to begin construction of a $9 million,  28,000-square-foot Felician Sisters of North America Heritage  Center and Archives and University Welcome Center.

Following a blessing of the construction site by Archbishop Vigneron, President Grandillo  described how the Welcome Center would  preserve its Felician history. "This building will be a physical demonstration of  our commitment to providing a caring, personalized, values-based learning community for students. It also  will be home to the priceless archives of the University's visionary founders - The Felician Sisters of  North America."

Provincial Minister for the Felician Sisters of North America Sister M. Christopher Moore, shared  her excitement about the Felician Sisters Heritage Center and Archives, designed and funded by the  Sisters. "This new 4,300-square-foot Center, to be built here in  Livonia - the site of the first Felician Province in North America - is a highly interactive celebration of the  Felician Sisters' heritage; a remembrance of the legions of courageous, selfless, and faith-filled Sisters who  have come before," she said. "It also provides an exploration of the countless ways that the Felician Sisters  are continuing to make a difference today among the marginalized and those in need across the continent.

Designed by MKC architects, and built by J. S. Vig Construction, the contemporary structure was  inspired by the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, in Italy, and is reflective of the values of St. Francis that are  espoused by the Felician Sisters. The Felician Sisters of North America  Heritage Center and Archives, along with the landscape and structure will become  a place for spiritual wonder and self-discovery.

It will also feature a Great Room that accommodates up to 400 people, for a  wide range of University and community events. In addition, the facility will include an art gallery, a cafĂ©,  and offices. 

The garden outside the west wing of the building will offer privacy and peace to all visitors. It will  feature nine planters with space for a donated tree from each of the eight (former) Felician Provinces in  the United States. The ninth tree, representing Mary, the Madonna, the University's patron saint, will be  featured through the Great Room window facing the garden.
About the Felician Sisters of North America

A joy-filled, apostolic congregation of women religious, the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Felix of  Cantalice, known as the Felician Sisters, is a Franciscan community inspired by the spiritual ideals of its  Foundress Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska and Saint Francis of Assisi. Consecrated to God through the  vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, the Felician Sisters of Our Lady of Hope Province live in  community and dedicate their lives to God and the Church. At Felician-sponsored ministries across North  America the Sisters can be found serving the impoverished; marginalized; the imprisoned; the sick, elderly,  and the infirm; those with profound disabilities and those with developmental and physical disabilities;  young adults and youth ranging from pre-school through college.

While you enjoy Summer, some will be getting ready for Fall.

It's official.  Thanks to the sponsorship of the Livonia YMCA and in coordination with our Livonia Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Community Financial  Credit Union, Alpha USA, Rotary AM Club and F&PA/Bob Hardies Year Three of Livonia's Good Old-fashioned Neighborhood Corn Roast is on the way toward another successful year.  

And we will have the Livonia Civic Chorus along with the Livonia Youth Symphony on hand as well providing entertainment.

Year three.  This year all the families who moved into Livonia since November 1, 2018 will receive not one but two invitations. Save the date on August 15 and You are Invited on September 5.

This year every organization that will be participating--and we had 25 last year--will be included on the mailings.

And yes indeed. Corn on the cob once again will be served up for your enjoyment.

Mark your calendar. September 15 is just around the corner.  If your organization wants to participate simply click here.

Rotary AM Club Fun Run is all set for Spree 69. Register now and see you June 30.

It's almost time for Livonia Spree!! Make sure you sign up for the Livonia AM Rotary Spree Run! There is a 5K Run/Walk and a 1 Mile Fun Run. 

The Livonia AM Rotary Livonia Spree 5K Run and Spree Fun Run takes place on Sunday, June 30. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m.

Registration fees are:
$40 for the 5K until Friday, June 28; $45 on the day of the race
$15 for the Fun Run until Friday, June 28; $20 on the day of the race

Registration will include free entry to "Spree 69" Pancakes Brunch and come by for the Late Night Fireworks with your family.  There are also prizes for best costume. All guests and runners are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue. It is not required though.  

Click here for registration.  Your registration helps the AM Rotary with great community projects! 

Election Season in our Hometown

Livonia Board of Education
The Livonia schools will have two proposals on the ballot in August. The first is a renewal millage. The second is a sinking fund proposal.  Both proposals were e ndorsed by FridayMusings on May 31st.

City of Livonia
Mayor primary in August
Top two nominated for general election in November. You may vote for one of the following three:

Laura Toy 

Bruce Tenniswood 

Maureen Miller Brosnan 

City Council primary election in August
Top eight nominated for general election in November
Four to be elected. Top three for 4-year term. 
The 4th for a 2-year term. 

You may vote for up to 4 of the following 12:

Scott Bahr              
Gerald Perez

Robert Donovic 
Eileen McDonnell

Campaign websites or campaign facebook pages are listed where identified for each candidate.
Cinematic Art expands in Livonia with the introduction of Fathom Events \ at the Phoenix Theatre

Readers of Musings are responding positively to the Fathom Events. Here is a note received from Livonia's 
former  State Representative Lyn Bankes:  Went yesterday to see Saving Private Ryan. Going to see Forest Gump and Kinky Boots.  The Coming Attractions  said Shawshank Redemption is coming soon.  Please print more of the schedule.

Rifftrax Live! Star Raiders
June 11 - 7:30pm
Free Trip to Egypt
June 12 - 6:15pm
Field of Dreams 30 th Anniversary (1989)
June 16 - 1:00pm
June 16 - 4:00pm
June 18 - 4:00pm
June 18 - 7:00pm
June 19 - 6:30pm
The Met Opera: Romeo et Juliett - Summer Encore
June 19 - 1:00pm
June 19 - 7:00pm
Forest Gump 25 th Anniversary (1994)
June 23 - 3:00pm
June 23 - 7:00pm
June 25 - 3:00pm
June 25 - 7:00pm
Kinky Boots the Musical
June 25 - 7:00pm
June 29 - 12:55pm
The Met Opera: La Boheme - Summer Encore
June 26 - 1:00pm
June 26 - 7:00pm
Click on this image for all movie times

Send your calendar notices to  rwilliamjoyner@gmail.com

June in Livonia

June 7, 8, 9 @ all weekend
Historic Greenmead

June 7 @ all day
Robert Bennett Memorial Golf Outing
Benefiting the Livonia Symphony Orchestra

June 9 @ 1:30 - 3:30

June 8 @ 10:00 - 2:00
Livonia's Annual Passport to Safety
Livonia Police Department
Safety stations where children learn about safety 
in a fun, family setting.
June 9 @ 9:00 - 5:00
32nd Annual Barn Car Show
Wilson Barn

June 13 @ 5:45-7:00 & 7:00 - 9:00
Ice Cream followed by Patriotic & Pops
Kirksey Recreation Center

June 22 @  10:00 - 12:30
Democratic Party Precinct Delegate training

June 22 @ 10:00 - 4:00
Friends of Greenmead Garden Walk

June 25 - 30
Livonia Spree 69
Happy Birthday Livonia !

June 27 @ 7:30 - 9:00
Maureen Miller Brosnan Race for Mayor

July in Livonia
July 11 - August 29
Every Thursday 
Music From The Heart
Livonia City Hall Back Porch

July 20 - August 3

July 27 @ 10:00 - 2:00
Touch a Truck @  Greenmead 

August in Livonia
August 17 @ 11:00 - 3:00
Campus of City Hall

September in Livonia
September 15 @ 1:00 - 4:00

September 28 @ 10:00 - 6:00
Guns and Gowns @ Greenmead

October in Livonia
October 3 @ 7:00
Hall of Fame 2013
Hall of Fame 2013 
Musings readers are interested in the upcoming contested campaign for Livonia Mayor. We check in to their most recent facebook postings to see what they are up to in the world of retail politics--being out in public meeting people.

Bruce Tenniswood: Tuesday evening, I attended a preview of a movie about the water crisis in Flint. After the showing, there was a panel discussion from the people leading the fight to make positive change in Flint, Detroit, and throughout Michigan. Two things were glaringly obvious. First, not one elected or appointed representative from Livonia was there, although it was hosted and promoted by Livonia resident Alicia Douglas. Second, whether it's lead in drinking water in Flint, PFAS in Osco da and now spread across Michigan, PBB in St. Louis, or VOC's in Livonia, the story is exactly the same. The people face an undisputed yet uncaring polluter, an obtuse federal government, an incompetent and irresponsible state government, and an uninvolved city government! Friends, this must change, and I ask that you start by electing local leaders who will fight for what is right! It starts with clean water! Please help me start that change by getting involved!

Laura Toy: Tail Waggers is a wonderful organization that always looking for volunteers to help the animals and of course donations!   Located on 5 Mile Road and Harrison in Livonia. Please do what you can to help them.

Maureen Miller Brosnan: So these are some of my absolute favorite constituents.... Girl Scouts! I had the honor of delivering the opening remarks to troops from Hoover, Riley and Holmes during their Bridging Ceremony. We talked about girl power and how cool it would be if Livonia's first woman mayor is a former Girl Scout. Cookie sales in City Hall!!! Special thanks to Jim and Katie Jolly for getting me such a great gig.

Eastern Market comes to Livonia every Friday 
starting today and going through September. 
Only at St. Mary Mercy Hospital
Eastern Market Farm Stand is coming to St. Mary Mercy Livonia this Friday, June 7! 

All summer, come get your fresh vegetables and local items on Fridays 11-2, in the South Lobby of the hospital. As important as it is to fill the Eastern Market with the freshest fruits and vegetables, it may be even more important to bring wholesome foods to communities throughout southeast Michigan. Since 2009, the Eastern Market has established pop-up mobile markets in many Detroit-area locations to create a healthier Southeastern Michigan.

Another family day in our hometown
Come on down Saturday to the police and fire station at 
the  city downtown campus, Five and Farmington

Barefoot Productions still has spots available for their 
Frozen Jr. youth theater experience. Interested? 

Come on down. Audition for a summer musical workshop.

Campaign events scheduled for our Livonia candidates 

Rob Donovic for City Council
Maureen Miller Brosnan for Mayor
Chamber of Commerce Mayoral primary forum
Livonia Democratic Club candidate night

Candidates are out and about Livonia

FridayMusings will continue to post campaign events and fundraisers for candidates seeking office this year in Livonia. We have over the past month posted announcements from Bruce Tenniswood, Laura Toy, Gregory Coppola, Brandon McCullough, Jim Davis, Robert Donovic,  the Livonia Republican Club. As long as the announcements are shared with Musings  they will be shared with our readers.

Rob Donovic candidate for Livonia City Council Jine 20

Join Rob for coffee and conversation from 7:00-8:00pm on June 20th at the Schoolcraft/Merriman Panera Bread 

Maureen Miller Brosnan candidate for Livonia Mayor June 27

This breakfast fundraiser will help fuel the Brosnan campaign into the fall, and it is a great opportunity to connect with supporters from across our community.

You won't want to miss the chance to tour the 30,000 sq. ft. facility that houses a wide variety of displays, artifacts, memorabilia, and vehicles and is dedicated to the preservation of Roush Industries' heritage as one of Livonia's most prominent corporate citizens.

Click on image for link to RSVP

Livonia Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum July 17
7:00 - 9:00 Bennett Civic Center Library

Livonia Democratic Club Candidate Night July 25

Getting ready to celebrate Livonia's 69th Birthday