Health & Wellness Series
The Community House

Health & Wellness SERIES

Health & Wellness Series presented by St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is an engaging and informative, 4-part series highlighting one of life’s most important gifts…good health. Medical professionals will provide key insight on identified topics, as well as, provide an opportunity to foster an open dialogue while answering important and/or personalized health related questions in a safe, intimate setting. The following topics will be featured in January and February 2020: Advancements in Prostate Screening, Opioid Stewardship, Spine Health in the 21st Century, as well as Heart and Stroke Health. FREE TO ATTEND!

Advancements in Prostate Screening

Monday, January 20, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Dr. Sanjeev Kaul will cover the topic of prostate cancer, including offering screening recommendations. This important presentation will feature an overview of PSA screenings and the advanced, new MRI/Ultrasound Fusion Biopsy of the prostate, which is now available at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland.

Opioid Stewardship

Monday, January 27, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Dr.  Diane Morris, MD

Heart & Stroke Health

WEDNESDAY, FebRUARY 19, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Dr. Kirit Patel – MD, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Medical Director of Cardiology

Dr. Charles Schwartz – MD, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Spine Health in the 21st Century

Monday, February 24, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Dr. Yoav Ritter – Neurological Surgeon

This series is free to attend but as seating is limited, please register to reserve your spot! Networking & light refreshments included.

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Presenting Sponsor

Parking

Free parking is available for the first two hours in the Chester Street Structure and all other Birmingham parking structures. There is also metered parking across from The Community House at $2.00 an hour (limit 4 hours). Parking is free on Sundays in all parking structures and meters. Revised Parking Map

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Join us for a series of intimate evenings with nationally recognized authors.

On Tuesday, December 10, Author RJ King will read excerpts and sign his book “Detroit: Engine of America”

On Wednesday, December 11, Author Linda Solomon will read excerpts and sign her book “The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait”

On Tuesday, December 17, Author Jack Krasula will read excerpts and sign his book “With God, Anything is Possible”

Event begins at 6:00 PM where guests may purchase a book and have it signed later
From 6:30 to 7:00 PM there will be a book reading, presentation, Q&A
From 7:00 to 7:30 PM will be the book sales signing
8:00 PM – End

All book and wine purchases are cash only
Limited number of books available for purchase – first come, first served
Wine will be available for purchase

To RSVP, contact jsmude@communityhousefoundation.org or call 248.554.6594.

Parking

Free parking is available for the first two hours in the Chester Street Structure and all other Birmingham parking structures. There is also metered parking across from The Community House at $2.00 an hour (limit 4 hours). Parking is free on Sundays in all parking structures and meters. Revised Parking Map

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Delight in the magic of the season at Storytime with Santa! Children will enjoy cookies, hot cocoa, crafts and some of Santa’s favorite stories read by Old Saint Nick himself. Photos are welcome, so be sure to
bring your camera. Space is limited to 25 children per seating, so please reserve your spot in advance! Seatings at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
$25 per child (each child may have up to 2 adults accompany them).

Click HERE to register today!

Parking

Free parking is available for the first two hours in the Chester Street Structure and all other Birmingham parking structures. There is also metered parking across from The Community House at $2.00 an hour (limit 4 hours). Parking is free on Sundays in all parking structures and meters. Revised Parking Map

The Community House (Wallace Ballroom)

Bask in the beautiful sounds of the season and enjoy this rare opportunity to see internationally renowned artists up close and personal in an intimate setting!

Enjoy a dessert reception and cash bar. Reserve early as seating is limited and tickets are first come, first serve. Registration opens at 6:30PM. All concerts will begin at 7:00 PM.

Tickets are $40 per concert or $100 for the entire series.

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Wednesday, December 4
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Horn Quartet Featuring Mark Abbott, Karl Pituch, Scott Strong, and Johanna Yarborough

Mark Abbott, Horn
Mark Abbott joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1982, immediately following his high school graduation. At age 18, he was one of the youngest appointees in the Orchestra’s history. Prior to joining the DSO, Abbott attended Interlochen Arts Academy in 1981 and performed with the prestigious Spoleto Festival Orchestra and the Colorado Philharmonic as principal horn. As the winner of a national competition, he was a guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic for a performance of Strauss’ First Horn Concerto at a Young People’s Concert. Maestro Zubin Mehta invited Mr. Abbott to perform the same work at a regular subscription series the following year. Mark has been a soloist for the DSO, the Colorado Philharmonic, Columbus symphony, and Indianapolis symphony.

Karl Pituch, Horn
Karl Pituch was named Principal Horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in May, 2000. Before joining the DSO, Karl was Associate Principal Horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. He served as a guest Principal Horn for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra. Karl was the grand prize winner at the 1989 American Solo Horn Competition and has been a finalist at many other solo competitions. As a soloist, Karl has performed with orchestras in Japan, Hawaii, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio, Indiana, Florida and Michigan. An active chamber musician, Karl has recorded with The DSO Wind Quintet and the Spring Wind Quintet, toured many times with the American Horn Quartet, and participated in chamber music festivals in Marlboro, Vermont; Crested Butte, Colorado; Kapalua, Maui; Kazusa, Japan and Freden, Germany (with the American Horn Quartet).

Scott Strong, Horn
In 2014, Scott Strong was named Third Horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He was born into a family of musicians in Iowa, and raised in the Dallas, Texas, area. He received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and completed his graduate studies at Rice University before joining the Louisiana Philharmonic. Scott is an active participant in many festivals and has held positions in the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras, as well as the San Antonio Symphony. Scott has studied with Gregory Hustis and William VerMeulen.

Johanna Yarborough, Horn

Johanna has won many prestigious awards, including first prize of the 2009 University division of the International Horn Competition of America. She has appeared as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony and has presented masterclasses and recitals throughout the country. She is a member of the Britt Festival Orchestra, where she performs for 3 weeks in Jacksonville, Oregon each summer. She has performed with several renowned orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Festival Mozaik, and the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival. She is a frequent guest artist with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings.

Wednesday, December 11
Baldwin String Ensemble featuring Andrew Wu, Jacqueline Hanson, and Andrea Yun

The Baldwin Ensemble is a versatile Chamber Ensemble comprised of professional musicians who perform with the Detroit Symphony and Michigan Opera Theatre.

Andrew Wu, Violin
Andrew Wu is a highly sought-after musician in the Metro Detroit area. His performance history includes a permanent position with the Michigan Operea Theatre Orchestra and substitute musicio with the Detroit Symphony. Andrew has held the titled position of Acting Assistant Concertmaster with the Michigan Opera Theatre during the 2009, 2010, and 2013 to 2016 season. Andrew’s leadership as Concermaster include performances with the ensembles:  Concertios de la Villa Orchestra in Santo Domingo, JCC Chamber Orchestra, Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Sono. Andrew demonstrates versatility as a performer with his work as Director of the Baldwin Ensemble. This versatility has also allowed him to tour internationally in China and Japan as a Principal player for the Hollywood Festival Orchestra, and throughout Europe with the California Chamber Orchestra. Equally in demand with touring Broadway shows, Andrew had the pleasure of working with Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber during final edits and the 2018 Detroit premiere of his sequel to Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies. He has also performed locally with many touring artists including, Luciano Pavarotti, Renee Fleming, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Dennis eYoung, Joni Mitchell, Pat Methany, and Il Divo.

Jacqueline Hanson, Viola
Jacqueline Hanson graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Master of Music degree in viola performance and additional studies in string pedagogy with Mimi Zweig. She completed her Bachelor of Music in performance at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. Jacqueline has performed with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra (Lenox, MA), and the National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, CO). She also attended the International Music Academy-Pilsen; (Czech Republic) and the ENCORE School for Strings (OH). She currently plays as a member of the Ann Arbor and Flint Symphonies, frequently performing with the Toledo Symphony, as well. Jacqueline is an adjunct instructor of violin and viola at Hillsdale College and teaches privately in Ann Arbor, MI.

Andrea Yun, Cello
Andrea Yun teaches Suzuki pedagogy at the University of Michigan and is a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Former teaching positions include: Assistant Professor of Cello, University of Texas at San Antonio; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cello, Bowling Green State University (OH); Orchestra director, Pioneer High School (MI) and Okemos Chippewa Middle School (MI). Andrea received a dual bachelor’s degree in music education and mathematics and a master’s in cello performance at Indiana University. She holds a doctorate in cello performance from the University of Michigan. Andrea is a teacher trainer through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Wednesday, December 18
Christa Grix Jazz Harp Trio

Christa Grix, Harp
Equally adept as both a classical and jazz harpist, Christa Grix is one of those rare individuals who can make the transition from the jazz rhythm section to the symphonic string section sound effortless. The appeal and respect her music has produced has taken her throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as an invited soloist and clinician at major harp festivals and conferences throughout the world. She has been a “first-call” harpist with orchestras and music contractors throughout Southeastern Michigan for over 35 years, and has played with the Detroit Symphony on numerous occasions, as well as performed in concert with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Mathis, Josh Groban, The Who and many others.

Christa Grix has released 4 recordings on the Freefall Music label, Freefall (1996), Cheek to Chic (2002), Moonlight on Snow (2012) and Christa’s Presents (2014). She was a nominee for the 2013 and 2014 Detroit Music Awards as “Most Outstanding Classical Instrumentalist”, a Gigmasters.com awardee “Best of Gigmasters” in 2013, 2014 and 2018.

Kurt Krahnke, Bass

Acoustic and electric bassist Kurt Krahnke is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and also studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. Since his return to Michigan, Krahnke has played with Steve Turre, Jimmy Giuffre, Joe Henderson, Sonny Fortune, Pinetop Perkins, Clark Terry, and toured and recorded with Leon Thomas. Krahnke played and toured with the acclaimed JC Heard Orchestra from 1986-89. In Ann Arbor, Kurt has recorded and played with the Ellen Rowe Quintet and Los Gatos and continues to serve as a mentor for young bassists in the region.

Brendan Mullen, Drums

A young, new addition to Detroit’s jazz scene, Brendan Mullen has been mentored by some of its finest jazz musicians, including Scott Gwinnell, Pete Siers, and Jordan Schug.  He is a graduate of University of Detroit Jesuit High School, and currently enjoys participating in the jazz program at Schoolcraft College, as well as playing for jam sessions at Aretha’s Jazz Café.

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Parking

Free parking is available for the first two hours in the Chester Street Structure and all other Birmingham parking structures. There is also metered parking across from The Community House at $2.00 an hour (limit 4 hours). Parking is free on Sundays in all parking structures and meters. Revised Parking Map

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Sara Smith Youth Theatre presents The Little Mermaid, Jr.

Saturday, November 9, 2019
10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.

Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR., adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home–and her fins–behind & live in the world above.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!
Kids Floor Seating $10; General Seating $20; Friends Reserved Seating $30

Parking

Free parking is available for the first two hours in the Chester Street Structure and all other Birmingham parking structures. There is also metered parking across from The Community House at $2.00 an hour (limit 4 hours). Parking is free on Sundays in all parking structures and meters. Revised Parking Map

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Join us for a night of Halloween fun and adventure at Monster Mash for kids ages 3 years old and up! There will be tricks and treats for everyone as little ones eat pizza, dance, play games and make spooky Halloween crafts. Children can wear their Halloween costume, dance attire or comfortable clothing they can move in. This event is for boys and girls and open to the public, so feel free to bring a friend!

Please notify us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions prior to the event. 

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$30 for the first child, $20 for each additional child.

Parking

Free parking is available for the first two hours in the Chester Street Structure and all other Birmingham parking structures. There is also metered parking across from The Community House at $2.00 an hour (limit 4 hours). Parking is free on Sundays in all parking structures and meters. Revised Parking Map

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Join us for our Fall YogaDay on October 20, 2019, presented by the Yoga Association of Greater Detroit and The Community House. Sessions begin at 9:30 AM and end at about 5:00 PM. Participants can attend full day, morning only or afternoon only sessions. Schedule below.

Session One: 9:30-10:45AM:
Finding Stability and Balance ~ Karen Lutz

A gentle class to begin your day (please bring your favorite props.)  Karen will guide you through breathing, lengthening and stretching through a series of asanas.  Karen has been teaching in the Birmingham/Bloomfield area for the past 10 years and has her 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification.

Session Two: 11:00AM-12:15PM:
Balance Energy with Kundalini & Chakra Meditation ~ MJ LaDuke

Enjoy a seated series of asanas that will take you through a journey of each major energy center to let go of unwanted energy and awaken dormant energy, followed by a review of healing crystals and a guided supine chakra meditation. Bring a pillow and/or blanket for comfort. MJ’s western-based training through YogaFit has been coupled with an interest in the energy body. She has delivered presentations and written articles on the chakras which have been published in magazines and on SelfGrowth.com.

Session Three: 1:30-2:45PM:
Laughter Yoga ~ Laura Lerman

Hasyasana (Laughter Yoga) promotes laughter without comedy or jokes. It builds resilience to stress by strengthening inner resolve and joyfulness. Get out of your head and into your body with childlike playfulness and yogic breathing.Laura is a certified Laughter Yoga instructor.

Session Four: 3:00-4:45PM:
More Sukkha (Ease) Less Dukkha (Suffering) ~ Katherine Schaefer

This class will be an exploration of basic yoga poses using functional movement and foundational support to find ease of movement and alleviate discomfort.  Please bring a block and belt if you have one. Katherine is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist and Licensed Massage Therapist.

Savasana

Fall Yoga Day favorite and YAGD member Katherine Schaefer will bring the 2019 session to a close with a period of Savasana as a seamless continuation of her class.

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Parking

Free parking is available for the first two hours in the Chester Street Structure and all other Birmingham parking structures. There is also metered parking across from The Community House at $2.00 an hour (limit 4 hours). Parking is free on Sundays in all parking structures and meters. Revised Parking Map

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The Community House invites you to dive into Sara Smith Youth Theatre’s Fall 2019 production of The Little Mermaid, Jr!

Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 21st with time slots available at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.  Actors ages 8 to 18 years old are welcome to participate. Registration is required.

Actors should prepare a one-minute monologue of their choosing (preferably memorized). Additionally, actors are asked to prepare a one-minute song cut of either Part of Your World or Under the Sea. It is not required to have song memorized for the audition process.

Parents/Caregivers should be prepared to wait on-site during the audition process.

Production rehearsals will be held Wednesdays from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM and Saturdays 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The first rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, September 25th. Upon casting, actors will receive a detailed rehearsal schedules outlining all additional information.

There is no fee to audition, however, should you be selected to participate, there is a $425 fee which covers production fees and includes a family ticket package.

To register please click HERE

For additional information, please contact program@communityhouse.com

Parking

Free parking is available for the first two hours in the Chester Street Structure and all other Birmingham parking structures. There is also metered parking across from The Community House at $2.00 an hour (limit 4 hours). Parking is free on Sundays in all parking structures and meters. Revised Parking Map

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Join us for a lecture series featuring the influential women shaping Michigan’s cultural and societal landscape.

Joumana Kayrouz, Founder & Principal Attorney, Law Offices of Joumana Kayrouz
Wednesday, October 2, 6:30 PM

Amy Good, Chief Executive Officer, Alternatives for Girls
Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 PM

Denise Dalrymple, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan
Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 PM

Mimi Brown, President, National Speakers Association of Michigan
Tuesday, November 5, 6:30 PM

Click HERE to register for one lecture or the whole series!

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Parking

Free parking is available for the first two hours in the Chester Street Structure and all other Birmingham parking structures. There is also metered parking across from The Community House at $2.00 an hour (limit 4 hours). Parking is free on Sundays in all parking structures and meters. Revised Parking Map

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Join us for a lecture series featuring Michigan’s sharpest minds sharing unique insights.

Register for the entire series or register for an individual lecture. Be sure to sign up now as seating is extremely limited. All lectures begin at 6:30pm.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10
Michele Hodges
, President, Belle Isle Conservancy

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld
, Chief Executive Officer, Holocaust Memorial Center

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22
Andrew Blauvelt
, Director, Cranbrook Art Museum

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29
MaryAnn Wilkinson
, Executive Director, The Scarab Club

Click HERE to get your tickets today!

Parking

Free parking is available for the first two hours in the Chester Street Structure and all other Birmingham parking structures. There is also metered parking across from The Community House at $2.00 an hour (limit 4 hours). Parking is free on Sundays in all parking structures and meters. Revised Parking Map

Time To Get Involved

Start your philanthropic journey with The Community House and become a part of our extraordinary legacy. Whether it's a gift of money or your gift of time, we welcome your involvement with our organization as we strive to preserve the house people have been calling home for over a century. The time is now!

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