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The typewriter enjoyed sitting with Kathleen McIntyre and the folks from AlphaUSA at the 7th annual Livonia Public Schools Education Foundation luncheon at the St. Mary's Cultural Center. Chatted up Superintendent Andrea Oquist, congratulated LPS Foundation President Diane Policelli. If there is a community event guarantee that the Kiwanis will be there; President Melissa Pilzner and Secretary Kathi Withun. Spoke with Mayor Jack Engebretson along with Mayor Jack and Patt Kirksey. My favorite almost elected County Judge from Livonia Suzette Samuels.
Devin Scillian had me listening in amazement at his story telling ability. Add to it the humor and personality of MC Steve Courtney, hometown Livonia resident, and I can tell you it was one outstanding luncheon.
Now if only this room of folks partnering in support of our hometown schools could convince the State legislature to add more dollars to our public schools then all would be well. But in the meantime congratulations to the LPS Foundation for a job well done in providing enhanced program dollars to our classrooms.
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Each year Classical Bells do a concert to benefit St. Matthews UMC as a way of saying "Thank You" for their hospitality. This year's event is Saturday, December 10, at 6:30, at St. Matthews, 30900 Six Mile. Tickets are $10 pre-sale, click here, and $12 at the door. 
Classical Bells is known for bringing music to life with a unique interpretive style they call Ringing in Color™. The 15-member group rings nearly 200 handbells and choir chimes. Each concert features musical selections in a wide variety of genres such as classical, jazz, inspirational, ragtime and swing. This varied programming, combined with sensitive musical interpretation, technical skill, informal choreography, and a dash of humor, provides audiences an opportunity to experience handbells as they never have before.  
"Handbells are a visual art," says Darlene Ebersole, the group's Musical Director. "We want our concerts to be as enjoyable to watch as they are to hear."
The group has performed throughout the country, and has appeared as featured guests with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theater, and Handbell Musicians of American festivals and conferences.
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Livonia Symphony Invite
This Saturday, December 3rd @ 4:00 you should be attending the " Spirit of the Season" performed by the 
Livonia Symphony Orchestra
along with the Angie Hahn
Academy of Dance. 
This holiday concert is at Livonia's premier performing arts center at the historic Clarenceville High School  Louis Schmidt Auditorium. Start your holiday season with your Livonia Symphony.
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The Month of November
Frank & Janet Kokanakes
continue their one year trip around the world. Click here to follow their travels
Every Tuesday throughout the school year you can volunteer to help pack food for deserving Livonia school children.  click here Blessings in a Backpack
The Month of December
Frank & Janet Kokanakes
continue their one year trip around the world. Click here to follow their travels
All month the Blue Plate Diner will be collecting Socks for the Homeless
December 1
The typewriter's nominee for the best homegrown holiday shop. For sure.
6:00 - 8:00
VAAL 2016 Holiday Shoppe
Opening Reception
37653 Five Mile Road 
December 2
9:00 - 2:00
Livonia Senior Citizen 2016 Craft Show @ 
Senior Center
December 2 - 10
10:00 - 7:00
VAAL 2016 Holiday Shoppe
37653 Five Mile Road
December 3
10:00 - 12:30
Community Alliance CU
hosts Santa Claus
December 3
10:00 - 4:00
Livonia 28th Annual
Christmas Walk
December 3
Annual Livonia Goodfellow 
Paper Sale
December 3 @  4:00
Spirit of the Season
Livonia Symphony Orchestra 
w/  Angie Hahn 
Academy of Dance
Clarenceville High School
Louis Schmidt Auditorium
December 3
6:00 - 7:00
Clements Circle Civic Association hosts Santa
Historic Wilson Barn
December 4
Livonia Civic Chorus singing at Greenfield Village in Dearborn
December 6
Livonia Tree Lighting
Livonia City Hall
December 10
Holiday Swing Dance
Motor City Youth Theatre
December 10
Classical Bells
St. Matthews UMC
December 11
9:30 - 11:30
Breakfast with Santa
Archie's fundraiser for
Livonia Kids & Families
December 11
Livonia Civic Chorus
with a free concert 
@ Greenmead 
Historical Church
December 12
Mawlid an-Nabi
Birth of Muhammad
December 18
Holiday Concert @ 3:00
Livonia Civic Chorus
Clarenceville High School
December 18
Holiday Concert
Livonia Youth Symphony
Thurston High School
December 24
First day of Hanukkah
December 25
Birth of Christ
December 26
First day of Kwanzaa
December 28
Livonia Civic Chorus singing at Greenfield Village in Dearborn
Livonia's Art District  is a unique, nationally known art and cultural collaboration with over 18 organizations promoting and supporting the arts, history and culture in this thriving suburban hometown. 
Click on the names. 
O'Malley's Bar and Grill
Livonia's Fitness reputation extends far beyond our borders.
Click on the names and find out more
The typewriter obtains each year a one day visa to visit the Somerset Collection in Troy.
18720 Blue Skies   48152
Two more ways we Excel in Livonia 
Livonia Rotarians serving and excelling in the community by raking leaves on Saturday, November 26th. Thank you Rotarians! - with Austin Keathley, Mike Vokal, Dennis Griffith, Bob Moore, Laura Perlowski and David Stechholz 
Livonia Goodfellows
The Livonia Goodfellows would like to thank the many volunteers, contributors and business establishments who supported them in the 2015 Christmas Season.  With your support they were able to provide for 661 children. This Saturday, December 3rd, they will be out and about with their annual Goodfellows Paper Sale. Reach into your pocket and be a part of excelling in Livonia.
Twice acknowledging Exceptional Livonia
You don't need a coupon or a code to get Cyber Monday pricing at Seedlings! Their books are ALWAYS on sale. Thanks to volunteers and donors, they offer books at approximately 50 percent off the production price every day of the year! Order today at to allow time for delivery before Christmas.
This Saturday, December 3rd, at the 28th Annual Livonia Christmas Walk you can view four private homes lovingly decorated for Christmas and for the first time we offer the St Mary's Orthodox Church on Merriman and a drive through for a liesurely rest, Tickets are $9 advance  and $10 day of. Tickets are available at All Livonia Libraries, City Hall, Greenmead and Friends for the Development of Greenmead members.
Discovering the secrets of Livonia
Eighteen in a series of 104. Exclusively in each issue of FridayMusings.
A caring Livonia reaches out to those in need
Bob Modes and the staff of the Blue Plate Diner will be working with their customers this holiday season to assist The Pope Francis Center in Detroit. They are accepting donations of new socks for men and women. 
Our Livonia family YMCA under the leadership of Brian Wolverton is collecting gently used clothes for their annual warm clothing drive. They will be collecting all through the month of December. Simply drop off the clothing at the YMCA on Stark Rd.
Drop a dime and leave two cents
Eileen McDonnell, Livonia Board of Education: Thank you Bill for your kind words and acknowledgement.  I look forward to spending some time with my husband Bob on Monday evenings and being a "citizen" again.  I know that some are disappointed that I am leaving the board but know that I will be watching on the sidelines.  I plan on continuing to be an advocate for our children and will work  to bringing awareness and change for  those who are especially most vulnerable. 

Peggy Gaskill, President Livonia Civic Chorus: Nice to see three Livonia Civic Chorus scholarship recipients from Madonna University performing this weekend in Die Fledermaus. Marlena Hampton and Alisa Pullum are previous recipients and Lauren Mallie will receive her scholarship of $500 at our concert, "Ringing in the Holidays", on December 18th. The Chorus is pleased to be able to support these students as they pursue their vocal music programs.

Connie Hierta, former Trustee, Livonia Board of Education: Love newest Friday Musings. Please, when you are starting after holidays rants, please include meetings with school board and Westland council. We are a part of the system. Blessings this Holy Season.

Joyner and Rosa Paulus Rosa Paulus, artist: I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving! I was in St Mary's Hospital for my total hip replacement. I told you that I would let you know how I am doing. I am doing very well. Surgery went well and I have great physical therapy at home. Hope that you will have a blessed holiday season. Enjoy every minute! Keep writing! And thanks again for all you do to support the arts!!
Swinging into the holidays this Saturday

Kick back after the holiday season
Take in dinner and a movie to prepare 
you for the future

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