AANM Offers Award Winning SURA Photography Program for Students

Sura is an Arabic word for photograph. Arab American National Museum’s SURA Arts Academy – a 2008 winner of the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on Arts and the Humanities – helps students learn to interact with an increasingly diverse world through photography.

SURA Arts Academy, entering its 16th year, is back and better than ever.  This winter semester, students will focus on portrait photography, social media, and photojournalism while exploring themes of identity, community, social justice and culture!  Former Vogue intern photographer and contestant on Tyra Banks’s VH1 show, The Shot, Piper Carter will be this semester’s SURA instructor.  The program will take place every Tuesday starting January 11th – March 14th from 4:30-6:30pm.  As with all SURA classes, the students final work will be displayed in the Arab American National Museum’s gallery space in April 2017.


Community Events, December 2016

Breakfast With Santa, Saturday, Dec. 10, 9am-1pm
A Fundraiser for DHS Instrumental Music Program
at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church, 24110 Cherry Hill, Dearborn MI 48124


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Christmas Family Party at AANM Saturday, Dec. 10, 2-4:30 p.m.

Christmas Family Party
2-4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 10
At the
Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126
FREE with RSVP online at

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Monday, Dec. 5, 6pm – City of Dearborn Tree Lighting & Sing-Along

Free event features performances by the Dearborn High School Orchestra and the Dearborn Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Honors Choirs.


Dearborn will hold its annual tree lighting and sing-along on Monday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. The free event is a longstanding Dearborn tradition.

6 p.m.- Performance by the Dearborn Youth Symphony String Quartet in the lobby of the Michael A. Guido Theater.
6:40 p.m.- Ceremonial lighting of the city Christmas tree by Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr., assisted by five-year-old Cheyenne Weaver from Nowlin Elementary School.
6:50 p.m.- Holiday performances by the Dearborn High School Orchestra and the Dearborn Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Honors Choirs in the Michael A. Guido Theater. Concluding with Mayor O’Reilly leading an audience sing-along, featuring some of the best-known songs of the holiday season.
Following the sing-along, cookies, coffee and hot chocolate will be available in the lobby, and Santa Clause will welcome young children in Studio A.

The annual tree lighting and sing-along is hosted by the Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department and made possible, in part, by generous support from Park Place Catering and the Dearborn Lions Club. For further information, call (313) 943-2350.
(City of Dearborn photo)


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LAHC Coat Give-Away
Gently used coats available, first-come first-served
Sizes vary
Date: Sunday, Dec. 18
Time: 11am-1pm
Place: LAHC, 4337 Maple St., Dearborn MI 48126
Fun activities: Pictures with Santa, Arts & Crafts, Foodcoats-pc_lahc


Internet Essentials from Comcast

Internet Essentials from Comcast brings affordable high-speed Internet into homes. You may qualify if your child is eligible for the National School Lunch Program.

$9.95+tax per month for high-speed home Internet. Free Internet traiing. Low cost computers available from $149+tax. Apply at InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376.
Click below to print the flyer.



Free Diabetes Workshop Series

Beaumont is currently offering a free Diabetes workshop called PATH-Personal Action Toward Health) designed to provide skills and tools to provide skills and tool people living with Type 2 diabetes live a healthier life. This fun, interactive, six week workshop led by certified leaders. For more information click here or to register, call 800-543-9355.


Know Someone Who Needs Health Insurance? Help is Available

Free help is available from a Certified Marketplace Navigator to help children and adults enroll in government health insurance plans.

The City of Garden City was awarded a grant through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assist area residents with the application and enrollment process through the national Health Insurance Marketplace or state-based Medicaid. With many people still without health insurance, this free service is a much needed resource throughout Wayne County.

Dearborn Public Schools is welcome to share this information to students and families. The flyer below can be printed and distributed.

For more information, see phone numbers listed on the flyer or call Dearborn Heights City Hall, 734-679-7645.

Healthcare Enrollment Assistance

Outreach flyer Healthcare Gov