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  • Walk the Gym - Self Guided Fitness

    Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 8:30-9:30am

    Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 am

    Use the gymnasium for walking or self-directed exercise. We will have hand weights available for your use. It's a great way to stay active and avoid the slush and mud of city sidewalks this time of year!

  • New! Low Impact Aerobics

    Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 9:00-10:00am


    Ongoing Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:00 am

    Start your day in a low-impact way! We’ll get things warmed up with some small movements and stretching, then transition into some basic moves to get our heart rates up. We’ll add in some strength, balance, seated and standing core work — then end the session with a cool down and more stretching. This class is for anyone who is looking for a great workout without impacting their joints. Teri is a NETA Certifi ed Personal Trainer, Yoga and Group Exercise Instructor, specializing in functional fi tness and longevity training, as well as making fi tness fun! In Teri’s classes you will have the opportunity to get stronger, move longer and be ready for life by implementing strength, cardio, mental as well as physical balance training. 

  • Corktown: Lunch at McShanes Irish Pub - Shopping at Eldorado Store & market

    Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 11:00-2:15pm

    Bus leaves Next at 11:00 am, returns about 2:15 pm C

    Enjoy lunch on your own at McShanes Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar. Word around town is that they do a great Fish & Chips! After lunch take a stroll down Michigan Avenue and hit the local Corktown shopping store destinations at Eldorado General Store and All Things Marketplace. Lunch AND shopping — who’s in?

  • Shakespeare's Women

    Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 12:00-1:00pm

    Lisa Kander, Ph.D. - Wayne State University

    Shakespeare’s work, along with many other classics of Western literature, has been criticized for misogynistic representation of women. Are Lady Macbeth, Rosalind, Juliet, Viola and Kate now hopelessly outdated and offensive characters — or might Shakespeare’s theatrical genius overcome the stereotypes of the bygone era? Using examples of Shakespeare’s women from comedy and tragedy, we’ll explore the possible answers to these questions. Kindly sponsored by The Avalon of Bloomfield Township.

  • Next Bowling League

    Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 12:00-1:00pm

    Thursdays at 10:00 am at Country Lanes 30250 West Nine Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Cost $11.00. Members only. 

    All levels welcome for bowling and camaraderie at Country Lanes at 30250 West Nine Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Cost includes three games, shoes and coffee. No need to register, just drop in. 

    Location: Country Lanes 30250 West Nine Mile Road, Farmington Hills.

     Fee - $10.00

  • Afternoon Pickleball

    Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 12:30-2:30pm

    Join fellow Pickleball enthusiasts for this fun and fast growing game. Next welcomes all skill levels. Private and semi-priviate lessons are also available by calling the office at (248) 203-5270.

    Pickleball is a membership privlege. 

    Current Pickleball Hours:

    Mondays through Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 pm
    Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 3:00 pm

  • Studio Art Class

    Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 1:00-3:30pm

    Thursdays, Sept. 7 - Nov 2, 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Not for beginning students. Work with materials you are already familiar with via prior class instruction.

    Bring your own subject, reference material, and the supplies you typically work with. No assignments. Instructor Karen Halpern will foster critical thinking, and make suggestions to guide you, as you advance with your individualized project. Her goal is to broaden your viewpoint, and develop your skills and knowledge. Students generally use materials such as acrylics, oils, watercolor or collage. Bring your own lightweight portable easel, if you work upright. If you are a returning student, plan to start a fresh piece of work this semester! Not for beginning students.

  • Painting Open Studio

    Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 1:00-4:00pm

    Join fellow Next members for camaraderie and enjoy the creative synergies that come from being with other talented artists.

  • Chair Yoga & Meditation, Tuesdays and Thursdays

    Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 1:30-2:30pm

    Caryn Ciagne, Concierge Wellness Coach and owner of CC Yoga.

    Utilizing a chair to sit and to stand beside for support, we will gently stretch and breathe our way into our body. Through this gentle practice, we will release tension and tightness,
    increase fl exibility, strength, body awareness, range of motion and balance, while promoting a feeling of relaxation and calm.

  • New! Yoga Inspired Stability

    Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 3:00-4:00pm


    Free Demo Thursday, January 5 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

    Class begins Thursday, January 12 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm - Ongoing Thursdays 

    Stretch, strengthen and stabilize with this new yoga-inspired ball class led by Karen Lutz, E-RYT. You will have the option of working with a chair or yoga mat. All levels are welcome and we’ll just have fun! Bring your yoga mat and any props you like to use.

  • Chess Club

    Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 4:00-6:00pm

    Lessons: 4:00 to 5:00 pm
    Open Play: 5:00 to 7:00 pm

    This club seeks to bring together people who have an interest in chess. Fellow Next members Chris Dow and Bruce Dobras will be teaching tactics and positioning. For additional information,
    please contact Chris Dow at 248-647-0728.

  • Pickleball - Late Afternoons & Evenings

    Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 4:30-7:30pm

    Join fellow Pickleball enthusiasts for this fun and fast growing game. Next welcomes all skill levels. Private and semi-priviate lessons are also available by calling the office at (248) 203-5270.

    Pickleball is a membership privlege. 

    Current Pickleball Hours:

    Mondays through Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 pm
    Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 3:00 pm

  • Julie Dawson, Artist, Author & Philanthropist

    Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Julie Dawson

    Some of us may know Julie Dawson as a remarkable artist, others may know of the Sillybillies books she authored or Julie’s dedication to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts or her sorority, Delta Gamma. Julie is a visionary with a purpose! Victor Pytko, Artist and Videographer has created a remarkable 30-minute video that really tells Julie’s story. We will view the video, “Art with a Purpose: The Sillybillies” with Julie who will then share her perspectives and insight into “Art with a Purpose” and her personal and financial commitment to changing Hate to Appreciate to Celebrate!

  • Friday Fitness

    Friday, September 22, 2023 | 9:15-10:00am

    Caryn Ciagne

    Every Friday from 9:15 to 10:00 am

    Let’s get moving! We’ll move around the Seaholm track together (weather permitting) and utilize the fence and benches and other props for stretches and strength work. If Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, we will have the class indoors. Either way, we will incorporate stretching, balance and strengthening. Park and check-in at Next

  • Limber Up

    Friday, September 22, 2023 | 10:00-11:00am

    Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

    No fee drop-in.

    Take part in low-impact, modified movements, from an instructional DVD that meets individual needs for toning, strengthening and improved physical, mental, emotional and cardiovascular health. Chair and standing exercises using aerobic steps, weights, stretch bands and foam balls offering a variety of fitness options.

  • Tai Chi for Your Health!

    Friday, September 22, 2023 | 10:00-11:00am

    Fridays at 10:00 -11:00 am 

    Tai Chi is an internal (soft) style martial art that has been shown by scientific studies to improve one’s physical health. It increases circulation, improves balance, and promotes a calm state of mind.Tai Chi for Health concentrates on improving your physical being through exercise while increasing your concentration and relaxation at the same time. Tai Chi is especially good for those with mobility issues as it can be done effectively seated. This class, taught by Cheryl Goodwin, Tai Chi for Health Institute certified instructor, is appropriate for all ages, body types and abilities. Cheryl is certified in the areas of Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Fall Prevention, and Seated Tai Chi.

  • Friday afternoon - Duplicate Bridge

    Friday, September 22, 2023 | 11:00-2:30pm

    Please note start date: June 4 th 

    Duplicate Bridge - Facilitator: Irv Feldman. 248-828-5346 Fridays from 12:30 to 3:30 pm

  • Current Events Discussion Group

    Friday, September 22, 2023 | 12:00-2:00pm

    With everything going on in the world today, it can be difficult to keep up with it all. Come join other members for this casual discussion group about current events — from what’s going on in Michigan to what is happening around the globe. This is a drop in, non-facilitated group dialogue.
  • Pinochle- Drop in

    Friday, September 22, 2023 | 1:00-3:00pm

    Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 12:00 - 2:00 in the lobby.

    No experience necessary.  Anyone who is interested in playing or learning how to play is welcome.  Drop-in and have fun!

  • Tennis League – Mixed Doubles

    Friday, September 22, 2023 | 1:30-3:30pm

     Wednesdays and Fridays 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm. 

    This league is looking for both men and women to join. All ability levels are welcome. Enjoy indoor play at the Birmingham Racquet Club.

    All are welcome to join as regular league players or subs. Always looking for new players!

    Contact David Young at for information.

    Location: Birmingham Racquet Club, 2100 E. Lincoln Rd. Birmingham 48009

    Contact: David Young

  • New! Stretch & Relax

    Monday, September 25, 2023 | 9:15-10:00am

    NEW! STRETCH & RELAX with Caryn Ciagne  

    Every Monday from 9:15 to 10:00 am

    Caryn will guide you through gentle stretch class exploring longer holds and slow range of motion along with a focus on breathing to promote relaxation. We will explore postures on your back, hands and knees, stomach and seated. There will be minimal standing. A chair can be close by for extra support. Focus on increased fl exibility, core strength, balance and mindfulness for greater comfort and calm in one's body and presence

  • Next Golf League- Mondays Mornings at Springdale

    Monday, September 25, 2023 | 9:25-12:30pm

    This league is currently at capacity - please call the office to be added to the waitlist.



    We are excited to announce the 2023 Next Golf Leagues! There are a few procedural changes so please read carefully.

    Registration for the Lincoln Hills and Springdale Golf Leagues will open on Monday , March 13th at 9:00 am. 

    League play is reserved for Next members. Membership is to be completed online or in person at Next before signing up for the golf leagues.

    You may register online or in person for either golf league. To secure your spot in a league, payment must be made at the time of registration.

    For the 2023 season, there will be a strict cap of 32 golfers per league. Participation is first come, first served. Leagues fill up early, so sign up asap!

    If you would like to sign up to be a sub for either league (or both leagues), again, you must be a member of Next and you must register as a sub online or in person. There is no payment involved for subs until the day of play.

    Mondays beginning May 8 at 9:25 am - Cost: $235 League Manager: Jerry Mercier 248-514-2853 or

    Location: Springdale Golf Course

  • Line Dancing - Join the Fun, at Next!

    Monday, September 25, 2023 | 10:15-12:00pm

    LINE DANCING - Every Monday 

    Walk-ins welcome. $80 for a series of 10 to be used at your convenience. Drop-in per class $10.00 each

    Christine Stewart has been teaching line dancing for 13 years. She loves her work and invites you to join her in exercising body and mind as you move to different types of music and learn new steps and dances.  Please bring a water bottle and wear comfortable shoes.

  • Duplicate Bridge

    Monday, September 25, 2023 | 11:30-2:00pm

    Regulars and newcomers alike enjoy playing this fun and challenging form of bridge.

  • Drawing Workshop - Part Two

    Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 10:00-12:00pm

    Part Two: Advanced Drawing Tuesdays, September 5 through September 26 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

    Join artist, instructor and facilitator of the 100-day project, Kay Sulfaro in Part Two of her drawing workshop series. In part two Kay will begin with a “brush up” from Part One. This workshop will take the techniques learned in the fi rst workshop and move into drawing with ink and incorporating the use of color! Ask for supply list at Next.

  • Women's Conversation Group

    Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 11:00-12:00pm

    Drop-in every Tuesday at 11:00 am Join us to get to know other women here at Next. This group will give women the opportunity to gather in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie. This is a fun way to connect and discuss upcoming plans, travel and anything else that might be on your mind. While you’re chatting, enjoy coffee and other light refreshments!

  • Canasta!

    Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 12:00-3:00pm

    Each Tuesday - drop in, no registration required. 

    Join fellow Next members to play Canasta. Play this unique and fun card game with a few competitive Next friends!

  • Socki!

    Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 12:30-2:30pm

    Tuesdays drop-in, no registration necessary. 

    Socki is a family card game for 2-8 players that plays like an open faced gin rummy. If you can count to 12, you can play Socki.

  • Skincare for Mature Women

    Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 1:00-2:00pm

    Elizabeth Geck, Licensed Esthetician, Birmingham Walgreens

    Join us as licensed esthetician, Elizabeth Geck, discusses skin types and the different skin concerns women may experience as they age. She will talk about the different elements that make up a healthy skincare routine including, cleansers, toners, exfoliators, thermal spring water, treatment balms, serums, moisturizers and more! Participants will be able to sample products with disposable applicators. There will also be samples to take home. Appropriate safety and sanitation practices will be followed throughout Elizabeth’s demonstrations. Learn some new beauty secrets from an expert!

  • Chess at Next

    Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 1:00-3:00pm

    Every Tuesday.

    Did you know Next has chess boards available in the office? You can borrow one for use in the center anytime — but on Tuesday we will be setting up the boards for drop in play in the lobby. Come and enjoy the centuries old game of kings. All boards and pieces are thoroughly sanitized after each use or for a safer option, bring your own set. 

  • Tuesday Jazz

    Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 2:30-4:00pm

    Did you know that we have a jazz band that practices at Next? The Ed Black Jazz Band! They love having an audience — so feel free to drop in and enjoy some great tunes

  • Mat Yoga

    Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 4:00-5:00pm

    Every Tuesday at Next, 4:00 - 5:00 pm 

    All levels are welcome to join Karen Lutz, E-RYT to learn gentle, adaptable yoga moves that help improve your breathing practices, core strength, balance and flexibility.

  • Birmingham Stamp Club

    Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 5:30-7:30pm

    For information contact Ken Rusch at 248-968-3505

  • Men's Roundtable Discussion Group

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 9:00-11:00am

    Men of Next, gather together to discuss the week’s events,weekend plans, sports — or whatever’s on your mind! No agenda, no mandatory attendance, or pre-planned topics. This is just an opportunity for the men of Next to gather and enjoy each other’s company. We will provide the breakfast and coffee, you provide the conversation. - Note change to Wednesday Mornings

  • Flow Yoga

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 9:15-10:15am

    FLOW YOGA with Caryn Ciagne
    Every Wednesday from 9:00 to 10:00 am

    Caryn Ciagne, Concierge Wellness Coach and owner of CC Yoga will lead these new classes. 

    Wednesday Flow
    A slow yet strong flow practice suitable for all who may be interested in expanding their yoga practice. This class will explore sun salutations, traditional standing postures, balance, seated and supine to strengthen, stretch and calm one’s presence to be ready for the day. Please bring a yoga mat, water for hydration, and optional towel, yoga blocks and strap.

  • Next Golf League - Wednesday Mornings at Lincoln Hills

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 9:40-12:30pm

    This league is currently at capacity. Please call the office to be added to the wait list.  



    We are excited to announce the 2023 Next Golf Leagues! There are a few procedural changes so please read carefully.

    Registration for the Lincoln Hills and Springdale Golf Leagues will open on Monday, March 13 at 9:00 am. 

    League play is reserved for Next members. Membership is to be completed online or in person at Next before signing up for the golf leagues.

    You may register online or in person for either golf league. To secure your spot in a league, payment must be made at the time of registration.

    For the 2023 season, there will be a strict cap of 32 golfers per league. Participation is first come, first served. Leagues fill up early, so sign up asap!

    If you would like to sign up to be a sub for either league (or both leagues), again, you must be a member of Next and you must register as a sub online or in person. There is no payment involved for subs until the day of play.

    Lincoln Hills League Wednesdays beginning May 10 at 9:40 am - Cost: $235 League Manager: Jack Nanry 248-431-4003 or

    Location: Lincoln Hills Golf Course

  • Old Mariner's Church Tour

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 9:45-1:30pm

    Just a few spots left, please call the office to check availability. 

    Mariners’ Church of Detroit was founded in 1842 by Julia Ann Anderson, at a time when Michigan had only been a state for five years. The church was created as a non-denominational, independent parish with a focus on providing a free place of worship for sailors, and maritime travelers of the Great Lakes. Originally at the foot of Woodward Avenue, Mariners’ moved its building to its current location in 1955. Mariners’ has long served the Detroit community in a variety of ways, including two Sunday services, a noon-time Thursday service, Sunday School, weekly Bible studies, and several outreach programs for the community. Mariners’ parishioners come from varied Christian backgrounds — yet all come together to worship at this “House of Prayer for All People”, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. The church grounds contain a bronze sculpture of George Washington wearing the apron of a master mason by Donald De Lue. Take an hour long docent led tour. Please note there are several sets of stairs both outside and inside the church. There isn’t a parking lot, so the bus will be dropping off and picking up on Jefferson Avenue. After the tour enjoy lunch on your own at Sinbad’s. Sindbad’s since 1949 is celebrating 73 years of providing Detroit with a one of a kind dining experience at the Detroit River. 

  • Photo Retouch Workshop

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 10:00-12:00pm

    Join artist/instructor Mark Downing and learn techniques of digital photo retouching. Re-touch your photos using free open source software to alter/create various aspects of digital images and improve their overall presentation. You will learn how to touchup digital photos — removing blemishes, imperfections, and people, and enrichen color and details. Turn photos into works of art by replacing backgrounds, adding people and other objects, and creating composite photos to tell a vacation story in a single print. The classes will be held in the computer lab. Reference photos will be used to teach basics of touchup. Or, bring your own photos on a thumb drive and follow along with the instructions applied to the reference photos. Each class will cover unique techniques so you will have an opportunity to learn many of the GIMP features. Please contact Mark Downing with any questions at

  • "Ye Old English Language, or Is It?"

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 1:00-2:00pm

    Dr. Brett Griffi ths, Ph. D., English Instructor - Schoolcraft College

    This presentation will provide a brief overview of the historical origins and quirky eccentricities of the language we have come to know as English. Together, we will explore some of the Germanic and French infl uences on our language, as well as some of the ways the colonies in the British Empire have shaped and/or extended the dialect through loanwords and variations in pronunciations. We will also identify new words in English and maybe even create some of our own. Dr. Griffiths is a full-time English instructor at Schoolcraft College and has published academic work in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and books. 

  • Wednesday Chair Yoga

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 1:00-2:00pm

    Chair Yoga: Wednesdays at Next 

    Instructor: Karen Lutz E-YRT Chair yoga offers improved flexibility, strength and balance, regardless of physical limitations or age. Incorporate breathing with gentle stretching and adaptive yoga movements while seated. Relax and ease tension through this gentle yoga practice.

  • Watercolor Painting Workshop

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 2:00-4:00pm

    Noted Michigan Artist and popular watercolor instructor, Karen Halpern, will teach lessons that provide fundamentals, stretch your abilities, broaden your skills, and encourage your creative
    thinking. Beginners through advanced students will paint varied subjects in assorted styles. Color mixing, color theory, design and painting techniques, will guide you as you develop your art. Each student will work at their own level of ability, in a supportive setting with individual attention. The supply list is available in the Next office and all supplies should be brought to the first class.

  • Tai Chi for Health - New Beginner Class

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 2:15-3:15pm

    Wednesdays from 2:15 to 3:15 pm beginning July 5

    Tai Chi is an internal (soft) style martial art that has been shown by scientifi c studies to improve one’s physical health. It increases circulation, improves balance, and promotes a calm state of mind. Tai Chi for Health concentrates on improving your physical being through exercise while increasing your concentration and relaxation at the same time. Tai Chi is especially good for those with mobility issues as it can be done effectively seated. This class, taught by Cheryl Goodwin, Tai Chi for Health Institute certifi ed instructor, is appropriate for all ages, body types and abilities. Cheryl is certifi ed in the areas of Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Fall Prevention, and Seated Tai Chi.

  • Wednesday Night @ The Movies

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 5:00-7:00pm

    Enjoy newly released feature films, documentaries and now classics every Wednesday eveing at 5:30 pm. 

    Full synopsis of each film can be seen here.

  • Health Expo & Flu Shot Clinic

    September 28-28, 2023

    Thursday, September 28 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

    Please join us for this important event featuring 25+ vendors providing information on a variety of health services. Some will be offering raffles at their table.

    Bloom Medical of Birmingham will be providing the high dose flu shot specifically for seniors, as well as the regular dose shot. Please remember to bring your identifi cation and insurance cards. Most insurances, including Medicare are accepted. Call the office at 248-203-5277 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome but may have a longer wait.

  • The Detroit Public Library

    Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Susan Goren Kalisy, B.A., M.Ed., MLIS 

    The Woodward Avenue Detroit Public Library is one of Detroit’s fi nest gems. Noted architect Cass Gilbert designed the magnifi cent structure and hired the finest artists and artisans of the day to work with him on this project. This presentation will explore the physical building, as well as the murals, paintings, iron work and Pewabic tile installations. Included is information about the 1963 addition and the impressive artists who contributed at that time.

  • Blood Pressure Clinic

    Monday, October 2, 2023 | 11:00-12:00pm

    The first Monday of each month. 

    A trained healthcare professional will screen your blood pressure and blood oxygen levels.

  • Celtic Concert

    Tuesday, October 3, 2023 | 6:15-7:30pm

    Thank you to Stuart Jeffares for his generous sponsorship of the Next Big Night Out! 


    Grab your finest kilt or Harris Tweed and join us for a wee bit of Celtic fun with Terrence J. Bradley, owner/operator of Bagpipe Music Unlimited and bagpiper and percussionist, and Megan Neuendorf, engineer by day, but Highland Drummer, Celtic Fiddler and banjo player by night. They will perform a selection of Traditional Marches, Piobaireachd (classical music of the Great Highland bagpipe) and even a few banjo tunes. You don’t want to miss this!

  • Stamp Club

    Tuesday, October 3, 2023 | 7:00-9:00pm

    Stamp club. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. 

  • Making the Move to Senior Living

    Thursday, October 5, 2023 | 11:00-12:00pm

    Dr. Farideh Bagne, Owner, President and CEO of Magnolia by the Lakes Thursday, October 5 at 11:00 am Cost: Complimentary members / $5 guests Thinking about making a move to a senior living community? Join us as Dr. Farideh Bagne gives expert advice on how to choose the right one. She will share things you should know and things you should ask. How to prepare for your move. What you should know about Long-term Care Insurance and Veterans Benefits. Downsizing doesn’t have to be scary! A light lunch will be served

  • The American Revolution

    Thursday, October 5, 2023 | 6:00-7:30pm

    Bruce Zellers, Professor - Oakland University

    For 150 years, England’s North American colonies lived in harmony with their mother country. There were tensions, but no serious thoughts of independence. However, English attitudes and policies changed after 1760 and the expats on this continent gradually came to believe that only independence would serve their needs and protect their interests. The American Revolution came. 

  • DSO: Friday Morning Concerts

    Friday, October 6, 2023 | 9:45-10:45am

    Now both Classical and the Pops! 

    Bus departs Next at 9:45 am, returns about 1:30 pm. Please pre-register, space is limited.


    Detroit’s Motown defined an era. Not to be outdone, Philadelphia created its own essential listening. Philly Sound hits like Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now, You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, and You Make Me Feel Brand New, face off with Motown classics, including What’s Going On, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, I’m Coming Out and more.


    Violinist Clara-Jumi Kang is an artist “as ready to caress as to attack” (The strad). In her DSO debut, she takes command in Koringold’s gorgeously cinematic concerto. We hear new “feisty, Energy-packed” music (The Guardian) by composer Arlene Sierra, and Zemlinsky’s programmatic adventure takes us through the fairytale dramas of Hans Christian Anderson’s original Little Mermaid.

    Friday, October 27 - LATIN FIRE 

    Latin Fire is a passion-fi lled celebration of Latin-American orchestral hits, matched with the fi rework virtuosity of acclaimed Costa Rican trumpeter Jose Sibaja and Mexican vocalist Monica Abrego. Enjoy a sizzling-hot program featuring Tico-Tico no Fuba, Besame Mucho, Granada, Carmen Suite, and Brasil.


    Celebrated French conductor Fabien Gabel leads orchestral showstoppers direct from France, plus a world premiere by Michigan-born composer James Lee III. Shades of Unbroken Dreams honors the 60th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream”- a speech he famously delivered in Washington DC in 1963, words that fi rst rang out in Detroit, after a historic march down Woodward Avenue. 

  • Parkinson's Support Group

    Monday, October 9, 2023 | 5:30-6:30pm

    Second Monday evening of each month. 

    The South Oakland County Parkinson's Support Group, sponsored by the Michigan Parkinson's Foundation, is a group of people who meet to learn more about Parkinson’s disease and the services available. This group brings together people with a common bond. So many people say, “And I thought I was the only one with this problem.” Come for camaraderie, support, and learn from each other. Groups include people with PD, care partners, friends, families and health professionals. Facilitated by the Michigan Parkinson's Foundation staff. For more information call 248-419-7170.

    Drop-in, no registration necessary.

  • A Taste of the UK

    Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 12:00-1:00pm

    Please register by Thursday, October 5

    Oyez, oyez, oyez! We hereby invite all townspeople to a lunch fi t for a king! Well, ok, maybe not fi t for a king, but fi ne and somewhat authentic, nonetheless. As part of our focus on The United Kingdom, we will be serving Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Soda Bread and a pudding of some sort, promptly at noon. God Bless the King! Kindly sponsored by Samaritas Senior Living of Bloomfield Hills.

  • Digital Art (Painting) Workshop

    Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | 10:00-12:00pm

    Join artist/instructor Mark Downing and explore the world of Digital Art. Digital art is any artwork that draws upon digital technology as an essential part of its creative process. In this workshop you will learn how to use software to create your very own original works of art. You will grasp how digital brushes work; how to use a variety of techniques to paint different layers of your art; how to use digital effects to manipulate your paintings; how to use reference photos in the digital world, and how to convert photos into artistic impressions. Each class will start with a reference photo and students will use 3 to 10 brushes and other effects to paint new/original artwork. Each class will use unique brushes so you have an opportunity to learn many of the brushes through the series of classes. Software installation classes will be scheduled as needed to assist in installation on your own computer. Please contact Mark Downing with any questions at

  • Photography Club

    Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 10:00-11:00am

    Please note, the Photo Club meets on the second Thursday of each month 10:00- 12:00 pm  

    The Next Photography Club is for people who are interested in photography, all ability levels welcome. We maintain our own website and take monthly photo field trips.  For more information, send an email to:

  • The Purple Door Tea Room

    Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 11:30-12:30pm

    Bus leaves Next at 11:30 am, returns about 2:30 pm

    You are invited to relax in the ambience of Afternoon Tea at The Purple Door Tea Room in Ferndale. Elegant and charming surroundings, lovely china, fine linens and silver, the fragrance
    of fresh flowers and the pleasure of soft music — all selected to make your experience a momentary retreat from the ordinary. We extend a warm invitation to enjoy gracious service
    and a fine selection of finger sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts prepared especially for you. Consider this a treat to yourself in the New Year! There’s beauty, as you’ll see — all
    because you briefly stopped to sip a cup of tea.

  • William Shakespeare

    Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 6:00-7:30pm

    Bernadette Kelly, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Candidate - Wayne State University

    Nearly 400 years ago today, Shakespeare’s First Folio was published. Arguably the most famous author of his period, his 37 plays, 150+ sonnets and poems continue to entertain audiences. While we don’t know much about Shakespeare’s personal life, the Bard’s oeuvre holds insight into both England’s popular culture and aristocratic entertainment. As a low-born actor who worked until he could buy himself a title, his writing appealed to those from all walks of life. This presentation will introduce Shakespeare and provide an overview of the time period, including those who influenced his work. And we will dive into the theatrical world discussing The Globe and Blackfriars Theater, the places most Shakespeare plays were performed. We will also explore why Shakespeare is a valuable part of the literary canon by examining various themes that famously transcend time.


    Monday, October 16, 2023 | 1:00-3:00pm

    First and Third Mondays of the month. Drop -in, no registration necessary.

    Eight games of regular bingo are played. Play up to four cards at only $2 apiece. Pay upon arrival.

  • Cosmetics for Mature Women

    Monday, October 16, 2023 | 1:00-2:00pm

    Elizabeth Geck, Professional Makeup Artist and Licensed Esthetician, Birmingham Walgreens

    Join us as professional makeup artist for over 25 years and licensed esthetician, Elizabeth Geck, discusses makeup for mature women. She will explain the most ideal options based on your skin, as well as challenges with cosmetics as you age. Learn to customize the tried and true techniques you may already know into the trends of today, to modernize a routine that is flattering to YOU! Ideally, you will have already participated in the skincare class from September prior to joining her for this makeup instruction

  • Agatha Christie: Queen of Mystery

    Tuesday, October 17, 2023 | 1:30-2:30pm

    Peggi Tabor, Ph. D., Agatha Christie fan, SOAR contributor 

    Explore the life and work of Agatha Christie. Included in the discussion will be a look at events from her very interesting life that informed her huge body of work. We will hear about her mysterious 11-day disappearance and take a peek at some of Ms. Christie’s most famous protagonists and the celebrities who played them on stage and screen. Generously sponsored by American House Stone and American House Elmwood.

  • The Solanus Casey Center

    Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 9:15-1:00pm

    The Solanus Casey Center opened in 2002 and is a pilgrimage place and spiritual oasis on Detroit's east side near the Islandview neighborhood and contains the tomb of Father Solanus Casey. Born in 1870, Casey joined the Capuchin Franciscan friars, a religious order within the Roman Catholic Church. He worked in Detroit from 1924 to 1945 and would counsel and pray with people going through hard times. Father Solanus helped found the Capuchin Soup Kitchen during the Great Depression, to provide food for the city’s less fortunate, and still is in operation today. We welcome you to learn more about Fr. Solanus, his cause for sainthood, and the center that is devoted to his spirit and holiness. The award-winning center strives to be a place of pilgrimage, healing, reconciliation and peace. Experience an hour-and-a-half docent led tour of the center. A little extra time has been allotted for the on- site “On the Rise” bakery and café, and to browse the gift shop if you choose. The Café offers sandwiches, soups, coffee and beverages, as well as baked goods. 

  • Younger Onset Dementia & Alzheimer's Support Group

    Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 5:30-7:00pm

    Third Wednesday evening of the month .

    This group is for spouses, children, parents or siblings who care for an individual under the age of 65 years, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or any other progressive dementia. This group creates a safe, confi dential, supportive environment and offers a chance for participants to share words of encouragement and help each other develop coping skills and learn to solve problems. Please contact Cindy Beller at 586-453-1909 for additional information. Presented by the Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

    Drop -in, no registration required 

  • Birmingham Coin Club

    Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 6:00-8:00pm

    For information contact Robert Beuter at 248-646-9657.

  • Coin Club

    Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 7:00-9:00pm

    Coin Club

    For information contact Robert Beuter at 248-646-9657. Coin Club will take a Summer hiatus beginning in June and will resume in the Fall.

  • Robert Burns & The Nation of Scotland

    Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 6:00-7:30pm

    Sean Farrell Moran, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Modern British & Irish History - Oakland University

    The national poet of Scotland, Robert Burns, has come to symbolize Scottish national identity. We will explore the history of what it means to be a Scot and Burn’s critical role in defi ning that identity.

  • Vascular health

    Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | 1:00-2:00pm

    Thank you to Henry Ford Health - Our Health & Wellness Partner!

    We all know that our body changes as we age, but did you know our veins and arteries change as well? Join Vascular Surgeon Dr. Tamer Boules as he explains how to plan for vascular health changes including abdominal aortic aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease and leg circulatory problems, strokes, mini strokes and more! A light lunch will be served

  • Online Printing Workshop

    Wednesday, October 25, 2023 | 10:00-12:00pm

    Join artist/ instructor Mark Downing in printing your works of art and photos on canvas, glass, metal and other medium using online print services. We will look at three services, the materials offered, and the steps required to prepare your art for printing. During the class you will be using the free open source application GIMP to perform the simple steps to prepare your art to be printed. Bring your own art on a thumb drive so you can follow along in the class. Please contact Mark Downing with any questions at

  • Imani Immersive Gallery & Lunch

    Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 11:15-2:20pm

    PREPARE TO BE IMMERSED! A new immersive art gallery has opened in downtown Ferndale, offering visitors a unique experience. The Imani Immersive Gallery, features a state-of-the-art 360 projection mapped room that is filled with custom designed digital artworks and a collection of audio and visual sensations. Immersive art experiences harness technologies, and digital projection to enable viewers to enter the work of art and become a protagonist within it. The Imani Gallery will feature rotating exhibits/attractions allowing for new experiences and repeat visits. On our visit you will escape to an African Safari! Submerge yourself in this interactive fun-filled artistic outlet for people of all ages to enjoy. After the ”safari” enjoy lunch on your own at the Emory, an Eco-minded American eatery with locally sourced fare, reclaimed-hardwood furnishings and a chic bar.

  • Austentatious Tea Talk

    Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 1:00-2:00pm

    Barbara Gulley, Barb’s Tea Service

    Tea Service at 12:30 pm - Program at 1:00 pm

    Barbara Gulley returns to Next to discuss Jane Austen's life in England's Regency period: her novels, family, homes and tea. Barbara will share photos of her own visits to Jane Austen’s homes in Chawton, Bath and Winchester, as well as places where Ms. Austen socialized and shopped in Bath and London. She will also cover the importance of tea in Jane's daily life and in some of her novels. Prior to the Tea Talk, we will have a tea service, including tea, of course, and a proper sweet treat. Fascinators and frilly hats welcome. Graciously sponsored by Cedarbrook of Bloomfield Hills.

  • Children of the Dragon: Welsh & British History

    Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 6:00-7:30pm

    John Ellis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History - University of Michigan, Flint

    This presentation provides an overview of Welsh and British culture, history and nationalism. We will examine the language, customs, politics, festivals, music and art. Wales is primarily represented by the symbol of the red Welsh dragon. While sharing many customs with the other nations of the United Kingdom, Wales also has its own distinction — which we will learn about

  • Acrylic & Oil Painting

    Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 12:00-3:00pm

    Ready to dust off your paints and learn something new in painting? Or, want to learn the basics of acrylic and oil from scratch? Look no further. Next welcomes back mixed media artist/instructor Marat Paransky. His studio practice includes sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and other media. This class covers a wide range of acrylic and oil painting topics: from choosing the right surface and getting started with your composition, to understanding how color works, and eventually to experimenting with techniques and materials. All experience levels are welcome. There will be demos and discussions about artists in class. Students will need to purchase their own supplies and have them for the first class — the provided supplies list will be available at the front office, upon registration. Also, please have an idea and some pictures/photos from which to work, beginning with the first class. Three week series.