Fall 2017 term dates are October 9 through November 17, 2017


A Vibrant Lifelong Learning Community


A Vibrant Lifelong Learning Community

Special Events

Among the most popular benefits of SOAR membership is access to special events held throughout the year. From distinguished speakers, to member luncheons, to music and dance performances, special events allow SOAR members and their guests to enjoy rich cultural and social experiences.

Recent special events have featured blues singer Robert Jones, a retrospective of the music of Richard Stohr, and Sinatra Night.

Special Event Registration

Participation in special events is open to SOAR members and their guests, as space allows. Members should pre-register for an event and reserve a space before the reservation deadline specified in the special event description. Descriptions appear on the SOAR website and in the course schedules mailed to members during the year.

Kennedy Assassination Mock Trial

Nearly 200 members and guests joined SOAR and the Macomb County Bar Foundation on November 10th for an entertaining enactment of a mock trial of John F. Kennedy's alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Arguing that Oswald acted alone was Judge Carl Marlinga. Presenting evidence that the murder was a conspiracy was West Bloomfield Trustee Steven Kaplan. Judge James Wittenberg presided and Judges Joe Boedeker and John Chmura acted as key witnesses. The audience, acting as the grand jury, voted overwhelmingly that Oswald acted alone.

The event was repeated in Macomb County. To view a film of the trial, click here.

Upcoming Special Events

Click the links below to read more about our upcoming special events

  • Sunday, May 21st from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Birmingham Temple: The Three Wishes Program: Israeli and Palestinian children speak out!! Click here for more information.
  • Sunday, June 4th at 1:00 p.m. at the Birmingham Temple: Concert by folksinger and Emmy winner, Kitty Donahoe. Click here for more information.

For more information about these special events, download our Spring 2017 Schedule.