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Paul W. Smith: Spring is here with opportunities to help others

“Outta’ My Mind on a Monday Moanin’”

It took a while.

It seemed like spring was “here today, gone tomorrow.” Then it was summer.

Then it hailed.

Then it snowed.

I think it’s safe to say we won’t be going backward weather-wise from this day forward.

At least that’s my hope.

Fun and worthwhile events are happening in the days ahead, and I just want you to know about a few of them.

► Some excellent fundraising events come about when someone goes through adversity, comes out stronger and realizes others are going to go through the same things and may not be so fortunate. That certainly seems to be the case for Ryan LaFontaine of the LaFontaine Automotive Group. LaFontaine’s U CAN-CER VIVE Foundation and its events the last few years continue to raise money to help. You are invited June 3 to an enchanted "Evening For The Cure" with a strolling dinner, entertainment and a silent, live auction.

It’s all happening at The LaFontaine Car Condo #133 at M1 Concourse in Pontiac. Go to

► In 1981, Edmund T. Ahee Sr., founder of Ahee Jewelers, his wife Bettejean and their seven children founded the first Capuchin Souper Summer Celebration to benefit the Capuchin’s Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Now, Ahee Jewelers presents the "Together Again Capuchin Souper Summer Celebration XLI" back at Comerica Park Saturday, June 4.

Live music and entertainment, featuring Your Generation in concert, food and libations available and a fireworks show at dusk. Go to

► Kathy Connell Brennan alerted me to the fourth annual Run, Walk N Roll 5K, returning to Grosse Pointe South High School on June 18.

The event, co-founded by Claire Sheeren, helps drive greater awareness and funding for palliative care at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Paul W. Smith is host of “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR-AM (760) from 6-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.