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Take part in Lorenzo Cultural Center’s The 1940s: Through the War and Beyond program series

– Monday, March 7, 2016 12:00AM

Activities include knitting a scarf to donate to a veteran

As part of its program series The 1940s: Through the War and Beyond, the Lorenzo Cultural Center is offering free interactive, activity-based presentations.

  • The Tin Can Army: Kids on the World War II Home Front, March 10, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.:  Kids on the home front supported U. S. efforts in World War II, taking part in scrap drives, planting victory gardens and making do with what they had. This interactive session with presenter Gerald Wykes will incorporate props, dress up, music and more.

  • “Knit Your Bit” with Crafty Lady Trio, March 19, 10 a.m. and March 31, 1 p.m.:  This presentation shows how home front knitters supported the war effort  and guides participants in making a scarf that will donated to a veteran via the National World War II Museum Knit Your Bit project. Attendees should bring three skeins of worsted-weight yarn in two colors, and size 8US knitting needles or a size I (5.5) crochet hook. Limited supplies will be available for purchase. Prior knitting or crocheting experience not required.

  • Plant a Victory Garden, April 6, 11 a.m.:  During World War II, Americans were urged to grow their own food to help ease food shortages. This presentation will teach about victory gardens and encourage attendees to plant seeds to take home and start their own gardens.

The 1940s continues through May 7, offering nearly 40 presentations, performances and films, as well as exhibits, exploring this decade of radical transformation.  The exhibits in the cultural center’s 8,500-square-foot Discovery Hall are also free to view and don’t require pre-registration to visit. 

The Lorenzo Cultural Center is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursdays. School and group tours are available.  The cultural center is located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road (at Hall Road), in Clinton Township. For more about The 1940s, visit

About the Lorenzo Cultural Center
The Lorenzo Cultural Center ( explores the influences and experiences that shape our community's heritage, examining topics from a variety of perspectives and creating interactive opportunities for learning, celebration and entertainment. Located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus, Hall and Garfield roads in Clinton Township, the cultural center is adjacent to the Macomb Center for Performing Arts.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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