Fall Fun

Published October 26, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Deerfield Elementary School, in the Avondale School District, is being honored as one of the best in the country.

The Michigan Department of Education recently announced the school as one of 13 National Blue Ribbon Schools — an honor reserved for exemplary, high-performing schools nominated by each state.

Only two other Oakland County schools were recognized: Schroeder Elementary School in the Troy School District and Lessenger Elementary School in the Lamphere Public Schools district. Nationally, 329 schools received the honor this year.

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Published October 26, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The calendar says that Halloween is Monday, but the ghosts and goblins will be in Shain Park a day early for the annual Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Patch.

The fun kicks off at 1 p.m. as the Junior League of Birmingham hosts its annual Pumpkin Patch festivities downtown. Inflatables, pumpkin bowling, airbrushed tattoos and live performances are all on the schedule this Sunday.

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Published October 24, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS/HAZEL PARK — Halloween is this Monday, Oct. 31. Police are already mobilizing patrols backed by reserve officers and police explorers to keep neighborhoods safe.

Madison Heights Police Chief Corey Haines also reminded residents to exercise common sense and a healthy amount of caution, whether they’re handing out candy or have children trick-or-treating.

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Published October 24, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — From Oct. 26 to 29, Macomb Community College will host Dia de los Muertos — “Day of the Dead” — to commemorate the Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of the deceased with reflection, fun, food and activities.

School officials said this is the fourth year the college has partnered with the Mexican Consulate of Detroit to bring the celebration to Macomb County. Several events will be held at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on MCC’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road.

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Published October 21, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Lions Club will host the first Land of Oz 5K run/walk at the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society Museum, 16600 Stephens Road, at 10 a.m. Oct. 30 to benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind.

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Published October 19, 2016

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — Ghosts and goblins are getting ready to fill the streets this Halloween, and they will have plenty of options for a ghoulish good time during many merry-not-scary activities through the end of the month.

Clawson will continue with its family-first emphasis by offering a Halloween party, a popular allergy-friendly downtown event and its Trick-or-Treat Trail.

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Published October 19, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Volunteers with the Michigan Transit Museum are well into the fall riding season, and they want frequent and potentially new riders to know there’s a whole lot more to see this time of year.

For starters, said volunteer Deb Jensenius, the fall colors have already popped, which alone is attracting record numbers to the train station on Joy Boulevard in Clinton Township.

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Published October 19, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — At Cranbrook, Halloween isn’t just a day on the calendar or an excuse to indulge in a few pieces of candy — it’s an all-out extravaganza.

From the science institute to the art museum, this weekend will be packed with family-friendly activities to celebrate all things spooky, with an educational twist.

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Published October 19, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — A chill is in the air, and the jack-o-lanterns are coming out.

In Beverly Hills, that means it’s once again time for the Halloween Hoot.

The Hoot is the village’s annual family-friendly Halloween celebration. It begins at noon on Sunday, Oct. 23, with pumpkin carving in Beverly Park, which wraps up at 2 p.m. It picks back up 6-8 p.m. with trick-or-treating back at the park. There is no cost to attend the event.

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Published October 18, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With hayrides, cider, doughnuts and trick-or-treating, this year’s Halloween Fun Fest is returning to Veterans Memorial Park bigger than ever.

After several years holding the event at another location, the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee is bringing the Halloween extravaganza back to Veterans Memorial Park, on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 30. Admission costs $2 for residents in advance at St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation, 20000 Stephens St., or $3 at the gate for residents and non-residents alike.

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Published October 18, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It seems like just yesterday that the Birmingham Farmers Market announced the opening of its 14th season.

But alas, that was May, and despite the unusually warm temperatures, it’s now the end of October, and the market is packing up this Sunday.

So, of course, one last celebration is in order.

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Published October 17, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Grab your hats, scarves and clubs, because golf in Birmingham is entering its “last hurrah of the season,” according to city Golf Operations Clubhouse Manager Jacky Brito.

“I can’t believe this year went by so fast,” she said.

But things aren’t over just yet at Lincoln Hills and Springdale golf courses. As the temperatures drop, things are just getting heated up with footgolf at Lincoln Hills.

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Published October 17, 2016

WARREN — The days grow short. There’s a chill in the air. The thought of zombies and the looming Michigan winter make it scary.

Still, there’s lots of fun to be had.

Warren will host the final two farmers markets of 2016 at City Square Oct. 23 and Oct. 30.  That’s north of 12 Mile and just east of Van Dyke.

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Published October 12, 2016

FERNDALE/BERKLEY — The Halloween season is back, and people are starting to decorate their houses and work on their costumes in time for Oct. 31.

But before the big day hits, local police officers want to remind everyone going out trick-or-treating how to have a safe and fun Halloween.

One thing Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown said his department will be doing is giving out tips on social media about how people can be safe. One tip is to trick-or-treat in groups.

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Published October 12, 2016

FERNDALE — Ferndale hosts a plethora of events in its downtown, and this weekend it will be welcoming a new one to the city.

The first OktoBEER & BBQ Festival in Ferndale will be held Oct. 14-16 on Vester Avenue. The times of operation will be 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday.

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Published October 12, 2016

ROCHESTER — Runners will lace up their shoes next month to help the Rochester Area Neighborhood House provide financial assistance to thousands of people in the area who are struggling to obtain basic necessities.

The nonprofit, which is dedicated to helping struggling local families move toward self-sufficiency, invites the community to help neighbors in need by participating in the sixth annual Scare Away Hunger 5K Run/Walk Oct. 23 at Rochester College.

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Published October 12, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Fall is here and it’s another season for children and adults to get their recreation in motion.

As the weather continues to cool and holidays are around the corner, the Clinton Township Parks and Recreation Department is offering familiar programs and some new offerings to residents.

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Published October 12, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, the Shelby Township Fire Department will host its annual open house at Fire Station No. 1, located at 6345 23 Mile Road, west of Mound Road.

The department holds the event yearly so that the public can check out the equipment, services and protection it provides for the township. Residents will get a chance to speak with firefighters, and there will be plenty of activities for kids.

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Published October 12, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The trees may be red, yellow and orange, but everyone knows October is all about pink.

Downtown Birmingham is getting into the spirit by playing host to a day of shopping, yoga and fun, all to benefit The Pink Fund.

Everything kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in Shain Park, where instructor Sandra Krafsur, from The Community House, will lead an outdoor yoga class. Tickets to the class cost $5, with proceeds going to The Pink Fund.

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Published October 12, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — With Halloween on the horizon, many people are heading out to buy or make a great costume for this year.

Some pet owners like to take it a step further and dress their pets up as well, resulting in some fantastic costumes ranging from cute to impressive to just plain odd.

Mike Palmer, the owner of Premier Pet Supply in Beverly Hills, said people can show off those dressed-up dogs for the inaugural Pup Strut Costume Contest.

Dog owners can dress up their canine to compete for prizes both for both dog and owner.

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