Fall Fun

Published October 12, 2016

ROCHESTER — Halloween will come early to the streets of downtown Rochester this month, as costumed children in search of candy unite during this year’s Trick-or-Treat Downtown event.

Hosted by the Rochester Downtown Development Authority, the event invites children to dress up and trick-or-treat downtown 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 22.

Stephanie Hellebuyck, DDA events coordinator, said over 50 businesses — all marked with window signage — will participate this year during the event, which is expected to draw a couple thousand people.

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Published October 12, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield resident Mary Wood is living out her sister’s dream. 

Wood’s sister, Cathy Schulze, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 1999 at the age of 37. A mother and wife, Schulze’s treatment days were filled with support from family and friends who sent flowers, cards and dinners. 

In July 1999, Wood said, her sister’s treatments and countless doctor appointments ended, leaving Schulze with a void in her life. 

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Published October 11, 2016

Dodge Park will be haunted by a host of families and kids when the third annual Sterling Frights Halloween event returns Oct. 22.

According to the city, the Sterling Frights event is intended to entertain kids ages 12 and younger. Young attendees may receive goodie bags, go trick-or-treating for candy, and eat free cider and doughnuts, according to Recreation Supervisor Troy Nowotny.

“We’re going to have more costumed characters out there than we have in the past,” Nowotny added.

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Published October 11, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With beer, food trucks, bands and competitions, the St. Clair Shores Cool City Committee is hoping the second annual Shorestoberfest will be an even better time than the first.

“The event is bigger, so bigger tent, more music, we have two food trucks and a caterer, and the food is a la carte so you buy what you want,” said organizer Stephanie O’Brien, of the Cool City Committee.

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Published October 10, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MOUNT CLEMENS — Now is the time to make that ever-important decision: what to dress up as for Halloween. Both Harrison Township and Mount Clemens will be hosting family-friendly fetes in the coming weeks.

Harrison Township Trustee Frank Kapral said members of the Parks and Recreation Committee will be once again holding the much-anticipated Hallow Palooza outside the Tucker Senior Center Oct. 15.

There will be Halloween-inspired games for children, cider and doughnuts, as well as trunk-or-treating.

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Published October 5, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is closing out its “Women Who Motor” exhibition on a fashion-forward note.

“Women Who Motor” — which has been on display in the garage since 2014 — will conclude with a period fashion show and gourmet dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15. 

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Published October 5, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, Weekend Warrior Runfest, the first country music-themed running event in the area, will take place at River Bends Park in Shelby Township.

A 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run will begin and end in the parking lot, and participants are invited to bring coolers, folding chairs and dogs to tailgate after the race while listening to country music.

Country music station 99.5 WYCD will be broadcasting live from the finish line during the event.

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Published October 5, 2016

ROCHESTER — Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve is once again inviting families to celebrate Halloween, without the fright, by visiting the center’s Halloween Hoot event.

The 35th annual event, held the evenings of Oct. 14-16, invites Rochester-area families to traverse down a wooded trail lit by luminarias for a guided walk through the nature preserve to view a series of short, family-friendly skits.

Ellen Witz, Dinosaur Hill’s office coordinator, said the event is a popular Rochester tradition.

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Published October 4, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The second annual Fall for Nature Craft Show at the Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center is fast approaching and heralding in the turn of the season.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, both inside and outside the nature center. Many new crafters, as well as some returning favorites, will set up shop beneath the changing autumn leaves.

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Published October 3, 2016

FARMINGTON — Demented chainsaw-wielding hooded figures? That’s old news. Blood and gore? Not needed.

The Governor Warner Mansion, the historical Victorian Italianate home of Michigan’s 26th governor, Fred Warner, will soon take visitors to the late 1800s to reveal the true frights that a Victorian funeral could bring. Coffin in your living room, anyone?

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Published October 3, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Vision screenings for kids, child identification kits and pumpkin painting will be some of the activities held at this year’s Harvest Festival, which the Eastpointe Lions Club will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at the East Brooke Commons shopping center, located on the southwest corner of Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue.

Randy Lewis and Paul Hemeryck, co-chairs of the Harvest Festival, expect about 500 children to attend.

“We love doing this; the kids have fun and it’s a way we can give back to the community,” Lewis said.

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Published September 29, 2016

ORCHARD LAKE — The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society is offering numerous events throughout October that are available to residents of all ages.

“People are just dying to go to these activities,” said naturalist Carol Fink, who is a guide for the autumn nature walk and is also a docent for this year’s Pine Lake Cemetery tour, which will take place 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 8. 

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Published September 29, 2016

CLAWSON —  It isn’t truly fall in the city until the community gathers for some food, fun and a hayride.

This year is no different.

The City of Clawson Parks and Recreation Department will help the community usher in the unofficial start to the season with the annual Fall Festival at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at City Park, located on Elmwood Avenue, one block west of Main Street.

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Published September 28, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Fire trucks on display, car seat safety checks and the distribution of kids fingerprint kits will be part of the annual Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department open house from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 2. 

“It’s an important event for the whole family,” Public Safety Director John Kosanke said. “This is the time we’ve set aside so you can come interact with us.”

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Published September 28, 2016

Halloween is sneaking up on everyone, but the people of Franklin are already getting in the spirit by filling their streets with some spooky visitors.

Those visitors are scarecrows, and they will be made by local residents at the village’s second annual Build a Scarecrow event. The project is sponsored by the Franklin Historical Society, which decided to take on this program as a way to perk up the Franklin community and decorate the village for Halloween.

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Published September 28, 2016

NORTHVILLE — Lace up your sneakers and suit up in the latest Halloween costume — Harley Quinn of the “Suicide Squad,” anyone? 

It’s all in fun and good health during the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s fourth annual Trick or Feet! 5K/10K run, walk and roll — the route is wheelchair accessible — event at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 at Maybury State Park, 49575 Eight Mile Road in Northville.

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Published September 28, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — During Prohibition, much of the illegal beer and spirits brought to Michigan from Canada came through Windsor and Detroit, over the Detroit River and across Lake St. Clair.

A century later, the Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative and the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development are celebrating that history with the inaugural Michigan Bootlegger Heritage Festival, from 1 to 10 p.m. Oct. 1 at Colony Marine, 24530 Jefferson Ave.

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Published September 28, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Are you up to date on fire safety and prevention? 

Would you like to learn more? 

The West Bloomfield Fire Department’s annual open house will return noon-3 p.m. Oct. 9 at Fire Station No. 1, which is located next to West Bloomfield High School. Parking will be available at the high school, and the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission will provide a shuttle service to and from the station. The event will run rain or shine.

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Published September 28, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Lace up those running shoes — the Heart of the Hills 5K and 10K races are returning.

Organized by the Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club and the Bloomfield Hills School District, the race will take place at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Bloomfield Hills High School. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. The entrance fee for the race is $40 per runner. The proceeds raised go to benefit two long-standing Bloomfield-area initiatives that aim to improve the lives of local children.

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Published September 28, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Sherlock Holmes and Dracula will entertain at Meadow Brook Theatre this fall.

In “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery,” a supernatural hound appears to want to kill the only heir left in the Baskerville line. And “Dracula Sings Elvis” will be the first offering of MBT’s Children’s Series this season.

The comedic reimagining of Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles” promises laughs with twists, turns and a few chills.

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