Holiday Happenings

Published November 11, 2015

CLAWSON — Resident Ann Daly has been thinking about white elephants for more than a decade.

One white elephant to be exact.

Daly, 91, has played an active role in making sure that the annual Clawson Senior Center White Elephant Sale remains a success.

“It’s a fun day,” Daly said. “I really love it. I love all the people. And it goes to a really good cause — us old folks.”

The event will take place this year from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Hunter Community Center, 509 Fisher Court.

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Published November 11, 2015

FARMINGTON — Underneath the lights adorned in downtown Farmington, once again the city will host the second annual Light Up the Grand: A Holiday Lighted Parade.

Presented by the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, the parade begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, and will travel along Grand River Avenue, beginning at Warner Street and ending at Wilmarth Street.

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Published November 10, 2015

Mary Sibert, 12, of Sturgis, is crazy about horses.

She keeps her own horse at her grandparents’ home, where she is home-schooled. This past spring, she spent six days in the bluegrass area of Kentucky, including a day at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, where national and international competitions take place. She met famous riders, trainers and horses; saw Grand Prix training, the highest competition level of horse jumping; and saw behind the scenes at Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby takes place.

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Published November 10, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts is once again giving gift givers the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind creations for their loved ones while supporting local artists.

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Published November 4, 2015

With student musicians, a coffee bar and enough vendors to kick off your holiday shopping, the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center’s Jamz & Java Night will allow visitors to check out the center and raise money for its programs as well.

The Jamz & Java Night will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Senior Activities Center, 20000 Stephens St.

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Published November 4, 2015

A Sterling Heights restaurant will be on the side of the Angels when it hosts a pair of events aimed at helping children and families in need.

The nonprofit group Calling All Angels will host the Giving Children Hope charity gala and fundraiser Nov. 6 at Penna’s of Sterling. The event will include dinner, beverages, dancing, auctions and charitable gaming.

According to CAA, proceeds will help the charity serve the needs of children in the tri-county area who are homeless, abused, neglected, ill or otherwise disadvantaged.

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Published November 4, 2015

HARPER WOODS — A group of talented artists with a flair for photography, pastry making, candles, knitting and more will showcase and sell their original creations in the second annual Artisans’ Market Nov. 7 at the Harper Woods Public Library.

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Published November 4, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s that time of year when we dig those cozy sweaters out from storage, crank the thermostat up and settle in for another bitter Michigan winter.

But for more than 12,000 people in the state, the effort to keep warm is so much more difficult. That’s because, according to the Community Housing Network, that’s how many people in Michigan are estimated to be without a place to call home.

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Published November 3, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Combining live music and a passion for helping the less fortunate in the immediate area has driven the nonprofit group Rockin’ 4 Hunger since 2009.

From 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 28, Rockin’ 4 Hunger will host its sixth and, organizers hope, biggest bash to date at the historic Packard Proving Grounds. Participants can experience a bygone era with vintage Packard automobiles, a traditional roast dinner and 1940s big band music.

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Published November 3, 2015

ROCHESTER — The owners of local homes decorated lavishly for the holidays will welcome visitors inside during the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s annual Holiday Home Tour Nov. 15.

Included on the tour, which runs noon-5 p.m., are colonials in Oakland Township and Rochester Hills, a Craftsman-style ranch in Rochester Hills, a condominium in Shelby Township, and the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm — all of which organizers said will feature holiday décor, and unique architectural and decorating styles.

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Published November 1, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce is holding its 24th annual Christmas “Deck the Halls” auction Nov. 11 at Eastpointe Manor.

According to Chamber Membership Director Linda Weishaupt, the event should see about 70-75 silent auction items — primarily a variety of gift baskets.

“(The baskets are) anywhere from fishing to gardening to sports to Christmas baskets,” she said. “To coffee, cocoa, tea, summer — we have beach baskets — we have a little of everything.”

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Published October 28, 2015

Since 1994, Troy police and VFW Post 4037 have teamed up to ensure families in need enjoy the holiday season.

Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer said he started the drive when he was a lieutenant working midnight road patrols and saw people in Troy with financial hardships.

He said people think of Troy as a wealthy city and don’t realize there are people in need.

Mayer said he talked to someone he knew who also worked midnights and was involved with the VFW. They rallied the resources of the Troy Police Department and the VFW, and the drive began.

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Published December 17, 2014

Whether it’s festive food or tree trimming traditions, many families practice their own holiday habits — the sure-fire signs that yuletide greetings are right around the corner.

For some people, these memories come in the form of Christmas villages — pint-sized  portrayals of peaceful villages, complete with residents, stores and homes.

The Christmas village tradition is something Cindy Roback understands well.

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Published December 3, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — For those who celebrate Christmas, December is a magical month when we haul out the holly and carefully unwrap each ornament, painstakingly untangle our Christmas lights and, if we decide on a live tree, spend hours in the cold to find the perfect one. 

A Christmas tree may be the symbol of the season, but if you forget to take proper care of it, you could be cleaning that symbol’s needles out of your carpet for months.

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Published December 3, 2014

Sure, you can hear holiday tunes at the mall or on your car stereo, but if you really want to relax, unwind and get caught up in the holiday spirit, there’s nothing like a live show to chase seasonal stresses away.

From concerts to plays, audiences have plenty of options locally that are sure to dazzle little tykes and seniors alike.

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Published November 25, 2014

Fresh Cranberry Chutney
By chef Jim Oppat


• 1/2 cup dried apricots, or other dried fruit
• 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
• 1/2 cup golden raisins
• 1 cup water
• 3 cups fresh cranberries
• 1 diced fresh apple
• 1 teaspoon lemon rind
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Published November 26, 2013

The lights, the songs, the anticipation! No, it’s not everyone tearing into their presents on Christmas morning as the holiday music plays in the background — it’s one of the many festive shows you’ll find around town.

And after all of the preparation, stress, spending, wrapping and running around, what better gift to give to yourself than an evening to sit back, relax and be entertained?

Here are just a few of this year’s highlights:

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Published November 13, 2013

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Whether they’re trying to bolster local businesses or support local workers, buying Made in Michigan products is a positive trend that has generated a lot of interest among consumers.

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Published November 6, 2013

The season for feasting is picking up steam, and the trifecta of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas is keeping metro Detroit bakeries busy.

Ashley Bainbridge, manager of the Sterling Heights location of the Achatz Handmade Pie Co., said her store bakes mostly pies, both sweet and savory, though they also sell cookies and pound cakes.

For Thanksgiving, the big star is predictably the pumpkin pie. However, Bainbridge said Achatz sells a variant called a pumpkin praline pie.

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