Holiday Happenings

Published December 15, 2016

Each year, the Goodfellows of Detroit gives out some special gifts just in time for Christmas. This Christmas season, the Goodfellows were joined by a number of the actors and performers from the Tony and Grammy Award winning play “Beautiful,” which is currently being performed at Detroit’s Fisher Theater.

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Published December 14, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local neighborhood is getting into the holiday spirit with a light contest sure to brighten the spirits of all who pass by.

The Williamsburg Townhouse Cooperative, on Harper Avenue at Masonic Boulevard, is hosting a lighting contest and walk Dec. 15 for its residents and all who want to come enjoy the festive decorations.

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Published December 14, 2016

DETROIT — Thanks to Meijer, 10 children involved in the Make-A-Wish program will be having a far merrier Christmas than before.

Meijer donated 10 gift baskets to Make-A-Wish Michigan to deliver to kids suffering from debilitating diseases. Make-A-Wish, which helps fund the wishes of the children, such as visiting a theme park or going to the Super Bowl, accepted the baskets and helped Meijer distribute them to the children Nov. 28.

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Published December 14, 2016

DETROIT — Three local nonprofit organizations are getting a helping hand from local musicians.

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Published December 14, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — This holiday season, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial is once again teaming up with the Wins for Warriors Foundation to give veterans and their loved ones a memorable gift.

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Published December 14, 2016

TROY — This is the second year that Schroeder Elementary School students Anna Swencki, a fourth-grader, and her sister Emma Swencki, a third-grader, have shopped with a cop. 

Their mom, Theresa Swencki, a single parent, said her daughters understand what a budget is. 

She said she is unable to work due to health problems, and she provides support for her ex-husband, the girls’ father, who suffers from kidney disease. 

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Published December 14, 2016

As long as your holiday shopping list may be, there’s an even longer list of ways that criminals can spoil your celebration.

The holiday season means that families are spending more money than they typically do during other times of the year — on party supplies, charitable giving and, of course, gifting. Increased spending means increased opportunities for thieves to take advantage of your jolly generosity.

One of the most common scams to hit neighborhoods in recent years is to swipe packages off doorsteps once they’re delivered to customers.

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Published December 14, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A holiday tradition that began last year will return to the lobby of the Shelby Township municipal building, located at 52700 Van Dyke Ave., south of 24 Mile Road.

Donation bins will surround the township’s Christmas tree, which also will serve as a “giving tree” decked with tags noting desired items for the Samaritan House in Washington Township, which serves needy families in northern Macomb County.

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Published December 13, 2016

As the days whittle down to Christmas, woodworking high school students have been acting like real-life versions of Santa’s elves to construct toys for local children.

At Henry Ford II High School, woodworking classes teamed up with the Michigan Woodworkers’ Guild to make wooden vehicle toys, particularly cars and trucks. Those toys will be distributed to young patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit this month.

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Published December 13, 2016

HAZEL PARK — This weekend, Santa Claus will park his sleigh and reindeer on the rooftop of the Hazel Park District Library and come inside for one-on-one time with the kids.

The free event, Crafts with Santa, is one of the most popular events at the library, located at 123 E. Nine Mile Road. It will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 17.

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Published December 13, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, Shelby Township’s seventh annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk will kick off from behind the Shelby Township Senior Center.

Race director Michael Ward said he expects the race to exceed 450 runners — he’s hoping for 600-700 — and raise more than $11,000, which is how much it brought in last year.

All of the profits will be donated to charity, Ward said. Last year, he distributed the funds to approximately 10 charities. He called for other charities to reach out to him.

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Published December 13, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — With only 10 days until Christmas, shoppers are going to be pouring into stores in order to make their last purchases for family and friends.

Local police want shoppers to be wary when exiting stores, as criminals might be looking to snatch up whatever presents shoppers bought.

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Published December 7, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Close to 1,000 children in metro Detroit may have a happier holiday this year thanks to the Providence-Providence Park Christmas Store.

On Dec. 3, volunteers filled the auditorium to assist with the Christmas Store, which provides an outfit, a book and a toy to around 1,000 local children, organizers said.

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Published December 7, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A local girl is planning a party for a cause close to her heart.

Liza Lucaj, a Macomb Township resident and a senior at Austin Catholic High School in Chesterfield Township, plans to host a Christmas party for students with special needs Dec. 17.

Lucaj’s little sister Gina, 13, sustained a brain injury prior to being born when her mother was in a car crash during pregnancy.

Gina has battled cerebral palsy and a host of other health challenges early in her life, but has been an inspiration for her older sister.

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Published December 7, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights has hung up its lights and lit its tree for the holidays, and now churches throughout the city are preparing to celebrate Christmas.

This year, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, falls on a Saturday, and Christmas Day falls on a Sunday. Because that’s a weekend, some houses of worship are expecting large crowds in the pews.

In Sterling Heights, Laura Edghill, communications director at Rockpointe Community Church, said her church tends to draw a “pretty big crowd” this time of year.

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Published December 7, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Rochester Area Neighborhood House recently kicked off its annual holiday Giving Tree program and is looking to the community to help make the holidays brighter for local children and families in financial need.

Last year, Neighborhood House helped more than 500 children in the greater Rochester area through the Giving Tree program, and organizers expect even more local families to qualify for the program this year.

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Published December 7, 2016

DETROIT — The doctors and staff members at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, on Moross Road at Mack Avenue, often hear stories about local families — some who are patients — who have fallen on hard times because of health issues, hospitalization, job loss, financial problems, or the death of a loved one.

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Published December 5, 2016

METRO DETROIT — One of the best gifts you could possibly give someone this Christmas won’t come wrapped in decorative paper with a bow on top.

This holiday season, on top of gift giving, being of good cheer — and, of course, ringing in the new year — the American Red Cross is asking people to help save lives by donating blood.

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Published December 3, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Those who love Christmas decorations as much as they do touring historic homes and learning about family traditions will want to get a ticket for the upcoming Christmas Walk in Mount Clemens.

Hosted by the Bath City Association, the 13th annual Christmas Walk will be held Dec. 8 on a secret street in the city of Mount Clemens.

Each year, members of the association choose a street that boasts a vast array of unique old homes whose owners enjoy decking more than just the halls.

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Published November 30, 2016

ROYAL OAK — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas inside the city’s historical museum.

The trees are trimmed in decor from decades past, and the display cabinets are filled with trips to yesteryear during the holidays.

Every carefully placed item is a part of the Royal Oak Historical Society’s newest exhibit, “Christmas Shopping Through the Years.”

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