Holiday Happenings

Published November 21, 2016

FRANKLIN — Piñatas for Christmas? It may not sound like a natural match, but the Franklin Public Library will be leading a class to teach people how to make their own festive, holiday-themed piñatas filled with Christmas treats.

The class will teach attendees how to make trinket boxes in a variety of shapes and styles and fill them with treats.

The program will be led by Helene Dupris-Bonafoux, a Troy resident who created prettylollie.com, a craft site with various crafts and do-it-yourself projects.

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Published November 19, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — You managed to stay cool on social media during the entire political season. You didn’t once snap at Uncle Bruce’s relentless posts bashing your candidate, and now that the election is over you can take a deep breath and relax.

But wait.

Thanksgiving is this week, and even more holidays are just around the corner.

You’ll have to see family members on either side of the aisle, and face it, there just isn’t enough pie to bring them all together.

You’re not alone.

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Published November 18, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mino Watanabe’s artwork is inspired by many different aspects of her personality.

Her “Vegetable Spirit” series is taken from her love of food, particularly vegetables, and their association with earth and soil.

“I like mushrooms and how they degrade into the soil,” Watanabe said.

With the help of close friend Gary Watts, she was able to express her love for the environment and nature.

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Published November 18, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While you’re preparing to sit down to turkey and stuffing, local merchants are getting ready to kick off the holiday season with an elf, a tree, singing and dancing.

Light Up the Night will light up the Nine-Mack Merchants Association 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 1. This is the fourth year that the merchants in St. Clair Shores’ downtown area have kicked off the holiday season with shopping specials, a tree lighting, dancers and more.

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Published November 17, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Fire Department, the Eastpointe Goodfellows and the Kiwanis Club of Eastpointe are working together to make sure that no child goes without a Christmas.

The organizations will have a fundraiser at Cloverleaf Bar & Restaurant, 24443 Gratiot Ave., from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 3.

Kiwanis Club of Eastpointe President Claudia Magnotte is looking forward to the fundraiser. 

“The Kiwanis Club is hoping to help make the fundraiser a huge success to let people know Goodfellows is still around,” said Magnotte.

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Published November 17, 2016

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — With the holidays around the corner, both Roseville and Eastpointe are getting into the “most wonderful time of the year” spirit.

Every year, the cities bring the community together for their tree-lighting ceremonies.

At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Roseville will host its 30th annual tree lighting and sing-along at City Hall Plaza, 29777 Gratiot Ave.

The mayor and City Council will lead attendees in the sing-along with help from Elsa and Anna of the Disney movie “Frozen.”

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Published November 16, 2016

ROCHESTER — Festive trees, wreaths, tablescapes and a host of other holiday items will be on display this weekend at the Rochester Community House as part of a fundraiser for the Big, Bright Light Show.

The event, the Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees, kicks off with a cocktail preview 7-10 p.m. Nov. 18 where the items will be up for auction for the first time.

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Published November 16, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY/GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Santa’s sleigh — led by Rudolph and his shiny red nose — will once again be making its way down Kercheval Avenue in the Hill and Village to kick off the holiday season.

After some concerns that the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Sleigh float might be sold to another community, ownership of the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade attraction is now being transferred from the nonprofit Friends of the Grosse Pointe Parade to the city of Grosse Pointe Park.

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Published November 16, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Don’t be fooled by those warm temperatures and the sunshine we’ve enjoyed well into November. The holidays are sneaking up on us.

And if you’re ready to get into your Santa Claus gear and set out for some holiday shopping, there’s really only one place to start: the great independent stores right next door.

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Published November 15, 2016

ROCHESTER — For the past several weeks, crews have been hard at work installing thousands of strands of lights to prepare downtown Rochester for the annual debut of its ever-popular Big, Bright Light Show.

Downtown Development Authority Director Kristi Trevarrow said the installation began in October — covering downtown businesses in a rainbow of light — and wrapped up early last week.

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Published November 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — There is only one place to kick off the holiday season, and that is right downtown for the 15th annual Holiday Magic Parade.

The popular event, presented by Genisys Credit Union, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. The parade will begin at Lincoln and Washington avenues and head north on Washington Avenue to Fourth Street, where it will head west and end at Lafayette Avenue.

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Published November 10, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A can of cranberry sauce goes a long way. 

Just ask Brent Heyer, a former longtime West Bloomfield School District instructional youth sports coach who saw an opportunity to help the community nine years ago during a door-to-door weekly delivery to houses. 

“When we started, we saw the need,” said Heyer, who volunteers through the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament in Farmington Hills.

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Published November 9, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts is offering an artful approach to gift giving for the holiday season with its annual Holiday Art Market.

The Holiday Art Market will present patrons with a first glimpse of the PCCA’s Holiday Art Market merchandise beginning at 5 p.m. Nov. 12 and will include refreshments, a free art school preview workshop of watercolor ornaments 5:30-6:30 p.m., and a silent auction featuring works donated from many of the 2016 Art and Apples Festival artists 7-8 p.m.

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Published November 9, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — There’s no place like home for the holidays, but decorating that home for all the festivities can be a bit of an undertaking.

The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library are giving homeowners some holiday decorating inspiration this weekend by opening the doors to five homes that are uniquely decorated for the season.

Friends President Ron Meegan said the tour presents some truly singular design options and ideas, and it shouldn’t be missed by anyone who enjoys this time of the year.

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Published November 8, 2016

TROY — Alexys Wilson, 7, of Flint, wanted a log cabin play set. 

So Make-A-Wish Michigan made it happen. 

She and her sister, Alayna, 5, who is waiting for Make-A-Wish to grant her wish to go to Disney World, rode in Santa’s sleigh when he and Mrs. Claus arrived in grand style at Macy’s Oakland Mall Nov. 4 as the store welcomed the holiday season with fireworks. 

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Published November 8, 2016

SYLVAN LAKE — Cheers! 

It’s time to dust off and open up that lone bottle of wine sitting on your counter. 

The Sylvan Lake Parks and Recreation Committee will host its annual Harvest Wine Tasting at the Sylvan Lake Community Center 7-9 p.m. Nov. 18. The adult-only event has been taking place in the city for at least six years. 

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Published November 2, 2016

ROCHESTER — Those who frequent the Downtown Rochester Farmers Market for locally grown produce don’t have to wait until next summer to snap up fresh, Michigan-made goods.

For the first time, the farmers market will have a new home for the winter at the Rochester Fire Department, 277 Second St.

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Published October 27, 2016

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Residents who count on stocking up on fresh produce, homemade goods and seasonal delights at the Lathrup Village Farmers Market will now be able to do so all the way up until the holidays, thanks to a recent move indoors.

The Lathrup Village Farmers Market, now located inside the Community Room at the Lathrup Village Municipal Complex, 27400 Southfield Road, runs 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays.

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Published October 26, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The community can get a head start on holiday shopping next month while supporting local high school athletes.

Rochester High School basketball mom Patty Schattler organized the second annual Holiday Bazaar, which will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 5 at RHS, 180 S. Livernois Road in Rochester Hills.

Schattler came up with the idea for the event last year while brainstorming how to fundraise for her son’s basketball team.

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Published January 13, 2016

CLAWSON — Robert and Shari Kallmeyer have been providing the community with award-winning decorations for years during the Christmas season.

“I do it just because I enjoy it,” said Robert Kallmeyer. “It’s kind of my Christmas.”

The couple fills their Elmwood Avenue and Langley Boulevard corner lot with myriad decorations, including a lot of lights. Colorful lights fill their trees, home and garage, ranging from LED to icicle lights.

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