Holiday Happenings

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

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 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/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 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 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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Published December 31, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Now that it’s officially winter, a new program from the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the season.

The department is introducing Winter Weekends, which is three different events over separate weekends in January and February.

“We were just looking for ways to get people outdoors,” Parks and Rec Marketing Coordinator Meagan Kurnat said. “Get people outdoors in the wintertime and kind of experience the season and get some people to enjoy our parks.

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Published December 30, 2015

WARREN — Members of the Center Line Beautification Commission tasked with surveying the city’s most well-lit holiday homes and businesses weren’t disappointed on Dec. 20.

“We were out there for like three hours last night,” said Janice Ornsten, the commission’s treasurer, who sits on the subcommittee for the annual “Light Up the Sky” holiday lights contest. “The houses were so beautiful. It was really hard deciding.”

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Published December 23, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Christmas spirit filled more than 1,200 hearts last week as select individuals were invited to shop for food and gifts inside the Salvation Army of Metro Detroit.

Held Dec. 16 and 17, the annual event helps provide a Christmas celebration for those in southeastern Oakland County who may otherwise not be able to have one.

None of the available gifts are wrapped and no children arrive with their parents.

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Published December 23, 2015

Charity starts in the community at Utica Community Schools this holiday season as students offer their gifts of resources, time and services, according to school officials.

UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy said the school district’s students have planned to participate in more than 200 charitable activities during the holiday season. Examples include caroling at local senior centers, setting up hat-and-mitten trees on which they hang donated winter clothing, stocking up food banks and assisting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

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Published December 22, 2015

Setting up and maintaining a Christmas tree requires more than ornaments, garland and a star on top — it requires a commitment to safety, according to the Sterling Heights Fire Department.

According to a list of the Fire Department’s safety tips, Christmas trees might not be the most common cause for fires, but they can be dangerous when they happen. Electrical mishaps and proximity to heat sources are listed as two of the most common threats.

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Published December 22, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s hardly looks like it’s the holiday season with little to no snow hitting the ground in Michigan.

Once the snowflakes finally start falling hard on local streets, residents will have to grab their shovels and clean up their driveways and sidewalks.

But E. Kamal Sansom, clinical manager at the Oakland Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Institute, said be careful not to put too much strain on your back when shoveling out the snow.

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Published December 22, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Fraternal Order of Police Southwestern Oakland County Lodge 128 held its Cops and Kids event to help local children Dec. 9.

Partnering with Lakes Area Youth Assistance, Novi Youth Assistance and the Meijer at 49900 Grand River Ave. in Wixom, officers from several different departments were paired with 30 local kids and shopped with $200 gift cards.

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