Holiday Happenings

Published December 11, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — For many police officers, firefighters and paramedics, Christmas Day is not spent at home with loved ones, but on duty at the station, ready to stop crimes, put out fires and respond to medical emergencies.

It’s thanks to their dedication that the community can rest easy on Christmas. And that’s why some thanks are in order.

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Published December 9, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe War Memorial is trying to make this holiday season especially memorable for local veterans.

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Published December 9, 2015

CENTER LINE — Homes and businesses that shimmer with seasonal splendor, convey Christmas cheer and “Light Up the Sky” for the New Year are being sought in Center Line.

Nominations can be submitted by phone to City Hall at (586) 757-2800 before Dec. 20, when members of the city’s Beautification Commission will take to the streets in search of the best and brightest residential and commercial properties.

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Published December 9, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Motorists in Eastpointe will not be seeing members of the local Goodfellows organization on the streets selling papers to raise money for kids to get gifts at Christmas.

Instead, the organization is working with Cloverleaf Bar & Restaurant in the city to raise funds Dec. 15, according to Goodfellows member Harvey Curley. The move was made due to safety concerns with traffic, he said.

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Published December 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Real tree or artificial? Traditional ornaments or contemporary designs?

O tannenbaum, o tannenbaum — how versatile are thy branches.

There’s plenty to think about when it comes to selecting the perfect family Christmas tree, and the truth is no two homes will likely have the same display.

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Published December 9, 2015

ROCHESTER — When people are looking for ways to spread some holiday cheer, The Rainbow Connection is hoping they will help make dreams come true for local children battling life-threatening illnesses.

The Rainbow Connection is collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys and games for kids of all ages 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 23 at its headquarters, 621 W. University St. People can also make donations online at www.rainbowconnection.org.

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Published December 9, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — For the past 16 years, Megan Tack has visited the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm with her family during the museum’s annual Santa and Mrs. Claus event.

“We started coming when I was 3 years old,” Tack, 19, said while baking cookies as a volunteer in the museum’s farmhouse kitchen Dec. 6. Nearby, Megan’s sister Laura, 21, handed out apple juice to museum guests.  

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Published December 9, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In the upstairs lobby of the Shelby Township municipal building, staff transformed this year’s Christmas tree into a giving tree.

Along with the usual festive ornaments, the tree is adorned with tags listing the needs of Samaritan House, an independent charity in Washington Township that has provided assistance to low-income residents in northern Macomb County for the last 20 years.

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Published December 8, 2015

DETROIT — When growing up on Kensington Street, Michael Smith always noticed the sparkling adornments that decorated two pine trees at Christmastime just across the street from the Alger Theater at Warren and Outer Drive. 

“The city of Detroit years ago used to decorate the trees with lights,” Smith said. “I used to come to the Warren and Outer Drive area with my parents and shop at the stores and dine at the restaurants.”

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Published December 8, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Now under new leadership in their 42nd season, the men and women of the Madison Chorale are preparing for their annual holiday concerts this Saturday and Sunday.

They’re also in a “rebuilding year,” with their membership having dipped from around 30 members earlier this year to around 20. But they say their sound will be as robust as ever.

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Published December 7, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With the season of giving in full swing, the sixth annual Jingle Bell Run 5K will donate 100 percent of its proceeds to a record eight charities this year.

The holiday-themed run and walk will begin at 9 a.m. sharp Sunday, Dec. 13. The cost is $25 per person, and participants can register online at www.jinglebell5krun.com or in person on race day starting at 7 a.m.

The course will begin and end behind the Shelby community center, located at 51690 Van Dyke Ave., north of 23 Mile Road.

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Published December 4, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Spirit of Grace Church, 2399 Figa Ave., will host a holiday concert 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, in West Bloomfield.

The concert will feature music from the Gratitude Steel Band and bugs Beddow & the Good STuFF, which performs rock and soul music from the past couple of decades, and the concert will be followed by a reception with holiday treats and refreshments.

Event organizer Louise Bugg said the church is really focused on providing a gift for the community with the concert.

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Published December 2, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Health experts from Beaumont Children’s Hospital gathered Nov. 24 to offer guidelines for keeping children out of the emergency room during the holiday season.

The press conference, held at Safety City U.S.A. in the Northwood Shopping Center, was presented in conjunction with the release of “Trouble in Toyland” — the 30th annual survey of toy safety from the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan’s Education Fund.

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Published December 2, 2015

CLAWSON — Mayor Penny Luebs hasn’t missed attending the Clawson annual tree lighting, and this year will be no different.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Santa to Clawson and give Santa the key to the city,” she said. “I enjoy seeing and meeting with the kids as they line up to see Santa. The joy, innocence and anticipation surrounds us, and the outcome is smiles all around.”

On a personal note, Luebs attends each year to have her photo taken with Santa to put on her father’s refrigerator as an ongoing tradition.

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Published December 2, 2015

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WATERFORD — Shopping local has never been more popular with consumers. But small businesses can’t always stay open as long as their big box competitors, and customers sometimes choose between conscience and convenience.

Luckily, the Oakland County Market will host its popular Holiday Shopping Nights again this year, so busy buyers can shop from local farmers and artisans during special evening hours.

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Published December 2, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The holiday lights will again be shining brightly on the grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, but the third year of the Winter Wonderland outdoor strolls will also feature the handiwork of local elementary school students.

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Published December 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The National Retail Federation estimates that almost half of all holiday shopping this year will be done with a click of a button rather than a trip to the mall, but while buying gifts online is convenient, it also comes with a few risks that could make your season not so merry and bright.

“So many people get so busy that they don’t think about the what-ifs,” said Melanie Duquesnel, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan in Southfield.

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Published December 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Hanukkah is a season of fun and presents for many of metro Detroit’s Jewish families, but over in the Middle East, it has recently become a sizzling topic among archaeologists who are trying to discover the holiday’s historical roots.

The timing of the Hanukkah season moves around the Western calendar from year to year because the eight-day festival’s beginning is tied to the lunar Jewish calendar. This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown Dec. 6 and lasts until Dec. 14.

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Published December 2, 2015

WARREN — ’Tis the season for giving.

That’s the philosophy behind two organizations seeking volunteers to help carry out their missions to benefit children and senior citizens.

Socks for Seniors, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, is looking for coordinators in the Warren area to help with collecting socks this year for local senior citizens. The nonprofit community service project organizes, collects and distributes new socks for senior citizens in communities all over the country.

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Published December 1, 2015

ROCHESTER — The sidewalks were filled to the brim Nov. 23 as downtown Rochester was set aglow with 1.5 million points of light for the first time this holiday season.

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Upcoming Events

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Celebrate Recovery meeting
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Paradox Church
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Four-week songwriting class
5-6 p.m.
J-RO School of Music
Royal Oak
February music program
1 p.m.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Rochester
Applicants sought for music scholarship
ongoing
Older Persons' Commission

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