Holiday Happenings

Published December 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After the slices of pie, the glazed ham and the extra glass of eggnog, what are the odds that any of us will be able to fit into those new duds Santa delivered Christmas morning?

Holiday food is notoriously unhealthy, but does it really have to be? That’s certainly not the case at chef Robert Hindley’s house. As the manager of culinary wellness at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, he’s used to making healthy food delicious, and vice versa.

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Published December 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Police Department has teamed with a local PetSmart to help distribute stuffed animals to children in the township.

The department is working with PetSmart, 7260 Orchard Lake Road, which is asking customers to purchase stuffed animals to donate to children at hospitals or for police to give out in public, with some of the proceeds given to charity. 

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Published December 16, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — From candles on the Christmas trees to the hand-embroidered ornaments to hang them on, the holidays looked a bit different during the Victorian era.

The Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave. in Farmington, will celebrate the season with Christmas cheer by bringing back the festivities and traditions of old, during special holiday tours 1-5 p.m. Dec. 16, 20 and 27. The event costs $3, or $1 for children ages 9 and younger.

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Published December 16, 2015

WARREN — Carlson Elementary School Principal Tricia Huey-Rocheleau became a bit teary-eyed as the annual “Christmas with a Firefighter” tradition got underway the evening of Dec. 3 at the Meijer store located at 12 Mile and Mound roads.

“The Warren firefighters do this every year,” said Huey-Rocheleau, touched by their generosity. “To see the kids’ faces here tonight and just the parental support — they are just ecstatic to be here.”

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Published December 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — As the holidays swiftly approach and everyone scrambles to check off their cooking and shopping to-do lists, it’s easy to be forgetful.

“Christmas is probably one of the most widely celebrated holidays, so everyone is thinking about the holiday parties and friends and families coming over, but this is also the time of the year when we see an increase of fire risk,” said Rochester Fire Chief John Cieslik. “Really, statistically, it has a huge jump, and a lot of it is caused by some of the things that we do on a regular basis.”

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Published December 15, 2015

ROCHESTER — Some new neighbors have moved into downtown Rochester over the past six months, giving shoppers — frantic to check off everyone on their holiday gifts lists in the next week — a chance to pop in and see the latest trends downtown.

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Published December 15, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Santa Claus had a message Dec. 10 for the young children receiving medical treatments at the St. John Hospital Van Elslander Cancer Center.

“I want everyone asleep when I get to your house in two weeks,” he said while spreading Christmas cheer with Mrs. Claus, as patients and their families gathered for a holiday party. 

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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 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

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

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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