Winter Fun

Published November 15, 2017

  Join the Santa parade Nov. 17 and watch the Village of Rochester Hills turn on its holiday lights with a fireworks display.

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Published November 14, 2017

The public will get a chance to bring trees, wreaths, tablescapes and a host of other items home for the holidays this weekend during the fourth annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees fundraiser.

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Published November 14, 2017

It isn’t the holidays in Rochester until Main Street shines with a light display that puts Clark Griswold’s house from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” to shame.

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Published March 8, 2017

TROY — Savor entrees at restaurants you’ve never visited or return to your favorite spots and spend less for the tab when Troy Restaurant Week returns March 12-17. 

This spring’s lineup features 23 restaurants, including three new ones: Benihana, La Saj Lebanese Bistro and Sedona Taphouse. 

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Published February 24, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Even with suggestions to rebrand the event as “Aqua Thaw,” organizers say residents still came out to have fun at this year’s warmer Aqua Freeze Feb. 18-19.

With temperatures hitting a high of 66 degrees Feb. 18, co-chair Geri Hofmann said they changed the schedule to include a petting zoo and pony rides.

“That was a big hit,” she said. “We added that the last week because we were trying to find things for the kids to do. It did go over well. They even had a kangaroo.”

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Published February 22, 2017

The Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department is brewing up a pair of concerts in the weeks before spring arrives.

The Recreation Center at Dodge Park will host singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin for the first time Feb. 26.  In an email, Millerschin said she looks forward to performing in Sterling Heights for the first time and is excited about the chance to connect with new people.

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Published February 22, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — This 200-acre park isn’t afraid of a little Old Man Winter. In fact, bring it on, Mother Earth.

At Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road — which is open year-round — there is an abundance of things to do and see this winter and beyond.

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Published February 22, 2017

DETROIT — Father Solanus Casey was a Capuchin monk who, for many Detroiters, is synonymous with kindness and giving, due to his long ministry in Detroit from 1924 until his death in 1957.

To prepare for the 60th anniversary of Casey’s death on July 31, the staffs of the Solanus Center and the Solanus Guild are planning a seven-month period of prayerful remembering. This will be done through a series of presentations on the life of Casey and the various ways he attempted to help others — particularly the people of Detroit.

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Published February 14, 2017

TROY — See how sap becomes syrup during Maple Syrup Time-Past and Present, which is being held on the first three Saturdays in March. 

“Pre-registration for this popular event is suggested,” said Carla Reeb, executive director for the Troy Nature Society. “Walk-ins are accepted on a space-available basis.” 

Over 1,000 visitors attend the maple syrup program each year. 

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Published February 14, 2017

CLAWSON — Things are going to heat up downtown when the chili hits the pots this weekend during one of the city’s most popular annual events.

Fire & Ice with Spice will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and is presented by the Clawson Downtown Development Authority.

Event organizers said the event usually draws a large crowd, but every year varies depending on the weather.

“We host this in the southeast municipal parking lot,” said Mayor Penny Luebs. “Look for the big white tents. The tents will be heated.”

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Published February 8, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After three years of “some kind of disaster on Friday,” the St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at Blossom Heath Park on Jefferson Avenue, south of 10 Mile Road.

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Published February 8, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — For the first time, the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum is inviting young guests to step back in time for Valentine’s Day and create a traditional Victorian valentine.

“The Victorians, it was one of the few things in Victorian society that men and women could give freely to each other without it being improper,” said museum curator Mary Stachowiak. “Depending on the elaborateness of it or what it said, they would try to interpret the other person’s feelings.”

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Published January 31, 2017

NOVI — The summer vacationing months are still months away, but for people interested in purchasing a recreational vehicle, now is the time to browse and learn about the latest trends in metro Detroit.

The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi will host the 51st annual Detroit Camper and RV Show Feb. 8-12.

Bill Sheffer, executive director of the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds, said organizers expect around 25,000 people to attend the show, and dealers will showcase an estimated 280 recreational vehicles.

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Published January 25, 2017

BERKLEY — Even though the winter season is upon Oakland County, it hasn’t quite felt like it with the current weather.

Berkley Parks and Recreation Director Theresa McArleton is hoping for a snowfall soon, as the city’s annual Winterfest is on the horizon, beginning at noon and lasting until 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Berkley Community Center, 2400 Robina Ave.

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Published January 25, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Registration is now open for the Macomb Community Action 27th annual Walk for Warmth at 9 a.m. Feb. 18 at Macomb Mall, 32233 Gratiot Ave.

The family fun event is designed to be a 5K outdoor run or indoor walk; participants can choose which one, according to Macomb Community Action Public Relations Manager Roneeka Pleasant-Brown.

Check-in for participants will begin at 8 a.m. inside Macomb Mall at the Dick’s Sporting Goods entrance.

The outdoor run and indoor walk both start at 9 a.m.

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Published January 25, 2017

ROCHESTER — Those who frequent the duck pond at Rochester Municipal Park to go ice skating can soon warm up with some cool treats.

Once the weather cooperates, staff from the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority plan to open a concession stand inside the Rochester Lions Club warming shelter, near the west end of the pond.

RARA Recreation Supervisor Billy Cribbs said the ice rink and the concession stand will most likely open around Jan. 27, depending on the weather.

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Upcoming Events

Sterling Heights
Annual Christmas gala
6-10 p.m.
Penna’s of Sterling
Rochester
Downtown Rochester winter farmers market
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rochester Fire Department
Grosse Pointe Woods
'The 1940s Radio Hour' performances
8 p.m.
University Liggett School auditorium
Farmington Hills
Farmington Hills
Cats and kittens adoption event
11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Petco

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