Fall Fun

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 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 9, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe Historical Society is hoping to make some history of its own.

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Published November 8, 2016

CLAWSON — The largest fundraising event for the Clawson Senior Center is ready to offer the public a chance to do a little shopping while adding some whimsy to the weekend.

The Clawson Senior Center White Elephant Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Hunter Community Center, 509 Fisher Court.

“The money is put in the account that pays for special entertainment and speakers throughout the year,” said Clawson Director of Recreation and Senior Services Kathy Leenhouts. “It is also used for special projects.”

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Published November 8, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Harald Ehrenfeld keeps the memories of his grandfather alive when he carves wood sculptures that evoke his ancestral homeland: Norway.

The 49-year-old Plymouth resident’s grandfather, Ragnar, was a woodworker in Norway.

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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 8, 2016

WARREN — As the nation gets ready to observe Veterans Day Nov. 11, the Fitzgerald Public Schools community got an early start with its senior luncheon Nov. 2.

Local senior citizens were invited to the event, which was held in the Fitzgerald High School Automotive and Technology Institute building. As it began, district Superintendent Barbara VanSweden recognized those in attendance who served in the U.S. military.

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Published November 6, 2016

WARREN — The “war to end all wars” raged from 1914-1918. The horrific confluence of new and industrialized killing technology, outdated tactics and stubborn political will resulted in more than 30 million military and civilian casualties worldwide.

The last veteran of World War I died in 2012, but their stories live on in the photos, manuscripts, memories and artifacts they left behind in the care of family members.

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Published November 2, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In the 1980s, Ina Pinkney and her husband would go to restaurants for breakfast every day. 

But because pastry chefs were not prominent in that era, she said, the food was “boring” and the coffee was “awful,” especially because no one was roasting coffee beans. 

“We had a list of restaurants on the back door of my house. We had to figure out what we wanted to eat first,” she said, explaining that if they wanted omelets, they went to one restaurant. Pancakes? They’d go elsewhere.

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Published November 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The city is well-known for its dining options, and Restaurant Week historically has been a big hit, but adding a charitable cause to the recipe has organizers sure that this fall’s event will reach a new level of success.

The Royal Oak Restaurant Association will present “Royal Oak Restaurant Week: Giving Back” Nov. 4-13 at more than 25 participating downtown dining establishments.

Participating restaurants will offer preset three-course lunch and dinner menus at the $15, $25 or $35 price point per person.

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Published November 2, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — When you head to the casino, typically it’s with the unfortunate knowledge that the house always wins.

But during Casino Royale Friday, Nov. 18, it’s CARE House of Oakland County that will win. And The Community House in Birmingham. And Variety, the Children’s Charity.

And isn’t that a bet worth taking?

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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 November 2, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — What’s better in the fall than cozying up under a blanket with a good book?

How about getting that book at a deep discount?

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Published November 2, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sunday, Nov. 6, Shelby Township on its municipal grounds will host a 5K walk/run to honor and support local veterans, followed by a ceremony at the township’s memorial.

Registration for the run will open at 8 a.m. the day of the event, and the run will start at 10 a.m. The Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a special emphasis on the Fire and Police departments.

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Published October 27, 2016

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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

FARMINGTON HILLS — Halloween will be sweet this year for the Tri-County Celiac Support Group.

The group’s fourth annual Gluten Free Halloween party for kids and tweens will take place 5-7 p.m. Oct. 29 at First Presbyterian Church, 26165 Farmington Road. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for registration and candy checks.

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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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'Nunsense' performance
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