Fall Fun

Published September 28, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The fourth edition of the Macomb Township Fall Fun and Fitness Fest is returning Oct. 1 to Macomb Corners Park.

The event is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature numerous activities for participants of all ages.

A vintage baseball game featuring several local government leaders will follow.

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Published September 28, 2016

ROCHESTER — The community is invited to enjoy A Night on Broadway to celebrate youth with special needs who are learning the art of ballroom dance.

Rochester Ballroom’s fourth annual RB Friends Gala will be held Oct. 2 at the Royal Park Hotel. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres in the lobby, followed by dinner, then student and professional performances until 10:30 p.m.

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Published September 28, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Hayrides, pumpkin painting, games and more are planned for Down on the Farm Oct. 1 at Cranberry Lake Park. And after the farm fun, people can see fire trucks and more at a nearby fire station open house.

Down on the Farm is free and is aimed at entertaining the whole family. Demonstrations of horse grooming, spinning, canning and quilting are planned, while a variety of banjo, guitar and harmonica musicians will entertain.

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Published September 28, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — For the second consecutive year, those behind a local nonprofit organization who want nothing more than to help struggling members of their community will be holding a 5K run/walk to spark awareness of the successes of sobriety court.

Specifically, the 39th District Sobriety Court in Roseville.

Macomb County attorney Julie Hlywa is president of the S.T.O.P. (Sobriety Today Our Purpose) board, the group hosting the Oct. 2 5K run/walk at the track behind the Tucker Senior Center in Harrison Township.

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Published September 27, 2016

ROCHESTER — The public will get a chance to relive scenes from their favorite classic movies during the Rochester Posed event.

The fourth annual event invites downtown Rochester businesses to turn their storefront windows into live mannequin displays modeled after classic movies 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6.

“We have everything from Harry Potter to Forrest Gump to Marilyn Monroe, so it will be a good mix,” said Stephanie Hellebuyck, events coordinator for the Rochester Downtown Development Authority.

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Published September 26, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — A popular tradition continues this year in the city of Madison Heights, with the Fall Open House at the Red Oaks Nature Center at Suarez Friendship Woods.

Everyone is invited to visit the nature center, 30300 Hales St., for seasonal festivities on Sunday, Oct. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. The family-friendly event is free of charge, including a waiver of the Oakland County parking permit fee during the event.

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Published September 26, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Italian-American community will host its annual Columbus Day Parade on Main Street in downtown Mount Clemens on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Organizers say this year’s parade honoring historic Italian explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus will be a bigger and better celebration with surprises for all.

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Published September 22, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — As the first leaves of autumn begin to drop, the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission is celebrating the season with the fifth annual Fall Fest at Marshbank Park noon-4 p.m. Oct. 1. 

The Fall Fest is one of the commission’s biggest events, next to Touch a Truck. Free activities include fall-themed games and crafts, live music from Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits, inflatable bouncers, and balloon animals. 

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Published September 21, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Showing up “fashionably late” to most weddings might be frowned upon, but it’s not too late for people to show up for “Down the Aisle: 100 Years of Ford Family Weddings.” 

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Published September 21, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Riding around on two wheels can take someone almost anywhere.

That’s the big theme of the fourth annual Bike PATH: Ride for Recovery event on Saturday, Sept. 24, put on by CARE of Southeastern Michigan and a handful of sponsors.

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Published September 21, 2016

FERNDALE/BERKLEY — A big sign that fall has arrived is the leaves begin to change colors.

Another sign is the quickly approaching Halloween season and the events that come along with it. Some of these events are brought to the public by local parks and recreation departments.

One of the events thrown by the Ferndale Recreation Department is its Hilton Fall Festival, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 8, at Martin Road Park, 1615 E. Lewiston Ave. The festival costs $5 to attend.

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Published September 21, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Bloomfield Township Public Library is celebrating the arrival of autumn with a family evening of pure imagination.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, the BTPL will mark what would have been author Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday with a celebration of scrumdiddlyumptious proportions during the Fall for Dahl event and fundraiser.

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Published September 21, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Young and old celebrated America’s first principles, the Founding Fathers and more at the seventh annual Patriot Festival Sept. 18 at the Rochester Hills Museum.

“The founders had a genius idea,” said festival speaker Adam Kochenderfer. “The people could create a limited government, only big enough to protect all of their other rights.”

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Published September 20, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The calendar may officially say it’s fall as of Sept. 22, but that doesn’t mean classic car show season is over.

Residents of all five Grosse Pointes are invited again to enjoy an afternoon of admiring European and American classic cars during the Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation’s ninth annual Grosse Pointe Concours d’Elegance. The event, which always takes place the last Sunday in September, will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at Pier Park in Grosse Pointe Farms.

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Published September 20, 2016

It’s Halloween fun for grown-ups, with a salute to superheroes.

The Troy Historic Village will host the third annual Scarecrow Glow Oct. 6.

Attendees can trick or treat through the village for beer, wine and sangria, and dishes from Granite City Food & Brewery, Steelhouse Tavern, Shield’s Pizza, The Mean Weenie, Achatz Handmade Pie Co., and several others eateries.

In addition to the strolling dinner, there will be an outdoor campfire for those who wish to make s’mores, said Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village.

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Published September 20, 2016

FERNDALE — The Funky Ferndale Art Fair will come back to the city for its 13th year this weekend and feature more than 100 artists at booths all across Nine Mile Road.

The fair will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, along Nine Mile Road near the intersection with Woodward Avenue.

The fair features art that might not be considered traditional, according to event organizer Mark Loeb.

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Published September 19, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At noon on Saturday, Sept. 24, Macomb Literacy Partners will host its inaugural Run, Walk & Wag 2 Read event, a timed 5K along partially shaded trails at River Bends Park.

MLP Director Alisa Diez said the canine-friendly event came about when staff at the nonprofit organization decided they wanted to hold a fundraiser that included pets and provided families with a fun outlet to walk or run through a park amid cooling temperatures and leaves beginning to turn.

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Published September 19, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Get to know some of Macomb County’s most notable residents in history when members of the Crocker House Museum put on their annual Cemetery Walk at Clinton Grove Cemetery Oct. 1.

Kim Parr, director of the Crocker House Museum and the Macomb County Historical Society, said this year’s walk will focus on the stories of six individuals from Macomb County’s past.

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Published September 14, 2016

FARMINGTON — Dogs and dog owners, unite! 

This year’s third annual Bark in the Park event is sure to be a hit, said GrowFarmington founder Vera Lucksted, event creator.

“Farmington has a lot of much-loved pets; they deserve their own day,” Lucksted said in an email about the noon-3 p.m. Sept. 25 event at Riley Park, 33113 Grand River Ave.

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Published September 14, 2016

FARMINGTON — Scarecrows will soon crop up in the city of Farmington.

The 10th annual scarecrow contest is coming to town under the direction of the Farmington Beautification Committee. 

Committee Chairman Larry Kilner said the scarecrow contest began a decade ago with a group of Greater Farmington Area Downtown Development Authority members.

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