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Published November 20, 2015

ROCHESTER — The lobby of the Royal Park Hotel was abuzz Nov. 11 as families and children anxiously waited for hotel executive pastry chef Mark Slessor to unveil this year’s giant gingerbread house, which Slessor said is his team’s “biggest and best” candied confection to date.

This was the eighth anniversary of the event. The 8-foot-tall gingerbread structure was once again created for a sweet cause — to support The Salvation Army’s 2015 Red Kettle Campaign.

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Published November 20, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A West Bloomfield theater has received a $15,000 grant from the state of Michigan for its general operating budget.

The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, 6600 W. Maple Road, was awarded the grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs as one of more than 550 applicants for a grant.

Jewish Ensemble Theatre Development Director Linda Ramsay-Detherage said the grant was one the theater had to match, meaning it had to prove it could generate $15,000, which it already has done.

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Published November 20, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township’s hometown Christmas event, Christmas Aglow, which has been a community staple for more than three decades, will return at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

The free event will feature a multitude of elements designed to provide family fun, spread cheer and promote Shelby Township recreation.

New this year is the addition of a costumed Minion character from the movie “Despicable Me.”

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Published November 19, 2015

Black Friday is coming, and a majority of Michigan retailers are not expecting a black mark on their economic forecasts for the holiday shopping season, according to a recent survey.

An Oct. 26 press release from the Michigan Retailers Association revealed that its Michigan Retail Index shows respondents predicting an average sales increase of 2 percent this holiday season.

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Published November 25, 2015

TROY — Good grief.

It had been 40 years since the 1975 production of Lincoln High School’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and it was time to reunite the cast.

On the evening of Nov 17, the cast members — some who haven’t seen each other since the mid-1970s — gathered for a 40-year reunion at Shield’s Restaurant and Pizzeria.

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Published November 24, 2015

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SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 25, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — A recent donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars will help Post 1407 stay up and running, even when power outages threaten to shut it down.

The post received a $5,000 grant from AT&T that will pay for an auxiliary power generator. Perishable goods meant for veterans in need will no longer be at risk of spoiling when power is lost. Likewise, the post will be able to continue hosting functions, a needed revenue stream alongside state VFW-regulated charity gaming in the future and other fundraising activities.

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Published November 21, 2015

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HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park is a small town with a big heart. For more than 30 years, the community has pulled together each holiday season to assemble goods for struggling families in the Hazel Park school district, which includes parts of Ferndale. And this year will be no different.

From now through Nov. 30, those in need can fill out applications for the Holiday Baskets at the Hazel Park District Library, 123 E. Nine Mile Road, near John R, or at any of the school buildings.

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Published November 18, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Residents, city officials and community members showed their appreciation for those who have served our country in a ceremony commemorating Veterans Day Nov. 10.

At 11 a.m. in the council chambers in the Southfield Municipal Complex, attendees took an hour out of their day to celebrate Veterans Day — the federal holiday designed to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans, which is observed Nov. 11 each year.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Family, friends and fun will combine this weekend for a downtown tradition to start the holiday season.

The 14th annual Holiday Magic Parade will begin marching along downtown streets at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. The parade will start at Lincoln and Washington and head north on Washington to Fourth Street, where it will head west and end at Lafayette.

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Published November 17, 2015

ROCHESTER — The community is invited to bring trees, tablescapes and a host of other items home for the holidays this weekend during the second annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees fundraiser.

The event kicks off with a cocktail preview 7-11 p.m. Nov. 20, where the items will be up for auction for the first time.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — George Bailey and Tiny Tim know the meaning of Christmas, and they want to share it with the world.

“A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” offer holiday cheer at Meadow Brook Theatre and Avon Players during November and December.

The annual favorite “A Christmas Carol” has been entertaining area playgoers for 34 years.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — The puppies are playful in the new Leader Dogs for the Blind Canine Development Center, which features a cheerful visitor display area.

“The lobby is set up for tours,” said Jeff Stein, Leader Dogs canine care manager. “We have puppy viewing, where people can see 8-week-old puppies year-round.”

The first phase of the new development center is now complete. The center includes new puppy litter bays, an expanded veterinary clinic, a custom breeding suite and a protected puppy litter drop-off area.

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Published November 17, 2015

ROCHESTER — With its 1.5 million points of holiday light, The Big, Bright Light Show may look like something that can only be found in a dream. But this year, it’s also turning dreams into reality for Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Big, Bright Light Show, downtown Rochester has partnered with The Rainbow Connection, a nonprofit organization that makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses across the state.

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Published November 17, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY/FARMS — As the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade marks its 40th anniversary this year, many of the parents who’ll be bringing their wide-eyed kids to watch for Santa Claus are the same ones who lined the parade route in those early years as wide-eyed kids themselves.

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Published November 18, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — As someone who grew up in the Pointes, employment in Grosse Pointe City’s Department of Public Works wasn’t just a job — it was personal for Frank Schulte.

After more than 35 years, Schulte — currently the public service supervisor — will retire Nov. 20. 

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Published November 18, 2015

FARMINGTON — Since 1965, the Farmington Art Foundation has been part of the community effort to bring artists together and to reach out to teach others about art.

This year marks the foundation’s 50th anniversary, and at the Farmington Hills City Council meeting Nov. 9, the group was given a proclamation by the council for its work in the community and the programs it offers for seniors and students.

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Published November 18, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — People searching for that perfect Christmas gift will have an opportunity to do so at Farmington Hills’ Holiday Shopping Expo.

The expo takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Costick Activities Center, 28600 11 Mile Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Farmington Hills Deputy Director of Special Services Bryan Farmer said the expo allows people to get a look at different types of crafts they might not find in a normal store.

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Published November 18, 2015

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LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 18, 2015

BERKLEY — Margaret Beaudoin is making a name for herself with U.S. Paralympics.

The 15-year-old Berkley High School freshman suffered a stroke while her mother, Christine McNish, was pregnant with her, and it has affected the left side of Beaudoin’s body; she has hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

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