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Published November 30, 2015

FARMINGTON — Winter is here and the year is winding down, which means the annual Holly Days event is upon us.

“Holly Days is such a great family event, and a lot of the activities are free,” Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce Director of Communications and Events Kristin Curle Houchins said recently. “It is very nostalgic — a great way to enjoy the holidays and not spend a ton of money.”

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Published November 30, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The 40th annual Potters Market, featuring 140 artists, will return to Southfield from Friday to Sunday, Dec. 4-6.

The popular holiday shopping destination runs 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Parking and admission are free.

There also is a preview event from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, which will cost $10 per person. With an annual attendance of approximately 8,000 visitors, the preview sale is a way to get first dibs on the show’s approximately 35,000 pieces.

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Published December 1, 2015

UTICA — The sounds of carolers, sleigh bells and Santa’s belly laugh will fill the streets of downtown Utica beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

The city’s annual Christmas and tree-lighting program will feature the arrival of the jolly old saint on a fire truck, and together he and Mayor Jacqueline Noonan will light the decorations at Utica City Hall.

There will be a craft table set up for children to make a holiday decoration, and everyone will be invited to enjoy hot cider and doughnuts at the Utica Fire Department, located at 7609 Auburn Road.

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Published November 30, 2015

Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s ready to help light up St. Clair Shores City Hall and tree this week.

The annual tree lighting ceremony will kick off with an opportunity to check out live reindeer starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at City Hall, 27600 Jefferson Circle Drive.

It’s “the event that starts the Christmas season” in St. Clair Shores, said Activities Committee Chair Maureen Wark.

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Published December 2, 2015

WARREN — ’Tis the season for giving.

That’s the philosophy behind two organizations seeking volunteers to help carry out their missions to benefit children and senior citizens.

Socks for Seniors, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, is looking for coordinators in the Warren area to help with collecting socks this year for local senior citizens. The nonprofit community service project organizes, collects and distributes new socks for senior citizens in communities all over the country.

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Published November 30, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 30, 2015

Wish lists are on many minds this season, and a common-but-unstated desire among drivers is to avoid getting into a traffic accident.

A list compiled by the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan has tentatively revealed some local intersections with the highest number of vehicle crashes in 2015 thus far. 

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Published December 2, 2015

Water levels in most of the Great Lakes are expected to stay at or above the long-term average over the next six months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Water levels have rebounded after more than a decade of being at near-record lows the past two years, according to NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab hydrologist Drew Gronewald. With the exception of Lake Ontario, they are all currently seasonally above the long-term average. That average was compiled using data from 1918 through 2014.

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Published December 2, 2015

This year’s El Niño event is one of the strongest in recorded history, and researchers believe it is increasing the likelihood of a winter that is both warmer and drier than usual.

El Niño is a periodic natural occurrence where warm water cycles around in the Pacific Ocean and reaches the surface. The increase in sea surface temperatures in turn impacts how storms and air pressure regions form and impacts global weather patterns — typically in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter months.

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Published November 27, 2015

Sterling Heights is getting ready to celebrate tradition and light the tree once more during its 39th annual A Sterling Christmas event Dec. 5.

Kyle Langlois, the city’s parks and recreation manager, said organizers plan to stay “about status quo” when it comes to the event’s offerings, adding that the event has grown to a point where “we’re pretty expanded out.” He said the city anticipates a turnout of around 4,000 people every year.

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Published November 25, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —  Several holiday shows will spread cheer this Christmas season at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road, at Hall Road.

Audiences can enjoy a favorite Christmas show from their childhood or form new traditions, courtesy of the performers ready to hit the Macomb Center stage.

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Published November 28, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Members of the Harrison Township Firefighters Union 1737 will he holding their annual Donuts with Santa event while simultaneously kicking off their Giving Tree program Dec. 5.

Firefighter Erik Evans said the event is always an enjoyable experience for the entire family.

“There will be free coffee, juice and doughnuts, and the children can meet with Santa and tell him what they want this year and get their picture taken,” said Evans. “It’s always a lot of fun.”

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Published November 27, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — “It’s one of the best streets in Mount Clemens.”

That’s how Marti Ellyson-Defer described the street chosen for this year’s 11th annual Christmas Walk, hosted by the Bath City Association of Mount Clemens.

The Dec. 10 walk will feature seven homes, which ticket buyers can tour while each homeowner describes their family’s Christmas traditions and the story behind their unique decorating ideas.

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Published November 25, 2015

WATERFORD — After wrapping its last production and facing the uncertainty of possibly being homeless, Two Muses Theatre has found a new location.

The theater now will operate at the Monster Box Theatre, located at 2529 Elizabeth Lake Road in nearby Waterford Township, renting on a yearly basis. 

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Published November 24, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY/FARMS/PARK — An upside-down Christmas tree, a beautifully decorated Cleminson Hall and Ralph Lauren-style ornaments will be among the many festive adornments to see on this year’s Mothers’ Club of Grosse Pointe South High School Holiday Walk.

The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 and should get people in the Christmas spirit. The club puts on the Holiday Walk every two years. Six families have volunteered to open their homes for the 2015 walk. 

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Published November 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Experts say it’s “back to basics” when it comes to decorating for the holidays, both inside and out of the home.

Minimalistic décor featuring natural elements like pine cones and live greenery, and rustic fabrics like burlap and plaid, are popular. Many people also are opting to purchase pre-decorated, grab-and-go items to add instant flair without the hassle.

“Less is more,” said Corie Conroy, president of First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design.

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Published November 24, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Christmastime is as good as any to recognize those who have permanently left families and friends.

Wreaths Across America is inviting the public to share in the remembrance of veterans for the sixth straight year at Resurrection Cemetery, in Clinton Township.

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Published November 24, 2015

Looking to celebrate Christmas close to home?

The Troy Historic Village and the city of Troy will offer holiday fun in your own backyard.

The Troy Historic Village will celebrate A Classic Christmas, offering a taste of the past  with hot mulled cider and — new this year — a make-your-own hot cocoa bar.

“You can still get a taste of the past at a homey, warm, Christmas event,” said Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village. “It’s an alternative to the mall crush.”

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Published November 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — As families sit down this holiday week, heaping plates with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and more, the unfortunate truth is that not everyone can experience this bounty.

That’s why Chef Darrel Shepherd, his family and some of his students in the South Lake High School culinary arts program took time a few weeks early to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for hundreds of people in need in the city of Detroit.

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Published November 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The corner of Nine Mile and Mack in St. Clair Shores was bustling with business activity in the 1940s, but in different places than today. The Shores Theatre marquee can be seen through the covered driveway of Tremper’s Service Station. The theater today is currently closed. Johnson Milk Depot was next door to the theater on the left. Sunoco gasoline was sold at Tremper’s three-pump station. In the photograph, automobiles are parked behind the building, possibly awaiting service, which included tire and battery repair.Read More

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