Warren, Center Line prepare to usher in the holidays

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published November 23, 2018

 Center Line’s slate of holiday activities Dec. 8 includes the Friends of the Center Line Library’s 10th annual Cookie Walk fundraiser. Cookies will be sold for $6 per pound, with all proceeds going to benefit the Friends’ efforts to support the library.

Center Line’s slate of holiday activities Dec. 8 includes the Friends of the Center Line Library’s 10th annual Cookie Walk fundraiser. Cookies will be sold for $6 per pound, with all proceeds going to benefit the Friends’ efforts to support the library.

File photo by Brian Louwers

WARREN/CENTER LINE — Warren and Center Line will welcome the arrival of the most wonderful time of the year with respective events planned a week apart in early December.
 
Warren will get the festivities going Dec. 1 with a slate of activities at City Square on Van Dyke Avenue, north of 12 Mile Road, next to City Hall. Planned events run from 5 to 8 p.m, with Santa’s arrival rumored to be around 5:45 p.m.

“The tree lighting, as in previous years, is going to have all the great events that we usually have at Warren Parks and Rec, with horse-drawn wagon rides and visits with Santa Claus,” Warren Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said. “Of course, there’ll be a parade of city vehicles and military (vehicles). The ice rink will be open, and it’s free ice skating and free skate rental the entire day.”

Other free activities include a petting zoo with live reindeer, an ornament giveaway, dance performances, free hot chocolate and visits with Santa. Those wishing to pose for photos with Santa are asked to consider bringing a canned food item to support local food pantries.

In Center Line, the city will host its 66th annual tree lighting event from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Parks and Recreation Building on Lawrence Avenue, north of 10 Mile Road, and west of Van Dyke.

Center Line Library/Parks and Recreation Director Heather Hames said the event will feature the Center Line High School choir, hot cocoa and cookies, a petting farm, pony and train rides, and, of course, visits with Santa. Everything is free.

The event coincides with the Friends of the Center Line Library’s 10th annual Cookie Walk fundraiser. Cookies will be sold for $6 per pound, with all proceeds going to benefit the Friends’ efforts to support the library.

“This is the Friends’ biggest fundraiser each year, and we are still in need of more bakers,” Hames said.

Anyone interested in baking and donating homemade Christmas cookies, holiday breads or candies can sign up to do so at www.signupgenius.com.