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Published June 1, 2011

Combine talented artisans, good food, live entertainment and a little sunshine, and you have the makings of a great summer festival.

Beginning in June, such events are plentiful in metro Detroit. Here’s a sampling of just a few popular festivals that residents won’t want to miss this summer.

June 11-12
Clay, Glass and Metal Festival — downtown Royal Oak
In Royal Oak, one of the first big events of the season is the Clay, Glass and Metal Festival June 11-12.

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Published May 18, 2011

Yes, Michigan.

This week is for celebrating, for embracing all the state has to offer. It’s Michigan Week, held annually since 1954. So raise your hand, point to your favorite spots in the state, and reflect. Whether it’s taking a fall color tour, hitting the links, lounging on the beach, crossing the Mackinac Bridge or heading downtown to catch a Red Wings game, there’s much to love about Michigan.

For many, it’s the lakes that cause residents to swell with pride.

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Published May 11, 2011

Picture a typical senior residence and images of bingo, arts and crafts, and green Jell-O might come to mind.

Walk into a modern retirement community, though, and you may be more likely to see seniors playing video games, heading out with a travel group or performing a sun salutation in yoga class.

Today’s senior living communities are not the stale, dreary places stereotypes make them out to be.

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Published April 6, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — People who saw “Mr. Holland’s Opus” may have thought it was a nice movie with a great sentiment, but that it would never happen in real life.

Well, on March 30 at North Farmington High School, it did.

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Published April 6, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — Food might not be the first environmental issue people think of on Earth Day, but Café Cortina and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Meldrum site in Detroit plan to stress slow food and locally grown ingredients at an event April 19.

The Earth Day event takes place at Café Cortina, 30715 W. 10 Mile Road, east of Orchard Lake, at 7 p.m. April 19. The café and the soup kitchen chefs will do the cooking.

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Published March 29, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — At the Farmington Family YMCA March 17, resident Jenny Birmelin swam lap after lap in the pool while a photographer tried to get just the right action shot.

When she finished and climbed up the pool wall, she wasn’t even out of breath.

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Published March 9, 2011

Sticking your nose in a book doesn’t have to be a solitary activity, as more and more avid readers are banding together to share in their common interest.

Book clubs are ever present in today’s society, with readers young and old joining groups offered in their communities and forming their own tight-knit circles.

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Published March 9, 2011

DETROIT — A 209-pound Newfoundland rolled onto his back in the middle of an aisle at the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows, held at Cobo Center March 5-6. He milked every pat he got from passers-by charmed by his gentle demeanor and fluffy brown coat.

He was among thousands of dogs of countless breeds that were also doing their very best to woo the public — in between competitions, that is.

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Published March 2, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — Celebrities, local actors and movie buffs will come together during the first annual Uptown Film Festival to celebrate an event organizers say will showcase the best films made in Michigan over the past year.

Established this year by leaders in the Michigan film industry, the Uptown Film Festival is a two-night celebration of productions created entirely or in part in the state to recognize the Michigan film industry.

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Published March 1, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS —Those who visit the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, 28123 Orchard Lake Road, during the next few months likely will need some time to take in several paintings commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and they likely will not soon forget the artwork.

The work belongs to Wladyslaw Brzosko, an artist trained in the 1930s at the Academy of Art in Warsaw, Poland, and who was part of the Polish resistance during the Nazi occupation.

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Published February 23, 2011

Although spring is nearly a month away, “kitten season” is gearing up this month, meaning that local shelters may soon be filled to the brim with fuzzy faces needing good homes?.

But until they can find their forever family, help is needed to nurture the babies in their first few weeks, making sure they get the care they need to become good pets.

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Published February 16, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — Last year, police officer Gary Lavin rescued a little girl from disappointment, caught a truck and trailer thief, and participated in what some might call a miracle as he talked to a woman who tried to kill herself.

Those are three highlights that explain why Lavin is the Farmington Hills Police Department’s Officer of the Year for 2010.

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Published February 16, 2011

It’s a special group, the Heart of the Hills Players. There is one major qualification for taking part: You’ve got to love making people smile.

You also have to be over the age of 50. The organization is the largest community theater group in the region comprised solely of seniors.

Melanie Lee of Warren, who said she’s a “very vigorous 78-year-old,” feels that joining the group over a decade ago was one of the best decisions she’s ever made.

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Published February 1, 2011

Asked to reveal words of wisdom after 50 years of marriage, Ed Lewandowski was quick to reply in exactly the way his wife, Sharon, predicted.

“I don’t have any wisdom,” he quipped. “I’m married.”

But contrary to his claims, the St. Clair Shores resident and his wife, along with other local couples, recently shared some of what they’ve learned along the way as they’ve faced life’s challenges —together.
 

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Published February 1, 2011

The right neighborhood. The right price. The right layout, lot and size. It’s the perfect home — or not.

There are a number of major issues that could be lurking under the cosmetically pleasing surface of a home, many of which can be very costly.

That — and liability issues on the seller’s end — is why getting a home inspection has become an essential part of the home-buying process since the late 1970s nationally and the early ‘80s in Michigan, according to Jon Ormiston, president of All Points Inspection in Rochester.

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Published January 19, 2011

Hibernating is for the bears.

Winter weather doesn’t have to force us to stay indoors and under the covers, counting the minutes until spring. As the flakes fall, Michigan offers healthy opportunities statewide to get out and enjoy the season, with activities from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to ice fishing.

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Published January 5, 2011

“Tough” is an understatement when describing the local housing market since 2005.

The ripple effect that unemployment and the ensuing foreclosure crisis has left — and is expected to continue leaving — an unprecedented number of homes on the market, crippling home values and sales across the state.

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Upcoming Events

Rochester
Gifts and Greens Market
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Rochester Community Schools Administration Building
Ferndale
'A Very Golden Girls Christmas'
8 p.m.
The Ringwald Theatre
Sterling Heights
Polar Pizza Party
5-8 p.m.
Henry Ford II High School
West Bloomfield
'A Musical Celebration of Christmas'
7:30 p.m.
Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian
Farmington Hills
Orchard Lake Philharmonic concerts
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Farmington

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