Learn the Art of Watercolor

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Local artist, Dara Tolbert Brooks will provide tips and techniques to help other artists visualize and capture an image or concept. Participants will experiment with a variety of techniques in a hands-on session and will leave with a completed piece.

Brooks has exhibited at Grosse Pointe Art Center, the Anton Art Center, the Padziewski Gallery in Dearborn and the Downriver Council for the Arts in Wyandotte. Currently, she is teaching watercolors at the Providence Park Hospital Assarian Cancer Center as part of their Healing Arts Program.

This watercolor session with Brooks will be at the Shelby Township Library at 9:00 am on Wednesday, March 9th. Pre-registration is required and can be completed online, in person, or over the phone.

Shelby Township Library
586-739-7540
51680 Van Dyke
Shelby Township, MI 48316

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Seeking Artists and Vendors for Art Fair!

artfair_logo2The Shelby Township Art Fair Committee is seeking artists and vendors for its 33rd annual juried show to be held on August 13 and 14.

The event will be held outdoors on the Shelby Township Municipal Grounds with the majority of the booths on grass, many with shade trees.  All booths measure approximately 15’ x 15’ with some double booths available.

Four exhibitor categories have been chosen for this event:

  • ART MEDIA: Original, hand-made, one of a kind pieces (with the exception of prints), created and produced by the artist including, but not limited to:

Clay • Digital • Fiber • Glass • Jewelry • Metal • Mixed Media • Painting • Photography • Printmaking • Drawing • Sculpture • Stone • Wood • Multi-Media

  • EMERGING ARTISTS – Artists just starting to exhibit in any of the ART mediums listed above that don’t have enough work for a full booth. Each accepted artist may rent no more than one 6 foot table under the Emerging Artists Tent.
  • CRAFT MEDIA – Items created by the crafter and produced in small quantities including, but not limited to: home décor • clothing and accessories • jewelry that is not one of a kind
  • MICHIGAN MADE MARKET – Items created in batches by Michigan based businesses, including, but not limited to: food items • bath and body products • candles • toys and games • books • pet products

HOW TO APPLY: Applications are available at the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department or online at http://shelbyartfair.wix.com/shelbyartfair, on the “Applications” page.  The application deadline is April 1, and jury results will be mailed on or around May 1, 2016. NO resale products, services, home improvement companies, or distributors permitted.

For more information, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department at 586-731-0300, email marshallp@shelbytwp.org, or visit the website above.

 

Mother & Son Dance at Cherry Creek Golf Club & Banquet Center

 

msonPut on your dancing shoes, Moms and little gents! Moms and their sons are invited to the Cherry Creek Banquet Center on Wednesday, March 9 for a night complete with a delicious dinner, dancing, and DJ entertainment.

A professional photo will be available upon arrival, payable by cash or check at the dance to the photographer. The photo will serve as a keepsake and reminder of a treasured memory. Of course, there will also be a treat at the end of the evening for all children!

Parties that would like to sit together should arrive together between 5:45 and 6:00pm to ensure seats together, as “saving seats” will not be permitted.

Reservations can be made by phone, walk-in, mail or fax.
Call 586-731-0300 or e-mail shelbyprm@shelbytwp.org for details.

No tickets will be sold at the door, tickets must be purchased by March 2.

Cherry Creek Golf & Banquet Center:
52000 Cherry Creek Drive
Shelby Township, MI 48316
South of 24 Mile Road, East of Van Dyke.

Fees:
$42 per couple – Resident , $16 per Additional Son
Nonresidents: add $10 per family
No refunds 5 business days prior to event date.
A $7 processing will apply to all refunds.

“Backpacking 101” at the Nature Center

hikingExperienced hiker Ken Cazabon will give a basic introduction to backpacking on Saturday, February 27 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center.

This free, walk-in only program will cover the best practices for hiking and backpacking, including: clothing, footwear, food types and preparation, various styles of packs in terms of weight capacity and proper loading, and much more.

Ken Cazabon is an experienced hiker who has done extensive backpacking in areas such as Hocking Hills, Manistee National Forest, Porcupine Mountains/Lake of the Clouds, as well as multiple trips to Isle Royale National Park.

A Question and Answer session will follow the presentation.

Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center
4101 River Bends Drive
Shelby Twp, MI 48317

Meet Exotic Animals, Big and Small, at Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center

snaaaakesOn Sunday, March 6 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center will be hosting an Exotic Animal Day, featuring small lizards, snakes, and tarantulas at 11:30 am. A “petting zoo” will also be available during this time, including rabbits, chickens, and other fluffy and feathered friends for those who are wary of the crawly and slithery.

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At 1:00 pm, Naturalist, Dan Farmer will present a live animal program focusing on spiders, both exotic and native to Michigan. At 2:00 pm, you will have a chance to meet larger creatures, including snapping turtles, an American Alligator, snakes, and lizards. You will also be introduced to some exotic pets and get information on which ones are suitable for your lifestyle, and which ones are not. Also covered is basic information about exotic animal care. Many of these pets will be available to touch or hold.

Naturalist and Educator Randy Baker will be the guest presenter for this program. He will be bringing some of his own animals, ones that are not normally seen at the nature center.

As always, cameras are welcome.

Preregistration is available for the first 60 patrons (via WebTrac), guaranteeing you a seat. Walk-ins are limited and available on a first come, first-served basis.

Fees: $3 per person ages 4 and up

Love to cook? Maximize your flavor with Chef Jake Williams

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If you are an adult or teen in the Shelby Township area looking for a way to better your cooking, look no further than the Shelby Township Library. Aside from the array of recipe books available at the library, local Chef Jake Williams will be giving a presentation on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 pm. Jake Williams is a formally trained chef who caters his skills to the benefit of Michigan communities. He works primarily for Gleaners Community Food Bank, providing nutritional education to low-income residents in a program called “Cooking Matters”.

cjw02             At this presentation, Chef Jake will teach you the art and science of cooking through lecture and demonstration, including tips and pointers for maximizing the flavor of your own dishes. So, if you’re a food connoisseur, or just looking to tantalize taste buds and create flavors to savor, stop by the Shelby Township Library next Wednesday night and expand your culinary repertoire.

No registration is required for this event.

Shelby Township Library: Atrium
51680 Van Dyke Avenue
Shelby Township, MI 48316

Daddy-Daughter Dance at Cherry Creek Banquet Center

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Dinner and dancing for dads and their daughters promises a night to remember and a memory to cherish.  A delicious buffet style dinner will be served at 6:30pm and a DJ will provide music for your enjoyment and, of course, dancing. The evening will conclude at 8:30pm, but the memories will last a lifetime.

Each lovely lady will receive a beautiful flower from our Gardener’s Club, along with a small gift from the Parks and Recreation department. Keepsake photos will be available, payable by cash or check at the event.

This annual event is set to take place next Thursday, February 11 from 6:00pm until 8:30pm and will be held at the Cherry Creek Banquet Center at 52000 Cherry Creek Boulevard on the north side of 24 Mile Road. Arrive early for parties of 4 or more as this event will not have reserved seating.

Pre-registration and refunds for this event ended on February 2nd, but feel free to call the Shelby Parks and Recreation office at 586-731-0300 for a reservation or other questions. Tickets will continue be sold until they are gone.

Ticket prices:

Per couple (Shelby residents) $40
Per additional daughter $16
Non-residents add $10 per family

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