Easter Fun in Shelby

mascot-easter-bunny-costumeThe Easter Bunny is on his way to Shelby Township! Come meet the floppy-eared hare at any one of our “egg-citing” events planned for the weekend before Easter.

Easter Bunny Lunch at the Shelby Community Center: Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 am. Join the Easter Bunny and a surprise entertainer for a pizza/salad lunch. Remember to bring your cameras and register for this event! Fee, per person, for ages 2 & up: $7 for residents and $12 for non-residents.

Easter Egg Scramble at River Bends Park: Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 pm for ages 3-5 and 2:00 pm for ages 6-10. A truly festive afternoon will start with an egg hunt, kids will “scramble” to find all the goodie-filled eggs, as well as special “Golden Eggs” that will have a token for a special gift courtesy of Genisys Credit Union. Bring your own basket for egg collection! This is an outdoor, rain or shine, event with no registration and no payment required.

“Egg”citing Easter at Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center: Sunday, March 20 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. This event will feature an egg hunt, Easter bag and egg decorating activities, and a chance to take a picture with the Easter Bunny. Remember to register for this event and bring 6 hard-boiled eggs for decorating! Fee is $4 per participating child.

Give to Samaritan House pantry this season with the Shelby Township Giving Tree

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As residents and staff pass by the traditional Shelby Township Hall Christmas tree, a few new ornaments present the opportunity to help them spread good will and cheer this holiday season.

The Shelby Township community can celebrate the Christmas season this year by taking part in the Shelby Township Giving Tree program by donating a non-perishable food item or personal care items such as soap, shampoo or toothpaste to support the Samaritan House Food Pantry.

The community is invited to take one of the Giving Tree ornaments from the Shelby Township Hall Christmas tree and purchase the item from the ornament. Participants can then place the item(s) in the donation box next to the Christmas tree. After Dec. 18, the items will be donated to families in need via the Samaritan House Food Pantry.

“I’m always impressed by the way our community and the township staff come together to make our township a more hospitable place during the Christmas holiday,” Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “And the early response to the Giving Tree program has certainly fit that trend.”

The Giving Tree was a collaborative effort between the Shelby Township Supervisor’s Office and the township’s Human Resources Department to raise awareness for Samaritan House Food Pantry, which services much of northern Macomb County.

“We had a resident take an ornament off of the tree before we were even done putting them up,” Deputy Supervisor Brad Bates said. “And later there was a crowd of employees taking ornaments down so they could donate. It feels really good to help raise awareness and help others during the Christmas season.”

The Samaritan House Food Pantry is located at 62324 Van Dyke Ave. in Washington Township. The non-profit program operates as a local food pantry serving north west Macomb County and is a community service organization devoted to serving individuals and families within the community by recognizing their needs and mobilizing the means for dealing with those needs.

For more information on other ways to support the Samaritan House you can call (586) 336-9956, email samaritanhouse@sbcglobal.net or visit samaritanhousemichigan.org.

For more information on donating through the Shelby Township Giving Tree contact Shelby Township at (586) 731-5154.

 

Dance the night away with jolly Saint Nick and friends

It’s time to you and your family to dance the night away with old Saint Nick, Mrs. Claus, and all of their friends.  A Dinner and Dance with Santa Claus is on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Cherry Creek Banquet Center, located on 52000 Cherry Creek Drive.

Come and rock around the Christmas tree with festive DJ music. Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph the Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman will be attending as well and will be happy to meet with your children. Enjoy a tasty buffet dinner that starts at 6:30 p.m.  Children will receive a small gift when they attend. Remember to bring your camera and your holiday spirit for this fun occasion.

No tickets will be sold at the door for this reserved seating event. It is recommended that you order your tickets early before this fun occasion is sold out. Tickets, if they are not sold out, will not be sold after Dec. 1st. No refunds will be processed after Dec. 1st. For attendees that are ages five and up, price to attend is $20. Children four and under the price is $7 per ticket. Non-residents must add $10 per family member.

For more information or to order tickets please call Shelby Township Parks and Recreation at (586) 731-0300.

Enjoy a ho-ho-holiday breakfast with Santa

1459810_455849957858623_683977370_nA certain jolly old elf is inviting you and your family to a special breakfast and he hopes that you will be there. Breakfast with Santa begins at Dec. 5 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Shelby Township Community Center, located on 51670 Van Dyke Ave.

The menu for breakfast consists of pancakes, sausages, and a beverage. Mrs. Claus and a friendly snowman pal will be on hand to visit and entertain your family while you eat. Have your little ones meet Santa without having to go to the mall.

Breakfast will be served by volunteers from the Eisenhower High School Key Club once doors open at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Bring your camera, wish list, and plenty of holiday spirit as you enjoy your morning with Santa. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Feed the Need program if you can, so less fortune people can enjoy a nice breakfast too.

No high chairs or booster seats will be available. Please reserve your tickets now as seating is limited, and there will be no sales at the door. Please indicate seating and how many adults and children are attending when ordering tickets.  Seating fee must be paid for any regardless of age or if they eat. For residents the fee is $7 and for non-residents the fee is $14 for both time slots. For more information or to order tickets please call the Shelby Township Community Center at 586-731-0300. This event is sponsored by Dr. Ban R. Barbat and Genisys Credit Union.

Cookies in a Jar will give sugary delight to teens

toomanycookiesTeens – want to make a gift that’s great for loved ones this season? Make Cookies in a Jar. Cookies in a jar are beautiful and interesting gift for the holidays. All of the dry ingredients, such as flour and chocolate chips, are rearranged in a jar in layers. All that is needed is to add the wet ingredients separately and you have delicious homemade cookies. Teen Cookies in a Jar Craft Day is an event devoted to making these colorful gifts. This event starts at 2 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Shelby Township Library, located on 51670 Van Dyke Ave.cookietray“It’s not meant to be that difficult of a project,” Librarian Bethany Boutin said. “It’s meant to be used as a chance to hang out with friends and spend time together.”cookietrayThis event will teach teenagers to how make an easy and perfect recipe for cookies-in-a-jar. They will also learn to how to decorate their cookie jar, and how to take what they learned home to make even more treats for friends and family.  This event is meant for teenagers between 5th and 12th grade. No registration necessary.

Holiday fun awaits at the Tree-Trimming event

064It’s time to deck the halls and spread lots of holiday cheer. Get in plenty of practice for your own Christmas decorating and have a fun night with the family at the Shelby Township Library’s tree-trimming. The Tree-Trimming event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Shelby Township Library, located on 51670 Van Dyke Ave.

This annual event will give you and your family a dash of holiday fun as they help prepare a tree for the holidays. This tree will be displayed throughout the holiday season in the public library, so bring lots of creativity and make the best decorations possible.  Kids will be given clear ornaments to decorate with glitter and other materials. Once finished, the ornament can be either put on the tree for everyone to see, or be taken home to be put on your own tree.

Light refreshments will be provided. This event is meant for children of all ages. No registration necessary.

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Celebrate Christmas and tradition at Pioneer Christmas

14005_276355199154925_7498213461081692748_nStep back in time and see how the ancestors of Shelby Township might have celebrated the holidays at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center this December. The Christmas festivities and merriment start at 11 a.m. on Dec. 5 and 12:00 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, located on 4101 River Bends Drive.

Come see the Pioneer Cabin, where you and your family can see how pioneers lived and decorated for the holidays in the 1800’s. The “Sisters of the Union” will give a tour of the cabin once inside. Test your knowledge of old-time traditions and artifacts in a sit-down program. You can also sample delicious homemade cookies and drink tasty hot coco.

You and your family can also create old-fashioned ornaments from natural and artificial materials. Please note that the ornament sessions have limited seating. Please sign up for a session as soon as you enter the Center in order to ensure that you have a chance to attend.  If the weather permits, you can also enjoy the natural beauty of the season with a fun wagon ride with your family.

The Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center will also be hosting a bake sale, used book sale, and a used item sale. All proceeds will go to the Friends of Shadbush, which will help with future program funding.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. This is a walk in event, so pre-registration needed. Entrance fee is $2 per person, per day up to four people. Additional family members are $1 extra, this fee excludes large groups.

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Spooky fun awaits at Trick or Read

witchhhh Before going out for late-night trick or treating with the little ones, parents are invited to bring kids of all ages to Trick or Read. This spooky event will be happening at 10 a.m. on Oct.31 at the Shelby Township Library, located on 51670 Van Dyke Ave.

Be sure to bring your Halloween spirit by dressing up in costume. Your kids will explore the library to hunt for tasty treats and hear spooky and fun stories along the way. A special guest author from Shelby Township, Aimee Entwistle, will have a reading of her children’s book Halle-Weenie in the library as well.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for our Shelby kids to be able to listen to local author Aimee Entwistle read her book Halle-Weenie.”  Library Director Katie Ester said.  “We expect there to be lots of eager faces waiting to hear a Halloween story.”

Copies of Halle-Weenie will be available to purchase afterward. No registration is needed to attend the event.

Haunted Nature Center promises fun frights for kids

13241_267318786725233_7859375211051312218_n Ghosts and ghouls are lurking at Shadbush Nature Center, ready to show any visitors a night of fun and frights. Parents and kids are invited to join in some Halloween-themed fun starting 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 24 at the Burgress-Shadbush Nature Center located on 4101 River Bends Drive.

The Nature Center will be completely decorated to match the spooky theme of the event. This creepy-crawly event will have fun costumed characters handing out candy to any trick-or-treaters that stop by, so bring a trick or treat bag. Kids are encouraged and welcomed to dress in their best costumes for this event. Various animals from the Shadbush Nature Center will be shown to the kids to add a more haunting allure to the various attractions.

“It is family oriented and spooky, but not scary,” Director Joe Youngblood said. “We encourage parents to walk through if their kids are really nervous.”

The entire Burgress-Shadbush Nature Center will be decorated to evoke the more playful and fun side of Halloween. However, if there are concerns about the event being too frightening for your child, it is recommended that one parent enter the attraction before their child does, and see if it would be frightening or not. Images of last year’s event, along with a video of a previous Haunted Nature Center will also be provided below as a guide for parents.

Children must be accompanied by a paid adult; the event is two dollars per person above the age of three. Pre-registration is not available, only walk-ins. Last admission is at 7:30 pm.

Haunted Nature Center 2011

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Teen Halloween Party at Shelby Township Library

it'saghostTweens and teens from 5th to 12th grade are invited to come together for a night of games, stories, and much more at the Shelby Township Library’s Teen Halloween Party. The event lasts from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Shelby Township Library located at 51670 Van Dyke Ave. The Teen Halloween Party will have various games, snacks and even a costume contest.

“Our new Youth Librarians, Bethany and Jennifer, have been working on offering new and unique programs to kids of all ages.” Library Director Katie Ester said. “We hope our teens will be creative with their costumes and bring in some fun and spooky surprises for us.”

Prizes will be rewarded for the most original, scariest, and the most crowd-pleasing costumes.  So come on down and enjoy some spooky surprises, and wear your best costume.