Meet Mrs. Claus at Shelby Township Library

mrsclausIt’s the holiday season, and there is a special guest that wants to meet your family. Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Shelby Township Library to partake in some holiday fun. The fun-filled day with Mrs. Claus starts at 11 a.m. on Dec. 19 at the Shelby Township Library, located on 51670 Van Dyke Ave.

“Kids always get very excited to see Mrs. Claus,” Librarian Jennifer Sunderhaus said. “It’s also a very nice chance to make some family memories.”

Mrs. Claus has planned out a wonderful day with you and your family. First off, there will be story time with the kids as she tells the story of the Polar Express. Then the whole family is invited to sing some holiday songs and rhymes. A fun session of cookie decorating will follow shortly afterward.

No registration needed. This event is full of holiday cheer and a great for a family outing.

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Make something beautiful at Winter Craft Night

Books are meant to be enjoyed, to give the reader passage into a whole new world for them to enjoy. However, what becomes to books when they are broken down, or no longer able to be used, they are made into something more. Come be a part of that wonder and change at the Winter Craft Night.  Winter Craft Night begins at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Shelby Township Library, located on 51670 Van Dyke Ave.

The Winter Craft Night will be taking old or broken books that are no longer wanted and making them into something special. Such crafts include making decorative centerpieces for Christmas, making small Christmas trees out of paper, and making flowers out of books.  It is a chance to make something beautiful and recycle.

“This is a chance for books that have lived their lives to be repurposed,” Assistant Library Director Catherine Schmidt said. “You can make them into something new in a creative way.”

All craft items will be provided by the Shelby Township Library, including books and ideas. All that you have to bring is your imagination. No registration is needed to attend.

heid It’s that time of year again; time to bust out that favorite ugly sweater from the back of your closet. Any teenager that loves festive and ugly sweaters is invited to come to the Teen Ugly Sweater Holiday Party.

This festive celebration of ugly sweaters starts at 2 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the Shelby Township library, located on 51670 Van Dyke Ave.

Tweens and Teens between 5th and 12th grade are invited to wear their ugliest sweater at this fun-filled celebration of all things fluffy and hideous. What if you don’t have an ugly sweater of your own? No problem. You can take a plain sweater along from home to make it festively ugly at the event. Crafts and games will be on the agenda at this toasty event. Snacks will be provided.

“Ugly sweaters are something we always dreaded getting from our grandma and aunts, but now everyone is embracing them,” Librarian Jennifer Sunderhaus said. “We want everyone to come out and have a good time.”

There will also be a competition for who is wearing the ugliest sweater. The categories for the contest are ugliest, most original, and crowd favorite. Whoever has the ugliest sweater will win small prize. No registration is needed for this event.

 

 

Jingle Bell Run promises jingle bell fun

jinglebell The 6th annual Jingle Bell 5k run is fast approaching, and there is always room for people to join in on the fun.

The race begins on Sunday, December 13 at 9 a.m. sharp.The start and finish line will be at the Shelby Township Community Center at 51690 Van Dyke, Shelby Township, MI 48316. Registration starts at 7 a.m. in the back of the Community Center Building.

Entry fee for race day is $25.00 per person. An online registry for the race will be linked below.

The race will start behind the Community Center Building. No need to fear about the cold, there are plenty of room to check-in, and plenty of warm rest rooms.

Overall awards will go to the top male/female, master male/female, and senior male/female. There will also be medals to the top three in each age group.

Jingle Bell Run 5k registry

 

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.

All is calm and bright at Christmas Aglow

175197_455463141230638_1782374210_o Come enjoy some warm food and good company to keep those winter blues away. Join the rest of Shelby Township for a night of holiday fun at the annual Shelby Township’s Christmas Aglow. Shelby Township’s Christmas Aglow starts at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Shelby Township Hall, located on 52700 Van Dyke Ave.

There’s plenty of fun to be had at this festival of fun and treats. Listen to your favorite carols performed by the Eisenhower High School Choir.  See an incredible performance by the Utica High School JV Dance Team.

Enjoy hot dogs, hot cocoa, and cookies compliments of the Shelby Township Lions Club at Santa’s Snack Shop. All snacks will be served by the Ice Cream & Custard Shop.

Fun attractions that you and your family can enjoy include a marshmallow roast, a ride on a horse-drawn carriage, and making holiday crafts at Chris Kringle’s Craft Castle.

Last, but certainly not least, visit jolly old Saint Nick after he lights the Christmas tree. Keep an eye out; you might just see a minion friend walking around too. If you can, please bring a non-perishable food item for the “Feed the Need” program and help someone else have a happy Christmas.

Please remember that event is located outdoors, so please dress appropriately. Bring your cameras and your child’s wish list to make the night one you’ll never forget. This event is hosted by Christian Financial Credit Union.