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.

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


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 or visit

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.


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.

Shelby Township employees donate to charities, give back to community

holiday-pic‘Tis the season to give, but for Shelby Township employees giving is a year-round initiative as township employees donated more than $30,000 to charitable organizations, as well as donations of food items, throughout 2014.

“Our employees deliver impeccable service, and they also go above and beyond personally for the community in which they work and live,” Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “And many of the donations were done anonymously by folks looking to individually give back to the community.”

Shelby Township Firefighters Local 1338 hosted it’s 24th Annual Red Hot Night in February raising more than $13,500 for the Great Lakes Burn Camp. The camp provides a unique experience that promotes healing, self-esteem, confidence and general well-being for burn-injured children.

In addition to contributions to the Shelby Township Lions and Kiwanis clubs, the Shelby Township Parks and Recreation Committee, and local schools, the firefighters local also collected more than $6,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Fill-the-Boot campaign Nov. 28 and 29 and more than $7,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan located in Detroit at their annual golf outing.

The Shelby Township Police Officers Association donated to several charitable causes such as helping needy families through various events. The officers’ endeavors were highlighted by its annual donation drive for the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

The officers association contributed, collected and delivered charitable donations of MP3 players, iTunes gift cards and other items to help wounded soldiers through their healing process at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.

The International Union UAW Local 1777, representing the Township’s general employees, contributed more than $1,500 to multiple organizations including the Knights of Columbus St. Lawrence, MIU Men’s Health Organization, the American Cancer Society, Thin Blue Line of Michigan and Sharing.Org to supply 132 gift boxes to needy children.

Shelby TV, the township’s Cable TV department, donated $2,500 in the form of in-kind service to the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, a program dedicated to promoting the arts programs including exhibitions, classes, outreach programs, community involvement projects and the Art & Apples Festival.

Throughout the month of November, the township’s Human Resource Department hosted a food drive. Employees donated more than 330 nonperishable food items to Forgotten Harvest, a non-profit organization that services roughly 2,000-square miles in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

“It is an honor to work with such giving people. You couldn’t ask for a better team,” Stathakis said.

Here comes Santa Claus

This weekend will be your last chance to visit with Old St. Nick before he heads back to the North Pole for his final preparations.

On Sun., Dec. 14 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center will be hosting Santa Claus for his final visit to Shelby Township.

There is no fee for this event, so be sure to grab everyone you know that’s on the Nice List and listen for the sound of reindeer hooves as you wait to see Santa Claus!