5 Things You Should Know This Weekend: Dec. 30, 2011-Jan. 1, 2012
The new year begins with parties in Farmington and Farmington Hills.
The holiday weekend is upon us, with plenty of opportunities to ring in the new year with fun activities – and plenty of precipitation:
1. The weather
The National Weather Service predicts a wet weekend, starting with a 90 percent chance of rain today and a high around 43. The rain is expected to turn to snow tonight before it clears out for a partly cloudy Saturday. But snow is back in the forecast on Sunday, with a 30 percent chance we'll see the white stuff. Temps will remain in the 30s, up to 40 for New Year's Day, then will dip into the mid-20s Sunday night.
2. Government offices, library close
City of Farmington offices are closed today, but you can drop off your property tax payment. Both Farmington and Farmington Hills city offices will be closed on Monday for the New Year's holiday, as will the 47th District Court and both the Farmington and Farmington Hills post office branches. The Farmington Community Library Main Library and Farmington branch will be closed Saturday and Sunday, and will reopen on Monday.
3. Old Winery Market
Meet the good people from Thomas Organic Creamery, a new addition to the winter market open Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Old Winery/Powerhouse building on Grand River west of Orchard Lake Rd. in Farmington. For more information, visit theoldwinerymarket.com
4. New Year celebrations: BonaVenture
The younger set can celebrate Midnight at 3 p.m. with open skating from 1-7 p.m. New Year's Eve. There will be a prize-filled balloon drop at 3 p.m. Party favors are included in the $7 per person ticket; skate rentals are extra. Or hang with the late night crowd for a prize-filled balloon drop at midnight. The 8 p.m. event includes skate rental (in-line skate rentals extra), pizza, pop, party favors, games and prizes. Tickets are $15. Call 248-476-2200 to learn more about either event.
5. New Year celebrations: Drakeshire
Make your reservations today for a Family New Year's Eve bowling party that starts at 11 a.m. on New Year's Eve. Tickets are $12 per person and include two hours of unlimited bowling, party favors, shoes, pizza, pop, and prizes. For the adults, a 6 p.m. event offers three games of bowling, a buffet dinner, champagne toast, party favors, mystery games and a chance to win $200. Tickets are $80 per couple with dinner, $55 without. Call 248-478-2230 to reserve for either event.