Monday, December 31, 2012
The church and non-profit celebrate the Christmas spirit at a Dec. 22 party.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Unity of Farmington Hills, in partnership with S.O.U.L. (Source of Universal Love), a local nonprofit, supported 56 families in need over the Christmas holiday through its Pick A Mitten drive. The two organizations held a Christmas party on Dec. 22 that was attended by 150 families and volunteers who helped serve cookies and cocoa. The day included visits and photos with Santa, music, and a holiday craft. Unity's music director Dr. Emry Stephens led the group in singing holiday songs. The party and Pick a Mitten drive were so successful that Unity plans to make them annual events. Learn more by liking Unity on facebook and vist Unity's website for more photos and a list of upcoming events.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
We're sharing some of our favorite memories from this year's big holiday events.
Before he went back to the North Pole today, Santa made several stops in Farmington and Farmington Hills. We weren't there for all of his visits, but wanted to share our favorite memories of the Jolly Old Elf. Feel free to share your own by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button.
This Spotify playlist includes 12 beloved Christmas songs. It's free (and legal) to listen!
What would Christmas be without music? If you're still not quite in the holiday spirit, we've created a playlist of traditional Christmas music that's sure to help get you there. Artists include Mannheim Steamroller, Josh Groban and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. You can listen here, free and legally (via Spotify), without leaving Patch. Merry Christmas!
As the nation mourns the deaths of students at Sandy Hook Elementary School, local pastors remind Dexter residents that God's love will prevail.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
By Rev. Larry Van Slambrook St. Andrew's United Church of Christ, Dexter From Thanksgiving Day on, it seemed as though you could sense a growing atmosphere of joy and happiness in anticipation of the upcoming celebration of Christmas. The stores filled with shoppers, the lighted trees and carol singing all added to the joy of the season. Then came the news of the massacre of 20 children and 6 adults in Newtown, Conn. last Friday, which sent shock waves all across this country. We have felt the grief and pain of the parents and families of these children whose lives were taken and the adults who died trying to protect them. How can we celebrate Christmas in the wake of this tragedy? What can help us find peace and joy in the midst of this …
Monday, December 24, 2012
Farmington and Farmington Hills government offices and both library branches are closed Dec. 24 and 25. Movie theaters, some restaurants and other businesses will be open, most with limited hours, both days.
You can still mail a package on Christmas Eve, but if you've got business to do at Farmington or Farmington Hills city hall, it will have to wait. All local government offices, including city halls and the 47th District Court building, will be closed both Dec. 24 and 25. Both the Farmington Community Library Main Library and the Farmington branch will be closed Dec. 24 and 25. You can renew and reserve books online at farmlib.org. The United States Post Office branches in downtown Farmington and on 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills will be open until noon on Dec. 24, then close through the holiday. Mail will be delivered on Dec. 24. Both buildings have Automated Postal Centers that allow customers to purchase postage, weigh and mail …
The North American Aerospace Defense Command has a website that now offers a Santa tracker mobile app to follow the jolly man's magical flight.
They sent him their wish lists, sat on his lap, and left cookies and milk for his arrival. Now the only thing left for children in Farmington and Farmington Hills to do is track Santa's progress as he delivers gifts around the world on Christmas Eve. Thanks to the folks behind the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, families worldwide can now follow Santa's Christmas journey in real time. The tradition started in 1955 after an advertisement for Sears Roebuck & Co. misprinted a telephone number for a special "Santa hotline." Instead of reaching Kris Kringle, the number put kids through to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Commander-in-Chief’s operations, according to a description on the NORAD Tracks Santa …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Local churches have posted information about their worship services on our calendar.
Local churches have listed their holiday services and events on the Patch calendar.
Check out trailers for 'The Guilt Trip,' 'Les Miserables,' 'Django Unchained' and more.
The Metro Detroit area has always loved a great film release and the Christmas 2012 season should again prove fruitful. From Trenton to Fenton, film audiences in recent years have adored Meet the Fockers, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and National Treasure: Book of Secrets, among others. If you're planning to take in a movie during Christmas week, here's what you'll find, courtesy of moviefone.com: Les Miserables Django Unchained Parental Guidance The Guilt Trip The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey This Is 40 Rise of the Guardians Life of Pi Which movie are you most looking forward to this Christmas?
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Here's when Twelve Oaks Mall, Target, Walmart, Best Buy and more will be open on this weekend and on Christmas Eve.
Doing some last-minute shopping before Christmas? Here's when the stores will be open in the Novi/Northville area: