If your students are among those with vacation through Jan. 7, here are 10 things they can do in and around Macomb Township to keep busy.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Monday, December 31, 2012
The start of the new year is among the 10 national holidays on which the state permits fireworks use.
This New Year's Day may be one of the noisiest on record for Michigan, thanks to revisions in state fireworks laws approved in 2012. Read more: Tips to Keep Your Pet Calm During Fireworks The start of the new year is included on the list of national holidays for which the use of these colorful explosives is permitted by state law. Under Michigan's controversial fireworks law, citizens can ignite, discharge and use consumer fireworks the day before, day of and day after a national holiday, including New Year's Day. The list of approved fireworks now includes "projectiles," such as bottle rockets and Roman Candles. Responding to its own residents' concerns about noise and safety, Macomb Township amended its fireworks ordinance in June to ban…
Friday, December 28, 2012
Macomb Township stores will be swamped with returns in the days following Christmas. Be sure to check holiday hours for The Mall at Partridge Creek and Lakeside Mall before heading out the door.
Christmas is over and traffic at the stores will die down, right? Wrong. With the New Year approaching, it's time for all of those unwanted holiday gifts to get returned. According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers returned a record-high $46.28 billion in holiday merchandise in 2011. It remains to be seen if recipients in Macomb Township and across the U.S. were happier with their gifts this year. To make your life a little bit easier, here are the return policies for some of the area's largest big box retailers: Macy's Macy's items can be returned at any location. If you have a voucher, you can return items in original form at any time. If you don't have a proof of purchase, you can get store credit at the item's lowest selling …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
School is out and the kids are full of holiday energy. Here are 10 things you can do as a family in and around Macomb Township.
"And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again ... " Whether its Bing Crosby or Johnny Mathis singing those words, most of us can agree there's more than a little truth in them. If the kids are still running on a sugar high from this weekend's holiday revelry, here are a 10 ways to help them burn off the excess energy while still enjoying time as a family: 1. Movies Catch a kid-friendly film like Monsters, Inc. 3D or The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at nearby MJR Partridge Creek or Chesterfield Crossing Cinemas. Price: Matinee shows, from noon to 6 p.m., are $5. Super Saver shows before noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are $4.50. 2. Indoor Waterpark The Macomb Township Recreation Center's Aquatic Center is the closest thing…
Dec. 26 is National Candy Cane Day.
It's National Candy Cane Day, which seems fitting given that you likely have a surplus lying around at this point in the holiday season. We visited the National Confectioners Association website to gather the questions and answers for a quiz dedicated to the striped peppermint candy synonymous with the season. The quiz is available as a PDF so it's easy to print off and share with friends or family gathered at your house for the holidays. Or just test your knowledge with the questions below: Candy Cane Quiz 1. Legend places the origin of the candy cane in the: A. 1900s B. 1800s C. 1700s D. 1600s 2. According to legend, candy canes began as a means of: A. Rewarding shepherds for successfully guarding a flock. B. Bartering for the Christmas …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Share the spirit of Christmas by supporting charities and nonprofit groups serving Macomb.
Whether it's support for a special concert at the library or help for a family affected by childhood cancer, some of the best Christmas gifts are those that will never fit under a tree. Charitable organizations in Macomb Township and around the world rely on holiday donations to carry them through not only the Christmas season, but sometimes much of the year. Many of us are still struggling to cover our own budgets, but if the spirit of the season moves you to give what you can spare, here are 10 organizations that support the Macomb Township community by providing food, social services and more to residents in need. While canned food donations are always accepted at the food pantries, grocery store gift cards and monetary donations are …
From a 24-hour 'A Christmas Story' marathon and a trio of 'The Santa Claus' movies, there's plenty to watch this Christmas.
It's Christmas, the coffee has been poured and the presents are unwrapped — now what do you do? While you wait for the inlaws to arrive and Christmas dinner to finish cooking, flip on one of these holiday classics to keep the kids, as well as the rest of the family, entertained. POLL: What's Your All-Time Favorite Holiday Movie, Macomb Township?
Check out trailers for 'The Guilt Trip,' 'Les Miserables,' 'Django Unchained' and more.
The Metro Detroit area has always loved a great film's 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. Local movie-goers can catch this year's Christmas Day releases at theaters in Clinton Township (MJR Partridge Creek and AMC Star Gratiot 21), Sterling Heights (AMC Forum 30 and MJR Marketplace) and Chesterfield (MJR Chesterfield Crossing). Here is a look at what audiences have to look forward to this year, courtesy of moviefone.com. Les Miserables Django Unchained Parental Guidance The Guilt Trip The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey This Is 40 …
A Christmas tradition.
If you don't have a fireplace of your own, you can always find a video of one on YouTube. We hope you enjoy. Merry Christmas!
No need to fiddle with the radio. Patch has a collection of traditional Christmas tunes for your holiday-listening pleasure.
Do you hear what I hear? Christmas is a day away and the sights and sounds of the holiday season are in abundance. To get in on the holiday spirit, Patch has created a playlist of traditional Christmas to help spread the cheer. Go ahead and click "play" at the top of this page. We've also included a virtual fireplace, so be sure to also click "play" on the attached video, then cozy up to some holiday staples.