Friday, November 30, 2012

Grab your Santa hat and check out these holiday events

So you missed Hob Nob Gobble and the Turkey Trot. Just don’t miss the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk, 9 a.m., Saturday at Northville Downs, 301 South Center Street in Northville.

Walk-in registration ($35 fee) begins at 7:30 a.m.

Individuals and teams are invited to participate in this holiday themed running and walking event to raise awareness and funds supporting the fight against arthritis.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite holiday costumes – be it Santa Claus’ red suit or just Rudolph’s red nose. Last but not least you’ll need some bells, tied to your shoes to create a chorus of jingle bell rings. Loads of fun for the entire family, the event includes a 5K run/walk with competitive timing, kid’s quarter mile “Snowman Shuffle” and post-race party with awards for best time and most creative costume.

Being honored at this year’s event is Detroiter, Cathy Brown-Thomas, who was excitedly planning the details of her wedding when experienced significant pain. She was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, requiring her to control the pain with medicine and therapy. For her involvement, Brown-Thomas hopes to raise awareness about arthritis and let others know that help is available.

For full event details visit:Jingle Bell Run/Walk

 Noel Night stars 

Whether it's a school Christmas pageant or Tchaikovsky's ballet --there is something special about live entertainment during the holiday season.

This Saturday students from the Arts Academy in the Woods, a charter high school based in Fraser, will be performing at two major holiday events. The school's guitar quartet will be entertaining Noel Night attendees starting at 5 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble store on the Wayne State University Campus, located at 82 W. Warren, Detroit.

Then there's the Arts Academy in the Woods' dance academy appearing from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at the Detroit Public Library's Main Branch at 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

  Also that night, the school's madrigal choir will be performing at the City of Fraser's "Christmas in Fraser" event at Fraser City Hall. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. that evening.

Arts Academy in the Woods is chartered by the Macomb Intermediate School District.  It offers students the opportunity to major in the fine and performing arts while completing the Michigan Merit Curriculum.

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