The annual Garden City tree lighting always draws a crowd and the 2015 version didn’t disappoint. Town leaders, local notables, and plenty of people from the community all showed up for the occasion. There was hot chocolate with marshmallows, a Christmas carol sing-along with Pastor Wayne Parker and the Merriman Road Baptist Church choir, a visit from Santa Claus, and, of course, the lighting of the tree. As the lights from the tree came ablaze, so did the Christmas lights up and down Ford Road and Middlebelt Road. See all of the photos.
Thousands of spectators lined Middlebelt Road and Ford Road for the 55th running of Garden City’s annual Santaland Parade. The November 28 event featured everything from live reindeer to a lawn mower drill corps. Mascots from the Pistons and tigers mingled with marching bands and dance clubs as unicyclists perched eight-feet high on their seats. The weather wasn’t too cold and bundled up children got all of the candy they could eat. Best of all, good old St. Nick made his yearly trek to Garden City and was the hit of many a camera phone as he made his grand entrance. See all of the photos from the event.
The first ever Holiday Crafts & Business Expo was held at the Moose Hall following directly after the Santaland parade on November 28. The event, which ran from noon to 4:00pm featured a wide variety of crafts, seasonal products and baked goods. Several Garden City businesses took the opportunity to introduce themselves and their business to the shoppers. See all of the photos.
Garden City’s first-ever Trunk or Treat was a roaring success as an estimated 2,000 trick or treaters and their parents thronged to the Towne Center parking lot on Thursday, October 29.
Despite the cold weather and a line that stretched at times to Middlebelt Road, the enthusiastic participants visited every one of the “trunks” and collected their treats.
The event was co-hosted by the Garden City Downtown Development Authority and the Garden City Business Alliance.
“What a night it was,” said GCBA President Kerry Partin. “I think the kids and their parents and the people passing out candy from their trunks, all had fun.”
See all of the photos from the event.
Garden City was among the top 10 Detroit suburbs to make Movato Real Estate’s “Ten Best Detroit Suburbs For Young Couples.” Using the following criteria, the firm ranked each Detroit suburb and averaged the scores into on overall score:
Percentage of residents age 22-34
Percentage of residents married
Median household income
Median home value
Total crimes per 100k
High school graduation rate
The suburbs with the lowest overall scores made up the 10 best Detroit suburbs for young couples. Data from PlayScore.org, AreaVibes, and the U.S. Census.
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Back row, left to right, Mr. Sean Arning, Senior Chief Instructor Kelly Perkins, Senior Chief Instructor Shelby Perkins. Front row, left to right, Ms. Zena Alyasiry, Mr. Lincoln Loiselle, Mr. Jonah Ostella, Mr. Sean Thompson and Mr. Chris Brugger.
Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness promoted six students to Black Belt on June 27th following a two day testing. The annual promotion takes prospective Black Belts through a rigorous examination that includes a challenging physical workout, tests students teaching and leadership abilities and sparring. This is typically done in one day. Students return the next day to perform their American Kenpo self-defenses, forms and sets for examiners. This portion of the grading is closed to the public.
The candidates also put together a “mini-demonstration” of their favorite techniques, including board and brick breaking, to perform for their family and friends for the Saturday evening Extravaganza where the students receive their Black Belt.
Promoted to First Degree Black Belt was Mr. Sean Arning. Promoted to Junior Black Belt were Ms. Zena Alyasiry, Mr. Christopher Brugger, Mr. Lincoln Loiselle, Mr. Jonah Ostella and Mr. Sean Thompson. Students train under the instruction of Senior Chief Instructors Kelly and Shelby Perkins. The Perkins own Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness and have been teaching American Kenpo since 1998. American Kenpo is known for its practical and effective self-defense. Guardian is the only Ed Parker American Kenpo studio in southeast Michigan. Pilates Reformer, Arnis and CPL classes are also taught at Guardian.
The studio is located at 30942 Ford Road in Garden City and may be reached at 734-266-0565 and email@example.com
The Garden City Business Alliance in partnership with the Garden City DDA, is sponsoring The Chili Cook-Off Afterburn on October 10, 2015. Located at the northeast corner of Ford Rd. & Middlebelt, in the Town Center Plaza. Spend an evening under the stars with music provided by Bonnie and the Working Girls
You might have seen them earlier this summer at the Autos for Autism event. Word is they really wowed the crowd with a mix of classic rock, oldies and more.
Brews, Food & Music! Doesn’t get any better than that!! Bring your lawn chairs. Hope you can join us immediately following the Chili Cook-Off events. See you there…..
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After June’s Lucky Squirrel Festival got rained out, many an anxious eye was turned to the sky. Perfectly innocent clouds got plenty of dirty looks until they soared on by. And the Festival went off without a hitch. Check out the photos.
The Garden City Hockey Association is having their 3rd annual Golf Fundraiser in order to raise enough money to cover the ice fees for the “Learn to Play” hockey program which are close to $4,200. The Garden City group is offering the program for free to novices to compete with other local hockey associations. If Garden City can’t offer comparable benefits, it may lose participants. If you can help in any way it would be greatly appreciated. More information is on the entry form.
Guardian Martial Arts is inviting residents and their families to an Appreciation Picnic on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm.
There will be hamburgers and hot dogs and bounce houses for kids of all ages.
Guardian will also feature an American Kenpo demonstration at 3:00 pm.
While no pre-registration is necessary, Guardian said it would be easier to plan if they had some ides of who was planning to attend.
Guardian is located at 30492 Ford Road in Garden City and their telephone number is 734-266-0565. Or, visit their website, www.guardianmartialarts.com