Tree-lighting, parade and afterglow kickoff scheduled

By Evelyn Cairns
Trenton will kick off the holiday season at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 with its annual tree-lighting ceremony, a parade to City Hall and an afterglow with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Numerous special events are planned at the Trenton Cultural Center during the Christmas celebration, which will continue through Dec. 22.

Among them are Victorian Christmas teas featuring scones, soup, lunch and desserts. The teas are scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

Registrations are being accepted at 734-675-7300 or online at The cost is $15 per person, with a minimum of 20 guests per tea. Private teas with a minimum of 15 guests also can be booked.

Reservations for meetings and holiday parties at the center, which is resplendent with more than 25 decorated trees, are being accepted as well.

A holiday general store will offer holiday craft items and gifts, and a special Secret Santa Shoppe will be open for children only. Staff members will shop from the youngsters’ children’s lists and wrap the gifts.

On Dec. 14 and 15, the Whispering Pine Animal Kingdom will be on the site from 1 to 4 p. m., and Basil Buddies will sell baked goods and gift baskets to help support the animals. In addition, a thumbprint artist will be available for portraits.

A live reindeer will join Santa and face-painting elves on Dec. 21 and 22, while representatives of PAWS of Michigan sell baked goods and offer pets for adoption.

The Cultural Center is at 2427 West Road.

DCA boutique, show will open
A reception at 6 p.m. Thursday will mark the opening of the Downriver Council for the Arts’ annual mixed-media “Winter Wonderland” fine-arts exhibition and holiday boutique at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

Handmade items will be featured at the boutique. The organization’s annual meeting, which is open to all DCA members, is scheduled for 12:30 to 2 p.m. the same day. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the DCA at 734-720-0671 or go to

One-day sale set by guild
A one-day holiday sale will be conducted by the Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center on the Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Road, Taylor.

The sale, held in partnership with the college, will include paintings, ceramics, fishing lures, wood carvings, photography and other handcrafted items.

In addition, clothing by designer Cheryl Zemke, hats, jewelry and scarves will be offered for sale, and Downriver artisans will conduct demonstrations for all ages. Santa Claus will be on hand for photographs with children, who will be invited to participate in make-and-take craft sessions.

For additional information, call Maureen Keast at 734-777-6109.

Coming up . . .
Dec. 6 — Twenty-sixth annual Downriver Community Prayer Breakfast with Jim Cymbala, pastor of Brooklyn Tabernacle Church and author, as speaker; 7 a.m. at Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort St., Southgate; for tickets, $15, send a check payable to Downriver Community Prayer Breakfast to Bovitz CPA, 1651 Kingsway Court, P.O. Box 445, Trenton, MI 48183.

Dec. 6, 7 — Seaway Chorale and Orchestra con-cert, “Heaven and Nature Sing”; 7:30 p.m. at the Flat Rock High School Auditorium; for tickets or more in-formation, call Linda Soules at 734-675-2459.

Dec. 6, 7 — Ballet Americana performances of “The Nutcracker” with guest artists from New York City, Miami and Cuba accompanied by the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra; 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; for tickets, call 313-943-2354 or go to

Dec. 9 — Panel discussion for youths, family members and concerned individuals on the early warning signs of school dropout and solutions; 6 to 8 p.m. at the Southgate Library, 14680 Dix-Toledo Road; to be presented by Edward D’Angelo, president and CEO of The Information Center of Taylor.