Taylor Winter Festival will feature parade, fireworks

going-placesc    The Christmas season will official begin in Taylor on Nov. 26 with the opening of the city’s Winter Festival featuring a parade, tree lighting, Santa’s Magic Forest and fireworks.

The parade will start at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 23555 Goddard, and continue to Pardee and the Sheridan Open Air Pavilion at Heritage Park, where Santa will preside and receive the key to the city.

After fireworks about 6 p.m., the Jolly Old Gentleman and his elves will lead attendees to Santa’s Magic Forest for carriage rides, candy, music and entertainment.

There is no charge to attend the festival, but tickets to visit the forest are $3, general admission (free for children under 3). A photo with Santa will cost $8.

Proceeds from the Santa’s Magic Forest are earmarked for the Downriver Fish & Loaves Food Pantry, sponsor of the attraction.

The organization is seeking volunteers to assist at the Magic Forest, to be open through Christmas. To volunteer, or for more information, call 734-422-0031.

During the festival, a truck will be parked at the Sheridan Pavilion for donation of new, unwrapped toys for needy children. The city will distribute the toys during the holidays. A drop-off location will be available at the city hall near the Goddard entrance as well.

Center seeks participants

The Information Center in Taylor is seeking individuals and businesses to participate in its Holiday Assistance/Adopt-a Family Program, which provides gifts for low-income families.

Center spokeswoman Dina Vannice said the Adopt-a-Family program has been supported by private donations, churches and businesses for more than 30 years.

Among those who have been served by the program is Sarah Passalacqua of Brownstown Township, who wrote to the center, “As a student, it is a struggle being a single parent, a student and single mother. I accepted assistance for the holidays. It was breath-taking to receive and witness the kindness complete strangers cared to share with my family.

“I appreciated it more than I could ever express. The Holiday Assistance Program is truly a miracle for those who . . . will benefit from such an amazing gift. Thank you.”

Vannice said that last year 1,457 people were assisted overall with food, gift cards and miscellaneous items. To participate in the program, call Lori Stevenson at 734-282-7171.

College sets annual sale

Henry Ford College’s culinary students once again will come to the aid of holiday hosts by selling desserts and breads created for the college’s annual bake sale.

Among the offerings will be pumpkin and other pies; cheesecakes, challah, dinner rolls and pumpkin loaves. The price range is $2.99 for a small cranberry pumpkin loaf to $14.99 for cheesecake.

The items will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 23 next to the college’s Fifty-One O One Restaurant, 5101 Evergreenin Dearborn.

Coming up . . .

Nov. 24 — America’s Thanksgiving Parade; step-off at 8:50 a.m. at Kirby and Woodward in Detroit, with a live broadcast on WDIV Channel 4 starting at 10 a.m.

Nov. 29-Dec. 11 — Musical, “Fun Home,” Tony-award winner for Best Musical; at the Fisher Theatre; tickets starting at $39, are available at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-982-2787 and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com; for tickets for an open-captioned performance Dec. 4, call 313-872 -1000, Ext. 0.

Dec. 2, 4 — Play, “The Nutcracker,” by Ballet Americana with principal dancers from the San Francisco Ballet; 8 p.m. Dec. 2; and 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3; at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center; for tickets, $20 to $36, go yo www.dearborntheater.com.

Dec. 2, 3 — Concert by the Seaway Chorale and Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. at the Community Auditorium in Flat Rock High School, 25600 Seneca; for tickets, $10, $12 and $6, and more information, go to www.seawaychorale.org.