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This year, Tuesday, November 30, Canton Leisure Services is participating in #GivingTuesday, which is a generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world that takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. Help organizations right here in your own community by supporting one of our Canton funds which benefit hundreds of youth annually. Donate through the Canton Community Foundation at localimpactalliance.org to one or all of these Canton Leisure Services community programs: Lead #LikeAGirl Scholarship Fund; Canton Youth Advisory Council Endowment Fund; Camp A.B.L.E.; Canton Cares Fund; Leisure Club Fund; and Canton Trails Fund. If the generous spirit of the season inspires you to help our community, please donate on #GivingTuesday. Thank you in advance for your generosity and many thanks to the Canton Community Foundation for their help with this donation drive.
Residents are advised to make note of the GFL collection schedule during the holiday months.
Thanksgiving: There will be no collection on Thursday, November 25. All Thursday and Friday collection routes will be delayed by one day that week.
Christmas: Since Christmas falls on Saturday, there will be no collection delay. All collections will take place Monday-Friday that week.
New Year’s Day: Since New Year’s Day falls on Saturday, there will be no collection delay. All collections will take place Monday-Friday that week.
Please note, Saturday collection of residential yard waste ended October 30. Starting the week of November 1, residential yard waste will be collected on your regular collection day along with your garbage and recycling. Curbside collection of yard waste ends December 17 and will not resume until April, 2022. To report a missed pickup, please visit www.canton-mi.org/216.
For questions or more information, visit www.canton-mi.org or call GFL at 844/464-3587.
Once again, Canton Leisure Services has made special arrangements with our friends at the North Pole and the U.S. Post Office to deliver your wish list to Santa. To mail your letter, please drop it in our North Pole Express Mailbox in the back parking lot of the Canton Administration Building, November 9 - 30. Santa asks that you print your name and address clearly so he may reply to your letter. Each household will receive a return letter and Santa will take care of the postage. Canton residents only, please. For more information, visit www.cantonfun.org.
Lace-up your running shoes and join us in supporting the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan! This year will feature a return to in-person racing, as well as a convenient virtual option for those concerned about being around others or who plan to be away.
On Thursday, November 25, the 5K chip-timed and 1-mile fun runs, which have become a Thanksgiving morning family tradition, will be held. Once again, the scenic course winds through Heritage Park and Pheasant Run Golf Club. Participants will enjoy running/walking, raffles, and more. Entry fee is $30 for the 5K and $20 for the 1-mile walk. Register online at www.cantonfun.org/919. Those registered by November 9 are guaranteed a race shirt.
For more information, call the Canton Sports Center at 734/483-5600.
- A Message from Supervisor Graham-Hudak
- DDA Installs Native Plants
- Christmas in the Village 2021
- Did You Know?
Creating partnerships and seeking grants are important in providing the best possible services to our residents. In the past few months, we have received some wonderful grants. One of them was for the Village Theater at Cherry Hill, which provided emergency assistance for eligible cultural institutions and organizations affected by COVID-19. The $281,268 grant was awarded by the US Small Business Administration to enable recipients to recoup expenses when we were unable to open during the pandemic. We look forward to our residents enjoying many performances in the years to come.
The second grant was from SEMCOG for $35,000 to develop an electric vehicle (EV) strategic plan to site and prepare for the installation of EV charging stations in several township owned parking lots throughout the community. This plan will not only prepare our community for the increase in electric vehicles being produced by the auto industry, but it will drive us further to reducing our carbon footprint and realizing our board community goals.
A previous grant we were awarded, EGLE’s ‘Feet on the Street’ recycling education grant, provided great results for our recycling efforts in Canton. Post-program results showed Canton’s curbside recycling participation rate at 77%, which is above the national average. Our contamination rate also reduced, demonstrating a 28% improvement from the beginning of the program.
We are proud of our employees who work hard to find and apply for these grants and look forward to winning even more in the years to come!
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends!
Ford Road has a new look! In an effort to align with the Township Board’s environmental goals, Canton’s DDA has invested in native, indigenous plantings along Ford Road. Clusters of Black-Eyed Susan, Butterfly Weed and Hairy Beard Tongue Flower have been planted at the corner walls of each major intersection.
Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds and other animals.
The DDA traditionally does two annual plantings each year, in the spring and fall. These new native perennial plants require less irrigation and will provided continuous blooms from May-November each year.
That’s right! Your favorite holiday event is back in Cherry Hill Village on Saturday, December 4 from 4 - 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 5 from 3 - 6 p.m., and this year the Village Arts Factory is getting in on the act.
With a dozen artists selling their creations as holiday presents, Santa and Mrs. Claus, fresh holiday greens for sale and lots of yummy holiday treats, this is sure to be the holiday event to not miss. During the last hour of the event on Sunday, we will be turning off the music and twinkling lights for children with Sensory Processing Sensitivity, so they can have a relaxed visit with Santa. There will be lots of activities including tree decorating, hot chocolate, live music, and a pet photo contest. Check out https://villageartsfactory.com/christmas-in-the-village/ for all the details.
Canton’s website features a page with many community assistance resources available in and around the community. Visit www.canton-mi.org/661 for information on mental health resources, emergency food assistance, memory care and more.
- Search for Bigfoot Hike
- Canton Holiday Artisan market
- Get Unlimited Golf in 2022 at Pheasant Run
- Annual Mom Prom Returns
- Leisure Services Five-Year Master Plan Public Hearing
Did you know that there have been more than 200 Bigfoot sightings in Michigan over the years? Join us for an evening hike on Saturday, November 13, from 4-6 p.m., as we walk a short section of the beautiful Lower Rouge Trail, located off Morton Taylor Road, north of Michigan Avenue, and search for the elusive ‘Big Guy’ in our own backyards! Participants in this FREE hike will be guided by a naturalist and noted “Bigfoot Expert” from the Huron-Clinton Metroparks in this entertaining search for the ‘World Hide-N-Seek Champion,’ also known as Sasquatch. Advance registration is required at: https://bit.ly/2WNYI2n. Bring your flashlights, bug spray and sense of adventure to this tongue-in-cheek search, where you never know who might show up! For more information, visit www.cantonfun.org.
Mark your calendars because the Canton Farmers Market will hold its Annual Holiday Artisan Market on Saturday, November 6 at the Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway.
This special market will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and will feature a variety of merchandise from local vendors to help you kick off your holiday shopping. Stop in to shop, enjoy tasty treats from Great Lakes Confections food truck and make it an afternoon of holiday shopping! Featured items include: holiday gifts, home décor, hostess gifts, baked goods, and more!
For more details, visit www.cantonfun.org/496.
Purchase an Annual Pass at Pheasant Run Golf Club before December 17, and save 10% off the pass price. Annual golf passes allow for unlimited golf with cart and range use throughout the year. Passes are valid for one year from the date of purchase. For more details, call the Pro Shop at 734/397-6460 or visit www.golfprgc.org.
Ladies, it’s time to pull out your old prom dresses or bridesmaids’ gowns, because the Canton Mom Prom is back and will benefit The B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center, which provides after school and youth development programs for teens ages 11-17.
This special celebration for all women, not just moms, will take place on Saturday, November 6, from 8-11 p.m. at Fellows Creek Golf Course, located at 2936 S. Lotz Road.
No dates are required at this special 21 and over event. Come dance, have a drink, laugh with friends and support an awesome cause. Purchase tickets today at www.fellowscreekgolf.com. For more information, call 734/394-5360.
A Public Hearing to receive public input on the Five-Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2022-2026 will be held at the November 9 Canton Board of Trustees meeting at 7 p.m. All Canton residents are encouraged to attend in person or by accessing the Zoom meeting at www.canton-mi.org.
The Canton Leisure Services Five-Year Master Plan 2022-2026 is currently available for public review at www.cantonfun.org. Hard copies of the Master Plan are also available for review at: Canton Public Library, 1200 S. Canton Center Road; Summit on the Park front desk, 46000 Summit Parkway; and Canton Leisure Services Administration Office, 1150 S. Canton Center Road.
All community comments can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Greg Hohenberger, Canton Leisure Services Director, 1150 S. Canton Center Road, Canton, MI 48188. All comments must be received prior to November 6, 2021. This Five-Year Master Plan has been prepared in accordance with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources requirements as a guide for the acquisition and development of community recreation facilities and programs over the next five years. For more information, call 734/394-5360.
- In the Village Theater spotlight
- Canton Goodfellows “No Child Without a Christmas” project in full swing
- Lifeguard class and positions now available
On Saturday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m., The Ultimate McCartney Experience returns to the Village Theater, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, paying tribute to Sir Paul McCartney. The McCartney Project covers more than three decades of the most popular Beatles hits through the epic hits of Wings and more. This fun, high-energy show is family-friendly and perfect for all ages. Tickets are $15 - $25. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.cantonvillagetheater.org, or by phone at 734/394-5300.
On November 11, Canton will honor area servicemen and servicewomen who have served or who are currently serving in the Armed Forces at our annual Salute To Service event. Doors open for this free event at 6 p.m. for a reception, with the stage presentation scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. with a keynote speaker and featured performance by the Canton Concert Band. Donations will also be accepted to benefit the Veterans Administration Healthcare System. Please visit www.cantonvillagetheater.org for a list of requested items.
Experience music, dance and drama from around the world when Canton’s International Festival returns to The Village Theater at Cherry Hill on Saturday, November 13. This cultural and educational festival, which will be held from 2–5 p.m., will offer participants entertainment and experiences celebrating diverse customs and traditions on the main stage of The Village Theater. Celebrate the diversity of the Canton community through song and dance from various cultural groups. Tickets are just $5 at the door (cash only, please). This event is presented by the Multicultural Committee of Canton Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage.
For additional information, visit www.cantonvillagetheater.org, or call 734/394-5300.
The Canton Goodfellows and Canton Leisure Services are teaming up to help brighten the holidays for Canton’s neediest children, and have a number of opportunities for residents to participate:
• Bring in a new, unwrapped toy or gift card to the Summit on the Park or to the Leisure Services administrative offices located in the Canton Administration Building beginning Friday, November 12 until Friday, December 3.
• Contribute to the food drive at Holiday Market in Canton on November 19 – 21. A list of needed items will be available to shoppers and volunteers will be on hand to collect them.
• Make a donation by visiting www.cantongoodfellows.org, or mail a check to Canton Goodfellows, P.O. Box 87532, Canton, MI 48187.
Please help us bring joy to the less fortunate in this holiday season. For more information, visit cantongoodfellows.org.
Are you looking for a rewarding part-time job where you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing that you will actively make an impact when you’re on the job? Then join the Summit on the Park’s Lifeguard Staff! These part-time positions offer hours ideal for students, second-job seekers, retirees, and more. Some employee perks include: flexible hours; competitive starting pay; FREE Membership to the Summit’s Fitness Center; and a friendly work environment.
Apply online today at https://canton.applicantpro.com/jobs/. Not certified yet? Our next lifeguard class will run December 2 - 3 from 5:30 - 9 p.m. and December 4 - 5 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Participants must attend each day. For more information, visit summitonthepark.org. Canton Township is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
- Canton awarded additional recycling educational grant
- Breakfast with Santa is back!
- Treasurer Slavens' Corner
Earlier this year, Canton embarked on an eight-week “Feet on the Street” recycling cart tagging program in order to help eliminate contamination in curbside carts. This program was funded by a Recycling Quality Improvement Grant from The Recycling Partnership and Michigan EGLE (Environment, Great Lakes and Energy). Thanks to the program and residential participation, Canton was able to improve our contamination rate by 28%.
In an effort to expand on the success of the program, Canton applied for additional grant funding to focus on education. We are happy to announce that Canton was selected by The Recycling Partnership and Michigan EGLE as a Recycling App to Action Grant recipient. By accepting this grant, Canton will take recycling data gathered during their previous Recycling Quality Improvement Grant, analyze it to better understand the recycling behavior of Canton Township residents and amplify the results with targeted education and outreach.
A public education campaign on curbside recycling will begin in the spring of 2022. To learn more about Canton’s recycling program or to view a list of what is and is not accepted in your cart, please visit www.canton-mi.org/230.
Bring the entire family to the Summit on the Park on Saturday, December 4, from 9 - 11 a.m. to enjoy a wonderful breakfast with Santa Claus! Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a special visit. Participants will also enjoy delicious eats, a craft, and story time, as well as take home a special souvenir.
Pre-registration is required and will start on November 15. Fees for ages 16 and up are $20.50 for Canton residents and $26.50 for non-residents. Fees for ages 5-15 are $16.50 for Canton residents and $21.50 for non-residents. Fees for ages 4 and below are $5.50 for Canton residents and $6.50 for non-residents. Menu includes: scrambled eggs, sausage, turkey sausage, bacon, pancakes, home-style potatoes, mac ‘n cheese, Chicken Alfredo, steamed vegetable medley, juices, coffee, and tea. Seating is reserved by table location only on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call 734/394-5460.
Happy November! Recently residents have asked about their winter tax and when can they pay. We will mail winter property tax bills on December 1, and they will be due February 14, 2022. Winter property taxes cover December 1, 2021- November 30, 2022.
With the cold weather coming, I am sure many residents have had the opportunity to winterize their outdoor faucets, pipes, plumbing and sprinkler systems.
It is also that time of year when we have many residents who spend the colder months in a warmer climate. If you are gone for any length of time it is important to know that water bills are not forwarded. If you wish to have your water/sewer bill mailed to a different address, please contact our office with the address you would like it mailed to, remembering to change it back when you return.
Another housekeeping announcement to our residents; please keep storm drains in our neighborhood streets cleared. Often leaves, grass and debris will run onto the storm drains blocking them. Keeping the drains cleared, allows water to freely flow into the drains. Whether it is the cold winter months, keeping the snow and ice cleared from the storm drains, or during our rainy season, a heavy rain can cause street flooding when the storm drains are blocked.
I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful autumn and a very happy Thanksgiving! If you ever have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call my office at 734/394-5131 or e-mail me at email@example.com.