FOCUS newsletter

NOVEMBER 2021

  1. Giving Tuesday Opportunities
  2. GFL's Holiday Schedule
  3. Send Your Letters to Santa
  4. 19th Annual Turkey Trot

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.

  1. A Message from Supervisor Graham-Hudak
  2. DDA Installs Native Plants
  3. Christmas in the Village 2021
  4. Did You Know?

Hello neighbors!

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!

  1. Search for Bigfoot Hike
  2. Canton Holiday Artisan market
  3. Get Unlimited Golf in 2022 at Pheasant Run
  4. Annual Mom Prom Returns
  5. 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.

  1. In the Village Theater spotlight
  2. Canton Goodfellows “No Child Without a Christmas” project in full swing
  3. 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.

  1. Canton awarded additional recycling educational grant
  2. Breakfast with Santa is back!
  3. 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.