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Lisa Christensen, at left, and Lisa McCoy of Indedendence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors work on the Friendly Forest, which feature Big Bird, Minnie Mouse, Elmo, and lots of their friends. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)
October 16, 2013 - Friendly Forest returns to Independence Township, this year with Lisa Christensen at the helm.

"It's been a crazy week," said Christensen of Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors. "It's exciting. I'm learning a lot."

New characters this year include characters from "Monsters Inc.," "Despicable Me," and the Smurfs. Fairytale Entertainment of Clarkston is helping out by sending characters from "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" and a Cinderella. In addition to tents, Valley Tent Rental of Goodrich is bringing an Elmo and Mickey Mouse.

"We appreciate all their help," Christensen said. "Come on out and have a good time with all your favorite fairy tale and cartoon characters, and get some treats, crafts, and a hay ride."

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The Community Garden is staffing a booth offering pumpkins and corn stalks for home decoration, and Clarkston Area Optimists Club is sending 40 volunteers.

The Optimists also donated $1,000 to the annual event, which was used to reduce ticket prices from $6 to $4 for residents, and also to offer a three tickets, get the fourth free deal.

The event will be 3-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road. Children dress in their Halloween costumes for trick-or-treating on a decorated trail, with costumed volunteers. Activities also include cider, donuts and a hayride.

Admission is $4 resident/$6 non-resident. Family Fun 4 Pack is $12 resident/$18 non-resident. On site tickets are $8. Tickets are sold for a specific time in 15 minute intervals. Admission is free for adults.

For more information, call 248-625-8223 or check www.itpr.org.

Phil Custodio

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