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December 04, 2013 - Head to Leonard for the tree lighting

Looking for a touch of Norman Rockwell amidst the endless commercialization this Christmas season?

Then head to downtown Leonard on Saturday, Dec. 7 for the town's annual tree lighting ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

After lighting the tree outside historic Rowland Hall (23 E. Elmwood St.), attendees are invited to sing Christmas carols, enjoy a story for the kids and partake of a delightful assortment of hot beverages and holiday sweets.

It's an old-fashioned Christmas event.

No glitz. No marketing. No sales.

Just family, joy and warmth.

Stuff a NOTA bus to help folks in need

The North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) is asking people to donate items for the needy on Saturday, Dec. 7 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Folks are asked to bring new and gently-used toys, stuffed animals, clothing, blankets and household items, all of which will be used as holiday gifts.

NOTA vehicles will be parked at each of the three donation locations Oxford Bank (60 S. Washington St.) in downtown Oxford; PNC Bank (88 Flint St.) in Lake Orion; and the Addison Township Hall, located at 1440 Rochester Rd. in Lakeville.

NOTA is hoping to pack all three vehicles full of donations, so people are asked to please give what they can.

Advent program at St. Mary's House

St. Mary's Retreat House (775 W. Drahner Rd.) in Oxford will present a program regarding the Advent season on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Presented by Sr. Maria DeMonte, OP, the program is called "Advent: Sacred Time, Sacred Space."

A suggested offering of $25 covers the program and lunch. The presentation is open to both men and women. For more information or to reserve a seat, please call Sr. Maria at (248) 628-3894.

Rotary Christmas party returns

The Rotary Club of Oxford will host its annual Christmas party for senior citizens on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Oxford Hills Golf & Country Club (300 E. Drahner Rd.).

The party begins at 12 noon and includes a delicious turkey dinner and plenty of entertainment. The event is FREE for area seniors. Please call (248) 969-5065 to make reservations.

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