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Local Events in Northville and Novi, Michigan for February 21-28

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Local events Northville and Novi, MI

Get ready to power through the last part of winter - even when the days are cold! Northville and Novi, Michigan are offering exciting things to do over the next week. Be sure to get your calendar out and plan to attend one or more of the following events.

Northville, Michigan Upcoming Events

In Our Own Voice: African American Art at the DIA

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Northville District Library - Carlo Meeting Room
  • 212 W Cady St, Northville, MI 

This is a lecture and photo presentation of African American Art through the 19th century through today. Come learn how much you may not know about the cultural contributions African Americans have made to this country. View current issues of race, gender, politics and culture through the eyes of someone else!

To register, please see the Northville District Library website. 

Brightmont Academy Open House

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 am
  • Location: Northville Campus
  • 15374 N. Haggerty Road, Plymouth, Michigan 

Come check out Brightmont! If you are new to the area, or are looking for school options for your kids, this open house is a great way to get familiar with what the area has to offer. Brightmont Academy is an accredited private school for grades 6-12. It offers one-to-one instruction for students with many kinds of learning challenges. Come get a tour and meet campus director Teresa Woods, who is on campus to talk about the one-to-one teaching model.

Brightmont offers diploma programs and individual courses designed to earn credit toward a diploma from another local high school. It also offers tutoring for grades 3-12, test prep courses, and career planning advice.

Brightmont has 11 locations all over the country - including two in Michigan. It has served 3,500 students since 1999. The academy accepts applications all year and receives new students in educational programs at any time.

For more information visit: or call 1-888-521-0887.

Electronic Music Production with Mike Huckaby

  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Location: Northville District Library - Carlo Meeting Room
  • 212 W Cady St, Northville, MI 

Are you or your kids interested in learning about electronic music production? Maybe your interest has started to be more than a hobby, or you’re hoping to put your teen’s technological skill to productive use. There’s no better place than Motown to learn about music and no better person than Detroit sound engineer Mike Huckaby. He’s a sound designer, music producer, and has a deep knowledge of dance music. Come join in the fun and bring your questions.

This event is for adults, teens and grades 6 and up. To register, please see, please see the Northville District Library website.

Novi, Michigan Upcoming Events

Tex Mex Meal Class

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Location: Cutco Kitchen Store
  • 43215 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48375

Would you like to learn how to craft a delicious Tex Mex meal for friends and family? You won’t want to miss this free kitchen party at Cutco Kitchen Store in Novi.

For more information, please call 248-679-1538 and to register, please visit:

Cottage and Lakefront Living Show

  • February 23: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • February 24: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
  • February 25: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • February 26: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Location: Suburban Collection Showplace
  • 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi, MI 48374

This is a great showcase for those who own, are building, or are looking to own or rent a home on the water - whether for vacation or full-time. It’s the 10th annual event, featuring:

  • The Log and Timberframe Showcase
  • Cottage Fine Art Show
  • Lakefront Marketplace
  • Cottage Living Seminars
  • The Beach and Water & Woods Photo Contest Display

There are many displays being offered for year-round lake living and vacation living. This is a great way to find the perfect cottage for sale or rent for your future vacations or weekend getaways. Michigan has so many wonderful lakes and opportunities for waterfront living.

  • Cottage and home builders
  • Contractors
  • Realtors
  • Furnishings and accessories
  • Shoreline and cottage landscaping
  • Lakeshore maintenance
  • Boats, Kayaks and stand-up paddle boards
  • Docks & boat-lifts
  • Seawalls
  • Outdoor recreational equipment and much, much more.


  • Admission:  $10 Adults, $4 Children (6-14), Free for Kids 5 & under
  • Parking: $5.00

For more information, please see ShowSpan.

Take Away

So many of us are dreaming of warmer days, and it is great to know that spring is right around the corner. Don’t forget there are still fun things to right in your own backyard during the next few weeks in Northville and Novi, Michigan.

February Local Events in Novi, Northville & South Lyon

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you looking for something to do in February in the Novi, Northville, and South Lyon, Michigan area? Take a look at some of the exciting events offered below to help chase away the winter blues.

Novi, Michigan February Events

Valentine’s Mad Hatter Luncheon

  • Tuesday,  February 14
  • Time: 12:00 pm -2:00 pm
  • Location: Meadowbrook Activity Center
  • 25075 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48375

Don’t be late for this most important date! The Valentine’s Mad Hatter Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, February 14 for ages 55+ on the Meadowbrook Activity Center in Novi. You are invited to wear your finest Alice in Wonderland character costume or a comical grandiose hat. This program is sponsored in partnership with Waltonwood at Twelve Oaks.

  • Price: Residents: $7.50 / Non Residents: $9.00
  • Ticket Deadline: February 7 or until the event is sold out

Please call 248-347-0414 for more information.

Camp Arctic Adventure

  • February 20-22 (Mid-Winter Break)
  • Monday – Wednesday
  • Time: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Location: Novi Ice Arena
  • 42400 Nick Lidstrom Dr, Novi, MI 48375

Are you looking for something for your children to do over Mid-Winter Break? Camp Arctic Adventure will be held at the Novi Ice Arena from February 20-22. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in activities including ice skating, an indoor human snow blower competition, and Novi’s very own Mini-Iditarod! Please have your child bring a lunch and dress for the outdoors.

  • Ages: 6-12
  • Price: Residents: $119 / Non-Residents: $142
  • One-Day Price: Residents $43 / Non-Residents $51

For more information, please contact the City of Novi - Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services at 248-347-0400.

Coffee with a Cop Day

  • Friday, February 24
  • Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Location: Fire Station #2
  • 919 Paramont, Novi MI 48377

How would you like to have a cup of coffee with the local police department? On Friday, February 24, you will have the opportunity. Stop by Fire Station #2 with your questions or concerns from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. There will be no agenda or speeches.

Northville, Michigan February Events

Live Professional Theatre

  • Play: Sexy Laundry
  • Tipping Point Theatre
  • 361 E Cady St, Northville, MI 48167
  • Performances throughout February*

Would you like to attend a live theatre right in Downtown Northville? You won't want to miss Downtown Northville's third of six shows in their theatrical season, Sexy Laundry.

*For dates, times, and tickets, please see: or call the Tipping Point Box Office at 248-347-0003.

South Lyon, Michigan February Events

The Salem-South Lyon District Library has many events on the schedule for this month - for all ages and interests.

  • Location: Salem-South Lyon District Library – Meeting Room
  • 9800 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon, MI 48178
  • For more information about the events listed below, please see Library Events or call: 248-437-6431

The following is a sampling of some of the events offered this month.

Cupcake Wars

  • Tuesday, February 7
  • Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Ages 7-12

Do your children love to enter contests? How about a cupcake decorating contest? Cupcakes, kitchen items, and decorations will be supplied. All your child needs to bring is creativity and imagination. Cupcakes will be judged on presentation and creativity.

S.T.E.A.M. Team "Block Party": Legos in the Library

  • Saturday, February 11
  • Time: 1:00 pm -2:00 pm
  • Grades K-5

Do your children love to build with Legos? The Salem-South Lyon District Library is having a Block Party for grades K-5! Legos will be supplied and children only need to bring their imaginations. The finished creations will be photographed and displayed in the Youth Department for one week.

For more information, please contact Dee Beaver at: 248-437-6431 x20

Live Jazz Music: RJ Spangler Trio

  • Sunday, February 12
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Jazz lovers of all ages

Are you a jazz music lover? The Jazz Foundation of America and the Metro Detroit Book & Author Society 2016 James Dance Performance Grant is sponsoring a special event you won’t want to miss! Plan to attend and enjoy live Detroit Jazz, Blues, and history with RJ Spangler Trio and friends.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Take Away

If you’re looking for something special to do in the gray days of February, plan to attend one of the special events in Novi, Northville or South Lyon, Michigan. It’s a great way to meet people who live in your area and chase away the winter blues.

Novi, Michigan Community Events in January 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Novi, Michigan Community Events in January 2017

Are you feeling cooped up in this freezing weather? After the holidays, it may be a bit daunting with the rest of the winter stretched out before us. For those who live in the Novi, Michigan area looking to get more involved, or who have kids wanting activities, or for sports fans, look no further. Check out these community events that are scheduled for January 2017:

Novi Choralaires

The Novi Choralaires - an adult co-ed choir made up of Novi and surrounding area residents - put on several concerts per year. Open auditions are held on two Tuesdays this month, January 10 and January 17 at:

Novi Middle School
49000 11 Mile Rd
Novi MI 48374

For more information, please see: Novi Choralaires

Novi Police and Fire Victory Benefit

On Friday, January 20, there’s a sure-to-be-entertaining hockey benefit game: Novi Police and Fire Benevolent Association vs. Detroit Redwing Alumni Association. Come watch former Redwings play! Admission is $10, and the game starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Novi Ice Arena.

To purchase tickets online, please see: NPFBA & Detroit Red Wings Alumni Victory 2017 Benefit

All proceeds go to the officer Harper Memorial Children’s Fund. There are sponsorship opportunities at many price levels! Spend the game in a private suite with ten other friends, sit in the penalty box during the game or perform the ceremonial puck drop, and much more!

Chili Chilly Softball Showdown

Today is the last day to register your team, so don’t waste any time! This is the city’s 3rd annual event of this name. It will take place, Saturday, January 21 at 9 a.m. at Ella Mae Power Park. It’s a co-ed event featuring one pitch per at bat and prizes for all participants and lunch: koney dogs from Kerby’s Koney Island. Eighteen years and older!

It’s a double elimination format with six inning games and the Novi Civic Center will be open for players needing to warm up. Wooden bats provided. You can register your team or be put on a free agent list. The cost is $250 per team.

For more information, please see the City of Novi’s website or call 248-347-0400

Novi Fire Department’s Free Car Seat and Booster Seat Checks

Take advantage of the Novi Fire Department’s free car seat and booster seat check at the fire station #4 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday January 21 at:

Fire Station #4
49375 Ten Mile Rd.
Novi MI 48375 US

Alice in Wonderland Jr. Auditions

The Novi Civic Theatre program has been putting on plays, musicals, dinner theatres, camps, classes, and workshops for a long time. This is a great way for young actors to learn about and experience theatre starting at a local level. This spring, the Novi Civic Theatre program is putting on a youth musical theatre production of Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and also Saturday mornings, and a more precise schedule will be available after casting. A mandatory parent meeting will take place on January 30 for parents of those in the cast. The performances are scheduled for March 24-26 at the Novi Civic Center.

Auditions for grades K-8 will be held on January 21, 12-5pm at the Novi Civic Center. You may pre-register your child(ren) at no cost at: In the Mitten Productions.

Registration Price

  • Residents: $150
  • Non- Residents: $180

The price includes most costume pieces, scripts, music, cast photo, and cast t-shirt.

Rehearsals will be held: Tuesday and Thursday (evenings), Saturday (mornings) beginning February 4.

  • Location: Novi Civic Center
  • Instructor: In the Mitten Productions
  • Show Dates: March 24 at 7:00 pm, 25 at 6:00 pm, 26 at 2:00 pm

For more information, please see the City of Novi’s website - Theatre

Turning Teen

Do you have a girl, aged 8 or above who is ready to learn about puberty? Novi is offering an educational workshop by the authors of Turning Teen, Dr. Lisa Klein & Dr. Carrie Leff.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Civic Center
45175 10 Mile Road
Novi MI 48375 US

For more information, please see: Turning Teen

Take Away

Don’t miss out on these great opportunities throughout the month of January in Novi, Michigan! From the Novi Choralaires open auditions and the Novi Police and Fire Benevolent Association vs. Detroit Redwing Alumni Association hockey game benefit to the auditions for the youth musical theatre production, Alice in Wonderland Jr, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Novi, Michigan Holiday Festivities December 2016

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Novi, Michigan Holiday Festivities December 2016

Looking for fun and free activities for the kids this holiday season, a way to meet your neighbors or just a fun night out? Novi, Michigan has several holiday activities on its schedule you won’t want to miss. There’s something for everyone!

Breakfast With Santa

  • December 10, 2016
  • Novi Civic Center Campus
  • 45175 W 10 Mile Rd
  • Novi, MI 48375

Also at the Novi Civic Center Saturday, December 10, is a pancake breakfast with Santa from 9 am to 11 am. Cost is $5 per person, and under 2 years old free.


  • December 8, 2016: 7 pm at the Novi Public Library
  • December 11, 2016: 2 pm at the Novi Civic Center

The Novi Concert Band - a volunteer wind ensemble - is performing December 8 at 7 pm at the Novi Public Library and again on December 11th at 2 pm at the Civic Center. Adult musicians are welcome to join the group. Weekly rehearsals are held at Novi High School band room Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:30.

The Novi Choralaires - a co-ed choir - are performing on Sunday December 11th at 4 pm. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 28000 New Market Rd., Farmington Hills. If you are interested in joining, the Choralaires hold open rehearsals in September and January of each year. Membership costs $100 for the full season. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays at Novi Middle School from 7:30 pm 9:30 pm.

Tween Craft Series

  • December 15, 2016
  • Novi Meadows Elementary
  • 25345 Taft Road
  • Novi, MI 48374

Registration for the last installment of this series ends December 8. Crafting takes place on Thursday, December 15th from 3 pm - 4 pm at Novi Meadows Elementary for 5th and 6th graders. This month they are making picture coasters and all supplies are provided. Cost: $10 per person.

Skate with Santa

  • December 18, 2016
  • 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm
  • Novi Ice Arena        
  • 42400 Nick Lidstrom Drive
  • Novi MI 48375

Would your children like to skate with Santa? Come out on December 18 for a fun afternoon of holiday spirit on ice. Ages: All - Price: $5

Older Adult Activities


  • Meadowbrook Activity Center
  • 25075 Meadowbrook Rd.
  • Novi MI 48375

Come for an afternoon of caroling at Meadowbrook Cafe, accompanied by Tom Slatton. Monday, December 5th from 1 pm - 2 pm. Must be aged 55+

Novi Older Adult Services is offering two events this month. Tickets must be purchased in advance, as space is limited, at the Older Adult Services office at the Civic Center. Call 248-347-0414 for more information.

New Year Celebration

On Saturday, December 31 from 11 am - 2 pm come be entertained by the music of Tom Slatton and enjoy appetizers and desserts at the Meadowbrook Activity Center. Must be aged 55+. This activity is offered in partnership with Enriched Life Home Care Services. Resident price is $7.50, non-resident is $9. Ticket deadline is December 22 or when tickets sell out.

Take Away

From breakfast with Santa to a New Year’s celebration, you will find something to help get you get into the holiday spirit. Come check out what Novi has to offer!

Best Places to Eat On Thanksgiving 2016 – Northville, Novi & South Lyon

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Best Places to Eat On Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to get together with your favorite people, eat amazing food, watch sports games, and sit back and relax. It is also the time of year where you have the opportunity to be reminded of all the different blessings that are in your life. One favorite tradition is to write down one thing each day we are thankful for and then we pin it up on a banner in your home. This will help us all remember each day how thankful we truly are for what we have.

Maybe this holiday does not bring feelings of relaxation and feeling thankful feels hard to do at times. Do not feel bad, because you are definitely not alone. Making a huge meal for a lot of people, especially family, is not an easy task. It takes a lot of time, money, and preparation. This can often leave little room for relaxing. If this is the case for you, taking your family out to eat for Thanksgiving this year might be one of the best decisions you have ever made.

The Metro Detroit area offers a lot of amazing dining options. Here are a few open restaurants that you are sure to enjoy this 2016 Thanksgiving year. Each one has great reviews and a lot to offer to your family this Thanksgiving.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

  • 17400 Haggerty Road
  • Livonia, MI 48152
  • Phone: 734-542-9463
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Who says that you have to have turkey on Thanksgiving? Why not forgo the traditional for a mouthwatering steak? Located on Haggerty Road in Livonia, Fleming’s Steak House is sure to impress you and your guests. This is a restaurant that knows how to do streak and wine and offers many different options from wet to dry-aged, broiled at 1,600 degrees or iron-crusted. They also offer a private dining option to give your Thanksgiving that intimate feeling without all the work. Reservations are required.

Traditional Options

Deadwood Bar and Grill

  • 18730 Northville Road
  • Northville, Michigan 48167
  • 248-347-4353
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Deadwood Bar and Grill in Northville offers a unique atmosphere that will be sure to make your Thanksgiving Day a special one. Reservations are required. Be sure to call soon as reservations are filling up quickly.

Rocky’s of Northville

  • 41122 Seven Mile Road West
  • Northville, MI 48167
  • Phone: 248-349-4434
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Rocky’s of Northville will be providing a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings for your Thanksgiving meal. In addition, you may choose from a limited menu that includes fish, steak, chicken, and pastas. Reservations are required.

Steve and Rocky’s

  • 43150 Grand River Ave
  • Novi, MI 48375
  • Phone: 248-374-0688
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A Novi favorite, Steve and Rocky’s was named after the two owners and chefs. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings is available. Call today for your Thanksgiving dinner reservations.

Toasted Oak and Grill Market

  • 27790 Novi Road
  • Novi, MI 48377
  • Phone: 248-277-6000
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Conveniently located in The Baronette Renaissance Hotel in Novi next to Twelve Oaks Mall, Toasted Oak and Grill Market is offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $35.00. You will also be able to select items from the menu. Reservations are highly suggested.  

Free Thanksgiving Dinner to Benefit the Novi Community

Moe’s On Ten

  • Free Thanksgiving Dinner, Wednesday, November 23: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • 39455 W 10 Mile Rd
  • Novi, MI 48375
  • 248-478-9742

Moe Leon, owner of Moe’s On Ten, will be continuing his 27 year tradition of offering a free Thanksgiving feast to the Novi community. This year, meals will be served by members of the Novi Police Department. Donations are not required, but Leon does ask that guests make a donation that will benefit the needy this holiday season.

Wrapping Up

Having an amazing dinner out for Thanksgiving can prove to be one of the best choices you can make for your family. From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Halloween Saftey Tips & Halloween hours

Are you gearing up for a great evening of trick-or-treating?

Halloween night is one of the most exciting nights for a child, and it is a great time to spend as a family. It is a chance to dress up as whatever you want, travel around your neighborhood, and fill bags full of candy. What child wouldn’t love this experience?

As with everything we do with our children, we want to keep them safe. Novi’s Police Chief, David Malloy, shares that the major dangers of trick-or-treating come from falls and pedestrian/car accidents. In light of keeping our children safe, there are a few tips that are helpful to keep in mind as you and your children are trick-or-treating.  

10 Halloween Safety Tips

  • Plan your route in advance. You can remind your children to use the street corners, traffic signals, and crosswalks. It is important that they remember that darting into a street can be extremely dangerous. If your child is old enough to go without you, talk through the route that they plan to take.

  • Remind your child of all crossing road tips like looking both left and right when crossing the street and making eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.

  • Avoid walking and texting. When you walk around, it’s a good idea to keep your head up and put your electronic devices down.

  • Plan to wear comfortable clothing: shoes and warm clothing.

  • Avoid costumes that can easily be tripped on. Make sure that costumes are hemmed to avoid tripping and falling.

  • Stay in areas that are well lit. For children out after dark, you can apply reflective tape to your child’s costume or to their trick-or-treating bag to make sure that drivers see them on the road.

  • Carry a flashlight with you so that you can keep your child’s path.

  • Avoid Masks. While masks seem to make a costume, they can also keep your child from seeing well and possibly breathing. An alternative is to skip the mast and use makeup to help complete a costume.

  • Check the candy. Once your children come home at the end of the night, take some time to go through the candy and throw away any candy that might not be in a wrapper or looks like it has been opened.

  • Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult at night. For children old enough to be out alone, discuss the path. Encourage your children to stick to familiar, lit areas, and to stay in groups.

Trick-or-Treating Hours for Northville, Novi, and South Lyon

  • Northville Halloween Trick-or-Treating Hours: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Note: Northville will be closing down several streets between 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm to help ensure safety. To check the specific streets that will be shut down, please see Northville’s Halloween notice.  
  • Novi Trick-or-Treating Recommended Hours: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • South Lyon Trick-or-Treating Hours: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • To check out other Oakland County town’s trick-or-treating hours, please see:  Halloween Trick or Treat Hours – Oakland County Michigan.

From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, have a fun and safe Halloween!


Labor Day Weekend Novi Events: Michigan State Fair & Shrine Circus

by The Jamey Kramer Group

2016 Michigan State Fair

Would you like something special to do with the family over the Labor Day weekend?

As the last days of summer wind down before children head off to school, you may be looking for some memory making events to enjoy with the family. If you live in the Novi, Northville, or South Lyon, Michigan area, you have a variety of exciting things to choose from.

Here are our top picks for events you won’t want to miss.

2016 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

  • September 1 – September 5, 2016
  • Thursday – Sunday:  Open from 10:00 am -10:00 pm
  • Monday open from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Suburban Collection Showplace
  • 46100 Grand River Avenue, between Novi and Beck Roads in Novi, MI

If you have never attended the Michigan State Fair in Novi, Michigan, you are in for a treat. This year, your family will be able to enjoy:

  • The Arnold Amusements Carnival Midway Mania filled with carnival rides to delight both your child and the child in you.
  • The Shrine Circus
  • The 2nd Annual State Fair Superstar Contest at the Main Stage
  • An interior exhibition hall
  • Racing pigs and dog performances
  • An Equestrian Pavilion with competitions
  • Farmers Market with Michigan made products and Michigan grown produce
  • Baby animal exhibits
  • Scrumptious food and treats
  • Tons of contests you can watch or participate in from pie eating contests to Mother/Daughter & Father/Son Look Alike contests and more!


General Admission: Includes indoor exhibits, livestock, agriculture, home arts displays and demonstrations. General admission does not include carnival rides or entrance to the Shrine Circus performance area.

  • Online: $6.00 for adults and children 2 years and older
  • At the door: $8.00 for adults
  • At the door: $6.00 for children 3-11
  • Children 2 and under are free with a paying adult

Fair Admission and Carnival Rides Only Wristband

  • Online: $23.00

Fair Admission and Circus Only

  • Online: $23.00

Best Value: Fair, Shrine Circus Performance and Unlimited Rides Wristband

  • Online: $30.00 for adults and children 2 years and older
  • At the door price: $30.00 for adults and children 2 years and older

To purchase tickets online, please see: Michigan State Fair Tickets

Shrine Circus Performances

The Shrine Circus performances will be held:

  • Daily at: 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm, and 7:30 pm
  • Monday, September 5, 2016 the final circus performance is at 7:00 pm

For a detailed daily schedule of all events, please see: Schedule Breakdown

Parking: $5.00 Parking

Michigan State Fair Labor Day Parade

  • Monday, September 5
  • Time: 10:00 am

The Michigan State Fair Labor Day parade will begin promptly at 10:00 am on Monday, September 5 rain or shine. The parade will start at the Novi High School parking lot at 24062 Taft Rd. Novi, MI 48375, and proceed along Taft Road to Grand River Ave. It will conclude at the Suburban Collection Showplace’s East Main Entrance.

Special Announcement: 50% off coupons valid on State Fair Ultimate Tickets will be distributed at the parade.

Take Away

Novi, Michigan will be filled with family-friendly things to do this Labor Day weekend at the 2016 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair located at the Suburban Collection Showplace and the Labor Day parade.

From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

Fall 2016 School District Start Dates for Novi, Northville & South Lyon

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Fall 2016 School District Start Dates

It may be hard to believe school will be starting so soon - especially if you are in the middle of that one last vacation or currently soaking up summer at the beach. For Novi, Northville, and South Lyon, Michigan, school will be starting after Labor Day, as Michigan law dictates:

  • South Lyon schools start September 6th with a half school day for all students.

Michigan is one of only three states, including Minnesota, and Virginia requiring schools to wait until after Labor Day to start classes. Wisconsin’s law prevents schools from starting until September 1st.

Why Michigan Starts School After Labor Day

In September of 2005, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed legislation as part of a jobs package intended to facilitate the tourism industry calling it “a great economic tool that will create new job opportunities in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.” The law went to affect in the 2006-2007 school year.

Some School Districts Get Waivers

Since 2006, school administrators in Southeast Michigan, which are less affected by the tourism industry, have been filling out paperwork to apply for waivers each year to get permission to start earlier.

Many school districts have been denied waivers and still have post Labor Day start dates, but more schools are getting waivers - conditions for which were written into the law - to start earlier. There are at least 53 school districts and charter schools, 16 intermediate districts and 13 independent school districts which have waivers from the Michigan Dept. of Education.

The conditions for waivers include:

  • Operate on a year-round calendar
  • Offer summer learning options to all students targeting specific district goals  
  • Provide early/middle college programs in partnership with post-secondary institutions

That many of Southeast Michigan’s schools meet the conditions for the waiver attests to this area’s different needs from that of the Upper Peninsula, although 16 districts and 9 independent districts have been denied waivers this year due to failure to comply with one of the conditions.

In the past, as many as 100 school districts have received waivers. The State of Michigan has mandated five more instruction days to be added to the upcoming school year - 180 total up from 175 for last year - which means going deep into June when students and teachers are ready for a break, instead of adding them in before Labor Day when everyone is fresh from vacation.

Another factor making waivers helpful is that the M-STEP - the major test each district is gearing its students toward taking each year - ends in mid May, so a school year that runs more concurrently with the testing schedule, ending shortly after the tests are done instead of running into mid June, make more sense for students and teachers.

Take Away

Michigan’s after Labor Day school start date was put into practice to help the state’s tourism industry in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. The intent was to create new job opportunities. A number of schools districts throughout the middle and lower portion of Michigan that are not impacted by tourism have applied for waivers to start earlier.

If you live in Northville, Novi, or South Lyon, Michigan, school will begin on September 6, 2016.

Best School Districts in Michigan and Why It Matters

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Best School Districts in Michigan and Why It Matters

There many different factors that influence a home buyer’s decision. When making a list of top priorities, you might have found that the quality of the school district is among the top of your own list. If this is the case, you can rest assured that you are not alone.

Buying a home in a top-rated school is among many buyers’ key factors, and it is for good reason. Buying in a district with great schools will have many exponential benefits. Regardless if you have kids or not, choosing a home in a quality school district has become a key factor in home buying a home.

What to Expect from a Quality School District

While each school district is different, there are some common components that help to create that top notch school. Oftentimes top rated schools will have great teachers, better test scores, and better books. However, what might be a significant benefit for all people, regardless if they have children or not, is that it will help to preserve home values and ensure faster resale rates according to Trulia.

Studies Show School District as a Key Factor

Many buyers are choosing to search for their home by school district. Trulia conducted a survey and found that 19% of Americans indicated that their “dream home” is located in a great school district. That includes people without children. The percentage jumped to 35% who desire to live in a great school district among parents with children under the age of eighteen.

Another study was conducted by the National Association of REALTORS profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. It found even stronger results. They found that 29% of home buyers listed school districts as a deciding factor in their home buying decision. Choosing a home in a desired school district is a key factor in home-buying decisions.

Top Rated Michigan Schools for 2016

According to Niche, Bloomfield Hills Schools, Birmingham Public Schools, and Okemos Public Schools were the top three school districts in Michigan. Both Novi Community School District and Northville Public School District ranked in the top 10 school districts in all of Michigan. Novi Community School was ranked the fourth best school district. Northville Public School District was ranked tenth best school district.

When you see lists like this, it makes one wonder what goes into these ratings. The criteria for this ranking were based on “statistics, student and parent reviews, and expert insights. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, student and parent reviews, and more.” To see more of how they calculate the rankings, check out the Niche’s explanation at 2016 Best School Districts Ranking Methodology.

Buying in the Area?

The quality of a school district clearly makes a significant impact for both home buyers and sellers. If you are looking to buy a home in the Novi and Northville areas, you can know for sure that you are making a great decision. You will not only be making an investment into your children’s educational future, but making a great financial investment.

Contact the Jamey Kramer Group today to view homes in Novi and Northville.  


American Girl Store Opens in Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

It is many a young girl’s dream to hold and cherish their very own American Girl doll. The stories of each American Girl doll are mesmerizing and offer a glimpse into history. The wide assortment of doll options is sure to allow your child to find one that reflects or resonates with themselves. In addition, the variety of dolls helps to create experiences and entertainment for children of all ages.

Store Opens in Novi

Until this past weekend, the closest American Girl doll store to Michigan was in Columbus, Ohio or Chicago, Illinois. That is no longer the case. On August 6th, a new American Girl store opened in Novi, Michigan. This is the only American Girl store in all of Michigan. It will be open from August 6th through January 31st, 2017. That means it will be around for the holidays.

The high-end doll company is located right in Twelve Oaks Mall on the 2nd level by Nordstrom. The store will have a number of different features such as books, doll accessories, and even a “Doll Hair Salon,” as well as, the American Girl dolls.

What Makes These Dolls So Special?

What makes American Girl dolls so special is that behind each doll is their own specific story. These stories revolve around different time periods of American history.

For example, Maryellen Larkin is a girl growing up during the 1950s. Kit Kittredge is a girl that uses her talents to tackle the challenges brought on by the Great Depression. Addy Walker is a girl growing up in 1865 that learns to discover that hopes and dreams can live on in others. Samantha Parrington is girl that uses compassion to help others in need in 1904.

The American Girl doll company also has other lines of dolls including Girl of the Year, Bitty Baby, Bitty Twin, and TrulyMe. In the TrulyMe doll line, children have the opportunity to create a doll to look just themselves with freckles, hair color, and more. The additional accessories that can be bought are endless from clothes to furniture. Other unique doll accessories can be bought like glasses, braces, and even hearing aids.

American Doll with Detroit Background

Earlier this year, the company released a new doll with a background from Detroit. Her story reflects the Civil Rights movement with the changing face and history of the nation. According the company’s announcement, the doll is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “to have a dream of her own: to lift her voice for fairness and equality.”

The doll’s name is Melody Ellison and is the most recent African American Girl doll. She is a 9-year-old singer and performer in her church in the 1960s. According to the company’s website, it is a time “of great energy, optimism, and change for the African American community.” When you buy the Melody Ellison doll, you will also receive her book as well.

Moving to the Area?

If you are looking at buying a home in the Novi, South Lyon, and Northville area, contact us today. We would love to answer any of your questions.

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