Night of lights
Presented by MASCO, Night of Lights is back at Greenmead Historical Park 5-8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays Dec. 1-2, 8-10 and 15-17! Enjoy the night with visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafts, musical performances, street hockey, cornhole, and more. Check in with the calendar and see what is going on because you don’t want to miss this! For more information, visit LivoniaNightOfLights.com.
LUNCH WITH SANTA (sold out)
LIGHT UP LIVONIA
SANTA'S WORKSHOP CALLING (sold out)
The Kirksey Recreation Center is hosting a Holiday Workshop 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec 16, and 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20! This workshop is designed to help ages 5-12 choose from several projects. Come make one or all of the gifts for family and friends.
The cost is $20 per member, $23 per resident, and $30 per non-resident. Register here.
Livonia AIR HOLIDAY PARTY
If you are looking for something festive to do, attend the Livonia AIR (Adaptive Inclusive Recreation) Holiday Party 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Civic Park Senior Center! There will be crafts, games, and snacks. All you have to do is bring the holiday cheer and festive attire.
The cost for residents is $10 and non-residents are $15. Register here.
ROCKIN' REINDEER (sold out)
Are you ready to make a festive holiday squishable friend? Then be at the Kirksey Recreation Center 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Join us for some holiday music, listen to the story “Santa’s Lost Reindeer” by Rachel Hiltz, stuff your own reindeer squishie to take home, and enjoy holiday-themed arts, crafts, and games!
The cost for members is $22, residents are $25, and non-residents are $33. This event is best suited for ages 4-10. Advance registration required. (This event is now sold out.)
stories, snacks, and crafts (sold out)
Join us 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, in Greenmead Historical Park's Newburg School on the kids' day off from school for a fun holiday-themed Stories, Snacks and Crafts! We will read three stories, do a few crafts, and end with a delicious snack.
Advance registration is required for $10/child resident, $12/child non-resident. This program is best for children ages 4-10, and all children in attendance must register (sold out).
FESTIVE FOREST and Deck the Rec
REC CENTER READERS BOOK CLUB
Join the Kirksey Rec Center Readers Book Club 7 p.m. one Wednesday per month at the Kirksey Recreation Center to discuss the book of the month. You can find the books at Livonia Public Libraries.
Dec. 27 - "Last Christmas in Paris" by Hazel Gaynor/Heather Webb
New Year's Eve pARTY
The Kirksey Recreation Center is hosting the New Year’s Party for 2024! You don’t want to miss it, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 31 just before the ball drops later that evening. There will be family fun carnival-themed games, crafts, swimming, bounce houses, climbing wall, candy bar bingo, balloon drop, and more. The cost for members is $9, residents are $12, and non-residents are $18. Ages 2 and older must register at LivoniaParks.org.
HISTORY LECTURE SERIEs
Greenmead Historical Park’s History Lecture Series, takes place at the Alexander Blue House and is free to attend. No registration required.
- Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m.
MICHIGAN’S QUEST FOR STATEHOOD
Presented by Roger Rosentreter
Did you know Michigan was admitted to the Union on Jan. 26, 1837? Our path to statehood was slowed by the a skirmish with Ohio known as the Toledo War. Come join us as we hear about the drama that led up to Michigan becoming the 26th state in the Union.
Monday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.
FRANCES HARPER INN
Presented by Karren Yurgalite
The Frances Harper Inn was the first rooming house for Black women in Detroit. The inn opened in 1915 and was operated by the Christian Industrial Club. Come learn more about the significance of this place in Detroit and its recent placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
Monday, Mar. 25 at 2 p.m.
DESEGREGATING BOBLO BOATS: THE STORY OF SARAH E. RAY
Presented by Aaron Schillinger
Many Detroiters fondly remember Boblo Island, yet few remember that the amusement park and its ferries were once segregated. Hear the story of Sarah Elizabeth Ray, who filed a criminal complaint that paved the way for Brown v. Board of Education.
Thursday, Apr. 16 at 2 p.m.
FAMOUS FIRSTS: THE HISTORY OF THE PACKARD PROVING GROUNDS
Presented by Roger Luksik
The Packard Proving Grounds are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places for a reason – world records were accomplished there. Vintage and current images, will be used to share the history of the proving grounds from opening day in June 1928 until its closing in 1956.
Monday, May. 6 at 6 p.m.
PROHIBITION’S PROVING GROUND
Presented by Joseph Boggs
In the 1910s, many Toledo-Detroit-Windsor corridor residents on wheels for the first time, just as a wave of prohibitionist sentiment swept the area. Dry laws soon took effect and rumrunners fully utilized the area’s robust automobile culture to exploit weaknesses in prohibition legislation and enforcement.