News in Brief

Tree lighting

Independence Township Parks and Recreation hosts Holiday Nights Light with a tree-lighting ceremony and visit from Santa in Depot Park after the Holiday Lights Parade downtown, Saturday, Dec. 10.
Free activities will also include holiday music, hot cocoa, live reindeer, and letter writing to Santa. The parade on Main Street begins at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call 248-625-8223 or visit

Lighting contest

The city is hosting a Residential Holiday Lighting Contest, open to houses within city limits.
Submit votes – one vote per city resident of any age – at city hall in Depot Park by Dec. 20. A tie vote would be settled by a random drawing.
The winner will be announced on Dec. 22. The grand prize is a gift basket donated by Clarkston retailers.

Board of Review

The City of the Village of Clarkston Board of Review meets at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, at city hall, 375 Depot Street.
To make an appointment, call the Oakland County Equalization Division, 888-350-0900 ext. 81862.

Live Nativity

Clarkston United Methodist Church’s Live Nativity, with camel, donkey, sheep, and goats accompanied by shepherds, angels, Mary, and Joseph, will be on Dec. 7 from 5-8 p.m. at 6600 Waldon Road on the front lawn.
There will also be a petting zoo with an opportunity to feed a variety of animals.
Dinner in the Fellowship Hall , with pasta, salad, and breadsticks, will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Carols led by the children’s choirs will be in the sanctuary at 6:30 p.m., with Christmas cookies, cocoa, and coffee.
All are welcome and all is free.
For more information, contact Hallie Guzal at or 248-625-1611.

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