Five local stories to keep an eye on Dec. 9-15:
1. Hanukkah continues through Dec. 16. Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Jews over Syrian-Greek invaders in 164 BCE (Before Common Era). Hanukkah (Hebrew for dedicate) refers to the rededication of second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and is celebrated by lighting one additional candle in a candelabrum, called a menorah for eight days.
- For a primer on the "festival of lights," click here: 5 Things You Should Know About Hanukkah
2. Enjoy Chanukah Wonderland at Orchard Mall Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Organizers will offer an all-new Chanukah Lights. Warm up with the festive tunes of the Kidz Klez Band of Michigan and their twenty-piece band and eat hot soups, latkes, donuts and cider. Enjoy an array of crafts for the kids and the lighting ceremony of a 12-ft. menorah.
3. If you're looking for holiday entertainment of a different theme, this week marks the second week of the annual Patch Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best "decked" house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s.
If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16.
- Visit: Deck the House on Patch!
4. Local salons and fashion boutiques will come together for the fourth-annual Passion for Fashion Charity Show at Shenandoah Country Club. Enjoy strolling hors d’oeuvres, dancing, live entertainment including an ultimate runway show of over 50 models, desserts, late snacks and special holiday surprises.
Advance discounted tickets are available exclusively at groupon.com/deals/4th-annual-passion-for-fashion.
5. The West Bloomfield weather forecast calls for wet conditions during dry and sunny by midweek. The Monday morning forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of rain and snow showers, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The forecast on Tuesday through Friday calls for sunny skies with the high temperature topping out Thursday at 41 degrees, according to NWS.
This week in West Bloomfield
- Dec. 9-12: Chanukah Wonderland at the Orchard Mall
- Dec. 9: Community-wide family holiday celebration
- Dec. 9: Open House
- Dec. 9: Music @ Main Hosts Chris Ayotte
- Dec. 10: Lunch and Learn on Skin Care
- Dec. 11: Public Giant Menorah Lighting at the Orchard Mall
- Dec. 11: Diabetes Healthy Holiday
- Dec. 11: Senior Stretch and Tone
- Dec. 12: Keego Harbor Parks and Recreation Meeting
- Dec. 12: Friends of WB Library Review "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand"
- Dec. 12: Sylvan Lake City Council meeting
- Dec. 13: Family Caregiver Support Group Meeting
- Dec. 13: Artisan Champagne and Their Neat Cousins
- Dec. 13: Vegan Holiday
- Dec. 13: West Bloomfield Bands Winter Concert
- Dec. 13: Dan Gross and the Cliff Monear Trio- Candlelight Cabaret
- Dec. 13: 4th Annual Passion for Fashion
- Dec. 14: Bim Bam Shabbanukkah
- Dec. 14: Open House
- Dec. 15: Parent/Child Big Gingerbread House