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- 13th annual brews, brats and bands at the barn
- Annual hazardous waste collection on september 10
- The DIA inside/out reproductions now on display
This popular fall event returns to Preservation Park on Saturday, September 10 from 6-9 p.m. Ages 21 and over are encouraged to attend this special fundraiser that will benefit the Canton Historical Society. This unique beer-tasting event, scheduled to take place on the former grounds of the Cady-Boyer Barn, located at 500 N. Ridge Road, will include seven beer-tasting tickets to select from a wide variety of specialty craft beers. Additionally, brats with fixings, and live entertainment will round out the event.
Tickets are $40 in advance through September 9 online only at events.beerfests.com and $45 (cash only) at the door. Designated driver tickets are just $10.
Must be 21 and over to attend. For additional details, visit www.cantonfun.org.
Canton will hold its annual Hazardous Waste Round-up on Saturday, September 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Canton’s Division of Public Works Building, located at 4847 Sheldon Road, just south of Michigan Avenue. This free event is open to Canton residents only and ID will be required. To obtain a detailed list of what is, and is not, accepted, call Canton’s Division of Public Works at 734/397-1011 or visit www.canton-mi.org. Participants should be prepared for long lines as this is a high-volume event.
Residents can also dispose of a limited amount of hazardous waste such as motor oil, home electronics, latex paint, batteries and antifreeze at Canton Clean-ups. The Clean-ups are held on scheduled Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the GFL facility located at 42100 Van Born Road. During Canton Clean-up, residents are limited to ONE TRIP PER HOUSEHOLD and are responsible for unloading their own items and placing them in the dumpster. GFL employees will not be able to assist.
To view the 2022 clean-up schedule, visit www.canton-mi.org/917.
The Detroit Institute of Art’s Inside|Out program returns to Canton with a unique exhibit of five high-quality reproductions of great masterpieces on display throughout our community now through the end of November, 2022.
These reproductions featured throughout the Canton community include well-known pieces such as: “Love Flight of a Pink Candy Heart” by Florine Stettheimer on display at The Village Arts Factory, located at 50755 Cherry Hill Road; “Violinist and Young Women” by Edgar Degas on display at the Summit on the Park Community Recreation Center, located at 46000 Summit Parkway; “A Day in June” by George Wesley Bellows on display at the Canton Public Library, located at 1200 S. Canton Center Road; “Talking Oak” by William Maw Egley on display at the Cherry Hill Fountain Square, located at the intersection of Cherry Hill Road and Independence Road; and “Rounded Flower Bed” by Claude Monet on display at Preservation Park, located at 500 N. Ridge Road.
Find more information, including a map of locations, at www.cantonvillagetheater.org.
- A message from Supervisor Graham-Hudak
- be sure to get hoa approval before applying for a permit
- neighborhood know-how
- rent and mortgage assistance
We recently received numbers from our Liberty Fest, and I am thrilled to report that we had over 70,000 visitors to Heritage Park during the three-day festival with an estimated 100,000 enjoying the fireworks. That is a record number of folks who were happy to have Liberty Fest back after a two-year hiatus.
While there, some visitors expressed concern over the algae blooms in the large pond, located behind the Amphitheater. I would like to reassure everyone that this particular pond is indeed currently undergoing treatment that utilizes an environmentally-friendly long-term plan to combat algae growth without the use of chemicals. Unfortunately, this process is not an instant fix but there has been much improvement in the last weeks. Our parks staff are working diligently to keep our parks and trails clean for residents to enjoy all year.
I would also like to remind those of you who may be looking for ways to become more involved in the community that we have plenty of volunteer opportunities available. Whether you are interested in helping with human service organizations, service clubs, special events or cultural activities, Canton’s volunteer coordinator can set you up with an assignment. For more information on volunteer opportunities, you can email email@example.com and get started!
I hope that you are staying safe and healthy, and enjoying this sunny (and hot!) summer!
Canton’s Building and Inspection Services Division does not require Homeowner Association (HOA) approval prior to issuing residential building permits. However, your HOA may require its approval before you have work done on your home or yard. It is the responsibility of the permit applicant and property owner to obtain all necessary approvals from their HOAs prior to any construction taking place.
Please note, Canton will not issue permit refunds for permits reviewed, issued and then cancelled due to HOA requirements.
The next quarterly Neighborhood Know How will be on Wednesday September 14, at Summit on the Park in the PDC Room from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
This session will feature a roundtable discussion with the attorneys from Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC answering your questions regarding Condominium Association and Homeowners’ Associations.
Questions can be submitted in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org and may also be brought to the session. The attorneys will answer as many questions as they can within the time limits of the session.
Please RSVP for the session by calling the Supervisor’s office at 734/394-5185, or emailing email@example.com.
As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Canton received funds that can be used to provide rental assistance and help towards mortgage payments for those residents who qualify.
While the additional Canton funds are only to be used for rent and mortgage assistance, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency is administering a variety of other CARES Relief and Recovery services.
For more information, visit www.waynemetro.org/CARES or call Wayne Metro at 313/388-9799.
- summit coardboard boat race returns
- part-time and seasonal positions
- celebrate cherry hill village
- canton farmers market
- In the spotlight: national night out event
Cast off and say “Anchors Aweigh” as you race toward victory in the Summit on the Park’s Annual Cardboard Boat Race on Friday, August 12. The Summit dock will open at 5:30 p.m., with races scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Build your custom vessel no bigger than 5 1/2 feet wide by 10 feet long using only cardboard, duct tape, and water-safe paint. Then, line up your crew of 1-2 youths and enter to win! Each boat will be timed individually.
Register at www.summitonthepark.org or the Summit front desk. Cardboard Boat Race event fees are: $10 for Summit Members; $15 for Canton residents; and $20 for non-residents. Awards will be given for the Most Creative and Fastest Boat, as well as the best Titanic. Oars and lifejackets will also be provided, if needed. For additional information and race rules, visit www.summitonthepark.org or call 734/394-5460.
Canton Leisure Services is now hiring for seasonal part-time positions that are scheduled to run throughout the summer and fall. Apply today at https://canton.applicantpro.com/jobs/.
The Village Arts Factory is thrilled to announce the return of the Cherry Hill Village Festival on August 27 and 28. The festival will feature visual artists, craft vendors, food vendors, food trucks, music, and more.
This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Come out and support small, local businesses and the resident artists of the Village Arts Factory. This year’s event will kick off with the Agent Orange Awareness 5K Run/Walk. The race will begin at 9 a.m. on August 27, in Preservation Park (500 N. Ridge Road) and will finish on the campus of the Village Arts Factory.
Registration is only $35 and includes a race T-Shirt and medal. All proceeds will benefit the Veterans’ Dormitory in the Village. Register online at villageartsfactory.com/agent-orange-5k.
For additional information the Cherry Hill Village Festival, visit www.villageartsfactory.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hot temps are creating a bountiful summer harvest. Enjoy a wide assortment of Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables, as well as specialty products from local vendors every Sunday, now through October 16, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (closed September 4) at Preservation Park, 500 N. Ridge Road. Market-goers can enjoy cooking demos, local musicians, plus tasty lunch options. Food assistance is proudly accepted at the Market. Stop by the information booth to redeem SNAP benefits and Double Up Food Bucks. For more information, visit www.canton-mi.org/496.
On Thursday, August 4, area residents are invited to Heritage Park for a “Night Out” from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. to participate in Canton’s National Night Out, featuring “A Walk Around the Globe with Canton Coalition for Inclusive Communities (CCIC).” This annual community-building campaign continues to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. All ages are encouraged to join us for this evening filled with live music, an interactive Canton Public Safety vehicle display, and refreshments provided by this year’s event sponsors.
This event will be held around the Large Pond in Heritage Park in conjunction with the Thursday Night LIVE Concert. The evening’s entertainment will feature a cultural pre-show K Pop performance from 6:30 - 7 p.m. and a special performance of 80s rock favorites by The Look from 7 - 8:30 p.m. For additional information, visit www.cantonfun.org.
- Summit annual maintenance shutdown
- Michigan Shakespeare festival
- village theater call for artists
- golf lessons at Pheasant run
- volunteers needed for meals on wheels program
- canton cares chili cook-off
The Summit on the Park will hold its annual maintenance shutdown starting Monday, September 5 at noon and will reopen for use on Saturday, September 10, at 7 a.m. to complete several projects throughout the facility. During this time, the facility will remain closed and no classes or programs will take place. All regularly scheduled classes will resume after the shutdown.
For more information, please visit www.summitonthepark.org or call the Summit front desk at 734/394-5460.
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival continues its run at Canton’s Village Theater now through August 21. Here’s your chance to see these professional actors perform three featured mainstage shows in repertory, including: the heroic and epic drama “Henry V,” featuring Ann Arbor native and Festival favorite Sam Hubbard as the king; the bubbly bright comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” directed by award-winning Artistic Associate Robert Kauzlaric; and the silly farce “Charley’s Aunt,” by Brandon Thomas featuring Edmund Alyn Jones.
Celebrate the return of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and don’t miss a moment of this exciting season! Tickets are $20 - $50 and can be purchased at the door (if still available) or in advance at www.cantonvillagetheater.org, by phone at 734/394-5300.
The Gallery at Cherry Hill is now accepting entries for the 28th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition, which will be on display October 4-30, 2022. Entries are currently being accepted through August 31. Michigan artists are encouraged to enter online at www.cantonvillagetheater.org.
For more information, please visit www.cantonvillagetheater.org or call 734/394-5300.
Pheasant Run Golf Club offers lessons to golfers of all ages and skill levels. Golf professionals Scott Kuhn and Clayton Farnsworth are on hand to provide individual, couple, or group formats.
Whether you just need a simple “touch up” lesson to get your game in shape, or you are looking for a dedicated lesson routine which will encompass your whole game, Pheasant Run’s instructors can provide a format to fit your specific needs.
For more information visit www.golfprgc.org or call 734/397-6460.
Weekly scheduled volunteer drivers are needed to deliver meals to homebound residents for the Meals on Wheels program, which operates out of the auxiliary kitchen at the Summit on the Park, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday..
Meals provided by this Wayne County Program are picked up at the Summit around 9:30 a.m. and are delivered to 11-15 homes in Canton, all of which typically takes about one to two hours to complete. Volunteers are especially being sought for Tuesday deliveries as well as substitute drivers.
For more information on volunteer opportunities, call Heather at 734/394-5191 or email email@example.com.
Calling all Chili makers! Canton Cares will be hosting their annual Chili Cook Off at the last Farmers Market on October 16. The cook off benefits the Canton Cares Fund which provides financial assistance to disaster relief, therapeutic recreation, youth and senior programs, employee recognition, and scholarships. The Canton Cares Fund, part of the Canton Community Foundation, has distributed over $30,000 to those in need since it was established. If you feel like your chili can compete then email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Canton’s Planning Services Division has received a lot of great community feedback as they continue the Master Plan update process. This 12-18 month process is well underway. Below is a list of updates on the progress:
• The Master Plan Community Survey is being drafted and will be ready soon. Stay tuned to the Master Plan page on the Township website.
• The Comment Boards set up at Township facilities (Administration building, Library, Summit, BLOCK, Cherry Hill Theater) have been a huge success and we have enjoyed reading your comments. The Comment Boards will be in place until August 31.
• The Master Plan Advisory Board will tentatively begin meeting in August. The final selections are still being made. We received several applications and were very excited about the level of interest in the Master Plan project and planning for Canton’s future. The Advisory Board is tasked with aiding and assisting staff and planning consultants with the development of the Master Plan.
• As a way to highlight what the Master Plan is and why it is important, staff will be putting together informative and engaging short videos to share with the public. We will be tackling a wide variety of topics, including, what is planning and zoning, the importance of a Master Plan, neighborhoods/housing, transportation, commercial corridors, sustainability and resilience, and more. The videos will be available on Canton’s cable channel and YouTube.
Visit www.canton-mi.org/masterplan for announcements on other public engagement events and activities. In the near future, we will have drop-in Zoom chats, surveys, and we will also be attending other community events, such as the Summer Concert Series and the Canton Farmers Market.
If you would like to be added to our email list to receive regular email updates, or if you have any questions or comments at any time throughout the process, feel free to email email@example.com
Happy August! I hope everyone is enjoying Michigan’s warm and sunny summer with friends and family.
Watering your lawn and garden, as well as, cleaning the outside of your home and car during the summer months will often register higher water usage.
All water flowing through your water meter is billable so it is important to keep an eye on your water usage; make sure it is water you are actually using and not a leak. Checking your water meter when no water is in use is a good way to see if you have a leak. If you are not actively using water and the meter registers water movement, you may have a leak. Another way to detect a slow leak is writing down the last four digits on your meter (or taking a picture) holding off on using water and returning hours later to make sure the numbers have not changed.
Summer taxes were mailed out July 1 and are due by September 14. We are open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. One question that comes up quite often from new homeowners is “Why are my property taxes higher than the previous owner’s?” Michigan adopted Proposal A in 1994, stating the annual increase in the taxable value of a parcel of real estate is limited or “capped” at whatever is less; 5 percent or the rate of inflation. Once there is a transfer of ownership, the taxable value is uncapped and the taxable value increases to the State Equalized Value or SEV. Visit www.canton-mi.org for other frequently asked questions, as well as to view the many options to pay your bill.
As we enter August, nationally recognized as “Cataract Awareness Month” and August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, enjoy all of the beauty Michigan has to offer.