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My heart is happy.

I’m a huge advocate for volunteerism. It’s a huge, satisfying part of my life.

With it being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, seeing all the volunteering and giving opportunities makes me proud to be in these communities. While I’m not going to pretend to understand the depth and breadth of what Dr. King means to the African-American community, I truly admire the movement to create something special in his memory. I think that’s one of the most profound legacies a person can leave in this world.

In talking with my aunt last week, she said something that resonated with me: To whom much is given, much is expected. I agree. I’m no millionaire, but I certainly can’t complain about my lifestyle. My family is safe, warm and fed. We have access to doctors and teachers. Life is good.

But others aren’t so lucky.

Time is free and it’s the most important thing you can give. I encourage you to get out there this week, and every week, and lend a hand where you can. You don’t even need to be formal about it. Grab some paper and markers and make cards for kids in the hospital. Pick up litter at your local park. Start a pay-it-forward the next time you’re in the drive thru.

It’s all about kindness, folks. And it’s the least we can do.

Stay warm,


Leap into Learning

Customers at The Yarn Stop can always increase their skills with classes.

On Leap Day, Feb. 29, The Yarn Stop is offering 29 “Taste Of” or “Intro To” classes. In all, there are 29 class available. Each class is 45 minutes.

The classes will be $12 each. Spend the day with an All-Day Pass for six classes for $50 or a Half Day Pass of three classes for $30.

In-store registration is required for this event.  Check out the full schedule. .

Domestic Chickens

Residents of Clawson are now able to raise domestic chickens in their yards, so in this case, the chickens come before the eggs.

However, to start your brood, you must fill out an application and turn it in to the city.

The rules around raising chickens in Clawson include having just one coop per property with four chickens.


Be a Part of the Streets of Downtown Clawson

Commemorative Brick Pavers add to the charm of the sidewalks while celebrating families, friends and important occasions.

These bricks last a lifetime, sending your message to all who walk our streets.

By donating only $80, you can make a permanent memory of a 5” x 9” custom brick paver engraved with a family name, a special date or message.

Use them as gifts, remembrances or to celebrate a momentous occasion.

Download the brick order form to bring or mail your order to Clawson City Hall, 425 N. Main, or fill out the online form.

Mother/Son Super Hero Party

Moms and sons save the date for a super afternoon of fun. All are invited to wear your favorite super hero costume. The event includes a super craft, super snacks, super hero trivia and super magic.

Tickets include a photo memento. Buy your tickets by March 25 at Hunter Community Center.

The Super Hero Party is Saturday, March 28, at 3 p.m. The cost is $20 per couple and $5 each additional son.

Daddy/Daughter Valentine Dance

The Daddy/Daughter Dance at the Hunter Community Center includes live entertainment, a corsage for the special lady, light refreshments and a photo memento. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Hunter Community Center.

Buy tickets early to the Saturday, Feb. 1, event. The cost is $20 per couple and $5 each additional daughter. The fun starts at 3 p.m.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

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