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Five Things You Need to Know, Nov. 28, 2011

Canton tree lighting, Chinese adventures (close to home!) and a night out for ladies only.

1. Canton Tree Lighting

Make plans to attend ceremony at at 6 p.m Wednesday. In addition to hearing live caroling and seeing Santa, visitors can do a bit of shopping or even make a donation to the Canton Goodfellows. Free.

2. Last Call for Brunch with Santa

Today is the last day to buy tickets for Canton's annual , set for 11 a.m. Sunday at , 46000 Summit Parkway. After the brunch children can visit with Santa, pose for photos and confide gift wishes. (Parents, bring your cameras.)

Tickets cost $16 for those 13 years and older; $12 for children 4 through 12; and $4 for children 3 and under. Tickets are sold at the front desk at Summit on the Park during normal business hours.

Doors open at 11 a.m.; table seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Santa is scheduled to arrive at 11:30 a.m.

Learn more by calling 734-394-5460.

3. Chinese Adventures Close to Home

Metro Detroit Chinese Language and Culture Group, which hosts language classes at the Plymouth District Library at 9:30 a.m. each Saturday, has a new Facebook page. The group is also reminding everyone of a free movie screening set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor (734-668-8397).

City of Sadness, the first Chinese-language film to win the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion award, will be featured as part of the 50th anniversary celebration for University of Michigan's Center for Chinese Studies. Free.

4. 'Little Women' Opens

' staging of Little Women -- Louisa May Alcott's saga of four sisters growing up in the Civil War era, opens at 7 p.m. Thursday at Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd. Tickets cost $15.

5. Ladies' Night Out

The will host a holiday dinner and a ladies night out, beginning at 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Sunflower Clubhouse, 45800 Hanford. In addition to sharing a meal and laughter, participants can join the white elephant exchange by bringing a beautifully wrapped used item — or opt for a new ornament exchange. The veining will include a raffle to benefit the Canton Goodfellows' No Child Without a Christmas program.

(And for those of you planning to get out more in 2012, look for sign-up sheets for the club's special interest groups, which includes Ladies' Bunco, scrapbooking, couples' events, movie nights and more.)
 
To learn more, contact Noreen Rybar, Canton Newcomers and Neighbors Club  co-president, at 734-981-0486.

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