December 2019 Waterford Insider

December 7th - So Many Great Events!

Check out all the awesome events for Waterford residents this Saturday, December 7th

Holiday Extravaganza & WinterFUN Festival 8:00am, then 11:00am for the parade
Goodfellows Basket Signup 9:00am to 1:00pm
Garden Club Greens Market 9:00am to 4:00pm
Monthly Recycling at Town Hall 9:00am to 1:00pm
Dashing Through December 10:00am to 3:00pm
Waterford Historical Society Christmas Sale 10:00am to 4:00pm

Holiday Extravaganza 2019

Holiday Baskets Sign-Up

In Need of a Little Extra Help This Holiday Season?
If you, or someone you know, lives in Waterford or whose children attend Waterford schools, are in need of a Christmas basket this year come to the Waterford Recreation Center on Saturday, December 7th from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This will be the only day to sign up.
Basket pickup will be 12/21/19.

Bring your license with a current address. If your children attend Waterford Schools, please bring their current report card or a letter from their school stating they attend.

The address to the Waterford Recreation Center is 5640 Williams Lake Rd. Waterford, MI 48329.

Questions? Email

Greens market 2019
Dashing through December

Historical Society Christmas Sale

The Waterford Historical Society will be holding LAST MINUTE shopping during our “Christmas Sale” at Fish Hatchery Park, 4490 Hatchery Road in Waterford. 

Leave the crowds and hassle behind in our Log Cabin and Jacober’s General Store.  Unique gift items for all ages await you:  Fish Hatchery & Drayton Plains T-Shirts and New sweatshirts, Alice’s Cottage gift items, Stocking Stuffers, Aprons, Handmade greeting cards, New Waterford attire, made in U.S.A. Historic Folk Toys, gift baskets, collectibles, gently used children’s books, and much more. 

Something for everyone with most items priced $10.00 and under!  Get your list ready and come shop on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00-4:00.  All proceeds go toward construction of Historic Waterford Village.  Support the preservation of your history of Waterford.  Please call 248-683-2697 for more information.

Spaghetti Dinners

Monthly Recycling- December 7

Waterford Township offers free monthly recycling collection of magazines and cardboard (shipping boxes, cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes, etc, free of food debris and dry.)
This service is provided the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 1pm in the parking lot at Township Hall.
Waterford residents only, please.

Please note that beginning January 2020, monthly paper and cardboard recycling moves to the second Saturday of each month.

Winter Holiday Fire Safety
Kindergarten Orientation & Expo
Carolling with Waterford Youth Assistance


News From the Treasurer's Office

Winter taxes are due December 2, 2019, and payable without penalty through February 14, 2020.  See the tax bill, front and back, for more information.  
If you did not receive your tax bill by the second week of December, please notify the Treasurer’s Office at (248) 674-6220.
If you would like to be notified with an e-mail or text when taxes are due, please click on  and click on Notify Me to sign up for reminders.  
If you initiate your payment through your financial institution, a paper check will be issued.  Make sure payment is sent to:
            5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, MI 48329
Do not send payment to a P.O. Box address which will delay delivery of payment.  For ONLINE BANKING through your Bank, please schedule your payment to be delivered 10 business days prior to due date or your payment may be late and interest applied.  Please note payments are posted paid the date the check is received in our office by the post office.
Online payments processed through the Township website at: will be posted paid on the scheduled payment date you choose.
We appreciate you bringing your unused envelope when making your payment at town hall.
2020 dog licenses are available at the Treasurer’s Office January 2, 2020.  To obtain a license proof of current rabies vaccination certificate is needed.  See back of tax bill for further information.
The Township sells only the 1-year license.   3-year license are available at Oakland County Animal Control.  Please call Animal Control at (248) 858-1090 for more information.
Oakland County Animal Control has moved from its Auburn Hills facility to Pontiac.    
The new shelter is located at 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 42 East, in Pontiac, next to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office headquarters.
Waterford Lions Club is selling Gourmet Nuts -  a 36 oz. can of roasted and seasoned Cashews, Almonds, Pecans, and Macadamias.   Cans are available at the Treasurer’s Office for $20 – the perfect gift!  


Calling All Snowbirds!

Attention all “Snowbirds”!  Please contact the Waterford Assessing Department with your forwarding address if you are leaving town for the winter. 

Even though you may have your mail forwarded by the U.S. Post Office, property tax bills and assessments notices are not forwarded and are returned to the Township. 

Please call 248-674-6270 to let us know your Winter address

Used Book Sale
Story Time

Waterford Public Library - December News & Events

Waterford Township Friends of the Library
Used Book Sale, Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8
Saturday, 10:00a-4:30p, Sunday, 1:00p-4:00p
Library Community Room
The Waterford Township Friends of the Library are holding a used book sale this weekend. Great gifts at sweet prices - or your next fun read. Stop by and shop! Proceeds support programs and projects at the Waterford Township Public Library. BAG SALE, $5/bag, all day Sunday. 
Library Closed

  • Tuesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
  • Wednesday, December 25 – Christmas Day
  • Tuesday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve
  • Wednesday, January 1 – New Year’s Day

Children’s Programs (through age 12)
1,000 Books before Kindergarten
For children infant to 5 years. We are a participating library in this early literacy program. Pick up a reading chart and book list from the children’s department. Read to your young child. For every 100 books that you read together, we will put your child’s name on our “Wall of Fame” as well as pick out a book to keep. Reach the 1,000-book milestone and get a book bag.
Lego Club
Saturday, December 14, 10:15-11:00 am OR 11:30-12:15 pm. Recommended for Ages 5 and Up
Students meet one Saturday a month to create their own Lego structure. They are displayed in the library until the next meeting. Then the students can make new structures. No registration required.
Saturday Storytime: It’s Grinch Day!  – Saturday, December 21, 10:30a - 11:15a Recommended for ages 3-8
It's Grinch Day!  Wear green.  Hear the classic story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.  Decorate an ornament to keep.  Play Pin the Heart on the Grinch and Grinch Heart Hunt games.  Enjoy a Grinchy treat and juice.  No registration required.  (We're showing the movie in the afternoon!!!)
Family Movie: The Grinch (2018) – Saturday, December 21, 2:00p – 3:00p
Recommended for ages 5+

Dr. Seuss' classic children's book returns to the screen in a new animated feature.  The Grinch tries to steal Christmas from Whoville.  Feel free to bring pillows, blankets, drinks, and snacks.  No peanuts, please.  We'll provide the "green" popcorn.  Children's under 9 need to be accompanied by an adult.  No registration required. We'll provide the popcorn.  Children under 9 need to be accompanied by an adult.
Teens Programs (grades 6-12)
(NOTE: for students in grades 6-12 only.  Please be respectful of the teens as they enjoy library programs planned just for them. Thank you.)
Tuesday Teens
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month, 3:30-5:00, September 10 through May 26th
This Month: December 10th     
Library Community Room
Drop in anytime between 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm. Middle and high school students are welcome to join us each month to hang out with friends and to meet new ones. We’ll provide games, activities, craft materials and light refreshments for you to enjoy. Or, just come and work on homework or socialize with other kids your age.
(NOTE: not held on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, March 10, 2020 or Tuesdays when the Waterford School District is closed because of inclement weather.)
Adults Programs
Books and Brags
We’d like to highlight real-life ways that library books (and online resources) have helped you. Did you use a cookbook to bake a cake for a special occasion? Did you pass your SATs with flying colors using one of our resources? Did your child learn how to do origami using a book from the Children’s Department? Submit a picture showing the result of how a library resource helped you achieve something. Examples: a good grade on a report, a selfie of you working on your car, a photo from a family vacation. Let us know which book(s), magazine(s) or online resource(s) you used. Photos may be submitted in person at the Adult Reference desk, sent to, Or tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We will share the photos on social media and in the library.
(NOTE: Registration is required for most adults program. To register please call 248-618-7694, drop by the Adults Reference desk when you visit the library, or register online via the Calendar of Events on our website.)
Adults – Enrichment Groups; drop-ins welcome.
Knitting Group
very Wednesday 10:00a – 12:00p in the Community Room
Share patterns, exchange project ideas, and socialize while you knit! Bring your own supplies. Refreshments
Tuesday Evening Book Discussion
This month will be a holiday potluck gathering. Bring a dish - snack or dessert, homemade or store-bought - to pass and tell us about the best book (or books if you can't choose just one) you read in 2019. At the end you'll have a typed-up list of everyone's favorites for when you're looking for something to read. No registration required.
Monday Afternoon Book Discussion
No meeting in December

Poetry Writers Workshop
Meets 3rd Thursday each month, 6:00p – 7:00p in the Conference Room
Local poet and teacher Glen Armstrong leads this monthly poetry-writing workshop. Bring paper and a pen/pencil, leave with a poem.
Waterford Writers Workshop
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30p - 8:30p in the Conference Room
The goal is to write, share, and develop works that make us feel; to celebrate the art of words; to provoke, evoke, and inspire; to write confidently. Each writer will have the opportunity to read their work to the group. Participants should bring at least five copies of their work (limit of 5 typewritten, double-spaced pages of fiction/non-fiction, poetry/prose, screenplays, etc.) for peer review and discussion. All copies will be returned to the writer with edits, constructive critiques, and suggestions by fellow group members. Participants must be 16 or older. Registration is not required.
Library Garden Club
No meeting in December

Closed for the holidays

Township Holiday Closures

Waterford Township Administrative offices and the Waterford Township Public Library will be closed for the holidays on December 24, 25 & 31, 2019 and January 1, 2020.
Emergency services remain available during these administrative closures.
On behalf of Team Waterford, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!

Shop with a Hero

Shop With A Hero: Donations Sought

Plans are underway to take deserving students shopping with police officers and fire fighters during the Annual Shop with a Hero program.

This is an annual collaborative initiative between the Waterford Police Department, the Waterford Regional Fire Department, the Waterford Coalition for Youth, and the Waterford School District, with generous sponsorship from Meijer, Suburban Collection and generous community donations.

If you’d like to make a donation to help support a student this holiday season, please contact the coalition at 248-618-7424. You can also send donations directly to the Waterford Coalition for Youth at 5150 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, MI 48329. We appreciate any and all financial contributions toward this cause to make the holidays brighter for others!  All contributions are due to the Coalition no later than December 9.

Senior Center Holiday Party
Bucket of Love

Save the Date: Waterford Chamber Annual Dinner

WACC Annual meeting

Mark your calendars to join us for the WACC Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner -
our moment to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and make plans for the new year. It is a time to reflect and acknowledge those who have made a difference within our chamber and community and embrace the blessings we have received among one another... business, friendships, growth. And, all in an atmosphere of FUN!

This year's theme, in honor of Dr. Adam Apfelblat, is the Grand Prix. 
We have some fabulous surprises for you!   

Taste of Waterford 2020

Taste of Waterford 2020

SAVE THE DATE! The Waterford Coalition for Youth cordially invites you to the 21st Annual Taste of Waterford on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 6-9 p.m. at the Oakland Schools Conference Center in Waterford!

This year’s family-fun event for all ages takes us on a magical journey with the amazing Anthony Grupido. Hailed as “Michigan’s Best Magician” by Channel 2, 4 and 7, as seen on Impractical Jokers and America's Got Talent, Grupido is one of Oakland County’s Elite 40 Under 40 and is an Ambassador for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.  Grupido’s spunky, energetic and clumsy characteristics make him a crowd favorite!  Laugh along as your friends have their watches stolen, minds read and your jaw drops with Grupido’s side splitting humor and perfected sleight of hand.

Participate in an amazing pick-a-prize raffle and try your luck at the 50/50. This extremely popular, premier community fun(d)raiser won’t leave you hungry as you beat the winter blues with friends and neighbors, while partnering with the coalition in their efforts to reduce substance abuse and high risk behaviors and empower our youth to make positive choices.

Admission includes all you can eat food and entertainment from over 30 area restaurants who year after year donate their food and staff to help support youth and families at this important community event. Contact the Coalition at 248-618-7424, or visit for more information.

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