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Presented by the Japanese Business Society of Detroit, this annual event draws thousands to enjoy the traditions of the Japan including food, entertainment, and more. Date Day Time Age Oct 6 Sun 1-4pm All Price: Free Community Event Location: Novi High School Atrium, 24062 Taft Road

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It is simple to just trick or treat, but how about trick or trucks? Not only will kids get the experience of trick or treating, they will get to see the area’s biggest trucks. Possible trucks will include a dump truck, fire engine, bulldozer, and much more! Plus, a small meal will be provided. If there is inclement weather, the date will move to Friday, October 25. If you are interested in showing off your big truck in the event, please call Greg Morris, Recreation Supervisor, at 248.735.5646. Date Day Time Age Oct 24 Thu 5:30-7pm 3+ Price: Res. $8 / Non-Res. $10 Location: Novi High School, 24062 Taft Road Registration Ends: Oct 17

Price: Res. $14/Non-Res. $17 Instructor: Novi Parks Staff Location: Novi Civic Center, 45175 Ten Mile Road Registration Ends: Oct 4

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• Parking is available at Ford Field or behind the Water Wheel Centre building. Activity #: 272503.01 Date: Sun Oct 20 Time: 4:40 - 6:40pm (timed admissions) Location: Mill Race Village (215 Griswold) Fee: $7/child, parents are free

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