General Guide – Issue XXVII – November/December 2017 – Giving Edition

General Guide XXVII, the Giving Edition, was delivered as an insert to shopper newspapers the weekend of October 27, 2017.  The Giving Edition of the General Guide features a word search puzzle about why it is good to give in Calhoun County as well as traditions, music and other special events during the holiday season. It has a special invitation to become a philanthropist on Giving Tuesday, which occurs after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. There are many ways to give, including giving time, talents and treasure.


General Guide lists general times and dates for big community events.  Times and places are subject to change.  Please verify each item before you make plans.  The Google Calendar on the menu above will have links to more official information for each item shown for your convenience.

The view of the December General Guide below has a couple of new Albion events.  This new General Guide will be available soon at businesses in downtown Albion.  Albion Aglow is planned for Friday December 1.  There will be a Christmas tree lighting downtown, near the Coca Cola mural at 6 pm, and a parade at 7:30 pm, and special evening hours for some downtown businesses from 5-9 pm.

This issue of the General Guide has a circulation of 15,000 copies, and is sponsored by both the Albion Community Foundation and the Marshall Community Foundation. Both foundations enhance the quality of life in the Albion/Marshall area. Together they are spreading the word about Giving Tuesday, and programs that make this area a good place to live.

November and December have a number of traditional events that we celebrate such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, New Year’s Eve and also cultural events such as Chanukah and Kwanzaa that enrich our appreciation of our diversity. There are parades, an International Festival of Light, the Merry Mile Lights, Indoor Farmers’ Markets, and Cozy up with Art, all listed in the General Guide calendar. The online version of the calendar at has links to more official information about each event.

The website also has past issues of the General Guide, photos of progress in the communities of Albion and Marshall, Farmer’s Almanac news such as the full moons, and the best meteor shower of 2017 on the night of Wednesday, December 13. Know when to turn your clocks back, when to shop, where to hear music, and when to give, by reading the General Guide.

Please thank the businesses listed by giving them your business. They make the General Guide possible.

We thank all of our readers for the feedback about the Guide. To leave feedback join the Albion Michigan Arts Group on Facebook and post it there, or message us from there.  One recent request was for larger type and so this edition should be easier to read.


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