Oakland County Community Calendar Feb. 20 and Beyond – The Oakland Press


Award/Scholarship Nominations

• The Troy Youth Assistance (TYA) Youth Recognition Program offers a financial reward, a “Boost Grant” to Troy high school students. Preference will be given to students who “started from behind” due to experiences such as family tragedy, illness, pregnancy, and students who have blazed a trail of progress in positive response to judicial or police intervention. Application forms are at troyyouthassistance.org/youth-recognition.html. Submit applications to [email protected] Applications are due March 4.

• Bowman Auto Group is offering a $2,500 scholarship to eligible 2022 graduates of Clarkston High School who have been accepted to a 2- or 4-year college or vocational institution and plan to earn a degree in a related field to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). To be considered for the scholarship, students must apply to bowmanchevy.com/scholarship before March 24.

Black History Month Activities

The Rochester Hills Public Library features authors Thomas F. Daniels and Thomas C. Marsh to share stories from their book, “Black and White Like You & Me,” and examine race relations in metro Detroit, where they grew up together in the 1960s. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on February 24 at the Library, 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester, open to RHPL cardholders. Registration is required at calendar.rhpl.org or call 248-656-2900.

• National Organization for Women Oakland/Macomb Branch Book Club celebrating Black History Month by discussing the “1619 Project,” 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 24, virtual meeting, [email protected], www.oakmaminow.org586-899-6845, free.

• The Black History Month exhibition of the work of local artist John Osler, presented by Mayor Ken Siver and the Southfield Public Arts Commission with a public reception, will take place February 25 from 6-7 p.m. 30 a.m. in the Main Lobby of Southfield Town Hall, 26000 Evergreen Road. The exhibition will feature 12 original oil paintings by John Osler celebrating African Americans, on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through July. The work will also be offered for sale to the public. For more information, call 248-796-5100 or visit cityofsouthfield.com Where JohnOsler.com.

Business Events/Career Fairs

• How to Start a Business, in-person and virtual workshop is 8-10:30 a.m. March 8, The Holly Vault, 202 S Saginaw St., Holly, free, register at AdvantageOakland.EventBrite.com.

• Oakland County Parks and Recreation is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at Waterford Oaks Water Park, which is set to reopen after a two-year hiatus. The park is located at 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Township. Oakland County Parks is hiring for a wide variety of seasonal jobs at the county’s 14 parks, including five golf courses, two campgrounds, two water parks, three dog parks and Holly Oaks ORV Park, OakGov.com/jobs, or call 248-858-0530. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Charitable Activities/Fund Raising

• The Rochester Junior Women’s Club is currently accepting applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations who wish to be considered recipients of club fundraising proceeds. To apply for funds, visit rjwc.org to complete and submit the application by March 18. For more information, email Carolyn at [email protected]

• The Gleaners Community Food Bank Food Distribution Event will be held at the Oakland County Farmer’s Market from 9-11 a.m. on February 23, while supplies last, for anyone in need. Drive-up and stay in the vehicle, or distribution without an appointment, no need for proof of eligibility. For more information, call 248-858-5495 or email [email protected]

• Go Red For Women Luncheon is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Suburban Showplace Collection, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. Fundraising to raise women’s awareness of cardiovascular diseases. Sign up at bit.ly/3Gu7Ee6. Donations can be made to the American Heart Association at WearRedDay.org.

Community events

• February Gourmet Month in Downtown Rochester, for diners to save receipts from downtown restaurants, February 1-28, for a chance to win restaurant gift cards and Love Local Rochester giveaways . Receipts can be brought to Downtown Collaboration Studio, 431 S. Main St. or texted. Text FOODIE to 866-603-4005 to be prompted to send a photo of the receipt. Grand prizes include a meal plan of $500, $250 or $100, centre-villerochestermi.com.

• Winter Blast Royal Oak is February 18-20, in downtown Royal Oak, free admission. Live entertainment, family entertainment and activities, outdoor ice rink, zip line, Polar Plunge fundraiser, www.winterblast.com.

• The Southfield Parks and Recreation Department will host Winter Fest, 2-4.30pm on February 27, at Southfield Sports Arena, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield, free ice skating, ropes course, climbing wall and bouncers, carriage rides and Blizzard Blast with Oakland County Parks and Recreation with snowshoes (weather dependent), winter nature crafts, snow art, scavenger hunts. Free admission and parking, cityofsouthfield.com.

• The Chili’in The Ville chili cooking event will be held from 1 to 5 pm on February 26 in downtown Northville. Visitors can purchase eight tickets for $10. Each ticket provides a sample portion of the participating business. Tickets can be purchased at Mod Market, 150 Mary Alexander Court. After sampling, visitors can vote for their favorite using the QR code at participating locations, centre-villenorthville.com/whats-happening/chiliin-the-ville.


• Outdoorama and Cottage & Lakefront Living Shows: Both shows will take place February 24-27, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi, NoviCottageShow.com, Outdoorama.com$12 includes admission to both, $5 for ages 6-14, ages 5 and under are admitted free, parking is $5.

• Canterbury Chili Crawl: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26, Canterbury Village, 2359 Joslyn Ct., Orion Twp., facebook.com/canterburyvillagelakeorion, $7 upfront. free admission for children under 2, military and veterans, plus $5 service charge and parking.


• The Meadow Brook Garden Club presents guest speaker, Brent Heath, with “Bulbs as Companion Plants” at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 via Zoom. Non-members can email [email protected] in advance to request a link that includes a link to donate $5.

Health/Safety activities

• The State of Michigan COVID-19 Test or Vaccine Hotline is 1-888-535-6136, (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday), for more information. information, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus Where CDC.gov/Coronavirus or email [email protected]

• Oakland County COVID-19 Vaccination, OaklandCountyVaccine.com.


• Library open day to discuss proposed sites for a new location for the library of the canton of Lyon. In person and virtual, 6:30 p.m. on February 21 at the Public Library of the Canton of Lyon, 27005 chemin Milford, Lyon Sud. Registration is required for virtual attendees to lyon.lib.mi.us.

• “Getting Ready for Tax Time: What You Need to Know” will take place on February 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road, Troy. CPA Tom Hill will review tax law changes, share ideas for minimizing your tax liability, and discuss issues such as the expanded child tax credit, questions and answers, for adults, the the Troy Public Library, register at troypl.org/calendar or call 248-524-3534.

Museum activities

• The Cranbrook Institute of Science is open President’s Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, February 21, 39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, science.cranbrook.edu.

• Open house during the mid-winter holidays for all ages, plus demonstrations, activities and crafts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from February 21 to February 21. 22, at Historic Troy Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy. Register on troyhistoricvillage.orgfree entrance.

• Thursday High Tea – “Good Roads Movement” presented by historian Jim Craft, 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, members of the Troy Historical Society: $8, non- members: $9. Intended for adults. Register on troyhistoricvillage.org.

• February Film Festival takes place 7-8pm on Fridays in February at the Rochester Hills Museum at the Van Hoosen Farm in the Calf Barn, $5/adults, $3/seniors and students, register at rockesterhills.org/musprograms.

• The Rochester-Avon Historical Society will present “Stoney Creek Village” with Rochester Hills Museum Director Pat McKay as part of their Brown Bag Series, from noon to 1 p.m., March 1, at the Rochester Hills Museum in Van Hoosen Farm, free and open to the public, no refreshments but registrants are welcome to bring their lunch. Register in advance at eventbrite.com/o/rochester-hills-museum-at-van-hoosen-farm-31205740733.


• The Parenting with Love and Logic virtual series, sponsored by Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance, runs from Monday, February 29 through March 21. Registration required at bgya.org.

Parks/Outdoor Activities

• Free fishing weekend for Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors is Saturday and Sunday, February 19 and February 20, with all fishing licenses waived. DNR passport is not required in state parks or weekend recreation areas, michigan.gov/dnr.

• Oakland County Parks offers outdoor winter activities including: Family Sledding Hill at Waterford Oaks County Park (open daily for those who bring their own sled); trails for hikers and those with their own cross-country ski or snowshoe equipment in Addison Oaks, Highland Oaks, Independence Oaks, Orion Oaks, Rose Oaks, and Waterford Oaks county parks; and dog parks are open in Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks and Red Oaks. Parks are open daily from dawn to dusk or as posted at the gate, park entrance fees or passes required, OaklandCountyParks.com.

• Huron-Clinton Metroparks in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne, metroparks.com. Park entrance fees apply.

Support Resources

• Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is continuing its virtual support group sessions throughout the winter for Michiganders experiencing the loss of a loved one. For times and dates of virtual group sessions, visit hom.orgcall (888) 247-5701 or email [email protected]

• The Common Ground Resource & Crisis hotline is available 24/7 – call or text 800-231-1127.

• Mental health resources: easterseals.com/michigan/explore-resources/mental-health-tips-during-a.html.

• Hospice of Michigan continues to offer virtual bereavement support groups, hom.org.

• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255), suicidepreventionlifeline.org or text 741741.

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