Oakland County Community Calendar May 15 and Beyond – The Oakland Press

Business/Professional Activities

• The Troy Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free seminar for homebuyers and homeowners, “What to expect when buying or selling in 2022,” from 5:30-7 p.m. May 18 at 2125 Butterfield Drive , Troy, free event, register at bit .ly/3F9yoBQ or call Josephine Dries at 810-740-4499.

• Tech Career Night is 7-8:30 p.m. May 19 at Hawk Auditorium, 29995 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, for any questions email marie.sarnack [email protected] Learn about in-demand, high-paying jobs and training opportunities. Students, parents, veterans, career changers, all welcome, no registration necessary, presented by the Farmington/Farmington Hills Commission on Children, Youth and Families, fhgov.com.

Activities for children

• Oakland County Sheriff Pal Program for in-person spring programs, May 16-June 25, registration through May 15, sheriffpal.com. For more information, email Jay at [email protected]


• “Dino & Dragon Stroll,” a walking Jurassic experience, is May 19-22 and May 28-29 at Canterbury Village, 2359 Joslyn Ct., Orion Twp., DinoAndDragonStroll.com, gen adm. – 24.99 $+, free for children under 2 and military and veterans, additional service fees, opening night net proceeds to benefit Jay’s Juniors to help chronically ill and terminally ill children. Sensory sessions are at 8:30 a.m. on May 21 and 28.

Support Local Expo is 4:30-7:30 p.m. May 18, presented by the Waterford Region Chamber of Commerce at the Oakland County Farmers’ Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Twp., waterfordchamber.org.

Environmental activities

• Volunteers are needed for a community tree planting event, 8:45 am to noon, May 21 at Boulan Park, 1898 Boulan Park Drive in Troy, to help plant 20 trees. Volunteers are asked to wear closed shoes, comfortable clothes and bring a shovel and work gloves if they have them. RSVPs are appreciated at releafmichigan.org/RSVP.

• The Town of Southfield’s annual Red River Cleanup takes place from 9 am to noon on May 21st. Registration is required for clearing the jam by emailing [email protected] Volunteers should also remove invasive plants and weed at Berberian Woods in Southfield at the end of Streamwood (go down a dual carriageway and across the bridge). For more information, call Brandy Siedlaczek, Stormwater Manager, at 248-796-4806.

• Volunteers are needed to clean up the Rouge River watershed on Rouge River Day, 9 a.m. to noon, May 21 at Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, check-in at the nature center, free, all ages are welcome. Register at 248-473-1870 or email Ashlie Smith at [email protected]

• Residents of RRRASOC member communities including Farmington, Farmington Hills, Milford, Milford Township, Novi, South Lyon, Southfield, Walled Lake and Wixom can participate in household hazardous waste collection events. The next event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21 at the Milford Civic Center, 1100 Atlantic St., Milford, 248-208-2270, rrrasoc.org.

Fundraisers/Volunteer Opportunities

• The Gleaners Community Food Bank Food Distribution Event will be held at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 9-11 a.m. on May 18, while supplies last, for those 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]

• Bike donation event to benefit young people in need, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21 at Royal Oak Ford, New Parking Lot, 27550 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, hosted by Dan Gutfreund Realty Group and the ReCycle Bike Program from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, sheriffpal.com.

• Busch Fresh Food Market locations will host the All About Kids (ABC) food drive through May 15 to benefit local food banks, buschs.com/community-giving.

• A Wild Time at the Detroit Zoo is 7 a.m. to noon, May 21, at the Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak, shadesofpink.securesweet.com. Advance tickets are $35/adult; $25/child (6-17); $10/small (2-5); free for children under 2, shadesofpinkfoundation.org, 248-310-1559.

Health/Safety activities

• Waterford’s Studio 8 Fitness will be hosting a free yoga lesson from noon to 12:45 p.m. on May 19 at the Oakland County Farmers’ Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Twp., on the grassy area west of the market building, weather permitting, visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.

• The Farmington Hills Fire Department is offering free car seat inspections by appointment May 21, 8 a.m. to noon, at Fire Station #3, 29260 Grand River Ave. Farmington Hills. Register for an appointment with Sara West at [email protected] or call 248-474-5500.

• 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 or CDC.gov/Coronavirus or email [email protected]


• Auburn Hills Public Library, Auburn Hills Municipal Complex, 3400 E. Seyburn Drive, Auburn Hills, email [email protected] The used book sale will take place from May 19 to 21. The members-only presale is from 5-7 p.m. on May 18 (subscriptions can be purchased at the door).

• Baldwin Public Library, 300 W. Merrill St. Birmingham, www.baldwinlib.org, 248-647-1700. The Friends of Baldwin Public Library will be holding a sale of used books and media through May 16 on the lower level of the library.

• Commerce Township Community Library, 180 E Commerce Road, Commerce Twp., 248-669-8108, commercelibrary.info. Robert Dustman, author of “Defining Moments”: 7 p.m. May 25.

• Lyon Municipal Library, 27005 chemin Milford, Lyon Sud. The Friends of the Public Library of the Canton of Lyon book sale takes place from May 19 to 22, lyon.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/friends-of-the-library-book-sale-7.

• The Northville District Library Local Author Fair will be held May 21, 2-4 p.m., 212 W. Cady St., Northville, northvillelibrary.org, 248-349-3020. Books will be available for purchase and signing. No registration necessary.

• Rochester Hills Public Library will host Michigan Rehabilitation Services, “Helping People with Disabilities Get Jobs” at 7 p.m. May 17, 7 p.m. via Zoom. A vocational rehabilitation counselor from Michigan Rehabilitation Services, michigan.gov/leo/bureaus-agencies/mrs, will discuss customized solutions for businesses and individuals with disabilities. Registration is required at calendar.rhpl.org or by phone at 248-656-2900.

• Wixom Public Library, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Spring Used Book Sale sponsored by Friends of the Wixom Library May 19-21. Fill a bag for $5. Advance sale for Friends, members only May 18, 5-7:30 p.m., wixomlibrary.org, (subscriptions can be purchased at the door).

Museum activities

• A Jeffersonian Dinner will be held from 6-8 p.m. May 19 at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Van Hoosen Farmhouse, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hill, $75 per person, register by Monday at Rochesterhills. org/musprograms, 248-656-4663.

• Honeybee Hangouts – Introduction to bees & candle roll craft is at 10:30 a.m., May 21 at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Calf Barn, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hill, $15/non-members; $10/museum members,rochesterhills.org/musprograms.

• Great Michigan Read: “Red Metal-The Copper Country Strike of 1913” film screening will be held May 18 at 7 p.m., inside Old Troy Church in Historic Troy Village, 60 W. Wattles Road , Troy, free event sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council. Intended for adults. Space is limited. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.

• Preservation Conversations: “Searching for a Home 101” is at 10 a.m. May 23, inside the Niles-Barnard House at Historic Troy Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, Troy Members Historical Society free, non-members – $7. Intended for adults. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.

Parks/Nature activities

• Enjoy a personal nature hike guided by a naturalist during hikes by appointment May 20 and 21 at the Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Sign up for slots at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Pets not allowed, free and suitable for all ages. Pre-registration required by calling 248-858-0916 on weekdays.

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

• Oakland County Parks and Recreation provides access to nature areas, trails, dog parks and park facilities. Park entrance fees apply, OaklandCountyParks.com.

• Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas, michigan.gov/dnr. Park entrance fees apply.


A pet vaccination clinic is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21 at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, Pine Grove Lodge. No appointment necessary, nominal fee for vaccinations, cash is preferred, but credit cards are accepted. For pet safety, bring dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier, OaklandCountyParks.com.

Support Resources

• Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is continuing its virtual support group sessions for Michiganders experiencing the loss of a loved one. For times and dates of virtual group sessions, visit hom.org, call (888) 247-5701, or email [email protected] The in-person group meets the third Friday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Royal Oak Senior Center, 3500 Marais Ave. Royal Oak. RSVP with Cynthia Palmer at 248-334-1323 or [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.

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

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