• The Troy Youth Assistance (TYA) Youth Recognition program offers a financial award, a “Boost Grant” for Troy high school age students. Preference will be given to those students who “started from behind” because of experiences such as a family tragedy, illness, pregnancy, and students who have forged a path to progress as a positive response to a court or police intervention. Nomination forms are at troyyouthassistance.org/youth-recognition.html. Submit applications to TroyYouthAssistance@troy.k12.mi.us. Nominations are due March 4.
• Bowman Auto Group is offering a $2,500 scholarship to eligible 2022 graduating Clarkston High School seniors who have been accepted at a 2-year or 4-year college or vocational institution, and plan to pursue a degree in a STEAM-related (Science, Technology , Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) field. To be considered for the scholarship, students should apply at bowmanchevy.com/scholarship by March 24.
Black History Month activities
Rochester Hills Public Library presents 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 is at 7 pm Feb. 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 discussing “The 1619 Project”, 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 24, virtual meeting, Nationalorganizationforwomen1@gmail.com, oakmacminow.org, 586-899-6845, free.
• Black History Month exhibition of local artist John Osler’s work, presented by Mayor Ken Siver and the Southfield Public Arts Commission with a public reception is 6-7:30 pm Feb. 25 in the Southfield City Hall main lobby, 26000 Evergreen Road. The exhibition will feature 12 original John Osler oil paintings celebrating African Americans on display 8 am-5 pm Monday-Friday through July. The artwork will also be offered for sale to the public. For information, call 248-796-5100 or visit cityofsouthfield.com or JohnOsler.com.
Business events/Job fairs
• How to Start a Business, in-Person and virtual workshop is 8-10:30 am 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 10 am-2 pm Feb. 26 at Waterford Oaks Waterpark, which is set to re-open after a two-year hiatus. The park is at 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Twp. Oakland County Parks is hiring for a wide variety of seasonal jobs at all 14 county parks including five golf courses, two campgrounds, two waterparks, three dog parks and Holly Oaks ORV Park, OakGov.com/jobs, or call 248-858-0530 . Applicants must be age 16+.
• The Rochester Junior Women’s Club is currently accepting applications from area 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations who would like to be considered as a recipient of the club’s fundraising proceeds. To apply for funds, visit rjwc.org to complete and submit the application by March 18. For information, email Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Gleaners Community Food Bank food distribution event is at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 9-11 am Feb. 23, while supplies last, for anyone in need. Drive-up and stay in the vehicle, or walk-up distribution, no need for proof of eligibility. For information, call 248-858-5495 or email OCmarket@oakgov.com.
• Go Red For Women Luncheon is 10 am-2 pm Feb. 25, at the Suburban Showplace Collection, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. Fundraiser to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease in women. Register at bit.ly/3Gu7Ee6. Donations can be made at the American Heart Association at WearRedDay.org.
• Foodie February month in downtown Rochester, for diners to save receipts from downtown restaurants, Feb. 1-28, for a chance to win restaurant gift cards and Love Local Rochester swag. Receipts can be taken to the Downtown Collaboration Studio, 431 S. Main St. or sent by text. Text FOODIE to 866-603-4005 for prompt to send a picture of receipt. Grand prizes include a $500, $250, or a $100 dollar dining package, downtownrochestermi.com.
• Winter Blast Royal Oak is Feb. 18-20, downtown Royal Oak, free admission. Live entertainment, family entertainment and activities, outdoor ice rink, zip line, Polar Plunge fundraiser, winterblast.com.
• Southfield Parks & Recreation Department to host Winter Fest, 2-4:30 pm Feb. 27, at the Southfield Sports Arena, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield, free ice skating, ropes course, climbing wall and bouncers, horse-drawn carriage rides and Blizzard Blast with Oakland County Parks and Recreation featuring snowshoeing (weather dependent), winter nature craft Old snow art scavenger hunt. Free admission and parking, cityofsouthfield.com.
• Chili’in The Ville chili cookoff event is 1-5 pm Feb. 26, downtown Northville. Visitors can purchase eight tickets for $10. Each ticket provides a sample-size portion from 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, downtownnorthville.com/whats-happening/chiliin-the-ville.
• Outdoorama and Cottage & Lakefront Living shows: Both shows are Feb. 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 younger are admitted free, parking is $5.
• Canterbury Chili Crawl: 11 am-4 pm Feb. 26, Canterbury Village, 2359 Joslyn Ct., Orion Twp., facebook.com/canterburyvillagelakeorion, $7 adv. entry, free for children younger than 2, military and veterans, plus service fees and $5 parking.
• The Meadow Brook Garden Club presents guest speaker, Brent Heath with “Bulbs as Companion Plants” at 10 am Feb. 25 via Zoom. Non-members can email in advance to MBGCmembers@gmail.com to request a link that includes a link to make a $5 guest donation.
• State of Michigan COVID-19 hotline for testing or vaccines is 1-888-535-6136, (8 am-5 pm, Mon.-Fri.), for information, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or CDC.gov/Coronavirus or email COVID19@michigan.gov.
• Oakland County COVID-19 Vaccination, OaklandCountyVaccine.com.
• Library Open House to discuss proposed sites for a new location for the Lyon Township library. In-Person and virtual, 6:30 pm Feb. 21 at Lyon Township Public Library, 27005 Milford Road, South Lyon. Registration is required for those attending virtually at lyon.lib.mi.us.
• “Getting Ready for Tax Time: What You Need to Know” is 6:30-8 pm Feb 24 at 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, Q&A, for adults, Troy Public Library program, register at troypl.org/calendar or call 248-524 -3534.
• Cranbrook Institute of Science is open on President’s Day, 10 am-5 pm Monday, Feb. 21, 39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, science.cranbrook.edu.
• Mid-Winter Break Open House for all ages plus demonstrations, activities and crafts from 10 am-3 pm Feb. 21-Feb. 22, at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org, free admission.
• Thursday Tea- “Good Roads Movement” presented by historian Jim Craft, is 2 pm Feb. 24, at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, Troy Historical Society Members: $8, Non-Members: $9. Geared toward adults. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.
• February Film Festival is 7-8 pm Fridays in February at The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm in the Calf Barn, $5/Adults, $3/seniors and students, register at rochesterhills.org/musprograms.
• The Rochester-Avon Historical Society to present “Stoney Creek Village” with Rochester Hills Museum Director Pat McKay as a part of their Brown Bag series, noon-1 pm, March 1, at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, free and open to the public, no refreshments but registrants are welcome to bring a lunch. Register in advance at eventbrite.com/o/rochester-hills-museum-at-van-hoosen-farm-31205740733.
• Parenting with Love and Logic virtual series, sponsored by Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance is Mondays, Feb. 29- March 21. Registration required at bgya.org.
• Free fishing weekend for Michigan residents and out of state visitors is Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, with all fishing licenses waved. DNR Passport is not required at any state park or recreation area for the weekend, 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 sleds); Trails for hikers and those with their own cross country ski or snowshoe equipment at Addison Oaks, Highland Oaks, Independence Oaks, Orion Oaks, Rose Oaks and Waterford Oaks county parks; and dog parks are open at Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks and Red Oaks. The parks are open daily from dawn to dusk or as posted at the gate, park entrance fees or pass required, OaklandCountyParks.com.
• Huron-Clinton Metroparks in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne, metroparks.com. Park entrance fees apply.
• Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is continuing its virtual support group sessions throughout the winter for Michiganders experiencing the loss of a loved one. For virtual group session times and dates, visit hom.org, call (888) 247-5701 or email kmonts@HOM.ORG.
• Common Ground’s Resource & Crisis Helpline 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 grief support groups, hom.org.
• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255), suicidepreventionlifeline.org or text 741741.
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