Award nominations/Scholarship applications
• 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.
• Clarkston Senior Expo is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 8, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, register at seniorexpousa.com, information on Medicare coverage, assisted living and more,
• 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.
• 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 email@example.com.
• Participating IHOP restaurants in Southeast Michigan will be collecting donations to raise funds and awareness for Beaumont Children’s, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, through March 1. On National Pancake Day, March 1, the restaurants will offer guests a free short stack of pancakes, 7 am-4 pm, and a donation to Beaumont Children’s, IHOP.com.
• Penn Station East Coast Subs annual fundraising campaign for Down syndrome awareness is March 1-21. All cashiers will ask customers if they want to round up for Down syndrome during the fundraising campaign. Penn Station will reward any customer who donates $2 or more with a card for a buy one, get one free sub on a future visit, penn-station.com.
• Birmingham’s Eton Academy fundraiser, “Roaring Into the Twenties – Gala & Auction,” is 6 pm March 5, at the campus, 1755 Melton Road, Birmingham. Funds support the private school for students who learn differently (dyslexia, ADHD), $150 per person, etonacademy.org/admissions/applying-to-eton/apply-now.
• Casino Night fundraiser is 6 pm March 5, the Rochester Hills Banquet Center, 1919 Star-Batt Drive, Rochester Hills. Hosted by the Rochester Junior Women’s Club, to benefit Ascension Providence Rochester Foundation, More Than A Bus, Rochester Community Concert Band and Rochester Older Person’s Commission (OPC). Purchase tickets at rjwc.org/new/events, $125 per person including dinner, wine/beer (cash bar available for mixed drinks, casino games).
• 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.
• Pontiac Legends and Trailblazers presentation is 5-6:30 pm Feb. 27 on the Ascend Foundation’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Eleven lifelong community to be honored for Black History Month. lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and State Rep. Joe Tate will be the featured speakers. Oakland County Commissioner Angela Powell and Mayor of Pontiac Tim Greimel will also give speeches alongside Portia Fields-Anderson, local parks activist and H. Bill Maxey, a lifelong community activist, theascendfoundation.org.
• 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.
• The Farmington Hills Police Department encourages residents to use the designated Safe Transaction Zones at Police Headquarters when meeting with a stranger to buy, sell, or trade items. Safe Transaction Zones include the lobby of Police Headquarters at 31655 West Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills, and two parking spots marked with signs and green pavement stripes. Police employees cannot serve as witnesses or participate in negotiations, and the parking lot may not be used to store vehicles or property, for information, call 248-871-2610.
• Troy Nature Society to host maple tree syrup tapping guided tours, March 5, March 12 and March 19, outdoors at the Stage Nature Center, 6885 Coolidge Hwy., Troy. Guided tours for small groups to learn how trees are tapped. At the end of the tour, children will receive a “take-home” craft and attendees will be treated to a mini pancake topped with real maple syrup. Tours start every 15 minutes, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Registration required at stagenaturecenter.org, 248-688-9703. Troy Nature Society and Stage Nature Center members pay $7, troynaturesociety.org/maple-syrup-time, pay $10 for adults; and $7 for ages 4-10; free for ages younger than 4.
• ReLeaf Michigan advises residents to trim oak trees during the winter months when Oak Wilt spread risk is lowest. (It is best to avoid moving firewood to new locations.) For more information, visit the Michigan Oak Wilt Coalition website at michiganoakwilt.org/resources or ReLeafMichigan.org or call 1-800-642-7353.
• Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester, rhpl.org, 248-650-7140. Rochester-Avon Historical Society president and historian Tiffany Dziurman will discuss Rochester’s 19th-century commercial architecture at 7 pm March 3 at the library, registration is available at rochesteravonhistoricalsociety.org, free.
• Troy Public Library, Troy. Bestselling author Scott Ellsworth to share history of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, 7–8:30 pm March 16 at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road. Register at troypl.org/calendar or call 248-524-3534, sponsored by the Friends of the Troy Public Library.
• White Lake Township Library, 11005 Elizabeth Lake Road, White Lake Twp. whitelakelibrary.org, 248-698-4942. Friends of White Lake Township Library seeks new or gently used books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, electronic games and consoles to resell, for information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. White Lake Township Library Book Sale is March 17-19.
• National Organization for Women Oakland/Macomb Branch meeting is 7-8 pm March 8, virtual, oakmacminow.org, 586-899-6845, free.
• 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.
• The Tumult & Tragedy: Michigan’s 1913-14 Copper Strike touring exhibit is on display, 10 am-3 pm March 1 – April 1, at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy. Exhibit is included with general admission, Troy Historical Society Members: free; Non-Members: $7/adult, $5/senior or child age 6-12, free/kids under 6. Register for timed admission at troyhistoricvillage.org/visit.
• Cheddar the Village Mouse and Mrs. Laura read a story, talk about an artifact and do crafts and activities with children ages 2-5 at 10:30am on Mar. 2, at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, Troy Historical Society Members: $5/child and $3/adult; Non-Members: $6/child and $4/adult. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.
• Digger the Groundhog and Mr. Tom teaches children ages 5-10 how to use tools and senses to learn about mysterious artifacts at 10am on Mar. 5, at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, Troy Historical Society Members: $5/child and $3/adult; Non-Members: $6/child and $4/adult. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.
• Parenting with Love and Logic virtual series, sponsored by Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance is Mondays, Feb. 28- March 21. Registration required at bgya.org.
• Evening hike and telescope views of the night sky is 6-7:30 pm March 10 at Rochester Hills Bloomer Park, 345 John R Road, Rochester. with park naturalists and the Oakland Astronomy Club. Register with Rochester Hills Parks/Rec at rochesterhills.org/calendar, $6 each, children younger than 14 must be accompanied by a paid adult.
• Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas, michigan.gov/dnr. Park entrance fees apply.
• 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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