• The Troy Community Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Coalition hosts Incredible Kids, to recognize children in grades K through 6 who have made a positive impact within Troy Schools and/or the Troy Community. Nominations are open until February 21. To obtain a nomination form, email email@example.com or for more information call 248-823-5205.
• The Troy Youth Assistance (TYA) program offers youth recognition a financial award, a “Boost Grant” for high school-age Troy students. Preference will be given to students who have “started from behind” due to experiences such as family tragedy, illness, and pregnancy, and students who have made their way forward as a positive response to court or police intervention. Nomination forms are at troyyouthassistance.org/youth-recognition.html. Send requests to TroyYouthAssistance@troy.k12.mi.us. Nominations are due on March 4.
• The 50th Annual Greater West Bloomfield Michigan Week Celebration Award nominations for volunteers in the Greater West Bloomfield area are open through March 11th. The 2022 Great West Bloomfield Michigan Week Community Awards Breakfast will be held May 13 at Wabeek Country Club, michiganweek.org.
• The Lake Trust Foundation offers two scholarship opportunities to Michigan residents. With the 2022 New Beginnings Scholarship, up to six applicants will be selected to receive a scholarship of a maximum value of $5,000. With the 2022 Michigan Impact Scholarship, five full scholarships will be awarded to current or upcoming Cleary University students studying at the Livingston, Detroit campuses or online. Applications for both scholarships are open through March 12 at Laketrust.org/Scholarships.
• Home School Curriculum Program, Animal Movement, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Red Oaks Nature Center in Madison Heights and 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Went Nature Center in Clarkston. The sessions are suitable for two age groups: ages 6 to 9 and ages 10 to 13. Cost $10/child/session. Register with payment at 248-858-0916 weekdays, oaklandcountyparks.com.
• “Cheddar Story Time in Preschool” – Cheddar Village Mouse and Mrs. Laura read a story, talk about an artifact and engage in crafts and activities with kids ages 2-5 at 10:30 a.m. February 10 (previously scheduled for February. 2), at Troy Historic Village, 60 W Wattles Street, Troy, Troy Historical Society members: $5 per child, $3 per adult; Non-members: $6 per child and $4 per adult. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.
• “Everything you wanted to know about school boards but were afraid to ask” is 7-8:30 p.m. February 9, via Zoom, Free, open-to-the-public meeting, register at bit.ly/32WSH6H.
• The Oakland County Farmers Market hosts cooking demonstrations by local chefs in association with edibleWOW. The next event is 10-11 a.m. on February 12, at the market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, or on the Oakland County Farmers Market Facebook page, facebook.com/OaklCountyFarmersMarket, call 248-858-5495.
• Foodie February in downtown Rochester, where diners save receipts from downtown restaurants, February 1 through 28, for a chance to win restaurant gift cards and a Love Local Rochester swag. Receipts can be taken to Downtown Collaboration Studio, 431 S. Main St. Or send by text. Text FOODIE to 866-603-4005 to request that a copy of the receipt be sent. Grand prizes include $500, $250, or $100 food package, downtownrochestermi.com.
• Artistic snow sculptures created from recycled materials are on display in downtown Northville during the winter. The Northville Downtown Development Authority teamed up with Joseph and Jennifer Rutherford to create Snowmen. Visitors are welcome to take their photos with Snowmen and share them by tagging Downtown Northville on Facebook or Instagram (downtownnorthville) using the hashtag #SnowmenofNorthville, Family Friendly Photos Only, facebook.com/DowntownNorthville.
• In support of students at Oxford High School, the Royal Park Hotel is hosting Pizza Crews with the Purpose of Pizza to raise money for the Tate Myre Memorial Endned Scholarship Fund. A portion of the proceeds go to the scholarship fund. Each pizza set costs $42 plus taxes and includes provisions for two pizzas and dozens of homemade chocolate chip cookies. Orders can be placed until 4 p.m. February 10 by calling Restaurant PARK 600 at 248-453-8732 and picking up between 2-4 p.m. February 12, cfound.org.
• Participating IHOP restaurants in Southeast Michigan will be raising funds to raise funds and awareness for Beaumont Children’s, a children’s miracle hospital, from February 1 to March 1. For cash, or scan the QR code on the IHOP/CMN table tag. On National Pancake Day, March 1, restaurants will offer guests a free short batch of pancakes, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., and encourage donation to Beaumont Children’s, IHOP.com.
Gardening / Plant Sales
• Winter Houseplant sale 10am-3pm February 11-12 at Cranbrook House & Gardens Conservatory Greenhouse, free to attend but RSVP encouraged, register at housegardens.cranbrook.edu/events/winter-houseplant-sale or call 248 – 645-3149.
• MSU Tollgate presents its HomeGrown Vegetable Gardening Series at 10 a.m., the second Saturday of the month, beginning February 12, with “Healthy Soil for a Backyard Vegetable Garden.” Session recordings will be sent to registrants. Sign up at bit.ly/3urIM4C, $12 per session per family, $90 for all 8 sessions.
• Blood Drive 1-7 p.m. February 15 at Holly Calvary Church, 15010 N. Holly Road, Holly, preferred dates, 866-642-5663, bit.ly/3optj12.
• The Michigan COVID-19 Testing or Vaccine Hotline is 1-888-535-6136, (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday), for information visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or CDC.gov/ Coronavirus or email COVID19@michigan.gov.
• Oakland County COVID-19 Vaccination, OaklandCountyVaccine.com.
• Brandon Township Public Library, 304 South Street, Ortonville. Virtual “Taste-A Cook’s Place,” 7-8 p.m. Feb. 9 Virtual cooking show with two recipes, register at brandonlibrary.org, 248-627-1460.
• Rochester Hills Public Library presents ‘An Evening with Frederick Douglass’ about the American statesman’s life as slaves, his escape to freedom, and his rise as a great writer, orator, and abolitionist, with actor Nathan Richards: 7 p.m. February 10, via Zoom, open to the public . Registration is required at calendar.rhpl.org, 248-656-2900.
• Salem County South Lyon Library, 9800 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon. The book battle for fourth grade teams of four students or less is March 19, sign up by February 19, ssldl.evanced.info/signup.
• Troy Public Library hosts Ninja Sensory Stress Balls, 4:30-5:15 p.m. February 9 for grades K-3, via Zoom. Register and view supply details at troypl.org/calendar or call 248-524-3541.
• Troy Public Library “Books & Brews” meets at 6pm on February 14, at Joe Coles Bar & Grill, to read “The Last Thing He Said to Me” by Laura Dave. The group meets on the second Monday of the month, troypl.org/calendar.
• Baking Fun at Troy Public Library from 6-7pm on February 15, via Zoom, for all ages with parents. Register and view supply details at troypl.org/calendar or call 248-524-3541.
• “The Salem Train Wreck of 1907” with Historian Joe Oldenburg, 7 p.m. Feb. 7, Northville County Library and 7 p.m. Feb. 8 Northville Township Hall, northvillelibrary.org, 248-349-3020, bit.ly/35Q09BQ.
• “The Constitution Café,” a discussion series that uses the Socratic method of inquiry to engage in civic discourse on various aspects of the United States Constitution at 2 p.m. on February 13, in the historic village of Troy, 60 W Wattles Road, Troy. Intended for adults and teens, free of charge. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.
• The Great Michigan Read: Book Discussion on “Copper Country Women” by Mary Doria Russell, 2021-22 Great Michigan Read, 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at Troy Historic Village, 60 W Wattles Road, Troy, log at TroyHistoric Village .org.
• February Film Festival 7-8 p.m. Fridays in February at the Rochester Hills Museum on Van Heusen Farm in Calv Barn, $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, register at rochesterhills.org/musprograms.
Gardens / Outdoor Activities
Oakland County Parks offers winter activities including: Family Sledding Hill at Waterford Oaks County Park, (open daily to those who bring their own sleds); trails for hikers and those with their own cross-country skis or snowshoes in Addison Oaks, Highland Oaks, Independence Oaks, Orion Oaks, Rose Oaks and Waterford Oaks; And dog parks are open in Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks, and Red Oaks. Parks are open daily from dawn to dusk or as advertised at the gate, park entrance fee or pass required, OaklandCountyParks.com.
• Huron Clinton Metroparks in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne, metroparks.com. Park entrance fees apply.
• Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas, michigan.gov/dnr. Park entrance fees apply.
• The Rochester Hills Public Library hosts its annual Preschool Fair, 10 a.m. to noon February 12. Parents are invited to register and visit with representatives of local nurseries and childcare centers. Registration is not required, for information call 248-650-7146.
• The Glenners Community Food Bank food distribution event is taking place at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 9-11 a.m. February 9, while supplies last for anyone in need. Drive and stay in car, or express distribution, no proof of eligibility required. For information, call 248-858-5495 or email OCmarket@oakgov.com.
• Hospice of Michigan (HOM) continues 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.
• The Common Ground Crisis and Resource 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) or suicidepreventionlifeline.org or text 741741.
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