• 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 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.
• “Cheddar Story Time in Preschool” – Cheddar the Village Mouse and Mrs. Laura read a story, talk about an artifact and engage in crafts and activities with children ages 2-5 at 10:30 a.m. February 2, in Historic Troy Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, members of the Troy Historical Society: $5 per child, $3 for adults; Non-members: $6 per child and $4 per adult. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.
• Morning Munchkins is 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. February 4 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hals Street, Madison Heights, for preschoolers, featuring a story, “Woodpecker Wham!” and a practical, nature-based discovery activity. Cost $4 per child, outdoors, masks required for under-tent programs, sign up with payment by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays.
• Digger the Groundhog and Mr. Tom teach children ages 5 to 10 how to use tools and senses to identify mysterious artifacts at 10 a.m. February 5, at Troy Historic Village, 60 Wattles Road, Troy Members of the Troy Historical Society: $5 per child and $3 per adult; Non-members: $6 per child and $4 per adult. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.
• 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.
• Birmingham Restaurant Week from January 31 to February. 4, on weekdays, with unique menus and a variety of cuisines prepared by top chefs from downtown Birmingham restaurants, ALLINB Birmingham.com/restaurantweek.
• 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.
• To support students at Oxford High School, the Royal Park Hotel is returning “Pizza” for the purpose of raising money for the Tate Myre Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund established by his family through the Community Foundation in Greater Rochester. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Scholarship Fund, and in honor of Tate’s passion for football, the collection of pizza sets will be just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, February 13th. Pizza and dozens of homemade chocolate chip cookies. Orders can be submitted until 4 p.m. February 10 by calling 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.
• The City of Troy hosts the Red Cross Blood Campaigns, 9am-3pm Jan 31, 1-7pm 1 and 9am-3pm Feb 3, at Troy Community Center, 3179 Levernoy, Troy. Donation dates can be scheduled by calling 313-300-9617, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or using the free blood donation app.
• Free Discover Michigan Fresh Series will be held, 10-11 a.m. February 5 at Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. Experts from Michigan State University Extension – Health and Nutrition will explore a different product product, along with a food demonstration and tasting. Call 248-858-5495 or email OCmarket@oakgov.com for more information.
• 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.
Jobs / Training Events
• Oakland County Parks and Recreation is hiring for seasonal jobs at all 14 parks, including five golf courses, two campgrounds, two water parks, three dog parks, Holly Oaks ORV Park, OakGov.com/jobs, and OaklandCountyParks. com.
• The free virtual program ‘How to ‘Wow’ Your Future Employer in a Interview’ is 1pm February via Zoom. Register for the program at jvshumanservices.org. The webinar will be streamed later on the JVS Human Services Facebook page, facebook.com Job seekers looking for individual career advice, computer training, or job search assistance can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 248-233-4245.
• The University of Auckland partners with many companies in the region to offer skilled business opportunities. The next information meeting on employment opportunities for the TDC- Talent Development Coalition for Oakland County residents, ages 18 to 27, is 9-11 a.m. Feb. 5, at Auch Construction, 65 University Drive, Pontiac, free event, talentdevelopmentcoalition.com/ events.
• 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.
• Rochester Avon Historical Society President and historian Tiffany Dziorman will discuss the commercial architecture of 19th-century Rochester in a new local history presentation at Rochester Hills Public Library at 7 p.m. February 3, free program, open to the public, registering at the rochesteravonhistoricalsociety community. Deer.
• 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.
• The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Heusen Ranch in association with the Rochester Avon Historical Society presents “Brown Bag Lunch – Local History Resources for the Rochester Hills Library,” noon – 1 pm on February 1, at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Heusen Farm, Calf Barn, free . Registration is required at rochesterhills.org/musprograms. Refreshments will not be provided, but registrants are welcome to bring lunch.
• 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
• Backyard Tracks Screening Animal Tracks is 2-3 pm Feb 5 at the Went Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, outdoors or under tent, masks required under tent. Participants make their own trail guide and plaster splints to take home. Check-in at the white tent near the nature center. In inclement weather, program cancels, geared for ages 8+, $4 per person, plaster casts $20/three moulds, sign up with payment by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays $4 per person.
• 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 Walled Lake Consolidated School District application period for the Select Schools Program for the 2022-23 school year is January 17-February. 6. Open to Oakland County residents. To apply, visit wlcsd.org/soc.
• The Rochester Hills Public Library is hosting its annual Preschool Fair, 10 a.m. through February 12. Parents are invited to come and visit with representatives from local nurseries and childcare centers. Registration is not required, for information call 248-650-7146.
• Electronic Community Outreach Services, a non-profit organization, recently opened a Parent Empowerment Center at 953 W. Huron, Waterford Twp. The center is hosting the grand opening on February 1. The nonprofit provides help for parents in Waterford, Pontiac and surrounding areas to access social services, workforce training, job opportunities, parenting groups, mental health support, youth fitness, leadership and mentorship programs, Ecommunityoutreach.org.
• 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 Oxford Bank, Oxford Community Schools and the Oxford City Center Development Authority have established the Oxford Community Memorial and Victims Fund at oxfordbank.com/donations, to accept donations to families and the community affected by the Oxford High School shooting.
• Genisys Credit Union accepts donations to help Oxford families. To donate to Oxford Strong, visit any of the 28 Genisys branch locations in Michigan. Checks can be paid to Genisys Credit Union- Oxford Strong. For more information, visit genisyscu.org/locations.
• 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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