• Faith Church in Rochester Hills offers free meals to the community from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm Wednesdays from Oct. 6 to Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 to Dec. 1. 22 at Faith Church, 160 W Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, Faithchurchrochesterhills.org/sharethetable. Since the onset of COVID, the church has provided the community with a drive-through outdoor pantry.
Activities for children
• Sense of the past with Digger the Greyhound is from 4 pm to 5 pm. October 7. Experience fall in the 19th century for ages 5-10 with an adult. THS members $ 7; Non-members $ 9 Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.
• Diggers Detectives will take place from 10 am to 11 am on October 9, a mix of social studies and science for ages 5 to 10 with adults, history of agriculture and gardening, Troy Historic Village, 60 W Wattles Road, Troy, members $ 5 / child / $ 3 / adult; Non-members $ 6 / child / $ 4 / adult, register on troyhistoricvillage.org.
Courses / Conferences
• The Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents “Genetic Genealogy: Using DNA Tests for Family History” at noon on October 5 as part of its Brown Bag Lunchtime Program Series at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm . Registration is required at rochesteravonhistoricalsociety.org/events, free, bring a lunch.
• The Troy Fire Department’s annual open house is 1 pm to 4 pm on October 3 at its six fire stations. Firefighters will demonstrate methods of extinguishing common household fires using a fire extinguisher and discuss home emergency evacuation plans. The Troy Fire Stations are located at: Station 1 – 1019 E. Big Beaver Rd .; Station 2 – 5600 Livernois; Station 3 – 2400 W. Big Beaver Rd .; Station 4 – 2117 E. Chemin Maple; Station 5 – 6399, chemin John Rd.; Station 6 – 5901 Coolidge Rd., Troymi.gov/fire.
• Canceled due to inclement weather forecast: Farmington Hills City Wide Open House, October 3, 248-871-2500, fhgov.com.
• The free document shredding event will be held October 6 from 9 am to 11 am at Red Oaks Water Park, 1455 E. Thirteen Mile Road, Madison Heights, oaklandcountyparks.com. Residents can stay in cars, the limit is three or four boxes of paper.
• The Clinton River Watershed Council is hosting its 50th Anniversary Celebration, 4–6:30 pm, October 6 at Yates Cider Mill, 1990 E. Avon Road, Rochester Hills. The free event will take place in the picnic area with apple cider, donuts and other goodies from Yates. CRWC representatives will take a tour of the recently completed restoration project at Yates, a 500 foot section of the Clinton River, register at bit.ly/3D0JQ0j, www.crwc.org, 248-601-0606.
• The annual Drive to Survive and Dream Porsche Raffle is from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm on October 9, participants assemble in their vehicles, departing from Brighton High School, 7878 Brighton Road, Brighton, at noon, towards M1 Concourse, 1 Concourse Drive, Pontiac, register at Drive21.givesmart.com. Fundraising for the benefit of a non-profit organization Fund a Life, $ 150 and more.
• The Women Rock Science Virtual Fundraising Gala will be held on October 7 at 7:00 p.m., hosted by the Cranbrook Institute of Science, to celebrate women in STEAM and raise funds for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. -Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in underserved Michigan communities, science.cranbrook.edu/women-rock-science, general admission tickets are $ 100 or $ 250, register by October 1 .
• The Forever Home Run 5K Run / Walk Lutheran Adoption Service is October 9 at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Bloomfield Hills, starting at 9 am. Families can participate in the 5K run / walk for $ 35 per person. On race day, $ 40 each. Children 12 and under can dress up for 1K Dress-up Dash after the main event for $ 15 adv., $ 20 on race day. Participants can register and pick up their race records at Beautiful Savior from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on October 8. Register at samaritas.co/ForeverHomerRunRegistration.
• The Busch Fresh Food Market is holding its annual Fall Milk Drive until October 10 at all Busch Markets to raise and donate to local charities including Forgotten Harvest and Food Gatherers. Customers can donate to cashiers for the price of a gallon of milk, or more. Local markets can be found in Farmington Hills, Novi, Plymouth-Northville, Rochester Hills, South Lyon and West Bloomfield, buschs.com.
• “Just Us Girls Stroll” is 5-8:30 p.m. on October 13, participating merchants and restaurants in downtown Rochester, fundraising to benefit the Women’s Fund, womensfundrochester.org, 248-494-0436, $ 25 .
• Humble Design Detroit Fundraiser: October 14 at 6 p.m., The Treasury, 30 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac, tickets include: Dinner Walk, Open Bar, Ice Cream, Valet Parking and Tour of the Humble Design Warehouse (via shuttle), follows Covid-19 security guidelines, humbledesign.org, $ 125 +.
• Fleece & Thank You, a provider of comfort care to hospitalized children, will host Make A Blanket Day Rochester, from noon to 3 pm on October 16, at Stoney Creek High School, 6755 Sheldon Road, Rochester Hills. Possibility to collect a blanket kit and complete it at home. Registration is open at give.fleeceandthankyou.org/mabdroc21. Donations are also welcome, each $ 25 donated is used to make a blanket.
• JARC at M1 with Rick Springfield on October 17 at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, starting at 2:30 p.m. rides, live music, arcade games, dinner ride is 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Rick Springfield Performance, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., fundraising to benefit People with Developmental Disabilities, jarc.org/2021, $ 180 +, register by email [email protected] or call 248-940-2617.
Health and security
• Walsh College offers free walk-in COVID vaccination clinics for Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines, administered by the Oakland County Department of Health, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. from October 4 to 7 and from October 25 to 28 at Walsh College, in the lobby of the Barry Center, 3838 Livernois Road, Troy. No appointment necessary, walshcollege.edu. Open to 12 years old and over, children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
• Falls prevention course via the Zoom video course starting with an information session, 10 am to 11 am on October 4, eight sessions – Mondays from 10 am to noon, October 11 to 25; From Nov 1 to 29, register at 734-793-1856 or Wednesdays, eight sessions – Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, register at 734-214-0220. Register with LaShawn Griffin at 800-482-1455 or email [email protected], nkfm.org/matterofbalance.
• The 11th Annual Men’s Health Event will be 9 am to 4 pm October 9, Ford Field, 2000 Brush St. Detroit, themenshealthevent.com, free, register at TheMensHealthEvent.com or email MHE2021 at 313- 217-3328.
• The Farmington Hills Fire Department will be offering free car seat inspections by appointment on Sunday October 10 at Fire Station # 4, 28711 Drake Road. Register with Sara West at [email protected]
• The Michigan State COVID-19 hotline for testing or vaccines is 1-888-535-6136, (8 am-5pm, Monday through Friday), for more information visit Michigan. gov / Coronavirus or CDC.gov/Coronavirus or email [email protected]
• Oakland County COVID-19 vaccination, OaklandCountyVaccine.com.
• Zekelman Holocaust Memorial Center family campus presents “Stolen Voices with Zlata Filipovic”, live, via Zoom at 3 p.m. on October 3, register at holocaustcenter.org/voices, suggested donation is $ 10 .
• The Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents “The Father of Computing and Artificial Intelligence” at 7 p.m. on October 7 at the Rochester Hills Public Library as part of the Smart Town Program Series. Register at smarttowns.rhpl.org or call 248-656-2900, rochesteravonhistoricalsociety.org.
• The Ferndale Library offers interactive programs for children via Zoom: “Creatures of the Night” is October 11 at 5:00 pm, run by the Howell Nature Center, as they feature a variety of creatures on screen. Parents can register by email at [email protected] or by phone at 248-546-2504 x.694, fadl.org. “Let’s Draw Monsters” is 6.30pm on October 25th for ages 8 and up via zoom. Cartoon artist Rick Strominski will teach participants how to draw goblins and other monsters. To register, parents can email [email protected]
• The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) program is available to cardholders of all public libraries in Michigan, for free or reduced admission to over 450 locations, including historic sites, cultural attractions, and parks. State, plymouthrockets.com/michiganactivitypass.
• The Oxford Public Library hosts the Seven Ponds Nature Center at 7 p.m. on October 6 to present “Whooooo Goes There? Michigan’s Magnificent Owls! At the Library, 530 Pontiac Street, Oxford, miopl.org, 248-628-3034.
Parks / Outdoor activities
• Oakland County Annual Recreational Vehicle and Park Permits for 2022 are on sale now to access the eight parks for the remainder of 2021 through Dec.31, 2022, $ 30 for residents and $ 48 at regular rate . Permits can be purchased by mail, in person, or online at OaklandCountyParks.com.
• Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas, michigan.gov/dnr. Entrance fees to the park apply.
• Buddy’s Pizza is offering a free 4 square pizza to adopters from any location in Michigan Humane, through October, michiganhumane.org, buddyspizza.com.
• Orion Oaks Dog Park offers a 24 acre fenced enclosure with a small dog area, including two trails, a picnic shelter, drinking water and access to Sixteen Lake for swimming (dogs only) . All dogs over four months old are required to have a license, OaklandCountyParks.com.
• Hospice of Michigan continues to offer virtual bereavement support groups, hom.org.
• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255), suicidepreventionlifeline.org or text 741741.
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