• The Troy Community Coalition for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse hosts Incredible Kids, to recognize children from kindergarten to grade 6, who have made a positive impact in Troy schools and/or the community of Troy. Nominations are open until February 21. For a nomination form, email [email protected] or for more information call 248-823-5205.
• The Troy Youth Assistance (TYA) Youth Recognition Program offers a financial reward, a “Boost Grant” to Troy high school students. Preference will be given to students who “started from behind” due to experiences such as family tragedy, illness, pregnancy, and students who have blazed a trail of progress in positive response to judicial or police intervention. Application forms are at troyyouthassistance.org/youth-recognition.html. Submit applications to [email protected] Applications are due March 4.
• Nominations for Greater West Bloomfield Michigan Week Celebration Volunteers for the 50th Annual Greater West Bloomfield Area Volunteers are open through March 11. michiganweek.org.
• Lake Trust Foundation offers two scholarship opportunities for Michigan residents. With the New Beginnings Scholarship 2022, up to six applicants will be selected to receive a scholarship worth up to $5,000. With the 2022 Michigan Impact Scholarship, five full scholarships will be awarded to current or incoming Cleary University students studying at their Livingston or Detroit campuses or online. Applications for both scholarships are open until March 12 at laketrust.org/Scholarships.
Activities for children
• Animal Movement Home School Program, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm February 10 at the Red Oaks Nature Center in Madison Heights and 10:30 am to 12:30 pm February 16 at the Wint Nature Center in Clarkston. The sessions are adapted to two age groups: 6-9 years and 10-13 years. The cost is $10/child/session. Register with payment at 248-858-0916 on weekdays, www.oaklandcountyparks.com.
• “Cheddar Preschool Storytime” – 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 a.m. 30 Feb. 10 (previously scheduled for Feb. 10. 2), at the Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, members of the Troy Historical Society: $5/child and $3/adult; non-members: $6/child and $4/adult. Register on troyhistoricvillage.org.
• “Everything you ever wanted to know about school boards but were afraid to ask” is 7-8:30 p.m. on February 9, via Zoom, free, meeting open to the public, register at bit.ly/32WSH6H.
• Oakland County Farmers Market hosts cooking demonstrations by local chefs in conjunction with edibleWOW. The next event will be from 10 a.m. to 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/OaklCountyFarmersMarketcall 248-858-5495.
• February Gourmet Month in Downtown Rochester, where diners save receipts from downtown restaurants, February 1-28, for a chance to win restaurant gift cards and Love Local Rochester giveaways. Receipts can be brought to Downtown Collaboration Studio, 431 S. Main St. or texted. Text FOODIE to 866-603-4005 to be prompted to send a photo of the receipt. Grand prizes include a meal plan of $500, $250 or $100, centre-villerochestermi.com.
• Snowman art sculptures created from recycled materials are on display in downtown Northville throughout the winter. The Northville Downtown Development Authority worked with Joseph and Jennifer Rutherford to create the snowmen. Visitors are encouraged to take their picture with the snowmen and share by tagging Downtown Northville on Facebook or Instagram (@downtownnorthville) using the hashtag #SnowmenofNorthville, appropriate and family photos only, facebook.com/DowntownNorthville.
• To support students at Oxford High School, the Royal Park Hotel is running Pizza With Purpose pizza kits to raise money for the Tate Myre Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund. A portion of the profits are donated to the scholarship fund. Each pizza kit costs $42 plus tax and includes supplies to make two pizzas and a dozen homemade chocolate chip cookies. Orders can be placed until 4 p.m. Feb. 10 by calling PARK 600 Restaurant at 248-453-8732 and picked up between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 12. cfound.org.
• Participating IHOP restaurants in Southeast Michigan will collect donations to raise funds and awareness of Beaumont Children’s, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital, from February 1 through March 1. Customers can donate on their invoice receipt or round their change when paying with cash, or scan the QR code on the IHOP/CMN table sign. On National Pancake Day, March 1, restaurants will offer customers a free short stack of pancakes, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and encourage a donation to Beaumont Children’s, IHOP.com.
Gardening/Sale of plants
• Winter Houseplant Sale is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 the HomeGrown Vegetable Gardening series at 10 a.m., second Saturdays of the month, beginning February 12, with “Healthy Soils for the Backyard Vegetable Garden.” Session recordings will be sent to registrants. Register on bit.ly/3urIM4C$12 per session per household, $90 for all eight sessions.
• Blood drive is 1-7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Holly Calvary Church, 15010 N. Holly Road, Holly, preferred appointments, 866-642-5663, bit.ly/3optj12.
• The State of Michigan COVID-19 Test or Vaccine Hotline is 1-888-535-6136, (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday), for more information. information, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus Where CDC.gov/Coronavirus or email [email protected]
• Oakland County COVID-19 Vaccination, OaklandCountyVaccine.com.
• Brandon Township Public Library, 304 South Street, Ortonville. Virtual “Taste-A Cook’s Place”, 7-8pm February 9, virtual cooking demonstration with two recipes, register on brandonlibrary.org248-627-1460.
• Rochester Hills Public Library presents “An Evening with Frederick Douglass” about the American statesman’s life as a slave, his escape to freedom and his rise as a great writer, orator and abolitionist, with actor Nathan Richards: 7 p.m. Feb. 10, via Zoom, open to the public. Registration is required at calendar.rhpl.org248-656-2900.
• Salem-Sud Lyon neighborhood library, 9800 Pontiac Trail, Sud Lyon. Battle of the Books for Grade 4 teams of four or fewer is March 19, register by February 19 ssldl.evanced.info/signup.
• The Troy Public Library is hosting Ninja Sensory Stress Balls, 4:30-5:15 p.m. on February 9 for K-3 students, via Zoom. Sign up and view the offer details at troypl.org/calendar or call 248-524-3541.
• Troy Public Library “Books & Brews” meets at 6:00 pm on February 14, at Joe Kool’s Bar & Grill, reading “The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave. The group meets on the second Monday of the month, troypl.org/calendar.
• Troy Public Library Baking Fun is 6-7 p.m. Feb. 15, via Zoom, all ages with a parent. Sign up and view the offer details at troypl.org/calendar or call 248-524-3541.
• “Salem Train Wreck of 1907” with historian Joe Oldenburg, 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Northville District Library and 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Northville City Hall, northvillelibrary.org, 248-349-3020 , bit.ly/35Q09BQ.
• “Constitution Café” discussion series uses the Socratic method of inquiry to engage civil discourse on various aspects of the United States Constitution is at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road , Troy. Intended for adults and teenagers, free. Register on troyhistoricvillage.org.
• Great Michigan Read: Discussion on the book “The Women of the Copper Country” by Mary Doria Russell, The Great Michigan Read 2021-22, 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at Historic Troy Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, subscribe to troyhistoricvillage.org.
• February Film Festival takes place 7-8pm on Fridays in February at the Rochester Hills Museum at the Van Hoosen Farm in the Calf Barn, $5/adults, $3/seniors and students, register at rockesterhills.org/musprograms.
Oakland County Parks offer winter activities including: Family Sledding Hill at Waterford Oaks County Park (open daily for those who bring their own sled); trails for hikers and those with their own cross-country ski or snowshoe equipment in Addison Oaks, Highland Oaks, Independence Oaks, Orion Oaks, Rose Oaks, and Waterford Oaks county parks; and dog parks are open in Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks and Red Oaks. Parks are open daily from dawn to dusk or as posted at the gate, park entrance fees or passes 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, from 10 am to noon on February 12. Parents are invited to come and visit representatives of local kindergartens and child care centres. Registration is not required, for more information call 248-650-7146.
• The Gleaners Community Food Bank Food Distribution Event will be held at the Oakland County Farmer’s Market from 9-11 a.m. on February 9, while supplies last, for anyone in need. Drive-up and stay in the vehicle, or distribution without an appointment, no need for proof of eligibility. For more information, call 248-858-5495 or email [email protected]
• Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is continuing its virtual support group sessions throughout the winter for Michiganders experiencing the loss of a loved one. For times and dates of virtual group sessions, visit hom.orgcall (888) 247-5701 or email [email protected]
• The Common Ground Resource & Crisis hotline 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 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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