• Diversity Expo featuring minority, women and veteran-owned businesses will be held from 4-7pm on July 26 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E Eleven Mile Road, Royal Oak, members and future members from Troy Chamber, $5+ admission, registration required at troychamber. com.
• Small Business Bootcamp for Oakland County Veterans is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3, Jon Grant Community Center, 29260 Grand River, Farmington Hills, free, lunch provided, oakgov.com/businessforward.
Activities for children
• Wet and Wild Wednesdays are held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through July 27, at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills. Noon entertainment, 1 p.m. water activities with two slides and slides, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills,rochesterhills.org/musprograms, no registration required, admission is $5 for ages 2 and up.
• Splash ‘N’ Dash is from 8 am to noon, August 6, at the Troy Family Aquatic Center, 3425 Civic Center Drive, Troy, for youth ages 6-17. It includes event timing, sponsor display, finisher’s t-shirt and medal. Register by July 31 at rec.troymi.gov/events, 248-524-3484, $30 for Troy residents and $40 for non-residents.
• “Camp at the Collection” is Thursday through August 18, with two sessions, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Somerset Collection, 2800 W Big Beaver Road, Troy. The Children’s Theater of Michigan will host the summer series with activities for children ages 4-10, including fashion activities on July 28, gardening on August 4, cooking activities on August 11 and games on August 18 , www.thesomersetcollection.com.
• Clarkston Area Backyard Birders Club meeting with Marg Sapp, known for her work at Wild Wings Bird Rehabilitation, an organization she founded in Hazel Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 27 at the Wint Nature Center , 9501 Sashabaw Road, Independence Twp., oakgov.com/parks/parksandtrails/Independence-Oaks. For more information, email [email protected]
• Rep. Mike Harris, R-Clarkston, scheduled a local community office hour, 12-1 p.m., July 27, in the Clarkston Independence District Library Business Center Conference Room, 6495 Clarkston Road. Residents can contact the Lansing office at (517) 373-0615 or [email protected]
• The LGBTQ+ Rights Committee Candidates Forum will be held from 7-8 p.m. on July 28, at 215 West Ferndale, 215 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, mobil.us/oaklandcountydems.
• Taste in Southfield is 6-8:30 p.m. July 28, Franklin Athletic Club, 29350 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield, admission $25, children 12 and under $5, southfieldchamber.com.
• The Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) is partnering with Oakland County Parks and Recreation and MSU Extension to host a boat wash, 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., July 28, at the Orchard Lake boat launch , 4060 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield Twp. The event will offer free boat washes to help raise awareness of the importance of preventing aquatic invasive species, which include non-native plants, animals and other organisms.
• Healthy Oakland Partnership Family Market Day is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 27, healthy family living tips and kids’ activities, hosted by the Healthy Oakland Partnership and hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation at Oak Park Farmers Market, Oak Park High School Parking Lot, 13701 Oak Park Blvd., Oak Park, OaklandCountyParks.com.
• Orchard Lake Art Show: July 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and July 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., arts and crafts show, live music, food vendors, outdoor on Daly Road, West Bloomfield Twp. half parking lot behind Beaumont Medical Center, 6900 Orchard Lake Road, between 14 & 15 Mile Roads, $5 admission; 13 and under free, www.hotworks.org.
• Beaux-Arts at the Village Outdoor Art Fair: July 30-31, The Village of Rochester Hills, 104 N. Adams Road. Rochester Hills, TheVORH.com.
• Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day is July 28, benefiting Benefits Beaumont Children’s, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital. For every Blizzard treat sold on Miracle Treat Day at participating DQ stores in Southeast Michigan, $1 or more will be donated to Beaumont Children’s. For participating DQ locations, visit milkqueen.com/en-us/miracle-treat-day.
• PAL’s annual golf outing is July 29, Pine Knob Golf Course, Clarkston, registration and breakfast is 8:00 a.m. 18-hole golf outing, shotgun start at four people is at 9:00 a.m., supportsheriffpal.com/register-golf-2022, $800-four or $250 each.
• Gardner-White and 104.3 WOMC are partnering with the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan for a community-wide No Kids Go Hungry food drive through July 30. People can donate non-perishable foods, canned goods and dry goods, in designated collection boxes. at 12 Gardner-White stores in metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and Saginaw. People who donate food will receive a $50 off coupon at the retailer. For more information, visit gardner-white.com/blog/2022/07/gardner-white-hosts-no-kid-goes-hungry-food-drive-july-18th-july-30th.
• Color of Wellness 5K Run will be held July 30 at 8:00 am at Rochester City Park, 400 6th St., Rochester, give.foundationforfamilies.org/event/color-of-wellness-5k/e395223. Register in advance at foundationforfamilys.org, (248) 310-7405.
• Change Salon is collecting items for Dog Days to help Paws With A Cause train service dogs to help people with disabilities. Items needed include paper towels, tissues, hand wipes, collapsible travel bowls, and more, pawswithacause.org. Drop off items at Changez Salon, 3210 Crooks Road in Royal Oak. The salon is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday 11am-8pm; Thursday 10am-8pm; Friday 10am-5pm; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 248-288-3434.
Health activities/Blood drives
• American Red Cross and Discovery team up for Shark Week. Those who donate blood during the month of July will be entered into a draw for a pack of Shark Week products. To reserve a time to give, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
• 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 or CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
• Commerce Township Community Library, 180 E Commerce Road, Commerce Twp., 248-669-8108, commercelibrary.info. “Stories, Songs and Dances of the Mighty Inland Seas” is at 2 p.m. July 30, at the library, 48382 248-669-8108 x103. Subscribe at tinyurl.com/comminland.
• Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester, “Turtles & Frogs with Dinosaur Hill”: 7 p.m. On July 26, Amanda Felk of Dinosaur Hill presents a nature program for all ages, on the ten species of turtles found in Michigan, open to RHPL cardholders, registration is required at calendar.rhpl.org or call 248-656-2900.
• Salem-Sud Lyon neighborhood library, 9800 Pontiac Trail, Sud Lyon. Escape Room – “Star Wars Edition” is 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to noon on July 27 for students in grades 6-12, sign up at ssldl.evanced.info/signup.
• Farm Tea is 10-11 a.m. July 26, Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills, guests will have a chance to view artifacts and documents at the Van Hoosen Farm 1840s, $20/non-members; $15/museum members. Register by 5 p.m. July 25, Rochesterhills.org/musprograms.
• Half-Day History: “Soldier” to learn about the lives of soldiers during the American Civil War, at 10:30 a.m. July 27, at Historic Troy Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, for 9 years and over, members of the Troy Historical Society $9/person; non-members – $11/person.
• Thursday Tea: “A Governess, an Architect and a Civil War Widow: Stories of Incredible Women,” is at 2 p.m. July 28 at Historic Troy Village, Old Troy Church, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy. Carol Egbo, Oakland County Parks and Recreation Historian, tells the stories of three Oakland County women from the 1800s-1900s. members of the Troy Historical Society – $8; non-members: $9. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.
• The Active Adult Kayak Clinic is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 29 and August 19 at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Learn the basics of kayaking. An Oakland County Parks and Recreation Annual Permit or Daily Park Pass is required for entry, OaklandCountyParks.com. The clinic costs $10/person. Register at OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-221-8040.
• Moth Ball is 9-10:30 p.m. July 29 at the Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. It’s National Moth Week and the Friendship Woods Nocturnal Moths are hosting the event in an outdoor tent, for ages 8 and up, formal dress not required. Cost is $5/person, register and pay at 248-858-0916 on weekdays.
• Garden Delights is 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 30 at the Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Create a specialty tea blend using edible flowers and leaves from the garden to take home. Discover the medicinal qualities of common garden plants, ages 8 and up, $3/person. Sign up at 248-858-0916 on weekdays.
• The Free Nature Time program is at 10:30 am on Tuesdays, until August 23, for all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). Participants meet at the Farmington Hills Nature Center in Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, no registration necessary, for questions call 248-477-1135 or email Nature Center Supervisor Ashlie Smith at asmith @fhgov.com.
• Oakland County Parks and Recreation Red Oaks Water Park will be open from 11 am to 7 pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Waterford Oaks Water Park will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 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.
• Stream Science is 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm Thursdays through August, at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills, free, donations welcome,rochesterhills.org/museum, diary kits limited activities available.
• Christian Family Services of Southfield offers a free monthly support group for women who have given up their children for adoption. The support group meets on the first Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be August 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the CFS office, 17105 W. Twelve Mile Road in Southfield. A light meal is provided. For more information, contact Sarah at [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.
• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), suicidepreventionlifeline.org or text 741741.
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