Oakland County Community Calendar for Jan. 16 and Beyond – The Oakland Press

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Activities for children

• The “Nature Makerspace for Kids” program will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on January 20; February 17 and March 17 at the Nature Center in Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills. For ages 6-12, accompanied by an adult, $3 per child, registration encouraged at recreg.fhgov.com. 248-477-1135 or email asmith@fhgov.com, fhgov.com.

Courses/Conferences

• The Lake District Chamber of Commerce will host the 1st Annual Black & White Awards Ball, 6-11 p.m. Jan. 21 at Lyon Oaks Golf Course and Banquet Center, 52251 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, with buffet dinner , shows, dancing, open bar 6-8 p.m., awards ceremony 8-9 p.m., cash bar 9-11 p.m. Register at laccbwball.com, $100 each.

• John Maxwell’s 8th Annual Live to Lead Event: Simulcast from 8:30 am to 3 pm on January 25 at Walsh College, 3838 Livernois Road, Troy, live2leadwithcmiller.com, presentations from world-class leaders, breakout discussions, $120+.

• Michigan Financial Planners will host the Women & Finance Knowledge Circle virtual event, “HELP! I’m out of control before my first cup of coffee,” presented by Patty Kreamer of Productivity Uncorked. The virtual event will take place on January 27 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Register at tinyurl.com/yajzr6jm, $15 for Financial Planners of Michigan members, $40 for non-members.

• Preservation Conversations: A monthly discussion on historic preservation will focus on the founding of the Michigan Historical Society in 1828. The program will take place January 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy , free for members of the Historical Society of Troy. , $7/non-members. Intended for adults and seniors. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.

Family activities

• Games Night includes easy games like Bingo and Memory, as well as more challenging games for older youth and adults from 5-8 p.m. Jan. 21 at Historic Troy Village, 60 W. Wattles Road , Troy, Free/Troy Historical Society Members and all children under 2, $8/non-members. All ages. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.

Farmer’s market activities

• Oakland County Farmers Market is collaborating with Gleaners Community Food Bank to offer the Cooking Matters course, with the next session, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on January 19 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. Register by calling 248-858-5495.

• 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 January 22 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.

• The Michigan Cottage Food Law course series is offered, January 18 through June 7, via Zoom webinar, register at canr.msu.edu/events/michigan-cottage-food-law-winter2022, free of charge.

Fundraisers

• The Family Feud for Hope fundraiser will be held Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. at Milford American Legion, 510 W Commerce St., Milford, $20 advance, $25 at the door, fivepointsofhope.com/FamilyFeudforHope.html.

Health/blood drive

• Samaritas Senior Living-Bloomfield Hills is hosting a grand opening of its physical, speech and vocational rehabilitation facility, 2-4 p.m. Jan. 18 at the facility, 6257 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills, samaritas.org.

• The city of Troy is holding Red Cross blood drives, 9 am to 3 pm, January 18 at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, Troy. Donation appointments can be scheduled by calling 313-300-9617, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or using the free Blood Donor app.

• Thanks to a partnership between the American Red Cross and the NFL, those who donate blood, platelets or plasma from January 1 to 31 will automatically be entered for a chance to win an NFL travel package to Super Bowl LVI 2022 to Los Angeles, including round-trip airfare, visit rcblood.org/SuperBowl.

• Radon test kits are half price at the Oakland County Health Division during January, National Radon Action Month. Radon test kits for $5, half price for homes, can be purchased at North Oakland Health Center Health Division offices, 1200 N. Telegraph, Building 34E, Pontiac; and South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To purchase more than 15 radon kits, call 248-858-1312. Health Division offices will be closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17.

• The citywide Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held January 26 at 7 p.m. at Farmington Hills City Hall, hosted by the Farmington Hills Police Department in the council chambers of the hotel of Town, 31555 West Eleven Mile Road. Attendees are advised to wear a face mask and sit in groups six feet apart, 248-871-2750 or crimeprevention@fhgov.com.

• 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 or email COVID19@michigan.gov.

• Oakland County COVID-19 Vaccination, OaklandCountyVaccine.com.

Libraries

• Brandon Township Public Library, 304 South Street, Ortonville. Virtual eBook Class from Hoopla and Brandon Library, 11-11:30 a.m. Jan. 19, register at brandonlibrary.org, 248-627-1460.

• The Rochester Hills Public Library will host a Nutrition Lecture presented by Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital at 7:00 pm on January 18 in the library’s multipurpose room. The event is open to the public, registration is encouraged at calendar.rhpl.org or call 248-656-2900.

• The Rochester Hills Public Library will host a Navigate Home Roundtable, “Tackling the Tough Questions about Aging,” at 7:00 pm on January 25 at the library. Registration is encouraged, visit calendar.rhpl.org or call 248-656-2900.

• Salem-Sud Lyon neighborhood library, 9800 Pontiac Trail, Sud Lyon. “Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease” is 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 19, virtual lecture on Zoom, register at ssldl.info.

Parks/Outdoor Activities

• The Oakland Astronomy Club is hosting “Hunting for Orion,” 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. A socially distanced campfire will be provided on the patio, outdoor program, suitable for school-aged children and adults. COVID-19 Safety Procedures, OaklandCountyParks.com, register with payment at 248-858-0916 weekdays, $5/person.

• 2022 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.

Sports

• The Platform Tennis Open House will be held from 1:30-3:30pm on January 16 at Waterford Oaks County Park. The open house is free, membership is required to play the season with a fee. The Waterford Oaks Platform Tennis Courts are located at 1702 Scott Lake Road in Waterford, 248-858-0916, oakgov.com/parks.

• The “Discover Michigan Skiing” learn-to-ski program is offered through January 31 at participating ski areas, including Mt. Holly in Holly, Pine Knob in Independence Twp. and Mt. Brighton in Brighton. The program includes: an introductory lesson, rental of ski or snowboard equipment and a pass for ski lifts or cross-country skiing for the beginner sector at a flat rate of $45. For more information, visit goskichimigan.com.

• The “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport app allows 4th and 5th graders to ski for free, up to three times, at each of the 29 participating ski resorts. The cost is $25 per child which covers running costs, all lift tickets are offered by the ski resorts. Participating local ski areas include the Alpine Valley Ski Area at White Lake Twp.; Mt. Holly Ski Area in Holly and Mt. Brighton in Brighton. For more information, visit the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association website at goskimichigan.com or visit coldiscool.org.

Student activities

• Walled Lake Consolidated School District’s application period for the Schools of Choice program for the 2022-23 school year is January 17 through February 17. 6. It is open to residents of Oakland County. To apply, visit wlcsd.org/soc.

Support Resources

• Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is continuing its virtual support group sessions throughout the winter for Michiganders experiencing the loss of a loved one. For virtual session times, visit hom.org, call (888) 247-5701, or email kmonts@HOM.ORG.

• Oxford Bank, Oxford Community Schools and the Oxford City Center Development Authority have set up the Oxford Community Memorial and Victim’s Fund at oxfordbank.com/donations, to accept donations for families and the community affected by the Oxford High School shooting.

• Genisys Credit Union is accepting donations to help families in Oxford. To donate to Oxford Strong, visit any of the 28 Genisys Michigan branches. Checks can be made payable to Genisys Credit Union – Oxford Strong. For more information, visit genisyscu.org/locations.

• 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 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), suicidepreventionlifeline.org or text 741741.

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