Oakland County community calendar Oct. 1 and beyond (2023)

Children’s activities

• Junior Girl Scouts can earn their Geocacher badge from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 2-4 p.m., Oct. 1 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, Independence Twp. During this interactive session, all badge requirements will be completed, rain or shine, $10/scout. Preregistration with payment is required at 248-858-0916 weekdays.

• The 18th Annual Kids’ Clean Water Calendar Contest submission deadline is Oct 7. Entry forms are available online at www.oakgov.com/calendarcontest or at the Water Resources Commissioner’s Office, One Public Works Drive, Bldg. 95 West, Waterford Twp.

Community activities

• PetPalooza is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 1 at University Presbyterian, 1385 S Adams Road, Rochester Hills, free, all welcome including four-legged pets, photo booths, food, bounce house, crafts, blessing of pets,

• Blessing of the Pets 2022 is 10 a.m. Oct. 1 at Central United Methodist Church, 3882 Highland Road, Waterford Township, 248-681-0040, WaterfordCUMC.org. Donations of bags/cans of dog or cat food to be collected, www.universitypres.org.

• Lakeview Cemetery Walk is 1-4 p.m. Oct. 9, with the last tour at 3:30 p.m. Lakeview Cemetery is at 6150 White Lake Road, across from Deer Lake Athletic Club. Parking at Deer Lake Athletic Club. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased at The Gateway, 7150 N. Main in Clarkston or online at Eventbrite – The Lakeview Cemetery Walk. Proceeds will be used to continue the restoration of the historic stones in the cemetery that date back to 1832. For information, contact jkhorses@comcast.net or 248-514-1729.

• Healing the Community program is 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at The Oxford Public Library, keynote speakers to talk about what happened in Oxford, register at miopl.evanced.info/signup or call 248-628-3034.


• Ferndale Fall Festival is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 1, at the Detroit Curling Club at Martin Road Park, 1615 East Lewiston Ave., Ferndale, hosted by the City of Ferndale, roller skating and skates available, bake sale, food trucks, games, vendors, crafts, pumpkin painting, pony rides, trick-or-treat trail, $10 registration fee at bit.ly/3Da8dMv.

• American Speed Festival: Sept 29- Oct 2 at M1 Concourse, 1 Concourse Drive, Pontiac, m1concourse.com, cars on the track-Sept. 30-Oct. 1; car show and automotive art show-Oct. 2, prices vary.

• The Michigan Renaissance Festival is weekends through Oct. 2, at 12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly, michrenfest.com. Final weekend includes Festival Friday, Sept. 30 and Sweet Endings Oct. 1-2.

• Downtown Rochester’s 10th annual Rochester Posed: 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6, participating Downtown Rochester businesses will turn their storefront windows into live mannequin displays. This year’s theme for Rochester Posed is Storybooks, including timeless favorites such as Little Red Riding Hood and more. Event includes a night of strolling, shopping and dining, text-to-vote voting, www.DowntownRochesterMI.com.

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Fall/Halloween activities

• Hay Day is 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, tour a fire truck, decorate a pumpkin, jump on an inflatable (socks required), campfire, hayrides, concessions to purchase, fhgov.com, free admission.

• Skeletons are Alive Launch Party, outdoor public art display is 6-9 p.m. Oct. 7, at Town Square (across from the Marquis Theatre on Main Street), downtown Northville. More than 120 life-sized themed skeletons on display, downtown. The event features music, food trucks and family entertainment. Visitors are invited to take selfies with the skeletons, on display through Oct. 31, and share family-friendly photos on the Downtown Northville Facebook page or Instagram (@downtownnorthville) with the hashtag #skeletonsarealive, www.downtownnorthville.com.

• Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival is Oct. 8 at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills. Pumpkin carving and fall activities are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Pumpkin Lighting is 7-9 p.m. The cost is $5 for museum members and $10 for non-members; children younger than 2 admitted free.

• Faith and Blue and the Farmington Hills Police Dept. Trunk or Treat is 3-6 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, crafts, best costume and best decorated vehicle, free admission, donation collection for C.A.R.E.S., fhgov.com.


• League of Women Voters Troy Area to host Troy School Board candidate forum, 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Troy School District Services Building 4420 Livernois (just northeast of the Administrative Building). Questions will be collected from the audience or questions to ask the candidates can be emailed to leagueofwomenvoterstroyarea@gmail.com. No registration is necessary.

• Leadership Oakland is hosting a talk and book signing featuring author Barry A. Franklin, PhD, as part of the Breakfast of Champions series, 8:30-10:30 am Oct. 11 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, register at www.leadershipoakland.com/event/boc-dr-franklin, $40.


• Free Bikes 4 Kidz Detroit, is seeking donations of used bicycles, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 1 at participating Home Depot stores in Southeast Michigan, (specific drop off locations can be found at fb4kdetroit.org/locations). Donated bikes will be delivered to a warehouse in Detroit, and volunteers of all skill levels are needed Oct. 3 through Dec. 8 for cleaning and repair. Then the bikes will be given to children in need. Volunteers can visit fb4kdetroit.org to sign up for a three-hour volunteer shift.

• Komen Detroit Race for the Cure is 7-11:30 a.m. Oct. 2, Belle Isle, Detroit, 5K run and walk along Detroit’s scenic River Walk. Chip timing will be provided to all runners, www.Komen.org/DetroitRace.

• 5K POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) Walk is 10 a.m. Oct. 2, Rochester Municipal Park, 400 6th Ave., Rochester, www.potswalk.org/detroit.

• Forgotten Harvest annual fundraiser: Women’s Harvest Lunch is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 6, at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, Royal Oak, networking, an autumn-themed luncheon, and mixology demonstration, forgottenharvest.org/womensharvestlunch2022, tickets are $100+.

• Fleece & Thank You is hosting Make a Blanket Day: Oakland County event, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 8, at the UWM Sports Complex, 867 South Blvd. E, Pontiac. Registration is free and all participants will be entered into a drawing to win free groceries from Kroger for a year, as well as have the opportunity to fundraise for the event. To register, visit give.fleeceandthankyou.org/mabdoc22 or fleeceandthankyou.org.

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• 8th Annual Forever Home Run, 5K Run/Walk and 1K Dress-Up Dash on-site and virtual, 9 a.m. Oct. 8 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5631 N Adams Road, Bloomfield Hills. Families can participate in the 5K run/walk for $35 per adult and $15 per child, activities include crafts and bounce house, www.foreverhomerun.com.

• 5th Annual Women Rock Science Fundraiser is 6-9 p.m. Oct. 12, Cranbrook Institute of Science 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 248-645-3220, science.cranbrook.edu/women-rock-science, $100-$250+.

• Furniture Bank’s Comedy Night is 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13 at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 South Troy Street, Royal Oak, featuring comedian Dustin Nickerson, full buffet dinner, 50/50 raffle and live auction. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online at www.furniture-bank.org or at 248-332-1300 x206 or email events@Furniture-Bank.org.

• Neighborhood House Holiday Fashion Show is 6:30- 9 p.m. Oct. 20, at First Congregational Church, 1315 N. Pine St., Rochester, www.ranh.org, $85+.

•Birmingham’s Big Night Out is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Daxton Hotel ballroom, featuring Mark Randisi and the Motor City Jazz Orchestra, dancing, appetizers and desserts with proceeds to benefit Next. a nonprofit to benefit Birmingham area 50+ community center. Adv. tickets at www.birminghamnext.org, $75+.

• 7th Annual Uncork for a Cure Breast Cancer Fundraiser and soirée is Oct. 22, at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, hosted by The Dynami Foundation, event features award-winning chefs, world-class wines, art, live music, cars, a silent auction, Dynamifoundation.org, tickets $375+.

Health/Safety activities

• The City of Farmington Hills Special Services Adults 50 & Better Division is holding its Total Wellness Fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Costick Center, 28600 Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills, free admission, featuring health screenings, education, exhibits, free lunch for those 60+. The Oakland County Health Department will be on site offering flu shots and COVID-19 shots for all ages. Appointments are recommended, 800-848-5533 or visit www.oakgov.com/health/register. Flu shot fees are $25 for regular and $62 for senior dose. Participants should bring a picture ID with a current address. Many insurances are accepted, no one will be denied due to inability to pay.

• Birmingham Fire Department Open House is 1-4 p.m. Oct. 8 at Fire Station 1, 572 South Adams, Birmingham, event allows attendees the opportunity to operate a fire hose, try on a fire coat and learn about fire safety, inflatable obstacle course for children, demonstrations by firefighters on how to put out a kitchen grease fire, and use a portable fire extinguisher.

• City of Farmington Hills Open House is Noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 8, (rain date, 9) at City Hall campus, 31555 West Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills, during National Fire Prevention Week. The event includes hot dog lunch, explore city vehicles, climb a fire truck, try on a firefighter’s uniform, run through an obstacle course, games, tour police headquarters, learn the basics of CPR, demonstrations, register to vote. Parking is available in the east parking lot at Oakland Community College located off Orchard Lake Road and take a free shuttle to City Hall, 248-871-2500, www.fhgov.com.

• Farmington SAFE (Suicide Awareness For Everyone) hosts Mental Health Resource Fair, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Council Chambers at Farmington Hills City Hall, 31555 West Eleven Mile Road. Speakers from participating organizations will give brief presentations starting at 7 p.m. Representatives from community mental health organizations will offer networking and resource tables, fhgov.com, 248-871-2500.

• The Farmington Hills Police Department is hosting Citizen Police Academy, a nine-week program held 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 19, for Farmington Hills residents, ages 21+, class size limited to 20, register at 248-871-2760 or crimeprevention@fhgov.com.

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• Author Talk and Book Signing – “Walking Home: Trail Stories” by Celia Ryker is 6 p.m. Oct. 3, at Springfield Township Library, 12000 Davisburg Road, Davisburg, 248-846-6550, springfield.michlibrary.org, no registration needed.

• Virtual Expungement Clinic is 1-5 p.m. Oct. 7, Lyon Township Public Library, 27005 Milford Road, South Lyon, adv. Registration required, lyon.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/expungement-clinic, 248-437-8800 ext. 618.

• Piety Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Oaks Chapter to offer Genealogy Assistance to the public from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 15 at Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Twp., bring a laptop, www.pietyhilldar.org.

• Rochester Hills Public Library presents “Van Gogh in America,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the library, 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester, open to RHPL cardholders. Registration is required at calendar.rhpl.org or call 248-656-2900.

• Fall Used Book Sale is Oct. 13-15 at Wixom Public Library, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, sponsored by The Friends of the Wixom Library. Advance sale for Friends members is 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, (memberships available at the door.), wixomlibrary.org.


• Constitution Café: Participants are invited to use the Socratic Method of inquiry and discussion to engage in civil discourse about the preamble to the Constitution, 2-3 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Old Troy Church at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy. This free program is sponsored by the Oakland County Bar Foundation. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org/programs/constitution-cafes.

Parks/Nature activities

• Kindness Rock Garden opening is 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Heritage Park – behind the Spicer House, 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, for information, email tammyluty@aol.com.

• Friday Night Hayrides are through Nov. 4 at Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, hayrides are $5; free for children younger than 2, s’mores and cider kit for $1. Hayrides start at 5:30 p.m., last one at 7 p.m. Registration recommended at bit.ly/3Sb4OBp. Hayrides leave from the Nature Center parking lot, 248-473-1870.

• Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers access to natural areas, trails, dog parks and park amenities, OaklandCountyParks.com. Park entrance fees apply.

• 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.

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• Novi Home Show is Oct. 7-9, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. Novi, www.novihomeshow.com, ages 13+ admission is $10, seniors, 55+- $9 and children 12 and younger admitted free, parking extra.

• Jurassic Quest is Oct. 7-9, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. Novi, bit.ly/3y0g5g0, $22+, parking extra.

• Dixie Byway Car Show and Cruise: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 8, Mt. Holly, 13536 Dixie Highway, Groveland Twp., Highway 45 concert sponsored by Oakland County Parks is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cruise to the Show from Waypoint Church, 8400 Dixie Hwy. 8:30-9:30 a.m., hollyareachamber.com/dixie-byway-car-show.html.

Support resources

• Men Overcoming Loss is a grief support group series from Hospice of Michigan for men who are dealing with the death of a loved one. Men Overcoming Loss: General (Virtual only) is 6-7:30 p.m. 1st Tuesdays of the month. RSVP with Will Gasper at 231-444-3350 or wgasper@hom.org.

• Cancer Support Group, eight-week in-person and Zoom sessions are 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, through Nov. 15 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Road, Rochester, 248-673-1299.

• State of Michigan COVID-19 hotline for testing or vaccines is 1-888-535-6136, (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.), for information, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

• Common Ground’s Resource & Crisis 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.

• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255), suicidepreventionlifeline.org or text 741741.

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