• Tech entrepreneur Josh Linkner and a panel of accomplished Lawrence Technological University alumni are the headliners at Innovate 2022, an event for innovators to be held at LTU’s Southfield campus, April 26. Doors open at 10:30 am for the free event, which runs from 11 am to 2 pm in the Lear Auditorium at LTU’s University Technology and Learning Center (building 3 at ltu.edu/map). Free parking is available in Lots A and G off LTU’s 10 Mile Road entrance. The event will feature resources for innovators, lunch, raffle prizes, and networking. Registration is required at eventbrite.com/e/innovate-2022-tickets-294701599417.
• Small Business Association of Michigan’s Regional Owner to Owner (O2O) event in the Oakland Region, 4-6 pm May 11, at Fillmore 13 Brewery, downtown Pontiac, bit.ly/3vGoh2O.
• Shir Shalom Temple in West Bloomfield is expanding with a groundbreaking ceremony, at 11:45 am April 24, at 3999 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield Twp., Shirshalom.org.
• Culvers of Lake Orion Car Cruises 4-8 pm Tuesdays, beginning April 26 at Culvers, 963 Interpark Drive North, orionareachamber.com.
• Clarkston Area Backyard Birders to meet 6:30 pm April 27, at the Lewis E Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Independence Twp., Benjamin Prowse, Parks Naturalist at Red Oaks Nature Center, will be guest speaker . For information, call Bill Haney at 248-961-3718.
Farmers markets / Gardening
• The City of Rochester Hills to host a “Gardening and Landscaping with Deer” seminar for a deer resistant yard, 7 pm April 28, in the City Hall Auditorium, rochesterhills.org/outdoors.
• Discover cooking secrets from Chef Terence Tarver of The Inn at St. John’s who uses produce available from the Oakland County Farmers Market vendors during a free cooking demonstration held in cooperation with edibleWOW from 10-11 am April 30, at Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Twp., 248-858-5495 , first-come, first-served basis, OaklandCountyParks.com.
• Birmingham Farmers Market 20th season opens May 1, 9 am-2pm Sundays, through Oct. 30, live music, locally grown produce, artisan baked goods, fresh foods, plants, in Public Parking Lot 6 at 660 North Old Woodward Ave., downtown Birmingham, (free parking on Sundays), ALLINBirmingham.com/FarmersMarket.
• Oakland County Farmers Market is launching a series of Spring Flower Days. Vendors are needed for this series of four events that are scheduled from 8 am-2pm May 8, 15, 22 and 29. The cost is $ 25 / booth, and the vendor registration form is available at OaklandCountyParks.com. The market is at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Twp. For information, call 248-858-5495 or email OCmarket@oakgov.com.
Fundraisers / Volunteer opportunities
• Buddy’s Pizza is hosting its Slice For Life fundraiser, April 25, at all 21 locations, including a carry-out option for $ 18 which includes a four-square two-topping pizza or a medium antipasto, Greek or house salad. Proceeds will go directly to Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Donations can also be made to Capuchin Soup Kitchen at cskdetroit.org/more-than-about-food.
• PALA (Police Athletic League) Fundraiser Gala is 6:30 pm APRIL 29, at Maven By Midfield Hangar 2, Oakland County International Airport, 6554 Highland Road, Waterford Twp., Includes dinner, drinks and live entertainment, supportsheriffpal.com/tickets -and-sponsorships, $ 200 +, VIP reception is at 6 p.m.
• Spaulding for Children “Families in Bloom 2” free event with resources, activities for families is 10 am-1 pm April 30, at St. John’s Banquet and Conference Center, 22001 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, awards ceremony is noon-12:30 pm featuring children’s activities, Southfield Fire Department Safety House and Raffle Pulls on the Hour, COVID shots and boosters for ages 5+, spaulding.org.
• OLHSA Walk for Warmth 2022 is 9-11 am April 30 at Canterbury Village, 2359 Joslyn Ct., Orion Twp., Bit.ly/W4W2022, olhsa.org.
• Polish-American Federal Credit Union (PAFCU) is helping to generate financial assistance for Ukrainian refugees in Poland. PAFCU is matching monetary donations made to the PAFCU Ukrainian Refugee Fund through April 30. Donations can be made in person at PAFCU’s Troy or Hamtramck branches, mypafcu.com, 248-619-0440. All money will be sent to the Polish Red Cross.
• Company Folders, Inc. of Pontiac; Parliament Studios and Hadrout Design for Business of Ferndale, created RealHelpforUkraine.org, which collects and distributes funds directly to vetted grassroots relief efforts.
Health / Safety activities
• The Farmington Hills Police Department will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in hosting Prescription Drug Take Back Day, 10 am-2pm April 30, at Police Headquarters, 31655 W. Eleven Mile Road, 248-871-2770.
• Day Program for Older Adults with Memory Loss returns to Farmington Hills Costick Center, 28600 Eleven Mile Road, in April. For information, call 248-473-1872 or email Julie Altschul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Narcan Training (Opioid Overdose Treatment) is 6: 30-7: 30 pm May 2 at Hawk Community Center- (2nd Floor-Harrison Hall), 29995 Twelve Mile Road, Farmington Hills, sponsored by Farmington Hills Police Department and Families Against Narcotics , register at familiesagainstnarcotics.org/naloxonetraining-fh, free, ages 10+ may attend, ages 10-17 need a parental waiver.
• State of Michigan COVID-19 hotline for testing or vaccines is 1-888-535-6136, (8 am-5pm, Mon-Fri.), For information, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or CDC.gov/Coronavirus or email COVID19@michigan.gov.
• Oakland County COVID-19 Vaccination, OaklandCountyVaccine.com.
• Brandon Township Public Library, 304 South St., Ortonville. Caffeinated Conversation Book Club & Coffee Tasting is 11 am-noon April 26. The book is “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr. Registration required at brandonlibrary.org, 248-627-1460.
• Farmington Community Library, 32737 W 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Free Home Buyers workshop presented by Kaye Financial is 6: 45-7: 45 pm May 5 and 10: 30-11: 30 am May 7. Register with Jeff Jannett at 248-406-3260 or email email@example.com.
• Rochester Hills Public Library to host garden historian and designer Deborah Chud for the online presentation, “The Piet Oudolf Story: Gardening Design” on the library’s Zoom platform, 7 pm April 28. Piet Oudolf is one of the world’s leading naturalist landscape and garden designers, Registration is required at calendar.rhpl.org, 248-656-2900, open to the public.
• Salem-South Lyon District Library, 9800 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon. Mother’s Day Craft Program is 11 am-noon, May 7, for grades K-5th.
Mother’s Day is May 8. Registration required at ssldl.info.
• Springfield Township Library, 12000 Davisburg Road, Davisburg, 248-846-6550, springfield.michlibrary.org. “Day of Days” – Author Talk and Book Signing with John Smolens: 6:30 pm April 28, no registration needed.
• Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, troypl.org, 248-524-3538. International Fair for the Community is 1 pm April 30.Registration is required at troypl.org/calendar, all ages.
• “Thursday Teas: Food, Fads, and Funky Dishes,” Troy Historic Village presents a food history talk highlighting everything from celery vases and rhubarb triangles to sugar beet farms and gelatin at 2 pm April 28, at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, Troy Historical Society members- $ 8, non-members: $ 9. Geared toward adults. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.
• “Constitution Café: A Republican Form of Government,” Troy Historic Village hosts a free discussion on what the constitution says about A Republican Form of Government, at 2 pm May 1 at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy. Geared toward adults and teens. Sponsored by the Oakland County Bar Foundation, troyhistoricvillage.org.
• Hallowed Halls- 175 Years at the RCS Historic Campus is noon, May 3 at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Rochester-Avon Historical Society Research Committee Chair. Deborah Larsen will be present on the history of the Administration Building at 501 W. University Drive. Registration is required at rochesteravonhistorcialsociety.com, free.
• Niles-Barnard House Tour with three tales of Troy: early settlement in the 1840s, founding a city in 1955, and today, at 5:30 pm May 3 at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy. Geared toward adults. Troy Historical Society members- $ 12, non-members- $ 15. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.
Parks / Nature activities
• Mexican Fiesta, a special event for individuals ages 18+ with developmental disabilities, is 6: 30-8 pm May 6 at the Southfield Civic Center, festive fun, including snacks, dancing and music provided by DJ, $ 6 for each participant and family members / caregivers can attend at no cost. Registration and payment due by April 29 by calling 248-858-0916. For questions, call or text 248-221-8040.
• Independence Oaks County Park Archery Range opened for the 2022 season, effective April 23. Regular open archery times are 4-7 pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with no advance registration is needed. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment or rent it for $ 5. The cost to use the range is $ 5 / person. Credit cards only; no cash accepted. The Archery Range also offers beginner and intermediate archery classes starting in June, for ages 8+, $ 75 each. Register by calling 248-858-0916.
• Holly Oaks ORV Park is open for the 2022 season. The park, consisting of former and active sand and gravel mines, is off I-75 (at Grange Hall) and Dixie Highway near Groveland Oaks County Park and Campground, OaklandCountyParks.com. Park 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.
• Together we are Stronger (Teen Trauma Therapy Group), presented by The Restoration Village: Therapeutic and Holistic Services is 6: 30-8 pm April 26 via Zoom, therestorationvillage.com, 248-842-2310, $ 50 per session.
• Through April, Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan buildings, park and bridge lights across Michigan will be lit blue to bring awareness to Child Abuse Prevention Month and 175 pinwheel gardens are being installed by participating organizations, childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth.
• Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is continuing its virtual support group sessions for Michiganders experiencing the loss of a loved one. For virtual group session times and dates, visit hom.org, call (888) 247-5701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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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