• Oakland County Veterans Small Business Boot Camp is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 14, UWM Sports Complex, 867 S Blvd E, Pontiac, registration required at eventbrite.com/e/veterans-services small-business-bootcamp-tickets-353992058777, free, lunch offered.
• Business Expo/Pop-Up Shop to shine a light on local small businesses, featuring authors, caterers and entrepreneurs is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 23 at Berea Family Tabernacle of Faith Church, 68 W. Baldwin, Pontiac. Tables for all vendors are for a $25 donation, 248-338-4748.
• The Oakland County Head Start Enrollment Lounge will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 at 196 Cesar E. Chavez Pontiac, OLHSA.org. Without registration, for children 5 and under, accompanied by a parent or guardian, free ice cream and games.
• STEM in Nature Camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 11-15, Farmington Hills Nature Center at Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills. There will be an optional evening campfire and evening hike on Thursday, July 14 after camp. Participants ages 12-14 will experience nature up close as they explore and study the forests and rivers of Heritage Park. Call the Nature Center at 248-477-1135 or email Nature Center Supervisor Ashlie Smith at [email protected], $185+ for residents and $195+ for nonresidents.
• Annual Rochester Explorers Club with free Explorers Club kit with 25 activities such as making a pet and stargazing. Kits can be picked up July 14-16 at Downtown Collaboration Studio, 431 S. Main St., Rochester, for kids of all ages. Explorers will have until August 6 to complete, sponsored by the City of Rochester and the Rochester DDA, DowntownRochesterMI.com, 248-656-0060.
• Oakland County Fair is July 8-17, carnival and fairground activities, fireworks at 10 p.m. July 8, Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, oakfair.org, admission and parking fees.
• The Selfridge Open Day and Air Show will take place on 9th and 10th July. The Michigan National Guard’s 127th Wing will host a free event with aerial demonstrations. The gates to the base will open to the public at 8 a.m. on July 9 and 10. Entrances are from North River Road and 21 Mile Road east of Jefferson. Motorcyclists should wear a helmet, goggles, protective clothing, www.TeamSelfridge.com.
• Cowboys & Cowgirls Festival: 9-10 July, Canterbury Village, live music, family activities, cowboy stunt shows, mechanical bull rides, pony rides, petting zoo. Register for admission sessions at CanterburyVillageEvents.com, $10 per person, free for active duty military veterans with ID and children under 3), parking $5.
• Farmington Founders Festival: July 14-16, parade at 10 am. July 16, 5k run, live music, beer tent every night, foundersfestival.com.
• Dancing in the Street is at 6 p.m. on July 15 in downtown Rochester. Live music featuring The SquarePegz as well as a TasteFest from local Rochester restaurants, family activities, DowntownRochesterMI.com.
• Berkley Street Art Fest: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 16 in Downtown Berkley features Chalk Art Contest, Murals, Live Painting and Shop for Good Village, (Coolidge closed between Catalpa and Beverly) BerkleyStreetArtFest.com.
• The Oakland Family Services Fun Run and Walk will be held July 23 at Waterford Oaks, 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Twp. Participants can choose to walk or run the 5K for $35 or 1K or $25. Everyone comes with a t-shirt, kids 5 and under can participate for free. Races start at 9am, activities include kids farm, STEAM activities, face painting, food, near Paradise Peninsula Playscape and Activity Center. Sign up at oaklandfamilyservices.org/funrun or contact Katie Henwood at [email protected] or 248-858-766 ext. 1218.
• The ‘Salute Our Warriors’ event at the Rochester Hills Estate to raise money for the Fallen and Wounded Warriors Fund is 6-10pm July 14, saluteourwarriors.cheddarup.com, tickets are $150/$250 for couples, $50 for veterans/$100 for couples veterans. VIP tickets, which include a special VIP reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., are $250 each or $400 per couple.
• The Johnnie Bassett Headstone Celebration and Fundraiser will be held from 3-9 p.m. July 17 at Max Dugan’s Restaurant, 844 E. 10 Mile, Hazel Park, no tickets required, 248-677-3059.
• Oakland Family Services 5K/1K Building Brighter Futures Fun Run will be held July 23 at Waterford Oaks County Park, 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Twp. Registration begins at 8 a.m., races begin at 9 a.m., oaklandfamilyservices.org/funrun, 248-858-7766 ext. 1218.5K Race (T-shirt included) – $35; 1K Race (T-shirt included) – $25, free for ages 5 and under.
Walks in the garden
• 47th Troy Garden Walk “Kaleidoscope of Gardens” is July 13th. Visit six private gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., map of garden locations can be found on the garden walk ticket, TroyGardenClubMI.com, 248-535-5955. Advance tickets are $12+, $15 day of tickets are only available at Historic Troy Village. Activities at Historic Troy Village are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 60 W. Wattles Road. Admission is free for children 10 and under.
• The 16th Annual Clarkston Garden Walk will be held July 20, from the Clarkston Independence District Library, 6495 Clarkston Road, Clarkstongardenclub.org, 248-514-1729, tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Bordines, Library and Gateway or Clarkstongardenclub. org, has six gardens.
Health activities/Blood drives
• The Rochester Hills Public Library will host the American Red Cross Blood Drive, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., July 18, at the library, 500 Olde Towne Road in Rochester, must be in good health, 110 pounds and older, 16+ redcrossblood.org.
• The free Beaumont Health Through Literacy program is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 21 and August 11, for children ages 3 to 12 accompanied by an adult, outside in the picnic area in across from Farmington Hills Nature Center at Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Route, Farmington Hills. Nutrition and physical activity program. No registration necessary. For more information, call 248-473-1870 or email Nature Center Supervisor Ashlie Smith at [email protected]
• Troy residents Tessa and Wyatt Lucas offer CPR classes for the Troy community. Classes are offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, July 23, August 13 and August 27, at 850 Stephenson Hwy, Suite 510 in Troy. Class fee is $10 and includes American Heart Association Heartsaver AED/CPR certification, t-shirt, face shield, and keychain. Advance registration is required at adultchildinfantcpr.org or call 248-877-8169 for more information.
• 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.
• Auburn Hills Public Library, 3400 E Seyburn Drive, Auburn Hills. 3400 E Seyburn Drive, Auburn Hills, Levels 6-8, registration required at ahplibrary.org. Sign up for the summer reading program at ahplibrary.beanstack.org.
• Baldwin Public Library, 300 W. Merrill St., Birmingham, baldwinlib.org/summer-reading. The summer reading program lasts until August 5.
• Ferndale Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, 248-546-2504 x. 694, fadl.org. The Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Challenge runs until August 31.
• Salem-Sud Lyon neighborhood library, 9800 Pontiac Trail, Lyon Sud, ssldl.info. The Salem-South Lyon Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Challenge runs through August 20, for all ages.
• Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, 248-524-3538. Summer reading program. All ages can register for the Reading Program at troypl.org/SLP2022.
• Museum Yoga is at 6 p.m. July 12 at Historic Troy Village, 60 W. Wattles Road. Instructors at the Troy-based Explore Yoga studio will lead students through an outdoor class suitable for all experience levels. Suggested donation: $10. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.
• Family Day at the Cranbrook Art Museum: July 16, August 20, Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 248-645-3323, cranbrookartmuseum.org.
• Day at the Fair, a special event for people with disabilities, will be held from 10 am to 3 pm on July 14 at the Oakland County Fair at Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road in Davisburg. Free parking is available with a 2022 Oakland County Parks and Recreation Annual Vehicle Permit. People with disabilities may be eligible for a free annual vehicle permit, OaklandCountyParks.com. Reserve a spot for Day at the Fair by calling 248-634-8830.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 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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