• Comcast expanded eligibility for its Comcast RISE program so that women from all backgrounds could apply for aid. The program was created to support women business owners through the awarding of Comcast services, including consulting, media, creative production and technology solutions. Those interested, can apply at comcastrise.com.
• 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.
• Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest returns for the first time since 2019. Entrepreneurs with a retail concept looking to open a brick-and-mortar location in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck can submit their business plans through May 12 at hatchdetroit.com/contest. The four-month contest includes two rounds of public voting, allowing the community to vote for their favorite businesses to win the $ 100,000 grand prize from Comerica Bank as well as a support package from Hatch Detroit and partners.
• Michigan High School Esports League State Final: 10 am-3pm May 7 at Oakland University, 312 Meadow Brook Road, Rochester. High school students from all over the state of Michigan participate, 517-899-4322, massp.com/esports, register to attend, free admission.
• Michigan’s M-15 Garage Sale is May 7, from Clarkston to Bay City, facebook.com/M15GarageSale.
• Royal Oak Memorial Society seeks volunteers, including student groups, to help clean veterans graves at Oakview Cemetery on Rochester Road, Royal Oak, meeting at 10 am May 7 and May 14, inside the cemetery just past the pond. Bring tools to help clean around the headstones, including weed wackers, brooms or rags and jugs of water. The society is also seeking help placing flags on our Veterans graves, at 10 am May 28, flags supplied. For information, call Carol Henny at 248-543-8420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Area Agency on Aging 1-B is holding two public hearings to gather input on a plan to spend nearly $ 23 million in state and federal dollars for senior programs and services for fiscal years 2023 to 2025. Anyone may offer their input. A virtual hearing is set for 11 am-noon, May 5, via Zoom. The Zoom link id tinyurl.com/1BMYP. The meeting ID is 882 3693 7736. or phone in at 312-626-6799. An in-person hearing will be held 2 pm-3pm May 6, at the Costick Activities Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, aaa1b.org.
Farmers markets / Gardening
• 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.
• Downtown Rochester Farmers Market Opening Day is May 7, at the corner of E. Third and Water Street. The market is open 8 am-1 pm Saturdays, through Oct. 29, downtownrochestermi.com, 248-656-0060.
• 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-2 pm 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
Gleaners Community Food Bank’s 2022 Women’s Power Breakfast fundraiser to work to end childhood hunger is 8-10 am May 3. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), will welcome virtual attendees to the Women’s Power Breakfast and Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, MD, president of Oakland University will deliver a keynote address on the power of women in philanthropy, also breakout sessions, patron tickets are $ 125 + , womenspowerbreakfast.org, email@example.com.
• The Salvation Army William Booth Legal Aid Clinic’s 10th annual Walk for Justice is 8 am May 14 at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Advanced registration is $ 40 for adults and $ 45 on the day of the walk. Children are admitted for free and law students can register for $ 30, Walkforjustice.org.
Health / Safety activities
• 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.
Free educational Medicare event is 5:30 pm May 12 at Country Creek Family Physicians, 4986 N. Adams Road, Rochester, register at 248-475-4301.
• State of Michigan COVID-19 hotline for testing or vaccines is 1-888-535-6136, (8 am-5 pm, Mon.-Fri.), For information, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or CDC.gov/Coronavirus or email COVID19@michigan.gov.
• Oakland County COVID-19 Vaccination, OaklandCountyVaccine.com.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Novi Public Library, presents Community Read-Angeline Boulley’s “The Firekeeper’s Daughter” 7 pm May 9, at 45255 W. 10 Mile Road, Novi, 248-349-0720, nlacommunityreads.weebly.com.
• Northville District Library presents “Who Will Care When You’re Not There?” at 7 pm May 4, online via Zoom, bit.ly/3KE7KTr, 248-349-3020, northvillelibrary.org, free.
• Rochester Hills Public Library presents “Purple Gang: Detroit’s Own Prohibition-Era Criminal Gang”, 7 pm May 3, via Zoom. Registration is required. To register, visit calendar.rhpl.org or call 248-656-2900, 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.
• Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents Museum at the Market! Downtown Walking Tour, 10-11 am May 7. Meet at the Downtown Rochester Farmers Market, 202 E. 3rd St. Rochester, rochesterhills.org/musprograms, free.
• Rochester-Avon Historical Society will present Avon in the Civil War, 7 pm May 5 at the Rochester Hills public library, 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester, free, registration is required at rochesteravonhistoricalsociety.com.
• 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 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.
• Cheddar the Village Mouse and Mrs. Laura read a story, talk about an artifact and do crafts and activities with kids ages 2-5 at 10:30 am on May 4, at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, Troy Historical Society Members: $ 5 / child and $ 3 / adult; non-members: $ 6 / child and $ 4 / adult. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.
• Digger the Groundhog and Mr. Tom teach kids ages 5-10 how to use tools and senses to learn about mysterious artifacts at 10am on May 7, at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, Troy Historical Society Members: $ 5 / child and $ 3 / adult; Non-Members: $ 6 / child and $ 4 / adult. Register at troyhistoricvillage.org.
Parks / Nature activities
• Fossils & Riverside Campfire is 6 pm May 5 at Bloomer Park, 345 John R Road, Rochester, $ 10 / person, all ages (younger than 14 must be accompanied by a paid adult), register at eventbrite.com/e/fossils- riverside-campfire-tickets-304993853827.
• 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.
• Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers access to natural areas, trails, dog parks and park amenities. Park entrance fees apply, OaklandCountyParks.com.
• Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas, michigan.gov/dnr. Park entrance fees apply.
• 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 email@example.com.
• 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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