Business activities

• The Growing MI Business Grant Program is an initiative of the State of Michigan to distribute up to $ 409 million of its American Rescue Plan Act funds to eligible businesses. Applications accepted through March 31, apply at For information, call (866) 507-8462 or email

• Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union offers “Spring Cleaning: Finance Edition” which includes tips on reviewing insurance policies, loan interest rates, canceling unused services and subscriptions. Debt Awareness Week is March 21-27,

Community activities

• State Rep. Mark Tisdel invites Greater Rochester residents to join him for office hours, 6-8 pm March 21 at the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester. Tisdel represents Michigan’s 45th House District which includes Rochester and Rochester Hills and part of Oakland Township. For information, call 517-373-5294.

• Waterford Montessori Academy is co-hosting a reading scavenger hunt for families in honor of National March is Reading Month, 5: 30-8 pm March 22 at Fork n ‘Pint, 4000 Cass Elizabeth Road, and 5: 30-8 pm March 23 at OverTyme Grill & Tap Room, 4724 Dixie Hwy. Waterford Twp. For information, call Christie McWilliams, at 832-298-7055 or email

• Discover cooking secrets from Chef Alex Young, a James Beard award-winning chef from Palate, 10-11 am March 26 at Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Twp., 248-858-5495, first-come, first-served basis, face masks required,

• “Share Your Rochester Hills Story” entries sought. The city of Rochester Hills is encouraging residents, businesses, and local nonprofits to share the positive things that happened this year at The deadline for submissions is April 1.

Charitable activities / Fundraisers

• Participating Dairy Queen restaurants are celebrating the first day of spring by giving customers a free, small vanilla, soft-serve cone during Free Cone Day on March 21. The Dip It For Kids campaign gives guests the opportunity to add a dip to their DQ cones for just $ 1 to benefit Beaumont Children’s,, donations will also be accepted,

• Penn Station East Coast Subs annual fundraising campaign for Down syndrome awareness is through March 21. All cashiers will ask customers if they want to round up for Down syndrome during the fundraising campaign. Penn Station will reward any customer who donates $ 2 or more with a card for a buy one, get one free sub on a future visit,

• Gleaners Community Food Bank food distribution event is at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 9-11 am March 23, while supplies last, for anyone in need. Drive-up and stay in the vehicle, or walk-up distribution, no need for proof of eligibility. For information, call 248-858-5495 or email

• Shelving Inc., to host its 10th annual Bocce with the Brothers fundraiser to benefit Capuchin Ministries is 6 pm-midnight, March 25 at Villa Penna, 43985 Hayes Road, Sterling Heights,, 313-939-2001, live entertainment and unlimited bocce ball, $ 60 adv.

• Participating Menards Home Improvement Stores are serving as a drop site for food donations through the month of March. Menards offers a wide variety of non-perishable food items that can be donated to the food pantries, from boxes of cereal to cans of soup,

• Grace Centers of Hope presents the 23rd Annual “Women Helping Women” Luncheon and Fashion Show, 10 am to 2 pm April 23, at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Drive, Rochester. The event begins with a silent auction at 10 am followed by a luncheon and fashion show. All proceeds will benefit the women’s program at Grace Centers of Hope, to help women and families address issues such as homelessness, addiction and abuse. Tickets are $ 110 each at, 248-334-2187.

Health / Safety activities

• During Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 20-26, Oakland County will participate in the statewide tornado drill at 1 pm March 23 and activate outdoor warning sirens throughout the county. The sirens will sound a steady three-minute tone that, if real, would indicate a tornado has been sighted or observed on radar, and / or a severe thunderstorm with 70 mph winds or greater is in the area. To access severe weather resources and checklists, visit or call 248-858-5300 during business hours, if no access to the Internet.

• The Farmington Hills Fire Department to host free car seat safety inspections, March 27 by appointment only from 8 am to noon at Fire Station # 4, 28711 Drake Road. To register for an appointment, contact Sara West at

• Birmingham residents are encouraged to take advantage of a new mobile app, GovAlert, which enables them to submit non-emergency concerns or questions to the city. The free app is available for both iOS and Android devices, Concerns may also be submitted on the city’s website at

• State of Michigan COVID-19 hotline for testing or vaccines is 1-888-535-6136, (8 am-5 pm, Mon.-Fri.), For information, visit or or email

• Oakland County COVID-19 Vaccination,


• Brandon Township Public Library, 304 South St., Ortonville. Sneaky Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt, through March 31, no registration necessary, for youth. Visit the Youth Department at the library and find a leprechaun for a chance to win a prize,, 248-627-1460.

• Commerce Township Community Library presents “1920: Life 100 Years Ago; Detroit, Michigan, & America ”, 7-8 pm March 21, viz Zoom,

• Orion Township Library presents “When Mark Twain Came to Michigan”, 7 pm March 23 at the library, 825 Joslyn Road, Orion Township, 248-693-3000, free.

• Rochester Hills Public Library, “Legendary Women of Ancient Mesopotamia,” presented by Weam Namou, executive director of the Chaldean Cultural Center, at 7 pm March 24 at the library to highlight Women’s History Month. This program is open to RHPL cardholders. Registration is required. To register, visit or call 248-656-2900.

• Salem-South Lyon District Library, 9800 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon. Drop off still-useful-to-someone art and craft supplies at the Library through March 21. Arts and Crafts Supply Swap is 10 am-7 pm March 22,

• Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road, Troy. Effective April 3, the Troy Public Library will go fine free. The library will no longer collect late fines for most items that are overdue. There will still be policies in places to ensure items get returned on time and stay in circulation. April 3–9 is National Library Week,, 248-524-3544.


• The Waterford Rotary Club announces upcoming meetings with speakers. Alison Swanson, Waterford Parks & Recreation Director, will be the speaker at noon, March 22 at the Shark Club, 6665 Highland Road, Waterford Twp., And Brendan Brosnan, Waterford Emergency Manager, noon March 29. Lunch is optional, at a cost of $ 11.

• The Meadow Brook Garden Club presents Wild Flowers in MI Gardens, 10 am March 25, Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive, Rochester,, $ 5 at the door or request a Zoom link at, 248- 364-6210.

Museum activities

• Rochester’s Founder’s Day is 2-4 pm March 20 at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm calf barn, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hill, commemorating the arrival of James Graham with his sons on March 17, 1817 to the area, now know as Rochester. Admission is free, register at

• “Great Michigan Read: The Art of Coppersmithing-Metalsmith” Rose Weiss presents a hands-on talk on the art and history of coppersmithing, at 6 pm March 23 at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, Troy Historical Society Members: $ 8, non-members: $ 9. Geared toward adults. Register at

• Thursday Teas- “A Woman’s Place is Under the Dome,” Michigan State Capitol Historian & Curator Valerie Marvin explains how Michigan’s Capitol became the heart of the state woman’s suffrage movement at 2 pm March 24, at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, Troy Historical Society members- $ 8, non-members- $ 9. Geared toward adults. Register at

• Watercolor Classes: Michigan’s Beautiful Flowers & Plants, artist Megan Swoyer leads a series of beginner-friendly watercolor classes at 6 pm March 29 and March 30, at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, Troy Historical Society members- $ 40 / class, non-members- $ 45 / class, ages 16+. Register at

Parks / Outdoor activities

• Farmington Hills Golf Club and Driving Range open for the season March 25, 37777 11 Mile Court. The Pines Restaurant opens April 4,, 248-476-5910.

• Maple Sugaring Month at Huron-Clinton Metroparks with activities including “A Pancakes to Go breakfast”, which will be offered each weekend through March at Hudson Mills and Kensington Metropark, register at Public programming and self-guided sugar bush hikes are available at: Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center; Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center and Kensington Metropark Farm Center, prices vary.

• Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas, Park entrance fees apply.

Scholarship applications / Student contests

• The National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan is hosting a youth video PSA contest, “Standing up to Bullying or Hate”, open to Oakland County high school girls to enter a 30-second video. The first prize is $ 1,000, second is $ 750 and third is $ 500. Entries are due by midnight March 28, and the awards will be presented at a ceremony at Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Rd, Bloomfield Twp, May 5, For information, contact or call 248-355-3300 ext. 0.

• ABC Law Centers partners with the National Speech and Debate Association with the Finch Legal Oratory Competition for high school students to demonstrate their skills through speeches. The first place winner will receive a scholarship and fully funded trip (airfare and accommodations for competitor and chaperone) to Nationals, held on June 12,, contact Dana Zacharias at Dana @, 503-898-0054.

• Bowman Auto Group is offering a $ 2,500 scholarship to eligible 2022 graduating Clarkston High School seniors who have been accepted at a 2-year or 4-year college or vocational institution, and plan to pursue a degree in a STEAM-related (Science, Technology , Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) field. Applications accepted at by March 24.

• Oakland Community College annual Chancellor’s Scholarship applications will be accepted until March 31. Eligibility criteria and applications are at

Support resources

• 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, call (888) 247-5701 or email

• Common Ground’s Resource & Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 – call or text 800-231-1127.

• Mental health resources:

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

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