Oakland County community calendar Aug. 28 and beyond – The Oakland Press

Community activities

• P’s & Q’s Bakery and Cafe Customer Appreciation Block Party and community event to spotlight small businesses and provide information to parents about the school district, is noon-5 pm Sept. 3, at 526 N Telegraph Road at Oakland Pointe Plaza, Pontiac. The event includes free food and games for children, and live entertainment by local artists. For information, find P’s & Q’s Bakery on Facebook.

• Healing the Community program is 7 pm Sept. 9 and 7 pm Oct. 13 at The Oxford Public Library, keynote speakers to talk about what happened in Oxford, register at miopl.advanced.info/signup or call 248-628-3034.

• Out of the Darkness Walk at Stony Creek Metropark Eastwood Beach on World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10. Funds raised benefit the AFSP Michigan Chapter and support suicide prevention research. Registration begins at 9 am with the opening ceremony at 10:30 am Advance registration is encouraged, afsp.org/rochestermi.

• Kiwanis Club of Troy is hosting Break the Silence-Youth Suicide Awareness, a free suicide awareness event featuring moderator Judge Kirsten Nielsen Hartig, 7-9 pm Sept 15 at Troy Athens High School, 4333 John R Road, Troy, in collaboration with Clawson and Troy Schools, www.facebook.com/Kiwanisclubtroy.


• Pontiac Praise Festival is 1-7 pm Aug. 28, on the grounds of Wisner Stadium, 441 Cesar E Chavez Ave., Pontiac, featuring live gospel music, free food, children’s activities and backpack giveaway, vendors, presented by The Emerge with HOPE Foundation, along with The Lions Den Praise Festivals, emergewithhope.org.

• St. John Lutheran Church’s 23rd Family Praise and Picnic in the Park is 11 am Aug. 28, at the band shell in Rochester Municipal Park, free picnic lunch, ice cream, family activities and entertainment. Attendees can exhibit special car, truck, tractor, and motorcycle, with registration beginning at 9:30 am, no entry fee. Vintage vehicles should use the North Park Entrance off Griggs Street. Also, the “Red, White, and Cute” Wheels Parade is planned at 1 pm In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the St. John Lutheran Church and School campus at 1011 W. University Drive, Rochester, 248- 402-8000 or www.stjohnrochester.org.

• Dragon on the Lake is Aug. 25-28, Lake Orion. Event features art, music, children’s activities and vendors, dragononthelake.com.

• Novi Taco Fest and Novi Fine Art Fair is Aug. 26, Aug. 27 and noon-8 pm Aug. 28, Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk, 44425 W. 12 Mile Road, Novi, (near Emagine Theatre), strolling Mariachi bands, three stages of entertainment, $5 per person, per day or $10 for a 3-day pass, in advance , includes both events, free parking, NoviTacoFest.com. Cultural food and beverages to purchase. The Novi Fine Art fair is a juried art fair, novifineartfair.com.

• Hazel Park Art Fair is Aug. Aug 27 and 11 am to 5 pm 28 at Green Acres Park, 620 W. Woodward Heights, Hazel Park, artists and food vendors, live music, www.hpart.org/aboutthefair.

• The Michigan Renaissance Festival: Weekends are Aug. 20-Oct. 2, 12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly, michrenfest.com. Themed weekends include Highland Fling-Aug. 27–28 and Vikings Invasion is Sept. 3-Labor Day, Sept. 5.

• Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats: 11am-11pm Sept. 2-4 and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 5, downtown Royal Oak, Artsbeatseats.com, $5 before 3 pm and $10 after 3 pm, parking options at artsbeatseats.com/parking-transportation.


• Cornerstone Community Financial (CCF) hosts, “Squish Out Cancer” Gifting Fundraiser, to benefit patients at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Sept. 1-30, Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. “Squish Out Cancer” is a plush toy community gifting collection. CCF is asking its members and the community-at-large to purchase a variety of Squishmallow plush toys, selected by the teams at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The public “Wish List” gift registries are available on Amazon.com, Target.com and Walmart.com, with items available for purchase starting as low as $6. CCF will then match every public Squishmallow gift purchase, and deliver to Children’s Hospital of Michigan locations in Detroit and Troy, CCFinancial.com/squish.

• Native Plant Sale is 10am-4pm Sept. 10 at Nieman’s parking lot, 7121 Dixie Hwy., Clarkston. Proceeds support the Blue Heron Headwaters Land Conservancy, blueheronheadwaters.org.

• Sparkle Network annual Dress Into A Dream Homecoming Dress Sale. The Rochester Hills nonprofit is hosting the event at metro Detroit locations including: Sept. 10 at Dobrusin Law Firm in Pontiac; Sept 11 at Radiant Waxing in Troy; Sept. 16 at Meadowbrook Center for Learning in Rochester and Sept. 17 at Lake Orion Palooza in Lake Orion. The dresses cost $10 each. Proceeds go to replenish items for Prom Closet Project Tour 2023. Those seeking dresses should apply in advance with size and other requirements at bit.ly/3wKixXx or visit Sparklenetwork.org.

• Wild Game Dinner & Auction is Sept. 15, at Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive, Rochester, featuring a strolling wild game dinner, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music by Athens Creek, meadowbrookhall.org/wildgamedinner, 248-364-6200, $150+.

• 2022 ADL ‘Walk Against Hate’ is 10 am Sept. 18 at the Southfield Civic Centre, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield. Registration opens at 9 am, walk program begins at 10 am, www.walkagainthate.org/michigan.

• Baldwin House Society Supporting Older Adults is hosting its annual fundraising event, 4-7 pm Sept. 22 at Baldwin House, 200 Chester St, Birmingham. This year, there are two programs being offered: Dignity & Hope ‘Celebration-The $150 ticket allows guests to enjoy a full fall tasting menu with cuisine prepared by the top chefs from Baldwin House Senior Living locations and 2 drink tickets. The other program is Hayride & Fall Fun-The $10 ticket includes a Hayride around Birmingham and other fun fall activities for families. A Hayride & Fall Fun ticket is included with the Dignity & Hope ticket. Purchase tickets at baldwinsociety.org or call 248-933-2069.

Health/safety activities

• Free Walk Up Narcan Training is 10 am, Aug. 28, Clawson Farmer’s Market, Clawson City Park, 935 N Custer Ave, Clawson; Free Walk Up/Drive Up Narcan Training is 11:30 am-2 pm, Aug. 29, Madison Heights Civic Center Park, 360 W 13 Mile Rd, Madison Heights; Free Narcan Training is 7-8 pm Aug. 31, Waterford Civic Center Auditorium, 5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, presented by a Certified Narcan & CPR Trainer from the Alliance, achcmi.org/training/narcan-training-save-a-life. Virtual Save a Life free Narcan Trainings are 7-8 pm Tuesdays at tinyurl.com/TUESDAYNARCAN.

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

• 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 .

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