• American Red Cross Blood Drive is 8 a.m.-8 p.m. June 2, at The Costick Center, 28600 W. Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine will need to provide the manufacturer name when they donate, redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code costickcenter, 800-448-3543.
• American Red Cross Blood Drive hosted by Miss Black Michigan, Eberechi Ogbuaku, is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 4 at Destiny Faith Church, 501 University Drive, Pontiac, MI 48342. Sign up to give blood at redcrossblood.org and enter the blood drive code “MBM”. Those who come to give, receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card by email. For information, visit facebook.com/MissBlackMichigan.
• The American Red Cross urges healthy individuals to donate blood, platelet and plasma. Those who go to give by May 31 will be entered for a chance to win a travel trailer camper. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/SummerFullOfLife or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
• Oakland Community College offers courses on food, wine and tequila, taught by Culinary Arts faculty chefs. “Grilling with OCC Chef Doug Ganhs”, a two-session class, is 6-10 p.m. May 26 and June 2, $67; “Wine 101: How to Taste Wine Like a Sommelier” is 7-9 p.m. May 26, $40; “The FUNdamentals of Food & Wine Pairing” with Michael Schafer, The Wine Counselor is 7-9 p.m. June 2, $50; “Tequila Temptations” is 7-9 p.m. June 16, $40; “Summer Salads with OCC Chef Doug Ganhs” is 6-10 p.m. June 9, $60 and “The Big 3 of White Wine Grapes” is 7-9 p.m. July 14, $40. Classes will be held in Building J on the OCC Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills. Register at www.oaklandcc.edu/ce.
COVID-19 testing and vaccine information
• State of Michigan COVID-19 hotline for testing or vaccines is 1-888-535-6136, (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.), for information, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or CDC.gov/Coronavirus or email COVID19@michigan.gov.
• Oakland County COVID-19 Vaccination, OaklandCountyVaccine.com.
• Also, for vaccine appointments, check with health providers, hospitals, and local pharmacies including Meijer at clinic.meijer.com; Rite Aid at riteaid.com/covid-vaccine-apt; Kroger at kroger.com/rx/covid-eligibility; CVS at cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine; Walgreens at walgreens.com/topic/findcare/coronavirus.jsp or Walmart at walmart.com/cp/1228302.
• Skywarn weather spotter training webinar is 7-9 p.m. May 25. Register at weather.gov/dtx/spotter2.
• Walsh College is hosting virtual information sessions for the Doctor of Business Administration program, 6-7 p.m. May 26 and July 14. Register at walshcollege.edu/admissions-events.
Farmers markets/Nature/Plant sales
• Cranbrook Perennials, Herbs, and Tropical Plants sale is in-person, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 22-May 23, Cranbrook House & Gardens, 380 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, housegardens.cranbrook.edu/events/spring-plant-sale, 248-645-3149.
• Backyard Birders Club is 7 p.m. May 26, The Gateway, 7150 N. Main St., Clarkston, social distancing, masks required.
• Birmingham Farmers Market is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, May 2-Oct. 31, walkable outdoor market featuring produce, meat and dairy, artisan baked goods, fresh foods and more, at Public Parking Lot 6, 660 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, allinbirmingham.com/visitors/farmers-market, 248-530-1200.
• Walled Lake Farmers market is 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, May 19-Oct. 27, 1499 E. West Maple, Walled Lake, walledlake.us.
• Fenton Farmers Market, 5-9 p.m. Thursdays, May 20-Oct. 14, in front of the Fenton Community & Cultural Center, 150 S. Leroy St., Fenton, facebook.com/fentonmarket.
• Oakland County Farmers Market to host Sunday Spring Flower Markets, through June 6, from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m., featuring annuals, perennials and vegetable starters. Vendors will continue to have flowers available on regular farmers market days, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, COVID-19 safety measures, oakgov.com/parks/parksandtrails/farmers-market/Pages/default.aspx. The market is at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, 248-858-5495.
• North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy Plant sale is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 12 at Neiman’s Parking Lot, 7121 Dixie, Clarkston, NOHLC.org.
• Compost will be available free of charge to Farmington Hills and Farmington residents from May through September at the site of the William Grace Dog Park, 29040 Shiawassee Road, east of Middlebelt, Farmington Hills, available to residents only (not for commercial use) from dawn until dusk, 248-871-2850, www.fhgov.com.
• Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce 2021 Golf Outing scramble is June 7, at Edgewood Country Club, register at 248-624-2826.
• Waterford Foundation for Public Education Golf Outing is June 15 with shotgun start at 8 a.m.at Fountains Golf and Banquet Center in Clarkston, register at wsdmi.org/wfpe, $140 per golfer.
• Southfield Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing is 10:30 a.m. July 26, at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield, register at southfieldchamber.com/golf-outing.
• Judson Center Community Health Fair is 1-4 p.m. May 23, featuring Braylon Edwards, former National Football League to appear 2-3 p.m. at Warren Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 12100 13 Mile Road Warren. The Pfizer vaccine will be available for distribution for individuals 12 and up, judsoncenter.org/event/community-health-fair.
• The Farmington Hills Fire Department has teamed up with Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union and MI Prevention to provide a limited number of carbon monoxide alarms to Farmington Hills residents for free. Residents in need of a CO alarm, should contact the Fire Department at 248-871-2800.
• Free online Narcan (Naloxone) training for the administration of Narcan during an opioid overdose emergency, interactive class, presented by a Certified Narcan and CPR trainer, 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, tinyurl.com/TuesdayNarcan and noon-1 p.m. Thursdays, tinyurl.com/ThursdayNarcan. Upon completion, participants can have Narcan mailed to them, achcmi.org/training/narcan-training-save-a-life/. A free virtual Naloxone training is 7-8:30 p.m. June 8, West Bloomfield Fire Department, us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BpoCXEAuR12HbZMvsk-IeQ.
• Free Walk West Bloomfield program is 6:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and 8-8:30 a.m. Saturdays, May through August, sponsored by Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. Registration required wbparks.org/walkwb.html.
• The Village of Rochester Hills, is spotlighting local neighborhood heroes throughout 2021. Nominations are accepted at www.TheVORH.com/Heroes through Dec. 3. One community member and one school teacher will be chosen from all entries submitted each month. The heroes will be acknowledged on The Village of Rochester Hills social media pages and website.
• Lyon Township Public Library presents “First in Flight: The Wright Brothers and the first Airplane”, 7-8:30 p.m. May 26, online via Zoom, lyon.assabetinteractive.com/calendar, 248-437-8800.
• Troy Public Library is hosting a virtual “Meet the Author” series, beginning June 3, with Nathan Bomey, author of “Bridge Builders: Bringing People Together in a Polarized Age”. Karen Tumulty, a journalist at the Washington Post and author of “The Triumph of Nancy Reagan” is June 15 and Lily King is June 22. Lily King, author of “The Pleasing Hour”. Register at troypl.org/calendar, 248-526-5117.
• Dino Stroll: May 28-30, animated dinosaur-themed stroll, Canterbury Village, 2325 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion, dinostroll.com/event/dino-stroll-canterbury. $17.99+, free for children younger than 2, military and veterans with ID. Parking $5.
• Dino Safari-A Drive Thru Adventure: Rescheduled from May 28, now open June 11 through July 5, Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, DinoSafari.com, $49.95+ per vehicle.
• Health care heroes receive a free one-day admission to Sea Life Michigan on weekdays, through May 28, redeemable online at visitsealife.com/michigan/whats-inside/events/2021/health-care-appreciation-days-may21. In addition, health care workers can bring up to four guests with them who will receive 50 percent off admission with the same online offer. When arriving, guests must bring employee ID or valid pay stub to indicate their work in health care.
• Culvers of Lake Orion is hosting car cruises, 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays through summer, corner of M-24 and Dutton, Lake Orion, culverslakeorion.com.
• Kensington Art Fair is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday May 29 and Sunday May 30 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, May 31, at Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Pkwy. on Maple Beach, Milford. The fair features artwork for sale and gourmet food trucks. For a timed ticket, visit kensingtonartfair.com and click on Reserve a Spot, free admission, Metropark pass required to enter the park.
• Oakland County Parks and Recreation and Waterford Parks and Recreation host “Quest for Adventure – Riddles and Rhythm: A Park to Park Melody”, a self-led scavenger hunt throughout Waterford parks and outdoor facilities, through May 23, free, registration required at 248-674-5441 or www.Waterfordmi.Gov/parks. Email email@example.com.
• Lakeshore Beach at Lakeshore Park in Novi, opens for summer, May 29, bit.ly/3ogsCpv.
• Annual BBQ Battle, hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation and the City of Oak Park, previously scheduled for June 19, is postponed to Oct. 2, OaklandCountyParks.com.
• Huron-Clinton Metroparks joins Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) program at all 13 parks, available for card holders of all Michigan public libraries, to access the parks, metroparks.com. The MAP program provides free or discounted admission to more than 450 locations, including historic sites, cultural attractions and state parks, michiganactivitypass.info.
• Oakland County Parks and Recreation opened its campgrounds for the season. The campgrounds are at Addison Oaks County Park, north of Rochester, and Groveland Oaks County Park, near Holly. Both Addison Oaks and Groveland Oaks provide a fireworks-free camping experience. Call Groveland Oaks at 248-634-9811 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday and Addison Oaks at 248-858-1400, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for advance reservations, OaklandCountyParks.com.
• Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas are open, www.michigan.gov/dnr. Park entrance fees apply.
• High school junior young women who will be graduating in 2022 from across Michigan are invited to participate in the Distinguished Young Women of Michigan Scholarship Program. Interested participants can apply at Distinguishedyw.org. For information, call (313) 443-0481 or email atLargeMI@distinguishedyw.org.
• Hospice of Michigan continues to offer virtual grief support groups, hom.org.
• May is Mental Health Month. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255), suicidepreventionlifeline.org or text 741741.
• ComForCare, a provider of in-home caregiving services, offers a free monthly virtual training series, designed to expand caregivers’ skills. The training series takes place, 4-4:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month, (except December), register at bit.ly/caregiverfirst, comforcare.com.
• The Clinton River Watershed Council Weekly Clean Up is 10 a.m. Wednesdays April-November. Locations will be posted online in advance, open to all ages and skill levels, www.crwc.org/events.
• Grace Centers of Hope seeks volunteers to help spruce up its Little Grace Village neighborhood in Pontiac. Daily volunteer opportunities include gardening/planting, cleaning yard debris, and general landscaping. Masks are required during check-in and when working in close proximity. Sign up at gracecentersofhope.volunteerhub.com or email Cody Pesavento at Cpesavento@gracecentersofhope.org.
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