Blood drives

• Beaumont Health is hosting blood drives this month at its hospitals in Troy, Grosse Pointe, Trenton and Wayne. The Troy blood drive is 2-8 p.m. June 16 at Beaumont Hospital, Troy, Classrooms 1-4. Versiti, Beaumont’s provider of blood products, is facilitating the blood drives. Masks are required and donors need to wait 48 hours to donate blood after a COVID-19 vaccine. Register at or call 866-MI-BLOOD. Walk-ins are welcome if the schedule permits. For information, visit

COVID-19 testing and vaccine information

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• 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 or or email

• Oakland County COVID-19 Vaccination,

• Also, for vaccine appointments, check with health providers, hospitals, and local pharmacies including Meijer at; Rite Aid at; Kroger at; CVS at; Walgreens at or Walmart at

Dinosaur exhibits

• Jurassic Quest Drive Thru Dinosaur Experience is June 18-July 4, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Independence Twp.,, $49+ per vehicle.

• Dino Safari-A Drive Thru Adventure is through July 5, Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi,, $49.95+ per vehicle.

Festivals/Juneteenth celebrations

• Rock ‘n’ Rides Royal Oak is June 17-June 20, in downtown Royal Oak, with live music and carnival rides. The festival opens to the public at 4 p.m. June 17, and admission is $5. Festival entrance is free on Friday until 5 p.m.; after that, the price is $5. Children younger than 3 admitted free. Individual and carnival ride tickets and wristbands can be purchased,

• Lathrup Village Art Fair and Juneteenth Celebration is 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 19, Lathrup Village Municipal Building, 27400 Southfield Road, Southfield. Event includes food trucks, children’s activities, Diversity Champion awards,

• Annual Walled Lake Beach Party and Juneteenth Celebration is June 19. The Beach Party and Market Day is 9 a.m.-dusk, June 19 at East Lake Drive and Mercer Beach in Walled Lake. Also the Summer in Bloom Art Fair is at the corner of Walled Lake Drive and Pontiac Trail. Fireworks at dusk, paid for by Greenhouse of Walled Lake. Also, the restored Underground Railroad House at Riley Park, which Greenhouse owner Jerry Millen helped finance the restoration, will be open for tours as part of the Juneteenth remembrance and celebration.

• Madison Heights Juneteenth Celebration is noon-5 p.m. June 19 at Civic Center Park, presented by the city of Madison Heights, live entertainment, food trucks, vendor booths. Social distancing and face masks required,

• The City of Ferndale is hosting a Juneteenth celebration, 1-5 p.m. June 19, featuring poetry, storytelling, music, dancing, and food trucks at Ferndale Area District Library Courtyard, 222 East Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Attendees are asked to bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and to practice social distancing and for non-vaccinated persons to wear a facial covering,

• M1 Concourse’s first Cars & Coffee is 8:30-11 a.m. June 19, (no vehicles permitted in gates after 10:30 a.m.), M1 Concourse in Pontiac. Spectator parking is available in the south lot directly across the street from M1 Concourse, 394 Howland Ave., Pontiac. Follow CDC guidelines for health safety, It is recommended to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and wearing of masks.

• 4th Annual Cars Under the Stars Fireworks Spectacular: 6-10:30 p.m. June 27, fireworks at 9:45 p.m., live music, food trucks and craft beers, $5+ for Pontiac residents, $10+ for non-residents. Follow CDC guidelines for health safety, It is recommended to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and wearing of masks.

• City of Walled Lake concerts in the park are 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 18, (excluding June 30) Hiram Sims Park, 1239 Quinif Drive,


• MIU Men’s Health Foundation is hosting three events in honor of Men’s Health Week: Cogs & Kegs, June 14, a group bicycle ride, starting and ending at Griffin Claw in Birmingham, The 30-mile ride begins at 6:30 p.m. and the 10-mile ride at 7 p.m. To join either ride, cyclists can register online for $30. The Run for the Ribbon gala is June 17 at TopGolf in Auburn Hills, with three hours of golf, dinner, beer and wine, live music, $149 each. “Run for the Ribbon: Stroll for Survivorship,” is Father’s Day, June 20 at the Detroit Zoo,, $30 includes admission to the zoo.

Gardening/Plant sales

• The Nature Conservancy and Oakland County CISMA present a free webinar on creating pollinator-friendly landscapes, noon-1 p.m. June 16, with Q&A, register at

• Rochester Garden Walk is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 17, starting at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills. Adv. tickets are $10, and at various local businesses, The day’s activities include a native plant sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and a bee program at 11 a.m. Garden Walk Guides with garden locations can also be purchased on the day of the event at the museum for $14.


• “How to Get from Here to Home” hosted by JVS Human Services in celebration of National Homeownership Month, June 14-18, via Zoom, presented by homeownership professionals, 248-221-4422 or email

• “The Ins & Outs of Home Improvement” free webinar is 10-11 a.m. June 16, hosted by the Better Business Bureau of Detroit and Eastern Michigan with information on “The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Improvement” and “Tips for hiring the right contractor for you”. Register at

• “Talk yourself out of your problems!” 45-minute webinar presented by George Khamis, therapist with The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health in Royal Oak, is noon June 18. Register at 248-399-7447, or visit

• The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents 7-8 p.m. June 22, Mt. Avon Cemetery Tour, 200 Wilcox St., Rochester. Adv. register at, $10 each.

• Oakland County Parks and Recreation Historian Carol Bacak-Egbo will discuss the history of the 1884 Ellis Barn during a Barn Tour at 6 p.m. June 23 at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg. For reservations, text 248-221-8040, or call for questions.


• Ferndale Library is hosting a virtual series of Summer Reading Programs for all ages, for the chance to win prizes,

• Lyon Township Public Library presents virtual “Cryptozoology of the Great Lakes” discussion of creatures of the Great Lakes, 7 p.m., June 16 online via Zoom, 248-437-8800, free, register at

• Lyon Township Public Library hosts virtual Spanish-American War discussion, 6:30 p.m. June 15 online via Zoom, free, register at, 248-437-8800.

• Lyon Township Public Library hosts virtual Young Writers Club is 6 p.m. June 14 online via Zoom, free, register at, 248-437-8800.

• Rochester Hills Public Library asks community members to share their pandemic story for local history collection. Stories, photos, and drawings will be added to the library’s local history collection, and shared with the community, upload submissions at

• Rochester Hills Public Library presents an Author Talk with Joani Elliott, at 7 p.m. June 15, via Zoom, register at

• Rochester Hills Public Library is hosting Summer Reading programs, through Aug. 21, with programs for cardholders of all ages. Readers can track their progress online for a chance to win prizes, register at, 248-656-2900 or email

• Troy Public Library virtual “Meet the Author” series includes Karen Tumulty, a journalist at the Washington Post and author of “The Triumph of Nancy Reagan” on June 15 and Lily King, author of “Writers & Lovers” on June 22. Register at, 248-526-5117. The Troy Public Library building reopened June 7, for Grab & Go Service with social distancing, masks required.

Parks/Outdoor activities

• West Bloomfield Parks splash pad opens June 15 at 6200 Farmington Road, West Bloomfield Township, pre-buy tickets at, 248-451-1900, $4/resident, $6/nonresident per session.

• Homeschool Program-Reptiles and Amphibians is 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 15, at Wint Nature Center in Clarkston. See snakes, salamanders, and sliders up close. Each session is adapted for ages 5-9 and ages 10-17. Registration is required; call 248-858-0916 weekdays, $10 per person.

• Kids Crafting Camp is 3-4:30 p.m. June 19 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights, crafting camp, includes a nature activity and craft, and supplies, for ages 8-17. A release form is required, $12 each. Registration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays.

• Summer Solstice Celebration is 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 20 at Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills. Explore the Nature Center, roast marshmallows, create an art project, games and outdoor activities, $5 each or $8 each with a hayride, free for children younger than two. Registration required at

• “Stream Science” is 1-5 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 26, Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills,, free, donations welcome. Explore the creek, with nets, magnifying glasses and bug boxes. Staff will be on site near the creek with available supplies, first come, first serve basis.

• Walk a different Oakland County Park each week during the TrailBlazer Summer Walking Series, 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, at Waterford Oaks County Park, 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Twp. Free program features one-mile informational hikes. Call 248-221-8040 for questions and text to reserve your spot,

• 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, The MAP program provides free or discounted admission to more than 450 locations, including historic sites, cultural attractions and state parks,

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

• Clinton River Watershed Council is hosting Clinton River Quest, a scavenger hunt for all ages, to encourage exploration of the 760 square-miles of the watershed across Oakland and Macomb Counties, June through Sept. 30. Those interested in participating can register at, $15 for individuals with lower family rates available. Participants receive a t-shirt, backpack and guidebook.


• Shelving Inc. of Madison Heights is accepting applications for its 2021 Business Process Management Scholarship, through July 31, 1-800-637-9508,

• 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 For information, call (313) 443-0481 or email

Support activities

• The Pink Fund, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to breast cancer patients, has announced their 2021 applications are open throughout Michigan. Individuals who qualify for assistance could receive up to $3,000 over 90 days for non-medical expenses ranging from housing, transportation, utilities and insurance. Payments are made directly to patients’ creditors. Applications accepted at

• Hospice of Michigan continues to offer virtual grief support groups,

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

• The American Red Cross urges healthy individuals to donate blood, platelet and plasma. Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Volunteer opportunities

• 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,

• 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 or email Cody Pesavento at

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