Winter Fun

Published January 11, 2017

TROY — Certified appraiser Dan Landino, who operates D&J Auction Services with his wife, Judy, said they were tired of hearing stories about people who learned that items they were told were worth nothing by “experts” were much more valuable than they thought. 

The biggest mistake people make in selling estate items, Dan Landino said, is undervaluing jewelry. 

“There was a reason your grandmother kept it all those years,” he said. 

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Published January 11, 2017

TROY — While the Troy Community Center is busy with fitness enthusiasts after the holidays, don’t let that stop you from coming in or checking it out. 

Troy Recreation Director Elaine Bo said that staff sold 100 memberships to the community center last week. 

She said one of the newer classes, Pound — a full-body cardio jam session that fuses cardio, Pilates, strength movements, plyometrics and isometric poses — is very popular. 

“The full-body circuit training class is also popular,” Bo said. 

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Published January 11, 2017

ROCHESTER — Unseasonably warm weather, with no snow predicted in the forecast, will bring some changes to the Fire and Ice Festival this weekend.

“The show must go on, as they say in showbiz,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in a statement. “Families from all over Michigan will still be able to experience many outdoor activities and the nice weather at the Fire and Ice Festival.”

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Published January 11, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Centered around the Marsh View Park ice skating rink, the township’s upcoming Winter Carnival aims to entertain all ages with a variety of outdoor and indoor activities.

“It will be held snow or no snow,” said Becky McLogan, Oakland Township recreation manager. “And the whole thing is free.”

The carnival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at Marsh View Park, located on the northwest corner of Adams and Clarkston roads.

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Published December 28, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Last winter may have been mild in terms of snowfall, but this year city staff is on high alert for snow emergencies, which are declared when snowfall exceeds (or is expected to exceed) 4 inches in 36 hours. Once a snow emergency is declared, residents must remove their vehicles from the streets within six hours, or their vehicles could be ticketed, towed or both.

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Published December 28, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP —Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a new sled hill boot camp and get ice skating lessons from a pro at township parks.

The new boot camp will utilize the sled hill at Lost Lake Nature Park, located on Predmore Road.

“It is a new way to get outdoors and get in shape this winter,” said Mary Black, Oakland Township recreation program assistant. “It should be challenging and fun.”

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Published December 24, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The holidays may be wrapping up, but winter is far from over.

So, if you can’t beat it — join in. There’s plenty of fun to be had at Oakland County Parks, even in the cold and snowy weather.

D.J. Coffey, parks supervisor of Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston, said there’s usually a pretty good turnout of residents each winter, and he expects even better numbers this year.

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Published December 10, 2016

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Published November 22, 2016

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Winter Artisans Market welcomed people into its new home, Farmington Masonic Lodge 151, with open arms when the season opened Nov. 5.

The annual market, now located at 23715 Farmington Road, will have vendors selling everything from Italian baked goods to hand soaps 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays until April.

Market master Penny Oglesby, of Farmington, said this is her third year as market manager.

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Published November 8, 2016

KEEGO HARBOR — The future of a Keego Harbor program that assists senior residents with plowing their driveways is being disputed again.

The snow removal service was discussed at the Oct. 20 City Council meeting, but it was tabled for a second time — it was postponed last year — and it is now slated to be discussed at the Nov. 17 meeting. 

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Published March 1, 2016

See how sap becomes syrup during Maple Syrup Time and the maple tappings held on the first three Saturdays in March at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center.

“It’s our most popular event,” said Carla Reeb, executive director of the Troy Nature Society, which operates the nature center.

“Last year, nearly 1,000 people attended. We’re expecting 1,200 this year,” Reeb said.

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Published February 26, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With warm breezes blowing and children happily climbing play structures, using the swings and monkey bars of Blossom Heath Park, it almost could have been spring.

But that was the weather that greeted visitors to the third annual St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze Festival in February.

With highs near 60 degrees for the first two days of the festival, it wasn’t so much frozen as melting, but many visitors didn’t seem to mind.

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Published February 17, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — To celebrate a day that only graces calendars once every four years, the city of Southfield is hosting its first-ever Leap Year Winter Festival.

From 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 28, the day before Leap Day, the city invites residents for family-friendly, winter-themed activities at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road. Following the festival, at around 6:15 p.m., fireworks will be shot off from Evergreen Hills Golf Course.

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Published February 17, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Put on your boots and grab your baskets! 

The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s Spring Flint Egg Hunts and Spring Fling Flashlight Egg Hunt will take place at Drake Sports Park March 18. 

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Published February 16, 2016

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Although the skies are dark and the days are shorter, Oakland County officials are urging residents to beat cabin fever and get outside this winter. 

County officials recently debuted a new interactive map on their website to make it easier for residents and visitors to find outdoor activities and things of interest around Oakland County each month. 

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Published February 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Despite the general lack of frozen weather this winter, organizers are hoping that St. Clair Shores residents will still come out to have a great time at the 2016 Aqua Freeze Festival Feb. 19-21 at Blossom Heath Park.

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Published February 5, 2016

DETROIT — Joe Louis Arena is prepping for an action-packed night on the ice — but this time, hockey won’t be the game of choice. 

The Detroit Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment will host the Hockeytown BrewHaHa Frozen Fowling Fest, presented by MotorCity Casino Hotel, from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 19 inside the Joe. This is Olympia Entertainment’s seventh installment of the Hockeytown BrewHaHa series, which was originally based on craft beer but has expanded to include much more. 

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Published February 2, 2016

UTICA — Utica’s premier cold-weather festival will take place Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14, with illuminated ice sculptures along Auburn Road and Cass Avenue and a jam-packed schedule of events. The theme this year is “Love and Ice.”

New features include an opening night acoustic performance by 10-year-old musician Sophia Avocado, followed by the crowning of an ice king and queen Friday night and a life-size Candy Land game on the municipal grounds Saturday.

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Published February 1, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — It’s about that time when cabin fever starts to kick in for many metro Detroiters, and they’ll do just about anything for a taste of spring, even if it’s for just a few minutes.

In the Cranbrook House and Gardens greenhouse, it’s a balmy 80 degrees year-around. On Feb. 12 and 13, the public can enjoy the warmth for themselves during the winter greenhouse sale.

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Upcoming Events

Royal Oak
Storytime and crafts with Cowboy Alex
11-11:45 a.m.
Royal Oak Senior/Community Center
Exhibition by local artist
Robert Kidd Gallery
Royal Oak
Stagecrafters presents 'Annie'
8:00 PM
Sylvan Lake
Sylvan Lake citywide garage sale
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sylvan Lake City Hall
Cemetery tour
11 a.m.
Franklin Cemetery




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