News & Notes - 10/11/23 Woodward Talk

Woodward Talk | Published October 11, 2023

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Spooktacular to return
ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce’s Spooktacular returns to the city for its 40th year.

Spooktacular will be held from 1 to 4 p. Oct. 22 in downtown Royal Oak. According to a news release, attendees can wear costumes and go on a trick-or-treating trail. A map for the trail can be picked up from a chamber booth that will be located in the Centennial Commons.

From 2 to 5 p.m. in the Centennial Commons, there also will be a magic show, lawn games, face painting, balloon animals and costume contests. All activities will be free.

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Halloween art show seeks entries
BERKLEY — Articipate will be holding a Halloween show and it’s looking for local artists to participate.

The business’s Halloween Art Show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at 3833 12 Mile Road in Berkley. It will run until Nov. 10.

According to Articipate’s website, the show will feature a variety of artworks in any medium, as long as they are Halloween-themed. Ideas can range from haunted landscapes, ghoulish portraits, monster drawings or anything else that can be imagined.

“All artworks must be original and created by the artist submitting them. There is no entry fee, but selected artists may pay a display fee of $5. There is a 30% commission fee on sold work,” the site reads.

Artists can submit a digital image of one or two pieces of their Halloween art to by Oct. 15. They should use “Halloween Submission” in the subject of the email. Information must include the title of the piece, name of artist, the medium and size of the piece and price.

“Selected artists will be notified by Oct. 17. The Artwork does not need to be framed, but it must be ok to tape or tack to wall or drywall or hang from wire. All selected artworks must be delivered to the Articipate from noon to 3 p.m. on Oct. 22 or from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 23 Artists also can call (248) 812-9022 for other arrangements.”


Band to perform Halloween-themed concert
FERNDALE — The Ferndale Community Concert Band’s next concert will be a Halloween-themed performance.

The band’s show, Ghoulish Grooves, will take place at 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at Ferndale High School, 881 Pinecrest Drive. The music that will be featured includes “The Phantom of the Opera,” by Andrew Lloyd Webber; “Haunted Carousel,” by Erika Svanoe; “Haunted Clocks,” by Brian Balmages; and a “House of Horrors” medley.

The show is free, though donations are appreciated, a news release states. The band also encourages people to wear a Halloween costume and join its costume parade. Prizes, tricks and treats also will be provided.


PurpleLight coming to Royal Oak
ROYAL OAK — The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, or PanCAN, Michigan Affiliate will be holding PurpleLight to “inspire action for pancreatic cancer survivors, caregivers and their families and honor those lost to pancreatic cancer.”

PurpleLight will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Gilda’s Club in Royal Oak, 3517 Rochester Road. Acc ording to a news release, PurpleLight aims to shine a “purple spotlight on pancreatic cancer” and give hope for a growing community and honor survivors and remember those who have lost their battle with pancreatic cancer.

“PurpleLight brings the community together to remember who we have lost to pancreatic cancer and honor those who are survivors and caregivers. It reminds us of why it is so important to find a cure,” Lindsay Szela, communications chair for the PanCAN Michigan Affiliate, said in a press release. “Unfortunately, the low survival rate of pancreatic cancer means that the community and family members need to provide support in finding a cure. Survival rates have increased over the past few years, but there is still a lot of work to be done.”

The release states that PurpleLight will include a special reading of names honoring those lost to pancreatic cancer, as well as recognizing current survivors of the disease. More information and how to register for the event is available at


Downtown Art Walk happens this Saturday
FERNDALE — To celebrate the new murals in downtown Ferndale, the Downtown Development Authority has its Downtown Art Walk scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 14. The public can take self-guided tours of the six new murals and one art installation, and there will be activities planned at many places in the city, including an opportunity to meet the art ambassadors from the Ferndale Arts and Cultural Commission from 1 to 4 p.m. at the corner of Allen and West Troy streets.

“The first annual Downtown Ferndale Mural Program achieved resounding success, thanks to the support of downtown property owners and grant funding from the Michigan Arts and Cultural Commission and Main Street Oakland County. This collaboration exemplifies the power of partnerships in creating vibrant and inclusive urban environments,” a Downtown Ferndale press release states.

Find more information and a detailed schedule of events at