News & Notes - 6/22/23 Rochester Post

Rochester Post | Published June 21, 2023


Festival of the Hills fireworks to be held June 28
ROCHESTER HILLS — The Festival of the Hills Fireworks Show in Rochester Hills will be held Wednesday, June 28, at Borden Park, 1400 E. Hamlin Road. All are invited to bring blankets and chairs to the event, which typically welcomes more than 50,000 attendees every year.

This year’s free, family-friendly festival opens at 6 p.m. with music, a petting zoo, inflatables, food and more. At 10 p.m., guests can enjoy a fireworks show choreographed to music. Residents can view a map of the park, along with traffic routes and available parking, at


First Downtown Rochester Makers Market held June 24
ROCHESTER — To immerse yourself in the creativity of the community, look no further than the Downtown Rochester Makers Market 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 24 on West Fourth Street.

The artisanal, crafter vendor, open-air show is a place to experience the unique and handcrafted works of local, small businesses, featuring a selection of handmade products that showcase the artistry and talent of the community.

Offerings include jewelry, pottery, woodworking and textiles. The event also features live music.


DNR wants feedback on auctioning off 4,600 acres of public wilderness
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for public feedback regarding its future plans, including its intention to auction off almost 6,000 acres of public wilderness.

The DNR is determining plans on approximately 16,000 acres of land, 66.7% of which it intends to retain, 3% it intends on offering to alternative conservation partners, 1.3% it intends to exchange with other organizations, and 29% of which it intends to sell through public auction.

The land in question is located in Baraga, Benzie, Clare, Clinton, Genesee, Ionia, Manistee, Mecosta, Newaygo, Shiawassee and Wayne counties. The DNR said it’s part of its multiyear state land review process to determine which parcels best help the department to deliver broad public access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities, while also protecting natural and cultural resources on those lands.

Those wishing to weigh in can email the DNR at All feedback is due by June 30.


Food Truck Fridays at the village
ROCHESTER HILLS — Experience a food lover’s paradise 5-9 p.m. Fridays at Food Truck Fridays in Festival Park at the Village of Rochester Hills. The events offer an assortment of flavors served up by local food trucks, from savory to sweet. Check the Village’s social media for the complete food truck schedule.


Transportation provided for Oakland County students to participate in free STEM Academy
OAKLAND COUNTY — Students in Oakland County will be provided free transportation to the weeklong introductory program for the summer session of the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program’s multi-year STEM Academy by the United Way for Southeastern Michigan July 10-14.

The program is free to Oakland County students and includes a series of classes and activities designed to attract and retain participation in science and engineering fields.

The first course at the University of Detroit Mercy July 10-14 will explore algebra and will also include a special STEM-related field trip.

Students can get free transportation to the Detroit campus. Details are available upon registering.   

The STEM Academy is open to Oakland County 10th grade students at no cost, and the program duration is two years and includes Saturday course sessions during four terms, and two one-week commuter summer camps on a college campus. Learn more at