News & Notes - 7/12/23 Royal Oak Review

Royal Oak Review | Published July 13, 2023

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Royal Oak Pride to return
ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak Pride will be returning to the downtown for its second annual event Aug. 4-5.

The festival will be headlined by RuPaul’s Drag Race performer Brooke Lynn Hytes, with support form VINCINT, on Aug. 4. The following day, RuPaul’s Drag Race performer Alyssa Edwards will be the headliner, with support from Puddles Pity Party.

Tickets for the event cost $5 online in advance, $8 at the door and $10 after 5 p.m. at the door. For more information, visit


Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial looking for volunteers
ROYAL OAK — The Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial is looking for volunteers for a dedication event later this summer.

The organization will hold a dedication ceremony in celebration of completing phase 1 of the memorial at 4 p.m. Aug. 10 in Memorial Park, 31100 Woodward Ave. The group is looking for volunteers to help with the event.

Volunteer efforts will include helping to coordinate volunteers at the event, helping with setup from noon to 3:30 p.m., helping during the ceremony from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., helping during cleanup from 5 to 6:30 p.m., or assisting with tasks the day prior to the event.

For more information, visit

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27, the memorial is looking for volunteers to help Team Depot as it lays sod, spreads mulch and plants bushes at the memorial’s site. Also on the agenda that day is to rebuild the flower box at the corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

Volunteers need to be 18 years old. Volunteers should wear comfortable shoes and bring work gloves, sunscreen and water. Sign up for a time slot at


Park adds inclusive playground
BERKLEY — The inclusive playground at Jaycee Park in Berkley is now open.

Located at Webster Road and Bacon Avenue, the playground is open for park patrons. At a later date, the city will hold a grand opening of the playground after the pathway project at the park is complete.

“Work on the pathways will begin in the next few weeks and during that time the playground will be temporarily closed,” the Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook page stated on July 5. “We will continue to update the community on the timeline for the work and look forward to seeing everyone out playing at the new playground.”


County wants feedback for hazard mitigation
OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County is looking to get feedback from residents, businesses, schools, hospitals and other agencies and organizations to help develop its next hazard mitigation plan.

According to a press release, the county is encouraging people who live or work in Oakland County to share their experiences and concerns about local hazards in the survey, which can be found at

“The Hazard Mitigation Plan is one of our largest collaborative community efforts,” Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter said in a prepared statement. “We appreciate the opportunity to team up with our partners to update this important plan.”

The press release states that information provided will inform strategies and actions to reduce future risk of death, injuries and property damage from hazards.

“Oakland County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan will address a range of natural hazards from flooding and severe weather to active assailants to infrastructure failures. It will also identify sustainable actions to reduce or eliminate long-term risks to people and property from future disasters,” the release states.

The public also is invited to attend a hazard mitigation plan public meeting 6-7 p.m. July 19 at the Waterford Oaks Activity Center, 800 Watkins Lake Road, in Waterford Township, to provide input.