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News & Notes - 8/23/23 Royal Oak Review

Royal Oak Review | Published August 24, 2023


Clawson Fest to take place Saturday
CLAWSON — The third annual Clawson Fest will be held 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, on Main Street between 14 Mile and Tacoma Street.

The event will feature a food and art festival from Sean Nasrey, Sean Dunlop and the Clawson Downtown Development Authority. There also will be live music from Caleb Ford, Drew Schultz & The Broken Habits, Oak City Roots (pictured), and Barelyon.

For more information, visit


Event to support Maui after wildfires
OAKLAND COUNTY — The Polynesian Arts Advocacy Council of Michigan will be hosting a fundraiser, Luau for Lahaina, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. 10 Mile Road.

Held in partnership with the city of Novi, the event is a fundraiser for Maui and the town of Lahaina, which has suffered from wildfires.

“The Luau for Lahaina will be an afternoon of family friendly fun and celebration of Hawaiian arts and culture,” a press release states. “Guests will enjoy hands on activities and demonstrations of cultural arts such as lei making, food available from Junk Food & Friends Food Truck and D’Litefull Eats Food Truck, and a Kids Zone featuring glitter tattoos, bubbles, and hula lessons with Michigan Moana.”

The highlight of the event will be an authentic Polynesian dance performance by the Polynesian Dancers of Michigan, with special guest Tiffanie Zuttermeister, of Las Vegas’ Halau Kaleihoku Kuikanani and students from the Novi-based hula school Halau O’ Ku’ukamali’i Kuikanani.

“I am very proud of my Michigan students for working hard to give back to Hawaii and to Maui right now,” Kumu Hula Kaui Dalire, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, who oversees Halau O’ Ku’ukamali’i Kuikanani, said in a prepared statement. “Last year I was Novi’s Artist in Residence and lived there for six weeks. I have a lot of love for the people there and it’s nice to see that love and respect coming back to the islands when it’s so needed.”

Tickets must be purchased in advance at For more information on PAACOM, visit


Tree planting
ROYAL OAK — The city of Royal Oak is offering a tree planting program for residents.

According to the city’s website, people can request a free tree to be planted in the easement in front of their home. Those interested are asked to fill out an online form, where they can select the type of tree they want. The options include a red oak, red maple, hybrid elm, honey locust, zelkova, coffee tree and pin oak.

The deadline to sign up is Aug. 27. For more information, visit


Book signing
ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Public Library will be hosting author Paul Vachon for a signing of his book “Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline, 2nd Edition.”

The signing will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at the library, 222 E. 11 Mile Road. A news release states that Vachon’s book holds more than “300 years of Detroit history, facts, and photos together in a collection that will enlighten even longtime residents of the city.”

For more information, call the library at (248) 246-3700.