Sparring Coworkers Find Love Right under Their Noses in Avon Players’ ‘She Loves Me’

A charming shop in pre-war Budapest serves as the setting for this musical romp    Avon Players’ 75th anniversary season continues with the candy-colored romantic musical She Loves Me running February 4-19.  Adam Wager as “Georg” and Caitlin O’Brien as “Amalia.” Photo Credit Bryan Clifford Set in a 1930s European perfumery, She Loves Me follows shop clerks Amalia (Caitlin O’ Brien) and Georg (Adam Wager), who share a contentious working relationship: he thinks she’s stuck up; she thinks … [Read more...]

Author’s Corner: Indie Book Marketing

Indie Book Marketing I hope everyone is having a good beginning to the New Year. I’ve mentioned before, if you write because it’s your hobby, you don’t have to spend a lot of time thinking about marketing. However, if you’re writing to sell, you need to publish so your book can be accessed by as many people as possible. You need to have clear goals at the start because marketing a book effectively requires planning and energy. It involves attracting and engaging your target … [Read more...]

Augmented Reality – What is it All About?

Smart Towns will host Dr. Khalid Mirza, founding director of Oakland University's Augmented Reality Center (ARC), at Rochester Hills Public Library’s Multipurpose Room on Thursday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. In this program, Dr. Mirza will explain augmented reality and how it may be on the verge of changing our lives. ARC was founded with the support and expertise of an Industrial Advisory Board, and Oakland University and College for Creative Studies faculty to provide a learning platform … [Read more...]

The Boogie Woogie Kid at the OPC

The Boogie Woogie Kid, Matthew Ball, is coming to the Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) to help kick off the New Year on Thursday, January 13 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. An internationally acclaimed performer, Matthew’s high-energy, toe-tapping show will have the audience swinging and swaying with classic Ragtime, Boogie-woogie, Jazz & Blues favorites from the 20’s, 30’s & 40’s. The pianist/singer/songwriter is described as ‘a boogie-woogie master’ with the "fastest fingers in the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Do We Care When Someone Famous Dies?

Dear Crabby, I was looking through my Facebook memories and was shocked to see it’s been five years since Carrie Fisher and her mom Debbie Reynolds passed away. I still feel sad that they’re gone. Is that weird? It’s not like I knew them. What do you think?Thanks! Gwenie Tew Dear Gwenie Tew, Well, when you get to be my age, death becomes part of the daily narrative. I’m not being morbid, just stating a fact. Each morning I like to scan the obits in the newspaper to see if I recognize … [Read more...]

The 19th Century Evolution of Football

Rochester Hills Public Library will present “The 19th Century Evolution of Football” with historian Jim Craft on January 13, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s Multipurpose Room. Craft will recount the history of football's early forms, beginning with folk football, through how the game was played between 1863 and 1913, and on to the three most major forms of football known today: Soccer, Rugby Union, and Gridiron (American). This event is open to RHPL cardholders (if there is room, the … [Read more...]

‘Nana Does Vegas’ has Michigan premiere at Meadow Brook Theatre

Win big with this comic farce running January 5 through 30, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. In 2018, Meadow Brook audiences met Nana and her entourage in Nana’s Naughty Knickers. Now she’s back, this time for a run at Las Vegas. Nana and her sidekick, Vera, have taken a gamble and moved to Vegas, where they’re working as seamstresses for a show. What could possibly go wrong? Nana Does Vegas by Katherine DiSavino runs at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on the campus of Oakland … [Read more...]

The Downtown Rochester Snowglow

The Downtown Rochester Snowglow will take place on Friday, January 14 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 15 from 12 noon – 9:00 p.m. The Snowglow will include over 40 ice sculptures lining the streets, an ice carving competition on W. 4th Street, marshmallow roasting with the Lions’ Club on E. 3rd, shopping, fireworks each night and of course, The Big, Bright Light Show. This is year’s ice sculpture theme is “Safari." Family and friends will see safari animals including … [Read more...]

Our Good News Story, by Mayor Barnett

“People still love a good story, and I don't think that will change.” Those are the words of Robert Iger, Executive Chairman of Disney, who retires at the end of 2021. Everyone who knows me knows my love for Disney and my admiration for Mr. Iger as a leader. He’s had a great run.  We share a love for good stories: Telling them, hearing them and experiencing them.  And now, as another year closes, we have an opportunity to add to our own story – to reflect on our immediate … [Read more...]

Vision Boarding at the Library

Rochester Hills Public Library will present “Vision Boarding” with Courtney Jones on January 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s Multipurpose Room. Ring in 2022 by setting an intention around your health and well-being with a vision board to remind you of your goals and intentions throughout the year. This event is open to RHPL cardholders. Registration is required. To register, visit calendar.rhpl.org or call 248-656-2900. The library will provide supplies. … [Read more...]