Taste of Fall in Downtown Rochester

Enjoy the flavors of fall in Downtown Rochester. Over twenty restaurants have fall inspired entrees, drinks, and desserts on their menu to try. The Taste of Fall promotion runs until October 18. Pick up the Taste of Fall brochure at the Downtown Collaboration Studio or any of the participating businesses. See participating businesses. Caramel Apple Cheesecake at BakeHouse 46 “There are so many yummy fall options,” said Kristi Trevarrow, Executive Director of the Rochester Downtown … [Read more...]

Using DNA Tests for Family History

Rochester-Avon Historical Society will present “Genetic Genealogy” as part of its popular lunchtime Brown Bag program series on Tuesday, October 5 at 12:00 noon at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Registration is required. This meeting is free and open to the public. Bring a lunch (optional). Genealogist Katherine R. Willson will introduce the basic principles of genetic inheritance, the types of tests currently being marketed by the big DNA companies, and examine the … [Read more...]

Young Leaders Becoming Difference Makers

Neighborhood House held their annual Executive Youth Board (EYB) Induction Ceremony on August 7. Seven new members were officially inducted into the 2021-2022 Executive Youth Board. Neighborhood House welcomes the 2021-2022 Executive Youth Board Members This year, the EYB represents five local high schools including Rochester High School (Rahi Shah, Abhro Debnath), Adams High School (Victoria Cattermole), International Academy East (Maya Abbou), International Academy OKMA (Lia Vettraino), … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Have you ever been to a Dark Sky Park?

Dear Crabby, Have you ever been to a Dark Sky Park? If so, which ones do you recommend?  Sincerely, Celestial Observer Dear Celestial Observer, I barely go to parks in the day time, why would I go at night. Parks are packed with wild things and the scary ones come out at night -- bears, coyotes, wolves, bats, snakes, mosquitoes, and hippies -- who wants to deal with all that. However, you know what else comes out at night ... stars! I believe that may be the point to your … [Read more...]

Author’s Corner: Flawed Characters

Flawed Characters Create Meaning A plot with underdeveloped characters is little more than light and sound. No matter how well explosions and spectacle may be reported, story is ultimately about character. And, it is flawed characters that are most believable. After all, no one’s perfect. It’s easy to think that the surface events of a story are its point, but “drama” doesn’t mean anything without a specific person for it to happen to. Even the most dramatic prose relies on … [Read more...]

Miller and Ford Play Franck Live at the Library

Award-winning musicians, pianist Peyton Miller and saxophonist Brant Ford will perform César Franck’s "Sonata in A Major for Saxophone and Piano," as well as other solo works at Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) on Sunday, September 26, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Brant Ford and Peyton Miller to perform at the Rochester Hills Public Library This program open to RHPL cardholders. Registration is required. To view all events, visit calendar.rhpl.org or call 248-656-2900. The Rochester … [Read more...]

Famous Duos Theme for this Year’s Live Mannequin Rochester Posed

Watch the windows in Downtown Rochester as dynamic duos come to life. Downtown Rochester’s ninth annual Rochester Posed event is scheduled for Thursday, October 7 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Participating Downtown Rochester businesses will turn their storefront windows into live mannequin displays. This year’s theme for Rochester Posed is Famous Duos, including timeless favorites such as Barbie & Ken, Thelma & Louise, and more. “This is a must-see event that appeals to people of all … [Read more...]

Rochester Garden Club Gives Nature Camp Scholarships

The Rochester Garden Club offers a scholarship program for elementary school students in the Rochester area each year. As a part of its mission, the club supports environmental education and is especially interested in helping students of all ages experience the natural world. Graduating seniors receive scholarships toward college degrees in environmental studies, middle school students are sent to a weeklong 4-H sponsored sleep away camp for environmental education (currently on pause … [Read more...]

Life History Narratives of Detroit Auto Workers in the 1950s

Smart Towns presents “Life History Narratives of Detroit Auto Workers in the 1950s” with Daniel Clark, September 23 Smart Towns host Oakland University history professor Daniel Clark on Thursday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. at Rochester Hills Public Library. Clark will discuss the lives of 1950s Detroit autoworkers and their resilience during a time of economic and job insecurity.  Clark's first book, Like Night and Day: Unionization in a Southern Mill Town, explored what … [Read more...]

Livernois Road to Close for Pipeline Maintenance

The Sunoco Pipeline company will close Livernois Road just south of Auburn Road in Rochester Hills starting Monday, September 20, for pipeline maintenance under the road.  The road is expected to reopen on October 7. The detour route for traffic is Auburn Road to Crooks Road to South Blvd., back to Livernois Road and vice versa.  The work is being done under a permit issued by the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC). This section of Livernois Road carries approximately … [Read more...]