Arbor Day with the Rochester Tree Committee

The Rochester Tree Committee celebrated the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day last month. The City of Rochester participated with activities and tree plantings in the Rochester Municipal Park to honor the role trees play in building a healthy community and beautifying our city. In addition, Rochester has been honored as a “Tree City” by Tree City USA for eight consecutive years. The City of Rochester has prioritized trees in our community through the work of the Tree Committee. The committee is … [Read more...]

Big Logging Wheels Fund Drive

The Oakland Township Historical Society (OTHS) is conducting a drive to raise funds to repair and rebuild the Big Red Logging Wheels in front of the Paint Creek Cider Mill in the hamlet of Goodison in Oakland Township. The funds raised will be donated to the Oakland Township Historic District Commission (HDC) on June 30 to support the efforts of the HDC to repair and rebuild the wheels. They have been researching wheelwrights to complete the work. Bill Kroger, OTHS President said “The Historical … [Read more...]

Judge Warren Commentary on Dobbs Leak reversing Roe v Wade

On May 2, Politico published a draft majority opinion of the United States Supreme Court in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The draft reverses the landmark Roe v Wade decision, which found a federal constitutional right to an abortion. The resulting media frenzy and political explosion proves exactly why the leak of such opinions, and the inner workings of courts has an extremely corrosive effect on American constitutional jurisprudence and gravely threatens the rule of law. The … [Read more...]

The Rochester Symphony Orchestra Presents a ‘Fountain of Inspiration’

The Rochester Symphony Orchestra (RSO) presents "Fountain of Inspiration," its final concert of the 2021-2022 season, scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2022, at 8:00 p.m., at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Rd., Rochester, MI. This concert celebrates winners of the RSO's Young Artist Competitions, 2020-2022. This year's winner is violinist Betti Kelley, an Ethiopian American violinist from Lenexa, Kansas. She is a sophomore at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, studying … [Read more...]

Avon Players’ Season Ends with the Grandeur and Glamor of ‘Evita’

Epic musical chronicles the life of a political icon   Left to right: Daniel Romzek as “Juan Peron“ and Lori Smith as “Eva Peron.” Photo Credit: Bryan Clifford Avon Players’ 75th season closes with the sweeping biographical musical Evita running May 27 through June 11. The Tony Award-winning rock opera Evita dramatizes the true rags-to-riches story of Eva Perón (Lori Smith), who, through an indomitable will, rises from humble beginnings to become the First Lady of Argentina and a de … [Read more...]

Broadway’s Felicia Finley closes Meadow Brook Theatre’s Season with ‘A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline’

Felicia Finley in 'A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline' at MBT. Photo courtesy of Sean Carter Photography Musical telling the life story of the country music legend using her songs runs May 25 through June 19, 2022, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline transports audiences through the music legend’s life, from her hometown of Winchester, Virginia to the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall. Little Big Man, a disc jockey from Virginia uses her greatest hits, … [Read more...]

The Women’s Fund Presents a check to the Assistance League of Rochester

The Women's Fund grants provide more than just financial assistance to area nonprofits, they have the ability to empower the lives of women in need in our community. Recently, The Women's Fund awarded the Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan (ALSM) a $3000 grant for their Assault Survivor Kits Program. The kits are provided to survivors of abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence whose clothing is destroyed by the perpetrator or retained by police for forensic evidence. The Women’s … [Read more...]

Run for the Trees Happy Little 5k

The Michigan DNR’s Bob Ross-inspired Happy Little 5K called ‘Run for the Trees’ at Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District and Cranberry Lake Park is April 22 – 29, 2022. The 5k route will start at the east end of the historic district near the stone barbeque, traveling west past the apple orchard, then to the beehives, Cranberry Lake, all the way to Romeo Road, then back to Predmore Road via the trails and old farm lane, and finally ending at the newly created Story Garden. Take a selfie, use the … [Read more...]

What Food Labels Actually Tell Us

The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) welcomes Lisa Howard, “The Cultured Cook,” on April 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room for “What Food Labels Actually Tell Us: How to Be an Informed Eater.” In this program, Howard will explore ingredients, nutritional terms, and marketing claims to help shoppers walk the grocery store aisles with confidence. Howard manages the online site, theculturedcook.com, a resource for curious and knowledgeable nibblers looking for recipes, kitchen … [Read more...]

Author’s Corner: How to Write a Book When You Have No Idea What You’re Doing

I want to write a book ... You remember when this big idea first hit? Maybe you were browsing for books, waiting for an author’s autograph, or sitting in stupefied awe after finishing a great novel. The idea took root and then, bam, you’re rushing to a stationary store to buy all the notebooks, pens, sticky notes, and highlighters you can carry. You browse online for writerly things, like a cute laptop mug that says, “Writer at Work.” The moment that mug arrives, you’re filling it with pencils … [Read more...]