Rochester Area Youth Assistance presents “Chrissa stands strong”
Friday, April 1, 12:30 PM
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
RAYA presents this American Girl film highlighting one girl’s stand against bullying. The film will begin at 12:30 pm, followed by a discussion and friendship activity. This event is free and open to girls grades 4 and up. Registration done through RAYA: call 248-656-3558 or e-mail 

Exhibition- The works of Tom Pyrzewski and Brian Nelson
Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, 7:00 PM
Paint Creek Center for the Arts, 407 Pine St., Rochester
Paint Creek Center for the Arts is pleased to showcase the works of Tom Pyrzewski and Brian Nelson. Pyrzewski’s combine fabric, paint and found materials to create visceral, biomorphic monsters. Nelson’s interest in genetics and pharmacology inspire his creations craft emotionally weighted sculptures of stainless steel and various other materials. The First Floor Gallery hosts the photographs of Robert Cleveland.

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve Open Hours
Sundays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 12:00 PM
The Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve is open for visitors most Sundays and on some weekdays through the holidays from 12 – 3 pm. The nature trails are open from dawn to dusk. The Nature Preserve is located at 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307. For more information go to or call 248-656-0999.

Sunday Concert: Chris Ayotte
Sunday, April 3, 2:00 PM
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
Chris Ayotte is an award winning Tribute Artist and celebrity impressionist who has appeared all over the country with his unique brand of music and comedy. In this performance he will feature the Rat Pack (Frank, Dean, and Sammy) but you never know who else may show up–Neil Diamond, Tom Jones and Harry Connick, Jr. may also be on stage. Registration required at or 248-656-2900.

Brown Bag meeting of Rochester-Avon Historical Society
Tuesday, April 5, 12:00 PM
Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow, Rochester
“Rochester as it Once Was” No registration required.

Face Value: Vanity, Fashion and Culture as a Mirror of Society
Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 PM
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
Discover how dress, adornment and hairstyles convey beauty, power and prestige from Marlene Hamel from the Detroit Insitutue of Arts Speakers Bureau. Registration required at or 248-656-2900.

Monthly meeting of the Rochester-Avon Historical Society
Thursday, April 7, 7:00 PM
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
“Historic Rochester and Fiction” presented by Bob Lytle. No registration required.

Rochester and Rochester Hills Kiwanis Clubs Inter Club Service Dinner
Tuesday, April 12, 6:00 PM
Great Oaks Country Club, 777 Great Oaks Blvd, Rochester
All area non-profit service clubs are welcome to the annual Inter Club Service Dinner. A good opportunity to net-work and learn what other clubs in our area are doing to help our community. Guest speaker for the evening is Rich Luterman, Fox TV 2 weatherman. Tickets are $28 each. Reservations are necessary. Call Joe Tomlinson’s at his AAA office to make reservations. Tickets can be picked up at the door.

It Happened in Michigan
Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 PM
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
Colleen Burcar will cover some of the remarkable events that are part of Michigan’s rich history, including the Orphan Train, Japanese balloon bombs, the most devastating school disaster ever recorded and William Beaumont’s unsurpassed medical discovery of 1822. She’ll also include a wide range of the state’s most interesting curiosities, from a place you can kiss a moose for good luck to a baffling country road that pulls your car backwards uphill. Colleen Burcar has been a radio and TV personality in the Detroit area for many years, including two decades with Dick Purtan.She was a columnist for the Detroit News, and has authored numerous books on the state of Michigan, including Michigan Curiosities and her latest, It Happened in Michigan.When she’s not writing, she voices commercials and works as a media consultant. After the presentation, books will be available for purchase. Registration required at or 248-656-2900.

Religious Conversion and Disaffiliation
Thursday, April 14, 7:00 PM
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
Why do people become religiously active? Is it possible that a religious conversion experience turns someone into a completely different person? Or, alternatively, is conversion merely the outward confirmation of a new line of thinking that fits well with the convert’s earlier experiences of religious upbringing? Henri Gooren, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Oakland University, author of Religious Conversion and Disaffiliation: Tracing Patterns of Change in Faith Practices, offers a new way of looking at conversion as the start of a dynamic process: the “conversion career.” Registration required at or 248-656-2900.

RJWC New Member Meeting
Thursday, April 14, 7:00 PM
Rochester Junior Woman’s Club
The Rochester Junior Woman’s Club holds meetings for new or prospective members the second Thursday of each month. Go to to learn more, or contact Marianne at 248-608-8108 or

Come Play with Me – Artists Toys, Dolls and Games
Friday, April 15, 2011 – Saturday, May 14, 2011
Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Paint Creek Center for the Arts is pleased to present “Come Play With Me,” an exhibition dedicated to original hand-made toys submitted by Michigan artists. The works of Andrew Krieger will be displayed in the First Floor Gallery. Join us in welcoming all artists at a Spring Gallery Stroll on Friday, April 15th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Spring Gallery Stroll is free and open to the public.

“Symphony of Style”
Saturday, April 16, 11:00 AM
Great Oaks Country Club, 777 Great Oaks Blvd, Rochester
Fashion show with clothes from Chico’s, several boutiques to shop, plus a delicious lunch.
The cost is $45.00 per person with complimentary valet parking. For information call Theresa at 248-340-9215.

Sunday Concert: The Oakland Jazz Quartet
Sunday, April 17, 2:00 PM
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
Formed in 2009, The Oakland Jazz Quartet is Oakland University’s jazz ensemble-in-residence, and is a group dedicated to high standards of jazz performance and education. Comprised of the jazz faculty at Oakland University’s Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the OJQ performs a versatile array of music including traditional jazz, African drum music, and modern classical music. The group’s members are Miles Brown, bass, Sean Dobbins, drums, Tad Weed, piano, and Mark Stone, percussion. The Oakland Jazz Quartet has performed in schools and jazz venues around Metro Detroit, and gives concerts featuring world-class musicians such as Regina Carter, Vincent Chandler, Kim Nazarian, Jay Ashby, and John Stowell. The OJQ is also on a mission to bring jazz to the community, and is available to outreach programs and clinics in schools and community colleges. For more information about the group and its members, go to Registration required at or 248-656-2900.

Mysteries of Ancient Egypt
Thursday, April 21, 7:00 PM
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
Bill Murphy takes us on a trip back 5,000 years in time, to one of the world’s first and most mysterious of civilizations! From Cairo’s startling contrasts between old and new, we journey to the Egyptian countryside and view ways of life unchanged for millennia. Then on to the Pyramids, Luxor, and the great temple of Karnak. You’ll visit the Valley of the Kings and descend into the tombs of the nobles who served the grand Pharaohs. Last are the incredible temples of Ramses the Great at Abu Simbel. Besides teaching college courses about ancient Egypt, Mr. Murphy has traveled through Egypt extensively. Registration required at or 248-656-2900.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Wednesday, April 27, 9:00 AM
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
Open to the public.

Rochester-Avon Historical Society Walking Tours
Thursday, April 28, 7:00 PM
Downtown Rochester
All tours begin at the Western Knitting Mills, Water St., northeast corner of the building.
Tours last approximately 2 hours. Reservations not required. $5 for adults. Children
under 12 free. Seniors 55+ $3.

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