Get involved in these great holiday happenings around town!

Woman’s National Farm & Garden Association 66th Annual Greens Market
Friday, November 30, 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 100 Romeo, Rochester
Fresh wreaths and roping, fresh greens arrangements (including custom orders), custom made bows, herbal items, gourmet corner. Admission is $2. See our website for more information.

Teen Videogame Day
Saturday, December 1, 2:30 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
Drop in for some teen-only freeplay- we have Super Smash Bros. Brawl, DJ Hero, Rock Band 2, Mario Kart, and more. No registration required. Games will be rated T or E.

The Upper Room
Saturday, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 7:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church UCC, 1315 Pine, Rochester
“A Gathering Place for Today’s Teens”. Every Saturday night teenagers from 6th through 12th grades gather together to see friends, play board games, dance, play Wii, ping pong, pool, basketball, have talent shows, etc. $5 for the evening includes food and activities. Scholarships are available, if needed. Endorsed by the church,  Rochester/Auburn Hills Community Coalition and Rochester America’s Pride.  Visit our website at  Call 248 651-9097 or 248 340-1035 for more information.

Rochester Avon Historical Society Brown Bag Luncheon: Rosie the Riveter
Tuesday, December 4, 12:00 p.m.
Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow, Rochester
President of the Rosie the Riveter Association regals listeners with the history of the women who stepped into men’s jobs when they went off to war and built the planes that fought the battle. Bring your lunch if you wish, admission free, public invited, no registration necessary.

The Art and Architecture of Stained Glass
Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
MSU Museum Research Assistant Barbara Krueger will present the history of stained glass, beginning in Europe and concluding in Michigan with information about how windows are made, pros and cons of exterior glazing, and a recently published book about historic Detroit houses of worship. Registration is required with a Rochester Hills Public Library card. To register, go to or call 248-656-2900.

Rochester Rotary Annual Christmas Party
Tuesday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.
Meadowbrook Hall, 480 South Adams Rd., Rochester
Meal and surprise entertainment. Filet mignon and sesame-encrusted grouper (vegetarian option also available), caroling for those interested.  Cash Bar. Tickets are $48 per person. Guests are welcome. For more information, call 248-651-9638.

Rochester Avon Historical Society Evening Program:
Remembering Hudson’s: The Grand Dame of Detroit Retailing’
Thursday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
Michael Hauser has artifacts, photos, and stories of the iconic Hudson’s Department Store – Everybody went there! Admission free, public invited, no registration is necessary.

Polar Express Celebration
Friday, December 7, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
Back by popular demand, the Polar Express Celebration promises to be a night full of fun and memories. Your family will travel around the library enjoying activities and treats, and take a ride on our special Polar Express Trolley to see the Big Bright Light Show! Seats on the trolley are only guaranteed to registered participants, and adults MUST accompany children. Online registration begins on Friday, November 23 at 9 a.m. and is open to residents of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township. To register, go to the library’s events calendar at For more information, call 248-650-7140.

Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library Holiday Book Sale
Saturday, December 8, 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sunday, December 9, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
Gently used quality books for sale.

Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations
Tuesday, December 11, 7:00 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
In Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations writer and photographer Michael H. Hodges presents depots ranging from functioning Amtrak stops (Jackson) to converted office buildings (Battle Creek) and spectacular abandoned wrecks (Saginaw and Detroit) to highlight the beauty of these iconic structures and remind readers of the key role architecture and historic preservation play in establishing an area’s sense of place. To register, go to or call 248-656-2900.

Rochester Jaycees Monthly Meeting
Thursday, December 13, 7:00 p.m.
Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow, Rochester
This is the regular monthly meeting of the Rochester Area Jaycees. Members of the Rochester chapter meet to network, socialize, and plan upcoming events. This event is open to the public and visitors are welcome to attend. For more information, call 248-652-7777.

Five Star Singles Connection: Dr. Walter Culver M.D. – “Ask the Doctor Night”
Thursday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.
River Crest Banquet Center, 900 W. Avon Rd., Rochester
Speaker: Dr. Walter Culver M.D. will have an question and answer evening “Ask the Doctor Night.” Medical doctor from Saint Joseph Mercy Oakland who specializes in internal medicine will share his expertise and answer general medical questions regarding your health. For more information, call 248-650-3739. Event is free and open to the public.

Rochester Symphony Orchestra Annual Holiday Concert
Friday, December 14, 8:00 p.m.
St. Andrew Church, 1400 Inglewood, Rochester
Concert features Alvin Waddles. Music: :Rhapsody in Blue,” “When the Saints Go Marching In, holiday favorites, plus Clark Suttle’s original music “Lights of the Season,” about Rochester’s light show. Cost is $25 and $5 for students. For info and tickets, call Doris at 248-651-4181.
Additional Information: Cost is $25 and $5 for students. For info and tickets, call Doris at 248-651-4181

Sunday Holiday Concert:: Fleur de Lys Chamber Ensemble
Sunday, December 16, 2:00 p,m,
Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne, Rochester
Join us for this concert of music composed specifically for Christmas ranging from the Baroque to the Modern Era. Fleur de Lys will perform San Martini’s Christmas Concerto, selections from Handel’s Messiah, a Christmas Waltz, and then numerous Christmas carols arranged for string quartet, ending with Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. To register, go to or call 248-656-2900.

Rochester Symphony Guild Elegant Christmas Luncheon
Tuesday, December 18, 11:00 a.m.
Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Dr., Rochester
A lovely lunch with musical entertainment and a silent auction. Cost is $45.00 a person. Contact Sharon Postnieks, 248-651-7337 or Shirley Sikov, 248-375-0052.

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