Oakland County community calendar March 7 and beyond | Lifestyles

Oakland County community calendar March 7 and beyond | Lifestyles

Blood drives

• The Red Cross needs blood donations to overcome donation shortfalls from recent heavy snows, ice storms and freezing temperatures in parts of the country. Make an appointment by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), RedCrossBlood.org/Together.

Charitable events

• Gleaners Community Food Bank is hosting a food distribution event at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 9-11 a.m. March 10 while supplies last. Families and individuals in need of food are encouraged to attend the drive-up or walk-up distribution. Stay in the vehicle, and groceries will be placed in your trunk. No need for proof of eligibility to receive food. For information, call 248-858-5495 or email [email protected]

Cooking demonstrations

• Oakland County Farmers Market offers a free virtual cooking demonstration, March 13, held in cooperation with edibleWOW, posted by 10 a.m. on the Oakland County Farmers Market’s Facebook page, The chef presenter scheduled is Laura Romito of High 5 Salts with Benefits, facebook.com/OaklCountyFarmersMarket.

• Virtual Master Class with Andiamo’s Executive Chef, Jim Oppat, to prepare Chicken Crespelle al Forno, 6 p.m. March 20. The cooking class includes crespelle and savory filling ingredients, rich besciamella-style sauce ingredients and a non-stick crepe pan. Each package serves four people. Register by March 15 at andiamoitalia.com and select Andiamo’s location to pick up package, $140. Packages must be picked up after 5 p.m. March 19 or in the morning of March 20.

COVID-19 information

• State of Michigan COVID-19 hotline for testing or vaccines is 1-888-535-6136, (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.), for information, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or CDC.gov/Coronavirus or email [email protected]

• To receive the Oakland County COVID-19 Vaccination Newsletter, register your email address at www.oaklandcountyvaccine.com or text OAKGOV COVID to 468311. To make a vaccine appointment, visit OaklandCountyVaccine.com. If no internet, for vaccine appointments, call 1-800-848-5533, (8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-noon, Sat.).

• Also, for vaccine appointments, check with health providers and local pharmacies including Meijer, Rite Aid, Walgreen’s, CVS and Kroger.

Easter activities

• Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce Easter Bunny Extravaganza drive-up event is March 27 at the Milford High School parking lot, 2380 S. Milford Road, Highland Twp. The first 500 children receive a goody bag. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with cars entering the parking lot off of Lone Tree Road in a single file. Motorists can tune in to a radio station and hear “Bunny Radio” as they drive by sponsor tents. Cars will eventually split into two lines and drive by the Easter Bunny. Motorists can take photos with the Easter Bunny, one car at a time, huronvcc.com, 248-685-7129.

Education activities

• Lawrence Technological University’s Marburger STEM Center hosts “Extreme Science Saturdays” programs for high schoolers online for the 2020-21 school year. “Groovy: Let’s Make a Lava Lamp” on March 13. Register at ltu.edu/stem-center/stem-extreme-science-saturdays.asp.

• Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan is hosting “JA Inspire,” a virtual career event for 8th-12th grade students, March 15-June 13. It features downloadable career information, videos, and steps to pursue various careers in different industries. Educators, students and their parents can access the portal and information any time, register at jamichigan.org/inspiremi.

Fundraisers

• Leader Dogs for the Blind to host virtual Dinner in the Dark, 7:30 p.m. March 12. Guests will be able to purchase a Dinner in the Dark kit and view virtual program. Kits include two wine glasses, blindfolds, bibs, program, menu and meal preparation cards, leaderdog.org, $150 per kit, designed for two people.

• Better Made Snack Foods is partnering with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month. During the month of March, Better Made will donate partial proceeds from the sale of Family and Value Size Potato Chips, and 1.5 and 2.5-ounce bags of pork rinds to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society located in Southfield, nationalmssociety.org.

• Mention Best Buddy Pet Rescue when having a vehicle serviced at Midas in Lake Orion and Midas will donate five percent of the sales to the pet rescue. Midas is also accepting pet supply and food donations for the rescue. The fundraiser is through the month of March. For information, visit bestbuddypetrescue.com or call Midas at 248-693-1488.

• Penn Station East Coast Subs is hosting its 3rd annual roundup campaign for local Down syndrome organizations through March 21. Customers who donate $2 or more, receive a bounceback card for a buy one, get one free sub on a future visit, For more information, visit www.penn-station.com.

Gardening activities

• Virtual MSU Tollgate Farm HomeGrown Gardening Series for families and individuals, sponsored by Bordine’s is 10 a.m., second Saturdays of the month, through September, next is March 13. For new and experienced gardeners, $10 per session for one household. Registration required, events.anr.msu.edu/msutollgatehomegrowngardening.

• The Oakland Conservation District Spring Tree & Shrub Sale, is accepting orders online, to pick up at a later date at 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Township, behind the waterpark, Oaklandconservationdistrict.org.

Health/Safety events

• Kimberly Williams-Paisley: Book club discusses actress/author’s book, “Where The Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only To Find Her Again” at noon, March 10, suggested donation $18. Jewish Family Service virtual event 7 p.m. April 6, $36, register at jfsspotlightevent.org, 248-592-2339.

• Friendship Circle Hosts annual “One Thing I Wish You Knew” event, 7 p.m. March 14 via Zoom. focused to shatter the stigmas surrounding mental health challenges and suicide. Healthychildren.org notes that social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 can be especially hard for young people. Register via at bit.ly/3bFVUrQ.

• The Farmington Hills Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Association urge all residents to change their smoke alarm batteries when changing their clocks from standard time to daylight savings time, March 14. The Farmington Hills Fire Department has a free smoke alarm installation program for residents in need, call 248-871-2820.

• Linda Keilman, NP, discusses using laughter as a daily workout for the brain in “Laughter & the Brain”, 1-2:30 p.m. March 17, via ZOOM. Register at bit.ly/38dpxjn.

Legislator/Political meetings

• State Rep. Mark Tisdel to host virtual office hours for residents of the Greater Rochester area, 6-7 p.m. March 8. Tisdel will hold one-on-one meetings. Anyone interested, should call (517) 373-1773 or email [email protected] to reserve a timeslot within the hour.

• Indivisible Huron Valley monthly meeting, second Wednesday each month, scheduled speaker is Congresswoman Haley Stevens, serving Michigan’s 11th District, 7-8:30 p.m. March 10, via Zoom. Register at indivisiblehv.com, free.

Libraries

• Lyon Township Public Library presents Virtual Young Writers Club for 5th-12th graders, 6 p.m. March 8, online via Zoom, register at lyon.assabetinteractive.com/calendar, [email protected], free.

• Lyon Township Public Library presents Leprechaun Racer Take-and-Make Craft and Rainbow Paper Chain Take-and-Make Craft, March 9-16. Register for a kit appointment at lyon.lib.mi.us/attend/events, 248-437-8800.

• Ferndale Area District Library hosts “The Great Influenza”, 7 p.m. March 9, via Zoom, presented by retired Oakland Community College teacher Dennis Fiems, tiny.cc/fiems, facebook.com/events/227449242378306.

• Oxford Public Library presents “Electric Cars; Past, Present and Future”, featuring Russell Dore in a virtual presentation at 7 p.m., March 10, via Zoom. Register at www.miopl.org, (248)628-3034.

• The Troy Public Library hosts Kids Meet the Author series featuring three award-winning children’s authors during March is Reading Month, via Zoom. Kelly DiPucchio will be the featured author for early elementary age students, March 10. Supriya Kelkar will join 5th grade+ students, March 30 to talk about writing. Register at troypl.org/calendar. Participants can find copies of books by these authors by searching the library’s catalog or by calling the Youth Services desk at 248-524-3541. The library is at 510 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy.

Nature activities/Parks

• Oakland County Parks and Recreation Historian Carol Bacak-Egbo will discuss how a Native American trail turned into a road and stories about the pioneers who settled along what would become Dixie Highway, 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 9, via Zoom, OaklandCountyParks.com, 248-343-6287.

• Howell Nature Center Virtual Series #2: MythCrackers is 7 p.m. March 10, via Zoom, presented by the Howell Nature Center, featuring live animals, register at sierraclub.org/michigan/crossroads.

• X Marks the Spot outdoor leprechaun and treasure hunt is 2-3:30 p.m. March 13 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Wear green optional, masks required, register with payment, $7/person, 248-858-0916 weekdays.

• Maple Magic is 3-4 p.m. March 13 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Learn to identify maple trees, tap a tree and how to make maple syrup. Masks are required, register with payment, $6/person, 248-858-0916 weekdays.

• Bird watching for beginners is March 14, The Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, detroitzoo.org/events/zoo-events, 248-541-5717.

• Take and Make kit program “Ecofriends: Bird Feeders”, suitable for ages 8+, $6 per kit, through March 19, while supplies last. Register at 248-858-0916 during business hours to pick up a kit at Red Oaks Nature Center or Independence Oaks County Park. Live Zoom instruction is 7-9 p.m. March 19, OaklandCountyParks.com.

• Huron-Clinton Metroparks, www.metroparks.com. Park entrance fees apply.

• Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas are open, www.michigan.gov/dnr. Park entrance fees apply. 

Support activities

• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255), suicidepreventionlifeline.org or text 741741.

• Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, provides immediate crisis counseling to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The helpline connects callers to trained professionals from the closest crisis counseling centers in the nationwide network of centers, disasterdistress.samhsa.gov.

Women’s History Month

• The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents “Interpreting Women at Mackinac”, 7-8 p.m. March 10, via Zoom, free event, donations accepted. RSVP at rochesterhills.org, [email protected]

• Ferndale Area District Library presents “Ladies of the Lights” 7 p.m. March 25 via Zoom. Dianna Stampfler of Promote Michigan will lead the presentation. Register at tiny.cc/ladylights, facebook.com/events/1147237635693594.

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