Community Events Honor the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Rochester Community Schools (RCS) is hosting two events to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The events are free and open to the public; however registration is required. Community members, families, staff and high school students are invited to attend a presentation with Delma Jackson on January 21 from 9 – 11:30 a.m., and dinner and dialogue with Rochelle Riley, columnist for the Detroit Free Press and author of The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of … [Read more...]

Anthropologist Shares Details of Her Recent Book Project

On Tuesday, January 22, the Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) welcomes Dr. Marcy Hessling O’Neil to talk about her special project, Books that Bind. What began as a small community organization in the spring of 2017 has now become a project with more than 80 participants from ages 3-85. Books that Bind is a team of community members from Benin, West Africa and Michigan State students who have come together to translate and transcribe local and famous folktales to share and read … [Read more...]

Clarinetist Franklin Cohen Joins Aeolus Quartet to Perform at Oakland University

Oakland University to Welcome Aeolus Quartet and Clarinetist Franklin Cohen for January 20 Concert The award-winning Aeolus Quartet will be joined by revered clarinetist Franklin Cohen, former principal of the Cleveland Orchestra, for a concert at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20 at Varner Recital Hall on the campus of Oakland University (OU). The program features Mozart’s masterful Clarinet Quintet, as well as an early Beethoven Quartet, Op. 18, No. 3 in D major, and American composer … [Read more...]

Fire & Ice Festival Goes on With or Without Snow

The Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester is on for January 18-20, no matter what the weather, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today during a news conference. The Fire & Ice Committee, Oakland County Parks & Recreation, City of Rochester, and Downtown Rochester will bring in a zip line and other warmer weather activities if temperatures remain above freezing. Mainstay activities such as fireworks, ice sculptures, dog sled rides, the Big, Bright Light Show, … [Read more...]

Rosie the Riveter and the Rosies at the Rochester Hills Public Library

The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) welcomes Donnaleen Lanktree of the American Rosie the Riveter Association on Thursday, January 17 to tell the stories of several influential “Rosies” she has met throughout the years. An icon of WWII, Rosie the Riveter represents the women who worked in factories and shipyards during the war. Today, she lives on as a symbol of American feminism and workplace equality. “Rosie the Riveter is so much more than a labor campaign from WWII. Her legacy … [Read more...]

Family Friendly Reptile Fun

Rochester Hills Hosts Reptile Roundup Families will have an opportunity to be face to face with some of our reptilian friends at the city's newest event, Reptile Roundup. This hands-on program is scheduled for January 19 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Jeff Peck, Owner of Suburban Jungle Rescue of Southgate, Michigan will be sharing his passion of rescuing and rehabilitating reptiles. Suburban Jungle Rescue will also offer participants a rare … [Read more...]

Freezing Mad Science in Oakland Township

Oakland Township Invites Children Ages 3-5 Years Old to Come Out and Experiment with Ice Freezing Mad Science for 3-5 Years Old With winter breathing its frigid air across the ponds and streams, Oakland Township Parks and Recreation has noticed them turning solid. They are not one to ignore nature’s cues so they will be holding a program for participants to play with ice! From the warmth of the nature center, participants will perform experiments with wacky hand-shaped ice cubes and salt to … [Read more...]

Clinton River Trail Celebrates 15th Anniversary

The scenic Clinton River Trail, spanning 16 miles through the five communities of Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Pontiac and Sylvan Lake in Oakland County, will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2019 with a year-long calendar of programs and events for all ages. Volunteers with Friends of the Clinton River Trail (FCRT) are encouraging hikers, bikers, walkers, birders, canoeists, kayakers plus fishermen and women to take to the trail and enjoy the area history, many sights, … [Read more...]

No Bears, Do You Know the Real Animals of Oakland University?

Students Conduct Mammal Survey of Oakland University's Biological Preserve Oakland University (OU) Students in BIO 4350/5386 Topics in Behavioral Biology course spent last semester surveying the mammals of Oakland University’s biological preserve. “To my knowledge, no one had previously done a thorough mammal survey of the preserve,” said course instructor Sandra Troxell-Smith, Ph.D., a special lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences. “The class was able to get some very … [Read more...]

Rochester High Teacher Fired After Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Students

Rochester Community Schools (RCS) has fired a Rochester High School teacher after an investigation into alleged sexual relations took place with two boys, age 16 and 17. The female teacher, reported to be 26 years of age, is accused of having sexual relations with the two students in off-campus incidents. One took place in an apartment and the other in a car, where others students are said to have witnessed the act. The RCS Letter to Parents Dear RCS Families, We were notified today of an … [Read more...]