REVIEW: Meadow Brook Theatre Serves Up Hilarity and Hope with ‘The Spitfire Grill’

Often the best recipes are born when a chef is faced with the dilemma of creating a dish using only the ingredients on hand. The same principle applies to the characters in Meadow Brook Theatre’s current production, The Spitfire Grill. The result? A dish that not only warms the soul, but also gives you a little kick in the pants. The Spitfire Grill first came to life in 1996 as a Sundance Festival award-winning film written and directed by Lee David Zlotoff. If you’ve watched the movie, know … [Read more...]

Danger Lurks Behind Every Corner in Avon Players’ ‘Wait Until Dark’

Heroine overcomes obstacles to fight a villainous trio    Audiences will delight to the mounting suspense of a classic thriller as Avon Players presents Wait Until Dark running March 8-23, 2019. Susy Hendrix (Marie Burchi) is a recently blinded Greenwich Village housewife who becomes the target of three con artists searching for doll which hides a valuable cache of drugs. Susy’s husband, Sam (Nicholas Frederick), unwittingly transported the doll from Canada as a favor to a woman who has … [Read more...]

Month-Long March for Meals Celebration

Communities Nationwide Support Will Help to Fight Senior Hunger and Isolation in the Greater Rochester Area and All of Northeast Oakland County The Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) in Rochester is excited to announce its participation in the 17th Annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels for our senior neighbors who rely on this vital service to remain healthy and independent in their homes. OPC’s celebration will be throughout the month of March and … [Read more...]

The Beginnings of the Ford Empire at the Rochester Hills Public Library

The Rochester Hills Public Library welcome Author Alan Naldrett to share the story of the very first days of the Ford Motor Company on Thursday, February 21. Naldrett will share the story of C. Harold Wills, Henry Ford’s very first employee and one of the unsung heroes of the auto world. Wills designed the Model T when he worked as Ford’s right-hand man. Later, he founded his own company to produce the legendary Wills Sainte Claire. “C. Harold Wills contributed so much to the world of … [Read more...]

Uncovering and Removing the Myths of the Underground Railroad

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Presents Black History Month Program Thursday, February 28, 7:00- 9:00 p.m. Free to Museum members and $5 for the public. Pre-register by using the Pay Pal option or by emailing rhmuseum@rochesterhills.org or by calling 248-656-4663. Digging Underground: Uncovering & Removing the Myths of the Underground Railroad presented by Jamon Jordan Detroit’s role in the Underground Railroad has been either hidden or covered in legends. Please … [Read more...]

Pathway to Public Service Available in Rochester Hills

Innovative Grant from Wells Fargo Will Fund $30,000 in Fellowships Recognizing the need to elevate the awareness of careers in municipal government and inspire the next generation of city employees, the City of Rochester Hills has created the 'Pathway to Public Service' program. The comprehensive initiative includes four components: an internship program and a fellowship program, both targeting college students, and outreach programs targeting high school students and college career planning … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will These Snow Days Ever End?

Dear Crabby, Mother Nature seems to be enjoying toying with the lives of Michiganders lately. And I won’t deny it’s been cold and snowy, but do you think these snow days are getting out of control? And will schools ever be able to make them up? Thanks, Elsa Erin Dale Dear Elsa Erin Dale, I saw a funny picture on Facebook that read, “It’s like Mother Nature is mad and keeps storming out, then coming back yelling, ‘And another thing!’” And that’s certainly the way it has felt these … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Announces 54th Season

Meadow Brook Theatre’s 2019-2020 season has something for everyone with comedies, musicals, a drama and even a whodunit. “We’re excited not only to have Michigan premieres during our 54th season, but also to have the world premiere of a brand-new musical,” said Cheryl Marshall, MBT managing director. “We’ve got a wonderfully entertaining lineup and, once again, we’re kicking things off with a great event this summer!" On July 13, Meadow Brook Theatre will hold its fifth annual Concert & … [Read more...]

Zenith Brass presents Free Concert in Rochester

Zenith Brass will present its 24th Annual Winter Concert at 4:30 p.m., on Sunday, February 24 at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for the Harmony in the Hills Concert series. The church is located at 620 Romeo Rd, Rochester, MI 48307. The concert features several works of European classical music including Handel's Water Music Suite, the fanfare from Richard Strauss's Zarathustra, Russian symphonic music by Tchaikovsky and  Russian choral music by Tschesnokoff. An unusual selection … [Read more...]

Hart Middle School named 2019 Michigan School of Character

The Rochester Community School District is pleased to announce that Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character in collaboration with the state of Michigan, has named Hart Middle School a 2019 Michigan School of Character. The program recognized Hart as a school that has demonstrated its use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate. “Our school culture includes building character—qualities that inspire honesty, … [Read more...]