Gifts & Greens Market Brings Holiday Cheer

The Rochester Garden Club has been bringing a cheerful and beautiful holiday shopping experience to Rochester for the past 72 years. This year, the name has been expanded from simply the Greens Market to the Gifts & Greens Market. This new name showcases the full line of holiday crafts, delectable foods and holiday décor that our customers expect. On November 29, 30 and December 1, the Gifts & Greens Market will return to the spacious and conveniently located Rochester Schools … [Read more...]

Preschool Park Explorers Time for Turkeys

Oakland Township Parks and Recreation is Collaborating with Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve for a Special Preschool Event November 30 Lost Lake Nature Park is home to more than just a quiet kayaking dock and exciting sledding hill, it’s also home to woodpeckers, garter snakes, and of course, wild turkeys. With enough turkey in everyone’s bellies after Thanksgiving to last everyone through the winter, it’s only right to learn about the comically large birds that can be seen walking through the … [Read more...]

Outdoor Fun and Fitness in the Rochester Area

The Great Outdoors  Summer is officially here so grab your gear and head outdoors for a great workout. Exercising outside can increase your motivation and make your workouts more interesting. Research shows spending time outdoors reduces stress and the fresh air releases serotonin in the brain which can put you in a fantastic mood. The scenery can help exercisers from getting bored and outdoor workouts offer more of a full-body workout that can burn more calories. The Rochester area has lots … [Read more...]

Movies in the Moonlight Fun Begins June 13!

Grab the family and head to Downtown Rochester on Saturday, June 13 for the kick off the popular Movies in the Moonlight. This season there will be four fun filled nights of movies spread across three summer months! The 2015 Movies Schedule is: June 13: Paddington (PG) Presented by Edward Jones July 11: Jurassic Park (PG-13) Presented by Goldfish Swim School July 25: Big Hero 6 (PG) Presented by Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc. August 8: The Lego Movie (PG) Presented by … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How should I keep the kids busy during summer vacation?

Dear Crabby, How should I keep the kids busy during summer vacation? Thanks, Summer Thyme Dear Ms. Thyme, Seems as though this question comes up in one form or another every summer, and boy are you getting a jump on it. Usually, half way into summer vacation, parents are frazzled and kids are driving them crazy. I’m a firm believer that if you have children, you must accept 18 years of frazzlement and craziness. Perhaps you’re a planner and just need good advice. You are correct in … [Read more...]

Rochester Garden Club Greens Market Returns for the Holidays

The 68th annual Greens Market is back, and this year will include an Opening Gala the evening of December 4, which gives even the busiest shoppers a chance to purchase beautiful, affordable holiday decorations and gifts. All proceeds benefit the Rochester community, according to the press release. The Rochester Garden Club, a branch of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association, will offer fresh greens and arrangements, holiday treats and unique handcrafted items at St. Philip’s … [Read more...]

Rochester City Beautiful Commission sets their sights on improving accessibility at the Community Garden

The Rochester City Beautiful Commission (CBC) recently celebrated their third year since being reestablished by City Council in the fall of 2010. The reactivated commission has a lot to be excited about in their current year. The first is the newly added ADA accessible driveway at the Community Garden. “Anyone who has participated in the Community garden for the last few years can attest to the challenge of carrying flats of plants or wheelbarrow loads of compost up the hill from the … [Read more...]

Paint Creek Restoration Project – Two Thumbs-Up from Fishermen

It's not often a radical change to a beloved trout stream gets such strong approval, if any approval at all. Trout fishermen are a finicky sort and can get downright heated over changes to what they've taken under their wings and into their hearts as “their” waters. “What was wrong with the way it was?” they'll lament and strongly protest all comers with designs on their domain. But the visionaries and engineers that planned and are now executing the Paint Creek Restoration Project in the … [Read more...]

Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival returns to the Rochester Hills Museum

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will host its annual Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 12 from 10:0 a.m. until 4 p.m. The major sponsors for this event are Genisys Credit Union as well as Arteva Homes, Noodles, and Recycle Bank. Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property. After the evening lighting, guests can take their pumpkin home. The Museum is hoping to exceed our record of 1,011 pumpkins set in … [Read more...]

Rochester Fall Bucket List

Fall is a great time of year. Michigan summers are so wonderful, but I truly enjoy the fun of visiting cider mills, the changing leaves on the trees, and all the great events in the area. Here is my Fall Bucket List of 20 things you should try this fall. Enjoy! Take a bite out of the Art & Apples Festival, Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8 Ride your bike or take a walk down the Paint Creek Trail and collect different colored leaves. Visit the Rochester Cider Mill. They … [Read more...]