Valentine’s Day Concert with Regina Carter and Xavier Davis

Renowned jazz artists Regina Carter and Xavier Davis will present an evening of Valentine’s Day-inspired tunes beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14, in Varner Recital Hall on the campus of Oakland University (OU). “I’m very excited to welcome Xavier Davis to my alma mater, and I look forward to sharing the stage with him on Valentine’s Day,” said Carter, OU’s artist-in-residence. Born in Detroit, Carter studied at the Center for Creative Studies and the New England … [Read more...]

Romance through the Ages with Cooking and Crafts at Cranberry Lake Farm

Participants will learn about the fascinating history of romantic traditions, courting rituals and lesser known facets of our past. Pastry chef, Pam Gustairs, will be on site teaching guests how to make the Crepe, France’s delectable staple. Chef Pam will demonstrate how easy it is to make crepes, and how to experiment with the varieties of fillings. From fine restaurants to street vendors, this sweet or savory staple appeals to many. Students will each have the opportunity to experience making … [Read more...]

Romance Through the Ages at Cranberry Lake Farm in Oakland Township

This special program will be held Thursday, February 9 – right before Valentine’s Day - from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Main House at Cranberry Lake Farm, 388 W. Predmore Rd, Oakland Township. Participants will learn about the fascinating history of romantic traditions, courting rituals and lesser-known facets of our past. There will also be opportunity to craft your own vintage –style card, while listening to musical tunes from Victorian parlor days. A pastry chef will be on site … [Read more...]

County Executive Sweet on Auto Industry for Valentine’s Day

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson wants the CEOs from some of the top automotive companies in the world to be his Valentine – at least for a day. Patterson and his economic development team are sending a gourmet Valentine’s Day chocolate car to the CEOs of 100 automotive companies with locations in Oakland County. That means General Motors CEO and Chairman Mary Barra, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne and others who sit in the C-level suites at such automotive heavyweights as Borg-Warner, … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Line Dance Party at OPC

Grab your friends, neighbors, and co-workers and come to the Older Persons’ Commission for a Valentine’s Day party! Enjoy a pizza luncheon from Chadd’s, the hottest new eatery in town. Your ticket price includes one full hour of dancing, with Carol Pakizer, to a wide variety of line dance music. And don’t forget to wear your Valentine colors. This party is open to the public, but a limited number of tickets are available. Pre-purchase your ticket at OPC located at 650 Letica in Rochester, … [Read more...]

A Lovely Valentine’s Day Booklist

Valentine's Day is about so much more than romantic love. It's about courage, strength and determination. Enjoy these books with your children and rediscover why celebrating Valentine's Day is important. 1. Valentine's Day by Trudi Strain Trueit This book does a really great job of giving the background on Valentine's Day and it's origin. It's definitely geared for preschoolers. 2. Valentine's Day by Alice K. Flanagan This book is more detailed than the first and is for older … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Dear Crabby, My wife just flipped over the calendar to February and I immediately noticed the 14th square has a big red heart around it. Guess that’s her not-so-subtle way of reminding me that Valentine’s Day is around the corner. I feel like this day has gotten out of hand and men are pressured into making grand (and expensive) overtures of their faithfulness and undying love. What are your thoughts on this holiday? Thanks, Lawrence Lovelorn Dear Lawrence Lovelorn, All this hype … [Read more...]

Get Covered America shares 10 ways health coverage can help you celebrate Valentine’s Day

From Enroll America: New Health Care Coverage Options Have Sweetened February 14 for Consumers LANSING, MI -- This Valentine's Day, as Michiganders fret over whether they should say "I love you" with chocolate or flowers, Get Covered America boldly asks, "Why not say it with health care?" In honor of St. Valentine, here are the top ten reasons why getting health insurance can make this year's jour d'amour extra lovely. Chocolate can put weight on your waist, but having health insurance … [Read more...]

Upcycle Leftover Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate with children. I cannot get enough glue, purple, pink, hearts, lace, ribbon and the glitter... Don’t even get me started on how much I love glitter. Anyway, I love the idea of children handing out valentines to their friends (regardless if they are handmade or not) and celebrating this amazing idea of human compassion and kindness. But what happens on February 15? All those amazing valentines are trashed! Am I the only one who feels … [Read more...]