Celebrate the Season at the 2014 Holly Dickens Festival

22 Nov

2253757_origTurn back the hands of time, to Merry Old England, in the age of Charles Dickens. Downtown Holly, with its turn of the century buildings, celebrates the life and times of Charles Dickens in the 41st Annual Holly Dickens Festival.

Enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, caroling choirs, sledding, unique shops with welcoming shopkeepers, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and much much more.


The 2014 Holly Dickens Festival will celebrate throughout three weekends, starting off with a 7 p.m. parade and tree lighting  on Friday, November 28, 2014.


Sat. Nov. 29, 1:00 – 8:00 PM
Sun. Nov. 30, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Sat. Dec. 6, 1:00 – 8:00 PM
Sun. Dec. 7, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Sat. Dec. 13, 1:00 – 8:00 PM
Sun. Dec. 14, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

For more information visit the event website  or the Holly DDA

Photos provided by the Terry Connell & the Holly Dickens Festival

100 Day Challenge to Stamp Out Veteran Homelessness

21 Nov

Oakland County, Michigan has accepted the 100 Day Challenge to stamp out veteran homelessness, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. Veterans’ Services Division kicked off the challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 19 during Community Resource Day at Trinity Mission Baptist Church in Pontiac. The challenge will go through March 1, 2015.

2014_100 Day Homeless Flyer_v4 Continue reading

Safety Tips for Preparing your Holiday Turkey

20 Nov


Yum! It’s that time again. Start preparing for your perfect holiday turkey now, especially if you have a frozen turkey that needs to be thawed in time for Thanksgiving.

Remember these important tips on thawing, cooking, cleaning and leftovers. Continue reading

The Dream is Near – High School Football Semi-Finals

16 Nov
Ford Field

The View at Ford Field

When the High School football season started back in August, there were 584 teams that had the dream of going to the State Championships at Ford Field in November.

The regular season ended in October, 256 teams earned or were selected to take part in this years playoffs.

Three weeks later, 32 teams remain. Many deserving Oakland County teams’ season came to a end early, while five surviving teams are continuing the quest to become a state champ. Continue reading

On Stage: A Christmas Carol

14 Nov

For the 33rd consecutive year, Oakland University’s Meadow Brook Theatre presents everybody’s favorite holiday play, A Christmas Carol.

This oft told Charles Dickens classic, has been adapted in many different ways, in books, onstage in plays, on Television, and in films.

Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three Christmas spirits takes him from being one big humbug, to a man who  now treats everyone with generosity and compassion.

November Shows December Shows
Friday 14- Sunday 16 Wednesday 3- Sunday 7
Friday 21 – Sunday 23 Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14
Friday 28 -  Sunday 30 Tuesday 16 -  Sunday 21

Please note that show time vary, some days have multiple shows.
Visit MB Theatre for times and further information.

On The Road to Ford Field (The Quest Continues)

10 Nov
Football - Brother Rice vs Groves

Birmingham Brother Rice vs Birmingham Groves

It was another exciting weekend of High School football, as many Oakland County teams continue the quest to Ford Field and a championship game. This weekend eight teams continue on the path for a State Championship. Continue reading

Ask the Veterinarian: Cold Weather

10 Nov

Oakland County, MI Government:

As winter weather approaches, here are some great tips from the Michigan Humane Society on how to protect your pets during cold weather.

Here are some of our own tips too:

1. Dry your pets off when they come in wet from rain or snow

2. Keep pets hydrated

3. Feed your pets (pets who have been outdoors may require more food to stay nourished)

4. Check paws for cracked skin and ice build up

5. Have a blizzard storm plan that includes your pets in place

6. Locate a pet-friendly hotel in case you need to leave your home in an emergency

Remember, if it’s too cold for you outside, it’s too cold for your pet!

Originally posted on Michigan Humane Society:


Check out the Michigan Humane Society blog on Mondays to see common veterinary questions answered. If you have an immediate medical concern with your pet, please call your veterinarian! If you have a non-urgent question you would like answered on the blog, you can comment here or email us at mail(at)michiganhumane.org.

“How do I protect my pet from the cold weather?”

Keep pets indoors during cold weather. Small breed dogs and dogs with short hair should only go outdoors for short times when necessary. A sweater or coat may be needed to protect them from the cold, but remember ear tips, tails and feet are all prone to frostbite. After going outdoors, wash and dry your pet’s feet to remove any salt, ice or other irritating substances.

If pets are kept outdoors, they must be provided with appropriate shelter such as a heated garage or insulated house. The house should…

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