Independence Oaks Beach Dog Swim

5 Sep

It’s hard to believe, but the summer of 2014 is coming to a close. It’s certainly been a busy summer, with plenty of fun family-friendly activities to do all across Oakland County. And what better way to wrap up summer than hittin’ the water one last time with man’s best friend?

Join Oakland County Parks & Recreation as they host a Camp Bow Wow Beach Dog Swim at Independence Oaks Beach on Saturday, September 13th, from noon until 3:55pm. This dog swim allows dogs of all sizes to celebrate the end of summer by splashing around and taking a dip with several of their fellow furry friends!

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Enjoy Labor Day Weekend – in Oakland County!

28 Aug
Addison Oaks, an Oakland County Park.

Picturesque Addison Oaks offers serenity with walking paths & a beautiful lake.

It’s hard to believe that autumn is right around the corner – and what better way to enjoy one of our last summer weekends than kickin’ it in Oakland County?

There are plenty of activities going on around town, guaranteed to please people of all ages. Check out our list of events – there’s no shortage of things to do in Oakland County this weekend!

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Check Out, Jam Out, & Eat Up: Arts Beats & Eats

22 Aug


One of Southeast Michigan’s most popular summertime events – Arts Beats & Eats – is returning to downtown Royal Oak on Labor Day weekend, and is bringing art, music, cuisine, and charity with it! Next weekend, thousands of people from across the state (and beyond!) will be visiting Oakland County for this annual festival.

Now in its 17th year, Arts Beats & Eats is an epicenter of culture for four days in wonderful and vibrant downtown Royal Oak.

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2014 Woodward Dream Cruise – Rollin’ On!

15 Aug


Fear not, ‘Cruisers! The 2014 Woodward Dream Cruise is rollin’ forward amid this week’s flooding & severe rain – so rev your engines for a roaring good time this weekend!

The roads have been cleared, and all activities are proceeding forward as planned. The Cruise is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and over the years has evolved into the world’s largest one-day automotive event. It draws approximately 1.5 million visitors and 40,000 classic cars, which line Woodward Avenue from Pontiac all the way down to Ferndale.

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Glow in One – Twilight Disc Golf!

8 Aug


Typically, a day out on the golf course starts in the morning – sunshine, a cool breeze, and a full afternoon ahead of you. But have you ever hit the greens at night?

Oakland County Parks & Recreation is hosting a night time disc golf event, aptly called Glow in One. Glow in the dark disc golfing will be taking place on Friday, August 15th and Saturday, August 16th at the Red Oaks Golf Course – and is sure to be a glowing good time!

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Throwin’ It Back: 1800’s Style Baseball

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The game of baseball has been enjoyed by millions since the mid-1800s. While the rules have changed a little bit over time, the game is still  the same one that has been played in America for over 150 years.

Here in Oakland County, the Royal Oak Wahoo’s and the Rochester Grangers take the game back to its early days. Games are played from the rule book of the 1860’s – and their uniforms and equipment follow suit. Some old school rules include:

  • Batters can not over-run first base – they must stop on it.
  • No GLOVES!  In 1860, everyone caught bare-handed.
  • Players congratulate their opponents when a good play is made, and help the umpire make close calls with honesty.
  • After crossing home plate, the player must approach the scorer’s table, ring a bell, and politely request that the scorekeeper “tally your ace”.
  • And finally, there is no spitting, swearing or other action that may be offensive to a women or children.


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William Shakespeare in a Royal Oak Park

16 Jul

SITPRO14 Royal Oak’s Starr Jaycee Park is a 28-acre park with play structures, a disk golf course, mini-train tracks, ball diamonds and for a short time each summer, the wit and prose of William Shakespeare. Now in it’s 14th year in Royal Oak, Shakespeare in the Park is Michigan’s largest professional outdoor theatre event. This year, there are two productions: Hamlet and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged & Revised). Continue reading


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