Oakland County community calendar Jan. 3 and beyond – The Oakland Press

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Pontiac Chamber of Commerce hosts Fruitful Toast, 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 8, online via Zoom, pontiacrc.com/event/a-fruitful-toast-2/, $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Tickets include access to online event and celebration basket (delivered), info@pontiacrc.com, 248-335-9600.

Homeschool Nature Programs meet Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Jan. 5-March 18 (No class Feb 16-18) at the Farmington Hills Nature Center in Heritage Park, 28600 Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills. For ages 6 to 12, sign up child(ren) for one session only, dress for outdoors, $65 per child each week for residents/$75 non-residents, recreg.fhgov.com, with COVID-19safety measures, 248-477-1135 or email asmith@fhgov.com.

Young Explorers classes, Thursday or Friday, Jan. 7-March 19, (no classes Feb.18-19) at the Farmington Hills Nature Center in Heritage Park, 28600 Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Drop-off program for ages 3-5; children must be potty trained, dress for the weather, sign up child(ren) for one session only, $85 per child each week for residents/$95 non-residents. Register at recreg.fhgov.com, with COVID-19safety measures, 248-477-1135 or email asmith@fhgov.com.

Morning Munchkins is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 8 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. For preschoolers, story and a related hands-on, nature-based discovery activity. Series will be offered the first Friday of each month, $4 per child. Rregistration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916, weekdays.

Many local communities and trash collection services offer tree pickup and recycling.Oakland County Parks and Recreation will not be providing the annual Christmas Tree Recycling program, this year.

During the holiday season, the Farmington Hills Fire Department offers fire safety tips for those who decorate with live trees. Their fire education slogan is Water Your Tree So We Dont Have To! The National Fire Protection Association emphasizes that trees must be watered daily and recommends cutting at least two inches off the base of the trunk prior to placing the tree in the stand. Artificial Christmas trees also pose hazards. If an artificial tree catches fire, the house can fill with smoke in a matter of seconds. The association recommends having working smoke alarms and a family escape plan, nfpa.org/holiday.

Oakland County Farmers Market offers free virtual cooking demonstrations by local chefs held in cooperation with edibleWOW. The video, recipe and chef information will be posted on the Oakland County Farmers Markets Facebook page by 10 a.m. Jan. 9. Additional copies of the recipe will be available at the farmers market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, for ingredient list while shopping at the market. Chef Omar Mitchell from Table No. 2 in Detroit is scheduled for Jan. 9, OaklandCountyParks.com.

American Red Cross, redcross.org, 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669). Mail a check: American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839

Easter Seals, easterseals.com/donate, 800-221-6827

Evolve12 seeks nominations for Holiday Meal/Gift Giving, for a family or individual to receive holiday assistance, evolvek12.org.

Forgotten Harvest, forgottenharvest.org, 248-967-1500

Gleaners Food Bank, gleaners.nationbuilder.com, 866-GLEANER (453-2637)

Goodwill Industries, goodwill.org, 800-466-3945

Grace Centers of Hope shelter, gracecentersofhope.org

Lighthouse, lighthouseoakland.org/expo/, 248-920-6000

Oakland County Children's Village Foundation is hosting a coat, hat, and glove drive for the residents of Children's Village. For information on how to donate items or funds, visit cvfoundation.com.

The Salvation Army, choose from the following options to donate: Text GIFT to 24365; visit the website at salmich.org; call 877-SAL-MICH; or send a check, made payable to The Salvation Army, to: 16130 Northland Drive, Southfield, MI 48075.

Thankful Hearts, a Pontiac nonprofit, is seeking donations of new or gently used coats or jackets, toys, hats/gloves, and monetary donations, which can be sent to: Thankful Hearts, 257 Rapid St., Pontiac, MI, 48341. For more information, call Ruth Montague at 248-563-3191.

Troy People Concerned, a service organization supporting Troy residents in times of need with assistance, information and referrals. The organization seeks donations. Checks can be mailed to TPC, 2045 Austin Drive, Troy MI 48083 or use the PayPal account on TPCs website at troypeopleconcerned.org.

United Way for Southeastern Michigan, unitedwaysem.org, 313-226-9200, or call 211.

Jewish Family Service presents psychiatrist Dr. Jeffrey London, as he provides an introduction to anxiety disorders and how to prepare emotionally for the winter months and what anxiety looks like in children and adults, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 6, via Zoom, adv. register at jfsdetroit.org/drlondon.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo, New dates, Jan. 6-10, 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak, 248-541-5717, adv. timed tickets, $15-$20, plus $8 parking, wildlights.detroitzoo.org.

Glenlore Trails Aurora is open through Jan. 10, half-mile outdoor walking path, holiday light display, 3860 Newton Road, Commerce Twp., masks required, social distancing, timed tickets at glenloretrails.com, adults-$20; ages 4-12, $10; free for ages 3 and younger.

Big Bright Light Show is 5 p.m.-midnight, every night through Jan. 31, downtown Rochester, downtownrochestermi.com. (updated)

Berkley DDA is hosting a winter-themed scavenger hunt through Feb. 1 in downtown Berkley. Visitors can vote for their favorite holiday window displays through Jan. 18, at facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=DowntownBerkley&set=a.10158887917088774.

Brandon Township Public Library, Storytime with Miss Fran is 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Feb. 8, at Brandon Township Public Library Facebook page.

Ferndale Library offers podcasts accessible to all, but virtual events require registration. Visit the librarys Facebook page and register via email to info@ferndalepubliclibrary.org. The library premiered the first episode of a new miniseries, Maintaining Motivation, featuring New York Times Best Selling author Josh Malerman. Other episodes include Ferndale-based mystery author Donald Levin, Ferndale visual artist Alana Carlson, Detroit-based musicians Jibs Brown and Nadir Omowale, creative writing teacher and author Dorene OBrien, history author Sarah Miller, and writer/immersive theater director Kathe Koja. Two new episodes each week throughout January. Author Dianna Stampfler from Promote Michigan, highlighting all the outdoor winter activities in Michigan, virtual program is Jan. 7. Life coach Hailey Zureich will offer a free course on Building Confidence, Jan. 14, facebook.com/FerndalePublicLibrary.

Lyon Township Public Library presents Virtual Distracted Driving with Michigan State Trooper Matthew Keller, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 6, via Zoom, adv. register at lyon.assabetinteractive.com/calendar. This program is for teens and adults.

Lyon Township Public Library presents Virtual Teen Game Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, via Zoom, and then the first and third Thursdays of the month. Teens from Fraser, Grand Ledge, Holly, Ionia, Lyon Twp, Milan, Redford, and Stair Libraries will meet virtually to play games together online. Create a free BoardGameArena account at boardgamearena.com and register at bit.ly/TeenBoardGameNight, 248-437-8800.

Lyon Township Public Library presents Virtual Young Writers Club, 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 11. For 5th-12th grade students, register at lyon.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/young-writers-club-3

Lyon Township Public Library Virtual Book Club Discussion is 7-9 p.m. Jan. 12, online through Zoom, "Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes)" by Lorna Landvik. Books are available to pickup at the library, curbside, or to checkout as an audiobook through the Hoopla Digital App. Register at lyon.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/books-brews-13.

Oxford Public Library presents Michigan in the Civil War traveling exhibit from the Detroit Historical Society, Jan. 11-Feb. 28 at The Oxford Public Library, 530 Pontiac Street, Oxford, http://www.miopl.org.

Troy Public Library hosts Facebook Recorded StorytimeFamily, for all ages, facebook.com/tplyouth to view at any time.

Troy Public Library hosts Preschool Storytime via Zoom, 10:30-11 a.m. Jan. 6, 13, 20. Register at troypl.org/calendar or 248-524-3541.

Troy Public Library hosts virtual art lab, 7 p.m. Jan. 11, for grades 3rd-5th, register at troypl.org/calendar or 248-524-3541.

Troy Public Library hosts virtual Teen Advisory Board, via Zoom, for ages 13-18. To join, email the Teen Services Librarian at Holly.Osentoski@troymi.gov.

Adult Book Discussion Group, via Zoom 12:30-2 pm Jan. 6, group meets the first Wednesday of each month, register at troypl.org/calendar or 248-524-3534.

Free Platform Tennis open house is at 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at Waterford Oaks County Park,1702 Scott Lake Road in Waterford, played outdoors in cold weather, OaklandCountyParks.com.

Huron-Clinton Metroparks are open. Limited restrooms are open, http://www.metroparks.com. Additional precautions are in place, metroparks.com. Park entrance fees apply.

Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas and campgrounds, DNR boating access sites and shooting ranges are open. Fishing and hunting licenses are available for purchase online, http://www.michigan.gov/dnr. Park entrance fees apply.

State of Michigan COVID-19 hotline - 888-535-6136. For information, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255), suicidepreventionlifeline.org or text 741741.

Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, provides immediate crisis counseling to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The helpline connects callers to trained professionals from the closest crisis counseling centers in the nationwide network of centers, disasterdistress.samhsa.gov.

National Alliance on Mental Health offers support and education for families and individuals living with mental health conditions, 1-800-950-6264, nami.org.

The Discover Michigan Skiing, learn to ski or snowboard program is through the month of January at participating ski areas across Michigan. The program includes a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area lift pass or cross-country trail pass, for $35 to learn to downhill ski or snowboard and $20 to learn to cross-country ski. Mt. Holly in Holly, Pine Knob in Clarkston and Mt. Brighton in Brighton are offering downhill skiing and snowboarding in the program. Participants need to fill out a voucher and register with the desired ski area. Printable vouchers along with links and phone numbers for the ski areas, are at the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association website: goskimichigan.com/discover-michigan-skiing.

The American Red Cross is urging those who are feeling well to give the gift of life by donating blood this holiday season. Make an appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). As COVID-19 hospitalizations increase, hospital demand for convalescent plasma has also grown. COVID-19 convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation given by those who have recovered from this coronavirus. Their plasma contains antibodies that may help patients actively fighting the virus. For more information, visit RedCrossBlood.org/Plasma4COVID.

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