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WHAT’S INSIDE Welcome to Greater Rochester...4 Rochester....................................... 6 Rochester Hills................................8 Oakland Township........................ 10 Communities at a Glance............. 11

Shopping and Dining In Rochester............................12

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Things To Do...........................14

In Rochester................................. 14 In Oakland County....................... 16 In Wayne County.......................... 17 In Detroit...................................... 18 In Macomb County.......................18 Looking For More.........................20

Sports & Recreation................22 The Parks................................ 28 Civics...................................... 31

Other Community Information...38 Basics............................................33 Education..................................... 37 Clubs and Organizations.............. 43 Healthcare.................................... 42 Houses of Worship....................... 44

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Rochester Regional Chamber Leadership, Programs & Events .................................... 45

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Welcome to Greater Rochester The Greater Rochester Area is comprised of three communities - the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills (originally known as Avon Township) and Oakland Township. Rochester was originally settled in 1817 and is celebrating its 200th Anniversary as the first settlement in Oakland County. It quickly became a center of commerce connected by a spur roadway to Royal Oak, Michigan, which was situated on the Detroit – Pontiac highway. These roads eventually became what is now Rochester Road and Woodward Avenue. The early settlers of Rochester discovered an area of rich farmland, with forests of oak and other hardwoods. Rushing streams crisscrossed the landscape. Soon after Rochester’s first land sale the local waterpower was harnessed to power a sawmill, which became the community’s first industry. The building of a school came soon after with a school system organized and funded by 1848. In 1869, the Village of Rochester was incorporated as a separate community apart from Avon Township. In the 1870’s the railroad came to Rochester which enhanced the commercial and industrial activity of the area. Many of the rail tracks were placed along various canal banks and alongside the Clinton River and Paint Creek. These routes connected Rochester to Pontiac, Lake Orion, Port Huron, Bay City and Detroit. Most of these rail lines no longer exist, but their roadbeds have been reused to form a network of biking and hiking trails that have enhanced the recreational opportunities of the residents and visitors to Greater Rochester. Today, each community has a distinct personality and lifestyle. Oakland Township has retained a more rural setting, including a number of working farms that provide local produce to area markets. Rochester Hills is more suburban with housing developments, shopping malls and executive/industrial parks. Rochester is more urban with a downtown area of shops and restaurants surrounded by tree-lined residential streets. Together they form Greater Rochester, a community centrally located in the Metro Detroit/Southeast Michigan Area. From here residents and visitors alike can access an amazing array of cultural and recreational events and locations or just “chill” by enjoying the many local treasures Rochester has to offer.

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Greater Rochester Area


City of Rochester Established in 1817 Rochester is celebrated its 200th Anniversary as the first settlement in Oakland County. It is a city of great beauty featuring municipal parks, two winding nature trails and three nearby waterways. Rochester’s history is closely tied to the Clinton River and Paint Creek. Both tributaries provided the water power that made Rochester an early industrial center. Although those days are long past, these waterways still benefit city residents with fly fishing for trout, canoeing andkayaking and scenic bike rides. Rochester is home to Michigan’s largest Christmas parade, which is broadcast on local Detroit television. The city also hosts the “Big Bright Light Show” for the Christmas season. The Show is a display of more than a million light bulbs on Main Street buildings that draws thousands of sightseers from all over the Metro Detroit area each night during the month of December. Downtown Rochester features a newly rebuilt and refurbished Main Street as the gateway to its vibrant shopping district with its unique mix of high-end boutiques, restaurants, cafes and wine bars, specialty stores and service providers. Just off Main Street is one of Metro Detroit’s best bakeries (Give Thanks Bakery – the almond croissants are a must!). Just around the corner is the Chapman House, The Rochester Brunch House and The Meeting House. Minutes from downtown are farmer stands, cider mills, championship golf courses, hiking trails and one of Southeast Michigan’s premier parks – Stony Creek Metropark. Residents enjoy quiet streets that boast a broad range of housing options, award winning schools and an active seniors community located at the Older Persons Commission. Rochester is historic, vibrant, changing and 200 years young. It is committed to being business-friendly and family-welcoming. Take a look, you’ll like what you see.

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City of Rochester Hills Although Rochester Hills is focused on the future its roots go back to 1835 when Avon Township was organized. In 1978 Avon became a Charter Township and in 1984 its residents voted to become the Home Rule City of Rochester Hills. Today, Rochester Hills is one of the jewels of Oakland County. It offers quality city services and infrastructure, proximity to major roadways, access to diverse and advanced fiber optic networks, the research and development firepower of a major university, a Michigan SmartZone and a dedicated planning and development department. Rochester Hills features a quality of life focused on people and draws its unique personality from the diversity of its residents. Rochester Hills is a family oriented community, which is clearly evident in its many neighborhoods. It is also evident in the quality of education and recreation programs that are available. The award winning Rochester and Avondale Community Schools provide K-1 2 education for Rochester Hills. Rochester College, Oakland University and Oakland Community College are either located in the city or just outside the city. With nearly 1 ,000 acres of parkland, Rochester Hills offers the opportunity for relaxation and recreation few others can match. The Paint Creek and Clinton River Trails wind through the community, providing hiking, jogging, bike riding and in specific areas – horseback riding. Organizations like the Older Persons Commission and the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority sponsor countless activities and the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Meadow Brook Hall, Meadow Brook Music Festival, Yates Cider Mill, the Rochester Hills Public Library and other cultural assets enrich the community. A wide variety of industries have chosen Rochester Hills as their home. The Village of Rochester Hills and other shopping areas offer excellent opportunities for every possible purchase inclination and the City is host to some of the best dining options in all of Michigan. The City of Rochester Hills is the new horizon for living, working and prospering. Come and experience the best of Oakland County.

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Live in an intimate community of tranquility and magnificence. Embraced by unspoiled natural beauty, Parkview Heights is White Lake Township's new community of distinct quality and beauty, with features and amenities seldom found in new homes. Parkview Heights is a community designed for the pleasures and quiet enjoyment that you and your family deserve. Here you will find prestigious homesites, with: • 8 distinct single-family homes offering

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Oakland Township

Oakland Township is one of Michigan’s oldest townships. It was one of the original 25 townships in existence when Michigan organized as a territory back in 1827. Over time the boundaries of the Township changed many times and its original landmass grew smaller and smaller as other townships, cities and villages were carved out of its acreage. Today, Oakland Township borders are Dequindre Road on the east, Kern Road on the west, Romeo Road to the north and Dutton and Meade Roads to the south. Oakland is a charter township, which provides additional powers to streamline its administration and protect it from annexation by other municipalities. Oakland is one of the wealthier communities in southeast Michigan. Its wooded and rolling terrain provides the perfect setting for private estates and residential developments featuring upscale homes on oversized lots. Oakland serves as a bedroom community to both the Metro Detroit and Metro Flint communities, which is why many business executives live in the area. Its agricultural and rural heritage is preserved through a small number of working farms and an expanding list of equestrian facilities. It is also noted for the many championship golf courses and country clubs that call Oakland Township home. The unincorporated village of Goodison is located in the Township. Goodison is host to a number of cider mills, which is why it is a very popular autumn destination place. The Paint Creek Trail wanders through the Township as it winds its way up to the Village of Lake Orion and the sixteen acre Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District is a fun place for young and old to visit.

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Communities at a Glance City of Rochester Area: 3.8 sq. miles

Location: Located in Northeast Oakland County, surrounded byRochester Hills on three sides and Macomb County on its eastern edge. Government: Council – Manager, Mayor is elected by Council Members Median Household Income: $92,000 Median Home List Price: $400,000 (Sept. 2017) Population: 13,658 (July 2016) 2017 Tax Rates in Mills: Homestead 34.7734 Non-Homestead 52.9534 City Offices: 400 Sixth St., Rochester, 48307, 651-9061, Library: Rochester Hills Public Library, 656-2900, Protection: Emergency 911 Fire 651-4470 Police 651-9621 School District: Rochester Community, 726-3000, Utilities: Gas – Consumers Energy (800) 477-5050 Electric – DTE (800) 477-4747 Water & Sewer – City of Detroit for sewers and water on east side of city. Municipal well for western half of city. Additional Phone Numbers: 52-3 District Court: 853-5553 Cat & Dog Licenses (city Clerk): 651-9061 Community House: 651-0622 Oakland County Equalization: 858-0740 Main Street Program (Oakland County): 858-5444 Rochester Avon Recreation Authority: 656-8308 See Sports and Recreation section. Hazardous Waste: (NO HAZ) 858-5656 Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce: 71 Walnut, Ste 110, Rochester 48307 651-6700

City of Rochester Hills

Township of Oakland

Government: Home Rule Council, Mayor

Median Household Income: $111,000

Area: 32.9 sq. miles Location: Northeast section of Oakland County, north of Troy, east of Auburn Hills, south of Oakland Township. It surrounds the City of Rochester and Macomb County runs along its eastern border. Median Household Income: $90,000 Median Home List Price: $340,000 (Sept. 2017) Population: 72,791 (July 2016) 2017 Tax Rates in Mills: Rochester: Homestead Non-Homestead Avondale: Homestead Non-Homestead

32.1088 50.1088 34.2088 52.2088

School Districts: Rochester Community Schools, 726-3000, Avondale School District, 537-6000, City Offices: 1000 Rochester Hills Dr., Rochester Hills, 48309, 656-4600, Library: Rochester Hills Public Library, 656-2900, Protection: Emergency 911 Fire 656-4720 Police by Oakland County Sheriff Substation 537-3530 Utilities: Gas – Consumers Energy (800) 477-5050 Electric – DTE (800) 477-4747 Sewers – Small portion of township served by Oakland County Drain Commission 858-0958 Water & Sewer – City of Detroit Refuse – private haulers, list at city clerk’s offices Additional Phone Numbers: 52-3 District Court: 853-5553 Dog Licenses (City Treasurer): 656-4675 Assessing: 656-4605 Oakland County Animal Control: 391-4102 Recycle Bank (rewards program): (888) 727-2978 Rochester Avon Recreation Authority: 656-8308 See Sports and Recreation section.

Hazardous Waste: (NO HAZ) 858-5656

(All numbers (248) area code except where noted)

Greater Rochester Area

Area: 36.7 sq. miles Location: Just north of Rochester and Rochester Hills in the Northeast section of Oakland County Government: Charter Township, Supervisor and Board of Trustees Median Home List Price: $600,000 (Sept. 2017) Population: 18,152 (July 2016) 2017-2018 Tax Rates in Mills: Lake Orion: Homestead Non-Homestead Rochester: Homestead Non-Homestead Romeo: Homestead Non-Homestead

31.0263 49.0263 27.5053 45.5053 24.3565 42.3565

City Offices: 4393 Collins, Rochester, 48306, 651-4440, Library: Rochester Hills Public Library, 656-2900, Protection: Emergency 911 Fire Chief (586) 752-5013 Police by Oakland County Sheriff Substation 858-4950 School Districts: Rochester: 248-726-3000, Lake Orion: 248-693-5400, Romeo: 586-752-0200, Utilities: Gas – Consumers Energy (800) 477-5050 Electric – DTE (800) 477-4747 Water & Sewer – is provided by a variety of sources depending on location, including individual well and septic. Refuse –is contracted with private haulers (list of choices is online at the Township website.)

Additional Phone Numbers: 52-3 District Court: 853-5553 Burn Permits: Free online burn permits available through township. 651-4440 Dog Licenses (Township Treasurer) 651-4440 Park Information: 651-7810 (See Sports and Recreation section.) Hazardous Waste: (NO HAZ) 858-5656 Oakland County Equalization: 858-0740 Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce: 71 Walnut, Ste 110, Rochester 48307 651-6700

Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce: 71 Walnut, Ste 110, Rochester 48307 651-6700


Shopping in Rochester From national brands to local mom and pop, it’s shop ‘til you drop in Rochester. Major shopping areas can be found in Downtown Rochester, the Village of Rochester Hills and on the Rochester Road and Walton/University Road corridors. Downtown Rochester is a wonderful mix of boutique shops with one of a kind local products interspersed with restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries, one of which is Give Thanks Bakery & Café - possibly the best in all of Michigan! The Village of Rochester Hills is an upscale retail lifestyle center featuring some of the best national brands with Carson’s and Whole Foods acting as anchor stores. Rochester Road has a number of shopping centers with national brands and local stores giving a large selection of shopping choices, along with one of the best full service garden centers you will find in Bordines. North of town on Rochester Road you will find Foglers – a real old time farm stand with great corn and fresh veggies come harvest time. And, if you want to do some fabulous people watching while you shop local, then make sure you do the Rochester Farmers Market on Saturday mornings from 8 AM to 1 PM, May through October.

The Greater Rochester Area is a Shopper’s Paradise.

A crossroad of every conceivable cuisine!

Dining in Rochester When dining in Rochester you cannot help but feel you are at the crossroads of every conceivable cuisine. Your selection is that diverse. No matter what you want, you will find it, because Rochester is home to some of the best restaurants in the Metro Detroit area. Sushi, traditional chop house, English pub, Italian, Mediterranean, contemporary American, Rochester has it all. At the same time there are a number of mom and pop diners that serve up a great breakfast or tasty lunch. Rochester also has a number of national chains from seafood to barbeque, not to mention bakeries, cupcake palaces, cannoli makers, coffee houses and tea rooms. Have we mentioned donuts? Rochester has those in abundance, with local shops and 6 cider mills going full tilt during the fall season. Then there’s DESSERT! Don’t even think of leaving Rochester without a stop at our local Sanders Ice Cream Parlor. Can you say hot fudge cream puff sundae? Whether visiting Greater Rochester or staying on a more permanent basis, your dining options will never be lacking nor will your taste buds ever be disappointed.

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When You’re In Rochester When you are in Rochester you’re just a hop, skip or a jump away from the many attractions to be found in the Metro Detroit area. Be it the arts, theatre, music, history or science, indoor or outdoor activity, fully active or mostly passive, there is always something to do, somewhere to go, some place to call your favorite. Check for hours and fees before you go because they are subject to change. But most of all make sure you go and ENJOY! Avon Players

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1185 Washington, Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 608-9077 • Community theatre September - May. Youth theatre in the summer. Call or log on for performance and ticket information.



Festival of Trees Langniappe


KrisKringle Market Carriage Rides


Fire and Ice Festival


Mad Money March (entire month)

RECURRING EVENTS Big, Bright Light Show

November 20, 2017 thru January 7, 2018

Winter Farmers Market

Saturdays – November thru April

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Main Street Downtown Rochester

Annual Christmas Parade and Big Bright Light Show – Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day The parade is over 60 years old and is a major televised event; stake out your space early! The light show has been lighting every building on Main Street for over 10 years and is an awesome sight to behold!

Meadow Brook

Adams and Walton, Rochester (on Oakland University campus)

Festival - (248) 377-0100 • May through September serves as a popular outdoor entertainment venue. Pavilion and lawn seating. Home to Meadowbrook Gardens as well.

Meadow Brook Hall - (248) 364-6200 The Matilda Dodge Wilson Estate (widow of auto baron John Dodge) is a beautiful 100-room Tudor revival style mansion built in 1929. It boasts 24 fireplaces, 39 chimneys and 13 kitchens. It is the 4th largest historic house museum in the country. For special events and tours please call. Open daily year round. Fee.

Meadow Brook Theatre

(on Oakland University campus) Adams and Walton, 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester, 48309 (248) 377-3300 • Meadow Brook Theatre is Michigan’s largest professional theatre company. For 48 years it has won awards and critical acclaim for the high quality of its comedies, mysteries, dramas and musicals; from its accomplished actors to its lavish sets and beautiful costumes. They also have a series for children. Located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MBT’s theatre provides an intimate experience. Handicapped seating and free parking.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts 407 Pine St., Rochester 48307 (248) 651-4110 • Art exhibits, gift gallery, classes for children and adults.


Rochester residents enjoy tasty cider and donuts at these local area Cider Mills! Goodison Cider Mill 4295 Orion Rd., Rochester (248) 652-8450

Rochester Cider Mill 5125 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester (248) 651-4224

Middleton Cider Mill 46462 Dequindre, Shelby (586) 731-6699

Stony Creek Cider Mill 2961 W. 32 Mile Rd., Romeo (586) 752-2453

Paint Creek Cider Mill 4480 Orion Rd., Rochester (248) 656-3400

Yates Cider Mill 1990 E. Avon Rd., Rochester (248) 651-8300

Yates Store at Canterbury 2375 Joslyn Rd Lake Orion (248) 481-9203

North Oakland Concert Band

2183 Willow Leaf Ct. S., Rochester Hills One of Michigan’s leading wind ensembles. Performs broad selection of concert band music with styles ranging from traditional marches to modern works at various locations in and around the Orion Oxford community. Membership is through audition process and includes many professional music educators. Log on to their website for schedule of concerts and locations.

Rochester Hills Museum

1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester (at Van Hoosen Farm) (248) 656-4663 Open year round Friday and Saturday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or by appointment. Tours available. Admission charge. Located in an 1840s Greek Revival farmhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was home to five generations. It features period furnishings and artifacts. Located within historic Stoney Creek Village, the area includes the 1848 Stoney Creek School, farmhouses and Greek Revival homes built before the Civil War. A selfguided tour brochure is available at the museum. Streets bordering the area are Tienken, Washington and Runyon.

Rochester Symphony Orchestra P.O. Box 80262, Rochester 48308 (248) 651-4181 • Since 1961 this dedicated group of musicians has performed a wide variety of music in local venues, sponsors a young artist competition, and has an active guild with numerous events to enjoy.

Greater Rochester Area

2017 Holiday Art Market

November 11 – December 22, 2017 2018 Photography Exhibition January 20 – February 10, 2018 PCCA Student & Faculty Exhibition March 3 – 24, 2018 Form, Function & Design Exhibition April 14 – May 5, 2018 The PCCA Art Market is a gift shop located on the first floor of PCCA that offers a variety of works created by Michigan artists in a range of mediums.


In Oakland County Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham 48009 (248) 644-0866 • The center offers studio classes, workshops, art history classes for all ages, artcamps for children, juried exhibitions, the Michigan Fine Arts Competition and Fine Arts Festival and more. Works may be purchased at the Gallery Shop. Closed Sundays.

Clarkston Village Players

4861 White Lake Road, Clarkston 48346 • (248) 625-8811 Community theatre runs year round, includes summer youth theatre.

Cranbrook Educational Community

39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills 48304 Cranbrook Art Museum – (248) 645-3323. This contemporary art museum built by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen in 1942 houses permanent and changing exhibitions feature a state of the art Collectors Wing, as well as a store selling works by students, faculty, books, prints, giftware, etc. Cranbrook House and Garden – (248) 645-3147 Designed by Albert Kahn in 1908 for the founders of Cranbrook (George and Ellen Booth), it is the oldest surviving manor home in Metro Detroit. The 40 acres of diverse gardens were originally designed by Mr. Booth. Open May thru October. Cranbrook Institute of Science (248) 645-3200. Explore science, technology and natural history through exhibits, hands-on activities and planetarium. For hours, ticket prices and other information you may need log on to Saarinen House – Built in 1930, it is considered an Art Deco masterwork. It was the home and studio of Eliel and Loja and their son Eero. Open May thru October for public walk-in and private tours. Call for exact dates and times. (Art Museum) Smith House – Frank Lloyd Wright “Smith House” located in Bloomfield Hills, this classic Usonian home is open for tours from May through October. Call the Art Museum at 645-3323 for exact dates and times.

Chamber Music Society of Detroit

Office: (248) 737-9980 • Tickets: (248) 855-6070 Performances at the Seligman Performing Arts Center at Detroit CountryDay School in Beverly Hills. Known for its intimate concert experience and creative programming, CMS is a special treat for the musically inclined. For more concert, ticket and pre-concert talk information, go to website.

DTE Energy Music Theatre Sashabaw Road off I-75, Clarkston, (248) 377-0100 May through September. Outdoor, 15,000 seat concert venue. Both pavilion and lawn seating available. Major national tours and concerts.

Detroit Zoo

Woodward Ave. at Ten Mile, Royal Oak (248) 541-5717 • Open 365 days a year. Features 125 acres of open natural habitats that are home to 280 species. There are numerous attractions including a new Penguinarium, Amphibian Conservation Center, Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback, Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, Carousel, Railroad, Simulator Ride, and 4-D Theater. Admission and Parking Fees.

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Holocaust Memorial Center

28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills (248) 553-2400 • This is an opportunity to learn about the Holocaust, European Jewish communities and Jewish visitors can research their roots in the world’s largest collection of books and resources. There are lecture series, travel opportunities, teacher seminars and a speakers’ bureau. Numerous exhibits and gift shop. Call for hours.

Lego Discovery Center (Great Lakes Crossing) Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills This indoor family attraction is perfect for children ages 3 -10. There is a large play area, creative workshop, models of Detroit landmarks, Lego rides and 4-D theater. Open daily; tickets my be purchased online.

Main Street Downtown Rochester

Annual Christmas Parade and Big Bright Light Show – Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day The Christmas parade just celebrated its 60th anniversary and is a major televised event each year running down Main Street; stake out your space early! The light show involves all buildings lit up with lights strung every 6 inches. A wonderful sight at night!

Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum

31005 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills (248) 626-5020 • Listed as one of the most unusual museums in the country, there are thousands of toys, machines, and one of a kind collectibles.

Michigan Renaissance Festival

12600 Dixie Highway, Holly, 48442 (800) 601-4848 • A truly unique entertainment experience with knights in armor, joisting, strolling musicians, themed feasts and weekends, specialty acts and active marketplace. Runs from mid-August through September. Check the website for information about activities, events and festival fees.

Oakland County Fair

July 6-15, 2018 • (248) 634-8830 P.O. Box 365, 12451 Andersonville Rd., Davisburg 48350 This annual fair was founded in the 1880’s. 4-H fair memberships and event applications are available online.

Oakland County Farmers and Flea Market

2350 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford (248) 858-5495 • Open year round, the market offers food specialty items, farm and garden produce and flea market booths on site. Log on for hours and links to vendor websites.

Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society

405 Cesar Chavez Ave., Pontiac (248) 338-6732 • Pine Grove Historical Museum includes the Governor Moses Wisner Mansion, Drayton Plains one room schoolhouse and carriage house, research library and Pioneer Museum. Call Tuesday and Wednesday for information and hours.

Discount tickets are available for everyone! General admission, yearly passes and dining in the zoo meal vouchers are available through 2018!

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Olde World Canterbury Village

2369 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion (248) 391-5700 • A designated historical landmark , the Village extends over 21 acres on the old Scripps Farm. There are 18 specialty shops displaying one of the world’s largest Department 56 and nativity collections. Restaurant on site along with cider mill. Open daily – its always Christmas!

Palazzo di Bocce

4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion Township (north of the Palace of Auburn Hills) (248) 371-9987 • Open 7 days a week. Largest and most elaborate bocce facility in the United States, a unique venue and comfortable atmosphere for all ages. Play bocce on one of 10 indoor tournament-sized courts. Courtside snacking and cocktails. Reservations recommended. Soft-soled shoes and appropriate casual attire required for bocce play.

Ridgedale Players

205 W. Long Lake Road, Troy (248) 689-6241 • One of the oldest community theatre groups in Michigan (over 75 years), with a junior actor program as well.


415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak at the Historic Baldwin Theatre (248) 541-6430 • September through July. This theatre group presents musicals, comedies and dramas. Also special youth theatre programs.

Rochester Hills Museum

1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester (at Van Hoosen Farm) (248) 656-4663 Open year round Friday and Saturday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or by appointment. Tours available. Admission charge. Located in an 1840s Greek Revival farmhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was home to five generations. It features period furnishings and artifacts. Located within historic Stoney Creek Village, the area includes the 1848 Stoney Creek School, farmhouses and Greek Revival homes built before the Civil War. A self-guided tour brochure is available at the museum. Streets bordering the area are Tienken, Washington and Runyon.

Sea Life Aquarium

4316 Baldwin Rd (Great Lakes Crossing), Auburn Hills (866) 622-0605 • Opened in 2015, this 35,000 square foot underwater world features 5,000 creatures in 20 themed displays. Come explore the interactive touch pool, walk through the ocean tunnel, watch the sharks feeding, and listen to the fun programs about “why” and “how”. Log on to the website for pictures and discount tickets.

Upland Hills Farm

481 Lake George Rd., Oxford (248) 628-1611 • Hayrides, camps and special events.

Village Players of Birmingham

34660 Woodward, Birmingham (248) 644-2075 (tickets) Community and youth theatre and summer theatre arts camp.

In Wayne County Arab American National Museum

13624 Michigan Avenue (at Schaefer), Dearborn (313) 582-2266 • Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission charge. The museum is the first in the country to celebrate the Arab-American story. Along with the exhibits there is an auditorium, library/resource center and gift shop. This museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian and can access its programs, speakers, and artifacts.

Automotive Hall of Fame

21400 Oakwood, Dearborn (313) 240-4000 • Closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission charge. Classic cars, including a replica of the first gasoline auto, plus interactive exhibits.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

1100 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Shores (313) 884-4222 • Open Tuesday - Sunday with a variety of tours. Call for hours. Admission charge. Designed by Albert Kahn, this family home is representative of the Detroit “auto barons”. It was built in the style of the Cotswolds in Worchester, England. Many original pieces from the family art and antiques collection are on view.

Greenmead Historical Park

20501 Newburgh Road, Livonia • (248) 477-7375. This 95 acre parksite includes Greek revival farmhouse (exhibits), north barn, farmhand house, gardens, and historical village. The village includes homes built in mid-1800s, gift shops, picnic and recreational facilities.

Grosse Pointe Theatre

315 Fisher Road, Grosse Pointe (313) 881-4004 • More than 400 members volunteer their talents, performing five plays a year at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

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Grosse Pointe War Memorial

32 Lake Shore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms (313) 881-7511 • On Lake St. Clair, this historic site serves as a center for enrichment programs, numerous community events and services in honor of veterans. Built in 1910 as the former home of Russell Alger.

The Henry Ford

20900 Oakwood, Dearborn (313) 982-6001 • Open 9:30a.m.-5:00p.m. Monday-Sunday. Admission charge. The complex is America’s greatest history attraction. The past, present and future is represented in four distinct venues: the Museum exhibits 300 years of history, Greenfield Village includes Main Street, railroad junction and Model-T rides, an IMAX theatre, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and Benson Ford Research Center.

Mill Race Historical Village

(Downtown Northville) (248) 348-1845 This charming historical village was built on 12.5 acres of land preserving architectural styles found in the Northville community prior to 1900. The village consists of an inn, blacksmith shop, school, church, gazebo, rustic wooden bridge, Interurban station and several homes reminiscent of an era gone by. For additional information and calendar of events and activities log on to

Motor City Youth Theatre

Grantland Street Playhouse 27555 Grantland, Livonia (313) 535-8962 • This high quality group of five to 18 year olds puts on main stage productions involving dance, music and visual arts. Workshops and summer programs are offered as well.

Plymouth Historical Museum

155 S. Main Street, Plymouth (734) 455-8940 • Admission fee. Open 1:00-4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Features special events, historical exhibits specializing in Victorian reproductions, and gift shop.

Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill

10685 Warren Road, Plymouth • (734) 455-2290. U-pick orchard, cider mill, country store, petting farm, cross-country skiing. Seasonal.

Wyandotte Museum

2610 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte (734) 324-7284 • Admission fee. The museum is housed in the Victorian Ford-MacNichol home, built in 1896. The building features a wraparound porch, turret, six fireplaces, and original decor. The museum offers archives and exhibits highlighting local history; other buildings on site.

Yankee Air Museum

(located at historic Willow Run Airport) 47884 D Street, Belleville 48111 (734) 483-4030 • Closed Mondays. Admission fee. Check website or call for specific hours and cost. Learn about Detroit’s role in winning World War II. See documentary on how Ford Motor Company built more than 8,500 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. Numerous aircraft and artifacts on display from World War 1 through the Vietnam era and beyond including jet fighters and B-52 Stratofortress. Flight Experience rides on either a B-17 Flying Fortress or B-25 Mitchell bomber (at additional costs) are the ultimate ‘bucket list’ adventures for adults. This small museum offers big memories and promises plenty of smiles.


In Detroit Belle Isle

One of Michigan’s new State Parks. Access using the MacArthur Bridge at E. Jefferson Avenue and E. Grand Blvd. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (Central Park in New York City), this beautiful 983 acre park has over five miles of scenic shoreline. The Nature Zoo provides family programs and is open Wednesday - Sunday, April thru October. The Whitcomb Conservatory. Livingstone Lighthouse, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Casino (available for rent, seniors programs); Scott Memorial Fountain and a “Kids Kingdom” playscape along with numerous recreational venues. (844) 235-5375

Campus Martius Campus Martius lies at the heart of the City of Detroit. Known as the “Point of Origin,” the junction of Woodward and Monroe Avenues is the starting point from where the City of Detroit’s system of streets, squares and lots was created. Home to Compuware and Quicken Loans, retail outlets and loft residences Campus Martius is a significant and contributing factor to the ongoing rebirth of downtown Detroit. With gardens, fountains, waterfalls, monuments, ice skating rink and urban beach space, it is the meeting place for city residents.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History

31 5 E. Warren at Brush, Detroit (313) 494-5800 • Open Tuesday through Sunday, call for exact hours. Admission charge. This state-of-the-art facility is the largest of its kind. Exhibits show the history and contributions of African Americans. The museum features 125,000 sq. ft. simulating scenes from early African history to the slave trade, the civil rights movement to contemporary Detroit.

Cobo Center

In Macomb County

One Washington Blvd., Detroit (313) 877-8777 • Venue for the International Auto Show, home and garden shows, Detroit Economic Club, media and other special events. Cobo is also home to Go Natural.

Comerica Park

2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit (313) 962-4000 •, There’s a lot more than baseball (still the main event!) going on at Comerica Park. Home of the 2012 AL Champion Detroit Tigers. A theme park, baseball museum, and restaurants, add to the fun.

Detroit Artists Market

4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201 (313) 832-8540 • Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m This market and gallery is dedicated to Michigan artists. It was founded in 1932 and is the oldest cultural institution in Detroit promoting contemporary artists.

Detroit Film Theatre

5200 Woodward Avenue (at the Detroit Institute of Arts), Detroit (313) 833-4005 • Foreign and art films shown on weekends, fall through spring. Films and live music concerts June and July.

Detroit Historical Museum

5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit (313) 833-1805• Established in 1 928, this Detroit cultural gem is one of the oldest and largest museums dedicated to metropolitan history. “Streets of Old Detroit,” “Glancy Trains,” and “Kid Rock” are fantastic! Closed Mondays. Free Admission.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)

5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit (313) 833-7900 • Open Wednesday-Sunday and late night Fridays. The Beaux Arts Building was designed by Paul Cret and built in 1927, with extensive renovations being recently completed.”Renowned for its extensive and diverse collection, with over 100 galleries, a reference library, lecture hall, cafe and museum store. Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County residents are free.

Detroit Experience Factory (DXF)

123 Monroe St., Detroit (313) 962-4590 • Offers public and customized tours by and with residents that love Detroit!

Eastern Market

Headquarters at 2934 Russell, located on Russell between Mack & Gratiot (313) 833-9300 • Open Saturdays, 6:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. This eleven acre open-air market sells fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry, wines, flowers and plants. It is the largest historic public market district in the U.S.! The area also features specialty stores and restaurants.

Ford Field

2000 Brush, Detroit (313) 262-2100 • Admission charge. Located in the heart of the entertainment district and home to the NFL Detroit Lions. The design incorporates the Detroit landmark Hudson’s warehouse (built in the 1920s), and claims the best sight lines of any stadium in the U.S. Public walk up tours available at 11 :00 a.m. and 1 :00 p.m.; varies – September through December offered Monday, Thursday, Friday; January through August, Monday and Friday.

1526 Broadway, Detroit Ticket Office: (313) 237-7464 • Designed by Detroit architect C. Howard Crane and known for its superb acoustic construction, the theatre first opened in 1922. The lavish Italian renaissance style has been allowed to flourish despite its tumultuous history of name changes and abandonment. The opera is alive and well...for tours call (313) 237-3425.

66130 Van Dyke, Washington Township (586) 243-2253 • With a belief that the arts are central to the educational, social, and aesthetic development of children, this award-winning theatre arts education program offers youth an opportunity to experience theatre both on and off the stage. 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens (586) 469-8666 • Housed in a “Carnegie Library,” this premiere organization offers cultural experience year-round including exhibitions by local, regional and national artists; adult and youth classes; a gift shop featuring locally produced art; and special events.

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Max M. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, (313) 576-5111 • For nearly a century, many renowned conductors and musicians have performed beloved classics, world premiers, pops and jazz. There are always programs for children and families as well. Orchestra Hall, built by C. Howard Crane in 1919, is the elegant home of the orchestra and is now part of the fantastic Music Center.

Detroit Opera House/Michigan Opera Theatre

All The World Is a Stage

Anton Art Center

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Center for the Performing Arts

Macomb Community College 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township (586) 286-2222 • This is the cultural hub of the county. There is much to do including concerts, musicals and dance, live theatre, workshops and an art gallery.

Crocker House Museum

15 Union St., Mount Clemens (586) 465-2488 • Restored Victorian Italianate, built in 1869, it is fully furnished and was home of the first mayor of Mount Clemens. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and first Sunday of every month.

Freedom Hill Amphitheater

14900 Metro Parkway, Sterling Heights Box Office (888) 929-7849 • This is an indoor and outdoor music and movie theatre surrounded by Freedom Hill County Park. It has pavilion and lawn seating.

Grand Pacific House Museum

51065 Washington, New Baltimore (586) 725-4755 Built in 1881 as a hotel and saloon, it is a now a museum with an active membership, meetings and workshops for all ages. Open Wednesday and Saturday only, Marchthru December. Call for hours.

Fox Theatre

2211 Woodward Avenue, Detroit (313) 471-6611• Over 80 years old, the Fox is the oldest survivingmovie palace of the 1920s. It continues to showcase live music and Broadway shows.


Monroe Street between Randolf and I-75. Authentic Greek restaurants, bakeries, shops, nightlife and a casino are all easily accessible to hotels and other attractions by the Detroit People Mover.

Indian Village

Over 100 years old, this community of 351 homes was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Located from E. Jefferson to Mack Avenue in Detroit it includes Burns, Iroquois and Seminole Avenues. These homes, built as early as 1895 by Detroit’s wealthiest businessmen, are on a grand scale, explaining the popular home and garden tours this neighborhood hosts.

Little Ceasars Arena

2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit (313) 471-7000 (customer service) Opened in the fall of 2017, this multi-purpose arena in the Detroit District is the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. The eight-story building is built in a bowl shape with its floor 40 feet below street level. Capacity of 20,000 seats for hockey games is the second largest in the world. Concert calendar, game schedules and arena tour information are online.

Majestic Theatre Center

4140 Woodward Avenue, Detroit (313) 833-9700 • A city block full of fun: two restaurants, bars, billiards, bowling, live entertainment venues. Free shuttle to other downtown locations.

Masonic Temple

500 Temple Street, Detroit (313) 832-7100 • Built in 1926, the temple is listed on the State and National Historic Registers. The theatre seats over 4,400 people and hosts all forms of live entertainment including plays, variety shows, dance and rock concerts.

Lorenzo Cultural Center

44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Twp (586) 445-7348 • Call for hours of operation, varies at different times of year. Adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, featuring multi-dimensional programs relating science, history, culture and the arts.

Michigan Transit Museum

Depot on Cass Ave. between Gratiot and Groesbeck, Mount Clemens (586) 463-1863• Train rides are available June thru October on Sundays from 1:00-4:00p.m. Historic depot was built for the Chicago, Detroit & Canada Grand Trunk Railroad. It is also where Thomas Edison learned telegraphy and picked up “railroads” as a short career.

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Southwest of downtown at the foot of the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. This area offers numerous annual events including Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Summer Mercado. Restaurants and craft stores abound.

Michigan Science Center

5020 John R, Detroit (313) 577-8400 • Family oriented, hands on displays designed with an interactive approach, for the discovery of all things related to science, math and technology. Features exhibits, live shows and activities. Open daily, extended hours in the summer months.

Midtown Detroit

3939 Woodward Ave., Ste. 100, Detroit (313) 420-6000 • . Bounded by Ford Freeway (North), Chrysler Freeway (East), Fisher Freeway (South), and the Lodge Freeway (West). Known as “Midtown”, this area includes many cultural, educational and medical institutions including the Detroit Art Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit Public Library, and the Max Fisher Music Center.

Motown Historical Museum

2648 West Grand Blvd., Detroit (313) 875-2264 • Open year round 10:00 a.m.-6: 00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission charge. Featuring the beginning of the Motown music empire; five galleries with displays and artifacts, showcase the major works of Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and more. Online gift shop.

Outdoor Adventure Center – Michigan Department of Natural Resources

1801 Atwater, Detroit (844) 622-6367 • This family-friendly destination brings Michigan’s woods, water and wildlife inside a three-story, 40,000 square foot building near the Detroit Riverwalk and William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor. This unique facility provides hands-on recreational experiences for all ages and abilities through a variety of a activities and exhibits. Wednesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. There is an entrance fee.

Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society

16600 Stephens, Eastpointe (586) 872-2581 • Dedicated to portraying and preserving the story about Michigan's civilian and military efforts during the conflicts of the 20th Century, this unique collection showcases products produced by Michigan’s “Arsenal of Democracy.”

Richmond Community Theatre

6961 9 Parker Street, Richmond (586) 727-9518 • Celebrating 45 years, this community gem produces five shows per year involving a wide circle of actors, stage crafters, costume makers and the other creative talents that combine to create a magical experience.

Pewabic Pottery

10125 E. Jefferson, Detroit (313) 626-2000 • A Detroit institution, many homes and office buildings are decorated with these distinctive tiles and mosaics. Production, history and exhibits are available to view. One of only two active turn-of-the-century pottery studios in the country. Online store. 10 am.-6 pm MondaySaturday, noon-4pm. Sunday. Free self-guided tours Monday-Friday, call for group tours.

Renaissance Center

Located on Jefferson between Brush and Beaubien (313) 567-3126 • A Detroit landmark on the Detroit River, it is easily recognized by its five massive glass towers. The RenCen, at 5.5 million square feet, houses General Motors World Headquarters, numerous offices, the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center Hotel, a food court, fine dining restaurants, specialty retail stores, and movie theaters. Tours offered daily Monday - Friday.


Located along the Detroit River between the RenCen and Belle Isle Bridge, this historic warehouse district with great views features restaurants, clubs, parks, marina and outdoor concert venue.

Skillman Library

121 Gratiot, Detroit (313) 481 -1850 • Hours: 10am-6pm. Closed Fridays and Sundays. The nation’s most extensive public archive of automotive information including books, photographs, drawings and company histories.

Wayne State University Theatre & Dance

(313) 577-2972 •, Performance Spaces: • Hilberry Theatre - Operated by the Graduate Repertory Company. • Bonstelle Theatre - Used for major productions by the undergraduate program. • Studio Theatre - Open stage in the lower level of the Hilberry theatre used for experimental and classroom productions. • Allesee Dance Studio - Small theatre on thrid floor of the Old Main building.

Selfridge Military Air Museum

Selfridge Air National Guard Base M-59 and Jefferson, Harrison Township (586) 239-5035 • Indoor and outdoor exhibits, with Navy and Air Force planes. Call for hours and tour information.

Starkweather Arts Center

219 N. Main Street, Romeo (586) 752-5700 • This gallery, housed in a historic home built in 1863, offers classes, open mic and music concerts, and gift shop.


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Greater Rochester has easy access to many attractions located elsewhere in Michigan. Try out these places for a fun daytrip or overnight stay, but make sure you come back. Because there is a whole lot more to do in Greater Rochester!

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Air Zoo

Located at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport 6151 Portage Rd., Kalamazoo (866) 524-7966 • Billed as the giants of history, performance and accomplishment, the stars of this museum have names like Curtis P-40N Warhawk, F-18, F-14 Tomcat, SR-71 Blackbird and SBD Dauntless. There are full motion flight simulators, a 4-D theatre and amusement park rides for more excitement.

Alden B. Dow House & Studio

315 Post St., Midland (866) 315-7678 • The architect son of the Dow Chemical Company founder built this house which is considered an excellent example of organic architecture surrounded by gardens and pond. It is open for tours.

Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

1000 E. Beltline NE, Grand Rapids (888) 957-1 580 •. Numerous special collections include an arid, English perennial, seasonal, Victorian, woodlands, a children’s and Michigan farm garden. A sculpture park, garden trails and concert series are also featured. Call for special exhibits, hours and admission fees.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum • Library: 1000 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor 48109, (734) 205-0555. Located on the campus of the University of Michigan, the library holds historical materials including photos, documents, collections and oral histories available for research. • Museum: 303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids 49504, (616) 254-0400. The permanent collection highlights the President from his youth to his life in the White House. There is a replica of the Oval Office, a gallery of 1970s memorabilia and an interactive Cabinet Room. There are also temporary exhibits and educational program features.

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Hartwick Pines State Park & Logging Museum

4216 Ranger Rd., Grayling (989) 348-7068 At 9,672 acres this park is one of the largest in the state. It still holds 49 acres of old growth pines, a museum that tells the tale of the “Shanty Boys”, four lakes and a wide variety of habitats.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

4000 Hwy. M-137, Interlochen (231) 276-7200 • Situated on 1,200 wooded acres between two lakes, this campus is all about the arts. There are public concerts, art and music festivals, summer arts program, adult art classes and boarding high school for visual and performing arts students.

Japanese Cultural Center, Tea House and Gardens of Saginaw

527 Ezra Rust Dr., Saginaw (989) 759-1648 • Three acres along the shore of Lake Linton, authentic tea house and ceremony. Open April thru October Tuesday-Saturday 12 Noon - 4:00 p.m

Leelanau Peninsula/Old Mission Peninsula Jutting out into the blue waters of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay, these areas are worth touring for their vineyards and winery tours. Michigan is the fourth largest grape-growing state, has 101 commercial wineries, 15,000 acres of vineyards, and adds $300 million to the Michigan economy. Wine events calendar is available on the website.

City of Marshall

(800) 877-5163 Visitor’s Center • Located at the crossroads of I-69 and I-94, this city is a perfect example of 19th century small town America. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark District. Attractions include the landmark Memorial Fountain, Cornwell’s Turkeyville professional dinner theatre, American Museum of Magic, Governor’s Mansion (1839), Town Hall (1857), Post Office and U.S. Postal Museum, Barton theatre organ, and much more!

Mackinaw Island (906) 847-3783 Step back in time to a unique setting undisturbed by modern means of transportation. Listen to the clip clop of horse drawn carriages shuttling residents and visitors alike to destinations around this jewel of an island located at the very tip of the mitt. Enjoy cocktails on the porch of the Grand Hotel or dine in one of the restaurants along the docks. Must do’s are a bike ride around the island, people watching at the Pink Pony and of course unhindered fudge tasting whenever, where ever you can. Make the journey!

Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Located at Saginaw Valley State University 7400 Bay Rd., Saginaw • (989) 964-7125 Over 200 works and a sculptor’s studio are on exhibit. Well known locally for his downtown landmark “Spirit of Detroit”, the “Cross in the Woods” up north in Indian River and numerous pieces gracing local parks, churches and libraries in the Metro Detroit area, Mr. Fredericks lived and worked in the BirminghamBloomfield area until his death in 1998.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

Gardens: 1800 Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor Arboretum: 1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor (734) 647-7600 (both) • Open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset. Conservatory, gift shop, trails and natural areas. No admission charge.

Michigan Firehouse Museum

110 Cross St., Ypsilanti (734) 547-0663 • Treasure trove of firefighting equipment in an old “once working” station dating back to 1898, including bunk area, brass pole and vehicles. Closed Mondays admission fee.

Monroe County Historical Museum

Purple Rose Theatre

137 Park Street, Chelsea (734) 433-ROSE • Started by the talented actor and Michigander, Jeff Daniels, this playhouse showcases live theatre year round. Also offers acting classes for all ages.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

9922 Front St., Empire (231) 326-5134. One of the most beautiful areas along Lake Michigan (35 miles long). Stop at the Visitor’s Center, take a seven mile scenic drive or get out and climb the dunes! The dune climb is located off M-109 and is complete with vending machines and bookstore.

Spring Valley Trout Farm

12190 Island Lake Rd., Dexter (734) 426-4772 • The freshest “fish and chips” in Metro Detroit. Catch your own dinner of catfish or trout, no license required! 20 acres of fun include nine spring fed ponds. Seasonal hours, fees and recipes online!

State Capitol Building

N. Capitol and W. Michigan Ave., Lansing Dedicated in 1879, it was one of the first buildings to copy the architecture of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Designed by Elijah E. Myers, it is open for tours including the House and Senate galleries. For info call (517) 373-2348.

S.S. Badger (Lake Michigan Car Ferry)

(800) 841-4243 • Sails mid-May through mid-October between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowac, WI (crossing time is 4 hours). Food and bar service, movies, TV, entertainment, outside decks, and on-board gift shop.

SS Silversides Submarine Museum

1346 Bluff St., Muskegon 49441 (231) 755-1230 • Located on the south side of the Muskegon Lake Channel, this WWII submarine is credited with sinking 23 major Japanese ships, received 4 Presidential Unit Citations and 12 Battle Stars for her service. The museum is also home to the Prohibition-era Coast Guard Cutter McLane, one of the last of its class in existence. Sub-Tech classes are available for children and adults. Tours daily. Log on for times depending on time of the year.

West Coast Beaches & Communities

New Buffalo to Muskegon On the shores of southern Lake Michigan, dotting the coastline, are numerous beautiful sandy beaches and “quaint” and “not so quaint” towns and cities offering great eating, shopping and antiquing, and many special events like Holland’s Tulip Festival, drawing thousands of visitors annually.

Zehnders of Frankenmuth

730 S. Main St., Frankenmuth (800) 863-7999 • Click on “dining”. A Michigan “must do”, one of the oldest and largest family restaurants, famous for its family-style, all-youcan-eat chicken dinners. Numerous special events, especially around Christmas.

126 S. Monroe, Monroe (734) 240-7780. Open Wednesday-Sunday year round, call for hours. An exhibit dedicated to General George Armstrong Custer (on land where he lived) traces his life at West Point and Civil War battles, including his demise at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Relatively new Michigan program allows licensed charter boats to take their clients out on fishing trips and then stop at a large list of participating restaurants that will cook the fresh catch on the spot. Voila! Dinner is served. Depending on the lake and community there are lots of walleye, salmon, steelhead, whitefish, bass, lake and brown trout to make every angler and fish eater very happy. For all the details log on to

Hops & Suds

There are well over 200 breweries operating in Michigan. Michigan ranks 5th in the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs. A number of “beer centric” communitites dot the state including Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Ypsilanti, Traverse City, and Marquette. The glacier rich soil has made the state a brewers paradise. Check out,, and

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At Hidden River Golf & Casting Club, you’ll discover impeccable course conditions, exceptional service and an exquisite menu. A Golfweek "Best Courses You Can Play" pick in 2013, 2014 & 2015, you will immediately recognize Hidden River is unique to other courses in northern Michigan. The tranquility is easily noticed, as are the towering pines and attention to detail. And then there is the clubhouse, our Rainbow Room restaurant and the patio overlooking the Maple River which gracefully flows through the property. If you're on a golf vacation, visiting for the day or you live in Northern Michigan, it's time for you to experience Hidden River Golf & Casting Club!


HIDDEN RIVER GOLF & CASTING CLUB 7688 Maple River Road Brutus, MI 49716 (231) 529-4653 •


Sports and Recreation Professional Sports Teams of Southeast Michigan Detroit Lions (NFL)

Ford Field Detroit (313) 262-2009

Detroit Pistons (NBA)

Little Caesars Arena (248) 377-0100

Detroit Tigers (MLB)

Comerica Park Detroit (313) 471-BALL

Detroit Red Wings (NHL)

Little Caesars Arena (313) 471-7444

United Shore Professional Baseball

@ Jimmy John’s Field in Utica Michigan Independent minor league

Metro Area Sports & Recreation Websites

Oakland County parks system (See full listing at end of this section.)

This site offers a neat list of links to an unusual variety of sports and amusement locations throughout the area. It covers everything from archery to wrestling, boxing and scuba diving.

The home of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. All sorts of information regarding every high school sport, rules and regulations are located here!

A specific list of outdoor venues close to home, including boating, hunting and snowmobiling. The site includes addresses, phone numbers and descriptions of recreational areas.

Local Community Facilities

Oakland Township Parks and Recreation (248) 651-7810 4480 Orion Rd., Rochester 48306 Oakland township offers seasonal programs for residents and non-residents. Bear Creek Nature Park

Sponsored by:

City of Rochester The seven municipal parks include Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, a pond, tot lots, tennis courts, sand volleyball, Community House, portions of the Paint Creek and Clinton River Trails and smaller parks with various athletic facilities. There are Kayak lockers under the main street bridge.

City of Rochester Hills General questions and shelter reservations: (248) 656-4673, Sports field reservations: (248) 656-4797 Has 14 parks with a variety of venues and athletic facilities including: Avon Nature Area

Nature trails, pond, gazebo, scenic overlook, Clinton River frontage.

Avondale Park

Sports fields for rent, shelter, picnic and play areas.

Bloomer Park and Velodrome

Shelters, cricket field, sledding hill, volleyball nets, play structures and hiking/biking trails.

Earl Borden Park

Features batting cages, roller hockey, basketball, baseball, soccer, and tennis courts.

Pine Trace Golf Course (See golf information) Rochester Hills Museum and Van Hoosen Farm Thelma G. Spencer Park

Features a lake with swimming beach, fishing, ice skating and boat rentals.

Veterans Memorial Pointe

Granite monument, gazebo, memorial pathway.

Wabash Park

Community garden plots. Applications available thru Dinosaur HIll Nature Preserve. Call 656-0999.

Yates Park

Fish the Clinton River here. Spencer, Boomer and Yates parks require vehicle entry permits. Daily and annual permits can only be purchased at the park locations. NOTE: Seniors and handicapped residents may purchase annual passes at the Treasurer’s office as well.

Novaks Youth Sports Leagues (248) 632-6166

Playground for children 5-12, picnic shelter, grill, trails, boardwalks and docks.

3100 Walnut Hills, Leonard, MI 48367 Basketball, cheerleading, flag football, soccer and lacrosse camps for children ages 3-14.

Site of Oakland Township’s historic district. Trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding.


Shoreline fishing, trails, biking, cross-country skiing.

Offers limited public deer archery hunting in six parks. Rules are listed on the individual park archery maps. Log on to

Cranberry Lake Park

Draper Twin Lake Park Lost Lake Nature Park

Sledding hill and warming shelter, kayak rentals, nature center, floating docks, wetlands and farmlands.

Marsh View Park

Features a beginning archery range, basketball court, scenic overlook, trails, picnic area, active recreation fields, and outdoor ice rink.

Paint Creek Trail

5.3 of the 8.9 miles run thru Oakland Township.

Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park

Pedestrian trail map is available online. Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (248) 656-8308 500 E Second St., Rochester 48307 Youth programs, leagues, camps, special needs programs and adult sports leagues open to residents of Rochester and Rochester Hills. Oakland Township residents pay an additional fee.

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Oakland County Parks

Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Department is offering target archery classes. Participants must be at least 6 years old. Open range shooting is also offered in Marsh View Park. Pre-registration is required. Call (248) 651-7810 or log on to for fees, dates and times. Bald Mountain Recreation Area (State park) in Lake Orion (248) 693-0567 Range is open year round. Log on to for days and hours. Royal Oak Archers

2762 Orion Rd., Oakland Township 48363 (248) 693-9799 Clubhouse and its 3 ranges just off the Paint Creek Trail overlooking the creek.

Baseball/Softball (Tball to Travel) Averys All Star Baseball Camp

(586) 362-3583 Camps and private lessons.

Rochester Hills Little League

P.O. Box 80313, Rochester Hills 48308 (248) 852-3204 T-Ball, Baseball and softball for boys and girls ages 5 – 16.

Rochester Avon Recreational Authority (RARA)

(248) 656-8308 Adult modified, competitive, and co-ed leagues. Register online.


Michigan AAU Boys Basketball

(269) 327-8074

Michigan Girls AAU Basketball

16400 Eastland Drive, Roseville 48066 (313) 580-0351 •

North Oakland YMCA

(248) 370-9622, Offers youth and inter-YMCA travel basketball league play for ages 4-11. Adults age 18 and older can play “pick up” at lunch time or play during open gym time. (Schedule online.)

Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA)

(248) 656-8308 Pistons Academy Division league play for children in 1st through 12th grades Mens Competitive and Recreation Teams

Biking/Hiking/Mountain Biking

Clinton River Trail - Has 16 miles of trail winding thru the communities of Sylvan Lake, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Rochester and Rochester Hills. For more information log on to

Paint Creek Trail – Has 8.9 scenic miles of trail connecting the communities of Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township and Lake Orion. For more information log on to Michigan Department of Natural Resources Biking, mountain biking, hiking and off road vehicle trails are listed by park and trail name.

The Shadbush Tract Nature Study Area is a legally dedicated nature area comprised of 70 acres running from Rochester to Utica. The Clinton River runs along the eastern boundary. 50 different species of shrubs and trees and a large variety of wildflowers can be found in the study area. Shelby Township owns and operates the Nature Center at the southern end of the area.

Michigan Mountain Biking Association (MMBA) Metro North Chapter One of the largest affiliates of the International Mountain Biking Association. There are nine chapters throughout the state. Log on to connect to chapter links and information regarding location of trails.

Velodrome at Bloomer Park

345 John R., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 961-3705 Banked race track offers classes and public hours for use. Bloomer Park also has 7 miles of mountain bike trails. Call (248) 656-4753 for more information. There is a motor vehicle entry fee at the park.

Stony Creek Metro Park

4300 Main Park Rd., Shelby Township, (586) 781-4242 Offers 14 miles of “hills, gravel, rocks and ruts”. Also has a mountain bike skills course featuring 5 acres of obstacles and the areas largest pumptrack. Please note a vehicle permit is needed to enter.


There are numerous lakes in Oakland County that have hard surface ramps for Watercraft trailers. They include: Big Lake, Springfield Township Cass Lake, Dodge Park in Waterford Township Maceday Lake, Waterford Township Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, Waterford Township Oakland Lake, Independence and Waterford Townships Lake Orion, in Bald Mountain Recreation Area Long Lake and Proud Lake in the Proud Lake Recreation Area. For more information see the “Parks” listings later in this section.

Clinton River Watershed offers miles of canoeing and kayaking opportunities. Log on to for exact locations and details!

Oakland County Parks

Oakland County Parks offer boat rentals in • Addison Oaks (rowboat, pedal boat, kayak) • Groveland Oaks (rowboat, pedal boat, kayak) • Independence Oaks (rowboat, pedal boat, kayak, canoe, and electric motors) A small boat launch is located at Orion Oaks for non-motorized watercraft and boats can be carried into Rose Oaks. For more information log on to

League of Michigan Bicyclists –Oakland County Region 3

available at • Stoney Creek Metropark • Kensington Metropark There are numerous trails throughout the parks system covering miles of land, many of which connect parks and recreation areas. Thre are trails specifically for mountain bikes and Addison Oaks in Leonard and Groveland Oaks in Holly offer mountain and specialty bikes for rent.


Palazzo di Bocce

4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion, 48359 (248) 371-9987 Has 10 indoor courts and restaurant. Offers open play, leagues and tournaments.

Huron Clinton Metroparks have boat launches, slips and storage


Avon North Hill Lanes, 150 W. Tienken, Rochester Hills, 48306 (248) 651-8544 Classic Lanes, 2145 Avon Industrial Dr., Rochester Hills, 48309 (248) 852-9100 USBC – Metro Detroit Association, 28200 Southfield Rd.

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Lathrup Village, 48076 (248) 443-2695 Provides information on all bowling alleys, leagues, records, rules and tournaments in the Metro Detroit area.

Car Racing

Waterford Hills Road Racing at Oakland County Sportsmen Club

4770 Waterford Rd, Clarkston, 48346 (248) 623-0700 Racing events, club racing program and open track days for the public. Provides a wealth of information about fishing, including fish identification, fishing guides Michigan International Speedway by season, maps by county, charter and fly Hockey/Ice Skating 12626 US Highway 12, Brooklyn, MI 49230 fishing services and links to state fish Detroit Skating Club (517) 592-6666 hatcheries. 888 Denison Court, Bloomfield Hills 48302 NASCAR racing in the scenic Irish Hills. (248) 332-3000 The Clinton River Watershed Guide has a list Onyx-Rochester Ice Arena Lapeer International Dragway of local cold and warm water locations, the 52999 Dequindre Rd., Rochester 48307 2691 Roods Lake Rd., Lapeer, 48446 best access points and DNR stocking infor- (248) 601-6699 (810) 664-4772 Cars, motorcycles and even snowmobiles mation. Call (248) 601-0606 or log on to Adult leagues, lessons, open skate time and rentals; drop in hockey. are welcomed. Log on for dragway schedule The most popular spot for steelhead fishing is and rules of the strip. Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy in Yates Park at the intersection of Dequindre (248) 601-6699 and Avon Road - A valid license is required Fishing/Ice Fishing along with a trout/salmon stamp. There are 320 lakes in Oakland County that Rochester Hockey Club at the Onyx allow fishing! Log on to Football and Cheer (248) 478-1600 and click on “lakes” to get the details.

fLipSpot Gymnastics & Cheer Oakland County Parks have 5 that offer fish- 233 Kay Industrial Dr. Orion Township 48359

ing access from shore, docks and/or boats. • Addison Oaks • Independence Oaks • Rose Oaks • Groveland Oaks • Orion Oaks Ice fishing is permitted in all the above except Groveland Oaks. See Oakland County Parks for more information.

(248) 340-0910 Classes for boys and girls interested in learning basic cheer techniques, including tumbling, flexibility, stunts and choreography.

Rochester Redskins Football and Cheer PO Box 82423 Rochester, 48308 (248) 726-5700 For boys and girls ages 6-14

Stony Creek Metro Park in the Huron Clinton MetroParks System offer fishing and ice fishing for bass, pike, walleye, and pan fish Rochester Hills Ravens in the 500 acre Stony Creek Lake. (248) 736-0105 (See Parks section) Fishing is also allowed in many State Parks. Boys and girls. (Grades K through 6) See the State Parks information in this Gymnastics section for more details. NOTE: If you are 17 years of age or older you need a license to fish. There are short-term licenses available. Applications and permits can be purchased online at are also available at Dicks Sporting Goods, Wal-Mart, Meijers, and Bass Pro Shop locations.

fLipSpot Gymnastics & Cheer

233 Kay Industrial Dr. Orion Township 48359 (248) 340-0910 Classes for boys, girls, adults and tots. 18 months to 18 years and beyond. Capoeira (ancient martial art created by African and Brazilian people long ago) also offered.

Skate Outdoors in the Winter

Crooked Lake, in Independence Oaks County Park Stony Creek Lake, in Stony Creek Metropark Rochester Municipal Park pond, Marsh View Park in Oakland Township

Horseback Riding

Oakland County Parks have multi-use trails in: • Addison Oaks • Highland Oaks • Rose Oaks • Springfield Oaks has and equestrian arena and stall rentals for events on site.

Metro Parks offer trail riding in: • Kensington • Oakwoods • Wolcott Mill State Parks offer trails and camps in numerou s recreation areas:

• Highland • Proud Lake

• Pontiac Lake • Ortonville

See “Parks” section for details, locations and websites.

Oakland Township – many of the parks


For those who love speed! It’s possible to go from zero to 55 mph in a matter of seconds. It’s also very cold with a ton of subzero wind chill going on. Log on to to find out more! Greater Rochester Area

allow horseback riding although there are a few restrictions on the limestone trails in the spring. Call (248) 651-7810 or log on to the Parks and Recreation page at

Paint Creek Trail allows riding north of Dutton Road. Check it out at


Sports & Recreation Golf

Local Courses • Blackheath

3311 North Rochester Rd., Rochester 48306 (248) 601-8000 •

• Fieldstone Golf Club

1984 Taylor Rd., Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 370-9354 •

• Great Oaks Country Club (Private)

777 Great Oaks Blvd., Rochester 48307 (248) 651-5200 •

• Myth Golf and Banquets

850 Stoney Creek Road, Oakland 48363 (248) 693-7170 •

• Pine Knob Golf Course

5580 Waldon Rd., Clarkston, 48348 (248) 625-4430 •

• Pine Trace Golf Club

3600 Pine Trace Blvd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 852-7100 •

• Twin Lakes Golf & Swim Club

455 Twin Lakes Dr., Oakland 48363 (248) 650-4550 •

• The WestWynd Bar, Grille & Golf

4161 North Adams Rd., Oakland Township 48306 (248) 608-7820 •

• The Wyndgate Country Club (private)

1975 West Gunn Rd., Rochester 48306 (248) 652-4283 •

Oakland County Parks Courses • Springfield Oaks, in Davisburg • White Lake Oaks, in White Lake Township Huron-Clinton Metropark Course • Indian Springs, in White Lake Township For more information see Parks at the end of this section.

Other Golf Resources • Golf Association of Michigan

24116 Research Dr., Farmington Hills, 48335 (248) 478-9242 • Offers memberships, golf day calendar, course finder and more.

• Michigan Womens Golf Association

Website includes information about membership, events, programs, local league results and contact numbers.

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Oakland County Parks have limited public archery hunting for deer in:

• Highland Oaks in Highland • Lyon Oaks in Wixom • Orion Oaks in Lake Orion • Rose Oaks in Rose Twp • Addison Oaks, East only • Independence Oaks, North only Log on to Hunting is also available at these State Recreational areas:

Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

7800 Gale Rd., Waterford, 48327 (248) 666-1020 3,745 acres of marshes, ponds, lakes and heavily wooded areas support a variety of animals for excellent hunting.

Highland Recreation Area

5200 E. Highland Rd., Highland, 48383 (248) 889-3750 5,900 acres of forest, marshes and rolling hills. Boat access sites on 4 lakes. Information about hunting licenses, seasons, fees, timetables and online applications can be found at To purchase a specific type of license and see availability online, log on to The local DNR operations service center is in Southfield at 26000 W. 8 Mile Rd. (248) 359-9040. To explore hunting areas by region or specific city log on to

Oakland Township has periods of controlled archery deer hunting in Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park. A township permit is required. Log on to for more information.

Hunting and Fishing

The State of Michigan requires a license which can be purchased online 24/7 along with special hunt applications and permits. General Questions? (517) 284-6057 •



Want to experience how snow trailing was done before snowmobiles came on the scene? Try dog sledding. Here are a few locations in the both of Michigan’s peninsulaswhere you can explore what its all about. UPPER PENINSULA

Nature Kennel, McMillen MI (906) 748-0513

Team Evergreen Kennel, Skandia MI (906) 943-7744

Snowy Plains Kennel, Gwinn MI (906) 249-1011


Treetops Resort, Gaylord MI (866) 348-5249 • Team Evergreen offers rides on select weekends throughout the winter months.

Lady Luck Kennels, Fowler, MI (989) 307-9711 •

S&L Artic K9’s Sled Dog Adventures, Cadillac MI (231) 775-0997 • Shemhadar Dog Sled Adventures, Cadillac MI (231) 779-9976 •



Log on for all college and high school boys and girls teams standing and schedules. Info includes Rochester-United, Rochester Adams and Stoney Creek.

6841 N. Rochester Rd. #301A, Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 650-0113

Michigan Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse

(734) 459-6220 •


Rochester Soccer Club

Michigan State Youth Soccer Magic Soccer

P.O. Box 70502, Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 941-5160 •

For local club information and contact numbers check out: Running in the USA, Road Runners Club of America,

Michigan Youth Soccer


Ultimate Soccer Arena

Auburn Hills Skate Park

202 N. Squirrel Rd., Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 370-9353 Free and unsupervised.

Skiing/Snowboarding Alpine Valley in White Lake

(248) 887-4183

Mt. Holly in Holly

(248) 634-8269 Competitive leagues for youth U7-U19 867 South Blvd., Pontiac (248) 648-7000 Leagues for youth U8-U18. Leagues for adults (men and women) - over 30 - over 40 - open mens - open co-ed

Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA)

(248) 656-8308 Check online brochure for all leagues and tournaments. Youth and adult indoor and outdoor play.

North Oakland YMCA

(248) 370-9622 Offers youth soccer classes.

Pine Knob in Clarkston

(248) 625-0800

Cross Country trails are available throughout the area. Skiing can be enjoyed at these locations that have miles of groomed trails: Addison Oaks in Leonard Independence Oaks in Clarkston Rochester Hills has ungroomed trails in Bloomer and Spencer Parks. Log on to for a complete list of destinations.


There are over 6,204 maintained interconnected trails throughoutthe state.

Michigan Snowmobile Association

(616) 361-2285 Lists of local clubs, safety class locations, trail maps and conditions.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Information on ORV/ATV registration requirements.

Website lists parks and locations of trails.


North Oakland Waves Swim Team

At the North Oakland YMCA (248) 370-9622 USS competitive year round age group swim team for ages 5 – 18+ years of age.

Michigan Swimming

(989) 631-4955 Great website for competitive swimmers providing meet postings, top ten times, time standards and results for all Michigan clubs.

Michigan Masters Swimming Lists clubs, practice pools and meets for competitive swimmers over 18 years of age.

Greater Rochester Area


RARA (Rochester Avon Recreation Authority)

(248) 656-8308 Offers outdoor lessons for children and adults spring, summer and fall. There are lighted tennis courts in Rochester’s Municipal Park, downtown behind city hall. Avondale, Bordon and Spencer Parks in Rochester Hills haveoutdoor courts. Log on to for more info.



Greater Rochester benefits from being part of the Metro Detroit area, which is unique from most metropolitan areas because of the abundance of parkland, conservation and recreation areas available for its residents to enjoy. From local community parks, to county and regional parks, to state parks and recreational areas there are tens of thousands of acres for hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting or just walking your dog. There are hundreds of lakes, rivers, streams and reservoirs for boating, fishing canoeing and kayaking. With all of these natural resources it is easy to see that Metro Detroit is a recreational and conservation paradise. Take time to check out the many options for a day adventures or a weekend getaway. Summer or Winter – the parks of Metro Detroit are there for your enjoyment. Take advantage!

Huron-Clinton Metroparks

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks, one of the nation’s largest regional park systems, offer more than 25,000 acres of pristine parklands in 13 Metroparks located across Southeast Michigan (Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston and Washtenaw counties). Head to the Huron-Clinton Metroparks for year-round outdoor recreation. The Metroparks host 9 million visitors each year! Call (810) 227-2757 or visit online at

Wolcott Mill Metropark (2,625 acres) in Ray Township west of New Haven. Historic grist mill and Farm Learning Center; tours available. 18-hole regulation golf course. 10 miles of equestrian trails. Open daily. (586) 752-5932 (farm). Lake St. Clair Metropark (770 acres) In Harrison Township. Large sandy beach

along Lake St. Clair for swimming and sunning. “Squirt Zone” spray park, swimming pool, boardwalk, paved hike/bike trail, boat ramps and marinas along the Black Creek. Par 3 18-hole and Adventure golf courses, exercise “fit-trail,” picnic areas, open-air dance pavilion, tot lot, and nature study area. Naturalist-guided nature hikes. Ice skating and cross-country skiing in winter. (586) 463-4581

Stony Creek Metropark (4,461 acres) in W. Shelby Township. Scenic, hilly countryside surrounds 500-acre Stony Creek Lake, perfect for swimmers, anglers and boaters. Two beaches, boat rentals, paved bike-hike trail, exercise “fit-trail,” 18-hole regulation golf course, 24-hole disc golf course, picnic-playground areas, nature center and nature trails, winter sports including tobogganing, sledding, ice fishing, ice skating and cross-country skiing. (586) 781-4242

Indian Springs Metropark (2,547 acres) in White Lake. Hilly terrain and swamp land at headwaters of the Huron River, with an Environmental Discovery Center, a large nature center and labeled nature trails, paved bike-hike trail and picnic areas. Naturalist guided nature hikes, underwater pond viewing room, special events and workshops, 18-hole regulation golf course, Spray-n-Play and tot lot. (248) 625-6640

Kensington Metropark (4,486 acres) near Milford. Wooded, hilly terrain surrounds the 1,200-acre Kent Lake ideal for fishing, boating and swimming. Paved bike-hike trail, picnic-playground areas, beaches, boat rentals, 18-hole regulation golf course, 27-hole disc golf course, Splash-n-Blast, nature center and trails. Visit the Kensington Farm Center and pet the animals. Enjoy a ride aboard the Island Queen II, a 46-passenger pontoon boat. And enjoy a full range of winter sports. (810) 227-8910 Huron Meadows Metropark (1,576 acres) south of Brighton. Paddle boats and

rowboats, picnic areas, children’s playground, fishing pier on Maltby Lake. 18-hole regulation golf course, driving range. Cross-country ski trails and equipment rentals in the winter. Boat rental. (734) 426-8211

Genesee County Parks

Buell Lake County Park, 14098 Genesee Road, Clio. 213 acres includes baseball

diamonds, fishing site, snowmobile area and radio controlled model airplane field.

Davison Roadside County Park, Davison and Belsay Roads, Burton.

Offerspicnic area and sledding hill on four acres. Everett Cummings (Equestrian) Center at 6130 E. Mt. Morris Rd. in Morris Flushing County Park, 4417 N. McKinley Road, Flushing. Covering 105 acres with ball diamonds, tennis courts, cross-country skiing, playground and pavilions. Genesee Recreation Area is 4,540 acres including 600 acre Mott Lake and Richfield County Park (345 acres) offering baseball diamonds, BMX motor track, canoeing on the Flint River, tennis courts, cross-country trails, snowmobiling

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Hudson Mills Metropark (1,549 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Along the Huron

River with scenic wooded areas, paved bike-hike and nature trails, picnic-playground areas, 18-hole regulation golf course, shore fishing, canoeing and scenic lagoon. Facilities include tennis, basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball courts plus a softball diamond near the Outdoor Activity Building. Cross-country skiing with rentals in winter. Two 24-hole disc golf courses. (734) 426-8211

Dexter-Huron Metropark (122 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Picnic-playground

park along the Huron River, canoe launch, fishing, play equipment and softball diamond. (734) 426-8211

Delhi Metropark (81 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Colorful Delhi rapids, picnicplayground park along the Huron River with tables, play equipment and softball diamond, children’s playground and adventure ship. (734) 426-8211

Lower Huron Metropark (1,258 acres) near Belleville. Scenic park along the Huron River with a parkway, picnic areas, playfields, fishing, Par 3 18-hole golf course, playscape for tots, tennis courts, softball diamonds, nature trails, swimming pool and water slide, food service and bathhouse. Colorful redbud in the spring. Plus beautiful fall colors. Bike-hike trail. (734) 697-9181

Willow Metropark (1,651 acres) near New Boston. Beautifully landscaped

grounds surround the central plaza area, with swimming pool, bathhouse, food service, basketball, shuffleboard, softball, skate park, large tot lot, 18-hole regulation golf course, outdoor dance center, paved bike-hike trails. Boat rentals and fishing on Washago Pond. Sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing in winter. (734) 697-9181

Oakwoods Metropark (1,756 acres) in New Boston. Primarily a nature oriented site with nature center, exhibits and live displays. Labeled nature trails for self-guided hikes and voyageur canoe trips to observe the wonders of nature. Horseback riding trail, paved bike-hike trail. Bring your own canoe/kayak. (734) 782-3956

Lake Erie Metropark (1,607 acres) near Brownstown Township near Gibraltar. Three miles of shoreline along Lake Erie provide a panoramic view. Shorefishing, wave-action swimming pool, bathhouse, food service building, picnic areas, shelter, children’s play area and marina. Cross-country skiing and ice fishing in winter. 18hole regulation golf course. Marshland Museum and Nature Center, nature trails. Three-mile paved hike/bike trail. (734) 379-5020

and picnic areas. Bluegill Boat Launch, Bluebell Beach, Splash Pad Playground and Goldenrod Disc Golf Course are also within the recreation area. Holloway Reservoir Regional Park in Linden includes the 1,975 acre reservoir in its 5,500 total acres. The Elba Equestrian Area is located here along with Walleye Pike Boat Launch, fishing sites, toboggan hill and snowmobile areas.

Linden County Park, 15349 S. Linden Road, Linden. 135 acres with ball diamonds, tennis courts, a beach on Byram Lake, sledding hill, pavilions and picnic areas. Stepping Stone Falls and Picnic Area, 5161 Branch Rd., Flint. Waterfalls, picnictables and access to Flint River bike path.

For information, call Genesee County Parks at 800-648-7275 or visit online at

Macomb County Parks

Macomb County is home to more than 130 parks covering 12,000 acres. The county has access to numerous inland lakes and Lake St. Clair with 31 miles of shoreline,over 100 marinas, and 40 golf courses. For more information visit Major parks include:

Freedom Hill – (586) 979-7010. Sterling Heights, 100 acres. Hosts numerous events including festivals, outdoor markets and concerts at the amphitheater. There is a playscape, bike path, nature trail and pavilions.

Lake St. Clair – (586) 463-4581. Mount Clemens, on Lake St. Clair (see Huron Clinton Metroparks).

Stoney Creek – (586) 781-4242. Utica and Rochester (see Huron Clinton Metroparks). Wolcott Mill – (586) 752-5932 (farm). Along the banks of the Clinton River in Ray Township (see Huron-Clinton Metroparks).

Macomb Orchard Trail – (586) 979-7010. Shelby Township at 24 Mile Road and Dequindre northeast to Richmond. This 24 mile linear hiking and biking path will eventually link 180 miles of trails in Southeast Michigan.

Oakland County Parks

13 parks and 5 golf courses. The parks offer year-round recreation, including swimming, camping, hiking, boating, golfing and picnicking to cross country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing. For information call 88-OCPARKS or visit

Independence Oaks, on Sashabaw Road in Clarkston. A naturally-maintained, 1,276 acre park with picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating (Crooked Lake) youth group camping, nature study, 12 miles of nature and ski trails with two paved trails. Also includes Wint Nature Center with educational programming.

Lyon Oaks, Pontiac Trail, Wixom. This park has a day-use area with hiking trails, picnic area with shelter, playground and a 13-acre, fenced, off-leash Bark Park. Lyon Oaks Nature Center offers interpretive programs. The adjacent 18-hole, Arthur Hills-designed golf course offers bent grass greens, tees and fairways, plus a stateof-the-art practice facility and driving range. The golf course’s picturesque clubhouse accommodates up to 450.

Red Oaks, Madison Heights. The waterpark is located on 13 Mile Road and offers:

Waterford Oaks, Watkins Lake in Waterford. Enjoy active recreation at this 185-acre park near Pontiac with a BMX track, court games complex and paved walking and nature trails. This park is also home to Oakland County’s waterpark offering The Wave, a 475,000 gallon wave-action swimming pool; Ragin’ Rapids group raft ride; the Big Bucket water playscape; and the Slidewinder, a giant double waterslide.

Orion Oaks, Clarkston Road, Orion Township. Nature preserve of more than 916 acres of green space. Amenities include fishing on 90-acre Lake Sixteen, hiking, bird watching and mountain biking. Wheelchair-accessible fishing deck is also available. A 13-acre off-leash Bark Park offers swimming access.

Highland Oaks (new to the park system), is located at the intersection of Milford Road and White Lake Road. Offers 302 acres of wetlands, forests and meadows. Archery deer hunting is allowed October 1 - January 1. DNR rules apply.

Soak Station, a children’s water playground; River Ride a 1,000 foot raft ride with sprays; Spray ‘n Play, a toddler water play area; Terrific Tides wave-action pool; and Triple Turn, a giant triple flume waterslide. The golf course is located on John R and is a completely redesigned Jerry Matthews course with three sets of tees; bunkers, berms and larger greens; and a 2,700 square-foot clubhouse.

Rose Oaks, Fish Lake Road, Rose Township. The parks has 640 acres of gently rolling terrain with open meadows, wooded uplands and valuable wetlands. Hiking, bird watching and fishing are available.

Groveland Oaks, Dixie Highway at Grange Hall Road, Holly. This park offers camping

with 269 modern campsites with electrical/water hookups, plus 194 additional sites with electrical hookups and water nearby. There are also six rental log cabins with electricity available onsite. A sandy beach and waterslide are found on Stewart Lake with rowboat, paddleboat and specialty bike rentals. Picnicking and three islands available for group outings.

Addison Oaks, West Romeo Road, near Oxford. This scenic 1,140 acre park

offers, swimming, picnicking, 24 hole Disc Golf, row, pedal boat and mountain bike rentals and over 20 miles of trails. There is also a 174 site campground and rental cabins. An elegant conference center is available to rent for weddings and banquets.

Greater Rochester Area

Springfield Oaks, Andersonville Road near Hall Road, Davisburg. A large activity center and surrounding grounds hosts the annual Oakland County Fair. The 18-hole, par 71 golf course also has a clubhouse, pro shop, cart rental, bar and grill room. Home to a 5-acre community garden, 2 outdoor arenas and an indoor arena in the grand 14,000 historic Ellis Barn, built in 1885. Catalpa Oaks, on Catalpa Dr. in Southfield. Offers 25 acres of open space featuring six soccer fields, a baseball diamond and softball field.

Glen Oaks Golf Course, 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. An 18-hole, par 70 course with facilities for weddings/receptions, banquets and golf outings.

White Lake Oaks Golf Course, Williams Lake Road, White Lake Township. This 18-hole, par 70 course has banquet facilities for up to 300.


Oakland County Parks has a zipline that move from park to park and it’s available for rent! Log on to to check out its current locationand rental information.


Michigan State Parks

Michigan State Parks are one of the state’s most important natural resources. 2nd in the nation in numbers of licensed boats, 3rd in snowmobiles, 3rd in licensed hunters and 4th in anglers, Michiganians use their parks (as do millions more), and they also generate billions of dollars for the state. Here is a list of parks located in the Metro area. For more information about all of Michigan’s State Parks log on to

Bald Mountain – Lake Orion, (248) 693-6767 Eleven lakes, two trout streams, a sandy beach, numerous trails for hiking and biking. A shooting range allows everything from archery to skeet shooting.

Belle Isle State Park – Access at E. Jefferson & E. Grand Blvd. in Detroit (844) 235-5375. Michigan’s 102nd State Park is a 982 acre island in the Detroit River connected to the city of Detroit by the MacArthur Bridge. It is home to an aquarium, conservatory, yacht club, Dossin Great Lakes Museum and numerous other park amenities. Brighton State Recreation Area – Howell, (810) 229-6566 Almost 5,000 acres, this park has open hunting and trapping; lakes for swimming, fishing, boating; trails for hiking and mountain biking, plus equestrian facilities.

Dodge State Park – Waterford, (248) 682-7323 A mile of shoreline on Cass Lake this popular sandy beach has mobile concession stands on weekends during the summer. Ice fishing and hiking in the winter months.

Highland Recreation Area – White Lake, (248) 889-3750 This park has a horse stable, 12 miles of riding trails, 17 miles of hiking trails, four lakes with boat access, fishing and Haven Hill Natural Area, former estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford.

Holly Recreation Area – Holly, (248) 634-8811 At 7,817 acres, several thousand are maintained for wildlife habitat. Swim in McGinnis Lake, fish and boat in others. Over 30 miles of hiking and biking trails. Camping available. Island Lake Recreation Area – Brighton, (810) 229-7067 “Up North” feel with cabins, trails, fishing, hunting. Kent Lake and Spring Mill Pond have swimming beaches.

Lakelands Trail State Park – Pinckney, (734) 426-4913 A linear park, 13 miles long, with a gravel surface. Designed for hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.

Maybury State Park – Northville, (248) 349-8390 This facility operates a year round working farm representing life in the early 1900s. There are also miles of trailing for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Pinckney Recreation Area – Pinckney, (734) 426-4913 This park offers 11,000 acres of extensive trails, 26 miles for mountain bikers, the 46 mile Waterloo-Pinckney Trail, backpacking, fishing and hunting. Pontiac Lake Recreation Area – Waterford, (248) 666-1020

Ponds, marshes, fields, miles of trails, horseback riding and stable, beach, camping. Pontiac Lake has bass, pike and panfish.

Proud Lake Recreation Area – Wixom, (248) 685-2433 This park has three lakes, hunting, fishing, canoeing and campground with its own beach and boat launch. Cross-country skis and canoes are available for rent. Seven Lakes State Park – Fenton, (248) 634-7271

Beautiful lakes, sandy beach for swimming, campground, boating and fishing. Picnic shelter, grills and playground equipment available for rent.

Outdoor Adventure Center – Michigan Department of Natural Resources

This family-friendly destination brings Michigan’s woods, water and wildlife inside a three-story, 40,000 square foot building near the Detroit Riverwalk and William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor. This unique facility provides hands-on recreational experiences for all ages and abilities through a variety of a activities and exhibits. There is an entrance fee.

William G. Milliken State Park & Harbor – (313) 396-0217. Detroit Located close to Hart Plaza and the Ren-Cen, this is Michigan’s first urban state park. Includes Detroit’s three-mile Riverwalk and 52 slip marina. Complete with lighthouse, picnic tables, and shore-fishing famed for walleye. Waterloo Recreation Area – Chelsea, (734) 475-8307 The largest park in the lower peninsula, it covers 20,500 acres. Eleven lakes, 47 miles of trails (including equestrian), cabins for camping and Eddy Discovery Center which explores Michigan’s geological history.

W.C. Wetzel State Park – Harrison Township, (810) 765-5605 No permit is required at this undeveloped park. Great for hiking, hunting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Most state parks require a motor vehicle permit which can be purchased at any park entrance. Both day passes and annual permits are available. Hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased at any sporting goods store.

Michigan's Newest (103rd) State Park The Great Lakes contain an estimated 5,500 cubic miles of water – one fifth of all the liquid surface fresh water on Earth. Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, third largest by volume.

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Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve - Brooklyn (517) 467-7401 1,122 acres of open meadows, mixed hardwoods, low wetland areas and open water. An excellent waterfowl refuge, the park plans to offer hiking, birdwatching, upland hunting, mountain biking and other activities.

Civics U.S. Officials

President Donald J. Trump (R) Vice President Mike Pence (R) The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20500 Comments: (202) 456-1111 Switchboard: (202) 456-1414

U.S. Senators

Gary Peters (D) Washington: (202) 224-6221 Local: (248) 273-4227 Debbie Stabenow (D) Washington: (202) 224-4822 Local: (313) 961-4330

U.S. Representative

State Officials Governor: Rick Snyder (R) P.O. Box 30013 Lansing 48909 (517) 373-3400 Lt. Governor: Brian Calley (R) (517) 373-6800 Secretary of State: Ruth Johnson (R) (517) 373-2510 Treasurer: Kevin Clinton (R) (517) 373-3223 Attorney General: Bill Schuette (R) (517) 373-1110

Oakland County Officials

Oakland County Courthouse 1200 N. Telegraph Pontiac 48341

(8th District) Mike Bishop(R) Washington: (202) 225-4872 Lansing: (517) 702-8000

County Clerk: Lisa Brown (248) 858-0581

State Senators

Executive: L. Brooks Patterson (248) 858-0484

P.O. Box 30036 Lansing 48909 12th District – Townships of Addison, Bloomfield, Independence, part of Oakland, Orion, Oxford, and Southfield. Cities of Auburn Hills, Keego, Harbor, Pontiac, and Sylvan Lake and the Village of Clarkston

Jim Marleau (R) (248) 373-2417

13th District – Cities of Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clawson, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, and Troy

Marty Knollenberg (R) (517) 373-2523

State Representatives N-894 House Office Building P.O. Box 30014 Lansing 48933 45th District – Serves part of Oakland Twp, Rochester and Rochester Hills.

Water Resources Commissioner: Jim Nash (248) 858-0958 Prosecutor: Jessica Cooper (248) 858-0656 Sheriff: Michael Bouchard (248) 858-5000 Treasurer: Andrew Meisner (248) 858-0611 Oakland County Commissioners 1200 N. Telegraph Pontiac, 48341 (248) 858-0100 21 members represent 21 equally populated districts, operating under a “committee system”. Elected to a two-year term, they’re responsible for: • Formulating county policies • Establishing property tax millage rates • Adopting ordinances and rules • Adopting County budget and development plans • Adopting and enforcing rules establishing authority and duties of County departments.

Michael Webber (R) (517) 373-1773

Three commissioners cover the Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township area: District 3 (Oakland Township) Michael Spisz (R)

John Reilly (R) (517) 373-1798

District 11 (Part of Rochester Hills) Doug Tietz (R) District 15 (Rochester and part of Rochester Hills) Adam Korchenderfer (R)

46th District – Serves Addison, Brandon, Orion, Oxford, and part of Oakland Township.

Greater Rochester Area

District Court

52nd-3 District Court 700 Barclay Circle Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 853-5553 Covers all of Oakland Township, Rochester and Rochester Hills. Divisions include: Traffic, Civil, Criminal and Probation.

Circuit Court

Oakland County 6th Circuit Court 1200 N. Telegraph Pontiac, 48341 Information: (248) 858-0355 Jury Service: (248) 858-0029 Friend of the Court: (248) 858-1565 Adult Probation: (248) 858-0303 Juvenile: (248) 858-0112 Division of the State judiciary serving as the trial court for all Oakland County citizens. Hears both civil and criminal cases, as well as appeals from the District and Probate courts. Has exclusive jurisdiction on certain family matters. Oakland County Probate Court 1200 N. Telegraph Pontiac 48341 Information: (248) 858-0260 Probate Court deals with issues related to wills, trusts, estates, guardianships and mental health.

Local Government Contacts

The City of Rochester operates under a Council, Mayor and Manager form of government. Contact numbers and information are on the City website The City of Rochester Hills operates under a Home Rule Council and Mayor form of government. Contact information is on the City website

Other Contacts

Citizens Research Council of Michigan 124 W. Allegan, Ste 620, Lansing 48933 (517) 485-9444, Independent, not-for-profit public policy research organization. Does not lobby for, support or oppose candidates. Provides information on issues concerning voters; has an expansive library of publications. League of Women Voters – Oakland County Area (248) 594-6602, Provides voters guides, information about special elections, including local elections, election results and holds candidate forums. Voter Registration You may register by contacting the City offices, Township offices or any Secretary of State office.

(See Basics – Drivers License for locations.)

The Charter Township of Oakland lists the names and contact information for the Board, Supervisor and Trustees on their websites. Log on to



About the Rochester Regional Chamber Fund The Rochester Regional Chamber Fund will be a 501(c) (3) organization that supports the mission of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce, which is to provide leadership and resources in order to advance business development throughout the greater Rochester communities. Gifts to the Rochester Regional Chamber Fund maintain and enhance the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce’s programming and services including: • Leadership development • Entrepreneurial and economic competitiveness • Workforce development • Educational Programming and community involvement initiatives

Why Support?

Donations to the Rochester Regional Chamber Fund contribute directly to enhancing the programming and service that foster commerce and economic prosperity in our region.


The purpose of the Chamber Fund shall include these components:

Leadership & Workforce Development • •

Supporting and facilitating leadership development programs to assure an effective well prepared base of volunteer leadership Facilitating information exchange within a variety of professions including but not limited to safety personnel, health care professionals and human resource managers

Entrepreneurial & Economic Competitiveness • • •

Providing programs to inform the business community and general public about the most current and innovative business practices and technology Studying, researching and publishing information to improve the business climate and employment growth in the community Offering educational programs on the latest environmental and safety regulations and issues

Educational Programming and Community Involvement

• Awarding scholarships to exemplary area employees and other interested parties in the Rochester Area who are upgrading their skills and abilities through advanced education and/or training • Supporting and encouraging wellness programs throughout the employment base in the community • Promoting formal discussion and training that facilitates understanding between diverse economic, ethnic and governmental entities and groups

For more information about this fund, please call (248) 651-6700.


Archives, Museums and Historical Data City of Rochester Historical Commission

400 Sixth St., Rochester 48307 (248) 651-9061 Features a number of buildings, people and objects online that commemorate the areas historical significance. Also responsible for the “Historic Marker” project which designates homes in the area over 75 years old.

Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District

388 W. Predmore Rd., Oakland Twp. 48363 (248) 608-6807 Tours by appointment Sixteen acres within Cranberry Lake Park. Consists of the main house, caretakers house, Flumerfelt Barn (circa 1879) replica of a carriage house, spring house, greenhouse and other out buildings.

Griggs (circa 1880) and Newberry (circa 1872) Elevators University at Water St., Rochester

Meadowbrook Hall and Gardens

Rochester Hills Public Library

History Room (2nd Floor) 500 Old Towne Rd., Rochester 48307 (248) 656-2900 Offers a large variety of historical information to the public, including newspapers, magazines, photos, postcard collection, genealogical data and yearbooks from the high schools.

Schuette Oak

Corner of Letts and Rush Roads in Oakland Township. Measuring 120 feet tall, 20.5 feet in diameter this National Tree Champion (from 1972-1978) is thought to be over 500 years old.

Business Connections Automation Alley

2675 Bellingham Dr., Troy 48083 (800) 427-5100 Offers numerous services to grow high tech businesses

City of Rochester Economic Development

480 S. Adams Rd., Rochester 48309 (248) 364-6200 One of the finest examples of Tudor Revival architecture. Built between 1926 and 1929 for Matilda Dodge Wilson. 110 Rooms, 88,000 square feet. Open to the public year round.

400 Sixth Street, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-9061

Oakland Township Historical Society

BBB Serving Eastern Michigan

384 W. Predmore Rd., Oakland Twp. 48363 (248) 693-8660 Log on for meetings schedule, programs and projects.

Rochester Avon Historical Society

(248) 266-5440 Log on to view newsletters, calendar of events and projects. The society has launched a website that shows pictures and locations of numerous sites of historic interest

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

1005 Van Hoosen Rd., Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 656-4663 Located in Stoney Creek Village, this 16-acre museum complex features the 1840’s Farmhouse, 1850’s Red House and renovated dairy barn. Archives, exhibits, programs, store and Stoney Creek one room schoolhouse and is home of the vintage (and active) Rochester Grangers Baseball Club.

City of Rochester Hills Economic Development

1000 Rochester Hills Dr., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 841-2577 20300 W. 12 Mile, Ste. 202, Southfield 48076 (248) 223-9400

Detroit SCORE Chapter 18

(313) 226-7947 Counseling workshops for small business owners

Michigan Small Business Development Center Southeast Michigan Region (734) 487-0355 Oakland County Business Center (248) 858-0783

Oakland County “Advantage Oakland” has numerous programs available to help with resources, connections, and development. Log on and click Business and Program tabs for more information.

OU Incubator

1 Golf View Ln., Oakland University, Rochester 48309 Shotwell-Gustafson Pavilion, (248) 648-4800, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce

71 Walnut St., Ste. 110, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-6700

Rochester Downtown Development Authority

308 ½ Main St., Rochester 48307 (248) 656-0060

National Trust For Historic Preservation

(202) 588-6219 Main Street award organization. Log on for preservation issues and membership information.

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)

535 Griswold St., Ste 300, Detroit, 48226 (313) 961-4266 Provides data and analysis on issues related to Southeast Michigan. Gives direct assistance in areas of environment, transportation, community and economic development. Lobbies on behalf of Southeast Michigan in Lansing and Washington D.C

Greater Rochester Area


Assisted Living, Nursing Homes and Home Health Care Assisted Living and Nursing All Seasons of Rochester Hills

175 E. Nawakwa Dr. Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 841-4478

American House Elmwood Senior Living

2251 West Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 327-0497

American House Stone Senior Living

3741 S. Adams Rd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 257-4011

American House The Village Senior Living

3617 S. Adams Rd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 327-3554

Boulevard Health Center

3500 W. South Blvd., Rochester 48309 (248) 852-7800 Short-term nursing, rehab

HarborChase of Auburn Hills – Memory Care

3033 N. Squirrel Rd., Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 403-8599 Specializing in Alzheimer and dementia care

Sanctuary at Bellbrook

873 W. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 656-6300

Sheltering Arms Adult Day Care

(Division of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan) 3300 S. Adams Rd. Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 537-3300

Sunrise of Rochester

500 E. University, Rochester 48307 (248) 601-9000

Waltonwood on Main

1401 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (800) 239-0147

Waltonwood at University

3250 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills 48309 (800) 250-7597

In-Home Care Comfort Keepers

1130 Tienken Ct., Ste. 203, Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 651-9880

Crittenton Home Care

2251 N. Squirrel Rd., Ste. 320, Auburn Hills 48326 Private duty (248) 656-7010 Skilled Nursing (248) 656-6757

Golden Heart Senior Care - Rochester Hills

(248) 469-0021 Non-medical services, medication reminders, housekeeping, personal care, transportation and more.

Guardian Angel Home Care

1715 Northfield Dr., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 293-2400 Includes medical equipment and transportation services.

Heavenly Home Care

(248) 310-3807 Non-medical services from 2-24 hours a day.

Synergy Home Care of Rochester

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410 W. University Dr., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 608-3970


Communications (cable, internet, and phone)

Apple (I-Phone) (800) MY-APPLE Apple Products (MAC, I-Pod, Phone, I-Pad, Tunes) Apple Store @ Somerset Collection in Troy (248) 822-0081 Apple Store @ Partridge Creek in Clinton Twp. (586) 840-0500 AT & T (800) 331-0500 or 611 from cell phone Authorized Dealer at: • 1270 Walton, Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 923-0417 Comcast (800) 226-2278 DirecTV (Satellite) (888) 359-9016 Dish Network (Satellite) (888) 359-8966 Sprint (866) 866-7509

Authorized Dealers at: • 3082 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester 48306 (248) 844-5100 • 6910 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 601-4141


Authorized Dealers at: • 3159 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 853-0550 • 1467 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 608-0010

Wide Open West (866) 496-9669

Community Centers

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

333 North Hill Circle, Rochester 48307 (248) 656-0999 This interpretive nature center offers various programs and events for the Rochester community, including Daffodils for Dinosaurs, Heritage Days, and community gardens.

Older Persons' Commission (OPC)

650 Letica, Rochester 48307 (248) 656-1403 Offers a variety of programs and recreational amenities for persons 50+ years of age and many special events open to the public.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA)

407 Pine St., Rochester 48307 (248) 651-4110 Non-profit art center offers classes, lectures, community outreach,art gallery and gift shop.

Rochester Hills Public Library

500 Old Towne Rd., Rochester 48307 (248) 656-2900 Computers and meeting rooms available.

Rochester Community House

816 Ludlow, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-0622 Gathering place for many clubs and organizations. Offers classes and specialized events throughout the year.

Driving for Life:

A Guide For Older Drivers and Their Families Need information to cope with the driving challenges of older persons and help identifying when its time to put the keys to the car away? Check out this pamphlet published by the Michigan Secretary of State.

Driver License, Auto Registration and License Plates, and State Park “Recreation Passports”

5. Complete a minimum of 30 days of practice driving on a temporary instruction permit (TIP).* 6. Pass a road skills test, which is administered by an independent testing agency approved by the Secretary of State.* * A person with a valid out-of-state driver license may have the road skills test, knowledge test, and 30-day practice requirements waived. The Secretary of State will contact your previous home state to obtain your driver record, which then becomes part of your Michigan driver record. Four forms of ID are required, along with proof of no-fault auto insurance, before you can register your car.

Local offices of the Michigan Secretary of State:

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF STATE Lansing 48918-0001 Information Center: (888) 767-6424 Website:

East Oakland County Plus, 1111 E. Long Lake Rd., Troy 48085 (Accepts charge cards, renew license plates tabs 24/7)

You must title and register all motor vehicles immediately upon purchase or moving to Michigan. Residents can secure new driver licenses and auto license plates through any Michigan Secretary of State branch office. State park permits can be purchased each year when updating your auto license plate registration.

(Accepts charge cards, renew license plates tabs 24/7)

Oakland County Supercenter, 1270 Pontiac Road, Pontiac 48340 (Accepts charge cards, renew license plates tabs 24/7, open Saturday mornings 9-12)

If you are 18 or older you must meet certain requirements before a Michigan driver license can be issued (drivers under the age of 18 are issued graduated drivers licenses that have various restrictions).

(Accepts charge cards, renew license plates tabs 24/7)

1. You must have proof of identity, residency and social security number 2. Pass a vision test and meet physical and mental standards set by the Secretary of State’s office. 3. Pass a written and driving skills test if a new driver. 4. Pay the license fee. There is a charge and a chart of various fees online under “Online Services and Information.”

Greater Rochester Area

North Oakland County Plus, 7090 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston 48348

Rochester Hills, 2250 Crooks Rd., Rochester Hills 48309

For persons 65 years or age or older or anyone that can’t drive for either a physical or medical reason, a FREE State ID card is available through the Michigan Secretary of State ( and must be accepted by law as a form of personal identification.


Family Support Services AA of Oakland County

168 University Dr., Pontiac 48342 (248) 332-3521 Will provide meeting locations in the area.

AlAnon/AlaTeen Central Oakland County

3720 Elizabeth Lake Rd., Waterford 48328 (248) 706-1020 Log on for meetings, locations and times.

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan

PO  Box 80932, Rochester 48308 Store (248) 656-0414 Operates the store Resale Connection at 204 S. Main St. in Rochester. Open Tuesday-Saturday

Avondale Youth Assistance

1435 W. Auburn, Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 852-3716 Counseling for students and families.

Common Ground

1410 S. Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills 48302 (248) 456-8150 (administration), 24 Hour Crisis Line (800) 231-1127 Six locations provide mental health counseling, outreach, crisis and support services and residential facilities.

Community Foundation of Greater Rochester

303 East St., P.O. Box 80431, Rochester 48308 (248) 608-2804 Funds “Blessing in the Backpack” program for all school children

Crossroads Pregnancy Center

3205 South Blvd., Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 293-0070

Food Pantry

@ First Congregation Church 1315 Pine St., Rochester 48307 (248) 651-5836 Operated thru the Neighborhood House; Log on for eligibility requirements.


24 Hour Crisis Line (248) 334-1274 General info (248) 334-1284 Oakland County domestic violence and sexual assault counseling center

Leader Dogs for the Blind

1039 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 651 -9011

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Lighthouse of Oakland County

46156 Woodward Ave., Pontiac 48342 (248) 920-6000 For those families moving from crisis to self-sufficiency.

North Oakland Family YMCA

3378 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 370-YMCA

Oakland Family Services

130 Hampton Circle, Ste. 100, Rochester Hills, 48307 (248) 853-0750

Rainbow Connection

621 W. University, Rochester 48307 (248) 601-9474

Rochester Area Neighborhood House

1234 Inglewood, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-5836 Helps those in need or in crisis with a variety of support services.

Rochester Area Youth Assistance

3200 W. Tienken, Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 656-3558 Professional counseling and caseworkers for children ages 5-16 and their families.

Rochester Auburn Hills Community Coalition P.O. Box 80304, Rochester 48308 (248) 396-0508 Promotes drug abuse prevention.

Rochester Community House

816 Ludlow, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-0622 Once a month Sunday dinners are served free of charge to low income families and seniors. Also delivers to the housebound. Reservations required.


(248) 601-4041 Summer camp for those with mental or physical disabilities. Log on to the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority website for full list of activities.

Sober Support Unit @ Resource and Crisis Center 1200 N. Telegraph Bldg. 32 East, Pontiac 48341 (248) 464-6363 Program for substance abusers.

Teacher’s Pet

(248) 840-5107 Dogs and Kids learning together

United Way of Southeastern Michigan

600 Woodward, Detroit 48226 (313) 226-9200 •

Recycling / Green Information All three communities are in different stages of developing strategies to preserve and protect green spaces, natural wildlife habitats, and offer a wide variety of conservation tips. Log on to:

Oakland Township

Education For Information about the school systems servicing the Greater Rochester Area please call or log on: Avondale School District

Rochester Community Schools

Lake Orion Community Schools

Romeo Community Schools

Click on “Community Info”, then “Environmental Information.” Residents of the Township will be mailed a postcard that may be used to access drop-off recycling at Eagle Valley Landfill on Silverbell Rd. Questions? Call (248) 651-4440, ext. 216

2940 Waukegan St, Auburn Hills, MI 48326 (248) 537-6000 •

Rochester “City Beautiful” Commission “Green City” Sub-Committee

315 N. Lapeer St., Lake Orion, MI (248) 693-5400 • Includes information and applications for the community garden.

Rochester Hills

Click on "Living In" for information regarding the Community Garden, Green Spaces, Recycling and Water Conservation. The City of Rochester has a mandatory recycling program providing bins to all residents. Call (248) 651 -9061 with questions or bin needs.

Rochester Hills has curbside recycling and participates in the Recycling Bank program, which offers point rewards. Call (888) 727-2978 or log on to for more info. North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste Consortium (NOHAZ)

(248) 858-5656 All three communities are part of this program. Log on to see the collection events and schedule. NOTE: There is a $10.00 fee, per event, for Oakland Twp and Rochester Hills residents. Rochester residents may pick up a free voucher at City Hall.

Clinton River Watershed Council

1115 W. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 601-0606

501 W. University Dr. , Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 726-3000 • 316 N. Main St. , Romeo, MI 48065 (586) 752-0200 •

Michigan Graduation Requirements

Michigan has some of the toughest high school graduation requirements in the country. They consist of: ● 4 credits math and English language arts ● 3 credits science and social studies ● 2 credits foreign language ● 1 credit physical education/health ● 1 credit visual and performing arts ● 1 online learning class

All students are required to take the Michigan Merit Exam which replaces the MEAP testing.


Of the 342 schools awarded nationwide, 13 were located in Michigan! On that list: Brewster Elementary • Hamlin Elementary Rochester Adams High School


Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

333 North Hill Circle, Rochester 48307 (248) 656-0999 Educational corporation fundraisers supports, develops and maintains the preserve. 16-acres are the setting for many classes and programs.

Michigan Green Schools – Oakland County 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford, 48328 (248) 209-2000

Michigan State University Extension Office

1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Dept. 416, Pontiac, 48341 (248) 858-0880

Michigan Recycling Coalition

(517) 974-3672 Provides helpful information, links and guides.

North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy P.O. Box 285, Clarkston, 48347 (248) 795-2808

Paint Creek Trail

Mailing: 4393 Collins Rd., Rochester 48306 (248) 651-9260

Six Rivers Land Conservancy

4480 Orion Rd, Rochester 48306 (248) 601-2816

Greater Rochester Area



Information Centers

Mailing Services

29100 Northwestern Highway, Ste. 400, Southfield, 48034 (800) 852-7795

• 511 Old Towne Rd., Rochester 48308 • 2632 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307

Area Agency on Aging 1-B

BBB Serving Eastern Michigan

20300 W. 1 2 Mile, Ste. 202, Southfield 48076 (248) 223-9400

Michigan State University Extension - Oakland County (248) 858-0880

Oakland County

1200 N. Telegraph, Pontiac, 48341 (248) 858-1000

Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce 71 Walnut St., Ste. 110, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-6700


Oakland Talking Book Service

Rochester Hills Public Library (248) 650-7150 Free service that loans more than 20,000 talking books, magazines, large print books, Braille materials, and book players. Applications may be made in person or online.

Rochester Hills Public Library

500 Old Towne Rd., Rochester 48307 (248) 656-2900 Bookmobile services, book carts at extended care facilities and a mini-branch at the Older Persons Commissions.

Orion Township Public Library • Graubner Branch 65821 VanDyke, Washington 48095 (586) 752-0603 • Kezar Branch 107 Church St, Romeo 48065 (586) 752-2583

Local Public Access Television

CMNtv (Channel 18 on Comcast and WOW) 1230 Souter Blvd., Troy 48083 (248) 589-7778 Features high tech studios, live local events, classes and government access for local Council and Board of Trustee Meetings (log on for channels). Note: Many events are streamed live or are available to view online at

Serving the residents and businesses of: Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, North Troy, South Washington, South Oakland Township, Shelby Township and Utica.

• Classic Shipping, 3128 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills 48309, (248) 375-3388 • Fed Ex Office Print and Ship Center, 133 S. Main St., Rochester 48307, (248) 651-2679 2785 University, Auburn Hills 48326, (248) 377-2222 • Office Print & Ship, 4193 Baldwin, Auburn Hills, 48326, (248) 253-0719

United Parcel Service (UPS) Toll Free (800) PICK-UPS (742-5877) Store Locations: • Classic Shipping, 3128 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 375-3388 • 145 Livernois, Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 656-2106 Log on to the website to find information about drop boxes and smaller annex locations.

Newspapers & E-Newsletters Detroit News Detroit Free Press

You can subscribe to either paper by calling (800) 395-3300

Romeo District Library

Call (586) 596-2125

Federal Express (Fed Ex) (800) 463-3339 Shipping Centers

Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine (877) 824-9374

825 Joslyn Rd., Lake Orion 48362 (248) 693-3000

Post Office Locations: (800) ASK-USPS (275-8777)

Our affordable and highly recommended services include: • Lawn Services • Landscape • Home Services • Fall/Spring Cleanup • Landscape Design - Hardscape - Softscape

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Oakland Press (248) 745-4700 Rochester Post (586) 498-1071

Basics Pet Information and Critter Control

Oakland County Parks are Dog Friendly!

The State of Michigan requires all dogs must be licensed by four months of age. Verification of updated rabies vaccine and sterilization, if applicable, must be presented. Dog and cat licenses may be purchased at the Oakland County Animal Control, 1700 Brown Rd., Auburn Hills, Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, (248) 391-4102. Report stray animals to this location.

Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks and Red Oaks County Parks offer acres of OFF LEASH dog heaven, including trails, picnic shelter, drinking water, field area and beaches for dog swimming only. They even have modern restrooms for people use only. Sections of each park are open on a rotating basis. For more information and to view maps of the parks online log on to

The City of Rochester requires cats and dogs to be licensed by March 1st. There’s an additional late fee unless you are a new resident. A park permit is required for dogs to enter city parks. For purchases and information contact the Clerks office at (248) 651-9061.

Rochester Hills requires that dogs of new residents be licensed within 30 days. Licenses are valid January 1 – December 31. Licenses not renewed by June 1 have a fee increase unless a new resident. Contact the City Treasurer at (248) 656-4675. Oakland Township requires that dogs of new residents be licensed within 30 days. If renewing, it must be purchased by June 1st of the following year. Contact the Treasurers office at 651-4440. Note: dogs must be on a six foot leash in parks at all times.

Critter Catchers (248) 432-2712 Licensed company has a trapping program, bat and mice control, can install chimney caps and TAP pest control insulation

Critter Control – Rochester Hills

(586) 323-1010 Provides animal and damage control, prevention services and animal removal.

Michigan Humane Society Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care 3600 W. Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills 48309, (248) 852-7420 Performs adoption, cruelty investigations and emergency rescue and provides wildlife information.

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The Rochester Post Office at 511 Olde Towne Road processes passport applications. An appointment is required and a passport photo can be taken here as well. Call (248)  601-1011. Expedited processing and foreign visas can be obtained by appointment at: The Detroit Passort Agency 211 W. Fort St., Detroit 48226 • 877-487-2778 For further information log on to the U.S. Department of State website at


Amtrak Train and Bus Service

(800) 872-7245 Train stations are located in Flint, Lapeer and Pontiac.

Detroit Airport Limo Cars

(800) 734-1750

Metro Cars

Senior Services

Area Agency on Aging 1-B

29100 Northwestern Highway, Ste. 400, Southfield 48034 (800) 852-7795 Comprehensive organization that helps with advocacy, Medicare and Medicaid issues, care giving, respite, driving program, meals on wheels and more.

Older Persons' Commission (OPC)

650 Letica Dr., Rochester 48307 (248) 656-1403 Open to all residents 50+ years of age in Oakland Township, Rochester and Rochester Hills.Log on to the OPC website for details. Transportation for 60+ or disabled (248) 652-4780.

Keep in Touch Directory • Rochester Hills Public Library

(248) 650-7150 List of phone numbers includes emergency, home chore services, clubs, crisis assistance, recreational and cultural programs.

Senior Resource Directory and Senior Advocate Newsletter

(800) 456-1701 www,

Detroit Metro Airport Transportation

(800) 505-3161

(248) 858-0213 Online publications for seniors.

Social Security Administration


Bishop International Airport (FNT) 3425 W. Bristol Rd.• Flint (810) 235-6560 • Conveniently located off I-75 and I-69, with five airlines, numerous non-stop flights, free Wi-Fi, business center, lounge, restaurant and bar, gift shop. AIRLINE Allegiant American Airlines Delta Southwest United

RESERVATIONS (702) 505-888 (800) 433-7300 (800) 221-1212 (800) I-FLY-SWA (800) 864-8331


Oakland International Airport (OCIA) 6500 Highland Rd. • Waterford • (248) 666-3900 • Nation’s 12th busiest general aviation airport accommodating air traffic in Michigan. Corporate, private, air cargo.

Detroit/Wayne County Metropolitan Airport (Identifier: DTW) Call (734) AIRPORT for General Information (734) 942-3126 Lost & Found Information (800) 642-1978 24 Hour Parking Hotline Located off I-94 at Exit 198 or off I-275 at Eureka Rd. One of the busiest in the U.S., has six runways, 145 gates,19,000 parking spaces, serving over 30 million people a year. The award winning McNamara Terminal features a major shopping experience!

Detroit Metro Airport Terminal Guide McNamara Terminal AIRLINE

Air France Delta Aero Mexico

North Terminal AIRLINE

Air Canada Alaska Air American Frontier Jet Blue Lufthansa Royal Jordanian Southwest Spirit United

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800-237-2747 800-221-1212 800-237-6639



888-247-2262 800-252-7522 800-433-7300 800-432-1359 800-538-2583 800-645-3880 212-949-0050 800-435-9792 800-772-7117 800-241-6522

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1280 Pontiac Rd., Pontiac 48340 Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 4:00 PM, (800) 772-1213, TTY (800) 325-0778,

Elder Abuse and Neglect State of Michigan (855) 444-3911


Consumers Energy

(800) 477-5050

DTE Energy

(800) 477-4747 GAS LEAKS (800) 947-5000,

Detroit Water and Sewer

(313) 267-8000 EMERGENCIES (313) 267-7401

Rochester Department of Public Works (248) 651-5165

Oakland County Environmental Health Department

Well & Septic Permits (248) 858-1312,

Veterans Services

John D. Dingall VA Medical Center

4646 John Rd., Detroit, MI 48201 (313) 576-1000

Oakland County Services Pontiac Office, (248) 858-0785 Troy, (248) 655-1250 Oakland University

Veterans Certification Office (in Office of the Registrar) (248) 370-4010 Support Services (248) 370-2010 Offers support services and priority registration for students.

U.S. Veterans Office - Detroit Regional Office (800) 827-1000

Voters Registration (and Election Results)

You can register to vote and find out election results at their city or township offices, secretary of state offices and the Oakland County Clerks Office. For secretary of state offices see listing under Driver License, Auto Registration And License Plates And State Park Recreation Passports information above or access online at

Zip Codes

Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township have the following zip codes: 48306, 48307, 48308, 48309, and 48363. The 48308 zip code is for post offices boxes only.


The Oakland County Clerks Office records birth, death and marriage certificates that occur in Oakland County. Copies are available through this office. The Clerk also supplies marriage licenses, notary public and passport applications and concealed weapons permits. Deeds and mortgages for land ownership are also recorded in the Vital records Office (248) 858-0597. If you have any questions log on to The City of Rochester Hills can process applications for certified copies of birth and death certificates occurring within the city. Call the Clerks office at (248) 656-4630

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The important decision for women is who to trust with all the various aspects of their obstetric and gynecologic health and this can be a difficult one. For the women of Oakland and Macomb Counties, this decision has been made easier over the past 15 years thanks to Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology. Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology has three locations - Oxford, Washington Township and Rochester Hills. They have recently moved their Rochester Hills office to 1135 West University, Suite 100. Now, with the larger third location, they are able to provide even more comprehensive service while continuing the excellent care they have become known for in the community. Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology in Rochester Hills features state-of-the-art equipment allowing them to provide minimally invasive robotic surgery, ultrasounds, other in-office procedures and the revolutionary MonaLisa Touch Laser Therapy. For procedures requiring anesthesia, they even have an anesthesiologist who comes to the office on a monthly basis, allowing their patients to stay in a comfortable environment during their procedure.

The MonaLisa is currently the most effective - and gentle - non-surgical, non- pharmacological method for vaginal rejuvenation. “The MonaLisa is a CO2 laser,” explained Dr. Brian Reedy. Dr. Reedy is one of the eight board-certified doctors at Contemporary and has been with them since day one. “It’s basically for women who are having trouble with sex and experiencing pain and dryness. This is very commonly associated with menopause or breast cancer survivors. This offers them a non-hormonal method and is tolerated very well without any anesthesia. The studies that look at the before and after are pretty remarkable.” In addition to all of the cutting-edge technological features and services, Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology provides care in every aspect of traditional women’s health. They focus on both the physical and emotional well-being of all their patients, during all stages of life. Annual wellness exams, HPV, cervical and breast cancer screenings, menopausal care, and all facets of pregnancy care and family planning are just some of the services they provide.

Modern equipment and the latest breakthroughs in services available are important, but to the staff at Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology and their patients, that is just a piece of the puzzle. Another thing that sets Contemporary apart is the care and individual attention each patient receives. “We like to provide our patients with a pleasant atmosphere,” said Dr. Reedy. “One thing we all try to do is avoid long waits. We really do our best not to get far behind or overschedule. Our patient’s time is important and we strive for that.”

To schedule your appointment at the Rochester Hills location, call (248) 656-2022. To find out more about all of the services available, get to know some of the amazing doctors on staff, or see the latest news surrounding all three offices, visit Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology online at

Ron Norkiewicz



Greater Rochester Area


Health Care

Emergency Service Contact Information For Medical Emergencies

Dial 911

Health Organizations/ Associations

National Bone Marrow Transplant Link 20411 W. 12 Mile Rd., Ste. 108 Southfield 48076 (800) 546-5268 •

Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak:

25200 Telegraph Ste. 100 Southfield 48033 (248) 351-0280 •

Oakland County Medical Society

(248) 964-5111

Alzheimer’s Association

American Cancer Society

20450 Civic Center Drive Southfield 48076 (248) 663-3400 •

American Diabetes Association

300 Galleria Office Center, Ste. 111 Southfield 48034 (248) 433-3830

American Heart Association

27777 Franklin Rd., Ste. 1150 Southfield 48034 (248) 936-5800 •

American Red Cross

SE MI Chapter 100 Mack Ave. Detroit 48201 (313) 833-4440 •

American Lung Association 1475 E. 12 Mile Madison Heights 48071 (248) 784-2000

Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan 25200 Telegraph, Ste. 110 Southfield 48033 (248) 351-7979

Michigan Lupus Foundation

29433 Southfield Rd., Ste. 210 Southfield 48076 (800) 705-6677 •

Michigan Parkinson Foundation

30400 Telegraph Rd., Ste. 150 Bingham Farms 48025 (248) 433-1011 • (800) 852-9781

National Arab American Medical Association

2265 Livernois, Ste. 720 Troy 48083 (248) 646-3661 •


Coast2Coast Rx Card

Oakland County residents may participate in this free prescription discount program. Wide variety of savings available on retail drugs. All family members can use it and there are no age or income exclusions Log on to to print your free card. You may also call the Oakland County Board of Commissioners office for more informaiton: 248-858-0100.

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(248) 898-2000

Beaumont Hospital – Troy:

39577 Woodward Ave., Ste. 230 Bloomfield Hills 48304 (248) 773-4000 •

Crittenton Hospital - Rochester:

Oakland County Dental Society

(248) 857-6720

16205 W. 14 Mile Rd., Ste. 201 Beverly Hills 48025 (248) 540-9333

Poison Control Center

Childrens Hospital of Michigan 4160 John R, Ste 616 Detroit, 48201 (800) 222-1222 •

Tri-County Dental Health Council 29699 Southfield Rd. Southfield 48076 248-559-7767


3011 W. Grand Blvd., Ste. 230 Detroit 48202 •  (313) 446-9800 Comprehensive AIDS service organization providing HIV related services through compassionate direct care, prevention and outreach.

Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan

30800 Telegraph, Ste. 1728 Bingham Farms 48025 (800) 882-5720 •

Visiting Physicians Association Metropolitan Detroit Office

21540 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Ste 200 Southfield 48076 (248) 352-2000 • (888) 742-0285


Hospice of Michigan

26957 Northwestern Hwy., Ste.120 Southfield, 48033 24-hour information line: (888) 247-5701 • Serving Oakland County

Mercy Home Care and Hospice

1111 W. Long Lake, Ste. 102 Troy 48098 (248) 858-7735

Assisted Living, Home Care, Nursing Centers & Retirement Homes Please see the information listed under this caption in the Basics section.

(248) 652-5000

Doctor’s Hospital of Michigan - Pontiac: Genesys Regional Medical Center – Grand Blanc: (810) 606-5961

McLaren-Oakland (248) 338-5332

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland-Pontiac: (248) 758-7000



This program is not insurance and is intended to assist the uninsured and underinsured by providing a 20-50% savings on services that include xrays, office visits, orthodontics, root canals, fillings, etc. The program costs $69 per year for families up to eight members. For more information call 1-(866) 498-7914 or log on to In addition, the Health Department of Oakland County offers general dental procedures at discounts to those who financially qualify and have no insurance or medicaid. Call (248) 858-1306 for information.

Hospitals & Health Systems Oakland County Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak

3601 W. 13 Mile Rd., Royal Oak 48073 (248) 898-5000 •

Beaumont Hospital – Troy

44201 Dequindre, Troy 48085 (248) 964-5000 •

Childrens Hospital of Michigan Troy

350 W. Big Beaver, Troy 48084 (248) 524-7180 •

Crittenton Hospital Medical Center

1101 W. University Dr., Rochester 48307 (248) 652-5000

Doctors Hospital of Michigan

461 W. Huron St., Pontiac 48341 (248) 857-7200

McLaren-Oakland (osteopathic)

50 N. Perry St., Pontiac 48342 (248) 338-5000

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac 48341 (248) 858-3000 •

Genesee County

Genesys Regional Medical Center

1 Genesys Parkway, Grand Blanc, 48439 (810) 606-5000 •

Clubs and Organizations AA – Alcoholics Anonymous (District 20) Immediate help hotline (248) 332-3521 Al-Anon Family Groups Central Oakland County Office 3720 Elizabeth Lake Road, Waterford 48328 248-706-1020 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Rochester MI Branch Meetings are held at the Community House. Interest groups include: • AAUW Juniors • Chix Flix • Cuisine Cruising • Book Groups • Bridge Groups • Great Decisions • Dinner and Night Music • Kaleidoscope • International Couples Potluck • Traveling Gourmets American Legion Homer Wing Post 172 234 Walnut Blvd., Rochester 48307 (248) 651-2247 Assisance League® of Southeastern Michigan 248-656-0414 The ReSale Connection - part of ALSM Associates of Rochester College (ARC) 800 W. Avon, Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 218-2000 Authors in April P.O. Box 81634, Rochester 48308 Week long community event encourages reading by bringing authors, illustrators and children together. Avon – Rochester Moose Lodge 3967 S. Livernois, Rochester Hills 48307 Loyal Order of the Moose #409 (248) 852-4090 Women of the Moose #1748 (248) 852-4090 Boy Scout Troop 101 Rochester Hills, MI. Follow on Facebook. Boy Scout Troop 123 Boy Scout Troop 255 Community Foundation of Greater Rochester 303 East St.,, PO Box 80431, Rochester, MI 48308 (248) 608-2804 Raises funds in a variety of ways to provide local grants and scholarships. Contemporary Knitters Guild Meetings at the Community House 3rd Monday of the month CORE (community resource exchange) Meetings at the Library Corinthian Lodge #241 F.&A.M. 318 Walnut St. , P.O. Box 80003 Rochester, MI 48307 248-651-1529 Masonic Lodge of Freemasons Cribbage Club of S.E. Michigan #295 (248) 299-8220 www.cribbageclubofsemichigan. org Weekly tournaments September - May at C.K. Diggs Restaurant Fraternal Order of Eagles #2634 650 Woodward, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-9874 Friends of theClinton River Trail P.O. Box 81971, Rochester 48308 Friends of the Rochester Public Library (248) 650-7160 Volunteers run the gift shop, book cart and book sales. Freedom Road Transportation (248) 232-1259 Volunteer driver program

Greater Rochester Area

Paint Creek Garden Club

Gold Wing Road Riders Association Michigan District Region - D Social club for riders of all types of motorcycles

Pontiac Area Vicariate Sacred Heart Parish 3400 Adams, Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 852-4170

Greater Oakland Republican Club P.O. Box 583, Lake Orion 48361 (248) 318-0072

Rochester Area Democratic Club (248) 656-8891

Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association Online version of laws and regulations, land use issues, list of local clubs and phone numbers. Inspiring Hearts for Autism P.O. Box 523, Lapeer 48446 (810) 664-9268 Support group helping families navigate through the journey of autism. Kiwanis Club of Rochester Contact: (248) 656-0560. Follow on Facebook. Weekly meetings at Mr. B’s. League of Women Voters (248) 594-6602 Leader Dogs for the Blind 1039 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307 (248) 651-9011 MADD Michigan Office 625 E. Big Beaver Rd., Ste. 200, Troy 48083 (248) 528-1745 News, events, victim impact panel locations. Meadowbrook Hall Docents (248) 364-6200 Meadowbrook Theatre Guild (248) 370-3349 Michigan Humane Society 3600 W. Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills 48309 (248) 852-7420 Michigan Senior Olympics 650 Letica Dr., Rochester 48306 (248) 608-0250 Newcomers and Neighbors Club of the Greater Rochester Area P.O. Box 80134, Rochester 48308 (248) 805-1385 Interest groups include: • Book Groups • Coffee Groups • Lunch and Dinner Groups • Cooking • Friday Night Movies • Bunco • Moms & Tots Group • Members on the Go • Meadowbrook Theatre • Pub Night Ushering North Oakland Concert Band 2183 Willow Leaf Ct. S., Rochester Hills 48309 North Oakland Family YMCA 3378 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills 48326 (248) 370-9622 Oakland Audubon Society P. O. Box 796, Birmingham 48012 (248) 646-1200

Rochester Area Jaycees P.O. Box 80161, Rochester 48308 (248) 652-7777 Monthly meetings at Community House Rochester Area Optimists Club P.O. Box 80613, Rochester 48308 Contact Bill at (248) 207-6155 Rochester Area Republican Club (586) 604-0501 Meetings downtown Rochester. Rochester Community Chorus (248) 218-2141 Rochester Community House 816 Ludlow, Rochester 48307 (248) 651-0622 Rochester Community Schools Foundation 501 W. University Dr., Rochester 48307 (248) 726-3190 Provides financial support for academics, athletics and activities of the Rochester Community Schools. Rochester Elks - North Oakland 2225 3100 Pond Rd., Leonard 48367 (248) 572-7118 (lodge and office) The Rochester Garden Club Branch member of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association Monthly meetings at the Rochester Community House Rochester Guardians of Harmony Dave Anderson (586) 286-4860 Barbershop chorus practices at Oak Arbor Church & School Rochester Junior Women’s Club P.O. Box 80743, Rochester 48308 (248) 266-2913 Monthly meetings at Community House. Rochester Lions Club P.O. Box 80393, Rochester 48308 Meets two times a month at the River Crest Banquet Facility Rochester Rotary P.O. Box 81523, Rochester 48308 (248) 327-4555 Weekly meetings at the River Crest Banquet Facility Rochester Symphony Guild (248) 340-9215 Monthly meetings at the Royal Park Hotel

Oakland County Genealogical Society P.O. Box 1094, Birmingham 48012

Rochester Toastmasters #4890 Pixley Memorial Hall, 322 W. University, Rochester 48307 Mike Andrews (248) 828-5649 Meets at the hall two times a month.

Oakland Literacy Council 2550 S. Telegraph, Ste 103, Bloomfield Hills 48302 (248) 253-1617

Stony Creek Model Railroad Club Contact: Monthly meetings.

Paint A Miracle 400 Water St., LL4, Rochester 48307 (248) 652-2702 Paint Creek Folklore Society

Stony Creek No. 5 F.&A.M. 318 Walnut St., P.O. Box 80003, Rochester 48308 (248) 651-7181 Masonic Lodge of Freemasons


Houses of Worship Abiding Presence Lutheran Church 1550 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 651-6550

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Center 1730 W. Auburn Rd. Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 293-0072 Bethany Pentecost Tabernacle 103 S Castell Ave Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-7836 Christ Community Church 130 Walnut Blvd Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 652-7888 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1610 Brewster Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48306 (248) 651-0728 Church of the Holy Redeemer 3050 Grant Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 852-4081 Congregation Shir Tikvah 3900 Northfield Parkway Troy, MI 48084 (248) 649-4418 Covenant Christian Church 900 W Hamlin Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 650-3770 Creekside Christian Church (248) 531-8360 Crown of Life Lutheran Church 2975 Dutton Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48306 (248) 652-7720 Epic Church 745 Barclay Cir Ste 300 Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 606-4348 Faith Church 160 W Hamlin Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 651-3535 First Assembly of God 4435 N Rochester Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48306 (248) 652-3353 First Baptist Church of Rochester 6377 Orion Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48306 (248) 652-6151

First Church Christ Scientist 1119 N Main St Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 652-3155 Christian Science Reading Room 412 S Main St Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-1881

First Congregational Church 1315 N Pine St Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 651-6225 Gethsemane Lutheran Church 1892 E Auburn Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 852-8150 Grace Hills Church 3821 S Adams Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 844-2361 Great Oaks Church 876 Peach Blossom Ln Rochester Hills, MI 48306 (248) 434-8929 Han Bit Christian Reformed Church 1849 S Livernois Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 608-9888 Heart of the Hills Christian 5085 Orion Rd. Rochester, MI 48306 (248) 652-7774 Islamic Association of Greater Detroit 879 W. Auburn Rd. Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 852-5657 Jehovah's Witnesses 3400 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 375-2131 Korean First Baptist Church 127 E Avon Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 656-3355 Leach Road Community Church 2698 Leach Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 289-6815

Meadowbrook Christian Church 2741 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 659-8481

St Mark Orthodox Church 400 W Hamlin Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 656-1630

Michigan Galilee Baptist Church 3300 S Livernois Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 318-8873

St Mary’s of the Hills 2675 John R Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 853-5390

Oak Arbor Church 495 Oak Arbor Circle, W. Rochester, MI 48306 (248) 652-3420

St Paul Albanian Community Center 525 W Auburn Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 844-8091

Oakland Christian Church 5100 N Adams Rd Rochester, MI 48306 (248) 276-9900 Paint Creek United Methodist Church 4420 Collins Rd Oakland, MI 48306 (248) 652-1583 Rochester Church of Christ 250 W Avon Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 651-1933 Rochester Church of Nazarene 1799 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 651-5744

St Philip's Episcopal Church 100 Romeo Rd Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-6188 Sebastian Lucido Ministries (online) 805 Oakwood Drive, Suite 125 Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 413-6160 Sikh Gurdwara Temple 271 W Auburn Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 651-1139

Rochester Hills Baptist Church 3300 S Livernois Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 852-0585

Turning Point Apostolic Ministries 900 W University Dr. Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 266-6638

Rochester Hills Family Worship 1591 W Auburn Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 852-7717

Unity Church of Rochester 1038 Harding Ave Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 656-0120

St Andrew Catholic Church 1400 Inglewood Ave Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-7486 St Irenaeus Church 771 Old Perch Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 651-9595

Living Word Lutheran Church 3838 N Rochester Rd Rochester, MI 48306 (248) 651-5316

St John Lutheran Church 1011 W. University Dr. Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 402-8000

Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word (at High School) 1000 Bagley Dr. Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 930-0173

St Lukes United Methodist Church 3980 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 373-6960

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St Paul United Methodist 620 Romeo St. Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 651-9361

University Presbyterian Church 1385 S Adams Rd Ste 1 Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 375-0400 Vision Baptist Church 3931 W Auburn Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 852-4438 Woodside Bible Church 6600 Rochester Rd. Troy, MI 48085 (248) 879-8533 Zen Meditation Center of Michigan 1370 John R Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 650-2999

Where choices are made easy in a boundless community MJC Companies® provides a prominent collection of upscale homes at our Oakland Hunt Community offering magnificent elevations, master suites bathed in luxury and state-of-the-art kitchens, plus a Community building with pool and tennis courts. It is a place where you may customize your outdoor living spaces, and choose some of the latest home technology. Oakland Township and Rochester communities have what you need to make journey's end at Oakland Hunt with: • The City of Rochester’s eclectic mix of restaurants, retail and business. • Parks, libraries and recreational facilities. • Rochester’s nationally acclaimed schools. • Oakland Township’s distinction of being one of the state’s oldest townships, with the perfect combination of city and rural lifestyles.

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The 2018 Greater Rochester Lifestyle Community Guide Issue  
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