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Here's to Strong Women

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ay in Michigan brings the real feel of the arrival of spring to Rochester Hills. The second Sunday of May each year brings the arrival of Mother’s Day with it’s countless reminders, reflections and guiding examples of strong women who have shaped the lives of their children and grandchildren, and enriched the lives of others in our community.

My mother, Sherry Feldman has been a strong and devoted parent to my sister and me for over 45 years. She is a grandmother who cherishes every opportunity to nurture and spoil her four wonderful grandchildren. She is also a retired school teacher of over 1,000 Rochester Hills students for 28 years at Brooklands Elementary. It’s a good bet many readers or readers’ children had my mother as their elementary school teacher.

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Sara Eaker, Dr. Mitch Solverson and Dr. Donald Solverson, Larry Hamilton, Vito A. Pampalona, Adrienne Walker, Gina Hodgson, Renee Cortright, Amanda Harrison Keighley, Rhonda Panczyk CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Our May issue of Rochester Hills Lifestyle is page after page of tribute and adventure for all the strong mothers and strong women in our community. We’re inspired to honor you now.     

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May 2017

Departments

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10 What’s in Your Purse?

Great Items for Any Purse

12 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

A Girls’ Weekend Getaway

20 Three Female Entrepreneurs Set up Shop Around Rochester Hills

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Good Times

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Local’s Choice

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Road Trip

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Healthy Lifestyle

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Local Limelight

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Renovate & Refine

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Locally Owned

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Our Town

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Page Turners

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Realty Report

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

A Day in the Life

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Good Times

Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library Host Wine, Wit & Wisdom

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Recent Events Hosted By the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce Check out some of the latest events that the Rochester Hills Chamber of Commerce has been a part of.Â

Mayor Barnett Speaks at Michigan Rochester Hills Swearing-In Ceremony for New Firefighters. Municipal League Capital Conference.

Mayor Barnett Reads to Students at Deerfield Elementary.

MI Hidden Talent Tour hosted by the Rochester Regional Chamber - March 28, 2017 at Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Ribbon-Cutting of Pulte's Woodland Park Development.

Rochester Regional Chamber Community Outlook Breakfast.

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Local’s Choice

WHAT'S IN YOUR PURSE? ARTICLE SARA EAKER

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alulah Belle is a lifestyle boutique that sells everything from specialty perfumes to handbags and unique gifts in Downtown Rochester. Devoted customers will soon peruse the arrival of the new collection from chic London handbag designer Katie Loxton. Here are some items that you can find at Talulah Belle to fill your purse for the summer!

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Road Trip

GIRLS JUST WANNA

HAVE FUN ARTICLE SARA EAKER

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etaway [get-uh-wey] 1. Getting away or fleeing; an escape.  2. The start of a race.  3. A place where one escapes for relaxation, vacation or a period of time for recreation.  A girls weekend getaway should consist of all three. Maybe you need to celebrate her engagement. Perhaps you are burntout moms who yearn to remember what your name is outside of “Mommy.” Or, you have closed enough deals for the year that you dream about relaxing at the spa with your girlfriends. Whatever it is, a girls weekend is always a great idea, and that idea awaits you just two and a half hours away by car to Saugatuck where beaches, shopping and wineries abound, and life is just a little bit more relaxed and a lot more fun. Saugatuck was noted as USA Today’s “Best Summer Weekend Escape” and as “The Art Coast of Michigan.”  With its natural beauty featuring grassy dunes and white sand beaches, boutique shopping, fabulous dining and state-of-the-art lodging, it is a wonder how this unique spot remains quaint with charm lending itself to small-town America. 

E AT Borrowed Time—The restaurant, whose motto is “Hospitality Rooted in Tradition," brings you intimate food and wine pairing events throughout the year. Featuring simple, local ingredients,

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dinner events consist of tasting courses meant to “wake up the palate and please the soul.” Salt of the Earth—The restaurant prides itself on “Honest Food and Friendly Folks." Just minutes away from Saugatuck, you will pass through fields of corn, squash or strawberries. No matter what the season, the colorful landscape of agriculture is brought to you farm-to-table at this rustic American eatery and bakery that features divine eats, artisan breads and local, acoustic performances to accompany your high-quality, yet casual dining experience.  Redtail 412—A hot, new restaurant located just outside of Saugatuck in Allegan. Allegan is a quaint little town where Redtail 412 was created out of a rescued downtown building. Boasting an eclectic space and menu, their certified Angus-grilled New York strip, glazed cipollini onions, fingerling potato, shishitos peppers and aged cheddar béchamel is a perfect way to end your day. 

S TAY Bella Vita Spa Suites—Relax and revive your soul in the heart of downtown Saugatuck. You can choose to stay in one of their contemporary, state-of-the-art suites just steps away from Bella Vita Spa, an Aveda Concept Salon and Spa. The Hotel Saugatuck—The Hotel Saugatuck is both a historical landmark and a newly redesigned luxury 18-room bed-and-breakfast. Offering remarkable guest service, a wealth of amenities and modern comfort, it also features rooms with a spectacular view of Lake Kalamazoo. 

S HOP The Pink Patio—A fabulous home décor and garden accent store with some “fun twists or twisted fun”—they want you to decide. A unique, must-see and shop boutique store. Downtown Saugatuck—A turn of the century art colony on the shores of Lake Michigan with 30 art galleries, scores of trendy boutiques, and one-of-a-kind shops.  The Butler Pantry—Michigan's most distinctive gourmet kitchen shop carries a wide variety of gourmet food items, fine wines, specialty cookware and other accessories. 

D O Fenn Valley Vineyards—One of the top ten wineries in Michigan. Visit the Fennville Estate and clink your wine glasses in celebration of your mini-escape. Enjoy small plates of food on a gorgeous patio, stroll through the vineyards, have a picnic or attend an educational wine tour. Green ride—Freedom and fun come equipped with renting one of these eco-friendly scooters that can take you and your girlfriends anywhere around town.  Waterfront Day Spa—Specializing in advanced skin care and makeup artistry, this skin care spa is located in downtown Saugatuck with a view of the water. Come in for “Peggy’s Signature Facial” which includes a shoulder and foot massage. Add some aromatherapy, and you will officially be on vacation. 

Amazwi Contemporary Art—An exclusive gallery experience beloved by museumgoers near and far. Amazwi is the Zulu word for “voices.” Amazwi Contemporary Art gives voice to a diverse array of African artists while broadening appreciation of their talent and understanding of their cultures. Infuse your getaway with some culture as you dip your soul into a bevy of exotic and colorful art. Oval Beach—Rated by Conde Nast's Traveler magazine as one of the best 25 shorelines in the world, Oval Beach is the only lake in Michigan to mimic West Coast California waves. From soft sandy beaches to grass dunes, this beach is pure bliss.  May 2017 | Rochester Hills Lifestyle

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Healthy Lifestyle

S T R A I G H T TA L K   A B O U T  MIS ALIGNED TEETH R O C H E S T E R FA M I LY D E N TA L

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ore than 7 out of 10 American adults have some issue with their bites, such as crowding, spacing or overbites. Your dentist may use the word malocclusion. Often, adults had braces as a teen, stopped wearing their retainers and the teeth relapsed back out of alignment. Misaligned, or crooked, teeth can lead to premature wear of the teeth. It’s hard to remove plaque and bacteria from misaligned teeth. This can lead to inflamed gums, soft tissue damage, receding gums, pockets between the teeth and gums, bone loss around the teeth and eventual tooth loss. It is also very common for people with misaligned teeth to be self-conscious about their smile to the point they smile less and don’t want photos of themselves taken and, therefore, they lose overall confidence.  Fortunately, it is easier than ever to correct this common problem. Invisalign clear aligners take a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligners are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place based on the exact movements your dentist planned out for you.  There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners every one to two weeks until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you’ve always wanted. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.  The process is now easier than ever thanks to Invisalign’s digital scanner, I-Tero. No messy impressions are needed. The entire treatment plan is completed on Invisalign’s advanced software. Almost 4 million Americans have already completed Invisalign treatment. There has never been a better time to straighten your misaligned teeth. 

Drs. Mitch and Donald Solverson are second and third generation dentists. They practice at the same location where Dr. Solverson opened his practice over 55 years ago in downtown Rochester. They are preferred providers of Invisalign.

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DEVELOPING ARTICLE LARRY HAMILTON

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ne of the beautiful things about golf is that it can truly be a lifelong activity. Getting introduced to the game correctly can have a huge impact on a golfer's enjoyment and future success. Here are a few things we have discovered are important to remember when coaching and parenting developing junior golfers. 1. Kids are constantly changing. Growth spurts, attitude adjustments and developing personalities make it challenging to keep up. As a parent or coach, it is important to remember first and foremost: kids are kids, so let them be just that. Kids are full of curiosity, passion for the small things and are learning an amazing amount of knowledge each day!  2. Avoid negativity. It can be very easy to notice every fault that your child is making. Often, it is only because we are trying to help them be the very best they can be. Despite good intentions, we need to be sure that we are noticing the successes as much as we do the failures.  As a rule of thumb, be sure to recognize five successes for every one fault. 3. Have patience. Just like anything else that is worth it, progression in golf can take time.  Be patient with your young golfers. Learn to love the different stages of their learning. 4. Track progression. This comes right after having patience because the two go hand in hand. By tracking progression, it will allow you to measure your child’s development and help them recognize their improvements. Not only does this help you to maintain your patience, but it also helps your junior golfer maintain their motivation to keep moving forward.  5. Live the example you set. Being a parent or coach, we spend a lot of time handing out advice to our children about how and what to be. For this advice to be listened to, we need to “walk our talk.” If we are preaching about having honest, genuine, and sportsmanlike qualities, we need to be setting this example in our daily actions. Remember that kids watch everything you do, hear everything you say and will shape themselves based on what they see in the way you carry yourself. I have found some of my most rewarding moments with the children that I coach at the Twin Lakes Golf Academy. I am grateful to have learned these things from interacting with these awesome junior golfers and hope we can all strive to help young children grow to their greatest and most rewarding potentials. Larry Hamilton, PGA, is director of player development at the Twin Lakes Golf Academy in Oakland, MI and the owner of the LH Golf Indoor Training Center in Rochester, MI. He works with all levels of golfers and specializes in long-term development programs for adults and juniors. Call 248.505.1278 for more information.

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LY T L E PHA R M AC Y

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ARTICLE SARA EAKER | PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL GUIMOND - MG PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN

MOON RIVER SOAP COMPANY

Photography by Michael Guimond

Female Entrepreneurs Set up Shop around

Rochester Hills

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ochester Hills is home to a bevy of new businesses. Moon River Soap Company, Tutus & Tendus and AR Workshop all have one thing in common: women entrepreneurs lead them.

Photography by Michael Guimond

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Whether it is the endless five-star reviews or the colorful, whimsical storefront that beckons you in, Elizabeth Aprea, founder and formulator of Moon River Soap Company, is doing something right. Aprea believes when owning a business, it starts with a genuine passion for your business. “I really love studying the properties of botanicals and what they can do for your skin and body," Aprea says. "I love to formulate and create products.” What sets Moon River Soap Company apart from other soap and skin care lines is they only use essential oils without any fragrance or synthetic preservatives. With fragrance being the number one dermal irritant and essential oils healing the skin, Moon River Soap Company products not only avoid irritating the skin but also aim to heal while in catering to all skin types. Aprea has a love for serving her customers. She even came up with a motto, “Stellar sellers.” “You are only as good as the worst product on your shelf, so keep working on improving or editing it out altogether," Aprea says. "If it is not something the customer is going to buy again, then it is not a ‘stellar seller.’ Once you get the product just right it is an awesome feeling.” That awesome feeling abounds when customers return for her unique soaps. Aprea decided to make Rochester Hills the place to hang her hat. The location matched her type of customer: educated and health-conscious. “We were so lucky to be able to find a downtown location with foot traffic,” Aprea says. They still welcome walk-ins on a daily basis, but their regulars keep the foot traffic moving directly towards their unique store.  From the thoughtful packaging of their products to the product itself and superb customer care, it is clear that Aprea’s awareness for every minute detail is paying off. In 2012 her husband took over the soap-making end of the business, producing 200 pounds of soap every other day. The days in between making soap he is lining and prepping molds, cutting the soap and preparing wholesale orders while Aprea formulates the recipes and make all the balms, oils and other products.  With a nod to her husband and their partnership she says, “I am fortunate we work so well together.”  In addition to the smart and savvy female business owner that she is, Aprea always tries to see things through her customers’ eyes. “No matter what business you are in, whether you are selling soup or soap, you need to offer something your customer will make a special trip to come back for,” she says. Aprea has whipped up the perfect recipe for a business owner's success—great products combined with her warmth and attention, making Moon River Soap Company a place where customers can go for healthy skin and superb customer care. 


AR WORKSHOP

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” — Einstein

As you enter a branch of AR Workshop in Northville, a banner reads “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” — Einstein Friends and owners  Jen Amin, Jen Perino and Kim Berlin have created this all-star, all-female entrepreneurial endeavor—a do it yourself workshop-boutique. After a successful run in Northville, Rochester Hills will soon be home to their second boutique in the heart of downtown. Berlin has always loved DIY and has been creating projects for sale in markets and online for years.  Maureen Anders (the “A”) and Anders Ruff (The “R”) originally founded a design company in 2010. With a vision to create inspiring and charming boutique workshops, they joined forces with longtime friends to open up a new branch in Rochester Hills. Amin carries a business background, and Perino lends therapy to the mix. Add Berlin’s crafty and science background, and you have a hodgepodge of talent crafting up a successful female-owned business.  DIY classes include, but are not limited to wood signs, canvas pillows, wall hangings and more. AR Workshop offers ongoing workshops from creating your very own Michigan home state sign, centerpieces, oversized wood-framed signs and boxes or wood-framed signs that you can adorn with your family’s name. AR Workshop will also gladly host your next private party. Too small of a group for a party of 15? You can reserve a table or two for you and your friends. Most adult projects range from $50-75, and children's projects range from $3040. AR Workshop provides all of the materials, tools, instruction and fun. Their décor line of eco-friendly stains and paints can customize any project. You can even bring in small snacks or CONTINUED > appetizers to enjoy.  

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TUTUS & TENDUS: DANCEWEAR AND ACCESSORIES

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”

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The newly opened boutique store Tutus & Tendus, founded by former professional dancer Cindy Raffel, arrived just in time for dance recital season. A “tendu,” for those who are unfamiliar with dance terminology, is a stretched or held movement. Tutus & Tendus is a full-service dancewear, shoe and accessory store and Raffel’s customers are thrilled. “Finally, I don't have to leave town when I need an emergency pair of tights or a hairnet…a gorgeous store with a great selection of basics, fancy things and accessories. This is an excellent addition to downtown Rochester,” one customer says. This one-stop shop for all things dance-related was created out of a need for a local dancewear store. Rochester Hills boasts a bevy of opportunities for dance. From dance studios to musical theater opportunities and barre classes, this boutique can serve everyone’s needs. Tutus & Tendus’ dancewear is not limited to gender or age and includes plus sizes.  If you dance and there is something you need, Tutus & Tendus will not disappoint. If you don’t dance and simply love the hot, trendy look of everyday dancewear, Tutus & Tendus has got you covered. They also take special orders. Should you need ballet pointe shoe fittings, they also can handle that. In addition, they have gifts, books on dance, bags and even water bottles that read, “H tutu O” (wink).  While Raffel is always open to suggestions for new products and brands, you can trust that her store is on point for the latest dance trends. Even Raffel’s store location is on-trend situated in Downtown Rochester. “It’s family-oriented and friendly...so cute here, and it has great visibility. I love the walkable shopping spot.”  Modern American dancer and choreographer Martha Graham believed that  “Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” Growing up as a dancer and evolving her love of dance into a dance store, Raffel’s, enthusiasm extends beyond the barre. She is providing a service to meet the local community’s zeal for dance, and that is what makes her passionate and a great dancer. 


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Renovate & Refine

Real Estate Vito A. Pampalona began his real estate career in January 1968. His company, Vito Anthony, headquartered at 1235 N. Main St. in the city of Rochester, is renowned for its one-of-a-kind custom design of residential and office building construction, land development, acquisitions and property management. He is one of the largest office property landlords in the Rochester/Rochester Hills market and has served on the Rochester Board of Directors for the Downtown Development Authority and Parking Advisory Board.

WHERE WERE WE? WHERE ARE WE GOING? ARTICLE VITO A. PAMPALONA

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hange in real estate is inevitable. In the past, we saw the baby boomers  purchasing their first homes for zero down, $500 closing costs, $150  monthly payments and prices under $20,000. So began the great real estate expansion—from 900-square-foot ranch-style homes to spacious two-story 3,000, 4,000 and even 5,000-square-foot Tudors and colonials and, of course, estate-sized mansions up to 20,000 and 30,000 square feet, priced in the millions.   As we see that generation aging, many decide it’s time to enjoy the fruits of their labors and seek carefree living in condominium and retirement-style properties and communities, while also owning smaller properties in “up north” recreational homes and down south warm climate winter homes.   Their desire is to downsize, but they do not want to sacrifice luxury and convenience, they seek to remain close to retail, dining and fitness facilities and have enough room for children and grandchildren to visit “but not stay!” And for those who have not yet started this process, we see millennials moving back in with their parents for certain periods of time for both convenience and economic reasons. Many boomers are happy to extend those relationships for years as it adds excitement and vigor to their lives. 24

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Home offices are very popular as corporations move away from the high costs associated with mega offices. There is a big demand for small business and small office users wanting as low as 200 square feet as the internet changes the way we live personally and professionally.   In the future, we will see energy efficiency, green building, security, convenience, education and quality usable space as factors that will decide our real estate needs and priorities. 


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ringing a new baby home is one of life’s greatest joys and excitements; it is also one of life’s greatest challenges. A new baby can be difficult to manage and may turn your life upside down. Very often, having a professional to focus on your needs, goals  and parenting style is exactly what is needed to make the postpartum time—the first year of a baby’s life—less stressful  and more satisfying. This professional is called a postpartum doula. Postpartum doulas are experts in supporting families through the unique challenges of newborn care as well as postpartum recovery. Many times, the biggest challenge when a new baby is brought home is sleep. New parents struggle with limited and broken sleep. Not sleeping makes everyday tasks seem larger, tempers shorter  and enjoyment harder.  A postpartum doula will not only care for the  baby while the parents sleep soundly, but she will also do some of those

tasks that were simply too big to get to during the day. A full night’s rest and a clean sink in the morning can make everything better. Postpartum doulas are also able to answer questions about newborn and infant care, assist in meal planning and preparation and work with parents to develop a schedule for eating, sleeping and playing.  We are living in a time when postpartum mood disorders and struggles are becoming common. Parents today are finding that having the assistance of someone  who is wellversed in the specific needs of new parents and newborns  is exactly what they need to feel successful in their new parenting roles. Adrienne Walker and Gina Hodgson are the owners of Detroit Doula Co., providing metro Detroit families with the assistance they need to achieve their parenting goals during pregnancy and through baby’s first year. DetroitDoula.Co

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Our Town

WOMEN’S WELLNESS ENHANCED AT OPC! ARTICLE RENEE CORTRIGHT

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he OPC promotes the health and independence of women ages 50 and up by connecting them to vital community programs. Offerings include personal enrichment and art, fitness, aquatic, social and travel plus support services including Meals on Wheels, Adult Day Services, transportation and more. Women at OPC benefit at the highest rate, representing 64 percent of registered members.  Compared with their peers, active women enjoy improved levels of health, social interaction and life satisfaction and this is evident in the day to day activities at the center. Fitness is fun! The most popular women’s activities at OPC are fitness oriented and include therapy and lap pool offerings like Aqua Zumba, aerobics, healthy joints and swim lessons.  The gym bustles with pickleball—the fastest growing sport in America, spinning classes and volleyball and the walking track is always busy with over 30,000 women walking on it throughout the year. Enrich your life!  Just as women’s bodies need physical exercise to keep

them in the best possible shape, the brain needs exercise to remain useful. Enrichment opportunities include lectures, learning a new language or taking a computer class. Create pottery, learn the art of Chinese brush painting or attend a class in the woodshop.  Socialization!  Women love to socialize, and the women’s luncheons are wildly popular with guest speakers on topics of interest to women every month. Staying social correlates to better health, less loneliness and more life satisfaction. The women who travel with OPC have embraced the opportunity to see the world and make new friends along the way.  Try something new this spring at the OPC. The facility is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturdays. OPC is located at 650 Letica Drive, Rochester. Visit OPCSeniorCenter.org for a full listing of offerings. Renee Cortright, OPC’s executive director, welcomes Rochester, Rochester Hill’s and Oakland Township residents 50 and up  to become members of the premier 90,000-square-feet activity center!

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Page Turners

ARTICLE AMANDA HARRISON KEIGHLEY OF ROCHESTER HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY

BOOKS TO

INSPIRE

WANDERLUST

ROCHESTER’S READS

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson A sequel to Notes from a Small Island stands as the author's tribute to his adopted country of England and describes his riotous return visit two decades later to rediscover the country, its people and its culture. — Provided by publisher

T

he one piece of advice I offer to those wanting more joy in life is to travel. Traveling has allowed me to experience firsthand the natural and cultural wonders of the world. I’ve kayaked alongside wild whales and explored the ruins of lost civilizations. I feel fortunate to have had these experiences but as a native Michigander, I am eager to unlock the adventures that await in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. To help me, and any other Michigan enthusiasts, plan

The Vacationers by Emma Straub For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their 35th wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface and ancient wounds are exacerbated. —Provided by publisher Eat, Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert The memoir chronicles the author's trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels. — Provided by publisher

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the perfect UP adventure, travel expert and author Maureen Dunphy will speak about the Great Lakes Island Escapes at 7 p.m. May 25 at the Rochester Hills Public Library. If you’re anxious to take your summer adventures beyond Michigan’s borders but aren’t sure where to go, our librarians put together a list of books sure to fuel your wanderlust. If you don’t see a book that piques your interest on this list, ask a librarian. We’re always happy to help you find your next great read.  

Sun After Dark: Flights into the Foreign by Pico Iyer Pico Iyer—one of our most compelling and profoundly provocative travel writers—invites us to accompany him on an array of exotic explorations, from L.A. and Yemen to Haiti and Ethiopia, from a Bolivian prison to a hidden monastery in Tibet. —Provided by publisher

ADULTS: Wild by Cheryl Strayed One of my personal favorites. This book inspired me and thousands of others to start backpacking.   A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again. — Provided by publisher KIDS: P is for Passport: A World Alphabet by Devin Scillian   Celebrating the diversity in our world while cherishing our similarities, P is for Passport takes readers on a whirlwind tour of all the delights of the globe. — Provided by publisher

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter A novel that spans 50 years. The Italian housekeeper and his long-lost American starlet, the producer who once brought them together and his assistant. A glittering world filled with unforgettable characters. — Provided by publisher


Realty Report

Region Realty Report NEIGHBORHOOD

LIST PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/LIST

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

Downtown Rochester

$669,900

$639,900

95%

138

4

3.1

Hills of Oakland

$679,000

$640,000

94%

252

5

4.2

Downtown Rochester

$659,000

$640,000

97%

240

4

2.1

Vistas of Rochester Hills

$449,900

$641,305

143%

0

4

2.1

Vistas of Rochester Hills

$504,900

$649,728

129%

0

4

3.1

Rochester Hills

$499,900

$659,684

132%

167

4

2.1

Oakland Hunt

$659,400

$662,963

101%

175

4

3.1

Rochester Hills

$684,900

$663,000

97%

222

5

5

Plum Creek

$695,000

$673,000

97%

21

5

4.1

Trout Creek

$699,900

$685,000

98%

27

5

3.2

Goodison Place #3

$725,000

$695,000

96%

250

4

3.2

Kirklands

$759,000

$749,000

99%

227

4

4.2

Downtown Rochester

$779,900

$755,000

97%

3

3

4.1

Goodison Place #1

$815,000

$757,500

93%

0

4

4.2

Twin Lakes

$799,000

$772,500

97%

133

4

4.2

Century Oaks #2

$859,000

$780,000

91%

118

5

4.2

Oakland Township

$1,250,000

$900,000

72%

95

4

4.2

Estates of Pinecreek

$1,295,000

$923,000

71%

152

5

4.2

Butler Ridge #1

$1,324,900

$1,229,000

93%

84

5

4.2

Butler Ridge #2

$1,675,000

$1,350,000

81%

327

5

4.3

BEAUTIFUL 10 ACRE SITE IN ADDISON TOWNSHIP

Don Robinson Associate Broker

Trusted Licensed Realtor/Broker Since 1978 Top Century 21 Producer in Greater Rochester Community Real Estate All Star Agent - Detroit Home and Hour Magazines Resident of Rochester Hills for 30 years

129 East University, Rochester, Michigan 48307

This property is 698’ x 635’ and is situated at the corner of two rural paved roads. Seller has an approved perc test and the property can be split. It has rolling terrain, perfect for a walk-out basement.

Available at $249,900

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Lifestyle Calendar

May

MAY 6 DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER FARMERS MARKET OPENING DAY ROCHESTER The Downtown Rochester Farmers Market is a frequent stop for Rochester residents and takes place every Saturday, May through October. Shop the freshest selection of vegetables, fruits, flowers, container

Tutus and Tendus was founded by former professional dancers to bring a full service dance boutique to the greater Rochester community. We cater not only to ballerinas, but jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, drill team, and theater dancers too! We have shoes, tights, and dancewear from toddler to adult plus sizes as well as hair supplies, bags, and many fun dance related gifts. Pointe shoe fittings are available by appointment. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will help ensure that whether you are a preschooler getting ready for your first class, a professional dancer looking for the perfect audition outfit, or just looking to get that trendy dancer look you will find it at Tutus and Tendus!

gardens, herbs, homemade baked goods, gnocchi, jams and jellies, honey, maple syrup, tea blends, locally roasted coffee, fish and various certified organic products including eggs, beef, chicken and more!

MAY 6 CRUISIN' FOR THE TRAILS - SPRING CHARITY BIKE RIDE CLUBHOUSE BFD Enjoy a bike ride along the Clinton River Trail and Paint Creek Trail. Special New Belgium Brewing-themed SAG stop with beer and doughnuts at the Paint Creek Cider Mill. Post-ride event with a live band, drink specials, giveaways and a raffle to win a New Belgium fat tire bike! Net proceeds will support Friends of the Paint Creek Trail.

MAY 7 DINOSAUR ADVENTURE DINOSAUR HILL NATURE PRESERVE We’ll open up our ever-popular dinosaur dig to search for bones, learn all about the world of dinosaurs, look at life-size dino bones and even have a dinosaur themed snack. If your child is a “dinosaur buff,” then this is the program you’ve been looking for. Pre-registration and payment required. 

MAY 11 DECK ART 2017 DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER Unleash the artist in you! Join us for downtown Rochester’s 7th annual skateboard art exhibition and competition! Participants are given a blank skateboard deck to use as their canvas; any medium is acceptable for 2-D and 3-D pieces. Completed artwork will be placed on display throughout as many as 50 businesses in downtown Rochester. 

MAY 13 INSIDE THE HIVE THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES DINOSAUR HILL NATURE PRESERVE This program IS the bee's knees! We’ll discover the incredible world

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of honey bees as we peek into Dinosaur Hill’s own hive, try on real beekeeping gear and see how honey is extracted from hives. We’ll find out about different types of honey and get some tasty treats too. Fun for all ages!


MAY 20 GREATER ROCHESTER

Mike Condon

HERITAGE DAYS 2017 ROCHESTER MUNICIPAL PARK This event celebrates the heritage of our area and provides family fun! Car shows, craft shows, food vendors, Civil War re-enactments and coming back this year: the Floatable Boatables! 

Helping people achieve their dreams.

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Women in Franchising The franchise business model is no longer a man’s game. More and more women are finding a business home in the franchise world. Research and statistics confirm that women have been steadily rising in the ranks of franchise operators over the past couple of decades. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been keeping tabs on women in franchising since the 1970s. The group has noted that women starting their own businesses have been on the rise for decades now. One study found that 10 percent of all companies established between 1975 and 2000 were women-owned franchises. Five years ago, the International Franchise Association (IFA) estimated the percentage of women operating franchises to be 25 percent—and that doesn’t include another 17 percent of the population where men and women operate franchises as partners.

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So just what is it about women and franchising that has spurred this marked growth? Well, skills, interests, and personality traits, among other things, seem to be playing a key role. Consider the following: • Women tend to be great organizers, can prioritize well, and have an eye for detail. Characteristics like these are a perfect match for operating a franchise. • Women often have the ability to think quickly, improvise, and adapt when necessary. Definite strengths when it comes to operating a franchise. • Women are known to have strong networking and communications skills—music to a franchisor’s ears, as communication with the franchisor, vendors, and customers is imperative. Female business owners also tend to be more financially conservative and willing to start small on their way to growing big. This is the kind of business approach and philosophy that is perfect for opening, operating, and growing a franchise. Franchisors know it.

MAY 20 ROCHESTER GRANGERS VINTAGE BASE BALL HALBACH FIELD Enjoy baseball the way it was played by gentlemen in the 1860s. Admission is free. Bring a blanket or chair. The game will begin at 1 p.m.

MAY 29 ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY PICNIC 2017 BLOOMER PARK All are welcome to the annual Memorial Day picnic held every year at Bloomer Park in Rochester. Bring a dish to pass and your own meat to cook. Bring your own beverages, lawn chairs, baseball equipment, frisbees and more! This is a great way to kick off the summer, reacquainting with old friends and making new friends.

Be in business for yourself, not by yourself. Contact Mike Condon today for a free consultation to find out if franchising is right for you!

248.379.1163 www.KMCFranchise.com

May 2017 | Rochester Hills Lifestyle

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Parting Thoughts

History of Women in Rotary ARTICLE RHONDA PANCZYK

R

otary started with the vision of one man: Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on February 23, 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful lifelong friendships and give back to their communities.  Until 1989, the constitution and bylaws of Rotary International stated that Rotary membership was for males only. However, on May 4, 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Rotary clubs may not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender. Rotary issued a policy statement that any Rotary club in the United States can admit qualified women into membership, and the 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the organization's history. “ My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world,” Frank J. Devlyn, who would become Rotary International president from 2000-2001, says. Today, Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas.

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Women account for approximately 20 percent of international Rotary membership. During the past 30 years of women in Rotary, six local women have served as club president of Rochester Rotary, a member club of Rotary International: • 2001-2002: Janet Drobnich, first female president of Rochester Rotary • 2005-2006: Johanna H. Allen, attorney • 2008-2009: Christine Lind Hage, library director, Rochester Hills Public Library • 2010-2011: Cynthia Andrews, attorney • 2011-2012: Karen Lewis, travel agent, Lewis Travel • 2014-2015: Rhonda Panczyk, assistant governor, Rotary International District 6380 It’s true the history of women and Rotary is still being written. The number of women in Rotary around the world has grown, but they’re still a small group. The Rochester Rotary welcomes all local businessmen and women who want to make a difference in the Rochester community and abroad. Learn more at RochesterRotaryClub.org.


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