Leader Dogs for the Blind – Changing Lives for the Better!


The Leader Dogs for the Blind success story began in 1939, when it was founded by three Detroit-area Lions Club members. They began their new venture on a small, leased farm in Rochester Hills, Michigan and that’s where they remain today. Since the late 1930s, they have helped 14,000 clients. Almost 300 clients are served each year and more than 1,000 volunteers are involved with their services. The mission of Leader Dogs for the Blind is to empower people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for safe and independent daily travel. Leader dogs give clients the opportunity to venture out and become more independent in a world where travel has become increasingly complex. With several programs available, Leader Dogs is able to offer training that is personalized to each client’s individual needs. Continue reading

Summer Safety Series: Swimming


Being out in open water is one of the best parts of summer! But it’s vitally important to stay safe while you are swimming. Take a look at Oakland County Sheriff’s swimming safety tips before taking a dip in your favorite lake or pool.

Swimming Safety Tips

When you’re out on the water it is very important to:

  • Know how to swim
  • Never swim alone
  • Always swim in a designated area with a lifeguard on duty
  • Keep an eye on littles ones, they should never be more than a few feet away
  • Never dive head first into water, diving in to water and not knowing how deep or shallow it is can cause serious injuries
  • Never go swimming or operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol


Drowning is a Real Risk

Any great day can quickly turn in to a tragedy, drowning is a risk when anyone goes swimming. Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15. Many people think that drowning takes a long time but it takes only 20-60 seconds for a struggling victim to drown and most drownings occur 10-15 feet from safety.

If you are unsure if someone needs help or not alert a lifeguard immediately. Here are some things to look out for when you are out on the water:

  • Drowning victims do not have to ability to call for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing, speech is a secondary function. A drowning person is not getting enough air to breath; therefore they don’t have enough air to call for help.
  • Drowning victim’s arms tend to extend laterally so it can appear that they are playing in the water.

For more info on swimming safety please go to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Website. You can also “Like” Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

All The World’s a Stage with Shakespeare in the Park


Over the last 14 years, Oakland County residents have enjoyed the works of William Shakespeare outdoors and under the stars (or sun) in Royal Oaks Starr Jaycee Park.

This year, The Waterworks Theatre Company will again be presenting two plays from the master of innuendo and wordplay.

In the evening show, Shakespeare’s tale of love, seduction, and intrigue in a time of war, “All’s Well That Ends Well,” has director Terry Carpenter sending the characters and the words of the master playwright into a time tunnel and dropping them in turbulent early 20th century England.

During the daytime family show, director Travis Reiff has his way with an abridged family-friendly version of Shakespeare’s tale of love and deception, “As You Like It.”

All’s Well That Ends Well
Tickets are $20 and good for any performance:
July 30 through August 9.
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 5pm

As You Like It
Tickets are $10 and good for any performance:
August 1,2,8 and 9 at 2pm
August 4 and 5 at 7pm

For more information, including ticket ordering, visit http://www.shakespeareroyaloak.com

“All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances”. . William Shakespeare 1564-1616

Pics of the Parks Contest: Nature & Wildlife Photography Tips



The second annual PICS OF THE PARKS photo contest is underway and runs through September 7. It’s free to enter and is sponsored by Oakland County Parks, the Oakland Parks Foundation and the Oakland Press. All images must be captured within the 13 Oakland County Parks and must be a minimum of 2MB to ensure proper printing and quality. Complete rules and regulations for the contest can be found at DestinationOakland.com.

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