- Wednesday, April 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford.
- Monday, Aug. 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Catalpa Oaks County Park, 27705 Greenfield Road, Southfield.
- Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. Thirteen Mile Road, Madison Heights.
Donations for the 32nd annual “Coats for the Cold” coat drive are being accepted until November 30th, 2019. Sponsored by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, gently-used or new coats can be dropped off at one of their drop-off sites around Oakland County. Donated coats will be sent to various local charitable organizations who distribute the coats to community members in need.
1-800-Self-Storage.com, is providing the boxes for coat drop-off sites around the county, and COWS (Container on Wheels Mobile Storage) is providing their portable storage units at drop-off sites as well. Local Real Estate One offices, and all of the Genisys Credit Union branches throughout Oakland County will also serve as drop-off sites.
“Coats for the Cold is an easy way for the community to reach out and help someone less fortunate stay warm this winter,” Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said. “For the past 31 years, we have worked with local charitable organizations to provide free coats to those in need. The community’s generosity has been wonderful every year.”
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is accepting individually wrapped, non-chocolate candy as part of its 10th annual “Treats for Troops” collection to send thanks, encouragement, and sweets to our troops overseas. Sheriff Michael Bouchard also encourages parents and children wishing to participate to include notes (thank you, holiday, etc.) to the troops with the donation. “Treats for Troops is a great way parents can participate in a community service project with their kids while showing our troops we support them back home,” said Sheriff Michael Bouchard.
Individually wrapped, non-chocolate candy will be accepted from Friday, November 1st through Tuesday, November 5th at 4:00 p.m. at the following Oakland County Sheriff’s Office locations:
- Headquarters, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Building 38E, Pontiac, 48341
- Brandon Twp. Substation, 15 South St., Ortonville, 48462
- Commerce Twp. Substation, 2401 Glengary, Commerce Twp., 48390
- Highland Twp. Substation, 165 N. John St., Highland Twp., 48356
- Independence Twp. Substation, 6560 Citation Drive, Independence Twp., 48346
- Orion Twp. Substation, 2525 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, 48360
- Oxford Twp. Substation, 310 Dunlap Rd., Oxford, 48371
- Rochester Hills Substation, 750 Barclay Circle, Rochester Hills, 48307
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson delivered the 2019 State of the County address in United Shore’s new Pontiac headquarters on Thursday night. Their new space provided an underscore to Patterson’s overall address: a message of continual economic growth and development in Oakland County.
Patterson opened his address with words of congratulations for Kristin Rohrbeck, as she was revealed as the winner of Oakland County’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2019. Rohrbeck, 32, is the director of the Oakland University Joanne and Ted Lindsay Foundation Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES).
There’s so much fun to be had this winter in Oakland County. From skiing and snowboarding, to skating and more, the opportunities for outdoor recreation are endless!
Bundle up, grab your gear, and head out to an Oakland County Park, trail, hill, or lake to stay active and enjoy the winter season. Check out our full list of outdoor winter activities below, or scroll down to use our interactive map.
Grab your ice skates to glide around the rinks at Annie Lathrup Park in Lathrup Village, or set out for a downhill skiing adventure at Alpine Valley in White Lake. Hook the “catch of the day” while ice fishing at Orion Oaks County Park in Lake Orion or choose from several other locations in the county.
If you’re planning to ice fish or ice skate on a lake, remember that no ice is 100% safe. Ice must be at least 5″ inches thick to safely enjoy these activities. Before you head out, view these important Ice Safety Tips from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
Our interactive map will help you find activities near you. The icons on the map and legend show various activities, like tobogganing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, ice fishing, sledding, and cross-country skiing. Clicking the arrows below the icons in the legend will allow you to see a list of locations for that activity.
Do you know of any other outdoor winter activities in the Oakland County area? Let us know by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leaving a comment below.