Make Warm Memories at the Fire & Ice Festival

Looking for a warm gathering in the middle of a winter wonderland? Come to the Fire & Ice Festival in downtown Rochester!

Running from Friday, January 19th to Sunday, January 21st, Fire & Ice is a three-day community celebration fit for the whole family. From dog sled rides and ice skating, to carriage rides and drink tastings, Fire & Ice has it all! Admission is free and the memories are priceless.

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January Business Workshops

If you’re an entrepreneur, and starting or expanding a business is your New Year’s resolution, Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center is here to help! High-value, low-or-no-cost business workshops offered by the One Stop Shop’s business experts have the power to transform your enterprise. With advice and assistance you need regarding small business loans, start-ups, and more, you’ll be empowered to begin the First Quarter with a running start.

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The 25th Annual Oakland County Business Roundtable

The Oakland County Business Roundtable met for its 25th consecutive year last week at Baker College in Auburn Hills. The Oakland County Business Roundtable Annual Meeting was created by Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, and is a partnership between business, education, community leaders, and government working together to improve the business climate and quality of life in Oakland County. The Oakland County Roundtable’s five committees are Economic Development, Workforce and Education, Oakland Next, Transportation and Mobility, and Quality of Life.

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Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Tours

Are you looking for an Oakland County event that will fill you with holiday cheer right in time for the merry season? Meadow Brook’s Annual Holiday Walk is going on now and runs through December 23rd, 2017. Get excited to walk through this exquisite, early-20th century mansion decorated with twinkling holiday lights, trees, ornaments, and more, making it a true holiday wonderland.

This 110-room Tudor-revival style mansion was constructed between 1926 and 1929 and was once the home of Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge and co-founder of Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. Matilda loved spending her time filling Meadow Brook Hall with lavish furniture, paintings, and art from several centuries and around the world. These collections are still present in the home today and reflect the lavish lifestyles of the era of the American Industrialists of the early 20th century. Fun fact: The Tommy Dorsey Band and singer Frank Sinatra performed in the house at Matilda’s 25th birthday party.  In 1957, the Wilson’s donated their entire estate and an additional $2 million to found what would become Oakland University. Guests can now take a step back into history as they tour this National Historic Landmark.

Today, Meadow Brook Hall hosts parties, events, and special events such as the Holiday Walking Tours, and new this year, Holiday Lights & Winter Nights. On December 11 & December 18th – 23rd, from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., guests can stroll down the lit path to the Land of Santa and Sweets to warm up by a fire and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. To make this festive season extra special, it is also offering a Kids Candy Adventure, a mailbox to the North Pole, and special guided candlelight tours open throughout the duration of the holiday season.

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Celebrate the Festival of Lights at Chanukah Wonderland

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Celebrate this holiday season by attending the 2017 Chanukah Wonderland!

Each year, the Sara & Morris Tugman Bais Chabad Torah Center celebrates the eight days and nights of Chanukah with four magical days of fun known as Chanukah Wonderland. The event takes place at Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield Township, and runs during the Chanukah holiday.

The event is both celebratory and charitable in spirit. This year Chanukah will be lighting a “Coin-orah,” which will be composed of donated coins from event-goers. Proceeds will then be donated to local charities. Other event highlights include activities that are fun for young and old alike. Satisfy your sweet tooth by baking and decorating a fresh donut, or let your little ones express their Chanukah energy at the Dreidel Bounce House.

Here are some memorable moments from last year’s celebration:

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