Music in the Air: Summer Concerts in the Parks

Three singers take the stage at the LaFontaine Family Amphitheater in Milford.

When it comes to music, there’s no time like summertime in Oakland County. As the weather warms, parks across the county bring out the bandstands and fill the air with strains of Jazz, Rock, Bluegrass, and more. Visit our list of Concerts in the Park to plan your next night out.

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Civic Engagement Takes Center Stage on Youth in Government Day

Milford High School students with Commissioners Bob Hoffman and Philip Weipert.

Critical thinking and civic engagement took center stage during the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ annual Youth in Government Day, held May 15th.

The event, which drew high school students from across the county, featured speakers, mock debates, and engaging demonstrations centered on Oakland County’s role in the lives of its citizens.

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Get Farm Fresh Fare at Your Local Farmers Market

It’s as fresh as it gets and it’s right down the road. For some, it’s right next door. With pop-up tents, long tables and table covers, the local farmers markets set up shop every weekend in the spring, summer and fall.

This year is no different. The markets open in May and close out in October. Hours always vary by location, but the quality of the produce stays the same.

You’ll find fresh asparagus, crisp snap peas, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn and the greenest green beans, along with other summer favorites. Farmers markets also present a large floral selection to dress up your lawn or patio.

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2017 NO HAZ Collection Days

Let Oakland County’s NO HAZ Collection team help you safely dispose of household hazardous materials ranging from air fresheners and artist paints to propane cylinders and prescription medicines.

You’d be surprised just how many everyday items are considered hazardous waste. Many of the objects that help us in our daily lives become dangerous when disposed of alongside regular rubbish. Do you have an item you’re unsure about? Check the NO HAZ list of accepted and non-accepted materials or call the NO HAZ Hotline at 248-858-5656.

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Buying Local: Brews and Beyond

Do you love buying local as much as we do? If so, you’ve likely heard that Oakland County’s entrepreneur-focused economy is a great place to buy anything from organic juice to electric cars.

For residents over 21, there’s another fun way to buy local. Oakland County is home to over 35 independently run breweries, distilleries, meaderies, and wineries. Together, they help propel Michigan to its national top-10 slot in number of craft beer barrels produced per year (over a whopping 769,000).

So if you’re looking for a place to fill your growler, there’s plenty to go around. Cheers! Continue reading