Spring Running Season is on its Way!

With so many things to love about spring, runners and walkers can all agree that it’s a wonderful time to get back outside. Fresh air, added sunlight, and the beauty of spring blooms all make a positive impact on our moods.

Take a look at our list of Spring Running Events and sign up for a race today! You’ll find events for every ability, including full marathons, mile walks, fun runs, and more. Setting a goal now can be a great motivation as you begin the season. If you need help getting started, check out the Brooksie Way Training program which kicks off on March 22nd and is suited for all levels of ability.

Are you ready to set out for a walk, jog, or long distance run? Spring temperatures can fluctuate quickly and don’t forget about precipitation. Be sure to follow these simple tips for safe running.

  • Check the weather before you head out
  • Warm up – especially when temps are cooler
  • Invest in proper footwear
  • Run during daylight hours when possible
  • Use a running light, like an illuminated vest, headlamp, or waist light when dark
  • Dress in layers

We’re so happy that a new season is around the corner and can’t wait to hit the ground running this spring in Oakland County!

Discover the Best Holiday Light Displays in Oakland County

Helping you find the best of the best Oakland County holiday light displays 

One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is to enjoy all of the beautiful, glimmering holiday lights that fill the streets of Oakland County, Michigan. Whether you want to show off your decked-out property, or take a drive and visit the best of the best holiday light displays, the new Oakland County Crowdsourced Holiday Lights Map is here to deliver. How does it work? Individuals can submit their Oakland County holiday decorated properties to the Oakland County Crowdsourced Holiday Lights Map and once approved, the homes & businesses will show up on the map for users to visit in person.

Oakland County Holiday Lights Map 2017

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Find the Perfect Gift at an Independent Toy Store in Oakland County

Are you looking for a unique and special toy? Oakland County is home to several independent toy shops that offer a variety of specialty toys and events that will fill you and your little ones with childlike wonder. You’ll find all kinds of extraordinary items, like dolls, games, comics, educational toys, and more this holiday season and throughout the year. When you shop small, you can support local businesses and find the perfect gift all at the same time. Surprise the little ones in your life with something they’ll treasure.

Did you know Oakland County’s Shop Small Business Saturday to Saturday contest is going on now through Saturday, December 2nd? You can enter for a chance to win prizes by submitting uploads of your shopping receipts from small businesses in Oakland County. There’s really no better time to shop small at an Independent Toy Store! Continue reading

Celebrate America’s First Principles During Patriot Week

Patriot Day Logo with 5-Point Star and American Flag

Honor and celebrate America’s founding principles during Patriot Week. Started by Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren and his daughter in 2009, Patriot Week is a time to reflect upon the ideals, documents, and historical figures who represent the best of the United States. Patriot Week is bookended by two key dates. The week begins on September 11th, honoring the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives in 2001, and ends on September 17th: Constitution Day.

Special events, ranging from solemn remembrances and intellectual discussions, to joyous festivities, will take place throughout the week. Patriot Week events culminate on September 16th with the 8th Annual Patriot Festival held at Bower’s Farm in Bloomfield Hills.  The free Festival will feature wagon rides, animals, and music. Food will also be available for purchase. Continue reading