Oakland County Continues to Make Big Investments into Mental Health for Students

It has never been more important than now to recognize the role mental health plays in our overall well-being and helping those in need receive support. Oakland County continues to invest tens of millions of dollars in resources for school mental health, learning delay, food and housing assistance, and wraparound services for students and their families in 2022.

Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter and Board of Commissioners Chairman David T. Woodward, joined by educators, students, and community leaders, highlighted how American Rescue Plan funds are bolstering the beginning of the new school year during a recent news conference at the Pontiac School District Administration Building:

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Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center

Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center facility

The Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center offers housing and medical care to more than 4,000 animals per year. The state-of-the-art shelter, built in 2017, is located on Oakland County‘s campus in Pontiac, and provides some of the very best in industry standards to the animals staying there. The facility combines cutting-edge technology with compassionate care to deliver the best possible service to animals in need.

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The pet adoption center has plenty of cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies who are looking for their forever home. Those interested in adopting a pet or learning more about available pets are invited to schedule an appointment by calling 248-858-1070. The center takes appointments Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The animal shelter also partners with several local non-profits and Pet Adoption Outreach Centers to help place more animals into loving homes.

All adopted animals will be spayed or neutered, heartworm or feline leukemia tested, microchipped, and given age appropriate vaccinations prior to leaving the shelter. You must be over 18 years old to adopt an animal from the shelter and a valid ID is required. All fees must be paid in full before an animal can leave the shelter. If you rent your living space, approval from a landlord is required.

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The Woodward Dream Cruise is Cruisin’ in to Oakland County

Classic car

Get ready to rumble, Oakland County! The world’s largest one-day automotive celebration, bringing in over 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars from around the world to Oakland County, the Woodward Dream Cruise, is rolling back into town Saturday, August 20th. Travel along the 16-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue from Pontiac to Ferndale, and cruise through nine Oakland County communities: Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak.

The Dream Cruise is a free, family-friendly event that has plenty to offer car owners, auto enthusiasts, and fans of all ages. Spectators can line up along the cruising route or even cruise with the classics, although those not driving a classic car are asked to stay out of the two right lanes to keep a clear view for the spectators. There will also be many restaurants and pop-up events scattered across the cruising route. In addition, bands and musicians will perform on the Rock’n Live Entertainment Stage on Friday and Saturday in Ferndale and a Kid’s Inflatable Zone and Face Painting will be available in Berkley.

Check out our video for a sneak peek at what’s to come:

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Pickleball Courts in Oakland County

Pickleball paddle and ball sitting on court

Pickleball. Have you heard of it? This trending sport takes inspiration from other racket sports such as tennis, badminton, and ping pong and has become one of America’s fastest-growing sports according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA).

As the popularity of this paddleball game rises, Oakland County communities are now offering many pickleball court locations for residents of all ages to enjoy. Take a swing at pickleball and check out our list to find a court near you! Ready, set, pickle!

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Auburn Hills

City of Auburn Hills Community Center
1827 N. Squirrel Road, 48326
248-370-9353

Birmingham

Birmingham Next
2121 Midvale Street, 48009
248-203-5276

Crestview Park
North of Southlawn between Southfield and Shipman Roads
248-530-1800

Clarkston

Deer Lake Athletic Club
6167 White Lake Road, 48346
248-625-8686

Farmington Hills

Costick Activities Center
28600 Eleven Mile Road, 48336
248-473-1800

Farmington Hills Community Center
29995 W. 12 Mile Road, 48334
248-699-6700

Independence Township

Clintonwood Park
6000 Clarkston Road, 48348
248-625-8223

Milford

Carls Family YMCA – membership needed
300 Family Drive, 48381
248-685-3020

Orion Township

Friendship Park – pickleball courts coming soon
3380 Clarkston Road, 48362
248-391-0304  x 3500

Jesse Decker Park
4080 N. Squirrel Road, 48359
248-391-0304  x 3500

Pontiac

Wessen Indoor Tennis Club – membership needed
121 Branch Street, 48341
248-253-9300

Rochester Hills

Oakland Fieldhouse
2139 Austin Avenue, 48309
248-807-7650

Royal Oak

Jack & Patti Salter Community Center
1545 E Lincoln Avenue
 248-246-3180

Upton Park
Nakota Road & Mandalay Avenue, 48073
248-246-3000

Whittier Park
Farnum Avenue & Alexander Avenue, 48067
248-246-3000

Waterford

Waterford Recreation Center
5640 Williams Lake Road, 48329
248-674-3111

West Bloomfield

Drake Sports Park
6801 Drake Road, 48322
248-451-1900

Do you know of any additional pickleball courts in Oakland County? Send us an email and let us know at socialmedia@oakgov.com.


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