Congratulations to Oakland County’s 2019 Elite 40 Winner: Kristin Rohrbeck

Kristin Rohrbeck, director of the Joanne & Ted Lindsay Foundation Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) at Oakland University, was selected by public vote as the winner of Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2019.

Rohrbeck is a Farmington Hills resident with an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Ohio State University. As director of OUCARES, she led the growth of OUCARES’ autism programs by 25% to offer over 100 programs to serve more than 2,300 people impacted by autism spectrum disorder in southeast Michigan.

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Live Coverage: 2019 Oakland County State of the County

Photo of L. Brooks Patterson with text that says: 2019 State of Oakland County Address

The 2019 Oakland County State of the County address will be held Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the new corporate headquarters of United Shore in Pontiac. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will address about 800 Oakland County business, community, and political leaders at this invitation-only event. The winner of the Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2019 will also be revealed during the address and introduce the county executive. Patterson will highlight the county’s economic successes and outline how Oakland County is leading the way for innovation in 2019.

Cover Slide for 2019 State of the County Address

The speech will be available to the widest possible audience. WDET-FM (101.9) returns to air the speech live. In addition, Oakland County will livestream the event on the County Executive website, OakGov.com/Exec, as well as Oakland County’s YouTube channel, @OakGov, and the Executive Office Facebook page, @OakGov.EO. The county’s Twitter handle, @OakGov, will feature live tweets with highlights from the speech. Those listening to the speech are encouraged to use the hashtag #Brooks2019 to join the conversation.

Digital copies of the speech will be available afterward at OakGov.com/exec and the Executive Office Facebook page. Event highlights and videos will be published here, on the Oakland County Blog, that evening and in the days following the address.

For further information, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048 or 248-202-9668.


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My Light Show brings Joy to Oakland County this Holiday Season!

My Light Show is an animated light and sound holiday spectacular in Waterford. Located at 2651 Cherokee Hills Circle, the sensational music and light experience uses 60,000 lights that are synced to a variety of modern-day dance, pop, and holiday music broadcasted on 100.7 FM.

Take a look at our video for a preview of what you can expect, and read on to learn about Kevin and Tany Nagy, the creative masterminds behind the show, and how it all began. See the show in person now through the first weekend in January: Sunday – Thursday: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday – Saturday: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit My Light Show on Facebook to confirm times before you go.

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Shop Small at Oakland County Independent Toy Stores

Shopping small is a great way to support local businesses and find the perfect gift for anyone on your list this holiday season and throughout the year. Oakland County is home to several independent toy stores that offer a variety of specialty toys and gifts. Check out our full list of independently owned toy and gift stores:

Independent Toy Stores in Oakland County

Surprise the little ones in your life with something they’ll treasure from a local toy store. Find classic kid favorites as well as the latest and greatest toys at Adventures in Toys in Birmingham, The Village Toy Shoppe in Milford, and Funky Monkey Toys in Oxford.

For the hard to shop for on your list, check out unique stores featuring Michigan-made, whimsical, and lifestyle gifts at Catching Fireflies in Berkley or Rochester, Green Hippo Gifts in Lake Orion, or Leon and Lulu in Clawson.

Looking for something specific? Check out our interactive map of toy stores and use the legend to sort by different types of specialty shops: Collectibles; Comics; Dolls; Games; Hobby; Magic; Anime, Manga & Kawaii; Blocks & Robots; Toys; and Toys & Gifts.

Map of many different toy stores across Oakland County.

Do you know of any other independent toy or gift stores in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, by contacting us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leaving a comment below.


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Holiday Celebrations Throughout Oakland County

Twin, decorated trees covered in twinkling lights and beautiful ornaments sit on either side of a lit fireplace.

The excitement and anticipation that arrives with the holiday season is in the air. During this celebratory time, there are many seasonal events happening in Oakland County. You’ll find everything from parades, light shows, and seasonal excursions to special performances, holiday markets, and craft fairs.

View our list of holiday happenings using the button below:

List of Holiday Happenings in Oakland County

Signature events include the Detroit Zoo’s Wild Lights, the Big, Bright Light Show in Downtown Rochester, and the Dickens Festival in Holly. Whether you’re searching for something to do with your kids, friends, or family, you are sure to find a jolly time in Oakland County!

Twinkling lights illuminate two giraffe stands at the entrance of the Detroit Zoo.

Do you know about a holiday celebration happening in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, by contacting us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leaving a comment below.


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