Get Ready to Run Oakland County!

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Brooksie Way runners & walkers are lined up and ready!

Spring weather will be here soon and we know you can’t wait to ditch the treadmill. Our Spring Running Events page can help get your mind motivated and your body ready for the change in season. Check it out today and sign up for a race to walk or run. You’ll find events for every ability, including full marathons, mile walks, fun runs, and lots more. It’s almost time to lace up your shoes and head outside to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring.  Continue reading

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

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, 2017

St. Patrick's Day parade participants walking in Royal Oak.

St. Patrick’s Day may not be until March 17th, but communities in and around Oakland County are already gearing up for the festivities. From live music, dances, and theatrical productions – to hearty meals, races, and parades – there’s a St. Patrick’s Day event for everyone! So whether or not you trace your ancestry back to the emerald isle, remember that everyone’s a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

Use our list of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in and around Oakland County to make the most out of this special day!

Who was St. Patrick?

  • St. Patrick was originally born in England, and was kidnapped by Irish pirates where he was sold into slavery. After his escape from bondage he became a missionary in Ireland.
  • A hero in Ireland, there are 60 churches and cathedrals named “St. Patrick’s,” with the most famous being in Dublin.
  • The wearing of green is associated with the green hills and shamrocks of the Emerald Isle, although traditionally the color blue was associated with St. Patrick.
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in New York, but the first observance of the day was in 1737 by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston.
  • In 1996 the first St. Patrick’s Day Festival was held in Ireland as a three-day event, that has since grown to a five day festival that draws roughly 1 million visitors to the area.

Parade marchers sitting on the back of an old model T.

St. Patrick’s Day in Michigan

In Michigan, the largest wave of Irish immigrants came in 1815 when one million Irish Catholics settled in the Detroit area. Today’s festivities commemorate St. Patrick with parades and merrymaking, celebrating Irish heritage in Southeast Michigan and the contributions they made to the American cultural landscape.

Think your family can be traced back to the early Irish settlers of the area? Find a record of your ancestors at the Archives of Michigan to discover more about your family history.


Visit the Oakland County website, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more news and fun year round.

Your Map to Responsible Pet Ownership

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February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, and with Oakland County’s new Pet Resources Map, taking care of your critters is simpler than ever.

Shelters / Rescues

If you’re still looking for a new addition to the family, visit Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center or any of the other 56 shelters and rescues located in Oakland County.  Each is filled with loving animals looking for equally loving homes. With so many animals and locations out there, your future pet could be waiting just around the block.

Supplies

Proper care for any pet starts with the right gear. Whether it’s food, crates, tanks, or toys, the proper supplies will help keep your pet happy and healthy. Our Pet Resources Map can guide you to any of the 58 pet supply retailers in Oakland County.

Medical

Responsible pet owners know the value that medical care brings to the animals they love. Having your animal spayed or neutered lowers their risk of developing cancer and other deadly diseases. It’s also vital to take your pets to annual check-ups even if they seem healthy. Catching disease early and preventing severe illness spares both money and anguish further down the road. If you’re searching for veterinarian services, take a look at the 161 pet medical facilities on the Oakland County Pet Resources map.

Services

Even the most responsible pet owners sometimes need help with the care of their animal friends. Luckily for those in Oakland County, there is a wide variety of pet care service offerings. Here is a breakdown of the 472 (yes, 472!) animal service providers in Oakland County:

  • Boarding and Day Care Facilities: 131
  • Dog License Tag Facilities: 65
  • Funeral Services: 3
  • Groomers: 159
  • Pet Sitters: 37
  • Trainers: 77

Dog Parks

While being a responsible pet owner may sound like a lot of work, sometimes it’s a walk in the park. Dog parks offer exercise and fresh air to pups and owners alike. Let our Pet Resources Map direct you to one of the seven dog parks in Oakland County.


Find more information on the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center, adopt a furry friend or support the shelter’s efforts by visiting their  website, or follow the shelter on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out more ways to love your animals in Oakland County, visit our website and follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest using #OaklandCounty. 

Lakeville Swamp Sanctuary: A Sacred Place of Cedars

Wilder Side of Oakland County 

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“I enter the swamp as a sacred place”— Henry David Thoreau.

Cedar swamp habitat takes on a special beauty that is mysterious, captivating and full of wonder in winter. It’s also a vital place of survival for rare species of flora and fauna, functions as a water storage location, and often as an aquifer recharging site. The Lakeville Swamp Sanctuary, managed by the Michigan Nature Association, is one the highest quality wetland complexes found on the Wilder Side of Oakland County. One week has passed since I trekked into that swamp under a light drizzle laced with wet snow flakes. I emerged with mud caking my boots, ankles, knees and backside. I was a bit bruised and slightly scratched, rather wet and tired, yet exceedingly happy and eager to return on a day when the sun shines. Continue reading