The Canine Advocacy Program

Canine Advocacy program dogs Amos and Lance ready for their day.

Canine Advocacy Program dogs Amos and Lance ready for their day.

Since 2010, the Canine Advocacy Program of Michigan, CAP for short, has provided advocacy services to child victims utilizing highly trained dogs to help alleviate anxiety with being involved in the criminal justice system. The program is the first of its kind in Michigan, started by long time supervisor of Victim Services at the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office Daniel Cojanu. It began with one dog, now the program has 18 dogs working with children across the state in 16 counties, and 5 dogs working with veterans.  Continue reading

Oakland County Fair 2015

Visit the 2015 Oakland County Fair!

The 2015 Oakland County 4-H Fair runs from July 3-12 at the Springfield Oaks County Park fairgrounds in Davisburg, located at 12451 Andersonville Road. Along with the traditional 4-H displays and activities, you can enjoy many family friendly activities, such as pig racing, a lumberjack show, a performing circus, hands on petting zoo and much more. Some of the popular nightly grandstand events include the Night of Destruction (demo derby), a rodeo, monster trucks and fireworks. In the tradition of the original Michigan State Fair, the Oakland County Fair will be offering a bottomless cup of chocolate milk for fifty cents. (Unlimited refills are free only with the original cup).

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Gettin’ Ready for Wild Summer Nights at the Zoo

Wild Summer Nights logo with silhouette band

Wild Summer Nights concerts return to the Detroit Zoo on Wednesday nights during July and August. Concerts take place in the Zoo’s Main Picnic Grove from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket and sit back and enjoy a variety of local bands playing a wide selection of musical styles. Food, snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase from Zoo concessions.

The rest of the Zoo remains open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays during the concert series. For those who prefer to walk around in the early evening, you might just see what some of the animals do after closing hours! Continue reading

2014 Oakland County Fair

Please visit our updated Oakland County Fair 2015 blog post for a current schedule of events.

ocf1_thumbLast year over 110,000 visited the Oakland County Fair at Springfield Oaks Park in Davisburg.

Those that attend this years fair will not only have the chance to experience the excitement of the “Night of Destruction” demolition derby, and the thrill of midway carnival rides, they will also see the rich agricultural heritage of the region in the  projects and displays of the youth in Oakland County 4H clubs. Continue reading

Tracks and Trails – Secrets in the Snow

Exciting mysteries unfold in the ever changing storybook easel we call snow; tales of predator and prey, life and death and the endless search for food by creatures that wander through winter.   Encounters with the natural world await hikers, cross country skiers and those that trod the woods of winter on snowshoes.  The secret to reading these stories in snow is careful observation of the tracks and heading out the day after a fresh snowfall, unless winds masked the new wildlife tracks.

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