Oakland County State of the County 2016

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson delivering the State of the Union speech.

The 2016 Oakland County State of the County will be held Wednesday, February 10th at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac at 7p.m. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will make a major announcement that will impact area businesses, residents, and those who visit the county. He will also focus on how Oakland County is reinvesting for sustainability because of the county’s deep dive into the knowledge-based economy and balanced multi-year budget. Patterson will also unveil the 2016 Elite 40 Class Winner. Continue reading

Registration Still Open for the Brooksie Way 2015

2015 Brooksie Way Medal

Don’t miss out on The 2015 HealthPlus Brooksie Way! Registration is open for teams and individuals until Thursday, September, 24th, 2015. The Brooksie Way is one of Oakland County’s premier ​quality of life events. The Brooksie Way was named after the late Brooks Stuart Patterson, son of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Patterson began the Brooksie Way races to promote Oakland County and encourage people to become more physically active.

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Welcome to SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium!

Are you ready to come nose to nose with more than 5,000 sea creatures? You’ll get all that and MORE when you visit SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium in Oakland County.

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SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium is a 35,000 square-foot indoor aquarium located in the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills, MI.

Get ready to enjoy these amazing aquatic features:

  • 5000+ sea creatures
  • 150,000 gallons of water
  • 180 degree underwater ocean tunnel
  • Fresh water exhibit that features creatures from Michigan
  • Education talks and feeding shows
  • Digital touchpads at each exhibit
  • Presentation video theater
  • Interactive touch pools
  • Birthday parties
  • School groups
  • Retail store
  • Play area

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Looking Back at the 2014 Brooksie Way

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I am pretty sure that the thousands of the runners in the seventh annual Brooksie Way half marathon, are glad that the race is behind them, and they don’t have to see any more hills until next year’s race. The course starts and ends at Meadow Brook on the campus of Oakland University and runners run along parts of the Clinton River and Paint Creek trails, Rochester Hills and downtown Rochester.

The PlayOaklandCounty  team was present, scanning the QR codes on racers’ bibs to deliver real time results to the participants, answering people’s questions, and taking #BrooksieWay pictures for an #OaklandCounty Facebook album.

The event proceeds will be distributed as mini-grants to healthy living initiatives in the county by way of the Brooksie Way Mini-Grant program.

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Top Finishers:

Donald Richmond of Portland, Michigan completed the course in one hour and eleven minutes. Clarkston’s Shane Logan finished 2nd, a mear 24 seconds behind the leader. Seven other runners completed the course in less then 1:20 on a perfect day for running.

Top Finishers in 2014 Brooksie Way Half-Marathon

Male
1.  Donald Richmond – Portland
2.  Shane Logan – Clarkston
3.  Bryce Stroede – Rochester
4.  Leo Foley – Independence
5.  Michael Cox – Pinckney
6.  Mike Messina – Sterling Heights
7.  Ryan Beck – Royal Oak
8.  David De Steiger – Rochester
9.  Joshua Murphy – Kalamazoo
10.  Lee Shaw – Livonia

Female
1  Nicole Monette – Royal Oak
2  Amanda Wolski – Dearborn
3  Kim Sanner – Macomb
4  Amber Dermyre – Canton
5  Anne Lovelace – Rochester Hills
6  Renee Cholyway – Pontiac
7  Katie May – New Baltimore
8  Amy Corby – Rochester
9  Roxanne Carr – Troy
10  Erika Vallie – Macomb

Click here to see a complete list of race results.

Keep in touch all year long with The Brooksie Way on Facebook.

 

On Stage: Fall Community Theatre (2014)

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At the Bistro Garden Two Muses Theatre

Falling leaves and cooling temperatures. Autumn is in the air. For many, this time of year brings thoughts of apple cider and Big 10 football.  But it also brings in the
Big Three in community theatre – Dramas, Comedies and Musicals!

Community theatre is great entertainment at affordable prices.

Here are a few of the current and upcoming productions:

Two Muses Theatre (West Bloomfield)
At the Bistro Garden
October 10-12, 17-19

The Farmington Players (Farmington)
Arsenic & Old Lace
October 4-5, 10-12, 16-18

Clarkston Village Players (Clarkston)
Mrs. Mannerly
October 9-11

Ridgedale Players (Troy)
Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
November 7-9 , 15-17, 21-23 28-30)

JET Theatre (West Bloomfield)
Enter Laughing
October 22-23, 25-26 and 30,
November 1-2, 5-6, 8-9, 12-13, 15-16

Heart of the Hills Players
Cole
November 6-7 (at Troy Community Center)
November 19-22 (at Warren Community Center)

St. Dustan’s Guild at Cranbrook (Bloomfield)
Dial M for Murder
October 10-11, 17-19, 24-25

Stagecrafters (Royal Oak)
Main Stage: Tribes
October 10-12,16-19
Second Stage: Other Desert Cities
October 31, November 2, 6-9,13-16

Meadow Brook Theatre (Auburn Hills)
Around the World in 80 Days
October 1-5, 8-12, 15-19. 22-26

The Village Players (Birmingham)
Songs for a New World
October 24, 25, 26, 31, November 1, 2, 7, 8, 9

Varner Studio Theatre @ Oakland University (Auburn Hills)
The Life
October 9-12, 15-19
The Liar
November 13-16, 20-23

Most performances are on weekends. You will need to check the theatres site for actual performance dates and times.