Light Up Your Holiday Season with Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo!

Brighten your holiday season with a trip to the Detroit Zoo! They’ll be lighting up the nights again this holiday season with Wild Lights! You can view the spectacular light display of over five million LED lights for 24 nights in November and December. The bright and festive lights will illuminate trees, buildings, and more than 230 animal sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo.

New features for this year include nearly 600 light tubes that sway to music, an Antarctic-themed projection on the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, and a bug display.

Want to preview the magic of the Detroit Zoo’s winter illumination? Check out our video before you go:

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Thomas Tunney Named 2017 MI Great Artist Winner

Commerce Township artist Thomas Tunney was named 2017’s winner of the MI Great Artist competition October 25th at the Park West Gallery in Southfield.

The gallery’s mood was festive as art enthusiasts from throughout Oakland County gathered to celebrate Tunney and his fellow finalists. Event focal points included a shared exhibition of artistic works by the finalists, and a solo exhibition for the 2015 MI Great Artist Ken Hershenson.

The finalists were chosen from a field of 232 artists from Oakland, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, St. Clair, Shiawassee and Wayne counties who entered the online competition in July in hopes their entries would catch the discerning eye of the public. After 34,000 online votes were cast during two weeks the field was whittled down in August to 20 artists. A panel of art experts selected the five finalists and ultimately chose the winner.

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Spread Warmth this Winter with Coats for the Cold

The warmth of your generosity could help those less-fortunate this winter. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations of new or clean, used coats through November 30th as part of their 30th annual “Coats for the Cold” coat drive.

Donated coats will be sent to a variety of local charitable organizations, who in turn distribute the coats to community members most in need.

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November Business Workshops

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Let the fourth quarter be your first step toward a brighter business future! If you are a small business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur, the high-value, low-or-no-cost business workshops offered by experts at Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center have the power to transform your enterprise. Between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, there’s no month like November to bring your product or service to market. Register today and let the One Stop Shop’s business counselors provide the advice and assistance you need regarding small business loans, start-ups, and more.

Is your small business located in Oakland County? Be sure to get ready for this year’s Oakland County Shopper Competition. Businesses who register are automatically entered to win a $1,000 prize courtesy of CEED Lending. The competition begins November 25th and continues for an entire week! Last year’s contest had an economic impact of $60,000, so this is an event you won’t want to miss.

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The 10th Brooksie Way! What a Hot Race!

The 10th annual Brooksie Way was undoubtedly a hot one, but that didn’t stop over 4,500 runners and walkers from completing last Sunday’s race. Temps hovered in the mid to high 80s, but 5k, 10k, and half marathon racers were brimming with energy and excitement!

5,000 volunteers and about 10,000 spectators lined the beautiful course that began at Oakland University. Half marathon walkers and runners continued through the city of Rochester Hills, Downtown Rochester, along the Paint Creek and Clinton River Trails, and ended back at the university.

Check out our video to see all of the race day fun! If you were a runner, walker, volunteer, or supporter, you just may find yourself in it!

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