The 19th Annual Arts, Beats & Eats descends on Royal Oak

Thousands strolled through town, passing each tent, stopping at some. Browsing portraits painted by local artists and jewelry handcrafted by Oakland County residents, all while taste testing some of the area’s best food from more than 40 local restaurants and caterers.

Rich aromas filled the air as steam rose from the food tents that lined the streets of LaFayette, Main and Washington.

Downtown Royal Oak was booming. The hustle and bustle of the annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Festival, presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, filled the streets – providing unique fun for all ages, whether you are an art buff, a music lover or a food critic.

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Indian Springs Metropark: It’s all about habitat for three species

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

IMG_3336Indian Springs Metropark sparkles with adventure during the sultry days of summer. The “Spray ‘n’ Play” area keeps toddlers and children cool – and mom and dad happy.   Beautiful picnic areas are abundant.  Golfers purse their passion on a challenging 18-hole course.  A paved bike trail embraces prairie areas and woodlands.

The Environmental Discovery Center is a nature-lovers delight rich with nature displays and scientific facts.  This 2,215 acre parkland located just nine miles northwest of Pontiac, managed by Huron-Clinton Metroparks, has excellent habitat for the Compass Plant, the 13-lined Ground Squirrel and the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake.

This is their habitat story from the “Wilder Side Of Oakland County“:

Compass Plant

IMG_3349Indian Springs provides more than just a glimpse of what the landscape of Oakland County and much of Southeast Michigan looked like more than a century ago; it has tall grass, prairie remnants, with perhaps the Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum ) being the most obvious species.   This sunflower-like plant grows 10 to 12 feet tall and towers over other flora in the Environmental Discovery Center prairie area, a restored landscape managed with carefully planned, prescribed fires.

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Oakland County Master Gardener Program

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Oakland County gardeners can sign up now to participate in the Master Gardener Program through Michigan State University Extension. The program provides adult horticultural education and volunteer leader training to anyone with an enthusiasm for gardening, along with a willingness and commitment to volunteer in the community. Register for the Fall 2016 class by July 29th and learn more about the Master Gardener program in the Oakland County video.

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Take a Swing at it!

It’s quiet. The whip of the golf club is sharp.

If that quick sound gets you swinging, you don’t need us to tell you that it’s golf season.

With nearly 6,700 acres of natural landscape, Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers many ways for residents to get outside and play, along with swimming, camping, hiking boating, picnicking and dog parks, are golf courses.

Home to five award-winning golf courses, Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers public access to:

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Explore Your Creative Side

During the spring, summer and fall months, local communities come to life at Oakland County Art Fairs, complete with colors, textures and styles unique to those who call Oakland County home.

Lined with white tents, one end to the other, local parks and downtown districts invite artists to showcase their work. Art fairs and craft shows provide a true creative experience from handcrafted goods, intricate jewelry, unique designs and talented musicians.

Clarkston_Main Street During Taste

In the truest definition of community, artists, local businesses and sponsors set up shop. Whether it’s abstract art, blown glass, or a handmade dish, there is passion and creativity behind every creation.

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