Turtle Woods Preserve

Turtle Woods Preserve

“Imagine a place within a busy city, where shady swamps harbor endangered spotted turtles, ancient reptiles whose dark shells glow with spots of brilliant yellow, gliding just below the water’s surface. Then imagine moving a short distance into a glacial lakeplain prairie, with fields of native grasses and flowers from the time when the glaciers last melted from the land of Southeast Michigan.”

Turtle Woods Preserve

Those words first appeared in the Summer 2000 issue of the Oakland Land Conservancy newsletter in reference to a parcel of undeveloped land on the north side of Square Lake Road between John R and Dequindre in the highly urbanized City of Troy. Fast forward to May 2018. Efforts of the former Oakland Land Conservancy, which eventually merged with other conservancies, and finally morphed into the Six Rivers Land Conservancy finally bore fruit in the form of the new Turtle Woods Preserve. Continue reading

The 23rd Annual Q2 Awards

Quality People Quality County (Q2) awards.

The 23rd Annual Q2 Awards Breakfast, hosted by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, was Wednesday, September 16th at the Centerpoint Marriott in Pontiac, MI. Quality People/Quality Awards recognizes individuals who contribute to the quality of life in Oakland County. Four honorees have been chosen this year and they have utilized their own successes to improve the quality of life for others. On this year’s four award winners, Patterson said, “Q2 recognizes them not only for their remarkable achievements in their careers but also for their contributions to our community.”

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Elite 40 Under 40 2015- Forum 6

L. Brooks Patterson with Elite 40 Under 40 Forum 6 members.

On Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson met with three members of the 2015 Elite 40 Under 40 class of 2015. The forum is designed to allow Elite 40 members a smaller, more intimate setting to connect with the County Executive and each other. The County Executive holds these forums in an effort to build friendships and connections among the Elite 40 and the county’s leadership. Attendees included Amanda Page of Page Law, Nirav Doshi, Managing Partner at Complete Data Products, and Shannon Lazovski of The Lazov Agency. Also in attendance was Irene Spanos, Director of Economic Development and Community Affairs; Kristie Zamora, Elite 40 Program Coordinator; and Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer. Continue reading

On Stage: Fall Community Theatre (2014)

Pic 3 At the Bistro Garden Two Muses Theatre

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
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.