Snowflakes are still present and the wind has a bite, just hang in a little longer because spring is in sight. The days have gotten longer and the clocks have leaped ahead, a signal for sleeping flowers to awake from their beds. The snow will melt away yielding to a blanket of green and soon after that the robins will sing. Michiganders are tough, another winter survived, the first warm sunny day – Ahhh it’s great to be alive. I hope you had a great winter and 2018 is on track, now let us share some of the great outdoor activities Auburn Hills will bring back.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Bonnet Contest- March 31st 12:00 PM Auburn Hills Community Center
Arbor Day Celebration- April 27th 2:00 – 3:00 PM Will Roger Elementary School
PaddlePalooza- June 2nd 8:00 AM at Riverside Park
Fishing Derby- June 9th 7:30 – 10:30 AM Riverside Park
Summerfest- Friday, June 22nd 4:00- 10:00 PM and Saturday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM Downtown Auburn Hills
Fieldstone Golf Course- Open 7 days a week as soon as weather permits
8 City Parks- Open all year
Civic Center Park
Clinton River Trail
River Woods Park
Dennis Dearing JR. Memorial Park
Dale Fisk Hawk Wood Nature Center
Please visit us online for a complete and detailed list of outdoor offerings. www.auburnhills.org
Since 1992, Rebuilding Together Oakland County has rehabilitated over 1,040 houses and non-profit facilities, involving over 33,000 volunteers.
The mission of Rebuilding Together is to preserve and revitalize homes and communities, assuring low-income homeowners, particularly these who are elderly, disabled, and families with children, live in warmth, safety, and independence.
I was very fortunate to be part of Rebuilding Together for many years, coordinating projects in Brandon Township. We were able to enhance the lives and homes of over 15 people over the years, improving their overall quality of life through the generosity of volunteers and businesses. I personally know what a positive difference this program makes for both homeowners and volunteers.
If you are a homeowner who is in need to home repairs, or know someone who would benefit from the generosity of Rebuilding Together, or want to volunteer, call 248-484-8061 or visit their website www.rebuildingtogether-oaklandcountyorg.
Each month, depending upon need, the City Council holds a workshop before one of their City Council meetings. The purpose of each workshop is usually one of two reasons.
First, it may be designed simply to be informative, perhaps in the category of training for the City Council. The other is to seek feedback and direction from our elected leaders for the purpose of creating policy. Last night’s workshop was led by Fire Chief Jim Manning and was a review of the roles and responsibilities of the Mayor and City Council in the case of a large-scale emergency that would cause the City Manager to declare a State of Emergency.
Chief Manning presented the steps that would be taken should there be an emergency declaration as he reviews the Emergency Operations Plan with City Council and staff.
Nearly every employee of the City, in addition to your elected leaders, have a role in supporting citizens in such an emergency and being prepared to take on that role was the purpose behind the workshop.
Within a week, Michigan has lost two very important business leaders and humanitarians who have become icons in their respective businesses and were generous contributors to metropolitan Detroit, the state, and beyond.
Dominic S. Moceri, legendary homebuilder whose corporate headquarters is located in Auburn Hills, passed away at the age of 86. Art Van Elslander, Founder of Art Van Furniture, passed away at the age of 87. Both men built businesses that have become household names and built reputations for their significant generosity.
I met Mr. Moceri only a few times, but know his sons Dominic and Mario far better. He was the patriarch of the family and will always be remembered for the positive impact he has had in our area. No doubt some of the most beautiful neighborhoods around have the Moceri name on them. His legacy is not just home building, it’s giving back to the greater community that he called home.
Art’s passing has more of a family connection for me. Art was my cousin. I only got to know him less than twenty years ago. He shared stories about his youth and remembered back when he and my Dad were childhood playmates. Our families came here from Belgium, mine would find its way directly to Detroit; his went first to Canada and then settled in Detroit. I got to know him a little better over the years and was invited to a number of special events he held. It was an honor to get to know him and it was particularly exciting to be able to visit with him when he opened an Art Van Furniture Store at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills. In the picture above, my wife and I were attending an event where Art was being honored as Belgian-American of the year. He was always very proud of our Belgian heritage and for this event, he personally called and asked me to be there. Oh, and one other item of credit I have to give him. He introduced me to his friend, supermodel Cindy Crawford.
All of us at the City of Auburn Hills pay tribute to Dominic S. Moceri and Art Van Elslander. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families during this difficult time.
Do you have someone in your life that is suffering from dementia? Are you a caregiver and wonder sometimes how you can keep going? Do you feel all alone taking care of your loved one, wondering if your thoughts, concerns and challenges are yours alone?
Having a family member or friend who suffers from dementia can be stressful, difficult and can tear at your emotions. Most of your feelings and thoughts are the same feelings and thoughts of other caregivers.
The Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group meets the 3rd Thursday each month at the Auburn Hills Community Center from 6pm-7pm, which is conducted by 2 trained facilitators, Cindy Morley and Annette Werner. This is a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to build a support system with people who understand. It allows participants to exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions, talk through issues and ways of coping, share feelings, needs and concerns as well as learn about community resources.
Our support group meets regularly and encourages caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally caring for the person with dementia.
Stop by the 3rd Thursday at 6pm and meet other caregivers, just like you.
If you need to talk to someone before then feel free to call to one of our facilitators: Cindy Morley 248-875-2052 or Annette Werner 248-840-5169 or call the Senior Services Department at 248-370-9353.
Submitted by Karen S Adcock, SDC Director of Senior Services
Twice each year, the Auburn Hills Senior Services Department plans and implements the Rake & Run initiative for our Auburn Hills senior citizens. As part of the program, volunteers head to participating seniors’ homes on a date of their choice for a fall and spring clean-up. In recent years, the program has drawn over a hundred volunteers and has consistently helped, and brought smiles to many of our Auburn Hills seniors. Continue reading “By the Numbers: Rake and Run”→
A great day on Saturday as downtown Auburn Hills was bustling with hundreds upon hundreds of children and adults making their way down the sidewalks and collecting candy and other goodies from the various merchants and organizations who participated in this year’s Spooktacular event. Although a bit cold, it was a dry day which meant that the weather didn’t prevent anyone who wanted to come out for this annual event from doing so. Continue reading “SPOOKTACULAR is Spectacular!”→