Auburn Hills Summerfest Spotlight: Your Generation in Concert

This year, we are celebrating our 13th annual “Auburn Hills Summerfest.” Located in the heart of the city’s lively downtown at Auburn and Squirrel Roads, Summerfest features unique activities, exceptional attractions, and memorable music for everyone to enjoy. The festival will run from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 22 and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.

We had the opportunity to sit down with some of the band members from Your Generation in Concert who will be performing at Summerfest on Saturday night to learn more about their life on road and how they create such memorable performances for all ages.

AH: Tell us a little bit about the history of Your Generation.
YG: We originally started by our manager, Steve Trudell. From his experience in the music industry, he wanted to produce something different and have a group to be more than a bar band. Something that would bring a show together. He also wanted to highlight all of our musical talents and have something people would enjoy. Trudell has a really good sense of finding members that all ‘jive’ together really well and that is how we came to be.

AH: How long have you been performing at Summerfest?
YG: We have been performing as Your Generation in Concert at Summerfest for about 3 years.

AH: How many shows does Your Generation in Concert do a year? Where do you usually perform?
YG: We do about 150 shows a year. About 90% of our shows are in the Metro Detroit area and in Michigan. We have traveled around to other states like, Florida, California, Colorado, New York, Ohio, and Illinois.

AH: What draws the group to perform?
YG: There is such a vast amount of talent that has been pulled together over the years and we always have a good time together. It’s a real thrill to be up on stage. Also, with all of our concerts and traveling together we have become family and that’s probably the best part. We all want to bring each night and don’t quit until the end.

AH: Tell us a little bit about the process in creating your performances. How do you decide what music is put in the show?
YG: We normally get together at the beginning of the year and spend time reviewing the music, looking at what new songs to add and what to take out. From there, we work out how the show is going fall into place. Our process is similar to how a play is developed. We hash out the order and transitions of songs, do vocal rehearsals, test out lighting and sound, and make tweaks here and there. Once we have the show worked out that is what we play for the season.

AH: What kind of music do you play?
YG: Everything. We typically start in the 60s and move all the way up to now.

AH: Are there any popular genres with the audiences you’ve performed for lately?
YG: Right now, the 90’s seem to be a hit. Then there are always the classics like, Aerosmith and Journey.

AH: Anything new on the horizons for Your Generation in Concert?
YG: We are actually in the process of producing our own record. It’s great because everyone has been involved in some part of the music and we’ll be excited when it’s done.

Your Generation will be performing on Saturday, June 23, from 8 – 10 p.m. at Summerfest. For more information our community events, check out our website: www.auburnhills.org, or give us a call at: 248.370.9353

“Auburn Hills Summerfest” premier sponsors include: Power Home Remodeling, Genisys Credit Union, Go Ape!, Auburn Hills Optimist Club, the Auburn Hills Downtown Development Authority, and Night Nature Alliance.

Torri Mathes, Media Communications Specialist

Auburn Hills Summerfest Spotlight: Your Generation in Concert

A Month Full of Giving

The City of Auburn Hills and Rochester Neighborhood House partnered together to host a community food drive for our sponsor the Auburn Hills Food Cupboard. Throughout the month of April, each of the city’s buildings on campus had a collection box where our staff and citizens could drop off any canned or dry goods. In total, we as a community were able to collect a total of 727 pounds of food!

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In addition to the food drive, and thanks to an anonymous donor, we were also able to deliver over 300 cases of household and personal care items to the food pantry at the Neighborhood House. This included items such as, laundry soap, dish soap, cleanser, and much more.

 

All of these donations are given back to our residents and the surrounding communities in need that are served by Neighborhood House. We would like to thank all those that have donated.

 

Torri Mathes, Media Communications Specialist

A Month Full of Giving

Auburn Hills residents receive the 2018 Governor’s Service Award

Two Auburn Hills residents have received the 2018 Governor’s Service Award. On June 5th, a special ceremony will be hosted by the Community Service Commission for both Doris McCutcheon and Lee Ellen Kerr. They will be receiving an award for their outstanding community service.

Doris McCutcheon, Senior Volunteer of the Year
Photo Credit: Michigan Community Service Commission

Doris McCutcheon was named Senior Volunteer of the Year. She has spent more than 50 years helping young women reach their potential. Doris started a nonprofit program called Girls First. This program emphasizes the importance of young girls taking care of themselves and prepares them for many life experiences they might face.

 

Lee Ellen Kerr, Mentor of the Year Photo Credit: Michigan Community Service Commission

Lee Ellen Kerr was named Mentor of the Year. She has mentored over 20 young women and has helped them identify a path for their future. Kerr has helped these young women create a five year plan for college and a career path for success. She also created the GLAD program at DOW Automotive. This program provides training for allies as they support the LGBTQ community at DOW.

We are proud to have these outstanding women a part of our Auburn Hills Community.

 

 

Alanna Weber, Executive Assistant to the City Manager

Auburn Hills residents receive the 2018 Governor’s Service Award

New Year’s Day 2018 – A Great Day for Auburn Hills Meals on Wheels Seniors

The year started out wonderful for our homebound Meals on Wheels seniors because of a compassionate local business and some fantastic volunteers.

For the second year in a row, Harbor Chase Assisted Living sponsored the New Year’s Day Meals on Wheels by providing a wonderful meal. Because we don’t deliver meals on the holiday, our seniors are provided with frozen meals ahead of time. With the generosity of Harbor Chase, the seniors received a delicious tasty meal. Continue reading “New Year’s Day 2018 – A Great Day for Auburn Hills Meals on Wheels Seniors”

New Year’s Day 2018 – A Great Day for Auburn Hills Meals on Wheels Seniors

How to Help Older Adults Before and After a Storm

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Michigan summers and winter weather can pose many challenges to older adults; major disasters are even more challenging. Winter brings power failures and ice storms while summer brings heat waves and power outages and more. So how can you help your older relative or neighbor during and after a disaster?

I just read an informative blog on the Public Health Emergency website. The blog was written by Cheryl A. Levine, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst & Team Lead for At-Risk Individuals, ASPR’s Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health & Community Resilience.

The blog is a very easy to read and gives great tips for during and after disasters. It’s worth your time.

BLOG: https://www.phe.gov/ASPRBlog/pages/BlogArticlePage.aspx?PostID=267


Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services

How to Help Older Adults Before and After a Storm

Oakland University expands physical therapy study with Health Innovation Grant funds

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An Oakland University study on the effects of preventative, home-based physical therapy on senior citizens has been selected to receive a $23,300 Health Innovation Grant by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

The university is also providing an in-kind match of $10,418.85 for the project.

“It’s very exciting,” said Dr. Chris Wilson, an assistant professor of physical therapy at Oakland University. “In terms of the health and wellness of senior citizens, it’s been such a neglected area. So for us to know that other people in the state of Michigan share our vision, it gives us a confidence boost to keep going.”

Oakland was the only university among 33 Michigan-based organizations and institutions to receive funding via the 2017 Health Innovation Grant, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website. Continue reading “Oakland University expands physical therapy study with Health Innovation Grant funds”

Oakland University expands physical therapy study with Health Innovation Grant funds

Solution for Caregivers Expo

From time to time, I come across events that are truly worthwhile for seniors, caregivers, family members and friends. The Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo is one of those events.

This event provides a wide variety of educational sessions, resources, and displays. So many times we might see information on products specifically for seniors in a magazine or on TV but are hesitant to purchase something without seeing it or touching it. There are over 90 vendors at this event where you can touch and feel  a variety of products and talk to various professionals.

Do you sometimes feel like you’re lost in a maze when it comes to understanding Medicare or Medicaid? Or care for a loved one with dementia and don’t know what resources are available to help you? This Expo is like a one-stop shop to get answers to many of your questions.

And as always, the Senior Services Department is a great place to seek resources, ask questions and get answers. And if we don’t know an answer or have the resource, we can certainly refer you to someone who does.


Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services

Solution for Caregivers Expo