Oakland County’s Parish Calendar for November 21 and Beyond – The Oakland Press

Charitable Activities

• Annual Waterford Goodfellows Christmas Baskets enrollment is open to students and residents of the Waterford School District, seniors are welcome to apply, applications are accepted November 24-30 and must include a transcript or progress card. com, waterfordmi.gov.

Fundraising campaigns

• The Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan hosts the annual Christmas toy program. Visit bloodcancerfoundationmi.org/holidaytoys/ to adopt a family or donate money. Registration for BCFM’s Adopt-A-Family program runs until November 24th, bloodcancerfoundationmi.org.

• The Coats for the Cold in Oakland County runs through November 30th. Donations of new or carefully worn, clean coats and jackets are distributed to those in need. The jacket drive is a partnership of the Sheriff’s Office, Genisys Credit Union, Real Estate One, McKenzie Moving, and 1-800-Self-Storage, bit.ly/3mrwwwz.

• The Suburban Collection’s second annual Drive Away Hunger fundraising campaign runs through November 30th in partnership with the Gleaners Community Food Bank. The aim is to raise funds for 375,000 meals. Customers and community members are encouraged to donate money in-store or to enter The Suburban Collection’s virtual food drive contest page through Gleaners at gcfb.org/drive-away.

• Buyers can donate to Beaumont Children’s, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital: Valvoline Instant Oil Change Miracle Balloon Campaign through November; Participating Ace Hardware locations will ask shoppers to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar (November 19 – December 24) and Ace is selling world famous chocolate bars for $ 1 ($ 0.48 of each bar goes to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals) ; Duracell Battery will donate US $ 1 to CMN with every purchase of select Duracell Batteries bundles through November and December; Donations are collected at Anthropologie’s locations, which are raised in stores nationwide, up to $ 100,000. Donations at the Ann Arbor, Birmingham and Troy stores will go to the Beaumont Children’s programs, Beaumont.org/CMN.

• The OLHSA Virtual Trivia 2021 fundraising event will take place online on December 3rd from 7pm to 9pm, olhsa.org/virtual-trivia-fundraiser-2021.

• Stuff A Bus collections of toys, clothes and canned goods for families in need will be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 5, 11 am to 4 pm at Uncle Jerry’s BBQ, 321 Auburn Road, Pontiac. For information send an email to [email protected]

• Sylvan Lake Police Department and Parks & Recreation Holiday Toy Drive in support of Orchards Children’s Services runs through December 9th. New, unpackaged toys from Orchards Children’s Services wish list on orchards.org can be delivered to Sylvan Lake Police Department or City Hall at 1820 Inverness St., Sylvan Lake during business hours. For more information, contact Chief Brian Bassett at 248-672-0602.

• The Metro Detroit Salvation Army is working with Walmart locations in southeast Michigan through December 15 to deliver Christmas gifts to children in need as part of their Angel Tree Campaign. Support the charity’s efforts by: sending GIFT on 24365; Donate money through an online or physical red kettle; Volunteer work as a virtual or personal bell giver at registertoring.com; Visit salmich.org or call 877-SAL-MICH.

• Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Association annual toy drive benefiting The Bottomless Toy Chest, a local nonprofit that provides toys and crafts for children in hospital. All 38 Chevy dealerships in Metro Detroit will be collecting new toys by December 15, chevydetroit.com.

• The Farmington Hills Police and Fire Department are a fundraiser for the local Toys for Tots campaign. Donations of new bare toys will be collected through December 17th at the Farmington Hills Police Department, 31655 W. Eleven Mile Road or Fire Department Headquarters, 31455 W. Eleven Mile Road. Toy car ride at Holly Days in downtown Farmington. Donations of new unwrapped toys can be made in Riley Park from 12 noon to 2pm on December 11th. The event includes photos with Santa Claus, elves making animal balloons, glitter tattoos and Christmas carols, coffee, hot cocoa and cookies .com.

Fundraising campaigns

• The Mighty Gobbler 5K / 1M Charity Run will be held from 8-11am Thanksgiving on November 25th at the Lutheran Church of the Master, 3333 Coolidge Hwy, (north of Big Beaver Road), Troy. Sign up by November 22nd, $ 32 for the 5,000 and $ 27 for the 1 mile, then the fees increase by $ 5. A virtual run is an option for $ 32. The proceeds will benefit the Micah 6 Community and interfaith volunteer carers. Runners are also encouraged to bring canned food to store Troy People Concerned’s pantry. Register at www.mightygobbler.com or call 248-643-0176.

Health & safety

• The city of Troy is holding Red Cross blood donation drives at the Troy Community Center on November 29, December 1, December 16, December 22 and December 27 from 9 am to 7 pm 3179 Livernois. Troy. Appointments for donations can be made by calling 313-300-9617, RedCrossBlood.org, or using the free blood donation app.

• The American Red Cross asks for donations of all blood groups – especially blood group O – and platelet donors are urged to make an appointment at redcrossblood.org.

• The Michigan state COVID-19 hotline for testing or vaccines is 1-888-535-6136 (Monday-Friday 8 am-5pm). For more information, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or CDC.gov/Coronavirus, or email [email protected]

• Oakland County COVID-19 Vaccine, OaklandCountyVaccine.com.


• Baldwin Public Library will no longer charge late fees for materials returned after their due date. The library has also removed all historical overdue fines from user records. This is part of an institutional movement by libraries across the country to improve free public access to library services, 248-554-4682, baldwinlib.org.

• The Salem-South Lyon District Library has age-specific stories. Outdoor Family Fun Storytime is on November 29th from 11.15 a.m. to 12.00 p.m., 9800 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon, suitable for children aged 5+, weather permitting, 248-437-6431, ssldl.evanced.info/signup.

• The Friends of the Lyon Township Public Library will sell books from November 18-21 at the Lyon Township Public Library, 27005 Milford Road, South Lyon, 248-437-8800, lyon.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/friends-of -the-library. instead of book sales.

• Waterford Ward Public Library, 5168 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, 248-674-4831, The Waterford Ward Board of Trustees has decided to abolish fines for overdue materials. The library will continue to charge replacement costs for lost or damaged media, waterfordmi.gov/1140/Online-Resources.
• White Lake Township Library, 11005 Elizabeth Lake Road, White Lake Twp., Book and Gift Sales December 9-11, 248-698-4942, whitelakelibrary.org, [email protected]

Parks / outdoor activities

• Oakland County Parks and Recreation Appreciation Days offer free entry to the park on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th, with access to natural areas, trails, dog parks, and all park facilities. The parking times are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset or as posted in the park. For more information, visit oakgov.com/parks/Pages/events.aspx.

• Thanksgiving for Nature is November 26th with two separate sessions, 2:00 PM and 2:00 PM at the Farmington Hills Nature Center, 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills. The event features a self-guided scavenger hunt through the trails of the Heritage Park. Then take home a fall-themed craft and activity kit, $ 3 per person, free for children 2 and under. Register at fhgov.com or call 248-473-1874 or email [email protected]

• Annual Huron-Clinton Metroparks 2022 Parking Passes are available until December 31st. Residents of the five counties – Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne – can purchase a vehicle pass for $ 35 or $ 24 for seniors 62 and over. Starting January 1, the 2022 Annual Pass will cost $ 40 for residents ($ 29 for seniors 62 and older) or $ 45 for non-residents ($ 34 for seniors 62 and over), metroparks.com.

• Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas, michigan.gov/dnr. There are park entry fees.

Support activities

• Michigan Hospice continues to offer virtual funeral groups, hom.org.

• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255), Suizidpräventionlifeline.org, or text 741741.

Submit community events online to The Oakland Press at bit.ly/1iUM73e.

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