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Notice of Construction Near Farmers Market

Beginning in April 2015, WCI Contractors, Inc. will be performing work to extend the existing Royal Oak Farmers Market parking lot further south. The new parking lot addition is scheduled to be open for vehicles before Labor Day weekend.

In addition, work along South Troy Street and East 11 Mile Road will also be performed to improve sidewalks. The map (attached) provides an overview of the construction limits of both areas.

The farmers market and courthouse will be open for the duration of this project. Access to the existing driveways will be maintained, except for the driveway at Hamilton Court, which will be closed permanently.

If you have any questions, please contact the City of Royal Oak Engineering Division at 248-246-3260.

Click here for map.

Arbor Day Foundation Names Royal Oak Tree City USA

In honor of Royal Oak's commitment to effective urban forest management, the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, named our town a 2014 Tree City USA.

Royal Oak and Adrian are the only two communities in Michigan that have been recognized with the Tree City USA award every year since the beginning of the program in Michigan in 1976.


More information on the program is available at


Police & Fire to Drop Puck for 'Guns & Hoses' Charity Hockey Game

The hockey teams of the Royal Oak Police and Fire departments are set to square-off in the fifth-annual Royal Oak ‘Guns & Hoses' Charity Hockey Game on Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the John Lindell Ice Arena in Royal Oak. Proceeds from this year’s game will directly benefit disabled military veterans throughout Metro Detroit.

Based out of Royal Oak, the Michigan Warriors Hockey Program gives disabled Veterans a no-cost opportunity to get onto the ice. The nonprofit organization provides an educational and developmental atmosphere for Veterans of all skill levels for both stand-up and sled hockey. The program runs completely on donations and sponsorships.

“We're honored by the opportunity to support our military veterans. These men and women have dedicated their lives to serving our nation and in some cases, suffered...

Rabies Vaccination Clinic Offered April 18

The Royal Oak Animal Shelter will be hosting the annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic at the Department of Public Services, 1600 N. Campbell, southeast corner of Twelve Mile and Campbell Roads on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bring in your dog or cat for a rabies vaccination administered by a licensed veterinarian for only $5. Rabies is a deadly disease if contracted, so vaccination is more important that ever to protect your best friend and companion. 

Dog licenses will be available for purchase at the event.  Any dog four months or older must be licensed in the City of Royal Oak.

For questions call Mary Ellen Soma at (248) 542-9029.

Royal Oak Implements Plan for Road Millage Funds

Less than six months after voters approved a 10-year 2.5 mill road tax, the Royal Oak Community Development Department will begin a series of projects this spring to be financed by the millage.

Moving forward, roughly $5 million of millage funds will be spent throughout the city this year as part of an overall plan to maintain, repair and reconstruct local streets, roadways and right-of-ways.

The following is a list projects the engineering division has scheduled for the 2015 construction season:

Millage Concrete Street Repair Projects

Total estimated cost: $1.26 million

  • Amelia St. from N. Main St. to Bellevue Ave.
  • Bauman Ave. from Rochester Rd. to Campbell Rd.
  • Donald Ave. from Rochester Rd. to Campbell Rd.
  • E. Sunnybrook Dr. from N. Alexander Ave. to N. Blair Ave.
  • E. Windemere Ave. from N. Alexander Ave. to Campbell Rd.
  • Englewood Ave. from N. Main St. to Rochester Rd....

State-Wide Road Funding Ballot Proposal Goes Before Voters on May 5

A May 5 statewide ballot proposal will ask Michigan voters to approve a 1 cent sales tax increase to help fund the state’s roads and schools. If Proposal 1 passes, it will increase the 6 percent state sales tax to 7 percent, while dropping the sales tax on fuel.

The initiative, which requires voter approval, will ensure in Michigan’s constitution that all state taxes paid at the pump will go to the support of transportation. The state could see more than $1.3 billion in increased sales taxes, most of which would be spent on roads and streets. A portion of this would filter down to the local level.  City Manager Don Johnson estimates Royal Oak could receive an additional $1.7 million for major streets and $500,000 for local streets, representing a 60 percent increase in state funding.

“If the state-wide proposal is approved by voters, it may enable us to reduce the amount of the road...

Upcoming Events

Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

The Royal Oak Animal Shelter will be hosting the annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic at the Department of Public Services, 1600 N. Campbell, southeast corner of Twelve Mile and Campbell Roads on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bring in your dog or cat for a rabies vaccination administered by a licensed veterinarian for only $5. Rabies is a deadly disease if contracted, so vaccination is more important that ever to protect your best friend and companion. Read more »

Mind Over Matter 5k

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Join advocates, families, friends, and fit-minded people on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 10 AM for the 10th annual MOM race for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. The 5K run/walk starts and ends at Starr Jaycee Park and takes place in the residential neighborhoods between 12 & 13 Mile and Crooks & Main St. in Royal Oak. The MOM Race is a USATF certified 5K offering same-day registration, age group awards, refreshments, raffle prizes, live music and more!Read more »

Royal Oak In Bloom

Event - Date & Time: 
Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 7:00am - 2:00pm

On Sunday, May 10th, 2015 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 70 vendors with bring everything from flowers to landscaping décor and participate in the 22nd Annual Royal Oak in Bloom. This open-air market is filled with a spectacular selection of garden treasures and color, taking place in the Williams Street parking lot located in front of City Hall.Read more »

Wine Stroll

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy featured wines and signature hors d’oeuvres from over 20 of the top Royal Oak restaurants in this walking tour of downtown.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 the day of and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland & Macomb Counties.

Check back for a list of participating locations as well as their food and wine offerings.

Tickets available on

Memorial Day Community Parade

Event - Date & Time: 
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 9:00am - 11:30am

The Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade Committee announced plans for this year's parade which will be held on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015.  All veterans, veterans’ groups, school, and community organizations are invited to participate in this expression of our community’s gratitude to our fallen heroes.  The theme remains "Honor Our Country, Honor Our Flag”, but this year the Committee will pay special tribute to our Royal Oak Police, Fire, and other emergency responders who are currently serving, or have served, in the military. The parade will start at 9:00 a.m.Read more »

Stampede Scleroderma

Event - Date & Time: 
Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 8:30am - 12:00pm

Join us on June 7, 2015 in the Stampede on Scleroderma by participating in the Walk/5k/10k Run, at the Detroit Zoo. Last year’s event had more than 800 participants, and we’re hoping to make the herd even bigger in 2015. Registration is open, so sign up today! Your registration includes all-day admission to the zoo-bring your family and friends and make a day of it. The ultimate goal of all our fundraising events is a cure for scleroderma. But we’ve decided to add a few more incentives along the way for our Stampede Scleroderma participants.Read more »

Clay Glass and Metal Show

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 10:00am - Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 5:00pm

The 21st Annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show is one of the jewels of Royal Oak taking place Saturday, June 13 from 10am-7pm and Sunday, June 14 from 11am-5pm on 4th Street in downtown Royal Oak. One of the country's top art shows, the event features 125+ of the finest artists in clay, glass and metal work, who are selected by a jury process. The event also includes demonstrations and some specialty food choices. Contact for additional information.

Summer Stroll for Epilepsy(tm)

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 7:30am - 11:15am

The Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan is proud to announce its annual Summer Stroll for Epilepsy(tm) - Detroit Zoo taking place on June 27, 2015! The Summer Stroll for Epilepsy(tm) is an inspirational morning walk that gathers individuals from all across Michigan to encourage widespread epilepsy awareness and fundraising for the many programs and services offered by the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. Registration begins at 8:30am and the walk commences at 9:30am.Read more »

Outdoor Art Fair

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 10:00am - Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 5:00pm

The 45th Annual Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair will be held at Memorial Park (Corner of Woodward Avenue & 13 Mile Road) on Saturday, July 11, 10am - 6:00pm & Sunday, July 12, 10am - 5:00pm. Juried artists will be selling original art work for your home, office, or as a gift.  An exciting variety of art offered by these juried artists include ceramics, painting/prints, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, sculpture, wood, glass, leather, and mixed media.  A variety of food items will be available.Read more »

Woodward Dream Cruise

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 8:00am - 9:00pm

The Annual Woodward Dream Cruise will be in Royal Oak on Saturday, August 15. The event attracts thousands of classic cars, hot rods, custom, collector, and many other vehicles to the nostalgic cruising lanes of Woodward Avenue. Visit the official "newly designed" Dream Cruise website at for more information.Read more »

Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 8:00am - 11:00am

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is the signature fundraising walk of the American Diabetes Association. Step Out has been taking place for more than 20 years and has raised more than $175,000,000 to Stop Diabetes! Join the Walk today! Registration starts at 8am and the walk will begin at 9:15am on September 12, 2015! All participants who are 2 years and older must raise at least $25 to enter the zoo!

Event Location and Address: Detroit Zoo, 8450 West 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067 Read more »

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