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Community Ice Rink Opens Downtown

Shown in the photo from left: Jeff Derringer and Lee Collick

The Royal Oak Community Ice Rink, located at Troy and Third next to the Royal Oak Police Department, is open to the public - and it's free!

Frosty conditions have made it possible for Department of Public Service employees, Lee Collick and Jeff Derringer, to build the rink and prepare the ice for skating. The pair volunteered their time to construct the 88-by-40 foot rink and groom the ice for residents.

As weather permits, the temporary rink is open seven days. It is often lit in the evenings for skaters. Picnic tables and a portable toilet are available on site. Please note: Hockey playing is not allowed at the rink.

Stay Warm, Royal Oak!

City Hall

Brutal temperatures can be a struggle for the most vulnerable members of our community. As always, the Mahany/Meininger Senior Community Center and the Royal Oak Public Library open their doors to anyone in need of a climate-controlled building.

Library hours are Monday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Tuesday noon - 9 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Thursday noon - 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is also open evenings for scheduled events, meetings and programs. Call 248-246-3900 for more information. Read more »

City Pilots Mobile Payment Solution in Downtown

Mobile Payment Options

Residents, businesses and visitors can now conduct their parking transactions by mobile phone in the off-street parking lot located at Fifth and Center Streets (Lot P3), thanks to Parkmobile.

Parkmobile is the leading provider for on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking. Their services are used in more than 600 locations in the U.S. by millions of registered users.

The FREE Parkmobile App is available for any mobile device. Royal Oak customers can pay for parking using the app, the Internet, or a toll free number. After setting up the account, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone. They can also select the option to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to expiration of their parking session.
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City Highlights

» What Activates A Snow Emergency?
» Art Showcases Michigan Artists!
» Disposing of Yard Waste During the Winter Months
» Information Related to Recent Flood, FEMA Registration, Etc.
» Oakland County Election Center - Election Results
» Up To $500 Fine for Violating Royal Oak’s Fireworks Ordinance
» Service Line Warranties of America FAQs
» National League of Cities’ Water and Sewer Utility Warranty program
» Open Positions on Boards and Committees - Apply Now!
» Woodward Ave Complete Streets Project
» Home Improvement Program Grants Announced
» Online Registration for Recreation Programs is Now Open!
» Updated Cooperation, Collaboration and Consolidation Plan
» Do Not Knock Registry Information and how to sign up
» Public Hearing Notices

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Upcoming Events

16th Annual Preschool-Child Care Information Night

Event - Date & Time: 
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Meet and speak with representatives from over 25 area preschools and child care providers at Northwood Elementary School on Monday, January 26 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. (If Northwood Elementary is closed due to inclement weather on January 26, the alternate date is Monday, February 2.) The 2015 Royal Oak Area Preschool and Child Care Directory will debut at this event. Come and gather information about area child care and preschool options at this annual event and be the first to have the latest issue of the directory.Read more »

The Lumber Barons of Royal Oak

Event - Date & Time: 
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The exhibit "The Lumber Barons of Royal Oak" will open with a special preview party/fundraiser on Friday Jan. 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum, 1411 W. Webster. Members of the Erb, Kidder and Lawson families will be present to say hello and talk to attendees about the family businesses. Hors d'ourves and beverages will be served. This event is $25 per person. Tickets may be purchased via the Royal Oak Historical Museum, PayPal or at the door. Please let the Historical Society know you are attending so there is enough food!Read more »

February Nature Society Events

Event - Date & Time: 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The Royal Oak Nature Society is hosting several events in the month of February. Special guest speaker programs, presentations, nature walks, and an owl hoot! There is no pre-registration or cost for our public speaker programs & nature walks.  For more information on the Royal Oak Nature Society & their programs, please call 248-246-3380, e-mail us at or check out our website at

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Nature Society Guest Speaker Program

Event - Date & Time: 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

"Aliens Among Us” speaker program is being held on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School (709 N Washington). Many of the organisms that we see in nature were not here before Europeans settled the land'. Come and discover which everyday plants and animals are really ‘strangers in a strange land.  Join Royal Oak Nature Society botanist Don Drife as he explores the sometimes surprising facts about alien invaders. This event is free and open to the public.Read more »

St Patrick's Day Parade Fundraiser

Event - Date & Time: 
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

On Thrusday, February 19, the Oakland County Ancient Order of Hibernians is hosting an all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Royal Oak. Everyone is invited. Please join us at VFW Post 1669, 214 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak MI 48067, anytime between 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

Adults $10.00, Children (under 12) $5.00. All proceeds will go for parade expenses.

Carry Outs Are also Available.

More Information:  Steve at (248) 761-6073
phone: 586-822-6713

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Orson Starr House Museum Open House

Event - Date & Time: 
Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

The Orson Starr House Guild invites you to enjoy their Museum Open House on Sunday, Feb. 8th from 1 pm to 4pm. Come and enjoy our exhibit of antique Valentine’s Day greeting cards. The Orson Starr House Museum is located at 3123 N Main Street (one block South of 13 Mile Road). Additional free parking one block South at the Salvation Army Citadel.  While donations are always welcome, this event is free and open to the public. For additional information contact Isabelle @ (248) 548-6638.

Food Truck Rally!

Event - Date & Time: 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

It's another Food Truck Rally! On Wednesday, February 11th, from 5-9pm, a gathering of Metro Detroit's finest food trucks will be setting up inside the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Bring the whole family for a great variety of affordable food and wonderful music! This event is brought to you by the Michigan Mobile Food Vendors Association (MMFVA).

Poisonous Mushrooms

Event - Date & Time: 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 7:00pm

The Royal Oak Nature Society presents "Poisonous Mushrooms" at the Royal Oak Senior Center (3500 Marais) on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 beginning at 7:00 pm.  This program is being presented Chris Wright, a mycologist at the University of Michigan.Read more »

Trees & Shrubs

Event - Date & Time: 
Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 2:00pm

The Royal Oak Nature Society presents "Trees & Shrubs” at Cummingston on Sunday, February 15th, 2015 beginning at 2:00 pm.  Park and meet at Leafdale & Torquay.  Come and learn how we identify trees & shrubs and what we can learn from their bark, buds etc.Read more »

Nostalgia Paper Show

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 9:00am - 2:00pm

Come to the Royal Oak Farmers Market on Saturday, February 21, for a Nostalgia Paper Show. Lots of Pulps, Comics, Paper Toys, TV & Movie Memorabilia, Advertising art,
Songbooks, Collector Books, Posters, Pop Culture, Games, Pin-up Art, Calenders, Tin signs, Rock & Music Memorabilia, Magazines and More!

Owl Hoot

Event - Date & Time: 
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 7:30pm

The Royal Oak Nature Society presents "Owl Hoot” at Cummingston Park on Friday, February 27th, 2015 beginning at 7:30 pm.  Park and meet at Leafdale & Torquay.  We will walk into Cummingston and attempt to lure in or have screech & great horned owls answer tape recordings of their calls.Read more »

Youth Assistance Bowl-A-Thon

Event - Date & Time: 
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Royal Oak Youth Assistance (ROYA) is seeking corporate sponsors for its 33nd Annual Bowl-A-Thon on Sunday, Mar. 1 from noon to 3 p.m. at Hazel Park Bowl, 24211 Hughes, Hazel Park.

Door prizes, silent auction items, fish bowl auction items and lane sponsors are needed. The Bowl-A-Thon provides funding for a variety of prevention programs including summer camp scholarships, mentors and family education programs.

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Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

Event - Date & Time: 
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

The Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm in the Dondero Auditorium, Royal Oak Middle School, 709 N Washington, (¼ mile North of 11 Mile Rd.) Royal Oak, Michigan 48067. This performance includes works by Delius, Wagner, and Beethoven. Tickets are available at the door. Concert Information email: or visit

Holistic Health and Wellness Expo

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Sponsored by the Royal Oak Community Coalition, Holistic/Natural/Alternative Health and Wellness Exposition is being held Saturday, March 7th at Royal Oak High School from 10:00 - 3:00. The expo features health and wellness exhibits, a number of short seminars and/or speakers, and introductory exercise demonstrations that all promote a healthy lifestyle. All to help people become familiar with alternative modalities to reduce pain and discomfort with less reliance on addictive prescription drugs and to incorporate lifestyle choices that promote healthy mind, body and spirit.Read more »

Food Truck Rally!

Event - Date & Time: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

It's another Food Truck Rally! On Wednesday, March 11th, from 5-9pm, a gathering of Metro Detroit's finest food trucks will be setting up inside the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Bring the whole family for a great variety of affordable food and wonderful music! This event is brought to you by the Michigan Mobile Food Vendors Association (MMFVA).

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