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Royal Oak Community Ice Rink Opens Downtown

Jeff Derringer and Lee CollickThe 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.

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

Stay Warm, Royal Oak!

City HallBrutal 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.

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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 millage...

City Pilots Mobile Payment Solution in Downtown Royal Oak

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....

Upcoming Events

Royal Oak Artist Market

Event - Date & Time: 
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 2:00pm - Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 3:00pm

Royal Oak Artist Market Show and Sale opens on Friday, March 6, at 2 pm and will include a special preview party from 5 - 8 p.m. featuring a charity silent auction with the wonderful and creative works of the artisans that are exhibiting. Friday's party will also include light fare from some of the area's best restaurants and live music by Mark Reitenga and Jean Agopian.Read more »

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 »

Orson Starr Open House

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

The Orson Starr Guild invites you to an open house on Sunday, March 8 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Orson Starr House Museum.

The museum is located at 3123 N Main Street (one block South of 13 Mile Road) with additional free parking one block south at the Salvation Army Citadel. This open house is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.

For additional information contact Isabelle (248) 548-6638.

14th Annual Baroque Festival Concert

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


The Royal Oak Arts Council presents its 14th Annual Baroque Festival Concert on Sunday, March 8 at 4 p.m.  The concert will be held in partnership at the First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak, 529 Hendrie, Royal Oak (one blk. E. of Woodward, two blks. S. of 11 Mile).  Period music will feature the church organist - Joseph Jackson, Classic Winds performance and Double Play's flute and tuba duet, plus more.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).

Choice Mushrooms and Their Lookalikes

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

“Choice Mushrooms and Their Lookalikes" program is being held at the Royal Oak Senior Center (3500 Marais) on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 beginning at 7:00 pm.  This program is being presented by Phil Tedeschi.

There is no pre-registration or cost for public speaker programs & nature walks.  For more information on the Royal Oak Nature Society & their programs, please call 248-246-3380.

Source: Royal Oak Nature Society

Owl Hoot

Event - Date & Time: 
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 7:30pm

"Owl Hoot” is being held at Tenhave Woods on Friday, March 13th, 2015 beginning at 7:30 pm.  Park & meet at the Lexington & Marais lot..  We will walk into Tenhave and attempt to lure in or have screech

Visit the Nature Society online for more information.

Source: Royal Oak Nature Society

Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Royal Oak

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

The Norman O'Brien Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians will host the Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Royal Oak on Saturday, March 14. The parade is an event to honor and celebrate Irish family traditions to include demonstrating Irish pride and heritage. At 11:30 a.m., the parade of floats, clans, step dancers, bagpipers and community groups leaves Royal Oak Middle School, 709 N. Washington, and goes south on Washington to Seventh Street. Plan on coming early to find a good spot to watch the parade! Read more »

Optimist Club Bowlabration

Event - Date & Time: 
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 12:45pm - 3:00pm

The Royal Oak Optimists Club presents their 2013 Bowlabration on Sunday, March 15th at 1:30 pm. Registration begins at 12:45 pm at Astro Lanes in Madison Heights, 32388 John R, between Toys-R-Us and Best Buy. Door prizes, raffles, wheelbarrow of cheer, and more fun. 30 dollars per bowler; 4 bowlers per team; includes 2 games of bowling, rental shoes, pizza, and pop. Help the optimists bring out the best in kids. To bowl please call Patty Dunstan, (248)760-6876. To become a sponsor please call Bonnie Bourque (586)764-9889. This is a non-smoking event. Bumper Bowling available for the kids!Read more »

Can We See Spring Yet?

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 10:00am

"Can We See Spring Yet” nature walk is being held at Tenhave Woods on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 beginning at 10:00 am.  Park Lexington & Marais & meet at the Lexington entrance. 

There is no pre-registration or cost for public speaker programs & nature walks.  For more information on the Royal Oak Nature Society & their programs, please call 248-246-3380.

Source: Royal Oak Nature Society

The 4th Annual Bestest Concert Ever

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

The 4th Annual Bestest Concert Ever will benefit the Royal Oak Optimist Club. The benefit event will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market and will feature local food, beverages & fun activities. Concert performances by:  Horse Cave Trio, Candy Band, Motor Honey, Titled Axes, Evenin' Gentlemen.  Activities Read more »

ROHS Drama Club Presents Cyrano!

Event - Date & Time: 
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 7:00pm - Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 2:00pm

The Royal Oak High School Drama Club will present "Cyrano!" as its Spring production (March 27 – 29, 2015) in the Royal Oak High School Auditorium, located at 1500 Lexington Boulevard. Adult tickets are $10 and Student tickets are $5.  Show dates are Friday, March 27 at 7pm, Saturday, March 28 at 7pm and Sunday, March 29 at 2pm. To reserve tickets or for additional information, visit

Nostalgia Paper Show

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 9:00am - 2:00pm

Come to the Royal Oak Farmers Market on Saturday, March 28th, 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!

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 »

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