Pontiac Community Calendar Aug. 12-Nov. 23

Pontiac Community Calendar Aug. 12-Nov. 23
(Mike McGuinness, Pontiac Pride, Aug. 12, 2017)
Pontiac, MI – I’m sending along your latest edition of the Pontiac Community Calendar, compiling all known activities in our great city and shared with thousands of community members.
– Community Volunteer Nominations Underway: For the sixth year in a row, Main Street Pontiac is facilitating Pontiac Community Awards to recognize volunteers. Nine award categories include Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in the Community, Youth and Senior Awards, Design, Service Group, Municipal Partner, and Community Partner. To nominate an individual or organization for this year’s Community Awards, or to learn more, visit: www.pontiacdba.com/community-awards
 
– All Saints Free Community Breakfast (Every Saturday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., including this Saturday, August 12th). All Saints Episcopal Church, 171 W. Pike Street, Pontiac. All Saints Produce Market (Every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). All Saints Episcopal Church, 171 W. Pike Street, Pontiac. Enter from Exchange Street. All Saints Resale Shop (Open every Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
– Fitness Boot Camp​ (Saturday, August 12th, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.) Held at Woodside Bible Church, 830 Auburn Avenue, Pontiac 48342. Free class. For more information, e-mail HealthyPontiac@gmail.com
​- Yoga In The Park (Saturday, August 12th, 9:00 a.m.) Held at Indian Village Park, 782 W. Huron Street, Pontiac 48341. Free classes through August 26th. For more information, e-mail HealthyPontiac@gmail.com
Pontiac Schools Back to School Rally (Saturday, August 12th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) Held at Pontiac Middle School, 1275 N. Perry Street, Pontiac 48340. Free food, health screenings, parent resources, school registration, book bag give-away, bounce houses, K-9 Unit, Car Give-A-Way Program and more. Children must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, call Brenda Causey-Mitchell at (248) 980-6025.
Roadkill Nights Drag Racing (Saturday, August 12th, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.) Held at M1 Concourse on Woodward Avenue, complex entrance on South Boulevard. $5 entry fee for Pontiac residents, $10 entry fee for non-Pontiac residents. Event includes live music, thrill rides, vendors, food trucks, kids’ activity zone and more. For more information, visit www.roadkill.com
Bat Zone Now Open in Downtown Pontiac (Saturday, August 12th, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 13th, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.) Located 75 W. Huron Street, Downtown Pontiac 48342. “The Bat Zone is Michigan’s premier Nocturnal Animal Sanctuary” and the headquarters of the Organization for Bat Conservation. “Home to more than 200 animals, all of whom have either been rehabilitated or captive born. None of the animals that we care for can be released into the wild, and are often in need of specialized care.” $7.00 admission. School and group visits can be scheduled by calling (248) 645-3210. For more information, visit www.batconservation.org
Every Child is a Work of Art Exhibition at the Pontiac Creative Arts Center (Saturday, August 12th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pontiac Creative Arts Center located at 47 Williams Street, Pontiac 48341. The exhibition opened last weekend; Art&Soul Dreams collaborated with award winning photographers to highlight children in foster care that are seeking permanent families. For more information, call (248) 333-7849 or visit www.PontiacArts.org
– Summer Reading Completion Party at the Library (Saturday, August 12th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.)  Held at the Pontiac Public Library, 60 E. Pike Street, Downtown Pontiac 48342. For more information, visit www.pontiac.lib.mi.us
Class of 1997 Alumni Basketball Game Between Pontiac Central and Pontiac Northern (Saturday, August 12th, 4:00 p.m.) Held at Pontiac High School, in the Robert “Sy” Green Gymnasium, 1051 Arlene Street, Pontiac 48340. Tickets $5 and all proceeds go to benefit Pontiac High School. Entertainment will also be featured, including DJ Floyd Bobo, and tribute will be paid to the late Coach Green, Joanne Battle, and Catherine Sykes.
Pins & GIRDLE Bowling Fundraiser (Saturday, August 12th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.) Held at Classic Lanes, 2145 Avon Industrial Drive, Rochester Hills. Raising funds for G.I.R.D.L.E. Admission $20 per person, $10 for non-bowle; $7 for kids under 8. For more information, call Kristine at (248) 770-0245.
Back Pack Drive by Elizondo Gonzales, owner of Face Construction, in partnership with Chris Jackson (Sunday, August 13th, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.) On the corner of Woodward Avenue and Orchard Lake Road. School supplies for the kids — book bags for children ages 5 to 13. Food, drinks, games, bounce houses.
Taking Back Sunday Concert at The Crofoot Ballroom (Sunday, August 13th) Held at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw Street, Downtown Pontiac 48342. For more information, visit www.thecrofoot.com

 

Lakeland Players Auditions for The Laramie Project (Sunday, August 13th at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, August 14th at 6:30 p.m.) Held at CUMC, 3882 Highland Road, Waterford 48328. Directed by Katie Cooper and Melissa Dane. For more information, visit www.lakelandplayers.net or e-mail Laramie@LakelandPlayers.net
Walk and Talk with Local Leaders (Monday, August 14th, 12:00 p.m.) Held at Saginaw Green Park, 111 N. Saginaw Street, Downtown Pontiac. All ages welcome. Swing by and join the walk beginning at the new downtown park. Takes place every Monday at Noon through August 28th. Facilitated by Healthy Pontiac, We Can! For more information, e-mail HealthyPontiac@gmail.com
Maintain Your Brain Class with Virginia Emanuel (Monday, August 14th, 3:00 p.m.) Held at American House Senior Living, 1915 Baldwin Avenue, Pontiac 48340. Free classes, with guest speakers presenting at times. A fun way to stay sharp with less memory loss. Also taking place on August 21st and 28th.
Pontiac Arts Commission Meeting (Monday, August 14th, 5:30 p.m.) Held at the Shrine Room on the first floor of Pontiac City Hall, 47450 Woodward Avenue, Pontiac 48342. For more information, call (248) 410-0702.

Taste & Tip Days at Walton Park Manor (Tuesday, August 15th, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) Held at 26 Leanee Lane, Pontiac 48340. Sponsored by SNAP-ED in Michigan and the Michigan Fitness Foundation, in coordination with Healthy Pontiac, We Can! Also taking place on July 25th, August 15th and 22nd. For more information, call (248) 452-8072 or e-mail healthypontiac@gmail.com

​- Sprout Fresh Food Store Pop-Up Market at Unity Park (Tuesdays, including

​August 15th

, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.) Held at Unity Park offices, 333 Auburn Avenue, Pontiac 48342.

District Two Advisory Group Special Meeting (Tuesday, August 15th, 5:00 p.m.) Held at Welcome Missionary Baptist Church Board Room, 143 Oneida Street, Pontiac 48341. Topic is the historic Casa Del Rey apartment complex on Oneida, which is the object of potential private redevelopment. FYI, District Two covers Indian Village, Pioneer Highlands, Stonegate, Seminole Hills, Ottawa Hills neighborhoods and more. For more information, e-mail d2AGinfo@gmail.com
Pontiac Library Cleanup with Perry Earl (Tuesday, August 15th, 6:00 p.m.) At the Pontiac Public Library, 60 E. Pike Street, Downtown Pontiac 48342. For more information, contact Perry Earl at NativeKings92@gmail.com
Kelly Miller Circus is in Town (Wednesday, August 16th and Thursday, August 17th. Show times at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.) Held at Aaron Perry Park, 345 Edison Street, Pontiac 48342. Portion of ticket proceeds benefits Oakland County Sheriff Deputies for Kids. For advance tickets, call Marketing Connections at (248) 622-8247 or visit www.kellymillercircus.com
Pontiac SUN Time Bank Bid Whist and Game Night Potluck (Wednesday, August 16th, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.) Held at the SUN Office, 402 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac 48341, in the Oakland Pointe Shopping Center. Come share the fun of playing cards or other games. Please bring a dish to share if you can. For more information on the SUN Time Bank, called Lola Williamson at (248) 812-7690.
Taste of Japan Fundraiser (Wednesday, August 16th, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.) Held at Goldner Walsh Garden and Home, 559 Orchard Lake Road, Pontiac 48341. A fundraiser for Pontiac Schools Student Ambassadors traveling to Kusatsu, Japan. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at Goldner Walsh, on Eventbrite, or by e-mailing psdiec@gmail.com. Make checks payable to Pontiac Alumni Foundation. For more information, visit www.psdiec.org
​- Board Game Night at Exferimentation (Every Wednesday night, including August 16th) Held at Exferimentation Brewing Company, 7 N. Saginaw Street, Downtown Pontiac 48342.
​- Lafayette Market Happy Hour (Every Thursday, including August 17th, 4:00 p.m. to Close) 154 N. Saginaw Street, Downtown Pontiac 48342. Save 50% on the sandwich or salad of your choice when you buy $10 or more of beer and/or wine. See story or website for details and restrictions. www.thelafayettemarket.com
 

Pontiac City Council Meeting (Thursdays, including August 17th, 6:00 p.m.) Held at Pontiac City Hall, Second Floor, Council Chambers. 47450 Woodward Avenue, Pontiac 48342.  In order to speak during public comment, arrive before the meeting begins in order to sign up for public comment. Meetings occur every Thursday evening, unless schedule is altered due to holidays or other conflicts.

Pontiac  “Wild Adventures” at Independence Oaks (Friday, August 18th) Posted by Melanie Martin on Facebook: “We need 30 Pontiac 6th to 8th grades to join us for Wild Adventures on August 18th a free day at Independence Oaks. Call (248) 858-0916 to register your child asap. Transportation will be provided to and from the park… Drop off & pick up location is Pontiac Middle School.”

Lafayette Market Complimentary Wine Tasting (Every Friday, including August 18th, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) 154 N. Saginaw Street, Downtown Pontiac 48342. “Sample some of our delicious and savory wines. Try your favorites or find a new one. See store or website for details and restrictions.” www.thelafayettemarket.com

GIRDLE Chat & Chew Support Group (Friday, August 18th, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.) Held at ArborView Village, 121 Fiddis Avenue, Pontiac 48342. Support group addressing the issues of low self-esteem and depression found in women. For more information, contact Catherine Johnson at (248) 252-0440.

Outdoor Movie Screening of “Arrival” at the Library (Friday, August 18th, movie begins at dusk) Held at the Pontiac Public Library, 60 E. Pike Street, Downtown Pontiac 48342. For more information, visit www.pontiac.lib.mi.us

 
​- Improv Comedy Night at Exferimentation (Every Friday night, including August 18th) Held at Exferimentation Brewing Company, 7 N. Saginaw Street, Downtown Pontiac 48342.

Woodward Dream Cruise (Saturday, August 19th)

Pontiac Children’s Business Fair (Saturday, August 19th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) Held at the 377 Center, 377 S. Telegraph Road, Pontiac 48341. Hosted by the Young Entrepreneurs Squad Foundation. Over 10 young entrepreneurs’ booths will be featured.

E&K Arts and More Open House (Saturday, August 19th, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) Held at their storefront at 71 N. Saginaw Street, Downtown Pontiac 48342. Come out and learn more about this local business. Food, entertainment, giveaways and drawings throughout the event. For more information, call (855) 285-0320.

WeCare Neighborhood Association Fourth Annual Community Picnic (Saturday, August 19th, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Held at Oakland Park, 500 E. Montcalm, Pontiac 48342. Free food, bounce house, petting zoo, music, face painting, motorcycle exhibit, vendors, school supplies, 50/50 raffle. For more information, call William Carrington at (313) 318-7745.

Pontiac School Board Meeting (Monday, August 21st, 6:00 p.m.). Held at the Odell Nails Administration Building, 47200 Woodward Avenue, Pontiac 48342. For more information, visit www.pontiac.k12.mi.us

Greater Pontiac Community Coalition Committee of Fifty Meeting (Tuesday, August 22nd, 8:30 a.m.) Held at Welcome Missionary Baptist Church, 143 Oneida Road, Pontiac 48341. For information, call (248) 335-8740
Pontiac SUN Time Bank “Evening of Blessing for the Woman on the Go” (Tuesday, August 22nd, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.) Held at the SUN Office, 402 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac 48341, in the Oakland Pointe Shopping Center. Hosted by Phyllis Carroll. Clothes, shoes and accessories giveaway. Advice on coordinating clothes and accessories. Win a free makeover. 50/50 raffle. For more information on the SUN Time Bank, called Lola Williamson at (248) 812-7690.

Pontiac Public Library Board Meeting (Wednesday,

​August 23rd

, 5:30 p.m.) Held at the Pontiac Public Library, 60 E. Pike Street, Pontiac 48342. For more information, visit www.pontiac.lib.mi.us

 

Pontiac SUN Time Bank Spanish Classes with Bonnie (Thursday, August 24th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.) Held at the SUN Office, 402 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac 48341, in the Oakland Pointe Shopping Center. A continuing class for those interested in learning a second language. “If you’re interested in learning Spanish in a calm, patient environment, come out and get started.” For more information on the SUN Time Bank, called Lola Williamson at (248) 812-7690.

Identify Your Dream Mentoring Program for Children of Murder Victims Introduction (Thursday, August 24th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.) Held at Silver Lake Church of the Nazarene, 520 W. Walton Boulevard, Pontiac 48340. For more information, visit www.identifyyourdream.org or contact DeLeah Samuel Sharp at (248) 955-3151 or idyourdream@gmail.com

Wine Tasting Event to Benefit Micah 6 Community (Thursday, August 24th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.) Held at Indian Hll Wine Cellar, 31 N. Saginaw Street, Downtown Pontiac. Enter via Alley Cat Café. Tickets are $25. Spaces are limited; must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, visit: https://getlocalhop.com/events/VcJeqGQ5oM/

Pontiac SUN Time Bank Tupperware Party (Thursday, August 24th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.) Held at the SUN Office, 402 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac 48341, in the Oakland Pointe Shopping Center. Hosted by Phyllis Carroll. “If you’ve been looking to buy, but didn’t know where, here’s your chance.” Games, prizes, giveaways, and light refreshments. For more information on the SUN Time Bank, called Lola Williamson at (248) 812-7690.

Pontiac Optimist Club New Optimist Event (Monday, August 28th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.) Held at the Pontiac Public Library, 60 E. Pike Street, Downtown Pontiac 48342. For more information, contact Christopher Northcross at (248) 390-8299.

Second Annual Stroke Survivor & Caregiver Picnic (Wednesday, August 30th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) Held at Waterford Historical Park, 4490 Hatchery Road, Waterford 48329. For more information, contact Marcia at (248) 812-7446.

“Pitch ‘N Pontiac” Competition (Thursday, August 31st, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.) Held at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw Street, Downtown Pontiac 48342. The competition provides new and existing small for-profit business owners the unique opportunity to pitch their idea. Five finalists will be in the running. “The winners will receive monetary and consulting resources to move their business forward.” For more information, visit http://www.greatlakeswbc.org/pitchnpontiac

Murphy Park Summer R.A.P. (Recreation Activity Program) Underway (Held Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Daily lunch and snack. Activities include field trips, special events, arts, crafts, nature exploration, fitness, gardening, dance, and sing-alongs. $20 one-time registration fee, which also comes with a t-shirt. For more information, contact (248) 408-4549.

SAT Test Prep Throughout the Community (Ongoing) Sites include Pontiac Public Library, Eastside Church of Christ, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Arts and Technology Academy of Pontiac (ATAP), New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, St. John United Methodist Church, Matilda Wilson Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Michigan, GOD-UC at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. “Visit one of the community-based host sites near you to work on SAT skills improvement by using Khan Academy training. No appointments needed. Hours vary by location. Sites are open after school, evenings, weekends, during holiday breaks and over the summer.” For more information, contact Shakita Billy at (248) 508-3522 or shakitabilly@oakland.edu
Summer Meet Up and Eat Up Sites Active (Ongoing) Call 2-1-1 or text “FOOD” to 877-877 to find Meet Up and Eat Up sites in your neighborhood, which are serving healthy meals to children 18 and younger, free of charge. Facilitated in part by United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

​- The Art Experience

​Summer Classes Underway

(Ongoing) 175 S. Saginaw Street, Suite 109, Downtown Pontiac 48342. For information, call (248) 706-3304

 

Save The Date:​
– Pontiac Policy Council Education Organizing Session (August 26th)
– Prep for Success Back to School Supply Drive (September 2nd)
– Comedy with the Ques starring Joe Torry at Flagstar Strand (September 2nd)
– Pontiac City-Wide Choir Union Concert at Newman AME (September 3rd)
– Water Resources Commissioner Calendar Contests for Students (September 5th)
– The Crofoot Ten Year Anniversary Party, with Girl Talk (September 8th)
– Downtown Pontiac Build A Better Block Event (September 9th)
– Historical Society Lecture on Mills of Oakland County (September 10th)
– Baldwin Center After-School Program Begins (September 12th)

​Oakland County Sheriff PAL 2nd Annual Golf Outing (September 15th)
– “Parking Day” with 21st Century Digital Learning Incubator (September 15th)
– GIRDLE Chat & Chew at Carriage Circle Apartments (September 16th)

– Sylvan Esso Concert at The Crofoot (September 17th)

– William Elliott Whitmore Concert at The Crofoot (September 24th)
– Boz Scaggs Performs at the Flagstar Strand Theatre (October 1st)
​- Oakland University Grizz Night in Downtown Pontiac (October 5th)​
– The New Pornographers Concert at The Crofoot (October 9th)
– Travis Tritt Performs at the Flagstar Strand Theatre (October 10th)
– Oakland University Homecoming and Reunion Weekend (October 13th-14th)
– “Gigs for Digs” Concert Benefiting Humble Design of Pontiac (October 14th)
– Max Frost Performs at The Pike Room (October 18th)
– Chris Isaak Concert at the Flagstar Strand Theatre (October 19th)
– Historical Society’s Haunted Mansion at Pine Grove (October 21st)
– Artimus Pyle Band (Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band) at the Flagstar Strand (October 21st)
– Wolf Parade Concert at The Crofoot (October 25th)
– Creepy Cheapy X at The Crofoot Ballroom (October 27th)
– Pontiac General Election Day (November 7th)
​- Yaktown Poets Revue (November 18th)​
– Mighty Gobbler 5K Run to Support Micah 6 Community (November 23rd)

Donations Needed: To make monetary donations to support those senior citizens displaced by the fire that destroyed the West Manor Apartments, checks or money orders may be made payable and sent to Lighthouse in care of West Manor Apartments, 46156 Woodward Avenue, Pontiac MI 48342. For more information, contact Amber Ruple at (248) 920-6000, ext. 2243.

Funds are being raised for Pontiac Schools Student Ambassadors travel expenses to Kusatsu, Japan. Make checks payable to Pontiac Alumni Foundation. For more information, visit www.psdiec.org, call Brenda Carter at (248) 521-9632, or e-mail psdiec@gmail.com

HOPE Warming Center in need of food to prepare meals, volunteers to provide meals, and volunteers to serve meals. For more information, contact Julia Drew at (248) 499-7345 or jdrew@hopewarmingpontiac.org

Walt Whitman Elementary needs school uniforms, school supplies, toiletries and other items donated for their Pathways to Potential office that assists students with wraparound services. Particularly needed are boys’ belts. Please donate Belts for Boys! To learn more, contact Michelle Peguese at (248) 794-3570.

Support Devin Cantley’s Cancer Recovery. Devin Cantley, a first grader at Alcott Elementary in Pontiac, was recently diagnosed with bone cancer. To learn more and contribute, visit: www.gofundme.com/devin-rocks-lets-roll

The Art Experience Raising Funds for “Community Art Lab.” Contributions funding art tools, supplies and art instructors’ wages. To contribution and for more information, visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/community-art-lab2/fundraiser/the-art-experience

Now Hiring: Accent Pontiac Site Coordinator Position Available. Part-time position, 25 hours a week from September to June, with potential for summer employment. $16 per hour. To learn more about Accent Pontiac, visit www.accentpontiac.org  For more information, or to submit a cover letter and resume, e-mail Tina Rowan at trowan@accentpontiac.org

Now Hiring: Pontiac Schools Positions Available. Dozens of openings, from teachers to tutors to food service to security. For more information, visit: https://www.pontiac.k12.mi.us/Page/349

 

Now Available: Free shipping on select Bat Houses during the month of August. “Interested in putting up a bat house for your friendly bat neighbors? Now is the perfect time to purchase a bat house! For this month only, shipping will be completely free” for certain bat houses. For more information, visit: www.batconservation.org

All Saints Church Kitchen Available for Rent! The expanded kitchen at All Saints Episcopal Church at the southeast corner of Williams and Pike streets in Pontiac is now available for rent. It has been certified and inspected by the Health Department. For information, contact John Meyer at (248) 335-9194.

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OLHSA and Flagstar Bank have Programs for Homeowners (AMP and NIP) that will help with roof and gutter repairs, build wheelchair ramps, remodel bathrooms for disability accessibility, and help with some kitchen work. There are income and other requirements. For more information, call (248) 209-2600.

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Kids Bowl for Free at Airway Lanes in Waterford and Classic Lanes in Rochester Hills. Now until October. To learn more, visit www.kidsbowlfree.com

​Volunteers

Needed: The Nonprofit focus area with the Oakland University/Pontiac Initiative is trying to create a listing of all nonprofits operating in Pontiac. If you are part of a nonprofit in Pontiac and would like to be added to the group’s contact list for meetings and events, please contact Suzanne Rossi at (248) 370-4117 or ssrossi@oakland.edu

Micah 6 Community Seeking Volunteers to assist with gardens, kids church and Sprout Fresh Food Store. To volunteer and for more information, e-mail micah6community@gmail.com or visit www.micah6community.com

The Oakland Literacy Council is currently recruiting volunteer tutors for its adult literacy program.  Tutors are needed to work with learners one-on-one who read or listen at less than the 9th grade level.  Tutors are asked to commit 2 hours per week to meet with their student at a local library or other community spot.  For more information and to register go to http://www.oaklandliteracy.com/become-a-tutor/
As always, please let me know of any upcoming events and activities you would like included in future calendars. Thank you for all that you do to help make Pontiac such a special place!
Sincerely,
Mike McGuinness
– Pontiac School Board Trustee
– Pontiac Arts Commission Chairman

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