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• Rochester Hills hosts annual Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 17-18. Blood donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. COVID-19 safety procedures will be implemented. Donors will automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip for four to Cedar Point. Visit www.redcrossblood.org and type in sponsor code “Rochesterhills” to schedule an appointment or call 1-800-733-2767.
• Red Cross Blood Drive is 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 2 at Costick Center, 28600 W. Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Blood donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. COVID-19 safety procedures will be implemented. Due to social distancing and sanitation protocols, the donation process will require at least 1.5 hours. Register at 1-800-448-3543 or www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code is costickcenter.
• Fall Free Mall, clothing giveaway is 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 29 at Calvary Chapel Oakland Co., 1975 E Long Lake Road, Troy, 248-457-9673, ccoaklandcounty.com.
• Downtown Clawson Open Air Sidewalk Fair is 4-7 p.m. Aug. 21 and noon-6 p.m. Aug. 22, strolling event to highlight the downtown businesses, while maintaining COVID-safe practices. Shops will host sidewalk sales, restaurants will offer grab-and go-items as well as outdoor seating (wherever possible). Entertainment on Saturday afternoon.
• Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s 17th annual “Restaurant Week, A Taste of Southfield” event, is Aug. 24-30. More than a dozen restaurants offer special pricing all week. Community Day Kick Off is noon-4 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Southfield Chamber of Commerce, 20300 Civic Center Dr #1102, Southfield, featuring social distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures, $5 restaurant week buttons available, www.SouthfieldChamber.com/TOS.
• Oakland Community Health Network 2020 informational voting webinars include “Absentee & Accessibility” webinar at 11 a.m.-noon, Aug. 19, and “Candidates Positions and Views” webinar at 11 a.m.-noon, Sept. 16, www.oaklandchn.org.
Coronavirus information websites and hotlines
• Beaumont Health offers information and answers about the coronavirus, at www.beaumont.org/health-wellness/coronavirus or call Beaumont’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-592-4784.
• The City of Birmingham COVID-19 hotline as an information resource and to provide assistance for the elderly, quarantined or immunocompromised. Birmingham residents may call the COVID-19 hotline at 248-530-1805, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• 2020 Tech Series is offered by STEM WIthout Boundaries, a nonprofit to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Students can email [email protected] for a link to Tech Series playlist on Youtube, www.stemwithoutboundaries.org.
• The Walled Lake Consolidated School District is hosting Virtual Kindergarten Orientation for the 2020-21 school year. Families are eligible to enroll kindergartners who will be five-years-old, on or before Sept. 1, 2020. The WLCSD fully Virtual Kindergarten Enrollment information and materials including a how to video is available on the District website, www.wlcsd.org/ko.
• Make New Friends virtual event series, a four-part interactive learning experience for girls entering kindergarten, presented by Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, is 6 p.m. Sept. 3, online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-new-friends-tickets-112668536626 gssem.org/kready.
• Clinton River Watershed Council scavenger hunt for all ages is open through Sept. 30 to encourage families to explore the watershed’s more than 760 square miles in Oakland and Macomb counties. Those participating, known as “River Rangers”, will receive a guidebook with 32 activities to choose from including: paddling along the state-designed water trail via kayak or canoe; Identifying a native animal or plant along the river, and participating in a clean-up event or educational workshop. Register at https://bit.ly/2ZECy0d. The cost to participate is $15. River Rangers will receive a t-shirt and guidebook, and all activities included in the scavenger hunt are free.
• Interactive Virtual NKFM Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo is 10 a.m. Aug. 16. Watch on National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s Facebook Marketer Jonathan Cartu and page at www.facebook.com/kidneymi, or YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/kidneymi. Online program in place of actual kidney walk. The event includes raffles, prizes, video interviews.
• Color of Wellness 5K Fun Run is 8 a.m. Aug. 29 at Bloomer Park in Rochester, featuring music, raffle prizes and giveaways, with staggered start times for social distancing. or join virtually, to benefit the New Day Foundation for Families COVID-19 Emergency Fund for local families facing cancer, $25 per person, register at charity.gofundme.com/colorofwellness, 248-564-9577.
• Friends of the Rouge Annual Rouge Cruise goes virtual with an online kayak trip on the Rouge River. Five segments will provide details and history of key locations along the route such as Zug Island, Marine Pollution Control, 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, through Sept. 8, register at https://therouge.org/2020-rouge-uncruise-register-today, $5 donation requested.
• Save the Manatee 5K Virtual race is through Sept. 27. In-person race is planned for 8 a.m. Sept. 27 at Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metro Pkwy, Harrison Township, savethemanatee5k.com. Virtual – $38, In person – $25. Proceeds support Save the Manatee Club.
• Judson Center Corporate Golf Challenge & eGolf Challenge is Aug. 17, (virtual), Aug. 24 (in-person), Birmingham Country Club, 1750 Saxon Dr, Birmingham, 248-644-4111, www.judsoncenter.org/events/corporate-golf-challenge, $75 per ticket eGolf event; sponsorships available for in-person outing.
• The annual St. Jude Golf Outing at Mystic Creek Golf Course in Milford has been canceled because of health safety concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was previously scheduled for Aug. 23. Donations are being accepted to benefit St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research Hospital. Checks made payable to Knights of Columbus #7444, earmarked for St. Jude, can be mailed to John Rogers, 3101 Sands Ct., Milford, MI 48380. For information, call 248-714-5353.
• Fleece & Thank You Golf Outing Fundraiser is 8 a.m. Aug. 28 at Tanglewood Golf Course, 22805 Country Club Drive, South Lyon. Register by Aug. 3. Golf ticket includes a round of golf, small breakfast option and post-outing meal, give.fleeceandthankyou.org, $125 per golfer.
• Gray’s Reef Golf Classic is 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 31 at Plum Hollow Country Club, 21631 Lahser Road, Southfield, supporting Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. Reserve a spot by emailing [email protected]. For information, visit https://leukemiamichigan.org/event/grays-reef-golf-classic/#.
• Tee Off Fore Troy 18-hole scramble is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Indianwood Golf & Country Club, 1081 Indianwood Road, Lake Orion, www.troychamber.com/events/tee-off-fore-troy-3/
• Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 12 at Plum Hollow Country Club, 21631 Lahser Road, Southfield, shotgun start at noon, southfieldchamber.com.
• “Wellness Walk and Talk” is 6-7 p.m. Aug. 25, with check-in will be at the picnic table in front of the Nature Center in Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills; the cost is $3 per person. Sleep expert Amy Younts will lead the discussion and answer questions during the walk. Masks required, temperature checks and screening questions will be required upon arrival. Registration required,