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The Food Trucks Are Coming!

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The Food Trucks Are Coming! And this year there will be more nights, more options to eat and less options to be overwhelmed. They will be parking EVERY Monday on the west side of Whole Foods Market. They will be there each Monday from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm starting June 18th and their last night will be on August 28th. You won't have to plan Monday night dinner all summer! How awesome is that? 

Here is the most exciting part! YOU get to choose who is coming and which non-profits will benefit. No, really! We will be doing a call out to food trucks that want to participate beginning in February and in March YOU the community get to vote on who you want to be a part of the Monday night options! There will be a minimum of 10 trucks and up to 20 for the entire season. How cool is that?

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And then, we will be voting on the non-profits too. We will do a call out to non-profits that want to benefit from this event and again YOU, the community get to vote on who you want to benefit. We will be narrowing it down to ten non-profits as well. 

If you know a food truck owner or a non-profit you think should be involved, email mchale@rbaikens.com and ask for an application. But hurry! All application must be in by February 28th! 

What’s so great about food trucks, you may ask? I’m so glad you asked!

Here’s my Top Five Reasons Food Trucks Rock:

5. Outside > Inside: If you’re burned out on grilling, it’s a great option that gets you out of the hot kitchen and your family outside. Bring a blanket, have a picnic, make a fun night of it!

4. Variety is the Spice of Life: (along with Food Trucks) Family can’t decide on what to have for dinner? That’s the beauty of the food trucks. Each week a different one or two will be onsite. You don't have to make the decision. 

3. The Joy of Discovery A wasabi dog? Why not? Unlike a restaurant with a 10-page menu, food trucks typically specialize on one specific thing. Enjoy that mastery and try something new! If someone has taken the time and effort to devote their food truck to hot dogs, like The Mean Weenie, you know that’s going to be one darn good dog.

2. Fast...It’s a scientific fact: although your clock says Monday has 24 hours like any other day, it’s the longest and slowest of the week! You’ve waited an eternity for it to be dinnertime, who wants to wait any longer to eat? Food truck = fast. Fast is good.

1. Doing Good One Meal at a Time These food trucks aren't just feeding our community, they are caring for it too. Each one of the trucks will donate to a specific non-profit and that’s something we can all feel good about.

 

Village of Rochester Hills Transforms Into Outdoor Art Gallery

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The charming location of the Village of Rochester Hills shopping center will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery when it hosts the 14th Annual Summer Fine Art at the Village of Rochester Hills on Saturday, August 5 (10a-8p) and Sunday, August 6 (12-6p), 2017. More than 100 artists from across the United States have been invited to show their work at Summer Fine Art at the Village of Rochester Hills. An outside panel of experts juried the entries and asked artists with the highest scores to participate. Admission to the festival is free and parking is free. Check the Facebook Event page for details as the date gets closer.

 

Movie Madness brought to you by:

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Fifth Annual Movie Madness is back! The Village of Rochester Hills and Cornerstone Community Financial will be bringing you three evenings of entertainment and fun for the whole family... and every movie we show is "family friendly." Mark your calendars for this years movie line up. Pack your cars with blankets, lawn chairs and maybe even some board games. Plan to grab dinner at your favorite restaurant in the Village and head to the Carson's parking lot to set up camp for the movie. People start to show up anytime after 7pm, but the movie cannot be shown until the sun goes down...which is normally about 9:15pm. We will be enjoying The Secret Life of Pets, Zootopia and SING this year. Popcorn provided by our friends at CCF! You never know what fun the CCF Team will have up their sleeves each month.

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to sing and entertain at 8:30pm-just as the little ones are getting antsy!

 

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JUNE 16, 2017: Come celebrate the end of school and the beginning of the summer! The Secret Life of Pets will make adults laugh just as hard as the kids....trust us! 

 

 

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JULY 21, 2017: Zootopia is our July featured movie and we figured all our homes are zoos....so let's celebrate the fun with Zootopia!

 

 

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August 18, 2017: SING is our last movie of the summer and is sure to bring out friends from all areas of our community...as we celebrate our differences. This is one of the best rated movies of the year with a plethora of well-known names involved.

 

 

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The Village of Rochester Hills is excited to once again bring back our music program for children and their caregivers. Every Wednesday, starting on July 12 and running until August 30, we will enjoy reading a book together, music (singing and dancing), an activity or craft with our friends and of course, friendship making! We start the day at 10am and are normally done by 11:30am, but we always have plenty of time for new friendships, hanging in the park to chat, picnics or having lunch at one of our great restaurants...and of course ice cream! 

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In her fifth year with our program, we welcome back Ms Jenna as she teaches music in the beautiful Festival Park. Her Mini Musicians program is well-known and popular in the community. Ms. Jenna will be teaching the dates that are BLUE.

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We welcome back Ms Carissa, who rocked has rocked with us for three years now! We will be bringing her back for a few music Wednesdays Carissa Style. Come and jam with Ms Carissa and her pink guitar as she teaches and sings some crazy fun songs. Ms Carissa will be with us on the dates that are PINK.

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We welcome dress-up and hope to make this a weekly event that you won't want to miss. Be sure to bring water and a blanket. It can get pretty sunny some days in the park. 

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Click on the date and it will take you right to the Facebook page for the event. Great way to learn and share!

July 12  Your Special Someone with activity provided by Oakland County Moms

July 19  Summertime Fun with activity provided by Great Start Oakland County

July 26  Music from Around the World

August 2  Teddy Bear Picnic

August 9  Disney Comes Alive with activity provided by Macaroni Kids

August 16  Children's Favorites (from today and yesterday) with activity provided by The Paper Source

August 23 Under the Sea/Everything Water with activity provided by AR Workshop Rochester

August 30 Giant End of Summer Party with activity provided by Noodles and Company

It's that time of the year again...Spring is almost here! And the Village is looking for some great photos to be shared with us on our Facebook page. Share with the community and “dinner is on us” for three lucky families! 

Every year the Village brings to you a free, unique opportunity to visit the Bunny with your family and friends...but we rarely get to see the photos. This year we are going to get selfish and ask you to share.

You can post about your experience, your favorite thing that happened while you were visiting or simply upload your photo (which is what we prefer!) If you post your photo on our Facebook page, in the comments section of each event date, you will have the opportunity to win dinner for four at Noodles and Company in the Village! It is that easy! So please share! You have three chances; Sunday, Friday or Saturday.

All photos and memoirs need to be posted by April 17, 2017 to be entered into the drawing. 

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2017 Easter Bunny Hours:

Sunday, April 9th 12-6p

Friday, April 14th 10a-7p 

Saturday, April 15th  10a-7p

Written by: Laura Cassar (local mom & wife, children's book author and Village cheerleader)

Sure, the holidays are hectic, that's part of what makes them great! There's so much to do and people to see!  No matter what is on your social calendar for the month, The Village of Rochester Hills has the perfect outfit for any occasion. With a dozen different events in mind, we offer you The Twelve Dresses of Christmas (hum along, if you want.)

On the First Day of Christmas my book club hosted a really fun Girls' Night Out…..

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A lot of book clubs might keep in casual January through November, but most turn up the" festive meter" for December to celebrate another year of quality reading. The Loft has the perfect sleeveless medallion jacquard dress, with fitted top and flared skirt for this GNO. In navy blue, the dress is thick, warm and comfortable. It is $89.50. Here Ashley, Loft manager, completes the look with necklace ($49.50) and bracelets ($24.50 each).  

On the Second Day of Christmas my true friends gave to me a tree trimming dinner party….

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When it's time to deck the halls, trim the tree and indulge in roast beast with friends,  Evereve's Free People Dynamite Denim mini-dress ($128) fits the bill! Personal stylist Cindy gives the dress additional holiday spirit with a Free People Parisian Night cranberry slip ($78) and gold/silver tassel necklace ($38). That great thing about this outfit is that it can be mix-and-matched to be worn again and again. 

On the Third Day of Christmas my dear friends gave to me a dozen Christmas cookies….

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A holiday cookie exchange is a great excuse to get together with friends to consume massive quantities of chocolate and sugar too! This Buffalo plaid party skirt from  Talbot's is an adorable retro look that makes me want to throw on an apron and channel my inner June Cleaver! The skirt ($149) has slash pockets and front pleats and pairs well with a crisp white wrinkle-resistant blouse ($74.50.) (Wrinkle-resistant was probably a Christmas dream come true for old June!) The black bracelets complete the look for $39.

On the Fourth Day of Christmas my neighbors gave to me a progressive dinner party….

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Whether traveling around the world, or just around the neighborhood for a progressive dinner party, Chico's special Travelers line offers the perfect, wrinkle-free outfit. Store manager Mary is ready for an evening of food and friends in this glittering navy and gold outfit. Flattering crepe navy pants ($79) are topped with a gold shimmer tank ($55) and striped navy and gold sweater ($109). A big, bold necklace ($79) adds the finishing sparkle. 

On the Fifth Day of Christmas my child gave to me an elementary class party….

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It's a special treat to relive the magic of Christmas through your child's eyes. Whether you're the Room Mom or just a cheerful volunteer, Gap has great outfit options for you. Sales associate Jenny helped me pair a blue and black plaid wool skirt ($59.95) with fun zipper pockets and a soft grey ribbed turtleneck ($39.95). Plain black leggings for $29.95 make the outfit cozy and comfortable enough to participate in any reindeer games the classroom may offer. 

On the Sixth Day of Christmas I helped my world by attending a charity event….

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It's the season of giving and there is no shortage of galas, balls and cocktail parties to help make the world a better place. Lane Bryant's venetian red dress ($99.95) with a lace overlay would bring holiday cheer to any black tie event.  The three-quarter sleeves are trimmed with eyelash lace and the belt is a self-tie ribbon. Sales associate Beth accessorized with stone statement necklace ($34.95) and earrings ($14.95). The lace up strappy heel ($59.95) completes the look.

On the Seventh Day of Christmas my company gave to me a casual holiday party…..

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Is your company holiday party more fun than fancy? Ann Taylor's boiled wool flounce dress ($139)  in winter blue is too! Sleeveless with a deep V-neck, the jewel tone is sure to set a merry tone to any event. The double strand pearls add the finish touch for $59.50.

On the Eighth Day of Christmas my company gave to me a super fancy holiday party….

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Sometimes you've got to go big or go home. White House Black Market certainly helps you do the former. Their lace bodice jumpsuit ($170) will rock any holiday event, and best of all, it's comfortable! The store carries every accessory you need to take your outfit to the max with helpful staff like sales lead Austin to put it all together for you. She completed my look with a shrug sweater ($58), statement necklace ($65) and gem stud earrings ($25), sparkling bracelet ($45) and a satin envelope clutch ($78). You'll be looking for excuses to wear this outfit!

On the Ninth Day of Christmas it was finally time to get together with the extended family…..

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It's time to see the family and whether you're fighting over the best White Elephant gift or trying to get your fork out of the fondue, Francesca's little black dress ($48) will see you through. With a strappy gold lace bodice matching the gold lace strips on the skirt, you'll look as pretty as your favorite Christmas ornament. A black and gold necklace ($24) enhances the neckline.

On the Tenth Day of Christmas I remembered the reason for the season and went to church….

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Ann Taylor's lace shift dress ($139) with short sleeves and a back keyhole is an absolute classic perfect for Christmas services. You cannot go wrong with it, anytime or any place. The gold and pearl necklace ($69.50) says timeless.

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas I attended a holiday brunch…..

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It's been a whirlwind but the end is in sight! One more decadent Christmas brunch before focusing on New Year resolutions! And lucky you, J Jill has a perfectly stylish and comfortable outfit for the occasion. Assistant manager Susan wears a Pure Jill sueded dress in 100 percent cotton ($99) with fleece-lined footless tights ($25). The dress is also available in red, green or black. Susan adds a splash of holiday red with her color block scarf ($39) and a little sparkle with her long necklace ($49).

On the Twelveth Day of Christmas I celebrated the New Year…..

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Just when you think you're done, well, there's New Year's Eve! Banana Republic has the ultimate metallic dress ($198) to ring in the New Year. The color, a warm silver, is fantastic but it's the cut, with a camouflage effect around the middle, that is so kind after a month of holiday calories and cheer! Shimmering sequins and chiffon trim, plus those double spaghetti straps, send out a clear "let's party" statement. No one else need know you plan on spending the entire next day laying on your couch in your oldest pair of sweat pants!

Happy Holiday from The Village! We hope they are merry, bright and well-dressed!

Michiganders know that before the cold weather sets in, we're treated to one of the most spectacular displays of fall color anywhere on earth. It seems that everywhere we look, nature is bursting with a brilliant palette of greens that first become gold, ease into orange, and climax with a range of reds that intensify from rose, to ruby, and eventually, crimson.
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Our traditional fall wardrobes change color, too. After Labor Day, white is retired, pastels are put away, and brights are restricted. But why should we succumb to this approach just as the landscape becomes so muted and drab? One of the foundations of great style is knowing how to break the rules. This means you purposely pair burgundy...with peach. Navy blue can be bold...when teamed with teal and turquoise, and camel longs to become more playful...with something unexpected...like violet and carnation. 
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Talbots has long been respected for their consistently stylish interpretation of classic fashion. But take a look at where they're headed this fall...with this Double Face Wing Collar Jacket, in particular.
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"Fiesta Pink" is the vibrant shade and cropped is the cut. "No-Close" styling assures that this fashion is always fluid and the fit, flattering. It easily goes from indoors to outdoors, and can be casual by day, cocktail by night. Wear this now to add interest to any fall ensemble, layer-it-up when the snow flies, and continue to "work it" as spring buds begin to bloom.