October 06, 2015  |  Posted in Events at the Village

Written by Shelleen McHale

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The Village once again continues the tradition of a visit with Santa-without all the commercial hype. It is a free visit and no cost because you get to take your own photos. Enjoy the magic of "Santa's Snug" and start your holiday tradition at the Village of Rochester Hills.
Friday,November 20: 7-9pm
"Light the Village" and Santa Arrives at 7pm (entertainment and fun start at 6pm)
Saturday, November 21: 1-5pm
Sunday, November 22: 1-5pm
Friday, November 27: 1-5pm 
Saturday, November 28: 1-6pm
Sunday, November 29: 1-5pm
Friday, December 4: 4-8pm
Saturday, December 5: 1-6pm
Sunday, December 6: 1-5pm
Friday, December 11: 4-8pm
Saturday, December 12: 1-6pm
Sunday, December 13: 1-5pm
Friday, December 18: 3-8pm
Saturday, December 19: 1-8pm
Sunday, December 20: 1-6pm
Be sure you get your visit in with Santa:
Tuesday, December 22: 11am-7pm
Wednesday, December 23: 11am-7pm
Thursday, December 24: 11am-5pm

Upload your photos to our Facebook or Instagram feed for a chance to win a $25 gift cards throughout the holiday season. #thevorh and #bestsanta

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September 29, 2015  |  Posted in Events at the Village

Written by Village Community Writer

Family fun, healthy choices and helping hands….

The Fifth Annual Scare Away Hunger Family Event has it all.


Helping hands 

Taking place on October 24 at The Village of Rochester Hills, this is the fifth year for the 5K event that raises funds for the Rochester Area Neighborhood House. The event's motto is "put hunger on the run" and that's exactly what it has done, raising over $70,000 for the Neighborhood House to provide food, clothing and emergency financial assistance to neighbors in need.redrunners2014

"We like to say it is truly neighbors helping neighbors, with 90 percent of our funds coming from the community and 100 percent of our funds staying here," said Michelle Zelazny, Fund Development Manager of The Rochester Area Neighborhood House. 

One recent example of the Neighborhood House at work is a young woman that returned home from serving in the military. She was interviewing with an automotive company but the hiring process was taking longer than she had planned for. On the verge of becoming homeless with her young son, she turned to the Neighborhood House. They were able to assist her with rent until she was hired, allowing her and her son to stay in their home until she was back on her feet and financially independent again.

"When people hit some kind of emergency, we help them," Zelazny said. "Education is a big part of what we do," Zelazny added, describing programs in place for long-term problems, like Financial Focus that works with families to help them learn how to manage their finances more effectively and become self sustaining.


The Neighborhood House also helps clients find jobs and provides counseling. These services were used by a local family when the self-employed husband stopped working to care for his wife, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. He came to the Neighborhood House with an eviction notice that would put his entire family, including three children, out on the streets. The Neighborhood House reached out to the landlord, advocating for the family so they were not evicted. They also provided emotional counseling when the wife passed away and helped the husband find a new job. 

Healthy choice

The heart of the Scare Away Hunger event is the 5K, which can be walked or run, and is chip-timed.  The race begins and ends at The Village of Rochester Hills, the first time the event is being held at this location. For information about the race, please visit the Scare Away Hunger website at


Check-in on the day of the event is 7:30 a.m. with a start time of 8:30 a.m. All ages are welcome to participate and awards are given to winners. AMP Radio will keep racers moving with motivating music and race announcements. 


Registration closes on October 21. Early-bird fees for the race are: $25 for individuals and $20 for family members, students and individuals running as a corporate team. Fees increase by $5 on October 13.

Family fun

In addition to the race, The Village of Rochester Hills, a core supporter to civic events that raise both money and awareness in the community, is hosting a Family Fun event to coincide with the race. As part of the 5K entry fee, participants and their families are welcome to enjoy bounce houses, train rides, crafts, face painting, games and entertainment. 

At 10:00 a.m. trick-or-treating takes place at The Village stores so costumes are highly encouraged. The Family Fun event is from includes the race at 8:30 a.m., and all other events from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For those not running, the Family Fun event is $5 per child or $15 per family, or a donation equivalent in canned goods. Connect on our Facebook event page to learn more and let us know you are coming!

The Rochester Area Neighborhood House is a private, non-profit human service organization that was founded by communities of faith in 1968.  Neighborhood House has grown over the years to become a full service agency servicing any qualifying families in need from Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Oakland Township, and Addison Township.  The agency mission is to assist the community during times of hardship, partnering with the community and other social service providers to help struggling individuals and families move toward self sufficiency.   The community is invited to go to to receive more information about Neighborhood House.


The Village of Rochester Hills is a 375,000-square-foot outdoor shopping district in the heart of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Set up much like a bustling downtown, the Village of Rochester Hills is the first in Michigan to utilize the lifestyle streetscape concept. It hosts over 20 events a year, helping to both entertain shoppers and help its community.

September 17, 2015  |  Posted in Events at the Village

Written by Village Fashion

Metro-Detroit, it's your time to shine!

tombipinkfavoriteThe Village of Rochester Hills has teamed with Real Style Talent Agency to find the Next Big Thing!

Could it be you?

Here's how to enter:

1. Find your best photo and post it!

Post your photo on The Village of Rochester Hills Facebook page. Photos must be posted by October 9, 2015. We are looking for all ages, all races, anyone who has that spark! There's just one rule: no one under the age of 4 is permitted to enter.

2. Selected models will be invited to meet with Real Style!

Real Style will use their expertly trained eye to select the top models from the postings on The Village's Facebook page. Those chosen will be invited to an onsite event with Real Style (and other industry influencers.) Selected models will be posted on Facebook on October 10 with the event taking place on October 15 at The Village. This is a great chance to be seen and considered for modeling, commercial and extra opportunities with Real Style.

3. Top models get the vote out!

Top models selected at the October 15 event will be added to a "voting page" where metro-Detroit can vote on their favorite. Voting takes place October 17-30.

4. Win!

The top model with the most votes wins! First place prizes include a modeling assignment for The Village holiday campaign (may include social media, billboard, print or commercial), the opportunity to be on the official Evereve social media model and a $300 Village gift card. 


Second place receives a $150 Village gift card and the third place prize is a $75 Village gift card.

Winners will also be chosen at random for $50 Village gift cards throughout the competition.

About Real Style

Real Style is Michigan's foremost talent agency representing and developing fashion models, commercial talent and extras. Owners Rose Gilpin and Kathy Remski have been in the business for over 15 years and have over 50 movies and television shows on their resume. 

September 16, 2015  |  Posted in Events at the Village

Written by Laura Cassar

A start on your holiday shopping? Maybe a fun day out with the family? Or a way to support your local theater?
If you're looking to do any of these things, the Spotlights Market Fine Arts and Gift Show has you covered!
Taking place October 2, 3 and 4, the Spotlights Market at The Village of Rochester Hills is a major fundraiser for Meadow Brook Theatre Guild. This year the market features 118 juried exhibitors, almost half of which are new to the show. Many favorites are returning also.  
Paintings, sculptures, clothing, photography, jewelry, birdhouses and more will be featured, including: 
  • C.L. Schneider Jewelry hand-tooled, one-of-a-kind sterling silver jewelry with semiprecious gemstone accents,
  • Joseph Ferris metal art designs,
  • Grape Wood Designs bird houses and feeders that are individually designed and built in Iron Mountain, and GrapeWoodDesigns
  • Annie’s Dolls by Michele Sapp, who has been creating Afrocenric dolls for over 10 years. 
The market is the perfect place to find unique gifts for the holidays, as well as breathtaking pieces for your own home and garden. 
Family Fun
Just because you're shopping doesn't mean you have to leave the kids at home. 
Spotlights Market is a family-friendly, family-fun event. Activities include a coloring contest and mask making and a Detroit Institute of Arts sponsored project. Engaging entertainment will be provided by local favorites: musician Guy Louis and storyteller Judy Dery. The Urban Violinist, Kym Brady and local singer, Mark Tisdelwill be featured in the gazebo area Friday night.
Of course an event like this must include live theater. The Peanut Gallery Players, a children's theatre, and Full Impact, a youth theatre, will provide just that with performances throughout the weekend. Check out Facebook event page for more information.
Food tents on hand, along with the selection of wonderful Village restaurants, offer shoppers and their families a variety of dining options. 
Theater Support
The Guild was formed in 1977 with one purpose: to support  Rochester's own Meadow Brook Theatre, Michigan's largest producing professional theatre. To date the Guild has raised over $750,000. This is the 24th year of the Spotlights Market where the Guild hopes to move that number even closer to one million. Admission is free.
Spotlights Fine Art and Gift Market takes place at the Village of Rochester Hills on Oct. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Oct.4 from Noon to 6 p.m.  For more information, visit

November 03, 2014  |  Posted in Events at the Village

Written by Shelleen McHale

A Metro-Detroit Holiday Tradition


The secret is out...the 14th Annual Light the Village is on November 20, 2015. This holiday tradition hosted by the Village of Rochester Hills bring the community of Rochester Hills and the surrounding neighborhoods together for an evening of tradition and "plain-ole" fun! It's about giving back to the community and celebrating the start of the holiday season. It's an evening for families and friends to come together and experience TRADITION; the tradition of music and entertainment, the tradition of a festive light display, the tradition of Santa and the tradition of family and friends gathered for a community purpose.

fireworks"After 14 years of tradition, the Village continues to add features to the Light the Village event to keep our community excited about coming," states Marketing Director, Shelleen McHale. The City of Rochester Hills brought us an amazing light show last year, and it will be the highlight of the 2015 event along with the lighting of our Village. In addition to lighting the Village with over 800,000 lights, which includes the 25 foot Christmas tree, the sky will once again be eluminated by fireworks and music. It is truly an event families do not want to miss!

Festivities begin at six in the evening with family friendly activities, music and entertainment. The annual parade will kick off at 7 o'clock sharp with the highlight of the trip down Village Main ending with the man of the hour, Old St. Nick!

Connect with us on Facebook to keep up to date on the event and see who is coming to entertain! 

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 Thank you to our 2015 sponsor:

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May 13, 2014  |  Posted in Events at the Village

Written by Shelleen McHale

Back to School Movie Night brought to you by:


To help celebrate the Back to School Season, TYLER | DUMAS | REYES Orthodontics is bringing the community a movie night on September 18, 2015. 

SHOWING: Cinderella 2015 

This movie is being released on DVD on Sept. 15th... So be one of the first people to see it and invite all your friends.


Activities will start at 7pm with FREE Pirate Booty for snack. A photo booth that is FREE for all, The Friendship Factory doing a FREE craft and Noodles and Company providing some yummy taste-tests. Join us!

September 15, 2013  |  Posted in Events at the Village

Written by Shelleen McHale

Saturday, September 19th from 11-2pm we will be turning the Village Teal to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer. "This is a cancer that many people do not realize is even out there, and the signs need to be shared," stated local survivor and co-organizer, Michelle Shepherd.  "It is just a fun day for the whole family where we will hopefully share what to look for and how to be aware for early detection."

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The day will feature:

-50 classic cars all sporting a shade of teal

-5K FUN Run/Walk  (click to learn more)

-A classic car for everyone to get a photo in (think Christmas card!)

-Two chances to win a $50 gift card to the Village and tons of other prizes! Just for a donation to MIOCA

-FREE caricature drawings

-Kids activities in Fountain Park

-Jennifer Kincer and friends performing in Festival Park

Come and enjoy the awareness run/walk and then hang out for some fun! Enjoy the day with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.  And most importantly, educate yourself about Ovarian Cancer.