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The Village of Rochester Hills and Girl Scout Troop 70430 is excited to announce the dedication of a Little Free Library on October 1, 2016 from 3-5pm.

The Girl Scout Troop has been together since 2009 and is comprised of 7th graders from Van Hoosen and Shrine schools and is based out of Oakland Township. Sydney Buchanan, Jillian Carosella, Caroline Herman, and Haley Smith along with Troop Leader, Krista Herman, came to the management of the Village of Rochester Hills in early July presenting the troops desire to complete their Silver Awards Project in partnership with the Village.girls and display

“We wanted to pick a location that families gather and that the Troop likes to go on a regular basis. It actually was a no-brainer as we all agreed from the beginning the Village was our first choice,” stated Troop Leader Herman. After presenting the idea to management, it was approved and the job of raising money began.

The girls came out to a Village summer movie and sold water as their first fundraiser and were presented with Cornerstone Community Financial committed to match whatever they made that night! Thanks to CCF, they were able to order their library the next week!

October 1st from 3-5pm we will be throwing an “Oh the Places You’ll Go” party to dedicate the new Little Free Library and celebrate with the community. There will be a craft for the kids to make, some refreshments provided by the Troop and different authors conducting story times of their own books. Meet us at the gazebo in Festival Park. And please bring books to donate as there will be a drawing to win two Dr. Seuss gift bags!

Join us for this family fun day!

We are in search of local authors that want to be a part of this event by donating one of their books to get the library started. We are looking for both children, young adult and adult books. If you are interested in donating and being a part of our event, please email mchale@rbaikens.com with the subject: LOCAL AUTHOR.  

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It is that time again! Ghosts, goblins and fun at the Village…but always with a community purpose.

October 28th from 5-8pm the Village will host their annual Halloween at the Village. This is a family event that helps feed those less fortunate in our immediate area. It is all about “neighbors helping neighbors” as we raise money and gather food for our local families in need.

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This year we are again teaming up with the Neighborhood House. We are asking that each child donate $5 or bring 5 non-perishable items as their entrance into all the activities. 100% of the money donated will be given to the charity and Cornerstone Community Financial has committed to matching the funds during the event! In addition, CCF has graciously sponsored the event to bring the community the following great activities:

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Remember to bring either your monetary donation or food donation, as this is your ticket to participate!

There is quite a bit of hype these days about “all things Detroit.” The Village has even welcomed a Detroit-based store called Metro D  Store to our line-up to show our Detroit Love. Now we want to host an event that brings some of the Michigan-favorites right to the Village, and Faygo® is going to lead the quest for family fun!

October 14th from 3-8pm join us for a day of Michigan fun.

Faygo® will be onsite passing out FREE, yes free Faygo®. Plus, the latest Faygo® candle will be released that day…Cotton Candy. You can smell it, but it cannot be eaten! In addition, Detroit Bike’s will be showcasing their Faygo® Bikes at the event.

Funyasa (Family-Vinyasa) will take place in Festival Park from 6:30-7:30pm and is sponsored by Lululemon at the Village. Come and do yoga as an entire family!

Food trucks are the latest craze in Detroit, and we will have a couple onsite to get in on the fun too! Cool Jack’s will have Faygo® inspired ice cream and cookies for the event. Marconi’s will have their pizza truck onsite for the dinner rush.

Rumor has it there may even be some Better Made® Chips available to munch! Join us for some good ole Detroit inspired fun!

The Food Trucks Are Coming!

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The Food Trucks Are Coming! And they’re parking one Monday a month at The Village of Rochester Hills from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

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 (and Food Trucks) Family can’t decide on one type of food? That’s the beauty of the food trucks. There’s a whole lot of options parked conveniently close together. No one can agree? No problem.

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 are just feeding our community, they are caring for it too. Each will the trucks will donate to a specific non-profit and that’s something we can all feel good about.

Check out the Facebook pages (click the date for more details) for each event as the date gets closer to see what trucks will be there and which non-profit we will be supporting!

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Hey, Ladies!!

School is back in session...it was great having the kids home, but a little quieter now they are back learning and on a schedule. So we want to celebrate on Thursday, September 22 by hosting The Village Ladies’ Night...Ladies, we deserve this! All this:

First 100 Ladies get a FREE "Shopping is Cheaper than Therapy" t-shirt!

Meet us in Festival Park at the Gazebo starting at 5pm. No size quarantee.

FREE Sunset Yoga

 Alison Dejaeger from Intentional yogaPerhaps you’ve spent the day locked away in the office, the air conditioning blasting frigid air and no sight of blue, sunny skies. Let me recommend sun salutations under the real sunset!  Ladies’ Night features outdoor yoga at 7:30pm in Festival Park and brought to you by Lululemon, check out the event page on Facebook.  Bring your own mat but the class is free! Now that’s good karma!

 

Shopping (this just includes a couple)

Perhaps you’ve spent the day herding cats….. or, er…. taxi-ing around the kids. Some retail therapy may be just the soul soothing balm you need, and at a discount? Even better! On Ladies’ Night when you schedule a styling appointment in advance at White House Black Market, you will receive 10 percent off your entire purchase. The stylists at WHBM have a passion for making women look beautiful! Let that passion work for you by calling 248.375.8190!

J.Jill is getting into the game with offering an additional 10% off on September 22....just let them know you are there for Ladies Night, it's really that simple! 

At Paper Sourceyou can stop in to create a "Make & Take" card for $8 and also receive a 10% coupon good off of your total purchase that same night!

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Friends I get it.

In the winter it’s hard to get motivated to go out. The couch and Netflix have a tremendous pull when it’s dark at 5 p.m. and 5 below. If you spent the cold months handing out rainchecks to friends, now is the time to cash them in before the snow starts to fall. Let me recommend $5 Flirtinis with friends at Bravo. The delish drink has all your favorite flavors of fall and it’s on special for Ladies’ Night. It tastes even better on Bravo’s lovely patio.

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If all of these activities are making you hungry, The Village is ready to help you out. B Spot is offereing the ladies $3 draft beers and $3 off all signature burgers! Looking for something sweet? Your Yummie Yogurt is $1 off during Ladies’ Night.

Summer is over and fall way too short so make the most of it! The Village will help! Ladies’ Night Out is 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on September 22. Stay connected with The Village through Facebook or Instragram to learn of upcoming activities and offers featured on upcoming Ladies’ Night.

Win

Francesca's is offering the change to win a shopping therapy bag, simply stop by and filling out a chance to win on September 22. Lane Bryant is giving away a $25 gift card, stop in the store and fill out your chance to win.

See you there!

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.