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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!!

Summer nights are long and The Village of Rochester Hills is ready to fill them with fun! One Tuesday a month this summer, The Village is hosting Ladies’ Night. Ladies, we deserve this! All this:

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Perhaps 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 actual sun!  Ladies’ Night features outdoor yoga at 6:45 in front of Metro D Store. Bring your own mat but the class is free! Now that’s good karma!yoga

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Perhaps you’ve spent the day herding cats….. or, er…. doing activities with 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 calling248.375.8190! J.Jill is getting into the game with offering an additional 10% off Tuesday evenings as well....just let them know you are there for Ladies Night, it's really that simple!

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. Let me recommend Flirtinis with friends at Bravo. The delish drink has all your favorite flavors of summer and it’s on special for Ladies’ Night. It takes even better on Bravo’s lovely patio.

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No matter what your day held, you can unwind by tapping into your creative side.

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If all of these activities are making you hungry, The Village is ready to help you out. Lola Fries from B Spot are only $1 during Ladies’ Night. Looking for something sweet? Your Yummie Yogurt is $1 off during Ladies’ Night.

Summer is short so make the most of it! The Village will help! Ladies’ Night Out is 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. once a month on Tuesday. Stay connected with The Village through Facebook or Instragram to learn of upcoming activities and offers featured on upcoming Ladies’ Night.

 

See you there!

The Village of Rochester Hills is excited to once again bring back our music program for children and their caregivers. Every Wednesday, starting on June 22 and running until August 24, we will enjoy reading a book together, music (singing and dancing), an activity or craft with our friends from the North Oakland Family YMCA and of course, friendship making! We start the day at 10:30am and are normally done by 11:30am, but we always have plenty of new friendships made and people stay in the park to chat, picnic and have lunch at one of our great restaurants in the Village. 

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In her fourth 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.

We welcome back Ms Carissa, who rocked with us a few times in 2014 and 2015. We recieved some amazing feedback and 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 name of the day and it will take you right to the Facebook page for the event. Great way to learn and share!

June 22 - Splish, Splash - I was takin a Bath (Water Fun)

June 29 - America the Beautiful

July 6 - no music (enjoy celebrating with family and friends!) 

July 13 - Snow in July

July 20 - Teddy Bear (Furry Friends) Picnic

July 27 - Wild Animals

August 3 - Rock Star Party

August 10 - Music from Around the World

August 17 - Under the Sea 

August 24 - Prince and Princesses Ball

Movie Madness brought to you by:

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Movie Madness is back for the forth year at the Village of Rochester Hills. Cornerstone Community Financial will be bringing you an evening of entertainment and fun for the whole family. And every movie we show is "family friendly." Mark your calendars 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 Minions, Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur this year. Popcorn provided by our friends at CCF!

Brought to you by Cornerstone Community Financial...again!

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JUNE 17, 2016: Come celebrate the end of school and the beginning of the summer! We are sure to see plenty of little “Minions” walking around at the event, and we are encouraging all the little community Minions to dress up! We will have plenty of giveways to win if you are in costume! An obstacle course and a bounce house too! Check out more details on Facebook and let us know you are coming or invite some of your friends and family. 

 

insideoutJULY 22, 2016: Inside Out is our July featured movie and sure to be a favorite with not just the kids, but all the grown-up kids too. And rumor has it some kleenex may be needed as it is a bit of a tear-jerker...so come prepared! Check out the events of the evening on our Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 19, 2016: The Good Dinosaur is our last movie of the summer and is sure to bring out friends from all areas of our 0036857 FacebookImagecommunity...as we celebrate friendships! Check out the trailer and other good information on the event Facebook page.

 

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.
This is the season to ponch-up your wardrobe...with a poncho.
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Everyone can wear this versatile outerwear option. They're surprisingly warm and will withstand blasts of cold, but won't overheat you for a dash indoors. Ponchos are all the rage because they drape and flatter every figure and are not cumbersome and constricting like traditional coats. Have you every tried to maneuver yourself into your car seat in an over-sized overcoat? It can sometimes be an effort that requires a degree in engineering.IMG 1159
 
The Appaloosa Plaid Poncho from Evereve will accommodate your mobility and enhance your style because it has the added fashion feature of being reversible. Bold plaid on one side is paired with a colored-coordinated subtle houndstooth pattern on the other. You can commit to one...or the other...or even show them off simultaneously by tying an asymmetric knot on one side to expose both patterns.
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It gets better. This fabulous, functional feat of fashion is 100% hand-washable acrylic...and retails for only $38.00 at Evereve!
 
And here's the best part...YOU can win the poncho and shirt to layer. Simply post your favorite part of autumn on our Facebook page