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City of Troy

500 West Big Beaver
Troy, MI 48084
Ph: 248.524.3300

Fun Things to Do in Troy this Month

 

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE CITY OF TROY IN FEBRUARY 2019

For a complete listing and schedule of events, see the Troy Today and Troy Recreation newsletters or www.troymi.gov.

February 1-28: Free hand towel for each person that purchases a new Fitness Membership during the month of February.

February 1-February 24: Move It 2 Lose It Program Continues| Community Center | Daily Hours | Current annual and on-going members who visit the facility 12 days for 12 stamps will get 2 free guest passes upon turning in their card (Cards not accepted after 2/24/19). One card per pass holder can be submitted.

February 4, 18: Teen Advisory Board | Library | 5-6 pm | Teens | The Teen Advisory Board is officially open to new members. If you are a Troy teen who would like to make a difference, join TAB. Contact Olivia at O.Olson@troypl.org. Snacks provided.

February 4: Rainbow Preschool Open House | Rainbow Preschool (3179 Livernois Road) Room 202 | 5-7pm | Meet the teachers, discuss the curriculum, and see our spacious classrooms.

February 4: TPL 24/7: Downloading Books, Movies, Music | Library | 6:30-8pm | Come learn about some of TPL’s great online services that can be accessed 24/7, from anywhere you are. Topics covered include OverDrive eBooks and RBdigital Magazines. Bring your library card to access downloadable accounts. Computer stations will be provided.

February 4, 11: Preschool Story Time | Library | 7-7:45pm | Ages 3-5 | Continuation of a six-week session of stories, songs and rhymes for preschoolers as independent listeners.

February 5, 12: Lapsit Story Time | Library | 10:30-11 am | Age 12-23 months | Continuation of a six-week session of stories, rhymes and songs for young children to reinforce language development and print awareness for  children age 12-23 months and their parents and/or caregivers.

February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5: English Workshop I | Community Center | 1-3 pm | Adults | English speaking and conversation workshop for adults who know no English or for those who want to practice speaking to Americans. Photo ID required. For additional information, contact admin@temc.org.

February 5, 12:  Romp & Stomp | Library | 2-2:30 pm | 0-5 years | Continuation of a six-week series of stories, rhymes and songs for young children ages 0-5 years and their parents and/or caregivers.

February 6, 13, 20, 27: Mom & Me | Stage Nature Center | Wednesdays | 10-11:30 am | A weekly gathering of parents and children for some relaxed fun. Indoor activities include: Mastodon Dig Site, games, puzzles, books, and children’s music. Take a self-guided hike on the SNC trails. Tea & cookies for parents & hot chocolate for the kids. FREE, donations accepted.

February 6, 13:  Toddler Story Time | Library | 10:30-11 am | Age 24-36 months | Stories, rhymes and songs for young children ages 24-36 months and their parents and/or caregivers.

February 6: Cheddar's Preschool Story Hour: Friendship | Historic Village | 10:30-11:30 am | Ages 2-5 | Join Cheddar the Village Mouse for a classic tale, craft & treat.  THS Members: Child $3, Adult $5; Non-M: Child $4, Adult $6.

February 6: Booked for Lunch, Adult Book Discussion Group | Library | 12:15pm | Reading Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover. (Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 12:15 pm.)

February 6: Introduction to Scratch | Library | 2 pm | Ages 8+ | Learn how to code with Scratch, a graphical computer programming language for kids. It uses Lego-like blocks and can be used to develop interactive stories, games and animations. We will go through the basics to get you started. No prior knowledge is required. Bring your own tablet or laptop, or use ours.

February 6: Chess Lessons with Troy Youth All-Star Chess Club | Library | 7-8 pm | Ages 6+ | Build your chess skills with the Troy Youth All-Star Chess Club.

February 6: Life Readers, Adult Book Discussion Group | Library | 7pm | Reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. (Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm).

February 7, 14: Preschool Story Time | Library | 10:30-11:30 am | Ages 3-5 | Continuation of a six-week series of stories, songs and rhymes for preschoolers as independent listeners.

February 7, 14, 21, 28: Drop-In Downloads | Library | 2-3 pm | Adults | Come drop in at the library for any assistance in downloading digital materials from any of the library resources to your smartphone or tablet.

February 7 & 21: Paws to Read with Bentley | Library | 4:30-5:30 pm | Ages 4+ | Take a few minutes to practice your reading skills with Bentley, a Lab/Bernese Mountain Dog mix. He loves a good story! Reading slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the time of each dog’s arrival.

February 7, 14: Bouncing Babies Story Time | Library | 7-7:30 pm | Age 0-12 months | Continuation of a six week series of action rhymes, bounces, songs, chants and book sharing for babies and their caregivers. 

February 7: Hearth & Soul: Cool Communities | Historic Village | 7pm | Adults | Cozy up with a warm drink and tales of historic restoration. Architects Gene Hopkins and Tamara Burns share creative paths to rebuild and enhance communities. Fee: $5, THS Member $3, Students FREE with school ID.

February 7: An Evening with the Author—Karen Dybis | Library | 7-8 pm | Adults | Meet the author of Secret Detroit: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure, which explores the great American city of Detroit to investigate everything that is odd, unexpected and extraordinary.  A must for urban explorers, history buffs, and anyone who loves Detroit.

February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9: English Workshop II | Community Center | 10 am 12 pm | For adults wanting to advance their verbal English. Students must be able to read, write, and speak English. Continuation of series that began in January, with weekly assignments and attendance, speaking to a group, and full participation in verbal exercises are required.  Photo ID required. For additional information, contact admin@temc.org.

February 9, 16, 23: Talk Time—English as a Second Language Conversational Group | Library | 10:15 am-12 pm | Adults | If English is your second language, come to Talk Time to practice your speaking and listening skills and improve your English vocabulary in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.


February 9: SAT Practice Exam | Library | 12-3 pm | Grades 9-12 |
TPL is holding a free SAT Practice Exam at the Library courtesy of the Troy Sylvan Learning Center. Because demand for this program is high, students who register but do not attend or cancel their registration beforehand will be put on a waiting list for any future exams.  A follow-up information session for teens and parents will be held on Wednesday, February 13 at 6 pm, where students will receive their scores and learn tips for making improvements from a Sylvan Learning Center representative.

February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9: English Workshop I | Community Center | 1-3 pm | Adults | English speaking and conversation workshop for adults who know no English or for those who want to practice speaking to Americans. Photo ID required. For additional information, contact admin@temc.org.

February 9: Family Nature Explorers – Snow Exploration | Nature Center | 1:30-3 pm | All Ages (best for 5 & up) |
Enjoy some screen-free quality time for the whole family while enjoying hands-on outdoor experiences that will inspire curiosity and a connection to nature. Fee: $18 for family of up to 4 people, $3 for each additional person, TNS Member: $15 for family of up to 4 people, $2 for each additional person. Adults must remain with their children.

February 9 & 23: Family Night Out | Community Center | 5-7:45 pm | An inexpensive and fun night out for families. Spend quality time together and enjoy basketball, swimming, parachutes, the inflatable castle and more. Resident: $3, Non-resident: $4 per person. FREE for Community Center Passholders.

February 10: Troy Youth Chess Tournament | Library | 1-5 pm | This is a rated tournament, open to everyone who has up-to-date USCF and MCA memberships.Players need to be checked in before 1:15 pm. Email: tyascc.troy@gmail.com for more  info.

February 10: Constitution Cafés: Funding Government, Taxation and the 16th Amendment  | Historic Village | 2pm | Engage in a civil discussion to “create” a new Constitution. Sponsored by: Oakland County Bar Foundation. No registration required.

February 11 & 25: Fun with Friends Open Play Time | Library | 10:30 am-12 pm | Ages 0-5 | Enjoy toys, music, and friends! Children will learn and grow through interactive and parallel play, and fun with their caregivers. We provide the space and toys, you provide the fun. This unstructured event is meant for your children and their caregivers. No registration required.

February 11: Movie Mondays | Community Center-Room 303 | 1 pm | 50+ | Seniors enjoy free movies and popcorn. Doors open at 12:45 pm, movie begins at 1 pm. This month’s movie is: A Quiet Place. No registration required.

February 11 & 25: Paws to Read with Reba | Library | 5-6 pm | Ages 4+ | Practice your reading skills with Reba, a Fox Red Labrador Retriever certified by U.S.A. Therapy Dogs, Inc. She will never interrupt you or correct you – she just listens. Reading slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the time of each dog’s arrival.

February 11: Valentine’s Day Painting Extravaganza | Community Center | 6-7 pm | Ages 3-8 | Join us for an evening of painting to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Evening includes creating a Valentine’s Day themed canvas painting, singing songs, and a short story. Parents just stay with child during class.  Fee: $16 Res, $21 NR.

February 11: An Evening with the Author—Annie Spence | Troy Community Center | 7-9 pm | Adults | Join author Annie Spence (Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life) for her funny, poignant takes on both classic and contemporary books—a true celebration of books and reading.

February 12: Registration for 2019 Summer Camps Begins | Community Center | Visit rec.troymi.gov/camps for camp descriptions or see full details in the Spring Troy Recreation Guide.

February 12: Mystery Reader's Book Club, Adult Book Discussion Group | Library | 10:15am | Reading Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs. (Meets the second Tuesday of every month at 10:15am).

February 12: Dan Ewald’s Book Group, Adult Book Discussion Group | Library | 7pm | Reading Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. (Meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm).

February 12: Cutting the Cord: Alternatives to Cable TV | Community Center | 7-8 pm | Drew Heuser of Troy Public Library will give an overview of the most popular and user-friendly cable alternatives such as Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.

February 13 & 27: Paws to Read with Massimo | Library | 3-4 pm | Ages 4+ | Massimo is a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier.  He’s a certified Canine Good Citizen by the American Kennel Club, and he’s hypoallergenic.  Reading slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the time of each dog’s arrival.

February 13: Tween Nights | Library | 5-6 pm | Ages 9-13 | Hang out, make crafts, and eat snacks. This is a great way to get involved in your community and to meet like-minded kids.

February 14 & 15: Knee-High Naturalists: Wildlife at the Feeders | Nature Center | 10-11:30am | Ages 2-4 with an adult partner | Includes a nature story, hike, activities, craft and a snack. The adult partner is free. Fee: $13, TNS Member: $10.

February 14: Healthy Heart | Community Center, Room 303 | 1-3 pm | 50+ | Join DMC Cardiac Rehab for an informative presentation and light refreshments. Cate Spurr, ACSM-CEP Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan will discuss basics of cardiac health, risk factors, management, and dietary considerations.

February 14: 2019 Winter Property Tax Payments must be received no later than Feb. 14 to avoid interest and penalty charges. POSTMARKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. After the due date, a 3% penalty is applied to all outstanding winter tax bill balances. If you are responsible for paying property taxes but have not received your bill, contact the Treasurer’s Office at 248.524.3333, Monday through Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm.

February 16-19: February Has Heart | Community Center | Daily Hours | A sweet rate of $5 for any day pass!

February 16: Great Backyard Bird Count | Nature Center | 10 am-12 pm | Ages 12-Adult | Help a naturalist identify and count the birds visiting the SNC feeders, and learn how you can do the same in your own backyard. Binoculars and field guides will be provided, or bring your own. Children should be accompanied by a registered adult. Fee: $6, TNS Member: $4.

February 16: Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostbusters | Library | 2-4 pm | Ages 4+ | Members of Ghostbusters Detroit will be here in full gear to help us celebrate all things Ghostbusters.  There will be games and activities, and even an Ectomobile.

February 16: Owl Prowl | Nature Center | 6:30-8:30 pm | Ages 5-Adult | Join us as we immerse ourselves into the nighttime world of the owl. Meet a resident owl, prowl the trails to listen and look for owls, and then warm up inside with coffee and hot chocolate. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.Fee: $12, TNS Member: $10.

February 17: Chess Lessons with Troy Youth All-Star Chess Club | Library | 2:30-3:30 pm | Ages 6+ | Build your chess skills with the Troy Youth All-Star Chess Club.

February 18 & 19: February Open House Days | Historic Village | 10am-2:30 pm | Explore each of our 10 historic buildings. If weather allows, work outside to build snow sculptures or snow-snakes. Create a craft, sample warm drinks, and take a break from winter. No registration necessary. Free, donations encouraged.

February 18: Coding Projects in Scratch | Library | 2 pm | Ages 8+ | We will go through the Pong Game project from beginning to end. Some prior knowledge of Scratch is required (e.g., login and add sprites, etc.). You can bring your own tablet or laptop, but we will also have some here.

February 18: Books & Brews, Adult Book Discussion Group | Joe Kool’s | 6pm | Reading The Woman in the Winow by A.J. Finn. (Meets the third Wednesday of the month at Joe Kool’s, 1835 E. Big Beaver Road at 6 pm).

February 18: 5th Annual Oscar Preview with Elliot Wilhelm | Library | 7-8:30pm | Join Detroit Film Theater Director, DIA Film Curator, and PBS host Elliot Wilhelm for his take on the 2019 Academy Award nominees.

February 19: Fairy Tale Picnic | Library | 12 pm | Ages 3+ | Bring the picnic indoors, fairy tale style! Join us for fairy-tale themed crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family.

February 19: Welcome Back, American Beaver | Nature Center | 7-8 pm | Ages 5-Adult | Join guest naturalist, Gordon Lonie, as he explores the life of the American beaver, and shows his video footage of beaver sightings in Oakland County.

February 19: Getting Ready for Income Tax Time 2019 | Library | 7-8:30pm | Troy resident and CPA Tom Hill will help prepare you for filing your 2018 income taxes, including how to minimize your tax liability, how new tax laws will affect your 2018 Federal return, issues to consider for your Michigan return, and how to organize for your tax preparer.

February 20: Friends of Troy Seniors Brunch & Learn Series – 2018 Income Tax Law Changes and What You Need to Know | Community Center, Room 302 | 9:30-11 am | 50+ | CPA Tom Hill explains the  changes and their impact on your tax situation. Reservation deadline is Friday prior. Made possible through a grant from the North Woodward Community Foundation.

February 20: As a Matter of Fact…Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group | Library | 1:30pm | Join our non-fiction book group. This month’s selection is The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B Du Bois, and we will discuss both January AND February titles. (Meets the third Wednesday of every month).

February 21: A Freeing Cut: Black Michigan Barbers and Anti-Slavery Activism | Library | 6:30-8:30 pm | Adults | Michelle S. Johnson PhD will share how black barbers mobilized across professions to challenge the political, legal and social systems of slavery. George De Baptiste of Detroit and Calvin Hackett of Marshall, both significant in what came to be called the Underground Railroad, highlight how black Michigan barbers deeply and impactfully established roots in a long-standing regional, national and international history of resistance.

February 23: Baby Play | Library | 10:30 am | Ages 0-2 | Explore self-paced activities that support brain development, motor skills, and language skills of 0-2 year olds.

February 23: Cupcake Wars | Library | 2:30-4 pm | Teens Grade 6-12 |  Each participant will be given cupcakes and a variety of decorating options to create a book themed cupcake. Entries will be judged in the quest to find the ultimate winner.

February 25: Apps You Never Knew You Needed | Library 6:30-8 pm | Adults | This program explores some apps for smartphones and tablets you didn’t know existed and how they can benefit you as a technology user.

February 26: Homeschool Happenings—Three Trades: Chandler, Printer, Tinsmith | Historic Village | 10 am | Ages 5-13 | Fun and education programs for families and homeschool groups. This month, learn about these occupations by making a candle, printing sayings of Ben Franklin, and learning about tin. (program longer than 90 minutes) FEE: $7, THS Member $6.

February 26: Getting The Garden Ready For Spring | Library | 6:30-8:30 pm | Adults | Master Gardener Janet Macunovich will share her tips for late winter/early spring pruning, cutting back, raking and fertilizing gardens, dividing and moving perennials, planting cool-season perennials and annuals, and much more.

February 27: Chill With Dr. Nitro | Library | 2 pm | Ages 6-14 | Who doesn’t love desserts? Dr. Nitro presents a hands-on Mad Science Show, followed by a Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Social.

February 27: The Great American Songbook | Library | 7-8 pm | Adults | A trio of musicians will perform beloved standards of the 1920s and 30s  from the “Great American Songbook” –beloved standards of the 1920s and 1930s—and share stories of the great ballrooms of Detroit and the famous musicians they attracted.

February 28: Little Acorns | Nature Center | 10:30-11:30 am | Ages 2-4 | Let your child explore the sights and sounds of nature through outdoor activities. This program will take place outside, except in the event of inclement weather. Bring children in strollers or sleds that are sturdy enough for a wood chipped trail. Adult partner is free and must accompany the child throughout the program. TNS Member: $3 | Non-Member: $5

February 28: Thursday Teas at Two: When Amelia Came to Michigan | Historic Village | 2-3 pm | Join Al and David Eicher to hear about Amelia Earhart’s childhood, family life and education, flying experiences, world records and 8 years of adventures in MICHIGAN. THS Member: $7, Non-member: $8.

February 28: Board Game Night | Library | 7-8:30 pm | Adults 18+ |
Join us at the library to play classic and modern board games such as Clue, Risk, Jenga, Settlers of Catan, and more.  Bring your friends or meet some new ones. Snacks included.

 CITY NEWS & INFORMATION:

February 11 & 25: City Council Meetings, 7:30pm

Check out troymi.gov and rec.troymi.gov for more details.

 CONTACT NUMBERS

City of Troy Community Affairs Dept: 248.524.1147

Troy Public Library: 248.524.3538 | Troy Community Center: 248.524.3484

Stage Nature Center: 248.688.9703 | Troy Historic Village: 248.524.3570



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