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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 APRIL 2019

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

April 1: New Gardener Registration Starts. Garden plots are available for ages 50 and older at the Troy Farm at Beach Road and South Blvd. Limit one per household, and must be tended by applying senior. $70 Res, $80 NR.

April 1: Troy Adult Softball Team Registration Deadline | Community Center | Visit rec.troymi.gov/sports for detailed league information and fees.

April 1-7: Student Rate Pass Promotion | Community Center | Troy Students | School is out and Troy students can purchase a special pass over this time for only $12 for March 29-April 7. Must show ID at the time of purchase.

April 1-7: Spring Break Savings | Community Center | Daily Hours | We are giving everyone an inexpensive option for something to do during Spring Break. Rates are just $5/person for daily passes. Price valid for residents and non-residents.

April 1 & 15: Teen Advisory Board | Library | 5-6 pm | Teens | Join the Teen Advisory Board to gain valuable volunteer and leadership experience, plan library events, and programs, and hang out with other teens. Contact Holly at holly.osentoski@troymi.gov. 

April 1: Shakespeare Behind Bars | Library | 7-8 pm | Adults | Join us as Niels Herold, Oakland University Professor and author of “Prison Shakespeare and the Purpose of Performance,” shares his insight into the ways prison theater programs all over the country help rehabilitate inmates.

April 2: Guided Tours | Historic Village | 10:30 am or 12 pm | Enjoy a guided tour of the Troy Historic Village, where Village staff take you through the buildings for stories of Troy with context. Please register in advance for either the 10:30 or 12:00 tour; space is limited to 20 people per tour.

April  2, 9, 16, 23, 30: 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.

April 2: Bloom Investing: Getting Your Financial House in Order | Library | 7-8:30 pm | Attorney, CPA and financial columnist Rick Bloom will discuss the importance of organizing your investment accounts and assets to reach your financial goals.

April 2 & 3: Family Science Night: Slime! | Library | 7-8 pm | Grade K-2 | Let’s explore slime. Experiment with different common household supplies to make your own unique slime creation. 

April 3-4: Spring Break Days Two-Day Mini Camp | Stage Nature Center | 9am-4 pm | Ages 6-8 & 9-11 | Join us as we explore the nature center in spring. Visit the forests and meadows looking for animals, signs of animal activity, and new plant growth. Each day includes fun interactive games, activities, explorations, and crafts. Bring a sack lunch. Beverages and afternoon snack provided. TNS Member $80 | Non-member $90.

April 3: Cheddar’s Preschool Story Hour: April Showers | Historic Village | 10:30-11:30 am | Ages 2-5 | Join Cheddar the Village Mouse for a classic tale, simple craft, and treat.  THS Members: Children $3, Adults $5; Non-members: Children $4, Adults $6.

April 3: Booked for Lunch, Adult Book Discussion Group | Library | 12:15 pm | Reading The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay. (Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 12:15pm).

April 3: Life Readers, Adult Book Discussion Group | Library | 7 pm | Reading The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin. (Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm).

April 4: Chicken Show | Library | 2 pm | Ages 3+ | Hens on tour, starring showgirls Bettylou Bantam, Rhonda Rhode Island Red, and more! Learn about fowl and poultry petting with audience participation included. The visiting chickens from Michigan Recreation Services are tame and friendly, and can be petted.

April 4 & 18: 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.

April 4, 11, 18 & 25: Walking Group | Historic Village | 6 pm | Join us on Thursdays for our free weekly walking group. Walks are 1.5-2 miles long and start from a different location in/near Troy each week. Call 248.524.3570 for schedule or email apd@thvmail.org.

April 4: Game of Thrones Viewing Party | Library | 6:30-8 pm | Adults | Winter is coming! Get ready for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones with fun, food, merriment and prizes as we watch the last episode of Season 7. Come dressed as your favorite character to enter our cosplay contest.

April 6: Photo Walk | Stage Nature Center | 8-10 am | All Ages | TNS Photo Club volunteers will lead guided hikes through the SNC. Meet in the parking lot by 8am and bring your camera. Dress for the weather. TNS Member: Free | Non-Member: $2.

April 6, 13, 20, 27: 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.

April 6: Three-Minute Mysteries | Library | 11 am-12 pm | Ages 8+ | Detective Ms. Sara (AKA Mr. Poirot) is back! Come dressed as a detective and be ready to solve some mysteries. There will be a prize to the inspector that can crack the most cases. 

April 6: SAT Practice Exam | Library | 12-3 pm | Grades 9-12 | To help make preparing for the SAT easier, TPL is holding a free SAT Practice Exam courtesy of the Troy Sylvan Learning Center. Registration is required. A follow-up information session for teens and parents will be held on Thursday, April 11 at 6 pm, where students will receive their scores and learn tips for making improvements from a Sylvan Learning Center representative.

April 6: Family Nature Explorers-Owl Pellet Dissection| Stage Nature Center | 1:30-3 pm | All Ages (best for 5 and up) | Enjoy some screen-free quality time for the whole family while exploring the natural world. Families will participate in hands-on, outdoor experiences that will inspire curiosity and a connection to nature, and investigate different nature-related topics each month, April theme is Owl Pellet Dissection (Meet a live owl). Registration is on a month-to-month basis. Adults must remain with their children. TNS Member $15 for family of up to 4, $2 each additional person | Non-members $18 for family of up to 4, $3 each additional person. 

April 7: Chess Lessons for Beginners with Troy Youth All-Star Chess Club | Library | 2:30 pm | Ages 6+ | Make your move! Learn the basics of chess with the Troy Youth All-Star Chess Club. 

April 8 & 22: 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.

April 8: 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: Mission Impossible: Fallout. No registration required.

April 8 & 22: 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.

April 8: Roots of the Music: Origins of the Motown Sound | Library | 7 – 8:30pm | Detroit is known the world over for the music that came out of a small studio on West Grand Blvd. during the 1960s and 1970s. But the Motown sound wasn't born from thin air. It had its roots in other music being made in Detroit and around the country. This presentation delves into the city's history of music making, and the elements that contributed to the unique styling of Motown records.

April 9: Mystery Reader's Book Club, Adult Book Discussion Group | Library | 10:15 am | Reading Zig Zag Girl by Ely Griffith.  (Meets the second Tuesday of every month at 10:15am).

April 9: Dan Ewald’s Book Group, Adult Book Discussion Group | Library | 7 pm | Reading Little Fires Everywhereby Celeste Ng. (Meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm).

April 10: Little Acorns | Stage Nature Center | 10:30-11:30 am | Ages 2-4 | Let your child explore the sights and sounds of nature through outdoor activities. Children can walk, be carried or ride in a stroller sturdy enough for a wood chipped trail. The adult partner is free and must accompany the child throughout the program. Fee: TNS Member $3 | Non-member $5.

April 10: 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. 

April 10: Spring Pasta Dinner to Benefit Troy People Concerned | San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver | 5-8 pm | Come out to support one of Troy’s non-profit organizations that supports Troy residents in times of need with assistance, information, and referrals. Open buffet, cash bar, silent auction. Tickets: $20, $5 Kids under 10.  248.528.9199 or troypeopleconcerned.org.

April 10: Meet the Author: Dominique Daniel, Oakland University Campus History | Library | 6:30-8 pm | Adults | Author and librarian Dominique Daniel’s book celebrates Oakland University’s 60-year anniversary with historic photos collected from the school’s archives. 

April 12: Woodcock Walk | Nature Center | 7:30-9 pm | Ages 7-Adult | Join us for a sunset stroll to the American Woodcock display area to marvel at the dance and bizarre flights of these amazing birds. Dress in layers for warmth and wear boots for wet trails. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Each participant must enroll and pay the fee. TNS Member: $5 | Non-Member: $7.

April 13: Sensory Storytime: Rainy Days | Library | 11 am | Ages 3+ | Explore the wonders of rain through stories, songs, and hands—on play. This storytime is open to all children, but especially welcoming to those who have a difficult time with large groups or are on the spectrum.

April 13: “EGG” Stravaganza at the SNC | Nature Center | 1-2:30 pm OR 3-4:30 pm | Ages 4-10 | Learn about the many animals that hatch from eggs and discover how eggs protect them as they grow.  Includes hike, games, egg hunt with prizes, and crafts. Dress for the weather. Free adult partners must accompany children. TNS Member: $10 | Non-Member: $13.

April 13: Celebrate Jazz with the Rob Crozier Jazz Ensemble – Live! | Library | 1-2:30 pm | Adults | Join us in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month as we enjoy original works covering a range of styles and moods from the Rob Crozier Jazz Ensemble’s recently released CD Ocean Blue.

April 13 & 27: 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, inflatable castle, and more. Fee per person: Resident: $3, Non-resident: $4. FREE for Community Center Unlimited Pass Holders. 

April 13: Middle School Murder Mystery Night | Library | 6:30-8 pm | Grades 6-8 | A body has been found and it’s clear something fishy is going on. Bring your sleuthing skills and solve the mystery! Snacks provided.

April 14: 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 by 1:15 pm. Email: tyascc.troy@gmail.com for more info.

April 14: Constitution Cafés: The Necessary & Proper Clause and Marbury v. Madison | Historic Village | 2 pm | Engage in a civil discussion to “create” a new Constitution. Sponsored by the Oakland County Bar Foundation. No registration required. FREE.

April 15: Books & Brews, Adult Book Discussion Group | Joe Kool’s | 6 pm | Reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Trivia, prizes, & more.  (Meets the third Monday of the month at Joe Kool’s, 1835 E. Big Beaver Road at 6 pm).

April 15-18: Chess Mini-Camp | Library | 7 pm | Ages 6+ | Spend four (4) straight nights building your chess skills with the Troy Youth All-Star Chess Club.  Each evening’s lessons will build on those of the night before. Please plan to attend all sessions.

April 16: Me and My Grand Get Messy | Community Center | 4:30-5:15 pm | Ages 3-6 | Forget about the mess, and let us prep and clean up, while you and your grandkid sling, splatter, and smear. Geared towards grandparents and grandkids, but parents, aunts, uncles, or friends are welcome. Must be accompanied by an adult. FEE: $3 Res, $5 NR

April 16: Forensics Public Speaking & Storytelling Workshop | Library | 6:30-8 pm | Grades 6-12 | Come learn how to speak to a gathering for public speaking and storytelling from this teen-led workshop. Public speaking is an essential skill typically required by all employers using speech and debate skills.

April 17: Brunch and Learn: West Nile Virus & Seniors | Community Center | 9:30–11 am | Please join Kathy Forzley, Director of the Department of Health & Human Services for Oakland County, as she teaches us the tricks and tips on how to avoid getting the West Nile Virus. Sponsored by the Friends of Troy Seniors. Register by 4/12.

April 17: Travel Meeting on the French Riviera, Greece, and Ireland | Community Center | 1–2 pm | Dust off your passport and come hear about upcoming trips abroad. Register by 4/15.

April 17:  As a Matter of Fact…Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group | Library | 1:30 pm | Join our non-fiction book group. This month’s selection is Fascism: A Warning, by Madeleine Albright. (Meets the third Wednesday of every month).

April 18: Document Shredding, Troy Family Aquatic Center Parking Lot | 9-11 am | A Shred Corp. truck will be in the Aquatic Center parking lot for on-site shredding. Up to four paper grocery bags per person of paper documents. No boxes or large plastic garbage bags please. Sponsored by the Friends of the Troy Seniors. Fee: $3 per person, $2 per Friends member.

April 18: Introduction to Facebook | Library | 7-8 pm | Adults | In this lecture, come in to get information on how to use Facebook to reach people you’ve lost touch with, gather information, and everything else the service has to offer. 

April 20: Easter Egg Hunt | Community Center | 5-8:45 pm | Ages 1.5-10 years | Come celebrate Easter with us! Enjoy hunting for some eggs in our special egg hunting area, Easter themed crafts, and games. Don’t forget your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bring your swim suit to go swimming when all the Easter activities are completed. Dinner will be included. Register for an age appropriate time slot. Fees: $15 Residents, $17 Non-Res. Additional guests not participating in the egg hunt, but want dinner and swim: $5 Res, $7 Non-Res.

April 22: Trivia & Brews: Game of Thrones | Granite City | 7-9 pm | Adults & Teens |  Meet us for dinner at Granite City Food & Brewery with your team of up to 6 people to show off your GoT knowledge! To celebrate, Granite City is offering 10% off your meal when you show your TPL card. While you know we love books, questions will be about the TV show in honor of the new season. Prizes will be awarded, and bonus points for every library card holder on the team-- make sure to bring yours along to claim your extra points. Registration is required.

April 23: Group Study Zone | Library | 3-8:30 pm | Students of all ages welcome for group study.

April 23: Audio Artists | Library | 7 pm | Ages 6-9 | Draw your own interpretation of a short story audiobook.

April 24: TPL 24/7 – Downloading Books, Movies, and Music | Library | 1-2:30 pm | Come learn about some of TPL’s great online services that can be accessed 24/7 like OverDrive eBooks, RBdigital Magazines, and Hoopla Digital. Bring your library card. Computer stations will be available.

April 24: YA Book Club | Library | 5-6 pm | Teens | Join us to eat snacks and chat about Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippencott.

April 25 & 26: Knee-High Naturalists: April Showers | Nature Center | 10-11:30 am | Children, ages 2-4 with a parent/grandparent partner, can attend. Each session includes a nature story, hike, activities, craft, and a snack. The adult partner is freeFee: $13, TNS Member: $10. 

April 25: DMC Health & Wellness Series-Fall Prevention & Balance | Community Center | 11 am-12 pm | 50+ | Learn some simple techniques to practice your balance as well as ways to minimize your chance of falling.

April 25: Let’s Go On Safari | Library | 2 pm | Ages 5-7 | Explore the wilds of the Library and go on safari with us. Make a pith helmet, animal sun catcher, and hunt for hidden animals in the Library.

April 25: Thursday Teas at Two: Mt. Clemens Rose Gardens | Historic Village | 2-3 pm | Lynn Anderson and Micki Weiss will detail the rich history of the rose growing industry and the prominence of the Weiss Family in it, as the largest producer of roses in the state.  THS Member: $7, Non-member: $8.

April 26: Troy Community Chorus Spring Concert: “Sweet Dreams” | Athens High School | 8 pm | Under the direction of Mimi Gass and Accompanied by Min Sook Chung. Advance tickets $10 (Ages 6-61), $8 Seniors (62+), children 5 & under free. $15 at the door. For tickets contact Gina Sweet at 248.762.6862 or ginasweet@gmail.com. More information at troycommunitychorus.org.

April 27: Scout It Out! : Daisy GS-Clover Petal | Nature Center | 10 am–12 pm | Complete the Clover Petal badge. All or most requirements are met; however, no badge is included. Register as an individual scout or troop.  Please dress for the weather. Leaders or chaperones are free and must remain with their scouts. Fee: $10/scout. No refunds.

April 27: Mommy & Me: Join us for Tea | Community Center | 10-11:30 am | Ages 3-6 | Grab your favorite tea cups and bring a special lady in your life: mother, grandmother, aunt, or friend. Lemonade and light snacks, including fruits and bagels, will be provided. Fees: $16 Res, $21 Non-Res.

April 27: Baby Play | Library | 10:30 am-12 pm | Ages 0-2 | Explore self-paced activities that support brain development, motor skills, and language skills of 0-2 year olds.

April 27: Invasive Plant Removal & Spring Clean Up Days | Nature Center | 1-4 pm | Ages 14+ | Seeking volunteers to help us preserve our native flora by eradicating invasive non-native plants. We’ll also work to improve the nature trails and clean up the grounds. Work gloves, old clothes, and “old fashioned elbow grease” are recommended.  Bring a kneeling pad, if desired.

April 27: Amphibian Search | Nature Center | 7:30-9 pm | Ages 5-Adult | Discover the world of amphibians as we search for frogs, toads, and salamanders on the nature center grounds. Be sure to dress for wet and possibly muddy conditions. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. TNS Member: $5 | Non-Member: $7.

April 30 & May 1: Red Cross Blood Drive | Community Center | Room 304 | 9 am-9 pm | Help save lives! To donate, you must be 17 and at least 110 lbs. Sponsored by City of Troy. Bring photo ID. Make an appointment today: call 313.300.9617 or 248.524.1147.

April 30: White-Tailed Deer | Nature Center | 7-8 pm | Ages 14-Adult | Join Holly Vaughn, MI DNR Wildlife Communications Coordinator, to learn about the biology and behavior of white-tailed deer and how the Michigan DNR manages Michigan’s deer herd.  We’ll also discuss ways to keep them out of your favorite garden plantings, and the reasons behind the new deer baiting and feeding ban. 

April 30: Michigan Notable Book:  Notes from a Public Typewriter | Library | 7-8 pm | Adults & Teens | When Michael Gustafson and his wife Hilary opened Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, they put out a typewriter for anyone to use. Over the years, people of all ages sat down and typed thousands of notes. In “Notes from a Pubic Typewriter”, Michael and co-editor/designer Oliver Uberti combine their favorites with essays and photos, creating an ode to community and written word that will surprise, delight, and inspire. Meet the editors and bring your copy to be signed.

CITY NEWS & INFORMATION:

April 1-5: Yard Waste Collection Resumes this week
April 1-5: Community Center-Adult Lap/Therapy Pool: Regular Hours, Open Swim M/W: 11am-6:50pm, Open Swim T/Th/F: 11am-9pm
April 8 & 22: City Council Meetings, 7:30pm
April 19: City Hall, Community Center Admin Offices, & Troy Historic Village Closed
April 19: Community Center-Open Swim: 11am -9pm
April 19-22: Stage Nature Center Closed
April 21: Library Closed
April 21: Community Center-Fitness Room/Gym: 8am-2pm, Adult Lap/Therapy Pool: 8:15-10am, Open Swim: 10am-1:30pm

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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