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5 fun and funky yards you have to see in Oakland County


A 7-foot-long dragon on a corner in Ferndale, a 4-foot-tall red apple on a front lawn in Pleasant Ridge and a chair big enough to fit six people in Berkley. 

Those are just some of the funky and unusual pieces of lawn art you'll find in front yards across southeast Oakland County.  

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Dream Cruise brings upbeat image and spenders to region


The clouds of exhaust have drifted away along with more than 1 million car buffs from Saturday’s 21st annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

What’s left for many residents in the Woodward Avenue corridor is relief that the noise and traffic congestion is gone.

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Oakland County's 2015 Heritage Conference showcases Woodward Avenue past, present and future

A guided bus tour of Woodward Avenue, part of the original Saginaw Trail first blazed by Native Americans centuries ago, is one among many highlights of Oakland County's 18th annual Heritage Conference.

The event is set for Friday, Sept. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Local Kitchen & Bar, 344 W. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale. Registration is $49 and can be made at www.AdvantageOakland.EventBrite.com. Continental breakfast, lunch, bus tour and two historical site tours are included.

"This is an opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of our region and how the trail evolved from a foot path to an All American Road," Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said.

The "rolling tour" of Woodward is the first year of a two-year Heritage Conference program built on "Tracking and Transforming Our Routes," a study of the historic Saginaw Trail and its evolution as it cuts across Oakland County. The 2015 focus is on Woodward between Ferndale and Pontiac. In 2016, Dixie Highway will be covered from Pontiac to Holly.

The Woodward Avenue component is organized around three areas: historical and cultural influences; physical development; and economic growth and the future.

This year's conference includes the first reveal of the recently restored Wisner School in Pontiac and a private viewing of "History's Highways: The Story of Woodward Avenue" exhibit at the Birmingham Historical Museum & Park.

Two keynote sessions will be delivered by placemaking experts: Donovan Rypkema, principal of the Washington D.C.-based PlaceEconomics; and Bill Fontana, executive director of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, Harrisburg, Pa. Rypkema, internationally known for his revitalization and historic preservation expertise, will open the conference with "The Economics of Placemaking in A Transportation Corridor." Fontana will end the day with "Nature-Based Placemaking" and a look forward to 2016's focus on the more rural Dixie Highway.

The Heritage Conference is sponsored by the Oakland County Planning Division.

Local couple to star in episode of 'House Hunters'

Partners Frank Anthony Polito and Craig Bentley applied for the show House Hunters when they started looking for homes in metro Detroit in 2011 while still living in New York City. To their surprise, they were chosen to be on the show, and (SPOILER ALERT) ended up choosing a home in Pleasant Ridge. 

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1.3 million people attend the 19th annual Woodward Dream Cruise

The 19th annual Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Chevrolet attracted over 1.3 million people on Saturday, August 17, making this year’s as large as any previous year.

People from all around of the world enjoyed a beautiful Saturday as over 50,000 classic cars cruised Woodward Avenue. The streets were lined with people all along the 16-mile route that travels through nine communities.

“It was a great day for everyone who attended this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise,” said Tony Michaels, executive director, Woodward Dream Cruise. “We had near-record crowds for this annual, family-fun event and we want to thank all of our sponsors including our presenting sponsor Chevrolet for making this year’s cruise a huge success.”

Preparations are already underway to celebrate the 20th annual Woodward Dream Cruise taking place on August 16, 2014.

About the Woodward Dream Cruise
The Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Chevrolet is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is the world’s largest one-day celebration of car culture. It attracts more than one million visitors and over 50,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles. The 20th annual Woodward Dream Cruise will be held Saturday, August 16, 2014 and will have many great events throughout the day. For more information, visit us at www.woodwarddreamcruise.com.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com

Birmingham OKs Gran Fondo bike race

The Birmingham City Commission voted in favor of the proposed Gran Fondo bike race scheduled to run the entire stretch of Woodward Avenue and feature both a professional race and a recreational ride for enthusiasts. The 54-mile ride will take place on June 30, pending support from remaining communities. 

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Resident: Woodward 5 partnership 'makes sense'

Residents in the Woodward 5 communities are excited about the project and working together as a whole towards creating a sustainable economy, environment and community. 

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