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Oakland County Parks and Recreation wins three state awards

Oakland County Parks and Recreation has received three Community Service Awards from the state organization, mParks (Michigan Recreation and Park Association), for its support of outdoor recreation. 
The Oakland County Farmers Market’s cooking demonstrations with edibleWOW magazine, the market’s annual Oakland Uncorked event with the Waterford Chamber of Commerce and Volunteers Barb and Gary Smithson were all honored at a special ceremony in Lansing April 19. The awards recognize individuals and groups who show outstanding support to recreation and park programs.
Oakland County Farmers Market hosts six “Cooking with edibleWOW” demonstrations at the market during the winter focusing on local chefs and restaurants. The events are on Saturdays and hosted by edibleWOW Magazine owner and publisher, Robb Harper. The demos are free for anyone to attend, thanks to edibleWOW’s partnership.
Harper plans the seasonal meal for the demonstrations with the chefs to be sure as many local fruits and vegetables as possible are used.  The chefs discuss how to cook the ingredients for sale at the market, food preservation and other kitchen skills.
For five years, the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce and the Oakland County Farmers Market have enjoyed a unique collaboration on an event with a regional draw of more than 300 people annually. Oakland Uncorked offers guests 21 years and older an evening of culture and entertainment while experiencing the best Oakland County has to offer in culinary tastings, fine wines and craft beer.
In addition to planning and promoting Oakland Uncorked through its newsletter, website and e-marketing messages, the chamber also hosts monthly networking meetings at the market, and has sponsored a “Cash Mob” event in which nearly 50 chamber members descended en masse on the market to shop with vendors.
Barb and Gary Smithson have volunteered with Oakland County Parks and Recreation since 2015. They help with nature education programs at Red Oaks Nature Center, dog swims at Red Oaks Waterpark and special events like Pumpkin Fest, Glow on the Road and Haunted Hallows. In addition, they are dog park ambassadors at Red Oaks Dog Park.
For details on upcoming events and activities, visit OaklandCountyParks.comGet social with Oakland County Parks and Recreation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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