March 30, 2021
When Communities Unite, Everyone Wins

SOAR's Upcoming Coffee Connections!

Join us for the 
SOAR Speed Networking Coffee Connection 
April 13th, 2021 from 9:00am-10:00am
Guest Speaker: 
Michael Moyer from Welch Packaging Group
            Followed by Network with the community:  1:1 Speed Networking – Meet Members of the Ferndale, Hazel Park, and Oak Park Community!

To Register: 
SOAR Virtual Trivia Night
April 22nd, 2021 5:30pm  
ONLY 25 Spots Available:  

To register and for more details: Please E-Mail

SOAR Business Recovery Resource Virtual Round Table.
Happenings in Hazel Park!
43rd District Court Ticket Amnesty through April 9th! Chief Judge Joseph Longo has instituted this Amnesty Program to encourage individuals to clear up any delinquent payable citations.
The City of Hazel Park is hiring!
What's Happening in Washington
The Latest on Tax Day, COVID Vaccines, PPP, and More from the U.S. Chamber

Click below to read what is coming from Washington
Healing With Plant-Based Diets
Thursday, April 8
Hosted by Ferndale Library & VegMichigan

VegMichigan and Dr. Caroline Trapp will offer some answers on a virtual program hosted by the Ferndale Library, discussing a plant-based diet’s healing potentials. Trapp will highlight how a healthy diet can curtail an over-reliance on medications and even reverse the impacts of diabetes.

Click below for more details and how to join via Zoom
Exploring the Legacy of Porgy & Bess
Thursday, April 15
Hosted by the Ferndale Library
oshua James, local musician, songwriter, bandleader, and music instructor, is hosting a virtual program for the Ferndale Library; a multifaceted presentation and discussion on the celebrated (and heavily criticized) Gershwin opera, Porgy & Bess.

George Gerswhin’s Porgy and Bess is viewed as a complicated masterpiece that has been both revered and reviled. Is it a sincere celebration of the Gullah culture and its African roots
Dates We Don't Want You To Miss!
Neighborhood & Housing Development
Community Needs Survey

Please consider taking this 10-minute Community Needs Survey if you live in Oakland County. The information provided will influence how the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds are allocated across the county in the future.

The deadline to complete the survey is Sunday, April 4, 2021.

To have a complete picture of the county’s housing needs, the Neighborhood & Housing Development Division seeks input from everyone, including homeowners and renters; long-time residents and New Americans; college students; seniors; singles, families, and couples; and in all parts of the county—urban, rural, and suburban communities.

In addition to English, the survey is in Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

The DRAFT Consolidated Plan and DRAFT Action Plan will be available for a 30 day public review and comment period from Monday, March 15, 2021 through and including Thursday, April 15, 2021 at:
Show Dates April 1 – 30 2021
Receptions: Friday, April 9th  3-7  &  Sunday, April 18th 2-5
JUROR: Jenny Risher

The work in this exhibit stretches the viewers’ imagination and memory of what we see and what we really see. The show runs April 1 – 30. Videos of the exhibit are online beginning April 5th. All work is offered for sale and can be purchased online too. The gallery provides air purifiers, required masks and hand sanitizers for your safety. Below are just some of the photos included in the show. Final jurying will be on Monday, March 29, 2021. 
Crowdfunding campaign launched for the “Reimagine Nine Mile Road” project in Oak Park
$50,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC’s
Public Spaces Community Places initiative
The City of Oak Park will redevelop a stretch of grass and concrete along Nine Mile Road into a linear park through a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and City of Oak Park announced.
If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by April 30, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program.
The Ferndale Accessibility & Inclusion Advisory Commission is pleased to announce that it is launching an award for local businesses who make their businesses more accessible to people with disabilities. We’re seeking help from the Ferndale DDA in spreading awareness of our nomination process to local businesses, and raise awareness and answer questions of what accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities can mean to the city of Ferndale. The nominations will be reviewed and awards will be given to businesses in early 2021!