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October

TUES. OCT. 1

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

THUR. OCT. 3

 

SAT. OCT. 5

  • Ferndale Fall Fest, Martin Park

 

SUN. OCT. 6

  • Hazel Park Historical Museum open for visitors Noon-4PM, 45 E Pearl

 

MON. OCT. 7

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

 

TUES. OCT. 8

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. OCT. 9

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7-8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward.

www.indivisiblefighting9.com

  • Food Truck Rally, 5-9 PM, RO Farmers Market

 

THUR. OCT. 10

 

SAT. OCT. 12

  • Pies & Pints, 6:30-10:30 PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

MON. OCT. 14

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45-5:45

 

TUES. OCT. 15

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

THUR. OCT. 17

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Fido Does Ferndale

  • Hazel Park Historical Museum open for visitors Noon-4PM, 45 E Pearl

 

SAT. OCT. 19

  • Poetic Foreplay, Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

MON. OCT. 21

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45-5:45

 

TUES. OCT. 22

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. OCT. 23

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7-8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward.

www.indivisiblefighting9.com

 

THUR. OCT. 24

 

FRI. OCT. 25

• Royal Oak Historical Society 80th Anniversary Party, 6-10 PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

MON. OCT. 28

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45-5:45

 

THUR. OCT. 31

 

November

FRI. NOV. 1

  • Malayka Fundraiser, 6:30-11PM Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

SUN. NOV. 3

  • Hazel Park Historical Museum open for visitors Noon-4PM, 45 E Pearl

 

MON. NOV. 4

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45-5:45

 

WEDS. NOV. 6

  • Community Resource Day, 9AM-6PM, RO Farmers Market

 

THUR. NOV. 7

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Charity Fashion Show, Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

SAT. NOV. 9

  • Sip Savor Stomp, 6:30-10:30 PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

MON. NOV. 11

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45-5:45

 

WEDS. NOV. 13

• Food Truck Rally, 5-9 PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

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SUN. SEPT. 1

  • Hazel Park Historical Museum open for visitors Noon-4PM, 45 E Pearl

 

MON. SEPT. 2

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

  • Adult Computer Class, Oak Park Library 9 AM

 

TUES. SEPT. 3

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. SEPT. 4

  • Oak Park Farmers Market 9AM-1PM

 

THUR. SEPT. 5

 

FRI. SEPT. 6

  • County Oakland Irish Fest, Downtown Berkley, 12 Mile Rd

 

SAT. SEPT. 7

• Utica Antiques Market Antique Sale, 8AM-5PM, Knights of Columbus, Shelby Twp

• County Oakland Irish Fest, Downtown Berkley, 12 Mile Rd

  • Taoist Tai Chi Society – Open house, 10:00 AM, Gerry Kulick Center. www.taoist.org

 

SUN. SEPT. 8

  • Utica Antiques Market Antique Sale, 8AM-4PM, Knights of Columbus, Shelby Twp

 

MON. SEPT. 9

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

 

TUES. SEPT. 10

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. SEPT. 11

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7-8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward.

www.indivisiblefighting9.com

• Food Truck Rally, 5-9 PM, RO Farmers Market

  • Oak Park Farmers Market 9AM-1PM

 

THUR. SEPT. 12

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Matrix Human Services Presents Artworks Detroit, 6-9 PM, 3434 Russell St. #502, Detroit

 

SAT. SEPT. 14

  • Wine & Whiskey, 6:30-10:30 PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

MON. SEPT. 16

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

  • Adult Computer Class, Oak Park Library 9 AM

 

TUES. SEPT. 17

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. SEPT. 18

  • Oak Park Farmers Market 9AM-1PM

 

THUR. SEPT. 19

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Hazel Park Historical Museum open for visitors Noon-4PM, 45 E Pearl

  • Get Reel Movie Night, Free movies on Vester

 

FRI. SEPT. 20

• DIY Street Fair

• Golden Gala, 7-11 PM, RO Farmers Market

 

SAT. SEPT. 21

• DIY Street Fair

• Funky Ferndale Art Fair, Nine Mile west of Woodward, 10-7, FunkyFerndaleArtFair.com

  • Pleasant Ridge Home & Garden Tour

 

SUN. SEPT. 22

• DIY Street Fair

• Funky Ferndale Art Fair, Nine Mile west of Woodward, 11-6, over 100 artists FunkyFerndaleArtFair.com

• Bike Swap, 8AM-3PM, RO Farmers Market

  • Oak Park Public Safety Open House, OP Safety Dept.

 

MON. SEPT. 23

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

 

TUES. SEPT. 24

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. SEPT. 25

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7-8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward.

www.indivisiblefighting9.com

  • Oak Park Farmers Market 9AM-1PM

 

THUR. SEPT. 26

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Blessings In A Backpack meeting, 4:00 PM FUEL, tentative, 24220 Rosewood, Oak Park

 

FRI. SEPT. 27

  • Jordan & Ashley Siegel Fundraiser, 6-11PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

MON. SEPT. 30

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

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THUR. AUG. 1

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

 

SUN. AUG. 4

  • Hazel Park Historical Museum open for visitors Noon-4PM, 45 E Pearl

 

MON. AUG. 5

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

  • Adult Computer Class, Oak Park Library 9 AM

 

TUES. AUG. 6

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. AUG. 7

• Oak Park Farmers Mkt 9AM-1PM

  • Detroit Improv Festival, Go! Comedy, Ringwald, Magic Bag

 

THUR. AUG. 8

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

• Detroit Improv Festival, Go! Comedy, Ringwald, Magic Bag

  • Concerts In The Park, Shepherd Park, 7PM

 

FRI. AUG. 9

• Detroit Improv Festival, Go! Comedy, Ringwald, Magic Bag

  • Summer Beer Fest, 6:30-10:30 PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

SAT. AUG. 10

• Detroit Improv Festival, Go! Comedy, Ringwald, Magic Bag

• Sierra Club Green Cruise, Ferndale City Hall

• Market Corn Roast, 9AM-1PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

  • Oak Park Summer Blast, Community Center

 

SUN. AUG. 11

  • Detroit Improv Festival, Go! Comedy, Ringwald, Magic Bag

 

MON. AUG. 12

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

 

TUES. AUG. 13

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. AUG. 14

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7-8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward.

www.indivisiblefighting9.com

• Food Truck Rally, 5-9PM, RO Farmers Market

  • Oak Park Farmers Market 9AM-1PM

 

THUR. AUG. 15

• Get Reel Movie Night, Free movies on Vester

• Woodward Dream Cruise, downtown Ferndale

• Hazel Park Historical Museum open for visitors Noon-4PM, 45 E Pearl

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

 

FRI. AUG. 16

• CruiseFest parade, 12 Mile, Berkley

  • Woodward Dream Cruise, Ferndale

 

SAT. AUG. 17

  • Woodward Dream Cruise, Ferndale

 

SUN. AUG. 18

  • Woodward Dream Cruise, Ferndale

 

MON. AUG. 19

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

  • Adult Computer Class, Oak Park Library 9 AM

 

TUES. AUG. 20

• Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

  • Oak Park Farmers Market 9AM-1PM

 

THUR. AUG. 22

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

  • Blessings In A Backpack meeting, 4:00 PM FUEL, tentative, 24220 Rosewood, Oak Park

 

SAT. AUG. 24

  • Mom 2 Mom Autumn, Kulick Center
  • Blessings In A Backpack meeting, 4:00 PM FUEL, tentative, 24220 Rosewood, Oak Park

 

MON. AUG. 26

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

 

TUES. AUG. 27

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. AUG. 28

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7- 8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward.

www.indivisiblefighting9.com

  • Oak Park Farmers Market 9AM-1PM

 

THUR. AUG. 29

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

 

SAT. AUG. 31

• Solar Power 101 by Reveter August 31; Interested in converting your home to solar? Reservations required. 313-303-1364

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MON. JULY 1

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

  • Adult Computer Class, Oak Park Library 9 AM

 

TUES. JULY 2

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. JULY 3

  • Oak Park Farmers Market 9AM-1PM

 

THUR. JULY 4

• Michigan Rib Fest, Royal Oak

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

 

FRI. JULY 5

  • Michigan Rib Fest, Royal Oak

 

SAT. JULY 6

  • Michigan Rib Fest, Royal Oak

 

SUN. JULY 7

  • Hazel Park Historical Museum open for visitors Noon-4PM, 45 E Pearl

 

MON. JULY 8

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

 

TUES. JULY 9

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. JULY 10

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7-8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward.

www.indivisiblefighting9.com

• Oak Park Farmers Market 9AM-1PM

  • Food Truck Rally, 5-9 PM, RO Farmers Market

 

THUR. JULY 11

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

  • Concerts In The Park, Shepherd Park, 7PM

 

SAT. JULY 13

• Utica Antiques Market Antique Sale, 8AM-5PM, Knights of Columbus, Shelby Twp

• Fusion Festival, Kulick Center

• Berkley Street Art Fest, downtown Berkley

  • Butterfly Parade, Red Oaks Nature Center

 

SUN. JULY 14

  • Utica Antiques Market Antique Sale, 8AM-4PM, Knights of Columbus, Shelby Twp

 

MON. JULY 15

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

 

TUES. JULY 16

• Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

  • Aston Neighborhood Pls Clb, Ferndale Library

 

WEDS. JULY 17

  • Oak Park Farmers Market 9AM-1PM

 

THUR. JULY 18

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Get Reel Movie Night, Free movies on Vester

• Hazel Park Historical Museum open for visitors Noon-4PM, 45 E Pearl

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

• Joe Hertier, Ferndale Library

  • Concerts In The Park, Shepherd Park, 7PM

 

FRI. JULY 19

  • Pig & Whiskey

 

SAT. JULY 20

• Pig & Whiskey

  • East Oak Park Neighborhood Association Annual Picnic, Best Park, Roanoke Ave., Noon-4pm, eastopna@gmail.com

 

SUN. JULY 21

  • Pig & Whiskey

 

MON. JULY 22

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.comTues. July 23

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

  • Adult Computer Class, Oak Park Library 9 AM

 

WEDS. JULY 24

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7-8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward. www.indivisiblefighting9.com

  • Oak Park Farmers Mkt 9AM-1PM

 

THUR. JULY 25

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

• Blessings In A Backpack meeting, 4:00 PM FUEL, tentative, 24220 Rosewood, OP

  • Concerts In The Park, Shepherd Park, 7PM

 

MON. JULY 29

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

 

TUES. JULY 30

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. JULY 31

• Oak Park Farmers Mkt 9AM-1PM

• Space Camp Day, Red Oaks Nature Center

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SAT. JUNE 1

• Palmer Park Art Fair, Woodward south of Seven Mile, 10-7, Food trucks, beer tent, more. PalmerParkArtFair.com

• Ferndale Pride, Downtown Ferndale

• Rainbow Run, Downtown Ferndale

• Western Market, Beer Tent/Parking Lot Party

  • Sip Savor Stomp, 6:30-10:30O PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

SUN. JUNE 2

• Palmer Park Art Fair, Woodward south of Seven Mile. 11-5. Beautiful boutique art fair along the lake and by the cabin. Food trucks, beer tent, more. PalmerParkArtFair.com

• Hazel Park Historical Museum open for visitors Noon-4PM, 45 E Pearl

  • Huntington Woods Home Tour

 

MON. JUNE 3

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

  • Adult Computer Class, Oak Park Library 9 AM

 

TUES. JUNE 4

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

THUR. JUNE 6

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

 

FRI. JUNE 7

• “Labels of Love & Sex,” Ctr for Relationship & Sexual Health, www.crsh.com 7-8:30 PM

• Forgotten Harvest’s 27th Annual Comedy Night, Fox Theater, Detroit

  • Burgers & Brews, Royal Oak Farmers Market, 6:30-10:30 PM

 

SAT. JUNE 8

• Royal Oak Art of Fire, Washington Street, Downtown Royal Oak day 10-7; ArtOfFireRO.com

• Tropidelic, Otus Supply, Ferndale SUN. JUNE 9

  • Royal Oak Art of Fire, Washington Street, Downtown Royal Oak day 11-5; ArtOfFireRO.com

 

MON. JUNE 10

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

 

TUES. JUNE 11

• Park It Night, Ferndale

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. JUNE 12

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7-8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward.

www.indivisiblefighting9.com

  • Family Pride, Food Truck Rally, 5-9 PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

THUR. JUNE 13

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

 

SAT. JUNE 15

  • Tito’s Annual Event, 6-11PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

SUN. JUNE 16

  • Ferndale Community Concert Band Salute To Our Fathers Concert, Ferndale High School

 

MON. JUNE 17

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

  • Adult Computer Class, Oak Park Library 9 AM

 

TUES. JUNE 18

• Hazel Park Historical Museum open for visitors Noon-4PM, 45 E Pearl

• Kids Club Live Barney Shows, 9AM, 1PM, 5PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. JUNE 19

  • Kids Club Live Barney Shows, 9AM, 1PM, 5PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

THUR. JUNE 20

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

• Royal Oak Unity Fair

• Art of The Cocktail, venue to be announced

  • Concerts In The Park, Shepherd Park, 7PM

 

FRI. JUNE 21

  • Royal Oak Unity Fair

 

SAT. JUNE 22

• Front Porch Music Festival, throughout Ferndale

• Royal Oak Unity Fair

  • Fine Art Fine Wine Fair, St. Mary’s, Orchard Lake

 

SUN. JUNE 23

• Royal Oak Unity Fair

  • Fine Art/Wine Fair, St. Mary’s, Orchard Lake

 

MON. JUNE 24

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

 

TUES. JUNE 25

• Active Adult Pool Party, Red Oaks Waterpark

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. JUNE 26

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7-8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward. www.indivisiblefighting9.com

  • Oak Park Farmers Market 9AM-1PM

 

THUR. JUNE 27

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Blessings In A Backpack meeting, 4:00 PM FUEL, tentative, 24220 Rosewood, Oak Park

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

• Berkley Art Bash, downtown Berkely

• Greater Detroit Veg Bash, 6:30-9:30, Royal Oak Farmers Market

  • Concerts In The Park, Shepherd Park, 7PM

 

SAT. JUNE 29

  • Masquerade Ball benefitting My Safe Haven, Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield 248-251-5924

 

SUN. JUNE 30

• Herb Spiral Workshop by Reveter. 11-1 313-303-1364 or by Reveter Facebook page

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WEDS. MAY 1

  • Pride Fundraiser, 1st Wednesday Gayest Tin Can Raffle Rosie O’Grady’s

 

THUR. MAY 2

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

 

FRI. MAY 3

  • Walsh College Fundraiser, 6-10PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

SAT. MAY 4

• May the 4th B. With You Party, B. Nektar, 2 PM-12 PM. www.bnektar.com

• Nay the 4th Be With You, RedOaksNature Ctr

  • FUEL Talent Show, Ferndale High School

 

SUN. MAY 5

• Hazel Park Historical Museum open for visitors Noon-4PM, 45 E Pearl

  • Royal Oak Classic Bicycle Swap Meet, 8AM

 

MON. MAY 6

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Community Conversation with State Rep. Tob. Wittenberg, PR Community Center, 4 Ridge Rd

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

  • Adult Computer Class, Oak Park Library 9 AM

 

TUES. MAY 7

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. MAY 8

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7- 8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward.

www.indivisiblefighting9.com

  • Food Truck Rally 5-9PM, RO Farmers Market

 

THUR. MAY 9

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

  • Pierogi Fest, 6:30-9:30PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

FRI MAY 10

  • Men Who Care Spring Gala, 6-11PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

 

SAT. MAY 11

• Utica Antiques Market Antique Sale, 8 AM-5 PM, Knights of Columbus, Shelby Twp

• Ferndale Home Tour, benefitting Ferndale Education Foundation, ferndalehometour.com

• Taoist Tai Chi Society – Open house, 10:00 AM, Gerry Kulick Center. www.taoist.org

  • Garden Tool Repair Day, alley between Ford and West End, Hazel Park, 8AM-Noon

 

SUN. MAY 12

• Utica Antiques Market Antique Sale, 8AM-4PM, Knights of Columbus, Shelby Twp

  • Women Walk For Peace, First UU Church, Cass Corridor Commons, 4605 Cass, Detroit

 

MON. MAY 13

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

 

TUES. MAY 14

• Hazel Park Library Family Fun Night 6PM

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

THUR. MAY 16

• Downtown Bike Rodeo, Planavon

• Hazel Park Historical Museum open for visitors Noon-4PM, 45 E Pearl

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

  • Haven Gala, 6-11PM, RO Farmers Market

 

FRI. MAY 17

  • “Helping Parents Talk About Sex,” Center for Relationship & Sexual Health, www.crsh.com 7-8:30 PM

 

SAT. MAY 18

• Clean The Ferndale Up, downtown Ferndale

• Tequilo Mundo, Royal Oak Farmers Market

• Pride Fundraiser, Hot Daddies at Soho Presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

• Flower Exchange, Oak Park Community Center, 10AM-Noon

  • Pleasant Ridge Auction & Gala, 4 Ridge Rd

 

MON. MAY 20

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

  • Adult Computer Class, Oak Park Library 9 AM

 

TUES. MAY 21

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. MAY 22

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7-8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward.

www.indivisiblefighting9.com

 

THUR. MAY 23

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

  • Blessings In A Backpack meeting, 4 PM FUEL, tentative, 24220 Rosewood, Oak Park

 

SUN. MAY 26

  • Flower Sale, Oak Park Community Center, 10AM-5PM

 

MON. MAY 27

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Memorial Day Parade & Observance, Fallen Foot Float

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

  • Royal Oak Historical Society Pancake Breakfast, 7AM-Noon, RO Farmers Market

 

TUES. MAY 28

• Hazel Park Library Family Fun Night 6PM

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

THUR. MAY 30

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

 

FRI. MAY 31

• Covert Operations, Otus Supply, Ferndale

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MON. APRIL 1

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Community Conversation with State Rep Rob. Wittenberg, 1-2pm, RO Twp Hall, 2131 Garden Lane

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

• Adult Computer Class, Oak Park Library 9 AM

  • Total Body Workout, Oak Park Rec, 10:30 AM

 

TUES. APRIL 2

• Community Conversation with State Rep. Rob. Wittenberg, 7pm, Oak Park Comm. Ctr

• After Hours Band, Geisha Girls, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

  • Middle-Eastern Belly Dance, Oak Park Recreation 6PM

 

WEDS. APRIL 3

• Pride Fundraiser 1st Wednesday Share the Wealth Raffle at Rosie O’Grady’s

• Reading Collective @ Hunt. Woods Library 7:00 PM

• Shwayze, Magic Bag, 8 PM

• Total Body Workout, Oak Park Rec, 10:30 AM

  • Tabata, Oak Park Rec, 7:30 PM

 

THURS. APRIL 4

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Fatai, Magic Bag, 8 PM

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

• Ann Arbor Artist Guild Artist Market, Royal Oark Farmers Market

• Middle-Eastern Belly Dance, Oak Park Recreation 6PM

• Ma Baker with El Brandino, Otus Supply, Ferndale

  • Eat Well Live Strong, Oak Park Rec, 10-11AM

 

FRI. APRIL 5

• “Let’s Talk About Suicide,” Center for Relationship & Sexual Health, www.crsh.com 7-8:30 PM

• Hardcore/punk showcase featuring One With The Riverbed, Negative Gravity, Wrists. The 510 Building, Hazel Park

• Ann Arbor Artist Guild Artist Market, Royal Oak Farmers Market

• Major Dudes, Otus Supply, Ferndale, Tribute to Steely Dan

  • Chris DuPont, Ferndale Library, 7:30

 

SAT. APRIL 6

• Bacon Bash, Royal Oak Farmers Market, 6:30-10:30 PM

• Brother Elsey, Otus Supply

• Intl Youth Silent Film Fest, Redford Theatre

  • Free ASL Course, Hazel Park Library 12-1:30

 

SUN. APRIL 7

• Hazel Park Historical Museum open for visitors Noon-4PM, 45 E Pearl

  • Ferndale Community Concert Band, Ferndale High School Auditorium

 

MON. APRIL 8

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

• Lamphere Trivia Night

  • Total Body Workout, Oak Park Rec, 10:30 AM

 

TUES. APRIL 9

• Hazel Park Library Family Fun Night 6PM

• Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

• Middle-Eastern Belly Dance, Oak Park Recreation 6PM

 

 

WEDS. APRIL 10

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7-8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward. www.indivisiblefighting9.com

• Food Truck Rally, RO Farmers Market, 5 -9PM

• Total Body Workout, Oak Park Rec, 10:30 AM

• Tabata, Oak Park Rec, 7:30 PM

  • Claddagh Chiropractic Spring Into Wellness Open House 6-8PM, Ferndale, Free demos, giveaways

 

THURS. APRIL 11

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Reading Collective @ Berkley First 7:00 PM

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

• Middle-Eastern Belly Dance, Oak Park Recreation 6PM

  • Eat Well Live Strong, Oak Park Rec, 10-11AM

 

FRI. APRIL 12

 

SAT. APRIL 13

• EGGstravaganza, Marie/Wilson/ Garbutt/ Geary/Martin Parks, RVC Church, Ferndale Rec Dept., 12:30-3

• Vodka Rox, RO Farmers Market

• Record Store Day, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Run For The Health of It, RedOaks Nature Ctr

  • Free ASL Course, Hazel Park Library 12-1:30

 

MON. APRIL 15

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

• Adult Computer Class, Oak Park Library 9 AM

  • Total Body Workout, Oak Park Rec, 10:30 AM

 

TUES. APRIL 16

• Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

  • Middle-Eastern Belly Dance, Oak Park Recreation 6PM

 

WEDS. APRIL 17

• Total Body Workout, Oak Park Rec, 10:30 AM

• Tabata, Oak Park Rec, 7:30 PM

  • Kitchen Dwellers, Otus Supply

 

THUR. APRIL 18

• Hazel Park Historical Museum open for visitors Noon-4 PM, 45 E Pearl

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

  • Middle-Eastern Belly Dance, Oak Park Recreation 6PM

 

FRI. APRIL 19

• Bye Bye Birdie, Redford Theatre

  • Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Otus Supply

 

SAT. APRIL 20

• Eddie Logix Monthly, Geisha Girls, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Easter Saturday, Childrens Day, Royal Oak Farmers Market, 9 AM-1PM

• Earth Day, RO Farmers Market, 9 AM-1PM

  • Singin’ In The Rain, Redford Theatre
  • Good Friday Service, Renaissance Vineyard Church, 6:30 PM

 

SUN. APRIL 21

  • Easter Celebration, 10:30 AM, Renaissance Vineyard Church

 

MON. APRIL 22

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

  • Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

 

TUES. APRIL 23

• Hazel Park Library Family Fun Night 6PM

• Deadicated and David Gans, Otus Supply, Ferndale

  • Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

 

WEDS. APRIL 24

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7-8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward. www.indivisiblefighting9.com

  • Tabata, Oak Park Rec, 7:30 PM

 

THURS. APRIL 25

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

• Used Jewelry & Purse Sale, Mad Hts Active Adult Center

• Blessings In A Backpack meeting, 4:00 PM FUEL, tentative, 24220 Rosewood, Oak Park

  • Spring Fever: Loving Touch, Otus Supply, Magic Bag, New Way Bar

 

FRI. APRIL 26

• Caring for Planet Earth, Red Oaks Nature Ctr.

  • Spring Fever: Loving Touch, Otus Supply, Magic Bag, New Way Bar

 

SAT. APRIL 27

• Spring Fever Beer Fest, Royal Oak Farmers Market, 6:30-10:30PM

• Mom 2 Mom Sale, Kulick Center

  • Spring Fever: Loving Touch, Otus Supply, Magic Bag, New Way Bar

 

MON. APRIL 29

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

  • World Dance Day Event, Oak Park High School 6:30-9:30 PM

 

TUES. APRIL 30

• Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

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FRI. MARCH 8

• Karaoke Night, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• American Spirits, Ship and Sail, Honey Creek, Former Critics, The End Electric, The Evergreen, Far From Fiction, Ian Arnold, The 510 Building, Hazel Park

  • Pajamas, Clock Reads, Otus Supply, Ferndale

 

SAT. MARCH 9

• Hazel Park Rec Mother/Son Dance 5:30-8:00 PM 248-547-5535, www.hazelpark.org

• Paints & Pours, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Rev. Payton Big Damn Band, Magic Bag, 8 PM

• See What Stacey Started Figure Drawing Class (non-instructed) featuring model Lena Feil. The 510 Building, Hazel Park

• Another Man’s Trash, Boys N Ties, Joinery, Bottom Of The Lake, Big Juicy, Justin Don. The 510 Building, Hazel Park

• Hazel Park Fire Dept. CERT Class, 9AM- 4PM

• Bestest Concert Ever, 5-9 PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

• Super Brunch, Kulick Center

• Coffee With A Cop, 9-11 AM, 9 Oaks Grill, Oak Park

  • The Wooks, Old Salt Union, Otus Supply, Ferndale

 

SUN. MARCH 10

• Release of American Gods, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Matthew Ball Boogie Woogie Kid, Oak Park Library 2:00 PM

  • Pocket Sounds Sunday, Otus Supply, Ferndale

 

MON. MARCH 11

• Pride Fundraiser Harry Potter Trivia, Pops 6 PM-10 PM

• Drawing Camp week 2: Drawing To Scale, instruction by Steve Gamburd, 510 Building, Hazel Park

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

  • Dr. Kyle Hawkins, 6PM Claddagh Chiropractic, Ferndale

 

TUES. MARCH 12

• Hazel Park Library Family Fun Night 6PM-7:30

• Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

  • Middle-Eastern Belly Dance, Oak Park Recreation 6PM

 

WED. MARCH 13

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7- 8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward. www.indivisiblefighting9.com

• All Them Witches, Plague Vendor, Magic Bag, 8:00 PM

• Food Truck Rally, 5-9 PM, RO Farmers Mkt

• Total Body Workout, Oak Park Rec, 10:30 AM

• Tabata, Oak Park Rec, 7:30 PM

  • Dr. Chris Emmert, Help for Healthy Bones, Claddagh Chiropractic, 12-12:30 PM, Ferndale

 

THUR. MARCH 14

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Reading Collective @ Ferndale Library 6:30

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

• Think Spring Craft Show 3-9PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

• March Storytime w/Cowboy Alex, Royal Oak Community Ctr, 10 AM

• Middle-Eastern Belly Dance, Oak Park Recreation 6PM

• Eat Well Live Strong, Oak Park Rec, 10-11AM

  • Dr. Kyle Hawkins, 12PM, Claddagh Chiropractic, Ferndale

 

FRI. MARCH 15

• Ferndale Musical Boosters present “The Addams Family – a new musical” at Ferndale High School. 7:30 PM

• DJ Sanford, Geisha Girls, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Worth (TX), Desiring Dead Flesh, Car Crash Jake, Casey Fitz and the Night Shift. 510 Bldg, Hazel Park

• Think Spring Craft Show 3-10PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

• Madame X, Redford Theatre

• Domestic Problems, Jes Gru, Magic Bag, 8 PM

  • The Claudettes, Ryan Dillaha, Otus Supply, Ferndale

 

SAT. MARCH 16

• Ferndale Musical Boosters present “The Addams Family – a new musical” at Ferndale High School. 7:30 PM

• An Affair To Remember, Redford Theatre

• Mega ‘80s, Magic Bag 8 PM

• See What Stacey Started Figure Drawing Class (non-instructed) featuring model Mary Stone. The 510 Building, Hazel Park

• Nini D, DJ Dos Lopez, S.A.P., Jade Aurora, Govanna, Durt 313, The Veldt, Spellbooks. The 510 Building, Hazel Park

• Hazel Park Fire Dept. CERT Class, 9AM- 4PM

• Free ASL Course, Hazel Park Library 12-1:30

  • Chachuba, Biomassive, Otus Supply, Ferndale

 

SUN. MARCH 17

• Ferndale Musical Boosters present “The Addams Family – a new musical” at Ferndale High School. 3:00 PM

• Country Boy hosts St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Plant Sale. Lion Marilyn Moore is donating all $ to Hazel Park Animal Shelter.

• St. Patty’s Day Party at Dannys, Ferndale

• St. Patty’s Day with Rootstand, Otus Supply, Ferndale

  • Detroit Fleat St. Patty’s Day Party

 

MON. MARCH 18

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

• Figure Drawing and Character Development. Instruction by Steve Gamburd, 510 Building, Hazel Park

• St. Patrick’s Day Party, Mad Hts Active Adult Center, Noon-3PM

• Adult Computer Class, Oak Park Library 9 AM

• Total Body Workout, Oak Park Rec, 10:30 AM

  • Dr. Andrea Whedon-Hulbert, Claddagh Chiropractic, Ferndale

 

TUES. MARCH 19

• Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

  • Middle-Eastern Belly Dance, Oak Park Recreation 6PM

 

WED. MARCH 20

• Reading Collective @ The Emory 7:30 PM

• Wynchester, Magic Bag, 8 PM

• Dr. Chris Emmert, 6PM, Claddagh Chiropractic, Ferndale

• The Dizzy Bats (NY), Wait and Shackle, E.M. The 510 Building, Hazel Park

• Total Body Workout, Oak Park Rec, 10:30 AM

  • Tabata, Oak Park Rec, 7:30 PM

 

THUR. MARCH 21

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

• Reading Collective @ Berkley Library 6:30 PM

• Middle-Eastern Belly Dance, Oak Park Recreation 6PM

• Eat Well Live Strong, Oak Park Rec, 10-11AM

  • People’s Blues, Otus Supply

 

FRI. MARCH 22

• Ferndale Musical Boosters present “The Addams Family – a new musical” at Ferndale High School. 7:30 PM

• The Odd Couple, Redford Theater

• DJ/Hip Hop showcase featuring United Lights, Underground Detroit Radio, Hi Potent C, Pravada 2x, Danny From Japan. The 510 Building, Hazel Park

• Jim Ellison Coffee Hour, Seros, 7:30-9:00 AM

  • Escaping Pavement Release Party, Otus Supply, Ferndale

 

SAT. MARCH 23

• Ferndale Musical Boosters present “The Addams Family – a new musical” at Ferndale High School. 7:30 PM

• Bike MS 2019, Charity Spinathon, 8AM-2PM 248-579-0363

• Class of 98 Band, ‘90s Party Palooza, Magic Bag 8 PM

• The Odd Couple, Redford Theater

• See What Stacey Started Figure Drawing Class (non-instructed) featuring model Stella Rothe. The 510 Building, Hazel Park

• Rock showcase featuring Home Grownups, Jenn’s Apartment. 510 Building, Hazel Park

• Hazel Park Fire Dept. CERT Class, 9AM- 4PM

• Free ASL Course, Hazel Park Library 12 PM

  • Jimmie Bones & The Snakebit, Otus Supply

 

SUN. MARCH 24

• Ferndale Musical Boosters present “The Addams Family – a new musical” at Ferndale High School. 3:00 PM

• The Odd Couple, Redford Theater

  • Melvin Seals & JGB, Otus Supply, Ferndale

 

MON. MARCH 25

• Quizzo Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Pride fundraiser, Penalty Box

• Rock showcase featuring Equine, Koltay, Sick Llama. The 510 Building, Hazel Park

• Drawing Camp week 4: Settings and Storyboarding for Comics. The 510 Building, Hazel Park

• Weekly peace vigil, 9 Mile & Woodward 4:45

  • Total Body Workout, Oak Park Rec, 10:30 AM

 

TUES. MARCH 26

• Transgender Day of Visibility, Five15, Royal Oak 6 PM – 8:30 PM

• Reading Collective @ Ferndale Library 7:00

• Hazel Park Library Family Fun Night 6PM

• Adult Coloring Club, Oak Park Library, 6-7:30

• Middle-Eastern Belly Dance, Oak Park Recreation 6PM

  • Jazz is PHSH, Otus Supply, Ferndale

 

WEDS. MARCH 27

• Indivisible Fighting #9 Meeting, 7-8:30 PM, progressive politics. First United Methodist of Ferndale, 22331 Woodward. www.indivisiblefighting9.com

• Total Body Workout, Oak Park Rec, 10:30 AM

• Tabata, Oak Park Rec, 7:30 PM

  • Gotta Get Over The Hump, Otus Supply, Ferndale

 

THUR. MARCH 28

• Geek Trivia, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Gary Gulman, Magic Bag, 8 PM

  • “Let’s Hang Out” Plum Hollow Lanes, 6:30-9:30 PM, Southfield

• Blessings In A Backpack meeting, 4:00 PM FUEL, tentative, 24220 Rosewood, Oak Park

• Rock showcase featuring Toward Space, Toothe, Scary Women, Jus Plurals, 510 Building, Hazel Park

• Middle-Eastern Belly Dance, Oak Park Recreation 6PM

  • Eat Well Live Strong, Oak Park Rec, 10-11AM

 

FRI. MARCH 29

• Big Lebowski Costume Party, B. Nektar Meadery, www.bnektar.com

• Old ‘97s, Magic Bag 8 PM

• The Odd Couple, Redford Theater

• Rock/ Pop Punk showcase featuring Nectar, Killsound, Birdie Country, Epic Disappointments. 510 Building, Hazel Park

  • The Insiders, Tom Petty Tribute, Otus Supply

 

SAT. MARCH 30

• Wine Lovers & Beer Snobs, Royal Oak Farmers Market

• Affirmations Spring Bash, 30th Anniversary, MGM Grand Detroit

• Polar Beer Fest 6:30-10:30PM, Royal Oak Farmers Market

• The Odd Couple, Redford Theater

• See What Stacey Started Figure Drawing Class (non-instructed). The 510 Building, Hazel Park

• Rock showcase featuring The Womps, Audrey Burne, Nick Juno, Loxodon, Horace The Van. The 510 Building, Hazel Park

• Free ASL Course, Hazel Park Library 12-1:30

  • Steffanie Christi’an, Otus Supply, Ferndale

 

SUN. MARCH 31

• The Odd Couple, Redford Theater

By David Ryals

Ferndale Friends recently spoke with Dr. Joe Kort – a psychotherapist, coach and author specializing in LGBQT sexual and relationship health. He founded his practice in 1985, and his specialties include gay affirmative psychotherapy (emphasizing how being knowledgeable about gay issues informs the therapeutic process) and IMAGO Relationship Therapy (a specific program to help couples and singles learn to improve their communication and relationship skills). For years his practice has specialized in sex therapy and sexual identity issues, including Out-Of-Control Sexual Behavior; responsible non-monogamy/monogamy; childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse; mixed-orientation marriages; coming out; and depression and anxiety. His group also offers workshops for couples and singles as well.

Kort is the author of two books on gay male identity and relationships. His latest book is Is My Husband Gay, Straight or Bi?: A Guide for Women Concerned About Their Men. Joe sat down with Ferndale Friends for an interview about his new book, career and day to day work.

FF: What inspired you as a doctor to focus on people’s sexuality and sexual relationships?

JK: I think it originally came from me focusing on my own sexuality growing up. When I started to work in the field I saw many sexual abuse survivors and became trained in working with them. What I found was there was great training around treatments in helping people heal but there was no sexual health model to teach people what healthy sexuality could look like for them after their recovery from sexual abuse. I also worked with people who experienced “sex addiction”/out of control sexual behavior that too didn’t have a sexual health component to help people find what healthy sexuality was for them. So, this began my quest in seeking training and certification in sex therapy. Also, in working with couples I found that if you talk about your relationship and get better connected that sex will just come. The truth is that people need to focus on sexual health conversation and talk about their erotic desires and differences.

FF: How has your career evolved and who are your inspirations in the field on human sexuality?

JK: In the beginning of my work, it was all about sexual abuse and trauma and “sex addiction“/out of control sexual behaviors. I no longer believe that sex can be addictive but I do believe there is a lot of sexual suffering for all kinds of reasons, so I have to change my stands over time. My inspirations have included so many people in the sex therapy and education field, including Esther Perel and Dan Savage.

FF: What is the reason for your interest in helping men, specifically who are on the LGBTQ spectrum?

JK: This is largely due to the fact that I am a gay man. I saw how much therapy helped me in my teenage years throughout my 20s and coming out, and I wanted to also offer this to the LGBTQ population. Also, women have a window to have sex with other women without calling it bisexuality or lesbianism. Men are stigmatized, and if they have one homosexual thought they are considered to be gay or bisexual. I find this ridiculous, and I work hard at eliminating the stigma.

FF: What prompted you to write your books ‘Cracking The Erotic Code’ and ‘Erotic Orientation’? What has their reception been?

JK: I wanted to start by writing some short books that were easily accessible to the public for gay, bisexual men and for straight couples and individuals. People lead very busy lives and don’t have time to read full books, so I thought I would write some short books helping people reduce any shame and misunderstandings about their erotic lives and their sexuality. They have been very well-received by people who are thankful to begin a conversation about making their sex lives and erotic lives better.

FF: How have you affected the people you help? What are your ultimate goals with your work?

JK: I’m not just a therapist, I’m an educator. I think I have affected people by giving them good information, good resources. And, directing them toward new possibilities of making their relationships and their sex lives work with themselves and their partners.

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By Jill Lorie Hurst

“WHY DO YOU GO AWAY? SO THAT YOU CAN COME BACK. SO THAT YOU CAN SEE THE PLACE YOU CAME FROM WITH NEW EYES AND EXTRA COLORS” – Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

“Ch-Ch-ch-ch Changes. Turn and face the strange,” wrote David Bowie. When I heard Dino’s Lounge and M-Brew were up for sale, I grabbed this assignment so I could meet Dean Bach before he left Ferndale.

He agreed to meet up at Dino’s on a gray Monday afternoon in February, a week after the opening of Belle Iron Grille, his new place in Gaylord. Bach was emotional, pragmatic and wise as he looked around Dino’s and talked about childhood on the East side of Detroit. “I grew up in the 48205.” Life in the restaurant world, a ride that started as a 15-year-old dishwasher at Eastside Charley’s.

He took a risk on Ferndale when he bought the Rialto Cafe at the corner of 9 and Woodward, opening Dino’s Lounge in 2002. “We were ahead of the curve then.”

Some thought he wouldn’t make it. He talks about the cook who quit two weeks after opening, sure the place was destined for doom. Instead, Dino’s and later M-Brew (“my independent child, it runs without me, which is what I wanted”) became part of the fabric of fabulous Ferndale.

From the start he wanted Dino’s to be “a little bit of everything. Something for everyone. The corner bar for Ferndale.” Philosophical. “Today every place is a concept. Does the town need a neighborhood gathering place anymore?”

BOTTOM LINE, HE THINKS IT’S TIME FOR DINO’S TO CHANGE. He had ideas, of course. On this day they included selling or partnering. Stepping away. “I owe it to Ferndale and myself to do something that’s right for the community.”

He looked at me. “What do you think?” Me?! I hope they keep serving the chips. He smiles. “Everybody loves a good kettle chip.”

His idea? “I take a lot of ideas from my staff. Everyone has good ideas.” He’s listened and learned from his staff, his parents, local leaders and Ferndale residents. He listens to his wife, Denise, who encouraged him to throw himself into the restaurant business he loved, full-time, back in 2008. When he turned 50, the couple started looking forward, open to change.

A 4th of July visit to Lake Otsego clicked for Denise. “This is where I want to be.” Bach, emotional, remembers the moment. Laughs. “I couldn’t believe that (city girl) Zsa Zsa wanted to move to Green Acres.”

He loves the new place, Belle Iron Grille, and he is enjoying becoming part of a new community. “It’s making me grow as a person to learn about this different culture. Talk about different viewpoints, but people are the same everywhere.” He is enjoying this new experience.

OUR TALK RETURNED TO FERNDALE AGAIN AND AGAIN. Thoughts about Ferndale’s future? He is optimistic. “Ferndale will continue to grow, but Ferndale of the future will still be Ferndale.” I liked his faith.

A few days after we spoke, I learned that Dean Bach had taken Dino’s and M-Brew off the market. Bach reached out from the beach in Aruba! “We’re definitely happy about… reinventing Dino’s and making some adjustments to M-Brew. I just felt I wasn’t quite ready to simply sell and leave.”

Dino’s Lounge is located at 22740 Woodward in Ferndale. M-Brew is at 177 Vester Ave in Ferndale. Belle Iron Grille is located at 4029 Old US 27 in Gaylord.