By Ingrid Sjostrand

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS ARE OFTEN portrayed in movies and cartoons as a bad guy in a van chasing pets with their net. That stereotype is fading, and Hazel Park’s Animal Control Officer Justin Holland proves he is the furthest thing from an evil dog snatcher.

“Our primary goal is get every animal home. But a more realistic goal is for everyone to have their animals properly vaccinated and licensed,” Holland says. “We just want to get animals back home where they belong.”

Holland is the only full-time employee of Animal Control and is assisted by a small group of volunteers – currently only about eight, but they are always in need of more. The shelter holds a maximum eight dogs and 16 cats at one time, so volunteers are needed 365 days a year to feed and walk animals, clean cages and other duties. They are required to staff the office, located at 24211 Couzens Ave, between the hours of 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

“Becoming a volunteer is easy. You drop off an application, which is available online at our web site or on Facebook, we conduct a light back-ground check and, once approved, you begin training and can start to volunteer,” Holland says. “The total turnaround time is about two weeks.”

Their goals might seem lofty when you consider the small staff at Animal Control, but they are making an impact in some surprising ways – like through social media. After reuniting a senior dog and its owner, the resulting Facebook post went viral, and led to a surge in social media followers and an increase in responses to posts about missing pets.

“Our moment was serendipitous; we posted a photo of their reunion on Facebook and – previously we would get close to 1,000 views on posts and photos – all of a sudden this re-homing post got 98,000 views. Then, our run-of-the-mill posts started getting 8,000 views, and now that’s our average,” Holland says. “That reunification is one of my favorite stories. Since then, social media has become a very powerful tool for re-homing, and it also works as a pre-screening tool for adoptees.”

IN THIS YEAR ALONE, HAZEL PARK ANIMAL CONTROL has saved close to 100 percent of animals it finds; placed nearly 40 percent of found animals in new homes and reunited closer to 50 percent of pets to their owners.

Hazel Park Animal Control participates in adoption events throughout the year to increase those numbers, including the Detroit Zoo’s adoption event Meet Your Best Friend at the Detroit Zoo. They also host a low-cost vaccination event in the Spring and Fall with Warren-based All About Animals Rescue to encourage owners to vaccinate their pets for only about $30.

Holland says the success of the shelter is in large part due to the City’s prioritizing of Animal Control in their budget and using their resources to help the Department. Recently, Hazel Park helped obtain a 2017 Ford Transit van for Animal Control’s use. The department also wouldn’t accomplish what it does without the people that live in Hazel Park and their love for animals.

“My favorite thing about Hazel Park is the residents’ willingness to help, and the close community feeling we have in this city,” Holland says.

By Ingrid Sjostrand

NINE MILE AND WOODWARD MIGHT BE THE HOTSPOT IN THE FERNDALE AREA FOR SHOPPING, DINING AND SOCIALIZING, but there are other neighborhoods popping up and competing for attention. One is the newly developing Iron Ridge District, running along Bermuda Street between 10 Mile and 9 Mile Roads in Pleasant Ridge and the northeast corner of Ferndale.

At first glance, most of the space still resembles the industrial sector of its past. But it is quickly filling with tenants, and development company Iron Ridge Holdings LLC has plans to turn it into a more welcoming, community-centric space. Brooke Gieber, Iron Ridge Holdings Team Member, explains the goals for the area.

“We really are in the business of building community. It will truly be a mixed-use development, with plans for additional retail space, hospitality and residential,” she says. “Still staying true to the industrial and manufacturing heritage of the community, but also bringing some modern amenities and neighborhood services.”

Current businesses include Farm Field Table, a locally-sourced butcher, Provisions cheese shop and Urbanrest Brewery, all located off Woodward Heights and gaining popularity and acclaim among Ferndale and regional residents. Matt Romine, founder of Farm Field Table, says choosing the Iron Ridge District for his business made sense in a variety of ways.

“First of all, Iron Ridge is a great location logistically. Second, the lease rates were great which made the decision easy for a brand-new company,” Romine says. “Thirdly, and most importantly, the attitude and vision of the other tenants of Iron Ridge was very attractive for us. It’s a place for builders and entrepreneurs to operate independently, but as a tight knit group…there are several trusted professionals who are eager to help.”

At the other end of Bermuda near 10 Mile Rd and I-696, the district crosses into Pleasant Ridge. This area is referred to as the Iron Ridge Marketplace. The main marketplace “tower” has some history; originally built as Voigt/Oakman brewery in the late 1930s, it acted as the E-Prize headquarters in the early-mid 2000s before the vacant space was purchased by Iron Ridge Holdings.

Businesses in the Marketplace include the Iron Ridge Holdings offices, Urban Ridge Realty, web development company Loudbaby, furniture designer Alex Drew & No One, 3D engineering services Fisher Unitech, business incubator Excelerate America, advertising agency Driven Creative Supply Co. and newly-opened gym Pulse Fitness.

Alex Rosenhaus, co-owner of Alex Drew & No One, has seen a benefit of the district’s efforts to build relationships among businesses.

“Iron Ridge is building an excellent community for small businesses. Having relationships with fellow tenants like Provisions has even brought us work, like the cheese boards we make for their store,” he says. “We are excited to be a part of the Iron Ridge community as it continues to grow.”

AS THE SPACE IS RENOVATED, more tenants will move in, and plans for a beer garden, brewery and even residential space are in the works for the future.

“It’s a unique situation with adaptive reuse, as we have tenants moving in all the time and there are different types of activation happening concurrently with pop-up community events,” Gieber says.

While there won’t be a hard completion date, many tenants have found unique ways to keep interest piqued during construction. Prior to opening on June 23rd, Pulse Fitness held open house and workout events at Iron Ridge, and Drifter Coffee hosted pop ups and festivals throughout the spring and summer on the property as they wait for their permanent space to be constructed. Iron Ridge Holdings has held several of their own events too.

“We have a lot of things in the works that are really exciting in terms of community programming and how we want to help,” Gieber says. “We aren’t just real estate developers, we are place-makers and are able to help with adaptive reuse of space and find ways that actually enhance what’s already going on in these amazing communities.”

Some of these community programs included a tree lighting during the holiday season, Taco Tuesdays and Food Truck Fridays. Plans are also in the works for cinematic and live music events in the next few months. Current and future tenants all agree these events have helped their businesses.

“Food Truck Fridays brings a lot of foot traffic to our studio, and is an exciting event Iron Ridge has been organizing to bring more people to the area,” Rosenhaus says.

Cathy Koch of K-Tec Systems adds, “This is a unique area where businesses collaborate to help with each other’s success. The Iron Ridge area truly promotes a livable, walkable, working neighborhood.”

Gieber says many more things are in the works for the district and the best place to follow Iron Ridge developments are through Facebook and Instagram – @ironridgemarketplace.

“As a resident of Ferndale, I’m excited to see different portions of the city highlighted and gaining neighborhood services that make it a more walk-able area,” Gieber says. “As things get more activated and new tenants host their grand openings, we are excited to see how this space will play out –not only having these amenities for our building tenants but for the surrounding community too.”

FERNDALE IS NOT YOUR CONVENTIONAL MIDWEST TOWN, and that is reflected in the unusual shops, eclectic restaurants and even its festivals.

For 15 years, The Funky Ferndale Art Fair has been bringing unexpected and edgy fine art to the city. A few years later, the DIY Street Fair began, adding music, beer and a selection of less traditional art mediums. Both shows return this year on September 21-23.

Presenting two fairs at the same time creates an opportunity for shoppers to see a greater variety of art. Those attending one fair may discover that there are also things that they love on the other side of Woodward. Each fair is separate, with different planning and visions, so they stay surprising.

In addition to over one hundred artists or vendor booths in each show, both offer hands on opportunities to explore the arts. Traditionally, DIY has had family-friendly projects adjacent to the library. Funky has introduced some unusual projects over the years, from the world’s longest comic strip to toilet-paper-mache. This year, participants will be able to work on the community mural, create take home art projects, visit selfie stations, have their caricature painted and more.

Both shows have their own distinctive personality. DIY has a strong focus on music, beer and food trucks. It celebrates the concept that peo-ple with a “Do It Yourself” outlook bring a passion to everything they do. Funky Ferndale is dedicated to juried artists from across the country. Many are represented in major museums and galleries. A difference between Funky Ferndale and other major art fairs is that the jurors look for artists that have an edgier touch. You may find some of them in other fairs, but to see over 100 in one place you must go to Funky Ferndale.

Funky Ferndale Art Fair has turned into a very competitive show, with over 300 applicants each year for about 120 spaces. The committee works to include both established favorites and great new artists. This year, more than 25 artists are coming for the first time. This includes established artists from as far away as California and some that work out of their Ferndale garages. A list of artists, with sample images of their work, is available on the web site.

DIY has a wide selection of offerings, including items such as soaps, candles and t shirts. All show creativity and a dedication to quality. Their web site ( includes lists and photos of what to expect on the East side of Woodward and Nine.

If you’re looking for a great time and some quality one-of-a-kind items, there’s no place better to go than art weekend in Ferndale featuring both the Funky Ferndale Art Fair and the DIY Street Fair.

Funky Ferndale Art Fair – Friday 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Nine Mile west of Wood-ward.

DIY Street Fair – Friday 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM until Midnight and Sunday 11:00 AM until 11:00 PM. Nine Mile and adjacent areas east of Woodward.

Parking – Ferndale’s many parking lots will be open. Street parking is permitted in many areas. The Credit Union One parking structure will also be available for a small donation for Fern Care.


Story by Jeff Milo
Interview with singer/songwriter Maggie Cocco

SINGER/SONGWRITER MAGGIE COCCO RECORDS AND PERFORMS UNDER THE MONIKER “SCIENCE FOR SOCIOPATHS,” and she realizes that hearing that phrase “…might scare some people.” But it’s an integral part of her story and she wants anyone out there listening who has a similar story to not feel alone.

“I used to be afraid to tell this story,” Cocco said. “It’s not that I’m saying: ‘Hey, pay attention to me.’ It’s that it’s so powerful to meet somebody else who’s been through something traumatic. That’s how my producer (Benjamin Warsaw) and I first connected, because he had a similar story and said that he just wanted to be a part in creating music that speaks to this experience.”

Cocco is already a professional, even at 27. She’s been playing music from a very young age, and has been a lifelong writer (first poetry, then songs). She was raised in Sterling Heights, listening to classic rock, Motown and some of the heavier alternative groups of the ‘90s. She played the viola between sharpening her lyrical sensibilities with poems, but went to study classical music at Oakland University. She started making an impression around the local music scene by the age of 22, but says she really came in to her own only recently, and blossomed, with Science for Sociopaths.

Cocco said her father, also a musician, exhibited ostensible sociopathic behavior as her manager when he instituted a ‘pop-star-or-bust’ level of expected perfection. Circumstances were exacerbated enough to where Cocco struck out on her own, three years ago, and has since developed her own solo career—writing a blend of blues, Americana-rock and jazzy folk ballads that are radiant but raw, presenting beautifully melodic odes of unvarnished truths that tap into experiences that could be specific to her yet nevertheless create an empathic and relatable response from a listener.

“I’m not over-assessing my writing, like before, wondering whether it’s commercial enough or not,” said Cocco. “I used to feel really isolated, like no one has gone through this particular life experience. All the stuff I’ve gone through might not be universally relatable, but it is to some people on a deeply personal level. It’s not going to be fun-time dance music, but it’s relatable and I see a lot of value in that. That’s the music I’m drawn to, anyway.”

Cocco is newly inspired. She’s constantly working on material; she released two EPs earlier this summer and already has a full set of songs for another album after that. What’s changed, said Cocco, is that she’s receiving positive encouragement. The musicians she’s working with now, along with Warsaw, “respect me as a songwriter and I’m feeling very encouraged. After my Dad, there was a period where I didn’t trust anybody… But I’ve realized there’s a ton of really great people out there who are just passionate (about this music) and offer to help, and that just makes me want to try my best, because I want to be worth it.”

The intention, above all, is catharsis. Writing and performing her music and sending these lyrical messages is one unique way in which Cocco can make a difference. She’s been able to impact the lives of others through other outlets,like teaching and volunteer work, but she can’t ignore the potential that her music has to reach people; people who might be in dire need of receiving a message of hope.

And even though the name of the project might put some on edge, Cocco knows that it will nevertheless draw an audience. She said she was done trying to be a pop star and appeal to everyone. Now, she’s writing down, recording and releasing whatever comes to her and putting it out there so that it can be found, so that it can speak to someone, rather than fixating on reaching everyone.

Cocco set up a Patreon to create an online community for fans of Science for Sociopaths, including exclusive access to her new releases. Her output continues to accelerate—she’s been delivering a new song each week to Patreon supporters online (which could be a new single, a new cover, responding to a special request, or just jamming with other artists).

Science for Sociopaths performs August 17 at PJs Lager House. After, she’ll be leaving for a patron-sponsored week-long tour in Ireland (Sept 3-10).

HELP STILL WANTED: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners. Do you have three hours a month to volunteer in the fabulous FernCare Free Clinic? The commitment is three hours a month. You can be retired but need to have kept your practicing license current.

Upcoming clinic sessions: 
Sat. mornings, 9:00 AM to Noon: Sept. 8 / Sept. 22 / Oct. 6 / Oct. 20;
Thurs. evenings, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Aug. 13 / Aug. 27 / Oct. 11 / Oct. 25.

If you have any questions, call Ann Heler at 248-677-2273, ext. 23 or e-mail our Head Nurse, Diane Dengate at or go to our web site,, and pull down the volunteers tab, complete the application and send it to Diane.

LIFT A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE! We are celebrating our eighth year as a medical clinic on Aug.7! Yes, we opened our first clinic at the Kulick Community Center on Aug. 7. If you remember, this was a set up/tear down clinic open two Saturday mornings a month. There was a crew that set up the clinic, tore it down after and then stored the equipment and medications at their homes until the next clinic. Linda and Doug Baker, John and Lyle Ulinski, Jeanne Cavanaugh and then Christine Rainey, Joanne and Dick Willcock and Ann Heler, for 13 months until we moved into 459 E. Nine Mile. So many thanks to that intrepid crew. Now you know I did not and do not forget the clinic medical volunteers but this group created the space that allowed the clinic to be a clinic.

FernCare is still scheduling new patient appointments a month out. 248-677-2273. If you cannot wait that long, there are two free clinics with available appointments much sooner than that:
(1) Bernstein Community Health Clinic, 45580 Woodward Ave. Pontiac, MI 48341, 248-309-3752
(2) HUDA Clinic, 13420 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, MI 48213, 313-444-5490.

If you need more resources, please call the clinic and ask for Carolyn Barr. She has the lists of all the free clinics and the services they offer in the area.

By: Jeff Milo, Circulation Specialist

THERE’S ALWAYS SO MUCH GOING ON AT THE LIBRARY! We regularly update our web site (, but you can also get more updates if you follow us on social media (Facebook/Instagram). Meanwhile, here’s a rundown of some late-summer events:

For children (age 8-12), we have our monthly S.T.E.A.M. program (for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). They’ll meet on Tuesday, August 21 to take “The Skyscraper Challenge!” Materials will be provided for STEAM participants to build a model skyscraper. The goal is to find a way to create the tallest free-standing model (skyscraper), while instilling the principles of math, geometry and teamwork. Registration is required.

We’ll host a presentation about the Ferndale Rat Patrol on Wednesday, August 22, discussing their methods designed to avoid any harm to the overall health of the environment, i.e. minimizing, if not eliminating, the use of rat poisons.

Then, on Thursday, August 23, we’ll be hosting another Uprooted: Music & Movement program. This is our weekly story time event for toddlers and parents to engage with stories through song, rhythm and melody. It starts at 10:30 AM, and no registration is required. We had quite a turnout in July when we partnered with Ferndale Parks & Recreation to host this event out-doors, in Martin Road Park. It’s one of our most popular programs and always a fun and stimulating time for toddlers to let loose and interact with each other.

On Friday, August 24, we have something for our teenage patrons. The school year will start up again in no time, so we encourage parents of teens to let them know about our drop-in recreational program, where we provide pizza, a big screen TV, Playstation 4 video games and our new VR headset. It’s an excellent way for teens to blow off some steam in a cool, welcoming and safe environment.

Later, on Saturday, September 8, we have the monthly Ferndale Game Day. Every second Saturday, at 1:00 PM, we host a drop-in marathon of strategy board games, with all ages and all experience levels welcome. Learn new games and play old favorites!

We also have two more Adulting 101 programs. Librarians Darlene Hellenberg and Michelle Williams coordinate fun classes for adults of all ages to up their game when it comes to getting things done. Adults can register in advance for September 12’s Adulting program: “Be Our Guest: Dinner Party Pro Tips.”

COMING UP: We have a new exhibition of dazzling, poly-chromatic illustrations by local artist Mara Magyarosi-Laytner. Also, our First Stop Friday local music showcase returns on October 12. And we anticipate another busy year of partnering and outreach programming with Ferndale Schools. If you’d like to get involved and support library programs and collection development, visit the Friends of the Ferndale Library online at:

By Sarah Teller

$250,000 grant received from the Tony Hawk Foundation.

Ferndale was one of six of this summer’s chosen recipients, and the skatepark will be the first of its kind in the community. The Built to Play Skatepark Program, a result of a partnership between the Tony Hawk Foundation (THF) and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation (RCW), launched in the Spring with a goal of providing free community spots particularly centered around area youth. RCW serves the Western New York and Southeast Michigan regions.

“We found out there was a grant available only a couple of weeks before the deadline,” said resident Brad Dahlhofer, co-owner of B. Nektar Meadery.

“The Ferndale Parks & Recreation Department and I worked on drafting the application, and got it submit-ted just in time. I’m not sure exactly how they decided who would be selected, but I’m very excited and honored that Ferndale was chosen.” He added of the proposed location, “The park will be at Wilson Park, on the site of the former street hockey rink.”

The skate park will be a space for skaters of all ages and skill levels to enjoy. “We are already discussing summer skatepark lessons and camps for the kids,” Dahlhofer said. “It is so important to give kids a space to skate other than the streets, parking lots, and sidewalks. It’s much safer because they don’t risk getting hit by cars, or potentially harming pedestrians while they skate. While we don’t have an official timeline, our goal is to have the project awarded in time to break ground in the Spring.”

OTHER MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES SELECTED for $250,000 grants included Detroit, Port Huron, Ypsilanti, and Port Huron. Ferndale’s leadership team, specifically, was instrumental in bringing the park to residents.

“This would never have been possible without the support of the City. The City Council, Department of Public Works, and the Parks & Recreation Department have been fantastic to work with,” Dahlhofer said. “The City and community came out in full force when the Hawk Foundation had their Skatepark Summit last month. We have also had a ton of support from Ferndale’s local skateboard shop, Detroit City Skateboards.”

There is a community design meeting scheduled for 7:00 PM on August 29th at B. Nektar Meadery, 1511 Jarvis, Ferndale. “There, we will discuss what kind of skating elements the community would like to have at our new park,” said Dahlhofer. “These suggestions will be shared with the potential park designers and builders who will then bid on the project.” Those who cannot attend are encouraged to join the Friends of Ferndale MI Skatepark group on Facebook to offer any suggestions. For more information, Ferndale Parks & Recreation can be reached at 248-546-6767.

By Sara Teller

B. NEKTAR MEADERY WAS FOUNDED IN 2006 BY BRAD AND KERRI DAHLHOFER, with the help of good friend Paul Zimmerman, in the Dahlhofers’ basement. Not long after its inception, the crew’s brews began winning awards at homebrewing competitions, so they decided to take their endeavor to the next level and set up shop in downtown Ferndale. The B. Nektar Meadery that’s become a favorite hot spot for Ferndalians opened its doors on National Mead Day, August 2, 2008.

“Being in Ferndale was an easy choice. Brad and Kerri live in Ferndale and it just made sense,” said Sales and Market-ing Director and Taproom General Manager, Miranda Johnson. “The community was more than helpful, and it continues to be an amazing city to have our headquarters.” She added, “I believe the diversity is what makes Ferndale amazing. It’s always growing but never losing its true vibe. The community is one of the best.”

Now, B. Nektar proudly celebrated its 10-year anniversary on Thursday, August 2nd. “We had our 10th birthday party with friends and fans, cake, balloons and all. There were three bottle releases – Sanchez, Cyser Of the Lambs, and Cinnamon Raisin Cyser,” Johnson said.

Asked where the team gets their creative inspiration, she replied, “The creative for the products comes from all angles. Brad is the visionary of what he would like to see a product taste like and is always pushing the envelope with flavors and ideas. Kerri is the creative behind the label concepts, and alongside both of them is the team that brings it all to life.”

The Dahlhofers, with the help of the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce, are also responsible for organizing the recent FerndalePalooza. They wanted to put on a world-class beer festival in Ferndale with a goal of raising money for local non-profits and charities. Other area organizations that pitched in include the Detroit Roller Derby, Ferndale Literacy Project, Blessing In A Backpack, and Fermenta – Michigan Women’s Craft Collective.

“For most of the breweries and meaderies, this was their first time participating in a Michigan festival,” Johnson said. “To make things really special, Brad and Kerri asked them to bring their best, most rare, one-off products that aren’t usually available in bars or stores. So, many of these beverages had never been available before in Michigan.”

As for the future, there’s no sign of slowing down, “Keep a look out for new events in our taproom, more charity work from Brad and Kerri, and more bottle re-leases,” said Johnson. “We are finishing up a production move. Our main facility on Wordsworth will be moving into the Jarvis location in the coming weeks, and who knows what else – the geeky, weird, quirkiness is hard to stop at B. Nektar.”

Ferndale Education Foundation Annual Dinner & Auction
Pleasant Ridge Community Center
BREAK OUT THE HATS AND JOIN US for the FEF Dinner & Auction Derby Party! All proceeds from this event go to Ferndale Public Schools. Price $60.00 – includes strolling dinner and 3 beer or wine tickets plus entertainment. Auction by Sabin the DragQueen (and guest) and music by DJ Zhao-Ski. 21+ (Themed attire not required but it is encouraged. Tickets: Thank you for your continued support of Ferndale Public Schools!

Ferndale Upper Elementary Talent Show
FERNDALE UPPER ELEMENTARY (FUEL) is proud to present the 2018 talent show, “FUEL’s Got Talent!” on Saturday, April 28th at 6pm in the Ferndale High School auditorium. The students are all revved up and eager to perform their hearts out for their family, friends and the community. The show features over 100 kids through an exciting variety of singing, dancing, comedic acts, and much more. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the doors.
FUEL is comprised of Ferndale Public School’s 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes. This opportunity is an enriching arts experience for the students, and also helps raise money to expand educational opportunities for our elementary school children. Please come out and support the Ferndale Elementary PTA Fine Arts Program, which is a very proud tradition in the community. Treat yourself and don’t miss out on this “must see” talent show!

Royal Oak Farmers Market
Ring in Spring with Over 50 Breweries,Spirits & Live Entertainment!
ROYAL OAK BEER FEST returns just in time for the weather to warm up! Seasonally-themed beer fests visit the Royal Oak Farmers Market quarterly, with Spring popping its sunny and smiling face out from the clouds this Saturday, April 28 to bring us another fantastic craft beer celebration. Each attendee receives a commemorative event pint glass, keepsake photograph, live entertainment and an opportunity to
sample their way through the event. The focus of Royal Oak Beer Fest is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them – and furthermore, how much everyone loves drinking them!

Bike Month
DID YOU KNOW THAT MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTH? We like to think ‘bike month’ is every month in Ferndale. However, this May we will align with national efforts across the country and celebrate our bike-friendly city with Ferndale Bike Month! Throughout the month of May, the City will host weekly coordinated rides and education classes, including bike law and smart cycling. Ferndale Recreation, DDA, Police Department and Rotary Club will also host the annual Bike Rodeo on Thursday, May 17th at Schiffer Park. Look for scheduled dates, locations, and routes for weekly coordinated rides, classes, and more in the coming weeks at

May 5: Group Bike Ride (start at Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop)
 May 9: Group Bike Ride (6:30 PM start at Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop)
 May 12: Group Bike Ride (start at The Fit Park)
 May 17: Downtown Bike Rodeo (4 PM-8 PM at Schiffer Park)
 May 18: Bike-To-Work Day (contact Detroit Greenways Coalition)
 May 22: Group Bike Ride (6:30 PM)
 May 23: Bicycling 101 Class (6:30 PM at Ferndale Area District Library)
 May 30: Group Bike Ride (6:30 PM start at Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop) or

SAT MAY 5 | 2-8 P.M. | B. NEKTAR 1511 JARVIS
B. Nectars Spring Mead Fest
MEAD IS AN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains or hops. It’s not quite wine and not quite beer, but it’s sure damn good. The Spring Mead Fest will take place at B. Nektar (1511 Jarvis) and runs from 2:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., although the taproom will stay open until 12:00 A.M. Admission is free and tickets are available for purchase to sample the variety of beverages. “We throw a party, located in the back parking lot of our headquarters, with some local food trucks, and an array of our products for attendees to try out,” said Miranda Johnson, marketing chief. “Each year is different.”

ROCK THE PARK Artist Bazaar
Come Rock the Park at an artist bazaar on Saturday, May 12th with BDTs at 21630 John R Rd. in Hazel Park. Admission is FREE and the event runs from noon to 9 PM. All proceeds will be donated to the Hazel Park Art Council, a local non-profit dedicated to bringing art to the community and our homes. Rock the Park will feature artist Mark Arminski, who will be showing off his amazing art along with 20+ local artisans. The event will be indoors and out with live local bands, raffles, silent auction, food trucks, and beer and wine for purchase. Come support your local artisans and participate in this amazing event! Let’s kick summer off right by Rocking the Park.

Cinco Bash Pub Crawl
GRAB YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR SOMBREROS and get into the “south of the border” spirit for Metro Detroit’s biggest Cinco Bash!  Enjoy “loco” specials on your favorite cervezas & margaritas at all of your favorite bars in both downtown Ferndale & downtown Wyandotte. Two pub crawls – two exciting locations – dozens of Metro Detroit’s best bars. Each bar will feature exciting cocktail, beer and shot specials, as well as festive activities. Tickets are available at Registration Bars and are $15 in advance ($25 day-of).

Women Walk For Peace  A Mother’s Day Event
8:00am – walk south to Grand Circus Park and return to 1st UU by 11am (3 mile loop). Signs & Banners provided. Immediately following the walk you are invited to attend a special service and potluck at 1st UU Church. For more information and to get on our e-list contact Anita at Check out our event page on Facebook:

Artist In You
The Artist In You’ Fosters & Rewards Creativity For Youth
THE ARTIST IN YOU” IS A COMMUNITY-WIDE CELEBRATION of 2D student art, featuring works by young talents from Ferndale High School, University High, and Center for Advance Studies and the Arts. Students will compete to have their winning piece converted into public art. A public reception with live music will take place Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 P.M. at the Ferndale Area District Library. “The Artist in You” provides students with a unique opportunity to exhibit, market and gain exposure for their creative work at a formative age. Art will remain on display May 14-June 9.

SAT MAY 19 | 5:30-11 PM | 4 RIDGE ROAD
Pleasant Ridge Audtion & Gala
THE PLEASANT RIDGE FOUNDATION PROUDLY PRESENTS the 58th Annual Pleasant Ridge Auction & Gala. This year’s theme is “Back to the 80s.” As always, attendees are welcome to dress to the theme. In addition to providing the opportunity to bid on a large variety of donated items, your ticket allows you to sample fabulous food from Chick-en Shack, dazzling desserts from Treat Dreams, great beer from Axle Brewing Company, and wonderful wines. This year’s Gala will once again include the exciting raffle offering with a Grand Prize of $10,000! The Foundation will put all money raised at the event back into the community to support a variety of activities/projects. Tickets for the event are $40 per person prior to May 14 and $50 after and can be purchased at, City Hall, or at the door the day of the event.

THIS YEAR’S SEVENTH ANNUAL EVENT will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, when volunteers will plant, spruce, paint and clean designated public spaces. Friends, co-workers and family members are encouraged to participate. Please wear blue jeans and t-shirt as you will positively get dirty in the fun. Complimentary hot dogs and refreshments will be provided immediately following the completion of activities.
This year’s volunteer projects will include the planting of flowers at the Veteran’s Memorial and City Hall, sprucing the grounds at the Ferndale Area Public Library, clean-up at city parks and downtown painting projects. On this same day, the DPW (Department of Public Works) and SOCRRA (Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recover y Authority) will have the popular temporary Drop-off Recycling Station, located in the City Hall Parking Lot, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. As an added addition, we are pleased to include Simple Recycling to collect usable clothing and textiles for reprocessing into rags, insulation, and stuffing and the remaining natural materials left for composting. Individuals and groups interested can preregister at:

Tequila Mundo
ULTIMATE FUN PRODUCTIONS AND REAL DETROIT EVENTS are pleased to announce Tequila Mundo on Saturday, May 19 at Royal Oak Farmers Market. This exciting tasting will bring together over 60 distinct varieties of tequila from around the world, across the state, and down the street. It’s a chance to discover and taste specialty cocktails, exotic margarita flavors, agave derived liqueurs, crèmes, and infusions. All guests of Tequila Mundo will receive a commemorative glass for tasting, drink sample tickets, keepsake photo, and live entertainment. So, whether you are a tequila geek, a newcomer to the world of agave, check out Tequila Mundo for the yearly celebration of all things agave!

Spring Perennial Exchange
IF YOU GROW PLANTS, OR SHAKE YOUR HEAD IN WONDER when someone else grows them, head over to the 9th Ferndale Perennial Exchange at Blumz By JRDesigns at 503 E 9 Mile. Ferndale Beautification Commission Chair Robbin Yelverton explained how the “exchange” works, which is: “Bring a plant, take a plant.” Bring your perennials in a labeled container. You will receive tickets to “purchase” other plants. There will be plants for sale as well. All monies help fund other events the Beautification Commission hosts throughout the year. For more info, go to the Ferndale Beautification Commission’s Facebook Events Page.

FernCare Free Clinic 10th Annual Dinner
JOIN US TO CELEBRATE OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY. This dinner is to celebrate the volunteers who make these services possible and a chance for us to say thank you to the donors who felt so many years ago and still feel that FernCare is a valuable resource. The location is lovely and fascinating at the same time. Great views of the water, Canada, the occasional lake freighter and a recently completely renovated museum. Walking into the original men’s smoking room of one of the Great Lakes cruise ships takes your breath away. Did I forget to tell you bring your phone or camera? We plan a strolling dinner based on Detroit ethnic and historic heritage. There will be places to sit and eat, so you don’t have to juggle plates and glasses. A cash beer and wine bar, music throughout and a Silent Auction. The Annual Dinner is one of our largest fundraising efforts. Tickets are $75 per person and include a drink ticket. There could be an additional $11.00 as you come on the island because Belle Isle isa state park and requires either the yearly Recreational Passport that is paid at the time of license renewal or per visit. There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available ranging from$250 to $10,000. Ticket and sponsorship information is on our website, Click on 10th Annual Dinner or purchase dinner tickets and sponsorships by mail: FernCare, 751 E. Nine Mile, Ste.2, Ferndale, 48220. If you have any questions, e-mail Kate Baker, Dinner Chairperson at

100th Anniversary! Memorial Day Observance
ON MONDAY, MAY 28, MARCHERS IN THE ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY PARADE will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the longest continuous observance of the holiday in the state of Michigan. Armed service members from every branch of the military will be honored at the parade, which gets underway at 10:00 AM at the corner of Livernois and West Maplehurst. The focal point of the Memorial Day observance is, as always, the reading of the Honor Roll. The Honor Roll includes the names of service members who died since Memorial Day 2017. Veterans from Ferndale and neighboring communities are recognized during the Honor Roll. “We are encouraging members of the community – businesses as well as residents – to participate as marchers in this momentous occasion,” said Jean Burns, president of the Ferndale Memorial Association, the organization tasked with commemorating the sacrifices of veterans in the city. Participants will take to the streets with veterans, scout troops, school marching bands, dignitaries, service organizations and businesses, as well as Michigan Fallen, which has marked the occasion with placards honoring state residents who have died in overseas conflicts. Some groups decorate floats.  Every group is urged to keep in mind the mission statements: “For Those Who Gave Their All” and “Lest We Forget.” Visit, or call Ms. Burns at 248-595-1187 or Major Stephen Lemelin at 248-648-1457.

A Final Meeting Together With Lee Alan
THOUSANDS OF US USED TO GET TOGETHER EVERY NIGHT ON THE RADIO. What if we could all have one last time together? Not on the radio, In person. You and me. And as many of my friends from all those great days who are still with us as I can get to come. Names you know. Radio-TV people, Music People. One last time. In one place. Memorial Day Afternoon, Monday, May 28th, 3 PM to 6 PM. at the Royal Oak Farmers Market., 316 E Eleven Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067, limited to 500 people. Advance ticket sales only. $20.00 per person. All ticket proceeds to The Royal Oak Historical Society.

Michigan Fallen Foot Float
WE NEED YOUR FEET TO HONOR THE MEN AND WOMEN who lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan War while serving in  a Michigan Military Unit. We have 262 individual posters to carry, flags, banners, and will be introducing a new design to our float, as well, the parade for this years tribute to the family and friends of our Michigan Fallen. We need your feet! Come join in May 28th at Livernois and West Maplehurst. Sign in time 7:30 – 9:30AM. Parade starts at 10:00 AM. Please no clothing that promotes a business, a product, a religious or political issue, or political candidate. We welcome vets to wear hats, as well, volunteers are encouraged to honor this national holiday by wearing red, white, and blue.