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City Hall Open House | Saturday Oct 19 1pm to 4pm

Come and enjoy the Royal Oak Historical Society displays of memorabilia and photos from decades past of city hall in action. Take an up close and personal tour of city hall behind the scenes  including the city commission chambers (your photo at the "horse shoe"); former judges chamber; conference room and more.  

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Dances with Wolves FREE Event  | Oct 19 11am - 12:30pm

FREE EVENT: The Eisenhower Dance Detroit and the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings will use contemporary dance and music to bring Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic fairy tale, “Peter and the Wolf,” to life on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Oakland Community College’s Royal Oak campus. This free event is sponsored by OCC and the DIA.

This unique, fun experience for the whole family includes dance and musical performances as well as special hands-on “Musical Petting Zoo” for children to explore instruments, take part in a participatory exercise and meet the company dancers.

The Dances with Wolves event will be held in the Lila Jones-Johnson Theatre on OCC’s Royal Oak Campus, 739 S. Washington Ave., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free parking is located across the street from the campus in OCC’s parking structures.
To register for the free event, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/peter-and-the-wolf-tickets-74979185763
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                  Restaurant Week Begins October 18th                   More Than 20 Royal Oak Restaurants Participating!

Over 20 of downtown Royal Oak's top restaurants will be offering 3-course lunch and dinner menus from $15 to $35 a person.

Participating Locations: 526 Main, Ale Mary's Beer Hall Royal Oak, Bar Louie, Bigalora Pizza, Café Muse, D'Amato's, Diamonds Steak & Seafood-Royal Oak, Fifth Avenue Royal Oak, Diamond Jim Brady's, Jolly Pumpkin Restaurant and Taphouse, Lily's Seafood Grill & Brewery, Le Crepe Royal Oak, Lockhart's BBQ - Royal Oak, Mesa Tacos and Tequila, Mr. B's Gastropub, Oak City Grille, Pinky's Rooftop, Rock on Third, Royal Oak Taphouse, Royal Oak Brewery, Smoky's Royal Oak Bar & Bistro, Trattoria Da Luigi, and Toms Oyster Bar Royal Oak.

Plus enjoy a Tito's Handmade Vodka Pink Drink, part of Pink Out! Royal Oak, a month of activities to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer through the American Cancer Society.

Share Your Ideas to Improve Age-Friendliness in RO!

The Royal Oak Senior Task Force is conducting focus group sessions. It's your chance to provide feedback on topics such as transportation, housing, outdoor spaces, communication, and health services.

The focus group will be held:

Thursday, Oct 24, 6-9 pm
First Congregational Church
1314 Northwood

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Spooktacular Haunts the Downtown October 27th

The 36th Annual Royal Oak Spooktacular will be taking place in Downtown Royal Oak on Sunday, Oct 27.

??SPOOKY PASS HOLDERS will receive at check in, trick to treat bag, map, clues to the Community Choice Credit Union Treasure Hunt, Spooky Pass that will grant you access to the bounce houses, Blake's Cider Mill cider & donut, pick a pie pumpkin out of the Blake's pumpkin patch, photo at the photo booth and games. This area will be open from 12 noon - 6p.m. (make sure you check in by 3p.m.)

??The FREE Trick or Treating event will be taking place between 1-4p.m. in Downtown Royal Oak. There are 35 + businesses who are participating. The businesses have numbers on their windows, there will be directional signage and crossing guards helping you along the way. If the footprint is too large for your little one, please feel free to take short cuts, but go in the same direction as everyone else. Make sure you use the cross walks.

??SPOOKY PASS HOLDERS. Please print your tickets in advance, this will make the line move faster. If you can't print your passes, have them ready to scan on your smart phone. If you can't find your pass, check your spam folder. We can also look up your tickets at check in, but you need to show your ID. CHECK IN is at Washington and Fifth Ave. You can check in at 12 noon, but must be checked in no later than 3p.m.

?? Spooky Passes are still available, you can purchase them on line at www.SpookyRoyalOak.com until 10 a.m., Sunday, Oct 27 for $10. Spooky Pass will be available at Washington and Fifth Ave, starting at 12 noon for $15. Cash only. While Supplies last.

??The Monster Mash Dance Party from 12 noon - 6p.m. on Washington.

??The event is rain or shine.

??Parking is free on Sundays. Click here for more parking info: https://www.romi.gov/1316/Parking


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Leaf Pick Up - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know! Begins Monday October 28

The City Needs Your Help For A Smooth Leaf Collection

The large number of trees in Royal Oak make the fall leaf collection a major task; to make it happen the City uses 13 dump trucks, two sweepers and a front-end loader with an attached clam bucket.  Crews work long hours to cover the 212 miles of streets twice during the 6 week pick-up season.

The City has to wait until late October to begin the process to make sure most of the leaves are down, unfortunately Mother Nature doesn't cooperate some years. Also, the City starts at a different end of the City each year as a matter of fairness.

No Street Parking

Royal Oak will post signs in neighborhood streets, just off of major thoroughfares, notifying residents that leaf pick-up will be in the neighborhood the following day. The signs ask residents to park cars off the street because cars in the street can slow down the trucks and make it impossible to pick-up leaves in front of the residence where the car is parked.

"It's important to be considerate of your neighbors," said Greg Rassel, Director of Public Service. "A parked car left out front doesn't just affect one house, the trucks have to go around and sometimes they also can't pick-up neighbors' leaves." Temporary no-parking signs (limit 2) are available at the Department of Public Service (DPS), 1600 North Campbell Road (located on the East side of Campbell, just South of 12 Mile Rd) M - F 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The signs are not enforceable but may help remind people to park off the street.


Schedules are available at the Department of Public Service, cable channel 17 on Comcast or channel 10 on WOW, the Insight magazine and on the City’s website. Information is also available by calling the DPS during regular business hours, M - F, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (248) 246-3300 select option 2, then option 1.

Please Help - Only Put Leaves Out!!

Just as important as keeping cars off the streets on leaf pick-up days is removing sticks, rocks, pieces of wood and other hard objects from leaf piles because they can damage propellers in the leaf vacuums which could cause downtime thus delaying leaf pick-up.

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Thursday are Live Music Night in Royal Oak! 

Royal Oak is Live Music Town! Thursday nights. Jazz Goodnite Gracie. Open Mic Goldfish Tea. Dueling Pianos 526 Main and so much more! Come groove with us! Oak City Grille, Royal Oak Music Theatre, so much more! #thingstodoinroyaloak — at Downtown Royal Oak, Royal Oak.

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On-Street and Surface Lot Handicap Parking Free Through February Throughout Downtown Royal Oak

Parking for disabled persons is now free in many areas in Downtown Royal Oak through February 2020.

The free parking is being offered at nearly two dozen recently added on-street handicap spots and all surface lots. (Normal parking rates apply at all city-owned parking structures.)

The locations of the on-street handicap parking spaces -- located on Washington Ave, Center St. and Seventh St. -- were selected to minimize the distance to the nearest ramp or dropped curb, and to provide a safe aisle adjacent to the parking space.

It should be noted that the new handicap spots are not necessarily ADA compliant as the roadway pavement may exceed 2 percent in some areas. However, for a retrofit of existing parking areas, the selected locations are appropriate.

The following link contains a document that shows the locations for the new handicap parking spaces within the angled parking zones of downtown Royal Oak.
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Farmers Market

Free Valet at the Farmers Market

Buying a LOT today?  You don't have to carry your plants and produce back and forth to the car - just take advantage of the free valet, strolling shopping baskets and curbside loading when shopping for farm fresh finds at the Royal Oak Farmers Market this and every Saturday.

30 Minute Parking

30-Minute Parking on Main Street

For quick stops downtown, Royal Oak implemented a pilot program for 30-minute parking spaces, to allow for faster, more convenient short-term parking, including food delivery, in the downtown area in December 2018. The program includes five designated parking spaces with 30-minute meters along Main Street between 11 Mile Road and Fourth Street, located near Diamonds Steak and Seafood, Bruegger’s Bagels, Starbucks, FedEx Office Print & Ship Center and Verizon Wireless. 

The 30-minute meters have designated signage and take coins or credit card payment via ParkMobile. The cost is 50 cents for 30 minutes.


Residential Lock Boxes Available at the Fire Department

When a person living alone calls 911 and is unable to open the door, firefighters must break through a door or a window causing costly damage to the person's home and wasting valuable time.
The Royal Oak Fire Department’s residential lockbox program is designed to get quick access to adults living in their own homes during medical emergencies -- especially senior citizens.
When you suffer a fall, stroke or heart attack, every second counts. The lockbox -- which contains a key to your home -- reduces the likelihood of property damage caused by first responders forcing entry into your home in response to an emergency call.

The lockbox program is open to all Royal Oak residents who either live alone or are left alone on a regular basis and have a condition which may result in the need for immediate assistance due to being incapacitated or unconscious. This includes the elderly, physically handicapped or residents recovering from a major injury or surgery.
For more information, go to https://www.romi.gov/1271/FAQ-Residential-Lockbox

Police Department Update

Residents can find the most recent police reports on the city's website at http://romi.gov/963/Press-Releases

Citizens are also encouraged to sign up for crime alerts at crimemapping.com. Crime Mapping's goal is to assist police departments in reducing crime through a better-informed citizenry.

Sign up for public safety alerts from the police using Civic Ready. Click here to subscribe.

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City Clerk's Office Offers Online Services
Including No Reason Absentee Voting

The city clerk's office is pleased to announce several new services available online!!! 

Permanent Absentee Voting

With the passage of Proposal 3 last November, you no longer need a reason to vote by absentee.  If you would like to sign up now to be on our permanent absentee list, please go to our link located at https://royaloakmi.seamlessdocs.com/f/permanentabsenteelist

Birth Certificates

Stay at home and enjoy your new bundle of joy and request your birth certificate online!  


Dog Licenses and Mark Twain Dog Park Passes

We have your canine companion's needs all covered, new or renew your dog licenses and interested in a play date at Mark Twain Park?  Get your dog park passes online too.  

Death Certificates

It is a difficult time but you will need copies of the death certificate. We can make it  a little easier by saving the trip to city hall.  

Residential Street Zoned Permit Parking 

You can obtain a parking permit which allows the vehicle to only park on residential streets which are designated as permit parking zones. The parking permit allows the vehicle to park only during the times posted in the permit parking zone on the street for which they were issued.


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 Library Events

There is always something interesting and exciting happening at the Royal Oak Public Library. Go to ropl,org to learn more.

Library hours are: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (September through June only)

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Work for the City of Royal Oak

Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Royal Oak.
To browse through available opportunities go to: romi.gov/jobs


'Like Us' on Facebook

Want to know what's happening in Royal Oak?
Join thousands of your neighbors on the city's official Facebook page and get daily posts about the things that matter in our hometown.
Like us today at: https://www.facebook.com/Royal-Oak-MI-City-Hall-157871554266952

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Senior Times Newsletter

The City of Royal Oak offers mature adults opportunities for lifelong education, fitness, nutrition and leisure activities.

Click here for the latest news and information from the Mahany/ Meininger Community Center. 

Mobile App

City Launches Mobile App

The City of Royal Oak has a new mobile app! Find out what's happening, get meeting agendas, discover employment opportunities within the city and more.

Download the app at these locations:

Apple Store 
Google Play Store

Support Local Service Clubs & Organizations

Royal Oak service clubs support our public schools, local history, nature, senior citizens, young people, veterans and more. To learn more about Royal Oak service clubs go to www.romi.gov/interclub.

Pay Online

Make Convenient Online Payments

Did you know you can make online payments for property taxes and utility bills?

Go to http://romi.gov/868/Online-Payments to learn more.

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