Events at the Village

Valentine's Day hasn't always been hearts and roses. Over time it's been many things-- and why not?

It's been around for centuries, starting as an ancient pagan celebration of fertility until the 5th century when Pope Gelasius took over the date to honor Saint Valentine, a priest beheaded in 270 AD for performing Christian marriages.

Even then, the day was not associated with romance until the Middle Ages when poet Geoffry Chaucer linked the day with love in his poem "Parlement of Foules."

For this was on Saint Valentine's day,

When every fowl comes there his mate to take.

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A society obsessed with chivalry and courtly love took this image to heart and the holiday took flight.

The oldest known valentine was written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. His jailer, King Henry V, must have been impressed because he hired his own writer to compose valentines. And from there the holiday just kept growing.

From the handwritten notes friends and lovers exchanged in the 18th century, to the masses of printed cards that are swapped today, Valentine's Day comes second only to Christmas for the number of cards sent. According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine's Day cards will be sent this year. That, my friends, is a lot of love. And who doesn't love love?

But here at The Village we want to share the love beyond cards and chocolates (although those are very nice). We want to see how you spread love and kindness out to the world. Simply post a photo and description of the way you have used the holiday to bring some love and light into the world on the Village Facebook page. Two lucky participants will win a $50 Village gift card as our thanks for making the world a better place.

Did you donate a trunkful of clothes?

Pay in forward in the Starbucks line?

Shovel your neighbors driveway?

Volunteer in the soup kitchen?

Show us your big hears, Rochester Hills, and win!

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Let's have some fun! We are hoping to get a bunch of SELFIES to celebrate loving yourself. It's really simple. Take a selfie, just you, you and a friend, you and some family members or get crazy and randomly choose a stranger...we don't care what you do. But we want to see as many selfies taken at the Village of Rochester Hills as we can. Here's what you do: 1) TAKE A SELFIE at the Village of Rochester Hills. 2) UPLOAD it to Instagram @thevorh 3) Add #loveyourselfie #thevorh 4) All photos must be uploaded by February 14, 2018 to be included in the contest

There will be four chances to win a $25 Village gift card. The four that get the most "Loves" on Instagram will win. 

Easter arrives early in 2018, so mark your calendar to join the Village and The Rainbow Connection as we welcome the bunny on March 24, 2018 at 11am.

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Activites for the day!

  • The Bunny arrives at 11am sharp and will be available for visits until 4pm. Visits with the bunny are always FREE and you bring your own camera.
  • A real-live petting zoo will be onsite (next to Festival Park) from 11am - 1pm. Children may intereact and feed the animals.
  • An interactive, family scavenger egg hunt will take you all around the Village to gather goodies! A donation of $5 per child or a maximum of $15 a family for the event with 100% going to The Rainbow Connection.
  • Join the conversation on our Facebook event page and enjoy photos from past years.
  • Remember this is a community event that is helping to support a great cause in our community. Do not forget to bring your donations along with your ability to have fun!
  • For the rest of the Bunny hours, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

Family Movie Night brought to you by:

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Family Movie Night is back for the sixth year at the Village of Rochester Hills. Cornerstone Community Financial will be bringing you an evening of entertainment and fun for the whole family. And every movie we show is "family friendly." Mark your calendars for this years movie line up. Pack your cars with blankets, lawn chairs and maybe even some board games. Plan to grab dinner at your favorite restaurant in the Village and head to the Carson's parking lot to set up camp for the movie. There will be entertainment, activities, FREE popcorn to the first 500 and even a chance to win at each movie! People start to show up anytime after 7pm, but the movie cannot be shown until the sun goes down...which is normally about 9:15pm. 

Brought to you by Cornerstone Community Financial...again!

June 15, 2018  MOANAWe celebrate Rochester Community School's last day by hosting a Luau!

Moana

"Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island's fishermen can't catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti's heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology."

Our non-profit of Moana's Luau is Blessings in a Backpack. Cost for entrance to the event is a donation of food child (at least one item ber child) or $5 per child ($15 max per family). See list below for most needed items.

  • Granola Bars
  • Single Serving Cereal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Chicken Soup
  • Cans of Ravioli
  • Juice Boxes
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Fruit Cups
  • Rice Krispy Treats

Cornerstone Community Financial will be taking donations the entire month of June! Please feel free to stop in and drop off anytime.

 

 July 20, 2018 The Emoji Movie: We adults might not understand it...but kids sure loved this movie!

Emoji"Inside each smartphone are these small faces and items called Emojis. Every Emoji means something different, but unfortunately, Gene, a so-called "Meh" Emoji, has a problem. He has all the expressions of the faces. Thinking that he is special in his own way, Gene partners up with smart Emo Emoji Jailbreak and classical Hand Emoji Hi-5 across the digital universe through a course of apps looking for the source cloud to reveal Gene's true expression. But with Smiley Face Emoji Smiler sending her bots hot on the friends' trail."

Our non-profit of the evening is

August 17, 2018 CoCo: If you love music, this is the movie to see! We will welcome local talent to entertain starting at 7pm that evening. 

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"Young Miguel simply loves music. But his family has a mysterious ban on anyone from their clan performing music. The ban dates back for many generations yet Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician just like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Longing to prove his musical talents, Miguel finds himself in the technicolor Land of the Dead. Along his way, he meets the charming trickster Hector, and together, they set out to find the real story behind his family's mysterious ban on music."