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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:

  • A donation of $5 per child or a maximum of $15 a family for the event with 100% going to The Rainbow Connection.
  • The Bunny arrives at 11am sharp and will be available for visits until 4pm. 
  • 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! This will only run from 11am-noon. You will hunt for eggs and turn eggs in for prizes. Instruction sheets will be passed out with donation. 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

There is no cost to participate in this event, but we do ask for everyone’s support of our partnership with the local, Blessings in a Backpack. We ask that each child in attendance bring a snack or food item to donate to this organization (top 10 list of needed items in discussion below) or a small cash donation on behalf of your family. Let's celebrate "School's Out" and be sure ALL our children have food this summer.

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.

Meet the face behind Oakland County Moms and get a FREE frisbee, plus City Light Church will be passing out ice cream! Be sure to pre-prder your pizza from Kruse and Muer, it's the best pizza around!

 

 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. 

CoCo

"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."

 

 

 

Family Movie Night brought to you by:

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Family Movie Night is September 21st (RESCHEDULED from August 17th ) 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. 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 Northern 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 6pm, but the movie cannot be shown until the sun goes down...which is normally about 8:15pm

There is no cost to participate in this event, but we do ask for everyone’s support of our partnership with the local, Blessings in a Backpack. We ask that each child in attendance bring a snack or food item to donate to this organization (top 10 list of needed items in discussion below) or a small cash donation on behalf of your family. Let's celebrate School being back in session and be sure ALL our children have food this school year.

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

September 21, 2018 CoCo: If you love music, this is the movie to see! We will welcome local talent to entertain starting at 6pm that evening. 

CoCo

"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."

 

 

 

TEST

In partnership with WDIV's Live in the D, the Village is honoring teachers in the Southeast Michigan area. We have partnered with many of the amazing shops and restaurants to come up with one of a kind gifts to share with deserving teachers. Let your favorite teachers know about this contest or you can nominate them by going to Click on Detroi's contest page and entering the contest between September 25th and October 6th. 

heartWhat do teachers have a chance to win? Check out these A+ packages below. We aren't just giving away one, we are giving away eight! 

  1. Lunch Bunch Package: This teacher will win lunch for 40 teachers from Noodles and Company at their school! Plus they will get a $100 gift card from Toyology to enhance their classroom. Value: $400
  2. Beauty & the Beast Package: Whether you feel like a beast or a beauty, Soft Surroundings is going to pamper you with some state of the art skin care products along with a Soft Surroundings $75 gift card. Value: $250
  3. USA Strong Package: Enjoy a Sword & Plough Signature Blue Tote and Moosejaw fun pack Value: $275
  4. Teacher's Dream Package: Every teachers wants fun items to enhance their class, so how about a $250 gift card from Toyology? Value: $250
  5. Crafty Teach Package: Jump on the DIY bandwagon with a personalized classroom sign and a class for you and a friend at AR Workshop-Rochester Hills, plus host a group of 4-6 friends for a creative card making class at Paper Source. Value: $320
  6. Posh Teacher Package: Enjoy a debonair desk set from Pottery Barn along with some charming school supplies from Paper Source that includes coffee mug, cold-hot thermal mug, thank you notes, stickers for planners and a make your own vintage map. Plus you get a $25 Buckle gift card & bracelet along with a $30 Toyology gift card. Value: $220
  7. A mixed Bag Package: Four Seasons of Candles from Yankee Candle, $50 Lane Bryant gift card and necklace, Francescas's leopard trim purse, white scarf, duo belt set and earrings  Value: $300
  8. Artsy Package: Enjoy a Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf and Refresh Hot/Cold Bottle, a Paper Source make your own vintage poster and two signed Alan Foxx penquin prints and original Donna Beaubien purse from the Village Fine Art Gallery and enjoy a $50 gift card to Bravo! And don't forget a $25 gift card from Toyology to brighten your classroom Value: $205 
  9. New Year's SPA Package: Start your new year out right with an Organic Renewal Package from Woodhouse Day Spa Value: $370

Enter your favorite teacher or send them the information to enter themselves!

CLICK HERE!

Fashion "gets real" when the leaves begin to change. Men, women and children upgrade and increase their wardrobe to brace themselves for Michigan's change of season. For many, autumn is their favorite time to shop and fashion becomes a highlight. Whether you look to add this years hottest trends or simply add a couple new pieces to your current stash of cold weather stitches, the Village of Rochester Hills has what you are looking for... but that is not enough. We like to party and have fun. We want to celebrate the fall fashion season with you! September 23 and 24 the Village will be hosting the Fall Fashion weekend. Yes, all weekend long we will be celebrating and enjoying the brisk fresh air. Join in on the conversation on our Facebook event page!

Entertainment Schedule:

Saturday, September 23rd

home banner fallGazabo in Festival Park

12:30-2:30pm Oakland Area Saxophone Ensemble

4:00-5:00pm Motor City Irish Dancers

6:00-8:00pm Alvorada America

 

 

Sunday, September 24th

Gazebo in Festival Park

12:00-2:00pm Kinsey Jones

3:00-6:00pm Alfie Jean & Fella Jack

 

 

 Saturday, September 23rd

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 Fountain Park

11:00-11:45am Lia K. Catallo

12:00-12:45pm Zoe Nygaard

1:00-2:00pm Chris Tavernier

2:30-3:30pm Chloe Teodoridis

4:00-5:00pm Stuart Benbow

 

 ** Come out and support these artists and be sure to give a tip to show your support

FOOD TRUCKS:

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Fortune Cooking  Saturday 12-8pm and Sunday 12-6pm (in front of Yankee Candle on Village Main)

Nosh Pit Detroit  Sunday 12-6pm (in front of Moosejaw)