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Loans Available for Home Repairs

Zero-interest loans and grants of up to $10,000 are available through the city’s Housing Office to help qualified homeowners repair their homes.

The Home Improvement Program is intended to maintain and improve the city’s neighborhoods by helping low- and moderate-income homeowners make necessary repairs.

Eligible applicants must be the owner and occupant of a single-family home in the City of Royal Oak with a household income within the established guidelines. Interested? Contact Debbie Murray at 248-246-3292.

Come On and Take a Free Ride! Skoop INC is Coming to Royal Oak This Summer

With free parking every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting June 6 in all four downtown structures, and Skoop starting up, there’s no such thing as a bad parking spot in Royal Oak.

The private pedicab service, Skoop, will give free rides in downtown during the free parking promotion. Three pedicabs will operate in June on Thursdays from 5 to 11 p.m.; Fridays from 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. then 6 p.m. to midnight; and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

Superheroes Invited to Walk for Miracles at Detroit Zoo

Superheroes of all ages are invited to Beaumont Children’s “Walk for Miracles” at the Detroit Zoo, Saturday, June 15.

On-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The walk starts at 8:15 a.m. All proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network programming at Beaumont Children’s.

Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero or fantasy character. Children will meet Super Beau, the Beaumont Children’s mascot bear, and other popular fairytale and comic book heroes. Each child will receive a superhero cape. Walkers will also have the opportunity to meet former Detroit Red Wing defenseman Jason Woolley.

Breakfast and refreshments are included with each walk registration.

Walkers must register for the event and make a minimum donation: $20 per adult and $5 per child, ages 3 to 14. Children 2 and under are free. Walk registration also includes same-day family admission to the Detroit Zoo. Additional fundraising is encouraged. Visit to register in advance.

Business Leadership Training Available from Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center

Oakland County business owners interested in improving their leadership skills are encouraged to enroll in Oakland County “Business of Leadership” classes.

The Business of Leadership classes begin in August and are designed to address the special demands faced during the growth stage of a successful business. Effective leadership improves employee morale, customer satisfaction, product/service quality and profitability. As small businesses grow, more advanced leadership skills are required to manage progress and rapid change.

Classes are offered in two cohort models. The first is aimed at manager-level participants who supervise at least two people. This class meets once a week for six weeks, starting Aug. 9.

The second is for C-suite level employees, primarily CEOs and business owners. It starts Oct. 18 and runs for five weeks. A broad range of topics will be covered, including situational leadership, leading with personality style, leading with emotional intelligence, effective communication skills for managers, problem solving and making effective decisions.

The Business of Leadership courses are taught by One Stop Shop Business Center business counselors and Oakland County human resources professionals. Both the manager level and C-suite level cohort courses are limited to 20 people per class. The enrollment fee is $500, with a $100 discount available for early registrants if paid two weeks or more in advance. Classes are expected to fill quickly. Register at

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor
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