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Sign-up Now for the 2020 MLK Day of Service

Berkley Schools and the city of Berkley are teaming up with Royal Oak and Royal Oak Schools once again for the MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20.

The event, hosted at Berkley High School, honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a short program in the morning, which has alternated locations between Royal Oak High School and Berkley High School since 2017.

The 2020 celebration will take place at Berkley High School with a breakfast preceding the 8:30 a.m. presentation of short performances and speakers. Beginning around 9 a.m., various on- and off-site volunteer opportunities are available for participants.

Sign up for volunteer opportunities.

Oakland County Directory Cover Art Contest for High School Students Deadline Extended

The deadline for the Oakland County Directory Cover Art Contest has been extended to Jan. 13, giving students time to enjoy their winter break.

Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Lisa Brown previously announced an art contest for high school students residing in Oakland County to design the cover of the 2020 Oakland County Directory.

The theme of this year’s contest is Oakland County’s bicentennial. All high school students residing in Oakland County are eligible to enter by submitting an original work of art depicting the county’s 200th anniversary.

The winner will have their artwork featured on the cover of the 2020 Oakland County Directory and will receive a $500 prize from VIBE Credit Union. Students under age 18 need a parent’s or guardian’s permission to enter. Each entry must be submitted in a medium that can be reproduced, include a short description (up to 300 words) of how the original artwork was created, specify the medium/media used, and the inspiration behind the work.

Entries will be accepted through Jan. 13, at 4 p.m. Entries may be dropped off in person or mailed to Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown, Directory Cover Contest, Elections Division, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Dept. 417, Pontiac, MI 48341. Entries submitted via email will not be accepted.

All entries must include a fully completed entry form, which can be downloaded from, where a complete list of rules is also available.

Use the Library for your E-Reader

Did you get a new e-reader for Christmas? Download Destination from the library
has thousands of e-books and downloadable audiobooks available for your iPad, Kindle, Nook or other devices. Click here to get started.

Did You Know You Can Recycle Your Tree After the Holidays?

Oakland County Parks and Recreation will take Christmas trees at 11 Oakland County Parks. Recycling drop-off sites are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week now through Jan. 26.

There is no charge to drop off trees, but all plastic, tinsel and wire must be removed.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

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