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Teen Animanga Club

We may not know the difference. You may not know the difference, but apparently anime and manga are poppin, sick and smackin to your teen (that’s good, we think). At any rate, they’re invited to the library for a monthly celebration of all things anime and manga. They can watch movie clips, sketch, and review trivia. Activities change monthly. Themed snacks provided. The next meeting is Thursday, February 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Public Library. Registration is requested. For more information, call Jessica Remington at 248.246.3736 or email

Celebrate Royal Oak

The Royal Oak Schools foundation provides funding to support special school initiatives. You can help by eating, drinking and making merry at Celebrate Royal Oak, an extravaganza of food, beer and wine, which will be at the Mirepoix cooking school above the Royal Oak Holiday Market on Friday, February 8, from 7 to 10 pm. The event features wine and beer selections from Holiday Market, a walking buffet of fine foods and desserts, and a charity raffle. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at

Coffee House Fundraiser for Starr Warming Center

Hazzan Steve Klaper will lead an evening of music, food and fun on Saturday, February 9, from 7 to 10 pm to support the warming center at Starr Presbyterian Church. The coffee house will be at the Starr Presbyterian building on the SW corner of 13 Mile and Crooks. Klaper, one of the leaders of the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace is a Jewish troubadour, ordained cantor, and a maggid, which is a spiritual storyteller and preacher. He draws on his Orthodox Jewish roots and over 40 years as a professional musician, to share mystical chants and melodies, sacred tales and wisdom from a variety of traditions and to entertain folks of all backgrounds.

Preschool and Child Care Directory

The Royal Oak Public Library is pleased to present the 20th annual Royal Oak Area Preschool and Child Care Directory. The 2019 Royal Oak Area Preschool and Child Care Directory provides information on over 40 area facilities which includes area preschools, child care programs, K-8, educational approaches, special needs programs and specialty programs. For useful information about how to choose a child care provider, go to and click on “Parent Resources.” For questions about this directory, call Amy Howes, Youth Services Librarian, Royal Oak Public Library at 248.246.3731 or email

Everything you Ever Wanted to Know About Potholes

Where do potholes come from?

Potholes develop when snow or rain seep into the soil below the road surface.  When the temperature drops, the water freezes, expanding and pushing the pavement up.  When the weather changes and temperatures rise, the soil returns to normal levels, but the pavement often remains raised, creating a gap between the street and soil beneath.  When vehicles drive over those gaps, the pavement cracks and falls into the hollow space, creating another pothole.

Why hasn’t the pothole on your street gotten filled yet?

Rather than crisscrossing the city responding to individual complaints, Royal Oak’s Department of Public Service crews systematically work their way down streets filling every pothole. This approach is a more efficient use of staff and equipment.  However, if a pothole is very large or if the location is determined by the police department to require immediate attention, they may respond immediately.

How can you report a pothole?
The best way to report a pothole is to use the city’s online Report a Concern form. Reports are forwarded to the DPS, a work order is created, and barring any other weather events, the repair is made within 24 hours.

Beth Robinson

Beth Robinson

City News Editor

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