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Orion Center
1335 Joslyn Road
Lake Orion, Michigan 48360

Community Programs Phone
248-391-0304 ext. 305
 
Rentals Phone
248-391-0304 ext. 306

Community Programs Fax 
248-391-0332

Contact E-mail 
parksrec@oriontownship.org


Click here to register online

Special Events
imgSummer Sizzle- July 28
Summer Sizzle- July 28
imgBarn Daze- September 17
Barn Daze- September 17
imgMade in the Mitten- October 1
Made in the Mitten- October 1
imgBig Rig Gig- August 5
Big Rig Gig- August 5
imgIndoor Community Garage Sale- September 23
Indoor Community Garage Sale- September 23
imgDragon Dash
Dragon Dash
Big Rig Gig

Big kids, little kids, and kids at heart, load up the family for an unforgettable experience.  Experience dozens of trucks, tractors, diggers, dozers, buckets and back-loaders first hand.  Forget about dinner, concessions will be available for purchase.  Enjoy the movie Star Wars- The Force Awakens outdoors with Park-It.  Load up the entire family, Come Early, Stay Late and don’t forget the camera and the lawn chairs!  Movie starts at 8:30 pm.

Day(s)   Date(s)   Time   Age

F

  Aug 5   5:00-9:00 pm   All
Location:       Friendship Park, 3380 Clarkston Rd 
Fee:      $5 per car

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Camp Challenge Trail Run

Lace up your trail shoes and hit the hills, and valleys, the gravel, mud and wooded areas of Orion Township's newest green space, Camp Agawam. Located in the heart of Orion Township, this beautiful and scenic 5K run will push you  to the limits of your endurance as you traverse all types of terrain. Accept the challenge and register today for an unforgettable experience! Registration opens at 7:30 am on race day. Race starts at 9:00 am. 
Code   Day(s)   Date(s)   Time
TBD   Sa    Oct 15    9:00 am 

Location:       Camp Agawam, 1301 W. Clarkston Rd, Alberici Lodge
Fee:       $24, Includes shirt, must be ordered before Sep 10
       $15, race only
       $10, Student discount (under 18), does not include a shirt

Click here to register online

Bunny Bop

Spring is in the air!  Hop on over to the Orion Center for a photo visit with a special bunny, refreshments, craft projects an egg hunt with toys and candy stuffed eggs and a few other surprises.  Bring your own basket for filling with candy and prizes. Youth will be broken down by age for equal opportunity hunting for all.  Pre-registration required, spaces are limited!  Egg hunt will be held indoors in the event of inclement weather.  Don't forget your camera!  Walgreens will be on site to capture the moment, optional photo purchase available.  Children in carries and adults with registered participant are free.

 Code Day(s)     Date(s)     Time
 2500.170

Sa

    CANCELLED     10:00-11:00 am
 2500.171    Sa     CANCELLED     11:30-12:30 pm

Location: 

   Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd
Fee:    $10
Closet Clean-out Garage Sale

Indoor Community Garage Sale

Your favorite community garage sale has moved indoors!  The kids finally back in school and the house is empty, it’s time to clear out the clutter!  Stay warm and dry indoors, bring it in, use our space to sell, sell, sell. Don’t worry about the weather, making signs, putting them out or people parking on your grass. We do all the work for you!  Household items only, no wholesalers/businesses please. We supply the table, chair and advertising.  All merchandise is limited to your table so be sure to purchase adequate space! Any unsold merchandise must be removed at conclusion of the sale by the owner. Vendor set up opens at 8:30 am.  Spaces are limited.  Parking and Admission is FREE!

Code        Day(s)         Date(s)        Time
2000.404       F         Sep 23           10:00-2:00 pm
        
Location:       Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Road
Seller Fee:      $12 per 6 ft. tablespace

Annual Community Outdoor Garage Sale & Recycle Event

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure! Find new treasures or sell a few of your own at Orion Township's largest Outdoor Annual Garage Sale. Why drive from house to house dragging your kids in and out of the car, wasting valuable time and resources? Drive to one location and see it all. No entrance fee for shoppers- it's FREE! Sellers must pre-register, space are limited. Watch for details on our recycling event to include Shred-It, batteries, light bulbs, working cell phones, eyeglasses & hearing aids! *Drop Shred-It materials from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

Code        Day(s)        Date(s)        Time 
 TBD       Sa     TBD       10:00 am-2:00 pm 

Location:       Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd
Seller Fee:      Parking Lot Space $15

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Concerts in the Park at Wildwood

No matter what your taste in music you'll be sure to find a performance to enjoy.  Pick up dinner, grab your lawn chair and a blanket, gather up your family and friends and join us for an evening of FREE music on the hill at Wildwood of Orion Township.  Rain site is the Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Road.  Call the weather hotline for program cancellations/changes at 248.393.7040.

Shows begin at 7:00- 8:30 pm

Location: 

Wildwood of Orion, 2700 Joslyn Court

Tuesday, June 28-  North Oakland Concert Band

Tuesday, July 5- First Baptist Church of Lake Orion

Tuesday, July 12- Lake Orion Bands

Tuesday, July 19- North Oakland Dixieland Band

Tuesday, July 26- Roy Rouse as Elvis

Tuesday, August 2- Rich Eddy's Rockin Oldies Band

Senior Living Expo

Senior Living Expo and Health Screenings, new vendors, and much more! As the largest segment of Michigan's adult population continues to age questions regarding retirement, housing issues, financial security, and healthcare are on the minds of many seniors and their families. The information is priceless and the giveaways are many.   


  Day    Date    Time    Age 

 W

  Aug 24   11:00-3:00   All
Location:       Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd
Fee:      Free

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Summer Sizzle

Celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of the Orion Center!  Heat up your summer with a mini family staycation right here in Orion Township.  Your kids will love the carnival games, face painting, bounce house, balloons, grilled hot dogs and much more without breaking the bank to get there!   All of this family fun is free for everyone, a staycation that SIZZLES!   

Day(s)    Date(s)    Time 

Th

  Jul 28   5:00-7:00 pm 
Location:        Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd
Fee:       Free

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5K Dragon Dash
Join Orion Township Parks & Recreation as they present the 20th Annual 5K Dragon Dash.  All runners are welcome.  Whether you run, walk or stroll, come out and enjoy the pleasant scenery along beautiful Polly Ann Trail in Orion Township.

                                                                                                

   Day(s)     Date(s)    Time      Age
   Su TBD   9:00-10:30 am      All


Runner Check:  7:30-8:45 am
Race Day Registration:  7:30-8:45 am
Race Starts:  9:00 am
Awards: 10:00 am
Divisions: 13 & under, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+


Race Shirt:  Shirts in limited sizes and amounts will be available on race day.
Cost: $24, Includes shirt if ordered before April 15. Shirts can be picked up after May 8
  $15, race only, does not include shirt 
  $10, student discount (under 18), does not include a shirt, not available online


Results Race will be computer scored and posted at www.oriontownship.org. Want the race results in a hurry? Include your email address with your registration and results will be promptly emailed to you.  


Click here for the Registration Form



2016 Race Results:  http://www.runmichigan.com/r_view.php?id=29393

Link to Race Route: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6299507

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Native Plants for your Yard and Water Quality
Join Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) and learn how to help improve and protect water quality while supporting our native species of southeast Michigan. CRWC will provide an overview of the Clinton River and its watershed, the current water quality issues that it faces, and ways individual homeowners and communities can design their gardens and landscaping to help improve the health and quality of the watershed. This presentation includes lots of free handouts with information on how to choose what to plant, where to find native plants, and several key native species to keep an eye out for. 
   Day    Date    Time     Age
 

 Th

  Aug 18   6:30 pm   16+

Location:          Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Road

Fee:                  FREE

Adaptive Dance
Special need and individuals with disabilities ages 15+ and older are invited to an evening of music, dancing, and light refreshments at the Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd in Orion Township. Pre-registration preferred, walk-ins are welcome.  Chaperones are free.  
Code    Day(s)    Date(s)    Time     Age 
2100.220    Th    Aug 25    6:00-8:00 pm    15+
      M   Nov 14    6:00-8:00 pm    15+

Location:          Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Road

Fee:                   $8

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Barn Daze
It’s a family tradition in Orion Township!  Enjoy the changing colors this fall by bringing the family out for a good ol’ time in Orion Township.  Plenty of activities planned for the entire family including:  hay wagon rides, pony rides, petting farm, carnival games, inflatable bouncer (socks required), and much more fun for everyone! 
Day(s)    Date(s)    Time 
Sa   Sep 17   11:00 am-5:00 pm 

Location:          Friendship Park

Fee:                   $5 per vehicle

Made in the Mitten Art & Craft Show
#Buy Nearby and Shop Local! Start your holiday shopping early with one of a kind, unique arts and craft show featuring distinctive and classic Made in Michigan products, made by Michiganders for Michiganders!  Find exclusive holiday, birthday or just because gifts for yourself and your friends & family!  Vendors will be throughout the Orion Center with everything from one of a kind, hand-made jewelry, clothing and home décor.  Interested vendors can contact Jennifer Vezina at jvezina@oriontownship.org or 248.391.0304 Ext 303 for details.  Only hand made products will be considered.
 Day   Date   Time 
 Sa   Oct 1   10:00 am-6:00 pm

Location:          Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Road

Fee:                Free for shoppers


Click here for the Application Form

Inside/Out DIA Grant

In November of 2015, Orion Township Community Programs was awarded the Inside Out DIA Grant! Sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This grant brings high quality reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA's collection to outdoor venues throughout metro Detroit, including Orion Township, Oxford Township and Romeo. This grant will include the installation of seven reproduced works of art to seven different outdoor locations in Orion Township. These locations are; the Orion Township Public Library, the Orion Center, the Polly Ann Trail, Camp Agawam, Orion Oaks Dog Park, Friendship Park and Wildwood Pavilion. Installation will be completed in the Spring and the pieces will remain on loan until early Fall 2016.

DIA Family Bus Trip

Visit the DIA exhibit: The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip

Code    Day(s)   Date(s)   Time   Age
 1780.301   F   Aug 19   5:30-9:00 pm   8+

Location:       Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd
Fee:      $5

DIA Biking Tour

Visit 6 of the 7 DIA Exhibits on loan and displayed in Orion Township. Travel safely using the safety path and Pollyann Trail to visit: Wildwood, Pollyann Trail, the Orion Center, Orion Oaks Dog Park, Orion Township Public Library, and Friendship Park. It is recommended that participants wear appropriate safety gear while biking and be age 10+.

Code    Day(s)   Date(s)   Time   Age
 1780.302   F    Aug 19   1:00-3:00 pm   10+

Location:       Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd
Fee:      $3

DIA Inside Out Tour of Lake Orion Sites and Lunch

Visit DIA works of art on display in Lake Orion at Friendship Park, Orion Township Public Library, Camp Agawam, Orion Center, Orion Oaks Dog Park, Wildwood Amphitheater and Pollyann Trail. Have lunch at the C Pub at Canterbury Village. Enjoy an outdoor cultural tour of our artwork from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Lunch at your cost. The bus will be leaving the Orion Center at 10:00 am. Membership and registration required. 

Code    Day(s)   Date(s)   Time   Age
 7010.301   Th   Aug 18   10:00 am-2:00 pm   50+

Location      Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd
Fee:      $10

DIA Inside Out Tour of Oxford Sites and Lunch

Visit DIA works of art on display in Oxford in their community in the parks, village, library and other sites. Have lunch at Red Knapp's American Grill. Get some culture by viewing these different works of art as we walk and travel throughout the town. Lunch at your cost. The bus will be leaving the Orion Center at 10:00 am. Membership and registration required. 

Code    Day(s)   Date(s)   Time   Age
7010.302    Th   Sep 15    10:00 am-2:00 pm    50+

Location:       Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd
Fee:      $10

DIA Inside Out Tour of Romeo Sites and Lunch

Visit DIA works of art on display in Romeo in their community in the parks, village, library and other sites. Have lunch at Thee Office Pub. Get some culture by viewing these different works of art as we walk and travel throughout the town. Lunch at your cost. The bus will be leaving the Orion Center at 10:00 am. Membership and registration required. 

Code    Day(s)   Date(s)   Time   Age
 7010.300   Th   Oct 13   10:00 am-2:00 pm   50+

Location:       Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd
Fee:       $10

Special DIA Inside Out Senior Bus Trip

Visit the DIA exhibit: The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Bring a friend and share your stories of your Open Road adventures. Membership and registration required. 

Code    Day(s)   Date(s)   Time   Age
7010.309    Th   Oct 20   9:00 am-4:00 pm   50+

Location:       Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd
Fee:      $5

DIA Speaker and Luncheon Series

Come to the Orion Center for a speaker from the Detroit Institute of Arts talking about the works on display at the DIA. You will have lunch and listen to a speaker on the topics listed below. Each date will require advance registration one week prior to the date and will cast $6 per person per talk.

Code    Day(s)   Date(s)   Time   Age   Topic 
7010.303    W    Jul 6   12:00-3:00 pm   50+   DIA: The Essentials
7010.304   W   Aug 3   12:00-3:00 pm   50+   Your DIA
7010.305   W   Sep 7   12:00-3:00 pm   50+   Through Her Eyes: Women Artist
7010.306   W   Oct 5   12:00-3:00 pm   50+   Ordinary People by Extraordinary Artist: Degas, Renoir & Friends
7010.307    W   Nov 2   12:00-3:00 pm   50+   Picturing Music

Location:     Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd
Fee:      $6

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Sunset Paddle

Bring Your Own Kayak to Tommy's Lake and join us for our first annual Sunset Paddle! Canoes are welcome, bug spray is recommended and lifejackets are required. Anyone under the age of 13 must be in direct supervision (in the same boat) with anadult 18 or older. Gas/electric motors are not permitted at this event. Pre-registration required.

Code    Day(s)   Date(s)   Time   Age
2000.320    F   Aug 12   7:45-9:00 pm   5+


Location:       Camp Agawam, 1301 W. Clarkston Rd, Boat Launch
Fee:      $5 per Kayak/Canoe


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Scrapbooking Crop

Baby it's cold outside so stay indoors and join us for out second annual 12 hour Scrapbooking Crop and crop until you drop! 

Registration fee includes: 6ft tables, continental breakfast, box lunch and Mediterranean cuisine. Snacks and drinks will be available all day in the spacious and well lit Orion Center. Door prizes and raffles with event partner Scraping Paws. 

Code      Day(s)     Date(s)     Time     Age
2000.411      Sa     Oct 22     9:00 am-9:00 pm     12+

Location:      Orion Center, Banquet Rooms
Fee:     $45 

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Blow Your Own Ornament Workshop

Come to the Oxford Glass Studio and help the glassblower, Dave Hilty, create a one-of-a-kind heirloom ornament for yourself or a gift. Pine Lake Glassworks is offering children and adults from age 5 to 105, the rare opportunity to blow glass this holiday season. We will show you how ornaments are made. You will choose your ornament style, colors and actually assist the glassblower in the entire process! Let us do all the hard-work for you allowing you to have all the fun, doing the actual "blowing" earning yourself the title of a "glassblower" by the completion of the class. Your unique to you ornament will be available or pick up or shipping the following day. No experience necessary- beginners are welcome! Appointment times are 20 minutes each and fill quickly. Register in person at the Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd to choose your personal appointment. Cash, check or money orders are accepted. On-line registration is not accepted for this program.

Code    Day(s)   Date(s)    Time   Age
 1790.400   Nov 26, Dec 3 & 10   Sa   9:00 am- 12:00 pm   5+
 1790.401   Nov 29 & Dec 6   Tu   6:30- 8:30 pm   5+

Location:  Pine Lake Glassworks Studio, 1040 S Coats Rd Oxford 48371
 Fee: $40


Boo Bash

Join us for an evening of Halloween fun, including cider and donuts, hay wagon rides, trick-or-treat street, crafts, carnival games and much more! Pre-registration is required, spaces are limited. Infants in carriers are free with registered sibling. Don't forget your camera, costume, flashlight and a trick-or-treat bag for all of your goodies! Walgreens will be on site taking photos in front of a festive fall-themed background. All families will receive 1 free 4X6 print and will have the option of purchasing a photo package. 

Code    Day(s)   Date(s)   Time   Age
2080.401   F   Oct 14   6:30-8:30 pm   1-8
Location:      Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd
Fee:     $11

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Pumpkin Carving Party

Still need to carve your jack-o-lanterns, roast your pumpkin seeds, and decorate your yard for the autumn season? Save time and stress with our Pumpkin Carving Party! Don't like making a mess in your house? Come and make a mess at the Orion Center, hang out with friends and neighbors, or make some new friends while you carve away and we clean up the pumpkin goo! BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin). Don't forget to bring a container for your pumpkin seeds if you plan on roasting them at home. All tools needed for this activity will be provided, including knives, scoops, and carving templates. Pre-registration required. 

Code    Day(s)   Date(s)   Time   Age

  Th   Oct 20   6:30-8:30 pm   1-8
Location:    Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd
Fee:   $8, per family

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Breakfast with the Grinch

The holiday season is here! Come to the Orion Center to enjoy breakfast with the Grinch. Participants will enjoy a delicious breakfast of green eggs and ham. Have your picture taken with the Grinch and sit back while you enjoy the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Santa may also be stopping by for a visit. Remember to bring your camera for a photo opportunity you don't want to miss. Infants in carriers are free with a registered participant. Walgreens will be on site taking photos in front of a festive background. All families will receive 1 free 4X6 print and will have the option of purchasing a photo package. 

Code    Day(s)   Date(s)   Time    Age
     Sa   Dec 3   11:00 am-1:00 pm   1-8
Location:    Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd
Fee:   $15

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Festive Family Photos with your Furry Friends

With the holidays right around the corner, the pressure is on for you to come up with the perfect family photo for your Christmas card! Come on in to the beautifully decorated Orion Center with your whole family, family pet included. Dogs and cats only and must be leashed or caged during transportation into and out of the building. bring your tri-pod and camera with self-timer. Stop in at any time during the hours listed. 

Day(s)    Date(s)   Time     
M & Th    Dec 5 & 8   3:00-8:00 pm    
Location    Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd
Fee:    $5, suggested donation