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January 2018

Welcome to the January 2018 edition of the Around Town e-Newsletter from the City of Birmingham. We hope you enjoy this e-newsletter and forward it along to others who may be interested in the City of Birmingham!
The City of Birmingham wishes you and your family a very Happy New Year!

Inside City Hall with Birmingham City Manager, Joe Valentine

Inside City Hall, January 2018
Inside City Hall, January 2018

Take the  Birmingham City Logo Survey Now!

The City of Birmingham is seeking input from residents and businesses on choosing a new city logo. To participate, go to to complete the electronic logo survey now. It will only take 2-3 minutes.

On Jan. 2, 2018, look for blue survey boxes with surveys to complete at City Hall, the Baldwin Library, and NEXT. You may also download the printable version of the survey  and email it to or drop off the survey in any of the blue boxes located around the city..

For questions about the logos or survey process, contact Joellen Haines, assistant to the city manager, at,  or call 248-530-1807 .
Learn to Skate at the Birmingham Ice Arena
Bham Ice Arena  Did you know the Birmingham Ice Arena offers ice skating classes for ages three years old and up? Ice skating is fun and a great form of exercise! See below for details regarding the next session of classes. 

Session 3 Dates:
Monday, January 8, 2018 - Sunday, March 4, 2018

Registration for New Skaters:
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 6, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

For more information regarding the class schedule and fees, registration and required forms, visit or contact Jill Kolaitis, Learn To Skate Director, at or (248) 530-1644.
Hungry? Birmingham Restaurant Week is Almost Here!
Birmingham's favorite dining event is almost here! The  12th annual Birmingham Restaurant Week event will be held between January 29 - February 2 & February 5-9. Take advantage of specially created menus from Birmingham's top chefs. Enjoy three-course lunches for $15 and three-course dinners for $30. Keep an eye on for event menus coming soon !
Going Somewhere Warm? Get Your Passport Now!
usa-passport.jpg Passports
January is the busiest time of year for passport applications and appointments book up quickly. Processing time to obtain a passport is four to six weeks. If you are traveling in late winter or in spring please call the City Clerk's Office now to make an appointment. The phone number is (248) 530-1880.
For additional information log on to or contact the National Passport Information Center at (877) 487-2778 or

Set Your Christmas Tree Out for Collection

Please note Christmas trees are being collected through Friday, January 12. A separate service is used for disposal of holiday trees, so collection will not necessarily be at the same time your rubbish is picked up. The trees are ground into wood chips for recycling, so please remove all lights, ornaments, stands, etc. If you used a bag to contain the needles while removing the tree  from your house, please remove it and dispose of it in your regular garbage. For more information call the Birmingham Department of Public Services (DPS) at ( 248) 530-1700 .

Understanding the Snow Ordinance

Take measures to ensure you don't find yourself in violation of the snow ordinance regarding snow removal and snow parking bans. Here are the two most important requirements:
1) You're required to clear the sidewalk in front of your home of any snow and ice. If the snow stops falling during the day, your sidewalks must be cleared by no more than 12 hours later. If the snow stops falling during the night, all sidewalks must be cleared by 6 p.m. the following day. Sidewalks that are not cleared of snow and ice will be shoveled by the city and the property owner will be fined.
2) When a Snow Emergency is declared,residents must remove their cars from city streets so the snow plows can get through. Cars in violation of this ordinance will be ticketed.
View more information about  snow removal on the  city's web site .
January News from the Birmingham Museum

It's out with the old and in with the new at the Birmingham Museum as our latest exhibit "The People of Birmingham: Celebrating 200 Years of Stories" debuts this month. Come and see the stories of past and present residents of Birmingham, submitted by your neighbors, coworkers and classmates!
And it's not too late to submit your own story to our exhibit! You can submit your story through our website at: or pick up a paper form at the museum. "The People of Birmingham" will be running through December 2018.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 556 W. Maple Rd. Parking is available in the Chester St. structure on the south side of Maple. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors, children five and under are free. Please visit us on the web at: or
January News from the Baldwin Library    
The Basics of Bullet Journals
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Learn about bullet journals, a customizable way to track your time and to-do items. Bring your own blank notebook to get started, the Library will provide a selection of pens and other supplies.
Gut Health from the Inside Out, with Aaron Wallace
Monday, January 8, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:00pm, Registration required
Learn how to improve your health from the inside out by understanding one of the most important systems of your body.
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Miz Rosie
Monday, January 15, 2018, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Registration required
Miz Rosie's interactive, entertaining, and educational reenactment of Rosa Parks will bring history to life. This is best suited for elementary age students.
The Baldwin Public Library is located at 300 W. Merrill Street in Birmingham. For more information visit  or call (248) 647-1700.  
Thank you for reading Around Town, a monthly e-newsletter from the City of Birmingham.  We hope you find the information timely and useful. Please feel free to forward this e-mail to friends and neighbors who may be interested in Birmingham.