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September 2017

Welcome to the September 2017 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!
Inside City Hall with Birmingham City Manager, Joe Valentine

Inside City Hall September Edition
Are You Eligible for an Absentee Ballot?

Voters who are on the Permanent Voters List in Birmingham will receive their application for an Absentee Ballot in the mail during the week of September 4. The State of Michigan requires voters who are eligible for an Absentee Ballot to first fill out the application before they can receive their ballot. Visit the City's website to find out if you qualify.

Absentee ballots for the November 7, 2017 City Commission and Library Board election will be available the week of October 2. For more information on the upcoming election and other voting matters, visit
Bountiful Michigan Produce at Birmingham Farmers Market Harvest Festival

Did you know the Birmingham Farmers Market is ranked #2 in the state? The distinction is thanks in part to many special events held throughout the season. Mark your calendar for market's next big event - the Harvest Festival!  Celebrating Michigan's bountiful fall produce, the Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday, September 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will enjoy the season's best variety of Michigan-grown produce with large quantities filling the tables throughout the market.  This event will feature barn animals by Bowers School Farm, antique corn shelling machines, food trucks including Corina, Ned's TravelBurger, and Franks Etc., plus the Kids Zone sponsored by Bright Loritos. Attendees will enjoy live music, a podcast by WOMC, and the  POP Club program (see below).  

Free Activities & Tastings for Kids during POP Club
1,2, POP! Kids can enjoy free activities, tastings, and prizes during the Power Of Produce (POP) program at the Birmingham Farmers Market on 9-17, 9-24, 10-1 and 10-8. Children will receive a $5 voucher for exclusive Michigan products. Thank you to Children's Hospital of Michigan - Troy  for sponsoring this program and sharing a passion for healthy kids in our communities!

Save the Date: Join us for our End of Season Celebration on Sunday, October 29!  Access the most up-to-date information about the market by "liking" the  Birmingham Farmers Market Facebook page  or visiting
Last Chance to Register for Fall Citizens Academy
Applications to reserve a spot in the 2017 Fall Birmingham Citizens Academy are being accepted in the City Manager's Office now through September 22, 2017. The Citizens Academy begins Sept. 25, and runs through Nov. 13, 2017.  Classes will be offered on Tuesday nights from 6-8:30 p.m. and on two Thursday nights.   It's fun and free!
This interactive 8-week program is open only to Birmingham residents who are 18 years or older and is designed to provide an informative learning experience for people who want to get a closer look at how the City of Birmingham operates.  Applications can be found at: .   Register now; s pace is limited. 
For more information, call the City Manager's Office at  248-530-1808 , or email
Learn to Skate at the Birmingham Ice Arena

What Can You do about Stray and Feral Cats?

Many articles published recently have discussed the issue of how man's best friend, the dog, fits into our community.  However, we should not forget about our other four-legged friend, the cat.  There are two basic types of cats, domestic and feral.  A domestic cat is a cat that lives indoors with a family and all its life sustaining needs are met by that family (food, water, shelter).  A feral cat is a descendant of a domesticated cat that has returned to the wild. It is distinguished from a stray cat, which is a pet cat that has been lost or abandoned, while feral cats are born in the wild.  The offspring of a stray cat can be considered feral if born in the wild.  Generally, humans are unable to touch or handle a feral cat because they are so wild. 
The Birmingham Police Department, just like with dogs, will pick up stray and feral cats that have been reasonably contained for transport.  A cat crate, live trap or box will work as long as the cat is contained. 
Also, as stated above, the Birmingham Police Department has an agreement with Gasow Veterinarian Clinic that gives any resident the option to take a domesticated stray to Gasow, contained or not, during the listed business hours: 
  • Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
To have a contained stray or feral cat picked up by the Birmingham Police Department, contact our dispatch center at (248) 530-1870. For more information concerning how to deal with stray or feral cats, contact the Michigan Humane Society at 248-852-7420 or visit their website at The police department can also provide any resident with the name and telephone number of several local private animal control companies to assist in dealing with feral cats. 
Fall is Best for Treating Canada Thistle 

Canada Thistle is a v ery invasive weed, classified as noxious because it takes over an area, colonizing in patches, and does not allow native plants to thrive. Plants may reach 1-3 feet high. It is extremely difficult to eradicate because it has a creeping root system that can grow several feet deep.

Herbicides are most effective with two applications per season: in spring, just before flowering, and in fall on new growth after mowing, treat all stems. The fall is the best time of year to treat with an herbicide because the plant is recharging its root system for the next growing season. Fall is the ideal time to maximize injury to the root system because systemic herbicides travel through the plants with the sugars being sent to the roots. The very best control is done through spring (beginning of June) and fall (Late September, early October).
August News from the Birmingham Museum
This month at the museum we have two exciting events for tots and children! On Saturday, September 9 th we will all become sidewalk chalk artists as we Paint the Museum Red with artist Victor Pytko. The event is free and will be held from 2-4 pm.

Our next family storytime will be held at 6:30 pm on September 14. There will be songs, movement and stories all about how we used to live in the distant and not-so-distant past. Admission to the storytime is free.  Please note, children must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all events.

The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 1 PM to 4 PM   and 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 5 and under are free. Please visit us on the web at or
August News from the Baldwin Library    

College Funding 101, with Carrie Gilchrist
Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 p.m. Registration required.
Learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - or FAFSA - and other ins and outs of college funding from a university financial aid officer. Parents and teens are welcome to attend together.
Read in the Park
Saturday, September 16 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Head to Beverly Park and enjoy activities for the whole family. At 1:30 p.m., m eet Wong Herbert Yee, the author of Fireman Small and the Mouse and Mole books. Enjoy the Story Book Trail featuring one of Yee's books, and listen as he reads some of his own stories. At 2:30 p.m., hear New York Times bestselling author Dr. Howard Markel discuss his new book The Kelloggs: the Battling Brothers of Battle Creek

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.