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December 2016

Welcome to the December 2016 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!
Holiday Happenings in Birmingham

Holiday activities are in full swing in Birmingham! Check out our holiday happenings:

SANTA HOUSE Weekends through December 24, plus during Winter Markt and Christmas Eve. Santa is in a real house for the holidays! (Take a photo with Santa. Proceeds benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind.) 

CARRIAGE RIDES  Select dates through December 24. Enjoy a complimentary horse-drawn carriage ride through town! Carriages load at the corner of Henrietta & Merrill. 

BIRMINGHAM WINTER MARKT Friday, December 2-Sunday, December 4 
Enjoy a charming old-world style market featuring local artisans, holiday decorations, home accessories, children's activities, live entertainment, plus traditional German food and drink! For details and event hours, go to   

BIRMINGHAM TREE LIGHTING Friday, December 2, 6 p.m., Shain Park 
Help Santa and the Mayor light up the town for the holidays! Enjoy caroling, carriage rides and free hot cocoa as well. 

FREE Valet Parking through Dec. 24

Brand new this year and just in time for the holidays, now through Saturday, December 24, valet parking is FREE for the first two hours at the following two locations: Old Woodward at Hamilton & Henrietta at Maple (next to Roots). After two hours, the cost is $5 per hour. The service is offered Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. For added convenience, shoppers may call or text ahead to pick up their car. Enjoy!
Attend Poppleton Park Informational Meeting Dec. 8

The Birmingham community is invited to attend a public informational meeting regarding the Poppleton Park Concept Site Plan scheduled for Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting will be held on the second floor in the Commission Room, #205. 
Information will be provided regarding the process and the considerations taken into account for what resulted in the concept plan.   The community is invited to review the concept plan and ask questions they may have. This concept plan was created based on the involvement and feedback from the entire City of Birmingham community, Neighborhood Associations, as well as feedback obtained during public input meetings held earlier this year. The plan will be presented to the Birmingham City Commission on Monday, December 12th.
Hard copies of the presentation materials will be available at the meeting. Following the meeting, the materials will be available on the City's website at and also at the Department of Public Services office located at 851 South Eton.
Ad Hoc Rail District Recommendations Go Before City Commission December 12

The Ad Hoc Rail District Committee was tasked with developing a plan for the future of the Rail District along S. Eton that addresses: the current and future parking demands, planning goals, and multi-modal opportunities for the district. 

The Committee researched and analyzed parking, street design initiatives, and non-motorized safety.  The Committee conducted a walking survey to assess the existing conditions of the Rail District.  Unsafe crosswalks, poor driver visibility at street corners, inconsistent sidewalks, and lack of bicycle facilities were among some of the issues that were noted.  Based on the Committee's observations several intersection and streetscape improvements were reviewed, and a parking study was completed to review current parking demand.  Also, a build-out analysis was conducted to calculate future parking needs.  The Ad Hoc Rail District Committee's resulting findings and recommendations include installing bump-out curbs to calm unsafe traffic conditions, exploring shared parking opportunities to more efficiently use off-street parking lots, and extending bicycle facilities to better accommodate bicyclists. The Committee will present its findings and recommendations to the City Commission on December 12, 2016.
A Message from Birmingham Police Chief Mark H. Clemence

Identity Theft: A Crime on the Rise
As we all know, technology and the internet are having a profound effect on our daily lives.  In law enforcement, identity theft is a growing issue for our community and our nation as a whole.  Identity theft occurs when another person uses your personal information without your knowledge or permission for financial or other gain. The methods used by identity theft perpetrators continue to be inventive and it is imperative that everyone take precautions to help safeguard them from becoming victims. In response, the police department has assigned an officer to a new financial crimes task force under the direction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  It is our hope that by joining forces with resources at local, state and federal levels, that our investigative efforts will be greatly enhanced as we try and address this complex and ever changing issue.  
Holiday Extravaganza at the Birmingham Ice Arena

Curbed Leaf Collection Continues

If your street has curbs, check the map above to determine when leaves will be collected from your street. You are guaranteed one collection from the street during your designated weeks. We recommend raking your leaves into the street the weekend prior to your designated week. All residents may continue to bag leaves and place them out on their refuse collection day through Friday, December 16, 2016.
December News from the Birmingham Museum    

It's out with the old and in with the new at the Birmingham Museum! Last month we took down our exhibit on the History of Woodward Avenue and we put in a brand new exhibit with local artist Victor Pytko. Pytko is a long-time Birmingham resident whose portfolio showcases everything from landscape paintings of downtown Birmingham to experimental sculptures and everything in between. Stop in to experience Birmingham and the world through the eyes of this multi-talented artist and stay tuned to our Facebook page or our website for more details and upcoming special events, promotions and activities.

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.
December News from the Baldwin Library    

Birmingham Winter Markt Family Friendly Fairy Tales
Saturday, December 3 at 10:30 a.m. Registration required.
Celebrate Birmingham's annual Winter Markt with a special story time featuring fractured and traditional fairy tales. 
Brainfuse: Live Online Tutoring
Monday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. Registration required.
Baldwin has a great new online tutoring resource for students in grades 2 through college. Come learn how you and your family can use Brainfuse.
Bestselling Author E. Lockhart at the Community House
Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets required.
Join us for an evening with E. Lockhart (Emily Jenkins), a youth and young adult author who is best known for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and We Were Liars. All ages are welcome. Pick up your ticket at the Adult Services Desk.
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.