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AROUND TOWN
July 2016


Welcome to the July 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!
Experience the Birmingham Fireworks Display July 3rd


The Birmingham Fire Department has been working hard to prepare for the spectacular Birmingham Fireworks Show at the Lincoln Hills Golf Course located at Lincoln and Cranbrook. Weather permitting, the festivities will take place on Sunday, July 3rd. The gates will open to the public at 7 p.m. with the show starting at dusk, around 10 p.m. If there is inclement weather, the show will take place on Tuesday, July 5th at the same time.
 
This is a great family event with no sparklers or alcohol allowed. The show will consist of over 1,300 shells ranging in size and color. This includes a fantastic grand finale with over 500 shells being fired!
 
Happy Independence Day and enjoy the show!
West Maple Restriping to be Considered July 11


The consideration of the West Maple Road trial restriping project will be conducted during the  July 11  City Commission meeting which begins at  7:30 p.m.  in Commission Room 205 at City Hall. The four lane road from Cranbrook to Southfield was restriped to three lanes in October 2015, and the City has been evaluating the changes based on five criteria: average speeds, traffic volumes, cut-through traffic, travel time comparisons, and accident data. The Commission will review pre- and post-conversion data before making a final determination on the lane configuration for the road. West Maple Road is scheduled for road resurfacing as part of the City's on-going infrastructure improvement program. For more information, go to  www.bhamgov.org/westmapletrial
Now Hiring! Seasonal Positions Available

The City of Birmingham (EOE) is seeking qualified applicants for multiple Summer seasonal positions within the City's Department of Public Services and Golf Courses. Applications are being accepted for the following positions: Golf course clubhouse positions, Golf course maintenance positions, parks maintenance positions, and general maintenance positions. The schedule is up to 40 hours a week, which may include evening and weekend hours; pay range of $9-15 per hour, based on qualifications.


Applications are being accepted until positions are filled. City of Birmingham Employment Applications are available online at www.bhamgov.org/jobs or in the City of Birmingham Human Resources Department, located at 151 Martin, Birmingham, MI 48009. The Human Resources Department is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Important Information about the Upcoming Election

Sample Ballot
A sample ballot is available at www.bhamgov.org/sampleballot.
 
Register to Vote
If you are not already registered, the last day to register to vote for the August Election is Tuesday, July 5th. 
 
Absentee Ballot Information
Absentee voter ballots are available for all elections. They provide voters with a convenient method for casting a ballot when they are unable to attend the polls on Election Day or meet certain requirements.  You may apply for an absentee ballot at the city clerk's office during regular business hours, by mail, or fax.  Applications for an absentee ballot can be downloaded at  www.bhamgov.org/voting .  Absent ee ballots are due by 8:00 PM on Election Day.  
 
Now Recruiting Election Workers
The City of Birmingham is looking for qualified people to work and manage voting precincts on Election Day.  Duties include checking voter registration, issuing ballots, maintaining precinct records, and lending support to residents throughout the voting process.  Election Inspectors work from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM and are paid $10.00/hour.   Half day shifts are available if needed.
 
To be considered you must:
  • be a registered voter in the State of Michigan;
     
  • be at least 16 years old (the voter registration requirement is waived for inspectors under 18);
     
  • attend paid election inspector training session;
     
  • have strong computer skills. 
For additional information, contact the City Clerk's Office at 248.530.1880, email carft@bhamgov.org or log on to www.bhamgov.org/electioninspector.  

Experience Outdoor Concerts & Movies 

In the Park Summer Concerts

The 36th season of In the Park Summer Concerts is in full swing in Shain Park. The popular series features a variety of talented performers who treat guests of all ages to music genres ranging from blues & folk to Motown & country. Attend the concerts and enjoy a peaceful evening that will leave you feeling relaxed in the picturesque setting. Bring your blanket, lawn chair, picnic spread... and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Detroit Brass Society
(Broadway, Marches, Ragtime, Classical)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Air Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffet)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Jill Jack (Folk)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Magic Bus Band (Psychedelic Music, 60's & 70's)
 
All concerts begin at 7 p.m. Find more information at www.bhamgov.org/summerconcerts .
 

Outdoor Movies and Entertainment in Booth Park

Family-friendly movies under the stars are playing in Booth Park this summer. The Birmingham Shopping District's Movie Night events feature presentations and pre-show entertainers carefully selected to appeal to both children and adults. Enjoy the park's award-winning play equipment before you get comfortable on your blanket or lawn chair for the show.

Upcoming Movie Nights are as follows:
Friday, July 15 - Featured presentation: Star Wars - The Force Awakens
Friday, August 12 - Featured presentation:  Inside Out

Pre-show entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m.; the movies begin at dusk. Head to Booth Park (located on the west side of North Old Woodward, just south of Harmon Street) and enjoy movies under the stars! Find out more at www.ALLINBirmingham.com


Day On The Town Coming Soon in Birmingham

Large crowds are anticipated at Birmingham's largest sale event of the year. Day On The Town will take place Saturday, July 23 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Bargain-hunters will enjoy sale items throughout the downtown area, entertainment, family activities, a car show and more! 
Kicking off the fun, the annual Kid's Bike Parade will take place at 8:30 a.m. in front of City Hall at 151 Martin Street. Children are invited to decorate their bikes for a chance to win a special prize. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated bikes in the following categories: Most Creative, Most Patriotic, Most Fashionable, and Wackiest. Children will be led through the downtown area with a police escort just prior to the opening of the event.

Whether you're looking for clothing, jewelry, artwork, antiques, dishes, vases or toys, Birmingham is the place to be on July 23!  Find out more at www.ALLINBirmingham.com.
Pet Safety Reminders for Walking Around Town

The City of Birmingham has several pet regulations designed to keep pets and people safe. Here are some useful reminders:
  1. All dogs must be on a chain or leash and under the reasonable control of some person at all times. It is unlawful for any owner of any dog to permit the dog to go beyond the premises of such owner unless restrained by a chain or leash and under reasonable control.
  2. All dogs and cats four months old or over must have a license. All dogs and cats shall be immunized against rabies, prior to issuance of a license. Licenses are issued by the City Clerk's Office at City Hall.
  3. It shall be unlawful for any person to permit any animal owned or harbored by him to deposit fecal matter in any place other than the premises where the animal is harbored or kept, unless such fecal matter is immediately collected and removed to the premises where the animal is harbored or kept.
  4. It shall be unlawful for any person to walk any animal on any property not owned by such person, whether public or private, unless such person has an appropriate device for the collection of fecal matter in his immediate possession and an appropriate depository for the transmission of fecal matter to the premises where the animal is harbored or kept.
  5. No person shall harbor or keep any dog which, by loud or frequent or habitual barking, yelping or howling, shall cause a serious annoyance to the neighborhood, or to people passing on the street.
Also, please remember dog waste should be collected with a bag and disposed of in your garbage container, not your yard waste bin. If you have any other questions regarding the Animal Ordinance you may call the Police Department at 248.530.1889 or the City Clerk's office at 248.530.1880.
Volunteers Sought for Birmingham Cruise Event

 

Tell your family and friends: volunteers are needed for the Birmingham Cruise Event! All volunteers will receive free event t-shirts, snacks and hydration all day long! Select from convenient 2 or 2 1/2 hour time slots. Volunteers are a valuable part of the Birmingham Cruise Event. Download the  volunteer registration form  and sign up today Thank you in advance for your support!
Mom-2-Mom Sale at Birmingham Ice Arena

Shoppers will find great deals on children's clothing and toys at  a Mom-to-Mom sale featuring more than 30 tables to be held at the Birmingham Ice Arena on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Event specifics are as follows:  

Sale Date:   Saturday, July 16, 2016; 3 0 table event!
Where: City of Birmingham Ice Sports Arena
2300 East Lincoln, Birmingham, MI 48009
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Entry Cost: $1 per person
Early Bird Entry at 8:00 am / Entry Cost: $2 per person

For more information, contact the Birmingham Ice Arena at (248) 530-1642. 
Save Time with MI-TIME at Secretary of State

DID YOU KNOW?
You now can make an appointment or hold your spot in line at Secretary of State with the MI-TIME Line at participating offices by using your phone or the Web. 

Get in line by calling or sending a text message to the MI-TIME Line number set up for each participating office.  You'll get a confirmation text or call back and updates about when you'll reach the front of the line. 

Save time and set up your appointment at the SOS today!  Visit the Secretary of State website for additional information and a link to set up your appointment: 

In addition, many transactions, such as renewing your driver's license or vehicle tab, can be done online at www.ExpressSOS.com.
Avoid Fines: Keep Grass & Weeds Below Eight Inches
 
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To ensure our city looks well-maintained, the City's ordinance requires grass and weeds to be kept below eight inches high. Poison ivy, ragweed or any other poisonous, noxious or unhealthy growths are prohibited. Those in violation of this ordinance will have their lawn mowed and will be required to pay for the service. Access the entire Grass and Noxious Weed ordinance (Sec. 118-66) on the City's web site.  For more information, call the Department of Public Services at 
(248) 530-1700. 
Changes to the Outside of the Hunter House

At the Birmingham Museum, we've recently completed putting in our yearly kitchen garden at the Hunter House. Kitchen gardens, a small plot of land close to the house which provided a reliable means of sustainability for the family, were once a fixture of American households. The gardens became rarer with the increase of industrialization in the 19th century but made a comeback with the "victory gardens" of WWII. Stop by and see what we're growing!

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 www.bhamgov.org/museum or www.facebook.com/TheBirminghamMuseum          

July News from the Baldwin Library    

Paleo Joe Dinosaur Day
Tuesday, July 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Come meet PaleoJoe, a real live Dinosaur Digger! He will introduce animals, plants, and creatures that have been extinct for millions of years. Registration required.
 
Jedi Academy Workshop with Ring of Steel Action Theatre and Stunt Troupe
Thursday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Teens will l earn Jedi Acrobatics, Lightsaber techniques, hand-to-hand skills, and participate in discussions on the philosophy of the Force. Registration required.
 
Music Explorers Society
Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m.
As the Fleur de Lys String Ensemble performs a popular string quartet, the audience will examine how the four individual parts fit together, hear the harmonic structure, and learn information about the composer. Registration required.
 
The Baldwin Public Library is located at 300 W. Merrill Street in Birmingham. For more information visit www.baldwinlib.org  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.  
 
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