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AROUND TOWN
June 2016


Welcome to the May 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!
Fun for All Ages at Birmingham Fireworks Display

Those of all ages will enjoy a spectacular Independence Day fireworks display at the Birmingham Fireworks Show. The annual festivities will take place at the Lincoln Hills Golf Course located at Lincoln and Cranbrook 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!
 
The Birmingham Fire Department is continuing to solicit donations for the 2016 Fireworks Display.  Donations to support this year's show can be sent to:
 
City of Birmingham Treasurers' Office
151 Martin   
Birmingham, MI 48009
 
Thank you for your support!
Sign Up to Receive Updates on New Birmingham Projects

The City has recently added the following three new projects to the Constant Contact groups: Villa Ave. Paving Project, Whole Foods Market, and Maple Road Resurfacing Project.

By signing up for any or all of these groups, you will receive information on the progress of each project via email. The City wants to keep you informed throughout each step of the construction process.

Other projects already underway are the Hamilton Ave. Paving Project and the Webster Ave. Paving Project. You may also sign up for the Road Construction & Closures group, which encompasses all other road work being done around the City. Sign up today at  www.bit.ly/bhamnews .

Citizens Graduate from City's First Citizens Academy Twenty-six Birmingham residents graduated from the inaugural Birmingham Citizens Academy on May 23, 2016 and were recognized at the City Commission meeting that evening.
 
The free of charge program began April 12 and met every Tuesday night for six weeks. The academy covered topics such as: 

- Structure and Roles of City Government
- Police Department Services
- Fire Department Services
- Engineering, Planning and Building
- Parks and Public Services
- Budgeting and Finance
 
The 7th week culminated in a graduation ceremony, where participants received a certificate and were recognized by the mayor and City Commission for their commitment to learning about local government and participation in this first Citizens Academy.

The Birmingham Citizens Academy is expected to be offered again, either in the Fall of 2016 or Spring 2017. Interested Birmingham residents may get more information and apply now to reserve a spot in the next academy by going to www.bhamgov.org/citizensacademy .

Experience Outdoor Concerts & Movies 

In the Park Summer Concerts

Shain Park will come alive on Wednesday evenings during the 36th season of In the Park Summer Concerts. 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.  Shain Park's live performances will leave you feeling relaxed in the picturesque setting. Bring your blanket, lawn chair, picnic spread... and enjoy!

Friday, June 17, 2016
Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition
Youth Action Board's Teen Summer Concert

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
David Gerald (Blues)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Nemesis (Cover Band - Funk, Soul, Rock & Motown)
 
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, June 24 - Featured presentation: Minions
Friday, July 25 - 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 north of Harmon Street) and enjoy movies under the stars! Find out more at www.ALLINBirmingham.com


Games, Giveaways & Prizes at Hamilton Ave. Family Day Event
Birmingham Welcomes New Businesses

Sara Campbell - 146 West Maple Road. The store is the 17th nationwide and the first in Michigan. The company is known for giving back to the community and offers dresses, coats and accessories for women. Contact Sara Campbell at 248-220-4255 or visit http://www.saracampbellwebsite.com.

Stop by and support our new business!  
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 40 tables to be held at the Birmingham Ice Arena on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Event specifics are as follows:  

Sale Date:   Saturday, June 18, 2016; 40 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. 
YOU Can Make a Difference at Rouge River Cleanup Day

Make a difference in your community by volunteering for the annual Rouge River Cleanup Day on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. - noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Linden Park and lunch will be served at noon. Volunteers will be removing invasive species and trash along the Rouge River. Volunteers should wear boots/sturdy shoes, long pants, long-sleeve shirt, hat and sunscreen. Mosquito repellent, gloves and bags will be provided. To volunteer, please call Connie Folk at 248-530-1642.
Still Time to Leave Your Mark (Literally!) at the Birmingham Museum

The deadline for ordering a personalized brick paver to surround the Hill School Bell Outdoor Structure has been extended until June 15. Very few pavers remain at the $100 and $150 level, with a few more available at the $250 level.  The cost is based on the paver location relative to the bell.   
 
Purchasers are allowed up to 14 characters per line and 5 lines per paver to create their own personal message, and can choose a location from those that remain.  More information and order forms are available at the museum or on the website at     http://bit.ly/hillschoolbellpavers .
 
Future opportunities to purchase a paver may not occur again for as long as a year or more.  Whether an individual, a family, co-workers, or a civic group, this could be a great way to recognize connections to Birmingham and its history.  Questions can be directed to the museum at 248-530-1928. 

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
 
It's Birmingham Night at the Utica Ball Park!

Let's go cheer on Michigan's newest minor league team from Birmingham at the new Utica Ball Park! The Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers take on the Eastside Diamond Hoppers on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 7:25 p.m. 

There is a special promo for Birmingham night for $14.50, which includes a grandstand ticket, hot dog and soft drink, with FREE PARKING! Just visit  https://uspbl.com/events/list/  and use Promo Code: BIRMINGHAM2016 to get the discount. After browsing to the website, select the June 23rd game, enter the promo code first, click submit, and then click The Backstop (Birmingham Night then appears as the third option). 

The new ballpark is located at 7171 Auburn Road, Utica, Michigan, just west of Van Dyke in downtown Utica and north of Hall Road. It's Birmingham night, so let's support our local team! For more information, call 248-601-2400.

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. 
Submit Your Nomination for the 21st Annual Birmingham Bloomfield Cultural Arts Awards  

Nominations are due by July 15th for the 21st Annual Birmingham/Bloomfield Cultural Arts Award! T he public is invited to nominate anyone who has been influential in furthering the arts in the Birmingham Eccentric's communities (Birmingham, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and Franklin) for the 2016 Birmingham/Bloomfield Cultural Arts Award. Jointly sponsored by The Community House, the Observer and Eccentric Newspapers, the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC) and the Cultural Council of Birmingham/Bloomfield, this year represents the 21st year that the award has been granted.  A jury of arts enthusiasts from the community will select the winner on the basis of the nominations. Access the nomination form here Questions and/or completed nominations may be submitted online to Marcy Heller Fisher at marcy1fish@gmail.com or faxed to (866) 403-6794.             

June News from the Baldwin Library    

Instagram
Monday, June 6 at 7 p.m.
Learn the basics of Instagram, a social media platform for sharing photos and videos, in this librarian-led class. Be sure to bring your device.
 
Summer Reading Open House
Friday, June 17 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Tee off Summer Reading 2016 with our Open House! Spend the afternoon putt putting your way through 9 holes of mini golf throughout the Library. Stay on par by registering for special events and signing up for this year's program to earn prizes all summer long.
 
Genot "Winter Elk" Picor: Storyteller
Thursday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a fun morning of stories, songs, creative movement, and French Canadian folk dancing for children in this interactive program.
 
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.  
 
Sincerely,