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October 2018

Welcome to the October 2018 edition of the Around Town e-Newsletter from the City of Birmingham. We hope you enjoy this e-newsletter and forward it to friends or family who may be interested in the City of Birmingham!
Inside City Hall with Birmingham City Manager, Joe Valentine

Inside City Hall October 2018
Inside City Hall October 2018

Meet Therapy Dog, Bella

There's a new officer in town and she's ready to serve and protect. Well, maybe just serve.  Bella, an 18 month old black Labrador/Golden Retriever mix has joined the department as a certified therapy dog. Bella will work with adults and children in need of comfort and compassion resulting from traumatic or stressful events. Bella will also travel to schools with officers during speaking engagements or when officers are present to ensure safety. Bella will be seen walking the downtown streets, City parks and other events with officers to engage the public as a friendly police presence. Bella can usually be found in the Chief's office or in the clerical area of the police department when she is not out and about. Please stop by and say hello. Bella loves visitors and sharing her toys! 

Birmingham Therapy Dog Bella's Swearing In - September 17, 2018
Birmingham Therapy Dog Bella's Swearing In - September 17, 2018

Meet Your Firefighters at Fire Department Open House
Saturday, October 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  

Watch live fire demonstrations and learn about fire safety at the Birmingham Fire Department's annual open house event on Saturday, October 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Adams Fire Station located at 572 South Adams. Attendees will enjoy live vehicle extrication demonstrations, bounce houses, a smoke house and more as the Fire Department culminates Fire Prevention Week (October 7-13). Firefighters will also serve their famous fire house chili, along with fresh cider and donuts.
Brand new this year Beaumont Hospital will pass out informational pamphlets and answer questions about stroke and stroke prevention. Also new this year, children will enjoy having their faces painted throughout the event. Both young and old will enjoy operating a fire hose.
For more information, contact the Birmingham Fire Department at (248) 530-1900 or visit
Stay Safe with ALICE Training 

The Birmingham Police Department invites you to learn about ALICE and how to respond to a Violent Critical Incident o n Monday, October 22nd at 7 p.m. at  First United Methodist Church, located at  1589 W. Maple Rd. ALICE is a proactive, options-based plan for civilian response to a Violent Critical Incident. ALICE authorizes and empowers individuals to utilize human action, building infrastructure and communication options to increase their chance of survival.  This is a Community event and all are welcome to attend. Register by calling 248-530-1870. 
Save with Fall Golf Rates

Cooler weather, changing leaves and discounted golf make fall the perfect time of year to hit the links. Head to the golf course and enjoy the fall rates listed below!  Lincoln Hills Golf Course will remain open through Sunday, Oct 21st (weather permitting), and Springdale Golf Course will remain open through the end of the 2018 golf season (as weather permits). We'll see you soon!

WEEKDAY                                     WALK            RIDE
Adult Member                               $11.00           $17.00
Senior/Junior Member                  $ 7.50            $13.50
Guest                                            $14.00           $20.00
Sr/Jr Guest                                   $11.00            $17.00
WEEKEND                                    WALK               RIDE
Adult Member                              $12.00            $18.00
Senior/Junior Member                 $ 8.50             $14.50
Guest                                           $15.00            $21.00
Sr/Jr Guest                                  $12.00            $18.00
Learn to Skate at the Birmingham Ice Arena

Get some exercise on the ice this fall and winter! Ice skating is a great form of exercise and fun for all ages. Registration dates for upcoming sessions are as follows:  
SESSION TWO (Classes run from Oct. 22 through Jan. 6):
Wednesday, October 10, 2018   5:00 pm -7:00 pm
Saturday, October 13, 2018   10:00 am -1:00 pm
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 5:00 pm -7:00 pm
Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:00 am -1:00 pm
Wednesday, February 27, 2019: 5:00 pm -7:00 pm
Saturday, March 2, 2019: 10:00 am -1:00 pm
Learn more at or  contact Jill Kolaitis, Learn to Skate Director: or call (248) 530-1644 .
End of Season Celebration at Birmingham Farmers Market
Sunday, October 28, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  

The Birmingham Farmers Market's 2018 season is coming to a close, but we'll have some fun saying good-bye at our End of Season Celebration! Dress your children in their Halloween costumes and join us as we wrap up our season with these exciting activities:

Trick-Or-Treating (Our farmers will pass out treats, so wear your costume!)
Face painting
Food trucks featuring hot dogs and travel-burgers!
Live music
Children's pumpkin craft by Birmingham Youth Assistance
Pumpkin carving demonstration 

We look forward to seeing you there!
Curbside Leaf Collection Begins Week of October 15th

For streets with curbs only, please note the city is divided into two zones. Determine when leaves will be picked up within your zone using the curbside leaf collection map shown below. Simply rake your leaves into the street for pickup the weekend prior to your street's designated week. Residents living on uncurbed streets may place leaves in approved containers curbside by 7 A.M. on your trash day now through the week of December 10th. For more information, visit

Mark Your Calendar for Turkey Shoot Golf Event

Election Workers Sought for Nov. 6, 2018 Election

The City of Birmingham is seeking election workers for the upcoming Nov. 6, 2018 general election. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and a registered voter in the state of Michigan. Knowledge and familiarity with computers is helpful. Full and half-day shifts are available. The pay rate is $10.00 per hour. For more information, visit or call the City Clerk's office at (248) 530-1880.
Subscribing to AquaHawk can help residents track water use and possibly save money on water bills
Saving money is something most of us like to do. Whether we are using coupons at the grocery store or comparison shopping between retailers, there's a feeling of satisfaction when we buy what we want at the best price possible. In a similar vein, did you know the City has a free online portal that can help you track your water usage and possibly save money on your water bill?
Known as AquaHawk, registered users to the online portal can click and read easy to understand graphic displays of their current and historical water use. Also, registered participants can receive phone, text or email alerts when their user defined thresholds-such as gallons used or the projected cost of the bill-has been exceeded, possibly saving you money on your water bill.
"Hundreds of our water customers have already signed up for AquaHawk," said Lauren Wood, City of Birmingham Director of Public Services. "If you've thought of signing up for AquaHawk, we encourage you to go online and consider the many benefits of this free service."
To subscribe, residents are advised to look for AquaHawk signup information on their upcoming water bills, or go to to register.
October News from the Birmingham Museum  

Next time you find yourself at the Treasurer or Clerk's counter, look up! The museum has installed four mini-exhibits in the display cases behind the counters that include looks at past elections in the city, artifacts found during the recent Old Woodward Reconstruction project and more!

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 .
October News from the Baldwin Library    
Friday, October 5, from 1:00 to 3:15 p.m. Registration required.
More than 100,000 film lovers unite in over 300 cinemas across six continents to view and vote on the finalists' films in the 21st annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. All of the shorts will be shown at each viewing. The total run time is estimated to be two hours.
Books & Bites 2018
Friday, October 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Support the Baldwin Public Library's upcoming Youth Room & Expansion while you enjoy wine, beer, and spirits tasting tables; a strolling dinner; a silent auction; and live music. Early Bird tickets are available at
The Baldwin Public Library is located at 300 W. Merrill Street in Birmingham. For more information visit  or call (248) 647-1700.  
Job Opportunity with Census Bureau 
The City is helping to spread the word about upcoming work opportunities with the United States Census Bureau in advance of the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau is currently looking to hire Recruiting Assistants, IT Managers and other positions all through Oakland County. Those interested in learning more about the work possibilities are asked to go online to or call 1-855-JOB-2020.
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.