September 2022 Around Town e-Newsletter

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LATEST NEWS SHARE INPUT ON STRATEGIC PLAN The Birmingham community is encouraged to share feedback online and attend a series of workshops as part of the city's strategic planning process. Following a comprehensive evaluation of the city and community, the resulting plan, expected to be complete this fall, will include strategic goals to direct the city’s efforts and resources toward a clearly defined vision for its future. View upcoming workshop dates and submit feedback online at https://engage.bhamgov.org/strategic-plan.

SUBMIT PHOTO FOR COVER OF 2023 CITY CALENDAR Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to submit a photo (or a photo collage) for the cover of the 2023 City of Birmingham calendar. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, September 30, 2022, at which time the community will be invited to vote for their favorite image. Submit images at https://engage.bhamgov.org/2023-calendar-cover-contest. Be creative and have fun!

MEET PARKING SYSTEMS MANAGER, AARON FORD We are pleased to introduce our new Parking Systems Manager, Aaron Ford.

Mr. Ford comes

with over two decades experience in the field of parking services for Olympia Entertainment, and has a degree in Commercial Recreation from Central Michigan University.

Follow this link to meet

Aaron.

CITY MANAGER REPORT Looking for the inside scoop at City Hall? Download the City Manager's Report prepared for the City Commission each month. Birmingham City Manager Tom Markus provides the latest updates from city departments and a sneak peek at upcoming events, staffing changes, developments and more.


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CITY OFFICES & MEETINGS UPDATES CITY OFFICES

CITY MEETINGS

ACCESSING CITY HALL - 151 MARTIN STREET The City Hall lobby remains accessible to the public through the Martin Street entrance on the north side of City Hall during regular business hours, Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Main floor services including the Clerk’s and Treasurer's offices are accessible. Necessary in-person meetings between City Hall employees and the public take place at a designated location on the main floor of City Hall. Social distancing of six feet should be maintained during all in-person meetings. The Police Department lobby entrance on the east side of City Hall on Pierce Street continues to operate as the point of contact for all off-hour requests. MASKS The City continues to recommend the public wear masks while attending City meetings. All City employees, commissioners, and board members must wear a mask during meetings because adequate ventilation cannot be maintained. This is to ensure the continuity of government is not affected by an exposure to COVID-19 that can be prevented by wearing a mask. The City continues to provide KN-95 respirators and triple-layered masks for all in-person meeting attendees.

CONTACT US Visit www.bhamgov.org/contacts to view a list of department

City Commission and other city boards meet inperson, and most have a virtual option available to the public. Individuals may access City Hall from the Martin Street entrance during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For meetings that occur after hours, visitors can access City Hall through the Police Department lobby entrance on Pierce Street. Members of the public who prefer to attend meetings virtually may learn how to participate at www.bhamgov.org/partici pate. You may also watch many City meetings on your local cable access channel and by web streaming on the City's Vimeo channel.

contact numbers for services needed.

SUBMIT CONCERNS USING GOVALERT APP Submit non-emergency concerns or questions directly to the City of Birmingham using the GovAlert Mobile app!

Simply download the free

app, available for both iOS and Android devices, and follow the userfriendly prompts. Follow this link for a short video with step-by-step instructions. Don't want to use the app? That's OK! Submit your request at www.bhamgov.org/citizenrequests.


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MEET WITH COMMISSIONERS AT THE SEPTEMBER 14 STRATEGIC PLAN WORKSHOP Meet with City Commissioners and provide your input at the City's Strategic Planning Community Participation Workshop on September 14 at 6:00 p.m. Attendees will work with Commissioners in small break-out groups and have the opportunity to provide input throughout the duration of the workshop. This Community Participation Workshop is part of a series of workshops offered during the city's strategic planning process, the first of which occurred on August 24. All workshops will take place in person at the Baldwin Public Library, located at 300 West Merrill Street, in the Rotary Room (lower level). Following a comprehensive and equitable evaluation of the city and community, the resulting plan, expected to be completed this fall, will include strategic goals to direct the city’s efforts and resources toward a clearly defined vision for its future. Community Participation Workshop Wednesday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. Members of the community are encouraged to share input with the City Commission throughout this entire workshop. Attendees will be in small break-out groups with City Commissioners. Commissioners hope to gain community input and feedback related to challenges, opportunities and achievable goals. City Commission “Putting it Together” Meeting **Please note the new date and time** Tuesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. The Mayor will call for a short public comment period at the end of this workshop to ensure the City Commission has as much time as possible throughout the workshop to learn, explore, discuss and hear community input as well. To learn more about the strategic planning process and submit feedback online, visit https://engage.bhamgov.org/strategic-plan. We look forward to hearing from you!


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JOIN US FOR A CITY COMMISSION WORKSHOP MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022 AT 6 P.M.

Parking system usage, capacity and previous study findings will be discussed at the City Commission workshop on Monday, September 12 at 6 p.m., immediately before the regularly scheduled City Commission meeting. Residents are encouraged to attend the workshops to gain a better understanding of topics and projects considered by the City Commission. The Mayor will call for public comment at the end of each workshop to ensure the City Commission has as much time as possible throughout the workshop to learn, explore, discuss and hear community input as well. Workshop agendas will be available each Thursday preceding the meetings at www.bhamgov.org/commissionagendas.

JOIN A CITY BOARD OR COMMITTEE Join a city board to have a direct impact on your community! The following City of Birmingham boards and committees have vacant positions or members with terms expiring soon. For more information, please visit www.bhamgov.org/boardopportunities.

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PARKS & RECREATION UPDATES PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING Learn and ask questions about Parks and Recreation Bond projects at the Parks and Recreation Board meeting on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Department of Public Services, located at 851 South Eton. Topics on the agenda include: Station 2- Concept Plan Review South Well Site- Park designation Adams Park Update Attend in person at the Department of Public Services, located at 851 South Eton Street (park inside the gate and use the side entrance), or learn how to participate via Zoom at www.bhamgov.org/participate. Find more information about Parks & Recreation bond projects at www.bhamgov.org/parksbond.

ENJOY PICKLEBALL AT CRESTVIEW PARK As temperatures start to cool (and all throughout the fall), playing pickleball is a great way to stay social and active. Head to Crestview Park and enjoy two courts available for pickleball only. Plans are underway for six new pickleball courts at this location. Enjoy!

ADAMS PARK UPDATE We are in the home stretch on the Adams Park project! The park is closed but nearing completion and looking more beautiful each day. The fence will remain around the park for the next two-four weeks due to fresh sod throughout the park. Staying off the sod will help ensure a healthy, durable lawn upon completion of the park renovation project. The grass roots of the lawn bond to the soil during the first weeks of growth, so protection of the lawn during this period is extremely important. Because the lawn requires a lot of water at first, the soil will retain a consistent level of moisture. This softer soil allows for exaggerated footprints and divots to be created by park users and service equipment. When the soil hardens back up, these divots create trip and safety hazards for park users. This can be avoided by staying off the lawn while it is established. Thank you for helping us build a better park! For more information and construction progress photos, visit https://engage.bhamgov.org/adams-park.


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NEWS FROM THE CLERK'S OFFICE ELECTION NEWS

NOVEMBER 8, 2022 STATE GENERAL ELECTION Now through October 24th, residents can again register to vote online at mi.gov/vote or www.expressSOS.com, by mail or at any Secretary of State Branch Office. Voter registration applications are available online at bhamgov.org/voting or in the Clerk’s Office. After October 24, 2022, residents must register at the City Clerk’s office with proof of residency until after the November 8th election.

ABSENTEE VOTING INFORMATION Voters who previously submitted an absentee ballot application for the November election will receive an absentee ballot after September 24th. If something has changed since you submitted the absentee ballot application, please let the City Clerk’s office know so we can be sure to send your ballot to the correct place. Registered voters who have not applied for an Absentee ballot can still request one for November. You can do this online at mi.gov/vote, or with a signed application returned to the City Clerk’s office in person, by post mail, in the City Hall dropbox, or to elections@bhamgov.org. After 5:00 p.m. on November 4th, you can only obtain an absentee ballot in-person at the Clerk’s Office. Clerks across Oakland County have observed a trend of voters surrendering or spoiling their absentee ballot on Election Day to vote in person. Voters intending to vote in person should not request an official absentee ballot from the clerk's office. Voters wishing to view a sample ballot before Election day can do so in a number of ways: Mi.gov/vote allows voters to look up and view a sample ballot and track the status of your absentee ballot if one was requested The clerk's office will have sample ballots available for viewing in late September. Call (248) 530-1880, email elections@bhamgov.org, or stop by our office and we will be happy to help you! Voters can use the district numbers on their voter ID card along with the official candidate and proposal lists on oakgov.com/elections to determine what will be on their ballot.

UNDERSTANDING THE PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT On November 8, 2022, Birmingham residents will vote on a proposed amendment to the City’s charter language. Visit www.bhamgov.org/charteramendment to view questions and answers regarding the proposed amendment, and ballot language.


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THANK YOU, ISABELLA MIKHAIL Birmingham resident and Marian High School graduate Isabella Mikhail assisted the Clerk’s Office as an intern starting in June 2022 and was a valuable asset leading up to and including the August 2022 State Primary Election. During her internship she steadily assumed increased responsibility for complex duties in our busy Clerk’s Office. While we are sad to see her leave, we wish her continued success as a University of Michigan freshman studying public policy. Follow this link to learn more about Isabella.

FINAL DRAFT OF MASTER PLAN NOW AVAILABLE Members of the community are encouraged to review and submit feedback on the third and final draft of the Citywide Master Plan for 2040, available at www.thebirminghamplan.com. The approximate timeline for review and implementation of the plan is as follows:

All documents related to the 2040 Plan remain available at www.thebirminghamplan.com. The community may visit the site to submit comments directly to the consultant team, and also submit comments directly to the Planning Division to be placed in the next available agenda of the Planning Board. We want to hear your opinion, preferences, and vision for the community’s future. You are encouraged to share your feedback at www.thebirminghamplan.com.


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SOUTH OLD WOODWARD RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT PROGRESS UPDATE Progress continues on the South Old Woodward Avenue Reconstruction project! The new storm and combined sewers have been installed. The contractor will continue to finish some minor property connections south of Frank Street on the west side of South Old Woodward Avenue. Those within the project area should contact the city if your water or sewer services appear to not be connected, so we may inspect the connections. Concrete for the northbound lane between the southern end of the project zone and the northern edge of the Hazel Street intersection have been installed. All utility connections along the east side of the project site have been completed. The contractor has started the placement of planter boxes and sidewalk concrete work should begin soon. Over the next month, the contractor will look to grade and install more of the mainline road. We are excited with how far the project has progressed! Southbound traffic through the work zone starting at Hazel Street has been shifted onto the new concrete along the east side of South Old Woodward Avenue. Access to surface lots along the work zone between Hazel and George Streets will be maintained with maintenance aggregate (gravel pathway). Businesses south of George Street should be accessed from Lincoln Street or George Street through the alley west of South Old Woodward Avenue.

STAY INFORMED Sign up for weekly project updates via email at bhamgov.org/enews. Text updates for businesses within the construction zone: Simply text PHASE3 (all caps, no spaces) to 91896. After the initial keyword is sent, you will receive a confirmation message asking you to reply YES to verify opt-in. Visit www.bhamgov.org/oldwoodwardphase3


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SOUTH OLD WOODWARD RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT FREE PARKING OPPORTUNITIES Pierce Street (333 Pierce Street) and Peabody Street (222 Peabody Street) municipal structures: Free 2-hour parking on weekdays and free parking on weekends! Free 2-hour parking at 690 South Old Woodward (former Don Thomas Sporthaus lot). Free 2-Hour on-street parking at: Bowers Street (east of South Old Woodward Avenue, on the north and south sides of Bowers Street), Frank Street (west of South Old Woodward Avenue, south side of Frank Street) and Hazel Street (east of South Old Woodward Avenue, south side of Hazel Street).

SHOPPING INCENTIVES SHOP DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM AND EARN UP TO $100 IN BIRMINGHAM BUCKS FREE E-GIFT CARDS! Shop

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businesses from Thursday, September 15 - Sunday, September 25 and earn a $10 Birmingham Bucks eGift card for every $100 you spend (up to $100 in free e-gift cards)! Follow this link for details. Visit bhamgov.org/oldwoodwardphase3 to learn more about the project, BSD incentives, and free two-hour

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BIRMINGHAM GREEN

BY NICHOLAS J. DUPUIS, PLANNING DIRECTOR Over the next several months, the Planning Division will be exploring the concepts of reducing consumption and minimizing waste as an integral part of any sustainability strategy. Whether you apply it to your home life, at work, or anywhere else that you have a connection to, these concepts can greatly reduce the environmental impact of our day-to-day lives. The first and most consequential step is establishing a zero-waste culture. The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Zero Waste International defines zero waste as “the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health.” A shift to zero-waste culture requires special attention paid to communication, education and consistency. Interested in exploring what a zero waste culture could look like? Check out a great example in Boston University’s Zero Waste Plan.


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ORDINANCE REMINDERS REMINDERS FOR PET OWNERS Pet licenses are required for puppies and kittens four months old and up, and expire with the expiration of your pet’s rabies vaccination. Pet licenses may be purchased online at www.bhamgov.org/petlicense, by mail or in person at the Clerk’s Office. You’ll need to provide a photo or copy of your proof of residency, your pet’s valid rabies certificate and a check (if not paying online.) Visit www.bhamgov.org/pets or call the Clerk's Office at (248) 530-1880 for more information. PET ORDINANCE REMINDERS: All dogs and cats four months old and up must have a license. Beyond the premises of its owner, all dogs must be on a leash and under reasonable control at all times. Owners cannot allow animals to deposit fecal matter in any place other than the premises where the animal is harbored or kept, unless it is immediately collected and removed. Pet waste should be disposed of in your own garbage container, not the containers of others, or your yard waste bin. No person shall harbor or keep any dog which, by loud or frequent or habitual barking, yelping or howling, causes a serious annoyance to the neighborhood, or to people passing on the street. If you have questions regarding the animal ordinance, please contact the Police Department at (248) 530-1889 or the City Clerk's office at (248) 530-1880.

SIGN ORDINANCE With the upcoming election, it's a good time to review the city's sign ordinance. The City Clerk’s Office advises anyone placing signs in the city to refer to the sign ordinance. Please play special attention to the following sections: 1.03 Sign Requirements 1.06 Temporary Business Sign Standards 1.09 Temporary Residential Sign Standards For more information, cotact the City Clerk's office at (248) 530-1880.

KEEP GRASS & WEEDS BELOW EIGHT INCHES The City's ordinance requires grass and weeds to be kept below eight inches high to ensure our city continues to look well-maintained. 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 website. For more information, contact the Department of Public Services at (248) 530-1700.


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SEPTEMBER IS LIBRARY CARD SIGN UP MONTH Baldwin Public Library offers the items you expect from your public library – books, DVDs, music, audiobooks. But you might be surprised to know that you can also access tons of other useful resources. You can read newspapers like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, peruse Consumer Reports reviews, learn a new language through Mango Languages, hone a new skill with LinkedIn Learning, or develop a new hobby with CreativeBug. You can read electronic versions of your favorite magazines with Libby, and stream movies with Hoopla and Kanopy. And, you can use your card to check out passes for free or discounted admission to over 400 places of interest around the state with the Michigan Activity Pass. September may be Library Card Sign Up Month, but we are happy to help you get a card and start using these great options any time!

READ IN THE PARK EVENT Head to Beverly Park on September 17 for the fourth annual Read in the Park event! At 1:00 p.m. join Detroit native Dr. Ed Sarkis Balian, author of Turn the Page: The Bob Seger Story, for a fascinating multimedia program about the one and only Motor City legend Bob Seger.

At 3:00 p.m.

visit with Amy Young, author and illustrator of the A Unicorn Named Sparkle series and many other books. She'll give kids a mini art lesson and you can learn how she illustrates. Afterwards, walk the Story Book Trail and read all about Sparkle. Both authors will take questions from the audience and sign books after they speak. Presented by Baldwin Public Library and The Village of Beverly Hills Parks & Recreation, with support from the Friends of Baldwin Public Library and the Jane R. Cameron Endowment.

Baldwin Public Library is located at 300 W. Merrill Street in Birmingham. For more information visit www.baldwinlib.org or call (248) 647-1700.


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NEWS FROM THE MUSEUM MUSEUM LAUNCHES CEMETERY TOURS ON APP Just in time for the September 17 commemoration of the Underground Railroad designation of Greenwood Cemetery, the museum is launching its Cemetery Tours on the museum app as well as including a new one: “Underground Railroad Connections." To download the app and take all of the tours for free, go to the App or Google Play Store and search for “The Birmingham Museum." Available tours allow users to see the museum’s Allen House as the family home it was built as; the Hunter House through the eyes of the children who once called it home; and the cemetery tours take users through a journey exploring Birmingham’s early pioneers, 19th century community builders, 20th century notables and Birmingham’s connections to the Underground Railroad. The Birmingham Museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and children 5 and under and Friends members are free. Questions? Contact the museum at (248) 530-1928 or museum@bhamgov.org, or check us out on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

NEWS FROM THE ICE SPORTS ARENA The Birmingham Ice Sports Arena will remain closed until September 6th due to the recent power outage. Ice surfaces must be built back up to acceptable thickness levels before use. We appreciate your patience and look forward to welcoming visitors soon!

LEARN TO SKATE: REGISTER FOR FALL PROGRAMS! The Birmingham Ice Sports Arena offers Learn to Skate programs for ages three and up. The 9-week Fall Session One program meets once per week starting in September. Skate rental is available. Visit https://play.bhamgov.org/ to register online!

FALL OPEN SKATE SCHEDULE Enjoy open skate this fall! Please visit bhamgov.org/icearena for more information.

SKATE SHARPENING AVAILABLE The Birmingham Ice Sports Arena offers skate sharpening. Contact the arena for details. The Birmingham Ice Sports Arena is located at 2300 East Lincoln in Birmingham. For questions about programs, contact Connie Folk at (248) 530-1642 or cfolk@bhamgov.org.

SENIOR SERVICES Did you know seniors enjoy a wide variety of services all throughout the Birmingham community? From special events and activities to exclusive discounts and assistance, seniors have many special

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GOLF COURSES NINE, WINE AND DINE CHARITY GOLF EVENT Register to participate in a fun ladies golf outing benefitting the Shades of Pink Foundation! The event will take place on September 30 at Lincoln Hills Golf Course. The registration fee is $125/person and includes nine holes of golf, putting/chipping contest entry, dinner and two drink tickets. The event will also feature golf prizes, fabulous gift baskets and raffle fun! Registration and the putting/chipping contest will begin at 3:00 p.m. Golf begins with a shotgun start at 4:00 p.m., with dinner and drinks to follow. Register for this event by September 15! Find event information and register online at www.shadesofpinkfoundation.org/ninewinedinegolf. Contact Event Co-Chair Jackie Odom at (248) 202-3367 with any questions.

TURKEY SHOOT CHARITY CLASSIC EVENT Hit the links for a good cause at this annual event benefitting Lighthouse! This annual event will take place on Saturday, November 5 at Lincoln Hills Golf Course. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. The entry fee is $35/person (receive a $10 discount by donating a frozen turkey or other non-perishable food items). Teams consist of two players and the format is a backwards scramble. We look forward to another successful event – snow or shine! For Turkey Shoot event registration, visit www.golfbirmingham.org or contact the Lincoln Hills Clubhouse at (248) 530-1670.

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Club Championship! View the results here!


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MUSEUM UNDERGROUND RAILROAD COMMEMORATION CEREMONY SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 AT 11 A.M. CEREMONY AT QUARTON LAKE PARK WITH TOUR OF GREENWOOD CEMETERY TO FOLLOW

The City of Birmingham invites the community to an Underground Railroad Commemoration Ceremony on Saturday, September 17 at Quarton Lake Park, located at the corner of Oak and Lakeside, one block from Greenwood Cemetery. The event will begin with a brief ceremony at 11:00 a.m. followed by a tour of the gravesites. Ceremony attendees will include city officials and staff, local historians, state representatives and descendants of George Taylor who will travel from around the country to speak during the event. This historic event will formally acknowledge the National Park Service’s recognition of the Greenwood Cemetery gravesites of abolitionist Elijah S. Fish and freedom seeker George B. Taylor on the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.


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BIRMINGHAM SHOPPING DISTRICT BIRMINGHAM FARMERS MARKET SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11: HARVEST FESTIVAL Join us on Sunday, September 11 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for the Harvest Festival and Second Sunday Fitness featuring Rore Method. Enjoy live music, old fashioned corn shelling, kids' activities and a petting zoo, bountiful local produce and more! SAVE THE DATE FOR MORE SPECIAL EVENTS: October 9: Second Sunday Fitness featuring Gazelle Sports October 30: End of Season Celebration The market is open every Sunday through October 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and is located in Public Parking Lot 6 at 660 North Old Woodward Avenue. As always, parking is convenient and free every Sunday. For more information, visit www.ALLINBirmingham.com/FarmersMarket, like us on Facebook @BIRMINGHAMFARMERSMARKET and follow us on Instagram @bhamfarmmkt.

MOVIE NIGHTS AT BOOTH PARK Join us at Booth Park for the final Movie Night of the season on Friday, September 16 featuring Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m.; movie at 7:30 p.m. *In the event of inclement weather, Movie Nights will be held the following evening (Saturday). Visit www.ALLINBirmingham.com/events and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for details.


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BIRMINGHAM SHOPPING DISTRICT FALL BIRMINGHAM BUCKS PROMOTION SHOP DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM AND EARN UP TO $100 IN FREE E-GIFT CARDS (SEPTEMBER 15 - 25) Shop Birmingham Shopping District (BSD) businesses from Thursday, September 15 - Sunday, September 25 and earn a $10 Birmingham Bucks e-Gift card for every $100 you spend (up to $100 in free e-gift cards)! Visit allinbirmingham.com/fallbucks for details.

SAVE THE DATE: BIRMINGHAM ART WALK THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 5:00PM - 8:00PM Save the date for the first ever Birmingham Art Walk! This strolling event will take place during the evening throughout downtown Birmingham. Participating Birmingham businesses will host an artist in their store and may offer special promotions, light refreshments and more! Visit www.ALLINBirmingham.com/events in early October for details.

See what's new in the Birmingham Shopping District! Visit www.ALLINBirmingham.com for a list of restaurants, shops and more! Sign up for our enews and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest information on what's happening downtown.


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Birmingham’s Big Night Out (BBNO) is a special evening reminiscent of something you might see in an old movie but not get a chance to experience. On October 20th the doors to the luxurious Daxton ballroom will open and Mark Randisi and the Motor City Jazz Orchestra will whisk you away to another time and place with timeless music made popular by such greats as Sinatra, Bennett, Crosby, Martin and more. Net proceeds from this special evening will support Next’s future plans.

Next proudly serves the growing 50 plus population in our community. Next is located at 2121 Midvale Street in Birmingham. Contact Next at (248) 203-5270, visit www.BirminghamNext.org or like Next on Facebook.


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BENCH DEDICATION HONORS FORMER CITY ATTORNEY, TIM CURRIER On Monday, August 29, 2022, city officials and staff members dedicated a City bench to Tim Currier and honored him for his distinguished 30-year career as City Attorney for the City of Birmingham. Mr. Currier was recognized for his professional legal skills, leadership and dedication to the City and its citizens. A special thank you to private contributors who generously funded the bench, which overlooks Shain Park and will benefit the community for many years to come.


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ANNOUNCING THE 2022 BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD CULTURAL ARTS AWARD HONOREES The Cultural Council of Birmingham Bloomfield, in conjunction with their community partners (The Community House, Hometown Life, the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, and Bloomfield Cablevision), recently announced the 27th annual Birmingham Bloomfield Cultural Arts Award honorees. The Cultural Arts Awards honor persons in our community who a jury of local arts enthusiasts have selected for having had an extraordinary impact on the cultural life of our community. John W. Rutherford will receive the 2022 Birmingham Bloomfield Cultural Arts Award ‘for nurturing artistic voices.’ Rutherford enjoys an extraordinarily loyal following of generations of parents, students, and members of the community. He is a teacher/director at Birmingham Groves High School, the artistic/educational director of Village Youth Theatre and uses his own funds to run the independent “Barebones Theatre Productions" company. During the pandemic, Rutherford used digital rehearsals and performances, virtual competition platforms, produced plays written by professional playwrights with adult actors, created a Zoom playwriting/acting workshop that helped develop original scripts for production, and found ways to entertain community audiences with socially distanced and outdoor theatre opportunities. His efforts to help all people find their voice through speech and theatre are renowned in our community as acknowledged by his receiving numerous state level awards such as the GUVVY Arts Educator Award as well as his induction into both the Michigan Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame and the Michigan Speech Coaches, Inc Hall of Fame. Howard Hertz, an entertainment lawyer whose client list reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ in celebrity America, will receive a Special Lifetime Achievement Award as a ‘champion for artistic freedom’, honoring the huge impact his volunteer work has had in Michigan and beyond. As a long-standing board member of the Sphinx Organization, Howard Hertz encourages, mentors, and creates opportunities for underserved young populations in the world of classical music. His pro-bono work with up-and-coming musicians, writers and artists helps protect intellectual freedom at a time when books and all forms of art have come under political scrutiny. Additionally, his indefatigable efforts to support the growing film industry in Michigan, and his long-term presidency of the Detroit Music Awards Foundation—which was recently awarded an Emmy for its 30th year broadcast—are just some examples of his huge impact on the arts community and artists. The Village Players, which is celebrating its centennial in Birmingham this year will receive the Partners with the Arts Award for ‘One hundred years of vibrant community theatre’. The award is given directly by the Cultural Council to honor a business, non-profit or organization in our community that supports the arts in a distinguished manner. This year’s honorees will be celebrated at a limited in-person event at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center on Friday October 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The ceremony will be broadcast on local cable and be available on our website following the event: https://culturalcouncilbirminghambloomfield.org/.


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