Township Open House will serve up fun for all

By: Robin Ruehlen | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 9, 2013

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — From painting pumpkins to putting out fires, or riding in police cars to riding in snowplows, the annual Bloomfield Township Open House will have something for everyone.

The free event takes place noon-4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the township’s main campus at 4200 Telegraph Road.

Clerk Jan Roncelli said the event has been a favorite in the township for more than a decade.  Weather permitting, she is expecting more than 1,000 in attendance.

“This is a time when people get to see their police, firefighters and elected officials on a very casual basis,” she said.

“It’s a pretty festive event, and people do want to talk to us. I’ve had residents come up and talk to me about suggestions for the event in the future, or about how things are going in the township or how the new school is coming along.”

The Bloomfield Township Police Department will offer K-9 demonstrations, as well as gun-range demonstrations and the chance for children to ride in a patrol car to try out the sirens. The animal shelter will be open to visitors, and the Fire Department will perform vehicle extrication demonstrations and other fire safety activities in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week. At 12:45, a University of Michigan rescue helicopter will land across the street from town hall.

Refreshments include cider and doughnuts, hot dogs, pizza, tacos, pumpkin pie, and other treats. 

Roncelli said her office will be open for voter registration and Passport Day noon-4; no appointment is required, and a photo service will be available. The service is open to residents and nonresidents alike.

New to the open house this year is a Load the Loader event, where participants can make a donation of any size, and for every $5, a meal container will be tossed into the bucket to benefit Meals on Wheels.

“This is a great thing, because we do have needy families in our area and in Bloomfield Township,” she said.

In conjunction with the main campus events, the Bloomfield Township Public Library will host a free performance of “Little Red Riding Hood” by the Michigan Opera Theatre at 2 p.m. 

“We’ve participated in the open house with a live theatrical performance for the last four years,” said Library Director Carol Mueller.

“It’s something that is enjoyed by kids and adults like, and hopefully after people check out what’s going on at the township campus, they will come down to the library to see the performance.” 

Parking is available at the township campus. For more information and a map of the day’s activities, visit