News & Notes - 12/6/23 Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle

Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle | Published December 6, 2023

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Birmingham Fire Department collects Toys for Tots
BIRMINGHAM — The community is encouraged to provide new and unwrapped toys to the Birmingham Fire Department for its annual Toys for Tots Foundation toy drive.

The Birmingham Fire Department has partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation for almost 25 years.

“Every year since we started this program we have seen such tremendous generosity from the community. This year we have added two new collection spots, one at the Baldwin Public Library and one at Birmingham City Hall. Thank you for participating in this wonderful program,” said Birmingham Fire Chief Paul Wells in a press release.

Donations will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 21. Contact Fire Station 1 at (248) 530-1906 for more information. More details about the program can be found at More information about the Birmingham Fire Department can be found at


See ‘Wassail! An Irish-Appalachian Christmas’ in Beverly Hills
BEVERLY HILLS — On Dec. 9, Apollo’s Fire will perform “Wassail! An Irish-Appalachian Christmas” at the Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 W. 13 Mile Road in Beverly Hills.

Apollo’s Fire is Cleveland’s renowned Baroque chamber orchestra. The program will be announced by founder and conductor Jeanette Sorrell.

“Wassail! An Irish-Appalachian Christmas” is a heartwarming holiday story that takes place in old Ireland.

Tickets and more information can be found at


Late Night Thursdays in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM — Late Night Thursdays will take place 5-8 p.m.  Dec. 7, 14 and 21, when downtown Birmingham will be bustling later than most nights so people can shop extended retail hours. There will also be free sweet treats and professional carolers singing holiday favorites.

There will be a free trolley available for people to ride around town during this event. Some random shoppers will receive a gift card from the holiday helpers who will be handing out thousands of dollars in free gift cards. Santa visits are by appointment only.


Holiday weekends feature downtown fun
BIRMINGHAM — On Dec. 9, 16 and 23, the community is welcome to stop by a tent at the corner of Maple Road and Old Woodward at 2 p.m. for free homemade hot chocolate courtesy of Hazel’s, Daxton Hotel and Planthropie, and free roasted chestnuts courtesy of the Birmingham Shopping District.

Each weekend throughout the season, the community is also encouraged to visit Santa at Santa House in Shain Park and to take a house-drawn carriage ride. Donations will be accepted to benefit local nonprofits.

More information can be found at


Gather to see the lighting of the Kindness Art Menorah
FRANKLIN — The community will gather near the Franklin Public Library, 32455 Franklin Road, to light the Kindness Art Menorah at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

The Kindness Art Menorah is the result of the work of hundreds of students from local Jewish and public schools. The event will feature traditional Chanukah delicacies such as doughnuts, latkes and warm soup.

This free event will also feature a fire show and Chanukah activities for all to enjoy. There will also be an opportunity to purchase split the pot Chanukah Gelt tickets for $18 each.