News & Notes - 9/20/23 Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle

Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 20, 2023

Photo provided by Friends of Franklin Public Library


Join Friends of Franklin Public Library at Oktoberfest
FRANKLIN — The Friends of the Franklin Public Library will hold the sixth annual Oktoberfest 6 -9 p.m. Oct. 6 at the library in a tented Biergarten adjoining the library’s new outdoor reading garden.

Proceeds will be used to support the refurbishment and renovation of the library, including the reading garden, children’s and adult summer reading programs, and the purchase of DVDs for the library’s collection.

Guests will be able to enjoy food and beverages while listening to the Oktoberfest oompah music of Kielbasa Kings Polka Band.

There will be an assortment of craft beers from Farmington Brewing Co., Franklin Cider Mill cider, and two varieties of wine from Franklin’s own Tangerine Wine. Guests can expect a traditional German-style menu from caterer Frank N Dean’s, including their red oak wood burning chuck wagon, Bavarian pretzels, strudel and Black Forest cakes.

There will be a raffle at the event with a variety of prizes.

Tickets cost $70 and are available at the Franklin Public Library. Email or call (248) 851-2254 for more information.


Foundation offers free health screenings
BIRMINGHAM — The 13th annual Men’s Health Event will be hosted by the MIU Men’s Health Foundation 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 30 at Ford Field in Detroit.

This free event offers, bloodwork, flu vaccinations, HIV testing, oral cancer and dental checks, vision and glaucoma screenings, skin cancer screenings, vein dopplers, diabetic foot checks, heart status monitoring, colorectal cancer FIT kits, posture and spine evaluation, lung function analysis, semenalysis education, kidney screenings and mental health evaluations for metro Detroit men 18 and older. These services are offered to men with or without health insurance.

Dr. Michael Lutz, the president and founder of the MIU Men’s Health Foundation and a urologist with the Michigan Institute of Urology, is a Birmingham resident.

“Mental health is men’s health,” Lutz said in a press release. “One of the things that is far too often not addressed when it comes to men’s health is the amount of stress, anxiety and fatigue people are dealing with in their daily lives. Mental health issues can translate into physical health issues, and both are equally important when it comes to taking care of our bodies and minds.”

Other features in the event include lunch, haircuts, inflatables for kids, a halftime show, fitness classes, a job fair and more.


Read in the Park with two featured authors
BIRMINGHAM — The Read in the Park celebration will feature two authors 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in Beverly Park, 18801 Beverly Road.

Rhonda Gowler Greene, the author of over 25 children’s books, will talk at 11 a.m. Guests can then walk the Story Book Trail, which features one of her books.

Frank Anthony Polito, a Hazel Park native and the author of numerous novels, will talk at 1 p.m.

Registration is requested and can be done by calling (248) 554-4650.


The Senior Men’s Club continues Friday luncheon meetings
BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — After a break during August, the Senior Men’s Club of Birmingham is resuming its Friday luncheon meetings at the Iroquois Club, 43248 Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Township.

The next luncheon will be Sept. 22 with Vicki Selva, the CEO of Oakland Thrive, presenting “Oakland Thrive: Working to Bolster Economic Development Throughout Oakland County.” On Sept. 29 Army Col. Ryan Howell, program manager of Main Battle Tank Systems, will present, “The Abrams Tank: Current and Future.” For more information, visit