News & Notes - 11/8/23 Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle

Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 8, 2023

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Santa is coming to town in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM — Residents can welcome Santa to town Nov. 25 with the Birmingham Shopping District. Register to take a short walk through downtown, starting in the parking lot of the Surnow building, 320 Martin St. The walk will stop at various shops and will conclude at Santa’s home in Shain Park. Participants can register online at


Grace Centers of Hope to hold fundraising event
BIRMINGHAM — Grace Centers of Hope will hold its 10th annual Night of Hope Gala 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 10. The black-tie gala and fundraising event at the Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., will benefit Grace Centers of Hope’s children’s programs that support children who have been affected by homelessness and addiction.

“Over the last 10 years of Night of Hope, we’ve achieved remarkable milestones with our Children’s Program,” Pastor Kent Clark, the CEO of Grace Centers of Hope, said in a press release. “We’ve raised nearly $1.5 million in charitable contributions, enabling us to make a profound impact on the lives of children. With these funds, we’ve purchased a new daycare center, doubling our capacity to provide children’s services, enhanced and expanded our playground, and sent our kids to YMCA’s summer program, as well as more than 20 field trips each year. This is all thanks to the tremendous generosity of our donors, especially attendees and sponsors of our annual Night of Hope.”

The night will be emceed by Chris Stevenson, the host of “Morning Light” on 103.5 WMUZ in Detroit. Guests will experience touching stories, inspiring videos, a gourmet dinner, live music, and a silent auction. There will also be raffles for guests to participate in.

Sponsors of the event are Believers in Hope, Bradley & Co., Emerald City Designs, Jessica’s Natural Foods, Joshua Gold Custom Clothier, Live Life Now, Magna, Moon & Back Snacks, Oxford Bank, Regiani Holistic Dentistry, Restorative Therapies Inc., Richards & Swift Roofing, TMI Realty, and UBS Financial.

Night of Hope tickets can be purchased online for $150 at


Support local businesses in county sweepstakes
BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham and Oakland County residents are invited to participate in the #LocalGemsOC sweepstakes for a chance to win $1,000 through Nov. 25.

In order to participate, people can submit a selfie in front of one of their favorite Oakland County small businesses. The photo can be with the small business exterior, sign or interior.

Every time someone submits, they must include a different small business, and each entry must include a separate photo. The more one submits, the higher their chance to win. Participants are not required to make a purchase at the business they are supporting through the sweepstakes. Participants must be Michigan residents 18 and up. More information and official rules can be found at


Senior Men’s Club welcomes November speakers
BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Senior Men’s Club of Birmingham has announced its speakers for November’s Friday luncheon meetings at the Iroquois Club, 43248 Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Township.

The next meeting is on Nov. 10 and will welcome J.J. Tighe, of the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, and Ingrid Tighe, the president of the Michigan Manufacturing Center, to present “The Spirit of Service — Then and Now — Military Service and Non-Profit.” Andrea Hamilton, the executive director of the Men’s Health Foundation, and John Maten, of The Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial, will present “Senior Men’s Club Foundation in Action” Nov. 17.

There will be no meeting Nov. 24, the week of Thanksgiving.


Library presents ‘Addressing Anxiety In Your Child or Teen’
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Bloomfield Township Public Library will present “Addressing Anxiety in Your Child or Teen” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, as part of the Caregiver Workshop Series. The workshop will introduce the signs and symptoms of anxiety in children as well as real-life strategies to address anxious behaviors. Local therapist Jessica Cortez will teach evidence-based tools to try at home to support a child working through high emotions and behaviors. Families will receive handouts, worksheets, and resource lists that can assist in improving emotion regulation with their child. Registration is required. For more information, call the library at (248) 642-5800 or visit


Library Friends group hosts November Book Sale
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Friends of Bloomfield Township Public Library will hold their Second Saturday Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Friends members may shop from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and memberships can be purchased at the door on the day of the sale, on the lower level of the library. The sale includes thousands of books and audiovisual materials for all ages and interests. Veterans will receive 20% off. Visa, Mastercard, and debit cards are accepted, with a $15 minimum purchase. The Friends accept donations of books and media in good condition. For more information, call the library at (248) 642-5800 or visit