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News & Notes - 12/20/23 Farmington Press

Farmington Press | Published December 19, 2023


Students encouraged to consider dual enrollment
FARMINGTON — Farmington Public Schools is promoting an early middle college program with Oakland Community College. The Accelerated College Experience gives the opportunity to graduate with an associate degree and up to 60 college credits, according to a press release.

Graduated students then may transfer to a four-year college or other postsecondary program.

The money for the taxpayer-funded program comes from a school district’s state aid foundation grant, so there is no cost to the student, but transportation is not provided.

Students can apply for admission in the 10th grade and, if selected, begin the three-year program in 11th grade.

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Civic Theater offers memberships
FARMINGTON — The city-owned Farmington Civic Theatre offers memberships for theater fans to see unlimited movies.

According to the city, the “Unlimited” membership “provides a budget-friendly way to enjoy fresh, new movies at the Farmington Civic Theater. It’s also a way to support independent cinema. See as many movies as you want each month, on our two screens, for one low price. See a movie multiple times, if you wish. With the Unlimited Plus membership, you also get free popcorn and pop while attending each movie.”

Special events and some special screenings may be unavailable to members, and membership is not required to see movies. For more information, visit


Pontiac opens new skatepark
PONTIAC — Skateboarders and other extreme sports fans are invited to try out Pontiac’s new skatepark.

The new skatepark is located in Oakland Park, 500 E. Montcalm St. A grand opening ceremony is expected to take place in May 2024. The new facility was born of a collaboration between the city of Pontiac, the Pontiac Skatepark Project, local activists and skate enthusiasts, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, the Oakland County Commission, and The Skatepark Project — formerly known as the Tony Hawk Foundation.

Through this collaborative funding partnership, $568,000 was established in support of this project. Pontiac’s newly constructed skatepark is an estimated 10,000 square feet and features several ramps of various sizes, handrails, flat rails, ledges and other amenities to accommodate skaters of all skill levels.

Skatepark hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 16-March 14, 2024; and 7 a.m.-8 p.m. March 15, 2024, to Nov. 14, 2024.

No motorized or electric vehicles are allowed on the skatepark, skaters must wear protective equipment, and there is no skating during inclement weather such as snow, rain or fog.