News & Notes - 12/7/23 Southfield Sun

Southfield Sun | Published December 8, 2023


Southfield to host The Holiday Sleigh of Giving
SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Police and Fire Departments present the Holiday Sleigh of Giving 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 16 in Southfield Public Library Circle Drive, 26300 Evergreen Road.

The event is hosted along with the Southfield Public Library, Southfield Public Schools, the Southfield Domestic Violence Group, the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Southfield Alumni Chapter, the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and Take One Community Program.

The gift giveaway is for Southfield and Lathrup Village families in need; however, the general public is invited to participate.

Gifts are targeted at children between ages 4 and 12 and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies are available.

For more information, call the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5300.


Soulful Santa Celebration planned
SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with McDonald’s of Michigan and Vibe Credit Union, will present the Soulful Santa Celebration noon-5 p.m. Dec. 9 inside the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.

Attendees will have the opportunity to get a professional photo with Black Santa. There will also be take-home crafts, cookies and hot chocolate.

The event will also feature a vendor marketplace for holiday shopping, holiday storytelling, a Wii Spin 360 Photo Booth, face painting with Jazzy the Clown and a performance by the Impulse Dance Academy dancers. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets cost $8 for Southfield residents and $10 for non-residents. All attendees ages 2 and up must have a ticket, and one adult must be present per family. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Parks and Recreation Information Desk at the Pavillion or online at Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, call (248) 796-4620.


City seeks feedback for Southfield Oaks
SOUTHFIELD — The city of Southfield and Oakland County Parks and Recreation Department are partnering to re-envision 39 acres in the southern portion of Beech Woods Park.

County parks department will spend $1.5 million to transform the 9-hole golf course along the Rouge River into a nature preserve for residents to slow down and enjoy the outdoors.

With the partnership, Oakland County will operate the park as Southfield Oaks County Park, and the city will maintain ownership. The park will remain free and open to the public.

Residents of Southfield and surrounding areas are encouraged to take the Beech Woods Park Survey to provide feedback on what they’d like to see. The survey can be found at


2024 MLK Community Service Award nominations being sought
SOUTHFIELD — The Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force is seeking nominations for the 2024 MLK Community Service Award.

Nominees must possess the qualities of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: active in community service and committed to the advancement of human and civil rights.

Nominees must be at least 18 years of age and must reside or work in Southfield or Lathrup Village. Past recipients and current elected officials are not eligible.

To nominate someone, share something about the person you are nominating, including the reason you feel they have earned this award.

All submissions must include the name, address and phone number of both the person nominating and the person being nominated.

Nominations may be mailed to Dorothy Dean, Community Service Award Committee Chair, 26677 W. 12 Mile Road, Southfield, 48034; or emailed to

All nominations must be submitted by Dec. 20. For more information, call (248) 790-0531 or visit