News & Notes - 5/25/23 Novi Note

Novi Note | Published May 26, 2023

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Novi BBQ Fest to be held Memorial Day weekend
The Novi BBQ Fest will be held May 25-28 at 12 Mile Crossing, 44175 W. 12 Mile Road in Novi. The festival will feature national and local barbecue trucks with a variety of types of barbecue. There will also be live music along with activities for kids, such as face painting and games.

Attendees can enjoy their food on the patio at Beerhead, which has a huge selection of drinks. No outside beverages will be permitted. On Sunday, the festival will feature a free magic show for kids at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Novi BBQ Fest will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 25-26, from noon to 9 p.m. May 27 and from noon to 5 p.m. May 28. There is no cost for parking or admission. For information, visit


Novi to host multiple Memorial Day events
The city of Novi will host multiple events this weekend in celebration of those who sacrificed their lives for this country, including the Fuerst Trail of Honor, the Memorial Day run and the Memorial Day parade.

The Fuerst Trail of Honor will be open all Memorial Day weekend. The public is welcome to take a stroll through the field of flags in the park and learn about the local men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Fuerst Park is at 45325 W. 10 Mile Road.

The annual Memorial Day run will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 29. The event will feature a 5K starting at 7:30 a.m. and a one-mile fun run at 8:30 a.m. Part of the event proceeds will go towards the Novi Parks Foundation and Jessica’s Splash-pad.

The parade will start at Meadowbrook Commons, 25075 Meadowbrook Road, at 10 a.m. and end at the east entrance of the Novi Civic Center.

For more information on these events, and to register for the Memorial Day run, visit


Golf fundraiser to support bartender with esophageal cancer
Links of Novi, 50395 W. 10 Mile Road, is hosting a golf outing fundraiser at 2 p.m. May 28 to raise money for longtime bartender Misty Lindquist, a single mom of three girls who has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. The funds will help Lindquist as she undergoes treatment and recovery.

The event will have a shotgun start. The cost for each team of four is $110 per player and includes an 18-hole game of golf, a hot dog lunch and a barbecue dinner with beer tickets. A dinner-only option is available for $25 per person. Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Find the registration form at


Oakland County Parks to give out Native Plants
Oakland County Parks, in partnership with the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and Michigan State University Extension, will be giving out 630 native plant kits in June.  Oakland County residents can register for one free kit per household. Each kit includes approximately 16 plants that are native to Michigan, plus planting instructions.

Registration is required and the kits must be picked up June 2-3. Pickup on Friday, June 2, will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Lyon Oaks County Park, 52221 Pontiac Trail in Wixom. On Saturday, June 3, pickup will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Evanswood Church, 2601 E. Square Lake Road in Troy.

For more information or to register, visit


AAPI Heritage Festival coming to Fuerst Park
The first AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Heritage Festival will be held in Fuerst Park, 45325 W. 10 Mile Road, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 4. The event is being put on as a collaborative effort between the Novi Public Library, Novi Parks and Recreation, and the student-led organization Dear Asian Youth Novi. According to Rebecca Borlace, of DAYN, the festival is being held to “expand the Asian presence in the community by exhibiting various Asian foods, traditions, crafts and more.”


Lakeshore Beach to open Memorial Day weekend
Lakeshore Beach will open Saturday, May 27. The beach will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Labor Day. No lifeguards are on duty at Lakeshore Beach.


City offices to close for Memorial Day
City offices, Meadowbrook Activity Center and the Novi Public Library will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. The library will also be closed on Sunday, May 28. Trash services will be delayed by one day this week.


City Superhero Showcase rescheduled
The City Superhero Showcase has been rescheduled to 6-8:30 p.m. June 2 at the Novi Civic Center, 45175 10 Mile Road in Novi. The event will feature a community open house; family-friendly activities; police, fire and public works vehicles; free hot dogs; and a character meet-and-greet. The event will provide residents with the chance to learn about the city and share in its community spirit, according to a press release.


Applications are open for the Novi Youth Police & Fire Leadership Academy
The Novi Youth Police & Fire Leadership Academy is a free program to give kids an inside look at local law enforcement and fire prevention careers. The academy is for Novi students in grades six to 10. It will be held primarily at the Novi Police Department Training Center, 45125 10 Mile Road, July 17-21. Applications will be accepted through June 26.

For more information, go to or contact Detective Julie Warren (248) 449-1606 or Detective Sarah Moulik (248) 449-1537.


ITC to conduct helicopter inspections of transmission lines
ITC Transmissions will be conducting aerial inspections of its high-voltage transmission structures and lines in Novi from May 29 to June 2. The helicopters are expected to be flying lower than usual, but there is no cause for concern.


Consumers Energy doing construction on Taft Road
Consumers Energy has begun construction work that will involve lowering sections of buried natural gas pipeline to accommodate future road work. The construction started in mid-May and is anticipated to last a month.

According to a press release, subdivision entrances off Taft Road at Addington Lane and White Pines Drive may be closed during the project, along with the shoulder on the west side of Taft Road. Temporary lane shifts may take place on Taft Road as equipment and materials are loaded or unloaded, the press release states.

The sidewalk on the west side of Taft Road in the project area will be closed while work is underway.