News & Notes - 6/7/23 Farmington Press

Farmington Press | Published June 7, 2023


‘Military Mental Health’ conversation set to take place
FARMINGTON HILLS — The city of Farmington Hills is partnering with Farmington SAFE — Suicide Awareness For Everyone — to present a Community Conversation on Military Mental Health.

The event is scheduled to take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at Farmington Hills City Hall, located at 31555 W. 11 Mile Road.

The Community Conversation on Military Mental Health, sponsored by the nonprofit Graham E. Smith Memorial Fund, is an official PACT ACT Benefits and Military Culture Seminar, providing health care and benefits for veterans, according to a release from the city of Farmington Hills.

Resources from local mental health providers and veterans organizations are set to be available.

Katrina BeShears, a substance abuse expert from the Dingell Veterans Administration Hospital in Detroit, is scheduled to emcee, with a panel of experts set to take part.

With a theme of “Let’s Talk About It,” Farmington SAFE brings together community members, leaders and mental health experts to remove the stigma surrounding depression and provide a connection to available resources, a press release states.

Community members can also attend Farmington SAFE meetings at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Farmington Hills City Hall.

For more information, visit or call (248) 871-2500.


Rocking at Riley Park
FARMINGTON — A Friday night concert series is set to begin in downtown Farmington June 9.

“Rhythms In Riley Park” is scheduled to kick off on that date with a performance by the Shawn Riley Band.

A variety of artists are set to perform on different dates throughout the series, with the concerts scheduled to run 7-9 p.m.

On June 16, The Paisley Fogg is scheduled to perform, followed by Downriver Dan June 23, PowderFinger Detroit June 30, Major Dudes July 7, Soul Xpress July 14, Billy Mack and the Juke Joint Johnnies featuring the WhatAbouts July 28, Surf Zup Aug. 4, DIG A PHONY Aug. 11, the Joyriders Aug. 18, and First Raitt Detroit Aug. 25.


Farmington Hills seeks beautification award nominations
FARMINGTON HILLS — Continuing a 34-year tradition, the Farmington Hills Beautification Commission is offering the opportunity for community members to participate in the Beautification Awards program, according to a press release from the city of Farmington Hills.

Nominations are now being accepted for property owners who are making a “special effort” to create and maintain beautiful landscapes. Nominations are due by July 10.

Awards are presented to businesses, offices, and subdivision or condominium entrances with attractive and well-maintained landscapes.

Judges from the Beautification Commission will visit nominated sites during August to look for well-planned design, landscape variety, imaginative use of color, originality and property maintenance. Additional consideration will be given to maintenance by non-professionals and to environmental sensitivity, the release states.

Community members can nominate their own property or another’s. Nomination forms are available at Residents can also call the Community Development Office at (248) 871-2543 to have a form emailed, faxed or mailed. For more information, contact Community Development Coordinator Tracey Emmanuel at (248) 871-2545 or


Workshop offered for individuals living with chronic pain
METRO DETROIT — Jewish Family Service is offering a six-week workshop conducted by certified leaders to teach individuals living with chronic pain how to create a personal plan for success, develop problem-solving skills, improve communication with health care providers, use the mind to calm the body, make healthier food choices and incorporate physical activity into daily life, according to a press release.

“People living with chronic pain often find it interferes with their ability to manage their health and live life to the fullest,” the release states. “Personal Action Toward Health is an interactive program designed by Stanford University to provide the necessary skills and tools to help you manage chronic pain and live a better life.”

The workshop is scheduled to be offered via Zoom 1-3 p.m. June 13, 20 and 27, and July 5, 11 and 18. The workshop is free and open to adults with chronic pain and other health conditions, as well as caregivers.

According to the release, reservations are required as space is limited. For more information or to register, call (248) 392-0767 or send an email to