News & Notes - 7/12/23 Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle

Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle | Published July 12, 2023

Photo provided by Cranbrook Art Museum


Cranbrook holds special events each third Thursday
BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Every third Thursday of the month from now until June 2024 will be free at Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Institute of Science.

On these days, guests will not have to pay admission to the Cranbrook Art Museum 11 a.m.-8 p.m. or the Cranbrook Institute of Science 5-8 p.m. Additionally, the Cranbrook Art Museum will remain free on all remaining Thursdays of each month.

On July 20, there will be special events for visitors, including a free curator’s tour of “Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other” 6:30-7:30 p.m. and free drop-in design 5-8 p.m. at the Cranbrook Art Museum. At the Cranbrook Institute of Science, there will be a free planet walk at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and a free planisphere make and take.

Each institution plans to feature free programming each month on the third Thursday of the month. To guarantee admission, visitors are required to RSVP in advance.

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Birmingham’s new city manager officially takes office
BIRMINGHAM — City Manager Jana Ecker has officially begun her role following former City Manager Tom Markus. While she is new to the position, Ecker has been working within the city for 21 years.

In the June city manager report, Ecker thanks Markus on behalf of the city staff for his over 24 years of service with the city. She also shares her goals for making a smooth transition into the position. One of her goals early on was to meet with each city commissioner individually to establish a strong network of communication and a culture of transparency.


Birmingham receives award for environmental action
BIRMINGHAM — The city of Birmingham was recently recognized by the Michigan Green Communities program for achieving silver status in the annual Michigan Green Communities Challenge.

Birmingham was recognized for exemplary action in planning, economic development, land use, energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation and protection, and clean mobility.


Johnson Nature Center holds ribbon cutting for the Inside|Out Program
BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The artwork from the Detroit Institute of the Arts Museum Inside|Out program is officially on display at the Johnson Nature Center.

Guests were invited to the Johnson Nature Center June 23 to participate in the Inside|Out program’s ribbon cutting.

The artwork will be on display until October, along with other nature-inspired art from Bloomfield Hills students. The community can visit the nature center, 3325 Franklin Road in Bloomfield Township, 8 a.m.-dusk daily.