Novi Assistant Fire Chief John Martin was promoted to chief Aug. 8.

Novi Assistant Fire Chief John Martin was promoted to chief Aug. 8.

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News & Notes - 8/10/23 Novi Note

Novi Note | Published August 11, 2023

Assistant fire chief promoted to chief
Novi Assistant Fire Chief John Martin was promoted to chief Aug. 8. Director of Public Safety and Police Chief Erick Zinser announced the promotion Aug. 1. The promotion comes shortly after Fire Chief Jeff Johnson retired July 14. Follow the Novi Note for more details on this story.


Casting call for ‘Finding Nemo Jr.’
In the Mitten Productions will hold auditions Aug. 27 for its fall Novi Youth Theatre production of “Finding Nemo Jr.” The auditions will take place 11 a.m.-3 p.m at the Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. 10 Mile Road.

Auditions are open to children in grades 1-8. No prior theater experience is required. Call backs will be held 6-8 p.m. Aug. 29. There is no fee to audition, but there is a $200 resident or $230 nonresident fee for those who are cast. The fee includes a T-shirt, a cast photo, most costume pieces and other production material costs. The play will run Nov. 16-19 at the Civic Center.


Novi Community Coalition to host ‘Talking to Children about Body Safety’
The Novi Community Coalition will host an event for parents and caregivers on the subject of “talking to children about body safety” 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Novi Public Library, 45255 W. 10 Mile Road in Novi.

The panel discussion is designed to educate parents on how to address issues of body autonomy, consent, and the difference between secrets and surprises with children ages 3-10. Child care will be provided for kids 5 and older who are potty trained. Registration is required. To register, go to or call (248) 349-0720.


Sip, Sip, Hooray! to be held at Lakeshore Park
The annual Sip, Sip Hooray! summer event will be held at multiple Lakeshore Park locations 7-9 p.m. Aug. 24. Attendees will enjoy music from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The event is open to those 21 and older. Attendees are asked to bring their own drinks, such as wine or beer, and lawn chairs. A charcuterie spread will be provided. The cost is $10 for residents and $12 for nonresidents. Participants must register at by 5 p.m. Aug. 18.


Still time to sign up for fall golf league
There is still time to sign up for the city’s fall golf league for seniors ages 55 and older. The league will play Mondays Sept. 18-Oct. 16 at Riverbank Golf Course, 24095 Currie Road in South Lyon.

Partners will play a round-robin schedule for the five weeks. The cost to join is $74 for residents and $89 for nonresidents. There is also a $5 golf cart fee — based on two people sharing a cart — to be paid directly to the golf course. Registration is open until midnight Sept. 7. More information on the golf league, as well as other community sports, can be found at


Public art gallery available at Novi Civic Center atrium
The Novi Civic Center atrium art gallery is seeking local artists to display their work in either the display case or in exhibits. The gallery is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and some evenings and weekends. Artists interested in displaying their work should contact the gallery at (248) 347-0400.