News & Notes - 9/21/23 Southfield Sun

Southfield Sun | Published September 22, 2023

Pet parade and blessing planned
SOUTHFIELD — St. Anne’s Mead and St. David’s Episcopal Church present their pet parade and blessing at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at 16106 W. 12 Mile Road in Southfield.

Pups who are up to date on vaccines and well-behaved around cats and dogs are welcome to participate in the parade.

Dogs must be on a leash. Cats can be in a carrier or on a leash.

Costumes are encouraged. Registration must be completed in advance by Sept. 29. To register, call Peggy Goodwin at (248) 557-1221 or visit


Rock the Block returns to Southfield for second year
SOUTHFIELD — Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County, along with corporate and community volunteers, will hold a two-day home repair and yard cleanup, Rock the Block, 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.

The kickoff will take place at 20645 Westland Drive. Homeowners can receive minor exterior home repairs at a modest price.

The program grants homeowners the opportunity to reside in safe housing, enables seniors to age in place, maintains and increases home values and fosters neighborhood stability.


Volunteers needed for Southfield Road corridor fall cleanup
LATHRUP VILLAGE — The Lathrup Village Downtown Development Authority is hosting the annual Southfield Road corridor cleanup 9-11 a.m. Sept. 23.

The DDA is looking for volunteers to help clean up by removing trash and debris from culverts and ditches. To volunteer, scan the QR code or contact DDA Manager Brittany Dorsey at or (248) 557-2600, ext. 246.


Senior volunteers needed for tutoring, mentoring students
SOUTHFIELD — The Foster Grandparent Program is looking for volunteers who are income-eligible and age 55 and older for one-on-one support between a senior volunteer and a student with special or exceptional needs to help them develop academic and life skills.

Volunteers serve between 20 and 40 hours a week. The program is sponsored by the Senior Volunteer Division of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. Last year, 30 volunteers helped more than 120 Oakland County special needs students, but more volunteers are needed. Volunteers will receive an orientation and monthly training to equip them with the skills needed to help students. Volunteers will also receive a stipend, accident and liability insurance, travel reimbursement and meals. Contact Carol Wall to volunteer at or (248) 537-3300, ext. 3919.


Walk to raise awareness of domestic violence to be held Oct. 1
SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Police and Fire Departments, in collaboration with 46th District Court and community partners, will host the 2023 Walk to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1.

Registration is required, and the first 500 to register will receive a free walker’s package mailed to their home, which includes a T-shirt and a wristband.

The event will begin with a press conference detailing the city’s strategy and dedication to reducing the occurrence and impact of domestic violence. The 2-mile walk will begin and end on the front lawn of the Southfield Municipal Campus, 26000 Evergreen Road. To register, visit