News & Notes - 9/6/23 Farmington Press

Farmington Press | Published September 8, 2023


Gill Elementary School receives donation
FARMINGTON — Burlington Stores has donated $5,000 through its partnership with the national nonprofit to Gill Elementary School, according to a press release from Farmington Public Schools.

The release states that the funds are to purchase school supplies.

“A representative from reached out to the District and school administrators and helped to secure the donation for Gill Elementary School, which will support their classrooms with new supplies,” the release states.

In the release, Gill Elementary Principal Chris Suliman stated that “the teachers will use the funds to purchase a number of new classroom items such as books, pencils, paper, and other school supplies to help our students learn.”


Fall VegFest set to take place in downtown Farmington
FARMINGTON — VegMichigan’s seventh annual Fall VegFest is set to take place 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10 at Riley Park in downtown Farmington.

“Everyone is invited to attend this family-friendly event, whether you are completely new to plant-based eating or have been eating a plant-rich diet for many years,” a press release states. “We will be hosting some of the best plant-based food that Michigan has to offer in one place. There will be more than 30 featured vendors, including restaurants, food trucks, caterers, specialty items, sustainable shopping and nonprofits.”

Attendees are encouraged to visit the VegMichigan table to learn about the benefits of plant-based eating for health, ethics and the environment.   

New this year is a scheduled presentation of “Healthy Eating” at the Farmington Civic Theatre 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. by Marc and Kim Ramirez, who will tell their story of how Marc, a former University of Michigan football player, regained his health through dietary changes, followed by a testimony from Oliver Bosnjakovski, who began eating plant-based to support his recovery from a heart attack, according to the release.

For more details, send an email to


Sock hop fundraiser scheduled
PLYMOUTH — Another Day Resource Center, which is a nonprofit that supplies food, clothing and hygiene items to individuals, is set to host its third “Sock Hop Classic Car Show” at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Mile City Church, located at 13100 N. Haggerty Road in Plymouth. A silent auction, a photo booth and a DJ are set to be part of the fundraising dinner. A flier about the event reads, “DRESS TO IMPRESS IN YOUR 50’S BEST!” For more information, visit


Blood drive scheduled at Costick Center
FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Costick Center is scheduled to host a community blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross.

Blood donations support lifesaving emergency and trauma care, surgeries, and treatment of serious diseases at hospitals, and one donation can help save hundreds of lives, according to a press release from the city of Farmington Hills.

Donors of all blood types are needed, with type O positive in highest demand for use in patients in other blood groups and in emergency cases when a patient’s blood type is unknown, the release states.

Community members can donate blood 8 a.m.-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road.

Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 115 pounds and be 17 years of age or older.

Individuals as young as age 16 may donate if a parent/guardian is present to fill out a permission.

Although the process takes about an hour, according to the release, donors can save up to 15 minutes on appointment day by completing the pre-donation reading and health history questions at

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, register at For more information, call (800) 448-3543.