Category Archives: Around Town

Dancers set to swing into downtown Farmington pavilion

The 2017 Swing Farmington season, opening May 4, will mark the 10th year of Thursday night dances at downtown Farmington’s Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park.

Alexander Steward, who organizes the weekly events, last week received city permission for the season, which runs through October 19. He said attendance averages around 200 during peak months (May through August).

While most who come out to dance fall between the ages of 13 and 35, Steward said swing dancing is open to all ages. “We’d like to build this year and become a broader-based community event,” he added.

The group will partner with the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market and Greater Farmington Founders Festival and hosts its annual Summer Swing Spectacular with live music on August 3.

“I look forward to this starting up every year and listening to the music from my backyard,” said council member Steven Schneemann.

Swing Farmington’s indoor season is held at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills, Steward said. To learn more, follow the group on Facebook.


Learn how to research your historic home

Historic home owners who want to learn more about their properties – and those interested in genealogy and old homes – are invited to “Researching Your Historic Home,” presented December 7, 7 p.m., at the Heritage & History Center in Farmington Hills.

Preservation Farmington co-founder Jena Stacey will discuss how to dig deeper into your home’s history, using local resources from the Farmington Public Library Heritage Room and online records from Oakland County. The presentation will focus on several Farmington-area homes, giving an in-depth, step-by-step study for each.

Admission is $5, payable at the door. The Heritage & History Center is located insider Heritage Park, on Farmington Road between 10 and 11 Mile Roads. Learn more at

Press release

Young adult author and more at local libraries

The Farmington Community Library offers free events and activities each week. To learn more or register, click on “Events” at or call 248-553-0300. Find the Main Library at 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills, and the Farmington branch at 23500 Liberty St.

E. Lockhart
E. Lockhart
Coder Dojo: Dec. 5, 6 p.m., Main Library

Bob Allen, long active in the software industry teaches real programming languages: Java, JavaScript, and Ruby, tools used by professional developers, and learning in groups or pairs will be the focus. Parents may join the class as well. Class is for teens and adults. Please bring your laptop if you own one.

Memories, Milestones and Memoirs: Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m.

A monthly group where attendees can write their memories, and share with others. No registration is necessary. Bring a pad and pen.

Popular Book Discussion: Dec. 7, 2 p.m., Farmington branch

Join friends for a potluck to celebrate the holiday season and an informal book discussion of The Forgotten Seamstress, by Liz Trenow. Paperbacks are available for checkout at the downtown branch (Liberty Street) Information Desk.

Holiday Bash: Dec. 7, 6 p.m., Farmington branch

Join us in celebrating the season of giving! We’ll make a variety of unique crafts related to gift-giving holidays around the world, and play a few games as well. Gifts of new mittens, scarves, hats, or books for the Mitten Tree and the Goodfellows Book Drive are welcomed but not necessary. Program planned by the Teen Advisory Board.

Open Lab: Dec. 8, 2 p.m., Main Library

Join us in the Main Library Computer Lab to receive assistance from one of our tech gurus, whether it is help with your personal device, or with your favorite social media network.

E. Lockhart Author Visit:  Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Main Library

E. Lockhart, author of the teen novels We were Liars and The Disreputable History of Frankie-Banks, will visit the Farmington Hills Library for a talk on her writings followed by a Q & A session.

Tales, Tunes & Tots: Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m., Main Library

For ages 1-5, enjoy fun stories, songs and musical activities. Siblings welcome. No registration is needed.

Songwriter Sunday-Lorelei: Dec. 11, 2 p.m., Main Library

Maggie McCabe, Tracy Kash, Chris McCall and Mary Kay Hill sing original a capella songs, interspersed with instrumentals and stories. Expect delightful harmonies and lots of holiday music, too.


Wreaths honor Farmington area fallen heroes

American Legion Post 346, along with Miss Farmington 2016 Grace Murphy, City of Farmington officials, and local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will pay tribute to the community’s fallen heroes with a December 3 ceremony in Farmington’s Memorial Park.

Holiday wreaths will be placed at the War Memorial inside the park, which is located at Grand River and Oakland Street. The public is welcome to attend.

Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony at Post #346, 31775 Grand River in Farmington.

Farmington Winter Market celebrates the holiday season

The Farmington Winter Artisans Market will feature plenty of holiday music and spirit Saturday, in its new home at the Masonic Hall, 23715 Farmington Rd. in downtown Farmington.

Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the weekly market will feature local vendors with holiday gifts and ideas. This week, the market features Farmington-based Bunchy’s Chicken and Pizza.

To learn more, follow the market on Facebook.

Farmington Musicale sings ‘Noel, Noel, Noel’

The Farmington Musicale will present “Noel, Noel, Noel,” a free Christmas concert, at 1 p.m. on December 7, at Nardin Park United Methodist Church, 29887 11 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills.

Admission is free.

Musicale President Fern Barber will conduct a Clarinet Choir from the Farmington Community Band, along with Musicale members Mary Behnan, pianist, and Judy Reger, soprano. The Clarinet Choir will play “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”

Pianist Mary Behnan will present “The Birthday of a King” and a Christmans medley. Soprano Judy Reger will sing “Gesu Bombino,” “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” and other songs.

Program Director for the The Farmington Musicale’s Christmas Program is Judy Reger. The Farmington Musicale is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Learn more at

Hills church hosts ‘Home for the Holidays’ concert

Trinity in the Woods Episcopal Church in Farmington Hills will host “Home for the Holidays,” presented December 8-10 by the TAF Community Performance Group, formerly Trinity and Friends.

Home for the Holidays

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. each night, with a reception following, in the church at 26880 La Muera.

The concert will feature diverse arrangements of favorite carols and classical anthems, sung by the full chorus, small groups, and soloists. There will also be an audience carol sing. Composers/writers include Irving Berlin, Mel Torme, Sammy Kahn, Martin Luther, George Frideric Handel and many more.

A unique group of all volunteer musicians, members of the TAF Community Performance Group range in skill from beginner to professional and collaborate to make music and hone their craft in a supportive environment. They have performed live with Foreigner at DTE Energy Music Theater, internationally with a mass choir in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, and as a flash mob at the downtown Farmington Farmer’s Market. TAF also regularly hosts performance workshops that cultivate an environment of ongoing learning and development in the performing arts.

Order tickets or learn more at Tickets will also be available at the door.

Press release

Holly Days: Gifts and Greens Market, Santa, movies and more

Santa arrives in downtown Farmington December 3, during the annual Holly Days celebration hosted by the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce. Here’s what you’ll find during this holiday season kick-off:

Santa Claus
Santa heard Christmas wishes last year from Levi Nelson, 6, of Farmington Hills.
Gifts & Greens Market

The day begins with a special holiday farmers market, open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion. Michigan farmers will offer fresh made wreaths, greens, roping, holiday centerpieces and firewood bundles, and local artisans will offer Michigan-made products. A donation to Farmington/Farmington Hills Neighborhood House will get you a free cup of fresh house-made chili from Page’s Food & Spirits.

Free movies

Support the Farmington Area Goodfellows’ drive to ensure no child or senior in our community goes without a Christmas when you attend a free moving showing at the Farmington Civic Theater. “Miracle on 34th Street” shows at 10 a.m. and noon, and “Shrek the Halls” plays hourly starting at 10:15 a.m. and ending with the last showing at 1:15 p.m. Bring an unwrapped toy, pantry goods or monetary donation; in addition, half of all concession stand sales will benefit the local charity.

Santa and Mrs. Santa visits

Santa will listen to children’s wishes from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., by the fireplace at the Farmington Garage on Grand River just east of Grove St. Focal Point Photography Studios will offer free professional photos to take home.

Also during that time, find “Storytime with Mrs. Claus” at the Farmington Community Library Farmington branch, 23500 Liberty St., and an “Elf Workshop” for kids, at the Greater Farmington Chamber of Commerce, 33425 Grand River. (Be on the lookout for live reindeer!)

Santa at Governor Warner Mansion
Santa stops at the Governor Warner Mansion during Holly Days 2015.
Light Up the Grand

At 6 p.m., a lighted parade will step off from Warner Street and Grand River, featuring music, dancing and floats. Free hot chocolate will be served by Pathways Christian Counseling of Farmington Hills at the Masonic Temple, starting at 5:30 p.m. Follow the parade to the Governor Warner Mansion for the annual tree lighting ceremony with Santa. Free tours of the mansion will be yours with a donation to the Salvation Army bell ringers.

Holiday extravaganza and more for Farmington area seniors

The City of Farmington Hills offers dozens of programs for area adults age 50 and better at the Center for Active Adults, located in the Costick Center on 11 Mile Road between Middlebelt and Inkster. The Center is open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Advance registration is required for all programs. To register for events or for more information, call 248-473-1830.

Get Fit for the Holidays!

Fitness classes are available for drop-ins throughout the month of December. Yoga, Tai Chi, Gym Exercise, Pickle Ball, and more. Call 248-473- 1830 for more information.

Book Discussion: Dec. 1, 1 p.m.

Join a lively, informal book discussion group in cooperation with the Farmington Community Library on the first Thursday of each month. Paperback copies of Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard are available for advance checkout at 50 cents for residents, $1 for non-residents.

First Friday Ballroom: Dec. 2, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Enjoy ballroom dancing featuring the Mike Wolverton Band with buffet dinner included. All levels of experience and adult ages, singles and couples welcome. Cost is $10 by Dec. 1, $12 after.

Shredding for Safety: Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Protect your identity, de-clutter your home, and recycle. Bring in up to four paper grocery bags of documents to be shredded free of charge in the Costick Center parking lot. Drive up only. No junk mail or trash. Residents of Farmington and Farmington Hills only please.

The Holiday Extravaganza: Dec. 9, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Return to the days when holiday parties were glamorous. Dress to the nines and enjoy a scrumptious meal, entertainment, prizes, and dancing to live music by the Mike Wolverton Band. Tickets are $8 by Dec. 5, $10 after.

Friday’s Film: Dec. 16, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Enjoy lunch, beverage, popcorn, and candy, and watch “Me Before You.” Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door.

Celebrate Kwanzaa and more at local libraries

The Farmington Community Library offers free events and activities each week. To learn more or register, click on “Events” at or call 248-553-0300. Find the Main Library at 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills, and the Farmington branch at 23500 Liberty St.

Rosie Chapman
Miz Rosie Chapman will tell stories during a Kwanzaa celebration at the Main Library. (contributed photo)
NaNoWriMo: Nov. 29, 7 p.m., Main Library

Join us for our fourth year of participating in NaNoWriMo. Come for inspiration, a quiet writing space, word sprints, word wars, and all the caffeinated fuel you need to keep going.

Community Sings: Nov. 29, 7 p.m., Farmington branch

Matt Watroba will expertly guide everyone to sing their favorite songs and maybe learn some new ones, whether you are a casual singer, a shower singer or even been asked to mouth the words. The format is “in the round”, style to encourage all levels and all ages to sing. No experience necessary.

GNU Book Discussion: Nov. 30. 7 p.m., Farmington branch

Calling all Geeks, Nerds, and U. This month we will discuss Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling. Books available at the Farmington Branch Information Desk.

Costick Center Book Discussion: Dec. 1, 1 p.m.

This month’s book is Destiny of the Republic, by Candace Millard. Books available at the Costick Center.

Medicare Part D sign-ups: Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Main Library

Volunteer staff from MMAP will be on hand to help sign up those eligible for Medicare Part D Assistance. Appointments are required by calling 800-803- 7174.

Open Lab: Dec. 1, 6 p.m., Main Library

Join us in the Main Library Computer Lab to receive assistance from one of our tech gurus. Whether it is help with your personal device, or with your favorite social media network, our experienced techs will be there to help you.

Celebrate Kwanzaa: Dec. 3, 2 p.m., Main Library

A celebration of Kwanzaa presented by the Smith, Andersen and Beamer families including presentations about Kwanzaa, African folktales told by Miz Rosie Chapman and light refreshments.

Shamrock Shore: Dec. 4, 2 p.m., Farmington branch

Stop by the library for some music and warm apple cider with Shamrock Shore. Hear the finest traditional Irish pub music and other classics, then head out to our fantastic local businesses for food, drinks and shopping.