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Clawson – December 12, 2018

Clawson – December 12, 2018

Does Your Kid Like to Put on a Show?

If so, Acting Out Kids Community Theatre might be the perfect place for your child. They offer opportunities to participate in plays, murder mystery dinner theatre productions, films, YouTube shows, classes, workshops, camps, field trips, community events and social events. They are currently taking registration for classes starting in January. Check their website for class schedules. Classes need a minimum of 10 participants, and a minimum of 15 for the murder mystery dinner theatre production. For more information or to register, contact AOK at

Ready for a Heist?

The Senior Center afternoon movie on Thursday, December 20 at 12:45 p.m. will be “Ocean’s Eight” starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling and Helena Bonham Carter. This movie tells the story of Debbie Ocean, who gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.



Yoga at the Library

Bring your mat or use a chair and join Marilyn Bird for a free basic yoga class on Monday, December 17, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. This class is designed for all ages and skill levels and will teach you how to improve your flexibility, strength and balance through basic yoga poses and breathing techniques.
It will also explore ways to use the mind-body-breath connection to promote a deep sense of peacefulness and relaxation. Class size is limited. Call (248) 588-5500 for more information or to register.

Be a Permanent Part of Downtown Clawson

Commemorative brick pavers add to the charm of Clawson sidewalks while they celebrate families, friends and important occasions. Honor someone you love for the holidays! These bricks last a lifetime, sharing your message with all who visit downtown Clawson. A donation of $80 buys a 5” x 9” custom brick paver engraved with a family name, a special date or message. Download the brick order form to bring or mail your order to Clawson City Hall, 425 N. Main, Clawson MI 48017 or fill out the online form.

Is Your New Year’s Resolution to Do More For Your Community?

If  so, you can fill out an application to let the city know you’re interested in serving on one of the following boards and commissions:

  • Blair Memorial Library
  • Compensation Commission
  • Downtown Development Authority
  • Historical Commission
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Planning Commission
  • Traffic & Safety Board
Beth Robinson

Beth Robinson

City News Editor

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Clawson – December 05, 2018

Clawson – December 05, 2018

Clawson’s Young Musicians Warm Up Winter

Join Clawson schools for their concert series December 10 -19 at the Clawson High School Auditorium. And if you have an instrument, come on out to play on December 18 at the Winter Jam Band Open Concert.

Monday, December 10, 7 p.m. – Moxie Strings Concert. Clawson High School and Middle School String Orchestras will present an evening of Celtic, bluegrass, rock and jazz music with the Moxie Strings.

Wednesday, December 12, 7 p.m. – Clawson Choirs Winter Concert. This concert will feature the four Clawson High School and Middle School ensembles.

Tuesday, December 18, 7 p.m. – Clawson High School Winter Jam Open Band Concert. Alumni and members of the community are invited to bring their band instruments and play along with the high school band.

Wednesday, December 19, 7:00 p.m. – Winter Strings Concert will feature 6 -12th grade orchestra students.

Ring in the Holidays at the Senior Center

Monday, December 17 at 5 p.m. – Dinner and Holiday Lights. Enjoy a delicious dinner at the center, followed by a bus tour around town to see all the beautiful holiday lights. Cost is $10. Space is limited, so sign up early.

Wednesday, December 19 at noon – Christmas Luncheon. Celebrate a joyous holiday season with friends. Enjoy a delicious meal, door prizes and more. Cost is $5. Tickets will be sold until December 14 or until sold out.

Wednesday, December 19 at 1 p.m. – Christmas Bingo. Registration closes after December 15 for this special Bingo. Cost is $5. Everyone is guaranteed one prize worth $5 and other bingos will get off-the-cart prizes.

For questions, call (248) 583-6700.



LEGO for Adults

Ever wish you could spend an hour absorbed in building something fun? Well, LEGOS aren’t just for kids. Come enjoy a morning of creativity with everyone’s favorite building blocks on Saturday, January 19, from 11 a.m. to noon. Registration begins December 15. This free program is held at the library and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  To register, stop by or call (248) 588-5500.

Business Mentoring

You can get one-on-one business mentoring at the Blair Memorial Library, every Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Free confidential counseling sessions are conducted by SCORE representatives, who are current or retired business executives. To sign up, go to Click on ‘Get Started’ in the green box on the right side of the page and then, enter Clawson, MI in the “Find a SCORE Branch” box and then click on “Request a Mentor” under our location. Or phone (313) 226-7947 and specify the Clawson Library.

Good News from Downtown

The Downtown Development Authority works to build a vibrant shopping district. They have announced some upcoming improvements to local businesses that include:

  • Noble Fish, 45 E. 14 Mile, has begun the interior remodel on the south end which was the site of the Tirana Café. The remodel of the existing Noble Fish space will begin after this phase is done.
  • The Yarn Stop, 25 S. Main, is expanding into the vacant space at 29 S. Main. The new space will be primarily devoted to classes.
  • Scoop Vintage has opened at 259 E.14 Mile. The business grew from shared space inside Clawson Antiques. Stay tuned for a grand opening date.
Beth Robinson

Beth Robinson

City News Editor

Clawson – November 28, 2018

Clawson – November 28, 2018

Go Under the Sea with Clawson High School’s Production of The Little Mermaid

Go under the sea with Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter as she makes a bargain with Ursula the Sea Witch to trade her tail for legs, so she can pursue Prince Eric in the world above. The bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Enjoy irresistible classics such as “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World,” as Ariel finds her heart’s desire. Fun for all ages on Thursday & Friday, December 6 and 7 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, December 8 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students.

Make a Handmade Gift for Someone Special

A charm bracelet is a charming holiday gift. Make one for someone you love at a special workshop at the Blair Memorial Library on Monday, December 10 at 7 p.m. Class size is limited, so call (248) 588-5500 soon to reserve your place.



Grow Something Special for our Seniors

Do you have a green thumb? The Senior Center is looking for a volunteer to water their plants. Please call Kathy at (248) 583-6700 if you can help.

Step Out to Lunch at the Clawson Steakhouse

The Senior Center Lunch Bunch will make their annual visit to the Clawson Steakhouse on Monday, December 10. Transportation is free and departs the Senior Center at 12:30pm. Enjoy a great afternoon of delicious food and lively conversation. Register by Thursday, December 6. If you are driving yourself, please call the center at (248) 583-6700 to be included in the reservation.

Get out of the Cold with a Good Book

On December 19, from 1 to 2 p.m., join the Wednesday Afternoon Book Club at the Blair Memorial Library to read from “Standard Deviation” by Katherine Heiny.

Graham Cavanaugh’s second wife, Audra, is everything his first wife was not. She considers herself privileged to live in the age of the hair towel, talks non-stop through her epidural, labor and delivery, invites the doorman to move in and the eccentric members of their son’s Origami Club to Thanksgiving. She is charming and spontaneous and fun but life with her can be exhausting. In the midst of the day-to-day difficulties and delights of marriage and raising a child with Asperger’s, his first wife, Elspeth, reenters Graham’s life. Former spouses are hard to categorize–are they friends, enemies, old flames, or just people who know you really, really well? Graham starts to wonder: How can anyone love two such different women? Did he make the right choice? Is there a right choice?

Please reserve your copy and register for this free program in the library or by phone at (248) 588-5500.

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Clawson – November 21, 2018

Clawson – November 21, 2018

Extra! Extra! Goodfellows Paper Sale

On December 1, Goodfellows members will be selling their paper, featuring community news and Goodfellows updates, at all major Clawson intersections from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to help a Clawson family and fulfill the Goodfellows’ mission of “no child without a Christmas.” If you would like to send a tax-deductible donation, please send a check or money order to the Clawson Goodfellows, P.O. Box 239, Clawson, MI 48017.

Drop boxes will also be available at City Hall and the Hunter Community Center during November and December for anyone who would like to donate toys, games or non-perishable food items. The Goodfellows will distribute all donated goods to Clawson families in need of assistance. For more info, call (248) 407-5522 or email

Clawson Historical Museum Opens with New Staff

New director Rennae Healey and curator Taylor Gibson are excited to reopen the museum and looking forward to modernizing the museum and making it a greater presence in the community.

Healey has a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University and has spent the last decade working in Michigan museums. She also worked closely with event rentals at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant for the last two years. Gibson is a graduate student in information and library science at Wayne State University and also works at the Blair Library.

Healey and Gibson encourage community members to check out the current exhibit, “Cameras and Photography,” which showcases cameras, photography gear and photos, many taken in Clawson. Museum hours are Sunday and Wednesday, 2 to 5 p.m. There is no admission free. The exhibit will be open through December 19, after which the museum will be closed and will reopen on Sunday, February 3. Visit the museum’s website for more information.


‘Tis the Season to Light Clawson’s Christmas Tree

Come out to Memorial Park at Blair Memorial Library for the festivities on Wednesday, November 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  See Santa arrive by fire truck and enjoy caroling, refreshments following at City Hall and treats and gifts for kids. Sponsored by the Clawson Historical Society, the tree will be trimmed with vintage decorations and the house decorated to reflect 1920s. The Historical Museum will be open to visitors during the event. The museum is looking for volunteers to help out at the tree lighting.

Let Your Kids Act Out

Acting Out Kids, Clawson’s youth-centered performing arts theatre and production studio is currently registering students for Winter classes. Beginning in January, students can learn acting, improv and writing skills and be part of YouTube and local cable shows. AOK offers Friday night workshops for ages 7 – 18. Visit the AOK website for more information.

Roll the Dice at the Senior Center

Drop in to Game Day on Thursday, November 29 at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy Farkle, snacks and beverages. Bring a friend for an afternoon playing this iconic six-dice game.

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Clawson – November 14, 2018

Clawson – November 14, 2018

Make a Holiday Feast for Our Feathered Friends

Just prior to the Christmas tree lighting on November 28, drop-in to the Blair Memorial Library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to make a natural ornament to decorate the tree in Memorial Park and feed the birds this winter. No registration required. Feel free to drop in.

Take a Class at a Clawson Business

Want to learn a magic trick? Learn to knit? Get fit? In addition to selling their wares, several local businesses hold classes for adults and children. Check out the Downtown Clawson website to see where you can go to learn something fun.


Get Ready for Winter – Know the Snow Removal Rules

Along with all the fun that winter brings, so come the hazards of cold weather. Snow and ice that accumulate on sidewalks cause hardship for our seniors, students and neighbors who regularly use these pathways for recreation, fitness and convenience.

Removal of snow and ice from sidewalks is required as follows:


  • The occupant or owner of any property, whether or not it is currently occupied, is required to keep the width of the sidewalk in front of or adjacent to the premises cleared of snow and ice to facilitate safe pedestrian use. Where there are no sidewalks, the occupant or owner must clear a path free from snow or ice where the pathway would otherwise be.
  • Whenever any snow or ice has fallen to the height of one inch or more, it must be cleared within 24 hours of accumulation.
  • Placing snow in the street is illegal.

Snow plowing procedure:

  • Snow removal begins after four or more inches of snowfall.
  • When plowing the residential streets, the city is divided into five areas, which are plowed simultaneously, according to availability and equipment.
  • Do not park your vehicle in the street until the roadway has been cleared.

Given the varied and sometimes rapidly changing snow conditions, snow removal is a prioritized as follows:

  1. Major streets and intersections
  2. Fire route
  3. Residential area streets
  4. Dead-end streets and cul-de-sacs

Except in incapacitating blizzards, all four areas should be maintained simultaneously and kept open at all times. If not possible, city workers will concentrate available resources on higher priority areas.

Compost Collection Takes a Winter Break

Compost collection will end on Wed., Dec. 12 and begin again on Wed., April 3. Residents who want to dispose of yard waste after the collection season ends may drop materials off at the SOCRRA location on Coolidge Highway in Royal Oak.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who Has the Fairest House in Town?

The City Council will recognize homeowners for their decorating efforts with holiday beautification awards. The Parks and Recreation Board will be seeking nominations this winter for impressively decorated homes. Awards will be presented at the January City Council meeting. If you would like to nominate a home, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department by December 7 by phone (248) 589-0334 or email Judging will be December 10, so make sure your lights are on!

Clawson – November 07, 2018

Clawson – November 07, 2018

Turkey and All the Trimmings at Senior Center

Give thanks early at the senior center’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon on Thurs., Nov. 15 at noon. Enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, including pumpkin pie for dessert and door prizes, 50/50 raffle and more. Tickets are $5, and must be purchased in advance by Nov. 9. Call (248) 583-6700 or go to for more information. Also, the senior center will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thurs., Nov. 22 and Fri., Nov. 23.

Are you a Whiz With a Credit Card?

In Online Shopping 101, technology trainer Bart Gioia will show you how to shop wisely and safely online while looking for the perfect holiday gifts. Mon., Nov. 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Blair Memorial Library.


Wednesday Afternoon Book Club

The Wednesday Afternoon Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month, from 1 to 2 p.m. In November, participants will meet on Nov. 21 to discuss “The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George.

“The Little Paris Bookshop,” an international bestseller filled with warmth and adventure, is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives.

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

Join Perdu and the Wednesday Afternoon Book Club as Perdu searches for peace with his loss and the end of the story.

Reserve your copy and register for this free program in the library or by phone at (248) 588-5500. 

City Planner Search Process

The City of Clawson issued a Request for Proposals seeking experienced planning consultants to provide comprehensive support to the Building & Planning department staff. Areas of focus would be reviewing commercial redevelopment applications, preparating staff reports and providing recommendations to the City’s Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and City Council.

The selected consultant will work with the City and appropriate boards and commissions to ensure the city uses best practices and good planning practice in its land use procedures and controls.

The five applicants listed below submitted RFPs. They were interviewed at the Tues., Oct. 30 meeting. Click to view their presentations.

Beckett & Raeder, Inc.

Giffels | Webster


SAFEBuilt Studio


Dan the Creature Man Comes to the Library

Dan Briere from The Little Creatures Co. will present a fun and educational animal program at the library on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. The Little Creatures Co. has a colorful collection of animals including non-venomous snakes and lizards, turtles and tortoises, crocodilians and amphibians, large invertebrates, small mammals and tropical birds. Dan will talk about each animal’s natural history, physiology and habits. Participants will get to experience a wide variety of live animals, including mammals, a giant bug, reptiles, birds and more.