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Visit Birmingham’s Japanese Sister City

Birmingham residents are invited to take advantage of a unique opportunity to visit Japan during the 2019 Goodwill Mission August 14-24. The annual Goodwill Mission is a key component of Birmingham’s Sister City relationship with Shiga. It offers opportunities for Michigan and Shiga residents to deepen friendships and cultural understanding between the two sister-states. 

This 11-day sister-state trip to Shiga includes:


  • Pre-travel orientation
  • Round-trip air fare from Detroit to Nagoya
  • Ground travel in Japan
  • Hotel accommodations and most meals
  • Luggage transfers
  • English speaking Interpreter/Tour Guide
  • Tours & unique cultural experiences

The highlight of this trip will be a 5-day, 4-night homestay with a Japanese family in Shiga. You will meet their families, friends and neighbors, experiencing Japanese customs and traditions. Download an information sheet and the application form. Applications are due no later than April 1, 2019.

Save with Early Golf Incentives

Spring is just around the corner! Visit Lincoln Hills Golf Course to renew your membership March 18 – 22 or March 25 – 29 from 10 am to 6 pm for their 2019 Early Sign-Up Membership Bonus. Early birds will receive their first round of golf for free. Learn more at We’ll see you on the green!

From Footpath to Vital Corridor

Would you like to learn more about the history of Woodward Avenue and how it affected the communities along it? Look no further than Birmingham Museum Director Leslie Pielack’s new book, “The Saginaw Trail: From Native American Path to Woodward Avenue.”  Learn how the Saginaw Indian Trail became Woodward Avenue, and why it brought people to settle in Oakland County and as far as Saginaw in the early 19th century. It emphasizes the stories of some of the people who found their way here via the trail, including runaway slaves, independent women, and more. It also includes the stories of Native Americans who occupied the area and what happened to them when settlers came. Finally, it talks about the great changes and progress that occurred along the Woodward Corridor before and after the auto industry. The book is available for $24.00 at the Birmingham Museum, with all proceeds going to support the museum. Photo by Esme McClear


Tea with Rex

Some tea parties are for grown-ups.
Some are for girls.
But this tea party is for a very special guest.
And it is important to follow some rules . . . 
like providing comfortable chairs,
and good conversation,
and yummy food.
But sometimes that is not enough for special guests,
especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . . .

Introducing Tea Rex, a guest that just about any child would love to have to tea!

Visit the library on Saturday, March 23, at 11 am for story time featuring the book “Tea Rex” by Molly Idle, followed by a fancy dress tea party. Registration is required.

Birmingham Covington’s Big Top Blast

Have a blast with your family at Birmingham Covington School’s annual celebration on Sunday, March 17, from 3 to 7 pm. All are welcome to enjoy carnival games, inflatables, prize room, cake walk, photo booth, face painting and an auction. Tickets are available at the door or purchase a Family Patron package with wristbands, raffle tickets, and punch cards by visiting, where you can also participate in the online auction. Groves and Seaholm students who are looking for community service hours can volunteer at the Blast. Email for additional details.

Concussion Truth and Myths

Dr. Stephanie Alessi-LaRosa is a neurologist and fellow at The Sports Neurology Clinic specializing in the diagnosis and management of concussion. Join her on Tuesday March 12, at 7 pm at Groves High School Little Theatre for a discussion about the truths and myths of concussions in youth and high school sports. This event is presented by The Sports Neurology Clinic, Groves HS Athletic Trainer and the Birmingham Patriots. Email Kelly Salter, licensed athletic trainer at Groves High School, at with any questions.

Beth Robinson

Beth Robinson

City News Editor

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