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Food drive adds new twist to Milford's MLK Day event


Organizers of the annual Huron Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will collect soup ingredients the first 14 days of January. 

They’re asking shoppers at Kroger and Matti’s Fresh Market to add seven ingredients to their shopping lists and to donate that food after buying it.

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Milford's Currents Music Festival returns June 10 with 11 featured acts


The Currents Music Festival is returning to Milford’s LaFontaine Family Amphitheater Saturday, June 10.

This year, 11 bands will be featured along with food stands provided by Blue Grill, Smoke Street BBQ and The Proving Grounds Coffee and Ice Cream, which will be located in Central Park.

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One house at a time, Rebuilding Together helps Oakland County


Standing inside her White Lake home, amongst the sound of hammers banging and saws grinding, Patty Young stood quietly taking it all in.

All around her, a small army of volunteers – mostly representing Milford Presbyterian Church and Highland United Methodist Church – performed much-needed repairs on her home.

They had come to represent the nonprofit Rebuilding Together Oakland County on National Rebuild Day Saturday, April 29.

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Historical Society collects funds to move train depot


The Milford Historical Society has raised approximately $17,000 since kicking off a fundraising campaign last month to move and restore the community's historic train depot.

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Local arts and culture organizations receive grants for work with young people

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) has recently awarded a number of projects throughout metro Detroit with grants. In total, MCACA awarded $102,189 to 42 arts-and-culture projects across the entire state, a record-breaking year for the organization.

The grants are part of the New Leaders Program and intended to to engage and support young people, 14 to 35 years old, through arts and culture. The program is also meant to retain young people in the Michigan communities in which they live and create.

"The field is vigorous, new organizations are emerging, small organizations are growing and the state’s largest organizations are expanding their reach," says John Bracey, executive director of MCACA. "These are truly exciting times in Michigan and it feels great to play a small part in that."
  • In Oakland County, grant winners are Eisenhower Dance of Southfield; Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival of Southfield; Rabbit Island Foundation, Inc., of Troy; Village Fine Arts Association of Milford; and Water Works Theatre Company, Inc., of Royal Oak.
  • In Wayne County, the grant winners are all based in Detroit. They are A Host of People, The Arts League of Michigan, Detroit Iluminado, Detroit Public Theatre, Lauren Harroun, Living Arts, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • In Washtenaw County, grant winners are 826 Michigan Inc., Ann Arbor Art Center, Annick Odom, Betsy Lee, Community Music School of Ann Arbor, Neutral Zone, and Sophia Kruz Productions, all of Ann Arbor. The Ypsilanti District Library was also a grant recipient.

According to MCACA, the winners were chosen for either offering the creative mentorship of young people, creative projects being completed by young people, young people's ideas of how to improve their communities, or projects using arts and culture to empower young Michiganders.

To view the complete list of grants awarded for FY2016 by program, click here.

Got a development news story to share? Email MJ Galbraith here or send him a tweet @mikegalbraith.

AMP theater pumps up downtown Milford

Amp in Central Park, a new amphitheater, soon will fill downtown Milford with the sounds of music and other performances.

The $500,000 LaFontaine Family Amphitheater grew out of a community-supported fundraising and support from sponsors including the LaFontaine family, the Rotary Club of Milford, the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Milford Downtown Development Authority. Individuals giving in amounts of $10, $20, or $30 also played a significant role in funding the project that is seen as transformative for Miford.

The theater design emphasizes nature, from grass-covered steps to a walkway for spectators to trees and vines that complement the facility's restrooms and stage.

Opening day was last week, coinciding with the start of a summer concert series. For a schedule of concerts, click on Meet Me in Milford's website. The theater is located on Main Street between Huron and Liberty streets.

Source: Franco Public Relations and Milford Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine

Historical Society ready to show off museum renovations


Several months of hard work will pay off as a messy renovation project turns into a fresh new look for the Milford Historical Society Museum.

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Learn about Milford's new LaFontaine Family Amphitheater

It takes a village to build an amphitheater and Milford is all smiles these days. The village is the proud recipient of the community-driven effort to fund, design and construct the LaFontaine Family Amphitheater in Central Park.
Oakland County, through its Planning Division, is hosting a series of luncheon speakers who will discuss the amphitheater project as well as the River’s Edge Brewing Company and the Milford Powerhouse. The luncheon is set for June 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the River’s Edge Brewing Company, 125 S. Main St. #400. The cost to attend is $20, which includes lunch. Register online at www.AdvantageOakland.EVENTBRITE.com.
Speakers include Tom Ouvry from the brewery; Ann Barnette of the Milford Downtown Development Authority; Richard Harrison, Milford Powerhouse docent; and Susan Grissim, of Grissim Metz Andriese Associates, the amphitheater designer.
For more information, contact Julie Skene at (248) 858-5437 or skenej@oakgov.com.

Community Choice Credit Union gives big to Southeast Michigan

For the past six years, more than 200 Community Choice Credit Union members and employees, as well as families and friends, have ventured into the community to volunteer with blood drives, food pantries and other charitable causes as part of an annual campaign to give their time and talents to community causes. Fittingly called Give Big Weekend, this year’s event wrapped up over the weekend, with more than 1,100 volunteer hours donated to help build up the community.
Implemented in 2009, Community Choice Credit Union’s Give Big Weekend encourages people to give what they can to causes that need assistance. Volunteer events kicked off on Thursday, August 21 and lasted through Sunday, August 24. Although Give Big Weekend happens one weekend a year, Community Choice Credit Union aims to inspire people and businesses to continue extending helping hands all year long.
“Our Give Big Weekend is always an exciting time for members and team members to roll up our sleeves and hit the streets to help our neighbors,” said Abbey Bierlein, Foundation Coordinator at Community Choice Credit Union. “The weekend of events really captures the essence of who we are as an organization. We’re living our mission to give back to the community.”
Some activities that occurred over Give Big Weekend include:
American Red Cross Blood Drives
In response to the critical need for blood donations throughout Southeast Michigan, Give Big Weekend volunteers teamed with the American Red Cross by holding blood drives at their member centers in Farmington Hills, Livonia and South Lyon. Up to 156 lives could be extended thanks to the 52 units of blood donated at the Community Choice blood drives.
Earthworks Urban Farm and Capuchin Soup Kitchen
Volunteers planted, weeded, and harvested in the garden of Earthworks Urban Farm, which is a program of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Additionally, participants worked the lunch shift at Capuchin Soup Kitchen, which strives to feed hungry Detroiters and address the lack of basic human needs.
Little Grace Village
At this transitional housing development for rehab graduates who are taking steps to lead better lives, volunteers assisted in building, painting and landscaping the Little Grace Village neighborhood in Pontiac.
YMCA Milford
Following a children’s summer camp, volunteers helped put away canoes, organize supplies, and clean up games.
Northville Food Truck Rally to support Gift of Life Michigan
At the Northville Chamber of Commerce’s food truck rally, Community Choice Credit Union volunteers set up a table, where they promoted organ donor registry with Gift of Life Michigan.
Forgotten Harvest
Volunteers helped prepare nonperishable food packages at the warehouse of Forgotten Harvest, an organization that works to relieve hunger throughout Metro Detroit. Community Choice volunteers repackaged 2,000 pounds of food that will help feed those in need around Southeast Michigan.
Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
Community Choice team members and their families participated in a 5K walk to benefit the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan at the Detroit Zoo. Community Choice team members raised nearly $1,200 during the annual Walkin’ on the Wild Side for Hemophilia at the Detroit Zoo. The funds will support the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan.
To learn more, visit GiveBigWeekend.com.
About Community Choice Credit Union: Established in 1935, Community Choice Credit Union offers a wide variety of financial products and services for both consumers and businesses. Any individual who lives, works, or worships in the following counties is eligible to become a member of Community Choice Credit Union: Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw or Wayne County, Michigan. Since 2008, Community Choice has invested more than $751,285 and 10,961 volunteer hours into its charitable Give Big efforts throughout Michigan. If you’re looking for an experience that’s different from your current banking relationship, let’s get together. For more information, visit CommunityChoiceCU.com.

Pedestrians, equestrian enthusiasts celebrate new crosswalk

Officials with the Road Commission for Oakland County were joined by a number of state, county and local officials to mark the opening of the new Kensington Connector Trail pedestrian and equestrian crossing of Milford Road on Saturday, June 7.

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YMCA looks to be 'hub of the community'

The Carls Family YMCA relies on its dedicated volunteers to support the local community in various community-oriented projects including everything from childcare to assisting senior citizens with their household projects. 

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Nonprofit looks to open "art gym" in downtown Milford

Oakland County's forward thinkers are envisioning a gym where patrons can sweat over their sculptures instead of the treadmills.


"Several physical fitness gyms are located across Oakland County — but how about gyms, instead, that focus on exercising community members' minds and creativity?

A nonprofit organization in the Village of Milford is looking to raise money to open an "art gym," a center where Oakland County residents can pay a monthly fee for studio space and use of supplies."

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VFAA hires director, seeks new art center

The Village Fine Arts Association has hired its first employee, Director of Development Andrea Perry, granddaughter of one of the founders of the art association. Her first task is creating the Suzanne Haskew Art Center.

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Lynch and Sons this year's business of year

Milford's Lynch and Sons Funeral Directors have been named "Business of the Year" by the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce for the reverence, respect and support they consistently provide to Huron Valley families. 

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"Placemaking" is theme for Oakland County's 15th Annual Heritage Conference

Oakland County's 15th Annual Heritage Conference is set for Sept. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Milford Presbyterian Church, 238 N. Main St., in Milford. The theme is "Placemaking."

Registration for the day-long event is $35, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, sessions and tour, is available here. The deadline is Sept. 12.

"Oakland County's quality of place is an important component of our economic development strategy," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "Along with business diversity and a skilled workforce, quality of place helps keep Oakland County’s economy strong."

The conference brings together individuals from various backgrounds, who deal with the built and natural environment, to discuss ways to improve their communities. The conference attracts nearly 200 local and regional governmental staff, elected officials, developers, architects, realtors, consultants, and small business owners as well as representatives from environmental and historical interests.

Located in western Oakland County, Milford capitalizes on place-based assets including a historic downtown business district, close-knit walkable neighborhoods and extensive recreational resources including frontage on the Huron River, biking and hiking trails, and regional and state parks. Downtown Milford embodies quality of place. 

The keynote speaker is Jim Houk, managing principal at Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment, Inc. His presentation, "Something From Nothing: Where to Start When There is No 'Place' to be Found," looks at sparking interest and encouraging community reinvestment.

Conference concurrent sessions include:
  • Placemaking Through Community Skill Exchanges
  • Michigan's First Form-Based Code
  • Master Planning for Place-Based Sustainability
  • Placemaking With Attitude
  • The heART of Placemaking
  • Just Add Water: Water Trails Meet Main Street
Deputy Oakland County Executive Matthew Gibb will give opening remarks.

Ann Barnette, Milford DDA Executive Director will speak about what makes Milford great, followed by walking tours of downtown Milford and historic neighborhoods, and lunch in Central Park. The conference is sponsored by Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services, the Milford Downtown Development Authority, and the Huron Valley Chamber.

If you have any questions about the conference, please email the Planning Group at planninggroup@oakgov.com or call Kristen Wiltfang at 248-975-4267.

Please Note: 4 American Institute of Certified Planners Certification Maintenance Credits have been approved. Master Citizen Planner Continuing Education Credits and American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System have been applied for.
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