Upcoming Summertime Events

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Summer is here, and that means Southfield is bustling with things to do. Whether you’re a resident, employee, student or visitor, “Southfield offers a wide array of activities and events all summer long,” says Southfield Mayor Kenson J. Siver.

Here’s just a sampling:

Eat to the Beat is a lunchtime favorite featuring live music and food trucks on the front lawn of the Southfield Municipal Campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Jun. 13: Circle of Sound Band
  • Jul. 11: Detroit Social Club Band
  • Aug. 8: Denise Davis & The Motor City Sensations
  • Sep. 12: Kathleen Murray Band

The 17th Annual Southfield Garden Walk (June 23), hosted by the Southfield Parks & Garden Club, will feature eight yards in the Tamarack/Hiawatha Neighborhood, located between Evergreen and Lahser roads, south of Ten Mile. Participants can enter the neighborhood on Tamarack Trail between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the walk are $10 and may be purchased on the day of the event or from the Southfield Mayor’s Office.

A Jewish Artists Exhibition (through July 31, 2024) features 15 Michigan-based Jewish American artists on display in the Southfield City Hall atrium/main lobby.

The 8th Annual Kimmie Horne Jazz Festival (August 9 and 10) takes place on the front lawn of the Southfield Municipal Campus. Enjoy great jazz Friday from 6 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 10:30 p.m. In addition to live music, the free event features food trucks, boutique vendors and more.

The Chutney Festival (August 24) is a vibrant and delicious celebration of South Asian and West Indian street food. The event will be held at the Southfield Municipal Campus.

Things to do all summer long:

Get moving on the Southfield City Centre Trail with a walk, jog or bike ride during lunchtime or after work. The trail features nearly 9 miles of non-motorized pathways, including a 3.5-mile “Inner Loop” where you’ll find several outdoor art installations. The Monarch Butterfly Pollinator Garden, Tapestry of a Community and Red Pole Park are just a few.

A Bike Share program (with 9 convenient locations]) makes it easy to ride the trail. For a 3.5 guided tour of 26 public works of art and cultural sites along the trail, download the PocketSights app to your mobile device and search “Southfield, Michigan.”

Get out on the green. If you’re a golfer, don’t miss your chance to tee off at the Evergreen Hills Golf Course, located at the Southfield Municipal Campus, 26000 Evergreen Road, this 9-hole, par 34, 2,954-yard public course features beautifully landscaped grounds and manicured fairways.

Grab lunch at one of your favorite Southfield restaurants, find an open bench along Evergreen or Civic Center Drive and enjoy the great outdoors.

For the athlete in you, the Southfield Municipal Campus is home to baseball diamonds, soccer fields and every type of court imaginable, including volleyball, tennis, pickleball, basketball and racquetball.

RESTART Program a Win-Win-Win for Retirees, Businesses and Students

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Southfield’s Lawrence Technology University (LTU) is home to a Michigan program that offers complimentary waste reduction and sustainability expertise to companies interested in pursuing a lower carbon footprint.

Known as the RESTART Program, services are provided by retired professionals (Retired Engineers, Scientists, Technicians, Administrators, Researchers and Teachers) who want to remain in the workforce on a part-time basis. The program, which operates within the LTU Centrepolis Accelerator department, currently employs 20 professionals with a scientific background and experience in energy efficiency, sustainability or risk reduction practices.

According to Robert Jackson, Executive Director of the program, “We provide funded onsite energy and sustainability assessments and consultations to Michigan businesses with less than 500 FTEs (full-time equivalents) and public institutions of any size, including K through 12 schools.”

The RESTART program — a collaboration between the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and LTU — is committed to helping businesses maximize energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption, promote sustainable manufacturing practices and/or lower operational costs.

Although other states offer similar programs, “None of them is as unique as ours,” says Jackson, pointing out the RESTART’s student internship offering.

“We’ll place junior and senior engineering students or those in the sciences into a business over the course of a summer to work on an energy efficiency or sustainability project. We currently have solicitation for students in the state of Michigan who are looking for an internship, as well as solicitation for businesses seeking an intern for the summer. What also makes our internship program different is that our retired professionals serve as mentors over the course of the summer as students carry out their projects.

Jackson encourages companies to explore the RESTART Program if they’re interested in improving energy efficiency and sustainability practices. “The program can conduct an audit and help guide companies through the process.” To date, says Jackson, “We’ve done about 131 energy sustainability assessments, with more planned for the year. We hope to get to 150 by the end of the summer.”

For more information about the RESTART Program, visit https://www.restartmi.org.

Butterfly Sculpture A Symbol of Eaton’s Values

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A brilliant Monarch butterfly sculpture has been added to Southfield City Centre Trail, made possible by Eaton, the international power management company located in Southfield. “Eaton encourages all of its employees to be active stewards for our environment,” says Laurie Conn, facility manager for the Vehicle Group. “We support the Butterfly Sculpture and Garden because we support our community. We live here. We work here. We’re glad to be part of the community.”

Eaton first contributed easement so the Trail could extend past its building. Then it contributed additional easement for the butterfly sculpture, which was installed this spring, and the creation of an adjoining pollinator garden, home to butterflies, bees and other pollinators. The City will add an educational panel and amenities such as benches and wayfinding signs. “The Monarch butterfly is in decline,” says Terry Croad, director of planning for the City of Southfield. “It is on the international endangered-species list.” A sculpture of the Monarch was chosen to make a bold statement and complement the vivid color at Red Pole Park. “We want to bring awareness to the plight of pollinators and bring a smile to visitors,” he says.

Conn says the extension of the Trail and the new sculpture increases wellness opportunities for Eaton employees. “We have a lot of walkers. This is a great space for our employees to be physically active and reduce stress, which contributes to both physical and mental well-being. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so this is a great time to take advantage of this new space,” she adds. The sculpture and garden, which is now being designed by a landscape architect, complements efforts of  the “Green Guardians,” an employee group supported by Eaton that promotes environmental sustainability.

Participation, Donations Double for Annual “Walk Against Hate”

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For the second year in a row, Southfield City Centre Trail was the location of the Anti-Defamation League’s annual “Walk Against Hate” and fundraiser and the results were inspiring: More than 200 people participated and more than $26,000 dollars were raised in support of the organization. “Antisemitism and all forms of hatred have been on the rise for the last several years,” Carolyn Normandin, regional director of ADL Michigan, said after the September 18 event. “On the day of the walk, we saw the combining of communities, from different walks of life, different religions, different races and ethnicities all saying, ‘Michigan is no place for hate.’ We are standing in solidarity and as long as we do that, we can stand up to hatred and bigotry.”

Arthur Horwitz, long-time area resident, civil rights champion and journalist, was chosen as the inaugural Path to Truth honoree and leader of the walk. He was joined by Southfield Police Chief Elvin Barren, representatives from City of Southfield and Lawrence Technological University and student leaders from several area high schools, along with participants from Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

In addition to the annual walk, ADL works year-round to train teachers and students in ways to disrupt and redirect any kind of hateful dialogue. “Between January 1 and September 1, we trained more than 1,000 teachers,” Normandin said. “More than 30 schools – elementary, middle and high schools – are participating in ADL’s No Place for Hate, a curriculum that is student-led with guidance from a faculty advisor.” For more information, visit adl.org.