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CITY NEWS - January 5, 2012
UPCOMING MEETINGS

Youth Assistance – Tuesday, January 10th – 8:00am – Township Hall
Art Commission – Wednesday, January 11th – 7:00pm – Art House
Housing Commission – Wednesday, January 11th – 6:00pm – Allen Terrace

Agendas and minutes are available by clicking here.


WEEKEND PLANNER

JANUARY 6, 2012
FIRST FRIDAY EXPERIENCE

The first Friday of every month downtown Northville comes alive and celebrates the arts during their popular First Friday Experience (formerly known as the Art Walk). As guests stroll along the streets of downtown Northville's growing art district, they will enjoy a night filled with art exhibits (highlighting featured artists each month), art demonstrations and related events. Downtown Northville's participating First Friday Art galleries and stores are open 6:00pm-9:00pm with many of the businesses along the walk offering complimentary
hors d'oeuvres and beverages for their guests as they browse or shop.

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Yves Saint Laurent Patent Leather "Tribute" Peep Toe Platform Acrylic on Canvas by Topher Crowder
JANUARY 6 - 28, 2012
ETCH, SKETCH AND STILETTOS: THE WORK OF TOPHER CROWDER
ART HOUSE EXHIBIT

Be a pART of it! Topher Crowder burst upon the art scene eight years ago after a journey of fixing computers, merchandising beer, designing Christmas ornaments in a plastics factory and packing boxes in an audio/video supply warehouse. "I always wanted to be an artist. I would take apart laser printers, put them back together and make art out of them. I couldn't suppress it anymore!" Inspired by animated Saturday morning cartoons, vintage postcards, comic books of the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Crowder's early works were, in effect, detailed stream-of-consciousness line drawings.
Things have changed. After earning an MFA at Wayne State University, Mr. Crowder says, "I have a lot of time to make up for. It's not about being successful. I want to try everything and anything." The Northville Art House is delighted to present a show that reflects Mr. Crowder's diversity yet ultimately spotlights his unique vision.
The show will include:
Mr. Crowder's shoe paintings -- pop cultural streams of consciousness capturing the dichotomy and conflict inherent in male and female stereotypes in today's world.
Mr. Crowder's Day-Glow plexiglass creations -- intricately detailed biomorphic, mechanical shadow images of the human form that have morphed out of his early ink line drawings.
Mr. Crowder's sculptural "studio weavings" -- art constructed from the tattered remnants found anywhere and everywhere.
Mr. Crowder's reverse vandalism signs -- unfinished boards branded with messages, left intentionally in forgotten public spaces as unspoken invitations for public interaction, the art itself "finished" only when the anonymous person chooses to engage (most often through spray-painted graffiti).
Mr. Crowder is an adjunct professor at Schoolcraft College.
The show is organized by Jeff Cancelosi.
The show will open in the Art House's upper gallery with a reception and artist's talk on Friday, January 6, from 6:00pm-9:00pm. The show will continue through January 28 during the Art House Gallery hours (Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1:00pm-5:00pm). For additional information, call 248-344-0497 or visit our website. The Art House is located at 215 W. Cady Street and is a facility of the Northville Arts Commission. Admission to Art House exhibits is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

FRIDAYS, JANUARY 6, 2012 - FEB 17, 2012
SKI AND SNOWBOARD CLUB 2012 – HURRY, REGISTRATION IS ALMOST FULL!

Middle school and high school skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels are invited to join the Northville Ski and Snowboard Club! Club membership includes: motor coach transportation for all trips, four (4) pre-paid rope tow ticket, Ski and Snowboard lessons with Mt. Brighton Instructors, and discounts on all rental equipment. Intermediate and advance club members can upgrade their lift ticket to an all area pass for a small fee. Click here for more information.


LOOKING AHEAD

JANUARY 13, 2012 DEADLINE
NORTHVILLE ART HOUSE MEMBER EXHIBIT
CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Northville Art House is pleased to announce its popular 6th annual Member Exhibition. This exhibition was developed to showcase our local artists and to say thank you to everyone who has supported the growth and creativity of the arts in our community. It is one of our largest exhibits! All entries are due January 13 and you must be a member of the Northville Art House to participate. Call 248-344-0497 for member information or visit us online.

JANUARY 18, 2012 9:30am–11:00am or 1:00pm–2:30pm (preschool class)
JANUARY 21, 2012 10:00am–11:30am (ages 5 and up)
“FAIRIES AND TROLLS IN NORTHVILLE?” CHILDREN’S CLASS
MILL RACE VILLAGE

Is there magic in Mill Race Village? Come and see where the wee folk live and bring on home! Click here for more information.

True Grit
JANUARY 21, 2012
MOVIES AT THE MARQUIS
TRUE GRIT (1969)

They're back....you're favorite classics on the Big Screen! Join us January thru February for some winter fun at the Movies. Raffles, trivia and of course, you're favorite flicks will be showing each Saturday Night at 7:30pm. Tickets are available beginning January 7th for $3 at Planet Fitness or $5 at the door of the Marquis the night of the show. Sponsored by the Northville Downtown Development Authority and Tom Holzer Ford.
True Grit (1969)~ The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy, Mattie Ross, on a mission of "justice", which involves avenging her father's death. She recruits a tough old marshal, "Rooster" Cogburn, because he has "grit", and a reputation of getting the job done. The two are joined by a Texas Ranger, La Boeuf, who is looking for the same man for a separate murder in Texas. Their odyssey takes them from Fort Smith, Arkansas, deep into the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) to find their man. Starring John Wayne, Kim Darby and Glen Campbell. Sponsored by Planet Fitness. Click here for more information.

FEBRUARY 11, 2012
MURDER MYSTERY TEA - “DYING TO BE BEAUTIFUL”
MILL RACE VILLAGE – CADY INN
1:00pm–3:00pm

Get your tickets early, these events sell out early. Click here for more information.

Reel Michigan
APRIL 23, 2012 DEADLINE
REEL MICHIGAN FILM FESTIVAL
CALL FOR ENTRIES

After a successful premiere of Reel Michigan 2011, the Northville Art House and charity partner Northville Civic Concern are proud to present the second annual “Reel Michigan” Film Festival, June 23, 2012!
Reel Michigan is now accepting Michigan-made or Michigan-themed short films (25 minutes or less, including credits) as a part of the City’s popular Arts & Acts event held June 22 through June 24, 2012. Arts and Acts is a vibrant, annual celebration of the arts in Southeast Michigan featuring art, music, film, plays and more!
Reel Michigan welcomes all genres, from student films to the experimental. Reel Michigan 2012 is the perfect platform for Michigan filmmakers to showcase their many talents. Visit our website for more information and an entry form. Questions: Please email Lisa at ReelMichigan@gmail.com or visit our website.


NOTEWORTHY

C.E.R.T. TRAINING
The Northville Township Police Department is seeking Volunteers for C.E.R.T.  Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs. One also expects that under these kinds of conditions, family members, fellow employees, and neighbors will spontaneously try to help each other.
Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, there can be an emergency or disaster that can overwhelm the community’s immediate response capability. While adjacent jurisdictions, State and Federal resources can activate to help, there may be a delay for them getting to those who need them. The primary reason for CERT training is to give people the decision-making, organizational, and practical skills to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors, and associates while waiting for help.
Interested? Contact C.E.R.T. coordinators Sergeant Matthew Mayes or Sergeant Samantha Bowlin at 248-349-9400. Click here for more information on CERT.

AUTOMATIC TAX BILL PAYMENT OPTION
Residents and businesses may now pay their tax bills automatically.
For the winter tax bill you designate the date of payment as either December 31st or February 14th. By taking advantage of this program, your taxes will always be paid on time whether you are sick or out of town. Added benefits are no checks to write, no need to wonder if the check was received in time to avoid penalty and no trips to City Hall.
Participants in automatic bill payment of property taxes receive their tax bill in the mail on July 1st and December 1st with a letter confirming when the withdrawal will be made from their account.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a year-round program. Electronic Funds Payment is not available for only the summer tax or only the winter tax bill.
If you have any questions regarding automatic bill payment for your taxes, call the Treasurer’s Office at (248) 449-9901. Visit our website to fill out the form to enroll.

SEWAGE BACKUPS
A note to our residents: Most homeowners insurance will not cover sewage backups. Please check with your insurance provider to obtain this coverage. Check valves called “backflow preventers” can help minimize back up occurrences and related damage. Check with your plumber or contact a licensed plumber in your area. If you don’t have insurance that covers sewage backups and you do not have a check valve in your sewer line, you should consider having one installed.

PAPERLESS BILLING OPTION FOR UTILITIES
Utility bill customers may now sign up to receive email bills or arrange for automatic payment through the City's website. E-bills are emailed on the billing date with a full page bill attached in pdf format. Automatic payment is an arrangement between the customer's bank and our bank by which the amount due is deducted from the customer's account each due date. You can sign up by clicking here or email Wendy Gutowski with questions.

Passport Applications
PASSPORT APPLICATIONS – NEW HOURS
The City of Northville is a passport application acceptance agency. New hours, effective November 1st, for passport application acceptance at Northville City Hall are Monday through Friday from 8:00am - 11:30am. For current passport information, including required documentation and fees, please visit the City of Northville website by clicking here.

WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE
Do you need assistance weatherizing your home? Wayne and Oakland County offer free weatherization to eligible residents through their Human Service Agency. Please click on the links below for more information and eligibility requirements.
Oakland – Livingston County
Wayne County


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