Welcome Fit Body Boot Camp – Health, Confidence, Happiness

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Fitness blogs abound at this time of year.  Everyone jumps on the bandwagon with New Year’s resolutions – armed with the latest workout apps and diets, determined (this time) to make a physical transformation that lasts.  But, without the right focus and support, the best intentions can fizzle out.  Enter Fit Body Boot Camp.

The new Fit Body Boot Camp in Auburn Hills takes a no-nonsense approach to fitness, and Owner/Trainer Brian Johnson wants you to succeed.  He is the trainer for all classes, and he’s passionate about helping people achieve their health, weight loss, and fitness goals.  His enthusiasm is downright contagious.

With a life-long love of sports and training, Brian earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Saginaw Valley State University and went on to receive certification in both personal and group training.

The workout is a combination of resistance training with high-intensity interval cardio which is modified to fit individual fitness levels.  Brian offers three free boot camp sessions to try it out before making a commitment.  “Everyone leaves the classes happy,” he explains.  “Anyone can do it, no experience necessary.”

Classes are held Monday through Friday in the morning and in the late afternoon/early evening hours to accommodate work schedules.  On Saturday morning he offers a ‘Butts and Guts’ session he describes as “A fan favorite” which focuses on the lower body and core strength.

Fit Body Boot Camp is located at 4161 Baldwin Road.  We wish Brian a healthy, successful 2018 and beyond!

A Record Crowd Celebrates River Day

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The 14th Annual Auburn Hills Fishing Derby was held last Saturday on June 10th to celebrate River Day, and a record 114 young anglers were on hand for the occasion.  Warm weather, high waters and a river full of rainbow trout greeted over 160 attendees.

Derby participants tested their skills and patience in catching one of the 500 rainbow trout the City had released into the river.  Not every kid was fortunate enough to catch a fish (which must be why they call it “fishing” instead of “catching”) but all 114 kids walked away with a raffle prize thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters.

Hats off to our Premier Sponsor, Bass Pro Shop, who stepped up big by donating 200 slightly used rods and reels for the City to refurbish and assemble for the raffle.

If you missed the Derby, there is still plenty of time to fish in Riverside Park or River Woods Park, although now you might need a little more patience to land one of the 15” rainbow trout now that they aren’t confined to just a small section of the river.

For information on what action you can take to protect our water resources and our resident trout population, please visit www.auburnhills.org/stormwater.php or http://www.crwc.org/.

A special thank you to all of our Fishing Derby sponsors and supporters.

Remember…It’s Not Just Toxic To You

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Did you know that many household products are dangerous to our kids, pets, and the environment?  These materials pollute our waterways if washed or dumped into storm drains or roadside ditches that lead directly to our lakes and rivers.  Household cleaners, pesticides, gasoline, antifreeze, used motor oil and other hazardous products need to be labeled, stored, and disposed of properly.

So what can you do to help?  Simple.  Here are some steps you can take to carefully dispose of household wastes and help keep our water clean.

Identify it.  Be aware of household products that can harm children, pets, and the environment.  The words “danger,” “caution,” “warning,” or “toxic” indicate that you need to be careful in how you use and dispose of the product.

Less is better.  Reduce waste and save money by purchasing only the materials you need.  When possible, choose less toxic alternatives.  For example, try cleaning your windows with vinegar and water.

Store properly.  Keep unused products in their original containers with labels intact.  Select cool, dry storage areas that are away from children, pets, and wildlife.

Disposal is key.  Never dump cleaners, chemicals, motor oil, and other toxic materials down storm drains, roadside ditches, sinks, or on the ground.  Contact your local community for household hazardous waste disposal locations, guidelines, and dates.

City of Auburn Hills – Department of Public Works – 1500 Brown Road

Residents of Auburn Hills can participate in the 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronic Recycling Day scheduled for Saturday, May 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The drop-off location is at the Department of Public Works Facility located at 1500 Brown Road.

Visit the SEMCOG website for more information on protecting our lakes and rivers.  To report pollution, call the City of Auburn Hills, Community Development Department at 248-364-6900.

Coffee and Textbooks

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

I attended a ribbon cutting yesterday that brought back so many memories, even from my high school days.  I remember hanging out in Downtown Rochester at the Coffee Beanery and also going to Lakeside Mall to grab a cup of my favorite coffee.  After a while, Coffee Beanery locations began to disappear.  I haven’t been to one in probably ten years.  That changed yesterday!


There is a new Coffee Beanery located inside Baker College and we had the opportunity to celebrate with staff and students yesterday.  It brought back so many great memories.  In addition to their wonderful coffee, they have a great salad and sandwich menu! You don’t have to be a student to drop in and grab your morning coffee!


On an interesting side note, Coffee Beanery was founded in Flushing, Michigan in 1976.

Congratulations to the staff at Baker College for this wonderful addition!

The H.U.B. Stadium – The Center Of Late Night Fun

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The City is happy to announce the successful opening of The H.U.B. Stadium.  This new entertainment venue will serve as the home of urban bowling (aka Bombowling) and the center of late night fun for the many residents of Southeast Michigan and beyond.


The H.U.B. features 16 bombowling lanes, event space that can accommodate parties of up to 400 people, a menu that should please a wide range of taste buds and two bars that offer an assortment of beverages, including premium craft beers.


If you and your friends are up for something fun to do, like trying to knock down bowling pins with a football, stop by the H.U.B. Stadium.


It’s easy to find – located in the former Big Buck Brewery along Opdyke Road, just south of University Drive.

Connecting You To Now

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

Each year, the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts the State of the Community event.  Yesterday we gathered on the campus of Oakland University to listen to Mayor McDaniel deliver a great speech outlining the accomplishments of 2016.


It’s hard to believe that so much can get done in just 365 days.  If I sum up all of the approved projects in 2016, I am astonished to report that the Auburn Hills City Council reviewed and approved over $170 million worth of new developments, redevelopments and business expansions last year.  In all, the 22 projects include an assortment of residential, commercial and industrial developments.  We actually issued more building permits this past year, than in any year since 2001.


There was another special moment that took place at the event.  Mayor McDaniel unveiled our new City Logo.  This new logo is a year in the making, and we are very proud of what it represents.  The logo shows connectivity and portrays our new central city Diverging Diamond Bridge.  The color connecting the “A” and the “H” is Auburn.  As you can see, this was thoughtfully designed as it links our businesses, residents, students, and visitors together – connecting you to now.

Cheers to a happy and prosperous 2017!

In Search Of….

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) is looking for volunteer field researchers to help search for a rare macroinvertebrate called the Stonefly Nymph.  This creature measures about 7-12 mm long and is most active and easily found in January when the water temperature is very cold.


Finding a Stonefly in your local river or stream is a good indicator that the water quality is high and finding one in the Clinton River will go a long way in helping to dispel the myth that it is still polluted.

If you enjoy being outdoors in winter and would like to search for these telling macroinvertebrates, you can join the CRWC staff at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21st for their annual Winter Stonefly Search.

Staff and volunteers will meet at the CRWC office at 1115 W. Avon Road in Rochester Hills.  From there, the group will split into teams and travel to 15 different sampling locations throughout the watershed, including Riverside Park in Auburn Hills.  Once teams have finished their site research, all will meet back at the office for pizza, snacks and hot beverages.


Everyone is welcome to join the search.  Participants can bring their own waders but the CRWC will have a few extra pairs on hand for those who choose to get in the water.  The search goes on regardless of the weather so dress warmly.


Registration is required by January 12th.  Please contact the CRWC office at (248) 601-0606 or e-mail registration@crwc.org to register or for additional information.