A Call For Nominations

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Attention Auburn Hills’ homeowners, business owners, residents, friends, and neighbors … the Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) is now accepting nominations for the City’s 2017 Beautification Awards Program.

This year, the BAC will celebrate the 26th anniversary of this summertime tradition.  We honor individuals and companies for their dedication to creating the attractive and inviting surroundings in which we live, work and play.

Nominate yourself, your neighbor or your favorite commercial building.  Entries are due by July 10th.  For more information, contact beautification@auburnhills.org or call 248-364-6946.

Happy gardening!

Beautification Award Call For Entries

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Auburn Hills is a beautiful city.  Our rolling landscapes host a variety of impressive commercial, retail and residential properties.  Throughout the year, the City’s Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) works to promote the importance of beautification efforts through a series of programs and events.

The Beautification Advisory Commission (from left to right) Ilene Ingram, Celeste Yoskovich, Pattie Ormsbee, City Councilman Bob Kittle, Rich Foster, new member Carla Withers and Karen Lewis at River Woods Park during the 2016 Perennial Exchange.

The Beautification Advisory Commission (from left to right) Ilene Ingram, Celeste Yoskovich, Pattie Ormsbee, City Councilman Bob Kittle, Rich Foster, new member Carla Withers and Karen Lewis at River Woods Park during the 2016 Perennial Exchange.

The BAC knows that attractive properties don’t just happen.  Creating inviting landscapes require thought, planning and implementation.  Lots of implementation. The care and feeding of our buildings, homes, lawns and gardens takes considerable time, effort and resources.  To recognize those efforts, the BAC is calling for nominations for the 2016 Beautification Awards.

A portion of a winning landscape in 2015

A portion of a winning landscape in 2015

Residents and business owners may nominate themselves and/or their neighbors for an award.  Winners are invited to attend the Beautification Awards Dinner held at the Auburn Hills Community Center in the fall.

Centerpieces and mum plants are raffled off to Beautification Award winners in 2015.

Centerpieces and mum plants are raffled off to Beautification Award winners in 2015.

To learn more about the Beautification Awards or to nominate a property, send an email to beautification@auburnhills.org.  Take part in making Auburn Hills a beautiful place to live, work and play!

Beautification Efforts Honored This Week

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

The beautiful fall weather this week was a perfect backdrop for the City’s Beautification Awards Dinner held Wednesday evening.   Eighty residents and businesses were honored by the Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) for their exceptional efforts in creating colorful and inviting landscapes and gardens.  A slide show of the winning properties highlighted the dedication, creativity and enthusiasm it takes to create these enviable addresses.

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Before dinner was served, the honorees enjoyed hearing from Mayor, Kevin McDaniel and visiting with City Council Members, Henry Knight, Cheryl Verbeke, Maureen Hammond and VeRonica Mitchell.

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One of the winning landscapes found in Auburn Hills’ neighborhoods

As an added treat, large, fall-colored mum plants and each of the table centerpieces, shown below, were raffled off to 31 lucky award winners after dinner.

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The BAC would like to thank all the participants in the 2015 Beautification Awards Program and encourages everyone in Auburn Hills to take part in making Auburn Hills a beautiful place to live, work and grow!

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Information on this and other BAC programs can be found throughout the year in the Auburn Hills Review, the seasonal newsletter and community program guide for the City of Auburn Hills.

Dedicated To Making Auburn Hills Beautiful

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

What makes Auburn Hills beautiful?  I think our parks, the blooming trees Downtown, the manicured landscaping of our incredible businesses and our residents who take great pride in their homes all play a part in creating this truly beautiful city.

Our City Council understands the need to be intentional in beautification efforts and supports that idea through our Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC).

The 2015 Beautification Advisory Commission - from left to right - Ilene Ingram, Karen Lewis, Celeste Yoskovich, Rich Foster, Cheryl Verbeke and Linda Hogan

The 2015 Beautification Advisory Commission – from left to right – Ilene Ingram, Karen Lewis, Celeste Yoskovich, Rich Foster, Cheryl Verbeke and Linda Hogan

Our 2015 BAC Commission Members are a creative, diverse and dedicated group that works to encourage our residents and business to take an active role in the beautification of their properties.

The BAC’s annual Perennial Exchange is coming up on Saturday, May 16th.  This event invites our residents and friends from other communities to swap perennial plants to add new variety to their gardens for free.

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In June, the BAC calls for nominations for the City’s Beautification Awards program.  Residents may nominate themselves, their neighbors and Auburn Hills businesses for a Beautification Award.  Winners receive an award and are invited to attend the Beautification Awards Dinner held at the Auburn Hills Community Center in the fall.

The group also participates in the Beautification Council of Southeastern Michigan (BCSEM), the City’s “Keep It Clean” Program, and works on special projects including the City’s lamppost banner program that adds a touch of outdoor color in every season.

The BAC encourages and welcomes active participation in all of their events and programs as they work to make Auburn Hills a beautiful place.

Happy New Year!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Holiday lights continue to brighten Auburn Hills this holiday season as over 170 residents received acknowledgement from the Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) for their festive outdoor holiday lighting displays.

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The BAC’s “Light up the Night” campaign provides an opportunity for the Commission to reach out and thank residents for making Auburn Hills a beautiful place to live, work and play.  Commitment, not to just maintaining properties but taking the time to improve and beautify them, is what helps create healthy neighborhoods with a real sense of place.

If you haven’t already participated in  BAC programs, 2015 will be a great year to get involved!  In the spring, The BAC sponsors the City’s Perennial Exchange event.  It’s free and open to anyone that would like to trade some of their plants for new and different varieties.

Trading Plants at the Perennial Exchange

Trading Plants at the Perennial Exchange

In the summer, the Beautification Awards Program is open to both residents and businesses.  Take part by nominating a property you admire or nominate your own home or business for an award!  Stay tuned for details as the events draw closer.

Beautification Awards Dinner 2014

Beautification Awards Dinner 2014

The Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission wishes all a very healthy, happy and beautiful new year!

A Beautiful Celebration

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Beautification is an integral part of a vital community.  It’s what strengthens a neighborhoods’ integrity and makes public spaces inviting and comfortable.  It defines a community and draws people in.

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The City’s Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) honored 88 residents and businesses last week for their exceptional beautification efforts.  These honorees enjoyed dinner and received an award along with gifts including fresh flowers, mum plants, and a book as a thank you for making their properties look attractive.

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The event gave residents and business representatives a chance to mingle together and meet City leaders including new City Manager Tom Tanghe and VeRonica Mitchell, Henry Knight, and Maureen Hammond of the Auburn Hills City Council.

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The BAC would like to thank everyone involved in the event and would encourage the participation of all residents and businesses in next year’s program.  Together, we make the City of Auburn Hills not only a beautiful place we enjoy but a sought after destination that encourages growth and development.

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Happy planting!

A Beautiful City Starts With A Plan

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

The Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) gathered this past week to kick off their 2014 program year.  The seven member group welcomed two fresh, new faces: Cheryl Verbeke, Auburn Hills City Council member and Ilene Ingram, resident and five-time Beautification Award winner!

Trading Plants at the Perennial Exchange

Trading Plants at the Perennial Exchange

The group discussed how to enhance their existing programs and implement new ones.  One of their most popular is the Perennial Exchange.  This free event is held on the third Saturday in May and is open to anyone interested in exchanging their extra perennial plants for new varieties.  It’s a great way to meet neighbors and other gardening enthusiasts and diversify your garden at no cost.

Beautification Awards Ceremony

Beautification Awards Ceremony

The Beautification Awards Program recognizes residents and businesses for exceptional efforts in landscaping.  Nominations will be accepted on-line this year and yes, self-nominations are allowed and encouraged.  Winners will be invited to attend the award ceremony held in late Summer or early Fall.

The BAC programs strive to bring neighbors and businesses together in the shared interest of strengthening and enhancing our City.  The group looks forward to 2014 and wishes all a beautiful New Year!

Watch for more information on the BAC’s programs in the newly redesigned Auburn Hills Review and on-line at http://www.auburnhills.org/.