Summer Fun 2019

Summer Fun 2019

Events, Life & Community
By Jourdan Taylor Senior High Student, Writer, Artist, Activist Summer is almost here, and that means fun awaits! No one wants to be stuck in the house with no plans. So, I thought, why not give a list of places you can visit to make the most of warm weather and longer days? This list is made up of activities around metro Detroit and won’t disappoint. There’s so much to do, you won’t have time to think about being bored for the rest of the summer!  So let’s dive in. Ford fireworks: This always happens near the end of June and is a super-fun, family-friendly event! There are several food trucks and restaurants nearby and plenty of things to do while waiting for the fireworks to begin. It’s usually an…
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Great Winter Happenings in the City

Events, Life & Community
  The holiday season offers many cultural events for people of all ages, in and around Detroit. Here are just a few highlights to mark on the calendar. These events are all housed at wonderful Detroit or metro-area gems, which is why they are featured. The history and beauty of the venues is always a cause for celebration, and during the holiday season, they shine just a bit brighter. Enjoy! The 42nd annual Noel Night is on Saturday, December 6 this year (it’s always the first Saturday of December and seems like an official kick-off for the holiday season in Detroit). Several arts organizations such as the DIA, The Charles H. Wright Museum, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Public Library, galleries, and more will be open from 5 p.m.…
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Puzzle Piece Theatre Receives Inaugural Kiva Zip Loan

Puzzle Piece Theatre Receives Inaugural Kiva Zip Loan

Arts & Culture, Business, Enterprise, Events, Life & Community
  In September, nonprofit organization Kiva announced the launch of Kiva Zip, an extension of the Kiva micro-loan platform that will enable any citizen to nominate a local entrepreneur for support and contribute directly to a crowd-funded, interest-free loan through PayPal. This innovative new loan product will allow entrepreneurs in Detroit and around the country to access start-up capital with far fewer barriers than with traditional lending sources. Kiva Detroit began 14 months ago and has funded 20% of the projects that applied to them for funding, dispensing about $50,000 in loans. Puzzle Piece Theatre, based in the North End neighborhood of Detroit, received the inaugural Kiva Zip loan.  Puzzle Piece Founder and Producing Artistic Director DB Schroeder is a critically acclaimed producer, director, and actor with theatre credits in St. Louis…
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Mobile Spay and Neuter Animal Clinic Comes to Detroit

Events, Life & Community
Pet overpopulation is a serious problem in the United States. The American Humane Association states that each year, approximately 8 million stray and unwanted animals are taken in by shelters across the country, and nearly half of the animals in these shelters must be euthanized because good homes cannot be found for them. In fact, shelter euthanasia is the leading cause of death for both dogs and cats in the United States.  Stray and abandoned animals continue to be a problem everywhere, including in Detroit, because the number of animal births will always exceed the number of shelter spaces and homes. Fortunately, there is a solution. Spaying and neutering is recognized as the most cost-effective, quickest, and most humane way to bring an animal population down to manageable numbers. However,…
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Lack of Values at Heart of Illiteracy Problem

Events, Life & Community
At the age of 13, Yusef  Shakoor was  part of a gang.  At 15, his mother made him a ward of the state and at age 19, he was imprisoned for a crime he says he didn’t commit. The son of a single parent with limited support, Shakoor never imagined pursuing higher education. When confronted with the opportunity to go to college, Shakoor said the idea scared him so much he wanted to kill himself. It was a book given to him when he met his father in prison that changed his life. Shakoor is now an author and owner of Urban Network Bookstore and CEO of Urban Gorilla Entertainment. He was one of seven educated and well-established African American men discussing illiteracy and its impact on society during a…
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