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Sunday, May 31, 2009

RED WINGS BEAT PENGUINS, 3-1 WIN!!


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RED WINGS FOR WINNING GAME 2 OF THE FINALS!! This marks a 3-1 for the Wings. And gives them a 2-0 series .GO WINGS!!

2009 SUMMER GUIDE

Photo credit:www.wrh.noaa.gov
Although the summer has not officially begun, it's time to strap on the shades and lather on sunscreen because it's merely around the corner. So here a few fun ways to enjoy the summer! Enjoy !

TOP 10 Ways to Enjoy the summer
1) Go to a Wings Game ( Stay cool and cheer on you favorite NHL team in the Stanley Cup
Finals!)
2) Attend a Tigers game at Comerica Park (Hot dogs, pop corn, and home runs. You can’t lose.)
3) BBQ with friends in the backyard or park.(Have affordable fun with people you love.)
4) Catch a summer flick. There are plenty to choose from:
  • Star Trek

  • Angels & Demons

  • Terminator: Salvation

  • Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

  • Up by Pixlar

  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

  • Bruno

  • The Ugly Truth

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

5) Attend a summer concert.

  • Coldplay-June 6

  • Keith Urban with Taylor Swift- June 6

  • Earth, Wind, & Fire- June 24

  • Green Day- July 14

  • Beyonce- July 18

  • Anita Baker – July 31

6) Chill off the summer heat and satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to your Ice Cream at
you favorite ice cream parlor
(Cold Stone & Baskin-Robbins happen to be two of my
favorites)
7) Boat ride on Detroit Princess. Enjoy the beauty of Detroit’s riverside . For details visit,http://www.detroitprincess.com/
8) Picnic in the park. Simple but fun and effective way to relax.
9) Walk for a cure. Find a foundation you’re passionate about and sign up for any walk or run marathon they may offer this summer. Plus it’s a great way to stay healthy and active this summer.
10) Most of all, stay cool, active, and have fun during the summer days.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Detroit Council's new budget equals 315 layoffs

The Detroit City Council approved a $3.6 billion budget that calls for a 10percent salary cut to city appointees and nonunion employees and 315 layoffs. City officials say the budget cuts will amount to $42million in the general fund. The budget will take effect July 1st. Bing still has the option to veto or make changes to the council's budget. For more details on this story, visit http://detnews.com/article/20090526/METRO01/905260426/Detroit-council-OKs-315-layoffs--salary-cuts-in-$3.6B-budget.

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Susan G. Race For the Cure

The Race to Save Life
Join Susan G. Komen for the Cure in their efforts to fight breast cancer and save lives. The 18th Annual Komen Detroit Race For the Cure will take place May 30, 2009 8:00 a.m. at Comerica Park.Team registration is closed but you can walk beside other volunteers for a race for the cure. There are also numerous volunteer job titles available and other locations around Michigan. For more information, visit http://www.karmanos.org/detroitraceforthecure/index.asp.


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Friday, May 22, 2009

MEMORIAL DAY

HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Civil War Remembrance at Henry Ford Museum this Memorial Day Weekend

Become Part of History For a Day
Celebrate Memorial Day in proactive way with a visit to Henry Ford Museum . The museum is offering plenty pf activities for the public to actively learn and enjoy history. The Dodworth Saxhorn Band will perform music popular during the civil war, there will be military reenactments, special recognition ceremonies for current armed service members and veterans, and special exhibits and presentations.Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing to participate in all of the outdoor and indoor activities. The Civil War Remembrance is May23-25 and is open til 9p.m. on Saturday. For more information and a full list of all the activities, call 313.982.6001 or visit http://www.thehenryford.org/events/civilWarRemembrance.aspx. The Henry Ford20900 Oakwood Blvd.Dearborn, MI.


All activities are free with Village admission.Members are free of charge.

Non-Member Seniors age 62 & up are $21
Adults -age 13-61 are $22
Youth-age 5-12 are $16
Children 4 & under are free
Parking is $5 per vehicle.

Kim Waters & Kenny Lattimore at Seldom Blues

Treat yourself to the luxurious,laid back ambiance of Seldom Blues and smooth jazz from two major talents. Kim Waters has been known for his saxophonist skills and work as a composer and producer. Kenny Lattimore has gained musical praise with hits like "For You". Aside from his solo work, he has sung with and toured all over with his wife, Chante Moore. Both artists will loan their musical talent to Seldom Blues' stage Sunday,May 24 . There will be two performances at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30p.m. For more information, call 313-567-7301.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Third Eye Blind at the Filmore

Source: The Fimore Detroit (http://www.livenation.com/edp/eventId/406707)
Third Eye Blind is coming to The Filmore Detroit 5/21/09 at 7pm. Ticket prices vary based on general admission, mezzanine, and balcony seating. Tickets also come in four pack special. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (313) 961-5451.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Eminem's "Relapse" In Stores

Eminem returns to the charts with his aniticipated, sixth album Relapse. It's been five years since his last album, Encore so needless to say the outspoken rapper will have a plenty to say. Relapse is available in stores today. Best Buy $9.99
1. Dr. West (Skit)
2. 3 A.M.
3. My Mom
4. Insane
5. Bagpipes From Baghdad
6. Hello
7. Tonya (Skit)
8. Same Song & Dance
9. We Made You
10. Medicine Ball
11. Paul (Skit)
12. Stay Wide Awake
13. Old Time's Sake - (featuring Dr. Dre)
14. Must Be The Ganja
15. Mr. Mathers
16. Deja Vu
17. Beautiful
18. Crack A Bottle - (featuring Dr. Dre/50 Cent)
19. Steve Berman (Skit)
20. Underground/Ken Kaniff

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Chrysler Will Close 789 dealerships



Photo Credit: Chrysler.com

Chrysler will cut 789 dealerships in an efforts to rebuild and rebound the company in this difficult economy. The news comes after Chrysler filed for bankruptcy early this morning.

Chrysler recommended that 40 dealerships in the state of Michigan be closed and 15 dealerships in the Metro Detroit area.

Jim Press, the Vice Chairman and President made a statement in response to the automaker's actions. "We are in the process of revitalizing Chrysler's business to succeed as a viable enterprise under new ownership in the future," said Press.

He also said,"The unprecedented decline in the industry has had a significant impact on our sales and forced us to reduce production levels to better match the needs of the market. With the downsizing of operations after the sale and reduction of plants and production, similar reductions must be made to the size of the dealer body. We appreciate the support of our dealers and regret this painful action. We wish market conditions made it possible to keep everyone."

The Michigan dealerships recommended for closing will be heard by Judge Arthur Gonzalez at 10:00 a.m. on June 3 in a hearing. The judge will decide whether to accept the list of 40 filing names. For more information click on the links below and the video.
Detroit Free Press: http://freep.com/article/20090514/BUSINESS01/90514039/Chrysler+seeks+to+shed+789+dealers++40+in+Mich.
WXYZ News- Channel 7:
http://www.wxyz.com/news/story/Breaking-Chrysler-Wants-to-Cut-789-Dealers/96HFcAdYokiyXw4BNlzLtQ.cspx




Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Keyshia Cole at the Fox




A Different Me Tour, starring Keyshia Cole
R&B artist, Keyshia Cole will perform at the Fox Theatre with guests The-Dream, Keri Hilson, and Bobby Valentino at 8pm Saturday, May 16. Tickets are $38, $58, $68, and $88. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) and at all Ticketmaster locations including Macy's and Ticketmaster.com. For more information, call (313) 471-6611 and visit http://www.olympiaentertainment.com/events/eventDetail.jsp?id=2818.

The American Heart Association Start! Heart Walk

Join V98.7 for a walk to promote a healthy heart and life. V98.7 has partnered up with the American Heart Association. For the for the American Heart Association’s Start! Heart Walk at the Southfield Municipal Complex on Saturday, May 16th. The Heart Walk is the AHS’s way motivating people to get up and up on their feet to promote longer, healthier lives by walking and implementing other healthy practices in their daily routines. It’s a great way to get exercise and promote a better life. The Heart Walk will be held at the Southfield Municipal Complex on 2600 Evergreen Road from 8am-11am. For more information, call (248) 936-5782 and visit http://www.wvmv.com/American-Heart-Association-Start--Heart-Walk/4217149

Bing Sworn in as Detroit Mayor



SOURCE:The Detroit News

Monday, May 11, 2009

Support the Youth & Celebrate the Gift of Life

Wine & Fine Bites
Spend your evening in an enjoyable fashion, while also supporting a worthy cause. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Council is having an wine event Wednesday, May 13th at Detroit Athletic Club. Guests will be treated to wines from South America, hors d’oeuvres,

and a silent auction. The event is 6-8:30pm .Guests can pay $95 as a donor, $125 patron, and $175 as a benefactor. Proceeds will support the DSO youth programs. Tickets can be purchased from the DSO Volunteer Council office at (313) 567-5154. For additional information, visit http://www.detroitsymphony.com/ShowDetail.aspx?id=2598



ALIVE 2009- A Benefit for the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan
The Donate Life Coalition of Michigan is holding a benefit Thursday, May 14th to celebrate the gift of life at The Detroit Science Center. The Donate Life Coalition was formed in 1993 and is dedicated to promoting organ and tissue donation. Help the organization celebrate its work with a night of entertainment. Enjoy an evening of good food, great wine and beer, music, science, of course, and an auction. The benefit is from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. For more information about the event, call (248) 770-5172 or (248) 701-2323 and visit http://www.donatelifemichigan.org/org/.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

2009 Mother's Day Events

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCHES & EVENTS
Mother's Day is a special day for mom so show her that you care! Have no clue what to do? There are plenty of brunches and dinners to choose from around Michigan. However, location and atmosphere is key to selecting the best spot for mom. Here are few of the many great Mother's Day Brunches and events I came across that are sure to put a smile on Mom's face.

Seldom Blues
400 Renaissance Center
Detroit, Michigan 48243

Champagne Jazz Brunch -Dazzle mom with a scrumptious, elegant meal, spectacular view, and the sounds of smooth jazz. Seldom Blues is hosting a Champagne Jazz Brunch Buffet with live jazz entertainment. The buffet includes Italian sausage, rock shrimp ravioli with Palomina, roasted salmon with lobster champagne sauce, chicken stir-fry with gingered vegetable, grilled asparagus, Au Gratin potatoes, a breakfast bar, chilled seafood selections, carving station, chilled seafood selections, and dessert buffet. Mimosas and martinis are available after 12p.m. So much for $46 per person. The brunch is from 11:30am- 5pm. For more information and to make reservations, call (313) 567-7301. http://www.seldomblues.com/SeldomMothersDay.htm

Trenton Hotel Grill
2651 West Jefferson
Trenton, MI

Mother's Day Breakfast Brunch & Buffet Dinner -Grab mom and take her down to the historical Trenton Hotel Grill for a classic brunch or a dinner. The family owned hotel offers a the perfect atmosphere for mom to eat and pend time with all her love ones. The breakfast brunch menu includes: scrambled eggs with garden vegetables, biscuits and gravy, pasta marinara , French Toast, and other favorite breakfast delicious items. Cramosa's $2.00 a glass and Bloody Mary's $3.00 a glass. The brunch is from 11am-1pm.


The dinner buffet is from 1pm-6pm and includes herb roasted chicken, maple cherry salmon, Vodka Pasta, a baked potato bar, salad station, and other dinner cuisine.
Moms get in for $16.95, $18.95 per person, Children 10 to 4 are $10.95, and Children 3 and under are FREE. For more information or to make reservations, call (734) 671-5676. http://www.trentonhotelgrill.com/Portals/0/MOTHER09menu.pdf

Gjeto's Salon & Day Spa
44325 12 Mile Rd
Novi, MI 48377
Pamper mom with the works! Gjeto's Day Spa is offering four Mother's Day Specials:
Mother's Escape -For $300, mom can spend five hours getting a Swedish Massage, Gjeto's Signature Facial with Lip and Eye Treatment, a Drench Manicure and Pedicure, and a Spa lunch.
Mother Daughter Delight- $300 will give mom and her favorite little girl 2 blissful hours of pampering and relaxation. The special include Gjeto's Signature Facial Therapy and a Couples Massage.
Mom's Day at the Spa - $150 will get mom a Swedish Full Body Massage and a Signature Facial.
An $80 Mother's Escape- consists of 2 hours for a Drench Pedicure and Manicure with French.
To book your appointment, call (248) 349.9003.
Andiamo Detroit Riverfront
Detroit 400 Renaissance Center
Suite A-403 Detroit, MI 48243

Mother's Day Brunch & Buffet
A view of the Detroit river and a Italian style brunch for mom and the whole family to enjoy!
Andiamo's Mother's Day Brunch is from 10:30am - 2pm. The brunch will include: an Omelette station, carving station, breakfast classics, salad, fresh fruit ,gourmet dessert table , and other assortments. You can keep the Mimosa flowing for $9.95 per person.

$29.95 Adults
$15.95 Children 5-12
Children 4 and under (free)
If you prefer to treat mom to dinner instead, the dinner buffet is from 3:30p.m.-9p.m and features Andiamo classics and holiday specials.

$36.95 Adults
$15.95 Children 4-10
Children 3 and under (free) For more information and to make reservations, call (313) 567-6700.
Mother's Day Weekend Celebration at Domaine Berrien Cellars
Domaine Berrien Cellars
398 East Lemon Creek Road
Berrien Springs, MI 49103
Treat your mom to a beautiful scenery, delicious bites, and a wide selection of quality wine for Mother's day. Domaine Berrien Cellars is hosting a weekend of wine tasting, appetizers, music and flowers for Mother's Day. Berrien will serve its newly served wines for the upcoming year and provide every visiting mother with flowers. Live music will accompany the special event,as well. Sharon Kegerreis and Lorri Hathaway, authors of From the Vine: Exploring Michigan Wineries will also be there, as well. The two day event begins is from May9th-10th from noon to 5pm. For more information, call (269) 473-9463 and visit http://www.michiganwines.com/calendar.phpcalendar_id=1&event_id=393&view=month&offset=0
Mother's Day at the Roostertail
Roostertail
100 Marquette Dr.
Detroit, MI 48214
Roll out the red carpet for mom this Mother's day with a hearty meal and grand setting at the Roostertail. The two seating times are: 3:00pm in the Palm River Room & 2:00pm seating in the Marine Room. Adults are $50.00 and Children (12 and under) are $25.00
The Mother's Day Package includes:Reserved Seating, Valet Parking, Live Entertainment, Cruise Ship Style Buffet with 3 Entrees, Champagne, Coat Check, 6% tax and 22% gratuity.
The Roosertail offers valet parking and com complimentary coat check .Seating is limited due to high demand and advance tickets are required.
To purchase tickets, call (313) 822-1234 ext. 134 or email info@roostertail.com.
The Towsend Hotel
One Hundred Townsend Street
Birmingham, Michigan 48009
The Townsend Hotel is a 4diamond hotel that boasts elegance, luxury, and beauty. It's embedded in the city of Birmingham and very appropriate for any mother's special day. Mothers and guests will be treated to music from a jazz pianist, a complimentary digital photo per family, and complimentary mimosas at noon. The menu will include a breakfast and griddle Station with Omelets and Eggs ,gourmet Salad Bar, Seafood Station , pasta station, kids buffet, sundae station and much more.

Adults $55.00 per person
Children 6-12 years old, $20.00 per child
Five and under, no charge
Plus 20% service charge and 6% sales tax
Reservations are urged and should be made by calling (248) 642-5510. The only seating option left is at 10:30 am with 43 seats remaining so reserve today. For additional information, call (248) 642-7900 and visit http://www.townsendhotel.com/mothersday.html.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Bing Wins Detroit's Mayoral Election

Photo Credit:(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Today Detroit citizens chose Dave Bing as their new mayor. The former NBA star won with 52% of the votes compared to Cockrel's 48% votes. It was a close race indeed.Most seemed shocked by Bing's victory. According to the Detroit Free Press, Cockrel response was: "Bing has run a very excellent stealth campaign," he said. "I thought Bing was exhibiting campaign fatigue. I may have misread that." Following his victory, Bing made a very optimistic statement. "What I want to ask you for is just a little bit of patience," Bing said. "But as I bring my team into city government, we are going to make the changes that you voted us in to make." To learn more about the election results and public response, click on the links below.

Oprah's Free Chicken Dinner Giveaway!


Have a free Dinner, courtesy of Oprah!!

Oprah does it again with another major giveaway. Only, this time she's not giving away cars--she's offering a free meal. Oprah has partnered up with Kentucky Fried Chicken to give away a free chicken dinner to anyone through her website . She made the announcement ,today, on her show. Are you dying to try KFC's new grilled chicken? Are you craving those buttery mashed potatoes? Then
grab your free coupon! The free dinner includes: Two pieces of grilled chicken, two individual sides and a biscuit.
OR for more information visit

**Limited Time Download Coupon download available from 9 a.m. CDT on May 5, 2009, to 9:59 p.m. CDT on May 6, 2009. Coupon is redeemable at participating KFC® locations in the United States from May 5, 2009 to May 19, 2009—excluding Mother's Day, May 10, 2009**

Chrisette Michele's "Epiphany" on Sale Today

Chrisette Michele's returns with her elegant voice but ditches the blues sound with Epiphany

Written by: R.D.P
Chrisette Michele returns with her unique, elegant voice and lyrics with her sophomore album, Epiphany .Chrisette Michele debuted onto the scene with a sound that was reminiscent of blues and classic R&B in her debut album, I Am.

With songs like “If I Have My Way” and “Love is You”, Michele captured a sound that was sweet, soulful, and simply beautiful. However , in her new album Epiphany ,she departs from the soft ballads and the blues- infused- soul sound of her debut album , I Am for a more up tempo and contemporary. Epiphany has12 tracks and includes one guest appearance by singer and songwriter, Ne-Yo .

"Epiphany', the leading single of the album (perhaps the best song on the album), is the perfect combination of Michele’s classic sound with an upbeat, catchy hook and beautiful piano as the background. Notebook is a sweet lyrical track with a mid tempo rhythm of love. Michele’s uses a light, airy vocal tone in the song, adding to its beauty.
What You Do featuring Ne-Yo, is a simple and sweet track that blends Michele’s unique vocals with a clapping beat, piano, and light R&B base. Essentially, Epiphany is good but lacks the beauty and uniqueness of Chrisette Michele’s classic sound that could be heard in I Am.
Check out the full album on imeem.com or purchase in stores. Best Buy $9.99

Detroit Mayoral Election: A Breakdown of Where Each Candidate Stands on the Issues

After several months ,the special Detroit mayoral election has finally arrived. Yet it might be difficult for people to choose between Dave Bing and Ken Cockrel Jr. The two candidates, vying to be Detroit's new mayor couldn't be any more different. Bing is an NBA hall of famer and activist while Cokrel is a former journalist and Wayne County Commsioner. Between the struggling economy and auto industry, massive job loss, and the major text message scandal between Kwame Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty, Detroit has endured a rough time this past year. Therefore, it seems the city of Detroit will need a strong leader . Who to choose? The Michigan Chroncile has provided a brief breakdown of where each candidate stands on the issues to help Detroit citizens make their choice.

Check it out :

Monday, May 4, 2009

May 9th Events/ Detroit Culture





Eileen Fisher Special Invitation! Wine,Chocolate, & Shopping savings

Spend your Saturday with a friend, enjoying a glass of wine, irresistible chocolate,and other delicious bites served by local suppliers and Edible Magazine.Receive $25 off of your EILEEN FISHER purchase from 3- 5p.m.. Shopping, wine, and chocolate--You can't lose!! For more information call, (248) 643-8005 or visit http://www.thesomersetcollection.com/events/eventslist.aspx?eventTypeID=1 for more details.


Carmen comes to the Detroit Opera House
The classic French opera, Carmen will grace the stage of the Detroit Opera House May 9th, 10th, 13th, and 15-17th . Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices vary,based on your seating preference. For more ticket information, visit http://www.motopera.org/0809/carmen.html







Photo credit: detroithistorical.org
Detroit’s Classic TV Personalities Exhibit Opens
A Tribute to Detroit TV Legends

Were you a major fan of John Kelly and Marilyn Turner's daily show? Couldn't start your mornings without Amyre Makupson'? Then then you will definitely enjoy and appreciate The Detroit Historical Society's new exhibit. The museum 's new exhibit, Detroit’s Classic TV Personalities is now open to the public. The exhibit celebrates the legacy, humor, and designation that seven Detroit TV hosts brought to the the motor city. The seven hosts recognized are: Bill Kennedy, Soupy Sales, Bill Bonds, Emery King, Amyre Makupson, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner. Each personality brought their own flare and style to Detroit media and the television that could not to be forgotten. The Detroit Historical Museum honors them and their special place in Detroit with the new exhibit.
For more information visit, http://detroithistorical.org/index.aspx


Curious about these legendary Detroit personalities? Click on the links below for additional information.

BILL KENNEDY
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Kennedy_(actor)