Category: Community - Original Written by Rian Barnhill
The goal of the Southeast Michigan-Regional Transit Authority is to create a public transit system that addresses the challenges facing our region. Achieving this goal will require the active involvement of a Citizen Advisory Committee, which may make recommendations to the RTA board.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 15:13
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Jazz up your summer at Greenfield Village's seventh annual Ragtime Street Fair this weekend, July 13 -14, with special hours on Saturday until 9 p.m. Inspired by the festivals from the early 20th century, Ragtime Street Fair brings this unique period in American history to life through live entertainment, delicious summer street fair food, dramatic performances and even ragtime dance lessons.
Visitors can enjoy live entertainment celebrating these pre-jazz glory days with piano performances by Taslimah Bey, "Perfessor" Bill Edwards, John Remmers, Bill Meyer, Daniel J. McCarthy, Brent Beggs, Mary Pitcher, Carolyn Dicks and Jerry Perrine. The River Raisin Ragtime Revue and the Tartarsauce Traditional Jazz Band will keep the music flowing all weekend with special concerts Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday, competing pianists will show off their talents in a high-energy, piano-cutting contest while guests can learn the steps to popular ragtime dances. If you're interested in showing off more of your dance moves, join in on the cake walk competition, a traditional plantation dance in which the best dancer is given a cake.
Throughout the weekend purchase farm fresh produce at the traditional street fair located on Main Street, including sliced watermelon, strawberries, peaches and corn on the cob. If you've really worked up an appetite, try a New Orleans-inspired Muffuletta sandwich prepared by The Henry Ford's award-winning culinary staff.
Admission to Greenfield Village is free with membership or $24 adults, $22 senior (62 and up) and $17.50 youth (5-12). Children four and under are free. For more information, call (313) 982-6001 or visit www.thehenryford.org.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 16:58
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Many students struggle transitioning from high school to college. And, African American men struggle with this transition more than others, statistics show.
That's why Oakland Community College leaders crafted a program whose goal is to keep young African American men in school and on track to succeed.
"The goal of "Man Up," now in its third year, is to engage students early in their high school and college careers, make them aware of pitfalls they will encounter in college, and teach them how to surpass them," says Lloyd Crews, dean of the Southfield Campus and one of the program's creators.
"There's a huge academic gap between males and females and particularly, males of color," Crews says. "What we've found as educators is that it's important for young men to be successful from the start. If they come into a situation they are not prepared for, they often opt out rather than ask for help."
"One of the goals of "Man Up" is to teach students to not walk away from situations that are uncomfortable, meet challenges and get the work done," Crews says.
"The all-male environment has many purposes and one of them is to help them feel less apprehensive about saying they don't know something, because when they meet they are 'just a bunch of guys,'" he adds.
"Man Up" offers both high school and college students lessons that are personal and academic in nature. They include study skills, time management, note taking, self-advocating, healthy relationships and budgeting. It facilitates group discussions on personal responsibility and accountability, especially toward peers. African American men who are successful in a variety of fields are also invited to make presentations to students about their careers and the path that led them there.
The program has helped nearly 100 students in the last three years at high schools in Oak Park and Southfield and the OCC campuses in Southfield, Royal Oak and Orchard Ridge. High school programs usually last 12 weeks. The format on college campuses is that of an ongoing club where students take on leadership roles.
Gregory Anderson was a student leader with the "Man Up" program at the Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills. He graduated from OCC in May and plans to enroll at Wayne State University to study finance and communications this fall. He said "Man Up" helped him improve his leadership skills and to understand that leaders must embody the message they bring.
"Having to be on top of other students made me be on top of my own work," says Anderson, 28, of Southfield. "The biggest lessons were learning what it takes to be a man, learning what my responsibilities are."
"The program is a bridge for students that go from high school to college," he added. "This is a critical time and students are generally not very good at asking for help when they need it."
"The program aims to teach students what expectations are in college early on," says Jahquan Hawkins, Student Life Coordinator at the Orchard Ridge Campus and an advisor for "Man Up."
Hawkins felt drawn to advising the program because of his own difficulties transitioning from high school to college, he says.
"I was an honor student coming out of high school, but because I didn't establish good study habits, it was hard for me to adjust to college. My study habits put me at a deficit," he says.
He was able to recover from that deficit and now feels he is well positioned to help others with similar challenges.
The term "Man Up" was chosen for several reasons, Hawkins adds. "We want young men to make the transition from boyhood to manhood and be accountable. They are also expected to pull the next man up and make sure they get to where they need to be. "Man Up" also teaches about having a greater purpose than yourself," he adds. "The 'Man Up' program sheds light on the fact that you have influence over other people and you have to handle that influence responsibly."
With campuses located throughout Oakland County, OCC is the largest of Michigan's 28 community colleges and the 23rd largest in the nation. The college offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 fields including university transfer and general studies degrees.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 11:06
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Continue the 4th of July celebrations this week with even more summer fun downtown! Spend your evenings exploring the Quicken Loans Summer in the Park series that are launching this week. Enjoy music, movies, and more without leaving downtown!
Tuesday evening marks this week's first series launch with Classical Music Tuesdays Presented by WRCJ 90.9FM from 7 – 8:30pm at Campus Martius Park. The orchestral ensembles kicking off the season is the seasoned Michigan Philharmonic. Nan Washburn, 18 time ASCAP Award winner, conducts the orchestra in their performance of "An American Salute in Motown." Classical Tuesdays will run through July 30 and will feature the DSO String Chamber Orchestra, presented by Honigman, the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Xiao Dong Wei and Friends, and the Beyer-Stacey Duo.
You're invited Wednesday evening to join fellow Detroiters at Grand Circus Park to enjoy the smooth sounds of live jazz while enjoying special theatrical performances on the park lawn stage. The series showcases Opportunity Detroit Jazz Experience from 5:30 – 6:30pm every week through August 14. The opening theatre performance by the Michigan Opera Theatre will follow from 7 – 8:30pm. The Elizabeth Theatre Company, Plowshares Theatre, Nadanta East Indian Dance, Ralphe Armstrong, and Shakespeare-in-Detroit are also showcased throughout the series.
Sunset in the City Music Thursdays is back, kicking off this year's season with Joan Belgrave and the Original Vandellas from 5:30 – 8:30pm. This free music series is presented by Absopure and Strategic Staffing Solutions. Belgrave will entertain the crowds with sweet love songs, sorrowful blues, and swinging beats. The Original Vandellas will follow with their greatest hits. The free music series will run through August 22 and will also showcase Alexander Zonjic & Friends, Larry Lee & The Back In The Day Band, Motor City Soul, Kaleido, the Gelheads L'Renee, and Serieux.
Also back by popular demand and launching this year's season is Faygo Movie Night in the D presenting Academy Award-nominated and winning films under the stars in CMP. Films begin at approximately 8:30pm on Saturday nights July 13-August 10. This week will showcase Les Miserables, a critically acclaimed adaptation of the epic musical phenomenon. Enjoy Faygo beverages and Good People Popcorn, available for purchase, while you enjoy the show! Also showing are Skyfall, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, and Life of Pi.
The Marketing Associates Beach Party sand activities continue from last week and the Beach Party Concert Series begins this week with the 2013 Detroit Music Awards winner for Outstanding Reggae Band, Roots Vibrations. Enjoy dancing in the sand to island sounds on the Frankenmuth Brewery at Campus Martius Park Fridays from 5:30 – 8:30pm!
Campus Martius Park is grateful for Quicken Loans presentation of Summer in the Park 2013 and the wonderful support from all of our Official Sponsors including Compuware Corporation, McDonald's, WXYZ Channel 7, Meridian Health Plan, GalaxE Solutions, Honigman, Marketing Associates, Absopure Water, T-Mobile, Faygo, Frankenmuth Brewery, The Detroit People Mover, Detroit Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Strategic Staffing Solutions, TI Automotive, Clark Hill, Hines, Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, People's Transit, good people popcorn, 89X, 93.9 The River, Real Detroit Weekly, WRCJ 90.9FM, D-Hive, The Somerset Collection, Greko Printing, Blumz, Great Lakes Trophies, The Carr Center, Hard Rock Café, and Sterling Group, among others.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 15:38
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Beautification project gives Life Choices consumers opportunity
to build skills and help community
On Tuesday, July 9, consumers from Neighborhood Service Organization's (NSO) Life Choices program will take part in a beautification project at the Harper-Gratiot Multi-Service Center (HGMSC) in collaboration with Summer in the City. Under the guidance of NSO staff, consumers will work with lead artists Eliana Gershon and Bob Spence, as well as volunteers from Summer in the City. The theme is building bridges and connecting them to each of the "help" areas that HGMSC provides, including educational programs such as WIC Head Start, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschoolers (HIPPY) and utility assistance. This mural project offers a hands-on opportunity to give back to the community, while building life-enhancing skills and engaging in art therapy. Life Choices volunteers and participants will be working at the Harper-Gratiot Multi-Service Center from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 10:08
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