Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle
Project-U-Turn Inc. has its FINAL orientation & registration for it’s 2013-2014 youth programs. The programs are for boys ages 11-16 and girls ages 13-18 throughout the Metropolitan Detroit area. The programs offer workshops centered around character education and prevention, along with activities and outings.
RubyGirl helps transform girls into ladies and It’s-N-The Male helps transform boys into gentlemen. Our boy program offers a basketball program tthat builds character. On Saturday, September 14, 2013at 10:00am, orientation and registration will be held at The R.O.A.D. Church @ 15425 Schaefer Hwy. in Detroit, Michigan.
There is a registration fee, must bring last report card, proof of age, and a parent or guardian to registration. For more information: www.projectuturninc.com or call 313-397-9300.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 13:05
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
The 7th Annual Trinity International Film Festival has become a signature event in Detroit for independent filmmakers. Featuring 35 Independent Films from 12 different countries from around the world. This year's event will take place on September 20-21, 2013 at the beautiful Carr Center, in Harmonie Park ( 311 E. Grand River, Detroit, Michigan 48226).
The weekend includes:
The Opening Night Film Mixer: Friday, September 20th, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Free Movie Screenings: Saturday, September 21st, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closing Night Awards Ceremony: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
To view the full film festival schedule visit: www.trinityinternationalfilmfest.blogspot.com
Tickets ($10.00) are needed for the opening and closing night events, visit: https://tifilmfest.eventbrite.com/.
Filmmakers attending this year's include:
Director, Rajesh Touchriver, "Naa Bangaaru Talli" (India)
Director, Nic Izzi, “55th & 7th (Canada)
Director, Daniel Starkissian, “Loraine” (Canada)
Director, Rob Comeau, “The Level Below” (Canada)
Director, Daehwan Cho, “Emily’s Pizza” (Illinois)
Tommy Beardmore, on behalf of Director, Calvin Steinken, “A Child Lies Here,” (New York)
Director, Lien Chien Hung, “熱線1999 - A-Way 1999” (Taiwan)
Director, Samuel Goodson, “A Tweet for Heaven” (Washington DC)
Director, Keith & Ronda Sarich, "Inside The Sound" (North Carolina)
Detroit Filmmakers in attendance include:
Director, Jezar Riches, I's Married Now
Director, Joirida Cheatham, Pride & Accepted
Director, Dave Kilgore, I Zombie
Director, Scott Maiale, The Making of Super Amazing Ninja Zombie Princess Adventure
Community leaders Steve Perry and Piper Locklear are galvanizing Michigan's Native American for the screening of “The Thick Dark Fog,” by Director, Randy Vasquez.
As a highlight, one filmmaker will be selected and awarded with the My TV20 Best Short Film Award, and their film will be featured on a televised episode of the show "Detroit Short Takes. In addition to the awesome prizes from My TV20, winners of this year's best feature and short film categories will receive a dynamic filmmakers prize pack from Sony which will include more than $3,500 worth of Sony Vegas editing software, sound effects, and more!
Detroit is home to many talented artists. The Trinity International Film Festival will honor local professionals working in the film industry in Detroit. Our ten finalist include: Actor, June Shelton, Cinematographer, JoiRida Cheatham, Director/Screenwriter, Anthony Cuffie, Producer/Graphic Designer, Melissa Talbot, Director, Charles Kennedy, Director/Producer/Screenwriter, Darren Brown, Cinematographer/Editor, Roe Dayzon, Actress Shawntay Dalon, Producer/Screenwriter, Sareta Cheathem, and Actress, Ayanna Fillilove. he final results of our nominees will be announced at our awards ceremony on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
This year's event is sure to entertain you with great networking with industry professionals and of course cutting edge indie films. Be sure to join us for this year's festival. For more information contact Marshalle Montgomery at 313-685-3124 or Gregory L. Taylor at 616-633-5777.
About the TI Film Festival
The Trinity Film Coalition (TFC) Film Festival was co-founded by Detroit based independent filmmakers 2007 and renamed the Trinity International Film Festival in 2013. Now in its 7th year, this festival continues to provide a platform for artists around the world to showcase their films, network and gain access to viable industry resources.
Over the years 60 local and national filmmakers and have awarded sponsored prizes provided by Sony. In previous years, winners of our “Best Short Film” category have aired nationally on the BET-J and locally on MY TV20.
The TFC Film Festival has hosted industry professionals locally and nationally to share their knowledge and expertise in various workshops and industry discussions. Special guests have included famed Actress and Producer, Tangi Miller, Syndicated Radio Host and Film Producer, Russ Parr, and Former BET Executive Producer, Ralph Scott, currently with the Aspire Network (Owned by Magic Johnson), film segment producer/head of production for more than 100 episodes of SNL, Tanya Ryno and Writer, Director, Qasim Basir.
The best highlight of the over the years has been all of the innovative work we've showcased by indie filmmakers and our audience that supports the TI Film Festival.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 11:54
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle
PNC Foundation has awarded the Detroit Public Schools Foundation in excess of $1.2 million in grant funding to support more than 600 students in its Grow Up Great Program.
DPS Pre-Kindergarten: Investing early for a lifetime of educational benefits
There’s new evidence that children enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs do better in math and reading than those who stay at home with their parents or relatives according to the 2013 federal study, America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being. The study reinforces the importance of an early start. Are you in?
In one corner, students sit on large a colorful rug reviewing the months of the year. In another corner, students practice their letters using a word game at a bank of computers. At another station in the classroom, students are using large cardboard building blocks to learn shapes and the foundation concepts of math. Across the room, a group of students are paging through a book, learning their first words. Long gone are Preschool classrooms where children spent their days coloring, drawing and napping.
In any one of the 70 full-day Pre-Kindergarten classrooms across Detroit Public Schools, students’ days are filled with learning the foundations of math, science, reading, writing and social studies in a fun and engaging way. “Quality Pre-K programs help children learn to read before 3rd grade, which is a critical achievement.
We know that students who can read by 3rd grade will stay engaged in school and graduate at much higher rates,” said Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics for Detroit Public Schools. Pre-Kindergarten classes give children an opportunity to level the playing field with their peers by mitigating risk factors by the time they arrive in kindergarten, Ridgeway said.
This year, DPS is offering more Pre-Kindergarten than ever. Among the first initiatives to be implemented from the district’s 5-year strategic plan, Detroit Public Schools implemented a broad strategy to vastly increase preschool offerings for eligible students. The DPS Universal Pre-K Program adds 25 new early learning classrooms to 14 sites geographically spread across the city, including 12 classrooms in five new DPS Early Learning Neighborhood Centers.
In total, DPS will operate 215 Pre-K classrooms at 70 schools with a capacity for 3,530 young learners. The DPS Early Childhood Programs are comprised of three prekindergarten programs: the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), Project Head Start and Title I. Students selected for the Great Start Readiness Program must have at least two risk factors including income guidelines.
The recruitment, eligibility and selection of prekindergarten children and their families for Early Childhood programs within the Detroit Public Schools is an ongoing process throughout the school year. In order to become eligible for Detroit Public Schools Prekindergarten Program, a child must be 4 years old by November 1st of the current school year. “Our students’ day is filled with exciting activities to assist them in learning about music, reading, writing, painting, how things work, how things are put together, how things live, and observing changes in many areas,” said Program Supervisor Dr. Ursula Kelley-Wash.
“The focus is on supporting the students socially, emotionally, physically, mentally and academically.” Students also have access to current technology and are able to utilize these materials during the day. Throughout the Early Learning programs, classroom teaching staff are supportive, nurturing, and highly-qualified early childhood professionals who use research-based High Scope curriculum, said Assistant Superintendent Wilma Taylor-Costen.
The curriculum, which is aligned with the National Early Childhood Standards and Michigan State Board of Education, Early Childhood Standards of Quality, emphasizes adult-child interaction, a carefully-designed learning environment, and a plan-do-review process that strengthens initiative and self-reliance in children and young people. Teachers and students are active partners in shaping the educational experience.
The driving force behind’s’ Pre-Kindergarten curriculum is to foster a love of learning and provide the necessary foundation for a successful educational career, Taylor-Costen said. To ensure that children are growing academically, on-going assessments are completed daily. The data is used to ensure the needs of all students are being met.
The Pre-K schools also have a variety of partnerships to benefits students. At Beard Early Learning Neighborhood Center in Southwest Detroit, partnerships with Wayne State University serve to enhance the school’s programming, and events such as Literacy Night and Snuggle up and Read create a welcoming atmosphere for Pre-Kindergarten children and their parents to launch a successful educational journey.
“The earlier we can instill early literacy, mathematics and a love for science, as well as developing social skills, we’re able to propel that students to new heights and new experiences,” said DPS parent Deirdre Young.
Editors’ Note: Registration is ongoing now for classes scheduled to start September 16. For enrollment questions, call: (313) 347-8923. There’s new evidence that children enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs do better in math and reading than those who stay at home with their parents or relatives according to the 2013 federal study, America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being. The study reinforces the importance of an early start.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 08:58
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle
The following construction activities are scheduled for the weekend beginning Friday,
September 13, and ending Monday, September 16. As always, some of this work may be
postponed due to inclement weather or any unforeseen circumstances.
In Oakland County, southbound I-75 will have two lanes closed OVERNIGHT from Giddings
Road to Squirrel Road from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. starting Friday night and ending Monday
morning for maintenance work.
In Oakland County, the southbound Joslyn Road entrance ramp to northbound I-75 will be
closed from 4 a.m. until noon on Saturday for repairs.
In Oakland County, southbound I-75 will have a right-lane closure from Crooks Road to Long
Lake Road from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for maintenance.
In Oakland County, southbound I-275 will have a right-lane closure from 9 Mile Road to 8 Mile
Road from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for maintenance.
In Oakland County, westbound I-96 will have two lanes closed nightly from Novi Road to Kent
Lake Road from 8 p.m. on Thursday until 5 a.m. on Friday, and again from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.
on Friday and Saturday for resurfacing work.
In Macomb County, the eastbound I-696 ramp to eastbound I-94 will be closed from 10 p.m. on
Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday for resurfacing of eastbound I-94. A detour will be posted
directing traffic to northbound M-3 (Gratiot Avenue).
In Oakland County, the right lane of eastbound I-696 will be closed at Telegraph Road from 6
a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for maintenance work.
In Macomb County, eastbound I-94 will have double-lane closures, while westbound I-94 will
have a single-lane closure between Masonic Boulevard and I-696 from 10 p.m. on Friday until 5
a.m. on Monday for resurfacing work. In addition, the eastbound I-94 ramp to 12 Mile Road will
be closed during the same time.
In Detroit, westbound I-94 will have a left-lane closure from I-75 to Woodward Avenue from 7
a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday for road repairs.
In Wayne County, eastbound I-94 will be reduced to one lane from 7 a.m. on Saturday until 5
a.m. on Monday, while westbound I-94 will have one lane open from 1 p.m. on Saturday until 5
a.m. on Monday at Telegraph Road for pavement repairs.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 09:15
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle
Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill Teams With Gleaners to Fight Hunger in southeastern Michigan
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) and Blake Farms invite the public to join them for a fall festival celebration on September 14, 2013 from 10am – 6pm as proceeds from apples and cider will benefit Gleaners and their fight against hunger in southeastern Michigan.
Currently in southeastern Michigan, 1 in 5 people struggle with hunger, a rate that’s higher than the national average. September is “Hunger Action Month” and Gleaners is encouraging the community to help in the ongoing effort to end hunger. Blake Farms has had a positive relationship with Gleaners for over a decade and wanted to help because of their admiration for the non-profits efforts in increasing food access to struggling local communities.
“As a farm we understand the hardships of limited fresh food access. We're rewarded by Mother Nature's surplus in good years and humbled in the rough years of light harvests. We understand the current issues of fresh food scarcity and seek to share our surplus this year with hungry families in Metro Detroit,” said Andrew Blake. “For three generations, we've experienced sharing our farm with so many wonderful families and want to extend our hand to the families that may not have experienced the goodness of fresh Michigan harvests.”
Blake Farms opened in Armada, Michigan in 1945 and currently employs 300 people to accommodate the crowd of roughly 300,000 they see each season. Blake Farms has evolved since its opening into a family entertainment farm, including everything from orchards and a cider mill to a haunted house and several animated attractions,
17985 Armada Center Rd. Armada MI 48005
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 08:42
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