Detroit Area Agency on Aging Call to Action: 200 Volunteers Needed to Pack and Deliver Thanksgiving Meals to Seniors
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
The Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) needs volunteers to help pack and deliver 6,000 Thanksgiving meals to seniors. DAAA is requesting 200 volunteers to help its employees and service providers.
Volunteers are needed to perform cold and hot food packing and meal delivery on Wednesday, November 27 and Thursday, November 28. Volunteers are needed according to the schedule below:
DUTY DATE TIME
Cold Food Packing Wednesday, November 27 8 a.m. – Noon
Hot Food Packing Thursday, November 28 6 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Meal Delivery Thursday, November 29 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
DAAA's Holiday Meals on Wheels program provides a meal to homebound seniors in Detroit, the Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods, Hamtramck and Highland Park. The meals are prepared by Valley Services, a national food services company, in their USDA-certified kitchen at 1980 Bagley Street in Detroit. Valley Services has been a partner with DAAA for more than 10 years. The Thanksgiving meal includes: fresh turkey breast, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, unsweetened fruit juice, milk, cranberry sauce, apple pie, whole wheat roll, and margarine.
DAAA is a private, non-profit agency that serves older persons age 60 years and over, adults with disabilities and caregivers in the City of Detroit, the five Grosse Pointes, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and Highland Park. Services are funded by public and private resources.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 17:26
Category: Community Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
Detroit — One fire may be an accident, two fires a coincidence, but three fires -- as in the case of the third Heidelberg Project to burn, the “Penny House,” and one would have to conclude that an arsonist or arsonists are methodically blazing the city’s controversial art works. The latest act of apparent violence to strike the Heidelberg Project, where another house burned Thursday, has stunned Detroit and its artistic community.
The Detroit Fire Department’s Arson Squad has apparently come to the same conclusion as they step-up the investigation into the destruction of the properties owned and created be internationally acclaimed artist, Tyree Guyton.
At the University of Michigan Museum of Art, director Joseph Rosa called the news heartbreaking. “The project has such an important history as a way to rethink the city and bring it back,” he said, noting that any number of other towns have studied Heidelberg as a way to reinvent distressed neighborhoods.
The off-beat art projects have also become one of the city’s most significant cultural attractions for locals and tourists alike. “I don’t know a visitor to Detroit with their eye on art who doesn’t go there,” said Nancy Sizer, director of the Detroit Artists Market.
“If we were to lose Heidelberg,” said Jerry Herron, dean of the Wayne State University Honors College who wrote part of “Connecting the Dots,” a 2007 history of the project, “we’d lose one of the most vibrant and creative responses to the desperate hardships that often attend our urban condition. Tyree quite brilliantly turned the refuse of an abandoned neighborhood into a reason to make people want to come and see and understand.”
Firefighters were called to the “Penny House” about 3 a.m. where they found it fully engulfed with flames.
“It was totally involved by the time we arrived,” Chief Douglas Lyon said. “All that we could do at that point was take a defensive position. No other structures were damaged because the structure is kind of off by itself. We’ve been called over there quite a bit lately.”
The “Penny House” was located only a half a block away from the former “Soul House, which burned on Nov. 12.
On Thursday, members of the Arson Squad were at the scene collecting evidence. Investigators say they have a person of interest who they plan to contact, according to Detroit Fire Capt. Charles Simms.
Today, the Heidelberg attracts a worldwide attraction, and in addition to the public art space, its gift shop and welcome center located inside the Numbers House, provides arts education to youth in Metro Detroit whose struggling school districts might not otherwise afford to provide it.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 21:09
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Spielhaus Toys owner Kurt Spielhaus and his daughters welcome holiday shoppers with infectious smiles and genuine enthusiasm. Currently a pop-up store waiting for permanent digs, this delightful establishment is the perfect spot to spend quality time with family and friends (of all ages).
The toys are ingenious for the genius in us all and many are made in America and from recycled materials.
There are beautiful classic books and puppets, too. The store is full of items sure to ignite anyone’s curiosity, as the unique products are thoughtful and thought-provoking.
Debra Walker, a recent patron of Spielhaus, says “My grandkids, Gabe and TJ, continue to spend hours playing with their building toys purchased at Spielhaus. I was challenged to get more than two pieces of Gabe’s set put together. But it was fun nonetheless.
“I’m excited about the store and I say let’s support our neighbor, our city, our new friends. There are toys to touch, people to meet, places to sit and story time to be heard. It’s not just shopping. It’s an experience.”
1249 Woodward Ave.
[Next door to D:Hive Welcome Center]
Tuesday – Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Open now through Christmas Eve
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 06:16
Category: Community Written by News One
The wildly successful and controversial “Preachers of L.A.” is still making headlines since the show’s debut last month on Oxygen. Bishop T.D. Jakes went after the cast, calling the show “junk” for showing off the mansions they live in and the luxury clothes they wear.
On NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, two of the cast members defended their participation in the reality series. “There was a lot of heat from the trailer, or the sizzle reel,” said Pastor Wayne Chaney, senior pastor of Antioch Church of Long Beach, Calif. “Once the show started and people have tuned in, they’ve realized that it has not been about material possessions, but about the lives of these larger than life men.”
Added Bishop Ron Gibson, founder of Life Church Of God In Christ, in Riverside, Calif., ”We have incredibly faithful congregations, but we’re not infallible. So [the series] shows the duality of what it’s like to be in the position to be held to a higher standard, but humanized the positi...
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:15
Category: Community Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil
Today, of course, when we talk about what we watch, that doesn’t necessarily mean just television or the big screen. We have the choice of watching content (e.g. movies, TV, shows and videos) on a number of our cool devices whenever we feel like it.
We have the choice of watching this content on a number of cool devices whenever and at times wherever we choose. We have our computers (African-Americans are 10% more likely to spend time on the Internet searching for information on electronics than the total population); smartphones (71% of us own smartphones compared to 62% of the total population); and television of course (Blacks watch 37% more television that the total population, which is the most of any other group).
Although how we watch continues to evolve, what we watch remains consistent, as Nielsen’s latest report on Black consumers, “Resilient, Receptive and Relevant: The African-American Consumer 2013 Report,” details. We prefer shows and movies that star or feature people who look like us — even though they might not always act like the average Black person (When was the last time you threw a drink in someone’s face or tried to pull someone’s wig off?). Marketers who want to reach African-American audiences and a piece of our $1 trillion buying power should be paying close attention.
We’re loyal television fans. Our watch activity breaks down to seven hours and 17 minutes of viewing a day, compared to five hours and 18 minutes of viewing time a day for the total population. And, ladies, we watch more than the guys, especially those of us in the 18-49 age range.
It’s no surprise that Blacks prefer cable.
Since many cable shows and casts offer more diversity than network programs, eight of our Top 10 TV shows air on cable networks. The two exceptions are ABC’s “Scandal,” starring, Kerry Washington, and Fox’s long-running singing competition variety show, “American Idol.”
If you are a true Gladiator, then I know you tuned in to watch watch “Scandal’s” third season premiere earlier this month. Not only did Olivia Pope and company rack up 10.5 million viewers, the show helped us introduce a new measurement — Nielsen’s Twitter TV Ratings. “Scandal’s” premiere was that week’s top-tweeted show with almost 713,000 tweets, reaching a Twitter audience of 3.7 million. It tied with VH1’s “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta 2” as our top rated show earlier this summer on June 30.
Blacks love Twitter, with those of us between 18-34 spending 11% more time on the social chat site than 35-44 and 45-64 year olds combined. Twitter TV conversations have grown since last year. From the same period a year ago, there has been 38% more tweets related to live TV — 190 million tweets in 2012 grew to 263 million tweets in 2013. There’s also been an increase in Tweeters as well — from 15 million in 2012 to 19 million in 2013. By offering these metrics, Nielsen gives marketers yet another outlet to reach you in their campaigns.
We are also like to watch movies. We go to the movies with the same frequency as every other consumer group, about 6.3 times a year. As with TV, we favor films with characters that look like us. Action/adventure movies, however, are the exception. We tend to gravitate to that genre more than other groups, regardless of the cast’s ethnicity.
These were the top five grossing movies among African-Americans, featuring Black casts from September 2012 to June 2013:
“Django Unchained” (Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson),
“42” (Chadwick Boseman) $94 million
“Flight” (Denzel Washington) $94 million
Temptation” (Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams, Brandy) $52 million
(Halle Berry, Morris Chestnut) $52 million
Nielsen research shows that 51% of us are receptive to product ads that run in movie theaters and 87% of us are receptive to movie trailers and previews.
Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is senior vice president of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Nielsen. For more information and studies go to www.nielsen.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:41
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