Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, joined students to launch a new school garden collaborative at Nichols School in Detroit. The new garden is part of an innovative new education program at Detroit Public Schools called the Garden Collaborative, which will create gardens at 46 schools throughout the district. The new garden will provide Nichols' students with a hands-on agricultural learning experience where they can plant a variety of vegetables that will be used in the cafeteria for school lunches. Each of the gardening locations will feature raised beds, compost bins, rainwater collection equipment, gravel walkways and a Farm to School Learning Center.
During the event, Senator Stabenow toured the garden and planted vegetables with students. She also helped announce the winners of the Golden Shovel Awards to honor local organizations for supporting the Garden Collaborative. The winners were the Eastern Market Corporation, Home Depot, and the Henry Ford Hospital West Bloomfield Greenhouse. Senator Stabenow has been a champion for Eastern Market, securing critical funding to expand the Market and working closely with community leaders to establish a new community kitchen at Shed 5 and improved street signage.
Chairwoman Stabenow said: "All children should have access to healthy fruits and vegetables during the school day. Everyone is a winner with this innovative Garden Collaborative, as cafeterias gain a supply of fresh produce and students have an opportunity to learn about farming by doing it themselves. I will continue leading the effort to increase access to Michigan-grown food choices for children and families, which will support our local farmers and help boost Michigan agriculture."
Betti Wiggins, Executive Director in the Office of School Nutrition, thanking Sen. Stabenow for her visit and support said: "We are so proud of our efforts to improve the health and well-being of our students by offering every child a free nutritious breakfast and lunch daily so that they can fully concentrate on academics and not on hunger. Our expanding garden program, where students make connections through our science curriculum and their lives through their school gardens, provides an important bridge between learning and health for our students, while also bringing fresh garden foods right to their cafeteria tables."
For years, Senator Stabenow has led the effort to increase access to healthy, Michigan-grown food choices for children in schools. Her 2013 Farm Bill continues the successful Fruits and Vegetables Snack Program to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to children throughout the school day. In addition, the Farm Bill expands support for community gardens, farmers' markets and local food hubs across our state and throughout the country to help family farmers sell more local foods, boosting Michigan agriculture, our state's second largest industry. The bill also strengthens research, marketing, disaster relief and other support for Michigan fruit and vegetable growers.
While strengthening key initiatives to help farmers and agriculture businesses create jobs, the Farm Bill also cuts unnecessary programs and streamlines existing ones to reduce the deficit by $24 billion.
- See more at: http://www.stabenow.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1036#sthash.cyE8T1ba.dpuf
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:54
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), is holding a press conference at 10 AM Friday, June 14, at Chosen Generations Community Center, 2326 East 7 Mile, in Detroit. The media event Friday is to promote the new Step Forward Michigan Faith Partnership, a free MSHDA program that helps at-risk homeowners avoid foreclosure, and to kick off a free Step Forward Michigan and Tax Foreclosure Assistance Housing Fair that starts at 10 AM Saturday, June 15. For the first time, MSHDA and Detroit-area faith leaders (many of whom are identified in the media advisory attached and pasted below) are launching a new Step Forward Michigan Faith Partnership initiative to help local residents in danger of losing their homes.
State Sen. Virgil Smith, State Rep. David E. Nathan, and Detroit City Councilman Andre L. Spivey will attend Friday’s press conference. The Rev. Ben Sandin of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Shelby Township, the Rev. David Buersmeyer of Saints John and Paul Catholic Parish in Washington Township,the Rev. Becky Bolander of American Lutheran Church in Clinton Township, the Apostle John C. Harvey of Serenity Christian Church in Hazel Park, and the Rev. Dr. Steve Bland Jr. of Liberty Temple Baptist Church will also attend.
More information is available at www.StepForwardMichigan.org.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:10
KFC, VIBE MAGAZINE AND CELEBRITY DADS SHINE LIGHT ON FATHERHOOD IN URBAN COMMUNITIES THROUGH FRESH FATHERS CAMPAIGN
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Louisville, KY- KFC and VIBE magazine recognize hard-working dads across the country through the new Fresh Fathers campaign, which emphasizes the importance of fatherhood in the urban community. The centerpiece of the program is a contest that allows families and friends to nominate dads for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas for VIBE’s 20th anniversary, August 19-21, 2013.
Information about the Fresh Fathers campaign and contest can be found at www.VIBE.com/freshfathers, which launches today. The contest asks fans of standout dads to upload pictures and share stories about the fathers they admire.
“With Father’s Day just around the corner, this is a perfect opportunity for KFC to recognize all the great dads out there,” said Jason Marker, Chief Marketing Officer for KFC U.S. “We’re thrilled to partner with VIBE magazine to give some of these fathers the recognition they deserve, and we’re always happy to provide a bucket of Kentucky Grilled Chicken to give dads the night off from grilling.”
KFC and VIBE magazine developed a custom video series celebrating famous fathers. . The microsite includes an exclusive original series called “The Convo” that features intimate one-on-one conversations with Tyrese Gibson, star of the current box office hit Fast 6. In the segments, Tyrese speaks on his diverse career and dedication to his daughter. “It's our responsibility as fathers to create the standards in our children's lives,” said Tyrese..
Other celebrity dads featured on the microsite include Ne-Yo, The Dream, Snoop Dogg, Boris Kodjoe and Raheem Devaughn.
Family members and friends interested in nominating dads for an expenses-paid VIP trip to Las Vegas should visit www.VIBE.com/freshfathers and upload a video or picture with a caption or story that highlights positive characteristics and qualities of a dad. The contest starts June 10, 2013 and ends July 16, 2013. Complete rules are available at the web site.
For dads who need a grill-free night , effective today KFC is offering a Kentucky Grilled Chicken deal for just $3.99 plus tax (for a limited time at participating locations). The meal includes two pieces of KFC’s grilled chicken – famous for its flavorful, fall-off-the-bone taste – one side item and a biscuit.
Vibe “Fresh Fathers” Contest, presented by KFC Abbreviated Rules: No purchase necessary. Contest begins June 10, 2013 and ends July 16, 2013. Must be U.S. resident 18+. Subject to Official Rules: www.vibe.com
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:08
Category: Community - Original Written by RJ Barnhill
Every day we take it for granted, but it’s just as essential to life as the air we breathe. What is it? It is clean water. Water is one of this earth’s most precious natural resources, yet as humans in an industrialized, modern society we do not appreciate its value or its significance. Because it’s always there when we turn on the tap, most of us do not have to think about how it gets to us. Nor do we ever wonder what would happen if there was no water to drink or shower or bathe with. While this may not be your reality, it is the reality of thousands of Detroit’s low-income residents and senior citizens. For the last 10 years, the Water Access Volunteer Effort (WAVE) Fund has been helping Detroit residents retain access to Water and Sewerage Services. To date, the WAVE Fund has assisted over 9,100 households by paying more than $2,000,000 towards water bills that were in arrears.
WAVE’s ability to help these families, depends on the generous contributions of corporations, community agencies, and private citizens. On Thursday, June 20, 2013, the WAVE Fund will host our 7th Annual Charity Golf Open at the Warren Valley Golf and Banquet Center. We invite you to be a part of this wonderful event and help us help even more Detroiters retain access to water and sewerage services. For more information on the WAVE Fund please visit www.wavefund.org. The WAVE Fund is a Michigan non-profit corporation and contributions are tax deductible.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 13:22
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
An enchanted garden behind a beautifully restored Italian Renaissance mansion will ring with jazz, classical, Argentine tango & Spanish music at the Palmer Woods Music in Homes Summer Solstice concert with the A. Spencer Barefield Super String Quartet.
On Friday, June 21, 8 pm, Kresge 2010 Arts Fellow, guitarist A.Spencer Barefield, leads three virtuosic young NY musicians, regulars on the stages of Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall: violinists/violists Jannina Barefield Norpoth and Curtis Stewart, and bassist John-Paul Norpoth. They will perform Barefield’s compositions, as well as works by legendary composers such as Paganini, Coltrane, Ellington, Monk, and Piazzola.
Jannina, who grew up in Detroit's Palmer Woods neighborhood, loves to return to home, especially to perform with her dad Spencer Barefield, an world-renown jazz artist. "Detroit is one of my favorite places to perform," proudly admits the 30-year-old, who performs internationally. Classical music was her focus growing up, while she served as concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra and spent summers honing her skills at the Aspen Music Festival and Izthak Perlman's Music Program.
Now, however, she increasingly incorporates jazz and improvisation into the music she plays with co-violinist Curtis Stewart in their NY string quartet PUBLIQuartet. With husband, bassist John-Paul Norpoth, she plays electric violin as he plays guitar in their indie rock band Hollands. Performing the works of contemporary and adventurous composers is their forté, but they all move across genres, challenged by both the traditional classical repertoire and innovative contemporary works. They have been premiering Barefield's compositions in New York City, and look forward to performing with the composer.
The A. Spencer Barefield Quartet will also present a free concert for children from 5-6 pm prior to the evening event. The location of the home is provided with reservations at palmerwoodsmusicforchildren.eventbrite.com
On Saturday, June 22, 8 pm, the Thornetta Davis ensemble will journey through the jazz world with a funk-fusion-R&B edge.
A reception with delicious food will be served during intermission, and the main floor of the home will be open for a tour prior to the concert. A spacious tent will shelter guests beneath sunshine and starlight.
Tickets, $40 or $35 each for groups of 10 or more, are sold in advance only and can be purchased online at palmerwoods.org or by calling 313-891-2514. The location of the home is provided to ticket holders. The concerts are special opportunities to hear world-class musicians who have Detroit-area roots.
Music of the Grand Finale - Summer Solstice weekend:
The grand finale weekend opens on Friday, June 21 at 8pm with the A. Spencer Barefield Super String Quartet. "Paganini to Piazzolla, Barefield & Beyond" will be presented by this adventurous ensemble, taking the audience on an enchanting journey from the classical period to the present day.
Arranging the music for the unusual combination of guitar, violin, viola and bass, the ensemble will perform compositions by Barefield, and selections from legendary jazz composers such as Joe Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie, Oliver Nelson, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn, as well as classical works by Spanish composers Enrique Granados and Manuel de Falla, Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla, and the challenging works of Niccolò Paganini. This will be an out-of-this-world Summer Solstice concert — performed by four virtuosic, super string players.
Described by JazzTimes as “an extraordinary guitarist/composer,” A. Spencer Barefield has received numerous awards for composition and performance from National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, Kresge Foundation and others. He has toured and recorded in the US, Canada, and Europe, extensively as a leader, soloist, and with Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, Richard Davis and many more. Barefield’s Creative Arts Collective has received international recognition for its innovative presentations, including its Creative Music at the Detroit Institute of Arts series and current Palmer Woods Music in Homes series.
Jannina Barefield Norpoth is known for her versatile musicianship, performing everywhere from Lincoln Center and Orchestra Hall to Radio City Music Hall and New York City's Mercury Lounge. She has soloed with the Detroit Symphony, and has been a featured performer alongside such acclaimed musicians as Itzhak Perlman, Emmanuelle Boisvert, Regina Carter, Marcus Belgrave, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Marcus Belgrave, Dave Young, virtuoso pianist/producer Mike Garson (Smashing Pumpkins, David Bowie), Foxy Brown, Sheila E., Boys II Men, Dionne Warwick, Anita Baker, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, My Brightest Diamond, Alexi Murdoch, DM Stith and many others. She tours with Sphinx Virtuosi, including recent performances at Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center, and is a member of PUBLIQuartet with Curtis Stewart.
A New York City native and graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Curtis Stewart has performed as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, and at Lincoln Center with “Ljova.” He has made chamber music appearances in the Rochester International Jazz Festival and at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall with the New York Chamber Virtuousi, holding his audiences “spellbound” with his “prodigious technique.”(New York Amsterdam News) An avid teacher, he currently teaches at the Laguardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts. Curtis’ eclectic background has led him to concerts in many different realms of music from the avant-garde jazz Vision Festival and MTV specials with Wyclef Jean and Yo La Tengo, to stints at the Jazz Gallery with Jason Lindner and Edmar Casteneda.
John-Paul Norpoth has performed under the batons of Itzhak Perlman, Kurt Mazur, Bright Sheng, Jaime Laredo, Otto Werner Mueller and others in numerous New York-area orchestras. He is a well respected educator in the Manhattan and Long Island area, and is also a singer/songwriter/guitarist for his indie rock band Hollands (Jannina plays electric violin).
On Saturday, June 22 at 8 pm, Thornetta Davis and her ensemble fill the stage. Detroit’s “Queen of the Blues” is equally at home with R&B, soul, and the timeless Motown sound.
Her voice is at once commanding and deliciously smooth. Thornetta’s seductive way with melody has made her a natural to perform as an opening act for stars as diverse as Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Gladys Knight, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, and Johnnie Johnson.
Thornetta is an extraordinary artist who has performed at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival (with Bonnie Raitt) and the Lilith Fair at Pine Knob (with Sarah McLachlan). Even Kid Rock sings Thornetta’s praises, after sharing the stage with her at the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards at Madison Square Garden. She has also recorded vocals for CDs by Kid Rock and Bob Seger.
For more than two decades, Thornetta has been one of the driving wheels of Detroit’s rich musical heritage. In 2001, she was inducted into the Detroit Music Hall of Fame. In 2002, the Detroit Music Awards honored her live record at the Music Menu as Best R&B/Blues Recording. She has continually won top honors from the Detroit Music Awards as outstanding blues/r&b vocalist. This concert is sponsored by City Living Detroit.
Palmer Woods Music in Homes presents outstanding live music, performed by internationally acclaimed musicians who either live in Detroit or have strong connections to the Metro Detroit area. The concerts are held in the magnificent mansions and unique historic homes in one of the City of Detroit’s most beautiful and premiere neighborhoods, Palmer Woods to showcase its invaluable architecture, and promote historic preservation and positive living in Detroit. The 2012-2013 season was launched in December, followed by a jazz, classical or world music concert each month in a different magnificent home through the end of June.
The series is a collaboration of the nonprofit arts organization Creative Arts Collective (directed by Spencer and Barbara Barefield) and the Palmer Woods Association to support the arts, improve the quality of life and cultural environment in Detroit, and benefit the Palmer Woods neighborhood, as well as a number of other community charities.
Tickets at palmerwoods.org
Thank you to our presenters, Palmer Woods Association and Creative Arts Collective, and our sponsors: Be Well Medical Center & Skin Rejuvenation; Barefield DesignWorks; Blossoms Birmingham; City Living Detroit, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, WRCJ-90.9FM.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:16
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