Category: Community Written by WWJ
REDFORD (WWJ) - Prison Fellowship staff and volunteers are hosting Angel Tree Day on Friday, Nov. 9, to raise awareness and recruit churches to help children of incarcerated parents, especially since Christmas is rapidly approaching.
During the summer, Angel Tree provides applications to inmates at Michigan Correctional facilities to give them the opportunity to sign up their children to receive Christmas gifts, and suggest specific items their children would enjoy.
Members of churches around the state register for Angel Tree, purchase gifts and present them to the children on behalf of the incarcerated parent. Each gift contains a special message from the parent.
“With Angel Tree, we want to reestablish that link that’s often broken. There are so many children in America that have an incarcerated parent, there’s 1.7 million actually. We hope that through Angel Tree, we can break the cycle of crime so that these children don’t make those same decisions and follow in the patterns of their parent,” said Mary Engle, Regional Executive Director for Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree.
On Angle Tree Day, the community is invited to come and speak to Angel Tree families, volunteers and staff. Church representatives can come to pick up registration forms, make donations and find out more about Angel Tree. The event will occur at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, located at 10000 Beech Daly Road in Redford, from 5 until 8 p.m. on Nov. 9.
For more information about Angel Tree Day or to register your church, visit www.AngelTree.org.
Last Updated on Friday, 09 November 2012 12:21
Category: Community Written by Amber Bogins
Weekend 10: November 9-11
1. 11/10 Detroit Zoo Salvation Army Drive from 10a-3p Detroit Zoo 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd Royal Oak, MI The Detroit Zoological Society and The Salvation Army will conduct a donation drive to collect clothing and household goods during two consecutive weekends in November at the Detroit Zoo. The donation drive will take place on November 3-4 and November 10-11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors can drop off used but usable clothing and household goods at The Salvation Army truck in the Zoo’s front parking lot beneath the landmark water tower. A tax receipt will be available upon request at the time of donation. Contributions to the drive can be made without entering the Zoo; however, regular admission and parking fees apply for those visiting the Zoo. Donations to The Salvation Army’s Thrift Stores generate total funding for the organization’s Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center’s 180-day residential rehabilitation program for adults. The program provides food, shelter, education and counseling services to those re-establishing their lives free from alcohol and chemical dependencies. For more information, visit www.SalArmyThrift.com or call (866) GIVE-TOO.
2. 11/9-11 Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus Don’t miss the chance to see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Palace of Auburn Hills from November 7-11, 2012. The entertaining circus will take place Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday at 11 am and 7:30 pm, Saturday at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm, and then on Sunday at 1 pm and 5 pm. Tickets to the show range from $14-$22. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.palacenet.com.
3. 11/10 Fabulous Holiday Party Plan Cooking Class at Schoolcraft College This is the year you invite everyone to your house for the holidays. Entertain with confidence and ease and learn to prepare exciting holiday dishes including dazzling platters, hot foods, appetizers and sophisticated sweets. Discover how to set a holiday table with flair. Come hungry. We’ll enjoy samplings of every recipe demonstrated. Saturday, November 10 9 am-1 pm Cost $109 go online to http://www.schoolcraft.edu for more information.
4. 11/10 Julius Caesar at the Detroit Opera House at 7:30p Go online to http://housedetroit.org/Events for more information
5. 11/9-11 Rodeo at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Times vary. Go online to www.dso.org for more information
6. 11/10 Family Matters Outreach Prayer Brunch at the St. George Cultural Center Bloomfield Hills, MI 10a-12p Family Matters Outreach is a non-profit organization whose goal is to assist families dealing with child custody cases. 100% of the proceeds will go to help these families. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Call (248) 850-6854 and ask for Shirley Riley.
7. 11/9 Promusica: Ray Chen, violinist at Detroit Symphony Orchestra at 8:30pm Go online to www.dso.org for ticketing information
8. Ordinary Days at Tipping Point Northville Theater From the bustling streets and subways to the quiet rooftops, Ordinary Days tells the interwoven story of four New Yorkers on a desperate search for their futures. Warren, an idealistic aspiring artist and professional cat-sitter, finds a notebook belonging to Deb, a stressed-out graduate student frantically working on her dissertation on Virginia Woolf. Jason and Claire are a couple navigating the rough terrain of their serious relationship and are wondering if moving in together has begun to push them apart. Although the two couples never meet, they alter each other’s lives in this bittersweet musical centered around the city that never sleeps. Adam Gwon’s score of vibrant music and crisp, fluid, often funny lyrics reflect the racing minds of the four characters as they try to appreciate the beauty found in an ordinary day. Times vary. Go online for ticketing information www.tippingpointtheater.com
9. 11/9-11 Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music Exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum Created in partnership with Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts to prelude the arrival of the Broadway smash musical, Fela!, to Music Hall in February, 2012, this exhibition celebrates the life and music of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, a dynamic figure who transcended the boundaries of political expectation and culturally coerced standards of morality. Museum times are as follows: Tuesday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday: 1-5 p.m. COST Free with museum admission: $8/adults, $5/kids, Free/members and kids under age LOCATION Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 315 E. Warren Ave. Go online to www.thewright.org
10. 11/9-11 LEGO Architecture Towering Ambition Exhibit at Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Kids will love looking up and marveling at re-creations of 13 famous landmarks – using nothing but LEGOs! Certified pro Adam Reed Tucker brings his amazing models to Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, including: Fallingwater, 7 South Dearborn, Chicago Spire, John Hancock Center, Marina City, Willis Tower, Trump Tower, Burj Khalifa, Empire State Building, St. Louis Arch, TransAmerica Building, Jin Mao Tower and one of the World Trade Center towers. Don't miss cool events like the LEGO train (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Nov. 20-Jan. 6), a Duplo and Soft LEGO play area for 1- to 5-year-olds (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, all dates), free Learn to Build Saturdays for ages 10-plus (10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1-29) and a Double Dare-style brick challenge (11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 5-26). Note: Closed Thursday, Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day) and Tuesday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day). COST $17/ages 13-61, $12.50/ages 5-12, $15/seniors, free/ages 4 and under LOCATION Henry Ford Museum 20900 Oakwood Blvd. Dearborn, MI Go online to www.thehenryford.org/lego
Last Updated on Friday, 09 November 2012 11:08
Category: Community Written by WWJ
The world’s tallest Salvation Army Red Kettle is illuminated in Detroit. (WWJ Photo/Ron Dewey)
DETROIT (WWJ) - The Salvation Army put the metal to the kettle Thursday morning in Campus Martius Park. What’s billed as the world’s tallest red kettle was lowered into place, a symbol of the organization’s annual holiday fundraising drive.
The giant red kettle, which was constructed by Wayne State University students, is approximately 56-feet tall, 24-feet wide and contains 25,000 red LEDs.
“We want to bring Detroit alive,” said Salvation Army Commander Major Mark Anderson. ”We’re out getting the kettle all ready because this is our first ring day. [Friday] morning, we’ll go out in ernest to 450 locations across metro Detroit. That’s about 100 more than last year.”
Anderson said despite an upswing in the local economy, the need for assistance is still great.
“What used to be is no longer and we’re seeing a whole shift in individuals that we’re helping. In other words, we’re heading to the suburbs, we’re heading to places that we’ve never been before, helping families that never thought they would need our help. It’s not just the inner city, and I’ll tell you, it is a big deal to us that every individual is cared for,” he said.
This season, The Salvation Army is raising their fundraising goal in order to help as many people as possible.
“This year’s goal is $8.5 million, which is about a $300,000 increase over last year. We’re very optimistic. We reached the goal last year, you know, we had to work a little bit at it, but that’s a good thing. We like to work at it, we like to get the energy behind it and make something happen,” said Anderson.
This past year, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit was involved in providing 3,220,937 meals and 677,051 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.85 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year.
For more information about The Salvation Army, and to volunteer to be a bell-ringer, visit www.salmich.org or call 877-SAL-MICH.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 November 2012 15:15
Category: Community Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) - It’s difficult to imagine The American’s Thanksgiving Day parade with out the giant hot air balloons, but up until a few weeks ago, that would have been a reality.
Parade Company CEO Tony Michaels said it was a close call. Their helium supplier asked them to be prepared to limit the number of balloons in this years parade.
“The helium shortage was all real,” Michaels told WWJ Newsradio 950′s Marie Osborne. ”The helium was going to be used first and foremost for hospitals and surgical procedures and so on, and we completely understood that.
“We were a good solider. We understood the program, we locked down that we needed and then, first week in October we were told we have unlimited supply now,” he said.
The helium shortage is due in part, to the down turn in natural gas production. Micheals said there will be six giant balloons in this year’s parade.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 November 2012 22:56
Category: Community Written by WWJ
BIRMINGHAM (WWJ) - Each year thousands of parents receive the news their child has “special needs.”
Parents are then presented with sometimes confusing choices for their child’s education. The Reading and Language Arts Center of Birmingham will present a seminar Thursday for parents and teachers.
Pete Wright, an attorney who specializes in special education law will be the guest speaker.
“When you’re presented with a diagnosis, they really have to become … the master of the information. And there’s so much, of course, today on the Internet about so many things that they have to really understand the positives and the negatives and the weaknesses and what can be done about the particular problems,” Wright said. “They, themselves, have to become a good quality advocate for the child.”
Wright will give parents insight into strategies for effective advocacy.
The seminar will be held on Thursday, Nov, 8, on Laurel Manor in Livonia. Get more details at this link.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 16:06
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