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Restaurants, shops coming, going, moving in Oakland County


From bookstores to bridal gowns to top-shelf beef, the Woodward Avenue corridor in southeast Oakland County is booming with new businesses. 

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The Kroger Co. and The Kroger Co. Foundation supports Forgotten Harvest with $139,000 grant

Nonprofit food rescue organization Forgotten Harvest recently received a $139,000 grant from The Kroger Co. Foundation at the request of The Kroger Co. of Michigan. Michigan Kroger has proudly partnered with Forgotten Harvest since 2004.

The Kroger Co. Foundation’s grant is part of Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, Kroger’s plan to end hunger in local communities and eliminate waste across the company by 2025.

During 2017, Forgotten Harvest partnered with Michigan Kroger to collect over 4.15 million pounds of surplus nutritious food donated from 93 southeast Michigan Kroger stores and distribution facilities. According to USDA calculations, Kroger’s food donations gift will help provide enough food for 3.4 million meals to help those in need. Current U.S. Census data indicates that one in six people (589,000) and one in four children in metro Detroit face hunger and food insecurity.

Since 2010, Forgotten Harvest’s capacity has grown from rescuing 19.3 million pounds of food each year to 45.8 million pounds in 2017, a 135 percent increase.

“Forgotten Harvest stands proudly with corporate partners like The Kroger Co. of Michigan and its visionary Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative to end hunger and food insecurity while delivering healthy, nutritious food,” said Kirk Mayes, CEO of Forgotten Harvest. “Forgotten Harvest would not be able to help so many in need within our community without Kroger’s partnership and support.”

“The Kroger Co. of Michigan is pleased to endorse this generous grant to help end hunger and food waste in southeast Michigan,” said Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager for Michigan Kroger. “Everyone benefits from our ongoing ability to boost the nutrition level for hungry neighbors while diverting food from area landfills.”

About Forgotten Harvest

Oak Park, Michigan-based Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. Forgotten Harvest “rescued” over 45.8 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from over 800 locations, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to over 250 emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area.

Learn more about Forgotten Harvest and how to help drive hunger from our community at www.forgottenharvest.org.

About The Kroger Co. of Michigan
Incorporated in Michigan in 1909 and headquartered in Novi, The Kroger Co. of Michigan includes 19,000 associates, 125 Kroger stores, 75 fuel centers, 104 pharmacies and the Michigan Dairy. Purpose: to FEED the Human Spirit, by serving the region through food, inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.

Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 320 fine jewelry stores, 1,240 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club.

Compete or eat at the annual BBQ battle

Whether you plan to enjoy the battle or get in there and compete, mark  your calendar for the 8th Annual City of Oak Park and Oakland County Parks and Recreation BBQ Battle rib competition at the Oak Park Community Center grounds Saturday, June 16.

The event, held 11 a.m.-8 p.m., is free for spectators. In addition to the BBQ Battle, there will be kids’ activities, nature programs, music, mini-pub, grilling demos and, of course,  barbecue fare offered by vendors not in the competition.

The BBQ battle competition is limited to 36 teams. Entry is $50/team. Competitors may use wood, charcoal or gas. Registration deadline is June 9. Teams check in 7-9 a.m. the day of the competition and judging begins at 3:30 p.m.

Teams will compete for $1,500 in cash prizes. For more information, contact Jeremy Brown, 248-326-4900, or Maralee Rosemond at 248-691-2357.

The Oak Park Community Center is located at 14300 Oak Park Blvd. in Oak Park.

For details on upcoming events and activities, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. Get social with Oakland County Parks and Recreation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Five Oakland County alternative transportation projects receive part of $9.2 million in funding


The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) is helping fund five county alternative transportation projects. 

The council’s annual Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is providing $9.2 million in funding for 22 projects across the region during Fiscal Year 2018, which begins Oct. 1.

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Oakland County expands Nurse-Family Partnership program

Low-income women in Southfield, Oak Park, Hazel Park, and Madison Heights who are pregnant with their first child will have access to the one-on-one support they need to have a healthy pregnancy and improve their child’s health and development. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today the expansion of the Oakland County Health Division’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program which provides a public health nurse early in pregnancy and continues ongoing home visits until the child is two years old.

“Pregnant women and infants who have access to nursing care are less likely to develop health and other complications later on,” Patterson said. “That’s why it was a no-brainer to expand this program into other communities with vulnerable populations.”

A public health nurse helps first-time moms:
• Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby
• Build a strong network of support
• Make the home a safe place for baby to live and play
• Get referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training, and other support services
• Find ways to continue education and develop job skills
• Set goals for the future and find ways to help reach them

“The Nurse-Family Partnership program helps develop strong family foundations that contribute to healthier and stronger communities in Oakland County,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “Partnering first-time moms with our public health nurses empowers them to create a better life for their children and themselves.”

NFP received grant funding from the Michigan Department of Education to begin serving single first-time moms in Southfield, Oak Park, Hazel Park, and Madison Heights.

The program has been a model of success in Pontiac. Since inception in 2004, NFP has served nearly 730 Pontiac families. Some notable achievements of the program include an improvement in the number of babies born at a healthier birth weight, a decreased number of mothers smoking during pregnancy, and increased rate of breastfeeding, and all Pontiac NFP children being fully immunized by 24 months of age.

Referrals are now being accepted. To enroll, one must qualify as a low-income woman who lives in the cities of Pontiac, Southfield, Oak Park, Hazel Park, or Madison Heights, and are less than 28 weeks pregnant with her first baby.

For more information or to enroll in this free program, call the Oakland County Health Division’s Nurse-Family Partnership Program at 248-858-1406. Nurse on Call is also available to answer questions at 800-848-5533. To learn more, go to OakGov.com/Health, select the services tab and click on Nurse-Family Partnership.

Festival of Sunflowers: plant seeds with us!

If a seed can grow to great heights and someday give back, what would happen if we planted thousands of them - 15,000 of them to be exact - all around the City of Oak Park? We've never done this before so your guess is as good as ours. To say we are thrilled to embark on this journey is, well, an understatement. And, from the efforts within the community that have stepped forward to volunteer, we are not alone. 
Students, teachers, and school administrators from nearly every school within our school districts have adopted seed starter trays provided by Eckert's Greenhouse in Sterling Heights. They've planted the seeds, watered the sprouts, and patiently monitored their growth - sunflowers can grow up to two inches a day! We are planting four different kinds of sunflowers ranging from 2 feet to 10 feet in height.
Meanwhile, employees of the Department of Public Works are busy with power sod cutters making 25 ft. x 6 ft. and 50 ft. x 6 ft. garden beds along our roadways, at our intersections, throughout our parks, and more. We've received 15,000 seeds from De Bruyn Seed Co. in Zeeland, Mich. and started some plants in flats that contain 18 plants each. These flats are placed in various containers inside City windows that harbor daily sun.
You are cordially invited to our Festival of Sunflower planting party on Wednesday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet us at City Hall with your garden gloves and a tool to dig a one-inch hole. We will be planting sprouts and seeds, one foot apart from each other in designated areas around City Hall, the Library, the Recreation Center, and Shepherd Park. We sure could use your help! At the end of planting season, we will have 15,000 square feet of sunflowers to greet our residents and all who pass through our fine City. What a nice way to start our day and end our evening drives - with a bit of joy and sunshine!

Delta Dental of Michigan announces major partnership with Forgotten Harvest

Recognizing the strong connection between hunger, oral health and overall health, Delta Dental of Michigan announced a philanthropic partnership with Forgotten Harvest, one of the nation’s largest food rescue organizations.
During a press conference at Forgotten Harvest, Delta Dental of Michigan announced a financial commitment of $237,000 to the nonprofit. Funds will be used to support Forgotten Harvest’s Healthy Food-Healthy Kids program, which includes:
        ·         School Pantry Project, a focused distribution initiative for vulnerable families with young children and with early childhood education and area school agencies
        ·         Summer Lunch Program, which provided more than 105,000 nutritious lunches to kids at 40 partner agencies over the summer of 2015
        ·         Detroit Public Library Children’s Feeding Partnership, an afterschool snack and lunch program with all 22 of the DPL branches while promoting its reading, homework and tutoring programs

The partnership is born out of a desire to address issues related to hunger and oral health, which are inextricably linked to overall health. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, without enough fresh, healthy food, a child is more likely to get sick, be hospitalized and take longer to recover. In addition, not eating enough nutritious food can also impact a child’s ability to eat, talk or learn.
“There is a direct correlation between a child’s performance and achievement in school and their health,” said Forgotten Harvest CEO Kirk Mayes. “Together, Forgotten Harvest and Delta Dental of Michigan will help children not go hungry and have strong oral health.”

“Poor oral health and hunger both have a huge impact on school and life success. In fact, children and families facing food insecurity are also more likely to have serious oral health issues, like cavities,” said Teri Battaglieri, Delta Dental of Michigan Director for Communications, Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy, and Director for the Delta Dental Foundation. “We are proud to support Forgotten Harvest and help families in metro Detroit find access to fresh, nutritious food, raise awareness about good oral health and receive dental care.”

About Delta Dental of Michigan

Delta Dental of Michigan and its affiliates in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee collectively are among the largest dental plan administrators in the nation. In 2014, the enterprise paid out nearly $3 billion for dental care to 13.1 million enrollees. Offices are located in Okemos and Farmington Hills, MI; Sherwood and Little Rock, AR.; Indianapolis, IN.; Louisville, KY; Albuquerque, NM; Raleigh and Charlotte, NC; Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, OH; and Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis, TN.

About Forgotten Harvest 
Oak Park, Michigan-based Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. Forgotten Harvest “rescued” over 40 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from over 800 locations, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area. Forgotten Harvest has been ranked as a four-star charity by Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years. Learn more about Forgotten Harvest and how to help drive hunger from our community at www.forgottenharvest.org.

Slow Jams doubles production with move to Hopeful Harvest

Slow Jams isn't getting just a little help from its friends. The slow food startup is doubling its production thanks in large part to the help of a number of friendly entrepreneurial resources across metro Detroit.

The craft food maker has doubled the production of its jams over the last year by working with local institutions like Eastern Market Corp. and FoodLab Detroit. The biggest boost has come from moving to Forgotten Harvest’s food company incubator, Hopeful Harvest, in Oak Park.

"They are making it possible for small businesses like Slow Jams to grow our customer base and keep expanding," says Shannon Bryne, owner of Slow Jams.

Hopeful Harvest provides small food-based businesses with a wide variety of resources and services, such as full-service processing, manufacturing, and packaging. The commercial kitchen is a big plus for Slow Jams production efforts as it moves further and further into bulk production for larger customers, such as restaurants. Today it produces 500 cases of jams a month, double its production from a year ago.

"It provides the production capacity we need," Bryne says. "It's 10 times the size of our old space."

Slow Jams and its staff of six employees and the occasional summer intern from Detroit Food Academy also started working with a distributor from Chicago earlier this year. That relationship opened up new markets in the Windy City, northern Indiana, and west Michigan. Slow Jams is now focusing on fleshing out its sales in those areas along with the rest of Michigan to consolidate its recent gains.

"That takes some time," Bryne says. "It's what we're focused on right now."

Source: Shannon Bryne, owner of Slow Jams
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Community partnership helps get 'clean diesels' on the roads of Michigan

As part of a collaboration to help address air pollution from diesel engines, the State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), a member of Michigan Clean Diesel Initiative (MiCDI), recently awarded “Clean Diesel” grant financial assistance to Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV). This grant will partially fund improvements to three private vehicle fleets, including partial funding to help replace two older refrigerated box trucks in Forgotten Harvest’s fleet.
For Forgotten Harvest’s improvements, MDEQ’s financial support required at least a 75 percent funding match, leading to a broader collaboration to meet the program’s clean air goals. Southfield-based Real Estate One donated the majority of the matching funds to replace one of Forgotten Harvest’s refrigerated box trucks. Troy, Michigan-based Meritor, Inc., a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, also contributed matching funds to acquire this new truck. 
The truck dedication will take place at Real Estate One, 25800 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, Michigan, on Friday, September 11 at 3:00 p.m.
MDEQ administers MiCDI funds, which are authorized by the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) and released by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). MDEQ awarded funds to SDEV’s Clean Diesel Program for the purpose of improving air quality by reducing diesel emissions. The diesel equipment on the new replacement trucks will meet or exceed the current highest EPA emissions standards, reducing harmful diesel air pollutants. The new replacement trucks for Forgotten Harvest’s fleet will replace trucks operating primarily in Detroit and in Western Wayne County.
“We are honored for the ‘Clean Diesel’ collaboration with MDEQ and SDEV, which reinforces the environmental benefits of Forgotten Harvest’s mission: rescuing surplus healthy food for distribution to people in need and, thereby, reducing food waste and its associated environmental harm,” said Kirk Mayes, CEO, Forgotten Harvest. “We are humbled and grateful for our involvement with MDEQ, SDEV, Real Estate One and Meritor – for our first new replacement truck under this Clean Diesel Program.”  
Real Estate One is a long-time generous supporter of Forgotten Harvest’s work. “Helping feed people in need while also improving Michigan’s air quality is a double honor for us,” said Stuart Elsea, president, Financial Services. “We regularly have teams volunteer at Forgotten Harvest’s warehouse, and we raise funds along with awareness in support of giving back as part of our corporate social responsibility.  Contributing a major share of the matching funds to purchase this new, replacement truck with ‘clean diesel’ equipment enhances our commitment to the thousands of people Forgotten Harvest serves while providing environmental benefits to our community.”
“We are proud that a Meritor rear axle is the backbone of this new clean diesel truck that will make a difference in so many people’s lives,” said Krista Sohm, vice president, Marketing & Communications for Meritor.
SDEV is one of Detroit’s longest running environmental non-profit organizations, serving the community for over 25 years. “Our Clean Diesel Program began in 2009 and is focused on reducing negative public health and environmental impacts from the significant diesel vehicle traffic in and around Southwest Detroit,” said Kathy Stott, executive director, SDEV. “Our truly collaborative program eliminates over 4,500 tons of diesel pollutants annually. We are proud that this project with Forgotten Harvest, and by extension their supporters, has allowed us to benefit another nonprofit organization, ensuring that their important operation to eliminate food waste and feed people in need can do so while also reducing air pollution from their fleet.”
About Forgotten Harvest 
Oak Park, Michigan-based Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste.  Forgotten Harvest “rescued” nearly 41 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from over 800 locations, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area.  Forgotten Harvest has been ranked as a four-star charity by Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years.  Learn more about Forgotten Harvest and how to help drive hunger from our community at www.forgottenharvest.org.

Anton Art Center announces $28,750 in minigrant awards to Oakland County organizations

The Anton Art Center, Region 10A Regranting Agency for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) servicing Macomb and Oakland counties, has awarded $28,750 to twelve Oakland County organizations through the MCACA Minigrant program.

Paint a Miracle of Rochester was awarded $1,500 for a consultancy with ArtOps to provide assistance with strategic planning in the areas of development and marketing to expand Paint a Miracle’s service area.

Creative Many Michigan of Wixom was awarded $1,200 to support attendance at the Americans for the Arts and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts conferences in 2015.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts of Rochester was awarded $1,200 for a professional consultant to facilitate formal sessions and help the organization develop short- and long-term strategic plans.

Michigan Youth Arts of Ferndale was awarded $1,200 to support attendance at the Americans for the Arts conference in 2015.

The Charter Township of Waterford was awarded $2,025 to support Waterford Public Library’s Poetry Leaves project, combining a series of events designed to highlight poetry as an everyday art form, including readings, workshops, creation of original poems by Township residents, and a street exhibit of poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Hickory Woods Elementary Parent Teacher Association of Novi was awarded $500 to support their program American Short & Tall Tales, a performance by the Wild Swan Theater.

Huron Valley Schools of Highland was awarded $4,000 for their Art for Life Youth Initiative, for groups of at-risk students which will include hands-on, participatory arts experiences introducing them to music, theater and fine arts, as well as supplemental art enrichment performances to enhance subject material students are learning in classes.

The City of Oak Park was awarded $3,775 to support the Oak Park Summer Concert Series, a revival of a previous program which will provide four free concerts to residents and visitors of Oak Park.

The Birmingham Education Foundation of Beverly Hills was awarded $4,000 to support a Brass and Strings Residency with Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings which will include coaching sessions and master classes at Groves and Seaholm high schools.

Oakland County Children’s Village Foundation of Pontiac was awarded $4,000 to support their Art for All Kids project, a partnership with the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center to engage underserved children in creative arts experiences in a professional art studio.

Italian Film Festival of St. Louis, located in Troy, was awarded $2,675 to support Italian Film Festival USA – Metro Detroit, to present twelve contemporary films representing the best of Italian cinema in local venues.

The Waterford School District was awarded $2,675 to support the Waterford Analemmatic Sundial project, which will engage students from Mott High School in creating tiles to represent hours and months and will be installed in paver stones as part of a sundial on the Waterford Township Campus.
The Minigrant Review Panel included Travis Walter, Artistic Director at Meadowbrook Theatre, Georgeann Herbert, Senior Vice President for Content and Community Engagement, Detroit Public Television, Don Ritzenhein, Professor of Communications, Eastern Michigan University, Deanna Daly, Band Director, Mount Clemens Community Schools, and Jeanne Bieri, painter and Anton Art Center Trustee.

For fiscal year 2015, Region 10A (Macomb and Oakland counties) received 41 Minigrant applications, representing an increase in applications from both counties over 2014. More than $117,000 in requests were made with total project budgets approaching $450,000. MCACA made $40,500 available to the Region for regranting, all of which was awarded in the first round of funding.

For more information on MCACA Minigrants in Macomb and Oakland counties, contact Phil Gilchrist, Grant Coordinator at the Anton Art Center (pgilchrist@theartcenter.org, 586-469-8666). The Minigrant program is made possible by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Anton Art Center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10am-5pm, Fridays 10am-6pm, and Sundays 12pm-4pm. The Anton Art Center provides art exhibits, classes and a gift shop, and is located at 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens. For more information, call 586-469-8666 or visit us on Facebook or www.theartcenter.org. 

Detroit Custom Coach outfits food trucks, vans, and limos with new interiors

Here's a company on a roll outfitting coaches with luxe new interior swag.


"As the owner of  Detroit Custom Coach LLC, he knows a few things about building out food trucks. For the past four years, he's been fabricating custom food trucks — such as the newly finished  Eskimo Jacks  ice cream sandwich mobile — as well as turning limos and vans into rolling dens of luxury...

It's a good line of work that allowed Ramos to turn former competitors into clients. His first business was a shuttle service called  Night Moves Transportation. But when Ramos realized he could charge more to rent a party bus, he decided to build one...

Recently a client hired DCC to turn a van into a rolling humidor, complete with high-end TVs and sound system. And while that was a big job, the most extravagant vehicle in DCC's portfolio is a custom project for  Jim Beam.The bourbon distiller wanted the passenger shuttle running at its distillery in Clermont, Ky., to look like an old 1930s truck delivering barrels."

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Local school districts rank as best communities for music education

Several southeast Michigan districts – Ann Arbor, Oak Park, Bloomfield Hills, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Fraser, and Rochester – are attuned to excellence in musical education.


"This year, the NAMM Foundation designates 376  districts  as Best Communities for Music Education and 96 individual  schools  as SupportMusic Merit Award winners. These districts and schools set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education...

More than 2,000 schools and school districts participated in this year's survey, resulting in a 21% increase in designations."

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Earth Day recycling collection event 2014

GreenTech Recyclers of Oak Park has teamed up with multiple cities and organizations located throughout the metro-Detroit area for you to dispose your broken, used and out-dated electronic items for FREE!  
  • Oak Park, GreenTech Recyclers HQ - April 22 (Earth Day)
  • Wyandotte, Bacon Memorial District Library - April 23
  • Roseville, Roseville City Headquarters- April 26
  • West Bloomfield, Temple Kol Ami - April 27
GreenTech will issue a "Certificate of Recycling" which states all items donated will never go to a landfill. Their goal is to raise awareness about the importance of E-Waste recycling.

Detroit Institute of Arts launches Fifth Year of popular Inside|Out Program

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is taking art to the streets around Metro Detroit for the fifth year in a row. The DIA announced on Friday the participating cities in this year’s popular Inside|Out program, which brings high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues throughout the area.

Over the past four years, the DIA has installed more than 700 reproductions in 98 communities. This year eight cities are participating for the first time. More than 80 reproductions will be in nine cities, some with multiple venues, from April to July, and then placed in nine other venues from August to October. Each community will have from five to 12 images clustered within walking or bike-riding distance. Exact placements are still being determined and, once finalized, will be featured on an interactive map on the DIA’s website, www.dia.org.

“We’re excited to embark on the fifth year of Inside|Out,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “It’s been amazing to see how Inside|Out has grown over the past four years, fostering both creativity and pride among residents within their communities.”
Participating communities are:

Spring 2014 Summer 2014
Auburn Hills Brownstown Township
Centerline Dearborn
Detroit Detroit Riverfront
Imlay City Downtown Detroit
Lapeer Mt. Clemens
Pontiac Oak Park
Romulus Royal Oak
Southfield St. Clair Shores
Wolcott Mill Metropark (Ray Township) Wixom

The DIA encourages each community to plan activities centered around its Inside|Out works. Previous events have included bike and walking tours, talks at local libraries and festivals and more.

Facebook users can follow Inside|Out updates and share their experiences with the program through messages, photos, videos and more on the Inside|Out Facebook page. To utilize the Inside|Out Facebook page, visit www.facebook.com/dia.insideout and “Like” the page. Social media users can also follow DIA updates on the following social media platforms: Twitter (@DIADetroit #InsideOut), Instagram (DIADetroit #InsideOut) and Youtube.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6–17, and free for DIA members and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For membership information call 313-833-7971. 

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. 

Moody's reaffirms Oakland County's AAA bond rating

Moody's Investors Service has reaffirmed Oakland County's AAA bond rating, citing the county's three-year budget and history of prudent fiscal management as reason to continue to award it with Moody's highest possible rating despite Southeastern Michigan's challenging economic climate. This will in turn enhance the City of Oak Park's bottom line on $2.5 million in Oakland County Building Authority Bonds to fund improvements on various municipal buildings; city taxpayers will receive the lowest possible market rates on the bonds because of the county's high ranking.

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