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Erebus Escape aims to be one of the largest escape room facilities in US


Erebus Escape is located at 34 Oakland Ave. in Downtown Pontiac. Edward and James Terebus, co-owners and creators of Erebus Haunted Attraction, are transforming this 30,000 sq. ft. building into what they hope will be one of the largest escape room facilities in the US.

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New Birmingham library addition sparkles in the sunlight


Stroll around the newly-renovated adult services section of the Baldwin Public Library and the first thing you’ll notice is the sunlight streaming into the room. It wasn’t there before.

A key component of the $2.1 million renovation plan was the inclusion of windows in the exterior limestone wall of the library addition that was designed by famed architect Gunnar Birkerts. The curved addition, built in the early 1980s, was meant to convey the feeling of a garden wall surrounding the original 1927 library building.

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New library director: library is great equalizer, welcoming to all


Donna Olson likes to point out the extensive gardens at the front and rear of Salem South Lyon District Library.

"It's the first thing you notice. I like to think it's very welcoming," said Olson, recently appointed library director after several months serving as interim director when Doreen Hannon retired.

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Milford's Currents Music Festival returns June 10 with 11 featured acts


The Currents Music Festival is returning to Milford’s LaFontaine Family Amphitheater Saturday, June 10.

This year, 11 bands will be featured along with food stands provided by Blue Grill, Smoke Street BBQ and The Proving Grounds Coffee and Ice Cream, which will be located in Central Park.

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New Art & About event will transform Downtown Berkley into a living gallery

The Berkley Downtown Development Authority is excited to kick off a new series of summer events beginning Friday, June 9th, from 6 - 9 p.m., in downtown Berkley. Every second Friday evening, from June to October, downtown businesses will open their doors to metro Detroit artists and performers who will showcase their many talents. Event-goers will be able to engage with the artists as they play, display, and sell their work, while at the same time enjoy a variety of merchant specials.

“We’re very excited about the potential for these events,” said Lindsey Tocco, Art & About Committee Chair. “Our downtown is the perfect place for an event like this with its eclectic business mix. And, the response by the artists for a first time event has been amazing. We weren’t sure what to expect but everyone has been so enthusiastic that we can’t wait to see how this event will grow!”

Event-goers will also have the opportunity to:
  • Hop on the shuttle between Coolidge/Catalpa and 12 Mile/Greenfield to view the
    event from every angle
  • Enjoy light snacks and beverages while drinking in Berkley’s eclectic atmosphere
  • Shop merchants specials and enjoy some of the best independent businesses in the area
About the Berkley DDA: The Berkley Downtown Development Authority is a community-driven organization focused on enhancing the shopping experience, economic vitality, and physical appearance of Coolidge Highway and Twelve-Mile Road — Berkley’s traditional commercial Districts. It strives to achieve this mission by being creative, focused, transparent, forward-thinking, and engaged with all downtown stakeholders and the community-at-large. 

Novi music festival gets new name, dates


Now that the city of Novi has a new signature festival — The Main Event Novi, presented by Diversified Members Credit Union — it just needs Mother Nature to cooperate so people can head “downtown” this summer for two days of live music, beer and wine and great food from local restaurants.

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Seventh Annual Tulip Festival and Photo Contest hosted by White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery

Sunny days, warmer weather and flowers in bloom are signs that spring has arrived in Michigan. At the same time, the Seventh Annual Tulip Festival and Photo Contest at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery in Troy, is underway now through May 31, 2017 featuring a spectacular palette of blooms with all the dazzle of Holland’s best, without the cross-state drive.
The 2017 Tulip Festival promises to be the best showing ever. White Chapel has planted more than 50,000 tulips across its walkable acres, in more than 30 different varieties, including numerous rare blooms. Rich and colorful combinations will blossom into a vivid sea of petals. This year, the gardens of White Chapel will feature favorites like Red Impressions, White Triumphators, and Orange Emperors as well as rare blooms such as hot pink Barcelonas, yellow and red La Courtines and double pink Capetowns.
“Our annual tulip display is a tradition and celebration of spring,” said David R. Krall, Vice President, White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery. “We have a colorful display of tulips, imported directly from the Netherlands, including new and unique varieties rarely found anywhere else in the world.”
White Chapel has made it easier for everyone to participate in its Seventh Annual Tulip Festival Photo Contest with the addition of a “Selfie” prize category along with its traditional photo awards. White Chapel is offering gift cards to photo contest award winners.
Criteria for the photography contest include:
  • Photos must be taken in the White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery tulip gardens. 
  • Individuals can enter the photo contest by uploading photos to its website located at (www.whitechapelcemetery.com).  
  • People can vote for the best photos on the White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery website. Visitors also will find a tulip garden guide and map on the website. 
Photo contest prizes include:
  • First Prize – a $500 gift card and a $500 White Chapel credit voucher;
  • Second Prize – a $200 gift card and a $200 White Chapel credit voucher;
  • Third Prize – a $100 gift card and a $100 White Chapel credit voucher;
  • “Selfie” category – a $200 app gift card (such as Apple store or Google Play). 
For a complete list of photo contest details, visit www.whitechapelcemetery.com.
Southeast Michigan residents can see the tulips in bloom at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday and Holidays. For bloom times, call White Chapel at (248) 362-7670 or visit www.whitechapelcemetery.com to receive an exclusive Bloom Alert! email notice with the latest information describing when the colors are at their peak. The Tulip Garden Guide & Map is available from the White Chapel website and can be used to help visitors plan their individual flower tour. White Chapel encourages local tulip aficionados, garden and photo clubs, church groups and families to come and enjoy this wonderful right of Spring.
“Each year, we plan new tulip bulbs because we want to expand and enhance our variety of flowers,” added Krall. “We invite the community to stop by to see our wide variety of tulips.”
Once tulip season ends, a mix of flowers will be planted in the White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery gardens for everyone to enjoy throughout the summer.
White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 621 W. Long Lake Rd. (just West of I-75) in Troy.  For more information, visit www.whitechapelcemetery.com.

Polk Penguin Conservation Center helps boost Detroit Zoo visitors by 200,000 in 2016


One year after moving and adding penguins at the Detroit Zoo into their new home at the 33,000-square-foot Polk Penguin Conservation Center, attendance has increased to 1,698,053 visitors, a 200,000-person increase from the previous year.

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Chaldean Cultural Center to open at Shenandoah Country Club on May 2


After more than a decade of curating artifacts and replicas, the Chaldean Cultural Center Museum at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield Township will open its doors on May 2.

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Country Day student wins national art honor


Detroit Country Day School senior student Rishuv Mehta earned the Best in Category award for Digital Arts in a national 2D3D art contest sponsored by the Cleveland Institute of Art.

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Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy Country Drive Car Tour

Six Rivers is hosting a classic car tour highlighting the natural beauty of the region on two lane, paved roads through the northern portion of the Detroit metro region on Sunday, May 7, 2017. The tour will be for classic cars, vintage sports cars, and exotic cars, giving people an opportunity to spend a nostalgic day touring the beautiful backroads of the region with their friends and other car enthusiasts.

The tour will begin at M1 Concourse in Pontiac with check-in, a continental breakfast, and a parade lap around the track to kick off the tour. Cars will follow a route of approximately 85 miles, ending at Miller’s Big Red Farms in Washington. Afterglow activities at Miller’s will include libations, delicious food, and a preview tour of their new distillery, dining, and agricultural-based family recreation activities.  The purpose of the event is to introduce participants to Six Rivers Land Conservancy and its work to preserve the natural and agricultural landscapes that are part of the region’s rich heritage. This exclusive tour is limited to 100 cars, so register today to ensure your place in the Country Drive Car Tour! (Final approval of vehicle models is left to the discretion of the event committee.)

Register today! Click here for the registration form. You can email the completed form (click here), fax it to 248-601-0106, or call in and register over the phone at 248-601-2816.

Interested in sponsoring this unique event? Click here to learn about our sponsorship opportunities!

If you have any questions regarding registration or sponsorship, please contact Angela Wilhelm, Development Director, by email or at 248-601-2816.

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Public art: Colorful, creative and hip


When it comes to art in downtown Farmington, DDA executive director Annette Knowles is frank: It’s sparse.

Not necessarily for long, though. Later this year, the Downtown Development Authority is planning to unveil the first in a series of public art installations around the downtown, with the goal of making Farmington more colorful, creative, memorable, and hip.

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Ferndale community celebrates student artists: save the date reception

The Artist In You is a community-wide celebration of 2D student art, featuring works by young talents from Ferndale High School, University High, and Center for Advance Studies and the Arts (CASA). Students will compete to have their winning piece converted into public art.

A public reception with live music will take place Tuesday, April 25 from 6-9pm at the Ferndale Area District Library to celebrate the young talent and art in the community. One student artist is eligible to have their artwork enlarged, reproduced, and displayed on one prominent business in the Ferndale Area. The top three artists will have their pieces re-printed and mounted at their respective schools. Also, these top three scoring artists will receive Achievement Awards of $200, $100, and $50. All student winners will be announced at the reception.

The Artist In You is a collaboration of the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce and Ferndale Public Schools, with support from the Ferndale Area District Library.

The Artist In You provides students with a unique opportunity to exhibit, market, and gain exposure for their creative work at a formative age. The FAC event creates a lasting contribution to the vibrant landscape of Ferndale through their artwork reproductions. Works from 2015 and 2016 The Artist in You winners still hang on buildings along Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue. The costs to replicate the winning 2017 artwork will be donated by Ideation Signs & Communication, from Royal Oak, Michigan. Visit: https://www.ideationorange.com

"The Ferndale Area District Library is delighted to welcome back The Artist in You event," says Interim Director Darlene Hellenberg."We're excited to see what this year's artists create. We love knowing that we'll be able to share it with our patrons. It means that these talented students will receive the exposure they deserve."

Emily Pitchford-Boeuf, Director of USArt Boutique, a mobile art gallery featuring local Artist, will share her experience at the Ferndale High School to the Students. As a young curator and business owner, Emily will enlighten the classroom with her expertise. (Exact May date to be announced.)

Jim Shaffer and Associates Realtors (Keller Williams Realty) is the “Presenting Sponsor” for Artist in You. Other sponsors include Gage Products as “Student Masterpiece Sponsor”, Ferndale Public Schools as “Student Masterpiece Supporting Sponsor”, Credit Union ONE as “Community Art Sponsor” and Kabot Orthodontics as “Creative Youth Supporter.”

“Giving our children this artist experience is a pleasure to do," says Kim Hart, Executive Director (FAC). "It's a joy to see our City come together to support our budding artists. It's an event the Chamber is passionate about putting together."

Interested in sponsoring The Artist In You?

Contact Kim Hart, Executive Director, Ferndale Area Chamber at 248-542-2160 or email: director@ferndalechamber.com. If you are interested in supporting our Student Artists, please go to: https://www.gofundme.com/artistinyou.

The Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, member-based organization that has been serving as the cornerstone of the Ferndale business community for more than 80 years by promoting commerce and economic development.

For more information contact the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce at 248-542-2160, or email director@ferndalechamber.com. 

2017 Restaurant of the Year: Mabel Gray


Don’t let the name fool you: There’s nothing drab about Mabel Gray.

The Hazel Park restaurant glows an ardent orange during packed dinner hours, smoldering with the heady aromas of North African green harissa and pungent Thai fish-sauce caramel from its kaleidoscopic global pantry.

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Business students get real-world economics lesson, help community


The Art & Apples Festival® is a staple of Rochester’s annual festival scene, attracting hundreds of artists and tens of thousands of visitors over the course of three days each September. Until the 2016 event, the exact number of attendees and the financial impact of the festival on the greater Rochester area was unknown by Rochester’s Paint Creek Center of the Arts (PCCA), festival organizer for more than 30 years.

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