The Bogey Golf Tour grants golfers a chance to take to the links and compete against fellow amateurs in tournaments scheduled at some of the finest courses in the London, Windsor, Detroit, and Kitchener/Waterloo areas. At each event, scratch golfers compete in the Birdie division, 0–15 handicaps square off in the Par division, and 16+ handicappers trade pinpoint approaches and sequined divot tools in the Bogey division. The top five finishers in each division receive prize money—which can be paid out in gift certificates or cash—and the Tour also holds prize competitions for longest drive, closest to the pin, and 3-iron jousting. The Tour publishes the results from each tournament in local newspapers, and players can chart the peaks and valleys of their careers on the Tour Members list, which compiles all of their tournament results. Along with providing an outlet for amateur golfers to exercise their long-suppressed competitive side, the Tour and its sponsors have raised $74,000 for various area charities since 2003.
After mastering traditional group fitness classes such as cardio kickboxing and Zumba, instructor Sandy Pierani hungered for more rhythm. To fan her passion, she spearheaded her own program, channeling both her years of dance experience and her love of West African music. Her five-part workout engages the entire body, set to the lively beats of a world-dance medley. She produced original music, recording percussive tracks with West African, West Indian, and Latin influences, specifically designed to complement dance moves while discouraging sloth impressions. Today, she leads guests of all backgrounds and builds through her energized maneuvers, fusing strength training, cardio conditioning, and stretching into one-hour bouts of boogying. She modifies the steps according to each student's comfort level, leading them through the dynamic warm-up to the breath-centric cooldown at their preferred pace.
Protecting Michigan’s farms supports the state’s second-largest industry, while simultaneously ensuring a steady supply of local fare and the safety of flourishing wildlife habitats. The conservancy plans to host an educational farmland-preservation workshop to educate local farmers about the future preservation of their land. At the workshop, an expert from Michigan State University will teach farmers specific techniques to prevent urban sprawl from forcing them to relinquish their farming operations, including land donation, deed restrictions, and conservation agreements that require future owners to preserve the land’s unique characteristics.
In 2009, a group of University of Michigan students decided to give back to the community in appreciation for the scholarships they had received. They founded Appreciate + Reciprocate (A+R) to raise money for the LSA Emergency Scholarship Fund, which provides aid for undergrads facing an unforeseen financial hardship. Dedicated to the notion that finances shouldn’t pose a barrier to education, A+R raises money through bake sales, postgame cleanups, and benefit concerts to help students pay for textbooks or their rent. The organization also sponsors volunteer activities at a tutoring center, a residential home for the elderly, and local parks to help students make a positive impact on the community.
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Gourmet Everyday woos those courting more nutritious, low-fat foods by delivering multiple foodie-friendly meals cooked by talented chefs and certified healthy by the staff's nutritionist, doctor, and Veggienius, the Roman god of riboflavin. With this deal, nutrient-seekers will receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus two snacks and dessert for two days, from an eclectic, rotating menu. Recent selections have included sun-dried tomato and basil quiche, a salmon caesar salad, and savory flank steak with a horseradish sauce. Cap off a full day's worth of tasty eats with dessert, such as the recently featured cinnamon-spiced mousse or chocolate cheesecake, ideal for sticking with candles to celebrate selling your potato chips to your roommate. The service's fresh, preservative-free meals land on doorsteps inside an insulated cooler, so feasters-to-be can be off on a dream quest when it's delivered.
Charis Kirk and Jackie Zimmerman—two young women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—met online after they started chronicling their fight with IBD. They have had 15 surgeries combined and fought through the highs and lows of recovery. Throughout their journeys, the duo supported each other and was inspired to encourage other girls and young women with IBD to be confident and proud, regardless of what's happening with their disease. The Girls With Guts website serves as an online community where women can share their stories about explaining the disease to friends or being pregnant with an ostomy bag, among others.