A 1,201-seat auditorium that values acoustic excellence as much as visual grandeur, the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center houses ornate wooden accents and intricate wall panels that soar over a sweeping balcony peppered with plush red seats. Ample wheelchair seating and elevators to all levels abound, ensuring audience members seated in the balcony won’t need to rely on the creaky wooden catapults still in use at many theaters.
The Hub’s mechanics-in-training (MIT) program teaches high-school-age youth the fundamentals of bicycle maintenance and customer service as part of an apprenticeship. In addition to gaining practical employment experience, MITs develop social and leadership skills by assisting The Hub's educational staff in training children how to repair bikes during the summer Youth Earn-a-Bike program. Young people also receive a small stipend during their tenure as apprentice mechanics. With additional aid, The Hub can support one of their mechanics-in-training for another month beyond the initial summer apprenticeship.
It's dark within Scare House Windsor, and visitors never quite know what lurks down the next hallway or within the next room. A maniacal clown might elicit screams, or a madman may wield his chainsaw until he's offered a job as a lumberjack. Or maybe visitors will run into Shawn Lippert, one of Scare House Windsor's sinister creators. Along with a band of volunteers, Mr. Lippert has crammed horror into every inch of the 20,000-square-foot haunted house, which has become an annual Halloween staple. Mr. Lippert's creation is so authentically spine-tingling, in fact, that he's using it as the setting for a horror film of the same name.
Since May 2008, Wheelhouse Detroit has been offering its customers a healthy and highly efficient new way to see Motown, with guided bike tours traversing the terrains and trails of Detroit. More than 80 bicycle tours are scheduled for the upcoming months, with new tours regularly added. On the Belle Isle tour on Saturday, May 21, pedaling explorers will cruise around Detroit's famed architectural archipelago, surveying sights such as the aquarium and Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse. Guides will discuss the history behind the area's famous statues, such as Alpheus Starkey Williams, who served as a Union general in the Civil War before tragically being turned to stone.
Though dogs tend to lovingly follow their owners' lead, that's not where the name Me & My Shadow came from. The owners had a dog named Shadow, an american eskimo that began suffering from health problems, including blindness, at an early age. When Shadow became too skittish to take walks around the neighborhood, his owners decided to put a pool in the backyard. Shadow was delighted to swim in it, and for years afterward, it seemed he was happiest during the summer swimming season.
This inspired Me & My Shadow, an indoor pool and recreation center where dogs can exercise and learn to socialize throughout the year. By-appointment swimming sessions are kept private to ensure dogs and owners—who can take a dip, too—feel comfortable. Pet parents can also sign their dogs up for training sessions, which are led by Judy Hales, an experienced trainer who takes a gentle, positive approach to instruction, as opposed to just rolling her eyes at dogs that can't complete their given task.
At The Dance Studio at Absolute Fitness, students can learn to express themselves through movement and get fit at the same time. The studio offers ballet, hip hop, and jazz classes for kids and an adult ballet class for dancers of all abilities. Ballet classes use a technique derived from Kirov Ballet artistic director Agrippina Vaganova. In each class, students stretch, condition their muscles, and learn musicality and classic techniques. In other sessions, students build on a solid foundation of jazz dance to learn hip hop choreography. Occasionally, guest instructors drop by to teach other forms of movement such as Pilates, yoga, and intermediate blinking.
The dance studio is set within a fully equipped fitness centre boasting a salt-water swimming pool, a cardio room with treadmills and elliptical trainers, a weight room, and an onsite spa.