Presented by Ameriprise Financial—Jim Thorpe, CFP, Taste of Dearborn returns in 2014 with a full lineup of city eateries. On the menu for the evening are local mainstays such as Tria Restaurant at The Henry, Andiamo, and Matador Restaurant, as well as nationwide favorites including Fuddruckers and Buffalo Wild Wings. But it's not just mouths that have all the fun—tastings take place within the restaurants, making the festival a great way to explore varied parts of Dearborn. Wristband-wearing adventurers may walk from restaurant to restaurant or hop aboard shuttles that escort them to the next destination.
During the last 10 years, more than 35,000 youth in southeast Michigan have taken part in at least one of H.Y.P.E. Athletics' training camps, sports leagues, or tournaments. In training camps, coaches teach participants the fundamentals of sports such as football, baseball, and basketball, while promoting good sportsmanship, positive attitudes, and teamwork. H.Y.P.E. Athletics relies on donations to purchase sports equipment so that staff members can continue to provide youngsters with these programs at little to no cost.
Emanating from the fearless minds of Cass Community Social Services, Detroit Urban Legends Haunted House elicits the yearly jumps, squeals, shrieks, and gasps demanded by Americans tired of only having the reverse extinction of dinosaurs to fear. In a deft blending of two U.S. traditions, Urban Legends combines over-the-top thrills with distinctly unfrightening charity, as ticket sales go to help raise money for programs that provide relief and support for homeless mothers and children. Urban Legends is set inside the sprawling, 2,500-square-foot Cass Community United Methodist Church. Expect all manner of ghoul, ghost, hovering severed limb, and battery-less ringing cell phone upon entering the vast macabre underworld.
During each afterschool-tutoring session, children are given a healthful snack, such as baby carrots and apples, to keep them energized, to promote healthful-snacking habits, and to help keep the students properly nourished. Healthful foods such as fruits and vegetables can improve focus and cognitive function, but many of the program's attendees from low-income families lack ready access to them. For some students, these nutritious snacks will constitute the only meal they'll get that evening.
Students participating in the Junior Coach program learn how to resolve conflicts, lead games, and encourage healthy play among their peers through monthly training sessions and daily check-ins led by Playworks' staff members. During recess periods, junior coaches get the opportunity to put their training into practice, captaining recess activities designed to encourage student leadership, healthy exercise, and fun.
In 2000, Ric Geyer bought an abandoned building in the middle of Detroit, but had no plans to raise another hotel or trendy restaurant. His goal was innovation—or rather incubation. In the following years, he transformed the space into an arts incubator called the 4731 Gallery, a place where painters, photographer, and designers could come together to share ideas, hold parties and exhibitions, and work to further their craft.
When Derek Weaver, who managed the gallery, heard that his neighborhood was labeled one of the 15 poorest in the country, he decided to change public perception. Working with the graffiti artist Sintex and fine artist Sydney James, Derek launched the Grand River Creative Corridor project to create more than 100 murals and outdoor gallery exhibits. Today, more than 50 artists and 300 volunteers have contributed their time and talents to ornamenting a half-mile stretch of Grand River Avenue with colorful designs and playful characters. By the time the project is complete, the artists will have painted murals on 15 buildings, designed an outdoor gallery at a bus stop, and cleaned up overgrown weeds and trash. Each mural is painted with the consent of the local business owners, and installations reflect their line of business to increase exposure while revitalizing the neighborhood.