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.
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 30 bicycle tours are scheduled for the upcoming months, with new tours regularly added. On the "East Riverfront/Downtown/Dequindre Cut" tour on Saturday, May 1, you'll pedal-push 10 miles through the eastern end of RiverWalk, cruising past Gabriel Richard Park, Lafayette Park, downtown Detroit, and the Dequindre Cut, with its bike trail bedecked in city-approved graffiti. The "Architecture" tour, held on Saturday, May 8, is led by architect Brian Hurttienne, who will guide the group through downtown Detroit to explore the relationship between architecture and urban planning, with discussions on famous buildings and the future of Detroit's architecture. Strap on your American-flag shower cap and your freedom flippers for the "Arsenal of Democracy" tour on Saturday, July 3, which examines Detroit's patriotic contributions during World War II with visits to auto factories that were used to assemble weapons for American troops.
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.
Quick Spark speed dating catalyzes romantic chemistry with its fun, sociable, and successful process. After arriving at the scheduled event, speed daters will receive a nametag, a match card, and map-like instructions for their multi-table love hunt. Most QS parties average 16 men and 16 women, so aspiring courters have a chance to meet at least 10 people and enjoy five minutes of friendly conversation at each stop.
Owner Jon Hughes presides over Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop's experienced staff members as they equip customers with the pedal-powered steeds that line every inch of the 1,400-square-foot shop. Pedal jockeys can race over roads with fresh tires ($15+) or ward off sidewalk splash with a pair of fenders ($15–$75), and helmets ($30–$120) protect delicate craniums from accidents and overzealous hairstylists. In the repair shop, mechanics scrutinize rides for problems before tweaking and tuning gears, frames, and wheels for smoother, safer riding. For an additional $40, customers can upgrade to a full tune-up, during which mechanics entirely disassemble and reassemble steely steeds.
Most people are familiar with the idea of a silent attacker, but at Aikido Canada, eighth-level Dan Kevin Blok Kyoshi and his certified Dan instructors teach the quiet art of aikido self-defense. Instead of kicking, punching, and breaking boards, aikido classes demonstrate lock holds, pins, and takedowns to help children and adults alike nonviolently defend themselves. These moves help the student control an attacker without harming them or having to restrain them with Chinese finger traps. All of their classes allow students build their character with self-development and self-improvement, not the destruction of others. Kevin’s lengthy resumé includes such highlights as authoring four books, earning the Canada 125 medal for service to his country, and founding the Chudokai Aikido Federation International.