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.
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.
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 having her first child, Rosa Lee had trouble finding a place that was equal parts play time for kids and chill time for adults. So in 2006, she took matters into her own hands and opened such a place. Rosa called her creation My Urban Toddler, a city-themed play center for kids and a welcoming, knowledgeable community for adults. Here, explorers aged 5 and younger can visit a firehouse, a market, a library, and even a theater for rounds of dress-up, story time, and puppet shows. Parents, meanwhile, enjoy various onsite grownup attractions, including classes and a boutique-style retail shop stocked with apparel, toys, and books.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Huron Valley operates two houses in Ann Arbor where families can stay as an alternative to expensive hotels or making long commutes back and forth from the hospital.
At either the 29-room Ann Arbor House across the street from the hospital or the 12-room Mott House on the hospital's 10th floor, families stay for as little as one night or as long as a year, although the average stay is about two weeks. Both houses include private rooms and showers, laundry facilities, and a dedicated group of staff and volunteers to provide emotional support. Although guests are asked to donate $10 per night, no families are turned away due to an inability to pay. Housing costs are largely funded by community donations, and the actual cost of housing a family is an estimated $75 per night.