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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Hosted by the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce and the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, the annual Taste of Dearborn East festival amalgamates local eateries to dazzle townsfolk and visitors alike with culinary concoctions and lively libations. Each purchased ticket includes a menu of participating restaurants and a wristband that allows for unlimited access to a multitude of local grub hubs located in East Downtown Dearborn along Michigan Ave and Schaefer including Warren Avenue and in the Fairlane Town Center Complex. Throughout the event, restaurants such as 360 Lounge, Milan's Pizza, and Joe's Top Dog will sling out complimentary appetizers, and select eateries will also serve drink specials for an additional cost. Although transportation will not be provided, taste testers are free to travel to each snack station by foot, car, or teleportation chamber.
• For $25, you get one spot in the Elite Baseball Training Camp in Dearborn for boys aged 8–14 (a $50 value). This camp runs July 11–15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. • For $27, you get one spot in the Elite Basketball Camp in Westland for boys and girls aged 8–14 (up to a $55 value). This camp runs July 11–15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • For $27, you get one spot in the Elite Football Training Camp in Westland for boys aged 8–14 (up to a $55 value). This camp runs July 18–22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. • For $45, you get one spot in the Elite Speed and Agility Training Camp in Dearborn for boys and girls aged 10–17 (a $90 value). This camp runs July 11–29, meeting Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.