Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan aims to improve the quality of life for underserved individuals across the state through philanthropic programs. These programs include Link to Creative Teaching, which provides funding for special classroom projects, and Assault Survivor Kits, which distributes toiletries and new clothing to survivors of abuse or sexual assault whose personal items have been retained as evidence. Additionally, Wee Help supplies low-income mothers with infant-layette kits. Since 1994, the organization has distributed more than 3,150 kits to hospitals and birthing facilities throughout Michigan.
To supplement donations, corporate grants, and annual fundraising events, volunteers raise money for these programs by selling new and gently used items at the group's resale shop, the ReSale Connection.
Michigan College of Beauty's licensed professionals pass on their beauty know-how to aspiring aestheticians and cosmetologists. In addition to completing their course work and exams, students gain hands-on experience pampering clients with nail, hair, waxing, and other salon services. At the student salon, senior beauty students perform all services under the watchful eyes of state-licensed cosmetologists, who ensure that clients receive professional-quality care and that students are using only No. 2 scissors.
Boy-band juggernaut and Nickelodeon sensation Big Time Rush shines like the sun’s sons as its hotly anticipated Big Time Summer Tour enraptures flocks of fans with pop bliss. The fab foursome, known as BTR to fans and preteen stenographers, first snatched the hearts of millions with its eponymous TV show, recognized as the most-watched live-action series in Nickelodeon’s history. On the group's choreographed carnival of a tour, expert hoofer and crooner Kendall Schmidt leads the affable cast of personalities, which includes James (the ladies' man), Carlos (the joker), and Logan (the smarty warty), through hits from its gold debut, BTR. Their chart-topping sophomore album, Elevate, will also see its hooky anthems represented, such as “Music Sounds Better With U” and “All Over Again.” Expect elastic dance moves from the dapper quadratic and possible numbers from the just-released Big Time Movie, in which BTR covers tunes by obscure boy band The Beatles. Wunderkind Rachel Crow of The X-Factor fame and Australian heartthrob Cody Simpson start the show with peppy rallies and aural morality plays about how love can be tough and why stealing your dad’s head to sneak into R-rated movies isn’t cool.
Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties in 2010 by Parents magazine, Pump It Up pulses with inflatable play sets and actually encourages kids to bounce off the walls. Within the indoor playground, a stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce houses and air-filled playthings, such as a classic bounce castle and slick inflatable slide that cushions children's heartfelt reenactments of Cool Runnings. Throughout the week, families can pop in for open play, or tote along their own mini entourage for birthday-party packages complete with private rooms and complimentary invites. Parties come as straightforward packages or as themed events that place the birthday child in structured story adventures where they take on the role of a mighty and clever superhero or pirate captain that drank too much saltwater.
In 2011, O'Malley's Galley won The Citizen's readers polls for the best ribs, desserts, and catering in town. The eatery continues to live up to these titles with its inventive American food, including barbecue pork, smoked for 24 hours with cherry wood and basted in sauce that's made fresh for each order. In addition, Michele O'Malley, a member of the founding family, handcrafts all of the restaurant's highly lauded desserts to ensure delicious consistency. The restaurant's catered hog roasts spruce up weddings, graduations or office get-togethers with skilled chefs appearing on-site to carve the hog, prepare it, and teach it to fly.
An alley-splitting bowling ball crashes into the headpin, destroying a 10-pin triangle before automated pinsetters restore order in time for the next roll. Controlled chaos is the name of the game at Cherry Hill Lanes North, where guests compete on 36 Brunswick lanes equipped with an automatic scoring system. Those looking to unwind after a frame or toast an old pair of bowling shoes can indulge in nightly drink specials at the 11th Frame Sports Bar, a spot that also boasts pool tables and Saturday-night karaoke from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Stars & Stripes Kids Activity Center sets the stage for youngsters to build strength, flexibility, and self-esteem through a variety of engaging classes. A safe, supportive training environment awaits nascent limbs in recreational gymnastics classes, during which kids ages 2–5 dabble in the sport for the first time, testing movement, strength and social skills under the watchful eye of instructors and vacationing Santas. Bigger kids can begin finessing floor work through honed skills, drills, and conditioning, as teachers begin to stress the use of proper form. By the time they reach 8 years old and beyond, monkey-bar Olympians will stand poised to try apparatus training on balance beams, uneven bars, and pygmy hippos.