Doing Good – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:35:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Michigan Glass Project’s Live Glassblowing Festival Returns To The Russell Industrial Center This Weekend Thu, 19 Jul 2018 22:29:43 +0000

Today on the News Byte Jeremy Ross, the Artist Liaison with the Michigan Glass Project joins us to talk about Michigan Glass Project and the upcoming Live Glassblowing and Arts Festival this weekend.

The three day festival will be held at the Russell Industrial Center. The festival raises money for the nonprofit organization Art Road, which brings art classes back into schools. Last year the festival raised $100,000 for the nonprofit.

This year there will be 70 borosilicate glass artists who will be creating pieces with torches, 13 glass bead makers, and 12 hot shop glass artists. For those not familiar with hot shop glass artists, they are the ones you find at Greenfield Village. There will also be artists doing live painting throughout the weekend.  

Throughout the weekend artists will be creating pieces that will be part of the silent and live auctions.

The main event will take place on Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. all three days. 

The Russell Industrial Center is located at 1600 Clay Street Detroit, Michigan 48211.

Tickets for the festival are $30 for a weekend pass or $15 for a day pass. You can purchase them in advance here.

For those of you who like after parties, there will be two this weekend.

The Marble Show at the Marble Bar will take place on Friday night from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

The Whitney Garden Party/ Millefiori gathering at the Whitney Mansion will take place on Saturday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

There is a cover charge for the after parties: $10 at the door or $5 with a Main Event Wristband.

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Bike Ride Fundraiser This Weekend For Joe Louis Greenway Rail-To-Trail Loop Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:36:28 +0000

The Detroit Greenways Coalition will hold a group bike ride Sunday to create awareness and raise money to build a 26-mile rail-to-trail greenway loop in the city.

The Joe Louis Greenway is a proposed pedestrian loop through Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.

Previously known as the Inner Circle, it’s currently a network of abandoned rail lines and local streets. But the Joe Louis Greenway would also incorporate the Dequindre Cut, Detroit RiverWalk, and other existing greenways.

The Detroit Greenways Coalition has been working with the city of Detroit to acquire an 8-mile section of abandoned rail line as one of the final pieces. It’s hoped that design work can begin next year, with construction starting in 2020.

Sunday’s inaugural fundraiser ride will go for 28 miles with a stop at the Oloman Cafe in Hamtramck and SAG support from Wheelhouse Detroit.

Registration is $30. You can find more information at the Detroit Greenways Coalition website.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

The ride will begin at 2826 Bagley Street in Detroit.

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Help Clean Up 8 Mile This Saturday, June 16 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 17:59:00 +0000

The Eight Mile Boulevard Association is looking for some help sprucing up the namesake thoroughfare.

Volunteers are being sought for the 2018 Hands On 8 Mile community cleanup and flower-planting event which takes place on Saturday, June 16.

Participants will meet at Eight Mile Boulevard Association’s headquarters at 9:30 a.m. then travel to their cleanup site. The day ends at 1:30 p.m. with a picnic lunch.

You can register or find out more by visiting the Eight Mile Association’s website

Address: 20500 Conant Detroit, Michigan 48234

This story originally appeared on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast.

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Jason Hall Quits Slow Roll, Talks About What’s Next Thu, 31 May 2018 20:23:10 +0000

Jason Hall is retiring – sort of. The co-founder of Detroit’s beloved Slow Roll is stepping down from his role as the public personality behind the city’s now-famous neighborhood bicycle ride.

Slow Roll isn’t going away – and Jason isn’t going anywhere. He’s definitely staying in Detroit. But his role will change and his commitment to the city is going to grow in terms of what he can do for bicyclists and his hometown.

For example, Jason is relaunching (RI)Detroit, Detroit’s weekend celebration of bicycles and culture. The event, which will take place the weekend of July 20-22, will be a full experience of Detroit on two wheels. In addition to group rides and events, bicycle and non-bicycle manufacturers will be selling their new bicycles and merchandise. Community leaders and bicycle advocates will host seminars and panel discussions to discuss regional and national cycling and mobility policies that affect all of Detroit and the region.

His last official Slow Roll took place Wednesday on Mackinac Island as part of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Mackinac Policy Conference. The ride was good, the road was smooth and Jason’s mind was clear.

“It just felt like the time. It was a great ride,” Jason said in an interview with me (the audio is embedded at the top of this post). “It seemed like the right time.”

To say Hall is excited about the new enterprise (and a few others you’ll hear about soon) is an understatement. But, at the same time, his emotion at what his team and supporters created through Slow Roll is undeniable.

“When I started Slow Roll, it was really just about a bike ride. But through the past eight years, I’ve traveled the world and I’ve seen bicycling and bicycling advocacy and what that really means,” Jason says. “I’ve just evolved a little more. Once you’ve see what you could do, once we accomplished what we could accomplished through Slow Roll, I just wanted to go to the next level.”

After talking to Slow Roll’s board, family and friends, Jason decided it was time to make it official – he is stepping down from the organization’s leadership.

“I just decided that this would be my year to go ahead and step back and let the machine run itself. We’ve worked very hard to make that machine run,” Jason says. “I’ve got some other projects that I’m working on that are bicycling and city based. It’s still my family. But it’s time to move on.”

What changed was his mindset and evolution as a community leader. Jason says he started to see what else he could accomplish both as an individual, a bicyclist and an advocate.

“ I think it was really on my last trip to Minneapolis when I was out there. … I ran into what was called the Nice Ride Program. In Minneapolis, everybody gets a free bike. The way it works is you show up, they give you a bike, you ride it four times, you document that you rode it four times, you bring it back and you get a brand-new bike,” Jason explains. “That blew my mind that something like that existed. That became my new mission for Detroit. We’re going through all these changes with bike lanes and we’re doing all this stuff in the neighborhoods. But are we really connecting the community to these bike lanes?”

The dream he had for what Detroit could do in terms of the bicycling community began to grow. Plus, he has a flair for the dramatic and he knew there was a chance to expand his personal legacy. But, most importantly, Slow Roll could and would continue.

“It will last forever. Even if we decided as an organization, ‘Let’s stop doing Slow Roll,’ the spirit would still exist. The people would still meet every week,” Jason says. “I’m very proud of that. They’re just rocking and rolling; I’ve seen the schedule. It’s going to be a great summer for those guys.”

He also wants to thank everyone who ever took a ride with him and with Slow Roll.

“(Since I announced I’m leaving Slow Roll), I’ve received 100 emails from people from ‘Thank you for doing this’ to ‘Don’t leave.’ To all of those people: Thank you for making this what it is. It’s my baby.”

An interview with Jason Hall that appeared on the Daily Detroit News Byte is at the top of this page.

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LISTEN: How Mama Shu Is Saving One Of America’s Most Blighted Blocks Sun, 13 May 2018 21:53:56 +0000

What do you do when a neighborhood… and your city… crumble? Leave? Throw your hands up? Not Mama Shu.

She’s taken tragedy — the death of her son by a hit and run driver, Jakobi Ra — and turned that energy into Avalon Village.

Avalon Village is a magical corner of Highland Park where Mama Shu and a group of people who love their city have made a safe place. A homework house. A place for entrepreneurs. A place for living… and soon a place for playing.

For the newest Daily Detroit Happy Hour Podcast, Sven Gustafson joined Shamayim ‘Shu’ Harris on her front porch on Avalon Street, just off of Woodward, to talk about the grassroots way to rebuild a community.

One that isn’t dependent on tax incentives, but the good will and effort of people.

A little backstory on Highland Park, an enclave of Detroit that’s completely surrounded by the Motor City and Hamtramck, because it’s not in the podcast. Shu looks to the future, but in order to understand the context, you need to know a little bit of the past.

Highland Park at one time was one of Michigan’s shining jewels, up there with the best neighborhoods and near-suburbs. Henry Ford’s Model T streamed out of the iconic plant on Machester, but Ford packed up and left in the 1950s.

Chrysler was there too – their world headquarters, in fact – but they hit the road, taking their jobs and tax base with them up I-75 for the Oakland County suburb of Auburn Hills in the 1980s thanks to concerns around safety and a giant gift basket of tax incentives. The state of Michigan even built them their own off-ramp when they got there.

Highland Park has been one of Michigan’s hardest-hit cities. A city that many reading this, if they knew about it, may have left for dead.

But Mama Shu? She’s doing what mothers do. Nurture. Support. Birth. Do her part to make a community whole again. Enjoy the show.

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News Byte Podcast: PGA Tour Coming To The Motor City, Growing Detroit’s Young Talent & More Tue, 08 May 2018 21:25:34 +0000

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast for Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Development gets moving at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull…
The PGA Tour looks like it’s coming to Detroit. What could that mean having such an event in a Detroit neighborhood?
City Year Detroit & Gensler Detroit have teamed up to improve a Detroit school…
Comerica Park gets a farm-to-table restaurant, partnering with RecoveryPark
And we talk about a summer program that looks to Grow Detroit’s Young Talent and keep kids off the street as school winds down.
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Plans Emerge For The New Girl Scouts Of Southeastern Michigan’s Headquarters In Detroit Wed, 02 May 2018 15:12:59 +0000

Now that cookie season is over, you might not think much about the Girl Scouts…unless you have a kid involved in a troop.

But there are 32,000 girls and adult volunteers involved with the Girl Scouts in and around metro Detroit.

Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan is the council that oversees this region. They have a new headquarters in Eastern Market. The new 16,000 square feet of new office space is located just off of Gratiot Avenue and I375.

The office was built to be a collaborative gathering and meeting space for the Girl Scouts employees and troop leaders.

The space was designed to bring the outdoors indoors and one of the key features is a 835 square foot cabin which will be used for multimedia training and collaboration.

The Council Shop will also move into the new space. This space will be open to the public so they can purchase apparel, troop supplies, and badges.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on June 6.

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PODCAST: A Streetcar With Much To Be Desired, Giant Star Wars Photo & More Tue, 01 May 2018 23:10:23 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Tuesday, May 1. Here’s what we’re talking about today.

  • New data shows struggles for the QLINE (LINK: Bridge Michigan). The team talks about the missed opportunities, how it should have ran down the center lane and a winter story of beating the streetcar in the snow.
  • 18 New Townhouses are coming to Corktown
  • May the Fourth be with you at the Detroit Institute of Arts
  • You can own a piece of history from the old Joe Louis Arena
  • And the Girl Scouts are getting a new headquarters in the city.
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PODCAST – Detroit: Become Human, The Largest Robotics Competition In The World Comes To Detroit, Daffodils & More Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:24:30 +0000

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Monday, April 23, 2018 recorded in beautiful Grand Circus Park.

  • A video game set in Detroit, “Detroit: Become Human” is about to launch. A playable demo comes out Tuesday.
  • The largest robotics competition in the world is coming to Detroit this week
  • Detroit’s harnessing some flower power
  • A Cass Corridor jazz club relaunches four decades after it was shut down
  • And we attended a very contentious meeting between Detroit’s big 4 leaders. We break down where the break down is happening.

Here’s that daffodil map we talked about in the show:

Sven and Jer are your hosts. Thanks to Milo Digital, Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed, and Podcast Detroit for their support.

Of course, if you like the show? Subscribe to this Detroit-based podcast in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app.

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Gleaners Women’s Power Breakfast Kicks Off Million Meals Match Campaign On Thursday, April 19 Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:24:57 +0000 Currently one in five Michigan children face hunger. Nearly 300,000 school aged children who live in southeast Michigan are at risk of not having enough food to eat. That number is staggering and honestly heartbreaking.

Most of these school aged children are eligible for free or reduced meals during the week. However, once the weekend and summer vacation hits they often have very little to eat.

On Thursday, April 19 the Gleaners Community Food Bank will be hosting the 25th Annual Women’s Power Breakfast.

This is the kick off event for Gleaners Million Meals Match Campaign. The month-long campaign raises money to help feed children who have food insecurities at home.

For every dollar raised by PNC Bank, Delta and other generous donors will double your donations.

Normally $1 will provide three meals for those in need, but during the Million Meals Match campaign it will mean meals for six children. That means it will go twice as far.

So back to the Women’s Power Breakfast.

This event is a who’s who of Michigan’s most powerful and influential female leaders. These women get stuff done not only in the business world but in the philanthropic world.

Since the Women’s Power Breakfast was started in 1994 they have raised over $3.2 million for hungry children.

This is a great opportunity to network and to learn about Gleaners and the work that they do to help with food insecurity.

Tickets for the event are $125 per person and $85 if you are under 35.

The 25th Annual Gleaners Women’s Power Breakfast will be on Thursday, April 19 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.

The event will take place at Little Caesars Arena 2645 Woodward Avenue Detroit 48201.

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