Events – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Thu, 23 Nov 2017 22:10:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 These Special Coats Not Only Keep People Warm, They Also Create New Beginnings http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/11/05/special-coats-empowerment-plan/ Sat, 05 Nov 2016 14:48:24 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=32474 At first glance, it’s a straightforward idea. Coats for the homeless that double as sleeping bags. Sounds like a good idea, right?

It has been very successful. But sometimes, success means new challenges.

The good work the Empowerment Plan is doing and the demand for it means they’re bursting at the seams of their current location.

If you’ve never heard of the Empowerment Plan, since 2011 more than 15,000 of those special coats have been distributed throughout forty states and seven Canadian providences. Founder Veronika Scott created the coat for a school project at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit.

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The project is more than just making a coat. The coat, though useful, is a stepping stone to address a much bigger problem. The power of the coat isn’t just the warmth it provides, but the opportunities making them creates.

Empowerment Plan hires people who are living in a shelter to produce the coats. The organization helps them get back on their feet, provides additional training and educational programs.

It takes roughly an hour and fifteen minutes to make one of the coats, and the team of seamstresses can currently make around 35 to 40 coats in a day.

The Empowerment Plan works with numerous homeless shelters and organizations to help get homeless people coats around the country. Sponsors can purchase coats for $100 and they are then distributed.

They have been at Ponyride in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood since they started, but they are running out of room. Training is performed at a different location, and they have a separate warehouse for additional coat storage. They would like for the entire operation to be under one roof.

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They have also started making plans to have a limited release of coats for the public to purchase. For years they have had requests from hikers, campers, and even doomsday preppers to produce a coat that they could purchase.

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While they do not know when the coat will be released or how much it will be to purchase it, Cassie Coravos, the Communications and Project Manager of The Empowerment Plan, said they think a limited run will be released next year. They need to move into a larger facility, and hire more employees before making these coats.

That is where an upcoming fundraiser comes in.

On Thursday, November 10 The Empowerment Plan’s 4th Annual Fundraiser will be held at the Garden Theater. It will be an evening filled with food, drinks, and stories of the seamstresses who work at The Empowerment Plan. This year they are hoping to raise $150,000.

Tickets for the event are affordable for a fundraiser. Each ticket is $40 per person. They do have a VIP ticket that is $125 per person. For the VIP ticket, you are sponsoring a coat for a homeless individual, so you’re doing a lot of good for the price.

This is not a fancy event. Come dressed as you are.

“This isn’t a big fancy fundraiser we want everyone in our community to come because they are the ones who support us and we want them to learn what we do. Our seamstresses will go up on stage and tell their stories,” said Coravos. It’s really an opportunity to learn about what we do in terms of coat production and programing but really to get to know who we are and who are employees are.”

The fundraiser starts at 6:30 PM and goes until 10:00 PM. The Garden Theater is located at 3929 Woodward Avenue, Detroit Michigan 48201.

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Murals In The Market Returns To Eastern Market Starting Sept. 15 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/09/14/murals-market-returns-eastern-market-starting-sept-15/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/09/14/murals-market-returns-eastern-market-starting-sept-15/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:03:07 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=25773 Murals in the Market is back for another year of free art events, public art murals, art exhibitions, and more. 1xRUN has prepared an exciting lineup of events for attendees that the whole family will enjoy.

Murals in the Market will feature more than 50 local and international muralists will descend on the historic Eastern Market District during the 10-day festival. Detroiters will have the opportunity to attend more than 20 free art events, six special events, five afterparties, four art exhibitions, and three unique artists talks. A complete schedule of events is available here.

The art exhibitions will be on view during the festival, hosted by 1xRUN and Inner State Gallery. They’ll include limited edition prints as well as original artwork from all of this year’s participating artists. Additionally, Sheryo & The York will unveil their immersive auto shack which was created during their month-long residency in Detroit.

Artist talks will feature visiting artists Janette Beckman, Kevin Lyons, and Cey Adams, as well as local artists Sydney G. James and Tylonn J. Sawyer. Children’s workshops and food vendors will gather among Eastern Market’s unique shops to create an atmosphere of fun and festivity.

Slow Roll will be returning to Murals in the Market, bringing thousands to Eastern Market during bike tours. Those without a bike can join Feet on the Street’s walking tours, free of charge. These tours will provide festival goers with an opportunity to see all 50 murals as they are being created, as well as a look at previous murals created throughout the district.

Murals in the Market has partnered with local venues to host several afterparties for Detroiters. Nothing Elegant will showcase 90s hip-hop and pop jams at The Old Miami, and Slow Jams will bring classic soul and funk over at the Woodbridge Pub.

Eastern Market After Dark will light up the entire market with music, open studios, street vendors, and more, kicking off the Detroit Design Festival. More information on Murals in the Market is available on the event website, Instagram, or Facebook.

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Speak Your Mind At The Truth Booth July 31-Aug 13 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/07/13/speak-mind-truth-booth-july-31-aug-13/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/07/13/speak-mind-truth-booth-july-31-aug-13/#respond Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:25:34 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=24213 Have an opinion that you’re scared to speak? Do you see something happening in your community that you’d like to address without fear of judgment? The Truth Booth is a great place to do just that.

The free public event is hosted by the Cause Collective and will be in different locations around Metro Detroit from July 31 through August 13.

The Truth Booth is a giant inflatable sculpture in the shape of a cartoon speech bubble with the word “Truth” printed on the side. Inside the speech bubble, visitors are prompted to record their responses in video format to the prompt “The truth is…”

The Truth Booth removes the social stigma and fear that often comes with speaking out against social norms or hot button issues. During this event, the Cause Collective aims to empower communities in Detroit and Flint to speak freely without fear of judgment or persecution.

It’s the brainchild of Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester, and Hank Willis Thomas. Operating as a team of artists, designers and ethnographers, they work to bring thoughtful, interactive and engaging projects into local communities here and abroad. In this project, they are particularly interested in transforming public spaces into sites for candor and intimacy.

The Truth Booth started in 2011 at the Galway Arts Center in Galway Ireland. Over the summer, it toured the country extensively. The project has since traveled to Afghanistan and Cape Town, South Africa.

This stop in Detroit is just one of 24 stops in U.S. cities as part of the Cause Collective’s project In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth).

The dates, locations, and times of these events in Metro Detroit are:

  • 7/31: Bloomfield Hills, MI (at Cranbook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave.), 11am-5pm
  • 8/2: Detroit, MI (at Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave.), 9am-4pm
  • 8/3: Dearborn, MI (at Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave.), 10am-6pm
  • 8/4: Detroit, MI (at Banglatown Neighborhood, 13133 Klinger St.), Noon-7pm
  • 8/5: Detroit, MI (at the “For the Love of Osborn” Neighborhood Parade, 13560 McNichols E), 11am-4pm
  • 8/6: Detroit, MI (at Sidewalk Festival for the Performance Arts, 22001 Grand River Ave.),2pm-9pm
  • 8/7: Detroit, MI (at the Heidelberg Project, 3600 Heidelberg St.), 10am-5pm
  • 8/9: Detroit, MI (at GM Plaza on the Riverfront, 300 Atwater St.), 10am-5pm
  • 8/10: Flint, MI (at the Hispanic Technology & Community Center of Greater Flint, 2101 Lewis St.), 10am-6pm
  • 8/11: Flint, MI (at the Hasselbring Park Senior Center, 1002 W. Home Ave.), 10am-5pm
  • 8/12: Flint, MI (at MW Gallery, 815 S. Saginaw St.), Noon-9pm
  • 8/13: Detroit, MI (at Clark Park, 1130 Clark Ave.), 11am-5pm
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QUICK TIP: Wednesday Air Show Features Canadian Forces Snowbirds http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/06/17/quick-tip-wild-wednesday-air-show-features-canadian-forces-snowbirds/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/06/17/quick-tip-wild-wednesday-air-show-features-canadian-forces-snowbirds/#respond Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:19:00 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=23732 The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will swoop, spin, and roar through the skies over Ypsilanti on Wednesday, June 22. Take the kids, because youth 15 and under get in free, and get ready to have an awesome time.

The Yankee Air Museum (47884 D St. Belleville, MI 48111) will host its first ever Wild Wednesday air show. The gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6:45 p.m. You’ll want to get there early, because there’s a lot to see and do. In addition to the show, there will be interactive exhibits the whole family can enjoy.

It’s a special season for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. They’ll commemorate the 75th anniversary of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, the joint air crew training program launched by Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand during World War Two.

Based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, the Snowbirds played an important role in training Commonwealth aircrew during World War Two. Unlike other North American military jet teams the Snowbirds boast nine jets that fly in formation.

In addition to the Snowbirds, the Canadian Skyhawks, Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team, will awe spectators. The Skyhawks create formations in the sky with their parachutes open (and proudly displaying the Canadian flag).

General admission tickets are $20 if you purchase them online. At the gate, they’re $25. A general parking pass is only $5 if you purchase it online. If you wait until Wednesday, you’ll have to pay $10 at the gate.

If you don’t want the hassle of bringing your own chairs to the show, you can add flightline seating to your general admission ticket for $10 if you buy it online. Kids 15 and under are also $10 online.

Clear your calendar Wednesday evening and watch the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and Skyhawks as they take to the skies.

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Shell Eco-marathon Americas Comes To Detroit April 22-24 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/04/15/shell-eco-marathon-americas-comes-detroit-april-22-24/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/04/15/shell-eco-marathon-americas-comes-detroit-april-22-24/#respond Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:08:45 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=22303 Detroit is home to two things that often go hand-in-hand – the automobile and innovation, and from April 22 through 24, the city will host the Shell Eco-marathon Americas. The eco-marathon presents a unique challenge to high school and college students around the world.

The Eco-marathon is a great opportunity to encourage students’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. Participants design and build their own vehicles, with the goal of creating the most energy-efficient one possible. This gives them a first-hand look at the struggles, innovation, and creativity necessary to solve some of our world’s most pressing energy problems.

The Eco-marathon started in 2007 with 17 teams competing on a two-mile race track in Southern California. In 2010, the event moved to downtown Houston. In 2015, when the Eco-marathon moved to Detroit, 113 teams and over 1,000 students from five countries traveled to the Cobo Center.

This year, teams will try to beat the current Americas record of 3,587 miles per gallon equivalent.

The competition is split into two categories. There’s the Prototype class, which focuses on maximum efficiency over passenger comfort. There’s also the UrbanConcept class, which encourages more practical designs.

In addition to these classes, cars are also divided by energy type – internal combustion engine or electric mobility. Internal combustion cars are powered by fuels including gasoline, diesel, or liquid fuel from natural gas and ethanol. Electric mobility cars are powered by hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-based batteries.

During the eco-marathon, teams make as many attempts as possible to travel the farthest on the equivalent of one liter of fuel. The cars drive a fixed number of laps around the circuit at a set speed. Organizers calculate the cars’ energy efficiency and, based on their calculations, name a winner in each class and for each energy source.

However, there are awards off the track as well. Teams receive awards for achievements like safety, design, and teamwork.

During the weekend of the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas, the general public is invited to the Cobo Center for free, family friendly interactive events.

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First Detroit Speed Coaching Event For Local Food & Drink Entrepreneurs April 13 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/04/07/first-detroit-speed-coaching-event-local-entrepreneurs-april-13/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/04/07/first-detroit-speed-coaching-event-local-entrepreneurs-april-13/#respond Thu, 07 Apr 2016 18:39:04 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=22148 Calling all local entrepreneurs in the food, beverage, and craft brewing industry. We’ve got an event you won’t want to miss.

On Wednesday, April 13, Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and the Build Institute are hosting Detroit’s first dynamic Speed Coaching event. The event runs from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and will be held at the Build Institute, 2701 Bagley St, Detroit. Speed Coaching is free to attend. Interested entrepreneurs should register here.

Modeled after speed dating, the Speed Coach event will give entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate in up to six 20-minute one-on-one coaching sessions.

The region’s best small business specialists, as well as subject experts from Sam Adams will act as coaches.

Across the country, Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching events have helped thousands of food and beverage business with sales, distribution, packaging, finance, and e-commerce. The goal of the event is to help passionate entrepreneurs solve specific problems with real-world, practical advice.

Brewing the American Dream reflects the desires of brewer and found of Samuel Adams, Jim Koch. He remembers the difficulty of starting and building a successful small business and wishes he had real-world business advice and a loan.

Since 2008, Brewing the American Dream has partnered with Accion to lend over $9.6 million in microloans to 885 businesses. The program has also coached or mentored over 6,000 small businesses.

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Meet some of Detroit’s finest authors at local history book fair this Saturday http://www.dailydetroit.com/2015/12/07/meet-detroits-finest-authors-local-history-book-fair-saturday/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2015/12/07/meet-detroits-finest-authors-local-history-book-fair-saturday/#respond Mon, 07 Dec 2015 18:33:10 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=20839 Detroit is home to a wealth of influential artists across a variety of mediums, and one market that has seen a considerable boom in the last decade is literature.

With books from contemporary authors covering topics from the history of the Better Made potato chip company to Detroit’s role in WWII, there seems to be no shortage of the talented and dynamic writers in Detroit.

This Saturday, December 12, you’ll have the chance to explore the growing catalogue of Detroit inspired literature and meet the authors who wrote them at the Local History Lovers Holiday Book Fair. This free event seeks to promote work on regional history, as well as several fictional works, all published by local authors.

The event takes place from 12 p.m. -5 p.m. at The Corktown Hotel, located at 1331 Trumbull Street in Detroit.

In addition to browsing the books and meeting the authors, you’ll enjoy short presentations from authors on their books about every 20 minutes starting promptly at noon

Complimentary refreshments will be served and $1 from each book sold will donated to Covenant House Detroit.

Here is a full list of authors you’ll find at the event, as well as their books:

  • Jim Abb – Even Trolls Love Pasties: A Goode Ann Arbor Tale; I Brake For Humans: Another Goode Ann Arbor Tale
  • Collette Cullen – Annie Finds Her Magic: Helen Keller’s Teacher Shares Her Story;  Between The Thorns
  • Karen Dybis – Better Made in Michigan: The Salty Story of Detroit’s Best Chip; The Ford-Wyoming Drive In: Cars, Candy, and Canoodling in the Motor City
  • Timothy Dziubak – Red Boy Tours Michigan, and the original children’s book: Red Boy
  • Aaron Foley – How To Live In Detroit Without Being A Jackass (It’s Not The New Brooklyn)
  • Gail Hershenzon – Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, Michigan Memorial Park
  • David Ingall and Karin Risko – Michigan Civil War Landmarks
  • Bruce Kopytek – Jacobson’s: I Miss It So!, Toledo’s 3 Ls, Eaton’s: The Trans-Canada Store, and recently released Crowley’s: Detroit’s Friendly Store.
  • Andrew Lark – Better Boxed and Forgotten (Indian Village Thriller)
  • Bonnie Leone – Holy Family Church: 100 Years of Sicilian Tradition
  • Leslie Lynch – Wilson of Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance – Images of America: Lincoln Park
  • Lynn Lyon – Images of America: Ira Township (co-author)
  • Jon Milan and Gail Offen – Images of America: Grand River Avenue
  • Alan Naldrett – Lost Towns of Eastern Michigan, Forgotten Tales of Lower Michigan, Images of America: Chesterfield Township and the soon-to-be released Lost Car Companies of Detroit
  • Nicholas P Sinacori – Horsepower, Men and Machines
  • Dr. Gregory Sumner – Detroit in World War II
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VIDEO: Utica’s new pro baseball team set to reveal team names, builds stadium http://www.dailydetroit.com/2015/11/19/video-utica-pro-baseball-team-set-reveal-team-names-builds-stadium/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2015/11/19/video-utica-pro-baseball-team-set-reveal-team-names-builds-stadium/#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2015 04:16:28 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=20544 On Monday, Andy Appleby, owner of the United Shore Professional Baseball League through his company, General Sports and Entertainment, will reveal the names of the league’s first three teams, as well as their logos and mascots.

Monikers in the running include: 59’s, Beavers, Blue Collars, Diamond Hoppers, Fizz, Mud Pups, Rally Caps, River Rats, Screeching Cicadas, Stags, Steelheads and Unicorns.

Monday’s announcement will take place at Utica’s Eppler Junior High School, located next to the independent minor-league team’s brand new, 2,000-seat Jimmy John’s Field. The stadium, currently under construction, will cost $12 million and is located just east of Moscone Drive and north of Auburn Road in Utica.

The developmental baseball league is aimed at players ages 22-26 who are vying for a spot on one of Major League Baseball’s minor league squads.

The teams will likely start their season in June 2017 and play a 50-game season.

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Detroit’s Giant Christmas Tree Lights Up Friday Night! Here’s What To Know. http://www.dailydetroit.com/2015/11/19/detroit-tree-lighting-guide-2015/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2015/11/19/detroit-tree-lighting-guide-2015/#respond Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:56:13 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=20137 If there’s one night where Detroit’s magic and wonder abounds, it’s going to be this Friday night. The festivities at Campus Martius are a must-not-miss for Detroit lovers as the DTE Energy Foundation presents and lights a spectacular 60 ft. Christmas Tree on November 20.

The 12th annual Detroit Tree Lighting ceremony starts at 5 p.m. and is packed with performers with roots in Detroit, including:

  • The Four Tops
  • Former World Champion and Olympic skater Todd Eldridge
  • Karen Newman
  • Michigan Opera Theatre’s Holiday Ensemble and Children’s Choir
  • Larry Lee & The Back In The Day Band
  • A Special performance from Emily Sobeck, a Make-A-Wish Michigan Wish Kid.

“The tree lighting has become a wonderful tradition in Detroit and a way to show appreciation to the communities we serve, helping thousands of families create memories that will last a lifetime.” says Faye Nelson, vice president, Public Affairs, DTE Energy and president of the DTE Energy Foundation.

The tree, which sits atop the Woodward Fountain, will be lit near the end of the skating show at 7:45 p.m. and the Rink Opening Party follows from 8:30 p.m. until midnight.

If you want to get rink side for the action, show up a bit early and make a $10 donation. Enter from the east side of the park. From previous years experience – we can tell you that this the place to be to see the lights. If you work downtown and live in the suburbs, we’d highly suggest staying parked and not making the loop home and staying through. This is a special event that draws thousands.

If you’d like to see some lights get turned on earlier, the Salvation Army will light its giant Red Kettle at 6:00 p.m.

There’s not just the tree, though. Showcase D’Holidays is an ongoing series of events on Fridays and Saturdays, and that will feature food, hot chocolate cocktail bar, music, and family fun in Campus Martius Park.

Other activities include the Salvation Army Family Fun Tent, photos with Santa and horse-drawn carriage rides.

See you out there on Friday night!  And if you don’t make it out, we’ll have photos and more here on Daily Detroit the day after.

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Ruppits Are The Hand-Crafted Puppets Made In Michigan Everyone’s Looking To Get Their Hands In http://www.dailydetroit.com/2015/11/05/ruppits-hand-crafted-puppets-made-michigan-fantasticcon-2015/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2015/11/05/ruppits-hand-crafted-puppets-made-michigan-fantasticcon-2015/#respond Thu, 05 Nov 2015 22:13:02 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=20014 A passion for puppetry has turned into so much more for Ruppits owner Rebecca Casavant.

Born and raised in Harrison Township she began making puppets for her church a little over seven years ago. She started a puppet ministry and already knew how to sew very well – she has a degree in Costume Design from Wayne State University, after all – and it has since evolved into a small business.

Quickly people began requesting character puppets of all kinds and likenesses, as gifts, for themselves – and thus began a steady stream of creating puppets. Her kids keep her up-to-speed on popular trends in web comics and anime, so that her design looks are always in style.

Rebecca and Maria Sirtis
Rebecca and Maria Sirtis

Rebecca began by selling Ruppits at craft shows and smaller comic con shows about two years ago and business has been growing at a brisk pace ever since.

She realized it could be more than a hobby and has embraced it, entrepreneurial challenges and all. As sole proprietor she is busy filling custom orders, building stock for shows and staying on top of trends.

Rebecca and Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) Ruppits
Rebecca and Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) Ruppits

“I have had a steady stream of custom orders lately, that has been wonderful and amazing,” said Casavant. “I love taking someone’s ideas and putting them into puppet form. Truly one of the best parts of my job.”

She’s had some truly exciting moments along the way including meeting Ryan Stegman  (Superior Spiderman Marvel Comics).

Rebecca and Carrol Spinney from Sesame Street
Rebecca and Carrol Spinney from Sesame Street

Other neat people she’s met include Caroll Spinney (puppeteer for Oscar The Grouch and Big Bird on Sesame Street), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhra Star Trek),  William Katt (Greatest American Hero) and Maria Sirtis (Deanna Troi Star Trek: The Next Generation) were definitely high points.

Rebecca and William Katt
Rebecca and William Katt

This summer she made a set of puppets for the rock band Theory of a Deadman; they were a gift to the band through a friend and fan of the band. The resemblance is uncanny.

Theory of a Deadman Ruppits commissioned

If you’d like to meet Rebecca and her cast of hand-crafted Ruppits, there’s a chance for you this weekend.

She’ll be at FantasticCon 2015 The Ultimate Comic Book & Pop Culture Experience at Gibraltar Trade Center in Mt. Clemens this Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8.

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