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MotorCity Gumball Rally, A Two Day Custom and Exotic Car Rally This Weekend

 

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DETROIT, Michigan – The MotorCity Gumball Rally will be launching its two day event starting tomorrow morning Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 and ending Sunday evening, August 24th. The rally boasts a roster of 100 custom and high end cars from all over the country competing in a timed road rally on a secret route starting in Detroit, navigating its way to Chicago, Illinois and ending back in Campus Martius, Detroit for an arrival ceremony. Checkpoints and challenges will be sprinkled into the route making the rally both a physically and mentally demanding competition. Participants will be competing for cash and prizes with a portion of proceeds going to Reach Out Worldwide charity and toy donations going to Toys for Tots Foundation.

On Saturday, August 23rd at 8:00 AM, Monroe Street facing Greektown Casino and Hotel will be closed down to make room for the official rally cars to line up and be launched into the start of the event. Spectators and fans of the rally are invited to come see all the race cars warm up before they take off for the two day journey. Detroit Police escorts will assist the parading line of cars through the local streets of Detroit before releasing them onto the highway.

Once on the highway, teams will use an interactive mobile phone driving app to obtain clues leading them to various checkpoints. Ideal driving times between checkpoints will be based on local posted driving speeds to ensure safety of the drivers and others on the roads. Drivers and their navigators will have to use any skills they may have along with general knowledge to navigate the route efficiently. Once they arrive at a checkpoint, a physical challenge will have to be completed before they are able to return back to driving. Eventually, all teams will make their way to downtown Chicago for the night where dinner, a VIP style party and luxury hotel stay await. The next morning all teams and their cars will converge and be released to once again navigate a secret route with timed checkpoints.

Sunday evening, August 24th at 6:00 PM, the rally will come to an end as cars make their final destination to Campus Martius in the heart of downtown Detroit. The general public is encouraged to join the festivities and come greet the drivers as they arrive back home for the finishing party. This family-friendly event will host an array of activities for guests of all ages and interests. Local graffiti artists will be onsite creating works of art in real time for an art competition. A live DJ will be spinning tracks to set the mood and a special musical performance by up and coming artist JSR is slated to take place. Food and drink vendors will also be on site for good eats while the Red Bull Wing Team energizes the crowd. A special auction with a chance to win exclusive prizes will take place for charity. All car enthusiasts are encouraged to bring out their rides to enter a car show with prizes awarded to the winners in various categories.

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MotorCity Rally Club, LLC is a not for profit club created by local car enthusiasts and staffed by volunteers. The MotorCity Gumball is the Midwest’s premier luxury automotive and lifestyle rally touring both local areas and expanding beyond to explore new roads and sites across the country. A portion of proceeds from this year’s rally will be donated in honor of the late Paul Walker to his charity, Reach Out Worldwide. A toy drive will also be held in which all participating teams and those entering the arrival party car show will donate new, unused toys for children through the Toys for Tots foundation of southeast Michigan.

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Second Chance for Summer Zoomance August 21

 

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Those who missed the first Summer Zoomance event in July will have a second chance to fall in love with the Detroit Zoo all over again. Another after-hours, 21-and-older Summer Zoomance will take place this Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission for guests is $14.

Summer Zoomance allows grownups to relive their fond memories of the Detroit Zoo while creating new ones with a twilight stroll among the award-winning animal habitats.

The rain-or-shine event features performances by blues guitarist and vocalist Laith Al-Saadi, complimentary tram tours, animal enrichment and zookeeper talks.

Guests can take a spin on the Carousel for an additional $2 and enjoy a scenic ride through the Zoo on the Tauber Family Railroad for a one-way fare of $3. Food and adult beverages will also be available for purchase.

Tickets are available online at by clicking here and can also be purchased at the admission gates.

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The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue off I-696 in Royal Oak, Mich. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day (with extended hours until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61 and $10 for children 2 to 14, senior citizens 62 and older and active military with ID; children under 2 are admitted free. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission to the Nature Zoo is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all personal vehicles to enter Belle Isle State Park. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

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Detroit Institute of Music Education, a New Music College, Launches in Downtown Detroit

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DETROIT – Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME), a music education college dedicated to teaching the next generation of modern musicians, has announced its launch in downtown Detroit.

DIME’s temporary location at 1520 Woodward Avenue, between John R and Witherell, will serve as its admissions office and performance space. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the space and meet the DIME team and sign up anytime Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The space will also be equipped with a live stage and sound system, and will feature regular entertainment events. Bands and artists interested in performing in this space can contact the admissions office at 313-223-1600 or www.dime-detroit.com.

Founded by music industry veterans Kevin Nixon, Sarah Clayman and Bruce Dickinson, DIME offers advanced music students a college-style experience in contemporary music, with expert musicians and industry professionals teaching courses in guitar, bass, vocals, drums, songwriting and music entrepreneurship. Prospective students can pursue a bachelor’s degree or diploma in Creative Music Performance, or sign up for part-time and summer music education programs. DIME expects to enroll 150 students for its 2014-2015 school year.

“The music industry is a complicated business and learning by experience can be a long route. DIME brings the information, encouragement and expertise to demonstrate how to build a successful career,” says Kevin Nixon, president of DIME. “Musicianswill be playing in bands, meeting industry professionals, mastering technique, promoting their own shows, developing their brand, arranging songs, and many other exciting career development activities. Most of all, DIME students will be part of a musical community of like-minded musicians and budding entrepreneurs.”

DIME is the third music education venture for serial entrepreneurs Nixon, Clayman and Dickinson. The trio’s most recent model grew to a multi-campus college with locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland. DIME’s educational programs are built on the successful model pioneered by the founders. Michigan-based private equity firm Beringea has made a $3 million investment in DIME to fund the opening in Detroit.

“We’re excited to bring this innovative high profile, high impact business to Detroit and provide growth capital for its launch. DIME’s education model will attract creative, young people from all over the country to Michigan, while creating more jobs in the education sector,” said Charlie Rothstein, senior managing director and co-founder of Beringea.

DIME will formally open in September, when renovations are complete on the historicBamlet Building, located at 1265 Griswold Street and owned by Bedrock Real Estate Services.  The school will occupy more than 20,000 square feet of space on four floors of the seven-story, building in Capitol Park at the corner of Griswold Street and Grand River Avenue built in 1896.

“Detroit has always been known for its music and innovative culture,” said Dan Gilbert, Chairman and Founder of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans. “It is fitting for the Detroit Institute of Music Education to open in the heart of downtown Detroit where the opportunities to create are endless. I can think of nothing more important than locating institutions that attract young talented people to the city. DIME is a unique entrepreneurial organization that has a proven strategy to develop top-notch musicians. The combination of Detroit’s DNA and DIME’s exciting educational model is going to be a huge success for the entire community.”

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About Detroit Institute of Music Education

Detroit Institute of Music Education (“DIME”) is a music education college dedicated to teaching the next generation of modern musicians. Founded by music industry veterans Kevin Nixon, Sarah Clayman and Bruce Dickinson, DIME will offer advanced music students a college-style experience in contemporary music, with expert musicians and music industry professionals teaching courses in guitar, bass, vocals, drums, songwriting and music entrepreneurship. Prospective students can choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree or diploma in Creative Music Performance, or sign up for part-time and summer music education programs. Serious musicians can expect practical and real-world preparation for a career in the music industry upon graduation.

DIME will formally open in September, when renovations will be completed on the historic Bamlet Building in downtown Detroit. A pop-up space, located at 1520 Woodward Avenue between John R and Witherell will open Thursday, March 20 and will serve as a temporary admissions office and performance space for the college. For more information on DIME, visit www.dime-detroit.com or call 313.223.1600.

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Time to run ‘Wild’ at the Detroit Zoo

By Jeffrey Buck

It’s that time of year again. Time to get out the running shoes and go ‘Wild’ at the zoo.

The Detroit Zoo will be playing host to its annual Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo on Sunday, September 16. The event is comprised of three events; 5K and 10K runs, as well as a noncompetitive 1.5-mile Fun Walk. Participants in the running events will cruise through the scenic streets of Huntington Woods surrounding the Zoo while walkers will enjoy award-winning animal habitats as they stroll through Zoo grounds.

Sign up by Friday to take advantage of a $5 discount. Here are all the details about the events:

  • Start Times: 5K at 8 a.m. | 10 K at 8:45 a.m. | Walk at 9:00 a.m.
  • Online Registration through Sept. 12 at detroitzoo.org/runwild
  • Zoo Registration available Sept. 14, 15 & 16
  • Medals awarded to the top two male and female finishers in each age category
  • Commemorative T-shirt and free admission to Zoo on race day included
  • Post-race party includes live music, family entertainment, complimentary food and beverages

Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo is supported by Ford Motor Company, Kroger, WJR 760 AM, 93.1 Doug FM, 96.3 WDVD and the Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (SEMVMA).

The Zoo is looking for 200 volunteers to assist during the event. For information on volunteer opportunities, contact Linda Denomme at (248) 541-5717 x.3806 or ldenomme@dzs.org.

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Broderick Tower apartment prices released

By Jeffrey Buck

If you haven’t driven downtown lately, more specifically on Woodward at Grand Circus Park, then you may have missed the new windows being installed in the Broderick Tower. Have no fear though because they haven’t completely finished yet. What they have finished though is the price list for the units that will become available in 2012.

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The unit sizes and prices vary from around 300+ sq. ft. for a studio up to over 2,200+ sq. ft. for a penthouse in the sky. Units will range in cost for residents from $650 a month up to $5,100 a month. A extensive list of what is available and information on how to put down a deposit can be found here. Continue reading

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