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Things to do around town this weekend


Michigan Renaissance Festival 2014

By Jeffrey Buck

There are several things to do around town this Labor Day weekend and the Detroit Free Press has once again compiled a nice list of the top 10 events you can’t miss. Check out the list by clicking here. Some of the events on list include ones we shared earlier this week:

And several others: Continue reading


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Things to do around town this weekend

Bird Bash 2014

By Jeffrey Buck

There are several things to do around town this weekend and the Detroit Free Press has compiled a nice list of the top 10 events you can’t miss. Check out the list by clicking here. Some of my favorites from the list include:

Do you know of any other events going on this weekend? Share them below in the comments section.

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Indoor fun during the frigid months


Old Man Winter

By Jeffrey Buck

As the temps continue to drop around the metro area the appeal of indoor activities skyrocket. There is plenty of fun activities outdoors that take place but it’s still nice to get inside and find an activity that is both fun and family friendly. Over the years I’ve tried to find the best places for both kids and adults to escape the wind and snow to let out some much needed energy. Here is my list of places around Metro Detroit that offer just that:

Astro Lanes
32388 John R Road
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 585-3131

Rock Climbing
Planet Rock
34 Rapid Street
Pontiac, MI 48341
(248) 334-3904

Royal Oak Middle School
709 North Washington Avenue
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 541-7100

Roller Skating (Traditional)
Riverside Arena
36635 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI 48150
(734) 421-3540

Skate Park
Modern Skate Park
1500 North Stephenson Hwy
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 546-7275

Bocce Ball
Plazzo di Bocce
4291 South Lapeer Road
Lake Orion, MI 48359
(248) 371-9987

Feather Bowling
Cadieux Cafe
4300 Cadieux Road
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 882-8560

Trampoline Park
Air Time Trampoline & Game Park
662 East Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083
(248) 918-0909

Joe Dumars Fieldhouse
45300 Mound Road
Shelby Township, MI 48317
(586) 731-3080

The Drive-in
11 East 14 Mile Road
Clawson, MI 48017
(248) 577-1203

Total Soccer
1319 Lexington Blvd
Royal Oak, MI 48073
(248) 288-2110

Ice Skating
Onyx Ice Arena
52999 Dequindre Road
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 601-6699

Detroit Curling Club
1615 E. Lewiston
Ferndale, MI 48220.
(248) 544-0635

Dave & Busters
45511 Park Ave
Utica, MI 48315
(586) 930-1515

Whirlyball Novi
41550 Grand River Ave,
Novi, MI 48375
(248) 788-8900

Go Karts
Kart 2 Kart
42705 Van Dyke
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
(586) 997-8800

Baseball Batting Cages
Macomb Batting Cages
18810 Kelly Court
Clinton Township, MI 48035
(586) 846-4372

I know I have probably just scratched the surface, so if you have a favorite place to take the activities indoors during the winter months please share below in the form of a comment.

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Zoo extends hours for Labor Day Weekend

The Detroit Zoo | Royal Oak, MI

By Jeffrey Buck

The Detroit Zoo will be offering extended hours this weekend. Holiday visitors can take advantage of the extra time to check out some of the new additions to the Zoo over that last several months, which include:

  • Brad & Clover, a pair of common elands
  • Four African slender-snouted crocodiles
  • Bulgan, a camel calf born in April
  • Half a dozen red kangaroo joeys
  • Slyde, Bobby & Emmy, three North American river otters born in March

These new editions to the growing family at the zoo plus the edition of the new Boardwalk, which gives visitors an up close and personal view of a Michigan ecosystem teeming with native fish, frogs, turtles and birds, are all great ways to take advantage of the extra time.

“There are many new and exciting things to see and do at the Detroit Zoo, and we want to give the community extra time to enjoy them over the Labor Day weekend,” said Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director Ron Kagan.

The extended hours are:

  • Saturday, September 1 – Open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 2 – Open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The zoo will close at regular time – 5 p.m. – on Monday September 3

The Zoo’s paid attractions will remain open late this weekend as well, including the Tauber Family Railroad and the Carousel.  Visitors can also experience the Wild Adventure Ride – featuring “Happy Feet: Mumble’s Wild Ride” – and the Wild Adventure 3-D/4-D Theater – featuring “Great Escapes: Life in 4-D” and “Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure”.

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Royal Oak to get next ‘Woodward Tribute’

Ferndale Tribute | Pontiac Tribute

By Jeffrey Buck

If you’ve driven up or down Woodward chances are you’ve seen them but just weren’t sure what they were called. The two 30 ft., solar powered, glass and concrete pillars in Ferndale and Pontiac, will be joined by a third in Royal Oak. The Woodward Tributes are a series of interpretive public art strategically placed in the median of Woodward, an All-American Road. These beautiful glowing “tubes” represent the history and future of Woodward Avenue. They help depict the deep roots metro Detroit has in automotive history, music, arts & culture heritage, transportation, labor and innovation.

The Royal Oak tribute, which will be located in the Woodward median just north of Coolidge Highway and south of 13 Mile Road, will feature some of Woodwards most known history; drive-ins, cruising, and automotive. The tributes cost $150,000 to construct & install and the maintenance associated with them after installation is done through a partnership. The Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) will work with the City of Royal Oak and MDOT to ensure the Royal Oak Tribute has a long and distinguishing presence along Woodward.

With $120,000 of the total needed coming from grant money, the remaining $30,000 in local match is needed to secure the grant. Beaumont Hospital, Northwood Merchants Association/Leo’s Coney Island, Northwood Credit Union and the Royal Oak Chamber have contributed already. With the $9,500 collected thus far, as well as donations of graphic design from automotive designer Kyle Evans and engineering and administrative support from the city of Royal Oak worth a total of $6,000, more fundraising efforts are needed.

A fundraising effort will be held next Thursday at Royal Oak’s newest pizzeria. On Thursday, April 19th, Pizzeria Biga restaurant, located at 711 South Main Street, will be holding its grand opening celebration. The fundraiser is $75 a person and includes a signed limited edition print of the tribute, wine/craft beer and strolling hors d’ oeuvres. The event is being organized by WA3, Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison, Michael Chetcuti, tribute designer Kyle Evans and Luciano Del Signore, owner of Pizzeria Biga. Individuals looking to purchase tickets can do so by clicking here.

“The city of Royal Oak has a long and rich history with Woodward Avenue and as a community, we want to acknowledge that history in a permanent Tribute,” said Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison. “We are excited about the Tribute event which will allow us the opportunity to share our vision of the tribute with all who helped create and support it.”

Woodward Tributes in Highland Park and Detroit are currently in development. When complete, WA3 hopes to see several more tributes flanking Woodward’s 27-mile stretch of roadway including an audio component, providing self-guided ‘tours’ of Woodward.



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Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership Open House

By Mike Fossano

The Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership is hosting a public open house for residents and businesses on Tuesday, March 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center, 4 Ridge Road in Pleasant Ridge. Berkley, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Huntington Woods are seeking citizen feedback on topics like economy, education, environment, government and community that the five communities can address together to be more sustainable.

The participating Woodward Avenue communities, in conjunction with Oakland County, launched a partnership earlier this year to examine sustainability issues.

“I applaud these ‘Woodward 5’ communities for undertaking this partnership,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “With limited economic resources at our disposal, it is more important than ever that communities find innovative ways to collaborate.”

The partnership engages a diverse cross-section of the community, including environmental, business, social services, health, and educational institutions. Above all, the goal of the group is to develop a plan which will help the communities work together and leverage shared resources for a sustainable future.

Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services will provide $25,000 of in-kind services to match a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to facilitate a South Oakland Multi-Community Sustainability Partnership.

This is the first of several public forums planned. The project is scheduled to be completed by September, 2013.

Oakland County has also been working with the cities of Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills and Rochester to develop a Tri-City Sustainability Partnership since 2011.

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Pete’s Chocolate Co.

Pete's Chocolate Co © 2011

By Jeffrey Buck

Pete Steffy moved thousands of miles away to teach English only to find a deeper enjoyment and passion for something he’s always loved – chocolate.

After graduating from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio in 2008 with a degree in Sociology only to discover a sour job market back home in metro Detroit, Steffy chose to take a teaching fellowship in the small city of San Cristóbal de las Casas in southern Mexico. While there, he befriended a fellow American who would offer him the chance of a lifetime.

“I had a friend there, another American guy, he was really good at making friends with everybody and would get super excited about ideas and get other people excited too,” said Steffy. “He made friends with this guy (Iván Arce) who ran a small chocolate shop in town and it was awesome. They had truffles, really good hot chocolate and coffee.

“He made friends with the owner and convinced him to give a private class to a hand full of people. He asked if I wanted to take the class very last minute, and I like food and I like chocolate, and like learning how to make new things, so I did it. It was a week where we would go to this guy’s shop everyday and learn about all of the stuff he did. We each paid him like $50. And it was awesome and very fun.”

Steffy had no prior formal training in making chocolate other than making an ex-girlfriend a box of truffles for Valentine’s Day once. When he returned back home, he turned to the notes and knowledge that he gained in Mexico and experimented in his Hamtramck duplex, equipped with a simple residential kitchen. Continue reading

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