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Detroit Zoo Decks the Halls with Green this Holiday Season

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is dreaming of a green Christmas – and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa – by incorporating elements of its Greenprint sustainability plan into Detroit Zoo events and operations this holiday season.

The Zoo’s Wild Lights holiday light display, held on select evenings through December 31, features more than five million energy-efficient LED lights illuminating buildings, trees and more than 100 animal sculptures on a trail through the front half of the Zoo. A 100-bulb string of LED lights uses the same electricity as 42 100-bulb strings of traditional lights.

“We’re very excited to present an even bigger and brighter Wild Lights display this year and even more so to do it in a green way,” said Ron Kagan, DZS Executive Director and CEO.

The DZS Green Team is on hand at Wild Lights to share green holiday tips, including demonstrations on how to upcycle common household trash and recycling items into bird feeders, tree ornaments and tabletop centerpieces. Guests can bring in broken holiday lights for recycling in exchange for a coupon toward a new strand of LED holiday lights. Continue reading

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Detroit Zoo to Collect Food Donations During Wild Lights

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Visitors to Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo are encouraged to bring a canned or other non-perishable food item to be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank. As presenting sponsor of the holiday light display, Bank of America is organizing the food drive to help provide meals to individuals and families in need across Metro Detroit.

In addition, for every dollar donated online to national food bank network Feeding America’s Give a Meal campaign, Bank of America will match it by $2. A link to donate can be found by clicking here.

“Thanks to our partnership with Bank of America, Wild Lights guests can help ensure that everyone in our community has enough to eat this holiday season,” said Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director and CEO.

Wild Lights will feature more than two million twinkling LED lights adorning buildings, animal sculptures and trees on a half-mile trail through the front of the Detroit Zoo. The event will also include live entertainment, a musical light show, cookie decorating, storytelling, ice carving demonstrations and a Lego city and train display.

Wild Lights will be held for 24 nights Nov. 23-24, 29-30; Dec. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-23, 26-30, 2013; and Jan. 2-5, 2014. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and remain open until 9 p.m. weeknights and Sundays and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $8 per person in advance and $10 at the gate for ages 2 and up (under 2 free); parking is $5 per car. Tickets can be purchased at Detroit Zoo main admissions, online at http://www.detroitzoo.org/events/wild-lights and at all Michigan Kroger stores.

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Give Something “Zoonique” This Holiday Season

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – When the shopping mall becomes a zoo this holiday season, shoppers can make the Zoo their mall – with just a click or a call. The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) offers many gift ideas that allow the giver to give twice – recipients will love their “zoonique” gifts and the proceeds from sales will help support the animals at the Detroit Zoo.

Membership has its privileges. A Detroit Zoo membership provides a year’s supply of “Vitamin Z” with free admission to the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo, free daytime parking, discounts at Zoo gift shops and many other benefits. Prices range from $53 to $160. Residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties receive $10 off all categories and can purchase up to four gift memberships at the discounted rate.

Opt to adopt. An A.D.O.P.T.S. (Animals Depend on People to Survive) gift package includes a plush animal, photo, personalized adoption certificate and greeting card. Prices range from $40 to $1,000. Or, visit Zoofari Market on your next trip to the Zoo, purchase any plush, make a donation of $15 and receive a certificate of adoption. The gift of A.D.O.P.T.S. helps to improve the Zoo animals’ habitats and provides veterinary treatment.

Pay tribute. Make a lasting impression at the Zoo with a brick tribute paver engraved with a loved one’s name or special message (cost is $100 to $1,000). A brass-finished laser-etched butterfly – displayed in the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery – can be purchased to commemorate a birthday, wedding, anniversary or the life of a family member, friend or cherished pet (cost is $500). Or, make a donation of any amount in someone’s honor or memory.

Close encounters. Zoo Experiences such as Breakfast with the Butterflies ($300 per group of five), Breakfast with the Giraffes ($500 per group of six) and Mingle with the Macaronis ($600 per group of five) allow visitors to get up close and personal with these Zoo residents. A Guided ZooTour ($250 for two people; $100 for each additional person) offers the opportunity to tour the Detroit Zoo with a knowledgeable docent on a zero-emission golf cart and visit the animals before the Zoo opens.

Preserve the rainforest one child at a time. A contribution to the Adopt-A-School program in lieu of exchanging gifts supports the mission of the DZS and provides school supplies to the rural schools and children in the Amazon. Sponsor a child for $50 for a year’s supply of school materials or adopt an entire Peruvian school for $425.

Can’t decide? Gift certificates are also available. To purchase a gift certificate, order holiday gifts or donate to the Adopt-A-School program, call (248) 336-5836. To give a gift membership, call (248) 541-5717 and press 3.

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Vote for your favorite window display

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By Jeffrey Buck

Holiday window shopping hasn’t been the same in Detroit since the Hudson’s flagship store closed over 25 years ago. Well, that’s all about to change as the Somerset Collection retailers transform several windows along Woodward in what has been dubbed ‘Once Upon a Holiday.’

Holiday shoppers and downtown pedestrians will be delighted to see that both sides of Woodward between Grand River and Witherell will have their window displays transformed by such retailers as GAP, Pottery Barn, 7 For All Mankind, Sephora, Eddie Bauer, Kiehl’s, Willmas-Sonoma and more.

The Sommerset Collection and Bedrock Real Estate are are asking for the public’s help to identify the best window display. The voting period has already begun and will end on Friday, December 20. The displays are part of Holiday DLight: Made in Detroit and all visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite display by clicking here.

The winning display will be crowned on Monday, December 23 and the first 1,000 people to vote will receive a voucher for a free cupcake from Just Baked.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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America’s Thanksgiving Parade Information:

Starts at 8:45 AM

Broadcast Live :

TV: WDIV from 9-10 AM

Radio: WJR 760 AM

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Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

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By Jeffrey Buck

More than a million LED lights will be shining bright on trees, buildings and animal sculptures throughout the front of the Zoo for 24 nights.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo is back and if you missed the opening weekend have no fear as you have many more opportunities to experience the spectacular holiday magic. The yearly event which features live entertainment, seasonal refreshments, arts & crafts, ice carving and a holiday train display will take place this weekend, November 29-December 1. If you can’t make it there will also be several dates throughout December and January.

The Detroit Zoo is a magical place in winter and it will be even more so in the glow of holiday lights,” said Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director and CEO. “Our hope is that Wild Lights will again become a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the community.”

The Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat and Jane and Frank Warchol Beaver Habitat will be open during Wild Lights; the remainder of the animal habitats and buildings will be closed.

“The Polar Express 4-D Experience” will be shown exclusively during Wild Lights at the Wild Adventure Zone’s 4-D Theater. The 14-minute adaption of the feature film starring Tom Hanks tells the tale of a doubting young boy who takes a train ride to the North Pole and discovers that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Cost is $5.

Tickets for the event are $8 per person if bought in advance or $10 at the gate. Parking is $5 per car. The other dates are as follows:

December 6-8, 13-15, 20-23, 26-30

January 2-5, 2014

For more information visit the Zoo’s website here.

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40th Annual Noel Night

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By Jeffery Buck

Hoping the rain holds off, Saturday is sure to be a fun night in Detroit. Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center Area will play host to the 40th Annual Noel Night. The one night event will be open free to the public from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm in numerous venues including the newly renovated Detroit Historic Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Public Library, only to name a few. With plenty of music, dancing, shopping and food; there will be plenty to enjoy with family and friends.

The main footprint of activities that will take place can be found between Cass Avenue & John R Street (run north and south) and Kirby Street & Willis Avenue (run east and west). There will be free shuttles available for transportation between venues and parking can be found in area lots. Noel Night will feature over 120 acts performing music, theatre and dance. The night will feature special performances by:

The Ahn Trio
Irma Thomas
The Good Lovelies
The Wiyos
Thronetta Davis
and many more

With so much to do and see please find below links to a Noel Night schedule and map to help prepare you for Saturday’s festivities!

Noel Night Schedule
Noel Night Map

Noel Night is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization that supports economic growth in Detroit’s Midtown district. For additional information visit their website by clicking here.

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The Ahn Trio | 40th Annual Noel Night

The Ahn Trio | 40th Annual Noel Night

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Irma Thomas | 40th Annual Noel Night

Irma Thomas | 40th Annual Noel Night

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The Good Lovelies | 40th Annual Noel Night

The Good Lovelies | 40th Annual Noel Night

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