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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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Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo

 

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By Jeffrey Buck

Are you still thinking about participating in this year’s Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo? You have until Friday, August 15th to take advantage of the current fees before they increase by $5 each. There are four different events being offered this year and include:

Fun Walk: $20 | $25

5K Race: $25 | $30

10K Race: $30 | $35

5K & 10K Combo: $50 | $55

This family-friendly event is offered to all ages. Participants receive free admission to the zoo for the day, a commemorative t-shirt and a post-race party that includes food and drinks. The Fun Walk follows a 1.5 mile path through the Detroit Zoo. The 5K & 10K races begin at the 10 Mile entrance of the zoo and then follow a course through the City of Huntington Woods ending back at the zoo.

Race day is Sunday, September 14th!

To register, see a course map or any find any other information about the event, click here.

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World Cup viewing party downtown

By Jeffrey Buck

Watch USA take on Germany tomorrow in Cadillac Square starting at noon. It is open to everyone and the weather looks amazing. #IBeleiveThatWeWillWin

For more information check out @BlocalDetroit.

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Hop on Over to Bunnyville, Detroit Zoo doubles the bunny fun with two-day event

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – An “egg-stravaganza” of family fun is planned for the Detroit Zoo’s 23nd annual Bunnyville celebration today, Friday, April 18, and tomorrow, Saturday, April 19, 2014, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two-day event, presented by Meijer, features treats, games, crafts, live entertainment and animal enrichment.

Bunnyville visitors are encouraged to bring a canned or other non-perishable food item to be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Each guest with a food donation will receive a reduced admission price of $8. Admission for Detroit Zoological Society members is free, but members are encouraged to bring food donations.

Also supported by Tim Hortons and Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Bunnyville will include a Golden Egg Hunt, Funny Bunny Games, springtime crafts and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny (available for purchase). Guests can stop by the Whisker Painting Station, sponsored by Children’s Hospital of Michigan, for their official Bunnyville whiskers.

The Off Broadway Productions musical “The Bunny Follies” will be performed in the Events Pavilion at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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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 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 is to the Nature Zoo is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all personal vehicles to enter Belle Isle . For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

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Come taste the wine and hear the band at Detroit Zoo’s Wild Beasts, Wild Wine

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Raise a glass to wildlife at the Detroit Zoo’s second annual Wild Beasts, Wild Wine and sample wines from more than 30 local and national wineries and vineyards. The event takes place this Friday, July 26, 2013, 6 to 10:30 p.m.

The wine-tasting experience will feature live performances by jazz crooner Ben Sharkey and Gino Fanelli’s Red Hot Sugar Daddies, after-hours access to the Zoo’s award-winning habitats, complimentary tram tours of the Zoo, animal enrichment and zookeeper talks.

Advance ticket purchase is encouraged as space is limited. Tickets are available for $40 online or at the gate. Ticket packages include Detroit Zoo admission, parking and 10 wine-tasting tickets (additional tasting tickets and food will be available for purchase).

Designated Driver (DD) tickets are available online or at the gate up to the night of the event. DD tickets are $25 and include Zoo admission, parking and unlimited soft drinks. DD ticket holders are not permitted to consume alcohol at the event.

To purchase tickets, visit www.detroitzoo.org/events/wild-beasts-wild-wine or Booth 1 at the front of the Zoo.

Wild Beasts, Wild Wine will take place in the Detroit Zoo’s Events Pavilion, rain or shine. Attendees must be 21 or older; photo ID is required. A grape time will be had by all!

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The Next Big Thing: Detroit has a bright future

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By Jeffrey Buck

Detroit is a hub of people who possess the potential to do good things with limited resources. It’s driven by a hard working collective of smart creative souls who truly care about steering toward a newfound reinvention as a destination, rather than an avoidance.

Creative ideas have been blossoming for years but the means to get them started have been scarce. The potential was present but like most things in their infancy it’s hard to visualize the final product or how to get it there. Most people would have balked at the idea of hosting an event in an uninhabited building closed off to the world for over two decades.

“There’s no way you can have that there.”

“Are you crazy, look at that building?”

But when it comes down to the creative souls of Detroit, anything is possible and transforming a building into a rightful gala host may have looked like the impossible to most but those who balk quickly rarely succeed. Continue reading

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Wine Headaches

“It’s so good! Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!” .. until ten minutes later you get a massive headache and the parties over.

A question that always seems to arise during wine speak with customers is why they or a friend or relative of theirs experiences discomfort or headaches after consuming even the tiniest amount of wine, usually red wine. It’s something researchers have been studying for years now and still have yet to figure out what exactly is the root cause of this phenomenon. Though, they have been able to narrow the field to several leads or “culprits” which could play a part in the picture, which include: tannins, histamines, tyramines, sulfites, and prostaglandines.

I’m obviously no bio-chemist or medical professional. But, I would be willing to bet that it’s not just one of these components specifically that is to be held universally responsible for all cases of RWHS (red wine headache syndrome as some refer to it), but instead either a single component or compound, or combination, depending on your condition specifically, which is to blame. The amount of predisposition’s we all carry – genetically acquired, or self inflicted (due to what we put into our bodies) is infinite, as is the differences between each case from person to person, as well as the rate at which this biological/physiological makeup changes – by the second, minute, hour,.. you get the point.  So, in my opinion, it’s not completely crazy that no one’s been able to find a specific reason as to why this happens to some and not others. Here’s a quick overview of the top suspects and a little bit of information on each. Continue reading

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