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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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Detroit Zoo Attendance Tops 1.3 Million in 2013

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoo’s annual attendance has exceeded one million for the eighth consecutive year and 1.3 million for the first time since 1997. The Zoo attracted 1,304,114 guests in 2013, up from 1,272,574 in 2012.

“We’re grateful to our community for another great year and look forward to providing more outstanding guest experiences in 2014,” said Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director/CEO.

Wild Lights – the Detroit Zoo’s holiday light display presented by Bank of America – has drawn more than 30,000 guests thus far, contributing to the year’s numbers. Wild Lights continues through Sunday, Jan. 5. For more information on Wild Lights click here.

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, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October. 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 4 p.m. November through March and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit http://www.detroitzoo.org.

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Mariner’s Inn to host River Rhythm Fundraiser Nov. 8

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DETROIT – Mariners Inn will host its 25th annual River Rhythm gala fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Detroit Tigers special assistant and 1968 World Series champion Willie Horton will serve as keynote speaker for the event. The evening will feature a VIP reception with Willie Horton, a plated dinner, silent and live auctions, an award ceremony and entertainment.

The theme of this year’s black-tie 25th anniversary event is “Silver Linings of Recovery,” celebrating the self-worth, dignity and hope Mariners Inn provides to those struggling with addiction.

Monies raised by River Rhythm support Mariners Inn services, with 92 cents per dollar directly benefiting programming. Last year Mariners Inn provided vital recovery services to more than 600 homeless men, as well as family and youth outreach services focused on family reunification to nearly 170 individuals.

“River Rhythm is an opportunity for us to honor the individuals and generous donors who have supported our mission and made possible the continued expansion of our services, which now includes at-risk youth and young adults,” said David Sampson, chief executive officer of Mariners Inn.

Tickets are $150 each or $1,500 for a table of 10. Mariners Inn is seeking sponsors and donations of raffle items for River Rhythm. For information regarding sponsorships or to purchase tickets, please call Shauna Vercher-Morrow at 313-962-9446 ext. 230 or e-mail smorrow@marinersinn.org.

About the Mariners Inn:

Founded in 1925 by the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, Mariners Inn is a nonprofit homeless shelter, substance abuse treatment center and family social service agency dedicated to helping men who want to be free of addiction achieve a life filled with dignity and purpose. Based in Detroit’s Cass Corridor neighborhood, Mariners Inn provides a wide range of community social services including residential and outpatient treatment, transitional housing, family outreach, alcohol and highway safety, career training, peer mentoring, youth prevention and more. Ninety-two cents of every dollar contributed directly benefits Mariners Inn programming and services. For more information about Mariners Inn please call 313-962-9446 or visit www.marinersinn.org. “Recovery is real…and begins at Mariners Inn.”

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Detroit Zoo Ad Campaign Diagnoses “Vitamin Z Deficiency​”

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Everyone knows a visit to the Detroit Zoo provides kids with a healthy dose of Vitamin Z, but what happens when they don’t get the recommended amount? The Zoo’s new advertising campaign shows what Vitamin Z deficiency looks like so parents will know how to recognize the symptoms.

In one 30-second television commercial, a mother finds her young son mimicking an anteater by sucking up hors d’oeuvres through a vacuum hose. Another shows a girl attempting to feed leaves to a very tall man, while a third has a boy cutting his sister’s hair into the shape of a lion’s mane. In each case, Vitamin Z deficiency is remedied by a visit to the Detroit Zoo’s anteater, giraffe or lion habitat.

“Kids who visit the Detroit Zoo have been getting their Vitamin Z in record amounts, but there are some who are deficient,” said Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director Ron Kagan. “It’s not dangerous or serious – and fortunately it can be cured with frequent visits to the Detroit Zoo.”

The new Vitamin Z commercials are currently airing on local TV stations. To view them, visit www.facebook.com/detroitzoo and click on Videos.

Created by Detroit-based Doner, the Vitamin Z campaign captures the emotions children experience on a visit to the Detroit Zoo. Themed around the iconic nutrition label, the integrated marketing campaign includes TV, radio, outdoor, print, digital, social and mobile elements. All branded elements include the tagline “Vitamin Z. Part of a complete childhood.”

“The new campaign uses the natural curiosity and imagination of children to urge parents to recognize the signs of Vitamin Z deficiency,” said Rob Strasberg, co-CEO, chief creative officer, Doner. “Vitamin Z fills kids of all ages with wonder and awe and allows them to be closer to the animal kingdom – it’s important for them to get enough of it.”

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Goggle Maps Ad: Detroit Edition

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By Jeffrey Buck

Google Maps is reinventing itself… and they are showing off the new mobile phone app. If you haven’t already, check out their Detroit themed video advertisement below which showcases many of Detroit’s “things to do.”

You can also request an invite to the new Google Maps for your desktop by clicking here.

Here are a few of the places showcased in the video:

LJ’s Lounge

Comerica Park

Saint Andrews Hall

Lafayette Coney Island

Greektown

The App is now available on both iPhone and android phones, as well as their tablets.

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Detroit Zoological Society Gives Stamp of Approval to Save Vanishing Species Semipostal

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) will help stamp out extinction with a Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp cancellation ceremony and sale at the Detroit Zoo. Representatives from the United States Postal Service (USPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Wildlife Without Borders (WWB) program, Detroit Tigers organization and DZS will participate in the ceremony outside the Zoo’s admission gates at 1:30 p.m. today, Friday, May 17, 2013, in observance of Endangered Species Day. There is no charge for admission or parking for the stamp event; however, regular admission and parking fees apply for guests entering the Zoo.

The semipostal stamp, which features the image of an Amur tiger, will be available for sale at the Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo pet adoption event being held today from 2 to 8 p.m. The cost of the stamp is 55 cents – 9 cents more than first-class postage – and proceeds benefit the WWB Multinational Species Conservation Funds for tigers, great apes, rhinos, elephants, and marine turtles.

“We’re delighted to welcome the Detroit Zoo as our newest partner in the metro area. Together with the Zoo, the local post offices and the Detroit Tigers team and family, we will make a difference in protecting some of the most cherished and iconic species that make our world a better place to live,” said Herbert Raffaelle, Chief of the USFWS Division of International Conservation.

“This stamp helps to create awareness of vanishing species and provides an excellent way for the community to support major conservation programs for some of the most endangered wildlife on the planet,” said DZS Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan.

In addition, the USPS is creating special collector’s envelopes with the cancelled stamp – called cachets – featuring images of marine turtles as well as the Detroit Zoo’s Amur tigers, western lowland gorillas, white rhinoceroses and retired Asian elephants. The cachets will sell for $5 each or $20 for a set of five and will also be available during the Meet Your Best Friend event.

Animal enrichment and zookeeper talks will take place at the Zoo’s great ape (10:30 a.m.), rhino (12 noon) and tiger (2 p.m.) habitats on May 17 to educate visitors about the plight of these iconic species in the wild.

The Save Vanishing Species stamp marks the fourth semipostal stamp issued by the USPS and the first issued to raise funds for wildlife conservation. The stamp was introduced on September 20, 2011, and is available in post offices across the United States and online. To date, more than 20 million stamps have been sold, raising more than $2.1 million for the international conservation of wildlife.

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