Boaters from across the state of Michigan exhibit their decorated sailboats and powerboats in the 3rd Annual DTE Energy Parade of Lights. Organized in partnership with the Detroit Yacht Club, this spectacular display of boats will light up the Detroit River beginning at 10 p.m., so guests and spectator boats should arrive early for a great viewing position. Trophies and first, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in three different categories.


Located along the RiverWalk just west of Rivard, this stage will feature some the nation’s best musical acts from classical to country, R&B, alternative rock and good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll during River Days.


Ultimate Air Dogs is one of the premier dock jumping organizations in the country. Ultimate Air Dogs puts on professional events that draw in thousand of spectators while maintaining a family friendly atmosphere. Long distance jumping is the main featured event. It is showcased in different rounds called “Splashes”. Another event is the Ultimate Vertical and it is a fast growing exhilarating sport that is becoming a crowd favorite. The Ultimate Air Dogs will be featured at the Detroit International River Days June 20-23, 2008.


Rivard Plaza will be the scene of excitement and laughter while the young and young at heart participate in interactive games, enjoy lively entertainment on the kid’s stage, and create fun make-and-take crafts. This year’s theme is Peace, Love and Happiness.

The Kids Zone, created by The Parade Company, will be open every day of the festival from 11am-9pm.


River Days is the perfect time to enjoy all the fun that the Riverfront has to offer. Fun on the Water events in 2009 include the DTE Parade of Lights, Tall Ship Friends Good Will, Coast Guard Days, J.W. Westcott Mail Delivery Ship, Diamond Jack’s Boat Tours, Detroit Open Bass Fishing tournament and much more!


The Parade Company and Target are excited to present the 51st Annual Target Fireworks, one of the nation’s most spectacular fireworks displays, on Wednesday June 24th along the Detroit International Riverfront in downtown Detroit.


Green is good. With the current focus on everything green, what better way to get up to speed with all the great green efforts happening locally than by checking out the River Days Environmental Exhibition.


Have you ever seen a really “tall ship”? River Days brings the Friends Good Will to the Detroit RiverWalk June 19-21, 2009! Docked at Rivard Plaza near the Kids Zone, the whole family can enjoy a FREE educational tour aboard this truly historic maritime vessel. Don’t miss this experience!


Explore the RiverWalk with your pet at the 3rd annual Pooch-a-Palooza, presented by Canine to Five, Detroit Dog Daycare! This year’s fun activities include a pet walk, dog fashion show, free pet portraits, pet massages and more!

Tales start to wag when registration begins at 8:30am on Sunday June 21st. Registration and all activities will take place the GM Plaza; right in front the WinterGarden on Atwater Street between Beaubien and Renaissance Drive.

You can walk with or without a dog, but please note that all pets must be on a leash. There is a small fee for entry per dog, and walk-up registration is accepted. Get a discount by registering prior to June 15th! Parking is provided for free for participants at the D1 lot at Beaubien and Franklin streets (entrance at Schweitzer Place).

Enter online at www.detroitdogdaycare.com


The 3rd Annual Detroit River Open Bass Fishing Tournament will take place on Saturday, June 20.

This year’s entry fee is $150.00 and teams that sign up on or before June 1st are entered in a drawing for the early boat numbers. Registration and take off will take place on St. Jean’s Ramp.


Diamond Jacks River Tours will be docked at the General Motors Plaza during River Days! Festivalgoers will be able to take 1-hour tours and experience the sights along the newly refurbished RiverWalk from the Detroit River.

These tours will be presented at a discounted rate, with $10 tickets (regularly $15) for adults, and $5 tickets (regularly $11) for children. Children under 5 years of age are free with an adult. Tickets can be purchased upon boarding. Cash only please. Group reservations are NOT available. All passengers will board on a first come first served basis. Other discounts such as AAA, AARP will NOT apply.
Shawn D. Lewis
The Detroit News

Local family members of a security guard fatally shot at the national Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C., are preparing to attend his funeral Friday thanks to some help from U.S. Rep. John Conyers.

Conyers has donated nine airline tickets to the family of Stephen Johns, 39, of Temple Hills, Md., who was killed on the job June 10 when he opened the door for an elderly man armed with a rifle.

Vince Johns of Auburn Hills, who is Stephen Johns' cousin, said the nine tickets will take care of Vince Johns' mother, four sisters and other family members. Now he's trying to find a way to get plane tickets for himself; his wife, Veronica; his aunt Gloria Johns; and four more cousins from Michigan.

Vince Johns says his cousin Stephen had planned to visit Michigan over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Vince and Stephen were the only sons born to their fathers, and they forged a special bond, more like brothers, when they were growing up, he said.

"Steve really loved Detroit, and he was excited about coming back," said Vince Johns, 33. "The last time he was in Detroit was in October when we celebrated my mom's 70th birthday."

Vince Johns already drove to Washington, as soon as he learned about the slaying, to help identify his cousin's body.

Johns said family in the Washington, D.C., area received numerous calls from U.S. congressmen offering condolences. "They also asked if there's something they could do to help, and a family member mentioned that Detroit relatives could use help getting to the funeral, and that's when Rep. Conyers heard about it and offered the nine plane tickets."

Johns said admired his cousin and wanted to emulate him.

"He became a security guard, and I wanted to go to Washington, D.C., and also work in security," said Johns. "But my wife had some concerns for my safety, and I respected that, so I chose another career."

Stephen Johns' funeral will be held Friday at Ebenezer AME Church in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will close to allow employees to attend.
Kelly Burris, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., is set to participate in the Air Race Classic, an all-female aviation race that dates back to 1929 and the era of famed woman pilot Amelia Earhart.

The race route covers approximately 2,400 miles and will be held from June 23-June 26, 2009. Ms. Burris, who competed in the 2008 Air Race Classic, will fly from her Oakland County base today to the race starting point in Denver, Colorado. The race will finish in Atlantic, Iowa, where the top ten winners will split a $15,000 prize.

Ms. Burris will be piloting her 1962 Beechcraft Debonair airplane, which is affectionately known as “The Deb.” 34 teams are registered to participate in the Air Race Classic and Ms. Burris is on Team #7 with co-pilot, Erin Recke of Bellingham, Washington.

Her participation in the Air Race Classic combines Ms. Burris’ love of flying and competition with the ability to raise money for Air Charity Network, a charity that matches people in need with free flights and other travel resources. She has been a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic and Angel Flight Central, members of the Air Charity Network, since 2004.

“Since a very young age, I have had a passion for aviation and flying, and I have always been a serious competitor. I am thrilled to again be participating in such a historic event, experiencing the wonderful camaraderie that exists among women aviators and honing both my flying skills and the performance of my airplane,” offers Ms. Burris. “Adding to my enthusiasm is the unique fundraising opportunity the race allows me to pursue for Air Charity Network. It’s a terrific combination.”

Ms. Burris, who raised approximately $12,000 in the 2008 Air Race Classic for Air Charity Network, aims to raise more than $25,000 this year and has enlisted the assistance of the Angel Flight Central member organization throughout the race route to promote the charity to communities along the route stops. Every dollar raised by Ms. Burris will be donated directly to Angel Flight Central; no donated monies will be used to offset the expenses Ms. Burris incurs to compete in the race.

A pilot since 1984, Ms. Burris learned to fly at Western Michigan University while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Burris worked for more than 11 years as an engineer in the aviation industry. As a practicing attorney, she has handled hundreds of patent issues involving aviation and often uses her plane for business purposes.

About Air Charity Network

Air Charity Network (http://www.aircharitynetwork.org/) is a national network of several independent member organizations arranging free flights of hope and healing by transporting children and adults in need.

About Women’s Air Racing
Women’s air racing all started in 1929 with the First Women’s Air Derby. Twenty pilots raced from Santa Monica, CA to Cleveland, OH, site of the National Air Races. Racing continued through the ‘30’s and was renewed again after WWII when the All Women’s Transcontinental Air Race (AWTAR), better known as the Powder Puff Derby, came into being. The AWTAR held its 30th, final and commemorative flight in 1977. When the AWTAR was discontinued, the Air Race Classic, Ltd., (ARC) stepped in to continue the tradition of transcontinental speed competition for women pilots and staged its premier race. The Air Race Classic was reincorporated in 2002 into the Air Race Classic, Inc. This information courtesy of http://www.airraceclassic.org/)

Yearning for a well-deserved day out in Michigan that screams ‘summer is finally here’!? For outdoor enthusiasts (and who isn’t this time of year?) Milford is one of the state’s best kept secrets.

The Village boasts six parks within its boundaries, as well as a canoe launch and trail system for day hiking. Central Park, located on the banks of the Huron River, is a hit with children and teens thanks to a playscape, basketball courts, tennis court and volleyball court. Planning to dine while in town? For a picnic destination, Fairgrounds Park is perfect. Hubbell Pond Park is the site of a new YMCA and library. For cycling enthusiasts, there’s even a winding bike path that links to other communities.

Need some nudging? Try this itinerary: Start with a morning bike ride along the newly-connected Milford Trail, which opened May 30 and features scenic routes within village limits. Then rest and picnic in Central Park before getting to Heavner Canoe Rental for an after-lunch kayak or canoe jaunt on Proud Lake.

After dinner al fresco at a downtown eatery, complete your day with a sunset viewing in Kensington Park.

Outdoor activity not your thing? The village, located in southwest Oakland County, is home to many destinations offering the best of both worlds – fabulous family-owned shops and independent restaurants, in a downtown surrounded by green spaces and flowing rivers.

Just one relaxing stroll through the Village of Milford is enough to prove that small towns are often the greatest of destinations in this busy world. For more information, visit www.meetmeinmilford.com

Planning a day outdoors in Milford? Keep this hit list handy:

Milford Trail
The new 3.6 mile Milford Trail opened May 30 and offers bikers, walkers and runners a scenic route within the city limits. The trail runs from the YMCA on Commerce Road to the Kensington Park entrance, near the Dairy Queen, on Milford Road.

Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental
Phone: (248) 685-2379
2775 Garden Rd.
Milford, Mich. 48381
Heavner hosts several canoe events throughout the summer, plus special discounts such as 50 percent off to all military, EMS, firefighters and police officers to thank them for their service.

Kensington Metropark
Phone: (248) 685-1561
Kensington Metropark is a 4,481- acre first-class recreational facility. Its wooded hilly terrain surrounds beautiful Kent Lake. The park features an 18-hole regulation golf course, a disc golf course, a nature center, a farm learning center, picnic areas, beaches, boat rentals and a paved hike-bike trail. The park is open until 10 p.m.

Milford Farmers Market
Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. through Oct. 29
The Milford Farmers Market is committed to showcasing local farmers, producers and artisans. Only product grown or made by Michigan vendors is considered for market.

For more information on the Village of Milford, visit www.meetmeinmilford.com.


During the Red Wings' Stanley Cup run, fans raised $17,335 for the Detroit Red Wings Foundation during the 2009 Red Wings Beard-a-thon. In all, a total of 591 Red Wings' fans decided to “grow one for the team” and over 517 fans donated to the cause.

Patrick Maly was the top fund-raiser among Red Wings' fans. Maly raised $2,220 and for his beard heroics, he will be awarded a Red Wings' Winter Classic jersey. Rounding out the top five beard growers were local radio DJ Mike Bradley ($2,003); 30 Seconds From Mars guitarist Tomo Millcevic ($940); Todd Wills ($743.25) from Addison, Texas; and Kirk Reed ($655) from Arvada, Colorado.

“Hockeytown, once again, demonstrated their passion for the team and the sport of hockey," said Steve Violetta, senior vice president of business affairs for the Red Wings. "I would like to thank all of our beard growers and pledgers. While it may not have been pretty, the dollars raised through this promotion will make a positive impact in our community.”

The Red Wings Beard-a-thon was an opportunity for fans to grow their own playoff beard and raise money for charity. Additionally, fans could pledge a Red Wings' player, or build a virtual beard for themselves on the Web site.

About the Playoff Beard: A playoff beard is the superstitious practice of a National Hockey League player not shaving his beard during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The player stops shaving when his team enters the playoffs and does not shave until his team is eliminated or wins the Stanley Cup. It is believed that the tradition was started in the 1980s by the four-time Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders. In recent years, other sports have claimed the playoff beard tradition, but it is, and always will be, a hockey tradition.

About the Detroit Red Wings Foundation: The Detroit Red Wings Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, provides funds and resources to worthy causes that help grow the sport of hockey.

Established in 2005, the foundation supports several initiatives and organizations, including the development of inner city youth hockey, the fight against cancer, a wide array of children’s health, educational and recreational activities and other needs of the community through the sport of hockey.

Through the Toast of Hockeytown, player appearances and other team-sponsored events, the Red Wings help raise over $1 million annually for various organizations in our community.

Does great design get you revved up? Then mark your calendars for the first of four evening lectures in support of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House’s new exhibit, “Different by Design: The Styling of Edsel Ford.”

“Automotive Design through the Lens of a Photographer” at 7 p.m. June 25 kicks off Ford House’s summer lecture series. The evening will feature New York photographer Michael Furman discussing his acclaimed book “Curves of Steel” and upcoming publication “Spirit of Competition.”

Furman appeared in a video with Jay Leno on the former talk show host’s Web site “Jay Leno’s Garage,” and has a zest for capturing what Furman calls ‘these great machines,’ revealing their personality to all.

He plans to share the creative process of looking through a lens to discover the features of automotive design and style, including proportion and purpose. Copies of “Curves of Steel” will be available for purchase both prior to the lecture and at the event. Furman will autograph the book.

Other lectures and dates include:

July 9
Curatorial Close Up: The Emergence of ModernismThe streamlined look associated with Modernism marked a conscious break with the past to become one of the dominant expressions of design practice, production and theory in the early decades of 20th century. Ford House curator Josephine Shea will explore the modernism movement and offer examples of its influence on Edsel Ford’s design of the buildings and grounds at Ford House, as well as in his automobile styling.

July 23
Streamlines and Dreamlines: The Design Inspiration of Aerodynamics for AutomobilesPhil Patton, automotive design writer for The New York Times, will discuss how streamlining served as inspiration for some of America’s iconic automobiles, focusing on how aerodynamic principles evolved into an aesthetic that persist today.

August 6
Streamline Synergies: The Automotive Give-and-Take of 1930s Industrial DesignThe streamline design revolution of the 1930s impacted consumer products—from aircrafts and cars to radios and telephones. Automotive author Terry V. Boyce utilizes period advertising and contemporary images to explore how streamlined automotive forms reflected popular mass-produced products manufactured during the 1930s and early 1940s.

“Our distinguished guest lecturers will explore the world of automotive styling from a variety of perspectives, connecting the inspirational and stylistic designs of Edsel Ford’s automobiles with an emerging international interest in modernism,” said Kathleen Mullins, president of Ford House.

All four lectures begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Space is limited so reservations are recommended. Please visitwww.fordhouse.org for additional information.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House opened its doors to the public in 1978. Since then, Ford House has shared Eleanor Ford’s vision of preserving and maintaining the house and grounds for future generations to enjoy through interpretive tours, family activities, lectures, exhibits, and gardens and grounds events.

For more information about Ford House, go to www.fordhouse.org or call (313) 884-4222.

Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores.
David Landsel
New York Post

The city's most famous pizzeria is located at the corner of Conant and McNichols, deep in the heart of the East Side.

Buddy's dates back to Prohibition, when a man named Gus Guerra ran the joint as a speakeasy.

With money tight and a war on, he added pizzas to the menu, and by the end of the 1940s, everyone knew about his unique, Sicilian-style pies. Buddy's has been on this corner for more than six decades, which is a testament to the quality of the pizza.

There are many ways to get to Buddy's. Needing to find my way there from the eastern suburbs on an uncharacteristically warm and sunny late spring afternoon, I end up on Seven Mile Road, which, as far as the map goes, looks like a fairly direct route. The weather is fantastic.

Just as I'm about to admit to myself and my passenger, a fellow reporter from New York, that this was the Worst. Idea. Ever. and that we should probably just find the nearest freeway on-ramp and get back to civilization, there it is: Buddy's.

The former speakeasy still feels very much like a fortress. A couple of bocce-ball courts are surrounded by fences.

To enter, you walk down a long tunnel, lined with newspaper clippings that either discuss or honor the legend. Entering a windowless room, a server welcomes us warmly and invites us to take a seat wherever we'd like. We head down to the bar, take a booth and check out the menus.

Detroit-style pie is a cousin to the Sicilian slices you can get all over New York, but made with twice the attention to detail. After all these years, it remains elegant, a light, sugarless crust with not too much mozzarella and a fragrant tomato-basil sauce on top. The dearth of liquid around the edges allows the cheese to bake into the porous crust, a crispy little miracle that you never really lose a taste for once you've tried it. A small pie; four sizable squares, costs just a few bucks. It's pretty spectacular stuff; I eat a whole pie on my own.

"How'd you like the pizza," says our waitress, a gentle, middle-aged woman.

Hated it, we say, pointing to two empty pans. She laughs. On our way out, a couple more staff members stop us to say goodbye. They thank us for coming.

"I heard you hated our pizza," says one, smiling broadly. "Next time, we'll try harder."

Outside, I start snapping pictures, standing near a dark-green Range Rover, windows down, the bass thumping, unfamiliar snatches of hip-hop providing a rather nervewracking soundtrack as I make my way around the intersection. Out of the corner of my eye, I can see a man flying at me from across McNichols Road. He's waving something in his right hand.

Engine oil, he shouts, out of breath. The real deal. Can he hook me up?

Behind me, I notice that my colleague, Justin, has been drawn into conversation with a lanky young man in a long yellow T-shirt, his eyes hidden by sunglasses. Why are we here, he wants to know. Where are we from?

New York, we say. We're here for pizza.

Satisfied with this information, the young man insists that we take his picture in front of his car, which turns out to be the thumping Range Rover. It's parked up against the wall, on which they've painted a big sign denoting Buddy's status as one of the Food Network's favorite pizzerias in the United States. Our new friend sends the engine-oil man back across McNichols, where he came from, pulls Justin to him and grins for the camera.

"Now," he says, "you may get really drunk tonight and forget everything you saw in Detroit today, but you won't forget Buddy's."


It has now been nearly ten years since I first laid eyes on Detroit, and the one thing I learned almost immediately is that you never know who you are going to meet, where you are going to meet them, how it's all going to play out and how many other people you will be introduced to before the day is over. In other words, don't make a lot of plans.

Detroiters, quite simply, are people people. No visitor ever need be a stranger here, unless they want it that way. Stick around and, pretty quickly, you'll be longing for the day when you could just sneak around without being recognized.

Most of the time, you don't even need introductions -- simply showing up makes you part of the gang. Everyone wants to know how you got there. At times, you feel like you're in a small town in Japan, except there are fewer schoolgirls pointing at you and giggling.

I've crossed the Ambassador Bridge from Canada and gotten into a lengthy discussion with a customs agent about the latest special exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts. One time at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, I was chided by an official for staying in Windsor when my business was in Detroit. Were Detroit's hotels not good enough for me, he asked? (I wormed my way out of that by saying that the skyline view from the Canadian side of the Detroit River was just too perfect to pass up.)

Something as simple as going for coffee in the city's Mexicantown neighborhood once turned into a half-hour chat with the proprietor, who moved here recently from Barcelona. Each time I stop by, I'm not just getting a double espresso -- I'm going to see a friend.

Everywhere you go in Detroit, you automatically have one thing in common with the people around you: You're here and alive and making the best of a city that so many people long ago left for dead. As conversation starters go, it doesn't get much better than that.

Nicole Rupersburg writes about food, which, along with drinking, is one of the major local pastimes. Her blog, Dining in Detroit, covers the local scene, a scene that surprises most people when they first visit. I join her for a walk through Southwest Detroit, where she's working on a feature about taco carts in this predominantly Mexican neighborhood.

Rupersburg, a child of the suburbs, lives in a landmarked historic district designed by Mies van der Rohe, just steps out of the downtown core. She lives cheaply, like most young people do in the city, renting an apartment for a few hundred dollars a month, working a day job to support her writing habit.

Somewhere between the stellar carnitas taco from a truck off of Vernor and a tasty torta con chorizo served hot off the grill in the parking lot of a gas station, we start talking about how, even here, city life can be genuinely stimulating.

"At a certain point," says Rupersburg, "you stop getting riled up about what's wrong with Detroit and just start living."

You'll find people like her all over the city. People who didn't move into the city because they wanted to save it, but simply because it appealed to them. Then, of course, there are the people who grew up here, had the chance to move away, but came back. Torya Blanchard used to teach French in a local charter school. She's a lifelong Detroiter except for a stint in France. Today, she operates a small creperie out of a window on John R Street in the heart of the city's attractive Downtown, whose only real sin is being grossly underutilized.

I sit down with Blanchard on the rooftop deck of the Park Shelton building in Midtown, a former hotel across from the Detroit Institute of Arts. It was once owned by Gilda Radner's father. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo lived here for a time. W.C. Fields also once slept here.

Blanchard is preparing to open a second location of her creperie, Good Girls Go To Paris, on the building's ground floor. A bookstore, Leopold's, is slated to take up residence next door, joining an existing Korean restaurant.

"People tell me I'm courageous, taking a chance like this," she says. "I'm not courageous at all. I'm fed up."

In Blanchard's opinion, the economic outlook for the region isn't all that worrying, even if she admits that she doesn't know whether or not she'll survive. Still, she knows this much: She's done talking about Detroit's future.

"I'm sick of talking about what we're going to do," she says. "Just do it."

Being happy hour at this point, we retire to the nearby Book Cadillac Hotel, the tallest in the world when it was built back in the 1920s, and today a proud beacon of Detroit's past greatness. Here, the elegant 24 Grille is currently offering a small plates menu, $5 each.

Blanchard orders a glass of champagne and, of course, introduces me to at least three different people, one of them a home owner in the city's historic Boston-Edison district, a collection of some of the most spectacular examples of residential architecture standing in the United States today. Henry Ford lived here in the early days of Model T production; Motown Records founder Berry Gordy lived just a couple of blocks over, decades after that.

As truffle macaroni and cheese arrives, the conversation descends into casual gossip, spiced with talk. I quickly secure an invitation for a house tour on my next visit. The evening ends with a friendly argument over who'll pick up the tab. (I win.)

Perhaps the lack of barriers and the subsequent connections you make here on a daily basis are all simply due to the fact that in a city this tormented, the locals have figured out a secret that many Americans never do: Community matters. You'll often hear Detroiters referring to their home as a small town trapped in the body of a big city.

The following evening, the downtown riverfront is swallowed up by the crowds attending the Movement festival, an annual celebration of electronic music in the city that created techno. The festival, which gets better each year, draws followers from around the globe. I ditch the car and walk down Griswold Street, past the exuberant Guardian Building and down to the Detroit River, where DJ Carl Cox is in the middle of a set loud enough to rattle the General Motors headquarters off its foundations. A gentle breeze is blowing off of the river.

Working on the first drink of the evening and caught up in the tornado of people and energy and color, I think to myself, as I always do when I'm here: If only people knew what they were missing.

Think you have Detroit figured out? 10 reasons to love the Paris of the Midwest

1) THE LOOK Detroit came of age in the Roaring Twenties, and it shows. Tour some of downtown's best buildings with Inside Detroit insidedetroit.org

2) THE SPACE The half-empty city can be a cyclists's dream; rent a bike from Wheelhouse Detroit and explore the ever-improving riverfront. Crowds? What crowds wheelhousedetroit.com?

3) THE BEER Michigan is brew heaven -- locally, it's all about Motor City Brew Works in Midtown. Must try: Ghettoblaster Ale (470 W. Canfield St.).

4) THE MARKET On Saturday mornings, the historic Eastern Market district draws followers from around the region for breakfast and a stroll throught the market halls and the old-school shops easternmarket.org

5) THE PIZZA When GQ magazine recently named the top twenty-five pizzas in the U.S., four of the winning pies were from Metro Detroit. Start at Buddy's, the spiritual home of Detroit-style pie (17125 Conant Ave.).

6) THE MUSIC Detroit has a long list of musical success stories; the region remains a breeding ground for interesting talent. Find out who's hot, what's next and who's playing where at eatthiscity.com.

7) THE ART The Detroit Institute of Arts is home to Diego Rivera's impressive Detroit Industry murals, plus a film theatre and a highly regarded permanent collection. For art lovers, this museum alone is worth a trip dia.org.

8) THE TEAMS The Red Wings may have lost the Stanley Cup and the Lions are still in the hall of shame, but hey -- how about them Tigers?

9) THE NIGHTLIFE If you can't find a bar that suits you in the city, you've either recently quit drinking or have forgotten how to have fun.

10)THE PARK Detroit's Belle Isle Park is an Olmsted-designed island in the middle of the Detroit River. Make sure to hit the beach, where there's a spectacular (and affordable) water slide.

Creating an application whose objective is to keep talented, recent graduates in the state of Michigan was not a task done overnight or by one individual. It was a joint effort between 49 academic institutions, business and foundations and a team of strategists, designers, content creators and programmers.

Media Genesis, a Troy web development firm, along with the Detroit Regional Chamber, Issue Media Group, Digerati, West Michigan Strategic Alliance and Presidents Council / State Universities of Michigan won the 2009 Midwest Collaboration Award for their involvement with this application - Intern In Michigan http://www.interninmichigan.com/

The award was created in 2005 by the Midwest Technology Leaders to identify, create, support and honor effective partnerships among Midwest companies and local individuals or groups advancing the technological community. The collaboration was honored for each party’s role in a national initiative to improve workforce conditions in the state of Michigan.

The Midwest Technology Leaders conference is comprised of the Great Lakes Region's top executives who are dedicated to technological innovation that brings positive results within the community. The conference addressed the critical issues impacting the local and regional IT industry, including economic policies and business developments. Also, presented was an analysis of the future of the industry.

Antoine Dubeauclard, president of Media Genesis, accepted the award on behalf of the company.“Advancing and improving education has always been a top priority to me personally and to Media Genesis,” Dubeauclard said. “Strengthening the connection between employers and students is critical to the economic success of Michigan.”

In addition to the Midwest Collaboration Award, the 2009 Corporate Commitment to Michigan was awarded to Robert Ficano, Wayne County Executive; Stephan Pickett, vice chairman of Oakland Family Services; and Ed Copley, founder of The Kid-Safe Network. This award honors corporate individuals who are proactive in community relations, organizations and other philanthropic activities to support a healthy and high-functioning Michigan.

Both Mike Brennan, the president of United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Keith Cooley, president of NextEnergy spoke at the event.Intern In Michigan matches students from Michigan’s many colleges and universities with internships at in-state companies. The site also gives advice for students on how to obtain an internship and to employers on how to have an internship program that is cost effective.

The Web site already has more than 3,000 students using the site.The Intern In Michigan Web site is one of several initiatives in Michigan being funded by a WIRED Grant, or Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development. The WIRED grant is a federal program intended to encourage regional collaboration from both public and private companies to expand its skilled workforce and increase economic development and jobs.

Media Genesis is a leading independent provider of programming solutions, intranets, Microsoft SharePoint, and a range of web development services.

For more information, visit http://www.mediag.com/

Clarkston High School student Michelle Lee said she learned of her perfect SAT on her birthday.

Her mother, Patricia Lee, found the scores on line. "We found it was 800, 800 and 800," her mother said.

The news of her perfect ACT score came a week later. Her mother found the scores online and rushed to her daughter's bedroom to give her the news. "She said, 'You got perfect ACT scores.' It was a good way to wake up," Michelle said.

Michelle's mother first told her about the importance of the tests when Michelle was in the third grade. "I didn't even know what the test was about or anything but she was always telling me it's really important. I really think you should try to get a perfect score," Michelle said.

Michelle knew ahead of time what was needed to do so well on the tests. "One of the most important things beside preparation before the exam is during the exam. Time management was really important for me."

Michelle's parents operate Deer Lake Dry Cleaners. They are both immigrants and speak Korean at home. Because of that, Michelle said she was especially proud of doing so well on the English portion of the test.

She said she was inspired by the work ethic she sees in her parents and has worked to emulate them.

Her proud father has a message for her.

"Michelle, I do not have many accomplishments in my life, but you are my accomplishment right there. I was so proud," Michael Lee said.

Michelle is a member of her high school’s varsity golf team, plays the violin, is a National Honor Society member and volunteers regularly reading to elementary students in Spanish.

She also takes advanced math classes at Oakland Community College and volunteers in the radiology department at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital.

Michelle is considering 13 colleges, including the University of Michigan and Stanford. She said she would like to become a diagnostic radiologist. Michelle said that has been her career goal since she was in the fifth grade.


Forgotten Harvest, Metro Detroit's only mobile food rescue organization, recently took delivery of its first hybrid-powered truck. The Class 7 Freightliner, donated by Daimler Trucks North America, Daimler Financial Services, and Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, will enable the organization to rescue 850,000 additional pounds of fresh food on an annual basis at a 30-percent fuel savings, according to a Forgotten Harvest statement.

Susan Goodell, executive director of Forgotten Harvest, was presented the keys to the 2009 M2e Hybrid Freightliner diesel-electric truck by Klaus Entenmann, president and CEO of Daimler Financial Services, and Chris Patterson, recently retired president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, at Forgotten Harvest's Metro Detroit facility. Ron Ricci, president of Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies of Rice Lake, Wis., donated the 20-ft. fiberglass refrigerated truck body with ElectriMax, all-electric refrigeration that will keep the food fresh during deliveries to homeless shelters and social service agencies that feed the hungry throughout Metro Detroit.

"This generous donation...will not only improve our operating efficiency by keeping fuel costs down, it will also allow us to direct more donated dollars to distributing food in a way that protects the environment," said Goodell.

The 31,000-lb. Class 7 truck is the fifth truck donated by Daimler Financial Services and Daimler Trucks North America and aftermarket "body builders" in the past four years, bringing Forgotten Harvest's growing fleet to 21 vehicles.

The Young Adult Council at Gilda's Club Metro Detroit is partnering with Go Comedy Improv Theater in Ferndale to host a Happy Hour Comedy Night on Friday, June 19.

Happy hour begins at 6pm with 50/50 raffle and $1 pizza slices. The comedy shows begin at 8pm and 10pm. Tickets are $20 for one show, $36 for two shows (this is improv comedy so no two shows are alike!).“We’re very excited to partner with the actors and staff at Go Comedy,” said Heather Hall, executive director of Gilda's Club Metro Detroit and member of the Young Adult Council.

“Gilda’s Club was established in memory of Gilda Radner, who loved to laugh and make others laugh. She faced her cancer with a positive attitude, laughter and courage. A comedy night is the perfect type of event to raise awareness of Gilda’s Club and raise money so our red doors stayopen for anyone touched by cancer.”

Proceeds benefit the Young Adult Council, a network of young adult professionals dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the young adult programs at Gilda’s Club, a free non-residential cancer support community for men, women and children affected by cancer.

Young Adult Council supporter, Bill Crawford, is also one of the improve actors performing on June 19.

Tickets are available by calling (248) 327-0575. Go Comedy Improv Theater is located at 261 E. Nine Mile in Ferndale.

Gilda's Club Metro Detroit is a nonprofit cancer support community that provides free social and emotional support for men, women and children living with cancer, their families and friends. Its innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities.

Named in memory of former Detroiter, Gilda Radner, Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit opened in 1998 and has welcomed morethen 6,000 people through the red doors. For more information, call 248-577-0800 or visit http://www.gildasclubdetroit.org./

Contact Information:Gilda's Club Young Adults CouncilHeather HallTel: (248) 577-0800 x 17
Adam Rose
Los Angeles Times
Lance Armstrong and John Kruk have earned a lot of respect from their fellow men for overcoming the loss of a testicle during their careers as pro athletes.

But do either of them match the fortitude of Red Wing defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom?
Lidstrom acknowledged that he missed Game 4 in the NHL semifinals because he was undergoing surgery on a testicle that had been "speared" a couple of days before. He even managed to practice between his injury and surgery.

Less than a week after being operated on, Lidstrom was back on the ice. That takes, well ... guts.
A Detroit Free Press headline read, "Lidstrom Admits Having Surgery During Playoffs," but given the circumstances, most guys would be bragging about that sort of perseverance. To nobody's surprise, he called it the most painful injury he has had.

Although Detroit eventually fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup, Lidstrom's consolation prize may be the undying respect of every man, everywhere, forever.
Panera Bread of Southeast Michigan and The Henry Ford Launch Bread Lovers Recipe Contest and Sweepstakes

Panera Bread of Southeast Michigan has teamed up with The Henry Ford of Dearborn to launch the Bread Lovers Recipe Contest, taking place through July 27.

Residents from southeast Michigan are invited to submit original bread recipes online and find additional contest rules and details at:

Entry forms are also available at all of Panera Bread’s 41 metro Detroit bakery-cafes.

Visit http://www.panerabread.com/ for the location nearest you.

Recipes must include a type of bread purchased from Panera. Recipes can include, but are not limited to, casseroles, bread puddings, bread salads, stuffing, sandwiches, crostini, appetizers and bruschetta. Creativity is encouraged!

Following the July 27 deadline, Detroit-area culinary arts professionals and Panera bakers will pour over the entries to determine the three top finalists. The lucky trio will then compete in a “recipe showdown” on Aug. 7 with their original recipes at the Panera bakery-cafe located at 23719 Greenfield Rd. in Southfield. The judges will taste-test the three dishes to decide on the grand prize winner.

The contest grand prize winner will receive a $500 Panera Card and have their recipe featured on a recipe card in the Panera Bread bakery-cafe closest to their home the last two weeks in August.

Second place will receive a $250 Panera Card and third place will receive a $100 Panera Card. All three winners will also win a Greenfield Village Bakers Delight package, including a Panera branded hand-crafted bowl made by Greenfield Village artisans, historically-inspired baking tools, a Panera Bread apron, coffee mug and a free bread for a year certificate.

Those not interested in submitting a recipe still have an opportunity to enter the sweepstakes to win a Greenfield Village Bakers Delight package. Panera is inviting the public to stop by any metro Detroit bakery-cafe and fill out an entry form to be entered in the sweepstakes. Panera will randomly choose 30 winners from entries received from each of its 41 participating metro Detroit locations.

The Bread Lovers Recipe Contest and sweepstakes is part of The Henry Ford’s Saturday Baking Series at Greenfield Village, presented by Panera Bread. Every Saturday, June 20 through Aug. 22, visitors can enjoy culinary demonstrations inside the historic kitchens at Greenfield Village, where bread will take center stage. Visitors will learn the history and significance of baking bread and watch specialty baked goods being freshly prepared using 18th century techniques. Visit the Panera Bread booth in Greenfield Village on June 20, July 11, July 18, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15 for fresh baked samples and giveaways.

The top three contest finalists will also have the opportunity to participate in the Saturday Baking Series to sample their recipes in Greenfield Village at the Panera Bread booth.
Mike Pryson
Jackson Citizen Patriot

New Detroit Lions football coach Jim Schwartz was asked Sunday before the LifeLock 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn if he had a favorite Kid Rock song.

With the artist sitting next to him and the pressure on, the coach didn't fumble.
"'Cocky,' " Schwartz said without hesitation.

Then he went the extra mile.

"It ain't bragging if you can back it up," Schwartz said.

Kid Rock was impressed.

"He even knows the lyrics," Kid Rock said. "Best coach we've ever had in Detroit."

Kid Rock was the grand marshal for the LifeLock 400, while Schwartz was at the speedway as the honorary starter in the flag tower.

The prerace meeting between the two quickly turned into a pep talk for the state of Michigan and the economy.

"I see hope every day. I still live in Clarkston," Kid Rock said.

"One thing I know about this town and why I stay here, I could live anywhere I want in the world, is the people and who they are. It's a hard-working town with hard-working people. It's not the first time we've been down. We'll get back up and dust ourselves off."

Schwartz, too, said he sees hope throughout Michigan.

"There's a sign on my refrigerator that says, 'Tough times don't last. Tough people do,' " Schwartz said. "That's what we're all about."

Schwartz also leaked his rooting interest in the race.

"It's hard to root against (Joe Gibbs Racing owner) Joe Gibbs and his affiliation with the NFL and the respect that I have for him," Schwartz said. "But I know where my bread is buttered.

I'm employed by the Ford family, so I'm behind all the Ford drivers today."


Downtown Ferndale merchants love families and will show families all there is to love about their downtown with a special promotion on June 18.

“Families at Woodward 9” will be the first in a year ‘round series of “Third Thursdays,” featuring shopping and in-store special events from 6 - 9 p.m.

This Thursday, merchants will offer family-oriented activities and unique inventory for children and their parents. Participating merchants, identified by orange and white balloons, will be open until 9 p.m., and many will be setting up outside for their own sidewalk sales.

Families can expect such things as candle making fun at The Candle Wick Shoppe, children's book reading at Twisted Shamrock, and a chance to draw your favorite hairstyle in a contest at Meagan Mitchell Salon.

There also will be Gelato ice cream at the Pinwheel Bakery, a family-priced spaghetti dinner at Maria's Front Room, and 20 percent off family/grad photo framing at State of the Art.

And don't forget a ghost story exchange at the Boston Tea Room.

“Third Thursdays” is a collective effort by downtown merchants to better serve the buying public by staying open later and offering more, according to a press release from the Downtown Development Authority.

Many merchants plan to be open until 9 p.m. every Thursday. Shoppers can visithttp://www.downtownferndale.com/ for updates.

Future “Third Thursdays” themes are:
July 16 — East Meets West at Woodward 9
Aug. 20 — Wine Dine at Woodward 9
Sept. 17 — Beauty on the 9
Oct. 15 — Thrillers on the 9

For more information regarding “Third Thursdays,” please contact Chris Hughes, communications and marketing manager at the Ferndale DDA, at (248) 546-1632.
Associated Press

Business and government leaders are gathering in Detroit for what's being called the nation's first conference on the future of manufacturing, technology, energy and the environment.

Organizers say this week's meeting would be similar to the World Economic Forum held in Switzerland. A goal would be drafting a national plan to keep the U.S. competitive in the face of industrial and economic upheavals.

Participants will include dozens of top executives from corporations such as Microsoft Corp., Delta Air Lines, ConocoPhillips, Citigroup, General Motors and Ford.