Maria’s Bridal in Rochester will give away 20 designer wedding gowns for free Sunday.

The gowns, valued at between $1,000 and $3,000, will go to the first 20 unemployed brides-to-be in line who can produce a Michigan Unemployment Insurance Debit Card. Others may receive a gift certificate that can be used during the event.

Wedding gowns will be offered in sizes six to 14 by designers such as Cymbaline Paris, Marisa, Maggie Sottero, Symphony Bridal and more.

The event starts at 10 a.m. and runs to 5 p.m.

Maria's Bridal Salon is located at 210 West University Drive in Rochester (at the corner of West University and Pine).

Project 100, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to encourage the positive aspects of giving and community participation, announced that over the next 100 days, they will be randomly selecting 100 people who will each receive $100 dollars no strings attached.

“We believe that the act of giving changes everything,” says Jeremy Cybulski, a Project 100 spokesperson, “That’s why over the next 100 days, Project 100 will be visiting various Oakland and Wayne county communities and giving away crisp new $100 dollar bills.”

The organization assures there are no requirements and no strings attached. Jeremy states, “Recipients can do whatever they wish with the money. All we ask is that they think about what they can do to give back to their community — whether it’s volunteering for an event or helping out a neighbor in need. The specific act doesn’t matter because even the smallest act of kindness can create a spark for change.”

Project 100 is encouraging members of the community to visit their website,, where they can sign up to receive a visit from Jeremy’s team and potentially become the next $100 dollar recipient.

Jeremy added, “The website is a great source of information containing a whole section of ideas on how people can get out and volunteer in their communities. Plus if they sign up, They Could Be Next!”

Paul Billeci
The South End

With rental fees of $870 to $1395, does the convenience of apartment living look like a great deal for Wayne State students?

Illya Hudson, leasing consultant for Studio One Apartments, located at 4501 Woodward Ave., is still hopeful.

“Fortunately for Studio One, we are still at 96 percent capacity. It really has to do with the location of the apartments.

“Because we’re so close to Wayne, we have many med students and law students and are still getting applicants to apply for an apartment.”

Jason Peet, leasing manager for the Milton Apartments at 132 W. Willis, said he too hasn’t seen a downturn in rentals.

“I have seen no change in people or students applying for an apartment,” he said. “In fact, I feel more people are applying to rent instead of owning. It’s much easier to rent than it is to apply for a mortgage on a home.”

Living near campus provides students with not only independence, but also eliminates the long freeway drives for suburban students who live at home with family.

However, jobs with flexible schedules are at a premium in this area, and that has affected students, as well as their families.

Lauren Cusumano, 24, a student at Wayne, lived off-campus for some time but had to move back home.

“I had a job when I started renting, but now since I can’t have a steady work schedule because of school, I had to move back home,” she said. “It was easy when I lived near campus and had a five-minute drive, now I have a 45 minute drive from my parent’s home to Wayne.”

Writer, producer and recording artist Leon Russell will heat up the Riverfront Plaza stage on Friday, July 31 for the second concert in the 2009 Rockin’ on the Riverfront classic rock concert series, sponsored by Andiamo Detroit Riverfront and in partnership with Detroit’s Classic Rock Station 94.7 WCSX-FM.

Russell has been a major force in the music industry for more than four decades. He has recorded with or written songs for various artists, including The Byrds, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra and Willie Nelson. Russell is best known for his hits “This Masquerade” (the first song in music history to occupy the number one spot in jazz, pop and R&B), “Hummingbird”, “A Song For You”, “Delta Lady” and the legendary version of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” from the Concert for Bangladesh.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront will feature classic rock headliners and openers from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. every Friday through September 4, making the Riverfront Plaza THE Friday night destination for food, fun and FREE concerts.

Admission to the concerts is free and no advance tickets are necessary. Viewing space will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and people are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. In addition, boaters on the Detroit River are invited to anchor near the riverfront and enjoy the view of the stage from the water.

Food and refreshment concessions from Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will be available at several locations on the plaza. Outside food, beverages or coolers will not be permitted. Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will accept dinner reservations before and after the concert and invites guests to take advantage of its gorgeous outdoor patio overlooking the Detroit River.

Convenient parking is available for $5 per vehicle at the GM surface lot at the intersection of St. Antoine and Atwater, adjacent to the GM Renaissance Center.

For more information, call (313) 567-6700 or visit or

The Detroit Fashion Pages style team took a break from giving their everyday fashion and beauty advice and volunteered their time for the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan on Saturday, July 25 at the Kensington Church in Troy.

Depsite the morning rain, volunteers walked nearly 15 blocks and collected ove 6200 lbs of food!
The Panera Bread bakery-cafe located at 23719 Greenfield Rd. in the Clocktower Plaza in Southfield will salute 10 years of fresh bread on Wednesday, July 29. Beginning at 6 a.m. and continuing throughout the day, customers are invited to stop by the bakery-cafe for a complimentary small coffee. The first 100 customers will also receive a mini baguette to commemorate the milestone.

Customers can also enter to win a Via Panera catered lunch for 10 people by dropping their business card in a bowl. The general manager at the bakery-cafe will randomly draw the winner at the end of the day. Hours of operation for the Clocktower Plaza location are Monday – Saturday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.