In honor of one of the founders of The Greatest Show on Earth®, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is accepting nominations of local kids whose volunteer efforts are making a difference in the Detroit area.

The Barnum Award honors the spirit of P.T. Barnum by identifying and celebrating children ages six to 14 who give back to their own communities in creative, fun and innovative ways. Nominations for Metro Detroit kids can be submitted online at through Oct. 29.

Three local award recipients will be chosen by a panel of distinguished local leaders, and will receive award medals and funds to support future service projects in their area. The Gold Barnum Award recipient will receive a $1,000 grant, the Silver Barnum Award recipient will receive a $750 grant and the Bronze Barnum Award recipient will receive a $500 grant.

Nominees will be judged on the impact of their accomplishments, creativity and innovation, and their inspiration to others relating to their cause. Nominators are required to be at least 21 years of age.

Recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony prior to the opening night performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents ZING, ZANG, ZOOM®, which comes to The Palace of Auburn Hills Nov. 10-14.

The Barnum Award is a national program presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® in conjunction with a two-year celebration of the 200th anniversary of P.T. Barnum’s birth. Nationally, more than $150,000 in grants will be awarded.
Young Detroiters will step up to the plate to reconnect with the Jewish community in metro Detroit for the Pitch for Israel Detroit softball tournament, August 29th, 2010 at Drake Sports Park in West Bloomfield.

Pitch for Israel Detroit is an all-day charity softball tournament for young adults in the Jewish community.

The event will bring over 200 people in their 20s and 30s back to Detroit for an end of summer reunion, re-connecting today’s generation with Detroit and its Jewish community.

Participants will raise money to play and benefit CommunityNEXT, a new program focused on attracting and retaining young talent in Michigan through professional, cultural and lifestyle programs, in metro Detroit and ELEM, A non-profit organization for runaway, homeless and neglected Israeli and Arab youth in distress, in Israel ( In addition to softball action, Pitch for Israel Detroit will include a BBQ, live entertainment and a Home Run Derby.

"We wanted to create a fun event that gave young adults in the Detroit area an opportunity to re-connect with each other and the greater Jewish community.  We were inspired by a similar tournament in the Toronto area, which has evolved into a great end-of-summer reunion for a lot of young adults in their Jewish community,” said Adam Blanck, co-organizer, “The hope is to create a fun filled day for our generation of Detroit Jews to come together for softball, charity and the community.  Ultimately, we hope to make it an annual event that adds to the overall culture of a revitalized Detroit."

The event originated with Daniel Warner, as Pitch for Israel debuted in the summer of 2008 as a charity event for Toronto's Jewish community. Blanck and Ben Gordon attended the second annual Pitch for Israel in 2009 with the goal of bringing it to Detroit, the community in which they were born and raised.

It is no secret that the Detroit community is losing young adults at an alarming rate and if this trend continues it could have a catastrophic effect on the community. In recognizing this, Pitch for Israel Detroit hopes to bring together future generations of the Jewish community by raising money and providing a fun event for Detroit and its community for years to come.

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Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit has announced a partnership with the Detroit Lions that will enable fans to donate gently used items at the Goodwill “Donate for Jobs” truck in front of Ford Field at home games this season starting with the first preseason game, Saturday, August 28.

The highest quality items collected will be sold at Goodwill’s flagship upscale retail store scheduled to open in Canton, Mich. this fall. Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit expects its first retail store in a decade to generate approximately $1 million in revenue in the first year, with proceeds funding local employment training and education programs.

“Metro Detroiters are a hard-working group, which explains their love for Detroit Lions Football,” said Lorna G. Utley, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. “The Lions are stepping up by helping us create ways for their dedicated fans to help their friends and neighbors become ‘Trained. Trusted. Ready to work.’”

From the time gates open until one hour after the game, fans can drop off items or monetary donations at the Goodwill truck located near one of Ford Field’s main gates. Contributors will receive a 20 percent off coupon for use during a non-game day at the Lions’ Store located at Ford Field.

The partnership also includes a Goodwill presence on the Detroit Lions’ website as well as in the team’s game day program and other fan communications.

“Goodwill is a leader in the fight against local unemployment for Metro Detroit and the surrounding areas,” said Tom Lewand, President of the Detroit Lions. “We’ve all been touched by the unemployment crisis and now our team and its fans can contribute directly to an organization whose mission is creating local jobs and helping people get back to work.”

In addition to visiting the Goodwill Industries “Donate for Jobs” truck at Ford Field on Detroit Lions game days, individuals wishing to donate new or gently used clothing or other items to Goodwill Industries may drop them off at the organization’s Detroit headquarters (3111 Grand River) or call (313) 964-3900 for more information. To make a financial contribution online, visit

Since 1924, Goodwill Industries’ industrial operations division has been a Tier One supplier to the Ford Motor Company. Annually, hundreds of individuals receive hands-on training through this operation as part of their paid transitional work experience, performing kitting and light assembly work.

“Our longstanding work as a Ford Motor Company supplier has enabled thousands of Metro Detroit residents to overcome employment challenges and earn jobs,” Utley said. “In partnering with the Detroit Lions, we’re bringing fans at Ford Field the opportunity to make a difference in our region’s ongoing unemployment crisis.”

Goodwill Industries is the only organization in Southeast Michigan solely dedicated to helping local individuals overcome challenges and secure employment. In just the past two years of the organization’s nearly 90-year history, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit has placed more than 2,000 Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county individuals into new jobs, while providing education, training and career assistance to thousands more in the region.

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra Musicians, who are in stalled contract negotiations with DSO management, will head to Campus Martius Park on Thursday, August 26th for a lunchtime meet and greet/concert with park goers and their fans in an effort to raise visibility of their ongoing talks.

“We want the public to know that the DSO may no longer be the world-class symphony orchestra we all love," said DSO trombonist Kenneth Thompkins, a spokesperson for the  musicians. "Through the broadcasts of our concerts, through our tours, through our recordings, we've been Detroit's most successful ambassador to America and the world--up to now. We may no longer be able to attract the best guest conductors, the best artists, the best musicians."

In addition, the musicians will also be giving away pairs of free tickets to their upcoming two concerts, Saturday, September 11, 8 PM, and Sunday, September 19, 3 PM, at Kirk in the Hills, 340 West Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.

The event is free to attend but RSVPs are appreciated. To RSVP for the event, please send an e-mail to

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Meet and Greet/Concert
Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave. between Fort and Michigan Avenue.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
12:30 pm – 1:30pm
Except from "Nine Underrated US Cities, and Why You Should Visit Them."
Laura Quinn

Dirty, dangerous or downright boring: there’s plenty of reasons a destination gets booted off travelers’ radar. Some cities deserve the no-go status. Others are just passing through an awkward stage. And meanwhile, they grow quietly, outside the glare of flashing cameras and the crackling of tour guides’ megaphones—kind of like an acne-ridden teenager who stays home on prom night.

But behind that closed bedroom door, something incredibly cool is brewing in these nine underrated US destinations. These cities don’t just offer offbeat experiences for lower prices and less hassle than their more popular counterparts. Some places serve as fascinating, if somber, lessons in history; others are bursting with artistic energy. But all these places tell a story—one that is inconvenient, undervalued or unmarketable.

They also go to show what happens when anything—be it a city or a person—is allowed to develop outside the mainstream. In a country of every-increasing mega-malls and corporate chains, these cities have a distinct identity. And a whole lot of local love.

Detroit has had a rough road. Once regarded as the pride of the nation, the capital of its car-making prowess, the city’s decent has been directly in line with the decline of the American automobile industry. A sky-high homicide rate and plummeting population leave most to assume that the city has been abandoned to criminals and drug dealers.

But while Detroit does have a certain bombed-out, abandoned feel, there’s also a great deal of history—and the potential for new beginnings. On the one hand, there’s the Motown Museum, Hitsville USA and the Wright Museum of African-American History, tracing the cultural and artistic past of the city. Then, if you look beyond the scruffy façade, you’ll see the first signs of new life: vacant lots being taken over by guerilla gardeners, warehouses filled by bohemians, abandoned buildings photographed by urban explorers. Heidelberg Project, the work of local street artist Tyree Guyton, is a perfect example of revitalization in the face of blight, and of the potential of Detroit.

Exploring Detroit is like looking into the heart of America. The artistic legacy of Motown, the remnants of industry and profit, the struggles with racial tension, even its seemingly bleak present state: it all makes a powerful statement about the current state of America, and the ripe potential for rebirth.

Deidre Woollard

Palladium, a heritage boot company that relaunched last year is hoping to aid another comeback, that of Detroit. The brand has created a bunch of "Exploration" campaigns, in which Palladium explores and documents hidden and abandoned urban places in search of unique stories. These Explorations are then turned into viral videos that live on their website and their latest features "Jackass" star Johnny Knoxville in Detroit.

In an exploration called 'Detroit Lives,' Knoxville puts on Palladium boots and checks out the city, which was once the fourth largest city in America but is now in the midst of a transformation from abandoned urban landscape back to a vibrant community. The trailer for the video above showcase the young people who are taking back the city and their community. The full video for 'Detroit Lives' premieres on August 30.

The challenging urban landscape also makes a nice backdrop for the boots. Palladium was founded in 1920 to make aircraft tires for the aviation industry. In 1947, after the end of WWII saw demand for tires dry up, Palladium turned to making rubber and canvas boots including the classic canvas Pampa boot. The sturdy boots for men and women sell for $50 to $275. The video is after the jump.
Travel & Leisure Magazine

It’s not uncommon to see Detroit Red Wings players milling about in this posh Detroit suburb, or to find yourself in a local bistro seated near a major Hollywood celebrity: Madonna, Clint Eastwood, and Bette Midler have all stayed in Birmingham while on business in the region. Tap into the social scene at the Townsend Hotel, home to the Rugby Grille and the Corner, a favorite among Birmingham’s cocktail crowd.

See: Dinner and a movie go hand-in-hand at Birmingham’s Palladium 12 Theatre. For $27 you get a movie ticket and access to a dinner buffet prepared by in-house chef Ian Forest.

Taste: On the upper floor of 220 & Edison you’ll find a relaxed local crowd that comes for dishes like the sautéed lake perch piccata. Downstairs, it’s about socializing over well-crafted mixed drinks or wine.