On July 9th, 2011, Detroit, MI. will host the inaugural CRITERIUM DETROITCITY RACE EVENT. The start and finish line of the race will be in front of the Boll Family
YMCA on Broadway in Detroit.

Offering all of the drama and excitement of a NASCAR race paired with the Tour de France. A Criterium bicycle race is a closed circuit race course made on city streets, where cyclists hurtle around at speeds up to 40 MPH. It offers the opportunity to view the whole fast-paced and exciting race while standing a hand’s breath away from the competitors as they battle it out for first place.

A USACYCLING sanctioned bike race that hasn't been seen in Downtown Detroit in over 20 years.

CRITERIUM DETROIT CITY will feature several different race categories. 12 individual races will be held with categories ranging from youth, to beginners, to professionals, as well as a kids race and a fun Detroit themed relay race.

**We are proud to announce the addition of the Boll Family YMCA Kids Race to the CRITERIUM DETROIT CITY race! We can't wait to watch all the kids aged 4-9 battle it out as they take over the roads! The Tigers mascot PAWS will lead the kids as they race. This race demonstrates and supports the Y's three major initiatives of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility as we work towards strengthening our community. In addition to having a day filled with high-speed bike races, a relay race and a children's race, there will be a marketplace showcasing Detroit's creative talent set up in the Opera House parking lot, Additionally, the course has a wide array of dining establishments on it, all of which have outdoor seating, a perfect place to grab a bite to eat and not miss any of the action.

Registration is available online at www.USAC.org until Thursday July 7th at midnight. 
Day of registration is available at the event for an additional $10 late fee.

Race Begins: at 8:00am July 9th.

For more information and to register visit: www.criteriumdetroitcity.com
The 2011 Chevy Rockin’ on the Riverfront summer concert series is ready to rock the ‘D’ for the sixth year by setting Riverfront Plaza’s scenic stage with some of classic rock’s most unforgettable bands and the latest lineup of cool Chevy vehicles. The concert series kicks off July 8 and will make the spectacular GM Riverfront Plaza THE Friday night destination for food, fun and FREE concerts.

In partnership with Detroit’s Classic Rock Station 94.7 WCSX-FM, Rockin’ on the Riverfront will feature six sizzling Friday night shows from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 8 through August 12.

“Rockin’ on The Riverfront has now become one of the premier events in downtown Detroit,” said Doug Podell, afternoon personality at WCSX. “The event continues to make a positive impact on the community by offering high quality free talent, an outstanding staging area behind the Ren Cen with the Detroit River as the backdrop and room for over 5,000 people. Rockin’ on the Riverfront proves that great things are still happening in the Motor City.”

Leading the line-up of hot acts will be Three Dog Night, who will perform hits such as "Mama Told Me Not to Come", "Joy to the World" and "Black and White" at the July 8 kickoff concert.
Other bands performing throughout the summer on the scenic Riverfront include:

July 15: The Guess Who

July 22: REO Speedwagon

July 29: Grand Funk Railroad

August 5: Leon Russell and Mitch Ryder

August 12: Bachman & Turner 

“Detroit comes alive in the summer with Rockin’ on the Riverfront, and Chevrolet is excited to be part of it,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “The riverfront creates the perfect atmosphere to enjoy music and food with friends and family on a warm summer night. We invite everyone to join us for a fantastic and memorable experience.”

Admission to the concerts is free and no advance tickets are necessary. Viewing space will be on a first-come, first-served 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.

Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will provide refreshment and food concessions 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 invite guests to take advantage of its 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.

A viewing package is available at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center including a BBQ dinner and overnight accommodations. For reservations, call 1-800-352-0831 or visit detroitmarriott.com. Use promotional code L9Z for the viewing package.
Pick Mi Date is Celebrating the Release of the Movie
VIP Singles Mingle at Commune
Saturday, July 23rd from 7:00 pm -9:00 pm!!!
  • The Top 6 Who Receive the Most Votes Will Attend Our Singles Mingle at Commune's VIP Room Along with Food and Beverages Provided By Bastone, Vinotecca, and Cafe Habana!
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  • All Attendees Receive VIP Seats to the Screening of "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone Along With Items From the Movie!
You Must Sign Up As a Dater By Sunday, July 17th 2011!

Voting Begins at 9am Monday, July 18th!

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100 Great Things About America
Fortune Magazine

1. Opportunity
We live in the land of it. It's knocking. And all the other adages -- all true.

2. The Interstate Highway System.
Road trip! Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, Chevy Chase -- and you.

3. The Sears Tower
Naming rights are well and good, but the Willis Tower is still Sears (SHLD) to us -- and still the nation's tallest building.

4. Wal-Mart employees in Joplin, Mo.
Store employees saved lives during the tornado. Now that's service.

5. Navy Seals
They get the big jobs done, and they don't talk about it.

More than sports, it's a cradle of pop culture, coming from an unlikely-ville: Bristol, Conn.

7. FedEx
The iconic trucks with their orange-and-purple trim always come through.

8. Steve Jobs
The brain behind the iPhone, iPad, and iEverything finally managed to get the Beatles onto iTunes. What can't this guy do?

9. Whole Foods
It's a locavore market, it's a scene -- and if you bring your own reusable bag, most stores will knock a dime off the bill.

10. Microsoft Word
RTF, PDF -- these mean little to us. The doc is king.

11. Ford F-150
The bestselling pickup truck of all time.

12. The Rockefeller Family
The towering bloodline is synonymous with oil, power, and New York City, but its legacy includes Colonial Williamsburg, MoMA, Acadia and Grand Teton National Parks -- and much more.

13. Caterpillar
When you stick your neck out to gawk at a construction site on the highway, notice it's always Cat (CAT) machinery?

14. Detroit
Motown's rise, fall, and -- we hope -- rise again.

15. The Kindle
Savior to trees and book publishing alike.

Click HERE to see the rest of the items that made the list!
Megan Gibson
Time Magazine

Readers submitted their favorite beers to Zymurgy magazine, the official publication of the American Homebrewers Association, who then put together a list of the top 50 ranked by popularity (though there's an extraordinary number of ties). Who got top spot? Well, the winner is...

Russian River Pliny the Elder. Not familiar? Well, it should be as it's won this contest for the third year in a row. Maybe you should check it out. Though it's reportedly hard to come across on the east coast — not very fair to be included on America's list, then, some East Coasters are probably saying right now — but if you live out west, give it a whirl. Or give one of the other 49 beers a try.

(VIDEO: 5 Beers to Try This Summer)

Here's this year's top 10:

1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
2. Bell's Two Hearted Ale
3 (tie). Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
3 (tie). Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
5. Bell's Hopslam
6. Stone Arrogant Bastard
7. Sierra Nevada Celebration
8 (tie). Sierra Nevada Torpedo
8 (tie). Stone Ruination
10. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

For the full list, head to the Homebrewers Association's site.