Thursday, August 21, 2014

COUPON: 15% off ANY Payless Purchase in-store and online - ENDS 8/24 - Perfect for #BacktoSchool

Just in time for Back-to-School shopping...

Since my son's feet seem to grow larger every day (which means he goes through shoes like water), I like to buy him shoes from Payless. And I especially like when I can get even more money off when Payless offers coupons.  And this one is perfect for back-to-school shopping.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR 15% OFF COUPON GOOD ON ALL PAYLESS PURCHASES THRU AUGUST 24TH 2014


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HEALTH: How I earn Walgreens #BalanceRewards just for setting Healthy Goals #shop #cbias

This shop was compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser Walgreens #BalanceRewards. All opinions are my own. 

I love getting rewarded for making healthy choices...

Since the beginning of the year, I have been on a mission to get and stay in shape.  Five mornings a week, I wake up at 5:30am to ride my stationary bike before getting ready for work. I have also been walking during my lunch break for years, but this year I have taken it to a new level by keeping count of my number of steps with my new Fitbit Flex Fitness Tracker bracelet.

Earlier this year, I set a goal of 5000 steps per day which I have since upped to 10,000 steps per day.  And to track my weight I also bought a Fitbit Wifi Scale.  Even though I have not been able to get my weight down to where I want it, I still know that if I stay on track with my goals, I will be more healthy and fit for the future.

Funny thing about goals though - they are easy to make but very hard to keep, especially after the initial excitement and newest wears off. So to keep myself motivated, I tend to look for any way that I can to make a game out of fitness. The competitor in me loves to win and thanks to Walgreens, I have found a way to help meet my fitness goals and earn lots of Walgreens Balance Rewards points that I can use to get my Walgreens purchases for FREE!!!

I always for my Walgreens Balanced Rewards card near...
I have loved shopping at Walgreens for years and I always make sure that I have my Walgreens Balance Rewards card with me so that I can earn points on all my purchases.

But I also made sure to join the Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices program so that I can earn even more rewards points just for keeping fit.

For setup, I used the Walgreens app on my smartphone to access the BR for healthy choices program to set my fitness goals.  I used the Walgreens website to initially pair my Fitbit Flex tracker back in January - the pairing cannot be done using the Walgreens app.

I set my goals for the number of steps I wanted to take per day (I initially set the number to 5000) and frequency of my exercising (my goal has always been to work out 5 days a week).

I earn Walgreens Balance Rewards points for all the steps that I take and also for tracking my weight.  I don't think earning rewards can get any easier than this!

And what I really love is that pairing my Fitbit Flex to the program means that the steps tracked by my Fitbit are automatically uploaded to Walgreens and I don't have to enter the counts by hand.

When I was entering my daily steps by hand, I would forget some days and miss out on my points.  Now that everything is automated, I earn points for every single step which makes me want to take even more steps so that I can earn Walgreens Reward Points even faster - HOLLA TO THE FREE!!!

Thank goodness their is a Walgreens down the street from work...otherwise it may have been a bad health day...
Yesterday Walgreens really helped me with my fitness goals in a big way. Yesterday morning I was running late to take my son to summer camp and did not get a chance to pack my lunch like I usually do to save money and keep away from the high calorie food in my workplace cafeteria. So after dropping off my son, I made a quick detour to the Walgreens location right down the street from where I work to pick up some Healthy Choice Steamer meals to keep in the work frig for my lunch this week.


And I was able to save 20% off my purchase with a special coupon since it was Walgreen Friends and Family day. And because I had already earned a boat load of Walgreens Balance Rewards points, I was able to redeem some and only pay 71 cents for my purchase.

Fitbit - check! Headphones - check!
Ready to walk and roll :)
When lunchtime rolled around, I got out my headphones and fitness shoes, checked my Fitbit and took my daily walk as scheduled and afterwards was able to eat a healthy lunch as I worked knowing that every step that I took was earning me even more Walgreens Balanced Rewards points that I could use toward getting future deals. Now that is the way that I like to roll :)

If you want to also earn Walgreens points just for getting fit, check out the Walgreens Balance Rewards healthy choice program today. You have tons of rewards to gain and nothing to lose ... but weight.


Enjoy!


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FOOD: Einstein Bros. Bagel Dog is WINNER plus find out about their Foodie Freebies #TastyTuesday

Two Thumbs Up for the Einstein Bros. Bagel Dog...

I have worked around the corner from Einstein Bros. Bagels for years and yet for some reason I had never made it inside.  I knew that the interiors in the Michigan stores had been recently renovated to give them a modern look and that they had new menu items introduced just this summer, but I had never made the time to check out all the changes since I was usually running late for some work meeting as I was driving by.

So when I was offered a complimentary gift card to try out the new menu (thanks Einstein Bros.) I gladly accepted and decided to extend my daily lunchtime fitness routine to power walk around the corner and over to Einstein Bros. Bagels.

I decided to try out the new Einstein Bros. Bagel Dog combo which features an all-beef, 1/4lb, Hebrew National® hot dog wrapped up inside a fresh baked plain or Asiago cheese bagel bun (I choose the plain) along with potato salad (other choices are available) and a fountain drink.

As hot dogs go, the Einstein Bros. Bagel Dog was excellent.  I love all-beef hot dogs and the bagel bun was yummy, filling and a totally modern take on a traditional hot dog bun.  I also loved the potato salad which complemented the hot dog perfectly for a great summertime meal.  I was so full after eating (burp!) that all I wanted to do was close my eyes and rest - not that I did since I was still at work :)

How to get a FREE Coffee or Fountain Drink with your next Einstein Bros. purchase...

One thing I found out from reading my Einstein Bros. purchase receipt is that they give any customer willing to fill out a survey about their visit at www.bageltalk.com a FREE Regular Coffee or Medium size Fountain drink with their next purchase.


After entering the store number, order number and date of visit info from the receipt, a short 10 question survey will appear.  At the end of the survey, you will receive a PLU code and a Validation Code that you can write on your receipt.  Just give the receipt with the codes to your cashier on your next visit to Einstein Bros. to get your FREE drink - HOLLA!!

Even More FREEBIES from Einstein Bros...
If you are looking for even more Einstein Bros. foodie freebies, you are in the right place!!!

Just join the Einstein Bros. Bagel e-Club and you will get a coupon for a FREE Bagel and Shmear for joining and another coupon for a FREE Bagel and Shmear on your birthday - HOLLA to the FREE!!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE EINSTEIN BROS. BAGEL e-CLUB FOR YOUR FREE BAGEL AND SHMEAR

Einstein Bros. Bagels locations in Michigan include:

· Berkley – 27365 Woodward Avenue & Cambridge Road
· Birmingham – 176 South Old Woodward Road & East Merill Street
· Bloomfield Township – 4089 Maple Road & Maple Road Bypass
· Commerce Township – 8366 Richardson Road & Martin Road
· Dearborn – 5700 Mercury Drive & Lundy Parkway
· Dearborn II – 750 North Telegraph Road & Sheridan Street
· Farmington Hills – 27841 Orchard Lake Road & West Twelve Mile Road
· Grosse Pointe – 19341 Mack Avenue & Newcastle Road
· Grosse Pointe II – 16828 Kercheval Avenue & Cadieux Road
· Northville – 17101 Haggerty Road & Six Mile Road
· Plymouth Township – 640 West Ann Arbor Road & Rocker Avenue
· Plymouth/Sheldon – 15077 North Sheldon Road & Helm Street
· Southfield Commons – 29191 Southfield Road & West Nine Mile Road
· Troy – 3043 Crooks Road & Wilshire Drive
· Troy II – 1925 East Big Beaver Road & John R Road



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Monday, August 18, 2014

FREE Admission to @ArtsBeatsEats in Royal Oak 8/29 before 5pm + FREE Bike Parking, FREE Admission for Vets And Children with Autism

Arts, Beats, and Eats returns to Royal Oak Labor Day Weekend....

Celebrating its 17th year and returning to the bustling streets of Royal Oak from Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats presented by FirstMerit Bank will entertain thousands of visitors from across the region with its outstanding music line-up, stellar arts programming, mouthwatering selection of food, and a number of new attractions. From the chart-topping musical headliners, the stunning artwork of all mediums, to the succulent dishes from some of the best restaurants throughout the state, this event will be one of the most diverse and exciting weekends of the year.


THE FREE

Everyone can get FREE Admission on the first day of the festival, Friday, August 29, 2014 from 11am to 5pm.

Other than on Friday from 11m to 5pm, Festival admission is $3 until 3pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and $5 after 3pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday with the admission money going to local charities. In 2013, over 355,000 visitors attended the festival and $386K was raised for local charities.

FREE BIKE CORRAL PARKING - 1st come 1st Serve
Returning this year, Huron-Clinton Metroparks will be the presenting sponsor the festival’s Bike Corrals in conjunction with KLM Bike and Fitness in Birmingham and Rochester. This initiative is good for the environment, eases traffic congestion and also raises awareness of health and wellness issues by encouraging area residents to bike to and from the festival and lead a more active lifestyle. The bike corrals are located in two locations at the north and south of the festival. The northern bike corral is located on Washington and Second Ave. at the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce and the southern corral is located on the right southbound lanes on Washington Ave. extending south from Lincoln St.  Click here for more info on FREE Bike Parking.

FREE ADMISSION FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM - Registration Required - Space Limited
The 3rd Annual Family Days for Children with Autism invites families with children on the ASD spectrum for a special visit to the festival on Saturday, August 30 or Monday, September 1. The festival will open an hour early at 10 a.m. for these families and includes FREE parking, admission to the festival, carnival rides, lunch, and a bottle of water. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information visit www.artsbeatseats.com/family-days.

FREE ADMISSION, VIP PASSES W/FOOD FOR VETERANS -Registration Required - 1st come 1st served
In thanks for their service and sacrifice for our country, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats is teaming up with Oakland County Parks to offer two great opportunities for veterans to enjoy this year’s festival. Veterans can choose from one of the following: four FREE admission passes, valid any day and time of the festival or four admission passes and four VIP passes for a special Veterans’ concert featuring 50 Amp Fuse on Monday, September 1 at 5 p.m. on the Michigan Lottery National Stage, with complimentary soft drinks and appetizers.

Up to 1,400 admission passes will be redeemable for Veterans on any day of the festival, in addition to the special passes for the concert. The complimentary passes will be distributed by a grassroots outreach to local veterans’ organizations. Recipient organizations include Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America, Oakland County Veterans’ Services Division and the VA Center. Outreach began August 1 and a significant turnout is expected.

All interested veterans can RSVP their requests to www.artsbeatseats.com/veterans-program-sign-up or by calling the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats office at 248-541-7550 to receive passes. Reservations received before August 23 will be mailed. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

CONTESTS TO WIN PRIZES, INCLUDING A FORD VEHICLE
Ford Motor Company is once again the title sponsor of the 2014 Ford Arts Beats & Eats and fair attendees will have an opportunity to win prizes, courtesy of Ford. By registering at any one of the Ford display locations, each registered adult, 18 and over, is automatically be entered for a chance to win a Ford vehicle of their choice!


Michigan wood artist Alec LaCasse
THE ARTS

As one of the nation’s premier juried art shows, the Juried Fine Art Show again will be a highlight of this year’s festival, with top artists from across the continent vying for cash awards totaling $7,500.  Festival patrons have the opportunity to explore works at more than 135 booth spaces.

Artists in attendance will include some of the finest in their respective media. Returning visitors will recognize the hot glass necklaces and sculptural work of Denise Houck of Chickadee Studios in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Another Michigan resident and new this year is Jennie Burt. Burt’s surreal paintings made of ground automobile aluminum paint depicting an intensely colored world of whales, coral and mermaids are not to be missed!

The newest artist, and also from Michigan, Alec LaCasse, has been creating fine woodcarvings since he was 12 years old. His talent has carried into his adulthood, as the hand-carved faces have become more striking every year. These artists and many others will amaze and delight art enthusiasts of all tastes and backgrounds.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
An eclectic display of classical, multi-cultural acts will once again take place on two stages: the FirstMerit Bank International Stage and DIA Acoustic/Cultural Stage. The stellar lineup of cultural programming offered at this year’s festival includes performances from around the world in the form of chamber music with ensembles presented from Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings Duo; the fiery, intense flamenco dancing of La Chispa & Company; the gorgeous Indian costumes and dance from Nadanta; the pounding rhythms of Raion Taiko Japanese Drums; “Raga” classical Indian music from the Kasturi Paigude troupe; the enduring sounds of historical Jewish music from KidzKlez of Michigan and the upbeat folk music of Raices Mexicanas de Detroit.

Don’t miss the third annual Deaf Arts Festival, sponsored by Ford, featuring the work of a number of outstanding artists that are deaf and hard of hearing, which will be located on East 7th St., between Washington Ave. and Center St.

A new “artistic” partnership this year between Ford Arts, Beats & Eats and the City of Royal Oak will feature the municipality’s new logo. Royal Oak graphic artist Tim Gralewski will incorporate the new City of Royal Oak logo into one of his best prints which will be available for purchase at the festival. All proceeds from the sale of the print will go to Royal Oak Commission for the Arts.

The Spinners perform on Sunday night at 8:45pm
THE BEATS

Featuring more than 200 local bands and entertainers performing for crowds on nine stages, and well-known acts taking to the Michigan Lottery Stage, the 2014 diverse musical lineup is sure to excite and entertain guests of all ages and musical tastes.


The full 2014 music schedule of artists is as follows:

MUSIC SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Michigan Lottery National Stage

Friday, August 29
5:00 p.m. - 
Chris Emmerson (Pop/Rock)
6:30 p.m. - Stewart Francke (Soul)
8:00 p.m. - Night Ranger (Hard Rock)
9:45 p.m. -  .38 Special (Southern Rock)

Saturday, August 30
5:30 p.m. - 
Annabelle Road (Country)
7:00 p.m.  - Jeff Gutt (Alternative Rock)
8:30 p.m.  - Jena Irene (Pop Rock)
9:30 p.m. - Third Eye Blind (Alternative Rock)

Sunday, August 31
5:00 p.m. - 
Maddie & Tae (Country)
6:00 p.m. - John King (Country)
7:00 p.m.  - Randy Houser (Country)
8:45 p.m. - The Spinners (Classic R&B/Pop)
10:15 p.m. - Village People (Pop/Disco)

Monday, September 1
3:30 p.m. - The Gasoline Gypsies (Rock)
5:00 p.m. - Fifty Amp Fuse (Rock/Classic Rock)
7:00 p.m. - Loverboy (Rock)
8:45 p.m. - Theory of a Deadman (Rock)


Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Americana Stage

Friday, August 29
11:15 a.m. - 
Maggie McCabe (Acoustic)
12:45 p.m. - The Canastas (Rockabilly/Ska)
2:15 p.m.  - KayLyn Pace (Country)
3:45 p.m.  - Lisa Mary (Country)
5:15 p.m.  -Brian Lorente Band (Country)
6:45 p.m.  - Candy Band (Pop)
8:15 p.m. - Free Beer (Party Rock)
9:45 p.m. - Corktown Popes (Alternative Americana)

Saturday, August 30
11:15 a.m. -
Brianna Miller (Pop)
12:45 p.m. - David Nefesh (Folk Rock)
2:15 p.m. - Audra Kubat (Folk)
3:45 p.m. - Nikki Holland Band (Americana)
5:15 p.m. - Dragon Wagon (Dancing/Bluegrass)
6:45 p.m. - Delta Twins (Blues)
8:15 p.m. - Longneck Strangler (Country)
9:45 p.m.- Persuasion (Straight up PARTY)

Sunday, August 31
11:15 a.m. - Big Smooth and the Hellraisers (Rockin’ Blues)

12:45 p.m. - Gaffney Band (Acoustic)
2:15 p.m. - Escaping Pavement (Alternative Country)
3:45 p.m. - Big Pappa & The Machine (Rockin’ Soul)
5:15 p.m. - Alan Turner and The Steel Horse Band (Country)
6:45 p.m. - The Blueflowers (Americana)
8:15 p.m. - Ryan Dillaha and The Miracle Men (Detroit Americana)
9:45 p.m.-  Cadillac Kidz (Detroit Rock)

Monday, September 1
11:30 a.m. - 
The Whiskey Charmers (Americana/Roots)
1:00 p.m. - Carl Henry (Blues)
2:30 p.m. -Teddy Richards (Indie Acoustic)
4:00 p.m. -The Understorey (Folk/Soul)
5:15 p.m. -Sweet Claudette (Blues)
6:30 p.m. -F. Patrick James (Southern Rock)
8:00 p.m.- Orbitsuns (Rockabilly)


FirstMerit Bank International Stage

Friday, August 29
11:15 a.m. - 
Donald Ross (Celtic Bagpipes/Highland Dance)
1:00 p.m. -  Nessa (Celtic Roots Fusion)
3:00 p.m. - Hollis Clark (Worldbeat)
5:00 p.m. -Anna Lee’s Co. (Celtic Americana)
7:00 p.m. -La Chispa & Company (Flamenco/Dance)
9:00 p.m.- The Polish Muslims (Polka Rock)

Saturday, August 30
11:15 a.m. -
Jason Milan (Experiential)
1:15 p.m. -Lilly MacPhee (Celtic Acoustic/Alternative)
3:00 p.m. - Kasturi Paigude troupe (Music of India)
5:00 p.m. - Enigma Detroit (Greek Music/Belly Dancer)
7:00 p.m. -The Zydeco Hep Cats (Zydeco)
9:00 p.m.-Roots Vibrations (Reggae/Caribbean)

Sunday, August 31
9:00 a.m. - 
Arise! Worship with the Royal Oak Free Methodist Church
11:30 a.m.- Nadanta (Music/Dance of India)
1:30 p.m. -Bandolero Duran (Latin American Folk)
3:30 p.m. -Abul on Fire (Progressive Bangladesh Psychedelic)
5:30 p.m. -Raion Taiko (Japanese Drum)
7:00 p.m. -Madam XD (Music of the Far East)
9:00 p.m.-Sean Blackman’s In Transit (Latin/World)

Monday, September 1
11:30 a.m. - 
Ara Topouzian Ensemble (World Music)
1:30 p.m. - Raices Mexicanas de Detroit (Folkloric Dance of Mexico)
3:30 p.m. - Los Infieles (Norteño)
 5:30 p.m. -BOP (harvey) (Funky Reggae Party)
7:30 p.m. -Kidz Klez of Michigan (Traditional Klezmer)

Ford Stage

Friday, August 29
11:15 a.m. -
Sarah Farnam (Singer Songwriter)
12:45 p.m. -Bulletproof Snow (Modern Rock)
2:15 p.m. -Robin Horlock (Pop/Rock/Soul)
3:10 p.m. -Hair Show by Black the Salon
3:45 p.m. -Bermuda Mohawk (Alternative)
4:50 p.m. -Hair Show by Black the Salon
5:20 p.m. -Christy and the Professors (Alternative)
6:45 p.m. - Chris Polite (Pop/Rock)
8:15 p.m. -Soul Divide (Funk/Rock)
9:45 p.m.- Killer Flamingos (Pop/Top 40)

Saturday, August 30
11:15 a.m. -
Urban Nomads (Rock)
12:45 p.m. -The Split (Rock/ Pop)
2:15 p.m. -The Social Bandits (Rock)
3:10 p.m. -Hair Show by Aqua Salon
3:45 p.m.-Lightning Bugs (Alternative)
4:50 p.m. -Hair Show by Aqua Salon
5:20 p.m. - Gia Warner (Rock)
6:45 p.m. -Dave Hamilton Band (Rock/Funk)
8:15 p.m. -Half Light Music (Alternative)
10:00 p.m.-Otto Vector (Pop/Rock)

Sunday, August 31
11:15 a.m. -XOXO (Pop/Rock)

12:45 p.m.- Joe Jaber and The Last Divide (Rock)
2:15 p.m. -Flint Eastwood (Alternative)
3:10 p.m. -Hair Show by Iconic
3:45 p.m. -Bill Grogan's Goat (Celtic Rock)
4:50 p.m. -Hair Show by Iconic
5:20 p.m. -The Strangers (Rock)
6:45 p.m. -Call Marvin (Alternative)
8:15 p.m. -Kenny Nelson (Pop/Rock)
10:00 p.m.-The Mike Leslie Band (Alternative)

Monday, September 1
11:15 a.m. -
Here And Now (Alternative)
12:45 p.m. -The Imps (Modern Rock)
2:15 p.m. -Keri Lynn Roche (Alternative)
3:10 p.m. -Hair Show by Clark Bailee Salon
3:45 p.m. - Alyssa Simmons (Pop/Rock/Soul)
4:50 p.m. -Hair Show by Clark Bailee Salon
5:20 p.m. -  Tom Butwin (Pop/Rock)
6:45 p.m. -Digital Love (Pop/Rock)
8:15 p.m.- Citizen Zero (Alternative)


DIA Acoustic/Cultural Stage

Friday, August 29
11:15 a.m. -
Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings Duo (Classical)
12:45 p.m. -Rachel Lee Williams (Acoustic Pop)
2:15 p.m. -Cooper Anstett (Americana)
3:45 p.m. -Steve D’Angelo (Acoustic Rock)
5:15 p.m. -Golden Rain Marimbas (Classical)
6:45 p.m. -Jan Krist & Jim Bizer (Singer Songwriters/Acoustic)
8:00 p.m.-The Appleseed Collective (Gypsy Jazz)

Saturday, August 30
11:15 a.m. -
Ted Nagy (Singer-Songwriter/Americana)
12:30 p.m. - Near Tolias Flute and Guitar Duo (Classical)
2:00 p.m. -Suzuki Royal Oak (Classical)
3:30 p.m. -Alison Albrecht (Singer Songwriter)
5:00 p.m. - Amanda Morgan (Singer Songwriter)
6:30 p.m. -Kate Jablonski & Oak City Roots (Pop/Rock/Country)
8:00 p.m.- The Hope Orchestra (Acoustic Rock)

Sunday, August 31
11:15 a.m. - 
Heavenly Embers (Christian)
12:45 p.m. Cliff Gracey (Acoustic Adult Contemporary)
2:00 p.m. -Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings Brass Quintet (Classical)
3:00 p.m. - STAGECRAFTERS cast of “My Fair Lady” (Theatrical)
3:30 p.m. -Candace Sosa (Singer Songwriter)
5:00 p.m. -Less is More (Alternative Folk)
6:30 p.m. -Dan Tillery (Eclectic Mix)
8:00 p.m.-The Whistle Stop Revue (Progressive Bluegrass)

Monday, September 1
11:15 a.m. -
Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings Woodwind Trio (Classical)
12:30 p.m. - MJ *RockSteady* Stedman (Acoustic Folk/Rock)
1:30 p.m. -Jane of Arc (Indie Acoustic Pop)
2:50 p.m. -James & June (Folk)
4:10 p.m.-The Webbs (Alternative Bluegrass)

Bud Light Rock Stage
Friday, August 29
11:15 a.m. -
Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music (Rock/Pop)
12:30 p.m. -The Kung Fu Lovers (Rock)
1:45 p.m. -Bus Stop Poets (Indie Rock)
3:00 p.m. -Timothy Monger (Indie Rock)
4:30 p.m. -American Mars (Motor City Rock)
6:15 p.m. -Chris Degnore & The Black Drops (Power Pop)
7:45 p.m. -Savage Rascals (Ol’ Skool Fun)
9:45 p.m.- Laith Al-Saadi (Rockin’ Blues)

The Howling Diablos close out Saturday night
Saturday, August 30
11:15 a.m. -
Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music (Rock/Pop)
12:30 p.m. -Nigel & The Dropout (Indie Rock)
1:45 p.m. -El Dee (Pop/Rock)
3:00 p.m. -Hatchetmen (Blues Rock)
4:10 p.m. -Hair Show by Palazzolo Salon at the Fifth
4:30 p.m. -Jennifer Westwood (Rock’n Soul)
6:00 p.m. -Hair Show by Palazzolo Salon at the Fifth
6:15 p.m. -The Ruiners (Motor City Rock)
7:45 p.m. -The Infatuations (Funk/Rock/Pop)
9:45.p.m.- The Howling Diablos (Funk’n Soul)

Sunday, August 31
11:15 a.m. -
Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music (Rock/Pop)
12:30 p.m. - Seven Birds One Stone (Pop/Rock)
1:45 p.m. -Deadly Viper Assassin Squad (Motor City Rock)
3:00 p.m. -Shotgun Soul (Rock’n Soul)
4:10 p.m. -Hair Show by L’Esprit Academy
4:30 p.m. -Rocquel (Rock)
6:00 p.m. -Hair Show by L’Esprit Academy
6:15 p.m. -Blaire Alise & The Bombshells (Retro Pop)
7:45 p.m. -Ball & Chain (Janis Joplin Tribute)
9:45 p.m.-Barbara Payton & The Instigators (Rock)

Monday, September 1
11:15 a.m. - 
Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music (Rock/Pop)
12:30 p.m. -Eliza Neals (Blues Rock)
1:45 p.m. -Dig A Phony (Beatles Tribute)
3:00 p.m. -Raputa (J. Geils Band Tribute)
4:10 p.m. -Hair Show by The Hair Salon
4:30 p.m. -Rattlesnake Shake (Blues/Rock)
6:00 p.m. -Hair Show by The Hair Salon
6:15 p.m. - The Jill Jack Band (Folk/Rock)
8:00 p.m. - The Reefermen (Rock’n Funk)


MetroPCS R&B/Jazz Stage

Friday, August 29
11:15 a.m. -
Gwenyth Hayes (Soul)
12:45 p.m. -Sam Van Wagoner (Blues/Pop)
2:15 p.m. -Jibs Brown (Rootsy Blues)
3:45 p.m. -Dion Price (R&B)
5:15 p.m. -The Chunky Funk Band (Classic R&B/Rock/Blues)
6:45 p.m. - Dymond Harding (R&B/Urban Pop)
8:15 p.m. -Inohs Sivad (R&B)
9:45 p.m.- Hotsauce (Pop/R&B)

Thornetta Davis performs Saturday...
Saturday, August 30
11:15 a.m. -
JaRay (R&B/Pop)
12:45 p.m. -Rick Matle Trio (Jazz/Jazz Funk)
2:15 p.m. -Sheila Landis featuring Rick Matle (Jazz)
3:45 p.m. -Laura Rain & The Caesars (Blues/Funk/Soul/R&B)
5:15 p.m. -The Zamar Jazz Band (Smooth Jazz)
6:45 p.m.-Dee Brown (Smooth Jazz)
8:15 p.m. -J. Canady and The Soul Nyce Band (Neo Soul/R&B)
9:45 p.m.- Thornetta Davis (Blues/R&B)

Sunday, August 31
11:15 a.m. - 
Paul Miles (Blues)
12:45 p.m. -The Tracy Kash Band (Jazz/Soul)
2:15 p.m.- Rev. Marc Falconberry (Blues/Rock)
3:45 p.m. -The Marvin Jones Trio (Jazz)
5:15 p.m. -Yvette Meadows (R&B/Jazz)
6:45 p.m. -Bobby Murray Band (Blues)
8:15 p.m. -Priscilla Price (R&B/Soul)
9:45 p.m.- Larry Lee & Back in The Day Band (R&B/Funk)

Charles and Gwen Scales
Monday, September 1
11:15 a.m. -
Brittany C. Myree (R&B/Pop)
12:45 p.m. -Cree (R&B/Soul)
2:15 p.m. -Kenny Watson (R&B/Rock/Alternative)
3:45 p.m. -The Swank Club (Caribbean/Pop/Jazz)
5:15 p.m. -Tumbao Bravo (Latin Jazz)
6:45 p.m. -Keith Ferguson & Notorious (R&B/Soul)
8:15 p.m.-  Charles & Gwen Scales (R&B/Soul)


Rockstar Energy Performance Pit

Friday, August 29
11:00 a.m. -
Rana Z (Folk)
12:00 p.m. -Audacious Hoops (Hula Hoops)
1:00 p.m. -Mind Tapped (Psychological Magic)
5:00 p.m. -Detroit Circus (Circus-style performers)
9:00 p.m.-Movement Detroit Showcase – Emo the Inferno (Electronic Music)

Saturday, August 30
10:00 a.m. -Yoga Class led by Citizen Yoga (Yoga)
11:15 a.m. -Maggie Cocco and Creative Conscience (Rock/Blues/Fusion)
12:00 p.m. -The Michigan Center for Capoeira (Brazilian Dance/Martial Arts Capoeira)
1:00 p.m. -Zander Michigan (Detroit Folk)
2:00 p.m. -Bucket Drummers (Percussion)
3:00 p.m. -Reefermen Duo (Acoustic/Soul/Blues)
4:00 p.m. -Detroit Circus (Circus-style performers)
9:00 p.m.-Movement Detroit Showcase – Cash 4 Gold & DJ Thornstryker (Electronic)

Sunday, August 31
10:00 a.m. -
Yoga Class led by Citizen Yoga (Yoga)
11:00 a.m. -Zumba Class led by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company
12:00 p.m. -Jill Grandison (Folk/Soul)
1:00 p.m. -N.E. Entertainment (Acrobatics & Juggling)
2:00 p.m. -Audacious Hoops (Hula Hoops)
3:00 p.m. -Be a Rockstar Singing Competition
5:00 p.m. -Detroit Circus (Circus-style performers)
9:00 p.m.-Movement Detroit Showcase – DJ Ryan Richards (Electronic Music)

Monday, September 1
11:00 a.m. -
Zumba Class led by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company
12:00 p.m. -N.E. Entertainment (Acrobatics & Juggling)
1:00 p.m. -Bucket Drummers (Percussion)
2:00 p.m.-Be a Rockstar Singing Competition
4:00 p.m. The Leonards (Rock and Roll)
5:00 p.m. Detroit Circus (Circus-style performers)


Oakland County Kids Stage

Rosco the Clown...
Friday, August 29
11:30 a.m. -
Rosco the Clown
12:00 p.m. -Puppet Show: Three Little Pigs
12:30 p.m. -Mysterious Illusions
1:00 p.m. -Laugh it Up with Rosco
1:30 p.m. -Puppet Show: Punch & Judy
2:00 p.m. -Randyl Lee Magic
2:30 p.m. -Rosco the Clown
3:00 p.m. -Puppet Show: Punch & Judy
3:30 p.m. -Rosco the Clown
4:00 p.m. - Mysterious Illusions
4:30 p.m. -Puppet Show: Three Little Pigs
5:00 p.m. -Laugh It Up with Rosco
5:30 p.m. -Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music
6:30 p.m. -Puppet Show: Punch & Judy
7:00 p.m. -Randyl Lee Magic
7:30 p.m.- Puppet Show: Three Little Pigs

Saturday, August 30
12:00 p.m. - 
Radio Disney
3:30 p.m. - Cool Tricks & Funny Stuff
4:00 p.m. - Juggling with Tim Salisbury
4:30 p.m. -Pure Imagination Magic Show
5:00 p.m. -Juggling with Tim Salisbury
5:30 p.m. -Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music
6:30 p.m. -Pure Imagination Magic Show
7:00 p.m. -Juggling with Tim Salisbury
7:30 p.m.- Cool Tricks & Funny Stuff

Sunday, August 31
12:00 p.m. -
Radio Disney
3:30 p.m. -Pure Imagination Magic Show
4:00 p.m. -Kevin’s Musical Concert
4:30 p.m. -Cool & Funny Stuff
5:00 p.m. -Kids’ Music with Kevin
5:30 p.m. -Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music
6:30 p.m. -Pure Imagination Magic Show
7:00 p.m. - Kevin’s Musical Concert
7:30 p.m.- Cool Tricks & Funny Stuff

Monday, September 1
12:00 p.m. - 
Cool Tricks & Funny Stuff
12:30 p.m.- Kids’ Music with Kevin
1:00 p.m. - Rosco the Clown
1:30 p.m. -Kevin’s Musical Concert
2:00 p.m. -Pure Imagination Magic Show
2:30 p.m. -Kids’ Music with Kevin
3:00 p.m. -Laugh It Up with Rosco
3:30 p.m. -Cool Tricks & Funny Stuff
4:00 p.m. -Rosco the Clown
4:30 p.m.- Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music

Morton's Steak House Troy Prime Cheeseburgers...
THE EATS

With more than 50 of the area’s favorite restaurants, caterers and food-related attractions set up along the streets of Royal Oak displaying their culinary arts, visitors will find something for every taste with booths featuring everything from seafood, to summer fun food, to delicious sweets and dessert offerings, to savory cultural dishes. Along with the impressive array of food, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats will also include many upscale choices rarely featured in outdoor festivals.

Leading the lineup of new restaurants is Morton’s The Steakhouse, the world-famous, high-end eatery chain which includes a location in Troy, Michigan. Also debuting this year is Andiamo Pizza Pie, part of the Andiamo’s family of nine Detroit-area locations, featuring pizza and panini, and Famous Dave’s, the award-winning national eatery with three Detroit-area locations, known for its authentic, mouthwatering barbeque choices. Joining Morton’s in the lineup of participating highend restaurants is Prime 29 Steakhouse, bringing back their popular filet mignon sliders, and Mitchell’s Fish Market and its fresh seafood fare.

2014 Eats Line-Up includes -

-Andiamo Pizza Pie
-Andre’s Louisiana Seafood Sandwich Shop
-Baja Smoothies
-Big Mike’s Southwestern Grill
-bozii
-Detroit Bubble Tea Company
-Elvis Catering & Pizza
-Eskimo Jacks
-Famous Dave’s
-Fun Foods
-Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse
-Green Lantern Pizzeria
-Hamlin Corner
-Jackson’s Five Star Catering
-La Feast
-La Marsa
-Lockhart’s BBQ
-Mercurio Foods
-Mitchell’s Fish Market
-Morton’s The Steakhouse
-Peking House
-Polish Village Café
-Prime29 Steakhouse
-Pronto!
-Red Wood Grill
-Ryba’s Fudge Shops
-Shuck-N-Ladder
-Sister Love Treats
-Soaring Eagle Cuisine Machine
-Star Lanes Restaurant & Sports Bar
-Tania’s Pizza
-Taste and Tell
-The Almond Hut
-The Potato Factory
-Town Tavern
-Trenton Ice Cream
-Union Jacks
- Vintage House Banquets & Catering

AND MORE...

INTERACTIVE FORD DISPLAYS
Stop by the many interactive Ford display areas throughout Ford Arts, Beats and Eats to check out the latest Ford vehicles in all categories and sizes, hybrid vehicles and even a special edition Mustang GT while learning about the about new technology, and even having an opportunity to test drive an all-new Ford vehicle. The attractions offer skill competitions, technology demonstrations and the opportunity to win exciting prizes.

By registering at any one of the Ford display locations, adults and any children they wish to sign up will receive a wristband to join the fun. Each registered adult, 18 and over, will automatically be entered for a chance to win a Ford vehicle of their choice!

Take a Test Drive in a New Ford Vehicle – The popular “Ride & Drive” returns. Stop by 4th St. and Washington Ave. to take a spin in your choice of a variety of new Ford vehicles. Experience a smooth ride, learn about cool new Ford technology and earn six food tickets for completing the test drive.

My Perfect Match – Answer 8-10 questions in a new digital quiz modeled after the famous “Dating Game.” The fun, interactive game intrigues consumers to learn about themselves and Ford products too. Players walk away with Ford trinkets, while supplies last.

EcoBoost Power Kick Challenge – Test your ability to work against a countdown clock to kick as many soccer goals as possible in this motion-sensor contest, promoting the Ford Escape’s EcoBoost engine, for a chance to win cool prizes.

Green Light Photo Op – Participants scan select images best suiting them and pose in front of the 1.0: EcoBoost Green Screen for a witty and clever photo opportunity, promoting the fact that smaller is often better. The resulting image appears on the kiosk where it can be sent to the subject’s email address as a souvenir.

EcoBoost Power Wheel – This popular game returns and players spin the giant wheel for a chance to win the “EcoBoost Cash Jackpot”!

Various Ford Oval Count Challenges – Another returning favorite, players test their estimation skills by guessing the quantity of Ford ovals inside a clear acrylic box to win a gift card.


For more information on the 2014 Arts, Beats, and Eats festival, visit their website at http://www.artsbeatseats.com


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FREE Institute for Population Health #BacktoSchool Immunization Fair 8/24 Downtown Detroit

IPH presents Back to School Immunization Fair
Sunday August 24, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm
IPH North End
8904 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48202

While driving into work this morning, I was listening to KISS Detroit Radio and found out about this FREE Back-to-School Immunization Fair sponsored by IPH.

The immunizations are FREE for eligible families without health insurance. They are also offering FREE school supplies to the first 300 people in line.

The event also offers FREE lunch for kids 18 and under and disable adults up to age 26.  Families can also sign up for services like WIC and the Mobile Dentist.

Get more information about the IPH Back-to-School Immunization Fair on the Institute for Population Health Facebook Page


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FREE McCafé Baked Muffins to 1st 100 SE Michigan McDonald's location dine-in customers 8/20, 7am

Michigan McDonald's locations to host "Great Muffin Giveaway" of more than 23,000 McCafé Fresh Baked Muffins on August 20th...

McDonald’s restaurants in Southeast Michigan will introduce a new line of fresh baked goods – McCafé Fresh Baked Muffins by Quaker®.

To celebrate, more than 230 participating Southeast Michigan McDonald’s restaurants will give one FREE full-size McCafé fresh baked muffin to the first 100 dine-in customers beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. No purchase necessary.

“Breakfast at McDonald’s has just gotten better with the addition of the McCafé fresh baked muffins by Quaker,” said Michigan Region Vice President and General Manager Francisco “Pancho” Gonzalez. “As part of our ‘Great Muffin Giveaway’ to introduce the product to customers, participating southeast Michigan McDonald’s restaurants will collectively give away more than 23,000 FREE McCafé fresh baked muffins. We invite everyone in the community to come out and enjoy one of our newest additions to our bakery line.”

McCafé fresh baked muffins are available in four different flavors, including Blueberry, Berry Bran, Cranberry Orange, and Double Chocolate.

“Customers have yet another reason to start their day at our restaurants,” said Gonzalez. “Stop in for a delicious cup of McCafé Coffee and pick up your favorite McCafé fresh baked muffin.”

Baked in-house daily, the McCafé muffins by Quaker are available all day at participating restaurants. The McDonald’s McCafé beverage lineup includes McCafé fresh brewed coffee, iced coffee, lattes, mochas, Frappés, hot chocolate, shakes and Real Fruit Smoothies.


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

TECH: 3 Ways to be Wifi Connected while on the go with Verizon Wireless, Xfinity, and Skype

Disclosure: Verizon Wireless has partnered with my blog over the past 4 years to demo many products, including the Verizon Jetpack Mifi mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own...

Verizon Mifi Hotspots are great for daily use and for traveling...but at a price.
No Smartphone?  No Problem. You can still stay connected while on-the-go and even traveling with these services...

It has almost been a year since I gave my technology challenged sister a new tablet for her birthday. My sister only uses technology when she is forced and she refuses to even consider buying a smartphone since a flip phone meets her daily needs.  She does use a laptop because it is part of her job, but left up to her, she would still be using a manual typewriter if she could get away with it.

When my son and I gifted my sister a new tablet for her birthday, I really did not know how she was going to react. So I could not believe it when she started using the tablet everyday for checking her email, reading eBooks, paying games and watching movies on Netflix, Hulu Plus, Comcast To Go.

Her only complaint? That her tablet does not have a built-in Internet connection so that she can use all the apps while on-the-go.

So that got me to thinking about what options are available for people like my sister who are not ready to commit to a smartphone but want to still stay somewhat connected using devices like "wifi only" tablets and laptops.

So I did some research and came up with a few ways that my family has tried out over the last couple of months to stay connected while on the go.

Some of the options are paid while others are FREE as part of subscriptions services that you may always have...

My sister did not want to give it back... she loved the Verizon Jetpack Hotspot...
Verizon Jetpack Mifi Hotspot
If you have read my blog for any amount of time, then you know how much I love staying connected while on the go by using a hotspot. Verizon has loaned me many Mifi Hotspots for review over the last 4 years that I have used while traveling and for daily use.

Hotspots can be stand alone devices and also a separate paid feature available on your smartphone. A Hotspot allows you to share an Internet connection with between 5-10 other devices including laptops and tablets.

I personally have loved using Verizon Mifi Hotspots while traveling over the years since I find most hotel Wifi connections (both in-room and in convention areas) to be spotty and inconsistent.

Thanks to my friends at Verizon Wireless my sister was recently able to demo a Verizon Jetpack Mifi Hotspot - and she loved every minute of it!!!

When I told my sister that Verizon Wireless was going to loan her a Mifi Hotspot to try out, she was skeptical that she would be able to figure out how to work it. So I gave her a short 5 minute demo on how to turn it out and how to connect it to her tablet and she was good to go.

My sister loved being able to keep the small Verizon Jetpack Mifi in her purse and use it wherever and whenever she wanted. She loved using the Verizon Mifi Hotspot at work on her lunch hour to watch movies and also in her car while waiting to pick my nephew up from work.

My sister loved the Verizon Mifi so much that she went to her local Verizon store (she is a long time Verizon customer) to check out the pricing for buying one for herself.  I am so proud of her since she is definitely not a technology novice any longer.

I would sum up the Verizon Mifi Hotspot as follows -

Pros -
- Portable
- Can be used to connect with up to 10 wifi devices including tablets and laptops
- Gives you an Internet connection anywhere that Verizon service is available
- Verizon Mifi Hotspots and service are available both on contract and through prepaid service
- Mifi Hotspots devices have better battery life than using a hotspot feature on your phone

Cons-
- There may be a separate fee for the Mifi Hotspot device hardware depending on if you buy it on-contract or prepaid
- Just like using data on a smartphone, you need to manage your Mifi Hotspot data use and pick a monthly plan that matches that use or you could end up spending lots of money for the service

Check here to find out more about Verzion Mifi Hotspots


Comcast Xfinity Wifi
In addition to services like Verizon Mifi Hotspots, Wifi on-the-go services are also available through other means.

My sister and I are both Comcast customers so I made sure to check out Comcast's new Xfinity Wifi service to see if this could be an additional option for my sister to use since Xfinity Wifi is included for no extra change as part of regular Comcast Internet billing.

Xfinity Wifi is a network of Internet connections available across the country where Comcast Xfinity customers can connect their devices for FREE to do anything from checking email to streaming a movie. There is an Xfinity Wifi app that can be downloaded from the Google Play store or the Apple store to help find Xfinity Wifi locations.


I tried out the service by looking for an Xfinity Wifi location near where I work in Dearborn, MI. I was able to find a couple of locations, so during my lunch break, I drove over to Leo's Coney Island on Greenfield Road to check out the service. I sat in my car in the parking lot and joined the network on my iPad.  Once I was connected, I had to sign into my Comcast account and then I was good to go.

To check the speed of the connection, I decided to stream a movie using my Netflix app and everything worked great with no buffering - I was very impressed.

I would sum up Comcast Xfinity Wifi as follows -

Pros -
- FREE for Comcast Internet customers - HOLLA!
- Connection is strong enough to stream movies without buffering - a huge plus if you like to stream movies!
- Once you successfully connect to a Xfinity Wifi location, you will automatically connect when you come back to the same location and go to another Xfinity Wifi location

Cons -
- Xfiniity Wifi is in limited locations which may not be anywhere near where you are located while out and about

Click here to find out more about Comcast Xfinity Wifi


Skype Wifi
I have been using Skype now for over a year through a Skype World subscription that I bought at a discount on eBay.  I love Skype because I can get clear VOIP calls just using an Internet connection. And one of the features of my subscription is that it includes FREE access to Skype Wifi.

Skype Wifi works like Comcast Xfinity Wifi in that there are locations avaiable across the US where you connect to the service and Skype also has a app that you can download from the Google Play store or the Apple store to help you find available Skype Wifi locations.  But unlike Comcast Xfinity Wifi which is only in the US, Skype Wifi locations are available around the world.


I tried to find Skype Wifi locations near where I work in Dearborn, but I found they were all located inside of hotels or in the DTW airport.

I did find a hotel near where I work that has Skype Wifi, but I was not able to connect from the parking lot like I was able to do with Xfinity Wifi.  Since I did not want to go into the hotel without being a guest, I did not get to chance to actually check out the service speed.

Given where Skype Wifi locations are located, the service seems great for traveling, but not great for needing free wifi connection on a daily basis.

Since I really did not get to try out the service, I would sum up what little I did get to try out about Skype Wifi as follows -

Pros -
- FREE as part of a Skype World Subscription
- Would be nice for travel since the service is mostly available in hotels and airports

Cons -
- Not great day to day use due to the extremely limited locations

Click here to find out more about Skype Wifi


So there are a few of the ways we can all stay connected while on the go.  Some options like Skype Wifi seem to be better for world traveling while others like Xfinity Wifi and the Verizon Mfi Hotspot are better for everyday use.  But however we choose to connect, it is great to know that services like these are available with even more options probably on the way.


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Friday, August 15, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: Michigan Nonprofit Job Center - August 15, 2014

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!!!

Development Manager - Part Time (Grand Rapids)
The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan is a resource, programming and advocacy organization supporting lifelong opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and those who care for them throughout West Michigan.

The Development Manager will be responsible for executing the annual fund campaign for the DSAWM. Responsibilities will include actively cultivating new funding opportunities, effectively managing existing donor relationships, working with the Board and Executive Director to create a diverse development strategy for a broad base of donors, managing fundraising events and supervising the Resource Development Assistant.

To send a resume or request a full job description, send an email to melissa@dsawm.org.


Secretary II (East Lansing)
Secretary II
College of Communication Arts and Sciences Michigan State University

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University seeks applicants for a support staff position to serve within the function-based, high-energy College staff structure in the role of primary office support for the department chairperson, and general support for faculty and staff. In addition, this position will work closely with Academic and Student Affairs Staff to support the graduate programs for the department.

For job requirements and additional information, please refer to Posting #9911 and complete an online application at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website https://jobs.msu.edu. Application deadline is August 19, 2014.

This position requires a typing score of 60 words per minute. If you do not have a typing score on file with Human Resources or you would like to improve your score, please visit us prior to the posting closing date to take a typing assessment test. We are located in the Human Resources, Solutions Center, Suite 110 Nisbet Building, 1407 S. Harrison Road., East Lansing, 48823. The HR office is open for testing Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages


Program Supervisor (Detroit)
Supervises staff in accordance with their job duties. Trains and orients new staff. Provides crisis intervention as needed. Acts as back up where possible to staff in the department.

PLEASE SUBMIT RESUMES TO nsojobs@nso-mi.org or visit us at www.nso-mi.org or mail to NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICE ORGANIZATION 882 OAKMAN BLVD, SUITE C, DETROIT, MI 48238 ATTN: HUMAN RESOURCES. EOE


Community Outreach Manager (Livonia)
Seedlings Braille Books for Children, a Livonia nonprofit organization serving blind children worldwide for 30 years, seeks a qualified part-time (avg. 28 hrs/wk) person to lead our public relations and fundraising efforts.

Responsibilities:

Manage fundraising events, appeals
Research and write grant proposals
Write and disseminate press releases, news stories, and newsletters
Speak to civic groups, clubs, schools and conduct tours
Attend conferences and conventions for Seedlings
Manage social media presence
Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or 4 years equivalent education in Marketing or Public Relations
Minimum 3 years of nonprofit experience
Demonstrated fundraising, PR, special events, and grant writing experience
Experience in public speaking and strong writing & verbal communication skills
Willingness to learn braille basics
Key Attributes:

Ability to work independently and also in a team environment (Department of 2; Full team of 10, plus volunteers)
Excellent computer skills, particularly MS Office, Constant Contact a plus
Excellent organizational & interpersonal skills
Excellent attendance and punctuality are essential for this position (majority of the hours will be in office plus occasional evening meetings with civic groups, conferences)
Seedlings’ Mission: Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a non-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high-quality, low-cost children’s literature in Braille.

For more information on Seedlings, see: www.seedlings.org If interested, please send cover letter and resume to: info@seedlings.org


Administrative Assistant Intermediate (Ann Arbor)
To apply, please send detailed cover letter and resume by Sept 2 to hr@thehopefoundation.org

40 hrs/week . Competitive salary/ benefits
Description: Responsible for general administrative tasks associated with operations of national cancer research support organization. We are seeking a bright, flexible and committed member of our team who can provide support both in general admin and basic accounting (clerical).

About The Hope Foundation: The Hope Foundation is a public charity with the mission of supporting clinical research and educational programs for SWOG, a national cancer research organization. thehopefoundation.org or swog.org

ADMINISTRATIVE (60%)

Perform all administrative functions to support the day to day operations of the Foundation and the President. Includes clear and timely correspondence with donors, SWOG staff, and the general public.
Provide calendaring and schedule support to SWOG Chief Administrative Officer, with special projects assigned as necessary.
In collaboration with President, provide support to The Hope Foundation Board of Directors.
In collaboration with the Grants Administrator, provide travel/other support to grantees.
Organize and maintain cleanliness in the office.
Monitor inventory and order office supplies from approved vendors.
CLERICAL RESPONSIBILITIES (40%):

Accurately conduct data entry into Peachtree accounting systems
Bi-monthly Accounts Payable check run process (data entry, Invoice review, check printing, mailing)
Requirements: Excellent verbal/written communication and a pleasant manner with the ability to function well independently. Exceptional attention to detail. Technology skills (PC- based) are necessary. Knowledge of Quickbooks or Peachtree and Sharepoint a plus. Some travel may be required.


Wigs 4 Kids Finance Internship (St. Clair Shores)
Wigs 4 Kids is a local, grassroots nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that provides wigs & support services to Michigan children experiencing hair loss as a result of illness and treatment. Our program is available to children and teens between the ages of 3 through 18 at no charge to them or their families.

We are seeking a finance intern who can assist with day-to-day financial tasks associated with recording donations made to our organization. These include monetary gifts, in-kind goods and services, in memory and in honor donations, merchandise purchases among others. Our finance intern will also work closely with the Founder & CEO to learn and implement proper auditing procedures. Presence at fundraising events in the community is requested. Working knowledge of Quickbooks and Quickbooks POS required.

Interested candidates may forward their resumes to maggie@wigs4kids.org.


Associate Director of Individual & Estate Giving (Detroit)
Associate Director of Individual and Estate Giving The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is seeking highly-qualified applicant to join our team as an Associate Director of Individual and Estate Giving. The Foundation works with caring members of our community on important initiatives that improve the health and well-being of young people and their families, particularly in Southeast Michigan. We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization located in Detroit.
The Associate Director of Individual and Estate Giving is responsible for identifying, qualifying, cultivating and soliciting individual prospects capable of giving in excess of $50,000. Travel will be required, particularly within Southeast Michigan.

CHMF is proud of its diverse workplace and is an E.E.O employer. Qualified candidates will have five or more years of progressively responsible experience in the fund development or sales fields. Specific experience in major gift solicitation and campaigns is preferred. A Bachelor’s degree is required.

Please send a letter of interest, resume and salary history to hr@chmfoundation.org no later than September 12, 2014.


Visitor Services Cashier (Detroit)
Motown Museum was founded in 1985 to showcase a legacy surrounding music, history and unity across the globe.

Are you looking for a fun place to work?
Do you possess exceptional customer service skills?
Are you experienced with handling cash in support of retail sales?
Are you capable of working under pressure?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, Motown Museum is the place for you!

As a Visitor Services Cashier, you will greet and service Museum visitors at the Box Office and in our Museum Store. This position primarily processes retail and admissions sales transactions through our TAM POS System, answers questions regarding merchandise, provides information pertaining to discounts or promotions, answers incoming phone calls and takes messages. The Visitor Services Cashier also assists with maintaining inventory levels in the Museum Store.

Qualifications:

High School Diploma or equivalent
Customer service and cashier experience preferred
If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit our website at www.motownmuseum.org/careers

Motown Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Small Business Development Specialist (Detroit)
A Detroit based non-profit community development organization is seeking a Small Business Development Specialist. This position will oversee the following activities:

Coordinate technical assistance packages for local businesses
Connect businesses to funding resources
Coordinate a series of business development workshops
Schedule and manage quarterly small business meetings
Collect data and provide reports to the organization leadership as required
Develop a comprehensive database on all businesses in the district
Build one on one relationships with local businesses, TA providers and funders
Develop and coordinate business promotions and events
Identify and communicate parking options for customers
Identify funding streams and other forms of assistance for local businesses
Work with organization leadership to develop a forgivable loan program for small independent businesses
Gather information on small business activities for monthly e-newsletters, social media and website presence
Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in related field
Prior experience working in the small business development system (minimum of 3 years)

This is a two year, contract position. Some benefits included.

Please email a cover letter and resume to businessspecialist14@gmail.com


Accounting Manager (Southfield)
GENERAL POSITION DESCRIPTION:
Under the direction of the Vice-President of Finance/Business, the Accounting Manager is responsible for all areas relating to accounting functions and financial reporting. This position will be responsible for daily, weekly and monthly accounting tasks and activities. The Accounting Manager will be responsible for developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely monthly financial statements in addition to general ledger preparation and year end audit preparation. This includes directing and coordinating the work of accounting staff in all aspects of accounting. As a member of the Agency’s Management Team, the Accounting Manager must have strong interpersonal communication skills both written and verbal.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree in accounting; CPA/CMA professional accreditation preferred.
Minimum of two to five years of relevant accounting, managerial and supervisory experience preferably in a non-profit environment.
Must be a hands-on manager with a collaborative and flexible style with a strong service mentality
Demonstrated excellence in managing finance, accounting, budgeting, control and reporting.
Previous experience working with State of MI-DHS is desirable.
Interested persons should forward a resume and cover letter to Jamie Bozarth QI/HR Specialist, SFC, 16250 Northland Drive, Southfield, MI 48075, jbozarth@spaulding.org EOE


Senior Communications Manager (East Lansing)
Communications Manager II/S
College of Communication Arts and Sciences Michigan State University

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences of Michigan State University seeks applicants for a senior communications manager to develop, direct, and implement communication strategies and initiatives for the college and WKAR. Responsibilities include developing innovative and creative solutions to publicize and disseminate news and information about the college and WKAR to a wide variety of constituents, as well as creating and coordinating messages for all forms of media outlets and supervising communication staff.

For job requirements and additional information, please refer to Posting #9906 and complete an online application at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website https://jobs.msu.edu. Application deadline is August 12, 2014.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


Fund Development and Marketing Manager (Rochester)
The Older Persons commission (OPC) is a non-profit organization that provides supportive outreach services, Health & Wellness and enrichment programs to adults 50+ to the residents of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township.

Position Responsibilities
We are seeking a Fund Development and Marketing Manger to develop and implement plans for Marketing, Public Relations, Community Relations and Fundraising. Responsibilities would include preparing and executing marketing plans to meet strategic and budget goals, work with internal and external vendors to develop and maintain printed materials, advertising, social media, and online presence, including our website; develop, plan and manage appropriate programs to achieve target fundraising goals, and taking next steps in the Planned Giving, Major Gifts and grants programs. Maintain and update donor database. Serve as speaker and presenter to external audiences when necessary.

Qualifications
5+ years of experience in fund development, marketing, public or community relations
Ability to manage and coordinate several projects simultaneously and work with a wide range of people and personalities. Strong time and project management. Organizational, presentation and writing skills. Enthusiastic, diplomatic, trustworthy, creative, and professional.Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office suite and other design software. Ability to maintain absolute confidentiality.

To Apply
Please email resume to opcseniorcenter@gmail.com. Visit us on the web at www.opcseniorcenter.org. EOE


Accountant (Flint)
Accountant Needed
Responsibilities include all aspects of general ledger accounting as well as reconciliations, recording receivables, creating financial statements, and reporting to grantors. Must possess experience in the accounting for federal and state grants and non-profit accounting.
Experience in federal and state grant reporting systems and processing Medicaid claims a plus. Experience in research and implementation of new non-profit accounting software a plus. Ability to provide administrative assistance as needed for special projects.
Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree with an accounting emphasis. Minimum of two years’ experience required. Candidates must have advanced level of spreadsheets, accounting, database software and reporting as well as intermediate word processing skills. Candidates must also possess excellent problem solving and analytical skills. Excellent written communication skills a must.
Send resumes to spoiler4141@gmail.com No telephone calls.


Self Sufficiency Development Specialist (Pontiac)
Job Title: Self-Sufficiency Development Specialist – Community Ventures
Office Location: Lighthouse of Oakland County, Pontiac, Michigan
FLSA Status: Fulltime/Salaried/Exempt
Reports To: Manager – Self Sufficiency Programs
Position Description: Responsible for program management of Lighthouse execution of the Community Ventures Program - an initiative from the Michigan Economic Development Council to provide full time, stable employment in Pontiac and nearby community businesses to structurally unemployed individuals. Lighthouse of Oakland County is selected to be a Service Provider to provide wrap around services to assist the Client in maintaining employment and developing self sufficiency skills.
Essential responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:

Develop systems and processes for continuous improvement in program management of the Community Ventures initiative (forecasting, program statistics, funding, outcomes, etc.)
Lead meetings with Clients and Lighthouse teams in the development of Client job retention and self- sufficiency work plans
Facilitate case management coordination, communication, and follow up between Lighthouse inter- agency activities and community resources.
Participate in development of relationships with and processes for communication and follow up with Community Venture hiring companies
Be the focal point for the relationship with and the process of referral of Clients to Michigan Job Works.
Educational/Professional Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Human Services or Business Management field or equivalent and minimum 2 years professional experience
Please submit cover letter and resume to: Mark Kilbourn, Manager Self Sufficiency Programs, Lighthouse Emergency Services by August 18, 2014. Mkilbourn@lighthouseoakland.org


Staff Director (Lansing)
These duties typically include:

Daily supervision of local union’s staff; any/all hiring/firing done with Exec. Officer’s prior approval
Negotiates the staff’s union’s contract periodically with the assistance of the President and/or Sec/Tr.
General oversight for the financial records and financial operations; prepares yearly budget with the
Guidance of the President, Sec/Treasurer, and appropriate office staff.
General oversight for legislative issues affecting the membership;
General oversight for the coordination of the local’s political operation, including SEIU State Council
functions as well as International political programs
High level of interaction with 517M Executive Board
Continuous contact with elected and appointed governmental officials
Education:
Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree or five years managerial experience in a similar field, with emphasis on Labor Relations
Labor Union Skills (experience) or College Level Labor Industrial Relations (course work), is a plus.

Salary & Position:
Salaried position, with Health Care, Dental, and Vision Insurance, current SEIU pension plan, some irregular hours, in-State travel with occasional participation in special campaigns that may require longer term travel and overnight stays; must have a driver’s license and a vehicle.

Application Requirements:
A cover letter is required for all applications. Your cover letter should explain your reason for wanting to work for SEIU, an example of how you demonstrated success in a similar position and a description of how this position fits into your long-term career plan.

SEIU Local 517M is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Apply Here: http://www.Click2apply.net/shg234j


FT Parent Organizer (Detroit)
Responsible for working with assigned DPS schools to ensure there is a strong parent organization, multiple parent strategies to increase engagement and opportunities to support parents with a focus on student achievement. In addition, must provide programming support and recruitment for the Parent Resource Center.

Build and maintain relationships with assigned DPS schools’, principals and parent leaders
Recruit and maintain relationship with parent leaders from each school
Work with Parent Leaders to increase parental involvement at their school minimally 10 percent above the previous school year
Assist schools and parents with conducting federally required Title 1 parent involvement meetings
Assist schools and parents with planning and implementing a strong parent involvement program, activities and procedures
Assist schools and parents with development and or revisal of school parent compact which outlines shared responsibility for improved student achievement
Communicate and address challenges and barriers based upon school’s needs
Provide support and staff Parent Resource Centers
Collect and Secure required documentation from your parent organization of record meetings (officers, meeting dates, bylaws, monthly agendas, minutes, sign in sheets and other documents) and submit on a monthly basis
Review the previous and current year needs assessment to identify gaps and develop service strategies
Qualified candidates will hold a two-year associates degree or, or equivalent experience.

Full time Salaried - $25,000 - $32,000

Applicants must email a cover letter and resume to rallen@detroitparentnetwork.org No phone calls will be accepted.


Development/Administrative Associate (Detroit)
Mercy Education Project, Crain's 2013 Best Managed Non-Profit that provides educational opportunities for women and girls, seeks a Development / Administrative Associate. Support fund development program by entering donor data into Raiser's Edge and generating thank you letters; as well as support for annual fundraisers and donor development events. Manage social media, newsletter and other communication vehicles. Assist in preparation of grants as well as in generating detail for grant reporting. Support administration by managing program data; processing paychecks; maintaining filing system; maintaining office equipment and supplies; and assisting with new employee onboarding. Bachelor's Degree required; at least 2 years of development experience required. Bilingual - English / Spanish - a plus. 32 hours/wk. with benefits. Email cover letter and resume to Mary Madigan, MEP Associate Director, at job_opening@mercyed.net


Family Reunification Team Leader Position (Midland)
Adoption Option Inc. is accepting applications for a Team Leader for the Family Reunification Program in Midland, Clare, Isabella and Gladwin Counties. This full time position’s responsibilities include providing intensive home-based short term counseling, life skills education, and supportive services in order to preserve families and transition child(ren) home from out of home placement. 24 hour/7 days a week availability. Provide overall plan coordination; good writing and time management skills are essential to this position. Master’s Degree in Social Work or Counseling required. Please send cover letter and resume to: Attn: Carol Boothroyd, FRP Supervisor cboothroyd260@gmail.com


Family Learning Institute Executive Director (Ann Arbor)
The Family Learning Institute (FLI), a non-profit organization located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is seeking a full-time Executive Director.

Founded in 2000, FLI is a volunteer-based agency whose mission is to close the achievement gap for students in Washtenaw County. FLI provides free one-on-one individualized reading and math tutoring to elementary and middle school students from low-income households. FLI also offers a number of outreach programs to support students’ academic success.

In recent years, FLI has served an average of 140 students per year, with an annual operating budget of approximately $200,000. Financial support comes from a combination of private, corporate, and governmental donations and grants.

The ideal Executive Director candidate will exhibit the following characteristics:

Knowledge of Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County schools and community
Teaching experience or background in education
Comfort and enjoyment in working with families from diverse races and socio-economic backgrounds
Background in non-profit organizations
Experience securing funding, developing programs, and managing/supervising personnel
Talent for public relations and marketing
Strong communication/listening/public speaking skills
Reputation as a creative leader
Willingness to work a flexible schedule with evening hours
Additional information about FLI and the duties of the Executive Director, as well as an application form, is available on the website: familylearninginstitute.org at the following link: http://www.familylearninginstitute.org/job.opportunity.html

Send application materials to:
Dr. Jean Waltman
c/o Family Learning Institute
1954 S. Industrial Hwy, Suite D
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
resume@familylearninginstitute.org
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 20, 2014


Development and Events Associate (Ann Arbor)
The Development and Events Associates is a member of the Resource Development Team and reports to the Director of Development. Responsible for identifying, cultivating, retaining and developing individual and corporate donor relationships. Leads the coordination of all aspects of events activities (minimum 5 events annually). Leads donor communications and recognition programs.

Bachelors degrees and a minimum of 2 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Strong written and verbal communications skills. Mastery of MS Office-Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook. Starting salary $30K-$33K

Submit cover letter and resume to dbratkovich@uwwashtenaw.org. No phone calls


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