Monday, September 26, 2016

FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop 10/1 - Build a Fire Truck

Build a Fire Truck on October 1st at the Home Depot

Build. Learn. Create. Have fun with fun Kids Workshops at the Home Depot designed for children ages 5 - 12. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

Make a Back to Fire Truck
Saturday, October 1, 2016
9am - Noon

Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a toy fire truck with real wheels so you can race it to the rescue! Once the toy truck is built, your child can decorate it with paint & vehicle stickers.



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Sunday, September 25, 2016

FREE Coffee, Doughnut at Krispy Kreme for National Coffee Day 9/29 #KrispyKreme

The perfect pair is FREE on September 29!

Any guest who visits a participating Krispy Kreme shop on National Coffee Day will receive a free small coffee and a free Original Glazed® doughnut. The offer will be valid at participating shops from the beginning of regular business hours until close of business on September 29 only.

Krispy Kreme’s signature drip coffee is rich and robust, with a freshness guests can taste. The pairing of Krispy Kreme coffee with an Original Glazed doughnut will add the perfect perk to those celebrating National Coffee Day across the US/CAN.

No purchase is necessary for guests to take part in National Coffee Day. Be sure to share your favorite National Coffee Day moments on Social Media using #KrispyKreme.

Krispy Kreme locations in the Metro Detroit area include:

Krispy Kreme
208 West 14 Mile Rd
Troy, MI

Krispy Kreme
15050 Southfield Rd
Allen Park, MI


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Kroger FREE Friday COUPON download for a Sour Patch Kids or Swedish Fish Candy on 9/23

Get your coupon this Friday ...

On Friday, September 23, 2016, you can download to your Kroger Rewards Card a digital coupon for a FREE Sour Patch Kids or Swedish Fish Soft & Chewy Candy 7.2-88 oz Any Variety at,

The coupon must be redeemed by Sunday, October 9, 2016. The download will be available on Friday, September 23, 2016 between the hours of 12am and 11:59pm PT. This coupon is for Kroger rewards members.


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Saturday, September 17, 2016

EMPLOYMENT: Michigan Nonprofit Job Center Listings - September 16, 2016

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!!!

Posting Date: 09/16/2016
City Position is located: Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum seeks an experienced nonprofit professional to research, write, and administer grants. Ideal candidate has a track record securing STEaM oriented grants. Experience proofing and editing development and marketing collateral is a must. BA and 3 years experience researching prospects, writing successful grant proposals, budgeting, and grant administration. A record of identifying/matching funding sources to internal needs, success in creating concise, compelling proposals, and experience managing multiple projects is essential. $45,000-$55,000 DOE. Job description at Send 2 writing samples, resume & cover letter to

Posting Date: 09/16/2016
City Position is located: Detroit
Position Summary: The Communications Director will set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate the Organization Mission. The Director of Communications will ensure that THAW is viewed as the primary source, disseminator, and conduit of information within this diverse network and constituent base. The Director of Communications will work closely with the Chief Team Members within the organization as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives.
Essential Functions
Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan across the network's discreet audiences in collaboration with the organization team and constituents
Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action. Decide who, where, and when to disseminate under the advisement of the CDO, CEO, COO and the CFO.
Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities
Manage, the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, and the Organization’s website
Provide mentoring to other team members; the monitoring and or updating of the website administration and coordination of the uploading of fund and employee events
Coordinate webpage maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly and timely
Track and measure the level of engagement within the network over time ▪ Coordinate and organize annual meetings with the Chief Development Officer with the primary focus
Interested Candidates should submit resume to

Posting Date: 09/16/2016
City Position is located: Detroit
Position Summary: The case manager will be responsible for enhancing the effectiveness of THAW’s programs by assessing client needs; facilitating client referrals; and working with THAW clients and partner agencies to increase household self-sufficiency by ensuring client access to appropriate wrap-around services. Will work closely with UAC and Outreach team to identify trends and strengthen agency partnerships through collaboration and consistent communication; work with agencies to stay up to date on services available; and serve as the community liaison between the agency and utility partners. Expected to assess, plan, implement, monitor and document required action steps to address client needs, while adhering to specific program guidelines. Fulfill THAW’s goal of providing long-term solutions and enhance the quality of customer/client management, maximize satisfaction and build community partnerships. Essential Functions
Lead effort to strategically identify appropriate agency partners based on identified goals
Work within budgetary/grant specific guidelines
Maintain open communication regarding programs to agency and community partners
Work with UAC and Outreach staff to draft/update training materials
Develop referral database
Conduct agency audits, reviews and site support visits
Assess clients' needs through intake interviews and evaluating needs assessments
Make necessary referrals based on client need, program criteria and available resources
Schedule appointments; coordinate services; and research resources
Advocate for needed services; identify additional resources; and provide appropriate crisis intervention, if needed
Document and review case notes in client database; log events and progress
Interested Candidates should send a resume to

Posting Date: 09/16/2016
City Position is located: Detroit
Part-Time Dance Instructor
Deadline to apply: September 30, 2016
Living Arts is seeking a part-time dance instructor for the 2016/2017 school year.
School: Living Arts Out-of-School Dance Program
Location: Ford Resource and Engagement Center, 2826 Bagley Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Description: Part-time Jazz and Contemporary instructor for intermediate and advanced level students.
Start Date: October 3, 2016
Showcase Date: June 4, 2017 (tentative)
Classes: Advanced Contemporary age 13+, Monday 6:00-7:00 pm and Advanced Jazz age 13+, Monday 7:00-8:00 pm
Compensation: 30.00/hour
B.F.A, B.S. or B.A. in Dance or professional performance/teaching experience
Strong technical background in Ballet and Jazz, Tap is a bonus
Choreographic Experience
Experience working with youth ranging anywhere from ages 3 to 18
Adaptable and able to work in a collaborative teaching environment
A commitment to youth development and cultural enrichment through community engagement

Application Process:
Please submit a teaching resume, bio and choreographic samples to:
Marianne Brass
Dance Program Director
(586) 899-2706

Posting Date: 09/16/2016
City Position is located: Flint, MI
DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR: The Flint Public Library is looking for an energetic, detail oriented, self-directed and highly organized individual for the position of Development Coordinator. In addition to excellent computer skills and writing experience, the best candidate will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience in some of the following areas:
Donor database maintenance
Coordinating fundraising or other similar events including logistics, committee recruitment and management
Professionally written reports and communication to management, donors and board members
Experience working and leading volunteer committees
Flint Public Library serves the 100,000 residents of Flint, Michigan from a large main library building on the Flint Cultural Center campus. The Library is undertaking an exciting transformation – from a regional reference library to a vibrant community learning center.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: This is a full time non union position with a range of salary, depending on skills and experience, between $30,000 and $45,000. Benefits: Paid vacation and sick time; 12 paid holidays; health, dental and vision insurance (80% employer-paid); flexible spending plan; long term disability; life insurance; MERS pension.
Prepare a one to two page summary of your qualifications for this position, in addition to sending your resume.
Send materials to:
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Position open until filled.
Position and job description are posted at:

Posting Date: 09/16/2016
City Position is located: Grand Haven
The Grand Haven Schools Foundation is seeking a part-time Executive Director to lead its strategic, operational, and development efforts. GHSF is dedicated to providing Tri-Cities three- and four-year-olds with critical early learning opportunities to ensure kindergarten readiness.
Ensure ongoing excellence in operations and grant-making and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, and communications.
Actively engage board members/ committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and community.
Expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support programs and operations.
Deepen and refine all aspects of communications with the goal of creating a stronger brand and enhancing and expanding GHSF's donor relationships.
Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
A college degree is required. All candidates should have proven leadership and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:
Ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
Strong fundraising, marketing and public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders. Event planning experience is a plus.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Strong computer skills. Experience with a donor database is a plus.
Excellence in organizational management with the ability to set and achieve strategic objectives and manage a budget.
Past success working with a board of directors and the ability to cultivate board member relationships.
Visit for more information. Please send resume and cover letter by email to: or by mail to: GHSF, PO Box 272, Grand Haven, MI 49417.

Posting Date: 09/16/2016
City Position is located: Detroit metro area
The Salvation Army is hiring a Major Gifts Officer for their Eastern Michigan Division. The DRD/MGO is responsible for ongoing and proactive relationship management, strategic communications plans, gift cultivation, and solicitation activity, with an assigned caseload of qualified and potential major donors.
To find out more information and apply online, please visit this link:

Posting Date: 09/16/2016
City Position is located: Detroit
The Development Constituent Relations Manager (CRM) Application Manager is responsible for the integrity of all CRM data. This position also provides support for the creation of department reports as directed or requested by the Director of Development Operations or the Vice President of Development. Performs related work as required.
To view a complete job description and to apply, please visit us at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posting Date: 09/16/2016
City Position is located: Detroit
The Campaign and Major Gifts Assistant supports the Campaign and Major Gifts Officers in the identification, solicitation and management of campaign and major gift donors and prospects. Performs related work as required.
To view a complete job description and to apply, please visit us at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Posting Date: 09/16/2016
City Position is located: East Lansing
The College of Veterinary Medicine Advancement team is seeking an enthusiastic, energetic and results-oriented individual, who has an understanding of and appreciation for the field of veterinary medicine, to join its dynamic fundraising team as the Associate Director of Development. College of Veterinary Medicine has a goal of $100 million as part of the $1.5 billion Empower Extraordinary Campaign for MSU. The Associate Director will be instrumental in helping the college achieve this aggressive new goal by identifying, cultivating and soliciting individuals for significant 6- and 7-figure support as well as periodic special purpose appeals and programs with business, industry and interested foundations. The Associate Director of Development is expected to be an accomplished, responsive and collaborative member of the College of Veterinary Medicine Advancement Team who executes an aggressive schedule of donor activity to ensure a continuous pipeline of private support for the college. The Associate Director will report directly to the Senior Director of Development & Alumni Relations. The Associate Director of Development will manage a portfolio of 120 major donor prospects, focusing efforts on prospects whose philanthropic capacity is $100,000 or more to maximize the fundraising potential within the College and on behalf of Michigan State University. If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Tim Stedman, Senior Director of Development & Alumni Relations at All candidates must submit an application and resume through the Michigan State University Human Resources web-based system (MAP). The URL for this website is ; please indicate position number 4003.

Posting Date: 09/14/2016
City Position is located: Detroit
Wayne Metro CAA is looking for a VISTA Leader to support and enhance the Strengthening Wayne County Communities Project by providing ongoing support of current VISTA members, increasing the collaborative efforts of all Project partners, assisting with recruitment, and improving reporting processes for more efficiency. The Strengthening Wayne County Communities Project is an intermediary project with multiple host sites and 8 VISTA members around Wayne County servicing the community in a wide variety of ways; from teaching youth about food businesses to community security.
Member Duties/Activities: Evaluation and improving current reporting processes, enhancing recruitment efforts, supporting VISTA members throughout their service year(s), assist with the development and growth of an advisory group, and building community partnerships.
Program Benefits: Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Childcare assistance if eligible, Health Coverage, Relocation Allowance, Living Allowance of $11,881.00, to be paid in bi-weekly increments over a 1 year commitment.
To apply, please send resume to: or visit

Posting Date: 09/13/2016
City Position is located: Detroit
Responsible for planning, analysis, design and development of information and telecommunications systems to meet organization and user needs. Evaluates and recommends sources for system components, telecommunication providers and systems. Ensures the integration and implementation of applications, databases, networks and related systems. Defines and enforces organizational policies regarding usage of the internet, e-mail, data, systems security and telecommunication networks. Qualified applicants will have a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or a related discipline, eight years of progressive information technology experience with supervisory or management level experience.
Qualified applicants should forward resumes to

Posting Date: 09/13/2016
City Position is located: Dearborn
Development Associate
Directly Responsible To: Vice President of Development
Starting Pay: $16.16 - $18.95
Henry Ford College is seeking a Development Associate with solid multitasking and critical thinking skills. The Development Associate will provide a high level of administrative and organizational support to the Vice President of Development, Senior Development Officer and Donor Relations and Scholarship Coordinator. This position requires a personable, energetic individual who is eager to contribute through excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, project management and collaborative interaction within the HFC Foundation and college campus community.
Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Development Associate plays an important role in supporting the Development Office and participating in fundraising activities. The Associate helps with small scale event planning, execution and follow-up. The Associate works closely with the Donor Relations and Scholarship Coordinator to ensure timely acknowledgment of all contributions and maintain all standing development queries and mailing list in the database. The successful candidate will be in charge of all database and information strategy and operations. He/she will provide leadership for the overall data management and integrity process of the organization’s donor management system, Raiser’s Edge.
Experience: At least 1 year of experience
Education: Bachelor's Degree
This is a full-time, 12-month position, 40 hours per week. The salary range for this position is $16.16 to $18.95; a health benefit package is included after successful completion of probationary period.
Schedule hours are as follows: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the Fall/Winter semesters and Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the Spring/Summer semesters.
To apply and for more details go to:

Posting Date: 09/13/2016
City Position is located: Ann Arbor
Serves as an ambassador of Ele’s Place, educating the public about issues surrounding children’s grief and the services Ele’s Place provides families.
Cultivates and maintains relationships with donors and prospective donors, especially Healing Hearts Society members, Legacy Society members, Ele Club members, table captains, and tour guests.
Works closely with Managing Director to identify current and prospective donors, and coordinate cultivation and solicitation plans.
Solicits and stewards major donors.
Coordinates and solicits corporate sponsorships
Promotes Tours of the Heart and recruits guests. Participates in Tours and follows-up with tour guests as appropriate.
Ensures appropriateness and timeliness of thank you letters for donations. Ensures appropriate data for donors, gifts and donor prospects are captured in database.
Assists Managing Director and Events Coordinator with planning and production of donor events.
Works to ensure pledges and corporate sponsorship commitments are fulfilled by donors.
Oversees grants, deadlines and applications for operating support, programming needs, special campaigns in conjunction with Grant writer.
Interested candidates should send resume to

Posting Date: 09/12/2016
City Position is located: Pontiac
Flagstar Bank, in partnership with the City of Pontiac and Lighthouse of Oakland County, is seeking a multi-skilled individual to join our team to accomplish our mission of creating healthy neighborhoods that are good places to live, work, raise children and conduct business in Pontiac, Michigan.

The Community Development Project Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a public/private partnership with responsibility of managing stakeholder group programs, including; overseeing funding application round(s), ensuring program effectiveness, supervision of volunteers, problem resolution, and making recommendations to the public/private partnership.
The ideal candidate has program design and implementation experience with a broad knowledge of community development issues and an understanding of non-profit, as well as municipal procedures and policies at all levels. The candidate must possess excellent communication skills and be able to delegate, set priorities and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
Essential Competencies:
Proven managerial skills in community development
Proven ability to build and lead a large team
Strong commitment to our poverty alleviation goals and demand driven strategy
Ability to write technical reports, reviews, and project documents including effective communication of project status
Proactive problem solver
Ability to communicate, network and collaborate with a wide range of diverse partners and constituency groups
Educational / Professional Requirements:
Bachelors in Social Science, Business or Human Services
Minimum of seven years’ professional experience in community development
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter including salary requirements and a resume to Wilma Abney, Chief Programs Officer, Lighthouse of Oakland County;

Posting Date: 09/12/2016
City Position is located: Lansing
Redhead Design Studio, a boutique marketing and brand development studio in Old Town, Lansing, is seeking a full-time web developer. The ideal candidate should be a self-motivated learner and a detail-oriented problem solver. He or she should thrive in a collaborative, fast-paced environment and enjoy helping teammates and clients achieve their goals.
Candidates should have demonstrable experience with PHP, MySQL, and open source content management systems (Drupal/WordPress/etc.).
The job entails:
writing semantic, accessible code across all major browsers and devices. working with designers and developers to ensure alignment between creative goals and technical solutions. working with clients, technical teams in IT, and other partners. maintaining existing sites and updating/troubleshooting as necessary. helping to assess and scope projects from conception to completion. acting as an internal resource for questions with regards to digital layouts, functionality ideas and issues, timelines, etc. familiarity with a Mac office environment.
Experience with the following is a big plus:
Linux/Apache Version Control (git/github/etc) cPanel JQuery
Candidate should also possess the following:
Good oral and written communications Strong attention to detail and record keeping Capable of working with minimal supervision Excellent time management skills Ability to work under strict deadlines
Interested candidates should submit resumes, references, and links to applicable work to

Posting Date: 09/12/2016
City Position is located: Grand Rapids
The Development Coordinator is responsible for executing the day-to-day operations of all fund development activities. This position reports to the Executive Director, works in collaboration with the Board of Directors, volunteers, and other staff members. Duties include general clerical, database management, light accounting procedures, , event coordination, and project-based work. Office-based part-time professional office position, averaging 20 hours per week with occasional night/weekend hours.
Essential Functions include (but are not limited to):
Maintain organizational data in the donor database with consistency and attention to detail for all donor and gift entries. Manage all database operations including: data entry, gift recording and acknowledgments, gift reporting, and regular data hygiene.
Prepare donor queries, written acknowledgement letters, and other donor literature.
Coordinate all fundraising events including all logistics, committee recruitment and management.
Prepare and execute mailings (hard copy and e-blasts)
Help organize volunteer committees and assist with training of other volunteers
Qualifications: (Preferred prior exposure to fund-raising processes and database management)
Professional presentation, with excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, and an energetic and engaging personality.
Excellent organizational skills, with accuracy and attention to detail.
Working knowledge of MS Office Suite, Social Media, and database management.
Demonstrated ability to handle donor and client personal information with tact and sensitivity, in a confidential manner.
Ability to work collaboratively with a strong customer-service orientation.
Ability to set and meet realistic goals, establish work priorities, organize people and materials to reach goals, handle pressure well, and evaluate and report results.
Ability to multi-task while handling work expectations including telephone, basic office machines, reading, writing, typing, computer/data entry, and some travel.
Skills Preferred: Social Media, DonorSnap (or other donor software program)
Skills Required: Microsoft Office, Email, Internet
To Apply: Email Cover Letter, Resume, and Salary Requirements (commensurate with experience) to:

Posting Date: 09/09/2016
City Position is located: Clinton Township
This position focuses on Veterans Housing Services (SSVF) by providing core services to veteran families to assist with locating and/or maintaining housing and supportive services. This position involves working one-on-one with veterans, veteran families, housing and property managers and various community social services agencies in Wayne County.
Determine veterans needs by interviewing, assessing current situation and determining program eligibility
Assist veterans in defining a course of action by exploring housing options and developing housing and independent living goals
Obtain assistance for the veteran by providing core services available, referring to community resources and arranging necessary appointments
Create an inclusive network for veterans services by participating in activities that promote and encourage activities to assist veterans and veterans families
Maintain required documentation (written and electronic) of services, progress and contacts
Contributes to program success by achieving goals of the program
Personal or professional experience working with people with disabilities
Knowledge of disability issues and independent living issues
Knowledge of PTSD, TBI, Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Prior or current experience with the Armed Forces desired
Ability to travel within tri-county area
Ability to set priorities and work independently
Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services field preferred
Minimum of two years’ experience in Human Service related field
People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
No phone calls will be accepted regarding this position. Please e-mail your resume to or fax to 586-285-9942

Good Luck!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

FREE Meet/Greet with Author Luvvie Ajayi at the Detroit Public Library on 10/8 - RSVP

An Afternoon with Luvvie Ajayi
Saturday, October 8, 2016
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Join the Detroit Public Library for an engaging afternoon with the One ... the ONLY ... Luvvie Ajayi as she discusses her debut book, I'm Judging You, at the Detroit Public Library - Main Library.

Luvvie's new book is a collective of humorous essays that dissect our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives. It passes on lessons and side-eyes on life, social media, culture and fame, addressing those terrible friends we all have to serious discussions of race and media representation. The book even discusses what to do about that fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma's wake on Facebook with a lighthearted, razor sharp wit that creatively paints Luvvie's unique perspective.

A thirteen-year blogging veteran, Luvvie is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, a respected humor blog that covers everything pop culture - from TV, movies and technology to travel, race and life's random adventures. With over 500,000 readers a month, the enormously popular blog is a definite go-to source for smart takes on pop culture, social commentary and so much more.

This event is free and open to the public.

Limited free parking is available in our employee lot off Putnam, between Cass and Woodward. Metered parking on the street or parking garage on Putnam.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Kroger FREE Friday COUPON download for a Sheba Cat Treats, 5 count on 9/16

Get your coupon this Friday ...

On Friday, September 16, 2016, you can download to your Kroger Rewards Card a digital coupon for a FREE Sheba Meaty Sticks or Temptations Cat Treats 5 count, 2.1 - 3 oz at,

The coupon must be redeemed by Sunday, October 2, 2016. The download will be available on Friday, September 16, 2016 between the hours of 12am and 11:59pm PT. This coupon is for Kroger rewards members.


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Monday, September 12, 2016

FREE Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnut when you Talk like a Pirate on 9/19 ONLY

It's Talk Like a Pirate Day at Krispy Kreme on Monday, September 19th...

Want a FREE Krispy Kreme Doughnut???  Well you can get a FREE Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnut on Monday, September 19th when you go into your local Krispy Kreme store and talk like a pirate.

Say stuff like "Blow Me Down!", "Heave Ho!" and other Pirate like phrases on 9/19 and then you will get your FREE doughnut.

My son with Jack Sparrow, circa 2008 :)
And if you are willing to go all the way and Dress Like a Pirate, you can take home 1 dozen FREE doughnuts.


Krispy Kreme locations in the Metro Detroit area include:

Krispy Kreme
208 West 14 Mile Rd
Troy, MI

Krispy Kreme
15050 Southfield Rd
Allen Park, MI


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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Kroger FREE Friday COUPON download for a Stride or Dentyne Gum Single Pack on 9/9

Get your coupon this Friday ...

On Friday, September 29 2016, you can download to your Kroger Rewards Card a digital coupon for a FREE Stride or Dentyne Gum Single Pack 14-16 ct, Any Variety at,

The coupon must be redeemed by Sunday, September 28, 2016. The download will be available on Friday, September 9, 2016 between the hours of 12am and 11:59pm PT. This coupon is for Kroger rewards members.


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Monday, September 5, 2016

FREE admission on 9/24 for Smithsonian Museum Day Live! #MuseumDayLive

Smithsonian Museum Day Live is Saturday, September 24th! 

Museum Day Live is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine where participating museums across the country will provide FREE entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Participating museums in or near Metro Detroit include -

- Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI
- Plymouth Historical Museum in Plymouth, MI
- Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airpoint
- Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH

See graphic below for all participating museums in Michigan -

Click here to download your ticket and for more information about Smithsonian Museum Day Live


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Thursday, September 1, 2016

FREEISMYLIFE September 2016 Calendar - All the September FREE in 1 List

FREEISMYLIFE September 2016 Calendar - Don't you just love FREE?

Keep reading to see all the great September FREE and low cost events, deals, contests and more in Detroit and beyond...



Start Saving at the Pump with the FREE Shell Fuel Rewards Card

Join the Starbucks Rewards Program and Get Your 1st Drink FREE!!

COUPON: FREE MiniBon for Joining the Cinnabon Club

FREE eBook: What would Judy Say? Be the Hero of Your Own Story by Judge Judy

Earn FREE Google Play Credits just for taking Short Surveys with the Google Opinions Rewards App


FRIDAY 9/2 - Kroger FREE Friday COUPON download for a Yoplait Yogurt Cup on 9/2

FRIDAY 9/2 - FREE Admission to @ArtsBeatsEats in Royal Oak on Friday 9/2 before 5pm

SATURDAY 9/3 - FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop 9/3 - Build a Back to School White Board

MONDAY 9/5 - Get 50% off at Clothing at The Salvation Army Thrift Stores for their Labor Day Sale 9/5

FRIDAY 9/9 - Kroger FREE Friday Download

SUNDAY 9/11 - FREE Admission to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 9/11 1-5pm

MONDAY 9/12 - FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - September 12th - Miles Ahead (2016)

FRIDAY 9/16 - Kroger FREE Friday Download

MONDAY 9/19 - FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - September 19th - Midnight in Paris (2011)

MONDAY 9/19 - FREE Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnut when you Talk like a Pirate on 9/19 ONLY

FRIDAY 9/23 - Kroger FREE Friday Download

FRIDAY 9/23 - FREE September Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Community Concerts at Greater Grace in Detroit, MI at 10:35am

FRIDAY 9/23 - FREE September Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Community Concerts at Heinz C. Prechter Performing Arts Center in Taylor, MI at 8 p.m.

SATURDAY 9/24 - FREE September Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Community Concerts at Waterford Mott High School Performing Arts Center in Waterford, MI at 8 p.m.

SATURDAY 9/24 - FREE admission on 9/24 for Smithsonian Museum Day Live! #MuseumDayLive

SUNDAY 9/25 - FREE September Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Community Concerts at Anchor Bay High School in Fair Haven, MI at 3 p.m.

MONDAY 9/26 - FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - September 19th - Truth (2015)

THURSDAY 9/29 - FREE Coffee, Doughnut at Krispy Kreme for National Coffee Day 9/29 #KrispyKreme

FRIDAY 9/30 - Kroger FREE Friday Download


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FREE Admission to @ArtsBeatsEats in Royal Oak on Friday 9/2 before 5pm

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

The streets of Royal Oak will again rock for the 19th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. This year’s lineup of bands promises to deliver music to excite and gratify fans across every genre with nearly 200 local and national musical acts. Featuring performance stages throughout the festival footprint, the 2016 Ford Arts, Beats & Eats music lineup includes styles and sounds that are certain to satisfy all musical tastes.


Everyone can get FREE Admission on the first day of the festival, Friday, September 2, 2016 from 11am to 5pm.

Other than Friday from 11am to 5pm, regular festival admission is $3 until 3pm and $5 after 3pm. In 2015, over 380,000 visitors attended the festival and over $250K was raised for local charities.

OUR Credit Union returns to Ford Arts, Beats and Eats as a sponsor, hosting the 6th annual Food Drive benefiting Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties, which provide food to 510 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies.

Food Drive donors can receive one FREE admission to the festival by bringing three or more nonperishable food items to any of the following four OUR Credit Union locations through Friday, Sept. 2nd. -

Normandy Branch
3070 Normandy Rd.
Royal Oak, MI 48073

Washington Ave Branch
726. S. Washington Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48067

Twelve Mile Rd Branch 

5625 East Twelve Mile Rd.

Warren, MI 48092

Rochester Rd Branch
6693 Rochester Rd.
Troy, MI 48085

Last year’s festival Food Drive collected 3,979 pounds of nonperishable items, providing 3,316 meals for Gleaners to distribute.

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is upping the action with #ABEHunt16. This social scavenger hunt and giveaway will offer high-tech fun for visitors to stay socially connected during Ford Arts, Beats & Eats with a chance to win prizes.

To enter the #ABEHunt16 giveaway, participants must take a photo of, with, or in the location of each item/place listed for the scavenger hunt, and then post the photo on the #ABEHunt16 app on Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort’s Facebook page, along with their name, email and zip code. Entrants are eligible to receive an additional entry if their photo submission uses a Soaring Eagle Snapchat Geofilter.

Each day of the festival, four winners will be randomly drawn to receive an overnight stay at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort located in Mount Pleasant, Mich. and one of the following: a round of golf for two at Waabooz Run; four entertainment ticket vouchers; $150 spa credit; or $150 dining credit. One entry will be awarded per photo submission. Participants must be 21 years of age or older to win.

New for 2016 is "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" by Sprint. Festivalgoers can follow the yellow brick road (Sprint decals will be on the ground) on 7th Street, east of Washington Avenue to the Sprint activation, featuring special offers not available in stores. Ford Arts, Beats & Eats only deals and visitors can enter to win premium speakers and Nascar tickets.


The award-winning Juried Fine Art Show is one of the nation’s premier art shows. Competition was fierce this year, with more than 400 artists applying for the opportunity to be in the show. Quality artists from across the continent are vying for one or more of the cash awards totaling $7,500. The show will display artwork of different mediums, including ceramics, fabric and fiber, leather, painting, photography, sculpture, wood, digital art, drawings, graphics and printmaking, glass, jewelry and metal. Festival patrons have the opportunity to enjoy the art and peruse the works of these talented artists at more than 140 booth spaces. See Arts press release for complete list of artists.

Ford Arts, Beats & Eats has long been recognized for the quality and quantity of its family-friendly entertainment. Among the high points will be the Kids Zone, guaranteed to attract youngsters with fun, interactive programming throughout the four days of the festival. This year, the entire family can enjoy the Kroger Arts & Scraps tent, which will be free to all guests throughout the four days of the event. Utilizing recycled materials from around Detroit kids and adults can create a musical instrument and learn about unusual food, as well as invent the perfect food, play a junk xylophone or build a giant marble run and see how many sounds can be created on the musical ramp.

The Oakland County Kids Stage will feature an exciting lineup of family-friendly performances. Bringing smiles, laughter, amazement and awe to youngsters’ faces will be ventriloquists, music, magical tricks, clown acts, story telling and puppet shows. Among the lineup are many favorites is Rosco the Clown, Punch & Judy Puppet Show, Chautauqua Express Concert, Pure Imagination Magic Show, Cool Tricks & Funny Stuff, Detroit Science Center demonstrations, Kevin Devine Music Show, Randyl Lee Magic, Juggler Tim Salisbury and 3 Little Pigs Puppet Show.

Mid America Shows is providing this year’s Kiddie Carnival, which brings quintessential summer-time fun with ten rides geared just for families. Kids can enjoy the thrills from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday in the Sherman lot at the north end of the festival and in the Royal Oak city lot, which borders 6th and Main streets. Enjoy the sights, sounds and all around fun with this year’s exhilarating rides at the Kiddie Carnival.

The Detroit Red Wings Hockey Skills Challenges brings an interactive hockey zone to the festival with a chance to win some big prizes. Kids can test their skills at the Electronic Top Shop Net, hockey tables and video games to win player autographed merchandise as well as tickets to the upcoming Red Wings hockey season.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), the area’s cultural beacon for more than a century, is returning to Ford Arts, Beats & Eats with two inspiring features: DIA Away “Think Like an Artist” and Artist Demonstrations.

DIA Away is a free, mobile interactive classroom for students and a creative exploration space for people of all ages and will add an educational hands-on art experience to the festival. The fully furnished, vibrantly designed 53’ double-expandable trailer gives participants the opportunity to discover some of the ways artists think and then try out creative thinking skills at digital and hands-on stations.

DIA Away is one of the many ways the DIA shares its world-renowned collection and educational resources outside its museum walls and was created in consultation with area educators, community members and DIA visitors, and in collaboration with MRA experiential tours and equipment.

In addition, the DIA will be the presenting sponsor of Artist Demonstrations at the festival as an extension of its “Think Like An Artist” exhibit. The DIA will present four art demonstrations each day of the festival. In each demonstration, a festival visual artist will present a piece they are working on, explain how it is made and talk about their techniques. Each demonstration is between 15 and 30 minutes and will be located in a tented seating area at 7th Street and Washington Avenue.

In collaboration between the festival and Royal Oak Commission for the Arts, a new program is being introduced to Royal Oak, Meters Made Beautiful presented by Ford. The beatification project is the first of its kind in Michigan, which showcases selected artists’ work on 100 parking meters inside the festival footprint. The artwork will be on display for many years following the annual event, which encourages and supports arts and culture in the city of Royal Oak.


In keeping with tradition, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats is bringing new and returning musical acts to nine performance stages, including 200 national and local bands. Festivalgoers are sure to find their favorite style and sound.

This year’s lineup of national acts playing on The Michigan Lottery National Stage is headlined by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Gavin DeGraw, Our Lady Peace and Cole Swindell, and includes other top touring acts including Three Dog Night, Buckcherry, The Ohio Players Jr. Jr., Laith Al-Saadi, a 2016 finalist on NBC’s The Voice, and more.

Detroit’s best local bands will be featured on six additional music stages, with a quality mix and variety of music that is unmatched by any other festival, including performances by Your Generation in Concert and Flint Eastwood. The local stages include Country Stage, Alternative Rock Stage, Rock Stage, R&B and Jazz Stage, Acoustic Stage, and International Stage. Top local talent featured this year includes Nina & the Buffalo Riders, Last Call, Acoustic Madness and Stone Clover. See Beats press release for complete list of musical acts.


Holding with tradition, a tempting roster of restaurants across just about every food genre will tantalize and satisfy visitors all weekend long at this year’s Ford Arts, Beats & Eats. Restaurants, caterers and food-related attractions will showcase their unique take on the culinary arts to offer a little bit of something for everyone, from healthy dishes to special cultural cuisine. There will be seafood offerings, summer snacks and sweets and treats for all to enjoy.

Leading the lineup of new restaurants is La Dulce, located in downtown Royal Oak, serving delicious tapas and Woodpile BBQ Shack, with some of the most authentic smoked meats and sides. Cafè Sushi, an Asian fusion restaurant located in Troy, is also new to the 2016 lineup, and will feature fresh fish and fresh takes on Asian cuisine. See Eats press release for complete list of restaurants.


This year Ford Arts, Beats & Eats will provide 1,800 parking spots for cyclers in the Bike Corral by Beaumont Health System. There will be two lots, located at Washington Avenue just south of Lincoln (southbound lane) and Washington Avenue near Second Avenue (southbound lane) providing bikers a healthy alternative to get to this year’s festival. The Corral hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.

Priority Health will once again sponsor Healthy Options for the 2016 festival. Attendees just need to look for the Healthy Option logo on each food vendor sign for healthy items that are on the menus of participating local restaurants and eateries.

Stop by the many interactive Ford display areas throughout the festival to check out the latest Ford vehicles and technology and test-drive an all-new Ford vehicle. The attractions offer skill competitions, technology demonstrations and the opportunity to win exciting prizes, including a new Ford vehicle of your choice up to $30,000. Each adult that registers at any of the Ford display locations will also automatically receive $750 bonus cash towards any Ford vehicle.

Take a Test Drive in a New Ford Vehicle – Stop by 4th and Lafayette streets to take a spin in any one of the new Ford vehicles. Experience a smooth ride, while learning about cool new Ford technology.

Ford Experience Tour – Stand in front of a green screen on 6th and Center Streets to get a picture with the Arts, Beats and Eats branded postcard to take home. Patrons can also take a look at the new technology offered in Ford vehicles at this interactive display.

Great Lakes EcoBoost Tour Display – Push the life-size fuel pump button to activate the slot machine instant win. If three matching Ford EcoBoost vehicles line up, patrons will win a cash jackpot.

Ford on Fourth – On 4th Street off Washington Avenue, contestants can win prizes by playing the F-150 Key Fob Activity, by spinning the EcoBoost Wheel and experiencing the new SYNC 3Demonstrations.

Various Ford Oval Count Challenges – Patrons can test their estimation skills by guessing the quantity of Ford ovals inside the box to win prizes.


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For more information on the 2014 Arts, Beats, and Eats festival, visit their website at

Arts, Beats, and Eats 2016
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 2nd - 4th  from 11am to 11pm
Monday, September5th from 11am to 9:30pm


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