Sunday, April 26, 2015

EMPLOYMENT: Michigan Nonprofit Job Center -April 24, 2015

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!!!

Communications Associate (Royal Oak)
The communications associate, a new position at ETM, will be responsible for implementing strategic communications efforts, assisting in the development and updating of communications plans and working to elevate community voices through grassroots engagement strategies.

Email your cover letter, resume and 2-3 brief writing samples to

Cumulative writing samples should not exceed 10 pages. Please use “Communications Associate” as the subject line for your email. We review applications on a rolling basis. Priority will be given to applications received by: May 8, 2015.

Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships (Royal Oak)
The Education Trust-Midwest seeks a full-time Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships to develop and lead new partnerships – and deepen existing partnerships – to advance educational quality and equity for all Michigan children. Reporting to the Executive Director in our Royal Oak office and working in close partnership with the organization’s program directors, the Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships will provide overall direction to develop, coordinate, and implement the organization’s collaborative efforts to advance a state-wide policy and educational agenda on behalf of students, in partnership with other organizations across the state.

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Please use “Managing Director” as the subject line for your e-mail. We review applications on a rolling basis.

ACE System Program Coordinator (Okemos)
General Summary

ACE (Alliance for Clinical Experience) is a network of clinical education stakeholders in Michigan, organized around access and utilization of ACEMAPP. ACEMAPP is an internet-based clinical rotation matching tool developed by the ACE System team at the Michigan Health Council.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinate and plan partner meetings
Conduct research, compile data, and prepare reports for consideration and presentation by the Program Director
Train new system users and continually assist partners and customers with web-based software problems and questions
Prepare invoices, reports, user manuals, newsletters and other documents, using word processing, spreadsheet, database, or presentation software
Support program expansion efforts by assisting with marketing and development activities for the ACE System
Participate and contribute to system design, planning and implementation
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

Bachelor’s degree required.
Extensive computer knowledge required, including Microsoft Office with heavy emphasis on knowledge of Excel, and Adobe design products.
Experience with public speaking and presentations to disparate groups a plus.
Proven ability to effectively prioritize tasks.
Attention to detail is essential.
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services.
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
To apply submit cover letter and resume to Stacy Gradowski

Business Manager/Grant Accountant (Lansing)
Business Manager/Grant Accountant

Job Description: MMAP, Inc. (Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program), a 501c3 non-profit organization, seeks a Business Manager/Grant Accountant with experience in Federal Grants. This position provides fiscal and administrative support services for total grant programs exceeding $2 million annually. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The organization offers a generous benefits package.

Responsibilities: This position will provide assistance on all aspects of award management as applicable to each grant. In particular, this position will provide high-level financial, accounting and administrative support for our current grants, program staff and consultants.

Requirements: 3-5 years of professional experience as a Grant Accountant or similar role, preferably in a non-profit environment. A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business is preferred. Must also possess: strong analytical skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, strong attention to detail, solid organizational skills and solid computer skills (in particular, proficiency with QuickBooks and Microsoft Office software).

Part to Full Time Position: Initially the position will be part time (24 hours/week). The position will transition into full time (40 hours/week) once training has been completed.

Please forward your resume and cover letter to Jo Murphy, Executive Director Administration at No calls please.

Parent Coach (Detroit)
Parent Coaches will have a case load of 50 families and be responsible for implementing programming using the peer-to-peer service delivery model to engage parents of children ages 0-5 to prepare them to school ready.

Conducts and implement lesson plans, parent workshops and trainings that promote parent teaching strategies, including: modeling reading, play, parent/child interactions, storytelling techniques and others that can be done at home
Maintain confidentiality
Maintain all paperwork and notes for a case load for at least 50 families
Implement lesson plans and conduct monthly play group opportunities that demonstrate fun learning activities that can be done in the home
Develop and prepare incentives for parents and children in the Pathway to Literacy program that may include birthday, holiday, and summer learning gift packets
Conduct home visits with parents in the Pathway to Literacy program
Recommend wrap around services to parents that may need additional services
Follow up on any parental referral requests to assist parents
Enroll parents in the Imagination Library Program
Assist coordinate and prepare for large events that would include 200 families
Assist with outreach to parents and children for upcoming events
Ensure evaluation tools are completed
Submit weekly and monthly reports using the EDI model and format developed by supervisor
Other duties as assigned by manager – salary $25,000-$32,000 You can also mail your resume or fax to (313) 832-0623, or e-mail to Phone inquiries will not be accepted

Executive Director of Administration and Programming (Grand Rapids)
Heartside Ministry in downtown Grand Rapids provides healing and empowerment through art, faith and advocacy. The Executive Director of Administration and Programming, in partnership with the Executive Director of Development, will create and execute a vision that transforms lives by establishing relationships with our underserved neighbors so that they experience measurable long-term, life-altering success through Heartside Ministry programs. (See

The ideal candidate will possess:

Passion for Heartside's mission and values and working for a non-profit organization High comfort level working with a diverse population Bachelor's degree or five years of non-profit management experience. Master's preferred Evidence of the following:

Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style
Excellent computer skills including Excel, Word and Power Point
Experience in fiscal oversight and budget management
Experience with strategic planning and implementation
The person will report to the Board of Directors and is responsible for day-to-day operations, program oversight and expansion, facilities and financial management, and strategic planning.

Please send cover letter and resume to by April 30, 2015.

Membership Organizer (Detroit)
AAUP-AFT, Local 6075
Wayne State University Chapter


The American Association of University Professors-American Federal of Teachers (AAUP-AFT), Local 6075, is a Labor Union representing over 1,900 Faculty and Academic Staff at Wayne State University in Detroit. We seek a full-time Organizer to begin employment, ideally, on or about July 1, 2015.

Expected duties:

Organize existing members, and develop their leadership roles
Reports to the Executive Director and President of the Union, to conduct the daily business of the Union (most work activities taking place on the University campus)
Orient new members, and recruit volunteers among the membership, for Union activities
Refer member inquiries to appropriate Union representatives
Complete other duties as assigned
Qualifications include:


Collective bargaining and organizing experience
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong written and oral communication skills
Flexibility in work schedule is absolutely necessary (some nights/weekends will be required)
College degree

Competence with MAC Office and membership database system
Experience with Unions at institutions of higher education
Experience with organizing in the higher education environment
Salary and benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience. Expected range is $45,000-$55,000 per year
Competitive healthcare insurance provided, including dental and vision coverage
Retirement savings plan
Send resumes to:

Social Benefit Case Worker (Rochester)
Rochester Area Neighborhood House is a social benefit non-profit serving the needs of the economically disadvantaged in a 5 city radius in North Oakland County, MI. Our mission is to assist clients in their journey from crisis to self sustainability. Our services span from food and clothing assistance, shelter, transportation, income supports, financial and life coaching, employment and career planning. We are looking for an experienced Case Worker, preferably with history engaged with a poverty or low income populations. The candidate should possess an approachable, non- judgmental, skilled interview technique. A demonstrated ability to actively listen, critically analyze problems, establish boundaries, and set appropriate goals and work plans is a must. Experience and a history of negotiation and cooperation with the various service communities is a strong plus. Demonstrated success in multi-agency client advocacy is considered a basic foundation for the position.

Interested individuals may submit application documents to Mark Kilbourn; Executive Director Rochester Area Neighborhood House;

Application deadline: May 8.

Director of Development (Ferndale)
Affirmations, the community center for LGBTQ people and their allies seeks a FT Director of Development. For a full job description go to


Essential Functions:

Reporting to – and in partnership with the Executive Director, the Director of Development will lead the design and implementation of a comprehensive and strategic fund development program that results in the securing of funding support in an excess of 1.5M annually.
Undertake a strategic approach in the development and implementation of the center’s annual development plan
Monitor and forecast annual, quarterly and monthly successful proposal submissions; report on funding partner renewal, acquisition, growth and increase in contributed revenues and expenses
Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporation.
Serve as staff liaison to the fund development committee comprised of both board, staff and community members.
Supervisory Responsibilities:

Provide direct supervision to employees and interns in the Development Department.

Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree a plus)
Minimum of three (3) years’ experience (min. one year in a supervisory role)
Proven track record in the cultivation, solicitation and closing of individual, corporate and foundation gifts
Superior written and verbal communication skills
Ability to develop and manage budgets
Available to work evenings and some weekends
Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
Strong team leadership skills.
Competence in working non-judgmentally with diverse populations; strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Please submit cover letter and resume to Jon Fitzgerald at

Corporate Relations Coordinator (Southfield)

The corporate relations coordinator is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporations in order to maximize their engagement and gift revenue in support of agency priorities. This position reports to the Event Manager.


Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred or equivalent education and work experience Proficiency in Microsoft office applications Minimum of two years event/fundraising experience Minimum of one year corporate relations experience Excellent written, verbal and electronic communication skills Strong organizational skills


Research, identify, cultivate, solicit and steward corporate prospects resulting in annual contributions, program or event sponsorship, employee engagement, workplace giving and/or other support of agency priorities Handle all solicitations in an appropriate and timely manner toward closure Work closely with Event Manager to design and present quality sponsorship proposals resulting in securing financial support for the agency Develop and maintain effective long-term relationships with companies to provide a reliable base of volunteers for the agency Provide supervision and training to volunteers recruited for speaking at events on behalf of the Association, providing assistance at third-party events and providing administrative support Facilitate and promote third party events in accordance with agency policies Assist in planning and implementing the agency’s annual gala event, Chocolate Jubilee, with particular responsibility for vendor relationships Assist in planning and implementing the agency’s national signature events, Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the Longest Day, including recruiting corporate support, recruiting teams and working with committees

Send resumes to:

Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter
Attention: Paul Kappen
25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100
Southfield, MI 48033

Fax: 248-799-4196

Equal Opportunity Employer

Finance & Operations Manager (Detroit)
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit seeks a Finance Operations Manager. This position plays a critical role in strategic planning/decision making related to finance. This is a tremendous opportunity to maximize/strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected organization.

Responsibilities include:

Analyze/present financial reports in accurate/timely manner; clearly communicate monthly/annual financial statements
Coordinate and lead annual audit process, liaise with auditors/Board finance committee
Oversee/lead annual budgeting/planning process
Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
Implement a robust contracts management/financial management reporting system
Update/implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy/procedure manual.
Effectively communicate/present the critical financial matters to the finance committee/board of directors.
Oversee all bookkeeping/payroll operations
Manage compensation/benefits plan
Ensure integrity of finances/mitigate risk.
Final responsibility for the quality/content of all financial data

The ideal candidate must have superb leadership/process improvement/change management skills and:

Proficiency with Microsoft Office
6+ years of broad financial/operations management experience
Ability to translate financial concepts to/effectively collaborate with, programmatic/fundraising colleagues
Grants management
Technology savvy
Commitment to training programs that maximize individual/organization goals
Successful track record setting priorities; keen analytic, organization/problem solving skills
Salary and Benefits:

Fulltime position, Starting Salary of $48,000 - Benefits package including medical/dental insurance, short-term disability, paid time off, and 403(b) plan.

Mosaic is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:

Email cover letter, resume, three references to; subject:
Finance Operations Manager.
No phone calls please.

Executive Director (Detroit)
iO, is a nationally recognized hub of creativity for K-12 students in Detroit who are curious about exploring their worlds through the power of poetry. The Executive Director is a strategic thinker and implementer of iO's mission. The ED establishes the artistic, programmatic and funding direction, sees to the development of all plans, and leads the staff to ensure plans are executed. For more information or to send your resume apply at or

Communications Director (Lansing)
MARO is a statewide association of service providers removing barriers to community access. Our mission is to maximize the impact of our members, and we are seeking a creative self-starter to join our team. Full-time, salaried position, with flexible scheduling. Some travel is required. Reports to the Executive Director.


Position MARO to be viewed as the primary source, disseminator, and conduit of information within our network, and among our stakeholders.
Establish and guide strategy for communications, website, and public relations messages to consistently articulate the association’s mission.
Assists with coordination of all aspects of seminars and conferences.
Additional duties as assigned.

Bachelors Degree in relevant field, or equivalent combination of education / experience
Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communications
Ability to work with diversified groups
Knowledge of issues affecting people with barriers to community inclusion
Experience in developing marketing and public relations materials
Web design and desktop publishing proficiency, preferred
Experience with event planning and management, preferred
Experience with fund development a plus

40,000 – 45,000 – Full-Time, Salaried position, with flexible scheduling
Health and Dental Insurance Plan
Life and Disability Insurance
Two weeks vacation after one year of service, 10 paid holidays and two discretionary leave days.

Send cover letter and resume to

Executive Director (Harbor Springs)
Executive Director of non-profit youth development organization The First Tee of Northern Michigan seeks a full time director to manage day to day operations.

We seek candidates who are strong managers, outstanding communicators, and self-starters with leadership skills. The ED will provide overall management of fiscal and program operations of multiple locations and will provide detailed reports to the board of directors. The ED will assess the needs of youth in the community and will develop programs to meet those needs. Experience in youth development or related fields, fundraising and public relations desired.

Position details online at

Send resume by May 15 to President, The First Tee of Northern Michigan 4882 Lower Shore Dr., Harbor Springs, MI 49740 or

Coord/Development & Events, SE Michigan (Troy)
Responsible for researching, identifying, managing and stewarding corporate and business relationships, for fundraising events and athlete competitions. Responsible for generating and growing revenue and building sponsor relationships. Identify opportunities for cash and in- kind (budget relieving) sponsorships. Assist with the development and implementation of SE Michigan signature fundraisers. Responsible for working with third party fundraisers and other SOMI fundraisers. Assist with recruiting, training and overseeing volunteer fundraising committees.

Job Requirements

Bachelor's Degree.
One year of qualifying experience in fund raising, and/or event management as employee or volunteer.
Proficiency with computers; specifically Microsoft Suite.
Valid Driver's License.
Must be able to travel around the state.
Some weekends, evenings and overnights will be required.
Must be able to independently organize work to meet established deadlines, solve problems independently using good judgment, and understand when to seek assistance or guidance from others.
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
Will be required to work outside events in a variety of weather and temperatures.
Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated, respectful, and trustworthy.
Desire to have fun while working in an environment of intelligent, highly motivated people.
Ability to communicate effectively and professionally both verbally and in writing.
Demonstrated positive interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to project a positive, professional image.
Ability to perform the essential functions and requirements of the job.
Apply Here:

Assistant Director of Annual Fund (Bloomfield Hills)
The main responsibilities of this position are managing fundraising programs for primary constituencies of Cranbrook Schools, with particular emphasis on annual giving among parents, parents of graduates and grandparents. In conjunction with the Director of Advancement Operations, works on fundraising strategies, budget and timelines so that annual fund goals are achieved each year. Emphasis on helping cultivate and staff the Development Committee of the Board of Governors by providing timely updates and reports on annual fundraising progress and participation. Helps to identify prospects with the capacity to make contributions at higher giving levels and join the major giving program of the Annual Fund (Twenty-First Century Club at the $1,000 plus levels). This includes managing a portfolio of prospects to cultivate and recommend for major gifts to the Schools and CEC. This individual will work closely with volunteers and staff members of the Cranbrook community on executing solicitation strategies including peer-to-peer contact and annual fund phonathons throughout the school year. Assists in recruiting and training volunteers. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field is required along with three to five years of fundraising experience. To successfully perform the functions of this position, computer proficiency is required especially in Microsoft Word for mail merges, Microsoft Excel for data maintenance, and donor software programs to create giving reports and prospect management. Valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record required.

Interested candidates please send a resume and employment application to

Employment applications can be downloaded at

HR Specialist (Midland)
United Way of Midland County is seeking a Human Resources Independent Contractor. The HR Specialist will provide support to several agencies participating in the shared services agreement. Support provided will be for HR governance and administration specific to each agency.


Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or BBA with HR Concentration
3 to 5 years of relevant HR experience
Professional HR certification

Masters of Business Administration with HR Concentration
5+ years of relevant HR experience
Advance professional HR certification
Experience in non-profit or similar industry
Qualified candidates can send resumes, cover letter and references to by April 24.

Executive Director (Battle Creek)
VOCES is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader to take the reins of our successful, highly regarded non-profit organization in Battle Creek, Michigan. VOCES promotes an inclusive society by providing Latino/Hispanic families with opportunities and resources that lead to individual and community transformation The new executive director will be a passionate, credible, and an articulate advocate for VOCES mission, someone who leads by example and inspires support from both within and outside the organization. With an entrepreneurial spirit and sound marketing instincts, the new leader will expand VOCES resource base, developing fruitful partnerships and alliances in the community.

The Executive Director is responsible to the board of directors to ensure that the strategic, operational and organizational objectives are accomplished. He/she will be responsible to lead and manage the organization according with the direction set by the Board of Directors. The ED will be responsible for leading the operations of the organization and will use his/her position to energize new constituents and work collaboratively to secure broad public support for action.

All interested applicants are required to submit a letter of interest (letter should include a personal statement explaining how your experience prepared you to successfully fulfill this position), and resume along with three professional letters of reference no later than April 27th 2015.

Voces seeks to fill this position no later than May 15th

Please send application via email to : Details of the job description available by request.

For more information about Voces visit website:

Grant Writer (Detroit)
Contract Start Date: July 1, with training in late June. The Living Arts Grant Writer will develop and research funding sources as well as write, prepare, and submit grant applications and proposals on behalf of Living Arts. Contractor is supervised by Living Arts’ Director of Administration and Executive Director, and will work closely with Director of Programs to develop proposals. Expected project time commitment is an average of 6-12 hours weekly. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, Living Arts recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages proposals from individuals with varied experiences and backgrounds.

Develop strategic narratives, budgets, and attachments for proposals
Develop justifications for new proposals and renewals of grants with assistance from Living Arts
Acquire and maintain sound knowledge and understanding of Living Arts programs, operations and strategic plan and utilize that information to seek grants that are compatible with the operations, services, and goals of Living Arts
Bachelor’s degree or higher
Minimum 3 years’ experience with proven success in grant awards
Experience with standard concepts, practices, and procedures for researching and writing grant proposals for government, corporate and foundation funds, including Requests for Proposal (RFP)
Excellent budgeting, spreadsheet, and internet skills
Strong initiative, creativity, and resourcefulness
Excellent follow-through and timeliness mandatory
Please e-mail cover letter with proposal including proposed rates, resume or CV, 3 professional references, two writing samples (one short and one long), and a budget sample (in Excel) to by Friday May 22nd.

Health Innovation Project Coordinator (Okemos)
Purpose: Coordinate the efforts of staff, collaborators, and subcontractors in order to implement complex, large-scale health innovation projects for clients. Lead collaborative learning networks and project implementation in the areas of healthcare or community health programming. The position requires facilitation skills and collaboration with staff, multiple external partners and vendors.

All applicants must apply online on the Careers page of, no emailed, mailed or faxed resumes will be accepted.

MPHI is an EEO/AA employer and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

MPHI participates with E-Verify.

Production Manager/Technical Director (Detroit)
A full-time position responsible for budgeting/ scheduling/coordinating the work of various technical contractors and Mosaic staff related to production. Oversees the cost effectiveness/planning of the entire production process; is responsible for set construction /coordinating necessary maintenance of tech equipment/ facilities/supplies.

Responsibilities include:

Develop yearly production calendars with artistic team
Attend weekly production meetings as scheduled and additional meetings as needed;
Work with show Director/technical contractors to plan technical aspects of productions.
Distribute information to Mosaic staff, technical contractors and other key stakeholders as needed;
Determine necessary technical supports
Assist guest designers with technical matters.
Hire, supervise set construction crews within budgetary constraints and assist with set construction and stage management.
Hire and supervise load-in, load-out and run crews within budgetary constraints.
Monitor condition of equipment
Assist with preparation/management/communication of production budgets; maintain inventories and order production supplies.
Plan/prepare/manage strike and tech week schedule
Final review of production expenses with Associate Artistic Director
Act as Technical support to First-Stage Technical Stagecraft Lead Teaching-Artist.
Act as Scenic Designer and/or Lighting Designer for all Main Stage productions.
Act as Scenic and/or Lighting Designer for Studio Productions.
Act as Master Carpenter on all productions.
Oversee/maintain Black Box Theatre, and Scene Shop/Storage.
Participate in Tech Contractor hiring process.
Handle facility needs/serve as liaison at Mosaic’s office location, working with onsite UPSM facility staff.
Responsible for management of Mosaic's main office building facilities.
To Apply:
Email cover letter, resume, three references to; subject:
Production Manager/Technical Director.
No phone calls please.

Good Luck!

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

FREE Comerica Java & Jazz Concert Series at Detroit Main Library continues on 5/19 with jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins

FREE concert series celebrates its 15th season with local musicians

Comerica Bank has partnered with the Detroit Public Library to present the FREE Comerica Java & Jazz: A Coffee House Series for the 15th consecutive year.

The concert series brings world-renowned jazz musicians to Detroit for music fans to enjoy FREE of charge.

“We’re pleased to bring back Java & Jazz for the 15th year and honored to be a part of a program that entertained Metro Detroiters for more than a decade,” said Patricia McCann, vice president and national civic affairs manager, Comerica Bank. “The success of Comerica’s longstanding partnership with The Detroit Public Library is a testament to the continuing popularity and longstanding tradition of Detroit’s unique jazz sound.”

The FREE concerts will be held on the third Tuesday of every month from March through July at the Detroit Public Library, Friends Auditorium located at 5201 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48202.

The series continues Tuesday, May 19th with Kathy Kosins.  The complete lineup includes:

Straight Ahead
Tuesday, March 17 – 6 p.m.
Straight Ahead have shown themselves to be powerful and imaginative composers and arrangers in the music industry. Their sound ranges comfortably from mainstream jazz, R&B ballads, to Brazilian funk.

The Jazz Cycle
Tuesday, April 21 – 6 p.m.
The Jazz Cycle showcases a different approach to making music by combining different styles of jazz to achieve the right blend of sound and feel of the tunes all the while having fun playing and creating music.

Kathy Kosins
Tuesday, May 19 – 6 p.m.
An award-winning vocalist, Kathy Kosins is known for her eclectic musical palette that spans many eras throughout the rich history of jazz.

Armond Jackson
Tuesday, June 16 – 6 p.m.
A gifted singer, Jackson has been delivering soulful performances on Detroit stages since childhood.

Obed Succari
Tuesday, July 21 – 6 p.m.
Percussionist Obed Succari beautifully melds his Latin percussion training with his Motown- inspired musical stylings, creating a jazz sound all his own for concert goers to enjoy.

Comerica Java & Jazz Series
Detroit Public Library - Friends Auditorium
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202


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FREE Admission to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 5/10 1-5pm

Bust of museum founder Dr. Charles H. Wright.
Charter One Free Family Second Sunday at The Wright Museum
Sunday, May 10,  2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bring the whole family to Rejoice, Relive & Reconnect at The Wright Museum with free admission every second Sunday of the month courtesy of Charter One Bank! Enjoy the many exhibits on display as well as engaging programming for the entire family.


This event is FREE and open to the public. 

The event excludes guide group tours. For more information please call (313) 494-5800.

Check out my review of the Charles Wright Museum during my "Day in the D" tour

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
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Detroit Restaurant Week returns to Downtown, Midtown, Corktown, and Midtown 5/1 - 5/10

Detroit Restaurant Week returns for the 2015 Spring edition on Friday, May 1st through Sunday, May 10th...

Seventeen of Detroit's finest restaurants including The Whitney in Midtown, Top of the Pontch in Downtown, The Grille Midtown, and PRISM inside Greeektown Casino and Hotel will offer specially-priced three-course dinners for only $30 per person (excluding tax, gratuity, and beverages).

The restaurants participating in the 12th installment of the biannual fine dining event are -

24Grille - Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
Andiamo Detroit Riverfront - GM Ren Cen
Angelina Italian Bistro - Downtown
Cuisine - New Center
De Edorado Foxtown Grille - Foxtown
Detroit Seafood Market - Paradise Valley
Fountain Bistro - Campus Martius Park
The Grille Midtown - Midtown
La Dolce Vita - Falmer Woods District
Ottava Via - Corktown
PRISM - Greektown Casino Detroit
Roast - Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
Roma Cafe - Eastern Market
Santorini Estiatorio - Greektown
Top of the Pontch - Downtown
The Whitney - Midtown
Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cusina - MGM Grand

Visit for the latest updates about menus, upcoming events and more...

Source: Detroit Restaurant Week Newsletter


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Friday, April 24, 2015

FREE Admission to Cranbrook Institute of Science after 5pm 5/1 - Bloomfield Hills

Take your family to Cranbrook for FREE on Friday, May 1st after 5pm...

Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, admission to Cranbrook Institute of Science is FREE after 5pm the first Friday of every month through June, 2015.

Discover the wonder of the natural world and develop a better understanding of the ways in which science impacts our lives each day at Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Interactive exhibits, a world-class collection of objects and artifacts, special events, a planetarium and observatory, lecture and educational programs both changing exhibitions offer something for every member of the family. Stand beneath a T.rex, feel a mastodon’s fur, or touch a meteorite.

Cranbrook Institute of Science
39221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801
Friday: 10am-10pm

Phone: 248.645.3200  (always call to ensure these free events have not been cancelled)



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FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop 5/2 - Build a Picket Fence Photo Frame for Mother's Day

Build a Picket Fence Photo Frame on Saturday May 2nd 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.

Build a Picket Fence Photo Frame for Mom
Saturday, May 2, 2015
9am - Noon

On May 2nd, take the kids to your local Home Depot store to build a Picket Fence Photo Frame which would be a perfect gift for Mother's Day. FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 - 12.



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EVENT REVIEW: The 9th Annual Shell Eco-Marathon brings Energy Innovation to Metro Detroit

Detroit was the backdrop of the 9th annual Shell Eco-Marathon...
The Shell Eco-Marathon hits Metro Detroit with the cool side of science and technology...

On April 10 -12, 2015, High School and College teams from across North and South America gathered at Cobo Hall in Downtown Detroit for the 9th annual Shell Eco-marathon Americas.

Student teams brought their ultra-energy-efficient vehicles to compete on the streets of Detroit to see who could go the farthest on the least amount of fuel.  And my son and I were right in the middle of all the excitement and fun.

We along with other Metro Detroiters enjoyed a FREE look into the future of energy, technology, and mobility... and my son and I were thrilled by everything that we experienced.  It was like being at a science and technology version of the Detroit Auto Show!

Yes, we had our own personal tour guide - Shell really know how to put on a fancy event!
My son really looks like he is on a oil rig on the Gulf coast...
Ever wonder how Detroiters will live in 2050??
A Year of Firsts...
This is the first year that the Shell Eco-Marathon has been hosted in Detroit, MI and also the first year that the event included a fan zone experience so that families could be part of the event and learn about energy innovations through hands on demos and displays.  We also got a look at an imaginary Detroit in 2050, shaped by energy efficient innovations.

The 1922 Detroit Electric Coupe on loan from The Henry Ford
From the world's fastest car, to a 3D printed car...
My son had a blast with this simulated test track game...
Innovations come in all Shapes and Sizes...
Metro Detroiters love cars and there was some very interesting vehicles on display in the Shell Eco-Marathon Fan Zone including a 1922 Detroit Electric Coupe on loan from The Henry Ford Museum,  a Hennessey Venom GT which has been named the world's fastest car by reaching a top speed of 270.4 mph on the Space Shuttle Landing runway at the Kennedy Space Center on February 14, 2014, and an actual 3D Printed Car which challenges everything that we know about how cars are currently designed and manufactured.  And there was also simulated test track video games so that every member of the family could be in the fun.

My son got the thrill of the event when he was able to ride on the test track
Test Track Thrills...
My son got a special treat during the event when he was able to suit up and ride on the indoor test track. He was super excited and it is an experience that he will not soon forget. Check out part of his ride in the 15 second Instagram video below (don't miss his wave to the crowd)... CLICK HERE IF VIDEO IS NOT SHOWN


Not Your Grandma's Electric Car....
While not as thrilling as my son's drive on the test track, I was able to test drive an electric car on the roof top of Cobo Hall.  I chose to test drive a Leaf electric car and I was very surprised by how well the vehicle handled - it definitely is not your grandma's electric car. And I received a surprise gift card for doing the test drive - a FREE $10 Shell Gift Card - HOLLA!!!

Michelin's Slow Motion Booth is a Total Blast!!!
My son and I had another wonderful experience at the Shell Eco-Marathon courtesy of Michelin, which had a Slow Motion Booth where we got to pick out props and film a slow motion video. Check out 15 seconds in the Instagram Video below... CLICK HERE IF VIDEO IS NOT SHOWN


Students Shine in Competition... 
As awesome as the fan zone was, the real treat was meeting some of the students who were part of the competition.  144 teams representing 40 high schools and 60 universities from all over North and South America raced on the indoor and outdoor tracks over a 4 day period. Cars enter one of seven categories running on gasoline, diesel, CNG, fuel made from natural gas (GTL), Hydrogen, Ethanol or battery electric. And the vehicle designs were varied and quite interesting to watch.

Photo courtesy of Shell
Let's do it again...
My son and I had a wonderful time at the 9th Annual Shell Eco-Marathon - and so did the student teams.  And the even more wonderful news is that the event is coming back to Metro Detroit in 2016.  So if you want to experience all the fun that my son and I had, make sure to watch out for news of the 10th annual Shell Eco-Marathon when it makes its way back to Detroit in 2016.


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

EMPLOYMENT: Quicken Loans On-site Job Fair Saturday 4/18 9am to Noon - Downtown Detroit

DETROIT CAREER FAIR – April 18, 2015

This Saturday, Quicken Loans and their Family of Companies are hiring hundreds of new team members for Mortgage Banking, Technology, Operations, Internships and more!

Quicken Loans has been named to FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the last 10 years.

U.S. military members, veterans and their families receive priority entry.

Click here for directions
Click here for a full list of job openings

See this Career Fair Map – for Parking Locations, Buildings, Shuttles and Walking Route

Quicken Loans Job Fair
When: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Where: Quicken Loans Qube building
611 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

Good Luck!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kroger FREE Friday COUPON download for Lipton Sparkling (12 oz) Beverage on 4/17

Get your coupon this Friday...

This Friday, April 17, 2015 only, you can download a digital coupon for a FREE Lipton Sparkling (12 oz) Beverage at

The coupon must be redeemed by Sunday May 3, 2015.  The download will be available between the hours of 12am and 11:59pm PST time on Friday, April 17, 2015.  This coupon is for Kroger rewards members.


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How Antioxidants can SAVE you MONEY on Your Food Bill

Special thanks to The Motherhood for partnering with FREEISMYLIFE to sponsor this post.  All opinions are my own. #AntioxidantFacts 

My son's new found appetite has enlarged my food budget...
Antioxidants help to keep your hard earned groceries from spoiling too soon, especially if you buy in bulk...

I have often talked on this blog about my picky eating son, but I don't think I ever mentioned that when he was a baby, my son often would refuse to eat. He would drive me crazy because he could go days without eating a thing. When I mentioned the situation to my son's doctor, she said to stop worrying and that my son would eventually eat. The doctor was right, but it took years for my son to start to love food, which you would never know from the way he puts down large quantities of food products now :)

As my son's taste and appetite for food has evolved, so has the size of my food bill.

Most things in my refrigerator and pantry are eaten, but definitely not everything. Wasting money on food that spoils is something that I think most people want to avoid.

So I was intrigued when The Motherhood invited me along with other moms to a briefing sponsored by ConAgra Foods about how food makers use antioxidants to aid in food waste reduction. I have partnered with The Motherhood many times over the years on other food related topics relating to how store-brand foods can have the same taste as the national brands for less money, so I was very interested to get the facts on how antioxidants help to keep foods from spoiling, and more money in my pocket.

During the briefing, I tweeted out a few FOOD FACTS to help me remember what I learned. Here are a few of my tweets -

Growing up, my parents did not have a lot of money so they grew all of the food that my family would eat. We had two gardens in our backyard where my parents grew collard greens, tomatoes, black-eyed peas, lima beans, and green beans, which were along side a huge pear tree. I remembered my parents picking the beans, vegetables, and fruits and then my mother would freeze and can most of the harvest to use over the entire year, which saved them tons of money on their food bill.

Since most people don't grow their food supply anymore, including my aging parents, we now expect the foods that we buy to stay fresh for as long as possible -especially if we buy food in bulk to save money. So food makers add antioxidants to foods that contain fats and oils - like microwaved popcorn, cookies, and cereals - to help slow spoilage.

When possible, food makers will add natural antioxidants, like Vitamin E and Vitamin C to foods to slow down spoilage. These are the same vitamins that we use in our own bodies as antioxidants to slow down the aging process.

But sometimes natural antioxidants like Vitamin C can makes foods taste strange when it is added as an antioxidant. So food makers at times will add man-made antioxidants (which have been used for over 60 years) like BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene, which is made from sources like pine oil) and TBHQ (teriary-butylhydroquinone) to foods because these antioxidants are tasteless and colorless.

Food markers like ConAgra Foods will choose certain preservative ingredients (natural antioxidants and/or man-made antioxidants) based on what they know will deliver the best flavor, while keeping foods safe and fresh.

To help simplify all the information from the briefing, ConAgra Foods shared a link to a video entitled "Mental Floss: 6 Facts About Preservatives” which I have added below:

Overall, what I took away from the briefing is that, unless we go back to growing, canning and freezing our food supply like my parents did, adding antioxidants in foods is how food makers keep our hard earned groceries from spoiling too soon.

But like any good consumer, reading food labels and doing research is key to making sure we understand what is in our foods and what is safe for our consumption.


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Belle Tire to host FREE 8-point Vehicle Inspections 4/26 at Southfield Tim Hortons, 10am to 2pm

FREE 8-Point Vehicle Inspections Open to the Public, plus Tim Horton giveaways and samples...

April is National Car Care Month and Belle Tire wants to ensure drivers and their vehicles are road-ready by offering a FREE auto safety inspection in Metro Detroit.

Many vehicles were neglected during the bitter cold winter months and could use a little extra care by now. Belle Tire is sponsoring this event to help drivers understand the importance of regular maintenance and repairs and how these affect the lifespan of your vehicle and setting aside a little time during National Car Care Month in April will get your vehicle ready for the spring and summer driving season.

During the event, Belle Tire experts will provide a FREE on-site 8-point vehicle inspection which will check the following:

- Tires (tread depth, air pressure, and unusual wear)
- Auto glass, including free windshield chip repairs
- Wipers
- Engine oil
- Air filter
- Lights
- Battery
- Fluids, including free windshield solvent top offs

Belle Tire’s FREE Auto Safety Inspection Metro Detroit Event will be held at the Tim Hortons location on 12 Mile Road in Southfield, MI, which will also provide samples and giveaways to participants.

WHEN: Sunday, April 26, 2015
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Tim Hortons
19701 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI

Belle Tire has been a staple in the communities throughout Michigan and northern Ohio for more than 90 years. In addition to installing and servicing tires, the family-owned tire retailer’s 90+ locations offers a variety of automotive repair services ranging from auto glass repair and replacement, brakes, alignments, batteries, shocks and struts, exhaust system repair and oil changes.


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