Sunday, November 29, 2015

FREE Photos with Santa at Art Van Furniture Stores on specific dates in November and December

FREE Family Photos with Santa!

Visit jolly old St. Nick and his elves at Art Van Wonderland! Families are encouraged to bring their own cameras and take complimentary family photos with Santa.

Santa visits Warren, MI, Grand Rapids, MI, and Downers Grove, IL on:
Sat 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 and 12/19 between 10am and 4pm
Sun 11/29, 12/6, 12/13 and 12/20 from noon to 4pm

Santa visits all stores on:
Sat 12/5 and 12/12 between 11am and 4pm


Some of the Metro Detroit Art Van locations include:

22555 Greenfield Road
Southfield, MI 48075

Royal Oak
32301 N Woodward Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48073

29905 W 7 Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48152

15701 Market Dr.
Dearborn, MI 48126

Warren - 14 Mile
6500 E 14 Mile Road
Warren, MI 48092

Warren - 8 Mile
13855 E 8 Mile Road
Warren, MI 48089

See for a full list of store locations.


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FREE Admission to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 12/13 1-5pm

Bust of museum founder Dr. Charles H. Wright.
Charter One Free Family Second Sunday at The Wright Museum
Sunday, December 13,  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.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
The Wright Museum™ |


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Saturday, November 28, 2015

FREE and DISCOUNT MOVIE and GAME rentals with Redbox 12 Days of Deals - ENDS 12/8

The Redbox 12 Days of Deals is back ...

Whether it’s a movie night with the family, or enjoying the latest video game, Redbox has you covered for the holidays.

Text THANKFUL to 727272 daily through December 8th for surprise deals from Redbox delivered via text to your smartphone. Deals include the following:

- 50¢ discount on your first rental day of any disc
- 75¢ discount on your first rental day of any disc
- $1 discount on your first rental day of any 2 discs
- Rent one DVD and get another one free for your rental day
- A free 1-day game rental

Find out more about the Redbox 12 Days of Deals at 

Legal stuff:
Ends 12/8/15. Limit 1 promo code per day. You will received recurring messages. Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel, HELP for help. By texting you agree to get texts from Redbox at your mobile number, which may be sent through an automatic telephone dialing system. Opt-in not required to rent/buy from Redbox.


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FREE Admission to Cranbrook Institute of Science after 5pm 12/4 - Bloomfield Hills

Take your family to Cranbrook for FREE on Friday, December 4th 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, 2016.

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, First Friday FREE hours are 5pm-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 12/5 - Make Holiday Stacking Blocks

Build a Load 'n Go Truck on Saturday 6/6 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 Holiday Stacking Blocks
Saturday, December 5, 2015
9am - Noon

Come out with the kids so they can build their very own Holiday Stacking Blocks!

Join our hands-on workshop and build fun holiday stacking blocks. Then, decorate your project with fun stickers and different paint colors. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.



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EMPLOYMENT: Michigan Nonprofit Job Center Listings - November 27, 2015

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!!!

Director of Major Gifts (Detroit)
Job Summary: Work collaboratively in directing, and strategizing and implementing major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors in the Metro Detroit Region. Work to position PPMSM as an essential and contributing community partner among supporters, advocates, local officials, agencies, businesses and other entities. Take an active role in representing and promoting PPMSM in the region.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Identify, quality and manage a portfolio of major donors with capacity of gifts of $10,000 or greater.
Builds and manages network of relationships with donors and prospects involving leadership and development staff
Match Planned Parenthoods funding priorities to individual donor interests
Conduct at least 10 personal visits or significant personal contacts per month.
Gather data, assess prospects and develop strategies designed to realize current and life-time giving potential of individual prospects
Supports Vice President and President in their fundraising activity with donors in Director’s assigned region
Ensure consistent and appropriate contact with donors and make or facilitate solicitations with volunteers and VP and President.
Develop/pull together materials used in effective donor meetings and conversations
Serve as an active team member in the development and implementation of the advancement teams long and short term goals and objectives. Participate in affiliate fundraising and stewardship activities.
Gather and record information regarding prospect and donors in PPMSM’s data base.
Responsible for achieving PPMSM regional major gift goals.
Send cover letter and resume to

Program Director (St. Clair)
Do you have a background working with developmentally disabled adults? Do you have experience as a Program Coordinator or Director? Are you relationship driven and comfortable working independently with minimal oversight? Would you like to be affiliated with an organization and program that allows you to feel that you have really made a difference in the lives of others? If so, we'd like to talk to you about our Program Director opportunity at Special Dreams Farm! Special Dreams Farm is a non-profit 31 acre working farm in ST. Clair, exclusively for developmentally disabled adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other cognitive disabilities. SDF has been recognized throughout the state as a role model program for developmentally disabled adults. The Program Director is responsible and accountable for the day-to-day coordination and operations of SDF programs, develops strong working relationships with parents, outside agencies and community resources and is generally the "face" of SDF to our Farmers and their parents. Completion of a Bachelor's degree in Special Education, Social Work, Psychology, or Business Administration is required. A much more expansive job description is available upon request. Learn more about us at To apply for the position, please send your resume and cover letter to Larry Collette at

Controller (Southfield)
Volunteers of America Michigan has an opening for a Controller to be responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities. Will lead all day-to-day finance operations and supervise a team of staff members including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and grants administration.
Must have a four-year accounting degree and minimum of three years finance/accounting management experience
Keen analytic, organizational and problem solving skills
Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting and cost control principles including GAAP
Knowledge of automated financial and accounting reporting systems
Computer skills with a high level of experience in Excel and accounting software (experience with Sage/MIP a plus)
Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and projections
Ability to motivate teams to produce quality materials within tight time frames and simultaneously manage several projects
Ability to work flexible hours and travel as required
Please Send cover letter and resume to or fax to 248-945-1614.

Manager of Skill Building Services (Detroit)
This position plans, develops, manages, organizes and oversees a comprehensive skill building service model that will support trainees in reaching their training and employment goals, incorporate consumerism, person centered planning and community based service philosophy into direct service delivery. Preferred candidates will have a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services or related field, proven experience in managing results-oriented services within a workforce development, vocational rehabilitation or behavioral setting. Experience formulating and monitoring budgets, providing financial control and overseeing project services/activities to meet contractual obligations. Knowledge of intellectual/developmental disabilities and community based service models and the behavioral health system. Experience providing vocational services to adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Knowledge of CARF accreditation standards for application to program services. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license, proof of insurance and access to a reliable vehicle.
Please send resumes to

President, Brother Rice High School (Bloomfield Hills)
Brother Rice High School President:
Due to the recent announcement by John Birney that the 2015/2016 school year would be the final of a 12 year term serving as school President, Brother Rice has initiated a search for his successor. For a position to begin in July 2016 or earlier, Brother Rice High School is seeking a strong, principled, and mission-driven leader who is a passionate and faith-filled advocate for Catholic education. The school requires a confident, engaging, and strategically oriented leader with exceptional communication skills and the ability to spearhead fundraising, and strategic initiatives. For more details and to apply, please go to :

Resource Development and Communications Specialist (Troy)
Job Description Summary:
The position is a part-time hourly position up to 28 hours per week. This position supports the RD&C and Housing Development staff in executing the annual Communications/PR/Marketing, Philanthropic, and Housing Development plans and achievement of annual department strategic goals.
Electronic Communications
Social media management across multiple platforms including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
Maintain the CHN web site.
Create and maintain CHN program PR/Marketing content.
Coordinate the creation, printing, mailing and/or distribution of all CHN philanthropic event materials.
Ensure CHN information folders contain current materials and an adequate inventory of complete folders is available at all times.
Perform intern and volunteer recruitment for all CHN departments, and special event and engagement opportunities.
Funding & Program Development
Assist with grant, program, and housing development funding research, application preparation, and submission.
Conduct research to determine the impact of federal regulations, to keep informed of new housing programs and to determine the need for housing in the local community
Special Events
Participate in the planning and execution of CHN philanthropic events.
Must possess proficient computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office product suite and graphic design software.
Prior experience with social media management, web site maintenance, in-depth SEO knowledge, WordPress, content and marketing material creation, business writing, and email marketing platforms.
Occasional evening and/or weekend hours may be required.
Must be able to occasionally lift and move materials up to 25 pounds
To apply for this position OPEN HERE:

Career Coach-Prisoner Re-entry Program (Grand Rapids)
Organization Name: Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids
Location: Grand Rapids
Salary: Hourly, Negotiable
Benefits: Vision, Dental, Paid Time Off, and 401k Position Type: Part Time
Job Description:
This Position is responsible for assisting people on parole with obtaining and maintaining employment. Job duties include helping individuals develop interviewing and job seeking skills, helping with resume creation, assisting with barrier resolution, facilitating career exploration, connecting the individual with employment resources, documentation and case noting, facilitating group sessions, and working with the employer to ensure success. The successful candidate should be organized, possess proficient writing and computer skills, and have proven people skills. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or human services and experience working with people connected to the justice system and/or workforce development experience. This is a part time position with customizable hours.
To Apply: Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to Also submit a completed Goodwill application by going to and click on the job application link. Complete the job application and then upload it under the resume button located on the same webpage.

Marketing Associate (Detroit)
The Marketing Associate will monitor, assess and regularly update Goodwill's digital marketing and external fundraising assets. Candidates should have an Associate's Degree or higher in Marketing or a related field. One to three years direct experience working in marketing, fundraising or a consumer influence role preferably in a non-profit organization. Demonstrated proficiency and interest in managing digital marketing assets; strong verbal and written communication skills; good organization and project management skills. Please forward resumes to

Recruitment Specialist (Detroit)
Responsible for identifying and pursuing effective avenues for adult membership cultivation, for providing programs or assistance to programs, leading or assisting troops.
Preliminary screenings of potential adult member/volunteers to determine their skill sets, availability, and commitment to serving girls
Create relationships with community-based organizations and other centers of influence.
3-5 years of demonstrated recruiting experience with emphasis in volunteer recruitment
Excellent presentation, communication (written and oral), planning and organizational skills
Proven success in developing partnerships with organizations/corporations
Strong analytical, organizational and assessment skills
Business and results oriented o Ability to proactively recruit; must be a self-starter
Excellent oral and written communications skills
Excellent internal and external customer service
Solid knowledge of MS Office products including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
Send resumes to

Women's Program Manager-FTS (Detroit)
The Women's Program Manager for the Flip the Script Program(FTS)is responsible for coordination and development of resources, partnerships and community collaborations to support a sustainable program model. Focuses on program outcomes specific to enhancing a continuum of quality services and competitive placement outcomes. Minimum of Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Human Services or Education. Three years successful experience serving at risk/high risk, hard to serve populations in a results driven service delivery environment. Preferred experience providing women focused services related to workforce readiness, vocational skills' development or human services. Demonstrated evidence of strong servant leadership qualities and skills. Please forward resumes to

Event Manager (Southfield and Grand Rapids)
POSITION LOCATION: 1 in Southfield and 1 in Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Event Manager is responsible for the performance and success of Walk to End Alzheimer’s and mass market events in order to meet the fundraising goals of the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Michigan Chapter. The Event Manager will recruit and oversee volunteers, supervise staff and execute logistics in accordance with the Chapter standards and best practices.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred or equivalent education and work experience Experience managing volunteers Successful fundraising Walk planning experience Knowledge of fundraising software preferred Excellent written, verbal and electronic communication skills Proficiency with Google Suite and Microsoft Office applications
Actively participant as part of the GMC Development team to ensure effective integration of development events with Chapter priorities Executive plan for Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Longest Day events to include team captain/walker recruitment and retention; sponsor cultivation and solicitation; promotion and marketing activities; and all event logistics Plan and execute other special events to include volunteer recruitment and retention; sponsor cultivation and solicitation; ticket sale management; promotion and marketing activities; and all event logistics Analyze data, prepare reports and provide information as requested and required Oversee project budgets Direct delivery of sponsorship benefits Manage vendor relationships Assist the Event Director as needed
Equal Opportunity Employer
Resume: Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter
Attention: Paul Kappen
25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100
Southfield, MI 48033
Fax: 248-799-4196

Learning Officer (Flint)
To oversee the development and implementation of a framework for measuring and reporting progress against the Ruth Mott Foundation’s operational and north Flint strategic goals. The Learning Officer will design and manage the Foundation’s evaluation activities in such a way that the Foundation has the knowledge to continually improve its operations and grantmaking, assess grant performance, and inform local grantees and the field of philanthropy.
Advanced degree in social sciences or related field with specific education or training in evaluation.
Minimum five years of related experience preferably working with foundations, community-based nonprofit organizations or local units of government.
Broad knowledge of evaluation methods and program assessment, especially in human services and/or philanthropic fields.
Demonstrated evaluation skills and experience in impact/performance measurement as well as an understanding of place-based grantmaking strategies.
Superior analytical skills with the ability to quickly and clearly synthesize information.
A solid understanding of, or direct experience working collaboratively with individuals from all sectors of the community and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Excellent writing and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate with broad and diverse audiences on a range of complex issues.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and internet competency. Familiarity with MicroEdge GIFTS or similar grants administration databases preferred.
To Apply: Email resume to by December 11, 2015.

Grants Manager (Flint)
Job Purpose:
Oversees the administration of grants and manages the data systems for tracking and evaluating program impact. Serves as an important resource to foundation staff and grant applicants.
Primary Duties:
Manages, maintains and monitors the timely administration of grants.
Ensures the integrity of grant records including compliance with IRS regulations.
Manages, maintains and monitors the/a grants management system to meet current and changing needs of grantmaking programs.
Develops and produces internal reports to support foundation learning and evaluation.
Provides technical support to grantees with application and reporting.
Responds to calls from grantees or referrals by Program Officers for budget revisions and contingency considerations.
Provides in-house training and acts as a primary resource to the Program team on the grants management database; ensures cross training and documentation of grants management processes and procedures.
Composes and answers routine correspondence and other documents related to grants management; responds to external surveys and data requests about RMF’s grantmaking.
Works with Finance & Administration to manage the processing and tracking of grants and grant payments.
Acts as project manager for grants database system implementation and upgrades.
Bachelor’s degree in business or related field required.
Minimum five years database management experience required, preferably working with foundations.
To Apply: Email resume to by December 11, 2015.

Coordinator of Volunteer Resources (Troy)
MADD Michigan is currently seeking candidates for the part time (20 hours) position of Coordinator of Volunteer Resources.
$ 19.00 Hourly
Start Date: 1/4/2016
Responsible for volunteer capacity building through the planning, coordination and implementation of the Volunteer Program at the State and Local level.
Conduct needs assessments and develop plans for the growth of the volunteer base. Identify and assign volunteer roles to meet assessed needs.
Implement sourcing and recruiting strategies utilizing community partnerships, affiliations and through other MADD activities. Participate in interviewing, selection and placement process with staff.
Ensure all volunteers adhere to MADD’s policies and procedures. Plan, schedule and conduct volunteer orientation.
Recruit, schedule and direct volunteers for various trainings, programs and events. Maintain records and report data on all volunteers, their activities and contributions.
Provide guidance, training and support to staff working with volunteers. Help to resolve volunteer and staff concerns.
Monitor the program and evaluate results in relation to goals and objectives. Work with staff/volunteer leaders to effectively engage volunteers to meet program goals and objectives.
Plan and implement volunteer recognition and feedback programs.
Interested Candidates please send resume and cover letter to

Executive Assistant (Troy)
Department: Operations
Reports to: Administrative Coordinator
Employment Status Classification: Non Exempt, Part-time hourly
Job Description Summary: Under the supervision of the Administrative Coordinator this position will provide the executive leadership team with high level administrative support.
Essential Functions:
Professional communication with callers and visitors as well as internal contacts at all levels of the organization. This includes daily interaction with those we serve, community partners, and supporters Handle non-routine correspondence and assembles highly confidential and sensitive information Provide all levels of administrative support services to the executive leadership team, including but not limited to: scanning, copying, emails, mail, drafting correspondence, compiling agendas and meeting minutes, and filing
Schedule and organize complex activities such as board meetings, executive committee meetings, travel arrangements, and event registrations
Establish, develop, maintain and update filing systems for each of the executives
Manage a large volume of meeting scheduling, coordination, and follow up for each executive
Assist the Administrative Coordinator in preparation, transcribing meeting minutes, and appropriate follow through for Board and Executive Committee meetings
Assist and arrange assistance for individuals who require accommodations in order to ensure access to the organization’s services
Assist management with CRM contact data capture
Additional tasks as required
Independent judgment and ability to simultaneously to plan, prioritize, and organize diversified workload
Establish priorities and meet deadlines
Daily work requires continual attention to detail in composing, typing and proofing materials
Must have high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations Must have knowledge of office administration procedures
Experience with daily use of various forms of technology, both with hardware such as computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones; and with Microsoft applications to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and demonstrate ability to prioritize multiple competing tasks and seek supervisory assistance as appropriate
Analytical ability is required in order to gather and summarize data for reports and find solutions to various administrative problems.
Physical Demands
This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.
To apply for this position OPEN HERE:

Awards Coordinator (Lansing)
The Historical Society of Michigan seeks a qualified individual to serve as the Awards Coordinator to manage HSM's awards programs.
The successful candidate will be a dynamic, detail-oriented, self-starter with strong public speaking, writing, time-management, and office administrative skills. Applicants with background in any of the following areas: marketing, outreach, fundraising or public relations would be particularly desirable. This is the perfect position for someone who seeks to re-enter the workforce part-time or for someone looking to transition to working in the non-profit field.
Duties include frequent public speaking, processing applications and data-entry, gathering information and visuals about award recipients to provide content for our various publications, ordering award materials, answering email and phone inquiries, and maintaining correspondence.
This is a half-time hourly position (20 hrs/wk).
Minimum Qualifications
Professional experience in an office environment and experience working in marketing, outreach, fundraising, or public relations field
Bachelor’s degree
Experience with office operations, equipment, and procedures
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Competency using all Microsoft Office products
Detail-oriented, and a high level of problem-solving and organizational skills
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member
Interest in or experience working with nonprofit organizations
Interest in Michigan history is a plus
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, including minorities, women, and people with disabilities.
For full position description visit or email resume and cover letter to

Marketing Director (Ann Arbor)
The Guild of Artists and Artisans is seeking a part-time Marketing Director. The Marketing Director is responsible for the annual sponsorship program for all Guild events. Job duties include sponsor prospecting, face-to-face sales and cold calls in order to achieve the annual sponsorship sales goals. In addition, the Marketing Director develops sponsorship materials including contracts, proposals, presentations, reports, sponsor experience surveys and manages sponsor participation at events. The Marketing Director is responsible for the Guild’s merchandise program and advertising sales, including web and e-newsletter ads.
Education and Experience:
Excellent communication and presentation skills
Able to pay attention to detail and achieve a high level of professionalism in all work related efforts
Self-starter that demonstrates entrepreneurial behavior
Successful sales track record; corporate sponsorship sales experience, preferred
Able to develop long-term relationships with clients
Ability to interact effectively with staff, membership, the public, the board of directors and volunteers
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
Well-organized and able to meet multiple deadlines
Excellent problem-solving abilities
Non-profit experience is helpful
Able to work with minimal supervision
Ability to travel when needed
Ability to handle some heavy lifting and withstand working in various weather conditions
Bachelor’s degree in relevant subject or equivalent experience
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to No phone calls please.

Finance and Operations Manager (Ann Arbor)
Responsible finance and operations for organization. The Finance and Operations Manager essential functions focus on bookkeeping, budgeting, and financial reporting and analyzing as well as tracking grants and human resources administration. Finance and Operations Director supports business planning and development for earned revenue and contract initiatives. Responsible for facility oversight as it relates to technology /IT, building maintenance plan and other administrative areas including insurance.
For the full job positing please visit:
If interested, please submit your cover letter and resume as one PDF file. Please put your last name in the title of the PDF to Lori Roddy ( by December 7th.

Good Luck!

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

FREE 43rd Annual Noel Night 12/5 5-10pm in Midtown Detroit

Don't miss the 43rd annual Noel Night event...

The 43rd annual Noel Night will take place on Saturday, December 5th, from 5:00-10:00 p.m. in Detroit’s Midtown District.

Over 70 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Public Library, will open their doors to the public FREE OF CHARGE during this Cultural Center-wide holiday open house.

Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups, and other special performances by Madeleine Peyroux, Bronze Radio Return, The Diving Bell, Imani Winds, Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys and Thornetta Davis.

The evening’s festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band—a long-standing Noel Night tradition. Noel Night activities take place in Midtown Detroit, and free shuttle service is offered between participating venues.

Call 313-420-6000 or visit for additional information.


For more information, follow Noel Night on Facebook.


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FREE photos with Santa at the GM Renaissance Center, Monday - Saturday, 11/27 - 12/23

My son and I with Santa at the GM Ren Cen back in 2009
Take a FREE Photo with Santa at the GM Ren Cen....

Santa arrives at the GM Ren Cen on Friday, November 27th at 11am. Grab your family, friends & co-workers & head to the GM Showroom for a FREE photo with Santa until 4pm.

Don't worry if you cannot make it on Black Friday because the FREE photo fun with Santa repeats 11am to 4pm Monday- Saturday through December 23, 2015.

And while you are in the Ren Cen to see Santa, why not go on the FREE GM Renaissance Center Tour. Click here to see all the fun my son and I had visiting Santa and going on the tour back in 2009.

GM Ren Cen
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 567-3126


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Kroger FREE Friday COUPON download for Airheads Bites or Airhead Xtremes Bites (2oz) on 11/27

Get your coupon NOW...

Starting now, you can download a digital coupon for FREE Airheads Bites or Airhead Xtremes Bites (2 oz) at

The coupon must be redeemed by Sunday, December 13, 2015.  The download is available now.  This coupon is for Kroger rewards members.


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FREE Poetry Workshops on 12/12 at DIA for Metro Detroit High School students - RSVP REQUIRED

Detroit Institute of Arts hosts FREE poetry workshops presented by InsideOut Literary Arts Project for tri-county high school students...

Students will write poetry inspired by museum’s “30 Americans” exhibition

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is hosting “See What I Say,” FREE poetry workshops presented by InsideOut Literary Arts Project for high school students in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties on Saturday, Dec. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. 

The workshops will guide students in writing original poetry inspired by works featured in the DIA’s “30 Americans” exhibition, a dynamic show of contemporary art by African American artists, on view through Jan. 18, 2016.

There will be two sessions featuring simultaneous workshops focusing on different artworks in the exhibition, followed by a performance workshop for budding spoken-word performers in Rivera Court. The day will conclude with a poetry performance by InsideOut Literary Arts Project poets inspired by “30 Americans.” The schedule is:

11:30 a.m.: Arrival and registration

Noon: Session 1
Workshop A: “Whore in the Church House” by Mark Bradford
Workshop B: “Exhibit A: Cardinal Francis Arinze” by Jeff Sonhouse

1:30 p.m.: Session 2
Workshop C: “Portraits of Quanika” by Mickalene Thomas and “Untitled” by Rodney McMillian
Workshop D: “Class of 2007” by Nina Chanel Abney

3:30 p.m.: Spoken word performance mini-workshop

4 p.m.: InsideOut Literary Arts Project “30 Americans” poetry performance

Though the workshops are FREE, reservations are required. To register, call 313.833.4005 or visit

Aspiring poets can also sample the talent of InsideOut Literary Arts poets on Noel Night, Saturday, Dec. 5, when members will perform original poetry inspired by “30 Americans” from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Detroit Public Library, located across Woodward Ave. from the DIA. The event is free and open to the public.

About InsideOut Literary Arts Project
InsideOut Literary Arts Project (iO) is a nationally recognized hub of creative opportunities for K–12 students in Detroit who are curious about exploring their worlds through the power of poetry. Since 1995, iO has helped to amplify the voices of thousands of students by dispatching established and emerging poets and writers into classrooms.

Museum Hours and Admission
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $12.50 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62+, $6 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.


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UBER offers 2 FREE Rides for NEW Michigan riders to encourage Holiday responsible drinking


Over 46% of adults in Michigan admit to taking a ride with a drunk driver, which contributes to 27% of all traffic related fatalities in Michigan.

The Royal Oak Police Department will be increasing patrols to keep the roads safe this weekend. “We strongly encourage any alternative to getting behind the wheel after drinking. Uber is a great option to ensure you get home safely,” says Chief of Police, Corrigan O’Donahue.

“This Wednesday is our busiest night of the year, and the Royal Oak Police Department will have a lot of extra patrol officers out with a focus on keeping drunk drivers off the road.”

Uber is teaming with the Royal Oak Police Department and offering two FREE rides in Michigan to NEW users to encourage responsible drinking.

Share the code SAFERIDESMI with your friends, family, and social circle. Ride knowing you are pledging to make the smart choice in Michigan this Thanksgiving season.


Promo code good for new users only, each ride up to $15, not valid on uberTAXI, valid in the US only. Expires 1/5/2016.


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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Pie Five: Delicious Custom Hand-Crafted Pizza in only 5 minutes in Southfield, MI

Pie Five is now my son's favorite Pizza Joint...

Back in October my son and I were invited to attend a blogger preview event at a new pizza restaurant in Southfield, MI called Pie Five.  Until the night of the event, I did not know much about Pie Five and went to the event just hoping that my picky-eating son would find something on the menu worth eating.  Now five weeks after the event, Pie Five has become my son's favorite pizza joint which he tries to get me to take him to every chance he can.

The concept of Pie Five is very different from most pizza places. Pie Five makes custom hand crafted personal pizzas in just 5 minutes for $6.99 per pizza - think Subway but for pizza.

The dough is made fresh every day, throughout the day and the ingredients are all-natural, preservative free.  You can choose a pizza combo from the menu and customize it or concoct your own masterpiece from scratch.  And no matter what you choose to put on the pizza, and cost does not change.

You place your order and stand in line while the staff makes the pies and then puts them in the oven.  Five minutes later, your pizza is ready to eat.

There is a Pizza for Everyone...

The night of the blogger event, my son and I received complimentary samples (plus our own indivdual complimentary pizzas) of many of the menu items,  including:

Chicken Carbonara with Artisan Thin Crust
alfredo sauce / parmesan / grilled chicken / mushrooms / crushed red pepper / bacon

Pesto Chicken Alfredo with Artisan Thin Crust
alfredo sauce / grilled chicken / roasted tomatoes / caramelized onions / basil drizzle

Athenian with Artisan Thin Crust
olive oil / feta / grilled chicken / minced garlic / banana peppers / red onions / basil / kalamata olives / sun-dried tomato purée

Buffalo Chicken with Artisan Thin Crust
buffalo ranch sauce / cheddar / banana peppers / grilled chicken

High Five with Classic Pan Crust
tuscan marinara / cheddar / pepperoni / italian sausage / bacon / ham / beef

Margherita with Artisan Thin Crust
olive oil / roma tomatoes / minced garlic / basil

Pie Five also sells salads and for those with a sweet tooth, Pie Five also has cookie pies (part cookie, part pie) and brownies.

My son and I both loved the pizzas with the Artisan Thin Crust.  My favorite is the Chicken Carbonara.  I love the tender grilled chicken and bacon with the Alfredo sauce. My son's favorite is the Margherita which I could not believe since it has NO meat.


I think everyone knows how much I love a bargain.  So I was very glad when I found out the Southfield Pie Five location has a HAPPY HOUR from 2-6pm, Monday thru Thursday where pies are only $5 each - HOLLA!!!!

Get 10% off Your Next Pie Five visit by taking a Survey...

Everyone can also save money by looking at the bottom of your receipt where you will find the opportunity to take an online survey which will get you 10% off your next visit if you go back to Pie Five within 30 days of taking the survey.

Join the CIRCLE OF CRUST and get a 
FREE PIZZA and more...

I love being part of rewards programs and the rewards program at Pie Five is called the "Circle of Crust". In the Circle, you’ll earn points for every pizza or large salad you purchase. You’ll also get invited to exclusive events and tastings, and surprise points offers. And on your HALF-birthday, you earn a FREE PIE!!!

Over the last few weeks, Pie Five has become one of our favorite places to eat out in Southfield. Hopefully more locations will open in other cities in Metro Detroit.

Pie Five Pizza
24532 Twelve Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48034


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Kroger FREE Friday COUPON download for Kisses Deluxe 4pc (1.2oz) on 11/20

Get your coupon this Friday...

This Friday, November 20, 2015 only, you can download a digital coupon for Kisses Deluxe 4pc (1.2oz) at

The coupon must be redeemed by Sunday, December 6, 2015.  The download will be available between the hours of 12am and 11:59pm PST time on Friday, November 20, 2015.  This coupon is for Kroger rewards members.


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Sunday, November 15, 2015

FREE MOVIE Screening of HOME ALONE + FREE Popcorn at Palace of Auburn Hills 12/5 at 3pm

FREE Home Alone Screening
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 Doors open at 2:30 PM
Palace of Auburn Hills

To celebrate the holiday season, the Palace of Auburn Hills is showing the movie HOME ALONE on Palace360, the Pistons high-definition scoreboard with a surprise appearance from a Pistons player.

Admission is FREE and Complimentary Popcorn will be provided.

There is a 4 ticket limit and you’re allowed two purchase transactions.


NOTE! I do not know if parking is free for this event.  I would suggest calling the Palace for more information.

Palace of Auburn Hills
6 Championship Drive
Auburn Hills, MI, 48326