Saturday, May 30, 2015

FREE Comerica Java & Jazz Concert Series at Detroit Main Library continues on 6/16 with vocalist Armond Jackson

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, June 16th with Armond Jackson.  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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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Open Call Auditions for "The Voice” coming to Downtown Detroit 6/13 - REGISTER TODAY!

NBC’s ‘The Voice’ will be holding open auditions in Downtown Detroit this June....

Auditions for the hit show 'The Voice" will be held on June 13, 2015 in Hall D at Cobo Hall in Downtown Detroit.

They are looking for solo artists and duos that perform all types of music: pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, alternative, latin, country, blues, indie.

To audition you must be legally present in the United States, be 15 years of age or older, and meet all other eligibility requirements.

For more information on "The Voice" auditions and to register to try out, go to www.nbcthevoice.com

The Voice Auditions
June 13, 2015
Cobo Center, Hall D
1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226


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FREE 7th annual Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan Kids 'N Kicks Summer Walking Program 6/8 - 8/14

Join the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Kids ‘N Kicks Summer Walking Program...

Hey parents! Kids ages 4 – 14 are invited to participate in the 7th annual walking program at Fairlane Town Center. It’s designed for fun, safe and healthy entertainment FREE of charge, with some cool prizes along the way.

June 8 – August 14, 2015

How it works:
• Sign up at Customer Service and receive a special membership kit
• Search the Center for activities from the Keep On Moving book
• Visit Customer Service at the end of each walk* for a completion stamp and prize
• Earn cool prizes
• Special Weekend wake-up events will be held on select Saturdays for participants
• Celebration lunch and award ceremony
*Kids are welcome to walk a session in the morning and a session in the afternoon of the same day, earning a completion stamp for each walking session.

Keep On Moving book
The Keep On Moving book showcases various kid-friendly activities and lists the number of calories burned during 15 minutes of each activity. During each week there will be pictures of kid-friendly activities placed as puzzle pieces throughout the Center. When a walker spots an activity, they will confirm it with Customer Service and receive a stamp for their book. Once a walker fills up their book, they will receive a special prize.

Visit www.shopfairlane.com/kidsnkicks for more information

Fairlane Town Ceenter
18900 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48126
(800) 992-9500

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

GIVEAWAY: "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" is coming ashore on Blu-ray Combo Pack 6/2

I received a complementary copy of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water for review. Paramount Pictures is providing the prize for this giveaway. #SummerofSpongeBob

SpongeBob and his friends are back—and like you’ve never seen them before...

The all-new blockbuster hit THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER is arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack, DVD and VOD 
June 2, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

On a mission to save his world, SpongeBob SquarePants is headed to ours. When pirate Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) steals the secret recipe for the beloved Krabby Patties, SpongeBob and friends come ashore to bring back the missing formula. To succeed, they must team up with former rival, Plankton, but soon realize that to defeat a super-villain, they must unleash their inner superheroes.

Hailed as “laugh-out-loud funny” (Examiner) and “the best family film of the year” (Fanboy Nation), the wildly entertaining adventure arrives two weeks early on Digital HD May 19th, 2015.

Extras Galore when you buy the Movie Combo Pack!!!

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack include the feature film in high definition plus the following extras -

- A Digital Version of the film that can be accessed through UltraViolet™, a way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them—reliably and securely—to a variety of devices.

- Over an hour of super-powered extras highlighted by three exclusive and delightfully fun sing-along music videos: “Thank Gosh It’s Monday,” “Teamwork” and “Theme Song/Rap Battle.”

- Eight exciting featurettes that take you from Bikini Bottom to the surface, deleted scenes and more.


FUN SPONGEBOB MOVIE WORDSEARCH TO CELEBRATE THE BLU-RAY COMBO PACK RELEASE

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Check out more about "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" by using the following links:

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Comerica Bank, Iron Mountain, Re-Source Partners to host FREE Shred Day on 6/13 in Warren, MI

Metro Detroiters are asked to bring nonperishable food items to FREE Shred Day to benefit Gleaners Food Bank...

Comerica Bank, Iron Mountain Incorporated and Re-Source Partners announced they will partner to host the eighth annual community Shred Day at Comerica’s 13 Mile-Van Dyke banking center, located at 30500 Van Dyke Road in Warren from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 13th, 2015.

Shred Day is designed to help prevent metro Detroiters from becoming victims of identity theft and to raise awareness about proper recycling methods. This year’s Shred Day event will also provide consumers with the opportunity to have their small electronics recycled.

Iron Mountain will shred boxes or bags of paper documents at the event, which is free and open to the public. 

After being securely destroyed, all shredded material will be made into pulp and recycled.

Re-Source Partners will be accepting small electronics such as computer systems and accessories, handheld devices, and office equipment for recycling.

Accepted items include:

Computer systems and accessories: CPUs, laptops, CRT monitors, LCD displays, all-in-ones, servers, switches, hubs, keyboards, mice, speakers, wireless internet cards, hard drives, optical drives, circuit boards, wires and cables
Audio/video equipment: DVD players, VCRs, stereos, radios, camcorders, cameras, radios, game systems
Handheld devices: Pagers, cell phones, PDAs, two-way radios
Household equipment: Toasters, lamps (no bulbs), blenders (no glass), microwaves, clocks, landline phones
Office equipment: Fax machines, photocopiers, printers, scanners, telephones, typewriters, calculators
Batteries: Sealed lead acid (UPS battery), laptop, cell phone, rechargeable, car

“Comerica Bank is pleased to partner with Iron Mountain and Re-Source Partners to help consumers protect their identity by shredding documents containing their personal information and properly recycling computer hard drives, CDS and other equipment,” said Linda Forte, senior vice president of Business Affairs, Comerica Bank. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to help prevent identify theft.”

Comerica is again encouraging people to give back while protecting their identity by donating nonperishable food to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Volunteers will be onsite collecting donations on Shred Day.

For more information, including a complete list of prohibited items, visit www.comerica.com/ShredDay


Comerica’s 13 Mile-Van Dyke Banking Center
30500 Van Dyke Road in Warren
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2015


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Celebrate #NationalDoughnutDay With A FREE Krispy Kreme Doughnut on 6/5

FREE is the word on National Doughnut Day!!!

On Friday, June 5th, go into any participating Krispy Kreme location in the US and Canada, and you can get ANY Krispy Kreme Doughnut FREE for National Doughnut Day!!!


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

Click here to find a Krispy Kreme store location near you

Legal Stuff:
Offer valid June 5, 2015 at participating US and Candian Krispy Kreme shops only. Offer subject to product availability. Limit one free doughnut per guest.


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FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop 6/6 - Make a Home Depot Load 'n Go Truck

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 a Home Depot Load 'n Go Truck!
Saturday, June 6, 2015
9am - Noon

Come out with the kids so they can build their very own Home Depot Load 'n Go Trucks!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS HOME DEPOT KIDS WORKSHOP


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Monday, May 25, 2015

FREE Admission to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 6/14 1-5pm

Bust of museum founder Dr. Charles H. Wright.
Charter One Free Family Second Sunday at The Wright Museum
Sunday, June 14,  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.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON JUNE'S FREE FAMILY SECOND SUNDAY AT THE WRIGHT MUSEUM



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
The Wright Museum™ | TheWright.org

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FREE Admission to Cranbrook Institute of Science after 5pm 6/5 - Bloomfield Hills

Take your family to Cranbrook for FREE on Friday, June 5th 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)

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON FREE 1st FRIDAY ON 6/5 AT CRANBOOK INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE


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Friday, May 22, 2015

COUPON: BOGO FREE Entrees at Rojo Mexican Bistro, Memorial Day Weekend thru 5/25

FREE Food is great way to celebrate the start of Summer...

Rojo Mexican Bistro is celebrating the Memorial Day Weekend with a Buy One Entree, Get One Entree FREE Coupon good through May, 25th.  What a great way to celebrate the beginning of Spring!

Go Here to access the Rojo Mexican Bistro BOGO FREE Entree Voucher (See coupon for restrictions.)


ROJO MEXICAN BISTRO locations in Metro Detroit include - 


ROJO MEXICAN BISTRO - BIRMINGHAM
250 Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 792-6200

ROJO MEXICAN BISTRO - ROCHESTER
401 N. Main St.
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 601-9300

ROJO MEXICAN BISTRO - NOVI
42875 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48375
(248) 374-4600

ROJO MEXICAN BISTRO - LAKESIDE MALL
14600 Lakeside Circle,
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
(586) 226-4110



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EMPLOYMENT: Michigan Nonprofit Job Center - May 22, 2015

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!!!

Program Manager (Troy)
The mission of On My Own of Michigan is to assist adults with mild to moderate intellectual developmental disabilities (I/DD) to become independent, social and contributing members of the community. For more organizational information, visit www.onmyownofmi.org.

On My Own has an immediate vacancy for a full-time Program Manager to participate as part of the executive team and supervise four service delivery staff. Program Manager reports to the Executive Director.

Program Manager is responsible for development, coordination and oversight of On My Own program services for individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities (I/D). Program Manager supervises two Supports Coordinators and two Member Aides. Program Manager develops schedule, reviews curricula and sometimes teaches classes focusing on independent living skills or personal enrichment topics. Program Manager also plans social outings for members and periodic trips. Program Manager assesses and admits potential program members.

Program Manager participates on executive team and is involved in strategic planning, program operations planning and evaluation and budget development. Also participates in different fundraising events and activities.

Successful candidate will have a master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology or similar field of study. Current or pending licensure required. Two (2) years of professional work experience in related field required. Prior experience with I/DD individuals desirable but not required. Prior supervisory experience desirable. Ability to work flexible schedule required and to carry “on call” pager periodically.

Salary: Dependent on experience.

To apply, email cover letter and resume with references to bruce@onmyownofmi.org or fax to 248.688.9107. No phone calls please.



Executive Director (Lansing)
Position
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has overall operational responsibility for the staff, programs and execution of its strategic plan, including fundraising, program development, strategic communications and relationship development - including significant public speaking.

Compensation
Dependent upon qualifications, $55,000 - $65,000 annually plus benefits

Qualifications
Proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience is required. Concrete demonstrable experience and preferred qualifications include:
Advanced degree with at least 2 - 5 years of nonprofit and board management experience, including effectively leading an outcome based organization and staff; unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures; and strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.

Please send resume, cover letter, references and salary requirements by June 4, 2015.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region
Attention: Shari Nelson
330 Marshall Street, Suite 103
Lansing, MI 48912-2317
OR via email at: human.resources0196@bbbsmcr.org

For a full listing, please see our website: www.bbbsmcr.org



Development Coordinator & Database Manager (Inkster)
Primary Purpose:
To manage the SFS donor database, Raiser’s Edge, including gift processing, gift acknowledgement, donor and prospect list generation, campaign reports, financial reports, prospect tracking and updates, and mailing list production; to manage written and verbal communications with donors, staff and volunteers; to assist in creating annual development calendar and donor strategies; and to assist with special events and general support for the fundraising, marketing and communications programs.

Education and Experience Required:

College degree required.
Experience in database management required. Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
Two or more years previous experience in development required, experience in marketing and public relations desired.
For further details, and to apply please visit: www.starfishonline.org



Homeownership Programs Associate - AmeriCorps VISTA (Wayne County)
Homeownership Programs Associate Description: With the help of program staff, this VISTA member will build capacity for Homeownership and related programs by improving the efficiency with which the agency provides education and counseling services aimed at helping persons obtain and maintain homeownership.

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency is a Community Action Agency focused on their mission of empowering low-income individuals and strengthening communities. Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency (Wayne Metro) has been providing services to low and moderate income individuals and families since 1971. Since then, Wayne Metro has established a system of diversified programming and funding knowing that Wayne County residents need a source of reliable community support to help them succeed and thrive. Since 1994, the agency's budget has grown from $100,000 to over $40 million while maintaining a low-administrative rate (8%) that allows $.92 of every dollar to be utilized for direct client services.

Apply by May 25 : https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=61443&fromSearch=true



Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation SAD AmeriCorps VISTA Member (Detroit)
Crime not only directly impacts the quality of life in our community; it also directly effects property values. As people leave the community because of high crime, they abandon their homes. This causes vacancy and blight and decreased property values, all of which impact the economic opportunities of low-income families. GRDC takes a comprehensive approach to community development for just that reason. It is not just our housing development that affects property values and economic stability; it is also all of the social factors, such as crime, blight, and feelings of safety. We want all of our homeowners to be able to remain in their housing, and all of our renters to feel strongly enough about the community that they will have the motivation and resources to transition into homeownership in our neighborhood.

Member Duties: *Update the neighborhood associations and the City-Wide Coalition on the implementation of the SAD *Provide support to the Designated Neighborhood Improvement Organization (DNIO) on implementation of the SAD *Help establish monitoring procedures for contractors *Provide support for annual community SAD meeting

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=61237&fromSearch=true



Fish and Loaves AmeriCorps VISTA Member (Taylor)
Member Duties : Fish and Loaves is looking for a VISTA member to build the capacity of the organization through activities such as volunteer recruitment and training, expanding on current nutrition education programming, developing a management system for the Pantry Garden, fundraising, strengthening existing community partnerships, and building new community partnerships.

The Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry is a non-profit, faith-based organization which provides food assistance to families and individuals. Located in a 12,000 square-foot facility in Taylor, Michigan on Northline Road, just east of Beech-Daly, the pantry currently serves residents of seven contiguous communities--Allen Park, Brownstown Township, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor and Woodhaven. Fish & Loaves’ larger mission is to ensure that no one in our service area goes hungry and that those in need are served with the dignity they deserve. Although faith-based, Fish & Loaves is non-sectarian, serving all clients without regard to religion or creed

Apply by May 25 : https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=61233&fromSearch=true



Manager, Executive Search & Superintendent Services (Lansing)
Responsible for the smooth, efficient operation of Executive Search Services, the Area Representative Program and Michigan Small and Rural Schools Association. Fields general inquiries from and coordinates services for superintendents. Facilitates communication and provides support to department consultants and adjunct staff. Provides direct support to department director as needed.

The right candidate will be the consummate professional, committed to continuous improvement of our products and services. He/she will possess excellent problem-solving skills, a high level of comfort with technology and a commitment to serving others. We are looking for someone who is resourceful and discreet, with superb communication skills and who has demonstrated the ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously.

This position is a key member of a team comprised of regular and adjunct staff that provides superintendent search and leadership development services to boards of education throughout Michigan. It requires occasional travel (mostly in-state), sporadic night and weekend work and a sense of humor. Association and/or human resource experience is desirable but not essential.

To apply, please complete the online application at the link below, upload a cover letter with salary expectations, resume, and at least three letters of recommendation. For consideration, all applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Questions about the position should be directed to Donna Oser at 517-420-7637 or doser@masb.org

Apply online at: https://a2-3.applitrack.com/masb/onlineapp/JobPostings/view.asp?FromAdmin=true&AppliTrackJobId=124



Neighborhood Food Ally - AmeriCorps VISTA Position (Detroit)
Neighborhood Ally Description: To support Detroit high school students in actualizing as holistic young leaders who are healthy, connected, and powerful, the Detroit Food Academy *VISTA project will build the capacity of our organization through the development of a partnerships, a community-rooted guidebook, and activity trainings for DFA high schools and partner neighborhoods.

Detroit Food Academy is a place-based, experiential leadership program dedicated to transforming the lives of young Detroiters through food and social entrepreneurship. We partner with high schools, educators, and food entrepreneurs to facilitate a year-round practicum culminating in the design and launch of students' own triple-bottom-line (people, planet, profit) food businesses. By developing food-based solutions in their communities, students learn to identify problems, implement solutions, and grow as holistic leaders who are healthy, connected, and powerful to affect change within and beyond the local food system. Students graduate our program as entrepreneurial thinkers confident in their own power, conscious of the food system, familiar with business principles, and connected to networks of mentorship and support.

Apply by May 25 : https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=61448&fromSearch=true



Events Specialist (Eastpointe)
National charity, based in Michigan, is seeking an events planner/walk coordinator for a part time position.

Job duties involve support to grassroots events, planning and carrying out special events, and planning and supporting walks throughout the country.

The qualified candidate will be well versed in MS Office and be able to work independently. May require travel.

Please send resume detailing experience in special events along with salary requirements to aarda@aarda.org with subject line: Events Specialist.



Executive Director for Arc of Livingston (Howell)
The Arc of Livingston, a not- for-profit organization providing support and advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout Livingston County, is seeking an energetic, committed, and experienced leader.

This position focuses on program development, administration, fund raising, administrative management, community networking, public awareness, advocacy, and chapter support.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in human services-related field required, or other relevant advanced degree. Minimum three (3) years proven experience in not-for-profit management, fund raising and leadership in disability/advocacy services.

Requirements:

Strategic planning, organization and program development, and fiscal management skills
Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills necessary to supervise staff as well as the ability to network and build relationships within the disability and non-profit communities
Exceptional verbal, written and presentation communication skills
Proven fund raising experience, grant writing and contract management skills
Excellent computer skills
Commitment to core values and Mission of the Arc of Livingston
Proven advocacy skills in all public policy arenas
Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Send resume cover letter by June 5, 2015 to: arcdirectorsearch@gmail.com



Membership & Information Services Coordinator (Grand Haven)
The Council of Michigan Foundations is looking to hire a Membership and Information Services Coordinator.

The coordinator will coordinate, prioritize and organize current and historical philanthropy sector resources. Conduct member research and fulfill technical assistance requests to ensure members have easy access to the most relevant information and expertise that will impact their work and provide value to their membership. Coordinates all administrative functions associated with CMF’s membership area including but not limited to: recruitment ongoing and special campaign activities, new member onboarding process, member-to-member mentor program, annual renewal process, staff engagement contacts with members, membership committee support and membership report preparation. On average, the duties of the position are divided approximately 50% related to membership development/retention and 50% related to information services.

Reports to: Director, Communications & Information Resources in collaboration with the Director, Membership Development

For a full job description please visit www.michiganfoundations.org.

Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Tammie TenBroeke at jobs@michiganfoundations.org and include Membership and Information Services Coordinator in the subject line. Items must be received no later than Friday, May 29, 2015.



Associate Director (Flint)
Reporting to the Executive Director, this senior position provides active leadership in the Museum's administration in accordance with its educational mission and objectives, including overall management and short and long-term strategic planning. Works collaboratively with the entire management team and participates in fundraising activities, cultivates relationships with community members, and actively promotes the mission of the Flint Children's Museum to inspire a lifelong love for learning through the power of play.

Responsibilities:

Manages the facility and building requirements, including custodial services, building repairs, and rentals.
Provides input to the Executive Director to ensure fiscal year positive or net zero income.
Monitors FCM's monthly visitor statistics and zip code collection, analyzes admission trends.
Ensures efficiency in the daily operations on the FCM's exhibit floor, including guest services, front desk procedures/processes, and Museum cleanliness.
Qualifications: Bachelors degree or higher in business administration, or related field. Minimum three years in nonprofit or business administration. Ability to provide leadership, prepare and present reports to the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

Hours: Varies - Mon - Friday, 8:30am - 5:30pm. Some weekends and evening may be required.

Application instruction: Please submit resume and cover letter via email to kroddy@flintchildrensmuseum.org - no phone calls please.

For a complete Job Description please visit http://thefcm.org/about-us/



Office and Administrative Coordinator (Lansing)
We are seeking an hourly employee to join the dynamic team at the Greater Lansing Food Bank focusing on administrative, office and reception support, with a high focus on customer/client relations. This newly developed position will help lead and grow the office and administrative functions within the organization. Time will be spent supporting the Office manager, Garden Project/Lansing Roots teams, and external relations/fundraising staff.

The position will shift focus seasonally, as appropriate and needed, while maintaining some core functions throughout the year.

For full list of Duties and Qualifications, please visit http://greaterlansingfoodbank.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Office-and-Admin-Coordinator.pdf

This position is hourly full time, with pay starting in the $12-$15/hr range, depending on experience. Full benefits package is available including health, dental, vision, PTO, and paid holidays.

Please send cover letter and resume to glfb@glfoodbank.org with Database Coordinator in the subject line. Preference for .pdf files. Pertinent questions or clarifications welcomed.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, position to be filled as soon as the right candidate is identified.



Database Coordinator (Lansing)
We are seeking a full time, salaried employee to join the dynamic team at the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB), focusing on database and financial management. The GLFB utilizes a CRM database to track donations, gardener registration, and other important information and we seek a person with the skills to help us increase our capacity to manage data and grow into new forms of data tracking. This new position at the GLFB will work primarily with our administrative staff, our external relations/fundraising staff, and Garden Project/Lansing Roots programs and will split time seasonally, as needed. The right candidate will have experience with multiple database systems, the ability to adapt to our system (CiviCRM) and assist us in choosing and converting to new technologies to better track information.

The position will shift focus seasonally, as appropriate and needed, while maintaining some core functions throughout the year.

For full list of Duties and Qualifications, please vist http://greaterlansingfoodbank.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Database-Coordinator_051315.pdf

This position is full time, exempt at a salary in the $30-35k range. Full benefits package is available including health, dental, vision, PTO, and paid holidays.

Please send cover letter and resume to glfb@glfoodbank.org with Database Coordinator in the subject line. Preference for .pdf files. Pertinent questions or clarifications welcomed.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, position to be filled as soon as the right candidate is identified.



Bookkeeper (Troy)
The mission of On My Own of Michigan is to assist adults with intellectual developmental disabilities to become independent, social and contributing members of the community.

Position available immediately. Part-time bookkeeping position (20 hrs/week) for small nonprofit requiring general accounting skills including maintaining GL, AR, AP, reporting payroll to vendor, generating reports, filing legal and tax forms, coordinating with auditors, managing inventory and other duties as assigned.

Experience with QuickBooks required and experience with QB for Nonprofits is desirable. Knowledge of fund accounting and accrual-based accounting needed.

Associates degree or three years similar work experience needed. Flexible schedule. $16/hour.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to bruce@onmyownofmi.org or fax to (248) 688-9107. No phone calls please.



Executive Director (Lansing)
Todd Martin Youth Leadership (TMYL), a non-profit organization that is changing the lives of low income children through tennis, life skills, education and leadership programs, based in Lansing, MI, seeks an Executive Director. The candidate must be able to work in a dynamic environment.

Status: Full Time; Salary plus incentive bonus plan Reports to: Board of Directors

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Board of Directors of the Todd Martin Development Fund Board the Executive Director (ED) will drive operational and development efforts in support of TMYL strategic plan. The executive Director works closely with the individuals involved with the planning and execution of youth programming activities, organizational management, community relations, donor development and fundraising activities

The TMYL ED will be responsible for building and executing the development plan. The ED will work closely with the Director of Administration, as well as the Fundraising and Events Committees.

To apply email applications to nicholaspope15@gmail.com or mail applications to Nicholas Pope, President, Board of Directors, Todd Martin Youth Leadership, 200 North Foster, Lansing, MI 48912



Community Leader and Teacher (Grand Haven)
We are seeking a leader for our non-religious, values-oriented Community in Grand Haven, Michigan. The values of our organization are Common Humanity, Diversity, Open Inquiry, Compassionate Action, Environmental Sustainability, and Well Being. The leader will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities, and preferably a Master’s Degree. They will have the ability to teach two Sundays a month according to the stated value themes, and the ability to encourage the community to continue and expand its identity as an inclusive, spiritual community. The leader will have the ability to provide compassionate care as needed as well as preside over life cycle events. The leader coordinates and implements operational tasks, and will participate on community committees and teams, as well as the Board of Trustees, as needed to maintain maximum community leadership and organizational health, sustainability and growth. Salary Range $2,600 to $3,200/month.

Send cover letter and resume to C3 Exhange, 950 Taylor, Suite 210, Grand Haven, MI 49417.



Development Systems Manager (Detroit)
The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order

Inspired by the gospel of Jesus and the example of Francis of Assisi, the Capuchin friars of the Province of St. Joseph, together with our partners in ministry, prayerfully build sister-brotherhood in the world. We attend simply and directly to the spiritual and other basic human needs, especially those of the poor and disenfranchised, promoting justice for all.

The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order is currently seeking a Development Systems Manager (DSM). The DSM is responsible for the coordination, utilization and management of data in line with the objectives and needs of the Province, as well as the reporting between the Development and Finance offices.

Please see full list of Responsibilities and Qualifications at: http://www.thecapuchins.org/who-we-are/employment-opportunities

Please submit letter of interest and resume to: employment@thecapuchins.org Include Development Systems Manager in the subject line.
OR
Attention: Human Resources
Development Systems Manager
The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order
1820 Mt. Elliott Street
Detroit, Michigan 48207



Functional Area Specialist-Development (Flint)
United Way of Genesee County is seeking a full-time Functional Area Specialist. This position will works closely with the Development team in carrying out all essential duties and responsibilities related to United Way’s mission of creating positive change that transforms our community and improves people’s lives in Genesee County. Primary responsibility includes performing development work within a workplace campaign model. Additionally, this position provides support of United Way’s commitment to relationship management by ensuring a consistent and positive brand experience for all constituents of United Way of Genesee County. Qualified candidates will have a 3-5 years’ experience preferred in fund raising, sales, financial, health and/or educational settings. A qualified candidate will have a track record of working and facilitating relationship building with diverse populations and be comfortable with public speaking. Letter of interest should be emailed to ameister@unitedwaygenesee.org no later than May 22, 2015.



Project Coordinator (Ann Arbor)
Arbor Research Collaborative for Health seeks a Project Coordinator to join the Scientific and Data Coordinating Centers (SDCC) program area. This individual will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of the Adult to Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation (A2ALL), Symptoms of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN), and the Childhood Liver Disease Research Network (ChilDReN) Studies.

More information about this opportunity and the benefit program at Arbor Research is available on the careers page at www.ArborResearch.org.

Visit http://www.arborresearch.org/Careers.aspx to apply. Job Applicants must submit a personalized cover letter, resume, and salary requirements.

No Recruiters or Staffing Firms please

EEO/AA EMPLOYER/VET/DISABLED

Arbor Research Collaborative for Health is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Arbor Research Collaborative for Health provides reasonable accommodation upon request, in accordance with State and Federal laws.

E-VERIFY

E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees in the United States.



Operations Administrator (Detroit)
Heritage Works seeks a part time Operations Administrator to support all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the organization, including development, technology, vendor relationships, and office and site management. This position works with the Executive Director to streamline and improve processes, and strategically position the organization for growth and sustainability.

Responsibilities:

Supports day-to-day management of several key functions, including administration, development, and finance.
Ensures compliance with contracts, state and local regulations.
With ED, oversees the formulation and implementation of policies and procedures.
Create and maintain reports, spreadsheets and documentation to support expenses and ensure compliance.
Identifies, contracts and liaises with vendors, contractors, etc.
Assists with events, including logistics and staffing, as needed.
Supports the Director with projects, as needed.
Provides support to board meetings and board members.
Qualifications: Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree and 3 to 5 years of operations and accounting/book-keeping experience. Excellent multitasking, accuracy, and organizational skills are required as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. Must be proficient in MS Office Suite and QuickBooks. Experience with Giftworks is a plus. Ideal candidate is proactive, collaborative, and thrives in a busy and energetic atmosphere. Work experience with a non-profit organization preferred.

Hours: Part-time, four days per week. Some event or evening and weekend hours are required.

Application Instructions: Please submit resume and cover letter via e-mail to hr@heritageworks.org with “Operations Administrator” in the subject line.

Heritage Works is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

No phone calls please



Senior Program Officer (Southfield)
The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation is looking to add a Senior Program Officer to continue to broaden their tremendous commitment to enriching humanity by strengthening and empowering children and families in need. A minimum of 5-7 years experience in a grant-making organization or related non-profit professional experience is required. To apply for this position and to visit the complete job description, go to www.nppn.co.



Clinical Case Manager / Care Coordinator (RN) (Flint)
Greater Flint Health Coalition is seeking an experienced Clinical Case Manager/Care Coordinator to use the nursing process to assist Genesee County Children's Healthcare Access Program (CHAP) clients (children ages 0-18 years and their families) with identifying and resolving health needs and concerns by means of health education, patient advocacy, coordination of care, and self-management of acute and chronic conditions. This will be delivered in a community setting and is a collaborative process with the individual and/or family to determine a mutually agreeable plan which includes providing and implementing available resources, health coaching, care coordination, and self-empowerment to the client in order to overcome health obstacles. The goal is to empower the client family to self-sufficiency in managing their child's health which results in quality, cost-effective health outcomes. This position works as a member of the interdisciplinary Genesee CHAP team collaborating with physicians, physician practices, and community organizations to provide services to individuals/families that address social determinants of health to achieve health equity for individuals/families.

Applicant qualifications include being an RN or LPN with a current, valid license in the State of Michigan and five years of nursing experience.

The complete job description for this exciting opportunity is available for review at http://gfhc.org/employment_opportunities.html

Applicants should submit resume, cover letter (addressing how you meet the required qualifications), and salary history by email to the Vice President of Programs, Greater Flint Health Coalition at jobs@flint.org



Chef Manager (Grand Rapids)
Organization: Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids
Position Type: Full Time
Salary: $40,000
Contact Name: Ana Galloway
Contact E-mail: agalloway@goodwillgr.org
Job Description:

Looking for a Chef Manager to run Goodwill’s Blue Spoon Restaurant located in the Downtown Market. This individual will supervise staff, oversee food operations, and interact with customers on a daily basis. A Bachelor's degree in Hospitality or related field is preferred for this position. Candidates must have experience in managing multi-food service operations as well as substantial experience in the food service industry. Other requirements include management experience, ServSafe certification, as well as a valid driver’s license. This position comes with full benefits: health, vision, dental, PTO, educational reimbursement, and much more!

To Apply: All qualified applicants are encouraged please apply online at www.goodwillgr.org/jobs. Please submit both a resume and application to the “submit your resume link” located on the jobs page. Any further questions about the position can be forwarded to Ana Galloway at agalloway@goodwillgr.org



Major Gifts Officer (Ann Arbor)
The Humane Society of Huron Valley seeks a passionate, animal loving development professional to join our fabulous award-winning organization and help advance our important mission!

The Major Gifts Officer's primary objective is to develop long-term relationships with donors built on a firm understanding of their interests, passions and values and solicit major gifts. The Major Gifts Officer will work closely with the Chief Development Officer to develop and implement strategies for major gift solicitation and donor relationship management to meet short and long-term goals of HSHV. This position requires an independent, innovative self-starter who can communicate and build relationships with ease.

This position requires 3-5 years of progressive fund raising experience including successful involvement in the cultivation of major gifts and proven ability to advance current major gift programs. A successful candidate will be someone with strong interpersonal, analytical and time-management skills. This person must be able to effectively write, speak and collaborate with others, in addition to juggling multiple detail-oriented projects simultaneously while working in a fun, fast paced environment.

The position requires someone who has demonstrated ability to meet financial goals, to think strategically and creatively, and the aptitude to persuade others. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and fundraising software. Experience with Raiser’s Edge a preferred. Bachelor's degree and travel within the area required, sense of humor a plus. Local travel required. Must be able to work in an animal-filled environment.

Please email jobs@hshv.org with resume and cover letter.

Full-time. Great benefits. Salary based on experience.



Admin Asst - Finance & Accounting (Lansing)
Assist in the overall administrative support for all functional areas within the organization. This position assists with planning, development and implementation of daily activities including: finance, accounting, billings, pledge processing, customer service, meetings, board/committee support and special events.

Provides bookkeeping support such as: accounts payable, processing receipts to the pledge receivables into the donor tracking software, assisting with preparing deposits for the bank and processing credit card transactions, and unapplied check processing;
Assists with mailings, billings, data processing of envelopes; scanning and processing of batches for upload; proofing and cleaning data for campaign; oversee campaign secure bag pick-up/drop-off coordination; and other functional needs;
Prepare donor acknowledgements, assisting with bulk mailing process as needed;
Assists with planning and implementation of work activity in vital functional areas such as pledge processing, finance and campaign;
Provides staff support for Committee meetings in terms of planning, scheduling, materials and coordination as well as, minutes for Public Policy, Audit and Finance Committees.
Provides excellent customer service by assisting the general public in all aspects of their interaction with CAUW and ensuring office is set-up for the day including ensuring refreshments and copier supplies are adequate and mail is posted for timely delivery.
Submit resume and cover letter to Jim Eddy at j.eddy@micauw.org. The position will be filled as soon as the best candidate is found.



Financial Opportunity Corps VISTA 2015 (Detroit)

AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.

Accounting Aid Society in Detroit is seeking 1 VISTA member for a one year commitment beginning 06/20/2015.

Member Duties: VISTA will continue to develop a financial coaching program that provides long-term and episodic support to under-resourced communities, increasing financial knowledge and confidence within the community.

VISTA will engage in community outreach and engagement, while maintaining and creating new community organization partnerships in order to recruit program participants.

VISTA will recruit and train traditional, resident and skills based volunteers to serve as financial coaches to low-income individuals and families. VISTA will integrate efforts with local VITA tax preparation and FAFSA completion initiatives. VISTA will support both coaching program management and long-term program sustainability.

Program Benefits: Financial coaching training provided, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health Coverage, Relocation Allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Training, Living Allowance.

Education level: College graduate
Age Requirement: Minimum: 18 Maximum: None
Skills: Program Development, Writing/Editing, Leadership, Public Speaking, Teamwork, Self-Starter.

Apply online at: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=50678&fromSearch=true

For more information about the AmeriCorps VISTA program see: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista



Raiser's Edge Donor Database Coordinator (Detroit)
Position Description:
Responsible for the development, utilization, and maintenance of data in accordance with the needs and objectives of Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Responsible for interpreting the database structure for users and for facilitating the efficient operation, usage and maintenance of the database. Position reports to the Director of Institutional Advancement and is responsible for managing and executing the annual fundraising program for Sacred Heart Major Seminary. The coordinator is the lead administrator of Raiser’s Edge donor database, ensuring integrity of the data and developing and maintaining documented business rules, policies and procedures. The coordinator will coordinate a matrix of communication and solicitation strategies including direct mail, events, e-mail, web, phone, personal solicitation and volunteer engagement, all for the purpose of generating a tradition of sustained increases in annual support for Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

Please visit http://www.aod.org/ for a complete job description and list of qualifications.



Michigan Catholic Staff Reporter (Detroit)
Position Description:
The Michigan Catholic seeks an experienced journalist to fill a full-time staff reporter position. The successful candidate should have at least two years’ experience as a full-time reporter for either a daily or weekly publication. In addition, the candidate will be expected to demonstrate a good working knowledge of and respect for the Catholic Church, including its moral and theological beliefs, structure and practices.

Journalistic skills required include strong writing ability, researching, interviewing skills (including over the phone), photography, social media, networking, an ability to work on tight deadlines and ability to offer compelling story ideas.

The reporter will be required to produce several stories per week, so timeliness and persistence is important. Night and weekend work is often required. Candidate must also be willing and able to travel throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit, which includes Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Lapeer and St. Clair counties.

Competitive pay and benefits package is offered.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, professional references and five work samples showing a variety of story types and skills (hard news, human-interest features, trend pieces, etc.; include photography, if available) to jobs@aod.org or Human Resources, 12 State St., Detroit, MI 48226. Please indicate familiarity level with the Catholic Church in your cover letter.

The Michigan Catholic is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Detroit. It is published every two weeks in print and daily online.


Good Luck!


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - June July August 2015

Blockbusters Free Film Series

HFCL Auditorium
16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI
(313) 943-2330
Monday Evenings
7:00 p.m.

JUNE 1 - UNBROKEN (2014) - Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII - only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. An unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit. Directed by Angelina Jolie. (Rated PG-13, 137 min.)

JUNE 8 - WILD (2014) - With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. (Rated R, 115 min.)

JUNE 15 - SKY HIGH (2005) SUMMER READING KICKOFF SPECIAL PRESENTATION! Set in a world where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young Will Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being. Great family fun! (Rated PG, 100 min.)

JUNE 22 - INTO THE WOODS (2014) - Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel - all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. (Rated PG, 125 min.)

JUNE 29 - TRACKS (2013) - PART OF SUMMER READING 2015! Tracks tells the remarkable true story of Robyn Davidson (Wasikowska), a young woman who leaves her life in the city to make a solo trek through almost 2,000 miles of sprawling Australian desert. Accompanied by only her dog and four unpredictable camels, she sets off on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she meets a National Geographic photographer who begins to photograph her voyage. (Rated PG-13, 112 min.)

JULY 6 - AMERICAN SNIPER (2014) - U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname "Legend." However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. But upon returning to his wife and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind. (Rated R, 122 min.)

JULY 13 - MCFARLAND, USA (2015) - Inspired by a true story, McFarland, USA follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California's farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys' exceptional running ability, their relationship begins to change. (Rated PG, 129 min.)

JULY 20 - THE GREAT DETROIT (2014) - Local filmmaker Anthony Brogdon produced this documentary highlighting the positive aspects of Detroit. Featuring over 50 interviews of local Detroiters, The Great Detroit is a portrait of a city on its way back to greatness. (Not rated, 74 min.)

JULY 27 - KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (2015) - Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. Fast-paced action and suspense! Starring Colin Firth and Michael Caine. (Rated R, 129 min.)

20TH ANNIVERSARY FILM FESTIVAL

We're taking you back to 1995 with four weeks of great films celebrating their 20th anniversary!

AUGUST 3 - BABE (1995) - Nominated for seven Academy Awards, Babe tells the charming story of a lonely farm pig raised by sheepdogs who eventually learns to herd sheep, thanks to the belief and encouragement of Farmer Hoggett. A beautifully made, classic family film everyone will enjoy! (Rated G, 91 min.)

AUGUST 10 - THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (1995) - Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep star in this romantic and heartbreaking film version of the bestselling novel. Eastwood stars as a National Geographic photographer and Streep an Iowa housewife whose paths briefly cross, leading to a brief but passionate affair over the period of a few days. (Rated PG-13, 135 min.)

AUGUST 17 - THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995) - A sole survivor (Kevin Spacey, in an Oscar-winning role) tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, all of which began when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup. (Rated R, 106 min.)

AUGUST 24 - HEAT (1995) - Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro star in this classic L.A. crime story of a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game between a wildly determined cop (Pacino) and a master thief (DeNiro). Intense action and performances; directed by Michael Mann. (Rated R, 170 min.)

AUGUST 31 - CITIZEN KANE (1941) - HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY, ORSON WELLES! - Born in 1915, Welles was only 26 when he co-wrote and directed this story of the rise and fall of Charles Foster Kane, widely regarded as one of the greatest - and most innovative - films ever made. (Not rated, 119 min.)


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

GIVEAWAY: 44th Annual St Mary's Polish Country Fair returns Memorial Weekend - ENDS 5/21 (CLOSED)

New Country Music Night, Authentic BBQ from
Yardbird Smoked Meats headline 44th Annual St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair...


Summer starts in Orchard Lake this Memorial Day Weekend with the 44th annual St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair. Hosted and sponsored by the St. Mary’s Preparatory Moms & Dads Club, the fair will take place from Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25 and benefits the students at the 130-year-old high school.


For the first time ever, Keego Harbor, Mich.-based restaurant Yardbird Smoked Meats will serve food during the inaugural “Country Music Night.” From 5-11 p.m. on the first night of the fair, guests will enjoy live music as well as food from the restaurant. A combo plate, which will be available for $10, will include two ribs, pulled pork, YB slaw, potato salad, watermelon and an accompanying sauce. Owned and operated by celebrated Chef Jeremy Grandon and Brad Cousens, Yardbird’s menu spotlights an array of barbecued smoked meats and old-fashioned griddle burgers and hotdogs.

“This is the first time in the fair’s 44-year history that we have invited an outside food vendor to participate in the event,” said Kevin Foe, event director for the festival. “With the restaurant located just down the street, Jeremy Grandon being such a fantastic chef and co-owner Brad Cousens being a St. Mary’s alumnus, we knew that Yardbird was the ideal partner for us on this venture.”

Said Grandon, “St. Mary’s is a family tradition. I am excited to have the opportunity to be involved in the fair and honored that Yardbird is the first restaurant invited to do so.”

Attracting more than 125,000 visitors each year, the nation’s largest high school fair will offer a wide range of entertainment from top local bands, such as headlining acts the Mega 80’s and 50 Amp Fuse, a dedicated Country Night, Vegas-style gambling tent, large selection of mouth-watering authentic Polish cuisine, dancing and carnival rides.

This year, the fair will be open: Friday, 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; and Monday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. The Vegas tent will run from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday; 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. Attendees must be 18 or older, with a valid ID, to enter the fair after 6 p.m. unless accompanied by a parent.


TICKETS
The fair will include free parking on the grounds of St. Mary’s. General admission is $5 per person or $10 for families of up to six people. Children up to age three are free. Cash only will be accepted, and ATMs will be available on-site.

All-day ride passes can be purchased at the gate for $30 or, from May 2 through May 21, for $25 at participating Meijer store locations and on the fair’s website. Online tickets, which will have a $2.50 fee per transaction, will be valid from open to 10:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday and all day Monday. This is the first time in the fair’s history that Midway tickets have been available online.

Backpacks will not be allowed into the event and proper attire is required.

“For more than four decades, the fair has not only been a tradition for thousands in the community, but also our school’s largest fundraiser,” said Cormac Lynn, headmaster of St. Mary’s and host of the annual festival. “Thanks to the Festival, we are able to do so much for the St. Mary’s including providing scholarships, supporting student initiatives and maintaining and improving our 120-acre campus and 26 historic buildings.”

Added Foe, “It really is such a pleasure to see our students, their families and so many from metro Detroit and beyond coming together to have fun and celebrate the start of summer and Polish traditions. The Moms & Dads Club works on this all year and being able to help the students is of the utmost importance to us.”

Activities for all ages include live entertainment, traditional Polish and American food and family-centered games and rides.

FOOD OFFERINGS
Polish food takes center stage at St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair. An expansive menu, with prices ranging from $2-10, boasts authentic Polish favorites such as kielbasa, pierogi, kapusta (sauerkraut) and golabki (stuffed cabbage). Pierogi varieties include farmer’s cheese, sauerkraut, potato, mushroom and potato/cheddar.

For guests who want to sample many of the Polish favorites, the $10 Polish combo includes: Polish sausage served on a bun, kapusta, the choice of three pierogi, golabki and a dill pickle.

In addition to Yardbird Smoked Meats serving food on Country Music Night, a large selection of traditional American fair food, such as hamburgers, fresh baked goods, smoothies and ice-cold adult beverages, will be available in the St. Mary’s Grill throughout the weekend.

Separately, a Beer Garden will offer adult attendees a selection of Michigan-brewed beers including: Saugatuck Brewing Company’s Oval Beach Blonde, Cheboygan Brewing Company’s Lighthouse Amber, North Peak Brewing Company’s Diabolical and more.

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
2015 ST. MARY's POLISH COUNTRY FAIR 
BAND PERFORMANCE LINEUP

From Top 40 to country and jazz to polka rock, there is a wide variety of music to enjoy at this year’s fair:

Friday May 22nd 
Cooper Anstett 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Annabelle Road 7:15 PM – 8:45 PM
Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Saturday May 23rd
OLSM Jazz Ensemble 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Nighthawks Jazz Orchestra 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Smokin Mirrors 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Polish Muslims 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Fifty Amp Fuse 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Sunday May 24th
Big Daddy 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Big Smooth 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Mr Moody 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
MEGA 80’s 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Monday May 25th
Bugs Beddow 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Persuasion 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Toppermost 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM

LAS VEGAS STYLE GAMBLING AND BINGO TENTS
The Vegas tent will return for visitors 18 years and older with several casino games: traditional Black Jack, Craps, Roulette and Big Wheel. It will be open 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. Friday; 3 p.m. – 1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 3 – 7 p.m. Monday. Admission to the tent, for which identification is required, is $5 per person. A cash bar with adult beverages will be available for individuals 21 years and older, who will be required to wear a wristband.

Parent volunteers and professionals will serve as dealers for all tables. Those who wish to gamble can pay cash in exchange for playing chips. The cash-out limit is $500.

Fair visitors also can try their luck at a fast-paced game of Bingo in a separate tent and win cash prizes. Bingo cards are $2 each.

CARNIVAL RIDES, GAMES AND KIDS AREA
The fair offers more than 45 Midway rides with plenty of thrill rides, like an 80-foot roller coaster, Merry-go-Round and a Kids’ Zone with crafts for youngsters. Creative Arts Studio of Royal Oak will provide many fun children's activities such as pottery painting, mosaics, wax hands and squirt the shirt. Airbrush tattoos also will be available for children.

UNIQUE SHOPPING VENDORS
A fair tradition, nearly 50 retail vendors will be selling unique and locally crafted items such as handmade Polish pottery, t-shirts, jewelry and handbags.



So come on out to the St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair which will be open Memorial Day Weekend during the following times:

Friday, May 22nd,  5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday May 23rd, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday,  May 24th, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Monday, May 25th, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The festival is located at 3535 Indian Trail in Orchard Lake, MI at the intersection of Commerce and Orchard Lake Roads.

All weekend entertainment schedules and any additional public information can be found at StMarysPolishCountryFair.com, on Twitter @St_Marys_Fair and on Facebook at Facebook.com/StMarysPolishCountryFair.

Freeismylife.com is a media sponsor of the St. Mary's Polish Country Fair.


GIVEAWAY
One (1) FREEISMYLIFE reader will WIN a $10 pass to admit the entire family to the 44th Annual St. Mary's Polish Country Fair PLUS Four (4) $30 all-day ride passes.  

This St. Mary's Polish Country Fair Giveaway prize has a retail value of $130 - HOLLA!

TO ENTER

- Fill out the information in the form below.

- One entry per person please. Duplicate entries will be removed.

- USA addresses only.

- The contest ends on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 9PM EDT.

- The winner will be selected by random number generation.

- YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN DRIVING DISTANCE OF ORCHARD LAKE, MI IN ORDER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY.

Information will be supplied to the winner as to how to pick up the Tickets and Passes at the St. Mary's Polish Country Fair. Winner must show valid ID.

(10) EXTRA GIVEAWAY ENTRIES

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- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for following St. Mary's Polish Country Fair on Facebook.


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- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for following St. Mary's Polish Country Fair on Twitter.

- You can get 5 extra giveaway entry for tweeting the following message on Twitter "I entered the $130 @St_Marys_Fair Ticket and Ride Pass GIVEAWAY on @freeismylife http://ow.ly/NaqVS " 

Random dot org has spoken!!! Out of 111 entries, Random dot org has picked #4. Congratulations to the winner of the $130 in Passes and Ride Tickets to the St. Mary Fair - Krista C. of Livonia, MI !!!!


Enjoy!