Tuesday, June 21, 2011

FREE Admission to Detroit River Days 6/23 4-11pm 6/24 11am-5pm 6/25 & 6/26 11am-Noon


Goodwill Industries Stage to feature performance by Radio Disney “N.B.T.” artist Coco Jones, celebrating 90 years of Goodwill support for local jobs

In celebration of its 90th anniversary, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit will entertain Metro Detroit families and children during the River Days Festival on Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 by sponsoring the first-ever concert stage of local and Radio Disneyentertainment, presented by the DTE Energy Foundation at the Meijer Kids Zone.

The Goodwill Industries Stage is open from noon until 8 p.m. June 24 through 26. Southeast Michigan youth will be able to play interactive games, grab giveaways and enjoy entertainment from a wide range of local and national talent at the Goodwill Industries Stage at Rivard Plaza and the William G. Milliken State Park. The stage celebrates Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s 90th anniversary supporting Metro Detroit families by helping parents earn jobs and become “Trained, Trusted and Ready to Work.”

A “Free Friday” promotion from the Ambassador Bridge Company allows free admission between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, June 24 and also from 4pm to 11pm on Thursday, June 23rd. Also, there will be a “first free hour” on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 between 11 a.m. and noon so individuals can get in free. If admitted during that time, attendees can stay throughout the day or leave and return later with the festival wristband.

Radio Disney AM 910, part of the #1 radio network for kids, tweens and families, will host on-stage entertainment featuring a performance by Radio Disney "N.B.T." artist Coco Jones. Coco Jones, a 13-year-old pop singer and rapper from Columbia, South Carolina, was featured on Radio Disney's "N.B.T.," a daily multiplatform programming feature that puts the spotlight on young recording artists and provides them with national broadcast and online exposure. Additionally, Coco will be featured as a musical guest and guest star in multiple episodes of Disney Channel’s "So Random!"

The Kids Zone will also feature a Stories and Shows Theater with magic and puppet shows by Mary Ellen Clark and DynaMike, as well as storytelling by Kids Zone favorite, Lauren Thomas.  The Green Arts and Crafts Station will feature face painting, hand painted post cards with the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), recyclable crafts with Arts & Scaps, and the Matrix Theater’s “Detroit Marshland” Project, which allows children to make and decorate a giant frog puppet and collage to be used in a show about Detroit marshlands.

The Goodwill Industries Stage, presented by the DTE Energy Foundation, schedule:

Friday, June 24
12:00 p.m. Detroit Martial Arts demonstrations
1:00 p.m. Amber’s Dance Academy
2:15 p.m. Radio Disney D-Tour Show
3:00 p.m. Detroit Martial Arts demonstrations
4:15 p.m. Amber’s Dance Academy
5:30 p.m. Radio Disney D-Tour Show
6:15 p.m. Heritage Works
7:15 p.m. Amber’s Dance Academy

Saturday, June 25
12:00 p.m. Amber’s Dance Academy
1:00 p.m. Animal Magic
2:15 p.m. Amber’s Dance Academy
3:30 p.m. Radio Disney D-Tour Show
4:00 p.m. Coco Jones Concert
5:30 p.m. Heritage Works
6:30 p.m. Magic with Randy
7:00 p.m. Ventriloquist Vikki Gasko
7:30 p.m. Magic with Randy

Sunday, June 26
12:00 p.m. Detroit Martial Arts
1:00 p.m. Animal Magic
2:00 p.m. Radio Disney D-Tour Show
3:00 p.m. Animal Magic
4:00 p.m. Radio Disney D-Tour Show
4:30 p.m. Kevin Devine Family Concert
5:00 p.m. Magic with Randy
5:30 p.m. Ventriloquist Vikki Gasko
6:00 p.m. Kevin Devine Family Concert
6:30 p.m. Magic with Randy
7:00 p.m. Ventriloquist Vikki Gasko
7:30 p.m. Magic with Randy

The 5th Annual Detroit River Days festival, presented by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, will bring its festival entertainment to the Detroit RiverWalk and onto the Detroit River from Thursday, June 23 to Sunday, June 26. The festival hours are from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday.  For just a $3 admission fee, River Days features live music on three stages, a carnival midway, the Pepsi Taste of Detroit, boating activities including tall ships, Coast Guard ships, Diamond Jack River Tours, the MGM Grand Detroit Parade of Lights, Ultimate Air Dogs and an interactive Meijer Kids’ Zone with entertainment and games for the entire family.  Thanks to the Ambassador Bridge Free Friday promotion, guests can enjoy free admission to the festival on Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  For up-to-date information on schedules and events, please visit www.DetroitRiverDays.com com> .

In 2011, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit is celebrating its 90th anniversary. In just the past two years of the organization’s rich history, Goodwill Industries has placed more than 2,400 Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county individuals into new jobs and provided education, training and career assistance to thousands more in the region. Goodwill Industries is the only organization in Southeast Michigan solely dedicated to helping local individuals overcome challenges and secure employment. For information, visit http://www.goodwilldetroit.orgorg> .

The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its principal operating subsidiaries, Detroit Edison and MichCon. For more information, please visit  http://www.dteenergy.com/foundation.


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