Saturday, April 30, 2016

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

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

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



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

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

COUPON: FREE MiniBon for Joining the Cinnabon Club

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

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


5/02 - FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - May 2nd- Macbeth (2015)

5/05 - Detroiters invited to LIVE broadcast of Good Morning America's "Deals and Steals" on 5/5

5/06 - FREE Admission to Cranbrook Institute of Science after 5pm 5/6 - Bloomfield Hills

5/06 - Kroger FREE Friday Coupon Download

5/07 - FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop 5/7- Build an Angry Birds Bird House

5/07 - FREE Comic Book Day is Saturday 5/7 


5/08 - FREE Admission to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 5/8 1-5pm

5/08 - FREE 11-inch Pizza or Salad for Mom's on Mother's Day at MOD Pizza - 5/8

5/08 - FREE Piada Meal for Moms on Mother's Day 5/8 when you bring in a Handmade Mother's Day Card

5/09 - FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - May 9th- The Martian (2015)

5/13 - Kroger FREE Friday Coupon Download

5/14 -FREE Junior Chef Class at Williams-Sonoma - We Love Tacos - 5/14

5/14 - FREE Butterfly Festival at the U-M Museum of Natural History 5/14 10am-2pm Ann Arbor

5/16 - FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - May 16th- Trumbo (2015)

5/17 - FREE Comerica Java & Jazz Concert Series at Detroit Main Library continues 5/17 with Brandon Williams

5/20 - Kroger FREE Friday Coupon Download

5/21 - FREE Touch-A-Truck Kids Event on the Detroit Riverfront 5/21 10am-3pm

5/23 - FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - May 23rd- Rock the Kasbah (2015)

5/27 - Kroger FREE Friday Coupon Download


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FREE Comic Book Day is Saturday 5/7

Let the Comic Book Fans rejoice...

FREE Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 7, 2016 and participating comic book shops across North America and around the world will be giving away comic select books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores (while supplies last).

To find a participating Comic Book Store near you, use the Comic Book Day Store locator

Some of the participating stores in the Metro Detroit area include the following -

13936 Michigan Avenue
Four Blks West Of Schaefer, 1 Mile West Of I-94
Dearborn, MI, 48126
(313) 582-9444
Store ID: 1538

6711 Allen Rd
Allen Park, MI, 48101
(313) 382-0700
Store ID: 3195

23589 Van Born Rd
(East Of Telegraph)
Taylor, MI, 48180
(313) 299-0550
Store ID: 490

3955 Dix Hwy
Lincoln Park, MI, 48146
(313) 292-8697
Store ID: 2952

12670 Inkster Rd
Redford, MI, 48239
(313) 533-3130
Store ID: 497

327 Chatham St W
Windsor, ON, N9A5M8
(519) 254-9482
Store ID: 10036


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Detroiters invited to LIVE broadcast of Good Morning America's "Deals and Steals" on 5/5

Good Morning America’s “Deals and Steals On Wheels” with Tory Johnson Stops at Campus Martius Park on Thursday, May 5th...

Calling all Good Morning America fans!

The show’s hugely popular “Deals and Steals” segment with Tory Johnson, which airs on ABC on Thursday mornings offering exclusive deals on unique products, is hitting the road and Detroiters can be part of the audience for this epic event.

“Deals and Steals On Wheels” will cruise into Campus Martius Park for a LIVE broadcast on Thursday, May 5th, 2016.

Be part of the excitement! Check-in for those who want to be in the LIVE GMA audience for this amazing show will open at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday at Campus Martius Park and close promptly at 6:45 a.m. Extra time should be allowed for parking, traffic and security.

All ages are welcome.

Sign up is available in advance online, though not necessary, at

Space may be limited and admittance is not guaranteed. Capacity is determined the morning of the show and admission is at the discretion of the audience coordinator and security personnel.

Before arriving in Detroit on Thursday, “Deals and Steals on Wheels” will kick off in Houston, TX on Monday, and will also broadcast throughout the week from Miami, FL on Tuesday, Cleveland, OH on Wednesday and Boston, MA on Friday.

For more information on “Deals and Steals,” visit

Campus Martius Park
800 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI
at the Corner of Michigan Avenue.


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EMPLOYMENT: Michigan Nonprofit Job Center Listings - April 29, 2016

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!!!

Posting Date: 04/28/2016
City Position is located: Lansing
Ele's Place is a healing center for grieving children and teens. Four branch locations support families throughout the Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Flint areas and beyond. Each week, peer support group programs help hundreds of children, ages 3-18, learn how to cope and begin to heal after the death of a parent, sibling or other close family member or friend.
Ele’s Place is seeking a Family Services Coordinator to work with its grief support programs. This position is part time and includes working two evenings per week.
The Family Services Coordinator will:

Work with other program staff members to provide guidance and information to grieving families and others
Conduct family informational meetings and intake sessions
Oversee assigned support group program sessions, including supervising volunteers and clinicians
Assist with projects, make presentations on behalf of Ele's Place, maintain records, and perform other responsibilities as needed
A minimum of LLMSW, LLP or LPC certification is required. Ideal candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and good computer skills. Adult and child group experience, knowledge of grief issues and community resources required. Previous experience working with volunteers is very helpful. Ideal candidates must be able to work a flexible schedule.
Send cover letter & resume to:
Ele’s Place
1145 W. Oakland
Lansing, MI 48915
or email this information to
Ele’s Place is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posting Date: 04/28/2016
City Position is located: Dearborn
The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation (MCWT) is a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit organization that strives to inspire and grow women in technology fields, with an aspirational vision to make Michigan the No. 1 state for women in technology. The organization supports Michigan’s female IT workforce, students, corporate partners, schools and the overall community with programming, scholarships, networking, learning, mentoring, and technology experiences.
This vibrant nonprofit organization is currently seeking to fill a technical administration position at our Dearborn office. This position will serve as administrator for various technology systems and projects. This includes, but is not limited to project tracking with spreadsheets, administering Office 365, basic CRM data management, and taking care of our local office environment.
The position requires a technical background in addition to being able to communicate effectively with task force leads and volunteers while supporting the organization's growing membership and programs.
This role reports to the Operations Manager of the organization.
A successful Technical Administrator candidate for MCWT will have experience in nonprofit CRM tools, particularly, as well as google docs, MS Office and/or Office 365. The candidate should also be familiar with online mass communication and event registration tools. Experience with editing website built with Drupal is helpful. This person will also be able to demonstrate project tracking skills, is organized and has very good written and verbal communication skills.
For information or to apply, send an email to

Posting Date: 04/28/2016
City Position is located: West Bloomfield, Michigan
We are seeking a Chief Development Officer who has experience in community relations, philanthropy, marketing and media for a communal agency that serves older adults throughout the Detroit metropolitan community.
The CDO will be responsible for fostering a culture of philanthropy within JSL, while assuring that the agency’s culture, systems and procedures support fund development. This position will facilitate the process to institutionalize philanthropy and fund development within the community and agency. The CDO will also plan, coordinate the implementation of strategies to develop relationships within the community as well as gain donors/ and contributions to support the agency. They will ensure development and maintenance of appropriate systems to fund development including but not limited to volunteer and donor management, research and cultivation, gift processing and recognition.
Required abilities/skills:
Comprehensive management skills and experience including but not limited to; short and long-term planning, evaluation, directing and motivating staff, oral and written communication skills, marketing and financial management, values clarification, organizational behavior and development, and governance. Candidates need to have demonstrated experience in managing and implementing a comprehensive fund development program and producing charitable contributions.
Knowledge and experience in the following areas is required:
Knowledge of the nature and dimensions of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events, telephone solicitation, and direct mail, and, development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting.
The amount of knowledge required for this position would typically be acquired in a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5-7 years fundraising experience in a professional position. Certification in fund raising is preferred.
For more information about employment opportunities, please email

Posting Date: 04/27/2016
City Position is located: Lansing
Dispute Resolution Education Resources, Inc. (DRER) seeks a part-time office administrator to coordinate its organizational and outreach activities. DRER manages the Michigan Special Education Mediation Program (MSEMP), a federally funded, statewide grant project of the Michigan Department of Education Office of Special Education (OSE). The program provides dispute resolution services to the special education community. It makes services available through the Community Dispute Resolution Program, a network of conflict resolution centers across the state. More information about the program can be found at
DRER is seeking a person with a professional demeanor, polished customer service skills, and excellent writing and oral communication skills who can work independently and with staff responsible for increasing public awareness of DRER and MSEMP activities. DRER holds regular board and committee meetings and initiates contact with a wide array of agencies and organizations across the state. The MSEMP conducts training programs and provides program information to schools and parent groups.
Responsibilities include scheduling DRER and MSEMP meetings, full execution of off-site and on-site training events for both DRER and MSEMP, including site selection, contract negotiation, budgeting, menu selection, promotion, registration and overnight accommodations, assisting with the production of training materials and board packets for workshops and meetings, scheduling and managing the calendar for DRER and MSEMP events and activities, maintaining shared calendars for DRER and MSEMP staff, inputting caseload data into MS Access and Excel and running reports as requested, providing technical support to centers reporting data to the MSEMP, and drafting correspondence.
Please send a resume, cover letter and references to David Gruber at or DRER, DRER, 516 S. Creyts Rd., Suite A, Lansing, MI 48917.

Posting Date: 04/27/2016
City Position is located: Macomb County
Community-based position for the Office of Senior Services is independently contracted with the Macomb Community Action. Individual conducts in-home visits for eligibility review, makes appropriate referrals and assists participants in completing applications to access public benefits. This contracted position requires time management skills and the ability to work independently with limited supervision.
Identifies and assesses the needs of seniors for community-based and/or in-home services.
Visits older adults, in their homes, to conduct assessments and determine eligibility for services.
Schedules and conducts assessments with clients within established protocols.
Identifies those individuals with health and nutritional risk and makes recommendations for appropriate interventions.
Assists clients in obtaining necessary services which includes immediate, emergency, or on-going needs for food, shelter, or other basic requirements.
Assists clients in completing applications to access benefits from, but not limited to, Medicare Part D and Department of Human Services.
Prepare and provide community education presentations on available services.
Attends professional development and team trainings.
Bachelor Degree in Gerontology, Psychology, Social Work, Human Services or a related field from an accredited university; Social Work licensure and Masters Degree is preferred.
Minimum of three years’ experience performing client screening, assessment and benefits counseling.
Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) certification is preferred.
Demonstrated knowledge of community resources and services available for seniors.
Performance-based contract includes: Bi-Annual eligibility review for 300 client caseload; Average of 70 hours worked per month; Average of $2,330 monthly compensation.
To apply, send cover letter and resume to by May 27, 2016

Posting Date: 04/27/2016
City Position is located: Ann Arbor, MI
Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley (located in Ann Arbor) is seeking a part-time financial coach to provide direct education, counseling and coaching to low-and moderate-income individuals. The financial coach focuses services on a one-on-one format, but also conducts small group classes and workshops on related topics. Bachelor's degree in relevant field preferred. Certification from a national purveyor of financial capability training required. A demonstrated ability to counsel and coach low-and moderate income clients in a culturally-sensitive manner required. Previous work experience in the financial sector is a plus. Excellent problem solving experience, relational and communication skills required. If you are interested in joining a fast-paced, outcome oriented workplace, please submit cover letter and resume to

Posting Date: 04/27/2016
City Position is located: Wayne County
The main goal of the Wayne Metro Healthy Communities Program VISTA is to directly implement a new Healthy Communities curriculum, create and distribute a useable resource guide for nutrition and fitness resources in Wayne County, provide volunteer recruitment assistance, collect and enter SFSP data as necessary, and monitor and perform outreach for SFSP sites and marketing material as needed.
To apply, click the following link:

Good Luck!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

FREE Comerica Java & Jazz Concert Series at Detroit Main Library continues 5/17 with Brandon Williams

Free concert series celebrates its 16th season, continues 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 16th consecutive year.

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

“The Java & Jazz series is a great compliment to Detroit’s strong appreciation for arts, culture and music,” said Patricia McCann, vice president and national civic affairs manager, Comerica Bank. “In addition to showcasing our many talented local musicians, Java & Jazz also provides us an opportunity to promote diversity in the community, one of our core values at Comerica Bank.”

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 on Tuesday, April 19th with singer and saxophonist Herbie Russ.

The complete schedule includes:

Straight Ahead
Tuesday, March 15 – 6 p.m.
The women of Straight Ahead are powerful and imaginative composers and arrangers in the music industry. Widely recognized for their eclectic and soulful approach to creating music, their sound ranges comfortably from mainstream jazz, R&B ballads, to Brazilian funk.

Herbie Russ
Tuesday, April 19 – 6 p.m.
Herbie Russ is a singer/saxophonist who has created his own unique style with a sound he describes as “New Adult Contemporary.” His music takes you on a journey through a broad mix of musical genres from smooth jazz to Motown and everything in between.

Brandon Williams
Tuesday, May 17 – 6 p.m.
Brandon Williams is known as one of the premiere drummers in Detroit’s live music scene. Williams is considered a “go-to” music guy because of his versatile repertoire and ability to play numerous instruments.

Tuesday, June 21 – 6 p.m.
BALANCE consists of saxophonist, composer and educator Marcus Elliot and pianist and composer Michael Malis. The two musicians will work together to explore the freedom inside of musical structures through the art of improvisation.

Maurice Davis
Tuesday, July 19 – 6 p.m.
Maurice Davis doesn’t just sing and play the Blues, he loves the Blues, and that commitment comes through to his audiences and keeps them coming back. He is known for what he calls “party blues,” a blend of southern soul and old school R & B. Davis’ discography includes 10 albums since 2000, including Soulful on Sims Records out of Nashville, Tennessee, which earned a nomination as “Blues CD of the Year.”

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


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

Take your family to Cranbrook for FREE on Friday,  May 6th 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

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



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Thursday, April 28, 2016

FREE Junior Chef Class at Williams-Sonoma - We Love Tacos - 5/14

Williams-Sonoma Complimentary Junior Chef Classes

My son is one picky eater who refuses to try new foods.  So I wish when he was younger that I had signed him up for a cooking class like theFREE ones being offered by Williams-Sonoma.

- Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.
- Class size is limited – call your local store to register

May 14th - We Love Tacos 

If you love tacos as much as we do, this is the class for you! There’s no end to the amazing fillings you can make—and then you can top your taco with whatever you please, be it sour cream, a yummy salsa or a squeeze of lime juice. Then dig in! Suitable for ages 8–13.

Call or visit your local store for more details.


Williams-Sonoma locations in Michigan include -

2801 West Big Beaver Road
Troy , MI 48084
(248) 637-0672

27710B Novi Rd
Novi , MI 48377
(248) 596-1036

352 North Adams Road
Rochester Hills , MI 48309
(248) 375-5891


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Kroger FREE Friday COUPON download for Sara Lee Artesano Sandwich Bread on 4/29

Get your coupon this Friday ...

Starting Friday, April 29, 2016, you can download to your Kroger Rewards Card a digital coupon for a FREE Artesano Sandwich Bread at,

The coupon must be redeemed by Sunday, May 15, 2016. The download will be available on Friday, April 29, 2016 between the hours of 12am and 11:59pm PT. This coupon is for Kroger rewards members.


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Sunday, April 24, 2016

FREE Admission to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 5/8 1-5pm

Bust of museum founder Dr. Charles H. Wright.
Charter One Free Family Second Sunday at The Wright Museum
Sunday, May 8, 2016
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™ |

Part of the 2016 Mother's Day Gift Guide


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FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop 5/7- Build an Angry Birds Bird House

Build an Angry Birds Bird House on 5/7 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 an Angry Birds Bird House
Saturday, May 7, 2016
9am - Noon

Join our hands-on workshop and build an Angry Birds-themed birdhouse that will make your child?s feathered backyard friends happy. Once the birdhouse is built, your child can decorate it with Angry Birds stickers.

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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EVENT REVIEW: Taylor Gardner-White celebrates Grand Reopening with Music, Food, Massages

Special thanks to Gardner-White for inviting me to be part of their Taylor store re-opening celebration which included a limo ride to the store and a special blogger goodie bag. .#gardnerwhite #comfyintaylor

Me along with other Metro Detroit bloggers snd
Steve Tronstein, the owner of Gardner-White Furniture 
Gardner-White Furniture knows how to throw a store opening party....

On Thursday, April 21st, I and four other Metro Detroit bloggers were the guests of Gardner-White furniture for an in-store celebration to mark the official re-opening on their store location in Taylor, MI.

As a blogger, I have been invited to some nice events, but never one that involved a limo ride.  As a mom, I am always the one driving my son back and forth to events everyday.  But on Thursday, Gardner-White sent a limo to my home to pick me up and I got to ride in style to the Taylor store celebration along with bloggers including Rachel from RedesigningHappiness and Aly from TheMichiganMom,

When the limo pulled up in the Gardner-White Taylor store parking lot, we were greeted on the red carpet by none other the the owner and star of the Gardner-White TV ads, Steve Tronstein.

Once we entered the store, the celebration had already began with a live performance by Ferndale-based award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Jack singing her hit song "Northern Michigan."  I was able to capture some of her performance in the video inserted above and at this link on my youTube channel.

This celebration, which was FREE and open to the public, included not only good music, but also FREE food, FREE makeup makeovers, and FREE massages.  Of course with all that great FREE going on, everyone was having a wonderful time.

The Taylor Gardner-White furniture selection is a mix of many styles. I really loved this
table with 2 benches and the of course the clearance area :)
And of course, everyone was also checking out the Gardner-White furniture selection, including the clearance center.

If you live near the Taylor, MI area, be sure to drop by and check out the newly re-modeled Gardner-White Taylor store location for yourself at:

Gardner-White Taylor
7680 Telegraph Road
Taylor, MI

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