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Broadway’s Finest Headlines 2021-2022 Music Hall Season
Music Hall in Detroit has released the details of its 2021-2022 season, which provides a variety of programming in its 93rd year.
The venue will provide productions in four series: Broadway, Contemporary Dance, Family Theatre and Music.
Music Hall’s partnership with Broadway in Detroit results in “Waitress,” “Stomp,” “Jersey Boys,” and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “A Freestyle Love Supreme” coming to the Motor City.
Dance fans can see the likes of MOMIX, Parsons Dance, American Ballet Theater Studio Company, and more.
Families will have an opportunity to see classic kids’ books come to life in “The Tortoise and The Hare” and “The Ugly Duckling.”
Music lovers can treat themselves to concerts Snarky Puppy, James “Blood” Ulmer, Omar Sosa, Buddy Guy, Michael Bolton, and Air Supply.
The 2021-22 indoor season features several new upgrades for patron safety: antimicrobial UV light fixtures in the air handling system, socially distanced balcony seating for select shows, contactless ticketing and payments, a fully vaccinated staff, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of all surfaces and sanitizing stations throughout the building courtesy of a partnership with Chemico Inc.
The Gallery at Motor Bella Opens to the Public Sept. 21-26
Motor Bella, the new, auto-centric event taking place at the M1 Concourse Sept. 21-26, will open The Gallery, a showcase of ultra-luxury vehicles, to the public for the first time.
The Gallery, previously a private showcase at the North American International Auto Show, will feature more than 20 ultra-luxury vehicles from brands including Lamborghini, Bentley, McLaren, and Rolls Royce with an estimated total value of $5 million.
“Motor Bella will be a unique and truly experiential event for all attendees,” says Rod Alberts, executive director of the Troy-based Detroit Auto Dealers Association, which is staging Motor Bella. “To add to the experience, we are opening The Gallery to the public for an up-close view of these beautiful luxury vehicles. In addition, we will be offering ride opportunities on the KeyBank track in a variety of high-performance vehicles.”
Motor Bella kicks off with Press and Industry Preview Days September 21-22, and Public Days September 23-26. Media credential registration is currently open. Industry Day tickets and Public Days tickets are also available for purchase.
Rocket Mortgage Detroit Demo Day Launches $75,000 in People’s Choice Awards
As part of the Rocket Mortgage Detroit Demo Day, starting today there will be five days of voting for three “People’s Choice Award” grants (one per category), which are worth $25,000 each. Voting is also open for the Youth category awards.
Potential voters can watch the pitch videos of each finalists and vote for their favorites. Only one vote can be made for each category. To cast votes, visit HERE. The winners will be announced during a virtual event on Friday, Sept. 24.
Henry Ford Hospitals Earn Recognition for Stroke Care Excellence
All of Henry Ford Health System’s five hospitals that are equipped to treat stroke victims earned Gold Plus and Honor Roll status for stroke care excellence from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
This achievement recognizes the hospitals’ commitment to ensuring patients with stroke receive the most appropriate and timely treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines grounded in the latest scientific evidence, according to HFH officials.
The hospitals earned the awards by exceeding specific quality achievement measures for the treatment of stroke for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with evidence-based guidelines with the goal of reducing death and disability for patients who experience stroke. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other interventions to improve care transitions.
“When someone suffers a stroke, the brain loses approximately 1.7 million neurons per minute,” says Dr. Alex Chebl, director of the Division of Vascular Neurology for Henry Ford Health System and director of Henry Ford Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center. “More than 85 percent of strokes are classified as ischemic, meaning it is sudden and caused by a clot cutting off blood flow to part of the brain. This can quickly lead to permanent damage or death, and that is why it’s critical to receive emergency medical care immediately.
“Our care teams are committed to diagnosing and treating stroke rapidly using the latest evidence-based guidelines to help save lives and avoid the lasting effects a stroke can have if not treated quickly.”
The specific award levels for each hospital, including Target: Stroke Honor Roll recognitions, are as follows:
- Henry Ford Allegiance Health – Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
- Henry Ford Hospital – Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
- Henry Ford Macomb Hospital – Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
- Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital – Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
- Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital – Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
The Gold Plus Quality Award is an advanced level of recognition, acknowledging hospitals for consistent compliance with quality measures embedded within the Patient Management Tool.
The Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite designation signifies that the hospital achieved time to thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes in 85 percent or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA. The Target: Stroke Honor Roll designation signifies that the hospital achieved time to thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes in at least 75 percent of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA.
All five Henry Ford hospitals also were recognized with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll, which recognizes their commitment to ensuring patients with Type 2 diabetes receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized with a stroke.
Lawrence Tech Wins National Engineering Education Award
A capstone thesis project team from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield was one of only eight national winners of the Engineering Education Award from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.
LTU was the only Michigan university to win one of the awards.
The project, developed by students in LTU’s five-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program in architectural engineering, was the design of an interdisciplinary research center on the campus of Oakland University. The students developed the idea for the project themselves as a training exercise.
Participating students were Mario Chiesa, team leader, and Sydney Shultz, Alayne Nyboer, Nathan Mark, Nicklas Kent, and Brandon Garcia.
“Lots of multidisciplinary aspects were involved — project management and architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and construction engineering,” the jury said of the project.
“There was good collaboration with many professionals both within and outside of the university,” another judge said: “This was a great multidisciplinary project that covered many facets of engineering and closely followed the real-world process for designing a new building.”
New Marygrove Early Education Center Celebrates Grand Opening
Representatives from the Marygrove Conservancy and its partners recently celebrated the grand opening of a $22 million, state-of-the-art early education center on the Marygrove campus in northwest Detroit.
The opening of the Marygrove Early Education Center marks a milestone in the development of a cradle-to-career P-20 educational campus, which was first announced in September 2018.
In fall 2019, Detroit Public Schools Community District and the University of Michigan School of Education opened the first component with The School at Marygrove, which now teaches grades 9-11 and eventually will be a full K-12 institution.
“The Marygrove Early Education Center reflects the alchemy possible when partners from different sectors join energies and resources in service of Detroit’s children,” says Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, which organized the partnership. “We have created an early education facility that not only offers unprecedented quality of care, but also provides a new anchor for the redevelopment of the surrounding Livernois-McNichols neighborhood.”
Kresge has made a $50 million commitment to the P-20 campus, including construction of the early education center, marking the largest philanthropic investment in history to a Detroit neighborhood.
Built adjacent to Marygrove’s landmark liberal artsbBuilding, the Marygrove Early Education Center is a single- story, 28,000-square-foot facility with 12 classrooms and dedicated spaces focused on health and holistic child development.
The design is centered on three interior courtyards, bringing in natural lighting and connections to the outdoors. A playscape is designed around a grove of oak trees, providing space for children to play and explore in nature. There is also a dedicated space designed to support the wellbeing of Starfish’s early childhood teachers and staff.
Detroit Historical Society to Host Bourbon & Bowties Fundraiser Oct. 1
The Detroit Historical Society will host its annual bourbon fundraiser, Bourbon & Bowties from 7-10 p.m. at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle.
Bourbon & Bowties is hosted annually by the Detroit Historical Society to support its mission of telling Detroit’s stories and why they matter through exhibitions, education, and community outreach.
The bourbon tasting features eight spirits to sample, including Detroiter Hiram Walker’s Canadian Club Whisky, Makers Mark, Jim Beam, and other national brands.
Local favorites Detroit City Distillery and Two James Distillery bring an historic twist to the event with themed cocktails highlighting the history of Detroit’s early industries like shipbuilding and stove making.
One of the first public events held in the Dossin Great Lakes Museum’s newly enhanced outdoor spaces, the event will feature fireside s’mores and live music —utilizing the indoor and outdoor space and taking advantage of the crisp fall weather.
Guests will be asked to follow current museum Covid-19 protocols, including wearing a mask when they are not eating or drinking. Current guidelines can be found here. Tickets to the event are available here.
Griffin Claw Taps Down Syndrome Beer to Raise Thousands of Dollars
Griffin Claw Brewing Co. in Birmingham has launched a collaboration beer initiative called TRI-21 Project, open to any brewery in the United States, to raise awareness for individuals with Down syndrome. TRI-21 will kick off in October, during World Down Syndrome Month, to raise support for GiGi’s Playhouse locations across the nation.
“The TRI-21 Project has been a labor of love of mine since 2015 when my second son, Ian, was born with Down syndrome,” says Pat Craddock, CFO of Griffin Claw. “From the first few weeks he was born, the thought always ran through my head of how can I tap into this incredible industry filled with awesome people to raise awareness for Down syndrome?”
GiGi’s Playhouse is an achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, founded by Nancy Gianni in Hoffman Estates in 2003, and has since grown to more than 50 locations in the U.S. from cost-to-coast. GiGi’s mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome and to send a global acceptance of all.
Any brewery can visit www.tri21project.com, register to participate, and download all the information including the recipe, label artwork, and discount codes for raw materials from participating vendors. TRI-21 Project requests that a portion of the proceeds from the TRI-21 Project beer are donated to GiGi’s Playhouse.
JVS Human Services Offers Free Computer Training and Job Search Assistance for Women
JVS Human Services in Southfield is launching a free eight-week, in-person course entitled Springboard to Success. The program combines job search assistance and counseling, through the popular JVS Women to Work program, with Microsoft 2016 Word and Excel basic computer training.
Classes run from Oct. 5 to Nov. 30, with an informational meeting taking place Sept. 30 at the agency’s headquarters in Southfield. Class size is limited and interested participants should reach out to class coordinator Judy Richmond, by calling 248-233-4232 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We were finding that women would take part in our Women to Work program which provides valuable job search skills, but afterward some participants felt that they needed computer training to be successful in the job application process,” explains Richmond, employment specialist and Women to Work coordinator and JVS. “The pandemic has led to more women needing to work remotely because of childcare, so combining the job search knowledge with computer training will help minimize the time women need to find a job that works for them and their families.”
During the eight-week program, Women to Work classes will be conducted on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, while computer classes will be run on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-11:30 a.m.
Classes will teach participants how to:
- Identify viable job targets.
- Create a strong resume.
- Implement effective interview strategies.
- Network on social media.
- Learn Microsoft 2016 Office Word and Excel Basics.
For more information, visit here.
Washtenaw Community College to Host Fundraiser for U-M Mott Children’s Hospital
Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor is hosting a week-long Esports event Oct. 3-9 to raise money to purchase gaming devices for patients at the University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
The Wolfpack Esports Week #StreamForMott is free to join and will feature gamers streaming from throughout the country who’ll dedicate their play time to the event and encourage their followers to donate.
WCC has partnered with MissionControl.gg to host a seven-day Rocket League tournament. All participants will be invited to communicate through the popular Discord app on the #StreamForMott channel. A full calendar of gaming streams throughout the week will be updated here.
Net proceeds will purchase new Starlight Nintendo Switch Gaming Stations, each priced at $5,000, for Mott children and families to enjoy during their hospital stay. The fundraising event goal is to purchase as many carts as possible.
All player registrations, as well as one-time donations and sponsorships may be completed here.