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Downtown Street Eats Begins Today in Downtown Detroit Parks
Starting today, the Downtown Detroit Partnership is bringing back Downtown Street Eats, open until 3 p.m. in Cadillac Square and the Woodward Esplanade.
Detroit Street Eats will gradually expand to other downtown Detroit parks and public spaces throughout the season, during which the food trucks will be available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Managed by the DDP, Downtown Street Eats is Michigan’s largest weekly food truck experience that continues to attract new and mainstay trucks, carts, and local restaurant pop-ups, offering hungry Detroiters and visitors an increasing variety of casual, open air dining experiences during lunch hours and special events.
“As we emerge further from the pandemic, the DDP continues to deliver innovative offerings that allow residents, employees, friends, and families to come together safely and celebrate summer in Downtown Detroit parks and public spaces,” says Robert F. Gregory, chief planning and public spaces officer for the Downtown Detroit Partnership.
“The DDP is proud to provide economic opportunities to Detroit and metro Detroit culinary small businesses and food truck operators, who are working to bounce back from the hard hit the restaurant industry took during the pandemic. We are committed to showcasing and highlighting them in our Downtown Street Eats program and inviting visitors to come out and grab their food to go or eat onsite outdoors in the warm sun or under shaded seating areas in the parks.”
Downtown Street Eats will feature a variety of food trucks daily Monday through Friday, including many minority-based food trucks and Detroit-based participants, with new trucks and schedules each week.
Next week’s Downtown Street Eats season opening week lineup includes:
- Monday, May 10 – Detroit’s Original Seafood Truck + Smoke Ring BBQ
- Tuesday, May 11 – Los Dos Amigos + Smoke Ring BBQ
- Wednesday, May 12 – Detroit’s Original Seafood Truck + Smoke Ring BBQ
- Thursday, May 13 – Los Dos Amigos + Smoke Ring BBQ
- Friday, May 14 – Detroit’s Original Seafood Truck + Smoke Ring BBQ
Food trucks featured in the coming weeks are Curbside 313, Brass Kitchen, Sonny’s Hamburgers, Impasto, Little Brother’s Burgers, and many others, including two new soul food offerings: Tasty Fixin’s Catering Co. and B.L. Ellis Catering, serving comforting soul food, such as lamb chops, steak bites, chicken wings, candied yams, collard greens, mac n’ cheese, desserts and more.
For a schedule of food trucks and other fun events happening in Detroit parks, visit here.
Livonia’s Trinity Health Losing Member Hospital in New Jersey
St. Francis Medical Center, a New Jersey-based member hospital of Livonia’s Trinity Health, has signed a non-binding letter of intent to become part of Capital Health, a health care system based in Trenton, N.J.
The non-binding LOI is the first step in evaluating and designing a framework that will enhance health care services and create a new model of care for residents of Trenton and the surrounding area. The goal is to work toward a definitive agreement that will create a more comprehensive and sustainable health care system for that community.
Capital Health and St. Francis now enter a period of due diligence. The process includes evaluation and discussion to determine how to best combine and enhance their capabilities to more effectively fulfill their missions to the citizens of Trenton and the surrounding area.
Approvals will be necessary from state and federal officials and others before the transaction is able to be completed. The new combined system will be secular (non-Catholic).
Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states.
Copper Hop Brewing Co. is First Brewery to Enroll in DTE’s MIGreenPower Program
Copper Hop Brewing Co. in St. Clair Shores is the first brewery to enroll in DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program.
Copper Hop has committed to attributing 100 percent of its energy use to renewable energy and is using MIGreenPower to build off additional sustainability initiatives.
Michigan Science Center Offers Free Admission to Military Families
The Michigan Science Center in Detroit will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to active-duty U.S. military personnel and their families this summer.
The 2021 program begins on Armed Forces Day, May 15, and ends on Labor Day, Sept. 6. Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums nationwide.
The program is an effort to improve the quality of life for military families, especially focusing on the approximately 2 million children who have had at least one parent deployed since 2001.
“We are thrilled to partner with the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families to bring this important program to MiSci,” says Christian Greer, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “We are grateful to those who serve our country and delighted to provide an opportunity to put them at the center of science this summer.”
The program offers free admission for military families (including up to five family members).
A full list of participating museums is available here.
Holocaust Memorial Center Presents Virtual Program on Genocide
The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills is presenting “Preventing Cambodia’s Genocidal Past from Becoming Afghanistan’s Future” via Zoom on May 20 a 7 p.m.
The program features John D. Ciorciari, an associate professor of public policy and director of the Gerald R. Ford School’s International Policy Center at the University of Michigan. He will discuss how governments and ordinary citizens can help reduce the risk of genocide.
“We look forward to Professor Ciorciari sharing his insights about the ongoing threat of genocide in the world today and how the choices of individuals can help prevent such atrocities,” says Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld, CEO of the Holocaust Memorial Center. “This is a very timely topic as we are watching genocide unfold in China with the persecution of the Uyghurs. The world must not stand idly by when the potential of mass violence in Afghanistan is very real.”
Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge Coming to Flint’s Kettering University
Fifty Michigan high school teams will compete in person and virtually as part of Square One Education Network’s 14th Annual Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge at Kettering University in Flint this month.
The statewide competition will take place May 18-19 at the Kettering’s Mobility Research Center, utilizing the test pad and track. Of the 50 competing teams, 25 will participate virtually and 25 will participate in person.
Four competitions will take place: Autonomous Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge, Mini Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge, V2X Innovative Vehicle Design, and the Full-Scale Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge.
“Square One’s Network helps students connect their learning with opportunity, and helps employers connect with their future talent,” says Barb Land, CEO of Square One Education Network. “This continued partnership with Kettering University to host our annual Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge Competition at its premier testing facility is a significant component in achieving our goals to inspire students toward the technical career paths of the future and to help industry find its future talent.”
Square One is a Southfield-based nonprofit educational organization focused on developing talent for the future workforce by empowering teachers and students with hands-on learning experiences around high-quality STEM projects by partnering with higher education and industry.
“We are excited to partner once again with Square One to host this year’s event at MRC and to support the passion and skills of these incredibly talented future leaders in mobility,” says Kip Darcy, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Kettering. “As an institution that is committed to innovative education and hands-on experience, we know the value of this competition not only to participants but to the industries in which they will one day transform.”