National Museum of African American History and Culture
Brings “Treasures” to Detroit Public Library November 20th
Saturday, November 20
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Ave.
North of Warren Ave.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and The Detroit Public Library will co-host a daylong program to help Detroit-area residents identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in the attics, closets, and basements of their homes. The event will feature presentations, hands-on activities and preservation tips.
Free and open to the public, the event is the eighth in a series of programs touring the country from the museum signature program “Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation.”
Participants can reserve in advance to bring up to three personal items for a 20-minute, one-on-one professional consultation with experts on how to care for them. Objects such as books, paper, and textiles no larger than a shopping bag can be reviewed (furniture, firearms, and paintings are excluded).
Those wishing to have items reviewed must make reservations by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling toll free (877) 733-9599.
Reservations are not required for those not wishing a one-on-one consultation.
Conrad J. Welsing, MA APR
Coordinator for Community Outreach
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48202
Library Main Number 313-481-1300
TIP “Ask-a-Librarian” 313-481-1400
Join us for our monthly celebration of local art, food, design, fashion, health, & more on West Willis & Canfield Streets! A dozen of your favorite indie Detroit shops, galleries, & eateries offer extended hours, special sales, exhibit openings, book signings, live music, artisanal food, & more. Every month, 5-9pm.
Attention Residents and Stakeholders!
We want you!
Come hear about a new development in your neighborhood and see how to get connected to Maxwell Homes!
Monday, November 22nd @ 6 p.m.
Ruth A.M.E. Church
5353 Baldwin at the corner of E st Kirby
For more information call Vanguard CDC @ 313.872.7831 x 16.
Refreshments will be served so please call to confirm you attendance no later than Monday, November 22nd @ noon at 313.872.7831 x 16.
The Detroit Historic Neighborhoods Coalition (DHNC)
is having a meeting this Thursday, November 18th
at 6pm at the Family Place 8726 Woodward.
We will talk about ordinance enforcement, lighting,
911 call centers, and more.
Come to support your neighborhood!
For more information, contact Larry Roberts
at email@example.com, or call 313-822-8111.
Incredibly, the Holiday shopping season has begun even before the first snowfall! Too often we are faced with difficult choices as the end of the year nears. How to find gifts for our friends and family –and- how to support causes that are doing so much to better our community and the world.
Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery has an answer for this dilemma. Our first annual Socially Responsible Holiday Shopping Mart on Saturday, November 20, 2010. You can shop in our beautiful Gallery space and find just the right gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Locally produced goods will be for sale along with merchandise by craftspeople in emerging nations. All proceeds will benefit Metro Detroit area non-profits.
When: Saturday, November 20th. 2010
10:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery
33 E. Adams – Just west of Comerica Park.
Free parking in back
These goods have been handcrafted and are being donated by the vendors to benefit an area non-profit.
A sample of the participating groups and their wares include:
- Neighborhood Services Organization – cards;
- Weekly World – jams, jellies candy and knit goods;
- Detroit Guatemala Committee – Guatemalan handicrafts:
- Con Vida - Cuadros from Peru;
- Swords Into Plowshares – handmade cards, ceramics and knit goods;
- Michigan Peace Team – olive oil and Palestinian crafts;
- Citizens for Peace – peace themed articles;
- Earth Works (Capuchin Soup Kitchen) jams, honey, t-shirts;
- Gary Burnstein Free Medical Clinic – jewelry,
- Cat Haven on Earth – handmade cards and gifts;
- Detroit Recreation Department Partners – art;
- The Hemophilia Foundation.
There will also be many other vendors and baked goods, knit items, ceramics and more! For more information, please call 313.963.7575
Domestic Violence Workshop
Monday, November 22, 2010 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Public event at the Children’s Center
Description: This event will be facilitated by Center for Discovery and Out Patient Programs.
* Open to Public
* FREE of Charge
* Light Refreshments will be provided
For more information contact:
Powers Thornton at firstname.lastname@example.org and Chlorine Wimberly at email@example.com
“Happy Coats For Kids” is the pizza chain’s way of getting the holidays off to a great start, and meeting an important need in the community. This is the 2nd year that they have partnered with Greater Grace Temple. “It is always a great feeling to assist people with some basic needs in life, and we are excited to provide thousands of kids this winter with a brand new coat,” says Greater Grace’s Senior Pastor Bishop Charles H. Ellis III.
Again this year, the 4-Tops will assist with giving out the coats. They will be joined former Detroit Lion Lomas Brown, and Gospel songstress Vicki Winans. The coats are for youngsters 3 – 13 years of age. Sizes (2T – 2X Large) based on availability.
Official vouchers must be obtained from a Happy’s Pizza location or the GGT Bookstore
Vouchers become available beginning Monday, Nov. 8, 2010
Parents must present a voucher to receive a winter coat
Your child must be present to receive a coat
Sizes based on availability (ages 3-13 yrs.)
For more information call 313-543-6000
The Fifth Annual Free Thanksgiving Day Meal
Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner in Macomb County for Those in Need
DATE: Thursday, November 25, 2010
TIME: 12 noon til 2:00 PM
PLACE: Knights of Columbus Hall, 22040 Ryan Road (south of 9
Mile) in Warren
Food for 200 to 250 persons will again be professionally prepared by VP catering.
Detroit Charter Revision Commission Charter Conventions
Citizen driven working sessions to identify critical Charter issues to recast Detroit’s future!
Join us and work to get the best from you for the best for Detroit’s future!
Call for more information: 313-628-2517
Charter Convention #1
November 6th and 7th, 2010;
Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM
Structure, Relationships and Allocation of Power between Governmental Officials
Sunday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Service Delivery and Enforcement / General Fund Departments
Schulze Elementary School – 10700 Santa Maria, 48221 (Westside)
Charter Convention #2
November 20th and 21st, 2010
Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Service Delivery and Enforcement / Enterprise Departments
Sunday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Tax Policy, Growth, Economic and Neighborhood Development
Brenda Scott Middle School – 18440 Hoover, 48205 (Eastside)
Charter Convention #3
December 4th and 5th, 2010
Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Executive, Legislative Branch and other Elected Officials Presentations
Sunday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
(Open working sessions)
Cass Technical High School – 2501 Second Avenue, 48201 (Downtown-Central Detroit
Three (3) Geographically Diverse Sectors of the City
Citizen and Stakeholder Driven Work Sessions
Convention # 1 and #2: Citizen and Stakeholder work sessions
Convention #3: Detroit executive and legislative branches input
Two-day schedule for each Charter Convention
On December 15, 2009, the Detroit Charter Revision Commission (DCRC) unanimously approved a plan to carry out the charter revision process in two years, culminating with a referendum before city voters in November 2011. The two-year plan involved the use of subcommittees in Phase II of the charter revision process. It is now proposed that the Commission utilize the use of workshops in an effort to increase citizen and Commission participation.
The objective of Phase II is to galvanize citizen interests, to mobilize citizens and stakeholders and to engage the Commission and recommend specific concepts, language and testimonials that will be used to help draft the new Charter. The intent of Phase II is to engage the broad community and to encourage citizen participation in the Charter Commission’s work by hosting three community-based Charter conventions. The Charter conventions, to be held in October, November and December 2010, are to take place in three geographically diverse sectors of the city and are designed to maximize citizen and stakeholder input and accessibility to the Charter process.
• After Phase II is completed in December 2010, the drafting phase process will be carried out between January 2011 and March 2011.
• In March 2011, the DCRC will offer to Detroit residents a preliminary document to review.
• After that review, the Charter Revision Commission will then finalize a proposed revised Charter and send it to the state Attorney General for review, as prescribed by state law. (Home Rule City Act) The state Attorney General’s re-view is expected to take up to 90 days.
• After the proposed revised draft returns from Lansing, the DCRC would then secure from the Detroit City Council the authorization to place the proposed revised Charter document on the ballot in November 2011 for voter approval or rejection.
The Charter Conventions: Promoting Investment, Collaborations, Partnerships, and Cooperation to Build Detroit
DETROIT INTERACTIVE ZONING ORDINANCE AND ZONING MAPS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
The Detroit City Planning Commission (CPC) proudly announces that both the City of Detroit Zoning Ordinance text and zoning maps are now available on the CPC Web site.
The zoning of a piece of property governs the uses allowed on that site. The City of Detroit has many zoning classifications that, in general, keep similar land uses together. For example, industrial use zoning is not permitted in the middle of a residential area. The zoning classifications are broken down into districts for residential, commercial, and industrial uses. There are also several special districts intended for certain areas or for certain types of development.
WATER DEPT. CUSTOMERS TO HAVE ONLINE SERVICE AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 16
As part of ongoing efforts to improve customer service for Detroit residents, DWSD is instituting a number of features to make the customer service experience simple and convenient. Beginning November 16, Detroit customers can go online at DWSD.org to access important account information and to pay bills using a credit or debit card, or an electronic check.
Standard Service: With this access you can: Set up one time bill payments; Check your account balance and due date; View consumption, billing and payment history; View FAQs and other linked documents.
Premium Service: Create and manage your user profile; Set up one-time or recurring bill payments; Request services (such as service transfers and disconnections, meter read requests); Enroll to receive an electronic bill in addition to a hard copy; Enroll to receive e-mail notice that your bill is available. All customers can enroll into the Premium Service option with a valid identification and proof of property ownership.
Landlord Service: Make one-time payments on individual accounts; View FAQs and other linked documents; Access additional enhanced services in the near future.
There is no extra charge for this service. Although card issuers charge a small fee per credit card transaction, DWSD is absorbing this cost to make it easier for customers to enjoy these online services.
DETROIT WATER AND SEWERAGE DEPARTMENT’S SEWER CLEANING PRODUCTIVITY SKYROCKETS
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) announced significant improvements made in 2010 in sewer cleaning operations undertaken by DWSD workers. So far this year, employees have cleaned two million linear feet of sewers in the DWSD system.
“This represents a 1000 percent increase in cleaning activities over those of the last three years, and at this rate of production, our entire sewer collection system in the city of Detroit will be cleaned once every five years,” said DWSD Deputy Director Darryl A. Latimer.
(from November City Briefs)