Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Photo Contest "Dog Days of Summer"

Method Art Juried Photography Contest 
Theme:  Dog Days of Summer
Submissions due June 30, 2011
Cash Prizes estimated to be $500 per category

Free Yoga, Tai Chi, and Canine Club at Detroit Riverfront

Well, it's been about 40 years since the Detroit Renaissance Center went up and finally in the past couple years, the Detroit Riverfront is looking good and attracting people to come on downtown and walk, run, and enjoy!

I just found out about a few things that are starting back up for the summer at the Detroit Riverfront.  Check them out! They all start at Rivard Plaza 1340 Atwater (map).

Canine Club on Sunday mornings from 10:30-11:30 am.  Meet at  Rivard Plaza.  Get there a little bit beforehand to find free parking on Sunday behind Rivard Plaza.  Sponsored by Canine to Five Detroit Day Care in the Cass Corridor/Midtown area.

Free Gentle Yoga in Rivard Plaza  Sponsored by the Urban Wellness Group.  Fridays at 10 am from June 3, 2011- August 26, 2011.  Bring your mat and water bottle.

Free Tai Chi in Rivard Plaza  Sponsored by the Urban Wellness Group.  Wednesdays at noon from June 8, 2011- August 24, 2011.  Bring your mat and water bottle.

River Walkers 2011 is a walking club for walkers 60 & over.  Meet at Rivard Plaza Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11am in June, July, and August.

WGPR 107.5 River Walk Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm June 9-August 25, 2011.  There will be free fitness classes led by personal trainers.  Bring a water bottle!

Thank you to Bobbie Crawford for sharing so many cool Detroit activities on her Venus di Metro update for JUNE.  

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Free Iams Pet Food

iams dog food. premium dog food for optimum dog health...
So, Cosmo, the Wonder Dog was fortunate enough to receive two HUGE bags of dog food from an angel back in December.  THANKS Waggin' Tails Pet Rescue!  It was active formula, and Cosmo is not very active.  So, we are getting him back on his weight management Iams food and I wanted to find out where it's cheapest.  When I went to www.IAMS.com, I found a link for a FREE bag of food (up to 8lbs free)!  It's a rebate, but hey, cool!

1. Purchase a bag of Iams dry food (2lbs or larger -up to 8 lbs free)
3. Mail the (a) certificate, (b) UPC from package, (c) original sales receipt from 2/1/11-6/30/11

Limited to the first 15,000 submissions

Good luck and get that in by the end of June!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Free Money Money MONEY!

Get on the train...

Here's my train of thought today:
Looking at MOCAD information, thinking of how they can connect with the public...
Look, they do family events once a month
I wonder if they work with Arts and Scraps in Detroit?
Looking on Arts & Scraps site at the student workshops.
Wonder how much it costs?
Ohhh lookie here, at the bottom of the page...
"Looking for Grants?  Here's an excellent resource."


So, take a look for some free money!  There are lots of different grants out there to consider!  Even if you aren't a teacher, there are grants and fellowships out there...free money is good!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

National Small Business Week May 16-20, 2011

It's Small Business Week!  

Local businesses I like to support in the Detroit area:
Ron Warren Photography (our family business) and Ron Warren Photography's facebook page (you can go there even if you don't have a facebook account)

Media Solutions in Detroit offers graphic design and promotional products. Their Contact information is on the lower left column.

Mani di Luce Massage and Bodyworks has the best massage therapist in Michgian - soon to be offering couples massage with another very talented massage therapist.

Aspiring Authors Book Covers (My someday book already has a cover)

Tom Buckhave Plumbing has a review on Yelp with contact information...website will be up this summer.

Whisker's & Wag's Pet Sitting Services LLC in Royal Oak offers quality pet care in your home when you work long hours and need someone to let out your pooch, or when you are on vacation and dogs & cats need care.

Due Venti Northern Italian Cuisine is owned by two friends and former neighbors.  If you want to enjoy the evening with a delicious meal, this is the place to go (allow 3 hours).

Brian Rubenacker is a fabulous artist who specializes in pet portraiture in oil.  You can follow his Mojodogs Blog here.

AJ's Music Cafe in Ferndale is a fabulous spot to grab a wafflich and listen to local artists perform.  This is also the location of the World's Longest Concert in the Guiness Book of World Records.  This year, the "Assembly Line Third Shift: Operation Give Back" lasted 15 days!  

Du-all Art Supplies in Madison Heights is my favorite place to get canvas and painting supplies.  

Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale is a co-op of artists with several shows a year that calls for entries from other artists in the area (Ron and I were in the "Exposures '11" show with "Metro Gothic" and "Ghost of Future Detroit".

PartyLight Candles with Wendy Frederick She is the most energetic person you will meet!  She knows her product and makes sure everyone has FUN at her parties.  Book one today!

Carole A. Ward, Writer/Editor/Proofreader to help with novel rewrites, resume writing, or whatever you may need.

Local businesses I support in Arizona:
Divinity Within Energetic Bodywork and Massage is a new small business in Queen Creek, AZ.  

Tastefully Simple offered by Lisa Ceballos - She's so personable!

Realtor Tina Dudek sells beautiful houses in the Flagstaff area "Earning your business...Exceeding your expectations" is her motto.

Leave a comment about your local business!

Free Support from Hyster Sisters

Hello Men!  
Yes, this pertains to you also.  There is support on Hyster Sisters for you too!  If your wife, girlfriend, mother, significant other, or daughter is scheduled for a hysterectomy or has had one recently, you can learn more on the MisterSister forum page here and what you can do to support your dear loved one.

Hello Women!
So much information here for free.  So much information that you will learn, share, and appreciate, that you may want to make a donation! 

Support for those about to get a hysterectomy, those who are post-op, those with a hysterversary, support for friends, family - everyone!   Manage menopause, discuss sexuality concerns, get fit, BE ENCOURAGED!

Learn more about your options and GIVE ME A SECOND! (I can't find the code to insert the video here...but take 3 minutes to go to the Give Me a Second website and see the video please...and watch it...there is a special message to be seen!)

Again, here is the link for hysterectomy support on Hyster Sisters.  Pass it on!  

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Kickstart that Idea!

OK!  Here we go!  More free money ideas - Today I just heard about Kickstarter: A New Way to Fund & Follow Creativity.  This is another micro grant program that is international.  

You can Discover projects and search by location, categories, newest, or ending soon.  

Yeah, yeah, that's great, but what about ME?  Well, here's the link to Starting your own Kickstarter project.

GOOD LUCK and let me know which project is yours...I'll support you and spread the word.  

Detroit Soup! Micro Grants

So, you want to help out local people who have terrific ideas?  Detroit Soup is a great place to start.  
1. Pay $5.00
2. Enjoy your soup dinner.
3. Learn about creative projects happening in Detroit
4.  Vote on which project to fund with the money raised from the meal that night. 

So, you want to be the lucky person or group to receive the Detroit Soup money?  Click on the ABOUT page to find out how to apply.  GOOD LUCK!

Thank you to Bobbie Crawford for the information! 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Stamp Out Hunger!

Saturday, May 14th is the day to donate non-perishable food (cans or boxes) to local food banks.


Info at Cool People Care

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Live Below the Line

Thanks to Cool People Care, I found out about an international movement to help bring awareness to the plight of poverty.  This project started in Australia in 2010.  From the Live Below the Line (US) website: 


For 5 days in May, participants in Live Below the Line will be challenged to eat only as much per day as can be purchased for $1.50. Participants will fundraise for the Global Poverty Project and its charity partners. They will raise awareness about the issue of extreme poverty and encourage others to join the cause. They will form teams or do the challenge as individuals - but they will do so in concert with thousands of other people across 3 continents. They will be a voice for change.
They will make a difference.
For official challenge rules, tips, how-to guides, fundraising incentives, and more, click on the appropriate links to the left.
An printable overview of the challenge can be found here.
Thank you for your interest in Live Below the Line!

Live Below the Line Australia
Live Below the Line UK
Live Below the Line United States

So, whether or not you choose to raise funds for this organization, can you live on $1.50/day?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

TCBY is offering moms a free cup or cone of frozen yogurt.  
Here are 10 great (FREE) ways to celebrate Mom (from the TCBY site)

This week at Starbucks (until 5/15/11) Half-priced frappuchinos from 3-5pm (kind of limited, and not free, but hey, it's a good deal for fancy coffee)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Ultimate Dog Tease

OK, so this is just a free laugh  This is the oldest version of the talking dog that I could find. I've been cracking up with this one all day!  Enjoy!

THANK YOU  klaatu42 for "Ultimate Dog Tease" with voice over:

I love the part when he says "The maple kind?...yeah?"

Here is the original video footage from IceprincessXXIV "Sir Talksalot"

TODAY Free Cranbrook Institute of Science

 May 6, 2011 - 5:00pm - 10:00pm

 Cranbrook Institute of Science
Free general admission after 5pm Courtesy of MASCO Corporation Foundation
This also gets you into the Bat Conservatory.  Say hi to Kim!

The Rust Belt Market Opens

This weekend, The Rust Belt Market opens at 9 & Woodward!  This is similar to the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit.  Both offer local artists a space to create and sell their work.  Today, there was an article in the FREEP. Also, the Ferndale Patch has been following this and other local news.   

So check it out Saturday and Sunday (May 7-8) from 11am - 7 pm (metered parking in Ferndale runs 25cents/ mins or 30 mins...I don't recall).

May 7 Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day...first Saturday in May - find out the nearest participating location by typing in your zip code...Enjoy!

The Free Comic Book Day Store Locator is your guide to the stores in your area who are participating in Free Comic Book Day.
For a participating store near you, please enter a Zip Code or Postal Code

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Utrecht Art Competition

I just found out about the Third Annual Utrect Art Competition.  It looks like good prizes, not all cash, but gift cards to the store and workshops too.  Check it out!

Contest Prizes: Grand Prize - Scholarship and Travel Expenses, a value of over $8,000!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Hungry for Food?

OK, so this economy sucks!  So many people I know have fallen on hard times, have difficulty paying bills on time and I just hear of someone who got a phone call from the collection agency telling her to stop buying so much food and pay her mortgage!  I mean WTH?  Food, shelter, clothing, and love our our basic needs.  So, when you can't fulfill your basic needs, who do you turn to?  Of course, family, friends, but what if that's not enough?  

The United Way!  Check out the Southeastern Michigan United Way link here to find help with finding  community services, employment, food and meal help (including food banks), health cares, housing, legal services, transportation, utilities, and much more.  
You can also call 211 on your phone to talk with someone who can help you (through The United Way).

But will I qualify for food stamps?  Check out this link to the Food Assistance Program (FAP) on the Michigan.Gov site to find out if you are eligible. FYI, you will want to have your current income information from the past three months and may need to go back six months.  Also, have your utility bills handy, along with what you have paid in the past 3-6 months.  If you are up to date on all your bills and pay everything on time, that's great for you and your credit score, but may not get you help if you need assistance with paying your utility bills.  

Oh, I almost forgot!  I just found out that you can DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmer markets! 

Participating Markets

Good Luck!  PASS IT ON!