Sunday, July 31, 2011

Free Backpacks, Groceries, and Haircuts at Summerfest


Ron reconnected with a friend from high school this past year and did a photo shoot of her little dancers (as young as 4 years old), and we've become facebook friends as well.  Katie is very involved with her church, Liberty Foursquare Church in Warren.  For the past eight years, they have done a backpack drive before the school year begins.  

Distribution of the school supplies will be held at Warren Summerfest on August 13th simultaneously at two locations:

  • 12-4 pm at Underwood Park on Sidonie (S/E of Schoenherr &Toepfer)  
  • 1-6 pm at Shaw Park on Warner (Btwn 8 Mile & 9 Mile Roads) 

Distribution of 800 backpacks and 1,000 boxes of groceries will take place.  YOU MUST REGISTER for these items.  They will also have fun activities for families, free haircuts to get the kids ready for school, bicycle repairs, and sports physicals.

If you are interested in finding out more, check out their website:  (The site had a few glitches if you go through Google Chrome).  If you are on facebook, head on over to this Liberty Family Outreach page and LIKE it!  

2011 Promo (footage from 2010) 5 minutes

MyFoxDetroit (Channel 2) promo 
July 31, 2011 3.5 minutes

From the Press Release:

Warren, Michigan – One thousand boxes of groceries, eight hundred backpacks with school supplies, hundreds of haircuts, family photos, sports physicals and bicycle repairs is only a sampling of what Warren area churches, businesses and civic leaders are uniting to provide to families struggling through this economy. What started as one church eight years ago reaching their neighborhood has blossomed into an entire city working together to reach their residents and beyond. Summerfest is an outreach to the neighborhoods of Southeast Michigan with a focus on South Warren. Much of the population in these neighborhoods live in low-income housing. Many of the families are struggling to find one income and most have small children at home. Many have lost their jobs, hundreds have lost their homes, and most have lost their hope.

Summerfest is designed to restore hope to the hopeless and bring compassion to those in need. During the five hour program there will be live music, face painting, bike repair, family portraits, moonwalks, pony rides, crafts, haircuts, manicures, a hot dog meal, and free drawings for items like Ipods, and bicycles. In addition there will be eight hundred back packs with school supplies and one thousand boxes of groceries given away. Everything is absolutely free through the sponsorship of local churches and businesses.

Thank you and enjoy your summer!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hips Don't Lie! Belly Dancing Class with Lana Mini

Photo by Ron Warren Photography

Everyday Yoga in Clawson is hosting Lana Mini's belly dancing class "Hips Don't Lie" this Saturday (National Dance Day), July 30, 2011 from 5:00-6:30.  It is suggested you call ahead to make a reservation.   
Everyday Yoga 248-825-3390
42 East 14 Mile Rd (enter in back near parking lot)

Price: Donation 

Garden Photography Contest $1,000 Prize

Horticulture & are sponsoring a Garden Photography Contest.

Great gardening goes hand in hand with great photography - that's why Horticulture is pleased to introduce the new Garden Photography Awards to celebrate the best in garden photography.  One grand-prize winner will be selected by renowned garden photographer, Rob Cardillo.  The winner will receive $1,000 and the photo with credit in an upcoming issue of Horticulture magazine.

Online submission (limit 2mb files)
Entries must be in by September 30, 2011

Check out the details here at Horticulture Magazine.

Good Luck Artists!

Free Kindle ebooks

Thanks to Kari for sharing this super saver idea!

I Crave Freebies is yet another site that shares great deals.  Check out this link from earlier this month for 15 free Kindle ebooks.

Today's deal on I Crave Freebies (7/27/11) is $20 Groupon credit.

So, check out  for lots of other deals too!    

Happy Savings!

Win Free Stuff

Just found out about this site for FREE STUFF!  Check out Tip Junkie! 

That's all for now.  I need to catch up on a few more things and then I will share stuff from Ginger and Kari!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Back to School Deals in July Cheap Office Supplies

Two days ago I bought two reams of paper from Staples for $5.00 each.  This week, if I go before Wednesday (and they don't run out), a ream of paper is 25 cents!  Therefore, this blog post to remind us to shop NOW!

Having taught elementary school for 15 years, I found lots of good deals.  One of my favorites is back to school shopping for office supplies.  The trick is to know when to shop.  DO NOT WAIT until the first day of school when your child brings home the list of stuff the teacher recommends for the school year.  This stuff does not spoil.  Buy it all!  If you don't need it this year, you may need it next year.  Find a space in the closet, basement, or wherever to store it.  Remember, you will need to replenish the school supplies at the semester break.  And not too many kids are excited about getting a glue stick for a holiday present.  

Why JULY?  Why not wait until Labor Day when the sales are starting?  Well, that's the problem.  The sales started!  Most parents around here don't realize that there are 1 cent sales going on now!  When I was interviewing for elementary teaching jobs in AZ, one of the districts started teaching in mid-July!  So, don't wait until you get the list, buy it now.  Yes, some teachers will prefer glue sticks to bottles, or prefer crayons, and not markers for grades K-3, but kids can color at home too.  They will need those markers and poster boards for science fair projects in the spring.  I'm just saying.

Where to shop?  Where to find the best deals?  Well, check the  Sunday paper's flyers.  But, if you no longer get those, check out these sites online to find the local weekly ad.  Oh, and sign up for the rewards program...especially if you are a teacher.  Teacher Appreciation Days at the office supply stores often happen in early August (free stuff, coffee, pastries, and prizes).  

If you can, pick up an extra ream of paper or some white board markers for your child's teacher.  Budget cuts make it tough to get everything we need in our classrooms.  Click on the Weekly Ad on the right side, near the top. 
1 cent deals Sunday-Wednesday, July 13th: pencil top erasers, pack of Bic pens, school glue (liquid)
25 cent REBATE deals Sunday-Wednesday, July 13th: ream of paper, pencil case, poly-folders, 5 Bic mechanical pencils 
$1 deals: 5 pack of Sharpies, 50 pack of (8x10) photo paper, safety scissors, paper clips, fun shaped Post It notes
AND THAT'S JUST THE FIRST PAGE!!!!  click on the Weekly Ad on the right side of the page, near the top.  
Buy two, get one free for Sharpies, Expo White Board Markers, and binder dividers. Click on the Weekly ad on the left side of the page, near the top.
I couldn't view the ad today.

Walmart Weekly Ad page (or go to home page, find the blue words near the's the second tab)
Didn't find any great deals this week for office supplies.

Target Weekly Ad page (or find it on the top of the home page, on the far right)  
20cent glue sticks two packs
$1.00 two pack of Sharpie markers

SHOP NOW!  And pick up something extra for your child's classroom.  Some ideas: extra copy paper (some schools limit how much they provide...teachers often need it for newsletters, homework packets, and well, just writing!), good pencils - Ticonderoga pencils are the best...they don't break in the sharpener and have a really good eraser, post it notes, markers - Expos white board markers work best and erase clean.   

Enjoy the rest of the summer!