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Old Navy your best bet for Black Friday deals

So, if you’re like me, you got up around 8 a.m. this morning, got ready and shuffled off to the work like any other Friday. If you’re a little bit scrappier, though, and arguably a little bit more crazy, you set your alarm for some ungodly hour and joined the masses hoping to snag some…

The Sushi Introduction

Having lunch with co-workers today, we got to talking about our first sushi experiences. See, one of our co-workers is not a sushi fan, and we were trying to figure out if a good first sushi experience would change her outlook on things. I got lucky; my first sushi was handled by a friend who…

Have you ever been to the Roller Derby?

I have to admit that Roller Derby was never on my radar. I had only a vague idea that it existed, that there was some kind of cool subculture behind it, but it was one of those “scenes” I wasn’t privy to. That is, until my girlfriend kept asking me if I wanted to go…

Detroit lacks soul? An alternative look at the Gallup poll

You may have seen the news around the web lately about the Gallup poll showing that Detroiters fare relatively well in “resident attachment”, the sense of community that helps local economies thrive. The emotional sentiment involved around being a proud Detroiter right now is high. Everybody, whether they’ve ever lived in the city or not,…

Weigh in: Portage bans smoking in city parks

No butts about it – Portage has expanded the state’s smoking ban at restaurants and bars to all 17 of its public parks, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette. The Portage City Council voted 5-2 on Tuesday to extend the current ban on smoking in the Ramona Park Beach area to “include all playground and picnic…

Get your turkey on during WMU’s Turkey Trot

Attention all turkeys… and runners. Western Michigan University is hosting its 47th annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 20. A 5K race, it is open to runners, walkers and spectators of all ages. The course winds through the university’s West Campus, with a start and finish line in the Student Recreation Center’s indoor tennis courts.…

NASA in HD

Space exploration used to be the stuff that dreams were made of. On some nights, you can look up into the night sky and see constellations or the glow of a nearby planet. Short of owning a telescope or visiting an observatory, the wonders of space that you could gaze out into were limited. Well,…

Michigan Cottage Food Law passes

If you’ve ever considered running a small side business selling home-made goods such as cakes, cookies, or candy there is good news in Michigan: It’s now legal to do just that. The Michigan Cottage Food Law, signed by Governer Granholm, lays down guidelines that make it legal for entrepreneurs in single-family dwellings (including apartments!) to…

Native American Festival & Mini Pow Wow 2010

On November 13th & 14th the Southfield Pavilion hosts Metro Parent’s 18th Annual Native American Festival and Mini Pow Wow. This family-friendly fun-filled event will feature: 2009 National Champion Hoop Dancer Brian Hammill A Native American Village Native American Traditions with a Grand Entry and smudging Traditional Teepees, Towering Headdresses, Dancers Native American Arts and…