The Craig Fahle Show

ARISE Detroit: Neighborhoods Day Highlights

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Luther Keith, Executive Director of ARISE Detroit sits down with Craig to discuss some of the events that will be taking place in neighborhoods all over the city beginning Saturday, August 4. ARISE stands for Activating Resources and Inspiring Service and Empowerment.

Events will include a community-wide education project, the Backpack Art and Literacy Music Festival, recycling and conservation efforts, a "shred" event that allows people to get rid of their personal records in a safe way, athletic tournaments and competitions, Youth Fest on Belle Isle and much, much more.

For a complete list of Neighborhoods Day highlights, click here.

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Hundreds of youngsters are expected to gather on Belle Isle for Youth Fest, combining a Detroit Community Birthday Party for city children, a Peace Concert and Rally and a contest between four families to win an all expenses paid Family Reunion. The event is sponsored by the group Paving TheWay for Youth. Contact, Tracey Johnson, 313-778-6917.

HOPSCOTCH DETROIT: Wedge Detroit and Imagine Detroit Together, will host a hopscotch exhibition over several city blocks on Neighborhoods Day to promote a Sept. 22 event to create the World's Longest Hopscotch along Detroit's sidewalks. The September course will stretch 4 miles and focuses on connecting community organizations focusing on youth, physical activity, art, and urban revitalization. It brings together the different corners of Detroit for one day to re-imagine Detroit's streets and play. On Neighborhoods Day, under the name, Hopscotch Detroit, youngsters will demonstrate their hopscotch skills. Contact, Ajooni Sethi, 847-370-1371.


BLIGHTBUSTERS: Motor City Blight Busters has purchased several houses in the Brightmoor area/Grand River/Lahser area and will be demolishing them with the help of volunteers to create an urban farm called Farm City Detroit. Contact John George, 313-255-4355.

HEALTH ALLIANCE PLAN PARTNERS WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF DETROIT: For the sixth straight year, Habitat of Humanity for Detroit will participate in Neighborhoods Day by removing blight from an east side neighborhood near homes that have been built by the nonprofit organization. Volunteers from the Health Alliance Plan will assist. Contact, Sandra Cobb, 313-521-7218.

HANDYMAN MINISTRIES: Handyman Ministries, which renovated an entire city block last year, will be back with another community service renovation effort staffed by hundreds of volunteers. This year the group will General Motors Corp. employees and other volunteers to remove blight and create safe routes around Clark Elementary school, 15755 Bremen, on Detroit’s east side, for five days leading up to Neighborhoods Day. They will also repair six homes around the school . Last year on Neighborhoods Day, Handyman helped repair 20 homes. Contact, Tim Addy, 586-443-6140. ,

UNIVERSITIY COMMONS COMMUNITY FAIR: University Commons in northwest Detroit will have several events along Livernois between Seven Mile and Eight Mile. They include a mural project painted by area youngsters, a brunch at the 1917 Bistro and jazz performances in the evening at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge. Residents from Detroit’s most prestigious neighborhoods, Palmer Woods, Sherwood Forest, Green Acres, will participate in this event. Contact, Kim Tandy, 433-3549.

. DETROIT MURAL PEACE PROJECT: Al Taylor, director of the youth organization the Peace Project, and longtime Detroit community muralist Chazz Miller, director of Public Art Workz, are planning to create a massive community mural promoting peace on the Lake Shore Building, located at Woodward at W. Grand Boulevard in the New Center area. The mural would be the first of five the groups hope to do in Detroit under the direction of professional artists working with students from across Detroit. Contact, Al Taylor, 313-618-9336


The world famous Heidelberg Project, an urban streetscape on Detroit’s lower east side, will provide information and host walking events in preparation for its Aug. 11 We’ve Got Talent Festival . Contact, Jenene Whitfield, 313-974-6894.

EAST SIDE MURAL: The Mack Avenue Business Association will sponsor an “artistic board up” of a vacant commercial building on Phillip at Mack, near Alter Road, using young people to create a Field of Dreams Mural. Contact, Glenn Urqhart, 586-222-1913.

LOCKEROOM ART PROJECT: Local artists at Church of Messiah on the east side will create special murals in a locker room with a theme of the community coming together for positive change. Location, 1501 Canton. Contact, Myra Lee, 734-736-4249.

FESTIVALS: There will be number of neighborhood festivals involving a range of activities. They include:

BRINGING IN CHANGE BACK TO SCHOOL RALLY: Belmont Shopping Center: Community United for Progress (CUP) has partnered with numerous other organizations and Rose of Sharon Church for a Back To School Rally at the Belmont Shopping Center, Dequindre at Eight Mile Road in northeast Detroit. It will include health screenings, backpack giveaways. Numerous local businesses will participate. Contact, Shirley Burch, 313-350-9622.

PEACE ON THE EAST: This large health fair and community resources fair at the Harper-Gratiot Multi-Service Center is sponsored by the Neighborhood Service Organization and will include free health screenings, immunizations, and children’s games. The center is located at 9641 Harper near Gratiot. Contact, Leslie Pickens, 313-923-5050.

LOCAL ATTORNEY VOLUNTEERS STAFF: Most folks know attorney Jamouna Kayrouz from her advertising on city buses and billboards but she also supporting Neighborhoods Day as a sponsor as well as committing her staff will volunteer for a community service project at Beckham Academy Public School. Contact, Monique Willard, 248-390-8368.

IN THE SUBURBS: Inspired by ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day, Peace Lutheran Church in Southfield has reformed under the name the Peace Community Spiritual Center under the banner of a new initiative called Sunrise Southfield. The church will hold a number of events and family activities to promote good will among people of all religious and ethnic persuasions. Contact Pastor Tim Larson, 248-225-8055.

HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT: The Lower East Side Action plan has partnered with the Sierra Club to host a workshop on creating and installing rain barrels and other conservation practices. The building is located at 14820 Mack. Contact Darnell Adams, 313-331-3302.

EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT Many programs will focus on young people. They include:

SCHOLARSHIP HELP: The Detroit College Promise, created several years ago to provide scholarships to Detroit Public School League students, will sign students up for thousands of dollars in scholarship opportunities at the Belmont Shopping Center. Contact Nat Pernick, 248-646-3269.

CHESS KINGS AND QUEENS: The national award winning Detroit City Chess Club, which has given hundreds of students the opportunity to learn chess, will host an exhibition tournament at 1010 Antietam. Contact Kevin Fite, 313-770-2437.

MOTORCYCLE CLUB HELPS OUT: The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, which has a history of giving scholarships to youth, will have a community cleanup and will work with neighborhood youth on community service projects. Contact, Lawrence Hall, 313-598-8772.

CHURCHES AT WORK: IN THE COMMUNITY Numerous churches across Detroit will be working in neighborhoods on Neighborhoods Day with cleanups, youth programs, festivals and more. They include Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Mount Hope Methodist Church, the Shrine of the Black Madonna, Muhammad’s Mosque No. 1 and W. M. Memorial Ford Methodist Church..

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, located at 3451 Rivard, will host events Aug. 4-5, including youth programs, entertainment and more. Contact Carlos Gaither, 313-585-6861.

The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints will have one of the area’s largest back to school supplies giveaways at Unity Temple near Palmer Park. Contact Karin Dains, 248-914-0666.

HELP HIGHLAND PARK: DONATE BOOKS Mamie Posey Moore, a Highland Park council woman, has been a tireless crusader for restoring full library services to Highland Park where the McGregor Library has been shuttered for years. On Neighborhoods Day, her Next Generation Community Organizers group, which is focused on involving young people in community activism, will be collecting books at the Highland Park Schools administrative center on Bartlett Woodward. Contact Mamey Posey Moore, 248-242-0357.

BLOCK CLUB CLEANUPS: Many block clubs will combine neighborhood and park cleanups with a gala atmosphere of fun, food and games for children. They include the Detroit House of Hope, Monica Davison Block Club and Ravendale Community. Contact , Toni McIlwain, 313-527-1603.

DETROIT WORKS PROJECT: The Detroit Works Long Term Planning Project, a community engagement effort to shape the future of city neighborhoods, will use its home base in Eastern Market to share information about the project's progress. The team will also use its Roaming Table and project team members to visit and volunteer at many of the events being hosted across the city. Contact, Theresa Skora, 313-259-4407.

PARADES Once again, the Crary St. Mary’s Community Council will host its annual parade in northwest Detroit, complete with marching bands, floats and festive atmosphere. Contact Olivia Shakoor, 313-272-8574.

BUSINESS BACKING: SMALL BUT INVOLVED A number of small businesses will also be involved with special discounts, customer appreciation days or special incentives. They include the Greenfield Market, the Bel Air Theater, Louisiana Creole Gumbo, Cobo Cleaners, Good People Popcorn and Lswyger’s Beauty Salon.