20th Arts, Beats & Eats Announces Cultural, Health, Musical, and Gaming Features
Arts Beats and Eats plans to donate $5 million to charity following this year’s event.The Arts, Beats & Eats Festival sponsored by Ford and presented by Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort returns to Royal Oak over Labor Day weekend (Sept. 1-4). For its 20th anniversary, festival organizers today announced a new gaming competition, health and wellness programs, and offerings from local restaurants.
“This milestone year for Arts, Beats & Eats is certainly going to be a celebratory occasion, and not just for festival organizers, partners, participants, and attendees, but for all the people, nonprofit organizations, and community groups who call metro Detroit home,” says Michael Gingell, chair of the Oakland County board of commissioners. “The positive economic impact this great event has on our county helps us continue to thrive and grow.” Gingell says the festival will have a $10 million economic impact for Royal Oak, and $25 million for the region.Read More
Dearborn, Southfield Roll Out Bike Share Programs
Dearborn and Southfield are trying out their own short-term bicycle rental systems in the wake of the late May rollout of Detroit’s bike share dubbed MoGo. Dearborn launched its bike share program Tuesday with Zagster Inc., an all-in-one provider that handles maintenance, insurance, feasibility analysis, docking stations and payment systems, generally for a per-bicycle fee.
Cambridge, Mass.-based Zagster, which operates about 160 bike share programs across the U.S. and several in Canada, is providing 50 bicycles at 10 downtown stations in Dearborn. Locations include the Bryant Library, West Village Commons, the John D. Dingell Transit Center and the Arab American National Museum.Read More
Detroit to Host National Marine Week in September
The United States Marine Corps today announced that Marine Week will be held in Detroit from Sept. 6-10. The program is an annual celebration of “community, country, and corps” to honor the service and sacrifice of Marines and their loved ones. Metro Detroiters and over 700 Marines are invited to attend events planned around the city at no cost. Each day of Marine Week, which is rotated to different cities each year, will begin with reveille at 6 a.m., and close with taps at 10 p.m.
“The United States Marine Corps is honored to share our valiant history and proud future with Detroit,” says Captain Phillip J. Kulczewski, a Detroit native. “Marine Week is a great opportunity for residents to meet many of the dedicated men and women serving our country. It’s also a unique chance to experience the equipment and excitement of Marine life through family-friendly activities that highlight our honor, courage, and commitment to America.”Read More