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Blues Festival Gives Money, Recognizes Volunteers

July 3rd 2011

Volunteers for the Ferndale Blues Festival were recognized at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Organizers also presented a check for $4,000 to one of the event’s benefactors, Ferndale Youth Assistance.

Ryan Dillaha Ready to Rock the Rust Belt (July 10)

July 3rd 2011

He’s shared the stage with local favorites like Chris Brantley, and Moe Hollis of the Howling Diablos. On Saturday, July 10 it will be Chris Degnore of Jill Jack and Tim Rios joining him at the Rust Belt Market to play from 3-5pm.

Expansion in Downtown Ferndale’s Future?

July 2nd 2011

Those who were unable to attend the “Back to the Future” event, there will still be opportunities to share your vision and ask questions. When the proposal comes before council there will be opportunity for public discussion. There will also be a survey on the DDA website in the coming weeks, along with more information about the TIF plans.

Hip Hop is Bigger Than The Occupation Film Screening @AJs Sunday

July 2nd 2011

This Sunday from 4-7pm, AJ’s Music Café (240 W. 9 Mile) will host a special film screening of “Hip Hop is Bigger Than The Occupation”, a documentary from Existence Is Resistance, along with music spun by 5E Gallery’s own DJ La Jedi, and hosted by locally beloved female emcee Invincible.

DIY Seeking Artists and Musicians

July 1st 2011

Planning is under way for one of the most popular grassroots events in Ferndale, the DIY Street Fair. The “DIY” stands for Do-It-Yourself, and the event brings together local artists, crafters, musicians, craft brewers and restauranteers for two days and three nights of fun Sept 16, 17, and 18, 2011.

Hazel Park Pub Crawl Planned for Aug 26

July 1st 2011

The spirit of Ferndale is moving eastward as organizers come together for the first Annual Hazel Park Pub Crawl. The event, scheduled for August 26, 2011, will take participants on a drinking tour of the city. The Hazel Park Pub Crawl will raise money for the Hazel Park Promise Zone, an initiative that hopes to provide every eligible Hazel Park student with money to go to college.

ELAvated Sunday at AJ’s Music Café (July 10)

June 29th 2011

Beyond the music, ELAvated Sunday is also about bringing together the people in a free and relaxed environment to talk about the issues that matter most. The dedicated men and women working towards social justice and peace are encouraged to attend, as this will be a networking opportunity to help organize and bring forth action.

Affirmations Selects Antonio David Garcia as Next Executive Director

June 29th 2011

On June 27, 2011, Affirmations announced the selection of its next Executive Director, Antonio David Garcia. Garcia, who currently serves as the Executive Director at the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, will take over for Interim CEO Kevin Howley and starts his position August 15th.

Pre-School Backpack Program Seeks Caring Donors

June 29th 2011

Program participants will receive a new, empty backpack in September with the first name, sex, age and clothing size of a Ferndale Head Start student, as well as a prescribed list of items to purchase. They will then have two weeks to return the backpack filled with such items as crayons and a coloring book, a reading book, toothbrush and toothpaste, underwear and sweat clothes (estimated cost of items is approximately $30 per backpack).

“Back to the Future” of Downtown Ferndale (Event)

June 28th 2011

“Back to the Future of Downtown Ferndale” is the topic for discussion at a community open house taking place on Wednesday, June 29 from 5-8pm at Valentine Vodka at 161 Vester. This free event (with refreshments provided) will give businesses and residents an opportunity to share in the vision of the future along with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA).