The City of Detroit is hosting an emergency preparedness fair to help inform residents about what to do in the event of an emergency.
The free event has demonstrations and attractions, including underwater recovery demos put on by the Detroit Police, DPD’s air support helicopter, K-9 dogs, a mobile safety house and more. Preparedness information offered includes family emergency planning, severe weather safety tips, anit-abduction tactics, stranger danger tactics and asthma education.
Here at Kemeny Recreation Center, two dozen or so girls ages five to seven —and one lone boy, probably about three — are spending their Saturday morning tumbling, tucking, swinging and attempting to memorize a brief but complex dance routine set to Taylor Swift.
In a bright, kid-friendly voice ready for Nick Jr., barefoot coach Wendy Hilliard somehow remains authoritative. “Touch your knees! Now your toes! Face forward!” Almost all are in unison, and even the youngest boy, barely out of diapers, keeps up. All of them, except for one.
It’s a time of mourning for Sears, the iconic department store that announced its bankruptcy filing Monday morning. And though Sears didn’t have its origins or footprint in Detroit (we had Kresge’s, Crowley’s, and, of course, Hudson’s), the chain from which so much of modern Americana was purchased has links all over this city.
Mary Wilson was not supposed to do a Friday morning photo shoot at the former Brewster Recreation Center, the second abandoned building she had been in those last 48 hours she was back in her hometown. In town for Detroit Homecoming, Wilson had had dinner in Michigan Central Depot, spruced up just enough for all the other fellow ex-pats invited back to the city. And then she had done a panel discussion at a still-under-renovation loft in Corktown, also abandoned not too long ago.
LA SED (Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development), the Southwest Detroit nonprofit that assists with social programs for Detroit’s Latino residents, is hosting a legal forum on Saturday, September 9, for residents with questions about President Trump’s rollback of the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act.
The last time I was on roller skates, I specifically remember having an argument with an eighth-grade classmate about which version — the remix or the original? — of Jon B.’s “They Don’t Know” was better*. That was almost 20 years ago at Northland Roller Rink, one of a handful of iconic roller rinks in Detroit.
At The Neighborhoods, we’re interested in hearing from everybody in Detroit about what matters most to you.
Do you have a story to tell about what your community group is doing in the neighborhood? Tell us.
Do you have a story to tell about a home that needs to come down in your neighborhood? Tell us.