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Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycles Bike Nights are BACK!



Join us EVERY Monday night starting, THIS Monday, May 11th at Alberts on the Alley (5651 Middlebelt Rd, Garden City, Michigan 48135) for Motorcycle Monday’s!


Sponsored by Rosenau Power Sports, Dick Scott Classic Motorcycles and The Rider Report, come on our for motorcycle fun all summer long. AOTA will give riders the best bike night in the Motor City!


• Biker Games & Prizes
• Music On The Patio
• Rain Gear Give away @ The End Of The Season (Show Up On Rain Days To Enter)
• Great Food & Drink Specials
• Tons Of Motorcycle Parking
• Roll Call Each Week


Don’t miss the hottest motorcycle event in southeast Michigan every Monday from 7:30 to 9:30. This event will be held every Monday, rain or shine, through September!


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Water Fun in Ann Arbor: Pools, Spraygrounds, & Beaches

There’s nothing like water when it comes to beating the heat and entertaining kids! KidsOutAndAbout provides its extra-special list of great places in and around Ann Arbor – Detroit where kids can splash to their heart’s content.

Buhr Park Outdoor Pool features a six-lane, 25-yard pool with a deep well and a separate zero-depth entry children’s wading pool with interactive play toys. Also 39 acres of rolling hills, picnic areas with grills, a children’s play area, softball diamonds, soccer fields & outdoor tennis courts are features at our park.

Canton Parks: Splash Playground: Cool down at Canton’s Splash Playground located in Heritage Park near Heritage Hideout. Just touch the fire hydrant to start the water fun!

Fuller Park Pool has something for everyone to enjoy, including a waterslide; seven-lane, 50 meter lap pool; shallow area with ramp access; 12 foot deep diving well and plenty of open space and lounge chairs to relax.

H2O Zone Sprayground In Westland: The H20 Zone is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.,Memorial Day through Labor Day (weather permitting).

Independence Lake Park: Spray Zone: Blue Heron Bay is the perfect place to bring your family for some water fun! Whether you are taking a ride on our water slides, eating a delicious lunch at our new concessions building, or running through our many water-spraying structures, you are sure to have a great time.

Indian Springs Spray ‘n’ Play: Children of all ages will enjoy Indian Springs Metropark’s Spray ‘n’ Play. Get soaked in the water spray area, scale a rock-climbing wall or cargo net and explore a maze. Three distinct areas accommodate older children. A toddler area includes a painted labyrinth and sand pit with oversized scoopers for digging. The Spray ‘n’ Play play area is open year round while the water spray area is open Memorial Day to Labor Day 11 am – 7 pm daily.

Island Lake Recreation Area: The park has great canoeing, volley ball courts, picnic shelters, swimming and cabins to rent.

Kensington Metropark: Enjoy a day in the water at Martindale Beach all summer long. Martindale Beach will be open May 24 through Labor Day, from 10 am to 8 pm daily

KLR Splashpad in Oxford: Memorial Day through Labor Day, Noon -7:00 pm

Lake Erie Metropark: Escape the hot days of summer and take a plunge into the “Great Wave” wave action pool at Lake Erie Metropark. Hold steady and practice your balance against three foot waves for hours of fun.

Lake St. Clair Metropark: Swim in Lake St. Clair or at the Olympic-sized swimming pool at Lake St. Clair Metropark. The lake waters and 50-meter pool with waterslides and a diving well are the perfect places to cool off and enjoy a warm day. The pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, and the lake is open from May 1 to September 30. A beach shop and food concessions are conveniently located nearby.

City of Livonia Aquatics: Outdoor Splash Pad – Open June – Labor Day, The City of Livonia has two fifty-meter outdoor pools and one twenty-five meter outdoor pool. They all offer lessons, open swimming, pool rentals for parties, swim passes and special events. Outdoor Summer Swim Lesson Registration starts Mid-May.

Mack Indoor Pool is the city’s only indoor public pool and offers a variety of programs and opportunities for every swimmer. Our six-lane, 25-yard main pool has an attached 30 by 42 foot children’s tot pool. A ramp leading into the pool provides for easy accessibility. Our heated indoor pool allows you to swim, even if the weather is not “summer like,” while our huge windows let in the sunshine.

Macomb Township Aquatic Center: 2 pools with water slide, a lazy river, and other water features

Mt. Elliott Park Water Feature on the Riverfront: universally accessible water feature with cascading waterfalls, water cannons and shooting bubblers, paved pathways stamped with animal prints, fishing outlooks, lush landscaping, restrooms, a security station and numerous seating options, Mt. Elliott Park is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, water feature runs from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day

Splash at Palmer Park: OPEN: 10 am – 8 pm every day, FREE to the public; parking at the Splash Park lot in Palmer Park, (former swimming pool lot) on Merrill Plaisance between 6 and 7 Mile Roads,west of Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48203

Plymouth Sprayscape: If you’re looking for a place to cool off this summer venture out to Township Park and take a run through our Sprayscape! Township Park is located at 46640 Ann Arbor Trail, just east of Beck Road.The Sprayscape includes approximately 2600 square foot of space with 24 spray features including: Water Cannons, Horse Charger, Froggy-O, Daisy Mae, Water O’s, 12 ground sprays. The Sprayscape is designed to accommodate all ages and is available at no cost!

Red Oaks Waterpark: Kids enjoy the Soak Station, children’s water playground with 68 features, including water jets, curtains and slides, plus bubbler jets and a six-foot tipping bucket; must be 56″ or shorter and be accompanied by an adult. Or the Spray & Play, a water play area for toddlers, with 15 water jets and bubblers at zero depth.

Rolling Hills Water Park: With so many attractions, we’ve got something for everyone to enjoy – Float down the lazy river, catch a wave in the wave pool, or take a trip down one of our awesome water slides! The Activity Pool is popular with younger children due to its zero-depth entry, gentle bubbler, geysers, a waterfall and a kiddy slide for children under 45″ tall. Relax in the chaise lounges and sand chairs on an extensive sun deck located throughout the waterpark and natural shade or shade umbrellas in several grassy areas surrounding the deck.

Stony Creek Metropark: Enjoy a summer day in the water at Baypoint and Eastwood Beaches at Stony Creek Metropark. Beaches are open 10 am to 8 pm throughout the summer, Memorial Day to Labor Day. Comfort stations, food bars and first aid facilities are available. Fires, alcohol and glass containers are not permitted at the beaches.

Veterans Memorial Park Outdoor Pool features a fan-shaped zero-depth area with a “raindrop,” interactive water play apparatus, a handicap access ramp and a 125 foot waterslide. Minimum height requirement for use of the slide is 42 inches. We offer lounge chairs, picnic area, grills, tennis courts and a shaded deck area.

Warren Indoor Water Park: At the Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden (South of 14 Mile Road, west of Mound Road) 586.268.8400

Wayne County Family Aquatic Center: The Wayne County Family Aquatic Center opened originally in 1998, located at 12600 Chandler Park Dr. Detroit, Michigan 48213. We are located inside the City of Detroit’s Chandler Park 1/2 mile south of the Conner Exit (Exit 220B off I-94).

Willow Metropark: Cool off at the swimming pool: glide down the family slide, play a game of water basketball or just soak in the shallow area while your kids run through the water.

Relay for Life Events are Going Strong!

Relay Season is in Full Swing!!

What is Relay for Life?

-Organized, overnight community fundraising walk raising money for the American Cancer Society
-Teams of people camp out around a track during the event to raise awareness and funds for ACS
-Members of each team take turns walking around the track
-Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie
-Family-friendly environment for the entire community
-Much, much More!!

Because it’s a team event, individual participants are not required to be there the entire time. But it’s so much fun, you’ll find it hard to leave!

Visit to learn more about this event or find one in your area!


Wishing the following events happening this weekend much success and great weather!

Relay For Life of Capac
Capac High School 

Relay For Life of Livonia
Bentley Field

Relay For Life of Novi-Northville
Novi Middle School

Relay For Life of Plymouth
Central Middle School

Relay For Life of Rochester
Stoney Creek High School Soccer Field

Two communities coming together for ONE FIGHT!
Relay For Life of Yspsilanti

Relay For Life of Ann Arbor

Washtenaw Community College

REMINDER Livonia Household Hazardous/Electronic Waste Drop-off Day – This Sat Apr 27th


Livonia – The City of Livonia will be conducting a Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Drop-off event this Saturday, April 27th from 8:00am to 2:00pm at Ford Field.  (Enter event from northbound Stark Rd north of Schoolcraft Road)

This event is your opportunity to rid your garage, basement, shed, etc., of items such as paints, stains, fertilizer, lawn & garden chemicals, antifreeze, gasoline, etc.  In addition, electronic waste will be accepted including computers, monitors, printers, scanners, cell phones, fax machines, televisions, etc.

Livonia, Northville & Northville Twp Residents Only

Additional information is available at the City of Livonia website under Departments-DPW Public Service-Household Hazardous Waste

Where to Cheer on 3-Day for the Cure Walkers

Thousands of men and women will come together to trek 60 miles through southeast Michigan this weekend for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.

Each walker has raised money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fund breast cancer research and community education, screening and treatment programs.

The walk begins in Novi on Friday morning and ends in Dearborn Sunday evening.

Friends and family are highly encouraged to attend the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as cheer on the walkers at designated cheering stations throughout the 60 miles.

Here’s where you can go to support these walkers:

Opening Ceremony

Friday, 6:30 a.m.
Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Avenue

Cheering Stations



Mile 6.2
7:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Main Street between Center Street and Griswold (south side)
Mile 18.5
11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
33400 W. Seven Mile Road



Mile 4.9
7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Newburgh Road
Between Schoolcraft and Amrhein Roads (west side)
Mile 10.2
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Kellogg Park
Ann Arbor Trail and Main Street

Mile 17.4
11:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Newburgh Plaza
16818 Newburgh Road



Mile 6.2
8:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Franklin High School
31000 Joy Road
Dearborn Heights
Mile 10.8
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Boy Scout Recreation Area
Hines Drive (east of Telegraph Road)

Closing Ceremony

Sunday, 4:30 p.m.
Ford World Headquarters
1 American Road

You can also follow the walkers on Susan G. Komen’s interactive route map.

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2WordStory Campaign Spreads to Northville

More than 500 interdenominational churches have joined the campaign to uplift Metro Detroit.

Ken Skinner knew he had a story to tell.  He just wasn’t sure people wanted to hear it.

Still, he began sharing it—with friends, with his pastor, with members of his Bible study group.

“I told it to a bunch of people,” said Skinner, 31, of Livonia. “I would tell my story, and then I would try to figure out what word or what idea or concept really came out as I told my story.”

With prayer, he said he found it: His story was about confidence—how he lacked it without Jesus, and, he says, how he gained it when he returned to the church four years ago. In two words, his story is: “Confident? Confident.”

Skinner joins 18 other metro Detroiters at who have shared their stories—all the same word repeated, first as a question, and again as an answer—as part of an unprecedented, multidenominational, 530-church campaign aimed at injecting faith and hope into Detroit and its suburbs.

The campaign originated in Novi but quickly expanded: Churches include dozens in Dearborn, Detroit, Livonia, Farmington, Warren and beyond. They span from Flat Rock to Port Huron and from Lake St. Clair to Brighton.

One participating church in Northville is the First Baptist Church on Wing St.

2WordStory has garnered attention for its catchy repetition, meant to symbolize the uncertainty that the storyteller had without Jesus, and how his or her life has changed with Him.

Joy? Joy. Valued? Valued. Empowered? Empowered. Rescued? Rescued.

“The second word isn’t a question anymore,” explained Ron Rischer, 54, of Northville, one of the campaign’s organizers. “The second word is, ‘I’ve come to know Christ, so I have hope, I have purpose.’ There’s no question.”

An Idea Born in Novi
2WordStory was borne of another campaign called EACH, or Everyone a Chance to Hear. That was the brainchild of Pastor Bob Shirock of Oak Pointe Church in Novi, said Rischer, EACH’s executive director.

Shirock got the idea after seeing missionaries at work in the Phillipines and India, said Oak Pointe’s Executive Director Jim Bahbah.

“After interacting with those believers that were having such a great impact in their countries, he came back here and said he was driving from his house to his church, about three miles, looking at the homes and thinking of all the people who didn’t know what’s going on inside the four walls of our church, let alone know anything about Jesus,” said Bahbah, of Novi.

The initial idea was for the church to reach out to residents living in a 12-mile radius to spread the gospel, but that soon blossomed into reaching out to other churches.

Shirock contacted First Baptist Church of Northville, among others, said Keith Bushey, 64, of Redford Township, an elder and a Sunday school teacher there.

“At first we were probably like other people, thinking, ‘What is this? What are they trying to do?’ But when we looked into it and saw it was an outreach program for people in our community, we really enjoyed it,” Bushey said.

Bahbah, also of Novi, said the church had seven other churches on board in January 2010; by April 2011, more than 500 had joined, including many in Detroit.

After all, Rischer said, “We’re all Detroiters.…We believe that Detroit still is the epicenter here. If Detroit can get turned around, so can the rest of the region.”

Giving Back to Detroit
2WordStory has piqued region-wide interest with its stark and enigmatic T-shirts and yard signs, but EACH is about more than one publicity campaign, said volunteer Mark Besh, 55, of West Bloomfield. It’s about reaching out to people in need, especially those hardest hit by the economy’s downswing.

Several churches contacted by Patch said that Time magazine’s recent description of Detroit as a disaster area was one impetus for the campaign.

Pastor Jeremy Gyorke, who founded the Wyandotte Family Church with his wife Julie in September, said he learned about the budding coalition in the fall and was immediately on board.

“It’s always neat to see churches of all different denominations come together,” said Gyorke, 32, of Wyandotte. “What we believe in together far outweighs how we differ.”

Some churches were more leery than others, especially those in Detroit—“probably because of the scars of the past,” Rischer said. “The Detroit reaction was, ‘Who are you, what is this about, what are you trying to get accomplished.’ It took time to get started.”

A steering committee was formed that included members of churches from across the region, a cross-section of denominations, races and geography. EACH began sponsoring job fairs and providing medical treatment. The goals were both micro—such as feeding the homeless for an afternoon—and macro—such as backing Life Remodeled, an endeavor inspired by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that provided a needy family with a new home, as well as financial and psychological counseling.

But it has been 2WordStory that’s had most people talking so far, said Skinner, a member of Ekklesia in Westland. Congregants were asked to wear their two-word story on T-shirts while doing good deeds for a 40-day span beginning on Easter Sunday.

The good deeds were appreciated, and the T-shirts always seemed to spark a conversation, Skinner said.

“2Word lets us be Jesus in our community, really,” he said. “When Jesus walked into a colony, he did good deeds and he shared what he knew to be true.”

Paul Kwasniewski, minister of discipleship at Dearborn Free Methodist Church, said that one congregant likened EACH to a woman in her second trimester of pregnancy: “She will begin to show soon,” he said in an email to Patch. “Our hope and prayer is that God will use the efforts of the 500-plus churches involved in EACH to see our area turn from a dim candle to a beacon of light for our area and the country.”

As for 2WordStory, he said it’s a tool meant to provoke questions. The T-shirts, bus ads and banners are meant to work service projects, such as food distribution and medical assistance.

The ultimate goal, Gyorke said, is to uplift Detroit and the rest of the region. Even though the 40 days after Easter have passed, the campaign seems to be maintaining momentum. As of Tuesday, a Facebook fan page had 3,800 followers and counting.

“Christ is hope and light and healing and salvation and freedom,” Gyorke said. “He’s what a lot of people are looking for right now, and it’s been phenomenal.”

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