Neighbors Building Brightmoor

Neighbors Building Brightmoor seeks to mobilize our neighbors to work together to equip families and individuals to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.

June 2012
Dates to remember NBB mtg. and potluck Wednesday June 13, 6:308:30pm St. Christine’s Soup Kitchen 22261 Fenkell Brightmoor Alliance Mtg. Thursday June 21, 6-8pm (meal served) Leland Baptist Church 22420 Fenkell Kids’ Corner Wednesdays 2-4pm at Treedome Park (15035 Dacosta) & Saturdays 1-3pm at Curtis Green Park (corner of Beaverland and Chalfonte) NW Detroit Farmer’s Market Find produce from our very own Brightmoor Youth Garden every Thursday from 48pm. 15000 Southfield Service Drive in the parking lot of Bushnell Church.

Work and Play on the Farmway

by Sam Morykwas

On Saturday June 2nd, neighbors and more than 200 Life Changers volunteers descended on the Farmway, cleaning up Bramell, boarding up houses with artwork, mowing overgrown lawns, and planting a community pumpkin patch. Volunteers worked from 10am until 2pm, contributing a total of more than 800 volunteer hours by the end of the day. After the fun and productive workday, everyone gathered in Curtis Green Park for the annual Spring Festival, which included delicious barbeque, live music, and the launch of the Brightmoor Cookbook. The cookbook, which was in the works for over a year, showcases the recipes and personalities of Farmway residents. Many improvements were made to the neighborhood and no one left without a smile on their face.

Frisbee: The Ultimate Game for Folks of All Ages
by Leah Wiste Ultimate Frisbee is a lot like football—except that it’s more fun and less likely to cause head trauma. In the game, two teams work to advance the disc (by passing only) across their opponents’ goal line. Wilkin and Heather Lai, parents of three young boys, like Ultimate Frisbee because it’s an engaging, fitness-oriented activity that the whole family can do together. They have started a weekly Ultimate Frisbee game on the field behind Hubert Elementary every Saturday from 11-1. Depending on the crowd, each session may include a throwing warm-up, a review of the Ultimate Frisbee rules, and a relaxed, non-competitive game. Bring your kids, bring your grandparents, or just bring yourselves. All are welcome to participate!

Special thanks to:
St. Christine’s Church for hosting our events and for donating chairs and a grill Speedway Gas Station for donating $20 every month Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. for printing our newsletter for the remainder of the year! Tasuo Takada, David Schoem, Tyler Katt, and Fred Jenney for donating $100 each Students of MCSP for raising $460 ECT for printing this newsletter

NBB 2012 meeting schedule
Our NBB meetings are always on the second Wednesday of the month and are mostly held at St. Christine’s Soup Kitchen. They start with a potluck (bring a dish to pass) at 6:30pm and the meeting starts promptly at 7pm. We try very hard to stop at 8:30pm. Please put the following dates on your calendar and be ready to share your great ideas on neighborhood improvement. June 13… July 11… August 8… September 12… October 10… November 14… December 12…

Volunteer Management Class Join us for our NBB Volunteer Management Class on Thursday June 14 from 6-8pm at St. Christine’s Soup Kitchen. In this class you will learn skills to help you garner ideas, plan, organize and run successful work days. Attendance and participation at this class makes you eligible to host volunteers for your garden and park projects. FREE and open to all. For more information contact Kat at 989-6692. FYI: We will be hosting a group of 21 volunteers from June 25-28. If you would like to have volunteers for your project, please attend the volunteer management class and the June 13 NBB meeting to sign up! Lamphere Community Garden is recruiting new members—no green thumb required! If you’d like to plant, weed, water, or eat fresh veggies, please stop by 14910 Lamphere. Young workers from the garden are also willing to deliver fresh veggies to neighbors without transportation in the Neighbors Building Brightmoor area for a donation for their work. Please call Bill or Billie Hickey at 541-2601 for more information. Second Chance Garden in need of adoption At the corner of Chalfonte and Chatham is a garden formerly tended by returning citizens. It is now available for someone else to care for. If you are interested, please call Billie Hickey at 5412601. Please note that you will have to locate a source for water. Eliza Howell Bird Walk Saturday June 9 from 9-11am with Audubon Society members. Meet at back of circle. Rosedale Recycles June 16 (and the third Saturday of each month) at Christ the King’s parking lot off Grand River near Burt Rd. Get rid of your recyclable styrofoam and glass that can’t be placed in our city recycling containers.

Kids’ Corner & Farmway Arts

by Katharina Walsh
Kids’ Corner is moving outside and onto the Farmway for the summer. Everything is free and all ages are welcome! Join us for afternoons of creativity and lively company! Kids’ Corner - Art in the Park! will be held every Wednesday from 2-4pm at the Johannes Treedome Park (15035 Dacosta) and every Saturday from 1-3pm at Curtis Green Park (corner of Beaverland and Chalfonte). Painting on your own easel or working in groups we will create lovely pieces of artwork for you to take home or display along the Farmway. We will also be doing crafts, mask building and puppet making. Bring an old t-shirt to wear over your clothes for painting.

Farmway Arts Lantern Workshop June 30, 2-5pm Over the course of the summer we will be building a group of beautiful, fun, light-filled lantern puppets what we will parade through the neighborhood at the end of the summer. We will construct the lanterns with willow, covering them with special heatproof paper as a base to paint, sculpt and dream up any imaginative ideas you might have! Join us for any or all of the workshops! Bring an old t-shirt to wear over your clothes while we work. FREE! All ages welcome! For more information about Kids’ Corner and Farmway Arts activities contact Kat at 989-6692.

BrightStars Early Learning Centers
Parent Book Club (ECFRC) 10-11:30am



Let’s Read Preschoolers (ECRC)1112:30pm Music & Movement (newborn to 18 months) (RCC) 67:30:30pm

Toddler Playgroup (DCI) 10:30-noon Transportation Available Just for Fun Kids Book Club (ECRC) 1-3pm

Parent Music & Movement Roundtable (DCI) 10:30-noon (ECFRC) 10-11 am Transportation AvailaStorytime ble (DCI) 10:30-noon Discovery Time Transportation Availa- (ECFRC) 11Sewing for Beginble 12:30pm ners (Adults) (EFCRC) 1-3pm Music & Movement Science Explorer (ECFRC) 11:30(RCC) 12:30-2pm Music & Movement 12:30pm (RCC) 6-7:30:30pm

Job Readiness Wednesday June 20 (ECFRC) 6-8pm Family Music Night Thursday June 21 (ECFRC) 5:30-7pm Early Learning Conference Saturday June 23, details to be announced. Call (313) 255-0900, ext. 2109 for information. Babysitter Series (Ages 14-17) Tuesday June 25-Friday 29. This is a FREE one week camp including sessions on: learning through play, conflict resolution and problem solving, communication, caregiving for infants and toddlers, and CPR and First Aid.

Health and Wellness Workshop Thursday June 28 (ECFRC) 1-3pm Hearing and vision screenings are done every Thursday at ECFRC. Call to make an appointment.

BrightStars offers a variety of FREE resources and programming for families with children 0-5 years of age. To join Early Learning Centers, contact (313) 255-0900, ext. 2109

Choose from 3 locations:
Development Centers, Inc. (DCI) (313) 255-0900 ext. 2125 17321 Telegraph Rd. (between Grand River & 6 Mile) Redford Community Center (RCC) (313) 387-2787 12121 Hemingway (west of Beech & north of Plymouth) Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) (Formerly DLA) (313) 766-6475 23450 Davison West (old church offices located on the DLA Campus-East parking lot)

Greening News
We had a great showing of Garden Resource Program (GRP) members at the Cluster 8 workday on May 8th, helping Chatham St. Community Garden get ready to grow! The next opportunity to get active in your Cluster and gain access to GRP additional resources such as compost, tilling, row cover, tomato stakes, tools & more is at the Cluster Summer Garden Tours—Save the date for the Cluster 8 Tour: Wednesday July 18, 5:30-8pm. Starting point TBA. For more information, contact Tee Rushdan at 285-2232. The 3rd Annual GRP Summerfest will be held on Tuesday June 19 from 5-8pm on Belle Isle in the pavilion next the Conservatory. Meet fellow gardeners from across the city and join us for food, fun, and music! Would you like to harvest tasty vegetables out of your garden yearround? Applications now available for the “Keep Growing Detroit” season extension program. Through this series of hands-on workshops, participants will learn techniques and tools to extend their growing season. Applications are due July 6. For more information, contact Kido Pielack at 285-1256. Upcoming Urban Garden Education Series Grow your gardening skills! Classes are $3 for GRP members. Basic Composting, Thursday June 21, 6-8pm at Beaverland Farms, 15078 Beaverland (between Fenkell and Grayfield) Did you know that you can turn your trash into treasure? Composting is nature’s way of recycling; it breaks down organic matter like food and yard waste into valuable all-natural fertilizer, which is the foundation for growing healthy plants. This class is by special request at Cluster 8 additional resource meeting! The Artful Gardener: Art Projects to Beautify the Garden, Thursday June 28, 6-8pm at Artist’s Village, 17336 Lahser (south of 7 mile and north of Grand River, enter building through Detroit Java House Café) In this class we’ll learn fun and creative ways to make garden art with everyday objects and share inspiring tips to decorate your site. The possibilities are endless! Wild Edible Weeds: Edible and Healing garden Weeds, Saturday July 7, 1-3pm at Hope Takes Root (on Wabash between Temple and Perry) Did you know that some plants which are considered pesky weeds could actually be tasty additions to meals, and even boost your health? Take a foraging walk with us and discover the hidden treasures of common weeds. Learn how to identify these helpful plants and rediscover what nature has to offer. For more information on these and other classes, contact Kido at 2851256 or visit

NBB Block Contacts
Grayfield Riet Schumack 283-8091 Myra Jessie 808-3074 Beaverland Nicky Marcot 590-1965 Scott Unger 310-7052 Bramell Tim Miller 687-2806 Gwen Shivers 533-9455 Chatham Michelle Young 918-8945 Eaton Donna Voss 804-7540 Lamphere Bill Hickey 541-2601 Tywan Bell (248) 755-1034 Jeremy Kenward 701-2063 Jackie Adams 753-5446 Dacosta Sherry Courtney 537-5558 Dolphin Craig Reinke 778-2710 Rockdale Ilka Lapeer 532-9272 Need another block captain to help Ilka. Outer Drive Bernice Walker 926-1975 Lyndon Lyndon is in our target area. We need block captains on Lyndon. Fenkell Still need a block captain.

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