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Detroit City Limits | What's Going on in Detroit

We are at the half-way point of the year and activity in the downtown “D” is in high gear. Schools are almost out for summer recess and graduation day are upon us. What the future holds for these countless bright young people is anyone’s guess. Only God alone knows the answer. I think they will find as the years go by, that the work-a-day world is altogether different than what they may have thought. Experience is really the best teacher.
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The 40th annual St. Pat Irish Festival on Sunday, June 11 is a great day for the entire family and a chance to support St Patrick Senior Center – Detroit’s largest activity center for people over 55. “There’s no place like St. Pat’s,” says executive director SaTrice Coleman-Betts. “And we want Detroit to know it!”
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For many years, one of my favorite midtown lunch spots has been the cafeteria at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Cafe DIA. They are located in the lower level, around the corner from the Kresge Court.
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As I write this month's installment I am sailing the Caribbean en route to Havana, Cuba. In the last week we've experienced Cienfuegos, ' La Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South)' and Santiago de Cuba, 'Birthplace of the Revolution.'
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The second Sunday in May is bright, the promise of summer is just around the corner. A great day to say “Thank you Mom!” for being so special.
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Many Detroit buildings are fascinating both for their architecture and their history, but the building at 5716 Michigan Ave., recently renamed 5716 Wellness, has an especially intriguing history, from former San Telmo cigar factory in 1910 to a home for health services today.
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Starting on June 9, a neighborhood arts festival will engage the Southwest Detroit community by creating murals and events to reflect the area’s unique identity, heritage, and culture.
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Mariners Inn, an organization that provides 24-hour residential substance abuse treatment for men in Southeastern Michigan who are homeless, starts their four part event series this April. The first event, on April 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, is Above Water: The Words of the Resilient, an evening of poetry, live art and music, to celebrate those who create while living with depression.
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The 800-seat Senate Theatre – located at Michigan near Livernois – is one of the anchors of an amazing neighborhood. Within a couple blocks you’ll also find Prince Valley Foods, Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Cathedral, Abick’s Bar (one of Detroit’s oldest) some urban farming, and much more.
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Who is that mystery man commemorated with a sculpture in Capitol Park at the intersection of Griswold and State streets in downtown Detroit? It’s Stevens T. Mason, Michigan’s first governor and the man responsible for helping Michigan transform from a territory to a state.
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