GETTING ACTIVE FOR GREAT CAUSES
Saturday morning will kick-off with the Priority Health Move to the Beats 5K/10K, benefitting Rock CF and Lifetime Fitness. For more information, click here.
Also on Saturday, Priority Health kicks off the Zumbathon celebration to benefit St. John Providence Health System Cancer Center of Excellence. For more information, click here.
DEAF ARTS FESTIVAL
Returning to Ford Arts, Beats & Eats for its fourth year is The Deaf Arts Festival, sponsored by St. John Providence Health System. Its mission is to celebrate the arts by exhibiting diverse, quality visuals and performing arts by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population and create a personal interaction with Deaf and Hard of Hearing artists. Unique art presented by 11 Deaf artists will be displayed from a location on 7th Street.
For more information visit deafartsfestival.org
OUR CREDIT UNION/GLEANERS FOOD DRIVE
As part of its event participation, new festival partner OUR Credit Union will host the Sixth Annual Food Drive benefiting Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties which provide food to 510 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies.
Food Drive donors can receive one FREE admission to the festival by bringing three or more nonperishable food items to the OUR Credit Union locations in downtown Royal Oak at 726 S. Washington Ave. and 3070 Normandy Road, or in Troy at 6693 Rochester Road from Friday, August 21 at 9 a.m. to Wednesday, September 2 at 5 p.m.
Last year’s festival Food Drive collected 3,175 pounds of nonperishable items, providing 2,635 meals for Gleaners to distribute.
OAKLAND COUNTY PARKS VETERANS PROGRAM
The festival is once again teaming up with Oakland County Parks to offer the crowd-pleasing Veterans Admission Program providing two great opportunities for veterans to enjoy this year’s festival. As a thank you for their service and sacrifice for our country, veterans can choose from one of the following: four FREE admission passes, valid any day and time of the festival or four FREE admission passes and four FREE VIP passes for a special Veterans’ performance by Your Generation In Concert featuring 50 Amp Fuse on Monday, September 7 at 5 p.m. on the Michigan Lottery National Stage, with complimentary soft drinks and appetizers.
FAMILY DAYS PRESENTED BY THE AUTISM ALLIANCE
The Fourth Annual Family Days presented by the Autism Alliance invites families with children on the ASD spectrum for a special visit to the festival sponsored by Ford on Saturday, September 5 or Monday, September 7. The festival will open an hour early at 10 a.m. for these families and includes free parking, admission to the festival, carnival rides, lunch, and a bottle of water. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information visit www.artsbeatseats.com/family-days.