Green Fest – Detroit Zoo

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Help extend Earth Day into the weekend at The Detroit Zoo! The zoo hosts its annual GreenFest celebration on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Zoo-wide celebration includes earth-friendly crafts, an endangered species scavenger hunt, animal enrichment activities, zookeeper talks and exhibits by local conservation groups.  All GreenFest activities are free with Zoo admission.

Each GreenFest guest who brings a wine cork, rinsed Capri Sun pouch, empty chip bag or cell phone for recycling or who is carrying a refillable water bottle will receive a reduced admission price of $8.  

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Top 10 Tips on Waterfront Property Buying

Waterfront property isn’t like any other type of property. It carries a unique beauty and versatility, since you’re getting land and water at the same time. However, it can also be more complicated than land-locked real estate. Here are the top 10 tips for how you can make your waterfront property buying experience more successful:

  1. Inspect carefully and comprehensively. Water might be easy on the eyes, but it’s hard on a building. Whether you have water intruding into the basement from the high water table, corrosion on your exterior because of salt air, or mildew and mold issues from higher moisture levels in the air, an expert inspection can help you understand what you might be up against. Surveys, elevation certificates, water quality tests and other land- and water-based inspections that you might not do on a regular house can be very important with waterfront property.
  2. Choose the right water. Waterfront property isn’t all the same. If you want the smell of salt air, there’s no substitute for beachfront property, but if you want to hear crashing surf, a property on a bay might not have the right action. Property on a large lake gives you the ability to have a powerboat but if you want peace and quiet, you might be better served by being on a smaller body of water that’s devoid of noisy powerboats and peering eyes.
  3. Walk the property carefully. Spending some time on the water helps you see if the property is as good as you think. For instance, you could have a beautiful view, but not have good access to the water. On the other hand, the lake that looks fantastic from the window could actually be choked with weeds and debris. When a house has an unattractive backyard, you can change the landscaping. With a waterfront home, you’re also buying the water, so getting it right is crucial.
  4. Check insurance requirements. Waterfront properties frequently have an increased risk of flood damage and some beachfront homes are also at risk of hurricane or even earthquake damage. If insurance is available, it could be cost prohibitive, so it’s best to know before you sign a contract.
  5. Look for hidden costs.  Waterfront properties can sometimes carry additional expenses that buyers might not be aware of. For starters, water and sewer rates can be more expensive than inland rates. Boat dock and lift fees as well as septic tank and well upkeep are additional potentially hidden expenses to inquire about as well.

By: Glenn Phillips – Top 10 Tips on Waterfront Property Buying!

Ten Things to do in Metro Detroit This Weekend

Do you have some free time and want to get out of the house?! Check out whats going on in the D 🙂 

 

1. Watch the musical comedy “Guys and Dolls” at the Bonstelle Theatre.
2. Attend the grand opening celebration of Trish’s Garage, a pop-up shop featuring merchandise from Detroit artisans, hosted by D:hive in Detroit.
3. Jam out at the Gardenia Bluegrass & Roots Festival at the Royal Oak Farmers Market.
4. Check out more than 170 artists and displays at the Great Lakes Art Fair at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
5. Attend the Michigan Latin Dance Festival and Afro-Latin Dance Weekend at The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac.
6. Listen to “America’s Got Talent” finalist Jackie Evancho sing at the Fox Theatre.
7. See stand-up comedian Jeffrey Ross at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren.
8. Take the family to “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” in concert at Orchestra Hall.
9. Cheer on the Detroit Red Wings against the Carolina Hurricanes during their last regular-season home game at Joe Louis Arena.
10. Check out VegFest 2014, featuring presentations by plant-based nutrition experts including former Detroit Pistons star John Salley, vegan cooking demonstrations and food court with options from local restaurants and bakeries, at the Suburban Collection Showplace.

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FreeCycle…The New “Craigslist” Without a Pricetag!

Have any of you heard of this eco-friendly network?!

FreeCycle Network is a company that is made up of 5,122 groups and connects with 7,187,885 members around the world who are looking to give away stuff (junk or treasures) that they don’t want anymore. It`s an alternative to putting garbage at the end of your driveway only to have it go straight to a landfill. Pretty neat huh!?

Check it out here!