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Junie B Jones at Detroit City Theatre (March 23 and 24)

I can't help but get a smile on my face when I think of Junie B. Jones.  I just loved this book series as a little girl and still enjoy it today through the lens of students at school.  It won't be long and my daughter will be reading the Junie B. Jones series of books.  Now you can see Junie B. Jones on stage at the City Theatre in Detroit on March 23 and 24th. 

Junie B. Jones, a musical based on the books by Barbara Park, will make an appearance at the City Theatre in The District Detroit for five performances on Saturday, March 23 through Sunday, March 24.

Tickets ($25 general admission) are on sale now and can be purchased at 313Presents.com, Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box office and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Discounts are available for groups of 8 or more by calling (313) 471-3099.

Outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament, and other various first-grade angst-ridden situations. Follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.”

This new musical is based on four volumes in Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones series of books, illustrated by Denise Brunkus and published by Random House: Junie B, First Grader (at Last!); Junie B, Boss of Lunch; Junie B, One-Man Band; and Top-Secret Personal Beeswax: A Journal by Junie B (and Me!).

Junie B. Jones is a musical by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich (The Broadway-bound musical based on the film Ever After, Dear Edwina, Taylor the Latte Boy) based on the best-selling books by Barbara Park. The production was originally directed by Peter Flynn (TheaterWorksUSA’s Nate the Great, Henry and Mudge, Artistic Director of Hangar Theatre) and choreographed by Devanand Janki (Off-Broadway: Zanna Don’t, Cupid & Psyche). The scenic design is by Luke Hegel-Cantarella (TheaterWorksUSA’s Corduroy), and the costumes are by Lora LaVon. This 60-minute musical is recommended for audiences age 5 and up. The show was nominated in 2006 for the Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Choreography.

After a brief New York City-area tour in spring 2004, Junie B. Jones premiered Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in July 2004, and is now one of TheaterWorksUSA’s most popular productions. Junie B. Jones began its national tour in fall 2004, and a second national touring company began touring in spring 2005. The show returned for engagements at the Lortel Theatre in November 2005 and March 2008. Junie B. Jones is able, as are all TheaterWorksUSA productions, to play a wide range of venues, from large Broadway-sized performing arts centers in major metropolitan areas to elementary school cafeterias in small towns.

Performance Schedule:Saturday, March 23         11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.Sunday, March 24            11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

About 313 Presents
Headquartered in the heart of The District Detroit, 313 Presents is a joint venture between Olympia Entertainment and Palace Sports & Entertainment, offering fans, artists, booking agents and touring attractions an unmatched platform of premier entertainment destinations.  313 Presents is responsible for delivering unforgettable fan experiences via best in class booking, production, accounting, marketing and public relations services for world-class entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions at Little Caesars Arena, Fox Theatre, Comerica Park, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre and Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill. 313 Presents also manages booking, marketing and production of events for City Theatre.

Valentine's Day Party at Goldfish Swim School Rochester

Valentine's Day is  one of my favorite days of the year.  Pink and red heart shaped cookies, sweet treats, and beautiful flowers make this cold winter day cheerful and bright.  

How are you spending Valentine's Day? This year I am so excited to have the opportunity to partner with Goldfish Swim School for a fun Valentine's Day playdate.  All your family needs to bring is your swimsuit and towel.  The event is FREE and sure to fill your child's heart with laughter and fun! We will enjoy a fun craft, treats, and splashing in the pool! 

I hope to see you there!  

Date And Time

Thursday, February 14, 2019
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 


Goldfish Swim School - Rochester
550 South Street
Rochester, MI 48307

Kids eat FREE within Metro Detroit Area

Once a week we enjoy dining out.  It provides us the opportunity to forget about cooking and no dirty dishes!  I spend most of my time in our kitchen when at home.  Some days I never leave the kitchen!  At least that's how it feels.  So it's wonderful to dine out once in awhile.

When it comes to choosing a restaurant to eat at, I usually lean towards s cuisine that I can't make myself at home.  Thai food and sushi are two great examples.  I simply can't top that at home.  But I also look for places that are kid friendly.  Many establishments have a "kids eat free" day and this makes for a great way to save a little money when eating out.  Plus it's safe to say it's "kid friendly".

Below is a list of places that are currently offering "kids eat free" meals on certain days.  Please note that this may change as establishments make adjustments to their menu and promotions.  I'd advise calling ahead to confirm their "kids eat free" promotion is still available.

This is a list that I will continue to work on, make changes, and add restaurants as we learn of more places.  Please comment and share with us any other places where kids eat free and I will add it to our list.  Thank you for your help!

Here is a list of places where kids eat FREE!

Avery's Tavern- Rochester Hills
Bar Louie-Rochester
Penny Black- Rochester Hills
Mike's Pizza Bar-Detroit 

MOD Pizza-Rochester

Loccinos Bar and Restaurant- Troy 

Kid Nights and Specials

Art & Jakes- Shelby Twp on 23 Mile
-Tuesday Night 5:30-7:30 kids meals 50% off, free icecream, and a character visit or balloon artist. 

Kerby's Koney (Various Locations)
-Wednesdays kid meals $2.99

PAW Patrol Live! Fox Theatre Detroit February 28-March 3

No job is too big, no pup is too small! Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue,” an action-packed, music-filled production, presented by Pedigree. The heroic pups from the top-rated animated preschool series PAW Patrol, produced by Spin Master Entertainment, will visit the Fox Theatre for seven performances from Thursday, February 28 to Sunday, March 3, 2019.
Tickets (starting at $20) are on sale now and can be purchased at 313Presents.com, the Fox Theatre and Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box offices and and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Prices are subject to change. Additional fees and special offers may apply. A limited number of V.I.P. (Very Important Pup) Packages are available, starting at $120. Package features premium show seating, a commemorative lanyard, and an after-show Meet & Greet with PAW Patrol Live! walk-around characters.
For more information or to join the Tail Mail mailing list for presale and other exclusive offers, visit www.pawpatrollive.com. Follow PAW Patrol Live! on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @pawpatrollive, and the hashtag #pawpatrollive. *Citi is the official credit card of the PAW Patrol Live! tours. Citi cardholders can visit www.CitiPrivatePass.com for more information on presale tickets.
It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line.

The show includes two acts and an intermission and engages audiences with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the PAW Patrol characters to life on stage with their vehicles and pup packs. The performance features up-tempo music and a cleverly written script that is a wonderful introduction to live theater for kids. Classic theatrical scenery, along with a high-tech video wall, visually transports families to an authentic PAW Patrol environment, including locations from the TV series, like Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi's farm and Jake's Mountain. Special interactive video allows the audience to participate via interviews, solve clues with the Pups, follow Mayor Goodway and much more. 

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, February 28    6 p.m.
Friday, March 1                 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 2            10 a.m., 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 3               10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

My Quest for Good Coffee and I Need your Help

I remember my first coffee pot in my little duplex apartment while attending college.  It probably cost me $10 at Walmart and I bought the cheapest coffee I could find.  Keep in mind, I didn't even drink coffee, and when I made a pot...it was nothing to boast about.  I had no clue on how to portion the water to the grounds so it was common to be watered down. 

Then came the day that I suffered through a cup of black coffee to make a long drive to the city.  By the time I made my way through that strong cup of coffee, I was wide awake!  And as you can imagine...I went back for more the next time I had to make that long drive and before I knew it, I was a black coffee lover!

I've traveled many different paths along my coffee loving journey.  There were the days when I visited the Tim Hortons drive through daily on my way to work and then came the days when K-cups were a thing.  No more slow drip drop coffee! The Keurig made a single cup of coffee in seconds. It wasn't long until that got expensive and my love for the planet convinced me I needed to stop.  Now if I see a Starbucks drive through, I may cut you off to get in line! 

Currently we grind our coffee beans, pack the grounds in a reusable K-cup adapter, and through our Cuisinart Keurig it goes.  But the truth be told...it's not really good coffee and I want GOOD coffee.  Plus I must mention...this process is messy!  All that grinding and packing has my counter covered in coffee grounds! Something has to change and I don't even mind if it means going back to the drip drop method of using a simple coffee pot if it means I'm sipping on good coffee. 

It is time for me to find a new method for making coffee. No more mediocre coffee!  I need your help.

  What do you use to brew coffee?  

Please comment below and share.  

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