Saturday, April 3, 2010

News Flashes

VegFest is coming to Ferndale April 18

VegFest -- "one of the country's premier vegetarian events" -- is coming to Ferndale High School on Sunday, April 18 from 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The event is sponsored by VegMichigan -- a non-profit organization promoting awareness of health, environmental, and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet.

According to the VegMichigan website, "Last year, 1,600 people learned how to eat less meat to benefit health, the planet, and all its creatures."

The event will feature speakers Rory Freedman, coauthor of the "Skinny Bitch" book series, and former Detroit Piston John Salley -- a devoted vegan.

There will also be cooking demonstrations, exhibits, and food from local vegetarian-friendly restaurants.

Ferndale High is located at 881 Pinecrest -- west of Woodward, south of Nine Mile Road. Admission is $10 at the door, $5 for students. Tickets can also be preordered at

Rochelle Riley honored with two inspirational awards

from the Detroit Free Press

On Saturday, April 10, Freep columnist Rochelle Riley will receive the Power of a Woman's Voice in the Community Award presented by the Detroit branch of the American Association of University Women. The award recognizes individuals who use their time and talent to draw attention to city-related issues.

Additionally, on May 13, Riley will be the co-recipient of the Mercy Education Project PHD Award. The award recognizes the positive impact, hard work, and dedication involved in achieving professional excellence, serving others, and inspiring women and girls to strive for success.

Paquin reveals her true colors

from the Detroit Free Press

"True Blood" star Anna Paquin, 27, reveals her bisexuality in a public service announcement for True Colors Fund, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality group.

The ad is part of the "Give a damn," campaign to raise awareness of issues such as workplace discrimination, hate crimes, marriage, parenting and health.

Paquin won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. She also became the second youngest winner of the the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1994 for the film, "The Piano."

Feminist research comes to Michigan

from the Associated Press and the Detroit Free Press

Filmmakers Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly are re­cording the oral histories of real-life Rosie the Riveters — women who worked in defense plants and munitions factories during World War II. The two will be in Michigan at the end of April to interview Michigan Rosies. They hope to complete a documentary by spring 2011. More in­formation:

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