Friday, November 14, 2014

An appetizing event offered to 'Hunger' fans on Nov. 17

Here’s a snack for “Hunger” fans, who can’t wait for the opening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

Josh Hutcherson stars as “Peeta Mellark’ in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Photo Credit: Murray Close

On Monday, Nov. 17 there will be a series of social media events that will include live chats, Q&A’s, exclusive debuts featuring the cast and filmmakers including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Mahershala Ali and Natalie Dormer, along with director Francis Lawrence and producer, Nina Jacobson.

Woody Harrelson stars as ‘Haymitch Abernathy’. Photo by Murray Close

To join in the fun fans can submit questions on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag: #AskMockinjay.

1 p.m.: REDDIT AMA with Natalie Dormer

2 p.m.: TWITTER Chat with Francis Lawrence

7 p.m.: FACEBOOK Fan Even with the cast of Mockingjay including an exclusive new clip

9 p.m.: YAHOO and TUMBLR Live Stream from the LA Premiere with new footage from the film

Jennifer Lawrence stars as ‘Katniss Everdeen.’ Photo Credit: Murray Close
The film opens on November 21st, and also stars  Elizabeth BanksStanley TucciSam Claflin, and Jena Malone.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

English Gardens’ Ladies Night is good for you and Forgotten Harvest

Operations Manager Jim Miller (RAY SKOWRONEK/THE MACOMB DAILY)
We all have events we look forward to every year, be it a summer fair or winter parade. A favorite among the girls I know who love decorating and shopping — or any excuse to hook up with friends during the week — are the Annual Ladies Night events hosted by English Gardens.

The soirees this year will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Clinton Township and Nov. 14 in Royal Oak.

Activities will include snacking, pampering and holiday decorating. By pampering, I’m sure they mean their staff will be prepared to answer as many questions as you might have. I live in an apartment, but I’ve always wanted to create a Christmas village scene. How can I do that with very little space? What’s the best way to decorate a tree, decorations first, lights last or the other way around?

“As for the holiday inspiration, attendees will have the chance to go to a variety of inspiration stations for ideas on ribbons and bow-making (or) floral and gift gardens,” says Chelsea Hancock, English Gardens marketing assistant.

Guests will also learn about holiday lighting trends. What’s the popular color of the year? Is there anything new? I remember being among the first homeowners in our neighborhood to have icicle lights, thanks to English Gardens. Another station will feature ideas for evergreen porch pots and fairy and miniature gardens. Attendees should know, however, they will not be making decorations to take home — they’ll take home ideas to make their own.

Why the $10 fee?

Because it is not only a fun night for you but 100 percent of the registration fee benefits Forgotten Harvest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to relieving hunger in our communities by donating surplus, prepared and perishable food to emergency food providers.

Here are a few facts just to give you an idea of the impact that this group has had in fighting hunger and waste in Michigan since 1990:
Forgotten Harvest rescued (as they refer to the prepared and perishable food collected by its trucks) 45.5 million pounds of food from more than 450 sources in the area. When it first started out in 1990, they may have only had a few restaurants and caterers who donated to the cause. I remember, shortly after they began, spending part of my day riding along in one of the trucks — which stopped at several bakeries — thinking what a great idea. Apparently a lot of people thought the same, because their sources grew to include grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, dairies, famers, wholesale food distributors and a host of other Health Department-approved locations. All of this donated food — which would otherwise go to waste — is then delivered free of charge to 280 emergency food providers in the Metro Detroit area.

During my ride-along we delivered our load to a shelter for women and children. On average, Forgotten Harvest transports more than 3 million pounds of rescued food each month to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, children’s homes, senior centers and group homes. According to food industry standards, one pound of food equals one meal, so this is the equivalent of 45.5 million meals per year. And it’s not just Macomb County that benefits, but also Wayne and Oakland counties, too.

It’s hard to believe, but the Forgotten Harvest trucks cover 2,000 square miles to feed hungry people.

Ladies Night at English Gardens on Nov. 7 will be held at the Clinton Township store, 44850 Garfield Road. For preregistration call 586-286-6100. English Gardens' Ladies Night, Nov. 14 will be held at its Royal Oak store, 4901 Coolidge Highway. For preregistration call 248-280-9500. Hours for both nights are 6 to 9 p.m. To register online visit EnglishGardens.com.

It's official: Daniel Radcliffe among the new stars to appear in 'Now You See Me 2'

The tricksters are at it again only they've added some players to the deck.

It has been announced that Daniel Radcliffe ("Horns," "Kill Your Darlings,"  "Harry Potter Films,"), Lizzy Caplan (Showtime's "Masters of Sex," the upcoming "The Interview") and Jay Chou (Taiwanese mega-star) will be joining the magicians for their newest show in "Now You See Me 2."

Radcliffe, who is repped by UTA and ARG in the UK and attorney Fred Toczek  will play Walter in Liongate's Now You See Me 2.
Caplan will play Lulu. She is repped by WME, Mosaic and Jackoway, Tyerman, Werthheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum & Morris. 

Jay Chou, who is represented by JVR Music, will play Li.

The threesome will join the ensemble cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine and Dave Franco.

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their mind-bending spectacles, the Four Horsemen resurface in Now You See Me 2 only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet.
Jon Chu (GI JOE: Retaliation) will direct the film from a script by Pete Chiarelli and Ed Solomon. Producers are Bobby Cohen, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

Erik Feig, Co-President of the Motion Picture Group, along with Geoff Shaevitz, President of Production, will oversee the project for Lionsgate.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Children's shoes: A good fit usually makes for happy feet

Metro Creative Services

Shoes might not be a priority during the summer months when children are running barefoot in the sand or pounding the turf in flip flops. But one of the most important purchases a parent will make in the next couple of months are shoes and boots for fall and winter. This is especially true of younger children. To help parents find a good fit the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association has compiled a list of important factors for parents should consider while shopping:

What fit in August may not fit in September. Children’s feet are forever changing. Every few months you may need to reexamine their shoe and sock size.

·      What’s good for one child might not be good for another. Just because one son wore a size 7 shoe at 18 months does not mean his brother can wear the same shoes at his age. Measure the child’s foot and be aware that sharing shoes can spread fungi such as athlete’s foot and nail fungus.

·      Be aware of unusual wear. A child that wears through the heels of their shoes quicker than outgrowing them could indicate a foot problem and should be checked by a podiatrist.

·      Bring the child along when shopping. Trying the shoes on in the store is the best way to tell if it’s a good fit and letting a child have a say in the shoe buying process promotes healthy foot habits down the road, according to the MPMA.

·      No two feet are the same. Since feet are seldom precisely the same it’s a good idea to buy for the larger foot.

       Breaking in a pair of shoes is not the best way to go. The shoe should be comfortable immediately. Also, if a child is likely to be wearing the shoe with tights rather than thick socks that’s what they should use when trying them on.

     Never force a foot into a shoe. If it doesn't fit properly it can aggravate the feet. Measure the child's feet before buying the shoes and watch for signs of irritation around the toes and heel.


To be sure you’re buying a quality pair of shoes the MPMA advises parents to watch out for the following:

       Does it have a stiff heel? When pressing on both sides of the heel it should not collapse.

       Is the toe flexible? According to the MPMA the shoe should bend with your child’s toes but not be too stiff or bend to much in the toe box area.

       Flimsy shoes are not a good idea. If the shoe can be twisted in the middle you might want to reconsider a different style.

       Slip on slippers might be OK but when it comes to proper walking shoes laces or Velcro are best to hold the foot in place.

For more information and to find a local podiatrist, visit Michigan Podiatric Medical Assocation