The Shrine Circus is coming to Town

What a great way to bust the winter blues ……. The Shrine Circus!

 The great tradition of the Detroit Shrine Circus continues!  It’s unlike any show on earth. European circus meets a great American tradition that began in Detroit: The Moslem Shrine Circus. And it wouldn’t be a great circus without the Wallendas. The Shrine Circus comes to the Hazel Park Raceway from Thursday, March 27-Sunday, March 30, with three shows most days.

 

This year’s performance welcomes the Return of the Great Wallendas, Award Winning Nerger Tigers and Zerbini sword-balancing, juggling… and the Famous Shrine Clowns

Shrine Circus Tight Rope Walker

Rick Wallenda, eldest grandson of Karl Wallenda, returns with “The World Famous Wallendas.” Wallenda will present a contemporary group of high wire walkers. As the patriarch of the Wallenda family, Wallenda leads this troupe, while introducing young talent into the family tradition.

New at this year’s Shrine circus is Jeurgen and Judit Nerger’s tigers. They have over 30 years of experience working with tigers and bears in Europe, honing their craft under the great animal trainers of Germany, Austria, Poland, and Face. They’ve appeared for many years in the German State Circus.

Shrine Circus Tiger

Robert and Gabriella Zerbini return to the Shrine Circus this year with a new act showcasing sword balancing and juggling. Gabriella, a native of Mexico, won the gold medal at the International Circus Competition in Mexico City for her trapeze artistry.

Shrine Circus Juggler

Also new this year is the Dragomir troupe, established in Bucharest, Romania. This high-flying teeterboard group of eight acrobats feature two gymnasts who are catapulted over five feet in the air. Their show also includes a perch pole act. 

Erika Zerbini, a favorite of the Shrine Circus, returns with her Liberty Horse and Elephant act. Zerbini is known for her compassion for her animals, and her grace in leading them in performance.

Keeping it all together and on time is Richard Curtis, a favorite of Detroit audiences. A decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corps, who served in the Persian Gulf War, Curtis is one of the most sought-after ringmasters in North America. Not only is he host for the performance, he is also the performance director and prop boss.

Shrine Circus - Richard Curtis

In addition to the main attraction, the circus will feature rides on circus animals and a petting zoo.

 Tickets start at $6. For show times and ticket information, visit  https://www.detroitshrinecircustickets.com/Attractions.ashx

The Moslem Shrine Circus was the first circus sponsored by the Shrine organization, beginning in 1903 in Detroit. It has been a tradition since then, including some of the greatest circus performers in history, including the Great Wallendas, who performed the seven-member high wire pyramid, which collapsed during the 1962 Detroit circus.

The Butterflies Are Coming!

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I don’t know a single person who isn’t ready for spring this year!  Snow, snow, go away bring us a nice warm day.  There is a way to get a bit of a jump start on the season.  You can visit one of the butterfly exhibits around the State – some are already in progress while a few are coming up. 

 Michigan Science Center in Detroit

  Over at the MichiganScienceCenter you can walk among the live butterflies in the Wish Upon a Butterfly exhibit.  The exhibit runs from January 11, 2014 through June 15, 2014. Who knows, they may even land on your finger.  While you’re there you can catch The Flight of the Butterflies IMAX® movie.  Cost of the event is as follows:

Only: $3/person + general admission
Exhibit + IMAX®: $5/person + general admission

For information please visit: http://www.mi-sci.org/exhibits-shows/traveling-exhibitions/

 

Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids

 The annual Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition at Meijer Gardens is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. From March 1, 2014 through April 30, 2014 guests can experience tropical butterflies from around the world flying freely in the Tropical Conservatory For complete information please visit:  http://www.meijergardens.org/discover/

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Michigan State University in East Lansing

 Visit the “Butterflies in the Garden” exhibit from March 17, 2014 through April 30, 2014.

 In the Indoor 4-H Children’s Garden! Visitors will be able to:

  • Witness the flight of a Zebra Longwing,
  • Find eggs hidden on host plants in the garden,
  • Look at larva munching on leaves,
  • And hopefully watch an adult emerges from its’ chrysalis!

 

For further information please visit: http://4hgarden.cowplex.com/Butterflies/
The Dow Gardens in Midland

 Stop by the “Butterflies in Bloom” exhibit at the DownGardens in Midland.

 The exhibit features thousands of brightly colored butterflies from around the world – they can be found flying around the tropical conservatory. 

 More information can be found here: http://www.dowgardens.org/#!butterflies-/cjgd

 

COMCAST: New Xfinity Offerings for Sochi Olympics

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The Winter Olympic Games represent a time when nations come together to celebrate the world’s top athletes and witness amazing feats of speed, endurance and skill. In 2010, 190 million Americans watched the Vancouver Winter Olympics on their TVs and this year’s Games promise to bring even more excitement. Tonight I was able to enjoy the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi! What was even more amazing, was that I could watch it with my adorable, curious 6 year old daughter who wanted to know where every country was on the map, who was that, why are they dressed like that, and so on! Very exciting to experience it with my family, but also with Xfinity! 

One thing that is completely new and improved this time around is Comcast’s Xfinity. Together with NBCUniversal, Comcast’s Xfinity TV is bringing you more ways than ever to enjoy all the action. No matter how, when or where you watch your favorite sports, events or athletes, Xfinity TV will ensure you experience Every Minute. Every Medal. On Every Screen. Those of you who are already subscribing PLEASE read this important information to explain all the fabulous ways you can view the Olympics! My parents are subscribers, and I was able to view all the options that are now available! I found it very helpful, when heading to On Demand, there were specific, easy-to-follow  instructions  to guide you along your journey! I know it sounds silly, but my parents didn’t even have an idea of all that they had access to. So glad, I was here to help!

Those of you that are not subscribers, PLEASE read everything you would be able to see if you were. I was amazed, while I sat during Comcast’s informative presentation about a week ago.  I think after you see all they have to offer, you will too! The best part, if you subscribe, TODAY, you would have access to everything described here almost instantly….

The feature that makes these Games truly unique for Xfinity subscribers is that, for the first time, Comcast will make the NBC Sports Live Extra app, with over 1,000 hours of live streaming coverage, accessible on the TV via our cloud-based X1 platform. This anytime, anywhere coverage of the Games, initially only accessible on tablets and mobile devices, will be made available on biggest screen in the house. In addition, they’ve updated their X1 Sports companion app for the Sochi Games for those who want additional information and control while watching Olympics coverage on the networks of NBCU, including the ability to tune to live and On Demand content and even the NBC Sports Live Extra app. These are both examples of how we can embrace a moment in history, like the Winter Games, when all eyes are on the television, to showcase the new and innovative entertainment experiences they’ve been developing and delivering to their customers.

They will be featuring Bob Costas again for Sochi with daily updates and highlights from the night’s biggest and best events. They will also, for the first time, be adding two special segments with the Today Show hosts, showing a different side of the Sochi Olympic Games.  They have enhanced the sign-in experience by adding Facebook Connect. Now, both in-home automatic sign-in and Facebook Connect are standards for Xfinity customers. 

  • Instant On Demand: In select markets, they’ll make NBC’s primetime coverage available on Xfinity On Demand immediately after it starts, giving customers who may be getting home during the show the opportunity to catch all the action from the beginning.
  • SEEiT: The Sochi Games will be the first SEEiT Olympics, offering Xfinity TV customers the ability to select viewing options directly from conversations about the Sochi Games on Twitter, including tuning to the primetime broadcast or setting it to record.
  • Immediate Credentials: They are giving new Xfinity TV Digital Starter and above customers the opportunity to get credentials immediately so they can start viewing Olympics content online and on mobile devices before any equipment is installed and set-up in their home. Also, existing customers who upgrade to an eligible tier – usually Digital Starter or higher – will get immediate access to their new channels on live TV, online, on mobile devices and On Demand
  • Also, in celebration of the Sochi Games, Xfinity they will open up free WiFi hotspots for all in high-traffic public locations, which will make connecting to NBC Sports Live Extra app even easier. NBC Sports Live Extra and NBCOlympics.com/LiveExtra are home to all streaming content and will be available to verified Xfinity customers.

So when you look at our Olympics experience in totality – the On Demand choices, the cross-platform tools, X1, SEEiT and WiFI – they’ve built and delivered a comprehensive Olympics experience for their Xfinity customers unlike any other. Hopefully, no matter what you enjoy the Games!!!

To learn about the Xfinity Olympic viewing experience, visit comcastcorporation.com/sochi.

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Monster Jam – NEW DISCOUNT OFFER!

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Beat the cabin fever from all this snow and see Monster Jam this weekend with this great NEW offer: 

Tickets are $15 with code ‘MJ15’

Not valid on Front Row or Gold Circle

Code expires on Friday, Jan.10

Additional Fees may apply

 

Hurry, get your tickets! You know the kids will love it! How about a fun coloring sheet on this cold day!?

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AT&T U-verse Santa Tracker

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With Christmas ONLY 1 week away, my 6 year old daughter is literally going crazy! All she talks about is Santa, her Elf on the Shelf – Noddy, and what she wants or who she is buying gifts for! We have many traditions in our home. Noddy, our Elf comes on Thanksgiving to report to Santa daily. We always receive new jammies on Christmas Eve so, Santa sees us all neat & clean with our new jammies on. Another tradition is watching the AT&T U-verse Santa Tracker app! The AT&T U-verse Santa Tracker App allows families to play holiday games, listen to holiday songs on “Rudolph Radio,” and track Santa’s sleigh as he travels the globe. Available on channel 98 in English and Spanish NOW. My 6 year old has been tuned in since she was 3 years old! It is so much fun to see the look on her face, at midnight, on Christmas Eve night, when the tv announces that Santa has arrived in Detroit! She freaks out in excitement, then falls asleep! 

PLEASE  watch the video below to learn more about THE SANTA TRACKER APP!!

  

I would highly recommend tuning in with your children of ALL ages. There are numerous activities you can participate in. On Christmas Eve, each hour, a live news report comes on. The reporters show on the map where Santa is, what is he doing, and where he will be next. I find this so fascinating, not to mention educational. The only issue my daughter and I both have is that we can not record it! Seems funny, but it is so exciting to hear your area announced!

To see my daughter’s short, but sweet interview pertaining to the Santa Tracker, please watch this video!

 

As a side note, I wanted to mention a few other great channels that AT&T U-verse has. 

•    Karaoke TV App – With the Karaoke TV App on channel 96, you can choose your favorite holiday song. 
•    Yule Log – Set the perfect holiday mood at home with the U-verse Yule Log. Available on SD (channel 400) and on the HD Showcase Channel (channel 1400).

I must admit, we have lots of fun with the Karaoke TV app and found the Yule Log very relaxing. My daughter, who has tons of energy was like, ‘Mommy, what are we watching??? I want to sing and see Santa!!!” KIDS!! 

We have been AT&T U-verse subscribers since 2008. We have been very pleased! So, pleased that my parents have switched their cable provider too. Not to mention, our cell phone service and wireless is through AT&T. That Santa Tracker just gives us 1 more reason why we choose to stick with them! I hope you take the time to watch! You won’t be sorry! Hope you all end up on the good list, NOT the naughty one! Merry Christmas!

 

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Discount + Giveaway to Monster Jam 2014

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That’s right, it’s almost time for Monster Jam®, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks!

The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will be back at Ford Field this coming January 11, 2014 to bring you to your feet as they race and rip up a custom-designed track full of obstacles they’ll soar over or smash through!  Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. 

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Detroit Mommies is pleased to offer our readers not only an exclusive discount on tickets, but a chance to win 4 tickets to Monster Jam! 

EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS: Save $5 on tickets to select performances with code ‘MOM5′. Valid on the $25 and $20 price levels only. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Discount NOT valid on Pit Passes. Must purchase via Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. Limit 8 tickets per order.

PARTY IN THE PITS: Show up early to Ford Field and party with the drivers and monster trucks from 2-5 PM. Meet the drivers, get autographs! Pit Party tickets are $10 each and can be purchased along with your show tickets on ticketmaster.com or on the day of the event at the Ford Field Box Office.

Follow Monster Jam on Facebook and Monster Jam on Twitter for more fun and updates on the show!

Enter for your chance to win a fun-filled night of rip-roarin’ fun! Don’t forget the ear plugs! 

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Holiday Ice Cream Cake Line-Up. **Giveaway** Baskin Robbins Gift Card

Baskin Robbins Snowman Cake

Yes it may be cold outside, but that doesn’t stop us from loving ice cream in the winter time. These adorable ice cream cakes from Baskin Robbins would be a great way to make your holiday celebration extra special! The cakes serve 6-8 people and retail from $26.99 to $29.99. There is also an individual size snowman treat.

The cakes are customizable – you select the flavor of ice cream. December’s flavor of the month is Peppermint Bark in the Dark. 

Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops announced the launch of online cake ordering for guests in the Detroit area, making it even easier to customize and order the brand’s delicious ice cream cakes. Guests can now visit www.baskinrobbins.com/onlineordering to browse through Baskin-Robbins’ gallery of creative and eye-catching ice cream cakes, perfect for any party or celebration, and can create their own customizable cake by choosing their favorite ice cream and cake flavor combination. 

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Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Cake

Candy Cane Cottage

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Elf

Baskin Robbins Elf Ice Cream Cake

You can find more information on the Baskin Robbins Website or follow Baskin Robbins on Facebook

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Rochester’s Hometown Christmas Parade

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If you’re looking for something to get you in the mood for Christmas, this is the ticket.    This years parade is scheduled for Sunday, December 8, 2013.  The start time is 2:00.  Hopefully there will be good weather this year.  Make sure you stay till the end of the parade to catch Santa and Mrs. Claus!

The parade starts at the north end (starts at Tienken) of town and goes down Main Street.   Also remember to arrive early as most of the surrounding streets are closed to traffic. 

 For up to the minute details follow along on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rochester-Hometown-Christmas-Parade/94157473193

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Fun Local Events of the Season – 2013

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It’s that time of year where there are many fun festive events going on around the area.  Here is a list of a few of our favorites:

 

Light the Village – 12th annual tree lighting ceremony at the Village of Rochester Hills – November 22nd!  That’s tomorrow!!  The festivities begin at 5:30.  More information can be found on their website:  http://thevorh.com/blog/36-events/219-light-the-village-2013

 

 

Big Bright Lights – Downtown Rochester lit up to the maximum beginning December 2nd and runs through January 5,2014. You can also plan on attending Lagniappe on the evening of December 2nd – the lights of 2013 make their debut around 7:00 pm.  For more information please visit:  https://www.downtownrochestermi.com/events/big-bright-light-show/

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38th Annual Potters Market  -  The event is held at 876 Horace Brown Drive, Madison Heights, MI  48067. This location is off 13 Mile Road between John R and Stephenson Highway. Shop this huge pottery sale for one of a kind gifts or holiday pottery items.  Admission is free!  The sale dates are Friday December 6 (10:00 am until 8:00 pm), Saturday December 7th (10:00 am until 6:00 pm) and Sunday December 8th (10:00 am until 5:00 pm).  No Strollers. For more information please visit: http://www.thepottersmarket.com/index.html

 

 

Santa Visit and the Old Fashioned Christmas at Van Hoosen Farms in Rochester Hills.  Santa is scheduled to visit on December 7th and tickets are priced between $4- $7 dollars. The Old Fashioned Christmas event is scheduled for December 21, 2013 – ticket prices vary ($4 to $10).  To purchase tickets please visit:  http://rochesterhills.org/index.aspx?NID=511

 

 Holiday Parade 2012

Hometown Christmas Parade – Sunday December 8, 2013, 1:45 pm.  Come out and line the streets of downtown Rochester.  For up to the minute details follow along on facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rochester-Hometown-Christmas-Parade/94157473193

 

 

The Incredible Nutcracker presented by 2nd Street Studio of Dance on December 14th at 7:00 pm.  This event is being held at Stoney Creek High School.  Tickets run from $10-$12.  For more information email info@2ndstreetdance.com

 

 

The Historic Boston Edison Holiday Home Tour – one of my all time favorite events!  This years date is December 15th.  Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased in advance (they sell-out).  Come out and enjoy five fabulous homes in the historic Boston Edison District of Detroit all decked out for the holidays!  http://www.historicbostonedison.org/tour.shtml

 

 

Story Time with Santa and his Live Reindeer at the Nature Center at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester.   The event is scheduled for December 15, 2013 and reservations are limited and required. Forms can be found on the website:  http://www.DinosaurHillFriends.org or at the Nature Center Office (located at 333 North Hill Circle). The cost is $7 per child.

 

 

 

 

It’s Official! Star Wars Episode VII to Open

Star Wars Episode VIIThe following information was just posted on StarWars.com:

Star Wars: Episode VII to Open December 18, 2015 

With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek)and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost ArkThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolJack RyanStar Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (TintinWar of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.

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