Local Briefs 4-10

Hometown Hustle registration open for 5K and Fun Run

Registration is now open for the eighth annual Hometown Hustle. The 5K race and Fun Run/Walk takes place May 11. The route sends runners through Rochester neighborhoods and over the Paint Creek and Clinton River Trails in Rochester Municipal Park. Families of five sign up for $50, while individuals pay $20 or $10 K-12 for students. Registration is available at www.rochester.k12.mi.us/pages/95810/hometown-hustle-2013 or www.runmichigan.com

M-53 closed at 34 mile 

Michigan highway M-53 is now closed from Ebeling to 34 Mile Road, as construction begins between 34 Mile and Bordman in Bruce Township. Utility work will be done, in addition to adding turn signals. The project will cost $15 million and will reconstruct four miles of the highway. Traffic will be detoured during the duration of the construction.

Caribou Coffee to close April 14

With 168 locations closing, Caribou Coffee at 1416 Walton Blvd. will be among other coffee shops going out of business April 14 at noon. It is not yet decided whether the 3224 Walton location will be closed, but Caribou is looking to leave Michigan completely. Around 80 are being closed that day, and 88 will be converted to Peet’s coffee.

Pint-sized heroes blood education program to be hosted in Rochester   

Baldwin Elementary’s Girl Scout Troop #42513 will be hosting a blood drive and education program April 26, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. to help them earn a project badge. The event will be held at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church. It will educate children about blood donation and the American Red Cross. For more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org and use the code “stphillip”

Dog Days of Spring Programs at Edsel & Eleanor Ford’s House

Dog-inspired photography exhibits and programs will be hosted at Edsel & Eleanor Ford’s House in Grosse Pointe Shores, April 6-22. Events include dog walks near the lake in addition to dog food cooking lessons. Dog-inspired events have been hosted at the house since 1978. The Nature of Dogs Exhibit photography features photos of 175 different breeds, while Dog Days of Spring includes but is not limited to Sunday Walks at Ford House, Canine Cuisine: Healthy Treats for your best friend, Bring Out the Good in Your Dog, Pewabic Pooches, Banfield Presents: Dental Hygiene for your dog and Adopt-a-Pet Day among the schedule. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.fordhouse.org

Child Abuse Awareness Month Wristbands to be sold

In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Big Family of Michigan is selling blue wristbands to raise awareness. The organization works to improve lives for at-risk children. The $3 wristbands read “Child Abuse Awareness.” All proceeds go to Big Family’s Love Pack Program. For more information, email [email protected] or visit www.bigfamilyofmichigan.org  

36th Annual Leader Dog Spring Carnival hosted by Lion’s Club

The Rochester Lion’s Club is hosting the 36th annual Leader Dog Spring Carnival from May 2 to 12 in the Kmart parking lot at Avon and Rochester roads. Proceeds go to Leader Dogs for the Blind. A variety of rides are available, including an LED-lit ferris wheel. The event runs Monday-Thursday 4-10:30 p.m, Friday 4-11 p.m., Saturday Noon-11 p.m. and Sunday 1-11 p.m. For more information about the organization, visit www.leaderdog.org

Inkster women named oldest living American 

Jeralean Talley, 113, of Inkster was recently named oldest living American. She is the third oldest living person in America, according to the Gerontology Research Group. Talley drinks black coffee with a little sugar each morning, doesn’t eat cheese and thinks people should live by “treat others the way you want to be treated,” according to an article in USA Today. Born in Georgia, Talley moved to Michigan in 1935. She has lived three centuries and is declared a supercentenarian. Scientists said her long life is due to genes, rather than lifestyle or diet, according to USA Today.

– Compiled by Stephanie Sokol

Local Editor