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Local nonprofits win Project Evergreen award

Project Evergreen, in partnership with Exmark Manufacturing, the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) and the Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE), recently announced the winner of the inaugural “Our Winning Green Space” contest right here in our own backyard: In Memory of Community Garden and the Warrendale Community Organization. These two nonprofit organizations, headed by Joe and Barb Matney, work with the city of Detroit to transform vacant lots into community gardens and “pocket parks.” “We feel very blessed to have won the Project Evergreen ‘Our Winning Green Space’ Contest,” says Barb through a press release. “We look forward to continuing to improve our community and create much needed outdoor gathering spaces for residents to enjoy.” The contest gave municipal parks, recreation and public works departments and nonprofit entities a chance to win a top-of-the-line Exmark Lazer Z X-Series mower package valued at $15,000 and a “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” renovation project for their city. For information, go to projectevergreen.org.

Fly a customized flag at your house

Enhance your outdoor space with a customized flag or doormat from Flagology. Their assortment of seasonal and holiday themes let you rotate your flags year-round and you can create your own or choose one of their styles. Flagology specializes in personalized photo flags that offer a unique way to cherish a memory, remember a special moment or honor a personal hero. Made to order in North Carolina, their quality personalized flags and mats are available for any occasion. For information, go to flagology.com.

Buy at DIY Festival, aid charities that benefit Detroit

The Beverly Elementary DIY Festival returns with more than 90 student artists selling their wares and raising money for local charities. Their artwork, jewelry and handmade goods will be available from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Beverly Elementary, 18305 Beverly Road, Beverly Hills. Clever creations include handmade bath bombs, garden gnomes, wool dryer balls, and travel tic-tac-toe games. A portion of their profits will support Humble Design, a Detroit-based nonprofit that helps families transition out of homeless shelters and the Birthday Party Project, a Texas-based nonprofit with a strong presence in Detroit that hosts monthly birthday parties for homeless children. “The Beverly DIY Festival is a great example of a project based learning-like opportunity that incorporates a variety of skills such as, math computation, innovation, problem-solving, communication and service. It also provides a platform for students to be recognized and valued by their peers in nontraditional ways. The Beverly DIY Festival is a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their entrepreneurial and creative talents!” says Beverly Elementary principal Jamii Hitchcock through a press release.

Kick off the planting season with Northville flower sale

Jump-start your garden with the help of Northville’s 30th Annual Flower Sale, presented by the Dick Scott Automotive Group. Many farmers market growers and greenhouses will be selling ornamental accent plants, perennials, herbs, annuals, shrubs, exotic plants and garden accessories from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 26 and 9-5 May 27. “The Northville flower sale kicks off the season of great events and fun, family times in downtown Northville,” says Lindsey Butzin, chamber events manager in a press release. “Northville residents and businesses look forward to supporting our local growers at this popular event that is always scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.” For information, call (248) 349-7640 or go to northville.org.

Dearborn Symphony Home Tour is Saturday

Tour Dearborn’s historic Highland and Howard Park neighborhoods, a picturesque setting with tree-lined streets and beautifully landscaped lots. Rich in history, with distinctive architecture and interiors, the featured homes have been remodeled, renovated and restored. The tour will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Stop by the Dearborn Country Club, 800 N. Military, to get your tour book and tickets, buy lunch and visit crafters. Tickets for the tour are $20 (day of tour). This event is presented by Friends of the Dearborn Symphony. For information, call (313) 565-2424 or go to dearbornsymphony-friends.org.

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