Burpee lauches ‘Bee + Butterfly Brigade,’ calls on home gardeners

America’s honey bee pollution is in a precarious state. Declining rapidly for various reasons, including a mysterious condition called Colony Collapse Disorder, the total number of managed honey bee colonies has decreased from 5 million in the 1940s to only 2.5 million today, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Why do bees matter? Because bees, who pollinate plants, are critical to our food supply. To help, W. Atlee Burpee & Co. has initiated a program to motivate home gardeners to plant gardens that will attract honey bees and other pollinators. Burpee has donated 1 million seed packets containing a special selection of seeds designed to grow flowers that are bee and butterfly friendly in all parts of the United States. To learn more about growing a bee-friendly garden, go to

Nora Fleming visits Leon & Lulu

Some chefs believe the best dishes are those made with love. Designer Nora Fleming feels the same way about her serveware. Fleming — who says her products are infused with love, on her website — makes clean, sophisticated serving bowls, trays, vases and platters that can be customized for nearly every occassion with mini ceramic embellishments. From 6-8 p.m. tonight, she’ll be at Clawson’s Leon & Lulu for a special event to meet customers and sign her pieces. Fleming — who spent her summers in southwest Michigan as a child and still has a cottage here — says she looks forward to connecting with her Detroit fans. “My brother and I created these pieces with one goal in mind — bringing joy to every table and every event,” says Fleming, co-founder of the brand, in a press release. “We are so excited to spend time at one of our favorite stores and to meet some of our most beloved fans in Detroit.” Leon & Lulu is at 96 W. 14 Mile. The Nora Fleming event is free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds from sales during the event will benefit the Birmingham Community House. Call (248) 288-3600.

Fifth season of Boston-Edison’s home concert series begins May 2

Detroit’s beloved Historic Boston-Edison District kicks off its fifth season of “The Sounds of Music” Concert Series May 2 with Trio Neo. Trio Neo, a piano and wind ensemble, features flutist Tracy Kash; clarinetist and saxophonist Shannon Ford; and pianist Cindy Ziegelman. It begins at 7:30 p.m., and include food and drinks provided by Chef celebrity Chef Jeff Toney of Chef Toney Private Catering. The setting is a beautiful Boston-Edison home. Tickets are $40 per person, or $35 per concert for those who commit to the entire 2015 season. Ticket must be bought in advance. Go to or mail a check or money order made payable to “Boston Edison Association” to “Sounds Of Music Series,” P.O. Box 02100, Detroit, MI 48202. The 2015 series continues with a summer jazzy party featuring Straight Ahead on Aug. 1 and award-winning vocalist Kathy Kosins on Oct. 17.

Milford hosts Ladies Night Out with discounts, giveaways

Attention, ladies: It’s your night in downtown Milford on Thursday. The city is hosting its biannual Ladies Night Out from 5-9 p.m. downtown with sales, giveaways and complimentary food and drinks. Approximately 35 businesses are participating this time — including fun home decor store Your Nesting Place. Each shopper will be given a Ladies Night Out postcard to collect stamps at participating businesses. Attendees who collect 10 stamps may enter to win one of 40 gift certificates, worth at least $20 each, by dropping the completed postcard off at any participating location. “Each year hundreds of women bring their mothers and daughters, sisters and aunts, and cousins and friends to enjoy an evening of lady luxury together in the Village,” said Wendi Skolnik, Milford Business Association president and owner of Nana’s Niche and Corner, one of the participating businesses. “We’re thrilled to continue this community tradition and bring family and friends together for another successful event.” For information on the Village of Milford’s Ladies Night Out, visit

Grandmont Rosedale hosts 10th Open House

Considering moving to Detroit? You may want to check out Detroit’s Grandmont Rosedale communities. A conglomeration of five communities in northwest Detroit, Grandmont Rosedale will host their 10th annual Neighborhood Open House from 1-5 p.m. May 3. Three listed homes — all fully updated by the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation — will open their doors to potential buyers, as well as several homes to be sold as-is at auction at a later date by the Detroit Land Bank Authority. The houses range in style and price from a three-bedroom center entrance colonial listed for $59,000 to a five-bedroom, four-bath Tudor for $170,000. Visitors are encouraged to register at the North Rosedale Park Community House, 18445 Scarsdale, to get a listing of homes for sale that will be open, meet residents, and get information on financing options. Bus tours, narrated by local residents, will run throughout the afternoon, highlighting some of the featured homes and neighborhood amenities. Wheelhouse Detroit also will offer a bike ride from downtown to the Community House. The Community House is in North Rosedale Park, three blocks west of the Southfield Freeway and four blocks north of Grand River. For information, visit

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