Welcome Mat: Boston-Edison hosts Summer Jazz Party

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
GreenPal is an app that teams up vetted lawn care providers with people who need their lawn cut.

GreenPal launches lawn app in Detroit

Imagine if cutting your lawn -- or finding someone else to do it -- was as easy as calling an Uber. It can be now with a new app, GreenPal. Already available in 33 other large markets across the country, GreenPal launched earlier this month in Detroit and connects homeowners with lawn care services via their smartphones. Here's how it works: Homeowners can list their lawns with their service date and lawn care needs. Vetted lawn care pros can then bid on their properties based on the Google street and aerial images and any other lawn details the homeowner provides.  Homeowners can then select who they want to work with based on vendor's ratings, reviews, and price. First launched in 2012 in Nashville, co-founder Gene Caballero said he and co-founder Zach Hendrix knew if people were willing to use an app to let a stranger drive them somewhere or let someone stay in their home (Airbnb), that were was also a market for lawn care. For information, go to www.yourgreenpal.com/local/lawn-care-detroit-mi.   

A crowd gathers for a Boston-Edison concert last summer.

Boston-Edison hosts Summer Jazz Party

Talk about a beautiful place for a summer concert: a home in Detroit's lovely Historic Boston-Edison Neighborhood. That'll be the setting of Boston-Edison's Summer Jazz Party on Saturday, featuring the Mike Jellick Trio. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.Tickets are $55, which includes a buffet dinner and drinks. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Go to www.historicbostonedison.org/house-concert-series. The concert location will provided at the time of the ticket sale. 

Pewabic Pottery's Summer Sale is for members only on Aug. 11 and opens to the public on Aug. 12.

Pewabic Pottery's Summer Sale runs Aug. 11-12

Mark your calendars, Pewabic Pottery fans. The historic pottery will offer some great deals at its upcoming Summer Sale Aug. 11-12 with some pieces marked down up to 50 percent off. The sale will feature seconds and overruns, including architectural field tile and handcrafted handcrafted ceramic giftware considered imperfect or in non-standard shapes, sizes and glaze finishes. The sale on August 11, which runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., will be for members only. And then the sale will open to the general public from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on August 12. Pewabic Pottery is at 10125 E. Jefferson.


Artist Cheryl English, owner of Detroit's Black Cat Pottery, says her business is where plants and pottery come together.

Local pottery hosts garden tour 

Detroit's Black Cat Pottery bills itself as place where "plants and pottery meet." Owner Cheryl English is passionate about both, which will come together for Black Cat's upcoming eighth annual Garden Tour on Aug. 18. English will open the grounds of the pottery for tours, which she only does twice a year. "The gardens feature traditional favorites including peonies and irises, clematis varieties (including the two species native to Michigan) and dozens of native plants species, ranging from trees, shrubs and vines to ferns, mosses and wildflowers," said English in an email. She'll also offer garden art, seasonally-appropriate native plants and wired glass vases from Puddingstone. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; it's free and open to the public. Black Cat Pottery is at 3903 Grayton Street in Detroit.