4 things to watch for -- Friday, October 18th

Brandon Roux: Tonight, I’m heading to the Henry Hotel in Dearborn to support one of my colleagues who is so deserving of our support and the attention she will be getting. Rhonda Walker will be inducted into the CATCH Foundation Hall Of Fame for all that she does in our communities. CATCH is Sparky Anderson’s charity that works with both Children’s Hospital of Michigan and The Henry Ford Hospital to help needy children, especially those with special needs who slip through the cracks. Rhonda is part of an impressive list of inductees tonight, and she will be praised for her life’s dedication to the Rhonda Walker Foundation empowering Detroit youth.

This all got me thinking. What a leader, what a mentor, what a role model Rhonda Walker is and should be to all of you boys & girls, men & women out there. She (with the help of many great people) started the Rhonda Walker Foundation (RWF) 16 years ago supporting young women in Detroit’s inner city to get them on a path through high school and into and through college. Everything about it and everyone involved are simply incredible. At the end of every year Rhonda organizes Christmas for the homeless too which I take part in and it’s where I get the greatest spiritual boost of the year. Thank you, Rhonda!

Did you know this summer Rhonda was in Washington DC to receive the first ever Community Change Agent Award at the Motor City Congressional Black Caucus? Yes she did! Again, it was for everything she does throughout the year from hosting events and fundraising for charitable causes to the RWF which really is a year round responsibility. 

Maybe the biggest blessing bestowed upon Rhonda Walker this year (a crazy busy, rewarding year) was getting to marry the love of her life and her best friend, Jason. We are so thrilled for them and jealous of all of the golf they not only play, but play together. Awwww!   I hope you get to see some pictures of Rhonda’s big night at the Henry Hotel on Friday morning’s Local 4 News Today. 

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Here's what's coming up on Friday, October 18, 2019 on Local 4 News Today

All Morning -- Patchy Frost & Weekend Construction

Brandon Roux: We should see more patchy frost around Friday morning as lows in the morning will dip down into the upper 20s for some, and low to mid 30s for most of us. Sunshine will help our daytime highs to reach 55-60°F and the winds are lighter NW/SE 5-10 mph making for a great end to your work and school week, and it only gets warmer and warmer as we go through your weekend.

  • Get the full forecast here

Meantime, construction crews will be busy fixing roads across Metro Detroit. Kim DeGiulio will help us get around the orange barrels.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here

All Morning -- Disney on Ice: Behind-the-Scenes

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Princess Elsa, Ann and more are in Detroit this weekend for Disney on Ice. We will be live inside Little Caesars Arena for a behind-the-scenes look at the big event. We'll also be giving away tickets -- but you have to watch to win.

6:10 a.m. -- Fitness Friday

Getting ready to run the half or full Free Press Marathon this weekend? Or, thinking about training to run a marathon at some point? We've got you covered! Rhonda Walker trains with the running experts and gets advice you need before hitting the pavement. 

6:40 a.m. -- Your Neighborhood

Evrod Cassimy will take us inside a local art gallery where people are coming for free and you can go, too! He'll also show us how they're helping people embrace their creativity on canvas -- including those with Alzheimer's and dalmatia. 



Today's Trivia Retake 

Every weekday morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.

National Days: October 18th

  • National Exascale Day 
  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • National No Beard Day
  • National Mammography Day 

History Highlights: October 18th

  • In 1648, Boston shoemakers were authorized to form a guild to protect their interests; it’s the first American labor organization on record.
  • In 1767, the Mason-Dixon line, the boundary between colonial Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, was set as astronomers Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon completed their survey.
  • In 1898, the American flag was raised in Puerto Rico shortly before Spain formally relinquished control of the island to the U.S.
  • In 2001, CBS News announced that an employee in anchorman Dan Rather’s office had tested positive for skin anthrax.

Celebrity Birthdays: October 18th

Celebrating a birthday Friday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 6 a.m. show.

Here's who you're sharing a birthday with --

  • Actress Dawn Wells (“Gilligan’s Island”) is 81. 
  • Actor Joe Morton is 72. 
  • Actress Pam Dawber is 69. 
  • Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme is 59. 
  • Actor Vincent Spano is 57. 
  • Singer Nonchalant is 46. 
  • Actress Joy Bryant (“Parenthood”) is 45. 
  • Actor Wesley Jonathan is 41.
  • Singer Ne-Yo is 40. 
  • Actress Freida Pinto (“Slumdog Millionaire”) is 35. 
  • Actor Zac Efron is 32. 
  • Actor Tyler Posey is 28. 
  • Actor Toby Regbo (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”) is 28.

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