Ann Arbor man creates snow sculptures in his backyard
Ann Arbor resident Mark Lee stands next to his snow sculpture of an owl in his backyard. ANN ARBOR – Mark Lee began creating snow sculptures in his backyard 11 years ago when he and his young son would build snow forts together. An art school graduate, Lee enjoys the challenge of transforming snow into shapes, objects and faces. Snow sculptures in the shape of animals created by Mark Lee in 2021. “I like the impermanent fact of the sculptures that they’re only here for this brief moment.”Snow sculptures Mark Lee created in 2021 in Ann Arbor.
NOW studios gives visitors opportunity to ask questions, explore, experience change and play
Owned by Petals and Bubbles Sandcastle, the studios are a springboard for change and to dismantle unproductive mindsets. That space allowed community members to pay their own price and use the space for anything, from music festivals to moth storytelling. Community members can choose from three price points or pick their own price. NOW studios is a safe space to explore, express and process, and spaces like the downtown Ann Arbor studio seem to work. Community members can tune into NOW programming via live streaming and social media platforms.
Detroit Pistons name Big Sean creative director of innovation
DETROIT – Rapper Big Sean (Sean Michael-Leonard Anderson) has a new job with this hometown NBA team. The Detroit Pistons have named him the organization’s creative director of innovation. Big Sean has added his “Don Life” logo to the Pistons practice jersey. Big Sean's "Don Life" logo on Detroit Pistons practice jerseys. “It’s a dream come true and a real honor to get to work with the iconic Detroit Pistons,” said Big Sean.
How to change up your home decor in under an hour
Today on Live in the D, Local 4 Style Editor Jon Jordan showed us a quick, easy way to change the look of a room. Now, he’s found a way to design the space without making it look like an afterthought. The main feature of Jordan’s project uses curio frames he says you can find in home decorating stores, or for cheap in thrift stores. After an hour, Tati and Jason checked back in to see the finished project. To change up the look of the space, Jordan said you can throw a few plants into the frames, which also serve as handy shelves.
Wayne State student releases short film Nile, a look into Black fatherhood from sons eyes
As a student, shooting a short film during a pandemic is a hard task to take on, but Wayne State Film student Miles Reuben was up for the challenge. Reuben recently released NILE: A Visual Embodiment of a Sonic Experience, which takes a look into Black fatherhood from a sons perspective. The original intent of the film was supposed to be a visual aid to the song and showcase my skills as a director to show diversity, he states. The pandemic not only changed the intent of the film but it also changed the look of it and made it challenging to create. The short film has since been selected by Retrospective of Jupiter, an award winning short film website, and a daily pick by the internationally acclaimed film website, Film Shortage.
‘Focus on the present’ -- New tools to help overwhelmed parents handle back-to-school from home
DETROIT – The COVID-19 pandemic has shown everyone how easy it can be to feel overwhelmed, and that is especially true for parents. We hear so much about self care these days, but what do parents really need to get through this back to school season heading into fall? “One of the things I heard this summer again in preparation for fall was to on focus on the next 20 feet,” Hay said. If I’m having a bad day, then only think about that day. “Sometimes people will say pick one or two activities per child, but I’m really following the take one or two activities per family,” Hay said.
Camp Therapyology -- Social distanced camp in Birmingham helps children, teens with mental health
Lots of children dream of spending their summer away at camp, having fun with their friends, but with all the restrictions this year -- many children feel isolated. She saw a need for teens to get a mental health check-up and created Therapyology, -- it contains all the usual things one expects with a summer camp and more. And we made a TicToc -- which they all love course.The group of campers is made up of a total of eight children and teens ages 12-14. Sometimes, you know, its scary to go to therapy, Bendix said. Were really trying to break down that stigma because this really isnt therapy.
Dearborn father writes book for his children about the COVID-19 outbreak
DEARBORN, Mich. Travis Furlow, a Metro Detroit father of three, wrote a book to help teach his children about whats happening during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ive positioned them as kind of spirit protectors of the planet and Mama is teaching Little One while all the people went inside.Furlow wrote the book in one night. He called it a childrens book for grown-ups. I thought the childrens book format would work really well.The book was inspired by his love for his own children and using words to words to life peoples spirits, both young and old. Proceeds from the book support two Michigan nonprofits that help children and families in need -- the Amity Foundation of Dearborn and Manistee Co. Child Advocacy Center.
Detroit Public Library aims to keep kids reading at home
DETROIT The Detroit Public Library has come up with a fun way to keep children reading this summer and it can all be done from home at a safe distance. We all agree its a summer unlike any other, so the library came up with a challenge to inspire young readers at home. Read more: Kids at HomeWith library buildings closed due to the pandemic, the traditional summer reading programs for children sadly had to be put on hold this year. This is about gesture to really showcase our love of reading in the city of Detroit, said Atiim Funchess. It opens up your mind to ideas you probably havent thought of before.Until Labor Day, the Detroit Public Library is asking readers to log how many minutes you spend reading and share your log with the library.
How to speak to your children about ‘unknowns'
And if parents are feeling stressed, the children probably are too. More than half of all parents in a recent survey said their children are feeling anxious or depressed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trust in the world and trust in our parents,” Rockwell said. “As adults we’re afraid and so how can our children do anything but absorb that feeling and also feel afraid?” Rockwell asked. So we’re exercising this muscle, the brain and we can’t do it without making friends with our brain when we’re very anxious,” Rockwell said.
More than just hand washing -- Teaching your children how to be clean, organized
DETROIT Teaching your children about cleanliness during the COVID-19 pandemic goes beyond proper hand washing. I think its really important for children to have a very organized environment, Weinstein said. Whats really important to you and then help the child learn how to make decisions about whats important to keep and whats important to let go, Weinstein said. RELATED: How to teach your children etiquette, manners while stuck at homeFor teenagers, tweens and even older children who might be home from college, let them take control. You can find more information on Weinsteins business, Ive Gotta Get Organized, Inc., on its official website here.
How to prevent boredom in your children inside at home
DETROIT Weve spent months staying home, staying safe and staying indoors. Those are one of the things that theyll go have their own accord, pull them out and its probably at least a good 30 minutes to an hour of imaginative play acting out all sorts of different things, Jeeyoung said. Another easy idea is to turn your kitchen table into a craft station with whatever you already have around the house. Jeeyoung likes to use a roll of paper -- the bigger the better -- and then add to it. Even with gardening and things like that, but it was even with the bigger boxes, my kids have had a blast.
How to keep your kids active amid COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT With sports on hold, many parents worry about keeping their children active when theyre at home. Local 4 spoke with two teachers who wanted to lend their expertise to all Metro Detroit families. Its creating creating a positive environment for them to still feel safe to be physically active and be goofy and be out of their comfort zone, Hughes said. Thats why they wanted to come up with a way to engage their students and keep them interested in exercise. You can find workout videos, like the ones featured below, on their social media accounts.