Funds OK’d to install canopies over courts
The Wayne County Commission voted unanimously June 4 to commit $20,000 of Wayne County Parks millage money to help install two 10-foot-by-40-foot canopies over the bocce ball courts at Woodhaven’s Civic Center Park.
The city will pay for the remainder of the $33,335 project and will install the canopies. The Woodhaven City Council previously had unanimously approved the intergovernmental agreement.
The courts are a popular part of the city’s 71-acre flagship park, which is along Hall and West roads. They’re close to the seniors’ wing of the Community Center, so they’re easily accessible.
The canopies will allow seniors — and anyone else who wants to play — to enjoy the sport in comfort without being under the hot sun.
Since 2011, $110,600 of Wayne County Parks millage money has been dedicated to improvements at Civic Center Park.
City preparing for its fifth annual Uncle Sam Jam
Caption: Carnival rides, games and live music head the lengthy list of activities planned at the Uncle Sam Jam this month.
The city of Woodhaven announced the fifth annual Uncle Sam Jam has become part of the Downriver Communities’ Independence Day Holiday Celebration. This event is held Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12, and will take place in Civic Center Park in the City of Woodhaven, near 1-75 and West Road.
The Uncle Sam Jam brings family fun to Woodhaven with Friday night fireworks at 10 p.m., carnival rides and games, interactive displays and attractions, petting zoo and camel rides, and free concerts all weekend long. There is no admission charge to the event. Festival hours are 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday and noon-11 p.m. Sunday.
Bret Michaels, who first gained fame as the lead vocalist for the 1980s metal band Poison, is headlining Saturday night at the festival. The band is most well known for its hits “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” and “Nothin’ But A Good Time.”
Michaels also was the winning contestant on NBC’s reality show, “Celebrity Apprentice,” in 2010, and starred in the hit VH1 reality show, “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels,” and its sequels, which inspired his solo album, “Rock My World.”
Earlier this month, Michaels announced his new upcoming solo album title “True Grit.” The album will feature 21 new and classic hits.
Adding to the list of the mega star lineup is Larry Lee and Back in the Day, featuring former Detroit Lion, Larry Lee. After transitioning from the football field to become vice president of the Detroit Lions until 2001, he decided to focus on his passion of music.
The band also features former members from several groups including The Temptations, The Four Tops and The Spinners. Larry Lee and The Back in the Day Band will be performing on July 9.
Four alternative rock/pop punk bands who are currently touring the country are making a stop at the Uncle Sam Jam on July 10. The foursome includes Everclear, American Hi-Fi, Fuel and Toadies.
Everclear found success in the 1990s with its albums including “Sparkle and Fade,” “So Much For The Afterglow” and “Songs from an American Movie Vol: Learning How To Smile.” The band recently announced the release of a new album this spring titled “Black is the New Black.”
American Hi-Fi, an American pop punk band, released its debut album in 2001, which led to their hit single “Flavor of the Weak.”
The group has a close relationship with Miley Cyrus, whose band shares two of the same members as American Hi-Fi.
An American post-grunge band, Fuel, well known for its hit songs, “Shimmer,” “Hemorrhage (In My Hands) and “Bad Day,” also will be taking the stage Friday night.
Wrapping up the evening will be Toadies, who have been performing alternative rock hits for over two decades.
Scheduled to perform on July 12, the last night of the Uncle Sam Jam, will be Fifty Amp Fuse. The group is an international cover band favorite for festivals and private events. Fifty Amp Fuse will be performing six decades of American and British pop/rock hits.
VIP tickets for the headlining shows at the Uncle Sam Jam are $25. Check the website for the most up to date schedule of band times and information www.Uncle- SamJamFest.com.
Revved up at Rodgers
Caption: The seventh annual Rodgers Chevrolet Camaro Show attracted just shy of 200 Camaros for the event held in May. Participants come from Canada, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. Registration and food were free and more than 1,300 hot dogs were served this year. The dealership also provided a bounce house and face painting for the kids, DJ music and trophies for each generation of the muscle car. The group also arranged a bake sale, silent auction, and 50/50, which raised more than $5,500 for “The Wounded Warrior Project” this year. Rodgers Chevrolet is located at 23755 Allen Road in Woodhaven. They can be found online at www.rodgerschevrolet.com.