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There are plenty of ways to warm the hearts of people in need during the holidays, but Higher Ground, a Royal Oak-based nonprofit support group for men living with HIV/AIDS, figured out how to warm the needy within and without.

Donating a blanket to Higher Ground by Dec. 15 will bring men who are not only affected by the virus, but also less fortunate, a little more comfort for Christmas.

Three community organizations are accepting blankets, or monetary donations to help purchase them, and will also assist Higher Ground with distribution. Contact Affirmations in Ferndale (248-398-7105), Macomb Community College (586-445-7000) or Central United Methodist Church in Detroit at (313-965-5422). Get there by the ides, so these good folks have time to give them out.


Kahn and Coleman Live! Want to know what late Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young was like before he became the man that singer Aretha Franklin once dubbed “Your Honery?” How about legendary architect Albert Kahn? What did the man who designed some of Detroit’s most beautiful buildings do when he wasn’t in the studio?

Find out by visiting them at the Detroit Historical Museum this weekend. Actors Dexter Mays (Young) and B.J. Love (Kahn) will portray the two community pillars at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. during two 20-minute performances set to take place in the Museum’s signature exhibit, Streets of Old Detroit. Mays will provide a glimpse of Young, circa 1952, as a 34-year-old former Tuskegee Airman and union organizer, just after his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Love’s portrayal will illustrate a 1928-era Kahn at the height of his career in architectural design.

It’s all directed by Gillian Eaton, co-founder of the interactive educational program Detroit Storyliving. This slice of Detroit history costs five bucks for grown folks, three for seniors and students.

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