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Want to get dirty? Urban Farming can help you out. The group, dedicated to creating vegetable gardens on vacant or abandoned lots, is holding three planting events over the weekend. Volunteers can gather this Saturday on the city’s West Side at Collingwood and Cascade streets (between Livernois and Dexter, and Grand River and West Davison avenues) between 10 a.m. and noon.

Sunday, the group will start planting at about 4 p.m. at the State Fairgrounds.

Chairperson Taja Sevelle says that volunteers don’t need to bring anything; seeds and tools will be provided. She says volunteers should wear comfortable clothing, and not mind getting dirty. She also advises hats and sunscreens for work on sunny days.

The group is looking for volunteer partners, Sevelle says. Currently, Urban Farming is seeking church youth groups that can commit to working in the gardens two days a month. Generally, Sevelle says, the group’s got something planned every Saturday, and volunteers can turn up at the lot on Collingwood and Cascade. The group plans to plant between two and 10 acres this year, and hopes to plant 50-75 acres next year. At the end of the season, food will be distributed through community food banks, or hungry folks can just show up at a garden and ask for food.

Call 248-388-4749 for more information.

On June 6, the Detroit Public School system is offering its final Arabic-language workshop for parents. The workshop is titled "Child Development," and will discuss physical, emotional, language and brain development. For further information contact Cathy Saad at

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