4th Annual Health Hike

The Hamtramck Drug Free Community Coalition and Hamtramck Public Schools will host the fourth annual Hamtramck Health Hike to celebrate healthy living and drug-free lifestyles on Saturday, April 27th, beginning at 9:30am at Keyworth Stadium, 3201 Roosevelt in Hamtramck. Anyone is welcome to join the fun 5K walk or run through the streets of Hamtramck. The Health Hike has been steadily growing in participants and activities over the last three years, and this year we expect one thousand hikers!

Hikers will return to Keyworth Stadium to find volunteers cooking a free health-conscious meal, entertainment, raffle prizes and a health resource fair. Thanks to community funding, we can offer this event completely free for 1000 participants as a service to promote well-being and combat the barrage of unhealthy advertising we see everyday.

Preregistration has closed, but the remaining spots are open for walk-in registration starting at 9:30am at Keyworth Stadium.

Be sure to find us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/hamtramckdrugfree or contact us via email at info@hamtramckdrugfree.org or via phone at 313 733 4535 with any other questions.

Hamtramck Mini World’s Fair

Hamtramck Mini World’s Fair!
Saturday, April 6, 2013
2:00pm – 6:00pm
People’s Community Services, 8625 Joseph Campau Avenue, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Go around the world without leaving Hamtramck!

FREE food and entertainment!

Join us in appreciating the many cultures of Hamtramck!
Together let’s develop a greater spirit of cooperation and friendship between people of different ethnic backgrounds.

Residents and local organizations will display information about their culture or ethnic group, featuring arts & crafts, and be on hand to share and answer questions.

Performances include African drumming, Polish dancing, Bengali fashion show, and more!

Free food samples from around the world and activities for kids!

Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. Hope to see you there!

Questions: contact Christine Sauvé, Southeast Communities Coordinator for Welcoming Michigan, at (734) 845-8696 or send an email to csauve@lsscm.org.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/108729665973920/

Paczki Day schedule 2013

Order your paczki in advance!

New Palace Bakery, 9833 Joseph Campau: Saturday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday Paczki Day, 3 a.m. until out. Hot cross buns available Wednesday, February 14th, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Full list of flavors, including three-flavor combos like “Hamtramck Banana Boat” available on their website. 313-875-1334

New Martha Washington, 10335 Joseph Campau: Open all night, from 5 a.m. Monday February 11th through February 12th until they run out. Shipping available February 6 through February 9. Raspberry, Pineapple, apple, prune, strawberry, apricot, plain sugar, blueberry, boston cream, custard, Bavarian Creme, cherry, lemon, chocolate Bavarian, butter cream, black raspberry. 313-873-1988

Family Donut Shop, 11300 Conant: Sunday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday 4 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday 3 a.m. until they run out. Cherry, sugar, plain, blueberry, raspberry, apple, custard, lemon, strawberry, apricot, prune. 13$ per dozen, $7 1/2 dozen, $1.25 each. 313-368-9214

Detroit Donut, 9101 Joseph Campau: Monday and Tuesday open from 4:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lemon Boston cream, jelly, strawberry, blueberry, apple, chocolate, cream filled, cherry, raspberry, prune, apple cut, custard, apple spice. $9.49 for 1 dozen, $4.99 1/2 dozen, $2.59 for 3, 95 cents each.

Bozek’s Market, 3317 Caniff, 9 flavors, $10.99 per dozen.

Srodek’s: “Monday, February 11th Srodek’s in Hamtramck will be open till 8pm. Beat the lines and get your fresh Paczki! $9.99 a dozen, $5.49 for a half dozen, and $0.99 each! Best prices in town and Delicious Paczki! Tuesday, February 12 we will be open at 6am.”

Polish Market and Stan’s grocery generally have paczki as well, though they did not place advertisements.

Saturday, February 9

PaczKi Day 5K by Tour Detroit, 10 a.m.: Only in Hamtramck, a paczek and a beer will be served to every participant of age. Several local stores will be offering discounts to runners, such as New Dodge Lounge, Whiskey in the Jar, Chiipss, Detroit Threads, Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage, Polish Art Center, Record Graveyard on Caniff, and Amici’s. Race day registration is $35 (cash only). Day-of packet pick-up begins 7 a.m. at the race’s starting line. All runners/walkers who register will receive a t-shirt; colors for paczki flavors, blueberry, apricot, strawberry or chocolate. More than 1000 runners have signed up so far.

Countdown to Paczki Day: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in a heated tent in the Glory parking lot on Joseph Campau at Holbrook, polka music, dancing, and paczki.

Fat Tuesday, February 12

Hamtramck Moose Lodge: Breakfast served from 7 to 11 a.m., $5 donation for the meal, proceeds benefit the Hamtramck Goodfellows. Egg sausage souffle, homemade fresh kielbasa, paczki.

Polish Sea League, 2601 Edwin: open at 9 a.m. for complimentary breakfast and paczki, drink specials, performances by JoTown and DJ Escalade.

New Dodge Lounge: Paczki Palooza 2013, open at 7:00 a.m., performances by Polish Muslims, The Party, Jo-Town, Misty Blues, DJ Blayd, Acoustic After Party w/ Tony Paris, authentic Polish cuisine, paczki, drink specials, Miller Girls, live Broadcast by WRIF, a Men’s Hot Leg Contest that is rumored to begin at around 11 a.m.. Councilman Zwolak is threatening to defend his title as the 2012 winner.

7 Brothers: Open at 8 a.m., “Enjoy paczki in your shots of Jezy! Wear a mardi gras mask! Flirt with strangers! Dance like you’re giving it up for lent!”

PLAV Post 10: Open at 10 a.m., Polish food, drink specials, live bands, DJ Chuck E, and the original Paczki eating contest. Registration starts at 11 a.m.. Contest will start around 12.
1 p.m. Polka Floyd
3 p.m. Danny D
6 p.m. Polish Muslims

Small’s: Open at 10 a.m., $3 Paczki Bombs, food, limited supply of 2013 Paczki Day shirts. No cover.
4-4:45 p.m. East Side Elvis (main)
4:45-5:15 p.m.: Friendship is Rare: a Tenacious D tribute (bar)
5:15-6 p.m.: East Side Elvis (main)
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Polka Floyd (main)
7:30-8 p.m.: Captains of the Head (bar)
8:00-9 p.m.: Polka Floyd (main)

Whiskey in the Jar: Open at 10 a.m., Polish Muslims, Kielbasa Kings, tent behind the bar.

Celina’s: Open at 10 a.m., Club V dancers at 9 p.m.. Free paczki.

Detroit Threads: Fattin’ OUT! Paczki Day Party from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m., Djs, free Paczki.
6 – 8pm Jeffery Woodward :::UKGarage
4:30 – 6pm Matt Clarke :::ACID HOUSE
3 – 4:30pm Nospectacle :::Nospectacle
1:30 – 3pm East Side Jon :::Funk Night
noon -1:30 superjoint :::TheFunkBelow

Detroit Threads Running Team will be starting a group run in front of the store on Joseph Campau at 8 a.m..

Kelly’s: Begin your celebration with Brad at 9 a.m. and try one of their “Power Paczki’s” or “Paczki Punch”.

Tight Fittin’ Jeans: Hosting a Sing-along and serving Mardi Gras Hurricanes. (I think Jeans usually opens around 10 a.m..)

The Belmont: Open at 11 a.m. with Darren behind the bar.

Suzy’s, Head Coach, Baker Streetcar, and Hippo’s will surely be open for locals seeking refuge from the crowds.

El Guapo Fresh Mexican Grille: “We’ll be at the corner of Jos Campau and Belmont with The Mac Shack, Treat Dreams and Beignets from 9am until 6ish. Come out and party with us!”

A Pub Crawl hosted by WRIF’s Jade will start at 3 p.m.. Bars on their crawl schedule include PLAV Post 10, Baker Streetcar, and Polish Sea League.

Shuttle from Royal Oak and Ferndale via The Detroit Bus Company: Buses will be picking up at Gusoline Alley in Royal Oak at 6:00PM and 8:00PM and The Imperial in Ferndale at 6:15PM and 8:15PM and heading straight to Small’s in Hamtramck. Return trips to Royal Oak and Ferndale will depart from Small’s at 7:30PM, 10:00PM and 12:00AM.

Ash Wednesday, February 13

PLAV Post 10: The first fish-fry of the Lenten season, from noon until 7 p.m.. Fresh lake perch, cod, potato pancakes, pierogi, pickerel, shrimp, and combo plates.

Kelly’s: All-You-Can-Eat walleye dinners with coleslaw and fries for $10.99 (dine in only), 6 to 9 p.m..

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival 2012

Saturday, September 1st

South Stage
2:00 The Codgers
3:00 The Codgers
4:00 Hit Society
5:00 The Kickstand Band
6:00 Feelings
7:00 Infinity People
9:00 Melvin Davis and United Sounds

North Stage
1:00 Eric Allen
2:00 Eric Allen
3:30 Johnny Salvage
4:30 Del Brutto
5:30 Bad Indians
6:30 The Sugarcoats
7:30 George Morris
8:30 Phantasmagoria

Sunday, September 2nd

South Stage
2:00 The Color Wheel
3:00 John Bardy
4:00 Danny and the Darleans
5:00 Mike Hurtt & the Haunted Hearts
6:00 Detroit Pleasure Society
7:00 Polish Muslims
8:00 Polish Muslims
9:00 Polish Muslims

North Stage
1:00 nospectable
2:00 nospectable
3:30 Nyte Mirror
4:30 Revoir
5:30 French Method
6:30 Deadbeat Beat
7:30 Mick Bassett
8:30 The Sights

Monday, September 3rd

South Stage
2:00 TBA
3:00 Misty Blues Orchestra
4:00 Misty Blues Orchestra
5:00 Earworms
6:00 Outrageous Cherry
7:00 Deastro
8:00 Invincible
9:00 Dennis Coffey

North Stage
1:00 Parade
2:00 Parade
3:00 Kielbasa Kings
4:00 Kielbasa Kings
5:30 Terrible Twos
6:30 Break Anchor
7:30 Destroy This Place
8:30 Pewter Cub

Taking Back the Streets Benefit

The HCI Citizen’s Patrol is holding a fundraiser at Kelly’s bar this Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.. The $5 cover charge includes food, live music by Marjorie’s Cane, Mullinger, J Bone and Rachel May, and I have on good authority that there are some excellent prizes to be won. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the patrols. (This is an all ages show until 9 p.m..

Read more about the Citizen’s Patrol on their brochure below.

Sponsors needed for Labor Day Festival

via the Hamtramck DDA mailing list:

Good afternoon,
I just wanted to follow up on the email I sent out on May 4 regarding the Labor Day Festival. The DDA and their intern have been busting tail in order to raise enough sponsorship dollars to insure the 2012 Labor Day Festival. I must admit that there has not yet been a great deal of success finding one or more large corporate sponsors. Unfortunately that means we have to try a more grass roots approach as well. It took much longer than I ever would have anticipated but the DDA has set up and been approved for a Kickstarter page. The DDA has not given up on corporate sponsors but while I continue knocking on doors we will do our best to meet our goal through kickstarter contributions. Please visit

if you are interested in contributing to help save the festival. Furthermore, whether or not you have the funds or the inclination to donate, please forward this link to as many people as you can and please add to any and all of your social media. The DDA has a fairly lofty goal and the only way we will meet it is to take full and complete advantage of the Internet and its viral nature (unless one or more of the corporate sponsors steps up.) The DDA will continue to fund raise, seek sponsorships and cost cutting measures in order to save the festival. The DDA is, however, fast approaching the deadline in terms of deciding whether or not they are financially capable of hosting the festival so if you wish to donate please don’t hesitate.
Please do not hesitate to email this address with any comments or suggestions, and please visit the Hamtramck Labor Day Kickstarter page today!!
Thank you for your time,

13th Annual Bangladesh Festival

The North American Bangladeshi Festival by Bangladesh Americans of Michigan 1935 is taking place on Conant this weekend.

If you haven’t been before, this is always a beautiful community event with entertainment by international stars, traditional food, and neighborhood togetherness.

Hamtramck PD and NAACP forum

Saturday, May 19, 2012, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.,

“Hamtramck’s new Chief of Police. Max Garbarino will be welcomed by the community and the NAACP, and will address public concerns including racism, discrimination, crime and safety.”