In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (Dec. 13-17)

A location is announced for the Detroit Center of Innovation, two Detroiters are competing in the upcoming season of ‘The Amazing Race,’ the North American International Auto Show is slated to return to Detroit in 2022, and Winter Blast finds a new home in Royal Oak for next year’s event.
The Detroit Center of Innovation will be built in The District Detroit. // Image courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

A location is announced for the Detroit Center of Innovation.

The $250 million research and education center operated by the University of Michigan will be built in The District Detroit in the city’s downtown.

Toys for Tots in metro Detroit are in desperate need of donations.

The nonprofit says it’s short 18,000 toys this year and in need of more donations to support other nonprofits and agencies that help families in need.

A new seafood restaurant opens in Royal Oak.

Pearl’s Deep Dive has opened in the city’s downtown. The Adam Merkel Restaurants group describes its new eatery as “an eclectic 1920’s dinner party vibe.”

The North American International Auto Show is slated for next fall.  

The Detroit Auto Dealers Association hopes to bring back the event Sept. 14-25, 2022. The Michigan state legislature approved a one-time $9 million grant for the show.

Detroiters Natalia Kumar (right) and her father, Arun, will compete on the upcoming season of ‘The Amazing Race.’ // Photo courtesy of Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2020 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

A Ford Motor Co. employee and her dad will compete on The Amazing Race.

Natalia Kumar, a product design lead at the company, and her father, Arun Kumar, are one of 11 teams competing on the new season of the reality show. It premieres Jan. 5.

Michigan lawmakers vote to allow school support staff to serve as substitute teachers.

If the bill is signed into law, staff members including bus drivers and cafeteria workers will only need a high school diploma or equivalency certificate to substitute teach.

The 2021 Knight Arts Challenge winners collectively receive more than $1 million.

Norwest Community Collaborative, Sidewalk Detroit, and CultureSource are among the 14 Detroit artists and art organizations awarded.

Winter Blast finds a new home in Royal Oak.  

The free event will take place Feb. 4-6, 2022 and feature free ice skating, ice-carving demos, live music, a 34-foot high zipline and more.


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