Flint Water Festival celebrates its Save the Drama camp launch with help from Microsoft

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FLINT WATER FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE LAUNCH OF SAVE THE DRAMA CAMP
WITH HELP FROM TECH GIANT MICROSOFT

FLINT, MI –  The Flint Water Festival celebrates the launch of its Save the Drama Camp with help from the tech giant Microsoft. Shy Averett, Community Program and Events manager at Microsoft, will continue filming her water-related efforts at the camp hosted by the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village (SBEV) from 11 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. on June 26, 2019.   After campers rehearse for the fourth annual Flint Water Festival, they will receive swag bags and a ton of water courtesy of Microsoft.

Save the Drama Camp is an art therapy program that encourages students to use the creative process of making theatrical art to improve their physical, mental and emotional well-being at SBEV. Kay Smith, founder of the Flint Water Festival and graduate of Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater Institute, created the week-long program to inspire children affected by the water crisis.  This year, Save the Drama campers will have the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship for competing in Hamiltunes Flint. Hamiltunes is the officially licensed sing along to the soundtrack of the award-winning musical "Hamilton."  The campers will also promote water crisis awareness by competing for a $1,000 cash prize in Charity Lip Sync Battle at the Flint Water Festival.

Smith and Maryum Rasool, executive director of SBEV, share a similar vision to make an impact by securing resources to implement a new theater at its historic facility.  For information on how to become a part of this grassroots initiative please e-mail info@flintwaterfestival.com or info@sbev.org.  At SBEV, the mission is to cultivate leadership capacity. They firmly believe that investing in young people is the key to creating compelling and lasting change in the community. To both give youth a voice in their world and transform Flint into a just and equitable city, they nurture leadership skills and inspire students to be active, informed, and relentless agents for their success.

The Flint Water Festival is an annual charity event dedicated to raising funds and awareness to provide safe water for communities affected by the water crisis here and abroad. The festival gives the community free water and a platform for artistic expression to improve the residents’ social and emotional development, in order to mitigate the effects of lead exposure. The event takes place on July 4, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Riverbank Park in Flint’s downtown, cultural and college life districts.

RICH Kids, Inc. is a charitable organization established in Flint, MI that serves as the holding company for Save the Drama, Drippie the water mascot, and the Flint Water Festival which embodies the core tenets of its mission: Fitness, Arts, Tech, and Education. The Internal Revenue Service recognizes RICH Kids, Inc. as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts to RICH Kids, Inc. are tax deductible in the U.S.

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Tony Awards Nominee 'Ain't Too Proud' gives back to Flint Water Festival IV

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Photo courtesy of www.broadwaydirect.com

TONY AWARDS NOMINEE TEMPTATIONS MUSICAL ‘AIN’T TOO PROUD’ GIVES BACK TO
THE FOURTH ANNUAL FLINT WATER FESTIVAL

FLINT, MI – Tony Awards nominee Temptations musical “Ain’t Too Proud” gives back to the fourth annual Flint Water Festival. Even though they will not be able to attend the festivities, there will be a special video presentation, autographed memorabilia, and a pair of show tickets for the charity auction from playwright Dominique Morisseau, the cast and producers of the twelve Tony Awards nominee, “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations.”

The Flint Water Festival is an annual charity event dedicated to raising funds and awareness to provide safe water for communities affected by the water crisis here and abroad. The festival gives the community free water and a platform for artistic expression to improve the residents’ social and emotional development, in order to mitigate the effects of lead exposure. The event takes place on July 4, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Riverbank Park in Flint’s downtown, cultural and college life districts.  This year the festival is hosting two $1,000 competitions: Hamiltunes Flint & Charity Lip Sync Battle.

Hamiltunes, the officially licensed sing along to the soundtrack of the award-winning musical "Hamilton" is set to hit Flint. Assisting students with their educational studies, a $1,000 scholarship will be given to the best singing performance. The band sponsored by the Flint Institute of Music features Roger Jones II a seasoned jazz pianist and Flint native who has worked professionally in Japan, Europe, and Turkey.

Charity Lip Sync Battle offers a $1,000 cash prize to all ages for the most entertaining act, in order to help residents with water bills, food and shelter. Community leaders will perform for the cause including: Isaiah Oliver, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint as Chance the Rapper; Kay Smith, founder of the Flint Water Festival and graduate of Harvard University's American Repertory Theater Institute as Cardi B featuring Drippie the water mascot; and Todd Beard, Microsoft Innovative Educator Leader as Billy Ray Cyrus.

Both Hamiltunes Flint and Charity Lip Sync Battle will be hosted by Tara Wallace of VH1 “Love & Hip Hop: New York,” directed by Detroit Filmmakers Awards nominee, R. Simone, judged by Kelli Crump, associate artist of Flint Repertory Theatre and Brandon Corder of Beats x Beers, and sound by Peter McFray and Alex Kadie. The theatrical students of Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village SAVE THE DRAMA camp, the New McCree Theatre, and the Dancing Diamonds student dance team will undoubtedly excite the crowd. 

The festival is also celebrating the importance of water for animals by adding a petting zoo with pony rides. Kids will receive Drippie backpacks filled with the following: ZeroWater lead-removing tumblers, tickets to the Flint Symphony Orchestra, and Flint Registry educational coloring and activity books sponsored by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. 

RICH Kids, Inc. is a charitable organization established in Flint, MI that serves as the holding company for Drippie the water mascot, and the Flint Water Festival which embodies the core tenets of its mission: Fitness, Arts, Tech, and Education. The Internal Revenue Service recognizes RICH Kids, Inc. as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts to RICH Kids, Inc. are tax deductible in the U.S.

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3rd Annual Flint Water Festival Recap Report

3rd Annual Flint Water Festival RECAP!!!

Special thanks to all of the Families, Performers, Volunteers, Photographers and of course the SPONSORS!!! @safewater4all @ZeroWaterFilter @spartans.msu @nationalcleanwatercollective @wsdarley @mandhfuneral @casaladonicce @SpeedwayStores @HoneywellAero @anypromo @DortFederal @FlintDDA @Amazingtentsandchairs @thenevarenterprise @Z927WDZZ

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World traveler, Chae Michael, takes us to HISPANIOLA! Reminder- Keep our waters safe!

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World traveler, Chae Michael, takes us to Hispaniola!  Reminder- Keep our waters safe!  

Check out his feature in Essence magazine!!!

State says Flint is in violation of Safe Drinking Water Act again

The Flint Water Plant water tower in Flint, Mich.  Carlos Osorio/AP

The Flint Water Plant water tower in Flint, Mich.

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"Water problems remain cloudy in Flint, Michigan.

The state's Department of Environmental Quality says the city once again is violating the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The Michigan DEQ showing serious concerns about the condition of the city's water treatment plant, demanding the state taking action in a letter sent on Monday.

Requiring 14 different fixes ranging from fixing water rates and collections to make sure the water fund stays intact, to hiring someone full time to run the treatment plant, and completing the chemical feed system in the plant to safely treat water." -Drew Moore WEYI

Why Care About Water?

PHOTOGRAPH BY RANDY OLSON, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

PHOTOGRAPH BY RANDY OLSON, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

WHY CARE ABOUT WATER? 

There is the same amount of water on Earth today as there was when the dinosaurs roamed. And just less than one percent of the planet's water is available to meet the daily drinking water, sanitation and food needs of nearly 7 billion people and millions of other species. Learn more about water in all its forms and how you can make a difference. - National Geographic

Legionnaires’ Disease Is Rising At An Alarming Rate In The U.S.

BSIP/UIG VIA GETTY IMAGES  Acute bilateral pneumonia, aka Legionnaires’ disease, is seen on a chest X-ray.

BSIP/UIG VIA GETTY IMAGES

Acute bilateral pneumonia, aka Legionnaires’ disease, is seen on a chest X-ray.

"The waterborne bacterial infection kills 1 in 10 patients who contract it. And fighting outbreaks is a multi-front battle. 

Health officials are increasingly concerned about the continuous uptick of Legionnaires’ disease cases, which have risen steadily since 2000.

While the waterborne bacterial disease is relatively rare ― with 6,238 cases nationwide so far this year ― there has been a 13.6 percent increase in cases since this time last year. That’s nearly double the increase of 7.8 percent from 2015 to 2016 in the same time period." -Lauren Weber | Huffington Post 

Legionnaires' Disease Risk Linked to Certain River Areas in Connecticut

A mill complex on the Farmington River in Collinsville, Connecticut.  Source: Shutterstock.com

A mill complex on the Farmington River in Collinsville, Connecticut.

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"The number of Connecticut cases of Legionnaires’ disease has increased in recent years, and a new Yale University study indicates that people living near the Quinebaug and Naugatuck river watersheds have the highest risk of catching the illness." - Gregory B. Hladky | Hartford Courtant

New Legionnaires' case reported at Illinois Veterans Home

The Illinois Veterans Home confirmed another case of Legionnaires' disease on the Quincy campus this week. | H-W File Photo

The Illinois Veterans Home confirmed another case of Legionnaires' disease on the Quincy campus this week. | H-W File Photo

QUINCY -- The Illinois Veterans Home confirmed another diagnosis of Legionnaires' disease on its campus Tuesday.

The resident was taken to the hospital over the weekend and has since been released.

"We're glad the resident is doing well," said Dave MacDonna, Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs spokesman, "but we're highly concerned. We're following everything the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is telling us to do."

The most recent Legionnaires' case comes after two Illinois Veterans Home residents were diagnosed with the disease last month. One resident died, and the other recovered. - Matt Dutton | Herald-Whig

Case of Legionnaires' disease confirmed in Kansas City metro area

Photo Courtesy of KCTV5.com

Photo Courtesy of KCTV5.com

CLAYCOMO, MO (KCTV) - A case of Legionnaires Disease has been confirmed in the Kansas City metro area and the Clay County Public Health Center is still investigating. 

Family members told KCTV5 the woman has been in a medically induced coma for two weeks and underwent surgery Tuesday at Liberty Hospital. - KCTV5.com 

Disneyland cooling towers shut down after cases of Legionnaires' disease

Photo Credit: Marcus Lindstrom

Photo Credit: Marcus Lindstrom

"The so-called “Happiest Place on Earth” has been less happy in recent days.

Disneyland last week shut down two water-cooling towers after some visitors to the Anaheim, Calif., theme park contracted Legionnaires’ disease.

A dozen cases of the bacterial lung infection were discovered about three weeks ago, the Orange County Health Care Agency said Friday." - Fox News

Denver Water Main Bursts For Second Time This Year

(credit: Kevin Isaacson)

(credit: Kevin Isaacson)

"DENVER (CBS4) – Crews are working to repair a water main break that flooded streets and buildings in Denver’s Lower Highlands neighborhood on Wednesday.

It’s the second time this year the area’s dealt with an overflow of water from the same broken pipe, which was installed in 1889." - CBS

Water main where Cleveland street collapsed was more than 100 years old

FOX 8 News Cleveland - JEN STEER

FOX 8 News Cleveland - JEN STEER

"CLEVELAND-- Aging infrastructure is likely to blame for a sinkhole on Cleveland's east side that swallowed a city vehicle on Thursday." - FOX 8 News Cleveland - Jen Steer

City of Atlanta issues boil water advisory

"City officials have issued a boil water advisory for parts of downtown Atlanta and South Fulton County.  Atlanta Watershed Management said residents in these areas should boil water before using it to cook, drink, or brush teeth. Water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute." -Tiffany McCall, WXIA