Posts Tagged ‘Capuchin Soup Kitchen’

Good Biking Tips from Gordie Howe’s Son

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Newspaper articles on safe cycling often make experienced cyclists  cringe.

That’s not the case with today’s Free Press article:

As the youngest of Gordie Howe’s sons, I was raised by someone who grew up during the Depression in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where temperatures hover at minus-20 all winter. My dad ate oatmeal three times a day, walked or skated five miles to school, and lived in a two-bedroom house with 11 siblings and no indoor plumbing. Popular toys were rocks and sticks.

So when I decided to begin commuting to work on my bike, my dad wasn’t impressed. He merely said, “Watch out for cars.” Good advice.

In the article Howe notes that the U.S. News and World Report “ranked biking to work the No. 1 way to improve your life in 2009.”  He also mentions donating to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen bike shop, which we noted earlier.

Gleaners Ride on December 13th

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

This time of year, it can be difficult finding a good reason to brave the weather and ride your bike.

Here’s a good reason.

Next Saturday is a ride to benefit the Gleaner’s Food Bank in Detroit.  The ride starts at noon from The Hub (3611 Cass Avenue in Detroit).  We’ll ride around to several local grocery stores and buy non-perishable can goods.  You’ll need to bring about $10 to $15 and a bag to carry the cans.

Last year’s Gleaners ride was a great time despite the rain.

And don’t forget that the nearby Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Earthworks program is looking for donated tools, especially bike tools.  This might be a good opportunity to double your donations.

Donations sought for Community Bike Shop

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

The Earthworks Urban Farm (a program of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen) is starting a community bike shop on Detroit’s lower eastside.  This shop would be where Soup Kitchen guests and community members could build and repair their bikes.

However, they need tools for this shop.

If you have any of the following you wish to donate, please contact Patrick (313.579.2100 Ext. 204.)

  • metric and english box wrenches
  • adjustable crescent wrenches
  • allen wrenches
  • regular and needle nose  pliers
  • screw drivers of various sizes
  • socket wrench sets both metric and english sizes
  • vise grips
  • tire levers
  • cone wrenches
  • chain tools – chain breakers and chain whips
  • freewheel removers
  • spoke wrenches
  • a truing stand
  • clamp for a bike stand

They are also seeking donations to build a work bench:

  • peg board and hooks
  • plywood
  • 2×4’s
  • screws
  • lag bolts (8-10″)
  • rolling casters with locks
  • a level