Viva la Vino

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April is Michigan Wine Month and there are events for wine enthusiasts and novices alike: classes, weekend vineyard getaways, wine trails, tastings, festivals. For a complete list of Michigan wine events, wineries, and to preview the new Michigan Wine Country magazine, visit the Michigan Wines web site.

And the Survey Says

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That 90% of Tree Town residents surveyed in 2007 rated Ann Arbor's quality of life excellent or good. Results on safety, city services, priorities and more are available online. You can watch replays of the presentation of the survey on CTN Channel 16 throughout April and May.

Who's Finding It Easy to Be Green in Washtenaw County?

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Where are all the green businesses in Washtenaw County? To answer this question the award-winning staff members at Washtenaw County have developed an online directory.

The 3-R Business Directory is organized by business type and location. It also provides basic info about each listing and its sustainable practices.

If your business or organization is not included and you are interested in being recognized as a good environmental neighbor, visit the Wasteknot Program online or call 734-222-6874.

The War on Coca in Columbia

National Public Radio (NPR) has been working on a five part series about the "forgotten" war on drugs. The latest installment covers how the United States has been spraying defoliant to prevent the growth of coca crops in Columbia. For further reading check out these resources.

Learn to Play the Guitar for Free Online!

Are you interested in learning to play guitar but you don't have the time or money to take lessons? Why not try taking a few video lessons? Several guitar teachers have posted a series of instructional videos on to YouTube. Check out this article on NPR for more information. And if you are interested in further resources check out the library's DVDs and books on learning to play guitar.

Neal Shine Dies

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One of the greats in Michigan journalism died today. Neal Shine started at the Detroit Free Press "as a copyboy in 1950 and by 1995 had carried the titles of reporter, city editor, managing editor, senior managing editor, columnist and publisher." In his 45 years, Mr. Shine stood up for the common man and stood up to those who would take advantage of the common man. His leadership in covering the Detroit riots of 1967 earned the Freep a Pulitzer. Hail to the Irish poet-scribe.

John Himmelfarb, Chicago Artist

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Harvard educated, Chicago artist John Himmelfarb will give an artist talk on Saturday, April 7, 4 p.m. at the River Gallery (120 S. Main Street, Chelsea, Michigan) in conjunction with his one-man show (through May 19th).

Son of Samuel and Eleanor Himmelfarb, both accomplished painters, John Himmelfarb’s work has appeared in numerous galleries nationally and internationally, and has installed public works at such places as Boston Logan Airport and Chicago Transport Authority.

This exhibition will include paintings, drawings, prints, cast bronze sculpture, urns, and a tapestry of a canvas, hand woven in Peru. For more information, contact the Gallery at 734.433.0826.

Poet Chronicles Motherhood

A new volume of poems about motherhood, The Second Child: Poems, is just out from Deborah Garrison and is reviewed this week in The New York Times Book Review. Garrison was born in Ann Arbor, went to Brown University, and worked for 15 years on the editorial staff of The New Yorker. Currently she is an editor for several publishing companies and lives with her husband and three children in northern New Jersey. I admired her earlier poetry collection, A Working Girl Can’t Win, and am eager to read her latest.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Town Hall Meetings

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The City of Ann Arbor invites the public to review and discuss Ann Arbor’s proposed 2007-2008 municipal budget at two upcoming Town Hall Meetings. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4th, at Clague Middle School and Thursday, April 5th, at Slauson Middle School.

Orange Cone Season Returns

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And Paving the Way 2007, MDOT's road repair map, will help you locate major road and bridge projects on state roads. The map covers state trunkline (I, M, and US) routes. Separate Detroit and Grand Rapids maps detail construction projects on state roads in these cities. There is also a regularly updated list of lane closures.

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