Welcome News on Wireless Washtenaw

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Wireless Washtenaw is almost ready for prime time. And to get you up to speed and ready to log on, CTN Channel 19 will be talking to the movers and shakers behind this county-wide initiative on Conversations beginning Wednesday, April 11th at 10:30 a.m. with daily replays. Check the CTN schedule for full details.

Expedition 15 Launch!

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The launch of Expedition 15, the next crew to the International Space Station, is scheduled to takeoff today at 1:31PM (EDT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. You can watch it live on NASA TV. On board will be the fifth space tourist to be launched into space, Charles Simonyi. He is President, CEO, and co-founder of International Software and worked for Microsoft from 1981 to 2002. While onboard ISS, Simonyi will be performing a series of experiments for the European Space Agency (ESA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Hungarian Space Office.

Climate Change Report

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The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a summary of the Climate Change 2007 report. The report details how climate change will affect every region of the earth. The full 1,572-page report will be available on the IPCC web site.

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.

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