A Bog, A Kettle, A Lake

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Washtenaw County Naturalist Extraordinaire Faye Stoner will lead a hike at Park Lyndon South's Lake Genevieve on Sunday, March 11, 2-4 p.m., exploring and explaining kettle lakes, bogs, fens and fauna. Meet Faye at the West Lot and wear boots and pants that can get wet.

Think Spring in Botanical Language

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Two mid-career Michigan artists will dazzle you with luminous images of botanicals at the River Gallery in Chelsea, Michigan, March 3 - March 31st.

Mary Beth Koeze is an award-winning painter who received her degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Kim Kauffman, a technically astute photographer, will present unique photo collages created from multiple scans of original botanical images.(Artist statement).

An artist talk is planned for March 17th at 4 p.m. at the gallery. FREE.

No Worker Left Behind

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Governor Granholm has launched a new website No Worker Left Behind, a one-stop shop for resources to get a new job, learn about hot jobs and career trend and find short-term training and financial help. Check out the Job Seeker Toolkit page with tips on resume writing, cover letters, job interviewing and salary negotiation.

A Local Favorite Place

Whenever we have visitors, we like to take them on a tour of Ann Arbor. Our final stop is usually on campus at one of our favorite sites, the Law Library. It turns out that it is also a favorite of the American Institute of Architects.

In a recent survey the architects named this magnificent library as one of their 150 favorite pieces of American architecture.

While the original building was designed by Edward York and Philip Sawyer and constructed back in the 1920s, there is also a unique addition. Because the Library is so beloved and renowned, the Birkerts addition was created by going underground!

Help Fight Plant Blight

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The Natural Area Preservation is holding a training session on Thursday, March 8, noon-5 p.m. for volunteers interested in assisting with the prescribed ecological burn program. Without prescribed fires, invasive plants gain a competitive edge, threatening the existence of native plants like upland boneset and oval ladies tresses.

Here Come the Sandwich Boards

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The Ann Arbor City Council has approved a pilot project to allow stand-alone sandwich boards within the DDA district beginning April 1, 2007. The Community Standards Unit monitors signs in public right of ways. To contact Community Standards with a comment or complaint you may either call (734) 994-1788, or e-mail CommunityStandards@ci.ann-arbor.mi.us.

Embracing Eatonville at UMMA Off/Site

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There is still time to visit the photography exhibition Embracing Eatonville at the University of Michigan Musuem of Art Off/Site (through March 18th).

Located in Orange County, Florida, Eatonville was the first incorporated African-American community in the nation. Today, it is perhaps best known for its annual showcase of arts, literature and culture that celebrates native daughter Zora Neale Hurston.

The current exhibition "celebrates the spirit and character of Eatonville through the work of contemporary photographers Dawoud Bey, Lonnie Graham, Carrie Mae Weems, and Deborah Willis, each of whom have created a new body of work for this exhibition as they explore the importance of place to individual and collective identity".

Reading in a Magazine about Google's Book Project

Jeffrey Toobin is one of my favorite writers, so I was immediately drawn to his article “Google’s Moon Shot: The Quest for the Universal Library” in the Feb. 5 issue of The New Yorker magazine. You, too, can read about what Google is doing with its book digitization project in Ann Arbor and elsewhere, just by picking up this issue of The New Yorker from one of our libraries -- or read the article at The New Yorker web site.

Go Team Go!

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Let’s put the trees back in Tree Town. Join a Tree Team and help replant trees lost in Ann Arbor due to the emerald ash borer infestation. Volunteers interested in forming a neighborhood or school area Tree Team, please call Global ReLeaf at 800-642-7353 or visit their website to register a team.

Rain Gardens, Green Roofs and Organic Lawn Care

Project Grow has linked up with the Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program for a series of programs. They will be offering classes throughout March on how best to protect our vulnerable local watershed.

The first class on rain gardens and how they can reduce runoff will be on Wednesday March 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Leslie Science Center. Dave Russell will discuss plant and soil selection and other ways to improve our local water quality.

Other classes will be on green roofs and organic lawn care.

No fee is required, but donations are encouraged. Check out the class calendar for the "2007 Gardening For Water Quality Series".

You can also call 734-996-3169 for more information .

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