Ann Arbor's first Mini Maker Faire: This Saturday!

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Have you heard about Maker Faire? It's an amazing set of festivals started by Dale Dougherty, founder of O'Reilly Media and publisher of Make Magazine. Maker Faire started in the Bay Area as a place that geeks, crafters, tinkerers, machinists, laser dorks, artists, diet coke and mentos performance artists, and more could come together and just see each others stuff for a few days. The idea has spread to Austin, the UK, Africa, and now is coming to Ann Arbor. The first ever Ann Arbor 2009 Mini Maker Faire is this Saturday, August 29th, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds in Saline, from 10 to 5 PM, and it's free for all ages. There will be space balloons, rocket telemetry, robots, a vortex cannon, homemade synthesizers, soldering lessons, screen print your own tshirt, and so on; all kinds of great stuff. This is a great beginning to a major movement, and it will certainly be a great time for all involved. Make time for Maker Faire this Saturday; you won't regret it!

The Challenges of Attention Deficit Disorder discussed by Dr. Richard Linsk

Attention Deficit Disorder (or ADD) is currently a topic of wide discussion, concern and some controversy. There are many questions regarding the nature of the disorder, how it effects children, and what kinds of treatment, medication, and alternative therapies are available.

On Tuesday, August 25th, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room, Dr. Richard Linsk will give a talk addressing ADD and these concerns.

Dr. Richard Linsk, a Board Certified Pediatrician, currently practices in Ann Arbor, focusing on the use of diet and nuitritional supplements, as well as pharmaceuticals for the treatment of various disorders, included ADD, ADHD, allergies, and behavioral problems. Dr. Linsk was a resided at the University of Michigan and practiced in the UM Primary Care Pediatrics on the faculty for ten years.

The Downtown Library is located at 343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI. For more information call 327-4555.

T-shirts for 826michigan

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For one day only, Wednesday, August 26 (8/26, get it?), www.shirt.woot.com is offering a special T-shirt to benefit local nonprofit 826michigan. Created specifically by renowned graphic novelist and cartoonist Chris Ware and featuring the robot from Ware's hugely popular graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, the shirt's design is a closely held secret until release. The shirts cost $10 and every shirt sold on August 26 benefits 826michigan.

826michigan is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center serving 2000 local students at their downtown Ann Arbor location as well as at numerous classrooms, community centers and elsewhere. Their free programs are based on the understanding that writing is important for every child and that one-on-one attention is key to building academic skills and confidence in the classroom and beyond.

Walks with Brenda Bentley

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Plan to join Riverwalks Ann Arbor author Brenda Bentley for educational walks around the city this fall. On Thursdays Sept. 3 and Sept. 17, she will lead “Citywalk” a vigorous one-hour exercise loop over varied terrain, starting at 10 a.m. outside Washtenaw County's Meri Lou Murray Recreaction Center on Washtenaw Avenue. Or try a “Riverwalk,” a vigorous one-hour (or longer) hike and history tour from high ground, down to the river, and back by a different route, on Saturdays Sept. 5 and Sept. 19. On Sept. 5, the walk starts at 3 p.m. at the base of Burton Tower (Ingalls Mall), and on Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. at the base of Lurie Tower (North Campus Commons). Walks cost $10 and group size is limited. Register by email bbentley@citywalks.us. More information, 945-9804.

Academy Award-Nominated Documentary About Hurricane Katrina: 'Trouble The Water'

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On the eve of Hurricane Katrina’s fourth anniversary, we will hold a special screening of Trouble The Water at the Downtown Library on Friday, August 28, 7pm. The film seamlessly integrates home movie footage with archival news segments and cinéma vérité footage to document a journey of remarkable people surviving not only failed levees, bungling bureaucrats and armed soldiers, but also their own past. The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for this year’s Oscar for Best Documentary.

The 4th Annual LEGO Contest Winners are In!

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Another summer, another LEGO contest and good times were had by all! This year we had 155 entries and over 300 people attended the Awards Ceremony! The top three winners in each of the five age categories (Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6-8 & 9-12) received gift certificates to Toys R Us and medals. Special thanks to our hardworking judges: Eli Neiburger, AADL Associate Director of IT and Product Development, Eric Klooster, AADL IT Application Developer and finally Langel Bookbinder, Founder and Proprietor of battleofthebits.org. The judges needed every second of their three hours of deliberation to make the hard decisions this year!

Congratulations to all of our winners! And see you next year!

Click read more to see all of this year's winners.

Parkour & Freerunning : The Art of Movement

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Parkour is the art of moving through your environment using only your body and the surroundings to propel yourself. On Saturday, August 15, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center located at 2960 Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor, Mike Metze, leader of the UM Parkour Club, will discuss the sport and then offer a live demonstration with Parkour experts at the adjacent County Farm Park! This event is geared to adults and teens (grades 6 and up).

Adventures in Movement Moved to Downtown Library

Due to the unexpected maintenance situation at the Traverwood Branch, the Mon., Aug. 10 youth program 'Adventures in Movement' will be relocated to the Downtown Library. The event will be held 2-3 PM, and is for Grades K-3.

Craft @ Malletts Creek Branch - Color Gardens

COLOR GARDENS is a Simple Summer Craft For Kids 2-10 years, with their family Assistants. Supplies and Guidance will be available at Malletts Creek Branch on Monday August 10 from 10-11:30 am. We will use colorful tissue paper, and apply to the sticky side of Contact Paper, to create a colorful "garden-type" landscape picture.

Take a hike@ Furstenberg Nature Area

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Join us for a nature walk with the City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation staff. View native plants and trees, and learn about the ecological restoration going on at this site. Meet in the parking lot off Fuller Road, across from Huron High School.

Thursday, August 13 | 7:00-8:30 PM | All Ages

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