Take a hike @ Lakewood Nature Area

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Join us for a botanical walk at this lovely 7-acre park on the west side of town. Your guide will be one of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation staff members. Hike up and down the hills blanketed by oak-hickory woodlands; enjoy views of streams and ravines cutting through the park. Bring your camera and take a photo to submit in the Natural Area Preservation’s 4th Annual Photo Contest.

Meet in the parking lot of Lakewood School, 344 Gralake, rain or shine.

Thursday, June 18 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Lakewood Nature Area | All Ages

Baby Bits - Books and Play

BABY PLAY GROUPS will return to all Branches AGAIN, the week of June 22!
Books for Babies and Toddlers often include playing a game. Counting, finding, touching, and learning are all fun games. Here are a few examples in Board Book format.
Counting Cockatoos
I Spy Little Bunnies
My Very First Book Of Shapes
Pat The Bunny
Do them once. Do them again!
Now you are a part of the FUN game.
AGAIN!

It's Lego and Manga Contest Time Again! Contest Guidelines Released!

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If it's summer it must be time for our annual Lego and Manga Contests! Use the summer to focus your creativity and maybe you will win! In order to enter either contest participants must read and follow the rules and guidelines. Children and teens aged preschool to 12th grade are invited to enter the 4th Annual Lego Contest. This year the Lego contest award ceremony will take place at Weber's Inn (3050 Jackson Ave) on Monday, August 10 @ 8:00 PM. For complete submission guidelines and the talent release form click here. Top finishers will receive gift certificates to Toys R Us, and we'll have medals for winners of the special categories!

It's our 3rd Annual Manga Drawing Contest for grades K-12. The award ceremony will be on Monday, July 27 @ 7:00 PM in the Downtown Youth Room. For complete submission guidelines and the talent release form click here. Top finishers will receive gift certificates for Wizzywig Collectibles!

Glue & Go Costumes for Kids: Super-Duper Designs with Everyday Materials

Summer is a good time to get creative. How about getting a headstart on your Halloween costume? Especially if that means you'll have the best costume ever!

Ann Arbor Summer Festival June 12 – July 5

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Summer Festival is back! Are you ready? Is Ann Arbor ready? I hope so! This event is a staple or this city and a great way to get into the groove of summer and have some (mostly free) outdoor fun. There’s free music and movies at Top of the Park, comedy acts and live music, special events, and plenty of stuff for the kids. There is too much going to mention everything, so be sure to check out the event’s website for all the important details on events and locations. Even with these cold temps, Summer is on its way!

A Great Day in Harlem - A Great Moment in Jazz

The 1958 Art Kane photo of 57 great jazz musicians in Esquire Magazine said much about the vibrancy of jazz in New York City. An academy award winning documentary with the same title appeared in 1994, and now AADL is happy to present early jazz researcher Stuart Johnson at the Downtown Library on Sat., June 13, 2-3:30 pm to make this photo come alive once again. Stu will tell stories about the musicians and play some of their best recordings. The musicians in A Great Day in Harlem play dixieland, stride, swing and more modern styles, so join us to relive this historic convergence in one of America’s truly great art forms.

The Play Ground

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It is almost summer and we were hoping to get some swimming in, but alas, we cannot go in the pool when it is 50 degrees out. So we are walking and running and going to pilates. A good stretch routine can make a difference in preventing injury. Andrew Phelka is a personal trainer and will demonstrate techniques for gaining flexibility and rehabilitating muscle injuries. Malletts Creek Branch, Thursday, June 11, 7:00pm.

The Ditty Bops perform at The Ark

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Ever genre-defying, The Ditty Bops, will play at The Ark this Friday, June 12 at 8pm. Their quirky, and often interactive, performances tend to be pretty playful and include skits, slideshows, puppet shows, and costumes. The Los Angeles duo’s music has been described as a mixture of blues, western swing, folk, ragtime, bluegrass, and musical theater, with sweet vocal harmonies. For a sampling check out their snappy self titled debut album, as well as Moon Over the Freeway.

Need more Education or Training?

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Washtenaw County etcs is hosting and Educational Fair on Monday, June 8 from 1pm to 3pm at the Michigan Works! Service Center in Ypsilanti. The attending schools will be University of Phoenix, International Truck Driving School, Washtenaw Community College, and Cleary University. AFLAC will also be attending as a featured employer.

AADL.ORG/JUNE

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WOW June is crazy at AADL. We have got a mindblowing lineup of events to get your summer started right... especially if you're into Mecha, Marv, MAKE, Mario, Marth, M. Bison, Muggles, Mustin or MC Frontalot. Plus tons of other stuff too. Read more for our featured events and check something out this June @aadl!

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