Random Acts of April Foolishness!

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I really did have the privilege of paper-macheing Obama's beautiful head at the FestiFools studio last week and also designing diaper pins for the gigantic spewing baby! I can't wait to fool around on Main Street next Sunday, April 5th at 4:00 pm., at one my favorite A2 events of the entire year! You can join us at the Downtown Library at 2:30 pm to make wild wands, noisemakers and crazy UFO hats and then parade down William Street to meet up with all the gigantic fools! You can also make kites at Palmer Field from 1-3 pm and then dash to Main Street to show off your freshly made flying art. See you there!!
TEENS! We need you to help work the parade! If you want to be IN the parade, acting foolish, holding puppets and having a great time then register here. Meet us at the Palio parking lot at Main and Williams @ 3PM!

Great concerts this weekend, for free!

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The The University of Michigan School of Music offers some outstanding free concerts. Two are coming up tonight. The first, at 5:15 p.m., at the School of Music's Rehearsal Hall, is by the the Prism Quartet. These U/M alums perform progressive saxophone music. The New York Times calls the group "mellifluous and stylistically versatile." The second concert, at 7 p.m., in the Stamps Auditorium, features Daniel Bernard Roumain, a Haitian-American composer who combines classical influences with funk, rock and hip-hop. He will be joined by U of M faculty and students. Take advantage of this great opportunity to hear some excellent and innovative music.

Dr. Itzchak Weismann Discusses The Naqshbandiyya

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On Monday, March 30, 7 to 8:30pm at the Downtown Library, Dr. Itzchak Weismann, visiting Assistant Professor at Dickinson College, will present an overview of the Naqshbandiyya, one of the most widespread and influential Sufi orders in the Muslim world. This fascinating order is considered by some to be a "sober" order known for its silent dhikr rather than the vocalized forms of dhikr common in other orders.

Axis Coffeehouse This Friday!

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Only 2 more Axis Coffeehouses to go before we go on break! Take this chance to come to the Malletts Creek library branch this Friday, March 27, 6:30 - 8:00 pm and read some poetry or short stories, or to just hang out and enjoy some snacks with friends.

Magic Squares Origami

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See all the things one little piece of paper can become in this hands-on Origami workshop at Malletts Creek Branch on Sunday, March 29, 1 to 2:30. Learn more about the ancient Japanese art of paper folding as instructors from Magic Squares will demonstrate this fine art, and then teach everyone how to create their own beautiful pieces.

An Introduction to Vegetable Gardening

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Spring is here, it's time to garden! Learn the basics of growing your own food at the Traverwood branch this Thursday, March 26, 7 to 8:30pm when Melissa Kesterson from Project Grow visits the library to share her knowledge on topics such as learning how to identify the proper site for a garden, preparing the soil, laying out the garden space and planning your garden for the season.

Italian Festival!

This Sunday, March 29th, we will have a true celebration of Italian culture at the Downtown Library from 2-3:30 pm. All ages are invited to join Francesco Cavallini for lovely mandolin and accordion music. Francesco’s student, the renowned Julian Pavone, or The World’s Youngest Drummer, as he is known throughout the nation, will also be joining us. Silvio’s Organic Pizza will provide a delicious taste and we will get all sticky making venetian carnival masks with feathers, sparkles and glue.

The Detroit Observatory and the Victorian Space Race

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How did the Detroit Observatory come to be? And why is it located in Ann Arbor and not Detroit? On Sunday, March 29, 2 to 3:30pm at the Pittsfield Branch, Karen Wright, Program Coordinator for the University of Michigan Detroit Observatory will discuss how the observatory was the centerpiece of President Henry Philip Tappan's efforts to transform the University of Michigan into one of the first research universities in the United States.

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Did you know that The Detroit Observatory may have been responsible for "launching the U-M on the path to greatness?" Henry Tappan, the first president of the university, thought that an astronomical observatory would help "change the wilderness into fruitful fields." It was finished in 1854 on a site that was then considered "way out in the country." On Sunday, Karen Wight, Project Coordinator of The Detroit Observatory, will bring us back to 19th Century Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. March 29, Pittsfield Branch, 2pm.

Everyone Has To Eat

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Everyone Has To Eat is one of many Open Space Technology (OST) events happening on the UM Campus this week. Local Food Summit members are eager to continue discussing local food matters in Washtenaw County. Everyone Has to Eat "is for anyone interested in discussing a wide range of topics related to local food production, consumption, preservation, sustainability, and justice.” The agenda for the meeting will be set by those participating. Bring ideas, questions, techniques, strategies, and answers. Bring your ears, wisdom, heart and mind for this important dialog.

Tuesday, March 24 | 6:30-10pm | 1024 Dana Bldg School of Natural Resources & Environment UM Central Campus

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