6th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest

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Celebrate Art Fair with this unique contest! Meet up in the Staff Parking lot of the Downtown Library, Friday, July 18, from 1:00-3:00pm. We'll provide the paint, supplies, canvases and easels and you create your masterpiece. Last year we had paintings of a John Lennon tribute, anime characters, everyday objects, and assorted knock-out designs. The top three winners will receive gift certificates for art supplies in the amounts of $75, $50 and $25. Inspiration can just happen on the spot or you can check out Stencil Graffiti or New Artist's Handbook ahead of time.

Click here to check out Teen artists from Denver or arty inspiration and other links here.

The Play Ground

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Even The Play Ground has to eat some time. OK, let us rephrase that-even TPG's puppy has to eat sometime and these homemade biscuits will bring 2 paws up: Amy Samida, owner of the Naughty Dog Café and Alice Lieberson, owner of Dogma Catmantoo will demonstrate how to mix and bake easy treats for your dogs. Everyone will get a chance to decorate pre-baked treats and will leave with dough or a bag of mix to bake at home. Amy and Alice will also discuss healthy eating for dogs. Those fabulous terriers Izzy, Stuart and Albert cannot attend but people of all ages are invited. Sunday July 13, 2008: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room.

Duct-Tape Do-Over!

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Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join us at the latest of our uber-popular duct tape craft workshops. With all supplies provided be prepared to get creative and join the legions of other fans to create your own projects. We will have a wide assortment of duct tape colors and patterns including the elusive plaid tape. Looking for inspiration before the event? Look no further. We'll see you at the Malletts Creek Branch on Tuesday, July 15 from 6:30-8:30 PM. No need to register for this FREE event - see you there!

Local Car Historian Bob Elton Presents A Brief History of Chrysler Corporation

Monday July 7, 2008: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The story of Chrysler Corporation is an epic story of bold, ambitious men, horrible mismanagement, bad luck, gritty perseverance and the will to never say die.

Local car historian Bob Elton presents a fascinating introduction to this once great auto empire. This lecture holds particular relevance, considering the current economic outlook facing automakers today.

This event is held in conjunction with the Main Street Area Association’s July 11 Rolling Sculpture Car Show and cosponsored by the Main Street Area Association. Mr. Elton is one of the founders of the Rolling Sculpture Car Show. Check that out this Friday to see some amazing automobiles.

What will you do to Celebrate Independence Day this year?

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Come to The Henry Ford July 2-5 at 6pm and celebrate with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra! This year is the 16th annual "Salute to America" at the Henry Ford. Come when the gates open, get a good seat and even enjoy a picnic from home. The evening is then filled with patriotic marches and a tribute to our veterans of all ages. The night ends with the 1812 Overture along with a fireworks show and a real cannon! Check out the website for ticket information and celebrate our independence. Read about Greenfield Village in A home for our heritage : the building and growth of Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum, 1929-1979.

Yoga Storytime

Want to learn some simple yoga poses and enjoy a story or two? Come to Yoga Storytime on Tuesday, July 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the Downtown Library and help us act out fun folktales using your new yoga moves! Check out Yoga Games for Children or Babar's Yoga for Elephants while you're at it.

I Can Make That!

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With only a few craft supplies, put together tiny characters that look like fairies or superheroes.

Wednesday, July 2 | 4:00-6:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch | Grades 6-8 See you there.

Words and rhythmns of Cape Verde

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Experience the rich culture of Cape Verde, a collection of small islands off the coast of Senegal with the sultry voice and music of Mayra Andrade who will be at the Ark this Friday, June 27. Andrade sings in French, Portuguese and her native Creole. Following in the tradition of acclaimed Brazilian singer, Cesaria Evoria, she epitomizes the emergence of new world music.

Library Lego League

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Register now for Library Lego League! Visit any public service desk or call 327-4200 to reserve your spot on one of the four Lego building days: 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, or 8/14.

In teams of four, participants will spend all day, from 10-4 PM, building a robot out of Mindstorms NXT kits in the Downtown Library Multipurpose Room. Teams will face a challenge of the day, where they will have to program their robot to complete a certain task. The top three teams will win prizes, while everyone will leave with a participation ribbon. Pizza will be provided.

Join us at the library for a fun-filled day. Be sure to sign up because space is limited. Check out the L3 Blog to find fellow NXT enthusiasts. See you there!

To brush up on Mindstorms, check out these books: The unofficial LEGO Mindstorms NXT inventor's guide, Building robots with Lego Mindstorms : the ultimate tool for Mindstorms maniacs! and Creative projects with LEGO mindstorms.

Top of the Park

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Have you been to Top of the Park this year? If not, this week is a perfect opportunity to come on down and support the Ann Arbor Summer Festival!

This week's entertainment includes performances from The Dream Engine (Wednesday -Saturday this week only), enchanting aerialist performers that suspend themselves from a larger-than-life helium balloon, wonderful musical performances, and an ecclectic collaboration of movies at dusk for all to enjoy...and it's all for free!!!

You can view the entertainment schedule at the Festival Website.

Top of the Park is located at Ingalls Mall, directly in front of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies on Washington Street near the Burton Memorial Tower.

The Festival runs till July 6th, so come prepared to dance, sing along and have a good time!

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