A Halloween Treat for a Cause

Want to have fun on Halloween and help a local non-profit organization at the same time? Consider going to the Halloween Benefit for the Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan on October 31st at the Michigan Theater. The concert, held at 7:30pm, will feature MacPodz, Ragbirds, My Dear Disco, Jamie Register & the Glendales and many more.

The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan is one of the many non-profits that helps women and families in our area. Instead of giving out treats on Halloween, give to others and have a great time in the process.

It's all Happenin' on Halloween

Find T Rex and other outrageous costumed creatures when the AADL and the Main Street Area Association partner with a silly storytime and parade on Wednesday, October 31. Come to the Downtown Library at 10:00 am for tales and a costume march around the library. Then head to Main Street at 11:00 a.m. for trick-or-treating. This is a perfect way for the stroller crowd to celebrate.

Cooking Up a Family Cookbook

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Learn how to compile a keepsake cookbook when culinary historian Pat Cornett explains the basics of how to produce a keepsake family cookbook, including researching family stories and recipes on Wednesday November 7, 2007: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room. Pat says the best cookbooks include recollections about when the food was served, what it was like in the kitchen with Grandma, and family photos. So bring your memories and your notepads and get started saving and sharing your family's recipes.

Grab your walking shoes--Art Walk is this weekend!

It’s time for the annual Ann Arbor Art Walk! AADL is participating for the first time—Downtown we’ll be showcasing photographs from the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair: The Original as well as children’s books from the UM Special Collections Library. Malletts Creek is currently displaying photographs from France by Sandy Schopbach.

Art Walk runs Friday, October 19 from 5-9pm (5-10 at most locations; the Library closes at 9pm on weekdays), and Saturday, October 20 from 12-5pm. Stop by the Downtown Library or any participating location to pick up the yearlong guide to local art with a special insert for this weekend’s event and a map to follow while you pound the pavement!

A Home I Can Afford

With the cost of living going up, finding affordable housing is a real challenge. If you are looking for someone to share your home with in order to cut down on expenses, multi-generational living might be the right answer for you. Check out Together Again: A Creative Guide to Successful Multigenerational Living to get some pointers on making this approach work.

Are you are interested in contributing to the decision making process of affordable housing standards in Ann Arbor? Then consider giving input at one of the public meetings being held this month about the Affordable Housing Needs Assessment in Washtenaw County by the Office of Community Development.

TweenSpace: PokeCRAZY!

Spend your afternoon at the PokemonCon enjoying all aspects of the Pokemon craze. Watch Pokemon anime, play the trading card game, and make Pokemon to hang on your wall. Use your creative culinary skills to invent tasty candy sushi. Bring your trading cards if you have them.

Program is for 4th and 5th graders on Tuesday, October 16 at the Pittsfield Branch from 4:30-6 PM.

Comics Workshop for Teens! Today!!

Hey! Want to learn more about comics? Working on a webcomic or graphic novel? Need some help developing your characters and making them more expressive?

Comics artist Jerzy Drozd will be at the Pittsfield Branch at 6:30pm today to teach you how. The focus of the workshop will be exploring, developing, and expressing the inner lives of comics characters in humorous stories.

Smiles and Other Big Mouth Storytime Fun

The Thursday evening Pittsfield storytime will feature How Do You Make a Baby Smile? by Philemon Sturges as well as the old favorite, Monkey Face, and the very silly, noisy Mortimer. Get ready for a roudy last storytime of the session!

AXIS Coffeehouse @ Malletts Creek, Friday, October 12, 6:30-8:00 pm

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Fridays are open mic nights for teens at the AXIS Coffeehouse! Teens are welcome to perform their own work as well as poems/essays/monologues by others. Try reading a favorite poem or essay. Recruit some of your friends, and perform a scene from your favorite book. Or just hang out, sip on a hot drink, and enjoy the company. All teen performers will receive a $5 fine forgiveness coupon. For grades 6-12.

Shrinky Dink Jewelry!

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Create unique and totally custom jewelry using the retro wonderful Shrinky Dinks material! Start big, color, shrink in the oven and you're done! See you at the Malletts Creek Branch on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 7:00-8:30 PM.

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