Ice Cream Bike: A Sneak Peek at Go! Ice Cream

Monday May 20, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Coming this summer, Go! Ice Cream will start a new mobile business biking adventure in and around Ypsilanti!

Learn a bit about proprietor, Rob Hess, and his adventurous variety of local, hand-made, exotic and unusual ice creams. Learn how to make your own fruit popsicles. You could start your own all-natural popsicle stand and become a frozen dessert mogul too!

Hot New Book Tells How to Get Ahead by Giving

A friend who saw Adam Grant speak recently in Ann Arbor highly recommends his book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. If you missed Grant's visit here, you can read the New York Times magazine article about him or visit the book's website. This graduate of the University of Michigan apparently believes that the way we relate to other people has a lot to do with the success we achieve. From a book description in the AADL catalog: "Using his own cutting-edge research as a professor at Wharton Business School, Adam Grant shows how helping others can lead to greater personal success. He demonstrates how smart givers avoid becoming doormats, and why this kind of success has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities."

TinkerHub Webcast - Backyard Brains

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TinkerHub Webcast: Backyard Brains
TinkerHub is a webcast collaboration between Ann Arbor District Library and All Hands Active, Ann Arbor’s Makerspace. Recorded in Downtown Ann Arbor, TinkerHub webcasts connect learning, technology, and the Ann Arbor community.

In this episode of TinkerHub, Josh and Terence talk to Tim Marzullo about his company Backyard Brains. Co-founded here in Ann Arbor, Backyard Brains helps make tangible how electricity helps control the body, all using inventions that can then be carried around in their pockets! Tune in as Josh watches the messages that he sends to make his muscles twitch.

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Finding Grant Funding For Community Nonprofits

Wednesday March 20, 2013: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Looking to boost your grant-seeking skills for your community nonprofit organization? Join us for this workshop!

Karen Downing, UM Foundations and Grants Librarian, will discuss and demonstrate the various web-based funding databases currently available. Additionally, there will be discussion about matching sponsor and nonprofit priorities, and resources to help with proposal writing.

There is no registration for this event.

Business Side of Youth Basics Training starts February 23

Interested in business and how it works? Thinking about starting your own business? You can learn all about it when a 10-week 40 hour youth entrepreneurship training program gets underway on Saturday, February 23 at EMU’s Rackham Hall, Room 219.

Designed for youth ages 13 to 21, you’ll learn about business, developing a business plan, and job readiness skills. Conducted by B. Side: The Business Side of Youth, a program of Eastern Michigan University’s (EMU) Office of Academic Service-Learning.

An early enrollment discount of only $25 (normal enrollment costs $50) is offered to those who send in their application by Wednesday, February 20th. For more info call 734-487-6570.

Check details and fill out the application. “If you can’t find a job, make a job!”

Google Community Office Hours

Google Ann Arbor is excited to offer Community Office Hours as an opportunity for local small businesses and nonprofits to get their questions related to a variety of Google products answered in person by Google Gurus. If you have technical questions about Google AdWords, Analytics, and Apps, Google Gurus can help. Schedule time with a Google Guru during Community Office Hours and meet a Googler in the lobby at 201 S. Division Street. This is the place for free advice, insight, and friendly, hands-on technical guidance. Google Gurus are available by appointment only so please schedule in advance. Appointments must be scheduled by 5:00 pm the day before office hours.

Small Business Financing Expo

Are you a small business owner with money questions? Join the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center on January 17 from 8:30am-12pm at the Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building for the Small Business Financing Expo. Financing is an area of great importance and mystery for many small business owners. Through a combination of workshops, information tables and individual conversations, small business owners at all stages of development can better understand their financing options. Register now! If you have questions, call 734-477-8762 or email sbtdc@wccnet.edu.

AADL Talks to Argus Employees and Museum Curator

Do you ever wonder what it was like to work for one of the largest employers in Ann Arbor and one of the most prestigious and well-known camera manufacturers in the world?

AADL talked to Art Parker, an avowed “Townie” who spent nearly 20 years with Argus Camera. Art talked about his family’s long history with Argus and the company’s social life that included Christmas parties, teen dances, summer camp, scholarships and profit-sharing.

We also talked with Milt Campbell, Art Dersham and Elwyn Dersham about their years at Argus during its heyday in the 1940s and 50s and the challenging years of the 1960s and 70s as the company’s fortunes declined and Argus left Ann Arbor forever.

Cheryl Chidester, the Argus Museum curator shared the history of the company, its products and innovations, and its role in United States’ victory in World War II. We also learned about the founding of the Argus Museum, its missions in preserving the history and material culture of this early Ann Arbor industry significant to generations in the community.

AADL Talks to Cheryl Chidester, Argus Museum Curator

We would like to thank the Argus Museum, located in the original Argus Building at 535 W. William St. for generously sharing its resources, artifacts, and archival materials in preparing this AADL exhibit on the Argus Camera, Inc.

A special thank you goes to Cheryl Chidester, the Argus Museum curator. In this podcast, she shared the history of the company, its products and innovations, and its role in United States’ victory in World War II. We also learned about the founding of the Argus Museum, its missions in preserving the history and material culture of this early Ann Arbor industry significant to generations in the community.

We can see photos of the Museum and its exhibits as well as samples of the Argus Eye, a monthly newsletter produced by the Argus employees from the Museum’s archive.

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Corner of Main and Liberty to Lose A Landmark

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Several local restaurants have recently joined the ever-expanding list of Ann Arbor's Lost Eateries. Champion House closed suddenly last week, as did Old Country Buffet over the weekend. But I was particularly saddened to hear that the Parthenon Restaurant, which has stood on the corner of Main and Liberty Streets since John and Steve Gavas opened in 1975, will be closing its doors. Later this year Cafe Habana, formerly located on East Washington, will be moving into 226 North Main.

The Parthenon has command of possibly the best-known intersection in town, located on the same corner as Cunningham's Drugs and Mack & Co. a generation earlier.

We found some articles, a photo, and restaurant reviews on the Parthenon in our Ann Arbor News clipping file and have digitized them here for you to savor. While you're at it, you can also read about the Flim Flam Restaurant, which recently closed its doors after 30 years in business. Don't miss the Flim Flam's recipe for their famous eclair!

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