May is National Bike Month!

What better way to celebrate the return of warm weather than hopping on your bike and going somewhere? May is National Bike Month, so get your tires checked and peddle away!

Not sure where to go? Check out Washtenaw County Bike Rides : A Guide to Road Rides In and Around Ann Arbor for local trips. If you're a bicycle commuter, it's important to keep up with maintenance for those daily treks. Essential Bicycle Maintenance & Repair or The Urban Biking Handbook : The DIY Guide to Building, Rebuilding, Tinkering with, and Repairing Your Bicycle for City Living can help you with that. Looking for something comprehensive, covering maintenance, skill, and rules of the road? Try Effective Cycling. For the serious cyclist, take a look at Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die : Biking Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations.

Commuters, don't forget to get involved with Ann Arbor's getDowntown program!

April is Stress Awareness Month

Frustrated by tax season? Feeling down after the long, cold winter? Coworkers or bosses got your blood boiling? Kids driving you crazy? April is Stress Awareness Month, so take some time to relax and unwind! There are a lot of resources available from the library and the internet to help combat stress. Some folks find that exercise or yoga helps them calm down. Others enjoy digging deeply into a favorite hobby. Others prefer to get away to a tropical beach!

Try some of these books to get you started:

Manage Your Stress : overcoming stress in the modern world
You, Stress Less : the owner's manual for regaining balance in your life
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series

January is Hot Tea Month

Is there anything better than a cup of hot tea on a cold, snowy day? (Besides hot chocolate, that is!) January is Hot Tea Month, so celebrate by brewing up a pot and reading about this perennial favorite drink.

Culinary Tea: More than 150 Recipes Steeped in Tradition from Around the World
Liquid Jade: The Story of Tea from East to West
The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide
Tea Chings: The Tea and Herb Companion

If you're looking for something fun for your little ones to do during vacation or on snow days, how about throwing a tea party? Check out Fancy Nancy Tea Parties or Come to Tea! for tips, games, and menus, and if you feel inspired, throw a tea party for yourself with Victoria, the Essential Tea Companion!

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July 27 Walk On Stilts Day

July 28 Buffalo Soldiers Day

July 29 Lasagna Day

July 30 Cheesecake Day

July 31 Mutt’s Day

August 1 International Clown Week begins

August 2 Isabel Allende turns 70

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July 20 National Lollipop Day

July 21 Hot Dog Day

July 22 Hammock Day

July 23 The Hale-Bopp comet was discovered twelve years ago

July 24 Amelia Earhart Day

July 25 Merry-Go-Round Day

July 26 Mick Jagger’s 69th Birthday

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July 13 National French Fries Day

July 14 Bastille Day

July 15 Cow Appreciation Day

July 16 Corey Feldman turns 41 years old

July 17 Yellow Pig Day

July 18 Mandela Day

July 19 The Great Fire of Rome sparked 1,948 years ago

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July 6 The 77th birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama

July 7 Joan of Arc was acquitted of heresy 25 years after her death on this date 556 years ago

July 8 Video Games Day is today

July 9 Isaac Brock celebrates his 37th birthday

July 10 Silence Day. Shh

July 11 Detroit became a US territory (rather than a British territory) 216 years ago

July 12 Pecan Pie Day

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June 29 DJ Shadow turns 40

June 30 The Congo became an independent country 52 years ago

July 1 International Blondie Month kicks off

July 2 World UFO Day

July 3 Idaho officially became the 43rd state on this date in 1890

July 4 Independence Day

July 5 Bikini day. Flaunt it.

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June 22 Ugliest Dog Day

June 23 Great American Backyard Campout

June 24 International Fairy Day

June 25 George Orwell was born 109 years ago

June 26 Shirley Jackson's chilling short story The Lottery was published in The New Yorker 64 years ago.

June 27 National HIV Testing Day

June 28 The saxophone was patented on this date in 1846- 166 years ago

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