African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County presents 'Focus on the Arts: Authors'

On Sunday, August 26, 2012, join Washtenaw County in a celebration of African American literature.

Guest speakers include local author Karen Simpson, romance author Beverly Jenkins, and children's author Debbie Taylor.

The event will be hosted from 4-6pm at Washtenaw Community College in the Morris Lawrence Building, Room 150, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $20 each/$5 for students.

Local Resource Worth Knowing About!

Have you or a family member ever found yourself in need of a walking cane, shower seat or walker? Ypsilanti's Friends Indeed serves Washtenaw County & maintains several Medical Loan Closet Resources, including one downtown Ann Arbor at Bethlehem United Church of Christ. Lots of equipment is there for the borrowing or to keep long term if you need it. Speaking of helpful resources, check out AADL's databases of Select Sites for Health Information.

Register for English Language Classes

Are you an English Language Learner or use English as a Second Language and want to improve your skills? Appointment times to register for classes in Fall 2012 will be held Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday August 20, 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Ann Arbor Public Schools Adult Education. Classes are free, and begin Friday September 7. Enrollment is done on a first come, first served basis and you don't have to live in the AAPS district to enroll. Click here for more details about the enrollment process.

The Five Year Engagement on DVD

The much talked about and read about film, The Five Year Engagement, contains many scenes filmed last summer around Ann Arbor. The local movie-making created quite a flurry of celebrity sightings of the movie's stars, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, and John Krasinski, and plenty of mid-summer snow scenes on the streets of downtown Ann Arbor.

The romantic comedy features Blunt and Segel as a couple whose engagement is continually delayed as changes happen in their lives. From the producers of The 40 Year Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Knocked Up, this film will have you in stitches, too. Not only was The Five Year Engagement filmed in Ann Arbor, but Ann Arbor is also the setting for the story. True, it’s not the most amazing movie, but it’s funny, and definitely fun to see so many Ann Arbor landmarks on the big screen, especially since the University of Michigan and Zingerman’s play big roles in the couple's lives.

Free Books for the Downloading!

Wanna know where you can have access to TONS of free books? Beside the library, of course. An industrious blogger has put together this mighty fine list of free Audio Books. There are sites for literature, children's lit & lullabies, and a site for downloading classics, to name just a few genres. Perfect for on the go reading and to accrue points for the Summer Reading Game!

Bus riders! TransitTime + has added AATA's The Ride to its app

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority just announced that the award-winning app, TransitTimes + has added Ann Arbor to its list of more than 50 cities that provide details about their transportation modes to this popular app.

Now you can easily locate The Ride's bus schedules, the location of your particular bus and its arrival time, or map out and save a route to a new location.

To see how easy this app is to use, check out TransitTimes' YouTube channel here.

For more information about this app and to see the growing list of U.S. and international cities being added all the time, click here.

Huron River Day!

The City of Ann Arbor is hosting its annual celebration of the beautiful Huron River this week-end. The public is invited to Huron River Day! Haven't been? It's tons of fun! New this year is the TRI the Huron! This Huron River Adventure Triathlon starts by Bike - 4 miles from Gallup to Argo, A Fun/Walk - 2 miles around Argo Pond and Kayak/Canoe - 4 miles down the Huron River from Argo to Gallup. To enter go to this website. Otherwise, come on down to Gallup Park for a canoe ride, a fun craft or a GAMECODE! For more information about Huron River Day call (734) 794-6240.

Last day to register to vote in the August 7th primary

Elections matter and yes, your vote DOES count.

Therefore, just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to register to vote in the primary on Tuesday, August 7th. The City of Ann Arbor has posted all the details here.

Caregiver Burden: The Sandwich Generation

Are you caring for an aging parent? You aren't alone. This monthly series, "Caregiver Conversations" co-sponsored by Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County and Arbor Hospice will address the issues many caregivers face, especially those who are working full time and/or raising their own families. The Sandwich Generation series will explore many of the issues adults deal with in their role as caregiver including finding a balance between caregiving & pleasure, disagreements between siblings & talking to a parent about giving up the car keys or moving. The next meeting, Thursday June 21st, is from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor and is open to the public.

Ann Arbor Book Fest is this weekend: June 22-23

The annual Ann Arbor Book Fest will be held this weekend, June 22nd & 23rd, on the University of Michigan's campus. Visiting authors and poets include Newbery Award Winner Christopher Paul Curtis, Steve Amick, Scott Beal, Adam Mansbach, Kevin Coval, Jeff Kass, and Aaron McCollough - just to name a few!

Events throughout the weekend will consist of everything from workshops to the bookcrawl! For a full list of the weekend's events, visit the Bookfest's website to view the schedule. Enjoy!

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