Holiday Meals for Community Members

Hope Clinic, located at 518 Harriet St. in Ypsilanti, will be serving free hot meals from 4-5pm on all of the following days: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Faith in Action and Our Savior Lutheran Church are sponsoring a Community Christmas Day Dinner at 1515 S. Main St. (next door to the McDonald's) in Chelsea. Dinner begins at 1pm and is open to anyone who would like to attend. To get on the headcount list, call 734-475-3305. Salads, desserts, and volunteers needed.

Holiday Reminders You Don't Usually Think Of: When Will They Pick Up My Garbage?

There are checklists for gifts, for meals, for trips, but the one we rarely remember until the bins are full and the tree has more needles on the floor than on the branches is the exciting and much-anticipated Solid Waste Holiday Checklist from the City of Ann Arbor.

Makes you all warm and fuzzy just reading the title. And this year there is something to really knock the socks off the mantle: Single-family Ann Arbor residents can get rewards for holiday recycling by signing up with Recyclebank.

Trash and recycling will not be picked up on Monday, December 26, 2011, or Monday, January 2, 2012, due to holiday observances. Solid waste collections will be delayed one day both weeks and occur Tuesday through Saturday. Undecorated holiday trees may be dropped off—free and 24/7—in the parking lot adjacent to the Drop-Off Station at 2950 E. Ellsworth starting December 15 through January 31, 2012.

Happy Holidays and let's re-use, recycle, and re-gift all year.

Running Through Ann Arbor's History

On a recent run, I found myself at the Island Park trail head to the Cedar Bend Nature Area, across the river from Fuller Park. The parking lot was empty, as were the woods. This was quite the opposite of Nichols Arboretum, where I'd just been. As I explored the roughly ten-foot-wide main trail, along with the steep dirt footpaths cut right into the bluffs, I got the sense that this place was once something quite different. Indeed, that there was a deep history among these old oaks and hairpin turns.

With the guide of two books in the AADL collection -- Pleasant Walks and Drives About Ann Arbor by Judge Noah Cheever, and Riverwalks Ann Arbor by Brenda E. Bentley -- along with the City's parks website, I discovered that my hunch was true.

Cedar Bend is Ann Arbor's oldest park, bought by the (then recently established) Parks Commission in 1905. Cheever describes a grand Boulevard like a "mountain road" that went from (now) Fuller Road to Broadway, which was "a favorite...for students and young people." This Boulevard is now a rutty, densely lined trail, closed to vehicles, that is still quite fun for running and hiking.

Riverwalks and Pleasant Walks describe the then-and-now history of these natural resource gems throughout Ann Arbor, including historic and current maps and photographs. The text from Pleasant Walks is also available to read at the Bentley Historical Library website.

Small Dishes With Chef Brendan McCall of Mani Osteria

Join Chef Brendan McCall of Ann Arbor's Mani Osteria on Thursday, December 8, 2011, 7:00 pm ~ 8:30 pm at the Traverwood Branch and learn the secrets of small dishes that pack big flavor and flair. Whether you're preparing for a holiday crowd or an intimate dinner, Chef Brendan's recipes are designed to make cooking fun and flexible with local, seasonal ingredients. Some of the restaurant's most popular dishes are sure to be showcased.

Mani Osteria is independently owned and family friendly, specializing in artisanal pizzas and other creative Italian dishes prepared in wood-burning ovens. The restaurant shares a passion for keeping things simple...using high quality, often locally sourced ingredients.

The name MANI, means 'hands' or 'hand-made' in Italian. An Osteria is an Italian eatery much like a tavern that emphasizes local ingredients, small production wines, and hospitality.

This event is presented in conjunction with Ann Arbor Cooks (cooks.aadl.org) Ann Arbor District Library's online collection of heirloom recipes and cookbooks from Ann Arbor area organizations.

Election Results for Washtenaw County

Election Results for communities throughout Washtenaw County are available on the Washtenaw County Clerk's website. CitiTV Channel 19 also has results.

City General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011

Tuesday, Nov. 8 is the City General Election and the ballot this year includes:
- City Council candidates in all five wards
- Renewal of the Streets Repair and Resurfacing Millage proposal
- Sidewalk Repair Millage proposal
- Amendment to restructure the Ann Arbor City Employees Retirement Board of Trustees.

Polling place locations, candidates and millage information is available on the city’s Election website.To find out your exact polling location, visit the Michigan Votes online voter information center.

Voter Tips
• Don’t forget to bring your photo ID to vote. Voters who do not have acceptable photo ID will be required to sign an affidavit in order to vote.
• Polling place hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
• The City Clerk’s Office is still accepting applications for absentee ballots. The office is open to the public for absentee ballot requests on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In-person requests for absentee ballots will be accepted at the City Clerk’s Office, 2nd floor of City Hall, until Monday, November 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed on Election Day. Polling places located within schools are open . Signs will be posted at all polling locations to assist voters.
• Washtenaw County election results are televised on Community Television Network’s CitiTV Channel 19 beginning at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011—after the polls close—and will continue throughout the night.

Pumpkins and Prizes and More - Oh, My!

There are two fun Halloween events this Saturday, Oct. 29, in Ann Arbor:

- The Third Annual Halloween Pumpkin Fest at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.

- The Halloween Skate at the Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena.

The Main Street Halloween Treat Parade on Halloween from 11 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. is a favorite with AADL since we get to see the kids all along Main Street and when they come the Halloween Party at the Downtown Library before the Parade at 10:30 a.m. for stories and treats.

The City's Safety Tips will help you keep your Trick-or-Treaters safe on Monday, Oct. 31st. Halloweening will rule in the neighborhoods from 5 p.m. ~ 8 p.m. so be on the lookout for ghosts, goblins and Neutrinos.

Let the Bridge Work Begin - Big Project Next to the Big House

You've been winding your way through the single-lane situation on East Stadium, eagerly anticipating the next phase in the Ann Arbor Bridges project. Well, the wait is almost over. Beginning in November 2011, the Ann Arbor Bridges Reconstruction project will begin.

The Project Update Press Release details, concretely, every phase of the project. Leaving no cone unturned in their effort to keep citizens informed, the city will provide updates on the website throughout the reconstruction.

And speaking of the Big House, Sparty sends his best.

October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month

Among other month-long observations, October is Dyslexia Awareness Month! Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that results in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. You can learn more about dyslexia by visiting the International Dyslexia Association website. A person diagnosed with dyslexia could be eligible for services from the Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled. This would provide them with a Digital Book Player at no charge & access to thousands of books available on digital cartridges. There are also well over 20,000 books and 40 magazines available for download from BARD, the Braille and Audio Reading Download; and many other supplemental services are available too. So that ALL may read!

Washtenaw County Clean Up Day


The Washtenaw County Solid Waste Program and local units of government will be sponsoring an Environmental Clean-up Day for Washtenaw County residents on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Eastern Michigan University's Rynearson Football Stadium. The event is free, but there is a suggested $10 donation per car to help decrease disposal costs and to keep this community collection going.

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