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.

Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints

The exhibition Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints opened without much fanfare this summer at The University of Michigan Museum of Art. Now that the fall semester is in full swing, interesting programs are popping up on the museum calendar.

The 114 works on view by 41 of China's leading contemporary printmakers showcase the extraordinary innovations, both in technique and conception while providing an important framework for understanding both contemporary art from China and contemporary Chinese society.

On Sunday, September 25 @ 2 pm, (Helmut Stern Auditorium) guest curator of the exhibition Xiaobing Tang will present noted printmakers Fang Limin and Zhang Yuanfan in a series of conversations. Both Fang and Zhang are teachers of the China Academy of Art, an important center for innovation in printmaking.

On Wednesday, September 28, @ 5 pm (Multipurpose Room), Chen Limin — one of the youngest artists in the exhibition, and one of only two women printmakers represented — will talk about her work, as well as the challenges and opportunities for women pursuing careers as artists in China today. Born in Hangzhou, China, Chen Limin was educated in China and France, where she now resides.

The exhibition runs through October 23, 2011.

9/11 10th Anniversary Memorial Service by City's First Responders

The City of Ann Arbor Fire and Police Service Personnel will hold a Memorial Service on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, September 11, 2011 from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. on Fifth Ave. in front of Fire Station One and the Justice Center building.

Fire Chief Chuck Hubbard, Police Chief Barnett Jones and Mayor John Hieftje will speak at the service as Ann Arbor pauses to remember and honor those whose lives were lost on 9/11. During the service, Fifth Ave. between Ann St. and Huron St. will be closed to traffic.

Joe Dulin Community Day

Washtenaw County etcs presents Joe Dulin Community Day on Saturday, August 27th from 11am to 2pm at the Key Bank building at 301 W. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti. This event is free and open to the public. Those who attend are invited to enjoy community resource booths, youth activities, delicious food, and entertainment for the entire family. Have fun and learn about our community at the same time!

Focus on Native Americans

The National Library Service added several titles to its Native American collection, which includes works by Native American authors as well as folklore, history, mythology and fiction. Titles are for both younger & adult readers. Many are available in both our aadl and WLBPD collection or in Large Print, too. You can find items tagged as Native American in aadl's catalog. The more items tagged, the more points to score for the Summer Reading Game!

Your City, Your Vote: City Primary Election is Tuesday, Aug. 2nd

On Tuesday, August 2, 2011 Primary Elections will be held in the City of Ann Arbor to determine the Democratic candidate nominations for City Council in Wards two, three and five only. Primary elections are not necessary in the first or fourth Wards so those polling locations will not be open. Remember to bring along your photo identification to receive a ballot. Need more info? Call the City Clerk’s Office at 734.794.6140.

Family Campout at Rolling Hills: Let's Go!

Happy Campers Alert: More fun than a backpack of S'mores on Saturday, August 6, at the Family Campout at Rolling Hills Park. Activities will include:
• Fishing •
• Stargazing •
• Campfire Stories with Debra Christian •
(Award-winning Storyteller)
• S'mores •
• Nature Walks •
• Crafts •
• Free Dinner for Campers •

You can start setting up your tent at 2 p.m. and activities will begin at 5 p.m. Complete information is on the Registration Form.

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