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.

Independence Day: Fireworks, Parades, and BTW, Delayed Trash Pickup

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The fun starts at 7 p.m. on July 3rd at Hudson Mills Metropark with a concert by Big Pinky and the Joint Effort Band. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. Come early because the Park entrance gate will close to incoming traffic at 9 pm.

The 21st annual Ann Arbor Jaycees Parade will kick-off at 10 a.m. on the 4th of July at State and William. Don't forget to take the kids down early for the Bike Decorating Contest.

There will be no trash, recycling, or compost trucks on the roads on Independence Day, Monday, July 4th. Solid waste routes will be collected one day later throughout the week, with the normal Monday routes serviced on Tuesday and the Friday collection areas picked up on Saturday, July 9. Ann Arbor City Hall offices, the 15th District Court in the Justice Center, the Wheeler Service Center, and other city locations will be closed on the holiday Monday.

Movin' On Back to City Hall

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On Monday, June 27, the City of Ann Arbor Customer Service Center will be open for business at 8 a.m. in its new permanent location on the first floor of City Hall, located at 301 E. Huron Street.

Customer Service Center services include:
• Payment processing for water bills, parking tickets, property taxes, and solid waste;
• Routes city calls and requests and provides general city information to walk-in customers; and
• This unit also is responsible for water utility meter reading, installation, repair, billing, backflow prevention inspections and certifications.

The Customer Service Center phone number will not change, which is (734) 794-6320.

Top of the Park 2011!

Looking for something to do this summer?

Top of the Park kicked off this past Friday June 17th. Bands play every evening and movies show Sunday through Thursdays at dusk (10 pm), with the exception of Mondays. TOP will again be officially closed on Mondays i.e. no events/movies/music will take place on Monday evenings. Some of the movies featured this year include: Top Gun, How to Train Your Dragon, Inception, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Back to the Future, Footloose, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Phantom of the Opera Silent Film with Carillon Accompaniment & Guest Soprano.

Tomorrow's entertainment includes: Rock the Mall, a Teen Music Competition and the film The Social Network. This summer's TOP also includes wacky acrobatic troop Strange Fruit performing The Three Belles.

You can view the entertainment schedule at the Festival Website. For a printable Calendar, click here.

Top of the Park is located at Ingalls Mall, directly in front of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies on Washington Street near the Burton Memorial Tower.

Don't forget to check out the performaces at the Mainstage as well. Artist/Comedians that are performing at the Power Center include: Steve Martin, Los Lonely Boys, k.d. lang, The Capitol Steps, and Tom Tom Crew.

Before you go, make sure to check out Festival Rules and Regulations for helpful tips to make everyone's experience more enjoyable.

Check out the Ann Arbor Summer Festival on facebook!

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival runs till July 10th, so come prepared to dance, sing along and have a good time!AASF2011AASF2011

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