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!

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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

Take the Test and Take Control

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It's hard to believe but it's been 30 years since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of what would come to be known as AIDS in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Free HIV Testing is available this Saturday June 25 for National HIV Testing Day. From noon to 6:00 PM you can get tested & get your results the same day at Parkridge Community Center, 591 Armstrong, Ypsilanti. There will be food, fun, games and more! For more information call: 734-572-9355.

Be Well Block Party!

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Did someone say Free Health Care? I just did! Packard Health invites you to their annual Youth Health Fair Thursday June 23 from 12:00-5:00 PM. Not only that, the first 300 children will get a free digital thermometer. But wait! There's more! Kids can also get free camp & sports physicals, vaccines and dental screenings. Come on down to 3174 Packard Road Ann Arbor for your child's health screening!

Redistricting: A Discussion with Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum

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Following the US Census every ten years, new lines are drawn for congressional and legislative districts, county commission districts, and city council wards. We recently sat down with Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum, one of five members of the County Apportionment Commission to discuss the process of re-drawing the lines and the final plan that reduces the number of County Commission seats from 11 to 9. In this wide-ranging discussion Mr. Kestenbaum discusses the history of redistricting and politics in the county and the state as well as the likely scenarios for candidates in the newly combined commissioner districts. As many of you know, Mr. Kestenbaum also hosts one of the best (and funniest) political junkie websites out there, The Political Graveyard.

On Thursday, June 16th, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room, the AADL will host a panel discussion, Redistricting: It Matters to All of Us that will include include Mr. Kestenbaum, Jacqueline Beaudry, Ann Arbor City Clerk; Rep. Jeff Irwin, State Representative, 53rd District and Rep. Mark Ouimet, State Representative, 52nd District.

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The 11th Annual Mayor's Green Fair

Join us on Main Street, Ann Arbor for the Mayor's Green Fair this Friday, June 10th from 6 - 9 pm. Visit environmental exhibits (such as the Ecology Center and Lunasa) while enjoying free entertainment (The Tsars) and food (Pilar's Tamales and Silvio's Organic PizzaAnn Arbor Area Earth Day TreeAnn Arbor Area Earth Day Tree). Learn more about Clean Energy (for example, Hybrid Electric Home and BGreenToday), Green Commuting (for example, Michivan and Zipcar), and Biking (Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society, Michigan Mountain Biking Association, Potawatomi Chapter, and more).

For more information, please call the Mayor's Office at 734.794-6161 x 41602.

Redistricting: New Lines, New Choices

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Following the US Census every ten years, new lines are drawn for congressional and legislative districts, county commission districts, and city council wards. Although the population numbers changed little in Washtenaw County, there were shifts in where we live in the county.

Join us for a panel discussion on Thursday June 16, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room , co-sponsored by The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area and The Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor, and find out how your city, county and state are making these decisions and how it might affect you. Panelists include Jacqueline Beaudry, Ann Arbor City Clerk; Lawrence Kestenbaum, Washtenaw County Clerk; Rep. Jeff Irwin, State Representative, 53rd District and Rep. Mark Ouimet, State Representative, 52nd District.

Get a sneak preview into the discussion with our latest podcast episode, AADL Talks To: Lawrence Kestenbaum.

June 1st is National Running Day

Whether you run every day and National Running Day is just another Wednesday to you, or if you haven't run since you were a kid but you think it might be (even a little bit) fun, today's a perfect day to lace up those shoes and go for a run. One of the most popular and beautiful places to run in Ann Arbor is Gallup Park, home to a paved, pancake flat, multi-use path that's easy to get to from the parking lots shown here, or you can run there if you're extra ambitious.

After your run, stop by the National Running Day website and post why you run on the scrolling inspire badge. Check out the sometimes funny, often motivating reasons why other people run, such as "I run because I like to eat. A LOT", "I run for cheap therapy", "I run because no one thought I could", and "I run so I can smile the rest of the day". The site also has 10 Ways to Celebrate National Running day, which applies to any day of the week.

The AADL has a great collection of running books and media for the first timer and for the veteran. Happy running!

Memorial Weekend Reminders from City Hall

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There will be no trash, recycling or compost collection services in Ann Arbor on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The Monday pickups will occur on Tuesday and the rest of the collections will occur one day later throughout the week. The normal Friday routes will be serviced on Saturday, June 4, 2011. City Hall offices and 15th District Court at 301 E. Huron, the Drop-Off Station at 2950 E. Ellsworth, and the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and Compost Center at 4150 Platt Road will be closed on the Memorial Day Monday as well.

On the upside, parking is free downtown on Memorial Day so strolling Main Street and lingering over an iced mocha at your favorite coffeehouse are in order as WeatherUnderground is predicting a sunny, yes sunny, Monday with a high of 85 degrees. Want a little more exercise than a stroll? Head to one of the 157 City parks -- the list of just-do-its is endless. A rundown of more Memorial weekend events is available at Arborweb.

Milk Mommas Group

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Join the La Leche League of Ann Arbor for both kid & breast-feeding friendly social time with other moms. There's now a group that meets at 300 North Huron in Ypsilanti every 4th Saturday of the month from 3:00-5:00 PM. For a list of other local La Leche League group meetings in the area click here. AADL has materials on the topic as well as a wide range of items about parenting.

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