Christmas & New Year's Holiday Reminders from City Hall

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Here's the scoop on A2 services for the Holiday weeks:

-There will be no interruption of trash or recycling collection Christmas or New Year's weeks. Your regular pickup day is your regular pickup day. That's easy!

-All City Hall offices will close at noon on Thursday, Dec. 23 and reopen on Monday, Dec. 27. Likewise, offices will close at noon on Thursday, Dec. 30 and reopen on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.

-The deadline to pay winter taxes to the City of Ann Arbor has been extended to Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 due to the City Hall closures over the New Year's Holiday.

Community Planning Meeting on Two A2 Park Gems

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Here's your chance to help decide on future developments at Arbor Hills Park and Kilburn Park. The City of Ann Arbor is holding a Community Planning Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., at the AADL Traverwood Branch. Park planners will be looking at the possibilities available to develop Arbor Hills into a mixed use park, and enhancing parts of Kilburn Park and long term plans for these two parks.

Ann Arbor Connector Open House

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The public is invited to attend the Ann Arbor Connector Open House on Monday, Nov. 15 in the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch Multipurpose Room. There will be two sessions: 3:30 p.m. ~ 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ~ 8:00 p.m. to discuss the the Ann Arbor Connector Feasibility Study. The information session will highlight the various transit technologies that are feasible including bus, bus rapid transit, streetcars, light rail transit and personal rapid transit technologies. And there will be plenty of time for comments and Q&A.

Mid-Term Election Results

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The Washtenaw County Clerk's Office and CTN Channel 19 will have official results for the Tuesday, Nov. 2 elections starting at 10 p.m. You can find further coverage of state and local results at Michigan Radio once the polls close at 8 p.m. NPR and CNN will have live online coverage throughout the night.

What’s So Funny at The Gallery Project?

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The Gallery Project is an art gallery in Ann Arbor that features rotating art exhibitions with a different theme running through the pieces included. “Gallery Project is a fine art collaborative. Its mission is to provide a venue for contemporary art that is culturally aware, individualistic, courageous, and thought provoking.”

The newest exhibit, What’s So Funny?, is a multimedia show featuring the artwork of local and national artists. “This exhibition invites each artist to offer expressions of humor with or without a point, humor that is for some reason is funny to them or makes sense in the broader cultural milieu.” It opens today! And runs from October 20 – November 28, with an opening reception this Friday, October 22.

To see what’s been shown in the gallery in previous shows, check the exhibit archive to see what sort of fun and interesting things have been on display.

The thumbnail image is by Detroit artist Teresa Petersen whose work is included in the current exhibit.

The Gallery Project | 215 South Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor | Oct. 20 – Nov. 28 | Free

Fun New Guide to Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor has made it onto Design Sponge, the popular online design blog. One of Design Sponge’s popular features are the city guides that offer lists and images of hot spots in cities all over the world. The latest city guide is a guide to Ann Arbor. Of course, it’s not an inclusive list to all the great places to go in Ann Arbor, but it features some great stuff, was written by a local, and features artwork by a local. Pretty neat! What stops in our fine city would you add to the list?
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Sculpture and Poetry in Nature

TransformationsTransformationsOaken Transformations, an innovative integration of "art and poetry in a natural environment to promote community, support of the arts, and preservation of wilderness places," hosts its grand opening on Sunday, October 17, 1:00-4:00. Oaken Transformations was borne of Dr. Fred Bonine’s experience of the transformative and healing qualities of art and nature. Dr. Bonine invites the public to share in this experience by walking the .4 mile nature trail behind his office, throughout which are installed original sculptures and poetry from local and nationally-renowned artists and poets including John Sauve, Kate Silvio, Janet Kauffman, and Robert Fanning. This free exhibit will run for one year in Brighton, at 6893 Grand River Road, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but will be closed for holidays.

Washtenaw Literacy: World in a Basket

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Washtenaw Literacy’s gala benefit “World in a Basket” will be held on the evening of October 1 at WCC’s Morris Lawrence Building. This year's Honorary Host is Devin Scillian. Tickets for “World in a Basket” are $85 & include beverages, strolling supper, and the opportunity to bid on some amazing auction items, such as Dominos Pizza for a year; tickets to a taping of the Ellen DeGeneres show and gift baskets of all kinds. Proceeds go directly to Washtenaw Literacy. For ticket information, call (734) 879-1320

Calling all filmmakers!

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is seeking applications for the 49th annual festival, to be held January 2011-February 2012. The standard deadline for entries is October 4th. All genres, styles, and formats are welcome, but films must have been completed no earlier than 2009. For more details and entry forms, visit AAF’s web site.
Not ready for this year's AAFF? Get some practice through another Ann Arbor film project, the Cinema Nightly Project, which screens local independent films right here at AADL!
If you’re more of a film connoisseur than a filmmaker, you can view a sample of past films in AAFF’s online media archive, check out the 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival DVD, or join us for one of the upcoming screenings in our Films and Discussions series.

Banned Books Week: 9/25 - 10/2

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Celebrate the freedom to read! This Saturday, September 25, marks the kickoff of Banned Books Week, which aims to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges made against books with content that some people are trying to censor. You might be asking yourself, 'just who are these people trying to take away our right to read?' Check out this Google mashup which plots and details the 400+ book challenges that have occurred from 2007-2010 in every U.S. state.

Some of the most challenged titles last year were Lauren Myracle's ttyl series, Carolyn Macklin's 2004 Printz Honor book, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, Stephen Chbosky's Teen novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and the American contemporary-classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

The AADL celebrates Banned Books Week and Mockingbird's 50th anniversary with Mary McDonagh Murphy, author of Scout, Atticus & Boo, who will be showing and discussing clips from her new documentary, Hey, Boo, at the Downtown library on Mon., Sept. 27 at 6:30 pm.

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