Pick a Park, Adopt-A-Park

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You know you've got a favorite park in Ann Arbor. Now's your chance to show the park you care, you really, really care. Wear your scruffies and come to the Adopt-A-Park Kickoff this Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Help plant, mulch, clean and weed and your fav park will be eternally grateful and beautifully green. For more info visit the Adopt-A-Park website.

Video of Grace Shackman discussing her book 'Ann Arbor Observed' now available

One of the newest additions to our ever-growing collection of AADL Videos on Demand is an event from December 2006 featuring Grace Shackman discussing her book Ann Arbor Observed. This event, from our Sunday Edition Author Series, features Shackman discussing the process of becoming a writer for the Observer, reading excerpts from her book, and answering questions. Over twenty-five years, Shackman's articles on all aspects of Ann Arbor and its history became a highly popular feature of the Observer. Download a high-quality version of the video or an audio version you can put on your iPod or mp3 player from our AADL Videos on Demand collection.

Weapons of Musical Diversity

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The last in the series Weapons of Musical Diversity at the Neutral Zone is this Friday, May 16 at 7:00 pm. You’ve got to hear the hot Cuban combo Tambao Bravo as they explore the authentic rhythms of Mambos, Cha chas, Rumbas and Boleros. After Tumbao Bravo’s set there’s a Reggaeton DJ Dance Party. OMG. It’s all ages and free, too! The Neutral Zone Rocks and Rumbas! Check out Afro Cuban Roots and have your own house party after the show.

Dollars and Centsable Advice for Homeowners

Are you a homeowner and worried about making your mortgage payments? Need some advice? Come to a free seminar on foreclosure prevention on May 22 at 6pm at the New Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Ann Arbor or on June 5 at 6pm at the New Testament Baptist Church in Ypsilanti. Space is limited so reserve your place now by calling 998-9341.

Don't Forget To Vote and Don't Forget Your I.D.

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Michigan law now requires voters to present valid photo identification on Election Day in order to vote! Before you head to the polls Tuesday, May 6th check the Michigan Voter Information Center to find out where you vote and check the Washtenaw County Elections Page for a list of candidates and proposals on the ballot.

Send Me to Summer Camp

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It's FREE! Really, mom. Washtenaw County's Summer Camp for Kids has camps in Football, Track, Golf, Wrestling, Basketball, Cheerleading and Tennis for kids ages 8 to 15. The camps are offered this summer from June 16 through July 31. Just print off the Registration Flyer and send it back to Washtenaw County Trial Court - Juvenile Division 2270 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Need more info? Call (734) 222-6900.

Flood Facts from FEMA

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Local governments throughout Washtenaw County, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and FEMA will host a Flood Risk Information Open House for residents on Wednesday, April 30, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Ypsilanti Township Board Room. County residents will have an opportunity to review a recently completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation.

Gelman Cleanup Update

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The Coalition for Action on Remediation of Dioxane (CARD) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public meeting on Monday, April 28, 7:00 p.m., at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District Center to update citizens on the status of the dioxane contamination cleanup. The groundwater contamination has expanded in Washtenaw County to an area over three miles long and one mile wide. The remediation of this site is likely to take an additional 20 years or more based on Pall Corporation and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality estimates.

Ladies, Pay Bills the Organized Way

Do you need a new strategy for getting bills paid on time? Does saving money seem impossible? Learn new methods for getting your personal finances under control at Financial Organization: Planning for Financial Success at the Center for the Education of Women on Wednesday, May 7. Register by May 5th on line or by calling 764-6004.

Earth Day at WCC

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Are you trying to be more earth-friendly and live a green lifestyle? Is Earth Day circled on your calendar? On Thursday, April 17th, Earth Day will be recognized through displays and discussions on the Washtenaw Community College Campus. Come to the WCC Student Center to learn more about sustainability, environmental problems and solutions. Look for the Ann Arbor District Library display while you're there!

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