Going to the Candidate's Debate


The August 5th Primary Election is fast approaching and CTN Channel 19 will air candidate forums throughout July. The 15th District Court Judges Forum will replay beginning July 12th. The League of Women Voters Ann Arbor Mayoral and City Council candidate debates and Washtenaw County commissoner candidate forums live coverage begins July 22nd on CTN.

Summer Tutor Training with Washtenaw Literacy

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Need something to fill these lazy days of summer? How about putting tutoring at the top of your to do list. Adults interested in tutoring other adults in reading, writing or English as another language can participate in five two-hour sessions this month, generously sponsored by Comcast. Your time will be well spent and make a difference in someone's life in a way you'd never imagine. Visit Washtenaw Literacy for more information.

Wake up your dreams?

Here’s a mystery: A man dies, and his daughter is sorting his belongings when she finds a lapel pin with the French words for “Wake up your dreams." On the pin are a Fleur de lis and a Greek iota. The daughter calls the library for help identifying the pin, asking what group might wear it. Several of us so far have been unable to tell her anything about the pin. If you know, please post a comment. Meanwhile, all antique fans might want to head out to the Ann Arbor Antiques Market July 19 and 20, where, who knows, the daughter might find a dealer or collector with a clue about the pin. Parking is free and admission is $6. And of course, at the library we have lots of good books about antiques, including Antique Secrets.

Family Picnic at Center Supporting People with Disabilities

Come to the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living annual family picnic on Sat., July 12, 11-3 pm at 3941 Research Park Dr. All ages are welcome at no charge for an afternoon of food, entertainment and games. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing basic support and services to chidren and adults with disabilities. Enjoy the fun and meet the great people who make AACIL such an important organization in our community. For more information contact Mary Stack at 734-971-0277 x56 or mstack@aacil.org.

Ann Arbor Art Walk -- Deadline Extended!

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Now’s the time to join the Ann Arbor Art Walk! More than just an event this year, membership in Art Walk provides artists with a listing in a year-round guide to art and artists in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County as well as complimentary membership in Arts Alliance. Art Walk occurs this October 17 and 18 in locations throughout Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, and provides an opportunity to explore the area’s rich artistic talent. Many artists open their studios to the public for those two days only, and other organizations will hold parties and openings to celebrate the event. If you’re an artist in Washtenaw County, join the fun! There's still time--the membership deadline has been extended to July 8!

Helping Older Adults at Catholic Social Services

Aging can be a process of enrichment, but it often presents many challanges. We are fortunate to have several types of assistance for older adults available through Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. A new 911 cell phone recycling program collects used cellular phones and refurbishes them to be given to seniors for use in emergencies and to victims of domestic violence. To learn more about these services and where to donate a used phone, call 734-712-3625.

A Check Could Be Waiting For You

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Have you received a government Economic Stimulus check yet? Did you know you have to file your 2007 income tax first in order to be eligible? You need to have had more than $3,000 in income from employment, Social Security retirement, Social Security Disability Income or a Veterans’ pension to qualify.

On July 9 from 9am to noon, free help filing your income tax will be offered at Turner Senior Resource Center. No appointment is necessary. You will need to bring your SSA-1099, 1099 forms and 1099R for pension or annuity income. Bringing a copy of your previous year’s income tax return is also helpful. For more information, call 998-9341.

Top of the Park


Have you been to Top of the Park this year? If not, this week is a perfect opportunity to come on down and support the Ann Arbor Summer Festival!

This week's entertainment includes performances from The Dream Engine (Wednesday -Saturday this week only), enchanting aerialist performers that suspend themselves from a larger-than-life helium balloon, wonderful musical performances, and an ecclectic collaboration of movies at dusk for all to enjoy...and it's all for free!!!

You can view the entertainment schedule at the Festival Website.

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.

The Festival runs till July 6th, so come prepared to dance, sing along and have a good time!

Some Local Blogs

There are a few interesting local blogs, all with slightly different takes on life in Ann Arbor.

Here's a blog by a University of Michigan PhD student.
A blog for people who are car free.
A blog out of Ypsilanti.
And a blog dedicated to the idea that Ann Arbor is overrated.

Please comment with other local blog suggestions...

June is National Dairy Month

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But perhaps not everyone wishes to celebrate by consuming dairy. Perhaps there are moral or health reasons. So lets just say we can celebrate dairy or nondairy by consuming and acknowledging how great calcium and protein are, whether we get it via dairy or nondairy products. (Check here if you dare to compare.) There are many books about dairy and there are also books on how to live a dairy-free life.

Since it’s summer, my favorite way to take in soy is in smoothies! Whether it’s dairy or nondairy you desire, Earthen Jar has fabulous mango or strawberry banana lassis to hit the spot!

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