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!

For the Birds

As I drove home from work one day I saw a starling get struck by a vehicle. When I noticed that the bird was still alive and struggling to get out of the road...I had to help. After catching the bird I contemplated what to do next while I comforted the bird and marveled at her beautiful iridescent feathers. I remembered once hearing of a place in Washtenaw County to go for help with injured birds, so I drove back to the library to get more information. After some excellent work on behalf of the information desk I had the number for the Bird Center of Washtenaw County. What a relief when the bird center staff answered my call and quickly directed me to their location near central campus. They met me at the door and took the bird into care. There is no fee for the service but donations are welcome. We left our number with the center and asked them to keep us updated. Although the starling didn't make it, I was glad that her last hours were in a warm comfortable place with good care and no pain. What a good thing the bird center is! Although some folks might be happy about one less starling.

Learning English? Need Practice?

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Get ready & register on June 25 at 6:00 PM for Summer 2008 ESL Classes. Sessions are June 25-July 31 and will serve Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Classes take place in room 219 of the Alexander Music Building on EMU’s campus for a nominal fee. Or borrow any one of our many English Language Learning materials!

When you are engulfed in Sedaris...


If you missed David Sedaris at Borders yesterday and you are waiting for a copy of his newest book, When you are Engulfed in Flames (which is good, but not my favorite), there are plenty of other books by the same author to suit your fancy. Already read them all? Not a problem! There are many good candidates for a "reread" to lift your spirits, such as Barrel Fever or Me Talk Pretty One Day. I highly recommend listening to BOCDs by Sedaris, but if you’re still itching to see/hear him read in person he will be back in Ann Arbor on October 16 at Hill Auditorium.

It's Raining Rain Gardens!

I see rain gardens. Rain gardens are popping up all over town. Rain gardens are beautiful, self-sufficient and a great conversation piece. Read more about how the Washtenaw County Office of the Drain Commissioner is involved.

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