Sancho's Sense of Snow

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The cooperative inhabitants of Ann Arbor have banded together to produce quite a few useful lists on ArborWiki; birthday deals, free WiFi spots (that bar at the bowling alley has wireless!) and free stuff (featuring the one-and-only AADL, of course!) to name a few. So, in the spirit of the pitiful amount of snow currently accumulating outdoors, check out their list of places to go sledding in Ann Arbor. Given that it’s not supposed to amount to much out there just yet, perhaps a few snowy books are more in order: my favorite is Snow by Uri Shulevitz; tiny people with red noses and softly falling flakes… it’s enough to make me run out to Zingerman’s for hot cocoa!

Washtenaw County, Michigan Heritage Driving Tours

The weather may be more suitable for sleighing than driving, but if you're up for a trip into Tree Town's past during the holiday, try one of The Washtenaw County Historic District Commission's four driving tours. Each of these themed tours--the Esek Pray Trail tour; the Greek Revival Architecture tour; the Historic Barns tour; and the German Heritage tour--comes with a detailed, color brochure you can download to accompany you on your drive. The tours are offered as part of The Washtenaw County Heritage Tourism Map Project to guide visitors and locals through the County’s cities, villages, and rural areas and to celebrate the region’s rich heritage.

Santa Claus is Coming to CTN Town

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CTN Channel 17 will broadcast the Santa Satellite Network LIVE from Santa's workshop on Thursday, December 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. Mrs. Claus and Elf Mindy will help Santa take your calls at 734.997.1050. So make that list, check it twice and give Santa a ring!

Parenting Help

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Washtenaw County has a number of excellent programs for parents, and for their children, as they confront the issues surrounding separation, divorce and custody challenges. A new website sponsored by the County, ParentingHelp pulls together information on the programming and resources of six local public or non-profit agencies, as well as links to many other helpful sites.

One Child, One Night

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The holidays are upon us and many people are asking for our help now. If you are in the midst of deciding which group or organization to make a donation, consider the Interfaith Hospitality Network’s One Child, One Night program. Sponsor a homeless child's stay at Alpha House with his or her family for a night or two or three. Or sponsor one child a month in 2008.

Did you know that 43% of the homeless population in our country are children? To learn more, consider reading Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind: Homeless Children and Their Families In Small-town America. Or, contact the Washtenaw Housing Alliance for more information on homelessness in our area.

Comcast To Change CTN Service

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On Jan. 15, 2008, Comcast will move the four Ann Arbor CTN Community Access channels to digital service only stations. This will require all viewers accessing CTN to watch city council meetings as well as school and community programming to have a digital convertor box. CTN's press release gives full details on the changes and their response to the decision by Comcast.

Snowflakes, snowflakes, everywhere!

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Sure, they’re in the air, but they’re also in books and films right here at the library. Local artist Thomas L. Clark, aka Dr. Snowflake, makes the loveliest snowflakes! Check out his books to see intricate examples of the magic you can create with just paper and scissors: The Tree in the Garden, A Twinkling on the Roof, and Of Gifts and Days, among others. He also has a video with demonstrations.

For instructions there’s Paper Snowflakes For All Ages, and for the science oriented there’s Snowflakes, Sugar and Salt: Crystals Up Close and Snowflake Bentley (also on dvd), the story of a scientist who photographed snowflakes to study their formation. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Run Spot Run ~ Swiftly to Swift Park

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The Swift Run Off-Leash Dog Park is ready for Rover! Beginning Saturday, Dec. 1st, man's best friend can romp and rollick with like-minded doggies. Be sure and get Rover registered before heading to the park. Need a dog of your own to take to the park? Visit the Humane Society of Huron Valley and find the perfect partner.

It Takes a Village

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There’s a nation-wide movement to make neighborhoods more comfortable places in which to grow old. These organized neighborhoods called villages are supported by members of the neighborhood or community. If you would like to find our more about the legal aspects of forming a village, come to the next meeting on Thursday, February 14 at 11:45am in the Malletts Creek Branch Program Room AB to hear Neel Hajra from NEW Center explore the advantages and limitations of becoming a non-profit village. "It Takes A Village" brownbag discussion is sponsored by the Blueprint For Aging.

Buy Indie in Ypsi

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If you survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday why not try a handmade Saturday? This Saturday from noon to midnight is the fourth Shadow Art Fair at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. There you’ll find all things handmade- from t-shirts, coffee, purses and jewelry, to art, zines and soap. This year also features “Shadow Brew.” It's not too late to take the Handmade Pledge this holiday giving season, and the Shadow is a good place to start. Of course... you could always make your own gifts too!

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