My House, My Home

A recent local Aging In Place conference emphasized many services for seniors some of which they weren’t aware of. One such resource was the Housing Bureau For Seniors, part of the University of Michigan Health System. The Housing Bureau For Seniors provides services to help keep residents 55 years of age and older in their own homes. Their Elderly Eviction Prevention program is set up to prevent homelessness for seniors who live in rental property.

The United Way’s 2-1-1 number for information and referrals to human services was another resource that well received. Over 700 agencies are in their databases and they give referrals to people in Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw counties.

Longer Leeway for Lingering Leaves

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Another excuse not to rake leaves is no more. The City of Ann Arbor has extended leaf collection through Friday, December 14th. Seems the warmer than usual autumn weather has fooled the trees and we'll now have plenty of time to get those beauties in the bags and to the curb.

Light the Lights ~ Tonight

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Make History tonight by joining Mayor Hieftje at 6 p.m. tonight, Nov. 16th, at the official lighting ceremony at Liberty Plaza to kickoff the holiday season. Why History? Because the holiday glow this year will be from environementally friendly LED lights -- 114,000 to be exact -- one for every resident of Tree Town. All those beautiful lights throughout the Downtown will require 80% less energy. Bet Columbus, Ohio is still using old-fashioned lights.

Sharpen Your Skates

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Time to twirl, whirl and play at the Outdoor Ice Rink at Buhr Park. The rink will open for the season on November 16. There's a heated lobby, locker rooms, vending and bathrooms available and the special sub floor allows you to skate even when its 50 degrees. Don't forget that Veteran's Indoor Ice Arena is open too.

Trash Day is Trash Day in Tree Town

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Trash collection in Ann Arbor will not be affected by Veteran's Day, Monday, November 12. So put your cans and recycle bins out on your regular pickup day. There are still a few more leaf collection weeks left to finish up with yard clean up too.

Hours of Crafting

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The November issue of Hour Detroit, Detroit’s monthly magazine, features a great article about the local craft movement. The movement in general extends beyond crocheted potholders and Martha Stewart and has been on a slow rampage for the past several years. Artists, creators and makers do just that; make. Some do it to create and meet people and some are able to also do it as a full time job. Some have studios and some sell their wares online and in small boutiques on consignment. The Hour article gives face to local craft collectives like Handmade Detroit, the Michigan Design Militia and Loop- who get together to chat, craft and produce events for others to take part in. The article also features a handy guide to upcoming holiday craft fairs in Southeastern Michigan. For more reads, Bust, Venus (and soon Craft) are other magazines at the AADL with some edgy DIY appeal.

Robyn Hitchcock visits The Ark

My first introduction to Robyn Hitchcock was a cassette tape of Perspex Island that I purchased at a dollar store because it had members of R.E.M. playing on it. Years later Hitchcock brings his quirky guitar laden lyrics to The Ark in Ann Arbor on Sunday, November 11 at 7:30pm. The artist says of a recent album, “To me, the whole record is sadness cloaked in fun. But under that sadness, more fun.” How intriguing is that.

Live Election Results

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CTN channel 19 will air the unofficial elections returns LIVE from the Washtenaw County Clerk's Office beginning at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6th. Coverage will continue throughout the night. Polls open at 7 a.m. and new Voter I.D. requirements are in effect.

Calling All Yearbooks

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The Ann Arbor District Library is looking for a few good high school yearbooks. Donations of past yearbooks from old Ann Arbor High School, Clemente, Community, Huron, Pioneer and Stone for our Local History Collection would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Debbie Gallagher at 327-8332 or gallagherd@aadl.org to make a donation or for more information about the Local History Collection.

Vote Tuesday, November 4th ~ And Bring Your I.D.

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Polls open at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 4th. Remember, this election you'll need to show valid I.D. when voting. Visit the Michigan Votes website and you'll get answer to these questions and more: Am I registered to vote? Where do I vote? How do I get there? What type of voting equipment is available? Who is my city/township clerk? Am I eligible to vote absentee? Need to review the candidates and proposals? Visit the Washtenaw County Elections website and scroll down to the November election.

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