Going Solar

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The Who will not be there, but plenty of VIPs local and otherwise will be as the Farmer's Market celebrates Going Solar on Monday, June 2, at 4 p.m. 156 solar panels on the market's roof -- enough to power the entire Market -- are being installed as part of the Market re-do, courtesy of the DDA.

Grillin with Food Gatherers

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Do you enjoy being a volunteer? Here’s a great opportunity! Food Gatherers needs volunteers for Grillin’ 2008, their annual fundraising picnic held at the Washtenaw County Fair Grounds on June 8th. Food Gatherers rescues and distributes more than 3.6 million pounds of food to 150 non-profits in our county each year. Help fight hunger by giving your time.

Hold It, Don't Roll It ~ Swim Instead


You know the A2 Holiday drill: roll your trash carts out one day later next week. Friday routes will be handled on Saturday. City Hall, the Drop-Off Station and MRF will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 too. But the pools will be OPEN starting Saturday, May 24th! And since it's Curb Your Car Month, you can walk to the nearest pool. After all, we are the 3rd most Walkable City in America.

The Chenille Sisters visit The Ark


The lovely Chenille Sisters bring their musical act back to The Ark in Ann Arbor on Saturday, May 31 at 8pm. This local trio keeps audiences toe tapping with contemporary folk and jazz sets featuring their lush and ever-popular vocal harmonies. The AADL has several of their CD releases in our local artists collection. They will be joined by The Royal Garden Trio.

Check out The Chenille Sisters’ website for more info on the ladies and visit The Ark’s website for ticket information.

In the News, Give Your View


Liquor licenses have been in the news of late in Ann Arbor and the City has recently been granted 807 "downtown development area" liquor licenses. The City Council Liquor Committee would like your input on how best to proceed with these new licenses and they're holding a Special Public Meeting, Wednesday, May, 21, 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Pick a Size, Any Size

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Compost cart that is. The City of Ann Arbor is now selling three sizes of curbside compost carts: 96, 64 and 35-gallons, all for the low, low price of $25. But wait, there's more! If you already bought a 96 gallon curbside cart you can trade it in for a smaller one. Now that's a deal. Don't forget you can purchase curbside carts online or by phone at 734.994.2807. Operators are standing by ...

Pick a Park, Adopt-A-Park


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.

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