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.

Close Encounters of both Adorable and Frightening Kinds

Wednesday brings possibly the cutest event of the year to the Library—the Preschool Halloween Party and Parade. Hundreds of tiny people in puffy, sparkly and often enormous costumes snake their way through the Downtown Library, collecting treats at the public service desks.

Halloween is, alas, your one opportunity to see a ghost at AADL. George Eberhart at I Love Libraries, however, has compiled a comprehensive list of places to find spectors, spirits and other like-minded visitors at libraries throughout the country, including the Starkweather Home in Ypsilanti, which housed a library from 1890 until 1964. Mary Ann Starkweather, one of the home’s original owners, is rumored to occupy the second floor. Former staff apparently reported hearing her footsteps creaking above them in the empty building after hours...

This Ark Is Your Ark

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The Ark’s 11th Annual Fall Fund Raiser features Odetta, Jimmy LaFave, The Burns Sisters, and Joel Rafael – in A Celebration in the Spirit of Woody Guthrie. This Ark Is Your Ark takes place Saturday, November 10 at 8pm at The Ark in Ann Arbor. There are four ticket levels currently available for purchase and a portion of the cost is tax deductible. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Ark and will assist in continuing to bring world-class folk music to Ann Arbor.

A Halloween Treat for a Cause

Want to have fun on Halloween and help a local non-profit organization at the same time? Consider going to the Halloween Benefit for the Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan on October 31st at the Michigan Theater. The concert, held at 7:30pm, will feature MacPodz, Ragbirds, My Dear Disco, Jamie Register & the Glendales and many more.

The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan is one of the many non-profits that helps women and families in our area. Instead of giving out treats on Halloween, give to others and have a great time in the process.

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