All the Rage

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Culinary History is hot. Whether it's the long look back in Moveable Feasts or one ingredient like Salt or Cod. Did you know one of the most read and respected culinary history newsletters, Repast, is published here in Ann Arbor by the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor? Ann Arbor is also home to one of the premiere culinary history collections in the world, the Longone Center for American Culinary Research at the University of Michigan's Clements Library.

Never Too Many Cooks or Cookbooks

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Where did the Cookbook Collection in Ann Arbor Cooks come from? From hundreds of area cooks who contributed thousands of recipes to the local cookbooks owned by the Washtenaw Historical Society, Hadassah, local churches and AADL. If you've got a local family, community or organization cookbook you'd love to share with us, please Contact Us.

A Home I Can Afford

With the cost of living going up, finding affordable housing is a real challenge. If you are looking for someone to share your home with in order to cut down on expenses, multi-generational living might be the right answer for you. Check out Together Again: A Creative Guide to Successful Multigenerational Living to get some pointers on making this approach work.

Are you are interested in contributing to the decision making process of affordable housing standards in Ann Arbor? Then consider giving input at one of the public meetings being held this month about the Affordable Housing Needs Assessment in Washtenaw County by the Office of Community Development.

Here's to Our Cool Downtown Neighbors!

The Neutral Zone is having a kitchen shower so they can outfit their kitchen with utensils! The Neutral Zone is ‘registered’ at Ace Barnes Hardware. They need to stock it with kitchen stuff to help create a comprehensive program to better serve their teen aged participants….did someone say teenagers?? Alert the media!! 826 Michigan has moved to 115 E. Liberty Street. Check out their calendar, it’s full of workshops, programs, tutoring opportunities and activities relating to writing, writing, writing. We are fortunate to have these resources in downtown Ann Arbor but they are here for all of Washtenaw County.

The Feast of Love Movie is Worth Seeing

The 28 movie reviews collected at metacritic put The Feast of Love at 51 out of 100, a “mixed or average“ sort of rating. I liked it more than that. So far viewers’ opinions - all three of them - have pushed the film to a 6 out of 10 in that division. That’s more like it, although I enjoyed it more than that, too. The review most closely reflecting my thoughts was also the most positive, from Richard Corliss in Time magazine: “Sexy, funny, sad and defiantly romantic, Feast of Love is the rare movie to cuddle up to.” The movie definitely is faithful to the 2000 novel set in Ann Arbor The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter, with lots of Ann Arbor-like scenes (great job, Portland!).

Wiard's Orchards Country Fair

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This fun event is happening every Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 6pm at Wiard's Orchards in Ypsilanti. The Country Fair is a fun, fall "carnival atmosphere" filled with events for the whole family. Go for a pony ride or hay ride, visit the petting farm, hear live music and get lost in the corn maze, just to name a few. And when you're tired of having fun- relax and enjoy doughnuts, caramel apples and fresh cider! And don't forget to pick out apples and pumpkins to take home!
Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merrit Road, Ypsilanti, Admission $10.50, $8 after 4:30, Under 2 get in free.

Fire Station Open House

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This Sunday, October 6th is the annual Ann Arbor Fire Department Open House. There will be lots of fun activities where kids will learn some serious fire safety tips like Stop Drop and Roll and parents will learn how to keep smoke alarms working properly.

Dog Days at Olson Park

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Ready, Set, Play! The new off-leash dog play area at Olson Park is officially open and ready for man's best friend. Don't forget to stop by the City Clerk's Office and pick up an annual Off-Leash Dog Permit before letting 'em rip at the park.

An argument against time-outs

One book being read and discussed by a good number of Ann Arbor area parents this fall is the 2005 title Unconditional Parenting: Moving from rewards and punishments to love and reason by Alfie Kohn. One parent book group is tackling this one for their October discussion, and currently there are 14 holds on eight copies in the library system. Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say: “ . . . .This lively book will surely rile parents who want to be boss. Those seeking alternative methods of raising confident, well-loved children, however, will warmly embrace Kohn's message.”

CTN Camcorder Class

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User manuals make great doorstops. If you really want to learn how to use a gadget, hands-on is the only way to go. Luckily, CTN agrees and is offering How to Get the Most Out of Your Camcorder", a personalized instruction class on Monday, October 26th, 6 - 9 p.m. at CTN Studios. The class is $10 and will cover functions and features of your camcorder, how to compose shots, capture audio and special effects. Reserve your space by calling 734.769.7422 and remember to bring your camcorder and tripod along.

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