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.

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.

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