Gimme Shelter!

Support IHN at Alpha House this year at their annual fundraising event. There promises to be fantastic food and items to bid on. The local Bluegrass group The RFD Boys will perform so get ready to boogie. Read how homelessness shaped America in Citizen Hobo or a local perspective from Joan Kaldri Zald’s Portraits of Homelessness. Speaking of local homelessness, the fastest growing segment of the homeless population is children. The Education Project for Homeless Youth serves Washtenaw County children who become or are homeless. Read their website to see how you may help. It’s often hard to grasp that there are homeless children enrolled in many Ann Arbor Public Schools and across Washtenaw County as well.

Ann Arbor Sunday Artisan Market

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This Sunday, September 30 there will some extra vendors at the popular weekly Ann Arbor Artisan Market. There will be 30 Etsy artists/ sellers from Michigan set up at the event selling handmade wares they they normally sell online in their Etsy shop. (Not familiar with Etsy? It’s an online source for buying and selling handmade items. Makers from around the world set up and manage their own shop and buyers can browse through various search engines to find a huge variety of handmade goods.) Etsy at the Market takes place at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market in Kerrytown from 11-4pm. A few stand out artists worth checking out are Oh My Cavalier and Rainy Prints. Get shopping! Buy local! Buy handmade!

Great Lakes Myth Society playing in town this Friday

Southeastern Michigan’s Great Lakes Myth Society bring their blend of folk, pop and rock music back to Ann Arbor this Friday for a performance at the Blind Pig. A common theme throughout many of GLMS’s songs is Michigan and its natural surroundings. Singer/Songwriter Timothy Monger explains, “to reference our home in song has always been a natural reaction. It was only when we noticed how strong the themes were that the desire to center our project within the Lakes took hold."
Check it out for yourself on their latest album. Side note: In the song “Marquette County, 1959” the singer croons “Jimmy Stewart came to Marquette County in 1959.” This is true and references the film Anatomy of a Murder which Jimmy Stewart did indeed film in Marquette in 1959. (It’s a gem of a film costarring Lee Remick in a sassy roll.)

A New PLUS for Ann Arbor

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The Secretary of State Office at 353 North Maple Rd has a new look and new services beginning today, as the branch reopens as a PLUS Office. PLUS offices offer additional services and conveniences, such as payment by Discover credit card at the counter, expanded Wednesday hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., instant titles, the ability to purchase your own driving record on site and Self-Service Stations for tab renewals. To save even more time, mileage and gas, renew your license plates online.

Dragon Boat Festival at Gallup Park

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The University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies will kick off the ChinaNow Theme Year with the first ever university-sponsored Dragon Boat Festival from 10–5pm on September 30 at Gallup Park. The boats will be decorated to look like dragons with a fiery open-mouth head at the bow and a scaly tail at the stern. There's a full day's worth of events including Tai Chi, kite-making, yo-yo spinning, lion dancing, and a culinary taste of China.

Local Legend "Shaky Jake" Dies at 82

Long-time local legend "Shaky Jake" Woods died Sunday at the age of 82. Ann Arbor's street corner ambiance will never be the same. Read the article on mlive and share your memories of Jake.

Her name is Vega

American contemporary folk artist and popular musician Suzanne Vega is performing live at The Ark in Ann Arbor on Saturday, September 29. Vega began releasing albums in the mid- 1980s and her first big success came with the singles “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner” (you know, that song that always got stuck your head.) Her latest release, Beauty & Crime, brings further proof that she’s got something to say that’s worth listening to. You can see more of Vega at her website.

Corn Mazes Galore!

Fall is nearly here, and you know what that means- the corn mazes are open for business! Nothing else will get you as into the mood for Halloween or Fall itself as a trip through a corn maze once the weather has cooled down. Stop and imagine it: hot apple cider, the leaves changing color, piles of pumpkins, and racing to beat your friends or family through a maze. Try out these local thrills:

Plymouth Orchard and Cider Mill
Obstbaum Orchards
Talladay Farms Three Cedars Farm
Wiards Orchard

Bonsai!

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The 34th Annual Bonsai Show, presented by the Ann Arbor Bonsai Society, will take place August 25 & 26th from 10 am to 4:30 pm at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The show will feature about 100 bonsai, demos, as well as items for purchase such as tools, supplies and books. Admission is $3 and will happen regardless of weather conditions.

Washtenaw County Survey on Computer Ownership & Use

The Digital Inclusion Taskforce, part of Wireless Washtenaw, is currently gathering information on computer ownership and use in Washtenaw County via this short survey through Saturday, September 15. Providing your name and contact information is optional. The Digital Inclusion Taskforce will use this information as the work on Wireless Washtenaw progresses to explore and plan for ways in which Washtenaw County residents can best take advantage of free or lower-cost wireless service, and appreciate the feedback you are providing by taking the survey.

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