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.

Rating Michigan Bridges

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The Michigan Department of Transportation has a new website that provides Safety Reports on 4,402 state highway bridges. Bridge reports are available by route number and/or county are current through August 15, 2007. The website only includes bridges 20 feet or more and does not include pedestrian and locally-owned bridges. Locally, the Washtenaw County Road Commission has instituted new weight restrictions for bridges.

Food Fare @ the Farmers’ Market

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Looking for a new way to prepare your favorite veggies? Then come to the Whole Foods Market Tasting Event this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market. The Whole Foods chefs will feature locally grown produce from all our favorite FM vendors. Look for samples and recipes at this free event.

Pick a Parks & Rec Class Online

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Beginning August 20th, you can Register Online for Ann Arbor Parks & Rec classes, camps, and programs. TreeTown will be saving trees and money by printing fewer brochures (Fall/Winter 2007-2008 brochures will no longer be mailed to homes) so look for the full-color online version. While you’re on the P&R site be sure to check out the Canoe Liveries ~ Fall is the prettiest time for paddling the Huron.

Splish Splash at Buhr Park

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Or slip and slide into a pool of Jello, hang out with 100 rubber duckies, swing away at a giant shark pinata. There's something for everyone at the Buhr Park Summer Splash Day, Saturday, August 18th, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. You don't have to register in advance, just grab your swimmies and head to the pool.

City Council Candidate Update

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Contact information for the Ann Arbor City Council candidates is now available. City residents can use the Ann Arbor Voter Information look-up tool on the web to find specific information about their ward and precinct, voting districts and polling place. Please call the City Clerk at 734-994-2725 for more information or to check the status of your voter registration in the City.

Tour Washtenaw County's Heritage

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Crank up the Model A or the hybrid and discover our county's history on one of the Washtenaw County Heritage Tours. Download the beautiful full-color brochures that are packed with historical information, pictures and maps designed to take you back in time and get you back home effortlessly. The Ann Arbor District Libray's online Local History Collection will provide even more avenues for exploration.

It's Debatable ~ Tonight

Tune in to CTN Channel 19 tonight, July 23rd, for the live broadcast of the City Council candidate debates sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area. Candidates for Ward One begin debating at 7:00 p.m., Ward Three at 8:00 p.m. and Ward Five at 9:00 p.m. The debates will be rebroadcast up until the August 7th election.

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