Run Spot Run ~ Swiftly to Swift Park

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The Swift Run Off-Leash Dog Park is ready for Rover! Beginning Saturday, Dec. 1st, man's best friend can romp and rollick with like-minded doggies. Be sure and get Rover registered before heading to the park. Need a dog of your own to take to the park? Visit the Humane Society of Huron Valley and find the perfect partner.

It Takes a Village

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There’s a nation-wide movement to make neighborhoods more comfortable places in which to grow old. These organized neighborhoods called villages are supported by members of the neighborhood or community. If you would like to find our more about the legal aspects of forming a village, come to the next meeting on Thursday, February 14 at 11:45am in the Malletts Creek Branch Program Room AB to hear Neel Hajra from NEW Center explore the advantages and limitations of becoming a non-profit village. "It Takes A Village" brownbag discussion is sponsored by the Blueprint For Aging.

Buy Indie in Ypsi

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If you survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday why not try a handmade Saturday? This Saturday from noon to midnight is the fourth Shadow Art Fair at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. There you’ll find all things handmade- from t-shirts, coffee, purses and jewelry, to art, zines and soap. This year also features “Shadow Brew.” It's not too late to take the Handmade Pledge this holiday giving season, and the Shadow is a good place to start. Of course... you could always make your own gifts too!

City of Ann Arbor Golf Report

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Golf Convergence, Inc. has been conducting a comprehensive analysis of the status and future of golf in the city of Ann Arbor and their Golf Report is now available online, at City Hall, and the 2nd floor of the Downtown Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library. Golf Convergence will make a formal presentation on the report at a special Park Advisory Commission (PAC) meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight, Nov. 27th, in Council Chambers in the Guy C. Larcom Municipal Building. This presentation will be televised on CTN.

My House, My Home

A recent local Aging In Place conference emphasized many services for seniors some of which they weren’t aware of. One such resource was the Housing Bureau For Seniors, part of the University of Michigan Health System. The Housing Bureau For Seniors provides services to help keep residents 55 years of age and older in their own homes. Their Elderly Eviction Prevention program is set up to prevent homelessness for seniors who live in rental property.

The United Way’s 2-1-1 number for information and referrals to human services was another resource that well received. Over 700 agencies are in their databases and they give referrals to people in Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw counties.

Longer Leeway for Lingering Leaves

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Another excuse not to rake leaves is no more. The City of Ann Arbor has extended leaf collection through Friday, December 14th. Seems the warmer than usual autumn weather has fooled the trees and we'll now have plenty of time to get those beauties in the bags and to the curb.

Light the Lights ~ Tonight

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Make History tonight by joining Mayor Hieftje at 6 p.m. tonight, Nov. 16th, at the official lighting ceremony at Liberty Plaza to kickoff the holiday season. Why History? Because the holiday glow this year will be from environementally friendly LED lights -- 114,000 to be exact -- one for every resident of Tree Town. All those beautiful lights throughout the Downtown will require 80% less energy. Bet Columbus, Ohio is still using old-fashioned lights.

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.

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