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.

County 4H Fair

It’s that time of year again. 4H at the Washtenaw County Fair grounds on Ann Arbor – Saline road at Pleasant Lake Road just south of town.

It starts Sunday July 22nd through Friday, July 27th. It’s all free to spectators. Come out and enjoy the many judging and showmanship events including cows, pigs, chickens, cats, dogs, horses, llamas and more. Click here to get the full schedule for the week.

You don’t need to have kids involved in 4H to enjoy the many great dramas that occur there throughout the week. Come out and have a good time.

Sancho's Scene: Community Events that Wander off the Path

Saturday, July 7 is going to be a big day. According to theknot.com, more than twice the usual number of “knottie” weddings (12,000 on a typical July Saturday) are scheduled to take place. And, while couples around the world are snagging a pretty cool anniversary date, an organization called Live Earth plans to hold concerts on seven continents in an effort to combat the global climate crisis. A freshly minted Ann Arbor organization, Aero Global Warming is hosting an official Friend of Live Earth event at Palmer Field this 07/07/07. Check it out—bands will be playing from 1-9, and the event features a plasma screen display of the other concerts taking place all over the world.

Register & Vote

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City of Ann Arbor residents have until 5 p.m. Monday, July 9th to register to vote in the August 7th City Primary. You can register to vote at City Hall or any Secretary of State office. Save even more time by printing off a Voter Registration Form beforehand. Not sure if you're registered? Check your status at Michigan Votes. If you need to vote via Absentee Ballot, call the City Clerk's office at (734) 994-2725.

Timely Tax Tip: Pay Online

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Want to save time, gas and stamps? Then use the City of Ann Arbor's Online Tax Payment site to pay your 2007 Summer property tax. Beginning July 1 through July 31, taxpayers with a savings or checking account (sorry no credit or debit cards) can pay via a secure e-check system. On-line Assessment and Property Tax Data is also available on the City's web site.

Ann Arbor Civic Band March Mania

Were you like me and spent your formative years in various bands? Not the kind with kids with cool haircuts and loud guitars, rather the kind with uncomfortable uniforms and instruments with spit valves. If you can relate then you should check out the Ann Arbor Civic Band as they kick off their summer season with March Mania, June 27th at 8pm in the West Park Band Shell. Concerts will run weekly through July.

If you are eager to get in the marching spirit listen to The World's Greatest Marches, the United States Marine Band, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. And just for giggles, check out the picture book, Olivia Forms a Band.

Real Time Water Watching

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How much water are you using at home? More than last year or last month? If you live in Ann Arbor you can now find out all kinds of info about your water usage and billing by following the My Property link on the City's web site. This new web service gives you daily, quarterly, monthly, multi-year usage charts and graphs. Notice a sudden spike in usage? A dripping faucet or leaky pipe may be the cause. Time for a plumbing repair book.

Goin' to the Green Fair

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Downtown Tree Town will be transformed Friday night, June 15th, from 5 to 10 p.m., into the 7th Annual Green Fair. Stroll exhibits on rain barrels, green roofs, green cars, green bikes ... The Leslie Science Center and the Hands-On Museum will provide plenty of activities for kids. Plan a neighborhood lets-walk-to-the-fair group and stop by the Downtown Library to register for the Figure It Out summer reading program.

Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary

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Join in the Sesquincentennial celebration of the Washtenaw County Historical Society on Saturday, June 16th, 2-4 p.m. at the Museum on Main Street. They’ll be dedicating a 1857 American flag and hosting a garden party so come stroll through the beautiful grounds and take a tour of the Sesquincentennial Exhibit inside the Museum.

What’s the Plan for Huron River Drive?

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Surveys have been conducted, forums held, walks walked and now its time for sharing the results. Join the City of Ann Arbor Design Advisory Committee for a
Public Meeting on Thursday, June 7th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Forsythe Middle School to learn survey results and what the next steps are for addressing the deterioration of the roadway that best balances the needs of different users.

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