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.

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.

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