Here's to Our Cool Downtown Neighbors!

The Neutral Zone is having a kitchen shower so they can outfit their kitchen with utensils! The Neutral Zone is ‘registered’ at Ace Barnes Hardware. They need to stock it with kitchen stuff to help create a comprehensive program to better serve their teen aged participants….did someone say teenagers?? Alert the media!! 826 Michigan has moved to 115 E. Liberty Street. Check out their calendar, it’s full of workshops, programs, tutoring opportunities and activities relating to writing, writing, writing. We are fortunate to have these resources in downtown Ann Arbor but they are here for all of Washtenaw County.

The Feast of Love Movie is Worth Seeing

The 28 movie reviews collected at metacritic put The Feast of Love at 51 out of 100, a “mixed or average“ sort of rating. I liked it more than that. So far viewers’ opinions - all three of them - have pushed the film to a 6 out of 10 in that division. That’s more like it, although I enjoyed it more than that, too. The review most closely reflecting my thoughts was also the most positive, from Richard Corliss in Time magazine: “Sexy, funny, sad and defiantly romantic, Feast of Love is the rare movie to cuddle up to.” The movie definitely is faithful to the 2000 novel set in Ann Arbor The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter, with lots of Ann Arbor-like scenes (great job, Portland!).

Wiard's Orchards Country Fair

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This fun event is happening every Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 6pm at Wiard's Orchards in Ypsilanti. The Country Fair is a fun, fall "carnival atmosphere" filled with events for the whole family. Go for a pony ride or hay ride, visit the petting farm, hear live music and get lost in the corn maze, just to name a few. And when you're tired of having fun- relax and enjoy doughnuts, caramel apples and fresh cider! And don't forget to pick out apples and pumpkins to take home!
Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merrit Road, Ypsilanti, Admission $10.50, $8 after 4:30, Under 2 get in free.

Fire Station Open House

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This Sunday, October 6th is the annual Ann Arbor Fire Department Open House. There will be lots of fun activities where kids will learn some serious fire safety tips like Stop Drop and Roll and parents will learn how to keep smoke alarms working properly.

Dog Days at Olson Park

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Ready, Set, Play! The new off-leash dog play area at Olson Park is officially open and ready for man's best friend. Don't forget to stop by the City Clerk's Office and pick up an annual Off-Leash Dog Permit before letting 'em rip at the park.

An argument against time-outs

One book being read and discussed by a good number of Ann Arbor area parents this fall is the 2005 title Unconditional Parenting: Moving from rewards and punishments to love and reason by Alfie Kohn. One parent book group is tackling this one for their October discussion, and currently there are 14 holds on eight copies in the library system. Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say: “ . . . .This lively book will surely rile parents who want to be boss. Those seeking alternative methods of raising confident, well-loved children, however, will warmly embrace Kohn's message.”

CTN Camcorder Class

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User manuals make great doorstops. If you really want to learn how to use a gadget, hands-on is the only way to go. Luckily, CTN agrees and is offering How to Get the Most Out of Your Camcorder", a personalized instruction class on Monday, October 26th, 6 - 9 p.m. at CTN Studios. The class is $10 and will cover functions and features of your camcorder, how to compose shots, capture audio and special effects. Reserve your space by calling 734.769.7422 and remember to bring your camcorder and tripod along.

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.)

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