Calling all Summer Babysitters

Summer Childcare Training for Teens - Saturday, June 9th, 10:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Neutral Zone

Are you hiring a teen this summer to watch your kids? Or is your older child cruise director for the next three months for your younger kids? You can send them to the library for babysitting books but this might be the perfect program for your teen to get ready for their summer job.

Many teens provide childcare during the summer months, and many of them could benefit from some skill development and support. This training will be active and fun and will focus on child development, safety and positive daily activities. Teens of all ages are encouraged to attend, and they will receive gift certificate incentives for their participation. Training will be followed up with support through a website centered support program.

Make Tracks to the Tractors

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Fun for everyone at the Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Show at Hudson Mills Metropark beginning Friday, June 1 at 6 p.m. through Sunday, June 3rd. They’ll be pulling and showing tractors all weekend and there’s even a tractor pull for the little ones on Saturday.

Pick a Park to Make Your Own

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What's the oldest Ann Arbor city park? What city park hosts the summer concert series? Can you name the city park with the champion-size oak tree? Find out about the Adopt-A-Park Kickoff Saturday, May 19th and you'll find the answers. Adopt-A-Park volunteers get to mulch, mingle and make our parks beautiful.

Doin' Up Downtown

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More fun than you can throw a rake at and you don't even have to bring your own. The City of Ann Arbor will provide the tools, free parking at the Library Lot, pizza and more at Downtown Cleanup Day this Saturday, May 19th. Meet up at Liberty Plaza at 9:00 a.m. and help beautify our bodacious downtown.

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Did you know there is a great hiking trail just west of Ann Arbor? It's the Waterloo-Pinkney Trail. My son and I hike the trail at least once a year. It's one of the trails featured in 50 Hikes in Michigan by Jim Dufresne. Get the book, plan your trip, and then head out for the trails before the bugs get too bad.

Election Results In A Click

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The May 8, 2007 election results are now available from the Washtenaw County Clerk's office. Into political trivia? Our own County Clerk, Lawrence Kestenbaum, runs one of the coolest sites out there, Political Graveyard, the Internet's most comprehensive source for American political biography, listing 138,000+ politicians, living and dead.

To Park or Not to Park

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Is not the question. It’s how, when, and where. Join City of Ann Arbor officials for a Public Parking Strategy meeting on Thursday, May 10, 6 p.m. at Community High School. Bring your ideas for parking possibilities in Treetown for City Council consideration and action in June.

Gas Prices Go for Broke

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Getting the best deal on gas has never been more important and the MSN Local Gas Prices database will let you comparison shop without wasting fuel. If the “it could always be worse” argument helps, put in a San Francisco zip code (94102) after you’ve checked out Washtenaw County prices. The AAA Fuel Cost Calculator lets you determine how much your next road trip will cost. Michigan travel looks better and better.

Sword Fighting Fairies? Count Me In!

May Moonlight Delight is downtown tonight! Le Dog soup and chili dogs all evening, stores open late, and sword fighting fairies. Need I say more? Speaking of fairies, the Library is open until 9 tonight, so stop in and check off the first stop on your Ann Arbor Book Festival scavenger hunt while you’re at it!

Whither Will We Wander in Washtenaw?

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To Gallup Park with the Washtenaw Wanderers. Join in the Volkssport Walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a fun, family-oriented scenic river stroll. Meet the Wanderers at the Gallup Park Canoe Livery. Hey, there's even bratwurst when you're done.

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