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.

Round Two of the Roundabout

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There’s still time to weigh in on proposed improvements to the Huron Parkway – Nixon Road intersection. A Public Workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 6th, 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the community room at Parkway Meadows. The City wants your input and ideas for a safe and user-friendly intersection.

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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