Earth Day Festival at Matthaei

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Sunday, April 22, will be even more beautiful when you attend the Earth Day Celebration at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. From noon to 4 p.m. take in animal demonstrations, live entertainment, hands-on activities and of course miles of nature trails and outdoor gardens. Start your visit with a nature walk at 12:30 led by the Huron River Watershed Council, then head over to the All Species Parade at 2 p.m. Admission is FREE thanks to donations from area businesses, so take this opportunity to get acquainted with Matthaei.

Walking and Talking about Huron River Drive

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The weather's going to be perfect Saturday, April 21st, so get out the bike or get on your walking shoes and enjoy a vehicle-free portion of Huron River Drive from Bird Road to North Main between 9:00 a.m. and noon. The City is developing a Plan to improve that section of the roadway and they want your input on balancing the needs of different users of this beautiful stretch of Huron River roadway.

Composting Extravaganza

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Yes, composting can be extravagantly entertaining to watch when the science wizards at the MRF turn 12,000 tons of leaves into dark, yummy mulch. Join them this Saturday, April 14th, from 10:00 a.m. - noon, and receive a coupon for a free, yes free, bushel of compost. But wait there's more. You can also tour the recycling center for free.

Raves for Jeff Daniels on Broadway

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A rave review from none other than Ben Brantley of the New York Times for Jeff Daniels performance in the Broadway play, Blackbird, "a drama that promises to be the most powerful of the season." The New York Times is available full-text online via the AADL Research database page.

Welcome News on Wireless Washtenaw

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Wireless Washtenaw is almost ready for prime time. And to get you up to speed and ready to log on, CTN Channel 19 will be talking to the movers and shakers behind this county-wide initiative on Conversations beginning Wednesday, April 11th at 10:30 a.m. with daily replays. Check the CTN schedule for full details.

April 9-14 is Architecture Week

The American Institute of Architects Huron Valley Chapter is now distributing a “Guide to Ann Arbor Architecture." The guide was developed from entries received from the membership of the Huron Valley Chapter and organized by the Guide to Architecture Committee. It's available free of charge throughout the community.

The 3rd printing of the Guide to Ann Arbor Architecture includes directions on how to download podcasts narrated by local architects for each of the 35 buildings in the guide. Eighteen podcasts are now posted in both voice and video and voice only formats on the AIA Michigan Webpage. On location filming of 17 more podcasts is now in progress.

The Malletts Creek Branch of the AADL, designed by the architecture firm Luckenbach|Ziegelman, received the AIA Michigan Design Award in 2005.
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aadlfreespace is free!

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Looking for a place to have a small meeting and can't afford to rent a room? Check out the aadlfreespace on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Library. It holds up to 32 people. You can reserve this room for meetings for free up to four times in a calendar year and make your reservations on line. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. You will need an AADL library card to make the reservation. Date availability is shown as well on line. Can't get to a computer? Call 734-327-8323 to make your reservation.

And the Survey Says

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That 90% of Tree Town residents surveyed in 2007 rated Ann Arbor's quality of life excellent or good. Results on safety, city services, priorities and more are available online. You can watch replays of the presentation of the survey on CTN Channel 16 throughout April and May.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Town Hall Meetings

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The City of Ann Arbor invites the public to review and discuss Ann Arbor’s proposed 2007-2008 municipal budget at two upcoming Town Hall Meetings. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4th, at Clague Middle School and Thursday, April 5th, at Slauson Middle School.

Thinking of starting a business? Get help from SBTDC

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If you're thinking of starting your own business and are looking for information, counseling, resources and other help the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center is a great place to start. The organization has local offices in Ypsilanti and at Washtenaw Community College. Their knowledgable staff presents regular workshops on starting a business called 'Vision to Reality' at several area locations (on Tuesday, April 3rd from 3:00 to 5:30 pm at the Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce, 425 S. Main St. and on Tuesday, April 17th from 3:00 to 5:30 pm at the Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce. 301 W. Michigan Avenue). There is a $30 fee. To register and to get information on some of their other special April workshops call (734)547-9170.

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