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.

May Day at Gallup Park

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No May Poles but plenty of other activities await seniors May 1st, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Gallup Park. Nature walks, fresh-brewed coffee and sweets, and outdoor fun guaranteed to shake off those winter blues. $5 per person. Meet at the Gallup Park Canoe Livery and get energized!

Live from Ann Arbor

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The Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market kicks off Wednesday market days this week on May 2nd with a special Live broadcast of the Martin Bandyke Show from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the market. Following Martin's live broadcast Whole Foods Market will feature a tasting of locally grown produce from 10:30 a.m. to noon. So come on down Wednesday to the best Farmer's Market anywhere.

Run Spot Run

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But where, Spot, where? A public meeting to discuss a proposal for an off-leash dog park at Ward Park will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m., at Ann Arbor Church of Christ. The Swift Run Off-Leash Park, a collaboration between the City of Ann Arbor & Washtenaw County is still under construction.

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