Tree Town Trees Down

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If Emerald Ash Borer weren't enough, the heavy ice storm last weekend left a lot of storm-damaged tree branches all over town. The City of Ann Arbor is designing a schedule for collecting the tree limbs and brush and will assist residents with managing the private property storm-related disposal. They'll start by collecting tree limbs placed at the extensions that are longer than 8 feet and up to 8 inches in diameter. In the 2nd stage city trucks will collect bundled brush and tree limbs no longer than 4 feet in length and 8 inches in diameter. Details on the special clean-up will be posted beginning Wednesday, January 24 on the City web site, on CTN Channel 19 and by calling 994-2807.

Rethinking the Plaza

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The City of Ann Arbor and the Downtown Development Authority are seeking further input through Jan. 31, 2007 on plans to improve Sculpture Plaza. Plans include new lighting, landscaping and reconfiguring the seating and tables. Offer your comments to City Parks Planner Amy Kuras by phone at 734.994.1827 or via email akuras@a2gov.org.

Trash Day is Trash Day

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Ann Arbor trash collection days will be unaffected by Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday January 15th. Regular trash pickups will occur Jan. 15th - Jan. 20th. City Hall will be closed on MLK Day but the Drop-Off Station will be open.

O Christmas Tree

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The City of Ann Arbor will collect holiday evergreen trees from the curbside during a one-week period, Monday Jan. 22 - Friday, Jan 26, 2007. Remember to remove all ornaments, nails and tinsel and don't put the trees in plastic bags. You can also drop off your undecorated Christmas trees in the parking lot adjacent to the Drop-Off Station through January 31st.

Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda

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Here we are at … the City of Ann Arbor’s Holiday Break Camp for kids ages 6 – 10 years old. The Bryant Community Center is the place to be 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Jan. 2 – 5, 2007. Lots of activities, lunches, snacks and field trips are included in the $50 resident fee. For more information contact Community Outreach at 994.2722.

A Plan for Ann Arbor’s Future

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Every year the City of Ann Arbor produces a 5-year plan for Capital Improvement projects – bridge repairs, street construction, utility upgrades. Even fun stuff like non-motorized trails, bike lanes and street lighting are included. You can read the newest Draft online and attend a Public Hearing and give your input, Thursday, January 4th at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

And Through the Metropark Woods

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Add a ride over the meadows and through the woods on your Christmas Day travels this year. Entry fees will be waived on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, at all 13 Metroparks for “Christmas Appreciation Day.”

All Metroparks will be open, including use of all trails and paths, on Christmas Day. The eight Interpretive Center buildings and two Farm Learning Centers will be closed. Sledding hills and cross-country ski trails will be open if there is snow.

For more information, call the Huron-Clinton Metroparks at 1-800-477-2757.

Sancho’s Scene: Community Events that Wander off the Path

Early birds (har har!) gear up: the Washtenaw Audubon Society is conducting their 60th annual Christmas Bird Count this Saturday, beginning at 6am. Experts and novices alike are welcome, so grab one of our bird watching books, and join the holiday fun!

Those Tibetan prayer flags on your porch looking worn and faded? For something truly off the beaten path, hit up the Himalayan Bazaar in my Garage, also this Saturday, hosted by Of Global Interest’s Heather O’Neil, who stocks the bazaar with brightly colored items from her travels. Happy trekking!

Santa Takes Your Calls

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Watch Santa take calls from boys and girls LIVE on Thursday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on CTN Station 17. Call Santa at 734-997-1050 with your list (after you've checked it twice) during this special 2-hour telecast from the Santa Satellite Network.

Buy Local Week, December 4-10

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Organized by Think Local First of Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti will celebrate Buy Local Week, December 4-10 along with many other communities across the country. Click here for a list of events.

During Buy Local Week,, you'll have a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to ANY of the independent, locally-owned businesses in Washtenaw County, as well 10 runner-up prizes.

Why buy local? Here are seven reasons to Think Local First.

While you are shopping at one of our wonderful independent, locally owned bookstores, don't forget our local authors. Happy Shopping!

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