Going to the Candidate's Debate

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Voters can judge for themselves when CTN Channel 19 airs candidate debates sponsored by the League of Women Voters. On Tuesday, Oct. 17th, Ann Arbor City Council Ward 3 candidates will square off at 7 p.m. followed by Mayoral candidates at 8 p.m. On Wednesday, Oct. 18th, 18th District State Senate candidates will debate at 7 p.m. followed by the 53rd District State Representative candidates.

Poets, Start Your Engines

Looks like prize-winning poet James Tate is among dozens of poets participating in the Wave Books Poetry Bus Tour set to start rolling Sept. 4 from Seattle. The tour is planning stops in 50 cities in 50 days, carrying poets, musicians, filmmakers and journalists. The still-under-construction web site says the poetry bus "will go more places with more poets reading more poems than was ever previously believed possible." A stop is scheduled in Ann Arbor Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the U-M Residential College Auditorium.

Need to relax?!!

Try out "Yoga Nidra: Psychic Sleep and Relaxation.":September 7 & 8. The program will be taught by Institute of Holistic Health (Miami, Florida) founder Swami Brahmavidyananda, a native of Bihar, India and disciple of Bihar School of Yoga founder Swami Satyananda Paramahamsa. Brahmavidyananda also hosts "An Evening of Wisdom and Guided Meditation" in the Michigan Union Room D on September 9, 6-9 p.m. Michigan Union Sophia Room B (Sept. 7) & Room D (Sept. 8). The program is free and donations are welcome. For more information call 734-665-7801.

If you are not up for the program but would like to try yoga (or just want more info) check out the libraries many available resources including Yoga Practice For Relaxation.

John Sinclair

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On the short list of people who can claim John Lennon wrote a song about them (that would include Yoko, his mom "Julia" and Mia Farrow's sister, "Prudence") is John Sinclair, ex-manager of the MC5, founder of the White Panther Party, and ex-political prisoner. The song is on this CD. Anyone in town remember "ten for two" and the Free John Now Rally at Crisler in '71? They contributed, at least in part, to Ann Arbor's famously lenient laws on marijuana possession. Sinclair will be appearing at the downtown branch on September 6 at 7:00 p.m. to read his blues-inspired poetry in honor of the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival. Read more about Sinclair's local and national influence on the counterculture of the nineteen sixties and seventies in the introduction to the John and Leni Sinclair papers at the Bentley Historical Library.

A Popular Summer Novel

The Lake, the River and the Other Lake, a Michigan novel by Steve Amick, is popular in Ann Arbor this summer. The paperback was #3 last week on the local bestsellers list. Amick’s CD There's always pie is attracting some attention, too. It has an intriguing song list: The song of the townies -- Cheese sandwich -- Wasn't I great? --You're the one -- Still so much -- I feel sorry for you (if you don't live here) -- Dum-dum -- I wanna be with you -- The arithmetic of love -- Part of me -- Big fat berries -- Michigan moonlight. Sounds fun.

Primary Election Results

Unofficial results from the August 8 Primary Election are available here from ewashtenaw.org. Turnout in Washtenaw county was 17.56%, with 43,301 votes cast. State results are available here.

Finally available on DVD...

...a little something for everyone: Civilisation (1969), Sir Kenneth Clark's landmark 13-part examination of Western culture, is finally here to replace our dusty, damaged VHS set. Or maybe your taste runs more along the lines of Gilmore Girls? If you want local events and politics, we have plenty, including several Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads Events, two public lectures on urban development in Ann Arbor sponsored by the Downtown Development Strategy Steering Committee. And finally, there's Zingerman's February demonstration and tasting program for Chocolate Lovers!

Ann Arbor City Tax Assessment Data (Home Values)

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AADL Select Sites: Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County

Look up property in the city of Ann Arbor to find out the owner, the most recent sales price, the assessed value, the square footage, the number of rooms, the real estate taxes, how much of that tax went to support the public library, and to view a photograph of the house.

You can also search for comparables with sales within a certain time period, range of sales price, and range of square footage.

Washtenaw County Death and Marriage Records

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AADL Select Sites: Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County

Searchable death records from 1960 to the present and searchable marriage records from 1965 to the present can be found on the Washtenaw County Clerk/Register's Office website.

The Ann Arbor District Library (Second Floor of the Downtown Library) has the Ann Arbor News on microfilm. You can search for an obituary using the date of the death as a starting date. If there is an obituary, you will usually find it within the first two or three days after the date of death.

The Ann Arbor News keeps obituaries online for the past 180 days.

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