The Yellow Room Gang Concert

Thursday December 6, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join us for a special December concert featuring the celebrated The Yellow Room Gang - which includes acclaimed local musicians.

These accomplished Michigan songwriters have been meeting monthly since 2005. What began as a casual meeting in the brilliant yellow living room of David Tamulevich's Ann Arbor home has evolved into one of the most exciting musical super groups to ever join forces on one stage.

Your Guide to Buying Local This Holiday Season

Where will you shop for holiday gifts this year? It’s buy local week! In the recent years, local businesses in Michigan cities including Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have been participating in several “buy local” themed holiday sales in order to take some of the spotlight off of the big box stores. This growing trend to “buy local Michigan” is a great way to support our state’s economy. If you’re looking for gift ideas that will support southeast Michigan, or just the state in general, here are some ideas:

-Farmer’s Markets are on the rise! According to a study done by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Michigan has been leading the country in the percentage growth of farmers markets over the last two years and also “ranks fourth among the states in the number of farmers markets.” There are several local farmer’s markets that are open year-round, such as The Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market and The Detroit Eastern Market. Pick up a locally made loaf of banana bread for a stocking stuffer. Or, for the more adventurous, cook your own gifts to give from the fresh foods found at the markets. The AADL’s catalog has several local-themed cookbooks for you to draw ideas from.

-Michigan is famous for its vineyards and wineries. Take a friend or loved one who enjoys wine on a tour of Michigan wineries by following this guide. Or pick up a bottle from a local winery.

-Speaking of local drinks, Michigan is also well-known for its local breweries. Ann Arbor Brewing Company, Bell’s, and Arcadia are among some of the most popular Michigan breweries holding holiday sales this year.

-Within the last few years, there have been several “Michigan” themed retail stores popping up that stock Michigan-made products. Among these include The Michigan General Store in Ypsilanti, The Dixboro General Store, The Produce Station in Ann Arbor, and the website “The Mitten State” which sells vintage-inspired Michigan themed t-shirts and other Michigan-themed gifts. Buying gifts from Michigan retail stores is a great way to support your local and state economy.

-Over the next few weeks, Friday, December 7th, Friday December 14th, and Friday December 21st, Main Street in Downtown Ann Arbor will be hosting “Festive Fridays” which include live street entertainment and extended hours for Main Street retailers! This is a great opportunity to enjoy and support your local economy.

-Connect with local crafters and support them at DIYpsi, coming up December 8th & 9th in Ypsilanti. Other local DIY craft events and holiday bazaars coming up include Tiny Expo in Ann Arbor on December 8th, the 7th Annual Holiday Baar Bazaar in Detroit on the 14th, The Detroit Mercantile Merry Market on the 15th & 16th, and The Detroit Annual Food Bazaar on December 10th.

-If you’re into crafting yourself, check out some of the craft programs coming up at the AADL to make your very own gifts to give!

-Do you have an avid reader to please this holiday season? Check out the AADL’s Friend’s of the Library Book Shop, located on the basement level of the Downtown branch. The shop’s holiday hours this season are: Saturdays, 10-4 and Sundays, 1-4 through December 16th, 2012. Then closed until January 5th and 6th, 2013. The shop includes a wide variety of gently-used books, CDs, DVDs, sheet music, and jigsaw puzzels.

Happy local holiday shopping!

Found and Read


Brothers Davy and Peter Rothbart visit their hometown of Ann Arbor tomorrow night at The Last Word as part of FOUND Magazine’s epic 10th Anniversary tour, which brings them to 37 states this fall. (The Ann Arbor stop benefits 826Michigan.) The tour also celebrates the release of Davy’s new book My Heart is an Idiot. MHIAI is a collection of personal essays, many regarding his search for love in all the wrong places. See here for info on the tour, and here for FOUND books at AADL.

Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week

Did you know that November 11-17th has been deemed Homeless & Hunger Awareness Week? Around the country people are bringing attention to these issues in a variety of ways, from workshops and lectures to simulating homelessness get a better feel for what it's like to not have permanent housing. Last February AADL hosted an interesting panel of homeless serving agencies in Washtenaw County. If you weren't able to attend, we filmed the event and you can watch it at your leisure. One fact that always startles me no matter how often I hear it is that children are often the forgotten faces of homelessness and that Domestic Violence is still the number one cause of homelessness among children. There are homeless children in nearly every elementary school in Washtenaw County, and likely countless kids who go to bed hungry every night. We just want you to be aware of homelessness and hunger in our community.

Ann Arbor's Greenbelt Program

Wednesday November 7, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join representatives from the City of Ann Arbor's Greenbelt program and landowners involved with the program for a dynamic discussion on land conservation, farming and why land conservation is important.

During this event, a variety of landowners (both long-time and new farmers) will discuss their farms, farming rewards and challenges; why they chose to protect their land and how the Greenbelt Program has helped to keep farming viable in the Ann Arbor area.

World Diabetes Day!

The University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Diabetes Center is hosting their 6th Annual World Diabetes Day Health Fair November 10 from 9:00 AM -1:00 pm. The event takes place at the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel. There will be screenings for high blood pressure, urine screenings for kidney disease, foot exams and eye exams to screen for diabetic retinopathy. There will be three presentations during the event and many resources available for participants. This event is free and open to the public.

Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012: Tips for Voters

-Don’t forget to bring your photo ID to vote. Voters who do not have acceptable photo ID will be required to sign an affidavit in order to vote.
-Peak voting hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Voters who want to avoid long lines are encouraged to vote during midday hours.
-Polling place hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are standing in line by 8 p.m. then you are eligible to vote.
-In-person requests for absentee ballots will be accepted at the City Clerk’s Office, 2nd floor of City Hall, until Monday, November 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed on Election Day. Polling places located within schools are open.
-Signs will be posted at all polling locations to assist voters.

View your sample ballot, check your polling location and much more at Michigan Votes.

Washtenaw County election results are televised on Community Television Network’s CitiTV Channel 19 beginning at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012—after the polls close—and will continue throughout the night.

Both Sides Now: The Statewide Ballot Proposals on CTN

The League of Women Voters will examine the pros and cons of the six statewide ballot proposals as well as the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti ballot proposals on CTN, Community Television Network, beginning Wednesday, October 10. Viewers can also stream the program on demand from links on the CTN homepage.

The LWV also helps sponsor Vote411.org, the online election source that lets voters build their own ballot with an online voters' guide. Type in your address to see the races on your ballot. Candidates' positions can be compared side-by-side, and you may print out a "ballot" indicating your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day.

To double-check your voter registration status, your polling location, view your sample ballot and much more, visit the State of Michigan's Michigan Votes web site.

Ready, Set, Debate: 2012 Candidate Forums

The League of Women Voters will sponsor a series of candidate forums at the Community Television Network Studio from Monday, October 8th ~ Thursday, October 11th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The forums will be broadcast on CitiTV, Channel 19 until the day before the election and can also be viewed on the CitiTV website. Candidates for the following offices will be participating in the forum:

Monday, October 8th
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. County Water Resources Commissioner
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. County Treasurer
9:00 - 9:30 p.m. County Clerk/Register of Deeds

Tuesday, October 9th
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Washtenaw Community College Trustees Board
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Public School Board
9:00 - 9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor District Library Board

Wednesday, October 10th
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Mayoral Race & 5th Ward
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. County Sheriff
9:00 - 9:30 p.m. Board of County Commissioners - Districts 7, 8, & 9

Thursday, October 11th
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. State Representatives - 53rd & 55th Districts
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. 22nd Circuit Court (non-incumbent & incumbent race)
9:00 - 9:30 p.m. County Prosecuting Attorney

The public can submit their questions to candidates via email to FORUM_QUESTIONS@lwvannarbor.org. The League reserves the right to select and edit the questions that will be used in the forums.

View your sample ballot, check your polling location and much more at Michigan Votes.

Register to Vote: It's So Easy

Tuesday, October 9th, is the last day to register to vote in the November 6th general election. You can register to vote for federal, state, and local elections at the Washtenaw County Clerk's office, the Ann Arbor City Clerk's office, the Secretary of State office nearest you and the Family Independence Agency in Ypsilanti. The Michigan Votes Voter Information Center is your one-stop site for information on registering and voting in Michigan.

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