Learn About Bipolar Disorder at Ann Arbor Senior Center

On Tues., Nov. 9, 7-8:30 pm, the City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Department is offering an interactive program about bipolar disorder, addictions and other mental illnesses. The facilitator will be Jacqueline Castine who is a community education specialist for the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority and the author of I Wish I Could Fix It, But . . . Phoenix Publishers, 2005. The program is free and will take place at the Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue (near Packard and Stadium) . Ms. Castine’s books will be available for sale and signing following the program. To register call Pamela at 734-794-6250. For more information call J. Castine 248-975-9684.

Incarceration: Helping Prisoners Survive

Are we incarcerating too many people? How are we actually treating them? These are a few of the many tough questions surrounding American prisons. U-M faculty member Buzz Alexander has a new book, "Is William Martinez Not Our Brother?: Twenty Years of the Prison Creative Arts Project," in which he describes U-M's Prison Creative Arts Project. The project provides university courses, a nonprofit organization, and a national network for incarcerated youth and adults in Michigan juvenile facilities and prisons. Alexander will speak about his book Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in U-M Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, followed by a book sale and signing.

More Halloween Fun!

ghostghostIf by the time Sunday rolls along you still haven't had your fill of Halloween festivities, you might visit the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History. On Sunday, October 31, the Exhibit Museum's Family Halloween Party combines tricks and treats with learning. Attendees will venture through the museum to special stations and experience hands-on activities. This year there will even be live animals. This event is free and suitable for all ages, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Find a map to the museum here. For more information, call 734-764-0480 or email kelsul@umich.edu.

Halloween Night: The Turn of the Screw

Looking for a good ghost story for Sunday evening? Check out Performance Network's one-night-only concert reading of The Turn of the Screw. The play, written by Jeffrey Hatcher, is based on the classic tale of evil and suspense by Henry James. A preview of Sunday's reading is here.

Family Cultural Celebration of Poland

Join us for the Family Cultural Celebration of Poland on November 7 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library for dancing with the Syrena Dance Ensemble, a sweet taste of makowiec, and a Smok, the Cracow Dragon craft. Guitarist Piotr Dworak will round out this fun event with more music and dancing!

Halloween in Ann Arbor, 1957

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Here are a few photographs from the Ann Arbor News archive to give you a taste of what Halloween was like in Ann Arbor 50 years ago. The first photo, below, is of a girl trying on a mask in a Main Street dime store. The second photograph is of a boy looking at candy. Both were taken on October 21, 1957. Does anyone recognize the store? Could it have been Kline's? Or maybe Kresge's?

The two photographs at the bottom are from the Burns Park School Halloween Parade in 1957: children marching in the parade ; and, my favorite, the Burns Park band playing in costume.

2010 Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition

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Do you know a talented young writer who has a knack for the writing craft? If so, you may want to check out the Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition. The winner receives a $30,000 scholarship to the creative writing program at Interlochen Arts Academy.
Any student in grades 8–11 during the 2010–11 academic year are eligible.

What’s So Funny at The Gallery Project?

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The Gallery Project is an art gallery in Ann Arbor that features rotating art exhibitions with a different theme running through the pieces included. “Gallery Project is a fine art collaborative. Its mission is to provide a venue for contemporary art that is culturally aware, individualistic, courageous, and thought provoking.”

The newest exhibit, What’s So Funny?, is a multimedia show featuring the artwork of local and national artists. “This exhibition invites each artist to offer expressions of humor with or without a point, humor that is for some reason is funny to them or makes sense in the broader cultural milieu.” It opens today! And runs from October 20 – November 28, with an opening reception this Friday, October 22.

To see what’s been shown in the gallery in previous shows, check the exhibit archive to see what sort of fun and interesting things have been on display.

The thumbnail image is by Detroit artist Teresa Petersen whose work is included in the current exhibit.

The Gallery Project | 215 South Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor | Oct. 20 – Nov. 28 | Free

Boo!

The Downtown Library will be filled with the tiniest and most colorful trick-or-treaters
you have ever seen on Friday, October 29th for the 9:30 am and 10:30 am Halloween storytimes. After stories and songs we’ll give out bags and candy to kickoff the Main Street Treat Parade which begins at 11:00 am. To get in trickster mode, check out two brand new treats, Hallowilloween and AlphaOoops! H is for Halloween.

Fun New Guide to Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor has made it onto Design Sponge, the popular online design blog. One of Design Sponge’s popular features are the city guides that offer lists and images of hot spots in cities all over the world. The latest city guide is a guide to Ann Arbor. Of course, it’s not an inclusive list to all the great places to go in Ann Arbor, but it features some great stuff, was written by a local, and features artwork by a local. Pretty neat! What stops in our fine city would you add to the list?
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