Cinema Nightly starts this week


Cinema Nightly is a local grassroots project that aims to bring filmmakers, actors, producers, directors and bands together for a chance to meet and enjoy the art of film and music. Friday, September 3, is the first in a series of free form video screenings and music performances to be held at the Downtown Library. From 6:30-9:00 p.m., you'll see "Sunday," "Andy: The Ballad of the Karoke King," "I will hurt you," "25 Cent," and "Time as it takes". The musical guest is John Hurlahe. Admission is free!

Read more about Cinema Nightly Project and find out how to submit your film.

Purple Rose Theatre: All new, all Michigan line-up

This week there’s an awesome chance for a sneak preview of the fall season of Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea. On Tuesday Aug. 31 from 6-9 p.m. at the Downtown Library, the company will present a concert reading of ‘Best of Friends‘ -- a new world-premiere comedy by Jeff Daniels. Come watch cast members and director Guy Sanville. If you can’t make it, plan to attend 'Best of Friends' at PRT Oct. 14 - Dec. 18. And when you get a minute, check out the All New, All Michigan line-up, including three additional world premiere plays by Michigan playwrights to celebrate the 20th anniversary season of Purple Rose.

The Art Book Today

Anyone with interest in books and art should consider going to the upcoming History of Art 2010 Fall Symposium The Art Book Today: Print Projects in the Digital Age. This fascinating sounding event is coming up Sept. 11 from 1-5 p.m. at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Knowledgeable panelists will talk about designing, publishing, and distributing art books and books on art when the publishing industry seems to be changing daily. Ways to move forward in this exciting field also will be on the table.

Today is National Youth Literacy Day!

826National is dubbing August 26 (8/26) National Youth Literacy Day. That’s today!! “826 writing centers provide totally free literacy instruction to 22,000 students every year.” There are eight nonprofit chapters across the country, including 826Michigan right here in Ann Arbor.

Did you know that there is a writing/tutoring lab in the back of that wacky Robot Shop on Liberty Street? Behind that red curtain is totally FREE tutoring, drop-in writing, workshops, fieldtrips, and other goodness going on for kids age 6-18. Need help with math? Drop in afterschool, as tutoring starts Sept. 20. Want to drop the kids off for an amazing writing workshop one evening while you grab coffee next door? Stay tuned here for the fall schedule, which gets posted on Sept. 6! Register fast, as spaces fill up quickly. (There are even workshops for adults!) I know for a fact that the kids and adults around there have oodles of fun while teaching/learning.

Some of the works the children write get published in anthologies, and the beautiful books are sold at the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Shop, and some are available for check out right here at AADL. Neat, right?

Have 5 Minutes to help TheRide develop a Transit Master Plan?


TheRide is developing a Transit Master Plan for Washtenaw County to set the direction for how the transit network will be developed over the next 10, 20 and 30 years. The plan will be monitored and adjusted periodically, and although it will focus on transit, it will also address alternative and complementary transportation modes such as walking and cycling.

Help inform the direction of the new Transit Master Plan by completing this questionnaire on your vision for transit across the county. You can also request an alternative format either by email at or by phone at 1-734-794-1880.

Read more about the questionnaire and the Master Plan process at and in this July 3 article from The Ann Arbor Chronicle.

Washtenaw County Community Day!

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On Saturday, August 14th, Washtenaw County residents will have the opportunity to connect with over 35 human service providers & non-profit agencies. Washtenaw County ETCS, together with local non-profits & other county departments to bring FREE services to county residents. Look for Michigan Works!; the Department of Human Services; Ann Arbor Spark; Washtenaw County Public Health; Habitat for Humanity; The Business Side of Youth (B-Side), and the WLBPD among others. There will be FREE food, games, live entertainment, and plenty of giveaways. The event is from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. on Ferris Street in the lot next to Key Bank in Ypsi.

Dexter, Chelsea, Manchester and Saline: Then & Now

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Thanks to local historian Grace Shackman, we've recently added to Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now dozens of past articles from the Community Observer tracking the histories of our neighboring communities Dexter, Chelsea, Manchester and Saline. Some articles, including one about the origins of area libraries, another on the county's one-room schoolhouses, and a third detailing Christmases past cover the history of the subject in all four locations. You can also read many feature-length articles about the architectural landmarks, businesses and people that characterize the towns, from the Chelsea Private Hospital and the Dexter Underpass to the Manchester Mill and Saline Valley Farms. Grace has also written about the smaller villages of Dixboro and Delhi.

Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing

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If you are currently homeless or have lost your home to foreclosure, check this out: There's a federally-funded financial assistance program that may help. The Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing program, serves Washtenaw County residents who are homeless, facing eviction or whose housing has been condemned. The process begins with a completed State Emergency Relief application; income documentation & photo ID's for everyone over 18 in the household. There are several local partners who can assist as well, just mention HPRP when you call Jewish family Services, Catholic Social Services or SOS Community Services, among other agencies. You can also call the HPRP Team at 734- 662-2829, ext. 232.

Congratulations to Vault of Midnight

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Vault of Midnight, an Ann Arbor institution for 15 years, has won this year's Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. The award, handed out to a store who has "done an outstanding job of supporting the comics art medium both in the community and within the industry at large", was given out last night at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, the comic industry's biggest event of the year. As frequent partners with Vault of Midnight, we can attest to their involvement with the community; almost any day of the week you can walk in and find a book signing, an art show, or a game night happening at 219 S. Main Street.

Stores from all over the US and Canada are entered into the running for the award, and owners Curtis Sullivan and Steve Fodale were surprised to get the award. Read more about the win on and then stop in to say congratulations!

Polling Place Changes for Aug. 3 Primary Election


The primary election Tuesday, Aug. 3 will include candidates for mayor, city council, county commissioners and state and federal elected officials. City of Ann Arbor polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Several polling location changes are in place for the August 3rd primary so be sure to check the list for your polling location. And remember to bring photo I.D. with you to vote.

Looking for a sample ballot? Not sure what your polling location is? Not sure if you're registered to vote? Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center, the State of Michigan online voter information center. The City Clerk is still accepting applications for absentee ballots and will be open on Saturday, July 31, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In-person requests for absentee ballots will be accepted at the City Clerk's Office, 2nd floor of City Hall, until 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2.

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