Take a hike@ Furstenberg Nature Area

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Join us for a nature walk with the City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation staff. View native plants and trees, and learn about the ecological restoration going on at this site. Meet in the parking lot off Fuller Road, across from Huron High School.

Thursday, August 13 | 7:00-8:30 PM | All Ages

Chesstastic

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We're playing Chess for all ages and all levels this Sunday, August 9, at Traverwood from 1-4pm. Whether it's Chess Tactics for Champions or Chess Fundamentals all are welcome.

Documentary about the making of the Traverwood Branch now online

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826Michigan books for you

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The library owns a few books put out by 826Michigan (the fabulous local non-profit that offers tutoring and workshops, and supports writing endeavors for kids age 6-18.) They have many books that are samples and collections of students’ work, highlighting the best and brightest of writing talent that will knock your socks off. True Stories and Tall Tales culminates a year’s worth of work at Ypsilanti’s Childs Elementary School and features histories, fantasies, and other such silliness written by the students, while lead by 826Michigan volunteers.

Another book written by 826Michigan students, and other 826 chapters across the country, is Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama. Which is essentially just that: a collection of letters written by kids and addressed to President Obama. Some are funny, some are heartfelt, all are worth reading.

If you’re looking for more works put out by 826, or some McSweeney’s titles, or want to hear more about what they do there, check out the shelves at the Liberty Street Robot Repair and Supply Shop at 115 E. Liberty.

Free Pottery Class for People with Disabilities

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The University of Michigan School of Art and Design and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living are jointly offering a class on working with clay for people with disabilities September 21 through December 7. Classes take place Mondays from 2 to 4 pm at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living. The classes are free, and no tools or prior experience is necessary. Space is limited to 20 people who must make a firm commitment. To join, contact Carolyn Grawi at cgrawi@aacil.org or 734-971-0277 x. 16.

Help For Young Parents & Pregnant Teens

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Life can be tough out there if you are a parent under the age of 21 or a pregnant teenager. Add to that being homeless or aging out of (or still in) foster care and things can seem hopeless. Fortunately a new grant to serve this group of young people is available in our community. Services are available to resolve immediate needs as well as future planning.To refer a teen parent who is at risk, contact Catherine Kabira, Wraparound Facilitator at 734-929-6509 or ckabira@emich.edu.

Celebrate the AA Farmers Market

A 90th birthday celebration for the venerable Ann Arbor Farmers' Market is Saturday Aug. 8. Stop by for gelato, music, birthday cake, and kids' activities. Vendors and market goers will tell stories at the Oral History Booth from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To get excited about market history, see The Farmers’ Market Bounces Back and Reinventing the Farmers' Market in Ann Arbor Observer: Then and Now, a rich collection of more than 100 articles recently archived by AADL.

Help Seniors at Doctor Appointments

Jewish Family Services is looking for volunteers who have experience in health care, social work or personal care-giving to become Patient Partners, who accompany seniors to doctor appointments. JFS will provide a required 12 hours of training in early October, and the PP must be available for a least one doctor visit per month. The service involves meeting with the senior before their appointment to prepare questions and to make sure their medication list is up-to-date. At the appointment the PP facilitates communication with the doctor, records all follow-up instructions, and prepares a summary of the outcomes for the patient and family. To learn more or to volunteer with the program, please call Deborah Renner or Abbie Lawrence-Jacobson at 734-769-0209.

Michigan Brewers Guild 12th Annual Summer Beer Festival

Home brewers and beer aficionados, this weekend is going to be tasty. The Michigan Brewers Guild 12th Annual Summer Beer Festival kicks off from 5-9pm this Friday, July 24th, and continues the following day from 1-6pm. Featuring over 200 beers from 30+ Michigan breweries, this yearly event takes place in Depot Town's Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, and the weather (so far) is looking good. Not going to be able to sample the goods? Check out the AADL's fine collection of brewing books, perhaps Michael Jackson's Beer Companion or John Palmer's How to Brew. And a very hoppy weekend to the tasters.

Herb and Dorothy

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Sold out instantly at the upcoming The Traverse City Film Festival, HERB & DOROTHY tells the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means.

In the early 1960s, Herb and Dorothy Vogel quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists with Herb's salary, and living on Dorothy's paycheck alone. Their collecting was guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. They proved themselves curatorial visionaries; most of those they supported and befriended went on to become world-renowned artists including Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, Chuck Close, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Lynda Benglis, Pat Steir, Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi, and Lawrence Weiner.

In 1992, the Vogels decided to move their entire collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. largely as a gift to the institution.

Today Herb and Dorothy still live in the same apartment in New York with 19 turtles, lots of fish, and one cat and the new art they've acquired.

Now - you have a chance to see this award-winning docu-drama FREE!!!! The University of Michigan Museum of Art (525 South State Street), as part of its Art Fair Week programs will be screening this film on July 15 to July 17 (Wed. to Friday) nightly at 7 p.m., and Saturday, July 18, at 3 pm.

In 2008 the University of Michigan Museum of Art was selected to receive a gift of fifty works of art from Herb and Dorothy Vogel. The gifts are part of a national gifts program entitled "The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States."

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