Let's play a game...

The Ann Arbor Go Club meets every Sunday and Thursday at Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. All skill levels are welcome to play one of the world's most difficult board games. You don't need a partner and boards and stones are provided. Need a primer or tips? Check out our collection of books on the game.

Freerunning with Levi, Travis, and Mike

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Freerunner Levi Meeuwenberg is joined by Travis Graves and Mike Friedman, co-founders of the UM Parkour Club, in a presentation of freerunning. Levi has competed on G4's American Ninja Challenge and Ninja Warrior.
This physical art which uses what the rural and urban landscapes have to offer is full of flips, tricks, and stunts, you wouldn't want to try at home, especially the 'superman frontflip' or the '360 wallrun.' If you're thinking about giving it a go yourself, you may want to check out Dynamics of Strength Training and Conditioning first.
Friday, September 26 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Downtown/Multi-Purpose Room Grades 6-Adult

Ann Arbor YMCA celebrates 150 years

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This Sunday, September 28, from 2-5 p.m. the Ann Arbor YMCA will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a parade, music and other special events. The above image, from the Making of Ann Arbor postcard collection, is of an earlier Ann Arbor YMCA building. More photographs and documents relating to the history of the Ann Arbor Y are on display at the Museum on Main Street until November 22.

Film & Discussion: KING CORN

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Recent college graduates Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis leave the east coast for rural Iowa, where they decide to grow an acre of the nation's most powerful crop. They find that America's most subsidized crop has become the staple of its cheapest - and most troubling - foods. Watch the film and join the post-discussion led by UM Community Scholars. Cosponsored by Michigan Television and University of Michigan Community Scholars Program.

Check here for background to the making of the film or get the scoop on taking the eating challenge. Can you go a month without eating corn? Probably not. Thursday, September 25 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm Downtown Library 4th Floor Meeting Room

Booksigning and Discussion

If you missed her in March, here's your chance to meet with Cassandra Carter! This Friday September 26th, author Cassandra Carter will be at Borders to sign and discuss her latest book. Miss Carter is known for her coming of age novels about America's teens which she writes about in her own unique and youthful style. Her latest book, 16 Isn't Always Sweet, is about a teenage girl, Jordan, dealing with sudden popularity after being in the hottest rapper's music video, and the fall out of her friendship to Adrienne, her best friend, whose jealousy is ruining Jordan's life. The signing and discussion will take place at 7:00 pm at the Arborland Mall Borders.

Bonsai Auction - Wednesday, Sept 24 - 7:00 PM

The Ann Arbor Bonsai Society will be holding a auction at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Items featured will include bonsai equipment, trees, and pots provided by club members. Once you have your bonsai, be sure to check-out the wide selection of books on growing bonsai here at the library.

Master Photographers from the UMMA Collection, September 20, 2008 – January 3, 2009

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In anticipation of UMMA’s reopening in early 2009, The Infinite Landscape: Master Photographers from the UMMA Collection presents some of the most compelling landscape images from the Museum’s own renowned collection.

“Since the dawn of photography, practitioners have used the medium as a tool to make sense of our surroundings and create meaning within the larger world”. From a selection of classic views by such artists as Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, and William Henry Fox Talbot to the contemporary sublime of Michael Kenna, these images reflect 19th- and 20th-century European and American artists responding to the natural environment. Among the other photographers included are Eugene Atget, Walker Evans, William Jackson, and Andre Kertesz. This exhibition will also showcase several new acquisitions on view for the first time.

Join Senior Curator of Western Art Carole McNamara for the Curator’s talk on Sunday, September 21, 3 p.m. @ UMMA Off/Site, 1301 S. University, Ann Arbor.

ReStore Anniversary Celebration!

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Are you in need of materials to improve your house but are short on cash? Then take advantage of the anniversary of Habitat ReStore, Habitat For Humanity's outlet store for building and home improvement materials. On September 20 there will be a tent sale featuring silent auction items from 9:00am - 11:00am, as well as name-your-own-price and discounted ReStore items. There will also be a trunk sale where individuals and vendors will have an assortment of their items for sale in the ReStore parking lot. There will be activities for children throughout the day and refreshments will be available from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Bring your family and friends and have fun shopping at Habitat ReStore!

Braaaiinninsss....

Fall is upon us and that means colder weather, cider mills, changing leaves, and Halloween! With the season of spooks nearing I thought it an appropriate time to warn you all about the upcoming invasion. That's right, on October 26th, 2008, Ann Arbor will be overrun by zombies!! No need to worry though as these zombies have better intentions and motives behind their staggering than the typical zombie. 10/26/08 is the 40th anniversary of Night of the Living Dead and World Zombie Day and to help celebrate people are asked to bring non-perishable food donations to the zombie walk. All donations for the Ann Arbor walk will be given to Ann Arbor’s food bank Food Gatherers.

The walk will start at Espresso Royale

I've Always Wanted to Learn to KNIT

It's 'Easy Knits' with Jillian Moreno and friends teaching basic stitches, sharing cool, simple patterns. Yarn will be supplied-bring needles if you have them, size 8, 10, or 12 will work for most basic patterns. Once you've learned the basic stitches at the 'Easy Knits' program you can move on to Easy Knitted Socks and work your way up to Knit Scarves! or choose something from Knitted accessories. Whether you want to start crafting holiday gifts or make scarves to wear with sweaters and winter corduroys, come join us and learn to knit Thursday, September 18, 6:30-8:30 at Traverwood. Grade 4 - Adult.

Check out patterns and samples here.

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