Shadow Art Fair

The Shadow Art Fair is being held this Saturday, July 19 from noon to midnight at the Arbor Brewing Company's Corner Brewery, in Ypsilanti. Meant to focus less on the national scope of this week's big Ann Arbor Art Fairs and more on our rich local arts scene, it's always a quirky and rewarding event. The Shadow is refreshingly human-sized, and a great way to find out what's happening with homegrown creativity.

Ready or Not, the Art Fairs are Coming!

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I must admit, I’m one of those people who loves the Art Fairs. I love the crush of people downtown, the car-free streets at nighttime, the fair food, and especially the sale where you get to dig through boxes of cheap clothes at Urban Outfitters. Even art on a stick makes my heart go pitter-patter.

One of the best things about the original Art Fair in recent years has been the addition of the Townie Party. This year’s event, on the evening of Monday, July 14, includes some interesting new features. First off, the event is working hard at being zero-waste in partnership with Recycle Ann Arbor. RAA will also play a part in a new tent at the Townie Party—the Arts Alliance will be hosting a special Creative Connections during which participants will work collaboratively to create a masterpiece out of discarded materials donated by the Reuse Center. They’ll also be providing local artists and arts and cultural organizations with a place to share their activities with the public, all under one (tent) roof. AADL will be among the organizations in the mix, so plan to stop by and say hello!

Wake up your dreams?

Here’s a mystery: A man dies, and his daughter is sorting his belongings when she finds a lapel pin with the French words for “Wake up your dreams." On the pin are a Fleur de lis and a Greek iota. The daughter calls the library for help identifying the pin, asking what group might wear it. Several of us so far have been unable to tell her anything about the pin. If you know, please post a comment. Meanwhile, all antique fans might want to head out to the Ann Arbor Antiques Market July 19 and 20, where, who knows, the daughter might find a dealer or collector with a clue about the pin. Parking is free and admission is $6. And of course, at the library we have lots of good books about antiques, including Antique Secrets.

Family Picnic at Center Supporting People with Disabilities

Come to the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living annual family picnic on Sat., July 12, 11-3 pm at 3941 Research Park Dr. All ages are welcome at no charge for an afternoon of food, entertainment and games. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing basic support and services to chidren and adults with disabilities. Enjoy the fun and meet the great people who make AACIL such an important organization in our community. For more information contact Mary Stack at 734-971-0277 x56 or mstack@aacil.org.

Ann Arbor Art Walk -- Deadline Extended!

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Now’s the time to join the Ann Arbor Art Walk! More than just an event this year, membership in Art Walk provides artists with a listing in a year-round guide to art and artists in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County as well as complimentary membership in Arts Alliance. Art Walk occurs this October 17 and 18 in locations throughout Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, and provides an opportunity to explore the area’s rich artistic talent. Many artists open their studios to the public for those two days only, and other organizations will hold parties and openings to celebrate the event. If you’re an artist in Washtenaw County, join the fun! There's still time--the membership deadline has been extended to July 8!

Helping Older Adults at Catholic Social Services

Aging can be a process of enrichment, but it often presents many challanges. We are fortunate to have several types of assistance for older adults available through Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. A new 911 cell phone recycling program collects used cellular phones and refurbishes them to be given to seniors for use in emergencies and to victims of domestic violence. To learn more about these services and where to donate a used phone, call 734-712-3625.

A Check Could Be Waiting For You

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Have you received a government Economic Stimulus check yet? Did you know you have to file your 2007 income tax first in order to be eligible? You need to have had more than $3,000 in income from employment, Social Security retirement, Social Security Disability Income or a Veterans’ pension to qualify.

On July 9 from 9am to noon, free help filing your income tax will be offered at Turner Senior Resource Center. No appointment is necessary. You will need to bring your SSA-1099, 1099 forms and 1099R for pension or annuity income. Bringing a copy of your previous year’s income tax return is also helpful. For more information, call 998-9341.

Top of the Park

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Have you been to Top of the Park this year? If not, this week is a perfect opportunity to come on down and support the Ann Arbor Summer Festival!

This week's entertainment includes performances from The Dream Engine (Wednesday -Saturday this week only), enchanting aerialist performers that suspend themselves from a larger-than-life helium balloon, wonderful musical performances, and an ecclectic collaboration of movies at dusk for all to enjoy...and it's all for free!!!

You can view the entertainment schedule at the Festival Website.

Top of the Park is located at Ingalls Mall, directly in front of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies on Washington Street near the Burton Memorial Tower.

The Festival runs till July 6th, so come prepared to dance, sing along and have a good time!

Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head

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When the weather turns blustery and sometimes severe, do you know what to do to protect yourself? Learn more about storms and what to do in storm-related emergencies by going to the Washtenaw County MSU Extension web site’s Emergency Management page. Their Natural Disaster information includes a Disaster Response notebook with advice on what to do as soon as the power goes out after a storm, the safe use of dry ice, maintaining an emergency food supply and more. Don't forget to check AADL's favorite weather sites for more weather related information. The next time the sky turns dark and raindrops begin to fall you'll know what to do if the weather becomes severe.

Fresh Food, Fresh Ideas

You can still join Community Farm of Ann Arbor and get plenty of fresh, local food this growing season. There is even a kitchen tied to the farm. Need more green ideas? Check out the new book Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying.

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