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.

What to do with Old Shoes?


Until June 28 you can drop off GENTLY USED shoes to any of Running Fits' seven southeast Michigan locations. The shoes will then be shipped to Soles4Souls, a nonprofit that distributes to more than 40 countries. Two UofM graduates started this used-shoe drive. Wearing shoes can help prevent hookworm, which is a parasite that enters through the foot. For more information visit www.runningfit or Soles4Souls.

Google Maps for Ann Arbor has Street Views

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Type in an address in Ann Arbor in Google Maps and you can now see the Street View.

Street View gives you a photographic view of the street and allows you to move up and down the block and to pan to the right or left and to zoom in on houses or businesses or pedestrians. The gas station at Packard and Stadium has gas for sale for $2.89/gallon so the drive-by must have been a while ago. It was garbage day at my house. You can see the garbage bin, the recycle bins, and the compost bin in front of the house. The addresses on streets are approximate so you may have to move up or down the block to find the address you are seeking.

Arbor Update has a blog about Street View. Trying to sleuth the exact date/dates seems to be one of the pleasures for users. Some areas appear to have been covered on a football Saturday.

Take a look. Interesting and fun. The Michigan Theater was showing Born into Brothels. You cannot quite read the menu posted outside Zanzibar. The Y is still standing across from the Downtown Library.

Paul Outerbridge - American Photographer

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"Art is life seen through man's inner craving for perfection and beauty--his escape from the sordid realities of life into a world of his imagining... To the artist is given the privilege of pointing the way and inspiring towards a better life." --Paul Outerbridge (1896-1958).

Paul Outerbridge: Color Photographs from Mexico and California, the 1950s, the current exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, is organized around Outerbridge's photographs of small towns along California’s coastline and Mexico’s Baja peninsula, showcasing "his virtuosic use of form, color and atmosphere from vernacular".
An opening lecture "In Praise of Shadows" by Brendan Fay, of Harvard University Art Museums and an alumnus of UM, will situate the work of Paul Outerbridge in the larger context of experiments with color photography at midcentury, on Friday, June 13, 5 p.m., 4448 East Hall, 530 Church Street, Ann Arbor. The event is free and open to the public.

Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody

Fans of the manga and anime series Bleach will not want to miss the US premiere of Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody. The film will be shown just two evenings, Wednesday, June 11th and Thursday, June 12th, at 7:30. Showcase and Quality 16 are among those screening it and will show behind the scenes extras! Tickets are available through

Even if you aren't familiar with the series, who isn't intrigued by the tagline: "Can Ichigo and his fellow Soul Reapers save the two worlds from annihilation?"

The Play Ground

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It's been 25 years since Mr. B, Steve Nardella, and George Bedard played together as members of the Steve Nardella Band. Since then, each has gone on to make his own mark. They get back together Saturday night for a show that no fan of American jazz should miss. The past six annual concerts have been standing room only so get there early. 8 p.m., Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley. Saturday, May 31, 2008, Tickets $20 at the door only. 665-9090.

Grillin with Food Gatherers

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Do you enjoy being a volunteer? Here’s a great opportunity! Food Gatherers needs volunteers for Grillin’ 2008, their annual fundraising picnic held at the Washtenaw County Fair Grounds on June 8th. Food Gatherers rescues and distributes more than 3.6 million pounds of food to 150 non-profits in our county each year. Help fight hunger by giving your time.

NZ Block Party!

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3-9 PM | Saturday, May 31 | Washington St. in front of NZ

The Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor’s Teen Center, is 10 years old! There will be live performances from My Dear Disco, followed by 3 on 3 basketball, a DJ challenge, art and music sales, games, food and more live music featuring Charlie Slick. At 7 p.m. outstanding teen accomplishments will be highlighted.

Don’t miss the fun!

The Chenille Sisters visit The Ark


The lovely Chenille Sisters bring their musical act back to The Ark in Ann Arbor on Saturday, May 31 at 8pm. This local trio keeps audiences toe tapping with contemporary folk and jazz sets featuring their lush and ever-popular vocal harmonies. The AADL has several of their CD releases in our local artists collection. They will be joined by The Royal Garden Trio.

Check out The Chenille Sisters’ website for more info on the ladies and visit The Ark’s website for ticket information.

Come out to the Book Festival's Street Fair this weekend

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Ann Arbor's annual Book Festival culminates this weekend with Saturday's day-long Street Fair. AADL is proud to host Friday night's opening reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room, where you'll have the chance to meet many distinguished authors. Also tonight, the Michigan Theater will be showing "The Life Before her Eyes" based on the book by local author Laura Kasischke. On Saturday, at 2:00 p.m. Deb Caletti, author of Fortunes of Indigo Skye, will be at the State Street Association Stage on Ingalls Mall to announce winners of AADL's annual "It's All Write!" teen short story writing contest. Check out the complete schedule for all the many fun-filled festival events this weekend.

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