Housing Counseling 101

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Have you considered meeting with a housing counselor to discuss critical issues related to keeping your home? Come to the Ypsilanti District Library on Saturday August 16 from 10:00 a.m. till noon for a morning of information and conversation about housing foreclosure. Meet with area experts in housing, banking and loss mitigation. This is free but RSVP required: 734-483-8152. Sponsored by the Vision in Action LLC, New Horizon Resources and the MSU Extension office.

Great Adventures With Your Camera

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Whether you spend your vacation traveling across the country or in your own back yard, there are always opportunities to take photos. Digital cameras provide new options for taking close-up photos of your favorite gardening project and also those bright light pictures you may want to take at the beach. If you'd like to learn more about digital cameras and photos, check out our Digital Camera 101 and Digital Camera 102 classes being offered this fall. Registration for classes will begin in mid-August, and there is no charge to attend.

S-C-R-A-B-B-L-E

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An 11 year old boy recently took top honors at the National Scrabble Championship tourney.
He was the youngest in a group of 700. National Scrabble Association has a website with tournament updates, as well as a word of the day. Today's word is "cushaw", a variety of squash. Check out Word Freak or Word Wars to satisfy your curiosity about words.

Local Frank Lloyd Wright House for sale

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The William and Mary Palmer House, Ann Arbor's only Frank Lloyd Wright house, is on the market for the first time and the asking price is 1.5 million. The house, at 227 Orchard Hills Drive near the Arboretum, comes with original furniture and a collection of Wright's papers, but there's a catch--the house must remain as-is. Find out more about the Palmer House through AADL's Ann Arbor Architecture Archive, which includes the entry on the Palmer House taken from Historic Buildings, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Prolific poverty expert chosen by U-M

A leading expert on poverty and women's issues will become dean of the U-M School of Social Work, if U-M regents approve. Laura Lein, of the University of Texas, was chosen as the new dean, according to a U-M press release. Read more in The Ann Arbor News.

Read Winning "It's All Write!" Stories Online

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So many teens have created imaginative and thoughtful stories and submitted them to AADL's "It's All Write!" short story writing contest. Go to the "It's All Write!" page now to read some of these stories on-line, as well as find writers' names and story titles since 2004. Prize Winning Stories can be checked out in booklet form from the library's collection or you can get the entire 2008 selection of winning stories online. Applause goes out to all these teens.

Cars, Cars and More Cars

The Woodward Dream Cruise isn’t until August 16th, but down in Milan this Saturday, August 2nd, the Backstreet Cruizers will hold their annual Carfest at Wilson Park. There will be food, a DJ, and of course, cars! Awards will be handed out for Best of Show, People’s Choice, “Blood, Sweat, and Tears,” and a Sponsor’s Trophy. The Cruizers also hold Lakeside Cruises Thursday evenings during the summer, and the cruises continue until August 21!

Great Route Changes Starting August 24th for AATA Riders!

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Routes Affected: 1U Pontiac-University, 4 Washtenaw, 7 South Main-East, 8 Pauline, 9U Jackson-University, 12UL Liberty-University, 12UM Miller-University, 14Geddes-East Stadium and 16 Ann Arbor-Saline Road.

Go to AATA Changes Starting 8/24/08

Meet the Author of Moscow Rules

Do art restorers/spies make your heart go aflutter? If the answer is yes, chances are you are a fan of the Gabriel Allon series. You can meet the author, Daniel Silva, this Friday, August 1st at 7:00 p.m. at Nicola’s Books. He will be on hand to discuss his latest book Moscow Rules. In it, Gabriel is restoring a painting for the Vatican when he is called upon to track down why a Russian journalist was killed and to stop a potential terrorist attack.

Ann Arbor, with a Twisp

West Liberty turned into a California street Tuesday as a Hollywood film crew shot scenes for Youth in Revolt, a comedy scheduled for release in December. According to the Internet Movie Database, the film stars Michael Cera (Juno) as Nick Twisp, a 14-year old who sets his sights on a dream girl, hoping she'll be the one to take away his virginity. The film, based on the work of author C. D. Payne also stars Justin Long, Steve Buscemi, and Fred Willard. The shoot will include a car chase that crashes into a building, which explains that weird facade going up on the corner of First and Liberty. Read more in the Ann Arbor News.

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