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.

Cobblestone Farm is having a Fall Harvest!

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Sunday, October 12 at 12 (noon) to 4pm -- Located at 2781 Packard Road, Ann Arbor
Admission is $1.50 for kids, $7 for the family (Cobblestone Farm Members free – memberships available at event)
Hosted by Ann Arbor Department of Parks & Recreation and the Cobblestone Farm Association

Celebrate autumn with the 1850’s living history program! Experience the delicious aroma of cooking on the wood stove, a costume parade with prizes, or try your hand at pumpkin decorating. You can take pictures with the Headless Horseman or visit the animals in the barnyard. Play 19th century lawn games for children, take a tour of the farmhouse, or have cider and doughnuts! Want to learn more about the Headless Horseman? Check out The Legend of Sleepy Hollow or The Headless Horseman & Other Goulish Tales!

Our Green Library

Libraries are old growth green; all items in the collections can be used by anyone, then returned and used again. They're all about pooling resources to share information, entertainment, and more recently, to promote community dialog. At this time of greater ecological awareness, library architecture is going green too. The Ann Arbor District Library is modeling sustainable design in public buildings with three new branches built since Jan. 2004. Mallets Creek Branch was first with its passive sustainable systems and bioswales to filter impurities from rainwater before they sink into the watershed. In March 2006 Pittsfield Branch opened, built on a wetland with selective plantings of native species, solar heating, natural daylighting and convection cooling. On June 30, 2008 Traverwood Branch debuted with an innovative stormwater management system, rain garden, and the reuse of harvested ash trees from the building site. You can read about all these fantastic features, but the best way to appreciate the wonders of these spaces is to visit each one.

New Exhibit at the Argus Museum

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Come and see what a bunch of talented photographers can do with a vintage Argus, once the largest-selling American-made 35mm camera, first produced here in Ann Arbor. The exhibit, "Vintage Argus: Contemporary Images," is sponsored by the Ann Arbor Area Crappy Camera Club (A3C3), the Argus Museum, and the Michigan Photographic Historical Society (MiPHS) and is located in the original Argus Building (home of the Argus Museum) at 535 W. William St. The exhibit runs through October 12 and is open to the public 9-5 p.m. weekdays. Opening reception is Friday, September 12, 6-9 p.m.

Furstenberg Park!

Looking for an opportunity to volunteer? This Sunday is the Furstenberg Native Plant Garden Stewardship Workday! From 12-3 pm the park is seeking people to assist with general caretaking (Note: Minors must be accompanied by a guardian). For more information on volunteering at Ann Arbor's parks please take a look at the Volunteer Stewardship Calendar. If you would like to find other ideas for volunteering, you may want to check out The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering, The Helping Hands Handbook, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World, and People Power.

Book Sizzle

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Want to stay up-to-date on books in the news? Want to know the latest movie adaptations? Then you would do well to subscribe to the monthly newsletter - Book Sizzle - just one of our new services.

When you subscribe to any (or all) of these 20 e-newsletters, you will receive monthly email newsletters with a list of carefully selected and reviewed choice titles to match your interest, whether it's with award winners, fiction preview (so you could be at the front of the waiting lists!), mystery, science fiction and fantasy, business, or science and nature. Check out the Teen Scene and the Children's Chapter Books for the young readers in your family.

There is even one for audio books.

For book groups - book club choices will give you ideas for great discussions.

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