Free Energy Efficiency Seminar at The Ark

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DTE Energy is offering a free energy efficiency seminar at The Ark in Ann Arbor. You’ll get suggestions and solutions from experts, suppliers and installers on managing energy costs for your new or existing home. As another resource, check out the new book This Cold House: The Simple Science of Energy Efficiency.
Saturday April 12, 2008, 11am. Doors open at 10:30 am. Free.
Make sure you register for the seminar here!

The Second City visits The Ark

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The improvisational comedy troupe known as The Second City will bring their shenanigans to The Ark in Ann Arbor on April 10 & 11. Second City was founded in Chicago in the late 50s and has been a springboard for much comedic talent, including Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Alan Arkin and many others. Join the troupe for “One Nation, Under Blog,” an evening of improvised and scripted sketch comedy that is current, interactive and gosh darn funny. Feel like reading too? Check out The Second City almanac of improvisation.
Thursday April 10, 8pm & Friday April 11, 7:30pm. Visit The Ark’s website for more info and ticket information.

AATA Survey

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Do you ride the bus every day to work or school or to run errands? The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority needs your input on proposed changes to services on some of their routes. Find out what the proposed changes are at one of several public meetings which will take place in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti through April 16 or go to the AATA web site for information. You can respond to these proposals by phone, fax, email or mailing a letter to AATA.

William Christenberry Photographs: 1961-2005

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William Christenberry Photographs: 1961-2005 is the coming attraction at the UMMA off/Site.

The exhibition is a retrospective of nearly half-century of Christenberry’s work exploring the American South. From the early Brownie photographs to his recent large-format camera work, they are poetic documentation of Southern vernacular architecture, signage, and landscape, “capturing moments of quiet beauty in a sometimes rustic terrain”.

On Sunday, April 6th, at 3 p.m. William Christenberry will speak at the Rackham Amphitheater (915 East Washington) on his work and life in the American South.

William Christenberry runs from April 5th to June 1st, 2008.

Sancho's Scene: Only a 'fool' would miss this!

Feeling foolish? The annual Festifools parade may only be a week away, but there’s still time to get involved in the behind the scenes process. For bigger people, the folks at Festifools are looking for help in their studio and volunteers to assist on the day of the event. Little ones can join in, too, with a special Library program next Sunday afternoon—preschool and elementary school-aged kids can create wild and crazy noisemakers before marching off to join the fun! For those keen to observe, the silliness begins at 4pm next Sunday, April 6 on Main Street in Downtown Ann Arbor.

Chillin @ the NZ

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Neutral Zone High School Drop-In Hours are Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 5-8 pm, Wednesday 2:30-8, and Friday 2:30-6. That’s for foosball, air hockey, tv, pool or chillaxin’. Homework help happens 2:30 to 4:45 Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. I know, right?

Welfare Policy Seminar

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What is FIP? Work First? Want to know about state benefits like Food Stamps or Medicaid? An attorney from the Michigan Poverty Law Program will provide an overview and update on rules regarding these topics on April 3 from 9 am-noon at Washtenaw County ‘s Library Learning Resource Center. Registration is requested by contacting the Fair Housing Center

Sancho's Scene: Prisoner Art Show Opens Tonight!

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Catch the annual Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) show opening this evening from 5:30-8pm in the Duderstadt Center Gallery on the University of Michigan’s North Campus. The art show, the largest of its kind in the country, features work from more than 40 prisons throughout Michigan, demonstrating the creativity, talent and vitality of over 200 incarcerated individuals. Tonight’s opening features talks by former prisoners who will speak about what the PCAP program has meant to them. Additionally, PCAP will premiere a documentary soon to be featured on PBS called "Acts of Art: The Prison Creative Arts Project," at the Chesborough Auditorium at 4pm on April 6. If you miss tonight’s festivities, not to worry: the show will be on display through April 9.

Bimbo's on the Hill and other lost Ann Arbor eateries


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Anyone remember this restaurant? Check out some of the other names listed under Ann Arbor's Lost Eateries, a section of arborwiki dedicated to restaurants and watering holes from Ann Arbor's past. And if that doesn't fully satisfy your hunger for local history, the image above is taken from a collection of historical signs (mainly from the 1970s) we're currently adding to our gallery of local images. It includes other restaurants from the arborwiki list and many old signs and storefronts from area businesses.

A Chicken in Every Pot?

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Recently in Ann Arbor there's been an interest on the part of some citizens to be allowed to raise chickens within the boundaries of the city.

I live on a small farm about 10 miles out and can testify that I get a lot of satisfaction from my little flock of layers & slackers (I only get about 6 to 7 eggs per day but have 13 hens ).

In the meantime while the City Council grapples with this question you can enjoy several books on chickens available right here at the Library. You can also read the latest on Judy McGovern's blog of March 18 covering the issue on mlive.com.

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