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And why would you want to read one? For aadl.org readers it’s a great way to find out tidbits from pop culture, top selling DVD’s and cool stuff happening here. You can learn how to blog in one of our future computer classes. Look for a new schedule later this summer!

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!

Talking & Singing About the Good Old Days

Ann Arbor District Library now has a dozen multi-media Bi-Folkal Kits that provide fine opportunities to remininisce with elders who have done many fascinating things in their lives. The kits work well with large or small groups if you take time to familiarize yourself with the excellent materials provided. You will be rewarded through hearing the rich stories, singing familiar songs and getting to know your group better through this activity. You can include other library materials to enhance your program. Call 734-327-8365 for more information or to reserve a kit.

Get to Know Your New CD Genres

The AADL is pleased to offer you a completely new way to search for music.

With our new CD genres you can now browse the CDs at all locations just as easily as at the music store. Whether you're into Country, Jazz, Chamber Music, or Rap, we've got you covered. For those of you who prefer to do your browsing virtually, and to see a list of all the new genres, check out our CD Browsing page. You can seek out old favorites, discover new ones, and place holds on them all from the comfort of your own computer.

The Chenille Sisters visit The Ark

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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.

Getting Things Organized Online

Is your online life a mess? I don’t mean your Second Life or your Facebook life, but your real life that seems to have found its way online, from shopping and banking to the daily news and even your favorite television shows. Del.icio.us: Organize your Life Online, Monday evening at 7pm at the Malletts Creek Branch will offer some coping mechanisms in the form of online organizational tools like del.icio.us, a social bookmarking (we’ll explain what that means) site, Yahoo! Bookmarks and Google Notebook. See something you want to remember online? Learn how at this class! (registration required, call 734-327-8367 to sign up)

Sancho's Scene: Community Events that Wander off the Path

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I must confess to cheating a bit in my blog this week—one of these events is not in our community, not even close! But it’s in somebody’s community, and it’s so cool that I wanted to share it with you all.

At the prestigious Brooklyn Museum in NY, the curators are hanging up their hats in favor of an innovative and unusual approach: they’re foisting their curatorial responsibilities on you, the public at large. Their exhibit, Click, has been designed as an experiment exploring the “wisdom of crowds,” columnist James Surowiecki’s notion that a large group of people will make a better decision than a trained expert. Click the link and give it a try!

Closer to home, this Sunday marks the 4th annual Circle of Art Auction at the Saline Picture Frame Company. A benefit for Food Gatherers, Circle of Art features hundreds of small works of art up for auction. The bidding begins online and continues at the event, which runs from 12-5 on Sunday. It’s a fantastic event—a worthy cause, inclusive, anything but elitist—all art is welcome and the bidding starts at $10. Check it out!

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