Help Plan the Future of Pittsfield Township

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Pittsfield Township is working on a new master plan to guide them in their future decisions and they are looking for your help. Pittsfield Township residents are invited to take the 2010 Pittsfield Plan Survey to help determine where Pittsfield will head in the coming years. This master plan will touch on all areas of Pittsfield's development, from economic development and capital improvements to transportation options and leisure activities. Pittsfield's last comprehensive plan was released in 2002 and helped oversee the township's last period of growth.

Take the survey today and help take Pittsfield into the next decade!

Holiday events at Kerrytown!

Midnight Madness and Kerryfest have come and gone, but there are still events happening in the Kerrytown market area during weekends in December if you’re looking for more than just usual Sparrow Market and Farmer’s Market happenings.

Every Saturday in December Santa will be visiting at the Kerrytown Market and Shops. There will also be Festive music every Saturday in December from 11am -2pm.

Plenty of food events will be going on as well, some involve free tasting at Spice Merchants. Check out the full calendar for times, days and information!

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Bountiful Bowl Program

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With all that's going on in our economy, it can be hard for families to afford feeding their pet. The Humane Society of Huron Valley has a program that helps to supplement one's supply of pet food called Bountiful Bowls. The Humane Society relies on donations of quality pet food for this program. The winter holidays are often a time that people like to organize food drives. Have you ever considered a pet food drive? Look at their wish list for more information!

A wise, humorous story for families

Eastern Michigan University Theatre presents The Prince, the Wolf and the Firebird Dec. 4-12 at EMU's Quirk Theatre. Described as a funny and fast-paced adventure, the play is based on a a classic Russian folktale, as it tells the story of a young prince's quest to keep a promise to the magical Firebird. Run time is about 90 minutes plus intermission, so the play is recommended for ages 6 and up. Tickets are $7-$15 and can be ordered here.

Now what was that going around?

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Have you heard of Fifth Disease? I hadn't either until someone I know mentioned it.

As fall turns into winter, we hear a lot about the flu and find an abundance of related information, but what do you do when you are looking for quick, easy-to-read information about other communicable diseases? Enter Washtenaw County Public Health. They have an entire page dedicated to fact sheets containing accurate, up-to-date information about the latest bug to hit the college dorm or kindergarten classroom. Of course, this is no substitute for medical advice or diagnosis, but here you can find out more about what something is, what the symptoms are and how it is treated.

Hot Theater Date: Impossible Marriage

A quirky comedy written by award-winning playwright Beth Henley is coming up Dec. 4-12 in the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio Series. The play "Impossible Marriage" tells the story of an eccentric family as they try to prepare for the wedding of an unlikely couple. The show will play in A2CT¹s 40-seat Studio Theater at 322 W. Ann St. Ticket information is here. Henley's other works include Crimes of the Heart and The Miss Firecracker Contest.

Christmas in Vienna at The Hill

Christmas carols have arrived, whether we want them to or not. A different way to experience Christmas music, and perhaps more moving, is live with the famous Vienna Boys’ Choir. The choir will be performing Christmas in Vienna at the Hill Auditorium on Sunday, November 29 at 4 pm. (See here for ticket information.) To get yourself ready, check out some of their CDs.

The Vienna Boys’ choir, one of the best known boys’ choirs in the world, has been around since the 13th century but was officially founded in 1924. For touring purposes the choir is divided into four sub-groups, each named after a famous Austrian composer, and all with equal standing.

Prior to the concert will be Caroling on the Steps of Hill, from 3-4 pm, where local choral groups will perform on the steps of the Hill Auditorium and then invite the public to join them. Joy!

Motawi Tileworks: Tile Making Workshop

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Karim and Nawal Motawi, co-owners of Ann Arbor-based Motawi Tileworks, will share their expertise about art tile. Make your own art tile at this workshop; it will then be fired, glazed and available for pick up at Motawi Tileworks from December 17 to January 31. Tiles make great gifts! There is no charge for this event.

Tuesday, December 1 | 7-8:30 PM | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room

Canned Food Drive

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The Washtenaw Youth Mentoring Coalition and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living are hosting a canned food drive to benefit Food Gatherers November 30 through December 12. Please bring non-perishable items that have not passed their expiration date, and avoid bringing items in glass containers. Food Gatherers also accepts toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers, soap, and shampoo. Bring the items to the Ann Arbor CIL, 3941 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor. The CIL is open Mondays through Fridays 9 am to 5 pm.

Everyone's favorite orphan on stage starting Friday

The popular musical "Annie" will be presented by Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter at 8 p.m. Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 3-6, 10-13, & 17-19. This highly peppy, Tony Award-winning 1976 musical comedy was inspired by the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Set in New York in the Great Depression, the story follows feisty Annie and her puppy Sandy as they escape from an orphanage and find a home with millionaire Daddy Warbucks. Popular songs from the show include "Tomorrow," "Hard-Knock Life," and "Easy Street." Buy tickets here.

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