Motion Monday

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We've all heard time after time that childhood obesity is on the rise. The next sentence or paragraph usually says something about exercise, maybe outdoor activities. Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine published one of these articles in their June/July issue. In this article they suggest bringing inside toys to the playground, planting a garden, turning a hike into a scavenger hunt or having a back yard dance party as suggestions for fun ways to introduce or add more exercise. You can see the article here. If you're looking for more local suggestions, ArborWiki is worth a look. Have fun!

Gardening for Everyone

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If you love to garden but don't have the space, read on! Project Grow provides space for area residents to create garden plots as well as planting and growing advice. They are now offering offering garden openings for seniors, children and people with disabilities with their Discovery Gardens. The space is available through a simple application process and plots are all over town! There is a sliding fee for space. Just think of all the food you can grow!

Summer Reading = up, stress = down.

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Library summer reading programs evolved from studies that show that students who do not read during the summer lose some of the gains that they made during the previous academic year.

Translation: children who read during the summer do better in school in the fall.

Top of the Park 2009

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Looking for something to do this weekend?

Top of the Park kicks off this evening at 6:30pm. Tonights entertainment includes opening act Fubar, Nomo, and After Dark at TOP featuring DJ Special K. Bands play every evening and movies show Sunday through Thursdays at dusk (10 pm). Some of the movies featured this year include: Iron Man, Twilight, Quantum of Solace, Airplane!, Forbidden Kingdom, and The Sound of Music: Sing-a-long Edition.

You can view the entertainment schedule at the Festival Website. For a printable Calendar, click here.

Top of the Park is located at Ingalls Mall, directly in front of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies on Washington Street near the Burton Memorial Tower.

Don't forget to check out the performaces at our Mainstage as well. Artist/Comedians that are performing at the Power Center include: Ahn Trio, Los Lobos, Diana Krall, Gladys Knight, and Whose Line Is It Anyway?

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival runs till July 5th, so come prepared to dance, sing along and have a good time!

First Time Camper Program

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Have you been meaning to give camping a try? If so, the “First Time Camper” Program might be for you. This program, sponsored by Gander Mountain, aims to provide an opportunity for new campers to experience both campers and the outdoors. Equipment, instructions, gear and information are provided at an economic rate.

In order to help new campers prepare for their experience, each group receives a welcome kit that outlines what to expect, pack and wear. After check-in, DNR staff help participants through the process of setting up camp and settling in.

For more information about the program, including a list of participating parks and recreation areas click here.

Happy camping!

Summer Reading Program 2009: Local Motion

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Summer reading time is here!

This year the theme for AADL’s summer reading program is Local Motion. All summer long we will offer a variety of programs around this theme including nature walks, jump roping, dancing, and rock climbing. Whether you’re hoping to learn more about health topics and being active or would like to participate as an audience member, there is something here for you.

All ages are invited to play the summer reading game (June 12-August 14). You can even register online. The youth game includes incentive stamps and prizes along the way to reading or listening to 10 books. Teens have many choices of activities to complete the game and become eligible for a prize drawing. Adults, yes, there is something for you too.

Join us at for our Summer Reading Kick-off concert at The Ark! Local act, Gemini, will get kids moving to rousing music from around the world. Families will have the opportunity to register for the summer reading program at this concert. We hope to see you there Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 PM.

The popular Lego Contest, Graffiti Art Contest and Manga Drawing Contest are back this year, and this year's details are available now.

At the end of the day, we hope you have fun this summer, and we want to be a part of that fun! We hope to see you this summer.

Take a hike @ Lakewood Nature Area

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Join us for a botanical walk at this lovely 7-acre park on the west side of town. Your guide will be one of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation staff members. Hike up and down the hills blanketed by oak-hickory woodlands; enjoy views of streams and ravines cutting through the park. Bring your camera and take a photo to submit in the Natural Area Preservation’s 4th Annual Photo Contest.

Meet in the parking lot of Lakewood School, 344 Gralake, rain or shine.

Thursday, June 18 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Lakewood Nature Area | All Ages

Housing Counseling 101

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Join a panel of experts from Housing Bureau for Seniors, Washtenaw County Treasurer's office and MSU Extension for a Town Hall style meeting Tuesday June 16 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Ypsilanti District Library . The panel will include housing counselors, bankers and loss mitigation experts to discuss the housing crisis and strategies to deal with it. There is no charge but registration is required by calling 997-1678.

Lost in Library Land?

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Are you new to Ann Arbor or the USA? We would be happy to give you or your group a library tour. Call 327-8311 at least two weeks before your requested date. These tours can be very helpful for English language learners who want to utilize what Ann Arbor District Library has to offer, like My Account and our awesome Research Pages. We offer five types of tours including the Malletts Creek Green Tour and a Class Research Tour. Take a look and check out a book!

New Documentary, "Up From Ashes," Chronicles the Construction of the Traverwood Branch

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What goes into building a library? See the behind-the-scenes process that went into the construction of the Traverwood Branch in the new documentary, "Up From Ashes." The developers of Ann Arbor District Library’s Traverwood Branch took a unique approach to the building process by harvesting hundreds of ash trees devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer and reusing the trees in the construction of the building. Since opening in June 2008, Traverwood has become one of the busiest branches in the Ann Arbor District Library system and recently won a 2009 AIA Michigan Building Design Award.

The hour-long documentary "Up From Ashes" will be broadcast on Detroit Public Television (channel 56) on Thursday, June 11 from 8 to 9:00 p.m. A special viewing of the film, with an audience discussion led by Director and Cinematographer Bill Kubota, will take place at Traverwood Branch on Tuesday, July 21 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

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