Panelists to Discuss Community Agriculture

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A panel discussion is coming up 6-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, on “Community Agriculture, Community Health: Connecting Healthy Eating, Community Gardens, and Access to Lower Cost Produce," presented by Project Healthy Schools. Panelists will be Sharon Sheldon, of the Washtenaw County Public Health Department, who works with the community advisory board of the Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market; Amanda Edmonds, founder of Growing Hope; and Deb Lentz and Richard Andres, coordinators of the Community Supported Agriculture program at Tantre Farm near Chelsea. The panel discussion will be in Danto Auditorium in the U-M Health System’s Cardiovascular Center, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive. If you’d like to go, contact Jessica Moorman, tessimo@med.umich.edu, 975-3063.

Skrabbel Tournament For Cheaters!

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Here’s a chance to cheat at a game guilt-free and help kids at the same time. Sign up with a friend to be a Skrabbel team in the first annual Skrabbel For Cheaters fundraiser for 826michigan. This fun-filled event will take place on Sunday, November 23 at Conor O’Neill’s from noon to 6pm. You must sign up by November 14th. Then get your friends and family involved by pledging their support to your team. Your cheating efforts will benefit 826michigan’s youth literacy programs including tutoring, writing workshops, field trips, and in-school help for teachers.

Ann Arbor, circa 1968

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On Thursday, UM will celebrate its heyday as a center of social activism in the late 1960s with a panel discussion on the social protests of 1968, beginning at 4:00 p.m., and a performance by Country Joe at 8:00 p.m.

These events accompany an exhibit from UM's Labadie collection titled "The Whole World Was Watching: Protest and Revolution in 1968," currently on view in the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery. Other photographs of Ann Arbor during this period, such as this one can be found at site 15 of the Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit program.

Copyright and Culture Wars

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Come to the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room on Wednesday, November 12, 7-8:30 p.m. for a lively talk about Copyright and Culture Wars: How Federal Courts Have Become The Arena For Fights Over Music, Parody, Fan Fiction, Art and Fantasy Sports. Presenter Susan M. Kornfield of Bodman LLP has been an intellectual property attorney for 27 years. She's taught courses in Intellectual Property Law and in Copyright Law at the University of Michigan and has been selected as an expert witness, mediator, and arbitrator in intellectual property disputes.

Great Museum Adventures

It’s always exciting to visit the wide variety of museums in southeast Michigan, but it's an easy choice as the temperature outside tumbles. The Ann Arbor District Library helps by participating in the Museum Adventure Pass program, which offers free admission passes for 2 or 4 people to regional museums. People of all ages enjoy strolling through the large spaces museums give to fascinating displays of art, musical instruments, scientific tools and ideas, dinosaur fossils, human artifacts and chunks of ancient earth. AADL has a great collection of books and DVDs about art, artists and museums for all ages. The Arts Alliance is a active group that provides information about arts in this area.

The history of South University

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This week the Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit will dedicate four new wall displays that tell the story of South University from the late 19th century through today. The displays cover area businesses and images include a wonderful 1898 panorama of the area, Miller's Ice Cream, C-Ted's Standard gas station, Tice's Men's Shop and a glimpse of the home where philosopher and educator John Dewey lived. The dedication will take place Thursday, November 6, at 5:00 p.m. on the corner of South and East University.

Learn More About aadl.org

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Did you know you can register for Library computer classes online? Have you explored the many databases available via the web site? You can even pay fines online by using My Account. Learn more about the many features of the Ann Arbor District Library’s web site and how to put them to use by coming to an aadl.org class. There is no fee. Class size is limited. Register online, by visiting any AADL location or by calling 327-4560.

Directing Pride & Prejudice

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In conjunction with the U of M Department of Theater & Drama's production of Pride and Prejudice (December 4-7 at the Power Center), director Timothy Douglas will present a program on Sunday, November 2, 2-3:30 p.m. in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room on the challenges of updating Jane Austen's brilliant 1813 novel about the willful Miss Bennet and the arrogant Mr. Darcy. AADL owns several adaptations on video, including the 1940 Hollywood film, the 1985 BBC production, a 1995 A & E production, and the recent 2005 film starring Keira Knightley.

Seeing in the Dark chosen for 2009 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads

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Timothy Ferris’s Seeing In The Dark: How Amateur Astronomers Are Discovering The Wonders Of The Universe has been chosen as 2009's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. The eleven-member selection team, composed of community members, educators, students and librarians from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area, chose author Timothy Ferris's poetic love letter to science and the skies to align with the University of Michigan's 2009 theme semester, The Universe: Yours To Discover. Read more about the book and author and stay tuned to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads site for future events and information.

Tattoo Artists Showing Their Stuff

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The creative energy in this community is mind-blowing, evidenced by the current exhibit at the Gallery Project. From 10/29 thru 12/7/08 take a look at Flash, an exhibition of original graphic art of tattoo culture worldwide. The artists include Jeff Zuck, Kerri Baker, Leo Zulueta,and Dianne Mansfield, all currently from Ann Arbor. Pssst.... Leo is world renowned and will be presenting in the MPR downtown in February 2009. Stay tuned!

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