A Magical Christmas of Magic

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Yo, drop the needle, it’s Christmas. That’s Albus Dumbledore’s message. And it’s pretty much a great idea. Second only to putting A Magical Christmas of Magic by Harry and the Potters in your CD player, turning up the volume, and dancing around in your Christmas pajamas while you wrap presents. (For the non-wrappers, non-dancers there’s always head-bobbing and hot cocoa sipping.) This CD is such a fun treat. Draco, Neville, Harry, and the gang lend their voice for all original Christmas songs, including; Money for Christmas by The Gringotts Goblin Choir, Seasonal Depression by The Whomping Willows, and All I want for Christmas by Draco and the Malfoys. If you’re into Harry and the Potters but not Christmas, the AADL also has a few other discs to suit your fancy: their fabulous self-titled album, Harry and the Potters and the power of love, and Voldemort can't stop the rock! Put the needle on the record!

Free Fun For All at the Metroparks

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The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are saying thank you to you with free entry and free boat launching at all parks on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 28. What a great way to trot off the pumpkin pie, get the kids outside and get a last look at fall colors. Hudson Mills and Dexter Huron offer trails, playgrounds, riverside fishing, and plenty of nature watching.

Trash Talk for Tree Town

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Turkey Time Trash tips: if your regular trash/recycling day is Thursdays, it will be Friday, Nov. 28, this week. If trash/recycling day is normally Fridays, it will be Saturday, Nov. 29. Get that last bit of yard cleanup done soon because curbside compost pickups end Saturday, Nov. 29. And a final FYI: City Hall offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 28.

Cobblestone Farm Museum’s Country Christmas

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Sunday, Dec. 7th noon to 4 pm
2781 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor
(734) 994-2928
Suggested donation of $1.50 kids, $3 adults, $7 family for program support

Cobblestone Farm will be presenting a 19th century Yuletide celebration featuring live dulcimer music with the Village Strings, a chance to meet Father Christmas, see holiday cooking on a wood stove, and go on tours of the decorated farmhouse with costumed interpreters.
The museums will also have an exhibit commemorating Pearl Harbor Day (December 7th) and showing examples of a 1940's era Christmas. The gift shop will be open and the animals in the barnyard will be out for the kids to see.

For more information on an old fashioned "country Christmas," check out The Pioneer Lady's Country Christmas: a gift of old-fashioned recipes and memories of Christmas Past by Jane Watson Hopping.

Nov. 6th is "National Men Make Dinner Day!"

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Are you a man who regularly cooks for yourself and others? Then you can pass this holiday without notice. However, if you are of the male species and do NOT normally fix the family meal or make a fast food run on a daily basis, this holiday is for you! (Apron is optional, tool belt with cooking utensils allowed)
This not a holiday for the faint of heart - normally celebrated on the first Thursday of each November, men have 12 rules to follow. Don't worry guys you don't need to be Martha Stewart, just choose a "published" recipe from any source without help. "Getting the recipe from 'her' cookbook is allowed, but man gets bonus points if the recipe isn't already somewhere in the house." And beer CAN count as an ingredient! Need a cookbook suggestion? Check out Extreme barbeque: smokin' rigs and real good recipes by Dan Huntley.

The Great Pumpkin Says: Let's Be Safe Out There

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Halloween is fun, fun, fun, but let's remember our Halloween Safety Tips. Tree Town ghosts, gremlins and Spidermen should trick-or-treat between 5 and 8 p.m. this Friday. Don't forget to use reflective tape on your costumes and to look both ways before crossing streets. The Great Pumpkin will be very proud of you!

Spooky Stuff This Week

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Celebrate Halloween all week at AADL: Kids in grades 4-5 can join us for an alien autopsy at our Weird Science Halloween party on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 3-4 p.m. at the Pittsfield branch or make pirate costumes and treasure maps on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Traverwood branch. Grades 6-adult will hear chilling tales of investigations by the SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room, and younger kids can dress up for our annual Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 31, with stories, songs and treats at 9:30-10:00 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m. in the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room (just prior to the Main Street Area Association's Downtown Treat Parade at 11:00 a.m.).

So Much Fun, It's Scary

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Oooh, it's going to be spooky at the Michigan Historical Museum this Sunday, Oct. 26th, for Haunted History: A Spooky Walk Through Time. Little ghouls, goblins and ghosts can come in costume and listen to tales, take a bite of treats and talk to lumberjacks and voyageurs throughout the decked-out museum. Even big kids will get a special Halloween goodie bag.

Goodnight Goon, an adorably terrifying bedtime tale for the kiddies

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Michael Rex is a big fan of Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon but he thought it “severely lacked big-toothed monsters and small creatures in peril” so he came up with Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody. And how fun it is! Full page color illustrations keep your eyes looking everywhere for eyeballs and bats and other cute and scary treats. Say goodnight to all the creatures, skulls, tombs, martians, goons, bones, bats, and mummies who rub their tummies. And perhaps leave that nightlight on as you try to doze after reading it.

Bored with “normal” Trick or Treating?

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Are you or the kids just not getting the same build-up of excitement for the neighborhood Trick or Treating? Why don’t you try Trick or Treating from a boat! The Ann Arbor Canoe Liveries are hosting a “Trick or Treat Down the River” where you can enjoy trick-or-treating by canoe or kayak. The event is Sunday, October 26 running from noon to 4pm, but you can begin your trip anytime between noon and 4pm. Starting at the Argo Canoe Livery (1055 Longshore Drive, Ann Arbor), people of all ages can take their boat along the Huron River stopping along the way for candy and “swamp muck” from costumed characters.

Bring the whole family! It is $22 per boat, and pre-registration not required. Check out The Ann Arbor Canoe Liveries’ website for more information. Happy Haunting!

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