Wiard's Orchards Country Fair

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This fun event is happening every Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 6pm at Wiard's Orchards in Ypsilanti. The Country Fair is a fun, fall "carnival atmosphere" filled with events for the whole family. Go for a pony ride or hay ride, visit the petting farm, hear live music and get lost in the corn maze, just to name a few. And when you're tired of having fun- relax and enjoy doughnuts, caramel apples and fresh cider! And don't forget to pick out apples and pumpkins to take home!
Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merrit Road, Ypsilanti, Admission $10.50, $8 after 4:30, Under 2 get in free.

Fire Station Open House

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This Sunday, October 6th is the annual Ann Arbor Fire Department Open House. There will be lots of fun activities where kids will learn some serious fire safety tips like Stop Drop and Roll and parents will learn how to keep smoke alarms working properly.

A Hunting We Will Go

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Hunting season is afoot in Michigan. The DNR has guides for all types of hunting as well as licensing information. The Deer Hunting Prospects brochure will help you decide where and when to get out in the woods. Check out the state parks and recreation areas map to find the perfect camp site.

Dog Days at Olson Park

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Ready, Set, Play! The new off-leash dog play area at Olson Park is officially open and ready for man's best friend. Don't forget to stop by the City Clerk's Office and pick up an annual Off-Leash Dog Permit before letting 'em rip at the park.

CTN Camcorder Class

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User manuals make great doorstops. If you really want to learn how to use a gadget, hands-on is the only way to go. Luckily, CTN agrees and is offering How to Get the Most Out of Your Camcorder", a personalized instruction class on Monday, October 26th, 6 - 9 p.m. at CTN Studios. The class is $10 and will cover functions and features of your camcorder, how to compose shots, capture audio and special effects. Reserve your space by calling 734.769.7422 and remember to bring your camcorder and tripod along.

Dragon Boat Festival at Gallup Park

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The University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies will kick off the ChinaNow Theme Year with the first ever university-sponsored Dragon Boat Festival from 10–5pm on September 30 at Gallup Park. The boats will be decorated to look like dragons with a fiery open-mouth head at the bow and a scaly tail at the stern. There's a full day's worth of events including Tai Chi, kite-making, yo-yo spinning, lion dancing, and a culinary taste of China.

All Doggies in the Pool

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The Buhr Park pool that is. It's the 4th annual Dog Swim from 3 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 and Wednesday, Sept. 5. Pre-registration is required, so get woofing and call 734.971.3228 to snag a spot for Spot.

The Renaissance Festival is in Full Swing!

Hear ye, hear ye! Be sure to check out the Michigan Renaissance Festival! It runs in Holly this year every weekend from August 18- September 30th and provides a day of entertainment for just about everyone! There are plenty of events, activities, and unique shopping experiences to draw in all sorts of people. This upcoming weekend features the Buccaneer Beer Fest. Argh! If you would like to attend the festivities in costume, feel free to check out one of the library's books on Renaissance clothing, such as Vecellio's Renaissance Costume Book by Cesare Vecellio.

A Camera To Call My Own

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Did you borrow a digital camera to take vacation pictures this summer? Are you ready to buy one for yourself but find the terminology confusing and the options in the digital camera market overwhelming? Then sign up for the Library’s class Buying a Digital Camera. Find out what a megapixel really is. Discover the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom. This free class will be held on September 17 at the Downtown Library in the third floor Computer Training Lab. Space is limited so register soon at any Branch or by calling 327-8367.

Pick a Parks & Rec Class Online

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Beginning August 20th, you can Register Online for Ann Arbor Parks & Rec classes, camps, and programs. TreeTown will be saving trees and money by printing fewer brochures (Fall/Winter 2007-2008 brochures will no longer be mailed to homes) so look for the full-color online version. While you’re on the P&R site be sure to check out the Canoe Liveries ~ Fall is the prettiest time for paddling the Huron.

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