Dance your way to fit with Bollywood workout DVDs

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The energetic yogi Hemalayaa adds Indian dance moves and bhangra music with cardiovascular and sculpting routines for a fabulously fun and playful workout in her series of DVDs. The Bollywood dance workout with Hemalayaa features four routines with an intro and cool down, so you can choose what you want to work on. Or you can focus on your backside in Bollywood Booty. These dance routines will lift and firm while you dance and laugh. For a more intense Bollywood workout (that is still suitable for beginners) try Hemalayaa’s Bollywood Burn. A nice feature about these DVDs is that you can set it so you can hear the instructor with the music or just music only. Get your heart pumping and your hips shaking with these hot Indian dance moves!

Up the Rouge!

Author Joel Thurtell and photographer Patricia Beck, veteran Detroit Free Press staff, collaborated to produce this wonderful book about canoeing on the Rouge River—yes, the Rouge River!! The Rouge--not as well-known as the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie catching fire in 1969, but confident in its reputation as a famously polluted body of water.

Metroparks, Recreation, and The Quality of Community Life With Robert Marans, Metro Parks Commissioner

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On Wednesday, June 17, at the Downtown Library at 7pm, Professor Robert Marans, President of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Commissioner of the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority, will discuss his current research about the impact of the built and natural environments on metroparks throughout southeastern Michigan. This event is held in conjunction with the Library’s summer reading program, Local Motion - which encourages the use of local neighborhoods and outdoor areas to move and get fit!

Ultramarathon Man on DVD

One man. 50 marathons. 50 consecutive days. 50 different states.

Dean Kazarnes once again proves that he is the Ultramarathon Man in this documentary about his mission to raise awareness for youth obesity. Kazarnes runs 26.2 mile courses that are all used for annual marathons, but held on a different day than he runs them, or in the case of the New York City Marathon, when he runs on the day of the actual city-wide marathon event.

Athletes from several countries run the courses with the inspirational author and running enthusiast, even during torrential thunderstorms and under the 100+ degree heat of the Desert Classic Marathon course in Surprise, AZ. Karno's running toughness is matched only by his public spotlight endurance during this two month event. For upwards of five hours while running, Karno talks with fellow runners and listens to their stories, and then after the run he's shaking hands, signing autographs, and giving speeches before meeting with press and photographers, only to get back on the bus and drive to the next state. Catch up with Dean Kazarnes, the Ultramarathon Man, on DVD at the AADL.

Along the Huron River: Explore and Enjoy!

How is your Ann Arbor history and geography? Where would you find these in Ann Arbor: Picnic Island, Lover’s Lane, Cat Hole, the Pudding Stone, Cascade Glen or the Botsford Homestead? Hint: they all appear on walks along the Huron River detailed in the new book Riverwalks: Ann Arbor by Brenda Bentley. (Ok, some of the names have changed.)

I wasn’t expecting what I discovered in this book. The detailed instructions, with maps, for 31 ambles around all points of the Huron River would be expected in a walking guidebook. It was the history, of the river and Ann Arbor’s relationship to it over the years, with beautiful, old-time photographs of early Ann Arbor locations, all woven through a story-like narrative, with the Huron River a larger-than-life presence holding it all together, which surprised and delighted me. This book makes me feel like I am living beside a treasure, which I want to explore and get to know better.

An excellent organization working to protect and educate people about the Huron River is the Huron River Watershed Council and we carry its publication the Huron River Report in our periodicals department.

To celebrate our beautiful river, hike (or row) on over to Gallup Park, on Sunday, July 12th for Huron River Day.

Parks in Washtenaw County

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Memorial Day weekend signifies more than just the remembrance of departed veterans, but also as a non-meterological beginning to Summer. Most students are making their way through their final weeks of school, daydreaming about the possibilites this Summer offers. This is also the time when County Parks and Preserves open to the public. Soon, AADL will be offering a program called "Park and Read," which is simlar to the Museum Adventure Passes, that will be good for a free one-day admission to any Michigan State Park. Fortunately, Washtenaw County proudly boasts 12 parks and 16 preserves, including the ever popular Rolling Hills Water Park, which supplies the County with a great place to cool off, get together with friends and even play a round of disc golf.

Come and visit one of Washtenaw County's Parks or Preserves today!

Canoeing Anyone??

With Memorial Day quickly approaching, now is a great time to don your sunscreen, fill your cooler, and head out on one of our many Michigan waterways. If you are a fan of canoeing/kayaking, pick up a copy of Doc Fletcher's new book Michigan Rivers Less Paddled : The Rivers, The Towns, The Taverns here at the AADL. This handy guide will provide you with plenty of ideas for canoeing excursions around the area, including local pubs to hit at the end of your journey. Jerry Dennis' Canoeing Michigan Rivers : A Comprehensive Guide to 45 Rivers is another guide to consider if you are looking for new routes to explore. If you are not the proud owner of a canoe or kayak, there are plenty of rental places in the area. Visit Huron River Net for a list of businesses that will gladly provide you with that canoe you need.

Time to Climb Everest

While we enjoy a spring afternoon, Mt. Everest expedition teams are sleeping somewhere near or on the mountain. Depending on the approach they staked their tents in Tibet or Nepal.

Keep on top of the latest Everest expedition news: MountEverest.net

Elevations
Ann Arbor: 256 m (840 ft) What's the highest point in Ann Arbor?
Nepal-side base camp: 5,380 m (17,700 ft)
Tibet-side base camp: 5,180 m (16,990 ft)
Mt. Everest peak: 8,844.43 m ± 0.21 m (29,017.16 ± 0.69 ft)

Everest books:
1996 climb
2006 climb

Everest DVDs:
1996 climb
Everest: beyond the limit

Vacations to Enrich Your Life

On our new book shelf here at the AADL you can pick up a copy of The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life, written by Pam Grout & published by National Geographic. The author's intent, as she states in the introduction, is to alter your idea of what vacation is meant to be and offer you the potential to change your life. The experiences are divided into four categories: arts and crafts getaways, learning retreats, volunteer vacations, and wellness escapes. Even if you can't afford some of the fabulous ideas set forth in this book, it's still enjoyable to read about them. Consider a three-day mahout (elephant wrangler) training course in Thailand. Spend a month working for African Impact, a lion rehabilitation center in Zimbabwe. Master the art of blending scotch at the Glengoyne Distillery in the Scottish highlands. Ride horses to Machu Picchu's sacred sister city, Choquequirao, Peru.
The trip that caught my attention is run by COBATI (Community-Based Tourism Initiatives) in Kampala, Uganda. Instead of a typical African safari package that does little to benefit the locals, COBATI homestays offer the amazing opportunity to stay in small, rural villages and learn about the real Uganda. Visit banana plantations, stay with midwives, learn beekeeping & mushroom growing, attend community weddings, visit flower farms and see homesteads with Ankole longhorn cattle (indigenous to Uganda for at least seven centuries). Interested? Visit www.cobati.or.ug or head to the library for a copy of this unique travel guide.

AADL Productions Podcast: Festifools

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A festival of fools will descend on Main Street for the third annual Festifools event next Sunday, April 5, from 4-5 p.m. Last week, we had the opportunity to interview Mark Tucker, the creative force behind Festifools, at his studio. Mark talks about his background in float building, this year's Festifools theme, and he takes us on tour of the studio and the various stages of creating a papier-mâché puppet.

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