Auto History Night! The World Of Classic Cars

Thursday July 12, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Celebrate the history of automobiles and the 2012 Rolling Sculpture Car Show! Joseph Jendza (Top Hat John) and Victoria Mobley (of the Society of Automotive Historians) discuss classic cars and popular culture.

This event is also part of the day-long celebration of the DDA's opening of Library Lane (the parking structure next to the Library).

Last day to register to vote in the August 7th primary

Elections matter and yes, your vote DOES count.

Therefore, just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to register to vote in the primary on Tuesday, August 7th. The City of Ann Arbor has posted all the details here.

Kids Read Comics at AADL July 7-8: A Brief Look at Saturday

Can’t make it to the San Diego Comic Con this summer? No worries.

Join the fun in downtown Ann Arbor at the Ann Arbor District Library the weekend of July 7-8 for the 2012 KIDS READ COMICS convention, a comics convention - offered at NO admission charge - for comics creators and fans of all ages. This convention is for all “kids” whether 5 or 45!

Saturday, July 7 will be jam packed with fun stuff like voice actor Neil Kaplan reading Winnie the Pooh in multiple voices, puppetbending with Kevin Coppa, turning your life into a comic with Eisner Award winner Raina Telgemeir, creating an Ellie McDoodle/Wimpy kid book, making a mini-comic with Matt Feazell, video game creation via playing Underwater Tomato Ninja, live recording of Comics are Great! podcast, and so much more.

Check the schedule to see how you can visit/shop with 60 cartoonists in Artists Alley, attend the many workshops, and take in Quick Draw sessions.

AADL Summer Game Players – you’ll be able to pick up MULTIPLE Game Codes throughout the two days of this convention!

AADL Presents Kids Rock Series @ TOP: Big Bang Boom

Sunday July 8, 2012: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Top of the Park (map)

Dance, listen and sing at TOP! Big Bang Boom is a North Carolina power pop trio that writes and performs parent-friendly kids' music. Their live show is high energy! From getting the kids onstage for the SpongeBob Chorus to the parents vs. kids Hokey Pokey Challenge, there's no sitting down! This event is for all ages.

AADL Presents Kids Rock Series @ TOP: Anna Banana Band

Sunday July 1, 2012: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Top of the Park

The Anna Banana Band, from Brooklyn, NY, is the BEST new punky rock band for kids! Sing and dance away the evening at this Kids Rock @ TOP concert, presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. This event is for all ages.

Star Party this Wednesday!

Wednesday, June 27: 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm -- Leslie Science & Nature Center (1831 Traver Rd. map)

Join the University Lowbrow Astronomers and AADL staff this Wednesday night at the Leslie Science & Nature Center for a star party and a chance to earn points for the Summer Game! Lowbrow members will be on hand to offer views through their large telescopes, but feel free to bring your own - or one you've checked out from the Library - for some tips and advice from these expert observers. The sun sets at 9:15 so there won't be much to see other than Saturn and Mars early on, but stick around for a few stellar delights as they pop out one by one. Note: This event will be cancelled if it's cloudy. Check back here for an update.

AADL Presents Kids Rock Series @ TOP: Ratboy Jr.

Sunday June 24, 2012: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Top of the Park (Rackham Stage)

Ratboy Jr. is a rocking duo from upstate, NY and performs with high energy! Sing and dance to catchy tunes about robots, emus and garbage men. This band has the formula for a super fun show - a perfect mix of audience participation, hilarious onstage banter - - and a slide whistle!

This concert, presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, is the second in the Kids Rock Series@TOP - a Sunday series of concerts at Top of the Park. This event is for all ages.

Ann Arbor Book Fest is this weekend: June 22-23

The annual Ann Arbor Book Fest will be held this weekend, June 22nd & 23rd, on the University of Michigan's campus. Visiting authors and poets include Newbery Award Winner Christopher Paul Curtis, Steve Amick, Scott Beal, Adam Mansbach, Kevin Coval, Jeff Kass, and Aaron McCollough - just to name a few!

Events throughout the weekend will consist of everything from workshops to the bookcrawl! For a full list of the weekend's events, visit the Bookfest's website to view the schedule. Enjoy!

Summer Game Kick-Off Concert @ TOP: The Royal Order of Chords and Keys (R.O.C.K.)

Sunday June 17, 2012: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Top of the Park

Want to rock out this summer? Kids Rock @ TOP Concerts return!! Kick off the 2012 AADL Summer Game at this family-friendly concert with The Royal Order Of Chords And Keys (R.O.C.K.), on the Rackham stage! See why they call R.O.C.K. the "hardest rocking band for families in the world!"

Sign up for the AADL Summer Game at the concert, and be one of the leaders for great summer game prizes!

This event, for all ages, is presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, and is also the first in the Kids Rock Series@TOP - a Sunday series of concerts at Top of the Park.

What's Happening in Ann Arbor This Summer?

If you've lived in Ann Arbor for at least one summer, then you're probably aware of the annual Summer Festival that starts on Friday, June 15, as well as the Art Fair that starts July 18. Additionally, Ann Arbor is host to dozens of other festivals and events throughout the summer, including the stacked lineup of events at the AADL. Here are some other highlights around Ann Arbor.

Shakespeare in the Arb is presented by the U-M Residential College and Matthaei-Nichols, performing an outdoor production of Shakespeare's comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor that moves through various settings in the Arb. Show dates: June 10, 14, 15, 16, 17; June 21, 22, 23, 24.

At Minifest, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival presents concerts featuring internationally known artists and new chamber ensembles at the Kerrytown Concert House. Concert dates: June 15, 22, 24, 30.

The Rolling Sculpture Car Show features more than 400 antique, classic, and concept cars on display downtown for one day only, July 13, 2012.

Join the fun on Huron River Day, with river exhibits, discounted canoe and kayak rentals, 1-mile run, a 5K walk and run, live music, food vendors, and a children's activity tent on July 15, 2012.

One more gem, the Riverfolk Jam Camp takes place in Manchester from August 1-3, but its finale is in Ann Arbor, at The Ark on August 4.

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