Yankee Air Museum's Randy Hotten: "How Detroit Saved the World: World War II and the Willow Run Story”

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Wednesday July 8, 2009: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

The Yankee Air Museum's Randy Hotten shares his extensive research on the Willow Run Bomber Plant. He is the Director of Flight Operations at the Yankee Air Museum as well as a Board Member and Committee Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee. He also flies as a pilot with the Yankee Air Museum in the C-47 and the B-17.

Randy will cover the world and national events leading up to the decision to involve the auto industry in the construction of airplanes for WWII and ultimately to build the Willow Run Bomber Plant. He is a retired US Navy Captain, who served as Pilot in P-3 Orion aircraft flying Anti-Submarine Patrols during the Cold War.

He will also discuss the history and future of the Yankee Air Museum and the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show featuring the awe-inspiring
US Navy Blue Angels, at the Willow Run Airport July 18-19th.

Advance tickets available at Thunder Tickets.

Solar S'mores: Science at its most delicious!

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Make a solar s'more oven using a cardboard pizza box, some aluminum foil, and a few other basic materials. If the weather permits, we will go outside, test the oven, then eat some delicious s'mores (no campfire required)! This is science at its most delicious.

Thursday July 2, 2009 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm | Pittsfield Branch | Grade 4 thru Adult

Cool Scrapbooking

Bring your collected content from that memorable event, and we'll provide the paper and extras to pull it all together on the page.

Wednesday, July 1 | 2:00-3:00 PM | Pittsfield | Grades 4-8

Smoothie Sensation - Now at Pittsfield Branch

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Blend away the boredom and create delicious fruity concoctions at this hands-on workshop for grades 6 - 12! Join us on Tuesday, June 30, 7pm at the Pittsfield Branch.

Flower Gardening with Master Gardener Carol Brodbeck

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On Thursday, May 21, 7pm at the Pittsfield Branch, learn valuable flower gardening tips from Master Gardener Carol Brodbeck, member of the American Horticulture Society.

Henna Art With Local Henna Artist Hiral Shah

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On Saturday, May 9, from 2 - 3:30pm at Pittsfield Branch, learn about the history, traditions and current practices of henna body art with Hiral Shah, a henna artist with 7 years of experience.

Dyeing for Some Color?

Sunday, April 26th at the Pittsfield Branch, Knitgrrl Shannon Okey - Author, knitter extraordinaire, shop owner and an expert dyer will give a primer on hand-dyeing for knitters and fiber enthusiasts.

Tips and tricks on materials, supplies and tools will be discussed. Yarns and dyes will be available for a hands-on experience. Recommended for teens and adults.

The program starts at 2 p.m. A book signing will follow, courtesy of Nicola's Books.

It's Time for Spring Cleaning!

We're trying to clean out our supplies of craft materials so that we can make room for all the new stuff we'll need this summer. Here's a chance to let your imagination soar. We'll provide all kinds of materials, you provide the creativity. For preschoolers through third grade.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Traverwood Branch
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 17, 2009
Pittsfield Branch
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

For some ideas, look here.

Pamper Yourself!

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Do you want to show off your hands? Getting ready for sandal season? Pamper yourself with a fingernail soak, then use decals, stencils, polishes, and rhinestones provided for you to create your own nail look. Polish colors such as "Rave" and "So Disco" may inspire you!

Join us on Wednesday, April 15, 2-3pm at the Pittsfield Branch for a little Nail Fun. Bring a friend or two so you can chat and giggle while you work.

The Detroit Observatory and the Victorian Space Race

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How did the Detroit Observatory come to be? And why is it located in Ann Arbor and not Detroit? On Sunday, March 29, 2 to 3:30pm at the Pittsfield Branch, Karen Wright, Program Coordinator for the University of Michigan Detroit Observatory will discuss how the observatory was the centerpiece of President Henry Philip Tappan's efforts to transform the University of Michigan into one of the first research universities in the United States.

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