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.

Equadoran musician and friends perform

Canterbury House, an Episcopal campus ministry offers a concert series open to all. This Tuesday, the Winona Taxo University for Cultural Exchange, a unique educational initiative between North and South America will be holding its first concert at Canterbury House. Ecuadorian musician, Oscar Santillian, Ann Arbor folk musicians Laz and Helen Slomovits and students from The University of Michigan School of Music Jazz Department will play music that features a blend of both cultures. Canterbury House offers a great mix of innovative musical performers from jazz, electronic and folk genres.

Kid Bit 740s - Discover Dewey addresses

Think of the Dewey Decimal system as addresses in a neighborhood.
Have you ever had a rainy day with nothing to do? Do you like to make stuff? When you browse "The 740s" in the non-fiction collection, you find art and craft books. You can find Cartooning Basics; Crafts For Kids Who Are Wild About Dinosaurs; The Rainy Day Book. If you keep on going you may pass "knitting and "stitchery" and discover books about "Famous Artists" like Leonardo da Vinci For Kids: His Life And Ideas including 21 activities that help learn about him.
AND one more thing! Craft DVDs (and Craft books for Teens and Adults), have the same addresses. They are in "The 740s" too !! You can find a video on Origami with Leonor featuring "1 and 2 minute learning vignettes for children"!

Kid Bit 500s - Discover Dewey

Think of the Dewey Decimal system as addresses in a neighborhood.
Do you like science? You browse science books in "The 500s" block of the non-fiction collection. You'll cruise past titles like First Encyclopedia of Science; DK Eye Wonder Space; Big Book Of Dinosaurs; Life In The Woodlands; any kind of creature like Backyard Detectives: Critters Up Close.....
AND one more thing! Science DVDs, and science books for Teens and Adults, have the same addresses. They are in "The 500s" too, such as Eyewitness Volcano; or Bill Nye the Science Guy Presents Animal Locomotion !!

50 Years and 5 Million Miles In the Making

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Plus never before seen footage from extraterrestrial film that had to be taken out of NASA's liquid nitrogen storage! How many movies can boast that? Today, In the Shadow of the Moon opens at the Michigan Theater. In the 1960s, 400,000 people joined forces to show what the human race can achieve when we work together. They did the impossible--they sent Man to the Moon and safely returned our brave tour guides to Earth. And they achieved this goal in under a decade! Want more info on the Apollo Missions? AADL has it.
Not going to go see the movie because you think the moon landings were hoaxes? Buzz Aldrin's fist will certainly tell you otherwise!

Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran

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The first survey of contemporary Iranian photography to be presented in the United States, Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran, introduces the work of 20 exceptionally talented artists - all celebrated figures in their homeland and many known in Europe as well.

These artists explore aspects of cultural, gendered, and individual identities in Iran at the beginning of the 21st century, and question not only what it is to be Iranian, but also the nature of reality as perceived by the human eye—and the camera's lens.

Persian Visions was arranged in spite of the current U.S. government sanction against “official” cultural exchange with Iran. Its presentation in Ann Arbor is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the University of Michigan Health System, and University of Michigan Women’s Studies Program.

The exhibition is on view through December 20, 2007 at UMMA Off/Site. Free docent guided tours are scheduled for Thursdays, October 11 and 25, @ 7 pm, and Sundays, October 14 and 28, @ 2 pm. For more information, call 734.763.UMMA

Coffee House Series Presents...

Looking for some folk music this weekend? Check out the Green Wood Coffee House Series concert at the First United Methodist Church on Green Rd. tonight, Friday, September 28. Ellen McIlwaine will be demonstrating her amazing blues slide guitar and vocal skills. A Canadian native, Mcilwaine only does a few gigs in the U.S. So don't miss her performance. Also, take advantage of the homey atmosphere and reasonable cost of concerts in this series.

Super Smash and Mario Kart Tournament Extravaganza!

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The 2007 Super Smash Double Dash Championship season returns to the downtown library this weekend with a Smash & Dash filled couple of days for players of all ages! It all begins with a Super Smash Bros. Melee Regulation Throwdown for ages 13+, this Friday, 9/28, from 6:00 - 8:45 PM. With no items, only neutral stages, and a focus on 1v1, this is your chance to put your skills to a pure test of mettle. See here for our regulation-style ruleset. We'll then continue with Round 2 of the Championship Season for grades 6-12 on Saturday, 9/29, from Noon - 5 PM. Can Clan US continue their smash dominance? Can the Brothers of Maplewood win another mystery clan battle? Come downtown and find out! Then, we'll wrap up the weekend with a Mario Kart Tournament for grades 5 and under, Sunday, 9/30, from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

Feeling Foolish?

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Street Theater Art (START) Project co-creators Shoshana Hurand and Mark Tucker are throwing a big, silly party this Thursday to kick off preparations for Festifools 2008! This year they have a spacious new studio in the UM Campus Security Services Building (room 1309). Festifools 2007 was a huge success—the project combined the efforts of UM students and volunteers from throughout the community to create enormous Mardi Gras-style puppets that were marched through the streets of Ann Arbor on April Fools’ Day. Photos of the event will be on display at the open house, which runs from 5-7pm.

Photo by Myra Klarman, used with permission.

College Cooking Made Simple!

Do you cower in the face of an ingredients list, or groan at the thought of slicing and dicing? When was the last time you cooked a meal for yourself instead of eating at the dining hall?

Be afraid no longer! Sister team Megan and Jill Carle just published the book for you! Check out College cooking : feed yourself and your friends for some great, easy recipes. One example, barbecue chicken pizza, is available online from Megan's appearance on NPR's The Splendid Table this past weekend.

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