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Sweetwaters Westgate Anniversary Party

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 1:49pm

[img_assist|nid=366117|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=100]Our neighbors at the Westgate Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea are celebrating their one-year anniversary!

On Sunday, September 10 from 12 to 4 p.m., they'll host a big party full of family-friendly events like storytelling, chalk games, live music, and (of course!) birthday treat samples.

Join them for an afternoon of fun and celebrating!

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New Universal Access Playground!

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 9:12am

We're all invited to join the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor as they celebrate the grand opening of Ann Arbor Centennial Playground at Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road on Sunday, September 17th from 2:00-7:00 PM! The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor along with the State of Michigan DNR and the City of Ann Arbor Maintenance millage provided funding for this playground that is sure to be safe and inclusive for the child in all of us. The playground will offer children with disabilities opportunities to gain self-confidence and greater independence. Caregivers who have disabilities will have the chance to engage, play and supervise their children as never before. Festivities include a ribbon cutting live music, food trucks, activities for kids and shuttles from various locations to get you there. Attached are more details about the schedule and shuttle locations.

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Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday November 16, 2017: 7:00pm to 9:30pm
LIVE (102 S 1st Street)
Adults

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Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday October 19, 2017: 7:00pm to 9:30pm
LIVE (102 S 1st Street)
Adults

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Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday September 21, 2017: 7:00pm to 9:30pm
LIVE (102 S 1st Street)
Adults

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Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday August 17, 2017: 7:00pm to 9:30pm
LIVE (102 S 1st Street)
Adults

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Lynch After Dark at The Michigan Theater

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 7:04pm

As a tribute to [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/keyword/david%20lynch?search_format=u%7Cg%7Cq|David Lynch] and to celebrate the return of [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1490085|Twin Peaks], the Michigan Theater is showing several of Lynch's films on Thursday nights during the month of August for its [http://www.michtheater.org/lynch/|Lynch After Dark] series. It all starts tonight with [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/title/eraserhead?search_format=u%7Cg%7Cq|Eraserhead]. Then continues on 8/10 with [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1265216|Dune], on 8/17 with [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/title/blue%20velvet?search_format=u%7Cg%7Cq|Blue Velvet], on 8/24 with [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1239867|Wild At Heart], and ends on 8/31 with [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1322221|Lost Highway]. How cool is that?! The theater has done some really great series over the years, and I'm really excited that they've decided to embrace a little Lynch this summer. His films are even better on the big screen, so check out the [http://www.michtheater.org/lynch/|line-up] with film descriptions and be ready for weird.[img_assist|nid=364534|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=133]

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SPRING AWAKENING

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 2:58pm

Spring Awakening today is, for some, what Rent was in the ‘90s. Originally written as a German play by Frank Wedekind in the 19th century (and promptly banned), it resurfaced as a rock musical by Duncan Sheik in 2006. Starring Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff of future [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1358515|Glee] fame, the show took home eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score. It was recently revived on Broadway by Deaf West Theater in 2015, receiving an additional three Tony nominations.

The story follows teens under oppressive boarding school and home regimes as they navigate a multitude of difficult topics including sexuality, pregnancy, abortion, suicide, neglect, and abuse – serious stuff! That’s why [http://www.a2ic.org/|Ann Arbor in Concert] – which is producing the show for one night only on Saturday, July 15th – is working to ensure that prospective patrons learn as much about the musical’s content and topics as they can before deciding if the show is right for them. The Ann Arbor District Library is presenting, [http://www.aadl.org/node/361176|“Spring Awakening: How a 19th-Century German Play Rocks with Relevance Today,”] a talk and discussion led by Corner Health Center Health Educator, Social Worker, and Teen Peer Education Theatre Troupe Leader, Craig VanKempen, MSW, MPH. This event will take place on Monday, July 10, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Library’s Downtown Branch.

The Library offers a plethora of additional resources for community members to educate themselves about Spring Awakening and its topics. Patrons can check out the [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1380542|musical score] or [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1282879|soundtrack] to hear the incredibly powerful music and decide if the more explicit lyrics are their cup of tea. Frank Wedekind’s [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1172549|Four Major Plays] is also available for those interested in reading a translation of the original story.

One of the primary conflicts of the musical is that the adults prioritize avoiding their own discomfort over their children and students’ safety. Today we know that, although uncomfortable at times, understanding and talking about sex, consent, suicide, and bullying reduces shame, promotes accurate information, and enables people to access resources when they need help. How different would the story of Spring Awakening be if Wendla’s mother had talked to her the way that Grandma talks to her grandchild in [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1506334|Anastasia Higginbotham’s book], or if members of the entire community had been about to check out resources like [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1282074|Kate Bornstein’s book] from their local library. Today we also have many excellent organizations in our community including [http://www.elesplace.org/|Ele’s Place], [http://ozonehouse.org/|Ozone House], [https://www.safehousecenter.org/|SafeHouse Center], and [http://www.cornerhealth.org/|Corner Health Center] to provide additional support and resources to those who need them.

Spring Awakening is not a show for everyone, and Ann Arbor in Concert has posted a parental advisory to encourage prospective patrons, particularly those with younger family members, to learn more about the show before purchasing tickets.

AADL's [http://pulp.aadl.org/|Pulp] has published a [http://pulp.aadl.org/node/362817|preview] about the show.

Ann Arbor in Concert’s one-night-only performance of Spring Awakening will be on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 8 p.m. at the Power Center. Tickets are on sale at [http://www.a2ic.org/|www.a2ic.org] or at the [https://muto.umich.edu/|Michigan Union Ticket Office].

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Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

Saturday June 3, 2017: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby
All Ages.

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Water Treatment Plant Open House

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 9:53am

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Go see how the water flows to your tap on Saturday May 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/water-treatment/Pages/default.aspx|City of Ann Arbor's Water Treatment Plant]. There will be activities, tours, refreshments and more. All you need to bring is your curiosity! Contact the Water Treatment Plant at (734) 794-6426 if you have any questions, or if you can't make it, [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/water-treatment/about/Pages/Water-Treatment-Plant-Group-Tour-Request.aspx|schedule a group tour].