Earlier this month the City of Ann Arbor and Recycle Ann Arbor partnered together to provide single-stream sorting bins in 14 Ann Arbor parks and nature areas. Recycling bins give visitors an effective recycling option. The goal is to keep recyclables out of landfills. Studies have shown that if recycling receptacles aren’t present, the majority of people won’t hold on to their plastic water bottle until they get home to recycle it- which leads to unnecessary items being land filled.
Parks piloting this program include:
• Allmendinger Park
• Argo Nature Area
• Bandemer Park
• Burns Park
• Buhr Park
• Fuller Park
• Frisinger Park
• Island Park
• Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area
• Riverside Park
• Southeast Area Park
• Veterans Memorial Park
• West Park
• Wheeler Park
Glass, metal, plastic bottles & tubs (#1, #2, #4-7) and paper can all go into the single-stream sorting bins. Recycling bins shouldn’t be used for food waste, Styrofoam, plastic bags, or dog waste.
Pilot parks were chosen based on the frequency of park users. For more information about recycling in the parks, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 734.662.6288 ext. 119.
In less than 24 hours over 500,000 visitors from across the globe will make the journey to downtown Ann Arbor to experience for the 45th Ann Arbor Art Fair. The art fair will be held Wednesday July 16 to Friday July 18, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday July 19, 10 a.m. -6 p.m. throughout the streets of downtown Ann Arbor.
The Summer Art Fair has 375 exhibiting artist booths, art demonstrations and features special guests including the Carr Center Artist-in-Training program and the Gallery U Boutique, an art therapy and vocational training program from Therapeutic Rehab/Universal Institute. There will also be cooling misting stations located on State Street.
Getting Around The best way to get around the fair is to take a shuttle. Shuttles are reasonably priced at just $1.50 each way, or $3.00 for a round trip. Students in grades K-12 and Fare Deal cardholders ride for $.75. Holders of Senior and A-Ride identification cards issued by TheRide, and children five years of age and younger, ride free.
For Locals While Ann Arborites may feel frustrated by the increased traffic and trouble parking there are still many things we can appreciate. For locals the art fair provides important economic benefits to the city. A recent economic impact study conducted by the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Ann Arbor Art Fair was second only to the University of Michigan for visitor recognition with July being the month Ann Arbor saw the most visitors.
Art Fair App For those who are looking to navigate the fair there is an app for that. A free iPhone application includes an interactive map of the fair (with geo-location, so users can see their current location in relationship to specific artists), with information about local businesses; AAAF events; the trolley; food; information booths; music stages; parking; and a comprehensive list of artists, with sample images of their work.
Click here for a full lineup of performances and events.
You don’t have to wait for the Ann Arbor Art Fairs to have a good time in Washtenaw County. There are a plethora of pleasurable summer events happening this weekend. On Friday you can chose between the ElvisFest, Rolling Sculpture Car Show, and Saline Celtic Festival. The Ann Arbor Latin Festival is Saturday and Huron River Day is this Sunday.
Named “One of the best music festivals in the Mid-west” by Chicago Tribune the Michigan ElvisFest returns July 11-12. This two day concert has spectacular performances by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America, as well as other amazing tribute entertainers, including: Roy Orbison, The Blues Brothers, and Paul McCartney.
Don’t miss your chance to pay homage to the king of rock and roll in Ypsilanti’s beautiful Riverside Park.
In downtown Ann Arbor the Rolling Sculpture Car Show returns for its 20th Anniversary. With more than 300 exotic, antique, classic, and one of a kind cars on Main, Liberty, and Washington streets in downtown Ann Arbor, this one of kind experience is sure to excite and delight all car enthusiasts.
Hot Rod DJ, Surfer Joe, will be showcasing hot rod songs throughout the show. Stop by and make a request at the corner of Main and Liberty. You can register to win concert tickets at Ann Arbor’s 107one booth on Main Street.
The Ann Arbor District Library will have family activities at their booth on Liberty Street between Fourth and Fifth.
Saline Celtic Festival
Voted a “Family Favorite” by Ann Arbor Family Magazine, the Celtic Festival is back in Saline July 11th and 12th. The Celtic Festival began as a result of the Sister City relationship between Saline, Michigan and Brecon, Wales. Although the Festival began as a one day event, it has grown to include many days and evenings.
A party like no other, the festivities include highland dance competitions, young artist showcase, folk activities, pipe bands, sword displays, jousting, haggis hurl, Celtic clobber, music and dance performances, along with festival fare of Michigan based craft beer, food, and Celtic merchants.
Ann Arbor Latin Festival
The first Ann Arbor Latin Festival is taking place this Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 11 p.m. The festival will feature music and dance from The Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Guatemala. Additionally there will be a meet and greet with Nickelodeon characters Dora and Diego, soccer matches, a beer and alcohol tent, a petting zoo, a bounce house, pony rides, and luchas (Mexican masked wrestlers).
The festival takes place at the Washtenaw Farm Council grounds, 5055 Saline Ann Arbor Rd.
Huron River Day
Huron River Day is your chance to participate in free and discounted family river activities. The Ann Arbor Track Club will start the day off at 8:30am with the Gallup Gallop 5K run/fitness walk.
The main Huron River Day activities will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Gallup Park. Have fun discovering and learning about the Huron River. Activities include a children’s tent with art and science activities and the enviro-challenge game, a canoe photo booth, fishing, dipping for river bugs, live animal program with the Leslie Science and Nature Center, a butterfly house, the classic small boat show, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Musical entertainment will be provided by WCC Performance Ensemble from noon to 1:30 p.m., WCC Jazz Quartet from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. and Gemini from 2:45 to 4 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, there will be performances by Airhart Circus, AuxWerks and Ann Arbor Aviary celebrating the river through circus and dance. A variety of food will be available for purchase.
For the third consecutive year Ann Arbor has been ranked one of the most generous cities in the United States for online giving by Blackbaud. The report tracked 265 cities with populations of more than 100,000 based on per capita online donations given between January 1, and December 31, 2013.
A ranking of large cities (based on per capita online giving in 2013:
1. Seattle, WA
2. Alexandria, VA
3. Atlanta, GA
4. Washington, DC
5. Cambridge, MA
6. Ann Arbor, MI
7. Arlington, VA
8. Cincinnati, OH
9. Bellevue, WA
10. San Francisco, CA
When summer temperatures heat up in Ann Arbor, cool off by going for a swim at the Orchard Hills Athletic Club.
This Sunday, June 22, is your chance to make a splash as the Orchard Hills Athletic Club (OHAC) celebrates its 50 year Anniversary. The celebration goes from 5 – 10 p.m. and is a great opportunity of have fun with friends while enjoying a BBQ dinner.
Located in Northeast Ann Arbor, Orchard Hills Athletic Club has two pools for members to enjoy, the OHAC and the Dolfin pool. The OHAC pool has a roped-off shallow area for younger kids, an in-pool basketball goal, a 10-foot water slide, shaded picnic tables, a grass volleyball court, and shuffleboard. The Dolfin pool includes a diving board, covered patio seating area, picnic tables and grill, and at least one lap swim always available.
These pools have a variety of programs that have led to a long tradition of developing and training young swimmers, divers, and synchronized swimmers. For 2014, they have introduced evening water aerobics and drop-in water polo classes at the Dolfin pool.
Movoto Real Estate, a real estate blog, recently published a list of the 10 most exciting places in Michigan.
To determine the top ten cities, 56 cities with populations over 20,000 people were evaluated on:
• Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
• Live music venues per capita
• Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
• Arts and Entertainment per capita (movie theaters, festivals, galleries, theaters, etc.)
• Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)
• Percentage of restaurants that are not fast food
• Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34
What makes Ann Arbor so exciting?
Ann Arbor stood out due the young population and college town atmosphere. We ranked extremely high in multiple categories including but not limited to: best arts and active life, young residents, and music venues.
Washtenaw County has an abundance of summertime festivals, fairs, and fun. These activities are in full swing this week with the start of Cinetopia International Film Festival on Wednesday and the launch Sonic Lunch on Thursday, and other events throughout the weekend. Despite some rain in the forecast there are many fascinating events for you to enjoy this week.
Cinteopia International Film Festival
Created for the people of southeastern Michigan, the Cinetopia International Film Festival features dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world’s best film festivals. The festival is happening June 4-8 at 10 venues in Ann Arbor and Detroit.
This year there will be screenings of 50 films with special pre- and post-film events, including presentations, discussion panels, and Q&A sessions with directors, writers, and stars.
Started in 2008, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch is a free outdoor concert series. Every Thursday from noon to 1:30pm June 5 to August 28, Sonic Lunch features a live band at the corner of Liberty and Division in downtown Ann Arbor. Each week a different area restaurant is on-site selling a Sonic Lunch for concert-goers to purchase.
The concerts are free and suitable for all ages. Some seating is available but lawn chairs are welcome. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a revitalizing mid-day break. As a result, Sonic Lunch has become one of the coolest summer events in Ann Arbor.
Sounds and Sights
Also starting Thursday, June 5, is the kick-off of Chelsea Sounds & Sights. Every Thursday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. artists perform at 10 staged areas located throughout downtown Chelsea featuring music, dance, comedy and family entertainment.
Audiences will also be able to enjoy interactive art with SculptureWalk Chelsea, a self-guided walking tour of 12 juried sculptures.
African American Festival
The African American Festival is a celebration of the contributions of African Americans to the development of Ann Arbor. It is taking place this Saturday, June 7, at the intersection of N. 4th Ave. and Ann St. in Ann Arbor.
The event was created to celebrate the city’s cultural heritage with a splashy, fun annual event that would remind locals of the neighborhood’s history. And while the festival celebrates African Americans’ life, history and culture in Ann Arbor, it is open to, and always draws a broad range of people. In its 19th year the festival will feature something for everyone including food, art, children’s activities, and entertainment.
Join more than 2,000 guests to help fight hunger and raise funds for Food Gatherers. Grillin’ takes place on Sunday, June 8, 3:00-8:00 PM (rain or shine) at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, located at 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road.
Grillin’ is an event for all ages with live music, kids’ activities hosted by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and a cash bar featuring Michigan microbrews and wines. There will be a wide assortment of food including: grilled chicken, gourmet sausages, corn, tofu dogs and veggie burgers throughout the day. Grillin’ for Food Gatherers also features side dishes from nearly 50 of Ann Arbor’s best restaurants, as well as desserts by Zingerman’s Bakehouse and Creamery.
This year’s band lineup includes the rustic pop sounds of Jake & Mary, followed by Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful, an indie folk band with melodies that celebrate American roots music. Grillin’s longtime headliner, George Bedard and the Kingpins, will close the night with blues and rock beats.