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Beer, Brats, and Fun at Riverside Arts Center

Are you looking to celebrate OktoberFest in Washtenaw County?  This Sunday, October 12, the Riverside Arts Center is having their 9th Annual OktoberFest fundraiser.  The event will take place from 4-7pm in the Riverside Gallery. The event will have traditional fare including brats, beer and klezmer music by Klezmer R & D. Attendees will also be able to enjoy art from the Great Lakes “Small Works” Exhibit.

Oktoberfest at Riverside
This exciting event supports the Riverside Arts Center. The Riverside Arts Center is a non-profit multi-purpose cultural arts venue providing performance, exhibit, studio and reception space for artists and art cultural organizations to enrich the Ypsilanti community through the arts and cultural experiences.

Source: Riverside Arts Center

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Vote Today in Michigan’s Statewide Primary

Today, voters across Michigan will decide who will go to the general election in November. Today’s primary offers both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti voters have the chance to decide between different mayoral candidates. In Washtenaw, there are also two countywide judge races, a congressional race, and a statewide ballot proposal to consider.

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Haven’t been able to decide who to vote for? Visit www.vote411.org for information about candidates and proposal on your ballot. Vote411 is prepared by the League of Women Voters, which is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that never supports or opposes any candidates. Polls are open until 8pm.

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Results are in for the First 7 Months of the Year

After a somewhat slow start due to the long cold winter, the market is finally showing more brisk activity and wider listing availability. Homes are still selling quickly by historic standards, although we are moving toward a more balanced supply and demand picture.

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For sound advice and help creating your real estate plan, contact us today.

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In a Fast-Paced Market, Having an Ear to the Ground Matters

If you’d like to move but have been frustrated by the shortage of homes for sale, having a well-informed Reinhart professional working for you matters.

Our 200 agents are pooling resources to put together “creative” sales on a frequent basis.These are transactions where the properties were not formally on the market, but the intentions of the sellers were known to us and we were able to match them with our buyers.

Establishing your “ear to the ground” at Washtenaw County’s most productive real estate firm can make the difference between frustration and success.

For sound advice and help getting past your personal real estate obstacle, contact us today.

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Community Baby Shower: Giving Babies a Healthy Start

Over 22% of Washtenaw County children live under the poverty line, and the cost of basic needs are rising. This puts families in a situation where they are struggling to provide for their babies. We can make a difference.

This year we are partnering with United Way of Washtenaw County in support of the 5th Annual Community Baby Shower from Thursday, May 1st through Friday, May 30th. By donating to the community baby shower you will be giving newborns a healthy start in life.


Items collected will support Alpha House, Catholic Social Services, Child Care Network, Corner Health Center, Home of New Vision, Hope Clinic, and SOS Community Services.

Donations are being collected at all of the Reinhart Sales Offices.

For more information visit United Way of Washtenaw

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Home Values on the Rise in Washtenaw County

For the first time since the economic recession, all 25 municipalities in Washtenaw County experienced gains in average home values.

Photo taken by Darby Kolano

The gain in value has meant increased property values in the communities across the county. Values have risen between 1.66 percent in Salem Township up to a high of 10.7 percent in Sylvan Township.

Home values in Ann Arbor increased an average over 6 percent and Ypsilanti homes gained an average of over 4 percent. Overall, Washtenaw County shows a 5.93 percent gain in home values in 2014, compared to a roughly 2 percent gain in 2013.

Click here to read the complete article on Mlive.com.

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Amazing Apple Orchards, Cider Mills and Pumpkin Patches throughout Washtenaw County

With the start of school, football season, and cooler weather now is the perfect time to visit local apple orchards, cider mills and pumpkin patches. We found this wonderful list of local, Washtenaw County cider mills, apple orchards and pumpkin patches on the Ann Arbor Mom Blog.

DeBuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch (50240 Martz Rd., Belleville, MI 48111)
Many things to enjoy such as go carts, hay slide,  a pumpkin patch, a corn maze and more.

The Pumpkin Factory (48651 Harris Rd., Belleville MI 48111)
Features haunted hayride, a country store, pumpkins, a playground for the kids, farm animals, children’s maze, straw jump, the free little haunted house, pony rides on weekends and a corn maze.

ChelseaMaze (2433 M52, Chelsea, MI 48118)
Corn maze, haunted corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties and school tours.

Berry Hill Farm (12835 N. Territorial Rd., Dexter MI 48130)
At this family-owned farm you can pick your own pumpkins, gourds, squash, straw bales and more. Also find honey from hives on the farm. Typically open August through October. Parking is free.

The Blast Corn Maze (6175 Daly Rd., Dexter MI 48130)
This unique corn maze features hay bale maze, cow trails, duck races, pedal cars, and wagon rides. Corn snacks and refreshment are available for purchase. Restrooms, a picnic area, and farm animals are also available. Open September through October. Cost: $5+ Kids under 4 free. Hayrides are $3/ride.

Dexter Cider Mill (3685 Central St., Dexter MI 48130)
The Dexter Cider Mill is the oldest operating cider mill in Michigan. You can find bakery goods, natural cider, doughnuts, fresh apples, and caramel apples.  Dexter cider also hosts special showcase weekend events through the season. Open mid-August through November. Admission and parking are free.

Lesser Farms and Orchard (12651 Island Lake Rd., Dexter MI 48130)
Offering plums, apples, cider, homemade jams and jellies, beeswax candles, honey, soaps and pumpkins. Open year round, cider and apples are available in the fall. Free parking.
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Alber Orchard & Cider Mill (13011 Bethel Church Rd., Manchester MI 48158)
Alber Orchard is a family owned orchard that has been in business since 1890. View an old fashioned cider press, pick pumpkins, enjoy the fresh cider, wander the corn maze or take a hay ride. Open Labor day through November 7. School tours are $5.00 per person, corn maze admission $5+. Many free events at the orchard throughout the season.

Wasem Fruit Farm (6580 Judd Rd., Milan MI 48160)
You will find apple cider, donuts, pumpkins, squash, plums and seasonal fruits and veggies with you-pick raspberries. Open September through early November. Parking is free.

Talladay Farms (6270 Judd Rd., Milan MI 48160)
Find several corn mazes, a straw bale maze for kids and bonfire firepits. Located 1/4 mile from Wasem’s Apple Orchard. Open September 16. Cost $1 and up.

Obstbaum Orchards and Cider Mill (9252 Currie Rd., Northville MI 48167)
Enjoy you-pick apples and pumpkins. Open September through late October. Free parking.

Three Cedars Farm (7897 6 Mile Rd., Northville MI 48167)
Find a you-pick pumpkin patch, a variety of gathered pumpkins, a corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, produce, a gift shop, snacks and a refreshment stand with nearby picnic area and farm animals. Open September 9. Free parking.

Donahee Farms( 6055 Tower Rd., Plymouth MI 48170)
Three generations of farmers offering you-pick pumpkins and a straw maze. Open seasonally. Free parking.

Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill (10685 Warren Rd., Plymouth MI 48170): You-pick or already picked pumpkins along with leisurely wagon rides through the orchard. Enjoy fresh donuts and apple cider while visiting the farm animals. Open August 27 to November 6. Free parking, wagon rides are $2+, children 3 and under are free.

Lutz Orchard (11030 Macon Rd., Saline MI 48176)
Lutz Orchard is a refreshing escape where you will enjoy fresh picked apples, produce, and pumpkins. Interact with the animals on a real working farm. Closed on Thursdays. Open seasonally September through October. Free parking.

Coleman’s Corn Maze (12758 Jordan Rd., Saline, MI 48176)
There is fun for everyone at this maze. There is a petting zoo, kids maze, pumpkin patch, hay pile and barrel train.

Wiard’s Orchards and County Fair (5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti MI 48197)
Enjoy fall with apples, pumpkins, hay rides, inflatable bounce houses, putt putt, a petting farm and the perfect backdrop for fall family photos.

For a maps of the apple orchards, pumpkin patches and cider mill locations click here

Source: Ann Arbor Mom Blog and AnnArbor.com

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5 Fun Activities to Try during the 33rd Annual Huron River Day

This Sunday is the 33rd Annual Huron River Day at Gallup Park. Here are five fun ways to celebrate the Huron River with your family and friends.

1. Canoe Gallup Park with Naturalist

Enjoy a guided one-hour paddle in 2.5 mile Gallup Pond led by a naturalist. Pre-registration is required. Call 734.794.6240 to reserve your spot. Fee is $5 per person.

Photo Credit: Ann Arbor Park and Recreation

2. Get your child’s photo taken with a canoe at the photo booth

Photo Credit: Ann Arbor Park and Recreation

3. Learn to stand up paddleboard with free demos from 12-4p.m.

Photo Credit: Asterix611 via Flickr

4. Eat. Pilar’s Tamales, Dad’s Dogs and Mity Nice shaved ice and will all be food vendors at the event.

Photo Credit: Mity Nice

5. Fish with friends and family.

Photo Credit: JohnCramerPhotography via Flickr

Want to save money? Ride your bike to Huron River Day and your boat rental will be free!
Plus, there will be free bicycle valet parking courtesy of Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition.

Click here to learn more about the Huron River Day

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Fourth Annual Community Baby Shower

We are honored to partner with United Way of Washtenaw County in support of the 4th Annual Community Baby Shower from today, Wednesday, May 1st through Thursday, May 30th.

As the cost of basic needs continues to rise, families are struggling to provide for their babies. Help newborns get a healthy start in life by supporting the United Way of Washtenaw County’s Community Baby Shower.

Community Baby Shower 2013

Items collected will support Alpha House, Catholic Social Services, Corner Health Center, Home of New Vision, Hope Clinic, and SOS Community Services.

Donations are being collected at all of the Reinhart Sales Offices.

For more information visit United Way of Washtenaw

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Explore Wiard’s Cider Mill and Apple Orchard

Located in Ypsilanti Township, Wiard’s Cider Mill and Apple Orchard is one of the most popular places in Washtenaw County to spend a fall day.

Visitors of all ages come to Wiard’s to pick apples and pumpkins, drink delicious cider, roam through a corn maze, explore the petting zoo, play in giant inflatables, climb aboard a hayride, and play a game of miniature golf at Fort Wiard.

Wiard’s also features six haunted attractions including an Ultimate Haunted Barn, The Asylum, The Labyrinth, Alien Caged Clowns, The Mined Shaft, and a Hayride of the Lost.

While you are at Wiard’s, visit the Country Store and Bakery to purchase cider, donuts, fresh baked pies, jams, jellies, and honey and apple salsas.

For more information about Wiard’s Cider Mill and Apple Orchard, call 734-390-9211 or visit their website.

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