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Joyful January Events

While the weather might be cold, there are many wonderful activities going on in the Ann Arbor area this January.


Hair & Other Stories is a multidisciplinary evening-length work that addresses matters of race, gender identity, and economic inequality through the lens of physical appearance, including the cultural significance of African-American women’s hair. Weaving contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora, this astonishing troupe performs innovative, exciting works that bring untold stories to life.

JANUARY 14 – 19

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week: A local celebration of dining in our community. From January 14-19, 2018 experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in Ann Arbor. Restaurants offer fixed pricing for lunch and dinner with extraordinary menus tailored to the event. Now is your chance to discover new restaurants and enjoy old favorites at a discounted price. Make reservations now as spots fill up quickly.

2018 MLK CELEBRATIONJanuary 15

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, which occurred on April 4, 1968, along with the founding of the Martin Luther King Memorial Center in Atlanta 50 years ago. On Monday, January 20, 1986, the United States observed the first national holiday honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is also the day that Eastern Michigan University hosted its first MLK President’s Luncheon under the leadership of the late President John W. Porter.

As EMU commemorates the 32nd anniversary of this auspicious celebration, they welcome Joy-Ann Reid as Keynote Speaker. Joy-Ann Reid is a national correspondent for MSNBC, host of “AM Joy” and “The Reid Report”, and the author of the book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide (William Morrow). Reid is the former Managing Editor of theGrio.com, a daily online news and opinion platform devoted to delivering stories and perspectives that reflect and affect African-American audiences. Reid is also a former talk radio producer and host for Radio One and previously served as an online news editor for the NBC affiliate WTVJ in Miramar, Florida.

FLINTJanuary 18 – March 10, 2018

For a century or more, generations of men and women in Flint, Michigan earned good pay and benefits manufacturing automobiles and the things that go into making them. Almost overnight everything changed. The people whose dedication and hard work earned them a place in the most prosperous middle class in history found themselves unemployed and adrift. “Flint” is the heartfelt and brutally honest story of two couples struggling to endure and believe in the American dream. Contains adult language & content.


The Nations Cup returns to Ann Arbor! In this tournament, teams wear their Country’s jerseys with pride and battle the opposition for bragging rights. The points for each victory go towards each Nation’s total amount, rather than just a win or a loss for the individual team.


Get ready to Find Your Folk! Presented by Ford Motor Company Fund, the annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a fundraiser for The Ark, returns to Hill Auditorium for two dynamic and different nights of folk and roots music on Friday, January 26, and Saturday, January 27, 2018, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night.

The Folk Festival will celebrate its 41st year with a selection of the world’s finest traditional and contemporary performers. Each night includes a blend of well-known and up-and-coming artists, providing you with an opportunity to hear artists you know and love while discovering great new talent.

WinterFestJANUARY 27

Winterfest is a ‘different’ kind of winter festival hosted by Saline Main Street and participating restaurants, shops, churches, and community organizations! The activities are scattered throughout a four-block area in the heart of Downtown Saline. There are many crazy indoor activities as well as numerous outdoor activities. Winterfest is fun for the whole family; kids, teens, adults, and grandparents. There is something for everyone, from mild to wild.


Chad Burrow is recognized as one of the premiere clarinetists of his generation. Mozart’s birthday bash will have his music come to life in front of your ears. Music will include Fellman Reflections on Mozart: Big Bend, Symphony No. 1, Clarinet Concerto, Symphony No. 41.
This is sure to be a delightful homage to Mozart.

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This Giving Tuesday Make a Difference By Cleaning Out Your Closet

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that celebrates and supports philanthropy. Reinhart supports this event with our Annual Coat Drive. Over our Coat Drive’s 21-year history, we have collected more than 20,000 new and gently used winter coats. This year we have partnered with over 30 local non-profits in order to keep Washtenaw County warm.

This year all coats that are collected will go to the following organizations:


Please encourage your family and friends to drop off their gently used winter coats at all of the Charles Reinhart Sales Offices as well as all Sunday Open Houses.

For more information about the 22nd Annual Coat Drive, please contact Greer Thibodeau, Marketing Coordinator at 734-669-5837 or gthibodeau@reinhartrealtors.com.


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Giving Thanks for Your Business

This time of year we are especially thankful for community members like you.

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You invite us into your lives to:

– Advise
– Advocate
– Educate
– List
– Market
– Stage
– Search
– Dream
– Relocate
– Spotlight
– Photograph
– Research
– Sell
– Collaborate
– Evaluate
– Explore
– Negotiate

On behalf of everyone at Reinhart, thank you for entrusting us with your real estate needs.

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Sophisticated Stonebridge Estate for Sale in Ann Arbor

FeaturedFriListing_2016This week we are featuring Thomas Bradshaw’s luxury listing — 1988 Stonebridge, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
1988 Stonebridge - Ann ArborQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
This is a beautiful large stone estate.

1988 Stonebridge - EntryQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
This home is gorgeous, there are so many great living areas. Some of the specific features include a large eat-in kitchen with gorgeous granite countertops and first level laundry.

1988 Stonebridge - DenQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
This estate is situated in the prized Stonebridge neighborhood which is a very sought after. Not only are you close to shopping and freeways but the home backs up to woods making it very private.

1988 Stonebridge - KitchenQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
There are many upgrades in the home starting from new wood floors throughout the first floor and going all the way up to a new roof.1988 Stonebridge - Master BedroomQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
This home backs up to serene woods giving you great privacy and nature right on your back deck.

1988 Stonebridge - Master BathroomQ. What makes the price of this home so great?
This is a large home with lots of room to entertain friends or family!

1988 Stonebridge - Yard

For more information about  1988 Stonebridge, Ann Arbor, MI or to schedule a showing contact Thomas Bradshaw  at 734-272-6419.

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Discover Delicious Ann Arbor

I recently discovered Savor Ann Arbor, a company that offers custom tours, including food tours, of our wonderful city. This is a great way to explore local history, art, architecture, shops, and of course FOOD in the downtown area.

I had family visiting from out of town, and some extra time to fill, so a food tour seemed like a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Marcie Greenfield, the owner and primary guide of Savor Ann Arbor, was able to customize our tour based upon the group’s food preferences and accommodate all of our needs.Zingermans Delicatessen 01

The tour started at Zingerman’s Deli and ended three hours later at Kerrytown Market & Shops. We had a total of six stops with lots of sampling along the way and none of us could eat another bite after the tour ended. My family raved about the tour and thought that it was a wonderful way to get to know more about what makes Ann Arbor special.

If you’re looking for a way to entertain visitors or clients from out of town or if you’d like to give a holiday gift that’s an “experience” (gift certificates are available), you should consider trying out this wonderful hidden gem and rediscover Ann Arbor. Check out the website for more information about the many different customizable Savor Ann Arbor tours. The Brew Pubs Tour and the Sweet Stroll Tour may be in my future

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Should You Sell Your Home Now or Wait Until Spring?

Spring isn’t the only time to sell your home. Here are five reasons why choosing to sell your home now may be a better decision than waiting until spring:

  1. Real Estate IndustryLess Competition
    There is less competition right now which increases the probability for showings, but it also increases the probability that an offer will be received and you will get the maximum amount of money for your home.Home Mortgage Rate Increase
  2. Mortgage Rates Are Low
    Mortage rates could increase while you’re waiting for spring, potentially costing you thousands of dollars and eliminating many buyers from the market. Less demand for your home will mean less money.
  3. African-American realtor woman with key. The Best Agents Are Always Up To The Challenge
    A great real estate agent will know how to adapt to the current season and market their listings to reflect that.
  4. Buyers working with RealtorSerious Buyers Are Out There
    Serious buyers are always out there. The fall and winter months are a good time for buyers to survey potential neighborhoods. Are there pumpkins on the stoop, light displays for the holidays? These items paint a picture of the neighborhood and if it’s right for them or not.
  5. Woman With Keys Standing Outside New HomeTransactions
    There aren’t as many real estate transactions now as there will be in the spring. This means there are fewer loans to process, and fewer closing and inspections to do; factors that should lead to a quicker transaction and closing for all the parties involved, and less stress for you!

Waiting until spring to tell sell could be costly. Contact a Reinhart Realtor today to discuss your real estate plan!

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Move-In-Ready Custom Built Home For Sale in Dexter

This week we are featuring Chris Marten’s listing — 11900 Island Lake Road, Dexter, MI 48130

11900 Island Lake Road - FrontQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
It’s a custom built 3 story contemporary home situated on 1.5 acres.

11900 Island Lake Road - EntryQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
This modern, multi-level floor plan features 4 spacious bedrooms with plenty of closet space. The private master suite has beautiful wide plank hickory flooring.11900 Island Lake Road - DenQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
This home is just five minutes from downtown Dexter, and it is an easy commute to Ann Arbor. It is located in the award-winning Dexter School District. There is no HOA.11900 Island Lake Rd - KitchenQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
In 2016 the exterior trim was painted and low maintenance landscaping was added. A home warranty is included.11900 Island Lake Road - MasterQ. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
Lots of outdoor recreation, restaurants and shopping.11900 Island Lake Road - Master BathQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
The numerous large windows provide lots of light and allow you to enjoy views of nature.

11900 Island Lake Road - Dexter MIQ. What makes the price of this home so great?
This 2400 square feet home is move-in ready with a finished walk-out lower level and 3 car garage all for just $359,000.

11900 Island Lake Road - DeckQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
New owners will a water purification system through the house. The well and septic are done and ready for sale.

If you would like more information about 11900 Island Lake Road, Dexter, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing,  contact Chris Marten at 734-546-0282.

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Are Millenials Driven by Their Dogs?

Millennials are now the largest generational group in the United States. One-third of home buyers nationwide are millennials, and they have become the most active segment of buyers as they age from their 20s into their 30s. And as Millenials age, their considerations in buying are changing.

Dog in yard

For years millennials have been flocking to urban areas. When responding to a National Association of Realtors survey taken 5 years ago, 51% of millennials preferred to live in attached housing–condos, townhouses and lofts located close to where they work and play. Millennials in their very early adulthood valued mobility over stability.

Over time, Millennials have been shifting their purchasing toward homes in the suburbs. The greater affordability of these homes makes the longer driving distances more palatable.  But having a yard for a dog is a significant inducement to Millennials that shouldn’t be underestimated.Dog with Millenial

A recent survey conducted on behalf of SunTrust Mortgage, found that 33% of millennials cited their dog as their number one motivator for purchasing a home. Getting married and the birth of a child were well behind at 25% and 19% respectively. Many Millennials who didn’t even own a dog at the time of the survey indicated they wanted to have a yard for a dog they planned to get someday.

As they shift toward the suburbs, Millennials still desire to be close to work and play. Walkability, public transportation, and bike paths will continue to be important. And while their dogs are their most important family members today, these suburban homes give Millennials room to grow.  For many of their generation, neighborhood schools and additional bedrooms/bathrooms, like their parent’s homes had, will become increasingly important to them down the road.


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19 Dazzling December Events in the Ann Arbor Area

The holiday season is all about gathering  together with loved ones to celebrate “the most wonderful time of year”. Though the weather might be frightful, why not brave it and celebrate with the most anticipated events in and around Ann Arbor.

This holiday season get outside and enjoy music, parades, home tours, and more.

Santa’s Mailbox
November 24 – December 17

Santa’s mailbox is now open for letters and wish lists in front of Conor O’Neill’s (318 S. Main St.). All letters received by 3pm on December 16th will be answered. Please remember to include your return address.

Silent Night: The Real(ish)Story
November 30 – December 3

The most beloved Christmas carol, “Silent Night,” was written almost by accident. A young priest, an Austrian village and a damaged organ all took part in the creation of this classic hymn. With a bit of embellishment, some memorable characters, and favorite holiday tunes, this staging of the almost catastrophe will be a delight for the whole family.

Kerrytown Kindlefest

December 1

Kerrytown District’s KindleFest is a free outdoor holiday market happening December 1st, 6 pm – 10 pm. The festival features local and regional artisans and farmers selling hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts, as well as German foods, sweets, and beverages. Enjoy live music, fire pits to keep you warm, warming tent, s’more roasting and a Lantern Parade in the Kerrytown neighborhood.

Midnight Madness

Midnight Madness
December 1

Once again Kerrytown and Main Street Association of Ann Arbor will be hosting Ann Arbor’s famed Midnight Madness on December 1. This is a fun-filled evening of shopping and dining. You’ll find great holiday sales throughout the stores, while you shop enjoy the sidewalk entertainment, and say hello to Santa Claus and Miss Washtenaw County, who will be roaming the sidewalks from 7 pm – 9 pm.

Ypsilanti Downtown Tree Lighting

Ypsilanti Downtown Tree Lighting
December 1

The Ypsilanti District Library is hosting a fun tree lighting event. There will be caroling led by the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra, hot chocolate, cookies, and a visit from Santa. This will happen on the Plaza of the Ypsilanti District Library – Michigan Avenue branch.

Hometown Holidays

Hometown Holidays
December 1 – 3

The annual Chelsea, Michigan, Hometown Holiday is a fun-filled weekend celebration which marks the beginning of the holiday season. Festivities start with a tree lighting ceremony and the weekend includes visits with Santa, a live nativity, holiday activities and entertainment at many great merchants and historic locations in Chelsea, Michigan Chelsea is decked out in holiday splendor to warm your hearts and get you in the holiday spirit. Local merchants are on hand with great gift ideas and special pricing for everyone on your list. Explore the annual gingerbread house displays, sip on hot chocolate, and enjoy the special events from December 1 – 3.

Meals on Wheels Holiday Home Tour

Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels Holiday Home Tour
December 2

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels (YMOW) invites you to support the upcoming 21st Annual Holiday Home Tour. The Tour will include three private homes as well as the Queen’s Residence & the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum (Hudson Automotive Museum). At each house you visit there will be holiday decor and a festive atmosphere. Beverages, appetizers and desserts will be on the menu from many great Ypsilanti & Ann Arbor area restaurants at the Afterglow reception.

Saline Christmas Parade

42nd Annual Christmas Parade
December 2

Don’t miss Saline’s 42nd Annual Christmas Parade December 2, at 5:30pm. The parade will make its way down Michigan Ave. from Davenport St. to Lewis St. with more than 1,400 participants, 40 floats and special vehicles including a hot air balloon, bands, twirlers, dancers, and animals followed by Santa arriving at the four corners to greet crowds of excited children of all ages. Art Trapp will serve as the Parade Grand Marshal. Parking downtown will be limited due to closures so visitors are encouraged to use the free Saline school bus shuttle from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. between Busch’s Shopping Center and the W. Henry Street parking lot behind Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack.

Milan Christmas Parade

Milan Annual Christmas Parade
December 2

Come join thousands as spectators as they participate in for the 21st Annual Milan Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. This holiday parade includes floats, horses, hot air balloons, marching bands, vehicles, walkers and a life-size Boogie Woogie Choo Choo train bringing Santa into town. Also, enjoy the lighting of the city Christmas tree, carolers, and Santa Claus visits. Please call ahead to confirm event details.

Chelsea Historic Home Tour
December 2

Five historic homes (including the newly-renovated museum) and a beautiful neighborhood church are opening their doors to greet visitors. You’ll start your tour at the museum where you will be provided with a map of the 6 locations. All the locations are an easy walk within a few blocks or you can choose to ride a festive horse and carriage (complete with brass jingle bells) for an extra fee.

Ypsilanti Choir Annual Holiday Concert

Ypsilanti Choir Annual Holiday Concert
December 7

Join the Ypsilanti Community Choir for their annual Holiday Concert this December! In 2012, they returned to a favorite location — Towsley Auditorium at Washtenaw Community College — and continue to deliver holiday music for the local community. There is no charge for this concert; parking at this venue is free and plentiful outside the auditorium entrance. The choir will be singing a variety of sacred and popular songs to celebrate the holiday season.

Ebirds & Friends Holiday Show

Ebirds & Friends Holiday Show – 10th Anniversary
December 7 – 9

Since 2008, it has become a yearly tradition for The Ragbirds to present this unique family-friendly holiday show called Ebird & Friends. The songs and artists change from year to year, but the spirit of the event is community, the soul is creativity and the show is unforgettable. “Ebird”, of course, is Erin Zindle, lead singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of The Ragbirds. Expect to be entertained, surprised, cheered, and warmed by this collaborative artistic performance of new and old songs, including Ragbirds’ original songs inspired by the holiday. This show has become a phenomenon—it’s up to four presentations this year for its 10th anniversary, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Four shows, Thurs.–Sat. 8 p.m., Sat. 3 p.m. (special price for children on Saturday afternoon).This year’s cast includes Joe Hertler, May Erlewine, Rachael Davis, Mark Lavengood, Abigail Stauffer, Brad Philips, Jen Sygit, Jessica McCumons, as well as members of The Ragbirds, Appleseed Collective, The Macpodz and more, featuring over 20 talented up-and-coming Michigan artists.

Winter Art Tour

Winter Art Tour
December 8 – 10

The Winter Art Tour (WAT) is an exciting new cultural event held on the second weekend of December which will take you on a tour of 10 art shows in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti featuring over 300 local artists. At each stop, visitors will be able to meet artists personally and learn more about their work. In addition to presenting the best handcrafted art our area has to offer, their goals are to improve the visibility and viability of local artists and to create a more vibrant arts community for everyone.

Chelsea MI Nutcracker

Ballet Chelsea: The Nutcracker
December 8 – 10

Ballet Chelsea is pleased to join forces with The Jackson Symphony Orchestra to present their 20th annual performance of The Nutcracker ballet on December 8 – 10, 2017. Add a festive touch to your event by attending our Sugar Plum Tea at 12:30pm, prior to our Sunday matinee performance.

DIYpsi Holiday Market

DIYpsi Holiday Market 2017
December 9 – 10

Check out the best indie artists our region has to offer for a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience that will take care of everyone on your list. DIYpsi Holiday Market will feature 80 vendors at the Riverside Arts Center, 76 N Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. On top of finding unique hand crafted gifts, doing your holiday shopping at DIYpsi means you’re contributing to a larger cause- keeping thousands of dollars invested in our local economy and supporting the arts.

Tiny Expo
December 9

Tiny Expo is an annual holiday fair that features over 40 artists and crafters selling their wares in a festive library space where you can shop local and buy handmade. It’s a great way to support your community and find unique gifts. Ann Arbor Distric Library is thrilled to produce and host this event. Tiny Expo 2016 will be on Saturday, December 9 from 11 am to 5:30 pm at the Downtown Library.

Holiday Hustle
December 9

Naughty or nice, walker or runner, come breathe in the December night air, burn a few holiday calories and give back to others. A silly, hilly dash around Dexter that will take in the neighborhood light displays and give you a chance to see the flashing gang ahead or behind you.
This charity event donates $5 of your entry fee to local Dexter charities. Bring canned or non-perishable food items for the needy and get a raffle ticket for each item! Raffle tickets will be pulled race evening for some sweet swag!

Holiday Hallmarks
December 14

Join Washtenaw Community Concert Band for a Holiday Hallmarks Concert, which includes an audience singalong. This free event takes place December 14, 7:30 pm at Towsley Auditorium on the Washtenaw Community College campus.

Michigan Firehouse Museum’s Holiday Open House
December 17

The Michigan Firehouse Museum will host their Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 17 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Visitors can experience the museum decorated for the holidays and see all the entries in the Gingerbread Firehouse Contest. There will be crafts for the kids, holiday fire safety information, and a chance to visit with Santa. Light refreshments will be served.

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How Well Owners Can Improve Their Water Quality

Well water is typically an excellent source of good, safe drinking water for millions of Americans. But for those with water quality issues, such problems are easily addressed.

A key to improving water quality is knowing the basics about water testing, well maintenance, water treatment, and groundwater protection, says the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).well_water_l1

Unlike public water systems, private well owners are responsible for testing their own water. NGWA recommends that well owners test annually for bacteria, nitrate, and anything of local concern. To get your water tested, check with your county health department to see if it offers testing services, or check with a private drinking water testing lab.

Groundwater contaminants of local concern can be naturally occurring, such as arsenic, or man-made, such as chemicals or heavy metals from industrial or waste sites.

Designed specifically for household well owners, the NGWA website www.WellOwner.org contains more practical information about water testing, well maintenance, water treatment, and groundwater protection. If you are living or purchasing in Washtenaw County, click here for localinformation.

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