The first movie theater in Saline was The Liberty, owned by local business man Fred Zimmerman. It started in the 1920s and brought the silent movies to the big screen. For many years, The Liberty enjoyed success but in 1929, business began to drop off significantly and Zimmerman was forced to draw the final curtain on May 17, 1930. The exact location of the theater is not well documented but is believed to have been in the 100 block of Michigan Avenue in beautiful downtown Saline.
The Saline Theater was dedicated July 1, 1938 in what is now Benny’s Bakery on W. Michigan Avenue. The 270 seat venue was greeted with much anticipation and Salinians welcomed the new form of entertainment. The remodel took months and on opening day, a chorus of ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaaahs’ was heard throughout the town. They offered daily matinees and evening shows. Children’s tickets were 10 cents and an adult ticket was a mere quarter.
Fast forward to February 2017. Emagine Entertainment has announced its newest luxury theater will open its doors in Saline just in time for Valentine’s Day (the exact date is to be announced). Emagine Saline is located at 1335 E. Michigan Avenue – once home to Farmer Jack and Country Market. It boasts 54,000 square feet and features 9 state-of-the-art screens and 1000 plush power reclining seats. So, if you looking for something to do, stop into Emagine Saline for the ultimate movie-going experience.
CINETOPIA is thrilled to carry on the tradition of “Direct from Sundance” with an exclusive Midwest premiere of a selection from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival! Our Cinetopia programming team will hand-pick a film at Sundance in January and bring it back to you for an exclusive sneak peek. Make sure you get the best seats in the house NOW by purchasing your reserved seat.
Let’s Chill Winter Fest 2017February 3-5
The second annual Let’s Chill Winter Fest features activities for individuals of all ages. The winter festival will span the downtown Milan shopping area, Wilson Park and Edgetown.
Activities include a chili cook-off, the area’s only Wine Walk, indoor and outdoor winter games, ice carving, an Artisan tent, food and much more.
Free shuttle service will run between all major event areas and parking lots, making it easily accessible for everyone. Warming stations in the downtown area and a large bonfire in Wilson Park will provide warmth and ambiance.
A Raisin in the SunFebruary 8-12
EMU theater professor Wallace Bridges directs EMU drama students in Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark 1959 social protest drama, the first play by an African-American woman ever produced on Broadway. The story of a southside Chicago family’s struggle for cultural identity and fulfillment, the action centers around the family’s conflicting desires for spending a $10,000 life insurance payment they receive after the father’s death.
The play’s abundant humor grows out of the tension between their mutual love and their divergent views of the future, and their struggles provide a context for exploring several larger cultural, class, and generational issues within African-American society and for demonstrating the resilient strength of family bonds. Recommended for audiences age 13 & up.
Artini 2017February 10
Don’t miss the 9th Annual Artini, a fundraiser benefiting the Ann Arbor Art Center. Once again, the finest downtown bars and restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor will compete to create the city’s most artful martini. Artini guests will visit participating establishments and taste carefully crafted and innovative cocktails designed by some of the city’s top mixologists.
Artini guests have the chance to crown the “People’s Choice Award” winner by texting to vote for your favorite drink throughout the evening. The “Juror’s Choice Award” will be decided by a panel of hand-selected jurors that are unaffiliated with the participating venues.
Go to the Art Center on Friday, February 10 between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. to pick up tickets and bring valid ID and your confirmation email you received when you purchased your Artini tickets.
Budapest Festival OrchestraFebruary 10
Pianist Richard Goode joins the Budapest Festival Orchestra for this all-Beethoven program, which also features the UMS Choral Union in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The BFO was co-founded by the charismatic conductor Iván Fischer in 1983, and their past performances in Hill Auditorium have left audiences mesmerized.
9th Annual Chocolate ExtravaganzaFebruary 11
Eat chocolate and shop til you drop at this winter event in Chelsea. Chocolate in its infinite varieties will be at the heart of the Chocolate Extravaganza in Chelsea, Michigan. Participating stores throughout Chelsea will offer chocolate tasting, sales on chocolate-themed merchandise, door prizes, and a medley of activities from 10 pm – 5 pm. Brochures with event listings will be available on the day of the event at participating stores.
Winter DreamsFebruary 18
The Dexter Community Orchestra presents an afternoon of chamber music, including a piano trio, string quartet, wind trio and brass quintet. The proceeds from this event will go towards the continued funding of the orchestra’s Youth Artist Competition. Selected by audition from the very best that the Ann Arbor area has to offer, these student musicians receive a cash prize and an opportunity to perform in concert with the orchestra. This year’s recipient will be chosen in March 2017 and will join the orchestra on stage on May 7, 2017 at 4:00pm at the Dexter High School Center for the Performing Arts. More information is available on the Dexter Community Orchestra website at www.DexterCommunityOrchestra.org.
A huge array of Michigan-grown fibers for spinning and felting and handspun yarns. Also, supplies for spinning, weaving, knitting, and felting. Members offer demos throughout the day.
47th Annual Train Show and Sale: Ann Arbor Model Railroad ClubFebruary 18
The Midwest’s largest model railroad flea market draws model railroaders, collectors, and train buffs from all over to display, trade, and sell model railroad equipment and memorabilia. Also, a kids’ zone, displays of model train operating layouts, clinics by model railroad club members, and a raffle.
Polar Plunge For Special Olympics MichiganFebruary 24
This is a great opportunity for Special Olympics Michigan and the University of Michigan! Plungers will suit up like a Wolverine when they change in the locker rooms. They will also get the opportunity to walk through the tunnel and take the plunge ON the field, inside a pool. http://www.firstgiving.com/polarplunge/UofM17
The Ark’s 30th Annual Storytelling FestivalFebruary 25
For the 30th anniversary of The Ark’s annual storytelling festival, they’ve brought back some favorites from years past. Returning favorites include Bill Harley, Don White, and Bil Lepp.
Together with the help of Reinhart staff and agents, area dry cleaners and the overwhelming support of the community, we were able to collect, clean and donate 12,66 winter coats to more than thirty local agencies.We would like to thank all those who supported our 21st Annual Coat Drive.
We have been fortunate to partner with local dry cleaners to clean the winter coats we collect before we donate them to local agencies. Thank you to Capitol Cleaners and Chelsea Cleaners for their generosity.
Thank you to Nadine Alpern, Michelle Boose, Laurie Buys, Liz Crowe, Amy Courtney, Michelle Elie, Kathy Frey, Kathy Hay, Kelley Krahn, Todd Lands, Laurie Reynolds, Nicole Palmieri, Michelle Shulman and Kathy Van Zwolland for serving as Reinhart Coat Drive Captains!
We hope to continue the Coat Drive again next year, with the support of our community, to provide coats for those in need. We are very thankful to everyone who participated!
Please support our partners:
Capitol Cleaners, our original partner
551 E. Michigan, Saline
113 Park Street, Chelsea
While the weather might be cold, there are many wonderful activities going on in the Ann Arbor area this January.
Last Work Batsheva Dance Company January 7 & 8
UMS presents the North American premiere of Last Work, a new evening-length piece by Ohad Naharin performed by 18 dancers from one of the world’s preeminent dance companies. With its shifts from sustained, meditative movement to frenzied bursts of energy, this exploration of human motion — and emotion — generates powerful images that will not soon be forgotten.
Kristin Key January 12 – 14
Audiences can’t help but love the rapid-fire style of comedy coming from the “Preacher’s Kid.” Don’t miss Kristin when she comes into town at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Mozart Birthday Bash January 14
Alon Goldstein is the ultimate Mozart pianist: seamless and delicate, yet powerful. “The Piano Concerto #21 (Elvira Madigan), is an opera that comes to life in front of our ears: a variety of emotions that unfold with divine beauty.” Symphony No. 39 is known as Mozart’s “perfect piece” since it was composed simply for the sake of Music. Tchaikovsky’s Suite No.4, “Mozartiana” is a delightful homage to Mozart.
Ice Festival 2017 January 14
The Ice Festival in Chelsea is a celebration of the winter. It features a showcase competition by U of M’s Michigan Ice Carving Team. Even those who are familiar with chainsaws and flame throwers will see them like they’ve never seen them used before. Come watch the pros at work, then catch the judges’ panel and awards ceremony at 3 p.m. In addition to the competition, there will be outdoor ice rink & skate rentals, tours, hot drinks & snacks and a Greenhouse Marketplace stocked with locally made products. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP if you plan on attending this delightful event.
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week January 15 – 20
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week: A local celebration of dining in our community. January 15-20, 2017 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 early at participating restaurants.
The Alash Ensemble January 18
The members of The Alash Ensemble are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of Western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.
What does throat singing sound like? “Imagine a human bagpipe—a person who could sing a sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody. For good measure, toss in a thrumming rhythm similar to that of a jaw harp, but produced vocally-by the same person, at the same time,” says Newsweek. Tuva sits at the southern edge of Siberia, with Mongolia to its south.
Smart Love January 19 – March 4
Smart Love is the darkly comedic story of a brilliant young man struggling with his father’s sudden death and the revelation that his parents’ marriage wasn’t everything he was led to believe. This world premiere play explores the implications and possible ramifications of artificial intelligence and science in general, with humor, heartache and potentially devastating consequences. It probes the age-old question: just because we can do a thing, should we? Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Harlem Globetrotters January 20
The Original Harlem Globetrotters are on their action packed 2016-2017 tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability).
Ann Arbor Folk Festival January 27 – 28
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 27, and Saturday, January 28, 2017, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night.
The Folk Festival will celebrate its 40th 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.
Winterfest January 28
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 weather independent outdoor activities. Winterfest is fun for the whole family; kids, teens, adults, and grandparents. There is something for everyone, from mild to wild.
Whether you are just starting out and searching for your first apartment, or an experienced renter in need of a new place, looking for a new apartment can be an exciting process. You may already know what you want in an apartment and may already have your heart set on a specific location or neighborhood.
However, some aspects of finding an apartment and renting are not exactly enjoyable. While renting an apartment is often cheaper and quicker than buying a home, getting approved for a rental isn’t always easy. There are a number of things you must keep in mind, as well as steps you can take, to help make the process simpler.
Things to Know Before Renting
1. Some Landlords Require Good Credit History
People with low credit scores often apply for apartment rentals because they can’t get approved for mortgage loan. However, renting an apartment also involves an application process that may include a credit check, a landlord reference and income verification. Many of the larger apartment communities will have minimum credit score requirements.
2. Rent Doesn’t Help Your Credit Score
If you’re looking to improve your credit to qualify for a mortgage loan in the near future, understand that rent payments don’t help your FICO credit score. Your landlord is a creditor, and you’re obligated to make your rental payments on time. However, the majority of landlords do not report to the credit bureaus unless you have been evicted or have a substantial balance. Thus, your credit report will not reflect your apartment agreement or your rental payment history.
If you need a credit score boost, getting a credit card or auto loan is your best bet. These creditors update credit reports on a monthly basis, and your timely payments help add points to your score.
3. Your Rent Can Increase
Signing a one-year lease guarantees your rental rate during that specific rental period. However, after your initial contract term, some apartment landlords may offer you a renewal with an increased rent rate. Seasoned renters are aware of periodic rent increases, but if you’re a first-time renter, rent increases can catch you off-guard and impact your personal finances if funds are already tight. Plan for rent increases by selecting an apartment with a monthly rent that’s below your rental budget so that you can handle increases if you plan to rent for a few years.
Steps to Take Before Renting
1. Get Renters’ Insurance
Don’t think that you don’t need insurance simply because you’re a renter. If a natural disaster or fire destroys your apartment, the landlord’s insurance does not cover your personal belongings.
You can obtain renters’ insurance from any local insurance agent. The monthly premiums are relatively cheap, and $50,000 worth of coverage costs approximately $25 per month. This insurance covers your belongings against theft and damage. Displacement coverage may also be offered.
2. Evaluate the Property and Neighborhood
You should choose a neighborhood that’s convenient and comfortable. Some first-time renters make a hasty decision and sign a lease without fully checking out the area and its proximity to their work place, schools, shopping or any other points of interest.
Don’t rush the rental process. Before committing to an apartment, visit the community during different times of the day – perhaps in the evenings and on the weekends when most of the residents are at home. Is the area quiet? Do you feel comfortable? If possible, talk to some of the people in the community and get their opinions of the neighborhood.
3. Read Your Lease
Yes, leases can be long and boring and it can take a while to read the entire agreement. However, it is a legal document and once you sign your name, it is a done deal. Apartment managers typically go through each page and explain it in detail. You may even request a copy ahead of time so that you can read it at your leisure. Make sure that you agree with all of the terms, and if necessary, ask questions!
Don’t let eagerness to find a new apartment result in a bad decision. There’s nothing worse than being locked into a one-year lease and being subject to unfavorable conditions. When compared to buying a home, renting an apartment doesn’t seem like a such a big deal – but it’s still a major decision. The more you know about the process, the easier it becomes.
If you are looking for an apartment in the greater Ann Arbor area, please contact RentFAST, a FREE apartment locating service and a division of the Charles Reinhart Company.
For those looking for a fun night out this New Year’s Eve there are many options in the Ann Arbor area to dine, drink or dance the night away.
Black & White Ball
This year Arbor Brewing Company is hosting a legendary Black and White Ball at their Microbrewery in Ypsilanti. The party kicks off at 7 pm. Take in some live music with pianist William Marshall Bennett while devouring one of our Black & White dinner specials; you know this kitchen has something tasty up its sleeve.
Specialty light and dark beer releases all night, an exclusive 750 ml Brett Wild Ale (with grapefruit and peppercorn), and a 750 ml bottle sale on all barrel-aged brews.
There will be a wandering photographer and a photo booth set up in the beer garden patio.
Halcyon Sound will be spinning tunes starting at 9 pm while black and white movies play on the big screen and guests dance away the minutes to 2017!
All the glamor and glory of Old Hollywood in Chelsea, Michigan. You’ll toast the New Year with Ben Daniels Band. Tasty hors d’oeuvres will be passed all night, along with a gourmet popcorn bar, and a candy buffet. Hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary toast and party favors are included in the ticket price. Chelsea Alehouse Brewery mug club members receive one complimentary beverage.
Boylesque Presents: NYE Disco Ball
Ring in the New Year with drag, drinks and dancing in Ypsilanti. Enjoy club and pop hits with a flavor of disco mixed in. Break out your dancing shoes and party with us. Champagne toast at midnight for those 21 and over.
New Year’s Eve 2017 at Necto
Join DJ Hardy, Nick Donovan and MC Yoda on for the best music from the late 80’s, 90’s and early 2000s. The celebration includes balloon drop at midnight, NYE party favors, photos and delicious midnight snacks including pizza. General admission, as well as exclusive deals, available online.
Celebrate and bid farewell to 2016 at Salt Springs Brewery. Dark Eyed Molly will be filling our space with music. Get ready for a variety of Swing, Jazz, Blues, Classics by Ray Charles, Patsy Cline, Elvis and even tributes to the late and great David Bowie and Prince. Purchase tickets now as seats are very limited.
It’s the 1 year anniversary of Pointless Brewery. They have a full line up for you, with live music, stories from local celebrity Jeff Irwin, and lots of improv from the League of Pointless Improvisers. Ring in the New Year at Pointless Brewery in Ann Arbor. Tickets are $15.
Fast Fire’d Blaze Pizza has now opened two locations in Ann Arbor- 3500 Washtenaw Ave Ann Arbor in the newly renovated Washtenaw Commons shopping center and 980 W Eisenhower Pkwy in Cranbrook Village. The California-based chain is part of the fast-casual wave of pizzarias on the rise, and by the looks of things during my visit, it’s receiving a warm Ann Arbor welcome.
Upon entering the Washtenaw Commons store, the entry to the ordering line was clearly marked. I recommend grabbing one of the paper menus as you make your way to the ordering counter—ordering is easy, but it’s smoother if you know what you’re doing. The friendly person behind the counter asked me my name and then welcomed me to Blaze. He was extremely helpful in pointing out the many ingredients and as I made my way down the assembly line of pizza toppings, I was greeted by name by other pizza creators.
There are two ways in which to order your pie—either one of their 9 signature pizzas or the DIY option. Either way, your name is put on a slip of paper which follows you through the assembly line of goodness. I chose from the Artisan menu and ordered the Green Stripe – pesto drizzle over grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, chopped garlic, mozzarella and arugula. My daughter was a bit less adventurous and chose to completely customize hers from the sauce to the toppings. She selected a traditional red sauce and loaded it up with veggies.
Once paid, we grabbed a few drinks and stood and watched our pizzas being quick-fired to perfection in their massive 500 degree ovens. Quick-fired means exactly that—our wait was no more than 3-5 minutes. Despite the rush, the space is large, so there were plenty of seating to choose from.
Not wasting any time, I rushed into the first bite, excited about the carb-fest I’d been dreaming of all day, and that first bite did not disappoint. Neither did the second, or third, or fourth. The thin crust was perfectly cooked and had just enough crunch to keep me wanting more, and though I initially thought the quantity of toppings appeared skimpy, I was wrong. There was exactly the right amount to compliment the crust.
I looked over at my daughter and she, too was thoroughly enjoying her masterpiece. Her pizza was delicately layered with spinach, red pepper, mushrooms and two kinds of cheese. She is a bit picky when it comes to pizza but the lack of conversation proved that we were both enthralled with the delicious pies set before us.
Though the acoustics created a rather loud dining experience that had me wanting to scoot out quickly, I’d say everything else made up for that. The employees were incredibly friendly, and the pizza was exceptional – particularly considering the $8 price tag, quick firing, and the fact that I could have easily split my pizza with my daughter. Blaze is what it is – and it’s that good!
Whether it’s a polar vortex, arctic blast or old-fashioned winter storm, make sure your home is protected and stay warm with these tips.
Many homeowners had been lulled into a false sense of security by our beautiful fall weather. This weekend was our wake up call and now it’s time to button up and batten down because meteorologists are predicting a slew of polar vortices, arctic blasts and winter storms this 2016-2017 season.
With these arctic blasts, temperatures could drop more than 30 degrees, which can wreak havoc on your home. So what can you do to prepare your home post haste for winter storms?
Service Your HVAC
First, make sure your HVAC has been properly serviced for the winter. Doing so will ensure it’s running efficiently and safely.
Check Your Smoke Detectors
Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in working order. Installing a carbon monoxide detector near your furnace and water heater is a good idea, especially since they could be running on overdrive in freezing temps.
Make sure to shut off all the rooms you don’t use. This helps the house stay warmer in the rooms you do occupy. Keep in mind that heat rises so if you are in two story home, your upstairs will generally be warmer than your first floor.
Next, your plumbing, most importantly those pipes around your house. Disconnect hoses from each spigot, drain and store them. Then insulate any spigot that’s above ground. It is suggested that you cover all exposed pipes (laundry room, pool equipment, sprinkler system) with insulation or protective covering. You can even use bubble wrap. Another tip is to locate your main water shutoff in case a pipe does freeze and burst.
Cover Your Water Heater
Is your water heater in the garage or attic? If so, cover it with either an insulator wrap kit or a blanket if the R-value on the label is less than 25.
Clean Your Fireplace
If you’re fortunate enough to have a fireplace, make sure to get the chimney cleaned, check that the chimney cap is in place and buy plenty of firewood and store in a dry place. Have plenty of matches, candles and flashlights with fresh batteries available if the power happens to go out.
Prepare Your Foundation
Take a walk around the foundation of your home. Make sure debris is moved away and check and fill any cracks you see. An old farmer’s trick is to buy a few bales of hay and scatter it up against your foundation. This can help keep your floors warmer and less drafty.
Drain the Gas
It’s best to drain all gasoline from your outdoor equipment such as your lawnmower. Make sure your snow shovel is accessible and have plenty of rock salt on hand in case of a deep freeze.
Most importantly, prepare an emergency kit. Here’s what you need to stock up on:
A few extra gallons of water
Non-perishable food items (don’t forget about your furry friends’ food either!)
Lots of blankets
A battery-powered radio
Backup battery for your cell phone and computer
A first-aid kit
Flashlights, backup batteries, candles and matches
Always talk through an emergency plan with your family
Old Man Winter is here to stay for a while so let’s be safe and enjoy. Spring will be here again before we know it.