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8 Fun February Events

While the weather might be cold, there are many wonderful activities going on in the Ann Arbor area this February. Whether you are looking to enjoy sports, listen to a symphony, or participate in stewardship there is something for everyone.

Million Dollar Quartet
February 1 – 25

Million Dollar Quartet is a jukebox musical written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott. It dramatizes the Million Dollar Quartet recording session of December 4, 1956, among early rock and roll stars Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, and newcomer Jerry Lee Lewis.


Let’s Chill Winter Fest
February 2 – 3

The third annual Let’s Chill Winter Fest features activities for individuals of all ages. The winter festival spans the downtown 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 more.

Free shuttle service will run between all major event areas and parking lots, making it easily accessible. Warming stations in the downtown area and a large bonfire in Wilson Park offer warmth and ambiance.


Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
February 3

Former Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Neeme Järvi returns to Southeast Michigan with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

Järvi leads the ensemble in its UMS debut. The evening’s program is steeped in the music of Estonian composers, including the beautiful fifth symphony of Eduard Tubin. Tubin fled to Stockholm in 1944 when the Soviet Union occupied Estonia. Garrick Ohlsson, a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess, joins the orchestra for Brahms’s first piano concerto.


Artini
February 9

The 10th 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. From 6:30pm to 10:00 pm, 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 their favorite drinks throughout the evening. The “Juror’s Choice Award” will be decided by a panel of jurors that are unaffiliated with the participating venues.

Participating venues:

• The Alley Bar
• Ann Arbor Distilling Company @ the Ann Arbor Art Center
• Aventura
• Bab’s Underground
• The Beer Grotto
• Black Pearl
• Melange
• Pretzel Bell
• Additional venues confirming daily!

Attendees must be 21 or older by 2/9/2018. Ticket prices are $55 and are non-refundable. The Ann Arbor Art Center is a 501©(3) organization, and $25 of each Artini ticket is tax deductible.


Curling Fest 2018
February 9 – 10

Curling Fest 2018 is a weekend of curling fun, for beginners and experienced competitors, with a tournament and learn-to-curl sessions.

Saturday, February 10 is for both experienced and novice competitors, with learn-to-curl ice time on February 9, 2018. Watch the bonspiel (term for curling tournament) free of charge or stop by Friday night for great winter fun. Enjoy music, beer, food, hot cocoa, and more in a heated tent on both days.


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Third Annual Ice Carving Festival
February 10

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission proudly presents our annual Ice Carving Festival! Watch students from colleges and universities across SE Michigan compete. Stand in awe as these carvers showcase their mastery with chainsaws and flamethrowers to create unique masterpieces to display at County Farm Park.


Volunteering

Stewardship Workday
February 11

Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area contains a mature oak hickory woodland as well as wetlands, which support several species of frogs and salamanders. Come help preserve this diverse nature area by cutting invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. Meet at the park entrance on Turnberry Lane, off of Packard Road. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.


Blooming YIES Dinner and Silent Auction
February 24

Join in the second annual Blooming YIES Dinner and Silent Auction hosted by the Ypsilanti International Elementary School PTO. Blooming YIES is a strolling dinner and silent auction that will raise money for the establishment of an “Educational Oasis” at Ypsilanti International Elementary School. The event will feature a night of fundraising, silent auction, and community building.

The event will be held at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse in Depot Town from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Reserved parking for the event is at the Rice Street Lot, AKA the Frog Island Parking lot – please look for signs. Tickets will cover the cost of the strolling dinner and two drink tickets. Please note this is an adult only event!

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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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Experience the 58th Annual Ann Arbor Art Fair

artfair_home_img0In less than 24 hours over 500,000 visitors from across the globe will make the journey to downtown Ann Arbor to experience for the 58th Ann Arbor Art Fair. The art fair will be held 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 20, through Saturday, July 22; and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 23 throughout the streets of downtown Ann Arbor.

During the Summer Art Fair Ann Arbor will transform into an art lover’s paradise where you can experience and enjoy original works of art, street performances, culinary treats and a variety of sidewalk sales.

4 Fairs Art Fair Map

Getting Around
The best way to get around the fair is to take a shuttle.  This year there are two shuttle opportunities available throughout the fair, TheRide and Trinity Transportation. Both will offer services at a trio of stops.

Trinity will have a Park & Ride shuttle stop at Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Road, which offers two different drop-off points: Fletcher and Washington and South University at Forest. Parking is free, and the round-trip cost is $3. Children 5 and younger ride free. This shuttle operates on Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority’s TheRide will pick up passengers from Pioneer High School, at 601 W. Stadium Blvd., on Thursday through Saturday. Stops will be made at Main Street at William and on State and Madison streets. TheRide also operates the shuttle at Briarwood Mall (near Sears) on State and Eisenhower.

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.

For Families
The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair hosts the Art Activity Zone, with hands-on projects for adults and children. The activity zone is located on Ingalls Mall and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Kid-friendly art projects include the Legoland Discovery Center, a mixed media mosaic and a figurine making station, with stations hosted by Flipside Art Studio, Clay Work Studio, University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Cranbrook Art Museum and Detroit Institute of the Arts.

Music and Movement
The Fountain Stage features over 20 acts throughout the four days of the Fair, July 20th – 23rd, creating an intimate and inviting sense of community, complementing the exceptional visual art at the Original Fair. The stage is located on Ingalls Mall, between Washington Street and North University, next to the fountain.

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.

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Exceptional Saginaw Hills Estates Home

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This week we are featuring Elizabeth Brien’s listing —1215 Southwood Court, Ann Arbor, MI 481031215 Southwood Court - FrontQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
It’s a contemporary shingled-sided home with a front-facing columned portico. The interior is airy and comfortably livable, with a clean and fresh look.
1215 Southwood Court Q. What distinctive features set this home apart?
This is a very airy house with many windows that let in the natural light.1215 Southwood Court - Living Room

Q. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
The house is located in a quiet subdivision of one-acre homes and mature landscaping. The house sits on a peaceful cul-de-sac, next to a wooded area. The Saginaw Forest is across the street from the subdivision.1215 Southwood Court - KitchenQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
The kitchen was updated with new appliances, custom cabinets, quartz countertops, and a granite island for food preparation and eating. There is a new roof, skylights in the den, new Hardee board siding, and updated fixtures in all the bathrooms. There is a renovated full bathroom on the first floor.1215 Southwood Court - Dining
Q. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
Private, peaceful niche neighborhood minutes from popular shopping and all the amenities Ann Arbor’s west side has to offer!
1215 Southwood Court - DENQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
Many windows throughout the home, including a two-story foyer with a wall of windows, give natural light exposure to the entire house. The windows give outside views of the maturely landscaped lawn and a wooded area in the back.

1215 Southwood Court - MasterQ. What makes the price of this home so great?
This 3116 sq. ft home is move in ready! New roof, skylights, and hardiplank shake siding.1215 Southwood Court - 3 Season PatioQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
Grounds include a beautiful landscaped front walkway, over an acre of lush front lawn and tree-lined backyard with mature plantings, low voltage lighting on a timer, sprinkler system and a lovely deck with built-in benches.

1215 Southwood Court - YardIf you would like more information about 1215 Southwood Court, Ann Arbor, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Elizabeth Brien at 734-669-5989 or by email at brienteam@elizabethbrien.com.

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Jumpin’ July Events

July in Ann Arbor is more than just fireworks. People near and far flock to the area for the amazing fairs, food, festivals and fun.


Sonic LunchJune – August

Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch is a free outdoor concert series. Every Thursday from noon to 1:30 pm June 1 to August 31, 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. For the full artist line-up visit www.soniclunch.com


Summer Concert Series June 16 – August 25

Spend the evening enjoying music in downtown Dexter’s Monument Park each Friday throughout the summer.


Camaro Superfest June 30 – July 2

Camaro Superfest 2017 will be held at last year’s show site – Riverside Park in Depot Town – Ypsilanti, Michigan, which is located only 1.5 miles from the Marriott at Eagle Crest. They will still have food vendors and lots of room for trucks and trailers.  Bring your chairs and blankets and relax at this year’s event.


Manchester Fireworks July 3

Watch fireworks with family and friends at Carr Park on Monday, July 3, 2017. The beer tent opens at 8 p.m. with live music from local bands at 9 p.m. Fireworks start at dark, usually around 10:15 p.m.


Ann Arbor 4th of July ParadeJuly 4

The 28th Annual Ann Arbor Fourth of July Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4 at 10 am. The parade, featuring floats, music groups, and walking groups, will travel through downtown Ann Arbor. Children 12 and under are invited to be a part of the Bike Decorating Contest between 8 – 9 am and then ride their decorated bikes in the parade. Leading the parade will be this year’s parade Grand Marshal, long-time LGBT pioneer, icon and advocate extraordinaire, Jim Toy.


Ypsilanti Independence Day ParadeJuly 4

The 88th Annual Ypsilanti Independence Parade” will be held in Depot Town on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at 11 a.m. The parade begins on the corner of Oakwood and Cross Streets and ends at Rice Street in Ypsilanti’s Historic Depot Town. There are over 50 participants in this year’s parade including veterans, marching bands, Elvisfest, local businesses, church groups, live bands, and classic cars.


Ann Arbor Farmers Market Food Truck RallyJuly 5

Get outside for dinner this summer. Ann Arbor Farmers Market Food Truck Rallies take place on the first Wednesday evening of each month, beginning in May. Trucks, carts and other local vendors will be on site from 5-8 pm. Bring a chair, a friend, and get ready for some tasty eats and live music.


Michigan ElvisFest July 7 – July 8

Named “One of the best music festivals in the Mid-west” by Chicago Tribune, the Michigan ElvisFest returns July 7-8. 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: Tom Jones, The Blues Brothers, and James Brown. Don’t miss your chance to pay homage to the king of rock and roll in Ypsilanti’s beautiful Riverside Park.


Huron River DayJuly 9

Come celebrate the wonderful Huron River at Gallup Park. Fun festival activities include $5 canoe/kayak rentals, children’s activities, live animal programs, river exhibits, live music, food, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding and much more. Ride your bike and receive a coupon for a free boat rental.


Manchester Community Fair July 7 – July 15

There’s nothing like the Manchester Community Fair to help kick-off the summer. This year’s 73rd annual fair includes a carnival with rides, animals and exhibits, a rodeo, tractor pulls and nightly entertainment. It’s fun for the whole family.


2017 Rolling Sculpture Car ShowJuly 14

Bill Crispin Chevrolet and the Main Street Area Association present the 23rd Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show on July 14 from 2-10 pm. Taking place in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, the Rolling Sculpture Car Show is a one of kind experience for the car enthusiast. All cars are welcome to exhibit at the Show.

The event itself is free and open to the public. Spectators enjoy the energy of more than 300 exotic, antique, classic, and one of a kind cars on Main, Liberty, and Washington streets in downtown Ann Arbor. Plenty of public parking is available in all structures and surface lots.


Saline Celtic Festival July 13 – July 15

The Saline Celtic Festival is famous for its rich blend of Celtic music and dance. There’s plenty to see and do at the festival, including jousting, Irish Football, ancient athletics and sheepherding. This is the place to go for a fun-filled day of crafts, ducky river races, story-telling and more. Celtic Festival festivities kick off on Thursday, July 13th at Saline’s downtown Summer Music Series, where you can get a sneak peek of the music and events the festival has to offer. Gates open at Millpond Park in Saline on Friday, July 14 at 5:30 pm and Saturday, July 15 at 10 am.


Ann Arbor Art Fair July 13 – July 15

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is a collective of four award-winning art fairs that takes place every July in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. The event attracts over 500,000 visitors annually. In addition to art exhibits, the fair also features music performances and Art Activity Zones, which are family-oriented stops offering special projects designed to engage and challenge even the youngest of fairgoers. Ann Arbor’s downtown restaurants and retailers add to the festivities by tempting sidewalk sales and outdoor dining.


Townie Street PartyTownie Street PartyJuly 20

The Townie Street Party, now in its 13th year, is a kick-off to Art Fair week in Ann Arbor. It will be held Thursday, July 17, from 5:00 pm until 9:30 pm at North University and Ingalls Mall in Downtown Ann Arbor. The Townie Party celebrates all things local and is our way of thanking Ann Arbor residents for so graciously hosting the Ann Arbor Art Fair each year. The Townie Party offers a fun-filled evening for the whole family where visitors can enjoy terrific music by some of the area’s most well-known bands; grab a bite of Townie grub; enjoy a brew at the Townie Pub; or take a stroll through the Kids’ Art Fair, which showcases the work of young Washtenaw County artists in grades 4 – 12.


Manchester Chicken BroilJuly 20

The annual Manchester Chicken Broil will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Alumni Memorial Field in beautiful Manchester, Michigan, just 15 miles southwest of Ann Arbor. This long-time civic event is considered the largest of its kind, serving approximately 10,000 meals in a four-hour period. Net proceeds are used to benefit a variety of causes in the Manchester area, including the public schools, community parks, library and local civic organizations.


2017 Summer Beer Festival July 21 – July 22

The 20th Annual Summer Beer Festival will host more than 100 Michigan breweries sampling around 1,000 different craft beers. Food will be available for purchase inside the festival, and guests will enjoy live music from a variety of Michigan bands. The oldest of the Michigan Brewers Guild’s four annual festivals, the Summer Beer Festival takes place rain or shine in the lovely outdoor setting of Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park in historic Depot Town.


Chelsea Sounds and Sights FestivalJuly 27 – July 29

Sounds & Sights Festival, presented by Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Chelsea, is an annual summer weekend event in historic Chelsea, Michigan. The event started over three decades ago and is a highlight of summer that draws visitors from all over the state and beyond.

The two-day, three-night festival features live music and social tent, indie art market, kids’ entertainment and activities, a classic car show, and much more. Each year features exciting changes and annual favorites that keep people coming back again and again. All performances and activities are held in downtown Chelsea, Michigan.


Milan Summer Fest July 28 – July 29

Milan Summer Fest is an annual community-wide event that celebrates summer with tons of family-oriented fun. Events include live music, a beer garden, food and much more.


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Jump-start Your January with these Events

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


Last Work

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.

 


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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

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.


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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.


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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.


Alash Ensemble

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.


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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.


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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

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.


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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.


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Foodie Finds: Blaze Pizza

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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How to Keep Warm and Safe This Winter Season

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. Meteorologists are predicting a slew of arctic blasts and winter storms this 2017-2018 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?

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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 DetectorCheck 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 a two-story home, your upstairs will generally be warmer than your first floor.

frozen pipesInsulate Pipes
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.

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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.Emergency-Kit-

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.

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Reinhart Staff Come Together for 7th Annual Blood Drive

Last month Reinhart teamed up with the Washtenaw County Chapter of the American Red Cross to host our 7th Annual Blood Drive. Led by Deb Odom Stern, Reinhart had 45 generous donors who donated 39 pints of blood.

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Over the past 7 years, Reinhart has produced over 251 pints of blood, which could benefit as many as 753 patients. There is currently a large need for blood in Washtenaw County. This makes the partnership between the Charles Reinhart Company, Realtors and the Washtenaw County Chapter of the American Red Cross vital for our community.

If you are interested in donating blood, make an appointment online to donate blood go to www.redcross.org

 

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Mark Your Calendar for These Delightful December Events

When most people think of December, they think of staying in their house, cozy and warm in front the fireplace. However, while the temperatures outside will drop, the fun will be heating up this December in the Ann Arbor region.


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Santa’s Mailbox
November 25 – December 16

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.


The Best Christmas Pageant Event

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 1 – December 4

In this beloved story, a reluctant pageant director is determined to succeed with “the worst kids in the whole history of the world” – the Herdmans! Bullies, thieves, smokers and more, the Herdman siblings are bent on turning the Christmas Pageant into Revenge at Bethlehem! The entire congregation is afraid of them. Will they burn down the church or will this indeed be the Best Christmas Pageant Ever? This rollicking one-act play is tons of fun for the whole family. Click here for more information.


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KindleFest
December 2

Kerrytown District’s KindleFest is a free outdoor holiday market happening December 2nd, 6pm – 10pm. 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 2

Once again Kerrytown and Main Street Association of Ann Arbor will be hosting Ann Arbor’s famed Midnight Madness on December 2. 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.


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Hometown Holidays
December 2 – 4

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 our 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 4 – 6.


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Ballet Chelsea: The Nutcracker
December 3 – 4 & December 10 – 11, 2016.

Ballet Chelsea is pleased to present its 19th annual performance of The Nutcracker ballet on December 3-4 & 10-11, 2016. During intermission, enjoy live music, and our Snow and Sweet Shop in the sparkling commons, for light refreshments and an array of holiday and Nutcracker themed gifts for purchase.


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Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Holiday Home Tour
December 3

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels (YMOW) invites you to support the upcoming 20th Annual Holiday Home Tour. Guests will enjoy a strolling dinner from some of the finest area restaurants while viewing the festive holiday decorations of five historic homes. Guests will wrap up their evening with an afterglow dessert reception at the iconic Hutchinson Mansion.


Saline Christmas Parade

41st Annual Christmas Parade – A Saline Christmas Carol
December 3

Don’t miss Saline’s 41st Annual Christmas Parade December 3, at 5:30pm. Each year, depending on the weather, anywhere between 3,000 and 5,000 people come out to enjoy marching bands, scout troops, and floats made by local businesses, organizations and churches.


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Chelsea Historic Home Tour
December 5

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 we will provide you with your 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.


Winter Art Tour

Winter Art Tour
December 9 – 11

The Winter Art Tour (WAT) is an exciting new cultural event held on the second weekend of December, that will take you on a tour of 9 art shows in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti featuring over 150 local artists. At each stop, visitors will be able to meet artists personally and learn more about their work. Many Tour venues will offer music, refreshments, creative activities and demonstrations in addition to art shopping.


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DIYpsi Hoilday Market 2016
December 10 – 11

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. 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

Tiny Expo
December 10

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. AADL is thrilled to produce and host this event! Tiny Expo 2016 will be on Saturday, December 10 from 11am to 5:30pm at the Downtown Library.


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Michigan Firehouse Museum’s Holiday Open House
December 18

The Michigan Firehouse Museum will host their Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 18, 2016 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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