Jan. 18, 2016

All day: City Hall offices will be closed, in honor and recognition of Martin Luther King Day.


MLK Day activities at U-M. U-M hosts a big MLK Symposium each year on MLK Day, so these are just a few highlights. (All these lectures/talks are free.) Find a complete schedule at http://mlksymposium.umich.edu.


10-11:30 a.m. at Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University in Ann Arbor Marc Lamont Hill, a CNN political contributor and host of HuffPost Live and BET News, will give the keynote lecture.


10 am – 5 pm: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St., The AAHOM will offer a reduced admission rate and tons of fun. Kids can use toys to discover their inner engineer in the museum’s “pop-up makerspace” – and today, the challenge is to build a bell and make a ramp.


12 noon: Burton Memorial Tower in Ann Arbor  This event is part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium and features a performance by U-M carillonists performing music by various African American composers on the 54-bell carillon in the tower. You can listen outside, or climb the tower to see the bells.


1 – 3 pm: Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor  Natural Area Preservation, an organization that works to protect nature spaces in Ann Arbor, encourages local residents to use their MLK Day off to volunteer. Head here and help remove invasive shrubs and clean up the area. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes (dress for weather!). Tools, snacks and training provided.


2 – 3 pm: Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Branch The Biakuye Percussion Group performs a special show for kids in grades K and older – plus adults.


2 – 3:30 pm: Stephen Henderson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Detroit Free Press editorial writer will speak at the Michigan Union Ballroom, 530 S. State St., Ann Arbor


5 – 6:30 pm: Ndaba Mandela, Nelson Mandela's grandson, who was recently named one of the "28 Men of Change" by BET, will present a talk titled "The Power of One" at U-M Business School's Blau Auditorium, 701 Tappan in Ann Arbor


Sunday, January 17th through Friday, January 22nd:


Restaurant Week at many area restaurants.  Restaurant Week is your opportunity to try as many great Ann Arbor restaurants as your schedule allows for one incredibly low fixed price. $15 for lunch and $28 for a three-course dinner with many restaurants offering 2-for-1 pricing! Reservations are strongly recommended.


Wednesday, January 20th


11:30 amAt the Ann Arbor City Club: “Saving American Democracy, one community at a time.”  Mary Morgan, co-founder and publisher of the Ann Arbor Chronicle (2008-2014) is founder and executive director of the CivCity Initiative (civcity.org), a new non-profit organization intended to encourage resident participation in civic life.  Reservations are required.


6:30 pm: at the County Board Room in the Administration Building at 220 N. Main Street: The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will be considering a next step in the process to consider affordable housing on the Platt Road site.  On January 20th, the Ways and Means Committee will consider a resolution that directs county staff to take steps toward sale (survey, title work, etc.) and to draft a request for proposals to solicit purchase offers for the property.  Upon first consideration on 1/20, the action has the potential to move to the February 3rd meeting for Board of Commissioners approval.  If approved on the 3rd, staff would draft a request for proposals, which would return to the Board of Commissioners for review before issuance to the development community.


Meeting materials are available on the Board of Commissioner Agenda Page.  Additional information remains available at www.plattroad.org as well.  If you have any questions, please contact Brett Lenart at lenartb@ewashtenaw.org.

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