Ultimate Local Gift Guide

Best Gifts for Kids Books from local authors and publishers Ann Arborites love their books, and Nicola’s loves to stock favorites from regional authors. Look for new picture books from two beloved Michigan authors and illustrators — Patricia Polacco’s Remembering Vera ($17.99) and Philip and Erin Stead’s adaptation of a Mark Twain story, The Purloining

Where to see The Nutcracker this season

Many chances to catch the whimsical ballet on a magical journey through the enchanting Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets. The Nutcracker is a wonderful holiday tradition to be enjoyed by all ages. River Raisin Ballet Company River Raisin Centre for the Arts 114 S Monroe St, Monroe 810-237-3111 thefso.org/concerts/nutcracker Friday, December

Holiday Happenings

The holidays have arrived, and along with them, these great events in and around Washtenaw County. Bundle up the family and get ready to feel the holiday spirit! Downtown Ypsilanti December 1 Tree Lighting 6-7pm YDL-Michigan Library Plaza 229 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti 734-482-4110 x1323 | ypsilibrary.org/events Join the library for caroling led by the


As parents, we all want our children to be happy, loved and accepted. This is especially true for parents with children that have special needs. Here we’ve compiled stories of hope and resilience, along with local resources to help you and your family get the support you need to be the best version of yourself.


Daycroft Montessori School Pre-primary Campus: Preschool & Kindergarten 100 Oakbrook Dr., Ann Arbor. 734-930-0333. daycroft.org Open House Tours: 9am or 10am, Tuesdays. October 3, November 7, December 5, January 16. Elementary Campus: Grades K-8 1095 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor. 734-662-3335. daycroft.org Open House Tours: 9am or 10am, Thursdays. October 5, November 9; December 7,

Halloween Happenings

There’s nothing quite like fall in Michigan. Beautiful colors, crisp air, and perfect temperatures provide the ideal backdrop for dozens of family-friendly events and festivals. Whether you’re looking for great food, hayrides, or opportunities to put on a costume and trick or treat, this list has something for everyone. Apple Daze in Dexter 10am-5pm on

A quick guide to childhood vaccines

Kids are returning to group settings this September as they head back to school. Such settings increase the chance for diseases to spread. What’s the best way to prevent disease outbreaks and protect kids from serious diseases? Childhood vaccines. The necessity of vaccines “Kids need vaccines because there are still preventable diseases that cause illness,

A date night at Decode Detroit

My husband, Scott, and I decided to try a local escape room for our date night. We had never been to one before, so this was a new experience for us. Decode Detroit, which opened in October 2016, is the newest option in Ann Arbor. The story, called The Minerva Project, centers around Minerva, an

An Artsy Night Out Downtown at Paint and Pour

Description: As the business name points out, this date is all about painting. My husband, Brent, and I had never done an artsy date night before and were excited to go home with a work of art. Brent had never really painted before but was intrigued. Upon arrival we walked down the graffiti-lined steps to