A new-Detroit native arrives in Downtown

Detroit-based Avalon International Breads has opened a cafe in Downtown Ann Arbor, in the space recently vacated by Mezzevino. Avalon Cafe and Kitchen, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and includes a coffee bar, showcasing Mighty Good Coffee. Avalon’s breads and baked goods, made with 100 percent organic flour, are featured in a warm, cozy environment. “The decision to open an

A new vegan/vegetarian option on Main Street

Ann Arbor vegans, vegetarians, and veggie-lovers, rejoice at the opening of Vedge Cafe on Main Street. Located in the space formerly occupied by Legion clothing, the new restaurant features a menu filled with fruitof-the-earth goodness, plant-based, made-from-scratch fare that is both delicious and good for the environment. The menu also features prices, mostly under $10,

A Bosch award for STEAM education

The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded an inaugural grant supporting organizations in the Ann Arbor community. The $56,826 grant to Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) allows for Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programming at alternative AAPS high schools. “Bosch is proud to support the students and teachers of AAPS engaged in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) programs,” said

Ping Chong + Company bring their ASL interpreted theater to Ann Arbor

Ping Chong + Company is bringing their theater performance Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity to Ann Arbor on Saturday, February 18. This interview-based theater production explores the diverse experiences of young Muslim New Yorkers, who came of age in post-9/11 New York City, at a time of increasing Islamophobia. Participants come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds

Ice fishing derby

The Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission will hold their annual Ice Fishing Derby at Independence Lake County Park on Saturday, February 11. Head to the icy lake to fish for Northern Pike, Bass, and Crappie and win prizes. In both kid and adult divisions. Bring your own bait. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required, to pre-register at parksonline. ewashtenaw.org.

Easing the transition to middle school

A new program, Success Academy, is helping 6th graders ease the transition from elementary to middle school. The weekly program, run by the Family Learning Institute (FLI), is open to students who have graduated from the FLI’s longstanding tutoring program. Founded in 1999, The Family Learning Institute helps eliminate the achievement gap in Washtenaw County.

Knitting isn’t just for grannies!

Stitching with attitude Think knitting is for grannies? The Ann Arbor Stitch’nBitch meetup group will definitely change your mind! The group meets weekly to knit or crochet and to share stories and discussion. Those who are just learning how to crochet or knit are also invited to join the group to compare notes and gain ‘purls’ of

Saline Winterfest 2017

Winterfest 2017, a winter festival hosted by Saline Main Street and participating restaurants, shops, churches, and community organizations, will be held from 10am-3pm Saturday, January 28 in the four blocks of downtown Saline. Packed with both indoor and outdoor family-friendly activities, this year’s event will feature the ever-popular broomball and another medallion contest, where participants