June 2018: The Local Happenings…Briefly

. May 31, 2018.
Photo courtesy heyjunehandmade.com.
Photo courtesy heyjunehandmade.com.

A festival for everyone

Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights in Chelsea kicks off June 7, continuing every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30pm through Aug. 16. Showcasing music, art, comedy, and family entertainment on ten separate-staged areas throughout downtown Chelsea, this year’s lineup also includes magic, face painting, balloon artists, jugglers, dancers, interactive chalk art demonstrations and comedy.

In partnership with the Chelsea District Library, The Korner Stage will showcase great family shows—A Touch of Magic on June 14, ComedySportz on June 21, and Aviary Aerial & Circus Arts on June 28. For the artists in the family, Chelsea Chalk Art’s “Learn to Chalk” series, led by renowned competitive chalk artists, will take place weekly under the Chelsea Clocktower. Free chalk and templates are available for everyone to draw on the pavement. After Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, enjoy free outdoor movies at dusk.

Every Thursday | June 7 – August 16 | 6:30-8:30pm
Downtown Chelsea | 734-474-9178 | chelseafestivals.com/soundsights

An official club for young Wolverines

Michigan Athletics wants to make sure that even the youngest Michigan Wolverines have a fan club. The Kids Go Blue Club is made to engage and inspire the next generation of Michigan fans. The free club is open to children in 8th grade or younger and comes with several perks. Club members get free and discounted admission to featured athletic competitions throughout the year, invitations to exclusive Kids Go Blue Club events such as skating at Yost and post-game autograph sessions, along with access to exciting contests and one-of-a-kind experiences. To register and for more information visit mgoblue.com.

YouTube Kids rolls out new options for parents

The YouTube Kids app is adapting its platform to include three new features that give parents even more control of the app content. Collections by trusted partners and YouTube Kids will offer a variety of subjects from arts & crafts and music to sports, learning, and more. Just go into Profile Settings, and select from available collections such as Sesame Workshop and PBS KIDS. Parent approved content allows parents to handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app. Improved search-off control for an even more contained experience will limit YouTube Kids viewing to channels that have been verified by the YouTube Kids team. James Beser, Product Director for YouTube Kids explains, “At YouTube Kids we believe every family is unique so we’ve worked hard to build personalization features into our platform.”

Celebrating 50 years of uniting young and old

Washtenaw County’s Foster Grandparent Program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Last year Foster Grandparents volunteered 53,000 hours, providing one-on-one support to 300 children at 20 different sites in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, including public schools, day care centers, Head Start programs and preschools. Providing much-needed support in classrooms and developing strong bonds with the teachers and staff at partner sites, the program uniquely creates intergenerational relationships between a child and an older adult, building self-confidence in children who need extra support.

“Foster Grandparents are mentors, role models and friends. They build nurturing relationships with children that lead to social, emotional, and academic growth. At the same time, the Foster Grandparent Program keeps older adults active and engaged in meaningful service, resulting in emotional and physical health benefits”, said Sandy Bowers, Foster Grandparent Program Supervisor, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED). “It’s a win-win and a real benefit for our community.”

For more information about the Foster Grandparent Program, visit washtenaw.org/fgp or call 734-544-3040.

Safety around water

As the world is 71% water, and children are 100% curious: the Ann Arbor YMCA is helping keep them safe. Safety Around Water: A FREE Learn to Swim Program will teach kids and families in our area how to be safer in and around the water. The program provides information and teaching skills for the parents as well so that the whole family can begin to feel comfortable and at ease with this essential life skill. In Ann Arbor, classes for children ages 6 months to 12 years will be held at the Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W. Washington St.

June 18-22.

Additional classes for children ages 5-12 will be held in July and August at four McKinley properties, Monday through Thursday, 1-2 pm (with few exceptions). Children under 3 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in the water.

For more information about this program including the full schedule, contact Becky Epstein at bepstein@annarborymca.org or 734-661-8020. Register for the program in person at the YMCA member services desk, or online at annarborymca.org, keyword: SAW.