(August 7, 2008) Dearborn, MI – Federal and State lawmakers hoping to see more action and fewer roadblocks to stem cell research in Michigan held a legislative briefing at the Ann Arbor District Library at 7pm on August 7. U.S. Representative John D. Dingell (D-MI15) along with State Representatives Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor), Pam Byrnes (D-Chelsea) and Alma Wheeler Smith (D-Salem Twp.) joined the Director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Stem Cell Biology, Dr. Sean Morrison, to discuss the restrictions scientists currently face and what is happening at the state and federal levels to expand this vital research.
All the elected officials are supporters of the ballot initiative that would lift some restrictions on stem cell research in Michigan. In 2005, the Houston Chronicle described Michigan as one of five states with the most severe laws regarding stem cell research and last year The Toledo Blade referred to Michigan as “backward” because of its restrictive rules.
Source: Congressman John D. Dingell’s office
(July 18, 2008) Materials Unlimited in downtown Ypsilanti is having their annual 20% off sale through the month of August. This year they have added a twist.
They will donate 3% of all sales to the Best Friends Animal Society, the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals.
The sale runs from August 2nd to 27th.
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(May 20, 2008) The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission and Target Corporation present Ypsi Pops: A Tribute to the Americas, a free concert by the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 24th at 2:00 pm. The concert will be held at Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park Pavilion with parking available in the Depot Town parking lots. This will be the YSO’s first ever outdoor concert at Riverside Park. Depot Town businesses will be offering food and beverages for sale during the event. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. In case of rain, the concert will be rescheduled for Sunday, May 25th at 2:00 pm.
The Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 9th season, under the baton of founding Music Director Adam C. Riccinto. The YSO is primarily a volunteer adult orchestra comprised of musicians from Ypsilanti and the surrounding communities. The YSO performs four regular season concerts from September through April, generally at Towsley Auditorium on the campus of WCC.
For more information, call 971-6355 ext. 203, or visit www.ypsilantisymphony.org.
(May 5, 2008) We put together this video as our contribution to help promote Water Street at this weeks 2008 Detroit Brownfield Conference. Enjoy!
Water Street is a city owned 38 acre property in Downtown Ypsilanti Michigan that is available for redevelopment. With 1,500ft of frontage on Michigan Ave./US 12 and over one-half mile of frontage on the Huron River, the site is perfect for mixed use, sports, retail, hotel, residential, and office space. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit the City of Ypsilanti website at CityofYpsilanti.com.
(April 2, 2008) Calling all banjos to come to the aid of Ypsilanti’s beloved Freighthouse.
Some of the areas finest indie, old-time, punk, roots and bluegrass performers will be plucking on the ol’ banjo April 5, 2008 from 5-10 p.m. at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Donations of $5 or more are appreciated at the door. All proceeds benefit the hardworking Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse.
(March 18, 2008) The Ypsilanti Public Library will play host to bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith. McCall Smith is well known for his series of books called the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. McCall Smith will be speaking at 1pm, April 19, 2008 at Pease auditorium on the EMU campus.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from the EMU Ticket office at (734) 487-2282, or online at www.emich.edu/convocation/.
(October 23, 2007) The Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra has an event-filled weekend coming up. Elena Urioste, winner of the 2007 Sphinx Organization’s Competition, will be soloing with the YSO at its season opener. The concert is at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at Towsley Auditorium on the campus of WCC. Tickets are available at the door, or online at the YSO’s website www.ypsilantisymphony.org.
The day before the concert, Saturday, October 27, 2007, at 1:00, the YSO will be having a “Meet the Conductor” event at Bombadill’s Cafe on Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti. Music Director, Adam Riccinto, will be available to chat, as will Ms. Urioste. Bombadill’s is located at 217 West Michigan Avenue.
Historic concert to be held at Pease Auditorium
Head to Pease Auditorium at 8 pm on Sunday, April 15th for an Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra concert with a special Ypsilanti flavor!
Eastern Michigan University professors Willard Zirk, French horn and Joel Schoenhals, piano will solo on Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 1 and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Zirk has played principal horn with the A²SO for 24 years and will retire after this concert.
The talented Ypsilanti High School Brass directed by Matthew Kazmierski will open the concert with a fanfare. Local Ypsilanti residents Barbara Zmich and Kathleen Grimes will also be performing.
Reserved seats for Intersection: The A²SO in Ypsilanti are $16. General admission tickets are $11 (or $6 for seniors, students and children). Tickets are on sale through the EMU box office at 487-2282 or www.emich.edu to purchase tickets. Contact Amy at email@example.com with any questions.
(March 26, 2007) If you didn’t have enough fun at the mayoral debates last summer, here is your chance to watch more comedy in Ypsilanti. Comedy Productions, which just opened an office here in Ypsilanti, and Pub 13 announces YPSILANTI IDOL COMEDY NIGHT beginning Monday, April 2, 2007 – 8pm and continuing weekly at Pub 13, located at 13 N. Washington in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
If you think you have a funny bone or your friends are always telling you that you crack them up, this could be your shot.
Each week five contestant-comedians will take to the stage performing a comedy routine, with an allotted time of 10 minutes. In the back of the room, on the bar, will be five jars, each bearing the name of the contestant. Throughout the hour long show, the audience will be encouraged to “vote” for their favorite contestant by “tipping” – placing money in the jar of their choice. At the conclusion of the show, the money (votes) will be counted. The contestant with the most money in their jar will be declared the winner and return the following week as “Reigning Champion.”
A 6th jar, along with a GONG, will also be placed on the bar. After a contestant has been performing for 5 minutes, the hammer for the gong will be placed on the bar. For $10.00, an audience member may “gong” a contestant off the stage. Upon being gonged, the performer must leave the stage without comment. A gonged performer is eliminated from the contest and their tip jar removed from the bar. An eliminated contestant still receives any monies placed in their jar before being gonged. The money in the gong jar will be given to the wait staff.
The House Emcee, armed with an official stopwatch provided by Comedy Productions, will keep time regarding the gong hammer and will also provide the performer on stage a 2-minute warning light within their 10-minute slot. At 10 minutes, the emcee will call out “Time!” and the performing contestant must immediately stop speaking. If the performer continues, they will be “gonged” and disqualified. Any money in their jar will be forfeited to the gong jar.
Interested performers should email Chrissy@ComedyPro.com by Midnight on the Monday prior. (To be considered for the April 2, 2007 show, the deadline is Midnight March 26, 2007.) Contestants will be chosen by Comedy Productions and notified via email the next day. Contestants are required to be at Pub 13 by 7:30pm on the day of the contest. Late arrivals risk losing their slot to an alternate.
To promote YPSILANTI IDOL COMEDY NIGHT, Pub 13 will be tagging their current radio & print advertising and soliciting vendors as possible sponsors. Often, a representative from Comedy Productions will be present to watch performers for possible future work with the agency.
Pub 13 offers a full-menu but is still regarded as a bar. Minimum age for admission will be 18 years old. Admission is free.
For more information, please email Chrissy@ComedyPro.com.