Wednesday, August 8, 2007

eNews for Youth from the AA Center for Independent Living

The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living publishes an email newsletter, eNews for Youth, listing recreational and fun events for people of varying abilities and their families. To receive the newsletter, contact:

Anna Dusbiber
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
2568 Packard Rd. (in the Georgetown Mall), Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 971-0277 x17

Here are a few of the events listed for August:

The first annual Great Lakes Independence Ride or I-Ride: Thursday, August 16 through Sunday, August 19.

Riders can participate for one day, two days, four days, just for the last few miles of each day or the last miles on Sunday. Departing from Holland that Thursday, riders will head north along the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan, before turning west toward Grand Rapids. The I-Ride will make brief ceremonial and celebratory stops in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Jackson, finishing with a flourish in Ann Arbor.

To join in the final mile or the after-party come to Gallup Park, 2970 Fuller Rd, near the corner of Huron Parkway, Ann Arbor at 3 pm that Sunday. We’ll be in the larger shelter at the rear of the park near the playground. This is a free family event open to everyone! The party ends at 6 pm.

Contact the I-Ride coordinator at (734) 971-0277 x49 or or go to the website Check the website to find out about registration fees and fund-raising goals for I-Ride participants. All participants must register, even if they do not pay.

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival and Mentoring

The Washtenaw Youth Mentoring Coalition and the Ann Arbor CIL will have a table at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19. Meet us at the booth (look for the Coalition’s blue banner) at noon that Saturday for a group exploration of the festival, including the youth games until 2 pm. The festival takes place in Depot Town, Frog Island Park and surrounding areas.

The Coalition will have a decoy duck in the non-profit duck race during the festival. Help us decorate the duck from noon to 3 pm on Friday, August 10 in the art room at the Ann Arbor CIL, 2568 Packard Rd, Ann Arbor. The office is located at the back of the Georgetown Mall. The duck race takes place at the festival’s dock stage at 3:30 pm on Sunday, August 19.

Want to volunteer to staff the booth? Need more information about these events? Contact Jen Chapin-Smith at or (734) 971-0277 x23.

Weekly Group Cycling Rides

The Ann Arbor CIL invites people of all ages and abilities to join us for a weekly ride using bicycles, handcycles and tricycles. The rides continue this summer on Wednesdays from the Ann Arbor CIL, 2568 Packard Rd, Ann Arbor, behind the Georgetown Mall. Arrive before 6:30 pm, when the cyclists leave the parking lot! Participants must RSVP ahead of time!

Bring your own cycle or use one of ours. If you need to borrow a cycle, reserve it ahead of time by contacting Mary Stack at (734) 971-0277 x56 or She can also answer your questions. Helmets are required.

Back To School Block Party Aug. 24 in Ypsi

Noise Permit, the Back to School Block Party, will take place Friday, August 24 (rain date, Tuesday, August 28) from 3 to 10 pm at Frog Island Park in Ypsilanti. Free food and entertainment by local youth bands and rappers will be available. Ozone House, Teens Center without Walls and Washtenaw Area Teens for Tomorrow are sponsoring this event, thanks to a grant from Ypsilanti Youth Empowered to Act. Special thanks go to the City of Ypsilanti. Last year 300 youth attended this free event!

For more information, contact Catheryn Malczynski of the Teen Center Without Walls at (734) 973-4384 or check out their website and WATT’s website

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