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With the continuing pandemic due to the COVID-19 virus, the upcoming holiday season is likely to look different this year.  Halloween is about three weeks away, and the CDC has already said that in-person trick-or-treating is considered a "high-risk" activity, due to the presence of the virus in the community.

And now, Main Street Ann Arbor has announced the cancellation of the traditional, downtown business trick-or-treating event this year.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the organization's executive director, Sandra Andrade, about that and other community activities that will still be taking place, mostly online.


Ann Arbor
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When the Ann Arbor city council meets tonight, there will be two recently added resolutions on the agenda concerning the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.

Kathy Griswold, along with councilwoman Anne Bannister, are the council members who are sponsoring the resolutions.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Kathy Griswold about her intentions concerning the DDA and what she hopes the resolutions will bring about.


Ann Arbor
Maura Thomson / Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority

Between a declaration from the governor and an extension of street closures, downtown Ann Arbor is expected to remain busy despite the continuing pandemic.

WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with the executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, Susan Pollay, about the latest efforts to keep the downtown area safely active during our current global health crisis.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order Monday morning to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan tells us what that means for some local businesses in Washtenaw County.
 


Ann Arbor Restaurant Week
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Ann Arbor Restaurant Week is a semiannual event that celebrates the Ann Arbor dining scene, with 50+ area restaurants participating. WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with Sandra Andrade, executive director of Ann Arbor’s Main Street Area Association, about what to expect from the dining event scheduled to begin January 12th. 


Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor has a lot of popular restaurants serving a variety of food that has earned the city a strong reputation for dining out.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks to Sandra Andrade from the Main Street Area Association about two community food events coming up soon.

          

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week
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This week, "Art and Soul" focuses on the culinary arts and with the upcoming “restaurant week” in Ann Arbor.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to the director of the Ann Arbor Main Street Association,  which organizes the annual event, Sandra Andrade, about the annual restaurant event.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan discovered there are businesses in Washtenaw County contributing to the vision of buying products for life.

 


Ann Arbor Restaurant Week

Ann Arbor’s “foodie” enthusiasts are looking forward to the start of Restaurant Week on Sunday, January 14th and runs through the 19th.  57 restaurants will be participating in the twice-yearly event featuring one week of one-price dining.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke with Maura Thomson, the executive director of the Ann Arbor Main Street Association, which organized the event.


Rolling Sculpture Car Show Friday

Jul 11, 2014
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The 20th annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show comes to downtown Ann Arbor Friday.

More than 300 vehicles will be shown, including some historic electric vehicles. 

DJ Surfer Joe will be spinning hot rod tunes and the Ann Arbor District Library will have activities for families on Liberty between Fourth and Fifth. 

The Rolling Sculpture Car Show takes place Friday from two to 10 p.m. along Main, Liberty and Washington Streets.

Find more information on the event online:

  Officials with Ann Arbor's South University Area Association hope a successful program in the Main Street area can be replicated in their part of town. WEMU's Andrew Cluley provides the details.