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Archive for May, 2008

Benefit for the Crossroads Music Festival at TCs

Posted by ppna on May 29, 2008

As I wrote in my last post there is a lot going on this weekend in Ypsilanti and to make your choice harder there is a Benefit for the Crossroads Music Festival happening at TCs this Saturday the 31st of May 2008.

Of course you could start at the Corner then walk through the Park to check out SoberFest on your way to TCs.

The Following was taken from the TCs Website

Special Event open @ Noon
1pm Student Bands from ANN ARBOR MUSIC CENTER ,
12am 2 DAY ESCAPE, &

All ages show from Noon to 6pm. 18 and over from 6pm to close. Cover is $5/ $10


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I love it when things come together

Posted by ppna on May 29, 2008

This coming weekend will be another great weekend in Ypsilanti. The Corner Brewery is letting you get drunk for cheap and the folks from AA are going to help you clean up the mess. Both events will have very good FREE live music so tell your friends and family to head to Ypsilanti this Saturday for a great time.

Don’t forget to stay over for the Orphan Car Show on Sunday.

Saturday May 31st in Ypsilanti:

The Corner Brewery is having their 2 year anniversary party. The Bands are Fantastic so make sure you check them out.

Terrible Twos Anniversary Blowout
May 31, 2008 2:00 PM
Corner Brewery is turning 2! Come and help us celebrate with BBQ in the beer garden, live music, brewery tours, and more. 2-6 pm. Plus every hour from 2-8pm a different beer will be only $2.00 for a half liter! Red Snapper 2-3pm, Old #22 Alt 3-4pm, Brasserie Blonde 4-5pm, Sacred Cow I.P.A. 5-6pm, Tree Fort Ale 6-7pm, and Bavarian Bliss 7-8pm. Mug Club members can have their personal stein filled with any beer, any time(from 2-8pm), including Dubbel, for $2.00! Laurel Premo will be playing 5:00pm – 8:00pm in the lounge and The Ypsitucky Colonels will be playing 8:30pm to 11:30. Click here for Laurel Premo’s myspace page and Here for The Ypsitucky Colonels’.

Just down the street at Riverside Park (or Frog Island, there is different info out there) the Huron Valley Area Intergroup and Dawn Farm are sponsoring SOBERFEST 2008. Click on the image for a larger version.

Here are the links I’ve found to the bands at SoberFest

Live Music, Featuring:

* Noteworthy Performing at 4pm — Shiba combines R&B, jazz, blues and rock into a soulful blend of captivating sound
* Vineyard Church Choir
* Lemon James Band performing at 2pm — She is a Rock N Roll lady
* Breathe Easy Music
* Chris Canas Blues Revolution Band
* The Amazing Kip—Mind Geek & Magician

I sure hope the Soberfest folks recruit people from the Corner Brewery to their event.

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More Luna Lake Restoration Information

Posted by ppna on May 26, 2008

Click Here For the Ypsilanti Courier Article on the Luna Lake Project

I scanned a couple of the flyers on the Luna Lake Restoration Project. Check them out and volunteer or donate if you can. Click on them for a larger image.

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Memorial Day Weekend in Ypsilanti

Posted by ppna on May 26, 2008

The Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra kicked off this Memorial Day weekend with a ‘free’ concert in Riverside Park. The Orchestra sounded great and the event was well attended. It was a nice hour in the park and I hope they take this concert and build on it next year.

Judging from the lines at Lowes and Home-Depot, Sunday was the day everyone in the area decided to do their lawn work and I was one of them. I did take a two hour break to head to the Corner Brewery where Danny Boy was spinning tunes (some low key house and peaceful rock) in the beer garden. I have heard the Danny Boy Lounge Sundays will be a regular event in the Beer Garden so watch for those.

This Morning was the memorial day parade which included 5 bands (East-Middle, West-Middle, Lincoln-Middle, Ypsi-High, Lincoln-High). The Memorial Day parade isn’t much but its a great way to get together with the neighbors to discuss the plans for the rest of the day.

That’s it, a relaxed weekend in the city. I guess the best part about Memorial day is that the Lazy River at Rolling Hills County Park and the Rutherford Pool are both open now.

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Kalitta Air — Business and Accident

Posted by ppna on May 26, 2008

A few weeks ago I posted an article about the TV show Mythbusters and their use of a Kalitta Air 747 to show how cars get blown away if they get to close to the thrust. This weekend a Kalitta Air 747 made the TV again except this time it was because the plane broke in two upon take off in Belgium. Four of the Five crew members were slightly injured but the accident wasn’t as bad as it could have been.


Kalitta Air is owned by Conrad “Connie’ Kalitta and is based at the Willow Run Airport. Kalitta Air has 18 747s in its fleet of cargo planes and it delivers cargo around the world. Kalitta Air is also responsible for transporting fallen troops to the Dover Airforce Base in Delaware.

Connie Kalitta, one of the most famous drag racers of all time, also owns Kalitta Motorsports which runs drag cars in NHRA events. Connie is also known for serving as crew chief to the first female top fuel drag-racer Shirley Muldowney . Connie is played by Beau Bridges in the movie about Shirley Muldowney, ‘Heart Like a Wheel.‘ If you haven’t seen ‘Heart Like a Wheel’ I suggest you watch it, it is a great film.

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Luna Lake Project at Prospect Park

Posted by ppna on May 20, 2008

Last night I wandered into the Corner Brewery for a business meeting but ended up sitting in on the Historic East Side Neighborhood Association (HESNA) meeting and found out about the Prospect Park Luna Lake Project.

Here is a brief summary of the Project.

HESNA has raised the necessary funds, through individual donations & a grant from the Wildflower Association of Michigan to restore Luna Lake by adapting it to better serve the community’s current environmental, recreational and educational needs. Rather than reestablish a traditional mechanized pond, HESNA aims to convert the area to a natural rain garden that will use the chemical, biological and physical properties of plants, to absorb and filter storm water runoff. A second, ornamental bed will be installed on the site of the historic, formally landscaped bed to the North of the Lake. The use of Michigan native wildflowers will increase both the educational value and biodiversity of the project.

There is a site preparation day scheduled for June 14, 2008 at 9am to help with the initial clean-up and preparation for planting which is to be done in October. The group is looking for donations of plants and the lending of tools. If you have a Bobcat or other small excavator please donate it for the day. Contact rachel@veris-design.com for information on the plants needed or with any questions.

Please plan on helping on June 14, 2008 at 9AM at Luna Lake in Prospect Park.

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Real Kidz — The Full Story

Posted by ppna on May 19, 2008

I’ve had people ask me about the store in Depot Town called Real Kidz. In short, it is a business set up to design and market clothing to plus sized kids. Thankfully, The Detroit Free Press published an article on Real Kidz, which is a very in depth article and should answer a lot of questions.

What I gathered from the article is that they now have clothes to sell but the plan is to sell them through independent sales reps. It didn’t sound like there were any plans to actually set up a store front in Depot Town. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me for someone to rent in Depot Town but not sell in Depot Town but its their choice.

The Owner, first-time entrepreneur Merrill Guerra, is trying to find capital and sales reps to grow the company. I suggest you read the Free Press article if you are interested. The selection of items can be found at the website  RealKidzClothing.com.

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Ypsilanti Pride Day

Posted by ppna on May 19, 2008

I’d like to thank the neighbors that showed up to help with Ypsilanti Pride Day. In all we had 6 folks including one very industrious 4 year old who did more than his share of the work. I didn’t put out a full court press on the neighbors so in their defense most of them probably didn’t know what was going on.

What we did won’t really be noticed for a few months but we think it will be a big help. We took on the sidewalk in front of the old Motor Wheel facility closer to the railroad tracks than to Norris. We removed a lot of trash and swept the sidewalk free of glass and removed a lot of wheelbarrows full of dirt that was on the sidewalks. We then planted Sun Flowers and Morning Glories which we hope will help soften the industrial wasteland that extends on Forest Ave from the River to Norris Street. It would be nice if the Company that owns the Motor Wheel Lot and Michigan Ladder Company would work on that corridor themselves but we’ll do what we can. The job was more labor intensive than anyone had imagined it would be. After 3 solid hours of 6 people working we only got about halfway done. We are thinking of attacking that area again while their is still time to plant.

I also want to point out that many drivers slowed down and said “Thank You” which I thought was the nicest thing they could have said. I also should be noted that the Jaycees did a fine job with sponsors and making the after-Picnic a really nice relaxed event. I certainly enjoyed the day and hope to have a larger group joining me next year.

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PPNA committee meeting tonight

Posted by ppna on May 13, 2008

Just a reminder, a few PPNA residents will be getting together tonight at the Corner Brewery at 7pm. We will be discussing plans for the Neighborhood Block Party, A Parade Team, Wireless Ypsi, Kickball and a few other things. If you are interested please drop by. If you can’t drop by leave a comment or send an email and we will discuss your views.

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Legal Streaming Video on the Web

Posted by ppna on May 12, 2008

I watch a lot of TV and Movies through My PC and thought I’d post some of the sites I use so you can check them out too.

is one of the best sites on the web. They have different categories of media including video and audio (lots of live concerts). Within the Video they have every category you can imagine like; movies, sports, animation, academic films etc. You can even find those great PSAs from the 50s and 60s and Drive in Movie Commercials.

Fancast TV is a site that has full episodes of a lot of classic and current TV programs. They have a really nice streaming program too. My favorite TV show to watch is Time Tunnel, check it out and let me know what I should be watching. There are short commercial interruptions.

Hulu has TV shows and Movies with short commercial interruptions. Some of the listed Movies and Programs are excerpts or clips but there are a lot of movies and programs to watch.

Classic Cinema Online Scroll down to the index page of this site and you’ll see a list of movie categories on the right. Click a category and you are given a list of great classic movies from the 30s through the 60s. There is also a blog the holds Classic TV shows but I think they are the same as you get on fancast.

PublicDomainMotionPictures.com Here you will find movies from 1888 to 1994. This site doesn’t have the greatest number of movies but there are enough to keep you busy.

One last thing: If you haven’t downloaded the new Real Player yet I suggest you do. Real Player now allows you to download videos from YouTube and most other sources as well.

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