Ypsilanti Citizen Community Sidetrack

Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Children’s events

Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Fun for kids at Heritage Festival

By Dan DuChene
Aug. 17, 2009    ·    1:32 a.m.


Events and activities for children will be running throughout the entire Heritage Festival in Ypsilanti.

Centered on the Children’s Village in Riverside Park, there will be plenty to keep children of all ages busy during the three-day festival.

Tecumseh-based Kelly Inflatables will be returning this year to operate several bounce houses in the park – from single room inflatable structures to action-packed obstacle courses. Wrist bands will be available to allow access all day.

The bounce houses will be open from noon – 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday.

An Activity and Crafts Tent will also be in operation all weekend. Sponsored by the Girl Scouts of America, the tent will be open from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Ypsilanti District Library is scheduled to sponsor the tent from 12 – 6 p.m. Saturday and The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is a scheduled sponsor from 12:30 – 4:30 Sunday.

The Tot Spot, a play area for toddlers will run outside the Activity and Crafts Tent.

Ypsilanti Cooperative Preschool will paint faces from 12 – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Shows for the children will run in the afternoon at the tent. Acts include magic shows, clowns, music, storytelling, comedy and plays.

Children’s entertainment kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and lasts until the early evening. Sunday’s performances start at 2 p.m. and end after a drum circle at 3:30 p.m.

Performers from Erikson Elementary School will hit the stage at 4:30 p.m.

The Lincoln High School Drama Club will be putting on a show called “Peggy, the Pint-Sized Pirate” at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Finally, the Moo and You Petting Farm will operate on the south side of the park Saturday and Sunday. Michigan farm animals will be in the park 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday.

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