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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

Depot Town serving up chili for local charity

Participants can look forward to 10 different types from five Depot Town business from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Chili Challenge Saturday. This is one of many events in Ypsilanti this weekend. Photo by SOS Community Services

Participants can look forward to 10 different types from five Depot Town business from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Chili Challenge Saturday. This is one of many events in Ypsilanti this weekend.
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Challenge one of several events in area this weekend

By Dan DuChene
Mar. 6, 2009    ·    10:22 a.m.


Ypsilanti residents looking for something to do this weekend shouldn’t have to look far, especially with the Chili Challenge taking place in Depot Town.

In its the third year, the event kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday at Café Luwak, where participants get their $5 kits. From there, it’s off to the participating Depot Town merchants to taste and judge 10 different varieties of chili to find a winner.

Sidetrack will be defending its 2007 title, as last year’s winner, Cady’s Grill and Bar, shut its doors earlier this year to take a new direction. All proceeds will benefit the S.O.S. Community Services.

“Thanks to the generosity of Depot Town merchants opening their restaurant doors, many lives in Washtenaw County have been touched by the services SOS offers throughout the year,” said Chelsea Clark, community relations coordinator for S.O.S.

“In tough economic times like these, when the line at our crisis center is wrapped around the corner with people in need, every dollar that is donated makes a difference,” she said.

This year Aubree’s, Café Luwak, Corner Brewery, Sidetrack Bar and Grill and the Ypsi Food Co-op will be participating in the event.

Each merchant will be serving up two different styles of chili. The types range from the Co-op’s Michigan Farmer's Chili, which is made of locally raised, pasture fed beef and organically grown Michigan beans, to Sidetrack’s cheeseburger chili.

“Anyone of the five restaurants has a good chance of winning this year,” Clark said. “Who knows who will take first place?”

As the Chili Challenge is commencing, Café Luwak will be celebrating its fourth year in operation with another Kopi Luwak cupping.

Jim Karnopp, the café’s owner, said he will be serving the “world’s most expensive unusual coffees in the world.”

“This coffee was featured on Oprah and in the movie The Bucket List and is the namesake of our café,” Karnopp said. “So, give it a try and wish us a happy birthday.”

There will be two art exhibit openings in Ypsilanti Saturday.

Shankwiler 123 in Depot Town will be hosting a reception for their artist of the month Sherry Morgenstern. Participants can view her black and white photographs during the reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Her art will be featured until the end of the month.

The Riverside Arts Center will be hosting an opening reception for its docent’s exhibit from 5p.m. to 7 p.m. in its facility downtown.



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