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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

Seeds, seedlings, beer

Photo by Christine Laughren

Corner Brewery played host to Growing Hope's seed and seedling swap Wednesday evening.
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Growing Hope plays host to plant swap at Corner Brewery

By Christine Laughren
Apr. 23, 2009    ·    4:21 p.m.

It was a one-stop-shop Wednesday evening for beer and plants.

Not your typical combination at the Corner Brewery, but with Growing Hope’s seed and seedling swap in the lounge, the brewery was packed with people enjoying a drink while they stocked up on items for their summer garden.

Approximately 15 gardeners brought seeds and sprouts to swap or give away between 5 and 7:30 p.m. One gardener brought a box full of free heirloom tomato plants but they were snatched up quickly and gone within an hour, leaving only little clumps of dirt and a “free” sign.

Growing Hope, Ypsilanti’s local non-profit dedicated to improving lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access, also brought more than 400 herb and vegetable plants, available for sale and raised at the Growing Hope Center at 922 W. Michigan Ave. Sam Parise of Fairview Farms, out of Saline and Fairview MI, brought maple trees for sale along with maple syrup and honey.

Daniel Bair, urban farm manager with Growing Hope, said the organization sold about $300 worth of herb and vegetable plants. He said this is the first year Growing Hope has done and event like this and called it a “success.”

“This is the first year that we have something like this and I really didn’t know what to expect as far as turnout,” Bair said. “We were quite pleased.”

The brewery donated $1 to Growing Hope for every Rat Pad (weekly specialty beer) it sold. Bair said the keg, full of smoked IPA, was empty by the end of the event.

Growing Hope will hold plant sales Friday, May 1; Saturday, May 2 and Saturday, May 16 at the Growing Hope Center. For more information visit our calendar page.

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