Longform A tarantula at the EMU tarantula lab.

EMU students' tarantula research in Colorado breaks new ground

While some may think of tarantulas as scary or dangerous animals, student researchers at Eastern Michigan University will tell you they're quite the opposite.

Innovation News Show Love Saturdays founder Gordon "Big" Dooley shows off wares from his business, Husky Life.

New weekly holiday pop-up market in Ypsi spotlights diverse local businesses

Show Love Saturdays will host a rotating cast of food, clothing, and beauty vendors throughout the holiday season, while also providing some space for local nonprofits.

Innovation News Mark Tucker at FestiFools

Ann Arbor's FestiFools parade announces return just months after its cancellation

After a two-year hiatus, FestiFools, the annual Ann Arbor-based papier-mâché puppet parade, will return.

Innovation News Katie Russ and Jesse Rubenfeld of Jesse Rubenfeld Illustrations at the November Night Market.

Ypsi Township resident launches monthly nighttime art markets at township bar

Ypsilanti Township resident Anna Potter recently launched a series of artisan Night Markets at the Regal Beagle from 6-9 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

Innovation News Just a few of the snake specimens the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology recently acquired from Oregon State University.

With acquisition of 30,000 snake research specimens, U-M now has world's largest collection

After a recent acquisition, the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology now has a total of 70,000 snake research specimens.

Longform Katie Wendel, director of planning and advocacy at Area Agency on Aging 1B, which recently launched a voucher program to help unpaid caregivers afford respite care.

Finding temporary care is a challenge for Michigan's many unpaid caregivers, but help is available

Approximately 1.7 million Michiganders are unpaid caregivers, and they often desperately need a break from that work. Resources, like a new voucher program to pay for respite care, can help.

Longform Rachel Blistein at Original Moxie.

Ypsi Township's new "Beauty Block" of businesses support each other and their community

After filling a commercial block in Ypsilanti Township with women- and people of color-owned beauty businesses, business owners there are promoting themselves as "The Beauty Block."

Longform A classic Argus C-3 on display at the Argus Museum.

Ann Arbor museum showcases local history of one of the best-selling cameras of all time

You've probably seen an iconic Argus C3 camera on the big screen without knowing the camera's roots are in Ann Arbor, but the Argus Museum aims to keep the history and legacy of Argus alive.

Feature Story The former Cheney Elementary School in Ypsilanti Township, possible future home of a community center.

Voices of Youth: Reworking the Ypsilanti area to better meet young people's needs

In this installment of our Voices of Youth series, student artist Jahshua Treadwell shares his art about how the Ypsilanti area could better serve young people's needs.

Innovation News Marquan Jackson at the YCS Clothes Closet in 2018.

Ypsi-area organizations band together to keep vulnerable residents warm

Many organizations are collecting hats, coats, gloves, socks, and other warm clothing, as they do every year during the holidays as cold weather sets in.

Innovation News Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Playschool in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor-area coalition releases reports on child care challenges and begins to consider solutions

A group of Ann Arbor-area child care providers, families, local businesses, and policymakers has produced two reports highlighting challenges for families who seek child care and those who aim to provide that care.

Innovation News A workshop for the Non-Profit Agency Training Program.

WCC and Washtenaw County complete inaugural training program for local nonprofit leaders

Washtenaw Community College recently completed a Washtenaw County-funded program providing 32 nonprofit leaders with customized workshops designed to help improve their organizations' capacity and impact.

Longform More than 500 students, staff, teachers, and volunteers participated in a Mental Health Fair and Walk at Detroit’s University Prep Art & Design Middle High School in October.

Michigan’s community mental health agencies work hard to prevent youth suicide

Michigan’s community mental health agencies (CMHs) and organizations across the state understand that asking questions and having conversations about mental health and suicide is a very significant step in prevention. 

Longform Khadi Faye outside of Khadi's Cuisine.

Ypsi's newest restaurants include West African cuisine, Mexican grill, and "big burgers"

We sat down with the owners of three of Ypsi's newest restaurants to discuss their cuisine and what brought them to the city.

Longform The October Community Milonga at Arthur Murray Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor's internationally renowned tango scene bounces back from COVID-19

Unknown to much of Ann Arbor is an internationally respected tango dancing community that's been hiding in plain sight for the past two decades.

Feature Story "Beyond the Mask" by Jah'Niya Treadwell.

Voices of Youth: Going "Beyond the Mask" of young people's emotions

In this installment of Concentrate's Voices of Youth series, student artist Jah'Niya Treadwell shares her art about the ways young people may mask their emotions from adults and others.

Innovation News The State Theater in Ann Arbor.

Washtenaw County tourism bureau uses community survey to strengthen marketing plan

Destination Ann Arbor is preparing to create a comprehensive marketing plan that will strengthen public awareness of Washtenaw County as a hotspot for travel.

Innovation News An "Enlighten U" recording session.

New EMU podcast focuses on student mental health

In response to a continuing mental health decline among university students, educators and staff at Eastern Michigan University have launched a monthly mental health podcast titled "Enlighten U."

Innovation News Thanksgiving potluck flyer

Washtenaw County nonprofit welcomes refugees and volunteers to returning Thanksgiving potluck

Washtenaw County nonprofit Washtenaw Refugee Welcome is bringing back its annual Thanksgiving Potluck this December after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Innovation News SPARK logo

Ann Arbor SPARK receives $5 million from state fund to support high-tech startups

SPARK and three other Michigan nonprofits received a total of $18 million from the Michigan Innovate Capital Fund.

Hasini and Harshini Anand are members of Corner Health Center's Youth Leadership Council and mental health advocates.


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