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Lisa Allmendinger on January 17th, 2018


On Saturday, Jan. 20, meet the instructors from USArtQuest at “Meet and Greet Teacher Day” from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the building at 18650 W. Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea.

The event is free, and everyone is welcome.

Stop in, see, and try your hand at all the various art and crafts at USArtQuest. Meet the talented instructors who teach classes at USArtQuest. They’ll show you what you can do, too, you will be able to try projects.

See their artwork, learn their creative stories and view samples of our upcoming spring classes. Everyone welcome – children, beginners, and advanced. This will be a Fun-filled afternoon of creativity, and refreshments will be served.

USArtQuest Instructors:

Connie Pickering Stover – Needlepoint Design and Hand Painted Threads

Doris Galvin – General Finishes/Mixed Media

Sue Craig – Pastel and Acrylic Paint

Lorenzo Cristaudo – Book Arts

Victoria Newton – Jewelry/Mixed Media

Heather Hartwick Gladden – Certified Zentangle Instructor

Jaqueline Hills – Paper Craft

Rose Bradley – Watercolor

Susan Pickering Rothamel – Mixed Media/Collage and Owner of USArtQuest

Gail Geer – Calligraphy

Lolly Mindell – Gelli Plate and Mixed Media


Lisa Allmendinger on January 17th, 2018

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 17th, 2018

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bobby Lee for the information in this story.)

Chelsea’s Jake Burris was named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s Men’s Diver of the Week for the third time this season.

The Albion diver achieved his best score of the season, 303.40, on the way to taking first place in 3-meter diving during a dual meet against Calvin College last Saturday.


Lisa Allmendinger on January 17th, 2018

Courtesy photo. Donna Lasinski.

Would you like to discuss state-wide issues?

State Rep. Donna Lasinski will be holding a “Drafts with Donna” event at Chelsea Alehouse on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. where residents can discuss state-wide or local issues with the elected official.

Chelsea Alehouse is at 420 N. Main St., Suite 100.

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 16th, 2018

Photo by Burrill Strong. Rick Taylor and his daughter Ava at Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights. Rick Taylor Real Estate is the new presenting sponsor for the summer concert series in downtown Chelsea that runs from June 7-Aug. 16.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bridget Favre for the information in this story.)

Chelsea Area Festivals and Events (CAFE) is pleased to announce Rick Taylor Real Estate as the new presenting sponsor for the 2018 Sounds and Sights summer concert series.

Now in its 14th season, Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights kicks off on June 7 and runs every Thursday night through Aug. 16. These open-air concerts are known for their variety of music, dance, comedy, film, and family entertainment. 

In addition to the 11-week schedule, a three-day Sounds and Sights Festival will take place July 26-28.

 The festival, now in its 42nd year, helps raise funds necessary to support the free Sounds and Sight Thursday Nights’ concert series.

“As with all nonprofit events, fundraising is an essential part of Sounds and Sights,” said CAFE sponsorship coordinator Maureen Perdomo.

“Rick has continued to be a generous sponsor over the years, and we are excited he stepped up to the level of presenting sponsor this year,” she said.

“Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights is one of my family’s favorite things to do in the summer.  I feel lucky to be a part of Sounds and Sights and can’t wait for this summer,” said Reinhart realtor, Rick Taylor.

In their annual sponsorship drive, CAFE reaches out to community partners to help keep events free to the public. “These events would not be possible without the support of so many in the community and the financial investment of over 100 sponsors,” said Perdomo.

There are several sponsor levels still available for business, individuals, and families. Sponsorship packets are available online at www.chelseafestivals.com/sponsors, or by calling Perdomo at 734-223-2138.

Sponsorships must be received by April 1 to be included in marketing material.

Chelsea Area Festivals and Events is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and all sponsorships/donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. All proceeds will go to support Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights in downtown Chelsea.

For more information visit www.chelseafestivals.com.

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 16th, 2018

For the second year in a row, Chelsea District Library has teamed up with neighboring libraries for Washtenaw Reads, a countywide program that promotes reading and dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a notable book.

This year’s choice is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, an award-winning novel that traces one family through eight generations and hundreds of years of American and Ghanaian history.

Copies of the book can be borrowed from the Chelsea District Library.

This year, participants will have a chance to meet the author by attending the Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture: A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi. Hearing an author discuss their work can reveal unexpected insights into a novel and will certainly enrich this year’s community discussion.

The author talk is free and open to all, with the option of purchasing a book for signing, and will take place at the Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St, Ann Arbor, on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. 

Throughout January, additional free events are offered at the Chelsea District Library, including a live presentation and demo of West African music by Baba Kevin Collins and the Kuungana Drum and Dance Company. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 6:30pm.

To register, go to www.chelseadistrictlibrary.org and click on events.

For more information on Washtenaw Reads and related events, visit www.wread.org or call 734-475-8732, ext. 219.

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 16th, 2018

In the aftermath of several burglaries in Scio Township, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office offered the following reminders to keep your property safe.

Burglars are opportunistic and look for the easiest way in and out.

The more you can secure your property the less likely you are to have your home broken into.


  • Prune your shrubs
  • Draw the blinds
  • Don’t advertise new purchases
  • Get motion sensors for lights
  • Set timers for indoor lights
  • Reinforce strike plate on doors
  • Shield windows near doors
  • Install deadbolts
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Install and always set a home alarm
  • Get a dog
  • Know your neighbors
  • Join (or form a) neighborhood watch

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 16th, 2018

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, the Beach Middle School ‘Box Tops for Education’ Contest begins.

Have your middle school child bring in all the Box Tops they can collect from your family and friends and have your child bring them to their first-hour teacher. 

The deadline to bring their Box Tops in is Friday, Jan. 26.

The 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade class that brings in the most Box Tops will win a pizza party for their class.

Please be aware that soup labels are not accepted.

The proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward class enrichment.

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 16th, 2018

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Chelsea Planning Commission on Jan. 16 has been cancelled.


Lisa Allmendinger on January 16th, 2018