COVID-19 vaccines at the Big House; Washtenaw County Prosecutor fulfills promises; Jeff Daniels to MC Folk Fest
But here in Ann Arbor and in greater Washtenaw County, some major stories developed as well. Meanwhile, Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit made several policy changes in his first week in office, including scrapping cash bail. Washtenaw County is the first jurisdiction in the state to eliminate cash bail. (MLive)🎤 Jeff Daniels will emcee the virtual 44th Ann Arbor Folk Festival on Jan. 29 and 30. (MLive)Good to know:🖌 Here’s a great socially distant activity: Explore these downtown murals commissioned by the Ann Arbor Art Center -- map included.
Jim Toy Community Center to close office, starts GoFundMe campaign
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Jim Toy Community Center announced Tuesday that the doors of its physical office space, located at 319 Braun Court, would close at the end of January. Jim Toy Community Center has also launched a GoFundMe campaign to help with the expenses of the volunteer-run nonprofit. If you can, please help by contributing to the GoFundMe Campaign to ensure a vibrant and active countywide #LGBTQ resource center exists in the future. After the Jim Toy Community Center board of directors meeting in December, Joe Schoch was elected as board president in 2021. He is replacing Travis Radina, who was elected as an Ann Arbor City Council member representing Ward 3 in November.
Ann Arbor Pride creates virtual festival space
Mich. For the first time in its 26-year run, this years Ann Arbor Pride will be hosted entirely online. Safety and security is always a top priority when it comes to pride, Schoch said. This year safety and security took on a new meaning with COVID.The virtual event will be broadcast August 1, and will be free to watch live on the Ann Arbor Pride website. Ann Arbor Pride has been held since 1995 and is hosted by the Jim Toy Community Center, which provides resources for the LGBTQ+ community in Washtenaw county. We wanted Ann Arbor Pride to be a space where anybody can gather, it doesnt have to be alcohol-centric. Like what youre reading?
Drag brunch in Ann Arbor to benefit Jim Toy Community Center, Fair Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - On Sunday, join performers and Tree Town townies for a drag brunch benefit at \aut\ Bar. Starting at 11 a.m., a portion of proceeds from the ticketed boozy fundraiser will be given to the Jim Toy Community Center and Fair Michigan. Hosted in partnership with \aut\ Bar and Ypsilanti-based Boylesque Drag, Washtenaw Country favorites Jadein Black, Maxi Chanel, Anibriated and Saphhira Siren will perform crowd pleasing numbers. Tickets for the brunch include an entree and a mimosa or bloody mary, and cost $40 each. The Jim Toy Community Center has been a resource for the queer and ally community in Washtenaw Country for 25 years.