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Evening Entertainment Establishments

Posted By Donald Kuitula, Friday, June 12, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 15, 2015

Like any good college town, Ann Arbor has a large variety of drinking establishments featuring great drink specials along with lively atmospheres. Those seeking a game of pool, a place to dance or even drink beer from "Das Boot” will find it here. The following is a small list of bars showing the diversity of hangouts in the area:

The Brown Jug is a U of M landmark which opened its doors back in 1936. The bar is named after the jug that is passed to the winner of the Michigan/Minnesota football game each year. Dating back to 1903, the brown jug is the oldest rivalry trophy in college football. The Brown Jug has been recognized as one of the best campus bars in the U.S. and offers an expansive food menu and equally impressive drink menu with lots of daily specials. This is a place where their motto holds true: "good food, good drinks and good friends”. If you like outdoor dining and house made sangria, look no further than Dominick's in the south university area. They are known for their seafood, Italian fare and pizza. In addition to their top selling sangria, a pink slushy drink called Constant Buzz is also a favorite of Dominick's regulars. It's best to arrive before seven as the place fills up quickly each night. 

Ashley's near the heart of campus on South State Street has been rated as one of the top 100 beer bars in the country. They offer over 50 taps with a mix of local favorites as well as beers from around the world. The dining menu at Ashley's has pub bites as well as burgers, wraps, sandwiches and a large selection of specialty fries. When you are in the mood to lay it all out on the dance floor, Necto has been recently voted as the best nightclub in Michigan. "Transport” Thursday offers Ann Arbor's biggest college party as DJ Knowledge brings high energy with Top 40, House, Throwback and Pop. "Frequency” Saturday Night is reserved for Top 40, Dance and House music with DJ Hardy and host MC Yoda. Their extended weekend happy hour goes from 9-11 Thursday through Sunday to help you bust out your best moves.


If your goal is to shoot pool, throw darts and have some PBR and popcorn, check out the 8 Ball Saloon. This seedy dive bar is located in the basement of the famous Blind Pig music venue which has hosted everyone from Jimmy Hendrix to the MC5 to Nirvana. It features a great jukebox, cash only bar with cheap drinks and an utter lack of pretension. When there is a big game on that you simply cannot miss, Scorekeepers is the place to be with many large projection screens to appease the most diehard sports fan. Known as a college bar that caters to the younger crowd, this bar also turns into a dance club after 11 pm. This is a great place for big groups and anyone looking to catch their favorite team in action.

The Rathskeller is located beneath the Heidelberg restaurant. The alpine dining room upstairs serves a variety of traditional German food from marinated Herring and Spaetzle to Schnitzel, Sauerbraten and Knockwurst. Head downstairs to the Rathskeller to enjoy over 14 taps specializing in the many different styles of German beer. If you've ever wanted to drink out of a bierstiefel (glass boot), this is the place! The boots are offered in 1 or 2 liter sizes and you can even purchase one to take home with you. Bill's Beer Garden is a place like no other. It takes over the parking lot of Downtown Home and Garden when the century old retailer closes its doors at 6:30. There is ample outdoor seating along with a large selection of beer and wine. Food can be brought in from the adjacent Mark's Carts food cart courtyard. The courtyard has eight food carts ready to serve Mexican, Indian and Chinese among other types of food. It's a true collaboration of three different businesses coming together to offer a unique outdoor experience.


When the night time is the right time, there is a bar for any mood or occasion. These are just a few of the many places around town to help you unwind after the conference. I encourage you to head out and explore the nightlife in Ann Arbor!

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The Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2015-A MONTH-LONG Festival of Fun!

Posted By Michael Kelly, Monday, May 18, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A GREAT coincidence!    The famous Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2015 is taking place from June 12 through July 5 this year.   With the OPS Mid-Year Program taking place June 26 - 27, this is a wonderful opportunity to hit BOTH in one trip. 

Ann Arbor Summer Festival  

The Festival runs two programs simultaneously - one with inside activities and one with outside activities at various venues throughout the U of M campus and in downtown Ann Arbor.  The inside attractions, called Main-Stage, include performances of music, dance, comedy and theater – you’ll need to purchase tickets for these events.  "Top of the Park” events are admission-free outdoor offerings and feature movies under the stars, open-air performances and concerts, and other family-friendly attractions. There is also a special "Beyond” series in which attendees will enjoy unique pop-up events throughout the city of Ann Arbor.  Festival-goers should not miss the opportunities for fun including Bike Nights, Global Parties such as World Music Night, educational activities,  Kids Rock, Kids Zone, Rock & Recycle, and Retreat.  90% of the more than 100 events are FREE!

…Download the app from iTunes App Store or Android Apps on Google Play, so you can keep current on all the latest festival updates.

 -Purchase tickets online starting April, 2015 at

-Or call the Ticket Office at (734) 764-2538 or toll-free in Michigan at (800) 221-1229.


If you go, be sure to bring these…

• Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, lawn blankets, strollers, wagons, and folding chairs

• Photo ID for access to the beverage garden

• Dancing shoes

• A sense of adventure

• A costume any time but especially on theme nights

Tags:  2015  Ann Arbor  blog  education  Educational Meeting  funny  Interactive  Kellogg Eye Center  Mid-year  PDC  Special Events  Travel 

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JJJSA Raffle- We are changing it up this year Folks!

Posted By Rona Esquejo-Leon, Friday, November 8, 2013
Updated: Friday, November 8, 2013

For many years, calling out raffle prizes has always been very exciting at the Annual Program’s Welcome Reception!  Thanks to our most gracious vendors, we have had many generous prizes such as laptops, iPads, cameras, gift cards, text books and educational posters.  With all the wonderful prizes, who wouldn’t be excited?

In the past, we have always sold raffle tickets for $10/each.  All the raffle tickets were mixed together in one big box.  At the closing of the Welcome Reception, the raffle tickets were called out for the prize in hand!  Well, we are changing it up this year folks!

After much thought and consideration, we are now going to present our raffle donations in a different fashion!  So, listen up folks, this is how we are going to proceed… Tickets will still be sold at $10/each and you can still buy as many raffle tickets as your heart desires.  The raffle items will be displayed on a table during the Welcome Reception. Each item will have a cup in front of it where people can place their ticket to try to win that item. This is where 'the more than one ticket' comes in…if you see more than one raffle item you would like to try and win, you would need to place one ticket in the cup of first raffle item and a second ticket in the cup of second raffle item…makes sense so far?  If you want to increase your chances of winning, then it would be wise to place more than one ticket in the cup of the desired raffle item!

The two or three items with the greatest amount of tickets will be announced during the Welcome Reception.  For the raffle items with less tickets, the winning name will be written on a special index card next to the winning prize! Ticket buyers can walk to table and take a peek to see if they have won or not.  So what happens to items with no tickets?  All the extra tickets will be tossed in one big box and winners will be drawn.  

This will be a more exciting process than what we previously had.  I look forward to seeing who wins the great prizes we'll have this year!


Rona Lyn Esquejo-Leon, CRA, UNC Kittner Eye Center University of North Carolina

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Facebook and the "Week of Montage"

Posted By The Gnomes Behind the Curtain, Friday, October 18, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013

Each week, the Professional Development Committee's Facebook team publishes a challenge on Facebook. These are posted with the purpose of fostering the community and sparking dialogue about ophthalmic imaging. It also gives us the opportunity to share our work with the society (and Facebook stalkers at large). As it goes with most challenges, the more the merrier --  This week, in the wacky land of Facebook, retinal periphery is all the rage. Make sure to check out the fantastic montages that are being created and posted for all to ooo and awe over.

Have you got an amazing montage of your very own??? Then don't be selfish - show it to the rest of us!! Send your images to Be sure to check back often as the theme does change on a weekly basis.  Check out the October - December line up below.  

Oct 7 -  Random Ophthalmic Questions You Have Always Wanted To Ask - Amy
Oct 14 -  Montages- Chuck
Oct 21 -  Are YOU Ready for New Orleans? - Sarah 
Oct 28 -  Halloween, Spooky Faces, etc - Noelle
Nov 4 -  Name that Diagnosis - Amy
Nov 11 -  Favorite Anterior Segment OCT images- Chuck
Nov 15 -  LIVE from New Orleans-  Rona (starting Friday)
Nov 25 -  Happy Thanksgiving!  Facebook Team is off this week.
Dec 2 -  Share Your Personal Photos from Thanksgiving - Amy
Dec 9 -  Pictures from OPS Annual Program in New Orleans- Sarah
Dec 16 -   FA Descriptive Interpretation -Noelle
Dec 23 -   Merry Christmas! Facebook Team is off this week.
Dec 30 -   Best FB images of 2013 - Noelle 

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Facebook page, here’s the link:

OR --> Download a free QR app and check us out...

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What is Pinterest?

Posted By Noelle Pensec, Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2013

With the social media explosion that’s been going on for the last few years, it’s no easy task to keep on top of all the newest web crazes. Most of you have probably heard of Pinterest, but maybe you aren’t too sure what really makes it special and sets it apart from the hundreds of other social networks. Not to mention all the fancy lingo that people tend to use when "in the know” about the site (pins? repins? boards? hashtags? followers?) it can all get a bit confusing.

So let’s get started with the basics. What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a social networking bookmarking site. Imagine a virtual pin-board of all of your favorite things. If you’ve ever delved into scrapbooking this might feel a little more familiar to you. Each registered user creates specialized boards where they can organize their pins into categories however they choose. Here’s the catch: Pinterest is an entirely visual experience, so all pins must contain an image of some kind. (This is a good thing!) Images can be pinned from any website, as well as uploaded from your own computer. When you post a pin, it shows up in your Home Feed, as well as that of your followers. The more followers you have, the further your posts will reach! The majority of Pinterest users (over 70 million worldwide) use the site to post anything from recipes, home decor, hobbies, crafts, fashion, or other inspirational content. Basically, you name it, it’s being posted to Pinterest.

To make things easier for those beginners out there, here’s a list of all the Pinterest "lingo”:

Pin - A pin is a post on Pinterest. Pins are images found anywhere on the internet or uploaded from a personal computer, with added text. When you see a pin from a website (the above image was uploaded directly) double-clicking the image will bring you directly to the source page.

Repin - Repins are basically the "share” function of Pinterest. When you see an interesting post from someone you’re following, you can repin it to one of your own boards. This will share the post with everyone that’s following you. Soon enough the post could go viral!

Like - Another option with interesting posts is to Like them. Posts that you Like on Pinterest will show up in a separate tab on your user profile, easy to access. Liked posts will not be re-posted to the home feed.

Hashtag - A #hashtag is a label which is used in many social media platforms for grouping and searching posts. On Pinterest it works as a quick search link. Some of the main hashtags used by the OPS Pinterest page are #Ophthalmology and #OphthalmicPhotography. These help our posts to become more visible and bring users back to our boards, and eventually, our website.

Board - Boards are sub-categories where you place your pins to keep them organized. In the above image (and of course when you visit you can see the many boards that are active on the OPS page.

Followers/Following - You can choose to follow a user which will automatically follow all of their boards. You can also choose to follow individual boards. Any pins posted to boards you are following will populate your home feed. When you pin something, this is of course published to anyone following you and/or your board.

Home feed - The home feed is where you will find all of the recent pins from users and boards that you are following. It is constantly updated as new content is pinned.

Click through - Any images pinned from web pages will direct you to the source page by double clicking on the pin. This is known as a "click through”.

So you may be wondering, where does the OPS fit in to all of this? The OPS has been building up a strong presence on Facebook, where we have a very successful page with over 850 viewers. While the Ophthalmology community on Pinterest isn’t as huge as, for instance, crafts or fashion, it is definitely out there, active, and growing. The content that is posted on the OPS Pinterest page is widespread and includes eye health information and news, general photography tips, science photography, as well as OPS specific news items, promotions, blog updates, articles, and of course, the best Ophthalmic images we have to offer.

With this outreach we are continually opening up new doors for our organization and our field. The page has been taking off since it was started earlier this year and only keeps growing. As we gain more followers and more users repin and like our pins, we will rank higher in the search function bringing more viewers back to our boards and in turn, the OPS website.

So how can you help the OPS Pinterest page? Check it out yourself! What we need most are active users liking and repinning our content so it looks "more important” to Pinterest’s search algorithms. This will help our content to get seen which will help us to reach the maximum amount of people, and promote the OPS message. Creating an account on Pinterest is easy and quick, and who knows, you may find yourself a new internet addiction! (Just kidding on that last part...haha) Another great way to help is to submit content to be pinned. What better way to help promote the OPS than by sharing our own amazing images! If you have any images or content in mind for any of our categories, please do not hesitate to email them to

Check out today!

Noelle Pensec

Editor, OPS Pinterest page

Member, Professional Development Committee

Noelle Pensec has been working as an Ophthalmic Photographer at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City for 3 years. She graduated in 2010 from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Photographic Communications. Not much of a city girl, Noelle enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, biking, and breathing fresh air.

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