Strategies for Coping and Healing from Loss through Art and Writing

Saturday February 20, 2016: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Join us for an afternoon for individuals and loved ones grieving reproductive loss.

This event will include three components:
• Lindsay Brennan and Lesley Farrell, Clinical Social Workers from the UM Center for Reproductive Medicine will discuss coping strategies for grief and loss.

• Robin Silbergleid will share excerpts from her recent book of poetry, "The Baby Book," which documents her journey from infertility treatment through parenthood. She will also lead participants in a short exercise for expressing their own experiences through imaginative letter writing.

• Maria Novotny and Elizabeth Walker, founders and curators of ART of Infertility, an infertility artwork, oral history and portraiture project and traveling exhibit, will guide participants in the making of personalized keepsake boxes. Some pieces of visual art and writing from ART of Infertility’s permanent collection will also be on display throughout the event.

This event is co-sponsored by The University of Michigan Center for Reproductive Medicine and ART of Infertility.

Detox the Safe and Healthy Way

Tuesday February 23, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Discover how you can naturally detoxify your whole body. Learn the safest and most effective way to "clean house" and start feeling lighter and better.

Ellen Livingston is a certified yoga teacher, and has benefited from a raw vegan diet since 2002. Ellen offers yoga and raw food classes in the community and from her home on 5 acres in Ann Arbor.

This event is co-sponsored by the People's Food Co-Op.

Permaculture from the Roots Up: Land Care

Tuesday March 8, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

We will explore the Permaculture tool box and what it has on offer for each of us no matter our living situation. From apartment dwellers to large country lot owners, there are many techniques we can each use to heal and repair the land around us.

Bring a design problem or a land use question and we will work through them the Permaculture way, creating systems of abundance and prosperity. You will learn concrete examples of land care principles and leave with tips for making real changes.

Permaculture is a creative design process based on whole-systems thinking, biomimicry and pattern language. Its aim is to create systems that are economically, environmentally, and energetically sound. Throughout this series we will establish a deeper understand of Permaculture ethics, principles, and the design process to cultivate a more resilient culture. Presenter Bridget O’Brien is a Certified Permaculture Designer and Educator, and the Marketing Coordinator for The People’s Food Co-op of Ann Arbor, cosponsor of this event.

Bright Nights Community Forum: Personalized Treatments for Depression and Bipolar Illnesses: Why ‘One Size’ Will Never Fit All

Tuesday March 22, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Depression and bipolar illnesses can affect anyone: you, a family member, a neighbor, or a friend. Some disorders are mild, while others are more serious and long-lasting, but almost all of these conditions can be diagnosed and treated, and most people can live better lives after treatment. However, no two people have exactly the same kind of depression or bipolar illness.

Medications are an important element in the successful treatment of mental illness, often in combination with psychotherapy (or “talk therapy.”) New research about the brain has given scientists hope that in the near future they will be able to personalize the approach to medical management for depressive illnesses, which will treat an individual’s particular symptoms based on their specific genetic background and other biological markers.

Vicki Ellingrod, Pharm.D., BCPP, a Professor in the U-M College of Pharmacy and Medical School, will present a brief overview of the latest research on the emerging field of “pharmacogenetics,” which refers to the genetic basis of response to medications. This will be followed by questions from the audience and a discussion with expert includingJolene R. Bostwick, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, Associate Chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy; and Srijan Sen, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan and Depression Center Member.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor District Library.

The Secrets of Effective Weight Loss w/ The People's Food Co-Op

Tuesday March 29, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Lose unwanted, burdensome body fat the healthy way. Learn how to reach your ideal weight and maintain it forever, and how to do this safely and with unrestricted amounts of delicious and satiating food..

Ellen Livingston is a certified yoga teacher, and has benefited from a raw vegan diet since 2002. She offers yoga and raw food classes in the community and from her home on 5 acres in Ann Arbor.

This event is co-sponsired by the People's Food Co-Op of Ann Arbor.