Chile and Argentina: The Wilderness and Beyond

Wednesday November 5, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event will be recorded

Travel with photographer Ann O’Hagan to the ends of the earth! Ann will present a visual journey showcasing the unparalleled scenic beauty of Chile and Argentina, starting at Chile's beautiful Atacama Desert and ending in Buenos Aires, Argentina, also known as "the Paris of South America." Ann's photography captures the wilds of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, and the breath-taking views of mountain peaks, glaciers, and fjords along the way. Her journey also traces the coastline, including the Strait of Magellan, Drake's Passage, and Cape Horn.

Ann O'Hagan is a southeast Michigan native. After thirty-five years of teaching high school, she is now directing her energies to national and world travel and the pursuit of creative photography. Ann's background includes photography and art classes at St. Mary's College in Indiana, Eastern Michigan University, and Washtenaw Community College. She has also studied with such nationally recognized photographers as Joe Englander, Larry Mitchell, and John Shaw. Ann uses photography as a means of preserving and sharing her emotional response to the visual delights of new surroundings. Travel and her love of the outdoors are the two major themes of her work.

Martin at the Movies: Oscar Preview and a Toronto Film Festival Wrap-up With Ann Arbor Radio Host Martin Bandyke

Thursday November 6, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Hear the early Oscar buzz! Ann Arbor's 107one morning music host Martin Bandyke discusses the hits and misses at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. He will also give a preview of the many films shown there (and elsewhere) that are receiving early Oscar buzz.

Learn why the Toronto Film Festival and other festivals are so important for screening important new films. Hear what Martin has to say about The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Foxcatcher, Mommy, While We're Young, Pawn Sacrifice, and many other cinematic gems that will be arriving soon to local movie theaters. Hear Martin’s opinion on early Oscar frontrunners – and offer opinions of your own.

Keep Calm and Kegel On: What’s New in Pelvic Floor Health

Monday November 10, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Many women suffer in silence as they get older with problems that are labeled “normal.” Prolapse of the pelvic organs and incontinence are common problems women experience that may cause withdrawal from exercise, social activities and family interactions out of fear of embarrassment.

During this session, cosponsored by the U-M Health System, Women’s Health Program and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, experts will discuss new research and the most up-to-date treatments for this disturbing disorder. There will also be a segment on the patient experience “Life In The Real World of Pelvic Floor Disorder,” as well as a presentation by U-M physical therapists.

Gardens of West Africa

Wednesday November 12, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults.

Bonnie Ion, Former AAGC President & Landscape Architect will share her experiences with West African plants. An evening filled with anecdotes and photos!

This event is co-sponsored by AADL and the Ann Arbor Garden Club.

Song Writing For Film and TV with Musician Angela Predhomme

Saturday November 15, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

She has a knack for creating catchy melodies that stay with you long after you've heard her songs and writing lyrics that touch your heart. Credits include song placements in NBC's hit show "The Voice," TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," a commercial for ING Bank, Ron Howard's "America in Primetime" series for PBS, and closing credit placement in the film A Wedding Most Strange (April 2012, UK). Angela's “I’m Wearing Black” hit No. 1 on OurStage’s blues chart, while songs “This Might Be Good” and “Life is Gonna Be Great” have been featured on the AllAccess Cool New Music page, AAA genre.

In addition, Predhomme was a finalist in Adweek's advertising music contest in Fall 2013, and won finalist placement in the Song of the Year contest 2012 for "My New Favorite Song," among other songwriting accolades.

You may have heard Predhomme's music on public or college radio, or in retail locations. No matter where you've heard her songs, though, one thing is certain: she loves to write music. Angela gives composing, writing, playing and singing her all.

Bright Nights Community Forum: Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Returning Veterans

Tuesday November 18, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

The military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have greatly increased the number of veterans returning home with combat exposure, reintegration issues, and psychiatric symptoms. National Guard and Reserve service members and their families face additional challenges, as they prepare for deployment on a part-time basis while still meeting their obligations in their home communities. Unlike active duty service members and families, they do not return to military installations with access to military health services or peers. And in many cases, their home communities may lack the services and resources to address the reintegration issues that might arise.

To address these issues, The Military Support Programs And Networks (M-SPAN) Program Team from the University of Michigan Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry has drawn on their experience and expertise in the areas of outreach and access; peer-to-peer programs; family, marital and parenting interventions; and support group facilitation, to develop and tailor programs designed to meet the unique mental health needs of returning veterans and their families, including National Guard and Reserve service members.

Marcia Valenstein, MD, MS, a professor in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and member of the U-M Depression Center, will give a brief overview presentation outlining the unique mental health needs of veterans, as well as successful intervention programs designed specifically for veterans and their families. This will be followed by questions and a panel discussion, including Edward J. Thomas, LMSW, BCD, Staff Social Worker, PTSD Clinical Team, and Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and Nick Anderson, Systems of Care Coordinator, Michigan Army National Guard. This event is cosponsored by the AADL and the U-M Depression Center.

For more information on the U-M Depression Center, please visit the Depression Center website at or contact Trish Meyer at 734.763.7495 or

Irregular Pearls: Musical Treasures of the 17th & 18th Centuries

Saturday November 22, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join us for a fascinating lecture with music as members of the early music ensemble REBEL provide a delightful introduction to Baroque music. One of the richest and most diverse periods in music history the Baroque music era followed the Renaissance and is a style of Western art music composed from approximately 1600 to 1750. Vivaldi, Handel and Bach were composers from this period. The Baroque era was followed in turn by the Classical era.

REBEL was formed in the Netherlands in 1991 and has since earned an impressive international reputation through their virtuosic, provocative approach to the Baroque and Classical repertoire.

This event is cosponsored by AADL and the UM Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, in partnership with The Academy for Early Music.