January 13 - ACT Plus Writing Test Tips with Kaplan Experts

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You get just one shot at the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) in March. One of the MME components is the ACT Plus Writing Test. During the test you have 30 minutes to read a question and then think, organize, and write a short essay. Intimidating? Yes, but Kaplan instructors will provide you a road map for getting ready to write a dynamic response.

Tuesday, January 13 | 7:00-8:00 pm | Traverwood Branch

Transition Towns

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Last year Boulder, Colorodo was named the first Transition Town in the United States. The movement asks an entire community to address the concern, “how can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil and Climate Change?” in the deepest way possible. At the end of this month Ann Arbor will host the first Transition Town Training session in the Midwest, which will be lead by Michael Brownlee and Lynette Marie Hanthorn of Transition Boulder County. For information on the training, registration and fees, see here. To understand the ins and outs of Transitioning, check out The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local self-reliance by Rob Hopkins. (Crazy Wisdom Bookstore is offering a 10% discount on this title for the month of January.) To see how a large community is handling things, check out the wonderful film The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. (Film’s website here.)

Celebrate Ghana!

The amazing Kofi Ameyaw will be kicking off our Ghana Family Cultural Celebration on Sunday, January 18 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library. Kofi will perform on the Gyil and then teach older children and adults how to play the “CasCas”. We are making African masks and collages with Adinkra symbols and wild jungle paper! Kofi’s family is in on the act with a little snack for all!

Cohousing opportunities in Ann Arbor

This Sunday, January 11, at 2 p.m., Nick Meima, founder of the Sunward cohousing community will be talking on "Community, Health, and Well-Being" and leading a tour of the three local cohousing communities. Cohousing is an innovative approach to living in which residents have separate dwellings but share activities and where the physical environment encourages a strong sense of community. Inspired by Danish experiments in intentional living, cohousing has taken off in this country, spawning a diversity of communities that each have their individual character based on needs and goals of residents. The meeting and tour will be held at Sunward Cohousing, 424 Little Lake Dr. Free. Preregistration required. Call 763-2177.

The More We Get Together!

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If you have or know any very young children, come to the Downtown Library on Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. for a family concert and a book signing with Gari Stein.
Ms. Stein is an educator who brings music and movement together for the very young. Her classes for babies and and their grownups are well known around Ann Arbor. Her new book, The More We Get Together: Nurturing Relationships Through Music, Play, Books and Art, was just released in November.
Come and dance and celebrate!

If you "ain't misbehavin," here's your chance.

If you're a Fats Waller fan or maybe haven't even heard of him, find a jumpin' good time at the Kerrytown Concert House this Saturday, January 10 at 8 p.m. A Detroit Fats Waller tribute band will play favorites such as "Ain`t Misbehavin'," "Your Feet's Too Big," and more. Members include stride pianist Alvin Waddles, bassist Marion Hayden, and saxophonist-clarinetist Charlie Gabriel. Wine and beer are served. KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15, $20, & $30. Reservations recommended. 769-2999.

News from the Ypsilanti Historical Society

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Join us at the Ypsilanti District Library (5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti, MI) on Saturday, January 10, at 11:00 a.m. for the unveiling of an online archive of the Ypsilanti Historical Society's newsletter, Ypsilanti Gleanings. This event will include a demonstration of the site and a presentation on Ypsilanti history by Al Rudisill, President of the Ypsilanti Historical Society.

Special Events at 826michigan!

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Nonprofit youth writing and tutoring center 826michigan is hosting two special events in January in partnership with Rocks and Robots, an Ann Arbor based company that offers technology and adventure challenge programs. On Friday, January 9 from 5 to 7pm Sumo Battle Bots will introduce students to the basics of robot programming and will end with an ultimate Sumo Championship where everyone gets several chances to test and improve their robots. On Saturday, January 10 from 1 to 3pm at the Robot Builder’s Extravaganza participants will choose from dozens of “smart” LEGO robotic contraptions to create a special robot- the possibilities are endless! These events are appropriate for families with kids ages 7 and older. Both events are free and open to the public.

Chesstastic this Sunday, January 11

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Drop in to play chess this Sunday at the Traverwood branch. Players of all ages are welcome to try their luck on the chess battlefield. Chess sets are provided but you are welcome to bring your own set.

Chesstastic | Sunday, January 11 | 1:00-4:00 PM | Traverwood Branch | All Ages

AXIS Coffeehouse is back this Friday

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What’s better at the end of your first week back to school than a chance to relax and enjoy sharing poetry, monologues, or music? Nothing when you can also sip on some cocoa, coffee, or tea. Come to speak into the mike or come to listen.

AXIS Coffeehouse | Friday, January 9 | 6:00-8:30 PM | Malletts Creek

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