AADL Presents Greg Mortenson at Huron High School

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On Saturday, January 24 at 6 pm, internationally-known humanitarian and adventurer Greg Mortenson will discuss his bestseller Three Cups Of Tea: One Man’s Mission To Promote Peace... One School At A Time at Huron High School auditorium, 2727 Fuller Road in Ann Arbor.

This event is part of the nationwide tour for the new youth and teen versions of the book.

AADL is pleased to be part of Mr. Mortenson's tour, and expects the Huron High School auditorium (the largest venue available on this date) to be filled to capacity.

Seats for this event will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. When the auditorium is full, we will post that information on the front page of aadl.org.

Mr. Mortenson's presentation will be taped and available on aadl.tv.

Instrument Petting Zoo

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It's never too early to start playing an instrument!

String players from Shar Music will demonstrate each instrument in the string family, including violin, viola, cello and bass. Young players (ages 2-5) will have the opportunity to try out the instruments and join in an instrument-making craft project.

Please join us for Instrument Petting Zoo fun on Monday, January 26th, from 10:30-11:30am, at the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room.

Coffeehouse this Friday

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Coffeehouses have been around since the 15th century. They have provided relaxation and diversion for people from Constantinople to New York.

Drop by our AXIS Coffeehouse on Friday night to enjoy some hot drinks along with poetry, monologues, or music.

AXIS Coffeehouse | Friday, January 16 | 6:30-8:00 PM | Malletts Creek

Former anti-war activist to speak at U of M

Remember all the hoopla surrounding Obama's supposed relationship with William Ayers who was involved in a bombing during a Vietnam protest by the Weather Underground in the 1960's? Ayers, currently a professor of education at the University of Illinois in Chicago, will be speaking and then reading from the re-publication of his 2001 book, Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist, at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery, Room 100. He will be joined by his wife, law professor Bernadine Dohrn. To read some of Ayer's recent thoughts on education and Obama's cabinet picks, check out his blog.

Film & Discussion: Lost Boys of Sudan

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A film screening and discussion of the Emmy-Nominated documentary Lost Boys of Sudan will be happening Thursday, January 22 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room from 6:30-8:30pm. It's the story of Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey from Africa to America. The discussion will be led by Jacob Atem, one of the many Lost Boys, assisted by members of the University of Michigan Community Scholars program. For adults and teens (grades 9 and up), co-sponsored by Michigan Television.

AXIS Coffeehouse tonight

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Brrr !!! It’s cold out! Warm up with some cocoa, coffee, or tea and share poetry, monologues, or music.

AXIS Coffeehouse | Friday, January 16 | 6:00-8:30 PM | Malletts Creek

32nd Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival hits town!

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The Folk Festival is a benefit for The Ark and brings the usual festival mix of up and coming artists as well as popular artists in the fields of folk, ethnic and roots music.

Friday night has Jeff Tweedy headlining as well as Old Crow Medicine Show doing their thing. Saturday night will rock the house with Kris Kristofferson and Pete Seeger. Go get your toes tapping and support The Ark! See here for more details, the line-up, and ticket info.

Hill Auditorium | Friday, January 30 & Saturday, January 31 | 6:30pm |

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!

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