Positive Parenting and Play Play Play!

Put parent panic in your pocket and bring any questions on Saturday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the Downtown Library. We are pulling out the toys for the children to play, while Dr. Jamie Plunkett from the University of Michigan Center for the Child and Family gives a brief talk on the importance of play and positive parenting, then hangs around to chat with parents.

AXIS Coffeehouse tonight at Malletts Creek

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Perform your own poetry or monologue, or a favorite by someone else, at the AXIS Coffeehouse tonight at the Malletts Creek Branch, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. If you'd prefer to just sit back and sip on a hot drink, feel free, but a $5 Fine Forgiveness coupon awaits those who perform. (Grades 6-12). --A great way to get revved up for National Poetry Month in April. If you're looking for a last minute idea, we have great collections of monologues and poetry.

Mongolia in words, music and pictures

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Join us at 7:00 p.m. tonight at the Downtown library for an evening of Mongolian culture. Bodio and Monkhytuya of Mongol Khan Expeditions will be joined by Mongolian musician Ninjee and other local Mongolian musicians for an evening of culture, music and photos from their native country. Ninjee will perform traditional throat music and play the horsehead fiddle. Next Tuesday, March 18, same time and place, we'll be featuring the music and culture of Kazakhstan.

Vinx performance at The Ark

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The powerful one-man band known as Vinx lands at The Ark on Thursday, March 13 for another masterful drum performance. Vinx is one interesting man. He was an Olympic track hopeful sidelined by a boycott and then a personal injury. He then became a personal trainer to a few celebrities before focusing on his music career, which began in the late 70s. He’s toured and played with world-class musicians around the world for the past thirty years. "Imagine a classic R&B voice like those of Sam Cooke or Al Jarreau singing a capella over a boisterous percussion troupe and you might get a hold on Vinx's magic...It's his yearning voice, alternately full of both anguish and joy, that makes you listen," says Modern Drummer magazine.
March 13, The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 8pm. Check the website for ticket information.

Death Note Night @ Malletts Creek Branch, Friday, March 7, 6:30-8:00 pm

Are you a fan of the suspenseful manga series Death Note? If you are, you won't want to miss the action this Friday night at the Malletts Creek Branch. Come test your knowledge of this series in a trivia game, and enjoy a screening of episodes from the anime. Or just hang out, eat some snacks, and meet other manga and anime fans. For teens in grades 9-12.

Join the Ann Arbor Family Day Fun!

In conjunction with Ann Arbor Family Days, Pornrat Damrhung, Professor of Dramatic Arts at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and Charley Sullivan of the UM Center for Southeast Asian Studies, will lead simple Cambodian and Thai classical dance for the whole family. We will also be coloring dramatic masks. Keep an eye out for the Lunar New Year's Lion Dance! Follow the Lion as it dances along the sidewalk from AADL to the Main St. area.
Join the fun this Saturday, March 8 from 10-11 a.m.

Get a Job 101

Looking for a summer job? Learn how to hunt for a job, build a resume and ace the job interview. Co-sponsored by Washtenaw Youth Mentoring Coalition.

Saturday, March 1 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Malletts Creek | Grades 9-12

No Sheep/Knitty® Knit-in

Knitters:
Here is your chance to meet Amy R. Singer - blogger, knitter, author and an all-around personality on Sunday, March 9th at the Downtown Library Multipurpose Room, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (The door opens at noon, hint! hint! and don't say we didn't warn you). And I am assuming you know about all those fabulous FREE patterns on her online magazine.

Amy will be talking, knitting and signing books. We may even have a preview of her next book with co-author, our Jillian Moreno. Amy's program is co-sponsored by Busy Hands.

So bring your projects and look forward to spending a cosy afternoon with 200 other knitting fiends--oops! I mean, friends.

Find out what it's like to run for President . . . of the Czech Republic!

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We nearly had yet another president in our midst right here in Ann Arbor. Unlike Michigan native son Gerald Ford, however, Jan Svejnar was running for president of the Czech Republic. Svejnar is an economist and professor at UM's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He was narrowly defeated in his bid for the Czech presidency. Svejnar will be chatting about his experiences in an upcoming event at the Ford School.

Running for the Czech Presidency
March 12, 2008, 5-6p
Betty Ford Classroom, 1110 Weill Hall
735 South State Street, Ann Arbor

P.S. Weill Hall is the shiny new building on the southwest corner of UM's central campus.

They're not really small potatoes

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The duo of acclaimed Chicago-based husband-and-wife duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso who call themselves Small Potatoes will be performing as part of the Greenwood Coffee House Series this Friday night, February 29 at the First Methodist Church at 1001 Green Rd. at 8 p.m. Small Potatoes call themselves "electo-maniacs," i.e. not pigeon-holing themselves into one genre of folk music but embracing many. Singing cowboy songs as well as country, blues, swing and some originals, they love what they do and have gained a loyal following both in Chicago, their hometown and at festivals and clubs nationwide. They've been opening acts for Susan Werber, Bill Staines, Tom Paxton and many others. Mike Regenstreif of Sing Out Magazine says: “Small Potatoes might well be one of the leading mainstays of the folk scene for many years to come.”

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