Sancho's Scene: Community Events that Wander off the Path

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What’s better than an art opening? One that benefits an environmental organization, of course! This Saturday, February 2nd the Atomic Art Co-op will present Genesis, a benefit for Recycle Ann Arbor’s Environmental House. The Environmental House is committed to promoting awareness of green building technologies like those used at AADL’s Malletts Creek, Pittsfield and Traverwood branches. The event boasts live music until 4 am and is supported by the People’s Food Coop, Arbor Brewing Company and Arts Alliance.

Trouble in Story City!

It's all about mischief when Ivan the Terrier by Peter Catalanotto jumps into every story and little caterpillar, tricks all the big tough animals for the last week of January at the Wednesday Downtown and Thursday Pittsfield storytimes.

Mysteries of Antarctica and the Artic

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Spend the day at the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History to learn more about the Poles. Check out the Antarctica's Climate Secrets: One Teacher's Story exhibit on the Museum's fourth floor to learn about Robin Frisch-Gleason's recent trip to Antarctica. Robin is an Ann Arbor 4th grade teacher, who took the trip as part of the Antarctic Drilling Project (ANDRILL). Learn how the drilling project collected ocean floor core samples to research the long-term climate changes in Antarctica, and see a real set of Extreme Cold Weather gear.

Also check out the exhibit in the Museum's Rotunda lobby called From Pole to Pole: UM Research at the Ends of the Earth. Learn how UM Scientists are investigating pollutants in the Artic and frozen mammoths in Siberia.

Create Your Own Hoax Photo! Grades 6-12

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Use your own digital photos or ours to create a mind-bending photo. You will work with Photoshop Elements in our Mac lab and then upload your favorite creation into the Hoax Photo Gallery at AADL's myspace branch. Join us Monday, January 28, 1-3:30 p.m. in the Downtown Computer Learning Center.

Register at any information desk or call 327-8301.

TweenSpace: Checkermania! @ Malletts Creek, Tuesday, January 22, 4:30-6:00 pm

Work with your team to jump over opponents in a life-size game of checkers. Haven’t played before? Come and learn! We’ll also be making our own checkerboards that you can take to play on at home! For kids grades 4 and 5.

Your Home, Your Future

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Your house is one of your most valuable possessions. If you are facing financial uncertainty which could threaten making your mortgage payments on time, there is a source of free advice that could help. MSU Extension is holding a series of free seminars at various locations across the county on preventing foreclosure. Register now because space is limited.

Storytime Takes Flight!

The hilarious new picture book, Grumpy Bird, will be joined by a blackbird adventure from India and a crafty trickster rabbit tale from American Indian tradition, when rabbit bounces up through the clouds to steal fire from the sky people, at the Wednesday Downtown and Thursday Pittsfield storytimes.

Rabbit Raves

Meet Jumpity the Rabbit and listen to wintry tales from China and Scandanavia at the Wednesday Downtown storytime and the Thursday Pittsfield storytime this week.

Celebrate MLK Day with UM's MLK Health Science Program

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On Monday, January 21, 2008, UM's MLK Health Science Program presents "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere": A dialogue with Spero M. Manson

Spero M. Manson, Ph.D. (Pembina Chippewa) is a member of the US Institutes of Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry and heads the American Indian and Alaska Native Programs at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. Spanning 8 national centers, totaling $63 million in sponsored research, program development, training, and collaboration with 102 American Indian and Alaska Native communities, Dr. Manson is widely recognized as the foremost authority in the nation on American Indian and Alaska Native health, with special emphasis on alcohol, substance abuse, and mental health. Dr. Manson will discuss the intersections of social justice, strategies for addressing and resolving health disparities in the United States.

11:45 a.m. UM Hospital, Second Floor (there will be signs!): Dow Auditorium in the Towsley Center

It's All Write! Short Story Writing Contest

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1st Place $250
2nd Place $150
3rd Place $100
First, Second and Third Place prizes in the following categories:
Grades 6-8, Grades 9-10, and Grades 11-12
Winners will be announced at the Ann Arbor Book Festival Short Story Contest event, Saturday, May 17 featuring teen book author Deb Caletti
Entries accepted FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 through FRIDAY, MARCH 21
Prize winning short stories is a published booklet of previous years winners available for you to check out.

The guidelines are attached below.

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